2016 March, What's New in Santa Fe, New MexicoMarch 29, 2016: For centuries Santa Fe has been a destination where savvy travelers visit for memorable experiences, and as always “The City Different” is embracing spring with new restaurants, new faces in some of the city’s hottest kitchens, creative partnerships, cultural performances and an interactive art installation that longtime Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin describes as “like nothing you’ve ever seen before.” Here’s just a few of What’s New:
Opening: Meow Wolf – House of Eternal Return
Renowned Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf recently announced the opening of the highly-anticipated House of Eternal Return installation. The House of Eternal Return is Meow Wolf's first permanent exhibition and the follow-up to their wildly successful The Due Return. Game of Thrones creator, longtime Santa Fe-resident and supporter of the project George R.R. Martin says, “House of Eternal Return is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.” 135 artists are involved in creating 70 different individual immersive spaces, a 300-person music venue, an arcade with 14 games, four tree houses, an interactive cave system and more. The exhibition takes audiences of all ages into a fantastic world of exploratory imagination by way of a radical new form of storytelling where audiences are immersed within a multi-media art experience that unfolds through an interactive and magical narrative.
New Performance: Santa Fe Opera - UnShakeable
In commemoration of 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera presents “UnShakeable,” a new opera composed by Joe Illick with libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters. Set in an abandoned New Mexico theater 25 years in the future, UnShakeable tells the story of Wyatt and Meridian, Shakespearean actors and former lovers who have fallen victim to Erasure, a viral pandemic resulting in memory loss. Exploring themes of memory, connection, and the power of song, UnShakeable incorporates language from some of Shakespeare’s iconic works to create a modern romantic comedy. UnShakeable is entirely suited for audiences of all ages and premieres at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe with a full chamber orchestra before hitting the road for the 22nd annual Spring Tour, presenting ten free performances throughout the region.
New Exhibit: Museum of International Folk Art - Sacred Realm
Santa Fe has historically been home to a diverse religious and ethnic population, so it’s only fitting that the new “Sacred Realm” exhibit is currently featured at the city’s Museum of International Folk Art. “Sacred Realm” highlights the museum’s wide-ranging Asian collection exploring such beliefs as magical protection, blessings, and good fortune. This exhibition presents interesting similarities within the many countries and regions making up Asia and its more than 50 countries, thousands of ethnic groups, more than ten language families—encompassing more than 2,000 spoken languages—and is the birthplace to such world religions as Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam as well as many local faiths.
New Exhibit: SITE Santa Fe WorkSHoP and SITE 20 Years / 20 Shows Spring 2016
SITE opened two new exhibitions on March 19, WorkSHoP, a new exhibition exploring the work of the New York-based architecture and design firm SHoP Architects. SHoP, selected as the architects for SITE’s future building expansion, has distinguished itself as an innovative and highly collaborative firm that embraces a range of approaches from novel sustainability concepts to next-generation fabrication techniques. 20 Years / 20 Shows Spring 2016 features the work of Wangechi Mutu with Edgar Arceneaux, Terry Allen, and Luis Camnitzer.
New Exhibit: Fractured Faiths
In the 10th through 13th centuries, Spain flowered into a golden age, as Muslim, Jewish and Catholic peoples achieved new heights in science, philosophy and the arts. That triculturalism, though, endured repeated challenges, first by fundamentalist Islamic Almohads in the 12th century, then by Christian kingdoms in the late-14th century, when it finally deteriorated into dissent, segregation and riots. This exhibit, opening May 22, 2016 and tentatively through December 31, 2016, stands on the brink of that chasm and leaps into a diaspora that dates to biblical times.
For the first time, a major institution tells the comprehensive story of how Spain's Jewry found a tenuous foothold in North America. Despite continued persecution, its people persisted—sometimes as upright Catholic conversos, sometimes as secret "crypto-Jews"—finally to make a mark as successful merchants, artists and philanthropists in New Mexico. Emblems of that struggle for cultural identity appear even today: A menorah carved into a tombstone in a Catholic cemetery, oral histories of tangled roots, Hispanic villages where genetic clusters speak to Jewish lineage.
New Trail: The Santa Fe Margarita Trail
The new Santa Fe Margarita Trail will launch May 5, 2016 as an ongoing culinary cocktail experience for everyone. The Trail highlights restaurants and bars that offer a special, uniquely designed and named margarita using the finest tequilas and ingredients. A Santa Fe Margarita Trail Passport will describe participating establishments and include the recipe for each margarita. Passports will be available for three dollars to those 21 and older at the establishments and at TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Centers—and will be used to collect stamps for each margarita sampled. Passport holders can turn them in at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center Visitor Center for a special Santa Fe Margarita Trail t-shirt or other tiered gifts based on number of stamps received.
New Restaurant: State Capital Kitchen
Former Arroyo Vino chef Mark Connell recently opened this artisanal American dim sum restaurant to great fanfare. Housed in the space formerly occupied by Infierno, State Capital Kitchen is serving up delectably creative bites like rabbit pot pie and dashi-braised bacon with lemongrass white bean puree to hungry patrons. The menu, in keeping with Santa Fe’s locavore mentality, is sourced from local farmers, ranchers and foragers. “Locally sourced and crafted with love” has proven to be the unofficial motto of this hot new Santa Fe eatery.
New Restaurant: The Bourbon Grill
Meat and specialty bourbons are the name of the game at this now open new American eatery helmed by Executive Chef Luis Torres. While the menu reflects the classic steak-and-seafood concept, it also features an eclectic selection of bar food such as spring rolls, flat breads and mango bourbon jalapeno chicken wings and other delicious items. Unsurprisingly, patrons are feeling quite welcome in the warm and inviting atmosphere, which is highlighted by piñon-burning kiva fireplaces.
New Store: Chocolate de Santa Fe
Artisan confections created from only the best single origin chocolate in the world. Direct from regional farms in countries such as Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador. The style is self-described as “Artistan Mountain Chocolate,” incorporating only the best organic and all natural ingredients. These unique creations are inspired by local and traditional recipes and spices combined with innovative modern cuisine. Come in for a taste of Santa Fe’s most special chocolate or call to order that special gift that your friends and family will be talking about for years to come.
New Culinary Partnership: Food Tour New Mexico & Hotel St. Francis
Nick Peña of Food Tour New Mexico has partnered with Santa Fe’s Hotel St. Francis to launch a new wine and painting class called “Paint & Palate.” Local artists invite millennials and the young at heart to explore their creative side and enjoy a glass of wine while they're at it. The Southwestern-inspired class takes place several times a week in the heart of downtown Santa Fe at Hotel St. Francis with step-by-step instruction from artist and painter Tom Mallon. Peña says, "Through the easy-to-follow system and, of course a glass of wine, you will end the night with a beautiful painting that you can frame and be proud ofǃ" For tickets, please visit: www.foodtournewmexico.com.
New Retail Store: Los Foodies
Los Foodies is taking its goal of promoting the Santa Fe food and beverage industry to a new level with the March opening of its retail store at 235 Don Gaspar—right in the heart of Santa Fe’s historic downtown district. The location comes equipped with a tasting room that will allow consumers to sample local Northern New Mexican cuisine. Los Foodies shares the tasting room with Hart’s Vino del Corazon Winery and will offer local wine and beers along with other Northern New Mexican food products. Consumers who want to buy the products can purchase them in-store or through Los Foodies’ e-commerce site.
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