Center Stage – Performance Buzz October 2017

Teatro Paraguas offers up a gem in Sotto Voce by Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics), a play that personalizes the 1939 “Voyage of the Damned,” when Cuba, the U.S. and Canada turned away Jewish émigrés, sending nearly half of them back to their deaths in Europe. Bernadette, a German-born novelist, and Saquiel, a young Jewish-Cuban man, correspond by phone and email until she gives up her story to him, and perhaps her heart.

Here is insight into a certain scene, from impresario Argos MacCallum: “Stage left is the writer’s apartment; Saquiel is stage right, on the street. Lucila (Bernadette’s maid, an immigrant from Colombia) is a go-between. Saquiel invites Lucila to a dance class. As they dance, they transform into Ariel Strauss (Bernadette’s old lover) and Ariel’s sister Nina on board the S.S. St. Louis.” It’s haunting. Continue reading

Art Buzz – October 2017

Albuquerque

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, hosts the fifth Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival Oct. 7 and 8. The event is a showcase for 50 select Indigenous artists who create both traditional and contemporary works of art, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, rugs and sculpture. The all-Native American art festival kicks off a weeklong celebration of Pueblo art and culture that includes more than 40 traditional Native dances. And whenever you need to pause and refuel, there’s also culinary art onsite at the Pueblo Harvest Cafe, offering a fall menu of New Native American cuisine. Details at indianpueblo.org.

Be part of something new and philanthropic at the first annual Art|Corrales, a fine-arts show featuring 35 Corrales-based artists, some acclaimed, Nov. 4 and 5, at the historic Casa Vieja Event Center. Opening the show is a Nov. 3 fundraising dinner, featuring a whole roast pig prepared by Jude Sanchez, owner/chef at Las Ristras Restaurant. The dinner benefits art education programs at Corrales Elementary School and the Cottonwood Montessori School. Details at corralesartcenter.org or nmartistsmarket.org. Continue reading

The Buzz – October 2017

Albuquerque

What’s that, you say? Something could possibly be better than crepes and coffee? Indeed, two locations that serve up myriad iterations of both. But let’s get real here, the thing that truly is better than two spots serving up two of the world’s best things is, well, three spots. And yes, the Westside’s in for such a delightful and decadent early bird’s treat: Breve Crepes and Coffee is opening its third location on the corner of Alameda Boulevard and Ellison Road, right near neighboring Matanza, which opened its doors last month in the former Stumbling Steer space on Ellison Road.

Word has it, Villa Myriam Coffeea local, single-source “family owned coffee producing hacienda rich with history and the love of coffee for three generations,” according to their Facebook page—is opening the doors to its new headquarters at 573 Commercial St. early this month. Their coffee’s available all around town, from La Montañita Co-op to Vernon’s to Standard Diner and beyond. And have you tried their nitro brew? Yum. Head to their Facebook page or check out villamyriam.com. Continue reading

A Year of Buzzin’ Around

JV-gcIMG_7231 In the oft-recorded Sondheim anthem, “I’m Still Here,” survival in the tough world of show business is toasted and honored. Perhaps the same theme is relevant in the hospitality field; “Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all and my dear, I’m still here!” The restaurant biz is amazingly resilient, thanks to the plethora of culinary talent our foodie fueled town boasts. They survive the up times and the down times and still manage to keep us all lusciously entertained. Here’s our annual round-up of the movers and shakers, fryers, sautéers and bakers who have made a delicious difference in Santa Fe’s gastronomic year.

A Town for Tacos

Who knew the humble taco had enough clout to warrant the explosion of eateries that offer the authentic soft-shelled (not the hard shells of my youth) grab-n-go goody that has leapt out of the food truck and drive-up window and onto the tables of sit-down restaurants? Taco Fundación led the charge with Brian Knox’s (he of Shake Foundation) takeover of Bert’s Burger Bowl in the Guadalupe district. He started with a simple three, but slowly added some unique versions like sweet potato, kale and pine nuts, and my favorite, the fried oyster. The spanking new Paloma, too, has two yummy ones that vary from the usual varieties. Try the chipotle-fired chicken tinga or roasted cauliflower, marcona almond, olive and golden raisin—delish!   Continue reading

The Mighty Buzz – September 2017

Albuquerque

Join the City of Albuquerque on Sept. 9 for a day of music, food and fun––Salsa Fiesta! Enjoy free kids’ activities, shop and dine at local establishments, and dance to the sounds of local music throughout the day, with Ryan Montano and the Salsa All Stars. Enjoy a variety of salsa tunes as you sample delicious homemade salsa created by local amateur salsa chefs. Bring the kids for free children’s activities including games, face painting and more, all in Historic Old Town. Visit cabq.gov or call 311 for details, times, etc.

The first retailer at Sawmill Market is set to open their doors Sept. 1. Spur Line Supply Company includes an airstream trailer, and is based around a curated and edited layout that customers can shop through, offering the best in crafted and quality merchandise from the Southwest and beyond, as well as live plants and other greenery. The minimal, high-desert aesthetic comes from local entrepreneur and tastemaker, Tess Coats, who helms the project. (Spur Line’s CEO, Jim Long, is also CEO of Heritage Hotels and Resorts, which owns Sawmill Market.) Check it out!

Mark your calendars for Sept. 21, the first show of six-time best theater company Duke City Repertory Theatre’s thrilling eighth season. Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, and directed by David Sinkus, brings “scar-crossed” lovers Kayleen and Doug together through 30 years of friendship, grotesque injuries and every day calamities to examine how the injuries we experience in our souls can leave their marks on our skin. Details on this production and the DCRT’s new space at 2420 Midtown Place NE, at dukecityrep.com. Continue reading

Art Buzz – September 2017

Art Buzz graphicAlbuquerque

Sept. 3, the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History once again hosts the 2017 Local Treasure Awards. Every September, the Albuquerque Art Business Association, the gallery association that brings you First Friday ARTScrawl, recognizes and honors Albuquerque artists who not only excel in the arts and their artistic discipline, but who have given back to their community. This year’s master of ceremonies will be the 2016-2018 City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate Manuel Gonzalez. The 2017 recipients of the Local Treasure award are Elaine Bolz, Jade Leyva, Renee Gentz, Mark Horst, Cheryl Godin and Ilene Weiss. A reception will follow the awards presentation with music by Don Shearer. Details at artscrawlabq.org.

It’s a hoopla! Join the Ghostwolf Gallery Sept. 9 to celebrate online literary magazine Eclectica’s 20th anniversary. There will be readings, music, food, libations and several guest artists including internationally renowned tapestry artist Sue Klebanoff, mosaic artist Laura Robbins, photographer Stuart Gelzer, and jeweler Pamela Gemin. Ghostwolf was founded and is curated by Amy M. Ditto, and is focused exclusively on displaying contemporary fine art and craft created by artists with truly unique visions. Visit ghostwolf.gallery. Continue reading