June 27, 2017

3 Questions

with Jeffery Pitt

3 Questions Many years ago, your good pal Alex walked into Four Star Tattoos and met artist Jeffrey Pitt. What began as a first tattoo ever (a simple skull) blossomed into a glorious years-long relationship of artwork and friendship and hugs.

June 21, 2017 by Alex De Vore

3 Questions

with Duchess Dale

3 Questions Coinciding with National LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the Santa Fe Playhouse presents The Normal Heart, the seminal 1985 play about the AIDS crisis.

June 14, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

3 Questions

with Barbara Cleaver

3 Questions This summer, you can get to know Frida Kahlo a little better via photos of her on view at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in the exhibit Mirror, Mirror.

June 07, 2017 by Maria Egolf-Romero

3 Questions

with Bobby Beals

3 Questions If he hadn’t already proven his artistic and curatorial know-how before recent shows with photographer Bri Cimino or painter Reyes Padilla in his Beals & Co. Showroom gallery , Bobby Beals sure as hell will with his upcoming benefit.

May 31, 2017 by Alex De Vore

3 Questions

with Ryan Stark

3 Questions In December 2013, the New Mexico Museum of Art opened Renaissance to Goya, a collaboration with the British Museum that featured gorgeous Spanish prints.

May 24, 2017 by Alex De Vore

3 Questions

with Bruce Dunlap

3 Questions Anyone who’s anyone has certainly heard of GiG Performance Space (1808 Second St.) and its founder, Bruce Dunlap.

May 17, 2017 by Alex De Vore

3 Questions

with Cara Levick

3 Questions Cara Levick refers to herself as an “events facilitator,” which basically means she dreams up experiences for the people of Santa Fe that generally tend to be as fleeting as they are unique.

May 10, 2017 by Alex De Vore

3 Questions

with Glenn Silber

3 Questions Filmmaker Glenn Silber presents his 1979 documentary The War at Home at the Jean Cocteau Cinema this weekend, its first theatrical run in over 30 years! Telling the harrowing tale of American protesters who stood up against the Vietnam War, the docum

May 03, 2017 by Alex De Vore

3 Questions

with Dash Shaw

3 Questions We spent a good chunk of the weekend watching and loving and rewatching My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, the new animated film from celebrated comics artist Dash Shaw.

April 26, 2017 by Alex De Vore

3 Questions

with Anastasio Wrobel

3 Questions Eagle-eyed readers may recall trans artist/activist Anastasio Wrobel from a piece last December on The Non-Binary Coloring Book, a DIY artpiece that goes far beyond adult catharsis to make a stunning statement on gender politics.

April 19, 2017 by Alex De Vore

Gray Areas

Acting Out When every interaction we have is viewed through the lens of politics, even discussing a smoothie or a sedimentary rock can get polarized and exhausting.

June 14, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

Square, Righteous, Superior, Embarrassed

The Normal Heart spills milk at the Santa Fe Playhouse

Acting Out Larry Kramer’s 1985 play The Normal Heart portrays the AIDS crisis in sharp detail, and it is full of questions and fear.

June 09, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

Dream, But Dream Practically

Acting Out Amid murky details surrounding the closure of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design on its city-owned campus, one fact remains clear for the performing arts community of Santa Fe: It loves the Greer Garson Theatre.

May 31, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

Family Matters

Time to break back into ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Acting Out Okay. Yes. We all know The Glass Menagerie is a good play. Even a masterful play. So the question quickly becomes: “Is it done well?”

May 19, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

Think Globally, Communicate Locally

Acting Out When you take a photograph, time stands still. When you experience trauma, time stands still. When you die, we can only guess time stands still.

May 17, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

I Kept Stroking the Cat

Santa Fe Playhouse brings color to our cheeks

Acting Out “The poor thing is languishing without a human touch,” the doctor’s wife says of the piano in her parlor. “It’s like a piece of dead wood without being played.”

May 05, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

Accessible Interpretations

Acting Out Pandemonium Productions is aptly named. At rehearsal, barefoot, blue-haired, fedora-wearing, chatty, stompy, hyper kids are everywhere.

May 03, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

Lessons Learned

Acting Out It’s an old story: Boy and girl fall in love, boy sleeps around, girl sleeps around, boy drinks, girl drinks, the pair attempts reconciliation, but everyone’s just too messed up to make it work.

April 19, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

They're Off

Santa Fe Performing Arts sends young actors to see the Wizard

Acting Out The theater at Santa Fe Performing Arts will play host to SFPA’s City Different Players and Teen Ensemble this week and next for a production of L Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.

April 18, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

Building of Worlds

Acting Out 1984 Even before the election last November, Santa Fe Playhouse Artistic Director Vaughn Irving chose the lineup for the theater’s 2017 season, leaning heavy on politics and controversy.

April 05, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski

You Park. They Bark.

SFO says hello to #61

Art Features For 2017, expect pristine blacktop and sharply delineated parking spaces. 

June 26, 2017 by John Stege

BUST! a Move

Wise Fool circus camp challenges the norm

Art Features “In a society that profits from self-doubt, liking yourself is a radical act.” These words are displayed near a mirror at Wise Fool, the local nonprofit that promotes social justice through circus, puppetry and theater.

June 21, 2017 by Liz Brindley

Matthew Mullins gets back to nature

And totally goes with the flow

Art Features Walk into any gallery on Canyon Road and you’ll likely encounter a landscape painting: stunning vistas, expansive skies, expensive prices. After a while, the subject is worn out.

June 14, 2017 by Liz Brindley

Different Wavelength

Axle Contemporary’s new exhibit uses brainwaves to alter art

Art Features What if your thoughts had the power to change a work of art? At Axle Contemporary’s upcoming exhibition, Brain Waves, they do. 

June 08, 2017 by Liz Brindley

Eye to Eye

Pain yields compassion in Ventana Fine Art’sretrospective for modernist Paul-Henri Bourguignon

Art Features I visited Ventana Fine Art’s retrospective for Paul-Henri Bourguignon (1906-1988) last Thursday morning, a few hours before President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States was leaving the Paris Agreement.

June 07, 2017 by Jordan Eddy

Nightwatch

Lavanya Reed lights the way through dark dream worlds in new solo exhibition

Art Features When Lavanya Reed was growing up in Santa Fe, her father came home one day with a turquoise tattoo of a dragon on his arm. “It was really fresh, so it just glowed,” says Reed.

May 31, 2017 by Jordan Eddy

Cartography

Israel Francisco Haros Lopez travels back to the future in a Curate Santa Fe solo show

Art Features “Under restoration. / trying to piece together / 100o murals inside my mind” — so read the opening lines of mexican jazz part 22, a poem Israel Francisco Haros Lopez wrote in late 2015.

May 24, 2017 by Jordan Eddy

Color Theory

The New Mexico Museum of Art’s newest curator brings fresh hues to the institution’s 20th century curatorial program

Art Features Not long after Christian Waguespack arrived at the New Mexico Museum of Art as the new curator of 20th-century art, he commissioned several enormous color swatches as part of a risky pitch.

May 17, 2017 by Jordan Eddy

Early Career

As they prepare for adulthood, SITE Santa Fe’s Young Curators aren’t pulling punches

Art Features Twenty-three high school students entered SITE Santa Fe’s Young Curators program at the beginning of the school year.

May 10, 2017 by Jordan Eddy

Subtractions

Parker Laughlin Jennings narrows things down in new solo exhibition

Art Features Parker Laughlin Jennings is a carpenter by trade, and he’s worked as a set builder at the Santa Fe Opera for a little over four years. “Most carpenters make this clear delineation between being an artist and being a craftsman,” Jennings says.

May 03, 2017 by Jordan Eddy

Printed Memories

Arts Yesterday, Manuela Well-Off-Man, chief curator at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, walked SFR through the group exhibit New Impressions, which opens tonight. The expansive exhibit—

Jan. 20, 2017 by Maria Egolf-Romero

Reach Out And Touch Me

An exhibit exposes a new side of art

Arts There is one cardinal rule in galleries: Don’t touch anything. So when I heard about the tactile nature of Sketchbook, opening tomorrow night at Beals & Co. Showroom, I thought, "No way."

Nov. 04, 2016 by Maria Egolf-Romero

SFR Cartoonist Russ Thornton Creates Official Artwork for the 92nd Annual Burning of Zozobra

Our very own cartoonist hits the big leagues

Arts SFR's MetroGlyphs cartoonist Russ Thornton designs the official poster artwork for this year's Zozobra.

Aug. 16, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Sculpting Trump

A look at how SFR's art director created the horrible Trump face for this week's cover

Arts We’ve been having a lot of fun at Donald Trump’s expense in our 7 Days section (and elsewhere), but this week’s SFR cover story was a little more serious...

Aug. 10, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Violet Crown Cinema Ready for its Close-Up

Santa Fe spin-off of the Austin-based cinema set for April 30 opening

Arts After much hullabaloo, the 11-screen Violet Crown Theaters are set to open the doors of the brand-new Railyard space on April 30. This after a private VIP reception scheduled for later this week.

March 30, 2015 by Enrique Limón

Ugly Sweaters & Season’s Greetings!

These are a few of our favorite knits

Arts Last Friday, SFR staffers donned their holiday worst, gorged on gingerbread everything and chugged spiked punch as if the world was about to end.

Dec. 17, 2014 by SFR

Skull Candy

Where to celebrate Día de los Muertos in style

Arts Día de Los Muertos is a vibrant celebration that brings people together every year to memorialize the lives of those who have passed. This weekend, two of the city’s biggest cultural centers offer activities, music and food to celebrate the holiday.

Oct. 31, 2014 by Luke Henley

Where the Action's At

Where the Action's At: Today's the last day to catch the SFFF

Arts World renowned writer of the Game of Thrones series and Jean Cocteau Cinema owner, George RR Martin, leans against one of the rows of seats in his theater as a mob of actors, producers, critics...

May 04, 2014 by JP Stupfel

Flick Fest Underway

Santa Fe Film Festival continues through Sunday

Arts The Santa Fe Film Festival is set to run through Sunday with movies showing at the Jean Cocteau and CCA theaters.

May 02, 2014 by JP Stupfel

Second to None

SFAI program enlightens, two-and-a-half minutes at a time

Arts The Santa Fe Art Institute gathers a small fraction of artists-in-residence every quarter, and asks them to speak about their work.

March 25, 2014 by Zoe Haskell

XX Marks the Spot

Fair sex strikes back in new exhibit

Arts Valve Santa Fe-based artist Ligia Bouton's Understudy for Animal Farm parts from George Orwell’s dystopian novella and points the mirror back at the viewer.

Sept. 09, 2015 by Enrique Limón

Cue the Credits

It’s curtains for Casablanca Video

Arts Valve “Sold!” Casablanca Video owner Bruce Smith says in his best auctioneer voice as he dispatches a customer, who leaves armed with a bagful of DVDs.

Sept. 02, 2015 by Enrique Limón

Frank Buffalo Hyde

Arts Valve Onondaga/Nez Perce artist Frank Buffalo Hyde (b. 1974) sees Hollywood and the fashion industry’s attempts at appropriation and raises them.

Aug. 19, 2015 by Enrique Limón

Meryl McMaster

Arts Valve A Plains Cree member of the Siksika Nation who is also of European descent, the 27-year-old explored the topic of identity early on, along with perception, memory and myth.

Aug. 19, 2015 by Enrique Limón

Santiago X

Arts Valve A couple of years back, I became familiar with the art of Santiago X, which can best be described as equal parts transgressive and tongue-in-cheek.

Aug. 19, 2015 by Enrique Limón

Teri Greeves

Arts Valve Stackable plastic drawers filled with her “stash”—beads in every hue known to man—dominate the studio of Teri Greeves (b. 1970).

Aug. 19, 2015 by Enrique Limón

Jaque Fragua

Arts Valve “Jaque is passionate and can express his aims with his mural far better than I could,” Shepard Fairey says of one of Jaque Fragua’s monumental pieces.

Aug. 19, 2015 by Enrique Limón

Shan Goshorn

Arts Valve “Meticulous” doesn’t even begin to describe the work of Shan Goshorn (b. 1957). Rooted in advocacy, education and activism, the Eastern Band of Cherokee artist’s double-woven works tell a complex story of oppression, redemption and survival.

Aug. 19, 2015 by Enrique Limón

Steven Paul Judd

Arts Valve Specializing in pieces “for Indians to have, and that gets white people to think,” Kiowa/Choctaw artist Steven Paul Judd draws from the lack of mainstream Native American culture during his childhood and rewrites history.

Aug. 19, 2015 by Enrique Limón

Domina Effect

Enter the uniquely titillating world of Zircus Erotique

Arts Valve Even away from the lights of the stage, the feathers, the pasties and the catcalls, Mena Domina exudes seductiveness.

April 29, 2015 by Enrique Limón

As the World Burns

Thriller with a pedigree melds romance, comedy and a catastrophic threat to mankind … sound familiar?

Book Reviews We might as well get it out in the open right now, in case you are late to the party: Author Joe Hill is actually Joseph King—son of (prolific American horror heavyweight) Stephen King.

May 18, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm

Press, Released

The Press at the Palace of the Governors kicks off weeklong celebration

Book Reviews Tom Leech, curator of the Press at the Palace of the Governors, is a busy man. “I’ve worked here for 11 years, and I’ve never had two days that were the same,” he says.

Jan. 15, 2013 by Robert Sobel

Absolutely Modern

Local independent bookstores, alive and well

Book Reviews When you come into contact with people who truly love what they do, their energy can be contagious. Such is the case with Nick Potter, owner of Nicholas Potter Bookseller, and Noemi de Bodisco and Sierra Logan of Op.Cit. Books.

Dec. 18, 2012 by Robert Sobel

Boats, Bikes and Blades

A man’s journey around the world

Book Reviews Circumnavigation: Magellan did it in a boat. John Glenn did it in a spaceship. Hell, Phileas Fogg even did it in a hot air balloon in the film Around the World in 80 Days (though, strangely enough, not in the novel on which it was based).

Nov. 13, 2012 by Ryan Collett

Middle of Nowhere

One man’s spiritual journey takes him all the way to Santa Fe

Book Reviews A priest who escaped from Nazi Germany, Father John accepts an assignment to travel to Santa Fe around the time of his grandmother’s death, which symbolizes the loss of everything he knows and loves. However, tragedy is not the focus of Gil Sanchez’ Viva Cristo Rey, and neither is history. Instead, the book offers a sentimental view of the conception of the Cristo Rey Church, the largest adobe structure in the northern hemisphere.

May 23, 2012 by Jackson Larson, Matthew Irwin

Freud or Fiction?

Cowboys, Crime Novels and the CIA

Book Reviews Michael McGarrity is a former deputy sheriff for Santa Fe County. For the release of his 13th novel, titled Hard Country: A Novel of the Old West, he asked Valerie Plame Wilson, a former CIA Operations Officer and author of Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House to interview him at Collected Works Bookstore.

May 09, 2012 by Jackson Larson

A New Home in Imagination

Native daughter brings Santa Fe experiences to Holocaust tale

Book Reviews Ramona Ausubel has found a way to let a story breathe while also giving great specificity to language—a rare trait among new authors.

Feb. 28, 2012 by Sara Malinowski

The Swedish West

Beautifully designed, photographed, written book misses opportunity

Book Reviews Promising to discover how people really live in our nation’s highly symbolic, deeply mythologized frontier, two Swedes venture to the American West with pen and camera.

Jan. 31, 2012 by Matthew Irwin

Undoing the Myth

Writer-director John Sayles discusses a career on the fringe

Book Reviews Take the US annexation of the Philippines. Around 1898, the US touted itself as an anti-imperialist nation, home of equality, but then it invaded a foreign nation under the auspices of white Christian duty: Save the heathen islanders. This, according to John Sayles, who visits Santa Fe to talk about his work, including the book A Moment in the Sun.

Jan. 17, 2012 by Matthew Irwin

Get off the Lawn

New book looks at the transformation of New Mexico’s plazas

Book Reviews Visit Santa Fe’s Plaza on any Saturday afternoon, and a diverse throng of locals and tourists, buskers and gawkers, buyers and sellers, and artists and lunch-eaters will be milling in and around it.

Nov. 16, 2011 by Hunter Riley

Calling It a Season

SFCMF says hasta luego

Classical Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival audiences could do the figuring-out for themselves at noon, Aug. 19, at the Lensic when Yefim Bronfman just about tore our heads off with his reading of Prokofiev’s fresh and fierce sonata.

Aug. 26, 2014 by John Stege

SFCMF’s Slow Wind-up

Mostly Mozart, magical Messiaen

Classical As these lazy August days dwindle, peak and pine, Santa Fe music-mavens can’t be faulted for feeling a bit sad that the crazy summer festival scene is nearly finito.

Aug. 20, 2014 by John Stege

The Music Goes Round and Round

Silence and riddles during SFCMF’s fourth week

Classical The other day an old pal recalled a little lecture delivered in this space a few years back. The gist? Will you audiences please, please stop already with those obligatory knee-jerk standing ovations? Save same for the real, rare spine-tingling conce

Aug. 13, 2014 by John Stege

Mostly About the Beethoven

SFCMF at work

Classical Those vigas and latillas and massive corbels in St. Francis Auditorium may still be vibrating after pianist Alessio Bax’s big bow-wow July 29 noon recital. At first glance his program looked a bit peculiar: Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky

Aug. 05, 2014 by John Stege

Getting Dedicated

SFCMF @42

Classical What more appropriate opening for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 42nd season than Robert Schumann’s ecstatic song, “Widmung,” (“Dedication”) as transcribed for piano by Liszt? 

July 29, 2014 by John Stege

Enthusiasm, Thy Name Is Neikrug

Classical Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s long-time artistic director, Marc Neikrug, talks about the 2014 season, opening July 20 at St. Francis Auditorium.

July 15, 2014 by John Stege

IFAM Booth & Vendor Locator

2014 Official IFAM Guide

IFAM The Official Guide to IFAM 2014 - Artist and Vendor Booth Map

Aug. 19, 2014 by SFR

IFAM Rocks

New Market courts a younger demographic while still serving everyone

IFAM If you’ve lived around Santa Fe for any real amount of time, it was no doubt surprising to hear that some awesome renegade artists were splintering off from the mega Indian Market to form their own event in the Railyard.

Aug. 18, 2014 by Alex De Vore

Letter From the President

IFAM IFAM is more than just a Market. It is a movement. It was born of a group of artists with a vision. We wanted a show where we could come together to share our stories, our culture, our heritage and our legacies with you.

Aug. 18, 2014 by John Torres Nez

New Kids on the Market Block

Five artists on the rise discuss hopes for their first market experience

IFAM Though some might have been practicing art for most of their lives, this collection of emerging artists talk about what they expect during their first market experience. Come up and see them sometime (at their booth, that is).

Aug. 15, 2014 by Ian MacMillan

Miles To Go Before He Sleeps

Douglas Miles plays by his own set of rules

IFAM San Carlos Apache–Akimel O’odham artist Douglas Miles has so many moving parts, it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of how they all fit together.

Aug. 15, 2014 by Rob DeWalt

Happy Monsters and Other Creatures

Enter the world of Heidi K Brandow

IFAM I am going to ask you a very stereotypical question,” I say. Heidi Brandow nods. “Were you influenced by the skater-surfer culture in Hawaii?” She smiles big, getting the subtle humor.

Aug. 15, 2014 by Bett Williams

So Long, Sixtieth

SFR’s Best Of . . . goes to the opera

Opera Yogi Berra, sublime phrasemaker that he was, advised anybody who’d listen that “it ain’t over till it’s over.” So readers, be aware: Santa Fe Opera’s 60th season ain’t over, and won’t be until La Fanciulla del West shuts the place down.

Aug. 17, 2016 by John Stege

Samuel Barber’s Wintry Tale

A new face at SFO

Opera Frankly, Mr. MacKay, it’s high time the Santa Fe Opera company got around to Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti’s looking-for-love-in-all-the-wrong-places opus, Vanessa.

Aug. 03, 2016 by John Stege

Ultimate Strauss

SFO’s Golden Hour

Opera It is a truth universally acknowledged that an opera worth anyone’s attention is in want of a plot. So it’s plot, plot, plot for three of the four operas staged thus far in the Santa Fe Opera’s 60th season.

July 27, 2016 by John Stege

Death-Mark’d Love on Opera Hill

SFO’s Shakespearean 'liebestod'

Opera To begin with, make the vital distinction between great operas and grand opéra. The former? A critical judgment. The latter? A stylistic definition.

July 20, 2016 by John Stege

Delivering Da Don

Mozart’s go-to-hell opus

Opera Want a cutting-edge, new-fangled take on Mozart’s Don Giovanni? Check out a few recent notorieties: the crazily dysfunctional family in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s version, seen first at Aix in 2010.

July 13, 2016 by John Stege

Pistol-Packin’ Minnie

Hellooooo, Ragazzi!

Opera When’s the last time you heard “Oh, doo-da-day” sung in an opera house?

July 06, 2016 by John Stege

Darling, You Don’t Look 60

Santa Fe Opera hits a big milestone

Opera It was 1957, just Elvis and Ike and me. I’d made my Metropolitan Opera debut a year earlier (Aida: Ethiopian captive). Now—a bitter July night during the Santa Fe Opera’s risky-ambitious debut season, seven operas that wet first summer.

June 29, 2016 by John Stege

A Nifty Fifty-Ninth

A five-star summer

Opera The collective shoulder of the Santa Fe Opera, closing down its 59th season on Saturday, Aug. 29, has borne a few heavy crosses this summer.

Aug. 12, 2015 by John Stege

A Magic Mountain

That’s anything but cold

Opera Perched on its hill north of town, the Santa Fe Opera doesn’t shy away from nouveau.

Aug. 05, 2015 by John Stege

Infinite Finto

Mozart’s troubled school for lovers

Opera Forget Mozart—for now. Instead, be diverted with thoughts of Jerome Kern. Of Oscar Hammerstein II.

July 29, 2015 by John Stege

Forgotten History

Uncovering the legacy of America’s all-black towns

Performing Arts Karla Slocum is an anthropology professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying the black history of Oklahoma as a local resident scholar at the School for Advanced Research. Think of her as a cross-country vagabond, but with a PhD.

Dec. 11, 2012 by Ryan Collett

Poetic License

Two poets diverge in a yellow wood (read: a local bookstore)

Performing Arts Last Saturday, Collected Works Bookstore hosted the second fall reading series of Muse Times Two, curated by Dana Levin and Carol Moldaw.

Nov. 20, 2012 by Robert Sobel

Like Mike

Yay! Comic Mike Birbiglia sleepwalks into town

Performing Arts With the success of his indie film Sleepwalk with Me, which he co-wrote, directed and stars in, it’s been a whirlwind year for comedian Mike Birbiglia; though he’ll be the first to brush off the “movie star” title. “My agent always tries to knock me down and say I’m not a movie star, but rather a movie starrer—which means I was the star in a movie, but I’m not an actual star,” Birbiglia tells SFR.

Sept. 19, 2012 by Enrique Limón

Children and Fools Speak True

Local theater collective dawns anew

Performing Arts A wise fool, says Devon Ludlow, managing director of Wise Fool New Mexico, is “one of those fabulous names…Jesters being able to speak the truth…idiocy and wisdom melding.” The medieval court jesters often interspersed truths, honest observations and wise words in their otherwise absurd performances.

Sept. 18, 2012 by Mia Rose Carbone

That’s All, Folks!

SFO and SFCMF bid adieu for the season

Performing Arts The acequia running nearby shows a few yellow leaves; too cool for breakfast outside today; the overgrown garden needs a firm hand. Summer is slowing and the summer music scene is finito. An imaginary curtain rang down at the Santa Fe Opera last Saturday night, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival closed up for the year. So now—a little accountability?

Aug. 29, 2012 by John Stege

Tonal Voice

Schoenberg dominates Chamber Music Festival’s final weeks

Performing Arts Take note, please, of a preliminary event at last Sunday’s Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival concert: the sight of a large, black-clad man being tugged through the crowded lobby at the Lensic by a small girl. The child? A determined young daughter. The gentleman? This season’s distinguished artist-in-residence, Alan Gilbert. Her urgent excuse? I didn’t ask.

Aug. 15, 2012 by John Stege

Clarinets of Every Size

Woodwinds shine at Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Performing Arts Every time I hear a fine, well-produced contralto voice, I get the chills. Maybe it goes back to my grandmother’s old Schumann-Heink 78s. Kathleen Ferrier’s “Embarme dich,” and anything else s

Aug. 08, 2012 by John Stege

Straussian Function

Arabella continues a rich tradition of German opera in SF

Performing Arts Anyone who’s been hanging around the Santa Fe Opera for any length of time has heard, until quite recently, a really terrific amount of Richard Strauss.

Aug. 01, 2012 by John Stege

Upping the Ante

Chamber Music Festival: manic brillance, rhapsodic climax

Performing Arts Forty years old already? It can’t be that long since I heard several concerts at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s inaugural season—six Sunday afternoons back in 1973.

Aug. 01, 2012 by John Stege

A Thorough Rogering

The Santa Fe Opera’s King Roger stays focused

Performing Arts Ever since its 1926 premiere in Warsaw, Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger has been one of those conundrums of 20th-century music. Generically speaking, is it an opera? A dramatic oratorio? A morality play? Is it a work of penetrating insight into psycho-sexual complexities or a murky slog through mystico-symbological pretense?

July 25, 2012 by John Stege

A Gift that Keeps on Giving

Legendary MC + local talent =one helluva night for hip-hop

Picks Good news for both Skylight and hip-hop fans as legendary MC Gift of Gab—half of Sacramento hip-hop act Blackalicious—brings his complex rhyme-work to the downtown nightclub’s stage.

I Can Make You Ice Cream, We Could be a Sweet Team

Pop-up party lets local creatives shine

Picks Looking for a new-to-you vintage tee, tote bag or just a general good time? Take a trip to the Southside this weekend to hit the Dandelion Pop-Up Market at Ghost.

Foxy

Fox White celebrates their new album release in Madrid

Picks You should be aware of Jessie Deluxe, a welcome dash of operatic punk rock awesomeness in our scene who mines from areas similar to bands like Eagles of Death Metal, but with a slightly heavier lean and healthy regard for the classics of rock.

June 07, 2017 by Alex De Vore, Maria Egolf-Romero

SFR Picks: Get in the Spirit

The Art of Alcohol

Picks New Mexico Cocktails & Culture is gearing up for its third year and, as always, the three-day fest remains Santa Fe’s go-to destination event for fans of new-wave mixology, delicious food options and the art of the drink.

May 31, 2017 by Alex De Vore, Maria Egolf-Romero

SFR Picks: Solo Project

Heather Trost goes it alone with Agistri

Picks A musician doesn’t wind up collaborating with the likes of Hawk and a Hacksaw or Beirut if they’re without ability, and Albuquerque’s Heather Trost is certainly nothing if not prolific.

May 24, 2017 by Alex De Vore

SFR Picks: Amazine

Zines don’t die, they multiply

Picks In the days before the internet ruined our lives, fans of art, music, film and the general world of creativity and social issues would spend painstaking time and effort cutting and pasting their very own print products.

May 17, 2017 by Alex De Vore, Maria Egolf-Romero

SFR Picks: La Petite Mort

Get your kicks in small doses in Madrid

Picks Metallo Gallery shows what it might look like if visual arts could be shown in a minor key.

May 10, 2017 by Charlotte Jusinski, Alex De Vore

SFR Picks: Cinco Your Teeth In

A whole day of Cinco de Mayo action

Picks If you’re like us and constantly think about the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the 1862 Battle of Puebla, then you’ll be delightfully surprised to learn there’s what basically amounts to a drinking holiday attached to May 5.

May 03, 2017 by Alex De Vore

SFR Picks: Stick it to the Man

Indigenous artists come together to fight patriarchy and care for our planet

Picks Slaying the patriarchy and simultaneously caring for the Earth is hard work, but artists and activists usually don’t shrink from a challenge. Thus, we welcome Dear Patriarchy.

April 26, 2017 by Alex De Vore

SFR Picks: Anti-Silence

Say something and say it loud, ladies

Picks To have a voice is to be human and every being deserves a platform for being heard. The upcoming exhibit Cryin’ Out Loud is about just that: Providing women and femme-identifying folks a space to express themselves.

Hero: A Q&A with Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott reflects on his new film, The Hero

Pop Culture Sam Elliott reflects on his experiences while filming The Hero.

June 22, 2017 by Alex De Vore

Prey Review

Bioshock in space!

Pop Culture Space—the not-so-final frontier.

May 12, 2017 by Alex De Vore

Little Nightmares Review

Tarsier Studios embraces the creepy

Pop Culture Swedish developer Tarsier Studios has taken a page from the Playdead playbook to create one of the most fascinating side-scrolling/light puzzle games of this or any generation with Little Nightmares.

May 01, 2017 by Alex De Vore

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Review

Pop Culture The point is this: If you never played Bulletstorm, this is undoubtedly the time to jump in.

April 07, 2017 by Alex De Vore

Horizon Zero Dawn Review

Nothing's new, but it sure is pretty

Pop Culture  

March 09, 2017 by Alex De Vore

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Review: Welcome to the Family

A glorious, if flawed, return to form

Pop Culture It hasn’t been exactly easy for longtime fans of the Resident Evil series.

Jan. 31, 2017 by Alex De Vore

Game On: Final Fantasy XV—The First 12 Hours

Exploring Duscae in Square Enix's Newest Final Fantasy

Pop Culture It is a turbulent time for the long-running and oft-beloved Final Fantasy series.

Dec. 01, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Game On: Dishonored 2 Review

Arkane Studios recaptures the magic with a stellar second entry in their unique franchise

Pop Culture The options are almost countless, the strategies are limitless and the allure of the game world is hard to resist—Dishonored 2 is everything one could possibly want from a sequel.

Nov. 16, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Game On: Titanfall 2 Review

This is how to make a sequel

Pop Culture In a world of annualized franchises that seemingly ignore fans' frustrations and rarely take risks, Titanfall 2 brings us exactly what we want.

Oct. 31, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Game On: Mafia III Review

Developer Hangar 13 takes the mob south

Pop Culture As far as antiheroes go, Lincoln Clay ranks up there.

Oct. 11, 2016 by Alex De Vore

Santa Fe Performing Arts Names New Executive Artistic Director

Local actor/musician and Meow Wolf co-founder Megan Burns to take the reigns of the local theater company this month

Theater & Stage Reviews Meow Wolf co-founder to take over the executive artistic director position at Santa Fe Performing Arts at the end of September.

Sept. 09, 2016 by Maria Egolf-Romero

A Midsummer’s Midsummer

Side notes on a well-known Shakespearean comedy

Theater & Stage Reviews As a side note and perhaps to explain his decision to let his actors use their own voices in the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, director Jerry Ferraccio says t

July 04, 2012 by Matthew Irwin

Picking at the bones of industry

Other People’s Money appeals to hearts and wallets

Theater & Stage Reviews Director Ron Bloomberg leans over to me at a recent rehearsal for the Santa Fe Playhouse production of Other People’s Money, and says, “This is one of the first plays to address vulture capitalism

June 13, 2012 by Matthew Irwin

Company’s out for summer

Dance performance strives to push the boundaries of, well, dance

Theater & Stage Reviews Arcos Dance artistic director Curtis Uhlemann describes the scene for “46 Thousand,” a piece he choreographed with his co-director Erica Gionfriddo: The scaffolds are black, the dancers wear black (their hair down) and musician Andy Primm sits above them with his drum kit, playing a piece inspired by the John Bonham solo “Bonzo’s Montreux.”

June 06, 2012 by Matthew Irwin

The Performance Community

The Peñasco Theatre builds community on the High Road

Theater & Stage Reviews From the street-side of The Peñasco Theatre, where a folksy mural tells of people building their community together, the theatre’s owner Alessandra Ogren walks me to the north side of the building where a new mural by Rebeka Tarín and Amaryllis de Jesus Moleski offers a meta-response to images on the front, mixing folk iconography with urban-contemporary references.

May 30, 2012 by Matthew Irwin

Love Rocks

Musical reintroduces the anarchist Emma Goldman

Theater & Stage Reviews Love & Emma Goldman: A Rock Opera is about the enduring human voice. The original production by Sarah-Jane Moody and Jeremy Bleich (aka the experimental pop duo GoGoSnapRadio) is also about taking action for one’s beliefs. It’s about violence, justice, freedom and love. It’s about Emma Goldman, the turn-of-the-century anarchist who spoke up, was deported and disappeared into history.

May 16, 2012 by Matthew Irwin

Chasing Fortune

The absurdity of just pursuits in Teatro Paraguas’ Fortunato

Theater & Stage Reviews The cast is rehearsing the last scene of Fortunato when I arrive at Teatro Paraguas’ new location, a few units down from its old black-box space in the Agua Fría Village. They’re having trouble finding momentum. Lines are forgotten. Props are dropped. Cues are missed. And the scene comes to a halt when actor Marcos Maez leans against a giant target, only to have it collapse behind him with a rattling crash and the sound of glass breaking.

April 25, 2012 by Matthew Irwin

Oil and Water

Nonparticipatory resistance against corporate domination

Theater & Stage Reviews I caused the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is my conclusion after speaking with Argos MacCallum of Teatro Paraguas about the company’s reading of The Way of Water, Caridad Svich’s play about four people affected by said disaster.

April 18, 2012 by Matthew Irwin

Worlds Within Words

Theaterwork realizes the works and lives of four women poets

Theater & Stage Reviews David Olson’s mother and grandmother were poets. At dinner, Olson’s father, a Swedish immigrant, would leave a line of poetry under a dinner plate for Olson or one of his siblings to discover and

Feb. 14, 2012 by Matthew Irwin

Contemporaneous Celebrations

Wake up and happy birthday, music scene!

Theater & Stage Reviews Santa Fe’s contemporary music scene awakens from semi-hibernation with two important concerts this week. And they’re all about anniversaries.

June 21, 2011 by John Stege

Weekend Picks: Current Events

Weekend Picks Do fun stuff this weekend!

June 23, 2017 by SFR

Weekend Picks: Things That Make You Go Ungh!

Weekend Picks If you're bored, it's clearly because you aren't even trying. Interactive art, travelin' musicians, graphic novels and brunch!

June 09, 2017 by SFR

Weekend Picks: Hot Days, Hotter Nights

Weekend Picks Get out for a puppet show - a Meat Puppets show, that is - and then do lots of other stuff. Ready, GO!

June 02, 2017 by SFR

Weekend Picks: Indie-Visible

Weekend Picks Do fun stuff this weekend.

May 26, 2017 by SFR

Weekend Picks: Break Out of the Blanket Cocoon

Weekend Picks It's the weekend. Get outside. Or at least out of the house.

May 19, 2017 by SFR

Weekend Picks: No New Taxes

Weekend Picks Soda is still extra-tax-free, so enjoy some Jarritos this weekend. We like the piña best.

May 05, 2017 by SFR

Weekend Picks: Bottoms Up

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April 28, 2017 by SFR

Weekend Picks: Hecho en Santa Fe

Weekend Picks Fun is hecho en Nuevo Mexico.

April 21, 2017 by SFR

Weekend Picks: Chillin' Out, Maxin', Relaxin' All Cool

Weekend Picks: Chillin' Out, Maxin', Relaxin' All Cool

Weekend Picks Feelin' jittery? That's because it's Friday.

April 14, 2017 by SFR
 

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