The Mighty Buzz – September 2017


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 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

Hail to the Chin! On Sept. 23, Bruce Campbell, he of the Evil Dead movies, comes to town to sign his new memoir, Hail to the Chin. The awesome people at Bookworks want you to know that tickets, which include a signed hardcover, are on sale now. Hail to the Chin, a follow-up to the best-selling If Chins Could Kill, returns for more hilarious, gut-wrenchingly honest confessions. Visit

If it’s September, it must be ¡Globalquerque! at National Hispanic Cultural Center, Sept. 22 and 23. The 13th edition of New Mexico’s annual celebration of world music and culture brought to you by AMP Concerts and Avokado Artists will feature more than 10 different artists from around the world performing over two days on three stages. In addition to the music, there will be plenty of free classes, demonstrations and workshops, plus great food and activities from places as far reaching as Estonia, Senegal and Venezuela. Get your tickets and details at And go donate to their IndieGoGo campaign, because the festival needs your support.

A fond farewell to Joseph Wasson, Jr., who retired last month after 17 years at the National Hispanic Cultural Center; he was one of the employees who helped open the center in 2000, as well as one of the NHCC staff who produced hundreds of shows a year. All the best, Joseph.

Duke It Out on Sept. 27, with proceeds to benefit El Ranchito de los Niños, a nonprofit children’s home dedicated to keeping brothers and sisters together. This live cooking competition among nine of Albuquerque’s top chefs features a basket of secret ingredients, samples of each restaurant’s signature dish, craft beer and wine. With limited time to prepare their dishes to be judged by the panel, you’ll get the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice award, too. It all takes place at Builders Source Appliance Gallery, with tickets at, or call 505.565.4470.

Santa Fe

Whoopie! El Farol is open again, serving up new flavors of traditional Spanish cuisine and a wide selection of wines and spirits from around the world. Enjoy the summer flamenco series in the new flamenco dinner show room, too, through Sept. 10. The new, elegant booth-seating is awesome! And check out the original murals, fully lighted to showcase the great artists from the past. Reservations at

Salud to a decadent decade. Estrella Del Norte Vineyard is moving on to new endeavors after 10 years of success in the winery business. Richard and Eileen Reinders are transitioning the focus of the vineyard from retail to grape growing and vacation rentals. The vineyard has been one of the top destinations in Santa Fe where guests have enjoyed an authentic New Mexico vineyard and wine experience, as well as their award-winning wines. We wish them the best in the new direction they’re taking. Visit

Big news! Radio Café and the Quivira Coalition announce the launch of Down to Earth: The Planet to Plate Podcast. It’s all about extraordinary people who are finding earth-friendly ways to grow food. Host Mary-Charlotte Domandi will be talking to ranchers, farmers, writers, scientists, thinkers, who are all figuring out how to work with, rather than against, the ecosystems in which they exist. Down to Earth is a podcast about hope, even as climate change collides with our industrial food system, focusing not on doom but instead on people who are developing practical, innovative solutions. Subscribe at radiocafe.medi/downtoearth.

Happy first anniversary to Rowley Farmhouse Ales on Sept. 3! They’ve got a cool day of live music, commemorative logoed Rastal crystal glasses, and draft pours of a special raspberry ale made just for this event. After the music ends, there will be a raffle with over 200 bottles of beer with all of the proceeds donated to NMDOG in the name of the microbrew’s late friend Tucker Keene. Get your tickets at

Ski Santa Fe is hopping even before the snow flies. Weekends and holidays in September and the first two weekends in October, Ski Santa Fe will run the Super Chief Quad chairlift for access to the photo-worthy autumn color explosion. The coffee bar and La Casa Lodge Food Court will be open, too. Disc golf will be open starting Labor Day weekend through Oct. 15. Visit and head up to see the beauty of the turning leaves.

September in Santa Fe means Santa Fe Pride, Sept. 14 – 17. Celebrate gay pride with a series of parties, dances and soirees throughout the city, as well as a parade and festival that winds its way to the Santa Fe Plaza, featuring a film, as well as parade around and a dance party on the plaza, plus a festival at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design and a brunch at Museum Hill Café. The new locations make logistics easier for the organizers, and parking easier for participants (among other factors). Details at

Autumn is wonderful at El Rancho de las Golondrinas with two festivals in September. Santa Fe Renaissance Fair is Sept. 16 and 17, with revels in Medieval times, jugglers, live entertainment and dancers. Also shopping, kids’ games and delicious food, drinks and yes, even meadǃ Come back Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 for the Harvest Festival, where you can taste syrup from a burro-driven sorghum mill, help make cider by cranking a traditional apple press, and pick a pumpkin from the scarecrow-guarded patch. Children can stomp grapes by foot, make cornhusk dolls or roll their own delicious tortilla by hand. Visit for details.

Local notable Cheryl Alters Jamison’s new book Texas Slow Cooker, also her first without late husband Bill Jamison, debuts Oct. 1. She’s launching the book Oct. 6 at Collected Works, but Wine & Chile ticket holders can get an advance signed copy at the Saturday Grand Tasting book signing on Sept. 30. And see Cheryl in action on Oct. 21 at Santa Fe School of Cooking. She’ll be offering a class based on the book (from soup to a cheesecake dessert). Hurrah for local authors and local cooking!

Theatre Santa Fe, the go-to website for all things theater in Santa Fe, was created in 2015 with the help of a grant from the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission. Since then, the site’s grown to include 17 member theater companies/groups. On Sept. 16, join Theatre Santa Fe and 13 of the member companies for a theater walk in the Siler Road/Rufina Street Theatre District. Pop into six venues, and enjoy free, short theatrical performances every half hour, as costumed guides and street performers add a festive air. Maps and programs will be provided to visitors, and best of all, it’s free! Info at


This just in! El Meze Restaurant is closing Oct. 21. This message from Annette Kratka and Fred Muller: “As much as we love what we have done in the last 10 years, it has definitely taken its toll on both of us. We are moving back to southern California. Fred wants to work at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s stacking fruit and vegetables (this is his version of a kid in a candy store) and finish his second book Beaten Raw while working on the reprint and revised edition of La Comida, which will be out June 2018. Thank you [to] all from the bottom of our hearts for being part of this journey.” Editor’s note: El Meze is a Taos landmark where authenticity mattered in the food, the surroundings and in the genuine hospitality of these two beautiful people. We thank them for sharing their passion with us. (And by the way, The restaurant is for sale…

Every September since 2014, residents and visitors to Taos have been treated to a spectacular show of light, performance and installation art positioned throughout the historic district. New in 2017, the Paseo Project will present a massive one-night free party on the Plaza. Japanese-born Brooklyn projection mapping artist Motomichi, in collaboration with DJ Kanizzle, will choreograph a pulsating four-hour score to accompany his signature red, black and white patterns and giant monster characters projected on the facade of the hotel. The party happens Sept. 23. More at

Kit Carson Park is the place to be Sept. 30, when AMP Concerts brings Michael Franti and Spearhead The Wailers and Supaman to close out the Taos summer concert series. The Wailers helped elevate Bob Marley to achieve the status of the first “Third World Superstar,” and in the process, brought the reggae of their native Jamaica to audiences on every continent. The name “Supaman” hardly describes the person who is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a humble Native American dancer and hip-hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering youth and educating listeners with a message of hope through culture and music. And y’all know who Michael Franti is. Tickets at


by Kelly Koepke


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