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Feed Your Soul in Santa Fe this Winter

Sipapu Ski Resort offers free clinics and instruction all day Jan. 18 at the annual Telemark Festival, followed by the skin-up/ski-down Telemark race. The annual Souper Bowl XX (Feb. 1) dishes up dozens of soups from Santa Fe’s top restaurants in a competition where Northern New Mexico’s food bank ends up a winner. Estrella del Norte Vineyard is hosting monthly wine and cider barrel tasting (Jan. 18, Feb. 15), along with such silly events as the “Superbowl Snackdown” (Jan. 25) and “Groundhog’s Eve” blind tasting (Feb. 1) that provide an excuse to indulge your oenologic passions. Beer-lovers have WinterBrew 2014 (Jan. 24), billed as a craft beer and comfort food festival at The Santa Fe Farmers Market, which incidentally remains open on Saturday mornings all winter, as does the Sunday Artisan Market.

Workshops

At the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, you can make foods for Vietnamese New Year (Jan. 30) or enjoy a pop-up dinner of Foods of the New South (Feb. 6). If you’re ready to take a culinary leap, there’s the three-day Southwest Culinary Boot Camp (Jan. 27-29) or four-day intensive on butchery and charcuterie (Feb. 24-27).

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum invites you to come draw and paint with the family (Jan. 18). Or make toys at the Museum of International Folk Art (Jan. 26). The folk-art museum also celebrates Asian New Year (Feb. 2) with dragon puppets and sumi-e painting. Artists and photographers can learn encaustic techniques to enhance photographs in a one-day (Jan. 18, Feb, 15 & 17) or half-day (Feb. 14, 16) workshop at the Canyon Road studio of Angel Wynn. Or spend four days studying winter photography (Feb. 11-14) at Taos Ski Valley, where you ski out for intensive instruction in action photography in winter conditions. Many other creative workshops are held in morning or afternoon sessions whenever you visit.

For musicians, Dweezil Zappa teaches a guitar masterclass (Feb. 12) before his show at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Even knitters have a weekend intensive in “Knitting in All Directions” (Feb. 14-16), a technique taught by Miriam Leth-Espensen, who also offers individual instruction in weaving. Stop by the downtown yarn shop any Sunday from 3 to 5 pm for knitting help and company.

Music

The Santa Fe Symphony presents a program of Bruckner and Mozart (Jan. 19), followed by a tribute to the 16th president (Feb. 16) with Copland’s Lincoln Portrait and Fanfare for the Common Man. Santa Fe Pro Musica plays a Classical Weekend (Jan. 25-26) with Carmelo de los Santos on violin, followed by a post-concert Meet the Musician. The city’s Canticum Novum Chorus & Orchestra performs its winter concert (Feb. 1-2) of unjustly neglected masterpieces.

In contemporary music, the inimitable Pink Martini (Jan. 20) comes to town for one show, as does Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys (Jan. 30). Piano phenom George Winston performs (Feb. 1), followed by Grammy-winning Zappa Plays Zappa (Feb. 12), fronted by Dweezil Zappa paying tribute to his father’s legacy. Reunited alt-rock pioneers The Pixies also play a show (Feb. 25). Jazz fans can enjoy appetizers, wine and beer in a pop-up jazz club at the Music on the Hill Elevated concert series at St. John’s College, featuring Kathy Kosins (Jan. 25) and Chase Baird (Feb. 22).

Performance

London’s National Theater Live in HD presents Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus (Jan. 31) in Donmar Warehouse’s production, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role, followed by the original stage production of War Horse (Feb. 27). Met Opera Live in HD will broadcast the epic Rusalka (Feb. 8), with Renee Fleming in one of her signature roles, followed by Prince Igor (March 1). Comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Colin Quinn presents “Unconstitutional,” (Feb. 7), his unique view on the founding of the nation.

Speakers

Legal advocate Bryan Stevenson speaks with The Nation editor Liliana Segura (Jan. 15) about the criminal justice system as part of the Lannan Foundation’s cultural freedom speaker series. The literary speaker series pairs short story author George Saunders with New York Times writer Joel Lovell (Feb. 12). And author Greg Grandin speaks with journalist Avi Lewis on Latin American politics (Feb. 26). His granddaughter discusses the life and work of Murdock Pemberton, first art critic for the New Yorker (Jan. 21), in a look at the formative years of Modernism. Also free at the O’Keeffe Museum is an exploration of the symbolism of gesture (Jan. 28) and bodily awareness through art.

At the museums

Don’t miss the exhibit Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain, which makes its only U.S. stop on an international tour. Also unique to New Mexico is a collection of objects related to Native music and dance; a show of colorful Japanese kites, and of Brazilian folk art. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum opens a new exhibit of artwork created in Hawaii by its namesake painter and Modernist friend Ansel Adams.

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