2019 Free Santa Fe Indian Market

Carving a legacy: Furniture maker Davis Coonsis

A seductively complex symmetry characterizes the designs that Davis Coonsis paints on his handmade yellow pine benches and chairs. He opted to show at Free Indian Market this year because there are no application or booth rental fees. It's held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Scottish Rite Center, 463 Paseo de Peralta, 505-982-4414; free admission.

Mikayla Patton is a recent graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts. Now the Lakota artist is taking part in Native Visions, the annual Native group show at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, opening Friday, Aug. 16 and timed to coincide with Indian Market weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18, on the Santa Fe Plaza).

The installation of a sprinkler system and a new heating and ventilation system in the Palace of the Governors shut the popular tourist site’s doors since August 2018. But the state-funded project, scheduled to be completed at the end of the year, also created the rare opportunity for the Museum of New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies to explore now-hidden areas of the building, parts of which date back more than 400 years.

The world premiere of A Shattered Vessel for String Quintet by the American composer Richard Danielpour is a featured event in Music from Angel Fire’s opening-night concert at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. 

Among indigenous communities, tattooing has seen a remarkable revitalization. For many people (in the United States and other nations), the simple act of marking the skin is a way to connect with indigenous life ways. 

    The astrological season is almost ready to shift. While this weekend promises some sweet summer stories, next week brings the first hints of the industrious fall ahead.

    Expect the unexpected when you come to It’s the Jam, a public improv performance at Warehouse 21; 17 and older event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

    In his earnest and ranging essay collection, White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination, Jess Row, a white writer who dealt with race in his 2015 novel, Your Face in Mine, uses three writing juggernauts to open a dialogue about how white literature often ignores nonwhite experiences and narratives, and how to create a space for inclusivity that starts with the writing arena.

    Terrell's Tune-up

    Jewell of the Southwest

    I’d been aware of Eilen Jewell for a few years before I realized I actually liked her.

    The legendary funkster George Clinton is on his final tour with Parliament-Funkadelic and appears at Taos Vortex before his imminent retirement. 

    English nature writer Robert Macfarlane’s new book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey, has a title that evokes a burrowing theme park ride or an IMAX movie, and indeed, like Alice in Wonderland or Orpheus in the underworld, down we go.

    On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Slow Food Santa Fe hosts a self-guided, self-paced tour of three farms, two wineries, and a seed library in Dixon, a largely traditional agricultural community on the banks of the Embudo River, just under 50 miles north of Santa Fe.

    Whether your reasons are ethical, environmental, or nutritional, there has never been a better time to eat more veggies. Three new books — from a former farmer, a chef who’s been in the spotlight lately, and a family of cooks with a recognizable name — are here to help.

    Natachee Momaday Gray considers her new collection of poems, Silver Box, a “gathering” rather than something she would call a book. She reads the work, with musical accompaniment by Kyle Perkins, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, at Teatro Paraguas. Admission is free. 

    We Are the Seeds, a native art market and culture festival, is held in the Railyard Park 10 a.m-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15 and 16.

    Peggy Fontenot brings examples of her photography, old and new, to the We Are the Seeds Native art market and culture festival, Santa Fe Railyard, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15 and 16. Then she heads to the Scottish Rite Temple for the Free Indian Market, Aug. 17 and 18.

    In a digital print depicting Shiprock, New Mexico-based artist Darby Raymond-Overstreet rendered the rocky outcropping in vivid detail. In the pale blue sky surrounding it, the patterns of a Navajo rug can be seen. Less noticeable, at first glance, are the weaving patterns in the rock itself.

    Colleen Farwell will sell and sign copies of her children's book I Will Carry You at the Seeds author tent, Santa Fe Railyard Park, 10 a.m-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15 and 16. 

    The first rotation of Alcoves 20/20 at the New Mexico Museum of Art includes work by sculptor Stuart Arends, painters Mokha Laget and Diane Marsh, sculptor/painter Dan Namingha, and mixed-media artist Emi Ozawa. The reception is 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9; the exhibit runs through Oct. 13.

    “You have to be haunted by this song cycle to be able to sing it.” That’s how a celebrated interpreter of Franz Schubert’s Winter Journey (Winterreise) described it in the early 20th century. It’s still true a century later, as bass-baritone Philippe Sly’s totally committed and deeply moving performance of it for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival on July 31 demonstrated.

    “Inventive Southwestern fare” is what Luminaria’s website promises, and by and large that is what it delivers, starting with its specialty cocktails.

    For the Santa Fe Opera 2019 season, 42 apprentice singers get a chance to shine during the opera’s Apprentice Showcase Scenes on two days in August. The singers perform scenes from the SFO’s repertoire in the Crosby Theatre beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18. 

    With too much to say and too many people saying it, and no central narrator driving the story arc, The Spy Behind Home Plate sometimes plods and lacks focus. Still, the guy (Moe Berg) was amazing.

    Now 70, Richard Russo clearly knows the pleasures and perils of retrospection, and he’s constructed a novel about the way the past constantly bleeds into the present. 

    Every month when the moon and Jupiter waltz, our hearts swell and the volume of our emotions cranks up. Usually, this uplifts the heart but sometimes it just intensifies feelings.

    Academy for the Love of Learning hosts an opening reception Sunday, Aug. 11, for More Beautiful and Amazing: Art Inspired by Ernest Thompson Seton, in celebration of what would be Seton’s 159th birthday. The public reception is 2-4 p.m.; admission is free. 

    The final weekend of the 2019 Santa Fe Bandstand program on The Plaza begins Friday, Aug. 9, with a Native-music double-header. First up, from 6 to 7 p.m., is a mighty Native drum circle. Then Grammy-winning flutist Robert Mirabal has the stage for an hour and a half, beginning at 7:15.