Sting tickets on sale for September concert in Taos
Sting plays a concert in Taos’ Kit Carson Park (211 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos) at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2. Special guest is Fantastic Negrito. Tickets are $82 in advance and $92 on the day of the show. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3. Go to holdmyticket.com or call 505-886-1251.
Joy Harjo wins $65,000 Jackson Prize from Poets & Writers
Joy Harjo has received the 2019 Jackson Poetry Prize, a $65,000 award presented to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition, according to a news release. The award is presented by Poets & Writers, a nonprofit organization that publishes the influential Poets & Writers magazine. Harjo is the author of 10 books of poetry and a memoir. The accomplished saxophonist has recorded several albums as a solo artist as well as with her band, the Arrow Dynamics; she also writes and presents theatrical works, including her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, which was published in book form by Wesleyan University Press in March. Harjo lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She has a significant history in New Mexico, which includes graduating from the Institute of American Indian Arts and the University of New Mexico. Harjo has won many awards for her writing, including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a United States Artists Fellowship. Harjo’s latest book of poetry, An American Sunrise, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in September 2019. For more information, go to pw.org.
O’Keeffe Museum offers Enhanced Viewing OPtion for Vision Impaired
Georgia O’Keeffe painted Southwestern landscapes in a range of colors, from muted to bold — varying hues that are crucial to the richness of her paintings. Beginning on Friday, May 3, people with color vision deficiencies — more commonly known as color blindness — can view works in her namesake museum with the aid of EnChroma color blind glasses. According to a news release, the glasses were designed to assist the estimated 300 million people worldwide who have red-green color blindness to see colors more vibrantly and clearly. Glasses are free and available from the museum’s visitor services team. The museum and lens development company EnChroma Inc. host an information table from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 3 to educate the public about the technology. The event is free with museum admission, and the first Friday of every month is free to visitors with a New Mexico ID. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is located at 217 Johnson Street, 505-946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org.
Foto Forum Santa Fe reopens with Joel Orozco exhibition and Judy Fiskin films
After operating for almost a year without a physical space, Foto Forum Santa Fe reopens with a public reception for an untitled exhibition of photographs by Joel Orozco from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Foto Forum Santa Fe opened in 2017 at 1714 Paseo de Peralta; the new space is in the same building. The nonprofit organization — open to professional and amateur photographers — houses darkroom facilities, photography studios, and exhibition space, and hosts workshops, portfolio reviews, and other educational activities. The grand reopening features screenings of short films by several photographic artists beginning at 7:30 p.m.,including work by Judy Fiskin, a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts. Foto Forum Santa Fe’s executive director Sage Paisner described Fiskin as a strong feminist. Fiskin’s films include Diary of a Midlife Crisis(1997), The End of Photography(2007), and I Was an iPhone Addict(2017). Orozco’s photographs on view include about 20 gelatin silver prints of the daily lives and rituals of the Tarahumara people of Chihuahua, Mexico, not far from where Orozco grew up. For more information, call 505-470-2582 or go to fotoforumsantafe.com.
Lannan Foundation postpones Alice Walker Event
The Lannan Foundation has indefinitely postponed an event featuring author Alice Walker that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Walker, the author of The Color Purple (1982), The Temple of My Familiar (1989), and Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart (2005), among other critically acclaimed books, was slated to read from her work and be interviewed by Valerie Boyd, a University of Georgia journalism professor and author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston (2004). Boyd also serves as the editor of Gathering Blossoms under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker, forthcoming in 2020 from Atria/37 Ink. Gathering Blossoms will explore seminal events in Walker’s life, including her participation in the civil rights movement, her marriage to a Jewish lawyer, and writing her first novel, among other topics.
In a written statement, the Lannan Foundation attributed the postponement of the reading to a scheduling conflict. “We don’t yet know when the event will be rescheduled. Any updates will be announced on our website and in all of our usual media outlets,” the statement said. Refunds for ticket holders are not at issue, as the event was postponed before tickets went on sale. The Lannan Foundation is located at 313 Read Street, 505-986-8160, lannan.org.
University of New Mexico refocuses film program
The University of New Mexico’s Department of Film and Digital Arts has retooled its majors to better support students who want to work in the local film industry, as well as their rising interest in more flexible degree options.
“We were responding to students who want to specialize in their chosen area as well as those who want to work across disciplines,” said department chair James Stone.
A bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree is now offered in film and digital arts, while a bachelor of arts (BA) degree is available with concentrations in film production, film history and criticism, gaming, and animation. These degrees were formerly a BFA and BA in interdisciplinary film and digital media. Stone said that the university wants to focus more strongly on producing “above-the-line” filmmakers — those individuals who are tasked with guiding and influencing the creative direction, process, and voice of a given narrative in a film, as well as its related monetary expenditures. This offering comes in addition to training students to staff movie crews in positions known as “below the line.”
“We want to educate directors, producers, and screenwriters,” he said. “Many New Mexicans who are looking for that go to schools in New York or California, but we’re competitive with the coasts now. The new degree options mean students can stay in-state and become part of a native, homegrown film industry.”