The Buzz – May 2017


Congrats to Aux Dog Theatre on the occasion of their 10th anniversary. The little theater that could has made it a full decade, with interesting, innovative performances, thanks to support from the vital Albuquerque theater-loving community. Support them at

And double congrats to Jambo Café, now officially open for dinner in the Northeast Heights. The double? Because after a several week closure of their original Santa Fe location (a car crashed into the storefront), they, too, are back open and serving delicious East African and Caribbean specialties.

A show of hands for Hakim Bellamy, named a 2017 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow. The inaugural poet laureate of Albuquerque joins others being recognized for using their art form for positive impact, and will receive national opportunity to showcase his voice and work. How about mentorship from the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and others, too? Amazing work, Hakim!

Broadway superstar Bernadette Peters takes the Popejoy stage for one incredible night May 21, backed by a 10-piece orchestra. Peters performs selections from the most significant shows in her career, including Song and Dance, Annie Get Your Gun and more, along with some of her personal favorites. As one of the most critically acclaimed performers in Broadway history, Bernadette’s been entertaining audiences worldwide for decades. Now, she brings her incomparable voice, wit and charm to Albuquerque for a special fundraiser for Popejoy Hall, with selections from the Sondheim musicals in which she’s starred, including Into the Woods, Gypsy, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music and Follies. Tickets at or

Wade McCullough, president of Food Karma, and Brandon Gregoire, owner of Dig & Serve, announced the two organizations are forming a cross-sector strategic partnership to share resources using each organization’s respective talent. Along with the Karma Cafe operating six days per week, Food Karma will continue its presence at the Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market. The partnership is already in full swing with multiple events in the works. Wade will take a lead role on the kitchen team for upcoming Dig & Serve events and Brandon has been volunteering at Food Karma to help with the nonprofit marketing, brand development, general management and finance and accounting activities. More at the Karma Café Facebook page and

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center hosts its annual Traditional Teachings Camps starting May 19, with separate sessions for both adults and children offering participants the opportunity to learn about Pueblo culture through hands-on activities like gardening and pottery-painting led by experts representing diverse Pueblo communities. “Our Traditional Teachings Camp is perfect for people who have an interest in Native and Pueblo cultures,” says Bettina Sandoval (Taos Pueblo), IPCC’s cultural education specialist. “Participants get a first-hand experience of what it takes to make crafts like pottery or weaving and learn about the art and history that comes [sic] from the Pueblos.” Details at

If ever you needed a reason to support Public Television, this new cooking series is it. James Beard: America’s First Foodie launches the new series Chefs Flight on May 19 on KNME. Chefs Flight features four documentaries on acclaimed chefs James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin and Alice Waters. The new documentary, James Beard: America’s First Foodie, chronicles a century of food through the story of the man behind the medal, the iconic cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity and teacher. Check the schedule, set your DVRs and then consider donating to KNME:

The Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid is pleased to announce the 10th Annual CrawDaddy Blues Fest May 20 and 21 with great live blues, fresh boiled crawfish and other Cajun specialties! If you love crawfish, you need to come out to this event. And if you don’t (really?), come for the green chile blue crab cakes, étouffée, gumbo and Texas barbeque ribs, brisket and smoked pork. There will be a full bar and plenty of shade. Tickets at or at the Mine Shaft Tavern. Details at

Road trip? How about a two-day fiber crawl spanning Taos, Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque? Tour New Mexico’s exceptional local fiber studios, cultural centers, stores, farms and museums on May 13 and 14, with kickoff parties on the May 12. Shop local traditional and contemporary fiber artwork. Experience all the events, demonstrations and sites along the way with your Fiber Crawl Passport at any site to collect stickers and your chance to win prizes. It’s free and fun for the whole family. Check out what’s happening in your area and plan your crawl at

Albuquerque Beer Week is a celebration of great beers, local music and food, May 25 through June 4, with over 100 events, including the ABQ Blues & Brews festival at Sandia Resort & Casino, with unlimited sampling from more than 80 breweries, cideries and distilleries. “Whatever food you like, there is a beer to pair with it,” says organizer Marne Gaston. “We have over 25 food-related events this year including pairings, brunch and dinners.” All your favorites will be there: Tractor Brewing, Marble Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Green Jeans Farmery, M’tucci’s Italian Deli, Bubba’s 33, Canteen Brewhouse, Farina Alto, Freight House, Nob Hill Bar & Grill, Monroe’s, Rock & Brews, Sister Bar and more. Visit for a complete schedule and tickets.

Big News from 110 year old Wright’s Indian Art! They’ve got new owners, but it’s still a family affair. The Chernoff-Bobrick family took over Wright’s from Katherine Wright in 1956. Now, the third generation of this family, Lauren and Dan Hyman are taking the reins from Tania Chernoff Bobrick and Wayne Bobrick. The granddaughter and grandson-in-law will continue Wright’s‘ stellar reputation for quality, authenticity and value. They have deep-rooted admiration and enthusiasm for Native arts, and backgrounds in accounting and business management. And the greatest inheritance of all––they will bring the same integrity and respect for artists and customers that Wright’s is known for. Stop in and say hi!

Santa Fe

Taco Fundacion has been teasing us for weeks about their opening in the old Bert’s Burger Bowl on Guadalupe. They’re now open, serving tacos al pastor, chicken mole, barbacoa, shrimp and fish, as well as three veggie options, with sides of pinto beans and guacamole. I’m drooling just writing this. Buzz us all the info on how they taste, because owner Brian Knox’s nearby Shake Foundation is pretty awesome. We bet the taco version is, too.

Have you been to Cuba Fe yet? The restaurant out of La Cocina de Balam off Third Street and Cerrillos Road specializes in Cuban and Caribbean food, the brainchild of Robert McCormick and David Michael Tardy. The pair does catering and party platters, too, featuring media noche sandwiches, beans and rice, yucca fries and homemade flan. Mmmm…..flan. Check out their Facebook page for hours, etc.

The accolades keep coming for Meow Wolf, now in possession of a THEA award. The THEAs were created to bring recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. The homegrown group was honored in the Connected Immersion category, for mixing “digitally-led interactivity with the real world to create rich, high-touch, high-context experiences that seamlessly connect to the broader themed entertainment space. These immersive experiences extend beyond the established borders to allow audiences to ‘live’ the story in unforgettable ways. Visitors can now be the heroes in their own story, discover hidden depths, solve mysteries and go beyond the box.”

Kudos to Margret Henkels on the April publication of her book, Is Your Horse 100%?, a comprehensive guide of methods to resolve painful limitations in the equine body. An avid rider, Margret rode the Connemara Trail with Willie Leahy and she rides both dressage and trail at home. She has fox hunted, participated in many clinics and continually researches conformation with her own horses. Margret’s certified with Matrix Energetics, a quantum-energy work developed by Dr. Richard Bartlett, as well as Equine Natural Movement, which is Heller Work for horses, with Joseph Freeman, in Battle Ground, Wash. Go to for more information.

Heritage Hotels and Resorts and an investor group led by Randy Talbot have brought the Inn and Spa at Loretto under the Heritage banner, making five hotels in Santa Fe, three in Albuquerque, two in Taos and one in Las Cruces. “The Inn and Spa at Loretto is one of Santa Fe’s premier properties offering guests exceptional accommodations, dining and spa services,” Jim Long, founder and CEO of Heritage Hotels & Resorts, says in a statement. “The Loretto’s iconic architecture, modeled after Taos Pueblo, make it one of the most photographed buildings in the state. We are delighted to add Loretto to our portfolio of culturally-designed New Mexico properties and look forward to introducing our guests to this new experience.”

On May 13, Deborah Madison, James Beard Award-winning author and chef, will be at Las Cosas Kitchen Kitchen Shoppe, making such delectables as roasted cauliflower with Romesco sauce, sweet potato soup with ginger and black rice with mixed beets and greens. The recipes are all from Madison’s acclaimed new cookbook, In My Kitchen. Las Cosas provides a rare treat for food aficionados to meet one of their heroes, watch her cook and personally sign her new book. On May 31, you can join Deborah at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, where she joins Sarah Federman, PhD, in a discussion of  “tree thinking,” the edible plant tree-of-life, and food security in changing climates. 

The 2017 season of New Mexico Actors Lab presents three prize-winning plays at Teatro Paraguas, opening The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams May 18 through June 4, followed this summer by The Quality Of Life (Jane Anderson) and Heisenberg (Simon Stevens). Artistic Director Robert Benedetti will direct all three productions. A repertory company in the classic sense, NMAL selects plays that showcase and challenge the talents of its members. The acting company this season is comprised of Nicholas Ballas, Patrick Briggs, Jody Durham, Barbara Hatch, Vaughn Irving, Suzanne Lederer, Debrianna Mansini, Geoffrey Pomeroy, Robyn Rikoon, Jonathan Richards and Hania Stocker. The creative staff includes Barbara Hatch, Skip Rapoport, Argos MacCallum, Talia Pura, Suzanne Cross, Ruth Mikos, Judy Walker and Kyra Murzyn. Tickets at

World Sherry Day is May 27. Celebrate at Taberna La Boca with a sherry tasting with classical tapas pairing so you can experience the full range of world-renowned sherries from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Then stay for Noches de Flamenco with Chuscales y La Familia and an evening of Flamenco. Or catch a performance of Jono Manson, Jesus Bas, Nacha Mendez or acoustic trio Lone Piñon. There’s always something interesting (cooking classes, guitar, flamenco, etc.) going on at Taberna. Check the schedule at

Big money for Cooking with Kids—a $25,000 donation from Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, bringing the nine-year total to $175,000. Los Alamos National Bank has also contributed $10,000 annually for the past four years, shared between the two groups. These donations help bring CWK’s hands-on food education to thousands of public school children each year. Since 1995, thousands of Santa Fe Public School kids have participated in cooking classes and tasting classes. CWK has been recognized both locally and nationally as a leader in innovative programming for school-based nutrition education. More at

May 18 – 21 is the 4th annual Outside Bike & Brew Festival, a three-day celebration of craft beer culture and exceptional road and mountain biking in beautiful Santa Fe. With activities to please bike enthusiasts at every level, including the annual Santa Fe Century 100-mile bike ride, the event includes easy cruises to the local brewpub, food, music, demonstrations, vendors and more. This year, there’s a discounted Local’s Pass for sale at Whole Foods in Santa Fe. Head to for details.

The Institute of American Indian Arts presents the first IAIA Music Fest May 17, an all-ages show with free admission. Eric Davis, producer of the event, has this to say: “Historically, students have organized music events on campus the day after our Powwow. This year we’ve decided to make it a school-produced event that we can replicate on an annual basis. This is an opportunity for the Santa Fe community to come to our beautiful campus, enjoy a day of free music, and learn more about IAIA. Not only are some of our current students scheduled to play, but numerous alumni have returned to be part of the fun.” More at

The Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association proudly presents the 26th annual Eldorado Studio Tour the weekend of May 20-21. Artist genres include painting, ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, photography, digital images, furniture, fiber and wearable art. Also included are woodworking, mixed media and recycled art. Visit the Preview Gallery at 16 Avenida Torreon May 20-21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to view a representative piece of each participating artist’s work, and pick up a brochure and a map to each artist’s studio. Details at


Angel Fire Bike Park, the largest bike park in the Rockies, opens its summer season with over 60 miles of trails on May 19. Additionally, bike park organizers invite all riders up for the only summer bike demo in the Southwest over Memorial Day weekend. Demo Daze, May 27-28, features bikes and gear from top vendors. The two-day event is for any riders who are interested in downhill, cross country, enduro or a mix of mountain bike terrain. Everyone from novice to expert riders can test-ride the latest bikes and try out new biking gear. The lift ticket also includes access to live music, tastings at the Brewfest tent and entrance to the movie premiere under the stars. Details at

In 2017, Lama Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary, and invites everyone who has ever been touched by Lama to visit, tap into the collective inspiration of the past 50 years, and help breath inspiration into the community for the next 50. Lama Foundation is a spiritual community, educational facility and retreat center adjacent to the Carson National Forest near the town of Taos. You may know it as the place where Ram Dass wrote his iconic bestseller Be Here Now. The summer-long celebration begins in May, so check out for the schedule of events and activities.

by Kelly Koepke


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