Jenny's View

Friends,

French writer and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir said when she stayed here in 1947, “The La Fonda is the most beautiful hotel in America, perhaps the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in my life.” That quote prefaces La Fonda Then And Now, our unique, beautifully illustrated history of the hotel. If you have ever visited La Fonda, you’ll find this book a wonderful, historic memory of your stay.

Simone de Beauvoir

Our Beverage Manager, Carla Gilfillan, took inspiration from that book, quote, and from the long list of famous folks who have stayed at La Fonda over the years to remake our La Fiesta Lounge cocktail menu. “I studied philosophy in college and when I saw that Simone de Beauvoir had stayed here, I knew that I had to create a cocktail in her honor,” says Carla. “I wanted to invent cocktails that were creative, classic and elegant, and tell the story of La Fonda’s history with drinks.”

Carla Gilfillan

And boy has Carla hit the bullseye! In addition to the Simone de Beauvoir, a fragrant mix of Torres brandy, port, ginger syrup, lemon juice and a lemon twist, Carla’s put her own twist on a traditional Manhattan. The Oppenheimer Manhattan, taking its name from Manhattan Project director Robert Oppenheimer, features Byrrh Quinquina (a French fortified wine with botanicals that is similar to sweet vermouth) and grapefruit bitters.

The Simone de Beauvoir

The Oppenheimer Manhattan

The menu also celebrates Santa Fe’s ties to Spain and Mexico with a Catalonian-style Spanish G&T combining Hayman’s London Dry gin, fresh thyme, lemon peel, juniper berries, and Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic. There’s also the Across the Border, marrying El Tesoro Reposado Tequila or Rayu Mezcal, grapefruit and lime juice, Amaro Nonino and ginger beer with an Alderwood smoked salt rim.

Spanish G&T

Across the Border

And because a great drink doesn’t have to be alcoholic, and there are many reasons why you might choose not to imbibe, she also came up with an inventive choice of mocktails. These non-alcoholic beverages allow everyone to have a fun, special cocktail experience. In fact, one of Santa Fe’s favorite summer visitors, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, gets her own honorary mocktail. (We don’t know whether she indulges or not, but you know the saying “sober as a judge?” We’re playing it safe.) The RBG is a refreshing combo of ginger beer, grapefruit and mint.

The RBG

Carla also noted that La Fonda on the Plaza was named 2018 Sustainability Champion by Historic Hotels of America, and has accordingly featured some tequilas and mezcals on the menu which represent the very best of their categories. Like La Fonda, these purveyors are independently-owned and committed to sustainability. You can choose them in one of our popular margaritas or in new tasting flights. And don’t forget to stamp your Margarita Trail passport when you try the famous Don Rael margarita, too!

La Fiesta Lounge was already one of the best locations in Santa Fe for sipping cocktails and mocktails, coupled with delicious food, where you could also hear some great music – for visitors and locals alike. Congrats, Carla, the new cocktail menu has raised the bar (hee, hee).

Anyone thirsty yet?

Jenny


Detours at La Fonda - A Santa Fe Merchant Since 1922

Spring is finally here and we invite you once again to visit Detours for your must haves for Easter, for Mother’s Day or for welcoming Spring. We have a fun selection of bunnies, chicks, Easter eggs, and even carrots.  All ornaments are handmade, stitch by stitch, the sizes range from 3” to 17” and they can grace the Easter bush, add an element of whimsy to your dining table, or be placed into an Easter Basket for a loved one.

Want flowers that will never die? Come see the wonderful assortment of hand felted flowers available in many colors and sizes. Your purchase helps generate income in poor communities, promotes fair trade and sustainability, preserves artistry and culture, and increases access to employment, healthcare and education.

Buy Handmade-Change Women’s Lives.

Having family and friends for Mother’s Day Brunch? For Easter Dinner? Add a touch of the season to your table setting…cheese or olive picks for hors d’oeuvres, served with style or whimsical salt and pepper shakers in pewter, or glass bowls and porcelain dessert stands to hold sweet treats.

Also, don’t forget, we always carry a happy assortment of puppets to entertain from the very youngest to the oldest in the crowd.

Stop by early for the best selection! Visit our website or or call 505-988-1404.


Recipe for Adventure

Tuna Poke

Poke, pronounced both po-kee and po-kay, is a Hawaiian favorite found at every fish stand on the islands. This raw seafood salad is a cross between sushi and ceviche and is so easy to make at home! Rich, tender, sashimi grade Ahi tuna dressed with simple ingredients to allow the essence of the raw fish to shine. Light, fresh, healthy and delicious! Loaded with fresh Ahi Tuna and avocado, green onions, fresh ginger and soy sauce, and a little bite from the chile paste, you can't just stop eating it. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 ounces Sushi grade Ahi Tuna, small diced, keep ice cold
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chile serrano, minced
  • 2 ounces avocado, small diced
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 ounces soy sauce
  • 1 ounce lime juice, fresh
  • 1 ounce sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoon black and white sesame seeds, toasted

Toss all ingredients together, keep cold and serve in the next 3-hours or so. Best served immediately.

DRESSING

  • ½ cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon rice vinegar (unseasoned)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sambal Oelek chile paste ( Can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon black and white sesame seeds, toasted

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients and spoon over and around tuna tartar or keep on the side
  2. Serve with crisp wonton chips.


Live at La Fonda

The Gold Souls

When one drives from Sacramento to New Orleans, gigging along the way, one naturally stops in Santa Fe. Right? Absolutely, says Juniper Waller, vocalist for The Gold Souls, making their La Fiesta debut on April 17.  The Sacramento band from California’s capital city brings the driving grooves of funk, the rich textures of soul, and the compelling storytelling of the blues to our capital city. Drawing from a variety of influences and experiences, The Gold Souls deliver captivating lyrics and fresh arrangements over a vintage sound.

Led by the dynamic Waller, the group is made up of young talent hailing from the San Francisco and Sacramento areas. With Matt Hevesh on guitar, Alex Severson on the keys, Billy D. Thompson on the drums, and Jace Dorn on bass, each member has a hand in writing and song composition, making The Gold Souls a truly collaborative effort.

The group’s been together about two years, having released an EP and a full-length album called Good to Feel last year. Their latest single, True Blue, was produced and engineered by multi-Grammy winner Timothy Bloom and was released this February. They’re hitting the road to promote the album, and are excited to play their lively mix of danceable and relaxing tunes, many original but also some recognizable covers thrown in, for the appreciative La Fiesta audience.

“All of us have been to Santa Fe before, and have fond memories of spending time in Santa Fe. I went to the Opera and spent time downtown myself. It’s great to be able to return,” says Waller.

The Gold Souls have a new music video out, and will release another single right before they arrive in Santa Fe. You can see and hear both at their website, thegoldsouls.com

Catch The Gold Souls at La Fiesta, where the locals gather, April 17.


It's A Good Time To....

Santa Fe makes it easy to plan your family's much needed Spring Break vacation. Through April 21, take advantage of great “kids are free” deals in Santa Fe—from lodging, food, arts, culture, to other kid friendly attractions. Plus, La Fonda has its own kids stay and play free adventure that includes complimentary breakfast and tickets to top attractions Meow Wolf and the Harrell House Bug Museum. Book your stay now and start exploring the Kids Free Spring Break specials today.

Harrell House Bug Museum

La Fonda is a proud sponsor and host of this year’s Girls Inc. Gala: Experience Strong, Smart, and Bold! (Apr. 4). Put on your best red outfit, try out Girls Inc.’s programs first hand, enjoy wine and hors-d’oeuvres, a plated dinner, and the chance to walk away with an amazing experience during the live auction. Items include a Paul McCartney package with 4 concert tickets and an autographed bass guitar, and week-long stays in Maine, Costa Rica and other exciting locations!

The City of Santa Fe’s annual Easter Egg Hunt promises golden eggs plus 12 “super eggs” for kids up to age 10. Admission is for each child to bring one canned good, to be donated to The Food Depot to help feed our hungry community members. Starts at 11:30 sharp (Apr. 13)!    

Celebrate Earth Day in the Railyard Park, Santa Fe's award-winning green space. Enjoy a day of games, music and interactive activities focused on protecting our wild species, including a bike ride, puppets, recycling games and more. Come face to face with animal ambassadors, such as wolves, raptors and alpaca, too. (Apr. 27).

Earth Day

                                                                                                                                              


The Shops at La Fonda

Tom Taylor

April marks Tom Taylor’s biggest event of the year, their annual Inventory Clearance Event! We’re getting amazing new pieces from their most sought after artists this Spring, and it’s time to make room for more. Stop into their La Fonda store or visit them online at Tom Taylor, and subscribe to our newsletter for your personal invitation to save big on one-of-a-kind pieces, end-of-edition items, and other special finds. Two days only, April 9th and 10th.

Visit them in La Fonda on the Plaza or call 505-989-9540.


Things Finer

April is the month of diamonds! If you were lucky enough to be born in April, then come see what Things Finer has to offer! With two locations inside La Fonda on the Plaza, Things Finer offers the best in fine antique and estate jewelry, silver, gifts, and accessories. Trusted for over 4 decades, Things Finer has purchased, appraised and sold lovely items to gift every taste and budget. They are proud to be a long lived part of La Fonda’s retail community! Things Finer. Call 505-983-5552 or visit their website below.


Rocki Gorman

Chain of pearls collection by jewelry designer Rocki Gorman. Perfect for casual and formal wear, sterling silver and versatile. La Fonda guests enjoy 20% off friends and family discount on all Rocki Jewelry.

Email:gormanrocki@gmail.com or call 505.983.7833 or visit the store inside La Fonda at 119 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501.


Sense Clothing

Sense - Now Open at La Fonda!

Sense Clothing® designed in the USA is headquartered in downtown Santa Fe, NM in the historic La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza. Sense launched their first collection in Spring 2005, consisting of ultra-soft fabrics and modern colors. Sense is all about the "multi-functional" wardrobe which makes our collection the perfect travel line, uniting the elements of Spa and Travel for today's active women. 111 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 In La Fonda

Call: 505-988-5534

Special New Store Opening Offer: $300 Shopping Spree!

Everyone that comes into the store and makes a purchase can put their email in the "La Fonda" hat. At the end of April, there will be a drawing for a $300 Shopping Spree!


Film & Performance 

Laugh until you can’t breath with one of the most sought-after comedians in the country, Chris D’Elia, taking the Lensic stage (Apr. 5). Then get into the head of actor Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert tour (Apr. 20).

Chris D'Elia

The Lensic’s National Theater Live in HD season continues with the classic play All About Eve, staring Gillian Anderson and Lily James (Apr. 18). The Great Art on Film series continues with Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche, recounting the start of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890s for art, literature and music in which new ideas are circulated. (Apr. 22).

All About Eve

Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche

Moliere’s 1668 play The Miser gets a reboot from Oasis Theatre Company (through Apr. 7), with plots, treasure hunts and French comedy in a world premiere translation by David Carter. Over at Teatro Paraguas, experience El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom (Apr. 11-28), in which a Nuyorican comic book artist down on his luck becomes the city's newest superhero.

El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom

Santa Fe Playhouse offers up Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, a powerful, 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about aging, memory, and artificial intelligence, set in the not-too-distant future (May 2-19).

Marjorie Prime

Don’t miss the one-act plays from the talented students of New Mexico School for the Arts (Apr. 10-12). Support tomorrow’s artists today! Then boost the kids of Monte del Sol Charter School at their 19th Annual Mentorship Festival. Each week, 150 students participate in mentorships with skilled and generous mentors around the city different. The school-wide Mentorship Festival features student performances, a lively question and answer session with the evaluators, their peers and others in the audience (Apr. 24).


Out & About

Meow Wolf invites you to an art therapy inspired workshop with art therapist Chelsea Call, focused on community building, self-care and enhancing emotional intelligence through the creative processes inspired by art therapy (various dates).

Chelsea Call

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture curators gather in the lobby of the Museum on the third Wednesday of each month awaiting whatever treasures walk through the door. This is your opportunity to bring a family heirloom, something special from your collection, or a piece you know nothing about. Naturally, they prefer items from the American Southwest (in keeping with the museum’s focus), but they will check out anything you bring in (Apr. 17).

The Last Friday Artwalk in the Railyard Arts District promises an exciting world-class contemporary art experience. Ten galleries plus SITE Santa Fe boast the best in international contemporary art, housed in spacious warehouse-style buildings, all within walking distance! (Apr. 26). And while you’re down there, hit the Saturday Farmer's Market for the first spring fruits, veggies and baked goods.

Last Friday Artwalk

Farmer's Market

More than 30 artists sell their fine pottery and unique clay art at the annual Contemporary Clay Fair (Apr. 27-28) at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club. You'll see (and can purchase) an impressive array of both functional and whimsical pottery as well as other clay pieces at this free event.

Contemporary Clay Fair


Music & Dance 

The Lensic brings the globe to Santa Fe in April. First, feel the passion and heat of Cuba with Malpaso Dance company and their original choreography (Apr. 2). Then Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain - one of the architects of modern world music - gathers an ensemble of friends who happen to be some of the most gifted artists on the planet (Apr. 9). Or maybe mariachi is more your style? Two-time Grammy Award winners Mariachi Los Camperos come to town, too (May 4).

Malpaso Dance Company

Zakir Hussain

Mariachi Los Camperos

The Santa Fe Symphony returns with a late afternoon of Mozart and Brahms (Apr. 14) with world-renowned guest conductor Dante Anzolini and the Eastern New Mexico Chamber Choir led by Jason Paulk. Over at Santa Fe Pro Musica, commemorate the joys of and sorrows of the Easter season with three Baroque Holy Week concerts at the Loretto Chapel (Apr. 18-20). Their season comes to an end with East Meets West for two performances (Apr. 27-28). Conductor Gemma New brings her insightful interpretations and dynamic leadership, while violinist Francisco Fullana, winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and member of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two, enthralls on violin.

Dante Anzolini

Gemma New

Francisco Fullana

No tenors are needed when baritone Thomas Hampson and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni (Hampson’s son-in-law) take the stage! Two great voices. One incredible evening at the Lensic (May 2).

Thomas Hampson & Luca Pisaroni

Mantra has gone mainstream, and Deva Premal & Miten have been on the leading edge of this global chant phenomenon for over 20 years, propelling the ancient healing power of mantra chanting into the 21st century. They’re traveling the globe with Nepalese bansuri maestro Manose and their international band (May 3). The Annual New Mexico Bach Society concert features Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and selections from the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, highlighting the vocal artistry of New Mexico’s own Bach Chorale. Franz Vote leads the ensemble (Apr. 7).

Deva Premal, Miten & Manose

AMP Concerts always shines bright, and April is no exception. Start the month with An Evening with Jimmie Vaughan (Apr. 3), a man who is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. The Commonheart bring gritty vocals over rock riffs and soulful horns to Tumbleroot (Apr. 3). Grammy winner Laurie Lewis plays with mandolin wizard Tom Rozum and fiddler Brandon Godman at the San Miguel Chapel (Apr. 5). More guitar, times three, arrives with the California Guitar Trio (Apr. 11), while Söndörgő plays the Paradiso (Apr. 13).

Jimmie Vaughn

The Commonheart

Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum & Brandon Godman

Gig kicks off April with Flatbed Buggy, a woodsy, airy groove collective (Apr. 4), then hosts John Reischman & the Jaybirds (Apr. 11) with their bluegrass sound. Unison, a trio of Andy Milne, John Hébert and Clarence Penn brings melody, texture and hypnotic groove (Apr. 19). Gig also hosts bass guitarist Scott Mulvahill, who toured with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for over five years (Apr. 25), and David Wilcox (Apr. 27) on tour with a new album. Post-bop piano is the order of the evening when Aaron Goldberg Trio plays (May 1).

Flatbed Buggy

John Reischman & the Jaybirds

Unison

Scott Mulvahill

Aaron Goldberg Trio

Meow Wolf always rocks the house, even more so in April. Rubblebucket kicks off the month (Apr. 1), followed by Yonder Mountain String Band (Apr. 2) and Railroad Earth (Apr. 8). Then it’s Sales, longtime friends and collaborators Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih (Apr. 9), The Quinn Fontaine Experience and Desert Dwellers (Apr. 13), Strand of Oaks (Apr. 19), Murs (Apr. 22) and SoDown (Apr. 24). The month wraps with Superorganism (Apr. 25), What So Not (Apr. 26) and The Midnight (Apr. 30).

Rubblebucket

Sales

Superorganism

The Midnight


At the Museums

Social & Sublime: Land, Place, and Art, a new exhibition at the New Mexico Art Museum looks at land through the ideological frameworks of wilderness, frontier, landscape and ecology to explore shifting views of nature as an artistic subject across the 20th century. This exhibition presents a series of perspectives relating to how American artists used land and place in their work in dialogue with the social, aesthetic, political, and cultural viewpoints that have shaped our understanding of land (opens Apr. 13).

Social & Sublime: Land, Place, and Art

Don’t miss The Great Unknown: Artists at Glen Canyon and Lake Powell at the NM Art Museum (through Sept. 15), with an opening reception April. 5. The Colorado River is a critical source of life in the arid canyons of northern Arizona and southern Utah. Generations of people from near and far have been inspired by its beauty and power. The show uses photographs, paintings and writings to tell the stories of several groups of like-minded people who made repeated visits to the area known as Glen Canyon on the Colorado, Glen Canyon Dam and the resultant Lake Powell.

The Great Unknown: Artists at Glen Canyon and Lake Powell

You’ve still got time to see three exhibitions at CCA. The first is the multimedia installation Tom Joyce: Tc (Curie Point), which suspends nearly 25,000 lbs. of obsolete equipment, supplies, tools and other objects that were once incorporated, made, used and/or laid to rest in the artist's studio (through Apr. 21). The second is Sharon Bartel Clements: Warrior Women Torso Project exploring what it means to embody a warrior (through Apr. 21). The last is Jeremy Thomas: Unintended Consequences (through Apr. 21). Beginning with cut steel sheets, Thomas’s sculptures are then inflated with compressed air once the metal has been forge-heated to elasticity. The result is a pleasantly surprising byproduct of the artist's own relationship with serendipity, chance, and the manipulation of natural elements. Chat with Thomas as he collaborates with the wind to produce three drawings created by giant pencils (Apr. 6).

Tom Joyce: Tc (Curie Point)

Sharon Bartel Clements: Warrior Women Torso Project

Jeremy Thomas: Unintended Consequences

Mark your calendars for the opening of the spectacular new exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art: Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe (May 5-Oct. 27). Girard was one of the most influential interior and textile designers of the 20th century. This exhibition is the first major retrospective on Girard’s work, organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. It opens a door to his creative universe and shows his close relationships with contemporaries such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Andy Warhol, Rudi Gernreich, and many others. Featured are Girard’s designs in textiles, furniture, and sculptures, as well as numerous sketches, drawings, and collages never shown before.

Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe


Speakers

Head to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture for a discussion with Jenni Monet, an award-winning journalist and Laguna Pueblo citizen who writes about Indigenous rights and justice. She received top honors for her coverage of the Standing Rock/Dakota Access Pipeline controversy (Apr. 7).

Jenni Monet

Lannan Foundation presents Ruth Wilson Gilmore with Rachel Kushner, in conversation about the abolition of prisons. Gilmore is a scholar, activist and director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. Kushner’s recent novel The Mars Room is the story of Romy Hall, serving two consecutive life sentences (Apr. 17). Then mark your calendar for Sebastian Barry, novelist, poet, and playwright, joined by Daniel Mendelsohn, author, critic, and essayist and columnist for Harper’s (May 1).

Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Rachel Kushner

Sebastian Barry

It doesn’t get much better than Alice Walker, and Lannan is bringing her, too, for an evening with Valerie Boyd (May 8.) Walker is a celebrated writer, poet, and activist with a prolific career spanning 50 years. Her books include Pulitzer and National Book Award winning The Color Purple. Her most recent book, Taking the Arrow out of the Heart, is an English/Spanish collection of nearly 70 works of poetry that bears witness to our troubled times. Valerie Boyd is the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, winner of the Southern Book Award, and is editor of the forthcoming Gathering Blossoms under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker.

Alice Walker

Valerie Boyd

School for Advanced Research’s Indian Arts Research Center’s Speaker Series begins with metalsmith Nanibaa Beck and potter Jared Tso exploring tradition, innovation, and the areas between with Professor David Martinez (Apr. 3). The series continues with Cannupa Hanska Luger and Ginger Awapuhi Dunnill, multi-media artists and parents running a website for decolonized learning (Apr. 10). The next week, join bead artist Teri Greeves and jeweler Keri Ataumbi (Apr. 17), talking about their career trajectories, the meaning of tradition, and what they hope for future generations of young artists. The series wraps with Returning Home – Tradition and Innovation in Tewa Country (Apr. 24), with two generations of groundbreaking artists, potter Lonnie Vigil and clay/printmaking artist Jason Garcia, exploring the transformative qualities of art through their careers and artwork with the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture’s curator Tony Chavarria.

Nanibaa Beck

Jared Tso

Teri Greeves & Keri Ataumbi

SAR also invites you to an Advanced Seminar presentation: Refusal, Resistance and Resilience: Latinx Communities Dissent and Organize in Moments of Danger (Apr. 10). Latinx communities have long histories of organizing and responding to dangerous and uncertain times. The scholars participating in this SAR advanced seminar explore the struggles facing a range of Latinx communities, as well as their varied examples of resistance politics, activism, and organizing.


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