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Upcoming Events

Winter Indian Market Comes to La Fonda

December 16th - 18th, 2016

Photo © Nocona Burgess

Jenny's View

Dear Friends,

As a former board member at SWAIA, the nonprofit group that puts on Indian Market, I’m always looking for ways that La Fonda can help one of my absolute favorite charities, from buying Native art for our walls to supporting fundraisers. When I heard from SWAIA’s Dallin Maybee (chief operating officer) and John Jones (chief development officer) that a new place and venue was wanted for the annual winter market, La Fonda was the obvious choice.

Winter Indian Market, a smaller version of the huge summer event, has traditionally been held on Thanksgiving weekend to coincide with the start of holiday shopping. But the timing is hard on the artists, who have to spend the whole holiday weekend away from their families. So this year, Winter Indian Market will be held Dec. 16-18, which means that La Fonda will look more festive than ever—even more top-notch Native artwork inside, as farolitos add their glow to the rooftops.

The traditional Friday-night kickoff party will be held here as well, with food, drink, live music, and early-bird shopping; the $50 ticket includes a market pass for the whole weekend. To purchase tickets for this event and the all-weekend pass, CLICK HERE. And of course we are offering a special weekend package to round out a winter immersion experience for anyone who could not attend Indian Market in August—or who can’t get enough gorgeous Native art (which would include me!)

Only 10 weeks to Market,

Jennifer Lea Kimball

Recipe For Adventure

Like guacamole, tortilla soup has a place in practically every collection of Mexican recipes.  It’s a filling, flavorful meal that can be made with little effort, and Chef Lane's New Mexico version delivers on all counts. Earthy, dark chiles. The softening crunch of toasty corn tortillas. Soul-satisfying broth.  And creamy-rich avocado and cheese.

Tortilla Soup - Yields 1 Gallon or 16 Servings


2 - 3 lb. Stewing Hens (chicken)

8 ounces carrots, peeled and sliced

8 ounces celery, sliced

1lb. Spanish onion, sliced

5 Chile Guajillo, seeds removed

4 medium sized tomatoes, roasted and peeled

Water, enough to cover the ingredients by 2 inches

To taste, Kosher salt & white pepper

Garnish: Diced avocado, queso fresco and fried corn tortilla strips.



- Make a broth by simmering all the ingredients together for 2-3 hours. When the flavor is to your liking, remove from the heat.

- Strain the ingredients though cheese cloth and reserve hot broth.

- Pull the chicken meat from the chickens and shred, can be mixed in the broth or set aside as a topper.

- Add the hot soup to bowl

- Garnish the bowl with diced avocado, shredded chicken, queso fresco and fried corn tortilla strips.

Live at La Fonda

In rock ‘n’ roll, a power trio consists of guitar, bass, and drums. In the music beloved by New Mexicans, the power trio is what you’ll hear Los Tres Amigos play: guitar, a requinto (higher-pitched guitar), and a large bass guitar called the guitarrón -- a mini mariachi ensemble, minus the horns and violins. Los Tres Amigos uses the three string instruments, plus vocals, to cover the entire repertoire of popular Mexican music—and they mean all of it. “I don’t know exactly how many, but maybe each of us knows 300, with some overlap,” says bandleader Omar Villanueva. “We get a lot of requests, and 80 percent of the time we know all the songs requested”—even, he says, the occasional wise guy who wants to hear Metallica. “I’m a guitar teacher, so sometimes I’ll play the opening notes.”

Villanueva started the trio in 2009. Today it consists of Ruti Garcia on guitar, Bobby Vargas on guitarrón, and Villanueva himself on requinto. They play venues all over the state—weddings, restaurants, casinos, fiestas, concerts—and Villanueva himself is a veteran of La Fiesta Lounge, having played a twice-weekly happy-hour gig in the bar in the early 2000s. Now he’s back, both with his trio and playing classical guitar solo.

He says he likes the audience at La Fonda because they have good taste. “We get compliments from people who love music, instead of just the usual ‘good job’ or ‘keep it up’ (which I also like)—more specific compliments that sound like they’ve traveled a lot and heard a lot of musicians.” Catch Los Tres Amigos in La Fiesta Lounge on Oct. 19, and Villanueva playing solo on Oct. 30 and Nov. 13.

It's a Good Time To...

Consider bringing your special pastime along to Santa Fe, where our UNESCO Creative City hosts any number of hobby groups that open events to the public. Even if you’re a dabbler, focusing on a DIY interest can turn a trip away from home into something uniquely memorable.


What kinds of groups make a home in the City Different? New Mexico is known for its clear skies, and if you’re a serious stargazer, it’s worth making the three-hour drive out to Magdalena, near the Very Large Array, for the annual Enchanted Skies Star Party (Oct. 26-29). Closer to home, the tour company Astronomy Adventures runs stargazing tours twice a week at a dark site near Santa Fe with a large Newtonian reflector telescope.

For those whose stargazing focuses more within, the Santa Fe Astro Assembly is an informal group of astrology buffs who gather the second Wednesday of every month at the Santa Fe Oxygen & Healing Bar to consider world events through astrological archetypes.

If rocks are your stars, the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies offers free brown bag talks and regular outings. Visit the open house (Oct. 15) or holiday party (Nov. 13) to learn about digs happening in New Mexico.

Devotees of architecture can check out the free lectures and tours from the Friends of Architecture Santa Fe. The group leads free walking tours (limited to the first 20 participants) on the last Thursday of each month. There are also art and architecture downtown walking tours  offered every Monday at 10 a.m. from the docents at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

How about papermaking? The Friends of Dard Hunter, a group of crafters passionate about handmade paper, hold their annual conference in Santa Fe this year at the New Mexico History Museum (Oct. 20-23). Its Paper Trade Fair will be open to the public in the museum gallery on Friday and Saturday.

Come learn to swing dance, or show ’em how it’s done, every Monday night at Odd Fellows Lodge. 

Ready to welcome your lucky break? The inaugural On the Page screenwriter’s conference offers over 40 speakers, two script competitions, and pitch sessions with producers. (Oct. 16). Otaku unite at Santa Fe Comic Con (Oct. 21-23). And quilters compete in a biennial celebration at the Santa Fe Convention Center (Oct. 7-9).

Otherwise, fall is a great time to just hit the road and explore. The Galisteo Studio Tour takes place Oct. 15-16; Pojoaque and Tesuque pueblos celebrate their annual feast day with dances on Nov. 12. (Ask at the concierge desk for details.) The Farmers Market Fall Fiesta supports the market with a locally sourced chef’s feast (Oct. 1). And it hardly needs mentioning that some 800,000 visitors will descend on the Duke City for the 45th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (Oct. 1-9).


A number of international and world-music bands come to town this fall, starting at the Lensic, with the Villalobos Brothers’ fresh take on Mexican music (Oct. 9). Also at the Lensic are Rockin’ Road to Dublin, a music and dance collaboration between Celtic rocker Chris Smith and champion Irish dancer Scott Doherty (Nov. 9). Take in Cuba with the toe-tapping Havana Cuba All-Stars on their first U.S. tour (Nov. 10). Then the New York Gypsy All Stars unite the sounds of Macedonia, Turkey, Greece and America into a swinging “Balkanalia” (Nov. 17), all at the Lensic. Celebrate the Afrobeat legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti at the Railyards’ Fiesta Fela (Oct. 15). And indie electronic band Arc Iris plays with Afghan instrumentalist Qais Essar at Meow Wolf (Nov. 21), where New York hardcore band Show Me the Body plays Oct. 6. Throwback indulgences are another theme this fall, from the Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing (Oct. 5), to ’60s icon Joan Baez  at the Lensic (Oct. 30) and the Indigo Girls at the Lensic in a benefit for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter (Nov. 5). And speaking of throwback experiences, the town of Madrid is hosting its Madrid Blues Festival (Oct. 2).  Remember the punk band MDC from the 80’s? They’re back in town at Evangelo’s underground (Oct. 15); rumor has it that frontman Dave Dictor will be signing his new book of memoirs at The Matador earlier in the evening.

                      Rockin' Road to Dublin

                          New York Gypsy All Stars

                                               Conor Oberst                      

In classical music, Santa Fe Pro Musica presents Ladder to the Moon at the Lensic (Nov. 5-6), with acclaimed violinst Ida Kavafian, who premiered this musical tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe in 2006; optional artist dinner available on Sunday. Pianist Olga Kern is performing with the Santa Fe Symphony (Oct. 16) at the Lensic, where pianist Stephen Hough will perform Schubert, Franck, Liszt, and his own compositions in a journey from darkness to light (Nov. 29). As the days grow darker, it’s time again for the symphony’s joyous annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, with guest soloists (Nov. 19-20).


Elsewhere, Joseph Illick deciphers the mystery of conducting for his Notes on Music (Oct. 4) at the United Church of Santa Fe. A free family concert of famous opera excerpts dubbed Little Red Riding Hood is offered at First Presbyterian Church (Oct. 9), which is also the venue for Serenata of Santa Fe’s chamber music concerts, including Prokofiev and Piazzolla (Oct. 23), and a genre-crossing repertoire of Tison Street, Thomas Oboe Lee, and Dvorak (Nov. 13).



At The Museums

Get ready for Winter Indian Market at La Fonda with a jumpstart at the annual Native Treasures Collectors Sale of jewelry and art from private collections. The sale benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Oct. 8-9). At SITE Santa Fe, professional musicians will perform the compositions of Native teens recently introduced to classical music (Oct. 6). And everyone is invited to the Wheelwright Museum Book Club the third Wednesday of every month, even if you have not yet read the Native or Southwest book selection

Speaking of Southwest history, the fifth annual Fred Harvey Weekend (Oct. 28-30) is probably close to selling out at the New Mexico History Museum. Tours, lectures, classes, and events include talks by Steve Harvey, a descendant of the famous tourism entrepreneur, and our own CEO Jenny Kimball, since La Fonda was one of the original Harvey Houses. Tickets are $50 (includes $15 tax deductible donation) and gets you a reserved seat for all of the talks Friday through Sunday. Seating is limited. Call: (505) 982-799 ext. 4.

Other events coming up at the New Mexico History museum include learning about the Day of the Dead from ghost storytellers, and making ghost lanterns (Oct. 16). The same day, university students will be holding a poetry slam about lowriders in conjunction with the lowrider exhibit. Come back to the museum Nov. 20 to learn how to airbrush flames on your own ride. Admission to the history museum is free on Sundays to New Mexico residents. 

Relive Spanish Colonial days at El Rancho de las Golondrinas’ Harvest Festival (Oct. 1-2).

SITE Santa Fe is in the process of expanding its public offerings, and will present poet and essayist Margaret Randall reading from the forthcoming bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry Only the Road/Solo El Camino (Nov. 15). Veterans Day is StudentNITE at the museum, featuring live music, free refreshments, and hands-on activities for high school and university students (Nov. 11). In fact, that day should be on everyone’s calendar to visit a museum, since admission is free to all state-run museums and historic sites, as well as national parks and public lands. You don’t have to be a veteran, but you can certainly thank one for keeping our country free.


Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee perform The Mountain King, a medieval ballad from Scandinavian myth, along with other traditional ballads from Europe, the U.S., and beyond at Center Stage (Oct. 1). The breathtaking Shanghai Acrobats perform at the Lensic for one night (Oct. 6), followed by Rita Morena recounting her upbringing from Puerto Rico through seven decades in show business (Oct. 27). Bestselling humorist David Sedaris will read and sign copies of his books (Nov. 7). And our own animal-free circus Wise Fool New Mexico performs its 13th annual Thanksgiving show in four performances at the Lensic (Nov. 25-27).                    

                              Shanghai Acrobats

                                    David Sedaris

Met Live in HD broadcasts a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Oct. 8) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Oct. 22-23), while National Theatre Live in HD reprises the 2011 production of Frankenstein directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Oct. 29), followed by Helen McCrory in Terence Rattian’s The Deep Blue Sea (Nov. 16), all at the Lensic.


Journalists Gideon Levy and David Barsamian speak at the Lensic as part of Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom series (Oct. 5), followed by poet and classicist Anne Carson with Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt (Oct. 26), and activists Angela Davis and Barbara Ransby (Nov. 2).

You can also hear mathematician Jordan Ellenberg discuss “Math’s Gray Area: Uncertainty and Contradiction” in a free lecture courtesy of the Santa Fe Institute (Oct. 18). At SITE Santa Fe, a panel discussion by museum educators looks at innovative education at modern art museums (Nov. 3). 

La Fonda and Santa Fe In the News

Phoenix Magazine “Santa Fe in September”


Austin Food Magazine - "Where to eat and stay in Santa Fe"


Dorado Magazine - "The Grand Hotelier – Fred Harvey" (Page 57) 


303 Magazine - ”A Weekend Guide to the Magic of Santa Fe”