The Buzz September 2014


Nob Hill dwellers now have the opportunity to hang with a steaming cup of coffee or tea, courtesy of Michael Thomas Coffee. The Fringecrest-y coffee house has opened a second location at Bryn Mawr and Silver Avenue, just south of Central. Owner Michael Sweeney expanded the space, which was a teashop, and has partnered with East Downtown’s Hartford Square restaurant to offer food with Michael Thomas’s in-house roasted coffee and other drinks. Can’t wait to try the patio and watch the beautiful people walk, bike and saunter by.

In other Nob Hill news, O’Niell’s isexpanding next door with a sports bar called Gioco. The menu will offer artisan pizzas and flatbreads as well as the usual bar food. Of course, TVs are mandatory for a sports bar and co-owner Rob Munro promises a high-end audio-visual experience. Everyone’s estimating a September opening, just in time for football and baseball playoffs. Gioco, BTW, is Italian for “game.” Visit or call 505.977.1836 to verify the opening and hours.

Another entry into Albuquerque’s booming brew pub scene, the Draft Station opened its new Albuquerque location in August. They are proudly pouring some of the best craft beer in New Mexico: Blue Corn Brewery, Chama River Brewery, Marble, La Cumbre, and others. Open seven days a week at noon, the Draft Station is located at 1720 Central Avenue SW, between Downtown and Old Town.

Downtown’s got more to look forward to as well. A new restaurant, taproom and urban grocery, Pony Jo Urban Market at Anthea, has broken ground. The brainchild of Matt DiGregory, founder of Standard Diner and Range Cafe, and Eric F. Garcia, owner of EFG Creative, Pony Jo will offer coffee, beer, wine, food, pastries and grocery store items. Rising at 4th and Granite NW, the market will be part of a three-story, 33,000-square-foot housing development called Anthea @ The Granite. Yeah for Downtown’s future!

If you missed its gallery show in Peñasco last month, you can head to the Whispiritwebsite ( to take a gander at its gorgeous, affordable and luxurious handmade-in-New Mexico alpaca fiber jackets, hats, scarves and other accessories. This East Mountain barn-to-closet venture from Sandy and Lee Liggett (they raise the alpacas, turn the fleece into a felted fabric and the fabric into garments) has entered the Martha Stewart American Made competition and we will hear in September whether they are a finalist. Go alpacas! Go Whispirit!

Every fall, the Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust celebrates its work keeping farms and ranches in production with an annual Harvest Dinner. This farm-to-fork event, held this year at Farm & Table in Albuquerque’s North Valley, brings together some of Albuquerque’s finest chefs and farmers in a beautiful evening dining under the stars. Join the Land Trust on September 14 for an evening not to be missed, featuring five courses of exclusively local cuisine. Call 505.884.6557 for details and reservations.

The Museum of the American Military Family, The Telling Project,and the Bob Woodruff Foundation are proud to present Telling: Albuquerque, a testimonial theatrical performance by Albuquerque-based military veterans and military family members. The performances will take place at the South Broadway Cultural Center, September 11 through 21. All performances are free to the public.The Telling Project, a non-partisan not-for-profit organization, works with military veterans and their families to facilitate communication between veterans and civilian communities across the United States. More at

The 3rd annual Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, September 13 and 14at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, is a two-day, family-friendly adventure in creativity, invention and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. With hands-on experiences for all ages, it’s part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new. It’s a place where people showwhat they are making and sharewhat they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, poets, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. They are people who embrace the do-it-yourself spirit and are of all ages and backgrounds. Makers create, build, invent, re-purpose, hack, alter or otherwise change and improve the world around them through thinking and creativity, using circuit boards, wood, clay, fabric, LEDs, metal, plastic, robotics, yarn, sewing machines, computers, hot glue guns, paint, batteries, fire, electricity and recyclables—just about anything you can imagine. The aim of the Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community. Visit for a list of activities and times.

Kudos to Elena Heiss of the National Institute of Flamenco for her national recognition and dance scholarship from the Princess Grace Foundation USA. She’s one of a handful of winners of the 2014 Princess Grace Awards for emerging artists in dance, theater and film. The winners are nominated by schools and nonprofit performing companies.

Everybody loves cookies, right? Mike Silva loved them so much that he opened Rude Boy Cookies at 115 Harvard so he could offer cookies, milk (including non-dairy milks) and his “rude boy” attitude to the city. Silva is co-owner of ABQ Trolley Company. He working with Kristin Dowling to create the recipes and the cookies. The menu includes classics like chocolate chip and peanut butter, gourmetoptions like s’mores and oatmeal cream pies, and vegan and gluten-free choices. Ice cream and milkshakes flavored with syrups from local chocolatier Joliesse Chocolates, too! Visit

The Placitas Artists Series kicks off its 28th season September 21 at Las Placitas Presbyterian Church with violist Willy Sucre and La Catrina Quartet. Sucre, a longtime musical presence in the Albuquerque area, is currently member of the New Mexico Philharmonic. La Catrina Quartet, based at New Mexico State University, is comprised of violinists Daniel Vega-Albela and Roberta Arruda, violist Jorge Martínez-Rios and cellist Jorge Espinoza. A pre-concert reception features the art of Dave Garner (photography), Renée Brainard Gentz (fiber art), Ann Pollard (acrylic painting) and Betty Temple (acrylic painting). Visit

Santa Fe

Last year’s FUZE.SW Food + Folklore Festival was such a success, they’re doing it again! September 12 through 14 at the International Folk Art Museum, participants will explore Native American foodways and how they have influenced New Mexico’s unique culinary traditions. Two full days of panel discussions, workshops, book signings, hands-on activities and food are scheduled with an impressive roster of presenters that includes more than 60 renowned Native American and James Beard Award-winning authors and chefs, nationally recognized scholars and poets. Sunday, the public is invited for the free FUZE.SW MarketPlace, featuring New Mexico-grown, produced and prepared foods for sale, with local food trucks. Register at or call 505.992.2715, ext. 9.

**One of Santa Fe’s local favorites, Dinner For Two has some new energy! Chef Andrew Barnes and his bride were married this year, and have invigorated the eatery’s 13th year of business with a new vision: a tap and tasting bar featuring New Mexico crafted beers and produce from their Cerrillos farm. They’ve added a lot of fun “bar food,” including duck ‘pato’ tacos, buttermilk-siracha fried chicken with bacon gravy, Maryland style crab cakes, duck and fig sausage, and beer battered ono fish n’ chips. Join them from 4 to 6 p.m. daily for $1 off all draft beers, and half off all appetizers at the bar. September 26 they’re featuring New Mexico’s Black Mesa Winery’s winemaker Carl Johnson with a menu to complement the wines. Call 505.820.2075 for reservations.

Melinda Gipson, a baker for more than 20 years at some of Boise’s and Santa Fe’s most popular restaurants, has opened her own charming bakery, Sweet Lily Bakery, at 229A Johnson Street. “Desserts connect family and friends—a family outing to the ice cream parlor, a giant gingerbread cookie at Christmas, sweet homemade treats by Grandma for the long trek home or a fancy dessert to end a wonderful meal with a loved one,” says Gipson. “That’s the true power of desserts, the sweetness lingers long after the flavor fades from one’s taste buds. Desserts make memories.” Sweet Lily Bakery offer a variety of desserts (including gluten-free options) of the highest caliber. Visit them on Facebook.

One of the world’s best-loved zydeco bands, Buckwheat Zydeco, plays the Farmer’s Market Pavilion September 24. Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. was the first zydeco artist signed to a major record label, to perform on a national television show, and to launch his own record label. The multi-Grammy nominee’s stellar recordings and tireless touring have taken the Bayou State native’s Creole-French rave-ups and soulful breakdowns to new heights worldwide. Over three decades, Buckwheat Zydeco has emerged as the best of the best. Bring your dancin’ shoes for this one. Visit for tickets.

If you’re a fan of pickles, and really, who isn’t?, then head over to Barrio Brinery, Santa Fe’s source for fine fermented foods. Opening its doors in September at 1413-B West Alameda, the shop purveys hand-crafted small batches of pickled cucumbers, escabeche and other lacto-fermented (not vinegar based) goodies. Owners Pat Block and Yvette De La O started fermenting because of their passion for high-quality, hand-crafted foods and a hunch that many others in the community share that passion. Rather than just preserve food, lacto-fermentation actually increases the nutrients in the food as well as adding beneficial bacteria that we are finding out are essential to healthy immune function. Visit them at or call 505.699.9812 for hours.

You’ll also be able to get Barrio’s treats at Santa Fe’s newest and only cheese specialty shop. John Gutierrez is co-owner and proprietor of Cheesemongers of Santa Fe at 130 E Marcy Street, opening in September. Gutierrez has worked in cheese shops and creameries in San Francisco and elsewhere and partners with Forward Foods for this local fromagerie. The cheese cases will hold up to 150 different varieties and more for the holidays, with a 50-50 split between domestic and international choices, including some made in New Mexico. Patrons will also be able to get cold cuts, honey, jam, chocolate and breads, making Cheesemongers a must visit destination. Call 405.642.8782 for hours.

Congrats to Robert Ruiz, general manager of Garrett’s Desert Inn, on being named Innkeeper of the Year by the New Mexico Lodging Association. Keep up the good work, Robert!

Kudos to La Fonda’s Bell Tower Bar, named to Fodor’s Travel’s list of the best 15 rooftop bars in America. Praising the sunset views, light Southwestern fare and extensive beverage menu, the write-up notes the Bell Ringer Margarita, which allows guests who try one to ring the eponymous tower’s bell. Open every day depending on the weather.

Rising Stars in the Southwest’s third annual fundraiser, Reaching for the Stars: Supporting our Local Teen’s Dreams to Careers Program, is September 20 at the Governor’s Mansion. This local nonprofit dedicates itself to helping community adolescents develop their leadership skills by setting goals and focusing their direction on positive life choices. Coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month, this year’s event includes tapas, local wines and flamenco entertainment from Juan Siddi, Mina Fajardo and Joaquin Gallegos, as well as a silent auction featuring some of the region’s top artists and retail shops. Governor Martinez proclaimed September 20 Hispanic Youth Leadership Day, which will be honored and celebrated during the fundraising event. Tickets at

New Mexico has lost a pioneer in the wine making industry. Henry Street, a member and officer of New Mexico Vine & Wine Society andthe New Mexico Wine Growers Association, author of The History of Wine in New Mexico: 400 Years of Struggle, and owner with his wife Mary of Ponderosa Valley Winery, passed in July. Ponderosa grew to be the largest Riesling vineyard in New Mexico. Our condolences to Henry’s friends and family.


Want to win a million dollars? Head to Angel Fire Resort’s Million Dollar Hole-In-One Charity Classic on September 13 for a chance at some of the $3.6 million in cash prizes. The PGA-ranked golf course at Angel Fire Resort hosts this inaugural 18-hole charity event, open to the general public. Proceeds benefit the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico. Registration is first-come, first-served, by calling 575.377.4488. More details at

Art Buzz


For the seventh year, the Albuquerque Art Business Association honors area artists who excel in the arts and give back to their communities. By sharing their time, talent and passion, they help give birth to the next generation of art lovers and artists and sustain the hope that New Mexico will continue to be home to thousands of working artists for many years to come. This year’s Local Treasures celebrate eight artists: Marilyn Drake, George Howard Hayes III, Reg Loving, Pam Lujan-Hauer, Marcia Newren, Augustine Romero, Dianna Shomaker and Mary Sundstrom-Gramer. The President’s Award will go to architect Bart Prince for creating extraordinary liveble art with his designs. The public awards ceremony at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History is September 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Go to for more on all the recipients.

SCA Contemporary Art welcomes the University of New Mexico’s incoming Masters of Fine Arts graduate students as they introduce their work to the Albuquerque community at the annual At First Sight exhibition. A group composed of 17 artists from Pakistan, China, Germany and 10 states in the U.S., these artists bring fresh perspectives on art, ecology, ceramics, electronic arts, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and sculpture. September 11 at 6 p.m., the artists will show individual presentations and discuss their work leading up to graduate school. SCA Contemporary Art is located at 524 Haines NW, and the exhibition will be up until September 12. Visit

516 ARTS opens Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop, a solo exhibition of Colorado-based African American artist Floyd D. Tunson, who for over four decades has been among the most highly regarded and influential artists in the Rocky Mountain region. He has achieved a rich and diverse body of work that includes painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and mixed media. The exhibit runs September 27 through December 13 at 516 ARTS, with an artist/curator talk on September 25 at6p.m. in the auditorium at Central New Mexico Community College’s Smith-Brasher Hall. Visit for details.

Santa Fe

Mark your calendars for September 15 for the launch of the International Folk Art Market’s online marketplace. This new site will showcase the folk art of 18 master artists representing 16 countries. Online shoppers will be able to buy jewelry, textiles, baskets and more! Check and support international artists all year long.

September is art tour month in Santa Fe and environs. Start with the 21st annual Pojoaque River Art Tour September 20 and 21. Diverse work representing three cultures distinguishes the outstanding art tour, with 16 stops and 24 artists spaning Pojoaque Pueblo, Nambe, Pojoaque, and San Ildefonso Pueblo. On Friday, September 19, an artists’ reception hosted by Than Povi Fine Art Gallery (Exit 176 in Cuyamungue) features food and refreshment, dances, a silent auction and more. Stop by Than Povi for maps or visit

On the last weekend of the month September 27 and 28, visit artists’ studios in beautiful Pecos, Rowe and Glorieta for the Pecos Studio Tour, representing a loosely knit group of artists living in and around the village of Pecos. Just 20 minutes from Santa Fe on I-25 north, this small community hosts a blend of unique artists in all media. More at


Tour the historic studios of E.I. Couse and J.H. Sharp, two of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists, and enjoy a delightful stroll through Virginia Couse’s vintage garden when The Couse Foundation hosts an open house on September 6 at 146 Kit Carson Road. Also visit the studios of Randy LaGro, Ed Sandoval, Ann Huston, Gail Goodwin, and Gene and Sara Jean Gray. On exhibit will be E. I. Couse, the Painter and His Craft, which features Couse’s painting techniques, and examples of the photographs, drawings and sketches he used in his process. The exhibit runs until October 11. Check out for details.

You’ve got two weekends to experience the High Road to Taos Scenic Byway Tour, offering magnificent vistas of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows and charming traditional Spanish and Pueblo villagesthat haveinspired many artists and artisans. Explore and help sustain the rural economy of this centuries-old region. Always the last two weekends of September, the 2014 tour takes place September 20, 21, 27 and 28. Details at

The Paseo is a festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos, September 26 through 28. Occurring in collaboration with the Taos Fall Arts Festival (which runs through October 5), The Paseo unites the 2014 fall arts venues, creating a new platform for the public display of art within the Taos Historic District. Workshops, artists presentations, discussions and more. Visit and for more.

Story by by Kelly Koepke

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