Tidbits: Santa Fe is hopping

Santa Fe is hopping. Usually it’s quiet here at least until Memorial Day Weekend, but not this year. The downtown streets are crowded and hotels are busy. It’s still a great time to visit. The tress are mostly leafed out, native desert flowers and non-native annuals are blooming and temperatures are finally warm. There’s plenty to keep you busy.

New Mexico is getting another National Monument. According to a White House spokesperson, President Obama will use his executive authority to create the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument The new monument, in southern New Mexico, will preserve almost 500,000 acres for public use.

Santa Fe food and brew 

La Casa Sena, Santa Fe dining.

La Casa Sena patio, photo/Steve Collins

It’s that time of year when restaurant patios all over town are open, weather permitting. The good news for dog owners is that many allow your furry best friend to join you. Check with the restaurant to make sure. It’s up to them.

The craft brews of Blue Corn, photo/courtesy Blue Corn

The craft brews of Blue Corn, photo/courtesy Blue Corn

When you think of craft beer, I bet Santa Fe doesn’t come to mind. But US News and World Report names Santa Fe as one of the 8 Underrated Beer Cities (in the USA). They mention Santa Fe Brewing Company and Blue Corn Brewery, but The City Different has other microbreweries including Second Street Brewery, Duel, Marble, Rio Chama and Il Vicino that also serve their own beers and ales.

Santa Fe Art

“Stop Crying”, photo Allyson Packer,  photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

“Stop Crying”, photo Allyson Packer, photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

Axle Contemporary will hold its third annual performance art series. It will take place on three consecutive weekends at the Railyard Shade Structure. The first event, Stop Crying, on Friday, May 30th from 5 to 7pm, will feature artist Allyson Packer. She’ll attempt to enlist viewers to laugh and then record the ensuing laughter which will be played as a sound installation. Friday, June 6th, from 5 to 7pm, brings Tarot de St. Croix,, Artist Lisa de St. Croix will do three Tarot card readings for free, surrounded by her series of  Tarot cards oil paintings.  The series concludes on Friday, June 13th with Evaluation: Banal to Transcendent, a multimedia performance exploring ideas of surveillance Artist, Mara Leader collaborates with musician, Jason Goodyear and choreographer Jocelyne Danchick. Admission is free.

“18 Bowls of Feelings/Needs, 2012”, © Judy Chicago, Photo © Donald Woodman, courtesy New Mexico Museum of Art

“18 Bowls of Feelings/Needs, 2012”, © Judy Chicago, Photo © Donald Woodman, courtesy New Mexico Museum of Art

The New Mexico Museum of Art, will open their new exhibition, Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 on Friday June 6th. The show marks New Mexico-based feminist artist Judy Chicago’s 75th birthday and three decades of living and working in the state. Chicago gained public attention in the late 1970s for her monumental feminist installation The Dinner Party, now permanently installed at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  Local Color runs through Sunday, October 12th. In addition, a series of exhibitions and events around the country will mark the artist’s birthday. You can view the others here

Pink Bedroom Daydream, photo/ Richard Tuschman courtesy photo-eye gallery courtesy photo-eye Gallery

Pink Bedroom Daydream, photo/Richard Tuschman courtesy photo-eye Gallery

photo-eye Gallery is moving to 541 South Guadalupe Street in the Railyard District. Their first show in their new dogs is Hopper Meditations an exhibit of Richard Tuschman’s photographs. Tuschman will be present at the opening reception on Friday, June 6th from 5 to 7pm. The show runs until July 19th.

Miguel Martinez, “St. GenevieveII”, photo/courtesy Manitou Gallery

Miguel Martinez, “St. GenevieveII”, photo/courtesy Manitou Gallery

Also on June 6th from 5 to 7:30pm, Manitou Galleries will host an opening for their new exhibition, New Mexico Vision, featuring the work of native New Mexican artists Alvin Gill-Tapia, Miguel Martinez, and Arthur Lopez. The show runs until July 20th.

Ruth Tatter, “Roadrunners”, photo/courtesy Marigold Arts

Ruth Tatter, “Roadrunners”, photo/courtesy Marigold Arts

Both wild and domesticated animals are the subjects of the paintings in Animales: New Paintings, opening at Marigold Arts on Friday, June 6th from 5 to 7pm. It will feature the works of Ruth Tatter and Janice Griffin. The exhibit will run until Thursday, July 10th.

Kate Petley, “Rickety”, photo/courtesy Turner Carroll Gallery

Kate Petley, “Rickety”, photo/courtesy Turner Carroll Gallery

Turner Carroll Gallery also has new exhibition coming up. Lined, a one-woman show featured new works from Kate Petley. The show opens Monday, June 9th with an opening reception on Friday, June 13th, from 5 to 7pm.  The show runs through Sunday, June 29th.

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Wise Fool New Mexico.

Wise Fool New Mexico, photo/Steve Collins

Join the Santa Fe Mountain Center at the Le Cirque de L’ Aventure, a fund raising evening, on Saturday, June 17th starting at 6pm. The event, featuring Wise Fool New Mexico, held under a big tent at their Tesuque headquarters, will also feature dinner, a live auction and dancing.  Tickets for the evening are $125 and available online.

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Cleveland Roller Mill Museum

Cleveland Roller Mill Museum, photo/Billie Frank

Have you ever driven by the Cleveland Roller Mill Museum on State Road 518 between Las Vegas and Mora and wanted to stop in? We did last year and  they were closed due to a needed bridge repair. It’s finally done. The museum, a 19th century flour mill that closed in the 1940s, will be open weekends starting the first weekend in June. They are open through Labor Day. Make a day of it and visit historic Las Vegas on your way or start in Taos and come back through Las Vegas. Either way, it’s a beautiful drive.

That’s it for this week’s Tidbits. See you next week. ¡Hasta Luego!

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2 Responses to “Tidbits: Santa Fe is hopping”

  1. Lisa Richardson
    May 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    I like your Tidbits! Lots of selection, local color.

    • Billie Frank
      May 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa. Santa Fe has lots of local color all the time.

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