Spring/Summer 2010 Santa Fe Calendar

This winter’s bountiful snows are sure to stay on the mountain peaks through spring even as Santa Fe prepares for a dazzling summer of music, art, fun, and 400th Anniversary events. This spring will see the opening of “Georgia O’Keeffe Abstraction,” a joint effort by the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Phillips Collection, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to mount the first exhibition comprehensively focusing on Georgia O’Keeffe’s abstractions over the course of her career. This is sure to be one of the summer’s highlights.

Other new shows will be opening at the Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. In addition, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, SOFA West: Santa Fe, ART Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Spanish Market, Indian Market, and an endless calendar of gallery events will fuel Santa Fe’s Summer Festival of Arts from the first lilacs of spring through the changing of the aspens in the fall.

Santa Fe’s 400th Anniversary is taking place during 2010 with events planned throughout the year. Look for what’s coming up as events are finalized at www.santafe400th.com.

Join us as winter fades and take advantage of the many savings specials being offered throughout town. Look for a current list of values at www.SantaFe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Specials/index.html

Spring Calendar of Events
A sampling of some of what’s going on in and around Santa Fe this spring. For complete listings take a look at www.SantaFe.org/Calendar

March 16: Cabaret – The show that won 7 Tony Awards, visits Santa Fe for a one evening performance at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. www.lensic.com

March 17: Opera 101 – A lively program with a lighthearted overview of the history and mystery of this 400 year-old art form with a visit to the Santa Fe Opera. opera101@santafeoperaguild.org

March 18: Ballet Folklorico de Mexico – This fast-paced and colorful pageant celebrates the richs of Mexican culture and history. Lensic Performing Arts Center. www.lensic.com

March 20: Spring Concert Celebration of Santa Fe’s 400th Anniversary – A chamber orchestra and chorus presentation of Hispanic, Spanish, Portuguese, and Native American musical treasures plus two seldom-performed treasures by Bach and Mozart. First Presbyterian Church. www.ticketssantafe.org

March 23: Banff Mountain Film Festival – The best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tours on the big screen at the Lensic. www.ticketssantafe.org

March 26: Museums in the 21st Century Lecture Series – “Art Outdoors and In: The Sculpture Garden and the Museum” presented by Marc Treib, UC Berkeley Professor of Architecture Emeritus. In conjunction with the New Mexico Museum of Art’s exhibition “Museums in the 21st Century”. New Mexico Museum of Art. www.nmartmuseum.org

March 27: Gladfelter Memorial Bump Contest – The 22nd annual test of mogul skiing expertise and a spring celebration. Ski Santa Fe. www.skisantafe.com

March 31 – April 2: Baroque Holy Week – Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble with featured soloist Kathryn Mueller perform Bach and Handel selections in the intimate acoustic of Loretto Chapel. www.ticketssantafe.org

April 3-4: Ski Santa Fe Closing Weekend – Scheduled closing weekend with music and events at Ski Santa Fe. www.skisantafe.com

April 9: Museums in the 21s Century Lecture Series – “A Matter of Place: Modern Japanese Museums” presented by Christopher Mead, Regents Professor for Architecture and Professor of Art History, University of New Mexico. In conjunction with the New Mexico Museum of Art’s exhibition “Museums in the 21st Century.” New Mexico Museum of Art. www.nmartmuseum.org

April 14: Patty Griffin – Songstress Patty Griffin in concert at the Lensic Performing Art Center. www.ticketssantafe.org

April 16: Human Rights Gayla with Stuart Milk – The annual GLBT community GAYLA including dinner, dancing, auctions, with special guest Stuart Milk, founder and president of the Harvey Milk Foundation. At the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. www.ticketssantafe.org

April 17: Nuestra Musica – An annual celebration of the diverse regional music of northern New Mexico featuring the finest traditional musicians. Lensic Performing Arts Center. www.ticketssantafe.org

April 24: Puetro Plata – Some of the Dominican Republic’s finest musicians in concert with guitar legends Edilo Paredes and Frank Mendez. Lensic Performing Arts Center. www.ticketssantafe.org

April 29: Turning the Pages of Santa Fe’s Stories, Past and Present- The rich literary tradition of Santa Fe as presented by literary guide and author Barbara Harrelson. At the Santuario de Guadalupe. www.golondrinas.org

May 1-2: Civil War Weekend – This annual event includes skirmishes, cannon fire, famous New Mexico battle reenactments, and special candlelight tours on Saturday evening only. El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 505-471-2261 www.golondrinas.org

May 10: Straight No Chaser – A fun romp through the modern pop landscape with this a cappella group. Lensic Performing Arts Center. www.ticketssantafe.org

May 15-16: Music of Spain, Latin America and Santa Fe – David Starobin plays the music of Chavez, Sinfonia India, and much more. At the Lensic Performing Art Center. www.ticketssantafe.org

May 15-16: Eldorado Studio Tour – A tour featuring the work of 117 artists exhibiting new works at 83 open Eldorado studios. www.eldoradoarts.org

May 16: 25th Santa Fe Century – Bicycle rides of 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles through historic and incredibly scenic areas. Santa Fe’s biggest bike event and most popular group ride. www.santafecentury.com

May 22: Making History Come Alive – A special dinner, auction, and engaging conversation with authors Kirk Ellis and Hampton Sides plus Wes and Maura Studi and Ali McGraw to celebrate cultural heritage through hands on filmmaking. Hotel Santa Fe, www.silverbulletproductions.com

May 22-23: Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival – Presented by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, featuring over 180 Native American artists who are specially invited by the museum to represent the best and brightest of the Indian art world. At the Santa Fe Convention Center. www.nativetreasuressantafe.org

May 29-31: Northern New Mexico Fine Arts & Crafts Guild – Show will be at Cathedral Park, downtown Santa Fe. www.artsandcraftsguild.org

June 5-6: Spring Festival & Children’s Celebration – Music, dancing, and hands-on activities for the whole family at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

June 6, 13: Santa Fe Botanical Garden Tour – A look at hidden horticultural jewels in historic Santa Fe neighborhoods.
505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.com

June 12-13: 11th Annual Thirsty Ear Festival – A highly popular outdoor roots music festival and gathering at the Eaves Movie Ranch. This year featuring Asleep at the Wheel, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women and many more. www.thirstyearfestival.com

June 23-26: 61st Annual Rodeo de Santa Fe – PRCA-sanctioned event and rated one of the top 100 rodeos in the country. Santa Fe County Fairgrounds. www.rodeodesantafe.org

Coming Up This Summer

June 25-August 22: Juan Siddi Flamenco Theater Company: Spanish music and dance at its best in the Maria Benitez Theater at The Lodge at Santa Fe, 505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org, http://www.juansiddiflamenco.com

July 2-August 28: 54th Santa Fe Opera: This summer promises another outstanding season of remarkable staging, stunning costumes, and world-class musicianship. On stage will be two of the repertory’s most beloved masterworks, Madame Butterfly, starring Kelly Daduce, and The Magic Flute, featuring Joshua Hopkins and Andrea Silverstrelli. In addition The Tales of Hoffmann, the Offenbach masterpiece, makes its Santa Fe debut starring tenor Paul Groves; Life is a Dream will be The Santa Fe Opera’s newest world premier, by Lewis Spratian with conductor Leonard Slatkin; and the Benjamin Britten comedy Albert Herring featuring young tenor Alek Sharder with Christine Brewer in a new production. The Apprentice Showcase Scenes feature performances by the Apprentice Singers and Technicians as the stars of tomorrow take the stage on August 15 and 22. Backstage tours of the opera house will be available Monday through Saturday at 9 AM starting in June and throughout the Opera season. 986-5900, 800-280-4654, www.santafeopera.org

July 4: Pancakes on the Plaza: A Santa Fe tradition, this year featuring 400th Anniversary events along with a breakfast for a cause.

July 8-11: SOFA West: Santa Fe – Prominent international galleries and dealers present masterworks bridging the worlds of design, decorative, and fine arts, showcasing the rich visual heritage of the decorative arts alongside new, innovative expressions. Long heralded as the nation’s premier fair for outstanding contemporary decorative arts and design, this is the second year for SOFA West: Santa Fe after a very successful start last year. At the Santa Fe Convention Center. sofaexpo.com

July 9-10: Seventh Annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market: This rapidly growing market features more than 120 artists from around the world in the largest market of its kind. The market fosters economic and cultural sustainability for the folk artists and intercultural exchange through food, music, and art. Milner Plaza at Museum Hill, 505-476-1200, www.folkartmarket.org

July 15-18: 10th Annual Art Santa Fe: International galleries mix with U.S. galleries to create a powerful collection of art from around the world featuring the work of hundreds of artists. The salon-booth format, artist-styled VIP lounge, grand concourse, prestigious ART Santa Fe presents lecture series, and numerous cultural and educational events make the annual fair a highlight of the summer arts calendar. For 2010 the fair moves back to the Santa Fe Convention Center and will feature more galleries and cutting edge installations. www.artsantafe.com

July 18-August 23: Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival: Musicians from the world’s stages performing six weeks of chamber music, from Beethoven, Telemann, and Hayden to Brahms, Bach, Schubert, Mozart and many more. One of the summer’s highlights. 505-983-2075, 888-221-9836, www.santafechambermusic.org

July 24-25: 59th Annual Spanish Market: A show and sale of work by hundreds of artists presenting art from the rich Hispanic cultures of Northern New Mexico. On the Santa Fe Plaza. 505-982-2226, www.spanishmarket.org

August 12-14: 27th Annual Antique Ethnographic Art Show: Ethnographic and tribal art from around the world. Presented by Whitehawk at the new Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 505-992-8929, whitehawkshows.com

August 15-17: 32nd Annual Invitational Antique Indian Art Show: the oldest and largest antique event of its type. Presented by Whitehawk at the new Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 505-992-8929, whitehawkshows.com

August 21-22: 89th Annual Santa Fe Indian Market: More than 1,000 artists from 100 tribes sell their work during the largest show of its kind in the world. On the Santa Fe Plaza, 505-983-5220, www.swaia.org

In the Museums

Opening at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will be “Georgia O’Keeffe Abstraction,” May 28-September 12. This is a joint effort by the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Phillips Collection, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to mount the first exhibition to focus comprehensively on Georgia O’Keeffe’s abstractions over the course of her career. This will be one of the summer’s key openings and exhibitions. www.okeeffemuseum.org

Opening May 15 at the New Mexico Museum of Art, “Sole Mates: Cowboy Boots and Art” made up of 130 pieces of Western art, cowboy boots as reflections of American cultural values, as markers of Western life, as works of art, and as the subjects of works of art. This looks like great fun. www.nmartmuseum.org

At the Museum of International Folk Art beginning June 4, “Silver Seduction: The Art of Mexican Modernist Antonio Pineda” a traveling exhibition organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA. www.internationalfolkart.org

“Huichol Art and Culture: Balancing the World” begins April 11, 2010 at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the first time Huichol art has been featured in a show at the museum. www.indianartsandculture.org

The newly opened (5/24/2009) New Mexico History Museum will premier “Wild at Heart: Ernest Thompson Seton” beginning on May 23. The show features a collection of art and artifacts from one of the grandfathers of the modern environmental movement. www.nmhistorymuseum.org

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art holds a symposium in conjunction with its current exhibit, “Converging Streams: Art of the Hispanic and Native American Southwest”. The two-day event, June 26-27, brings together scholars and the authors of the exhibition catalogue to examine the continuing repercussions of this cultural and aesthetic exchange. The exhibit is up until September 26. www.spanishcolonial.org