The Buzz – June 2017


Great news for The Shop! They’ve expanded to dinner Fridays and Saturdays. The Nob Hill staple for breakfast and lunch is well loved in the community for its fresh food, innovative recipes and locally sourced ingredients. Visit them on Facebook, too (they’re in the heart of ART country and could use your support).

The National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico proudly announce the 30th Annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque, June 10-17—the largest gathering of flamenco dance and music in North America. The depth of cultural programming has something for beginners, culture seekers, aficionados and professionals. This year features six performance companies including 54 master artists from Spain, 20 diverse performances and 35 workshops in eight days, with headlining artists Compañía Marco Flores, Compañía Maria Moreno, Compañía Adrián Santana, Compañía Pepe Torres, Compañía Rosario Toeldo and Compañía Jesús Carmona. The final performances include Alejandro Granados and Carmela Greco, icons of flamenco. Full schedule and tickets at

Summer! How about biking and wine? Join Routes Bicycle Tours for an unforgettable experience June 3 that takes you along the famous Rio Grande river past local farms, restaurants and the city’s Nature Preserve to culminate in the lush surrounds of a beautiful, Spanish-style tasting room. Their professional tour guides lead you on a custom ride that highlights the natural history, culture and beauty of the Rio Grande River Valley and the surrounding cottonwood forest (Bosque). The experience includes a VIP grounds tour and wine tasting at the award-winning Casa Rondeña Winery. They’ve got a ‘Biking Bad’ tour on June 10, too, designed to provide guests with a first-hand experience of diverse locations, characters and moments from Breaking Bad. More at

A collaboration between three arts and crafts groups in Albuquerque has resulted in the NM Artisans Nook showroom at Nob Hill Fabrics. Rikki Quintana’s HoonArts Fair Trade and Lee and Sandy Liggett of Whispirit have joined forces with Liz Frank at Nob Hill Fabrics to create this event, demonstration and showroom space. Watch the Liggetts felt yards of fabrics from the fibers from their alpaca herd into light and gorgeous yardage of apparel fabric, while browsing products imported from Central Asia by Hoon Arts. This warm community event and shopping space for high-quality textile designs and other handcrafted product hosts events and pop-ups. More at their Facebook page: NM Artisans Nook.

The New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s Under the Stars series kicks off in June at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater of the Albuquerque Museum. Friday nights are dedicated to salsa, with free dance lessons, and Saturday nights are all about jazz and blues, with specialty shows that include Juneteenth, Ladies Sing the Blues and Women’s Voices. This is a fun, family friendly event; food is available from Slate at the Museum, as well as beverages. Summer nights in Albuquerque are glorious. Why not spend them listening, watching and dancing? More at

Albuquerque Film & Music Experience June 6-11 brings filmmakers, musicians, artists and visionaries together to celebrate the art of storytelling and collaborate into the future, with 10,000 attendees, domestic and international movies, engaging industry panels and workshops, exciting networking events, live music and poetry performances, art exhibitions and more. The opening night movie, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World, a documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history, features some of the greatest music stars of our time. Of note is the Intimate Conversation with T Bone Burnett & Jeff Bridges discussing The Power Of Music In Movies & Television. More and tickets at

The final event of the Chatter Late Works season on June 16 combines music and art into a one-of-a-kind sensory experience at the Banque Lofts. Chatter Artistic Directors David Felberg and James Shields will perform solo works by Bach and Boulez. Boulez makes use of sonic “spatialization,” with multiple speakers arranged throughout the venue, to which live and recorded sounds will be sent, to create a constantly shifting musical environment. Chatter collaborates with Meow Wolf installation artists Lance McGoldrick and David Cudney to make this performance an artistic “happening” that will be a feast for the eyes and ears alike. The art will work with the soundscape, incorporating light and sculptural elements. This is sure to be a mind-blowing evening not to be missed. Tickets at

The San Juan Day Celebration June 24 at the San Juan Mission and Grounds in Lincoln continues the New Mexico Culture Squared (NMC2 ) project, shepherded by AMP Concerts at state historic sites, museums and various cultural organizations. Head to Lincoln for free family friendly arts and crafts, storytelling, food, tours of the site, games and music. A full schedule at Concertgoers are encouraged to come prepared for weather (of any kind) and to bring a lawn chair.

On June 24, the Center for Ageless Living in Los Lunas will celebrate its 10th annual Field to Food event, Somethin’ Pigs Happening. “This year the menu features roasted pig ‘Delicious’ raised by Hanako Farms and local pears from S.Bear Farms,” says Suzette Lindemuth, director. Hanako Farms’ goal is to create a farm to raise special breeds of pigs. This year, they are focusing on raising guinea hogs, featured on this year’s menu. Proceeds from the event go to support the Field to Food Program, which grows and distributes fresh produce to homebound elders in Valencia County. Tickets and details at

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science announces Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life, a highly interactive new exhibition exploring evidence for the biological origins of music, opening June 24. Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn, and people everywhere sing and dance. Through environmental soundscapes, exhibits and listening experiences, visitors are invited to explore nature’s score and expand their understanding of what makes music. “From trumpeting swans to singing whales, nature is filled with music,” Museum Director Margie Marino says. “Wild Music allows visitors of all ages and abilities to hum, drum, and play through a magical, musical world.” Details at

Pork & Brew returns to the Santa Ana Star Center July 1 through 3, with the best BBQ vendors from around the region, local craft beer, live music and interactive family activities. Returning to the event will be Galloping Grace Youth Ranch and its petting zoo and pig races. This year’s indoor/outdoor format means rain or shine fun, over 20 different microbrews on tap, and an expanded seating area with live, local music. Between chomps of fantastic BBQ, you can check out local arts and crafts vendors and burn off some calories by dancing to live music— there will be bouncy houses for the kids, too. Plus watermelon and pie-eating contests daily! More at

Santa Fe

The buzz is strong and steady for The New Baking Company, recently opened in the old Santa Fe Baking Company spot on Cordova. Owners Filiberto Rodriguez (who worked at Santa Fe Baking Co. for 17 years) his wife, Norma Rodriguez, and Norma’s aunt and uncle, Maria and Mark Fehey, have brought the place back to life, including many menu favorites. We can’t wait to visit for breakfast, lunch, coffee and now dinner, as well as the baked goods that we remember so well. Thanks for resurrecting a community favorite, folks, as well as finding a home for now-shuttered Back Street Bistro’s legendary Hungarian mushroom soup!

White Rock’s The Pig + Fig Café is now serving tapas, beer and wine, and has expanded its hours and menu! Now open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with breakfast, lunch and dinner of tapas, beer and wine. The tapas menu includes tortilla de patata, esperragos and gambas azafrin, plus salmon, beef tenderloin, lobster and pickles of all kinds. Bring a friend, and enjoy the foods that remind Chef/Owner Laura Hamilton of the days when her grandmother hung a jamon serrano from the kitchen ceiling and she would stand on a chair to help herself. Visit to sign up for their newsletter. Believe me, it’s totally worth the drive.

Meow Wolf announces its first voyage into the savory world of the Santa Fe culinary scene with Trinity Kitchen, a new food truck serving authentic Cajun cuisine and other Southern favorites. Parked outside their Rufina Street home, Trinity Kitchen dishes include Southern and soul food favorites: po boys, gumbo, étouffée, fried chicken & waffles, boudin, beignets and pecan-smoked baby back ribs. Chef Eliot Chavanne’s got some experience, too: he started his career in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. He’s joined by Shreveport childhood friend Connor Black, whose background in the hotel and hospitality industry, as well as restaurants and catering for large audiences, is a natural fit. They’ll be at Spanish Market, International Folk Art Market, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and other local festivals, too.

Big news… Fernando Ruiz, formerly of SantaCafe, is now at the restaurant at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Resort. The Chopped-winning chef will use everything from the resort’s two-acre garden in his menu. Don’t look for menu changes yet; the chef’s feet are barely wet. When we spoke, he’d been on the job for only two weeks! “I’d been talking to Ojo for a while and was ready to move on and take them to the next level,” he says. “We’ll also be collaborating with Rocky Durham at Sunrise Springs on wine dinners and other events.” Congrats Chef, and good move, Ojo! 

After rave reviews and sold-out seminars in its two previous years, New Mexico Cocktails & Culture Festival showcases the cocktail and culinary culture of Santa Fe and New Mexico, with industry professionals from around the country, June 2 – 4. Events are geared toward hospitality professionals and sipping and dining enthusiasts, including seminars, cocktails samplings and fundraising events benefitting the Helen David Relief Fund, Cooking With Kids; and the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico. Food, cocktails, film, music and art are featured throughout the weekend. And Margarita Trail Taco Wars! Vote for your favorite mixologist in the Bartender of the Year Awards, too. Details at

Santa Fe Fashion Week (June 6-10) features national and international designers, runway shows and meet-and-greet receptions with Project Runway designers Richard Hallmarq, Melissa Fleis, Ari South and others. See some of your favorites at the Drury Hotel and other venues. Events will be hosted by Jade Cole, a finalist in the sixth season of America’s Next Top Model. Expect Southwest, Western and other design sensibilities in clothing, swimwear and jewelry. And if you need a place to crash, the Drury is offering package deals when you mention the event. Info and tickets at

Celebrating 110 years, the School for Advanced Research has been a careful steward of treasures from the Southwest and beyond. On June 24, find out What’s Your Treasure Worth? as Wes Cowan—a mainstay of History Detectives and a featured guest appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow—for a verbal valuation of your treasures. Bring up to three items—American Indian art, fine and decorative art, autographs and manuscripts, books, maps and other historical items, as well as fine jewelry and time pieces (no stamps, firearms, coins or large pieces of furniture. Cowan’s Auctions, Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the leading auction houses in the country. All proceeds benefit SAR. Reserve your time, here:

A silent auction for birders, bird lovers and anyone interested in a good cause–helping house New Mexicans who are homeless is June 4 from 3-5 p.m. The Not Just for the Birds benefit at the Scottish Rite Temple is free, sponsored by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. More than 100 local artists and school children have crafted fantastical, colorful birdbaths, bird art, birdhouses and related items for the benefit. Among this year’s auction donors are participants in workshops by artists Peter Chapin and Ron Pokrasso; a workshop by Santa Fe Clay; and classes from Amy Biehl Community School and Eldorado Community School. Flit on in and take home a handmade item, or just support the cause.

This summer, internationally acclaimed flamenco dancer and choreographer Juan Siddi and his troupe of dancers, singers and musicians proudly introduce Arte Flamenco Society, an independent, nonprofit organization aimed at sharing the spirit of flamenco within the Santa Fe community, Northern New Mexico and beyond. Join Juan Siddi Flamenco as it celebrates its 10th anniversary season and first year as Arte Flamenco Society, with three performances June 9, Aug. 27, and Dec. 9, all at the Lensic. This season, a variety of newly choreographed works feature acclaimed flamenco artists from Spain and the United States, as well as some of Siddi’s dedicated students who have committed themselves to this vibrant art form. Details at

The Levitt AMP Santa Fe Music Series started in May and continues through July at the Railyard. These free concerts presented by AMP Concerts, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the cultural landscape of Northern New Mexico through musical experiences and community events, feature the likes of The Meat Puppets (June 3), El Ten Eleven (June 10) and Globalquerque favorites Dakhabrakha (June 24). And AMP’s Movies at the Railyard series kicks off June 2 and every other Friday after that with the original Mary Poppins, followed by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (June 16) and Best in Show (June 30)–well-behaved dogs welcome to this one! More at

An update on the new concept from Loyal Hound’s Renée Fox and Dave Readyhough: Arable will open in late June or early July in the Agora shopping center in Eldorado. Follow Arable on Facebook for more on their progress. Expect a menu of locally sourced organic, seasonal, home-cooked and made-from-scratch (just like Loyal Hound), with eight beers and wines on tap, plus hard cider and bottled wine. Arable promises patio seating, dinner nightly and brunch on weekends, too. We’re crazy about Chef Renée’s food, Dave’s front-of-the-house hospitality, and look forward to Arable’s entree into the dining scene.


The third annual Music on the Mesa Festival promises food, fun and festivities June 2-4 at Taos Mesa Brewing Company, featuring Railroad Earth, Rising Appalachia, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Cheese Dusters, Drew Emmitt (from Leftover Salmon), Elephant Revival, California Honeydrops and many, many more artists from all across the country. Day, festival and camping passing available, visit

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the highest, longest and most authentic steam railroad in America, welcomes summer riders with trains departing daily from both Antonito, Colo., and Chama through October. This National Historic Landmark that moves re-creates the thrill of traveling by steam railroad through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rocky Mountain West. The train follows 64-miles of tracks that cross the borders 11 times, skirting along canyon walls through Toltec Gorge, two tunnels, over Cascade Trestle, 137-feet above a roaring river, and to the top of 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass. Do a full- or half-day trip, special dinner trains, sunset trains, concert trains, Father’s Day specials and a July 4 train that includes fireworks. Details at

Taos School of Music 2013 alumnus Drew Petersen has received the 2017 American Pianists Association Christel De Haan Classical Fellowship, given every four years to a talented pianist identified as vital young voice in classical music. The prize includes $50,000 cash, a recording contract with Steinway & Sons, two years of professional development and assistance, and performance opportunities worldwide. TSM Executive Director Kathleen Anderson says, “We congratulate Drew on his enormous achievement and look forward to watching his career take shape as he ascends the world’s concert stage. Of the five finalists in the American Pianists Association’s competition, three attended Taos School of Music: Drew Petersen, Sam Hong, and Alex Beyer. All are remarkable young people with brilliant futures.” More at

by Kelly Koepke

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