The artist is deeply committed to honoring those whom history has forgotten. The Chinese and American subjects of her works are laborers, refugees, and others whose names may not be recognizable but whose lives Liu commemorates with portraits that are at once intimate and noble.
The pursuit began after a party in New York. Cherie Burns — author of a biography about Standard Oil heiress and Taoseña Millicent Rogers, Searching for Beauty (2011) — was in the city for a book event hosted by the jeweler Verdura, from whom her subject had purchased pieces. The owner offered to show Burns a particular piece that had belonged to Rogers.
Your name is Marianne and you meet a man. Or, your name is Roland and you meet a woman. You start dating each other, or you start dating other people. You are at a barbecue and it is not raining and you went to college with the host, or it is raining and you’re not sure whose party it is. In Nick Payne's play, all of these scenarios and many more exist at once.
Once again, Barrence Whitfield and his savage band, The Savages, have hit another one out of the park. His new album, Soul Flowers of Titan, hits — seemingly effortlessly — that sweet spot between garage rock, R&B, soul, blues, and who-cares-what-you-call-it.
It’s a bit of a myth that when Agnes Martin left New York in 1967 and then settled in New Mexico, she did so as a means of retreating from the art world. She may have been disillusioned with New York, as author Henry Martin (no relation) notes in his new biography of the artist. But at age fifty-five, her decision to leave New York marked the beginning of a much longer period of productivity.
Opened in December in the space most recently occupied by Galisteo Bistro, Trattoria A Mano has transformed the long, narrow, high-ceilinged room into a lively gathering spot for good food, good drink, and good company. The decor is eclectic, combining iron window grilles, oversized photos of ’50s Italian haute couture and hands kneading dough, a wall of quotations about food, and a flower-bedecked bicycle.
Some years ago, a woman who saw the railroad paintings in Arnoldi’s studio broke down crying. For the woman, whose grandmother died at Auschwitz, the trains had a grim association that called up painful memories. The incident inspired Arnoldi to create a new body of work, This Happened Here, which runs through March at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art.
Since its inception, Vivo Contemporary has operated as an artist consortium, staffed by members who are committed to showcasing their works in themed group exhibitions. Every winter and spring since 2013, Vivo has also promoted a collaborative exhibit between its artists and local, award-winning poets. This year artists include Nina Glaser
The chamber choir, which toured Ireland in 2015, will perform ancient Irish monastic chants, choral music written or arranged by Irish composers, and traditional ballads on Saturday, March 17, at Loretto Chapel.
The tone of Andrea Barnet’s book is that of a seminal biography of any great leader. Such a take stands out because Barnet emphasizes these luminaries’ feminine attributes, rendering gender, class, and other formative contexts as just as integral to their stories as what they accomplished.
There are neither precious gingham curtains nor It’s A Wonderful Life-type resolutions in these personal stories about the meaning of home. It’s a gut-punch kind of collection that covers everything from dementia to Thanksgiving, to the use of native languages, to moving back in with the parents, kids in tow.
The band plays old-timey New Mexico roots music on traditional instruments including the violin, accordion, bajo sexto, and tololoche, with lyrics in English, Spanish, Nahuatl, and P’urépecha — paying homage to the intermingling of regional cultures and musical styles.
The Cuban-born violinist and conductor, who served for 21 years as concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, appears as guest conductor and soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony.
If ever there was a play meant for the abstract aesthetic of a staged reading, it is Copenhagen, by Michael Frayn, which has no sets, props, or specified location — a kind of spirit world in which the playwright imagines the 1941 meeting between physicists Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr.
Watch out for emotional whiplash. When faced with a situation where urgency meets a fixed object, do not try to muscle through. As spring begins, the two big motivators of astrology, Mars and the sun, enter proactive cardinal signs just as Mercury, the master of logistics, retrogrades — putting brakes on this rocket ship.
What is Irish-Italian spaghetti? Where did it come from? And why would you want to eat it? The recipe for this culinary curiosity may have first appeared in Better Homes & Gardens in the 1930s. “We still get requests for it,” the magazine’s website claims. “People can’t seem to get enough of it.”
The gallery's annual Easter show explores New Mexico’s historic places of worship, a revered subject of regional artists throughout the 20th century and beyond.
Both artists work with geometric forms in their respective mediums. “Through the use of geometry, I break the picture plane into many small pieces, which is a metaphor for my life experience,” Livingston said.
March 2 was the National Endowment for the Arts’ Read Across America Day to promote children’s literacy nationwide. It was also the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss). In honor of his 114th birthday, Pop Gallery presents
The first major exhibit of tramp art in decades explores the history, influences, and contemporary examples of a chip-carved style of woodwork practiced primarily in the U.S. and Europe from the 1870s to the 1940s.
Digital work is pitted against traditional collage in a battle that is more creative and harmonious than destructive in an exhibition context. The show is in the vein of the gallery’s dedication to showing an eclectic mix of lowbrow, street, underground, and fine art.
In an effort to determine a rough canon of New Mexico literature, Pasatiempo asked numerous authors around the state about the books and writers that have had the most profound effects on their own work. We did not seek to make any hard pronouncements or create a definitive list, but to learn from and listen to a cacophony of voices.
Pasatiempo asked more than 35 authors across the Land of Enchantment one crucial question: What is your favorite book by a New Mexico writer, and why? The thoughtful responses that follow make up a diverse cross-section of voices, many of whose own works help to define the New Mexico literary canon.
Perhaps no other city can attest to the endurance of independent bookstores quite like Santa Fe. By our count, at least 16 bookstores dot the landscape. There is one for approximately every 5,200 people. That puts Santa Fe not far behind the Associated Press-dubbed “world capital of bookstores,” Buenos Aires, which has one bookstore for about every 4,400 people.
Next year, the University of New Mexico Press is scheduled to celebrate its 90th birthday, but some observers wonder if there will be many happy returns. The state’s largest book publisher is at a crossroads, making contentious decisions in hopes of preserving its well-respected publishing program.
"He was the man who rode into our little valley out of the heart of the great glowing West.” Thus ends Jack Schaefer’s first novel Shane, the gripping tale of a mysterious, laconic gunslinger that was adapted into the beloved 1953 Western movie.
Lee Francis IV is good at firsts. In 2015, the publisher started Native Realities Press, the country’s first publishing house devoted exclusively to Native American comics and graphic novels. The next year, the Laguna Pueblo tribal member launched Indigenous Comic Con. Last June, he opened Red Planet Books & Comics in the west downtown area of Albuquerque.
Sex, rape, the vagaries of the body, and bodily autonomy are frequent themes for Gay, an associate professor of English at Purdue University who is probably best known for her essay collection Bad Feminist (2014) and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.
They are a major-league ensemble on the international period-instrument circuit, having made many acclaimed recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, and other leading classical labels. The group alights in New Mexico courtesy of the Los Alamos Concert Association.
Before it shuttered a few years ago, El Paseo was a downtown institution. El Callejon, the restaurant opened by LiAnn and Raul Morales in the same space in 2016, may not be a sticky-floored bar anymore, with its brightening makeover of burnt-orange walls, colorful murals, and carefully positioned katsinas. But it is the heir apparent to its predecessor’s laid-back vibe — Raul even worked as manager of El Paseo from 2001 to 2012.
“Up to 1975, The NRA had not opposed gun regulations and had not made a fetish of the Second Amendment. It had been founded following the Civil War by a group of former Union Army officers in the North to sponsor marksmanship training and competitions,” Dunbar-Ortiz writes in her new deep dive into the origins of the Second Amendment.
What do Santa Feans read? A bit of everything, it turns out. “The population here, they’re heavy readers,” Lillian Shmid of Big Star Books & Music said. “It’s not …
The group presents selections from that composer’s St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, as well as his Cantata No. 8 (“Liebster Gott, wann werd ich sterben?”). Franz Vote conducts the chorus, vocal soloists, and instrumental ensemble.
Some of the hippest Latin American bands from across the United States, including Las Cafeteras and Flor de Toloache, showcase their sounds on Thursday, March 15, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Hoeksema is an architect who practiced in Los Angeles and in the Midwest before changing her focus to writing and music, and hitting the road. She sold her house in LA last May and bought an old Airstream trailer. She signs copies of Singular Butterfly: Verse 3/3 on Sunday, March 11, at Op.Cit Books.
Pen vendors galore and free calligraphy lessons for children and adults highlight the 23rd annual Santa Fe Pen Fair, which takes over the DeVargas Center Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11.
Let’s make hay while the sun shines. Feel the momentum build this week after a month of Piscean complexity. With Mercury and Venus now in brash Aries, impulse control may be lower and our responses more direct and action-oriented, but we don’t have to become simplistic. We will want something to dig into and really chew upon as mental Mercury squares serious Saturn, lending us a tough-mindedness and an ability to obsess.
Working primarily in clay, Edgar adorns her vessel forms in mixed media that includes faux fur, textiles, beads, and more. Her current work explores themes of socially constructed identity and value, pop culture, and the influence of mass media.
The solo exhibition of works in painting and sculpture by the Iran-born artist comprises minimalist compositions that often follow a grid format and are made using a combination of thread, paint, and wood.
The Santa Fe legend's Southwestern-themed prints are meticulously crafted, and he often employed unusual color schemes. His enchanting compositions transport viewers to a timeless place, evoking feelings of nostalgia and longing.
In his first Santa Fe recital, he performs specimens of the Russian canon that is a cornerstone of his repertoire: Tchaikovsky’s cycle The Seasons, Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2, Medtner’s Sonata Reminiscenza, and Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 3.
An exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum that opens Friday, March 2, The Land That Enchants Me So: Picturing Popular Songs of New Mexico, brings together a vast history of sheet music inspired by the state as well as related music memorabilia, including audio examples of those songs, the rarest being a performance of the state song sung by its composer.
The discovery, four years ago, of a recording of the state song “O, Fair New Mexico” sung by its writer, Elizabeth Garrett, was so unexpected that it borders on the magical. “We talk about historical documentation that we wished exists and maybe does but, as far as we know, doesn’t,” said James M. Keller, who found the 1924 recording offered online from a dealer in Germany.
Two of Maria Schneider’s five Grammy Awards are for her work with rocker David Bowie and soprano Dawn Upshaw. But the Grammy she recently won for her latest album, The Thompson Fields, is all about her 18-member jazz orchestra.
A massive parachute soars overhead; a bridge extends across a length of floor, tempting the viewer to study it from all angles; and an eight-sided mirrored room provides infinite perspectives. The exhibit’s objects spill out into the hallway of the museum’s second floor, as though they simply cannot be contained.
Nashville-based music critic Holly Gleason's faith in the gospel of female country artists led her to edit and commission the absorbing new anthology Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives. From Wanda Jackson to Emmylou Harris to k.d. lang to Patty Griffin, each contributor tells the deeply personal story of how one woman’s songs impacted the course of her life.
In 1957, when Lily Decker is nine years old, her parents and her sister die in an accident. She moves across town to live with her Aunt Tate and Uncle Miles, and her life goes as dark as a child’s can: Her aunt is a hardened woman with a suspicious nature, and her uncle is a gruesome sexual predator.
“Many architects in this book believe that a financial and moral sensitivity to scale in our homes must become a new norm,” Bernard Friedman writes in The American Idea of Home: Conversations About Architecture and Design. He adds that good design “is more important than ever.”
Santa Fe is likely to be on a John Adams high this summer, when Santa Fe Opera’s production of his Doctor Atomic will invite attendees to muse on the Manhattan Project while looking out toward Los Alamos.
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- Strange bedfellows: Irish-Italian spaghetti
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]Made by hand: Trattoria a mano
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]Something to taco 'bout: El Callejon
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]Here's cookin' for you, kid: Dining out with children
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]Brother, can you spare $40? The best mid-priced dining in the city
- Diamond in the roughage: "The Book of Greens"
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]West by southwest: Opuntia
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]Potent potables: Tonic
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]In queso emergency
- Sweet dreams are made of cheese: "Queso!"
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]Under pressure: Investigating the Instant Pot
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]King corn: Maize
- From the boardroom to the kitchen: "Cherry Bombe"
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]Mac attack: Macalicious
Amuse-Bouche [Culinary Musings]Meat and greet: Betterday Dine-In