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2014, April Spring What's New

April 23, 2014: Spring is one of Santa Fe’s best seasons for travelers and it is in full swing with warm days, blooming gardens, and the promise of summer just ahead. Here are a few of the things that are changing along with the weather in this alluring city.

The Outside Bike & Brew Festival is a new event celebrating Santa Fe’s vibrant, and growing, bike culture. Scheduled for May 15-18, the event officially kicks off Friday with a craft beer fest, bike expo, live music stage, food trucks, live art demonstrations, a bike beauty pageant and a pedi-cab mobile mariachi band that will serenade festival-goers Santa Fe style. The weekend will also include a bike in movie, Single Track Sampler demo rides, a ‘Tour de Brewer” ride to four breweries, endurance bike poker race, pro rider led special clinics and, on Sunday the 18th, the 29th Annual Santa Fe Century, a 100-mile ride–and several shorter distances–that explore the history, culture and beauty of the Santa Fe area. For competitive riders the Century Gran Fondo timed event will be another part of the day’s activities during the century. Outside Bike & Brew Santa Fe Century,

Santa Fe Art Trifecta features three major art events in ten days. First, the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe, July 10-13, is a colorful international event that brings talented artists from all over the world to sell their handmade creations in a party-like atmosphere on Museum Hill. ART Santa Fe, a sophisticated international art fair, also on July 10-13, draws galleries and artists from all over the world with an array of contemporary and modern art, at the Santa Fe Convention Center. There will be a bus running between the two events. Then, a few days later on July 17, opening events begin for SITE Santa’s new biennial concept, SITElines 2014: Unsettled Landscapes. Contemporary art by artists and artist collaboratives from all over the Americas will participate in the exhibit. The public opening is July 19.

Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography finds the combustible intersection of art, science and blind luck. More than 200 photographs ranging from a 1917 New York streetscape by Laura Gilpin to the Manhattan Project’s first atomic bomb test to modern masters of this old-school craft make up a surprising exhibit. Check out some of the handmade and factory-issued pinhole cameras that produced them. Step inside a life-sized camera obscura to experience an ancient principle of optics come to life—upside down and backwards. Opening April 27 at the New Mexico History Museum.

All that glitters in Santa Fe this summer will be blue. Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning has just opened at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. This much anticipated exhibit celebrates all aspects of turquoise—from raw stone to breathtaking jewelry. There are literally hundreds of pieces of the very finest work on display.

The newly revitalized Jean Cocteau Cinema in the Santa Fe Railyard will be one of the venues for more than 40 film programs in this year’s Santa Fe Film Festival. Filmmakers and film fans come from all over the world to see provocative new indy films, meet the artists, and mingle with the industry. The festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts –in New Mexico, regionally and globally. The annual event honors everyone working both behind the scenes and on screen to bring the best of film creation, production and showings to the public. The festival takes place May 1 through 4, with screenings at the Center for Contemporary Arts and the beloved Jean Cocteau Cinema.

Sculpt Santa Fe, a new event, will take place June 27 -29 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa downtown. The show and sale will feature 50 well-known sculptors whose work will be displayed in the hotel’s spacious pavilion beginning on Friday evening at 6:00. An after-party will follow in the hotel’s popular Agave Lounge. The show is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday with a Saturday Gourmet Dinner (reservations required) held at the Old House where patrons may meet with the artists.

Origami in the Garden is a large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibition created by Santa Fe artist Kevin Box and installed in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Box’s origami-inspired sculptures are whimsical and beautiful and are his own compositions as well as collaborations with respected origami masters. The show opens April 25 and runs through October 25, 2014.

This year’s Santa Fe Opera season (June 27-August 23) opens with Carmen, starring the beautiful young soprano, Ana Maria Martinez. Donizetti’s comic opera, Don Pasquale, is scheduled as is Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. A single cast will perform two short operas in a double billing of Mozart’s The Impresario and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol. Then there is the American premier of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, by the Chinese born American Composer Huang Ruo with tenor Warren Mok recreating the title role. The open-air theater is in the mountain foothills with stunning views and translation devices on the back of each seat.

Two new and very different exhibitions are coming to the New Mexico Museum of Art. On April 25 Southwestern Allure: The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony opens displaying the work of more than 40 artists who helped establish the city as an artistic center. Opening on June 6, Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 will not only highlight the broad range of topics the artist has addressed in her work but also the variety of media she has worked in with the inclusion of cast bronze, needlework, stained and painted glass, works on paper, and painted porcelain.


Cowgirl Santa Fe, an always-lively Western themed restaurant/bar scene, has added a new taproom with 24 regional craft beers. True brew aficionados will love the variety and finesse of the many award-winning offerings. There are also new, artisan additions to the spirits list and an ever-changing parade of new dishes from the chef.

The Compound Restaurant, a Canyon road icon, has recently re-opened after a major interior renovation. The lovely old adobe walls have new plaster and an even more inviting look than before. The treasured decorative elements by legendary 1950’s designer Alexander Girard have been cleaned and brightened and remain an integral part of the restaurant’s charm. There is also a new sous chef, Michael Frank who came from the Phoenecian in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Big congrats to the staff and owners of Izanami, the Japanese-style grill at Ten Thousand Waves, for making the semi-finals in the new restaurant category of the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards after being open only a few monthsǃ Other Santa Fe semi-finalists are Chef Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin and James Campbell Caruso of La Boca.

Speaking of Restaurant Martin, the popular restaurant has expanded its dining options with the construction of a new dining room on the property. The all weather building will seat up to 80 and connect to the restaurant’s delightful patio through roll up glass doors in warm weather. The popular eatery will be placing more of a focus on lunch as well with a newly revised mid-day menu.

Long-time brew master Jordana Dralle–Dock Street, Goose Island, Eske’s, Blue Corn, Second Street–along with business partner Michelle Vignery are ramping up production of their tasty, hand crafted cider made from local apples at Santa Fe Cider Works The flagship beverage, The Cider Different, is available at a number of local restaurants and liquor stores plus the two owners host periodic tastings at their processing facility in Santa Fe. Cider from the latest pressing should be available in May.

Before it closed several years ago the Jean Cocteau Cinema was long known as having the best popcorn in town. The newly reopened art house is again striving for popcorn greatness and has added a full bar to its offerings making for a complete theater experience.


The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi debuted its property-wide guestroom reimagining in early April. Each of the hotel’s 58 rooms and suites were given a top to bottom makeover with a restful palette of earth tones, new hand-crafted furniture, local ceramic artistry, new bathrooms, new flooring/carpeting and accessories.

Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa has added a large indoor/outdoor patio adjoining the hotel’s restaurant, Amaya. The patio will have sliding glass doors that retract into the walls and open the space up for warm-weather dining and will be heated for cold weather use. The space will seat 100 and hold up to 130 for events. Opening is expected before June.

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