We’ve Gone to the Dogs!

Jenny’s View

Dear Friends:

La Fonda’s proud to be a sponsor for the Fur Friends Costume Contest on October 14. As perhaps the most dog-friendly hotel in the City Different, we welcome pets to join their humans during their stay. We treat them (pets, as well as human guests) right from the beginning at check in, where every tail wag gets a treat! Not only will fur babies enjoy our dog-friendly hotel rooms, there are a number of Santa Fe pet-friendly parks to sniff and explore right near our historic hotel.

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But back to the Fur Friends Costume Contest! It benefits Espanola Humane, which we also support by donating 20% of our pet cleaning fee each month. This helps provide the homeless pets that Espanola Humane serves with the shelter, medical care and behavioral care they need to find their fur-ever homes, including the free spay/neuter and low-cost vaccination program. We also donate our used towels and put info in our Doggie Welcome Letter about how guests can help the shelter and clinic reduce the unwanted pet population in our area.

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That’s why we’re so excited to see animals and their people dress up in October. Alumni of the shelter will be on hand to welcome everyone, too. Our own General Manager Rik Blyth and Espanola Humane’s Executive Director Bridget Lindquist will announce the pairs (not just dogs – perhaps we’ll see at least one turtle?) as they parade from La Fonda around the Plaza to the Bandstand for judging, starting at 2 pm. There, a team of judges including me, will choose winners in Best in Show, Pet/Owner Look Alike, Best Country/Western Couture, and Best Themed Costume. The crowd will choose their favorite, too. Will there be prizes? Oh, there will be prizes, and each entered pair receives a swag bag full of goodies just for coming out in their finery!

Espanola Fur Friends Costume Contest

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For more details, and to register your pet/owner pair online for $15, visit Espanola Humane’s website. Procrastinators can register on site for a little more on October 14 starting at 1:30. A big shout out to the City of Santa Fe Animal Control and the police department for supporting and encouraging this family friendly event that’s sure to set tails and tongues wagging.

So see you there! Who’s a good boy and girl? You are!


Detours at La Fonda 


The Days of the Dead are truly a celebration of life. When children dance with caricatures of death, eat skull sugar molds and learn to respect that life is brief, they learn there is a circle to life and to not fear death and then are free to enjoy and appreciate every moment. Celebrating The Day of the Dead has a long history in Mexican Tradition. The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2nd. Sometimes one hears reference to “the days of the Dead” which refers to the Days of October 31 – November 2. October 31 is Halloween or All Hallows Eve. November 1st is “el Dia de los innnocentes” or the day of the children and All Saints Day. November 2nd is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. Altars lovingly created in the home are usually decorated with flowers, candles, pan de muerto, ceramic skulls, and most importantly pictures of loved ones. Food placed on the altar consists of the loved ones’ favorite dishes and treats. Drinks should be placed on the altar to quench the thirst of the dead after their long journey back home. In many villages it is customary to offer alcoholic beverages. Salt is considered the spice of life and is one the staples that are often left at the altar. The scents of marigolds as well as burning copal (a resin of the copal tree) are thought to be most beloved by the spirits of the dead and invite them back home. The rituals used to celebrate the day are varied and colorful; yet, all carry the same message, celebrating that the day of the dead is a true celebration of life.

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Please join us early October in preparation for this wonderful, culturally rich holiday for items to add to your collection for altars, party tables as well as gifts. We have a selection of ceramic skulls in various sizes (some brightly painted, others done traditionally in barro negro), paper mache catrinas, skeletons, paintings, candles, flowers, cards, papel picado to string inside or out, jewelry, and of course…locally brewed spirits! Stop by to visit Detours’ front window for ideas to create your own unique creation.

La Plazuela Restaurant offers authentic Santa Fe cuisine

Recipe for Adventure

Braised Elk Osso Bucco - Serves 4 - 6

At this very moment, Chef Lane is out elk hunting, so it seems only fitting to share his recipe for Braised Elk Osso Bucco. He sent this message to us: “Here in New Mexico, the elk shanks are typically tossed aside. The neck meat and shanks are mostly left for the bears & coyotes. These two cuts of meat, if prepared correctly, are super tasty. Work with your meat cutter and if he has a ban saw to cut the shanks, use the fore-shanks as well as hind shanks. There is nothing in this world that makes a better stock/sauce than shanks.

Hope you had and are having a great elk season, eat up!”


  • 8 each 4-6 ounce Elk shanks, cut 2-3” thick
  • 1 gallon beef stock, hot
  • 10 ounces Spanish onion, rough chopped
  • 5 ounces carrot, rough chopped
  • 5 ounces celery, rough chopped
  • 1 ounce garlic, minced
  • 4 each chile chipotles, dry or 2 each if canned in adobo
  • 8 ounces tomatillos, roasted and husk removed
  • 2 each tomatoes, roasted, peeled & seeded
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh epazote, chopped or 2 Tablespoons dry
  • 6 ounces Spanish sherry
  • 2 ounces vegetable oil
  • To Taste- kosher salt, black pepper and cumin


  • In a two gallon sauce pan, heat the vegetable oil until smoking.
  • Season elk shanks with salt, pepper and cumin. Sear, remove and set aside.
  • Add the onions and carrots and caramelize.
  • Add the celery, garlic, chipotles, tomatoes, tomatillos and epazote, cook this for a few minutes.
  • Add the Sherry to deglaze the pan
  • Put the elk back in the pan, add the hot stock and bring to a boil.
  • Turn down to a simmer, cover and place in a 275 degree oven for a minimum of 3-4 hours or until meat is fork tender.
  • Remove the meat, strain the stock and then reduce the stock until it’s a saucy consistency.
  • Plate, and serve meat and sauce with your favorite potatoes and vegetables with stock reduction.

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Live at La Fonda

Joaquin Gallegos is an accomplished guitarist, singer, composer and performer who has dazzled audiences in the U.S., Spain and Latin America. He has released two flamenco guitar albums, and is also a world-class jazz and flamenco guitarist, playing and singing music from Latin America and around the world.  “I was born and raised in Santa Fe into a family of artists and musicians. I started playing guitar at 9-years-old. I grew up playing electric guitar then moved into other styles of music. I didn’t discover flamenco guitar until I was 19,” he says. Joaquin collaborates with flamenco ensembles as well as flamenco-jazz, Latin, mariachi and soul music groups. Joaquin won first prize at the 2002 EXPO Flamenco Competition at the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque and was a finalist at the 2007 II Concurso Internacional “Niño Ricardo” de Murcia. His first album, La Jornada, was released in 2005.  As a solo performer and singer at La Fiesta Lounge, he’ll blend his styles seamlessly for a dynamic and passionate performance. For a taste of his music, head to his website.

Special Live Guest

La Fiesta is also excited to announce that New Mexico artist,Tiffany Christopher ,will be joining us in La Fiesta Lounge (10/18) while on tour promoting her third album, "Tremendous Heart". The new album is a polished version of the innovative artist’s renowned live arrangements. Using loop techniques and a variety of instruments and effects, she crafts a full sonic environment that provides the foundation for this recording. “‘Tremendous Heart’ showcases a major new talent who's developed a mastery of multi-instrumental musicianship and a fine-tuned skill for songwriting and arranging,” said David Schwartz, former editor-in-chief of Mix Magazine. Don't miss this exciting new addition to our performance venue.  

It’s a good time to…

Set your alarms and get up early the first two weekends (and the week between) of October. It’s the annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque (Oct 4-14)! Make Santa Fe and La Fonda your home base for the Balloon Fiesta’s daily pre-dawn Mass Ascensions and/or sunset Balloon Glows, and then return from Albuquerque to the relative calm of the City Different. For locals, this marks the official beginning of fall, especially as Ski Santa Fe has music, food and opens the chair lift every day October 6-14 so you can view the brilliant autumn colors and cross your fingers for snow.

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Make room in your phones and cameras, too, because you’ll be snapping pics of the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival (Oct. 17-21), considered a world-class juried portfolio review, with workshops, lectures, and networking with dozens of editors, publishers, and gallerists. Then head to The Fence, a 700-foot outdoor exhibit of photo art that shows simultaneously in six cities, in this case at the Railyard Park (through Oct 27). Weekly tours are being held from the Farmer’s Market every Saturday at 10 and 11am through October 27th. To join the tour, meet at the FENCE sign by the railway crossing at the beginning of the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market on Paseo de Peralta.

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Dear Fred Heads: Welcome back for Fred Harvey Weekend (Nov 2-4)! We’re delighted to have you back for this annual event celebrating famed 19th century entrepreneur and Santa Fe restaurateur Fred Harvey. There are panels, tours, and events taking place at La Fonda, the NM History Museum and the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas. Join us for a delicious evening of Fred Harvey-inspired cuisine by Santa Fe's boldest chefs (Nov. 3) right here at La Fonda! Tickets can be purchased here. This is a unique foodie event celebrating the culinary innovation of hospitality entrepreneur Fred Harvey who civilized the Wild West, one meal at a time. It’s a benefit for the New Mexico History Museum's exhibitions and public programming, and the Fred Harvey permanent exhibit. Some of Santa Fe’s top chefs will reinterpret classic Fred Harvey dishes from Harvey hotels and restaurants and the dining cars of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. This year’s chefs include Sean Sinclair, Inn & Spa at Loretto; Peyton Young and Andrea Thede, Harry’s Road House; La Fonda’s own Chef Lane Warner; Annamaria O’Brien, Dolina; Matt DiGregory, Range Café (and soon to be chef at the Fred Harvey Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas); and chef and emcee John Vollertson aka Chef Johnny V. Each dinner guest will also receive an exclusive reproduction Mimbreno china platter originally designed by Mary Colter for the Fred Harvey company in the 1930s, courtesy of the H.F. Coors company in Tucson. Between courses, there will be a cooking demonstration, and short talks on how Fred Harvey brought Southwest’s cuisines to the world, and the world’s cuisines to the Southwest, with bestselling author Stephen Fried and NMSU culinary anthropologist Lois Stanford.

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Raise a glass at the Whiskey Classic, an immersive event experience designed for whiskey, bourbon, and scotch aficionados, industry professionals, as well as those who want to discover the art behind these beverages, at Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch (Oct 13). Drink responsibly, people!

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Tom Taylor

Fall is in the air at Tom Taylor, which means that we’re gearing up for our biggest Sales Event of the season. This year’s collection will be better than ever, we’re adding hundreds of beautiful new pieces to our internationally renowned collection of belts, buckles, bags, and jewelry handcrafted by prominent local New Mexico silversmiths and leather artists. Be sure to sign up for your exclusive invitation by visiting Tom Taylor online or by stopping in to our La Fonda store. info@tomtaylorbuckles.com; 1-800-303-9733; 1-505-984-2231

Tom Taylor Accessories

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Tom Taylor Store

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Things Finer

Things Finer has been Santa Fe's premier source for fine antique and contemporary jewelry for over 25 years. New at Things Finer, the Fall Collection from Brackish Bowties, new velvet accessories, and Teddy and Bear from Charlie Bears.. Available now by calling 505-983-5552 or visit the website, ThingsFiner.com.

Film & Performance 

The Lensic’s eclectic and electric October brings down lightning and thunder with NT Live’s King Lear (Oct. 1), and the returns of last year’s fan favorite Frankenstein (Oct. 29). November’s film fare includes a new play by Alan Bennett, Allelujah! (Nov. 12) and delicious The Madness of Kind George (Nov. 27). The Met Live in HD opera series begins with the opera tragedy of Aida (Oct. 6), Samson et Dalila (Oct. 20) and La Fanciulla del West (Oct. 27), continuing in November with Marnie (Nov. 10).

National Theatre's King Lear

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The Madness of King George

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The Jean Cocteau delights with Royal Shakespeare Company’s modern film take on The Merry Wives of Windsor (Oct. 7), followed by something completely different, the 2018 Fly Fishing Film Tour (Oct. 9), a benefit for the Truchas Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Fly Fishing Film Tour

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The Jean Cocteau welcomes The Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque (Sept 11) the sexiest, smartest, geekiest, and most fun definitive pop-culture live burlesque show on its 2018 tour. On the opposite side of the spectrum, catch Drilling Mora County, a new documentary covering the first county in the US to ban fracking – right here in New Mexico (Sept 12).

The Suicide Girls

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Drilling Mora County

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Head for the dark of the 10th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (Oct. 17-21), the state’s largest film fest. Over 100 films will be screened over five days and night of community events, galas, educational panels and discussions, the hottest independent films of 2018 and much more. Special guests this year include writer/director John Sayles and four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke.

John Sayles

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Ethan Hawke

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Santa Fe Playhouse presents its 2018 Third Annual Different Festival of new plays (through Oct. 21). Featuring the shorts of Benchwarmers and the Different Readings series, this year also includes “Son of Benchwarmers,” a series of short plays written, directed and acted by local high school students. 

More theater events include The Theater Lovers Club’s presentation of Brenda Lynn Bynum, Artistic Director of The Oasis Theatre Company (Oct. 2) to discuss the company’s upcoming second season: Uncle Vanya (Oct. 11-28) and Mamet Mania (Nov. 1-18) and more. Meanwhile, Adobe Rose opens its fourth season with Lauren Gunderson’s acclaimed new social commentary, The Revolutionists. Four bad-ass women muse about the meaning of life—and lose their heads—during the French Revolution in this irreverent, female-empowerment comedy set during the Reign of Terror, (Oct. 18-Nov. 4).

Uncle Vanya

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The Revolutionists

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And then try something absolutely different. Be guided by the enigmatic and charismatic Archivist as one lucky audience member will have the chance to take part in the greatest story ever told: The Saga of The Shining Emblem: Chapter VII: The Legend Of Destiny, a choose-your-own-adventure where anything and everything can happen based on the whims and choices of the audience/hero of the evening (Oct. 24)!   The Thanksgiving weekend tradition continues with Wise Fool New Mexico’s Circus Luminous (Nov. 23-25). The acrobats, aerialists, dancers, and musicians never fail to delight with daring yet graceful feats of wonder, visual splendor, and poignant humor. It’s a home-grown circus extravaganza for all ages!

The Saga of the Shining Emblem

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Wise Fools New Mexico's Circus Luminous

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Out & About

There’s nothing better than a great meal and a chance to connect with local culture. So join Chef Ray Naranjo of Santa Clara Pueblo for a delicious Slow Food New Mexico-sponsored lunch based on the traditional foods and cooking traditions of the Pueblo culture (Oct. 7). Roxanne Swentzell, renowned artist and co-author of The Pueblo Food Experience Cookbook: Whole Food of our Ancestors, will present on Pueblo culinary traditions.

Chef Ray Naranjo 

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Roxanne Swentzell

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Mark your calendars for the Farmers’ Market Fall Fiesta, celebrating local food, culture and community (Oct. 6) at the Railyard Market Pavilion. Then join a unique Santa Fe weekend celebration right outside the La Fonda doors - Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct. 6-8) on the Plaza, with entertainment, vendors and pride in our rich cultural diversity. 

Artists also head outdoors for the 7th Annual Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out (Oct. 20), with plein air demos all along the streets of Santa Fe. Experience art as it comes to life and chat about their creative processes with more than 100 artists creating new works in real time.

Farmer's Fall Fiesta

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Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out

Nature lovers can visit New Mexico Wildlife Center for its annual family friendly open house featuring live animal demos, crafts, food and activities (Oct. 6-7). And then Santa Fe Comic Con comes to town (Oct. 19-21), featuring actors (Eric Estrada from CHIPS!), entertainers (Mistress of the Dark, Elvira!), comic book artists and more. Cosplay anyone?

Fall is a is a vibrant time at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas. Head out Oct. 6-7 for the Harvest Festival, voted #2 best fall harvest festival in the nation by USA Today. That’s just a prelude to a spookier gathering at the living history museum of legendary ghosts who lived and died in the land of enchantment, Spirits of New Mexico Past (Oct. 27).

Santa Fe Comic Con

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Harvest Festival

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El Rancho de Las Golondrinas

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Get a start on holiday shopping with a piece of original art from the Abiquiu Studio tour (Oct. 6-8), and Galisteo Studio Tour (Oct. 13-14). Dixon has their own tour (Nov. 3-4), celebrating the 37th year of tours.

Or take a drive to the annual Taos Wool Festival (Oct. 6-7) and see fiber animals, live demos, tools, beautiful handcrafted goods and more. The Santa Fe Fall Fiber Fiesta brings together the largest local show of traditional and contemporary handmade fiber artwork (Nov. 16-18), while the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival (Nov. 30-Dec. 2) is the country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, turning trash into treasure for 20 years.

Taos Wool Festival

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Santa Fe Fall Fiber Fiesta

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Book your La Fonda stay now for Winter Indian Market (Dec. 14-16) and you’re steps away from some of the best, most accomplished Native artisans in the world. Yep, we’re hosting the Market again this year in the ballroom and our other event rooms, and our Winter Market special includes breakfast in La Plazuela, tickets to the Friday night preview and the weekend market. But don't wait long, this weekend always sells out!

Winter Indian Market

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The city wide, "Artist in Residence" program returns again this year. Well-known artists will be taking up residency every weekend all around Santa Fe. La Fonda will have 12 amazing artists (November 2nd, 2018 through February 24, 2019). Our calendar of artist are posted HERE and our Artists in Residence special will be available online soon. For a list of artists, dates and participating locations, go to santafe.org and enter to win a weekend in Santa Fe.

Music & Dance

The Lensic Presents season opens with the blissful horns and raucous joy of New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Oct. 4) and continues with sultry Portland-based vocalist Storm Large (Oct. 26). At Jean Cocteau see singer, painter and essayist Tom Russell (Oct. 13). The Lensic also hosts The Rumi Concert (Oct. 5) with poetry, story-dancing and music.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

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Storm Large

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The Rumi Concert

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Santa Fe Symphony plays Musica Hispana (Oct. 14) featuring the New Mexico premiere of Mariano Morales’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra featuring Latin Grammy Award-winner Nestor Torres, also at the Lensic. And on October 17, experience an intimate evening with the legendary Graham Nash. Snatam’s Light of the Beloved Tour and her joyous, uplifting music is Oct. 23, while Performance Santa Fe brings the world-renowned Venice Baroque Orchestra (Oct. 30).

Nestor Torres

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Snatam's Light of the Beloved

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Venice Baroque Orchestra

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The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company’s rocking the scene with Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers (Oct. 8) and John Paul White (Oct. 9) while Gig Performance Space’s line up includes Beppe Gambetta (Oct. 6), Duo Violao +1 (Oct. 12), Adam Agee and John Sousa (Oct. 17), Hot Club of Cowtown (Oct. 24), Richard Smith (Oct. 26), Tracy Grammer (Oct. 27) and local favorites Bayou Seco (Nov. 10).

Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers

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Hot Club of Cowtown

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Great seats are still available for Performance Santa Fe’s line up of October/November concerts: SFJAZZ Collective (Oct. 12) and Veronica Swift (Nov. 9). AMP continues our world music education with Anda Union (Oct. 18), then brings Soccer Mommy to Meow Wolf (Oct. 18).


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Veronica Swift

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Speaking of Meow Wolf, don’t miss Big Thief (Oct. 1), indie favs Devotchka (Oct. 2), and Houndmouth (Oct. 3), Tennis Solo in Stereo (Oct. 4) and Toronto singer-songwriter Bahamas (Oct. 5). Catch Syria’s Omar Souleyman (Oct. 6), Papadosio (Oct. 9), The Sheepdogs (Oct. 10), SunSquabi (Oct. 12), The Frights (Oct. 16), Too Many Zooz (Oct. 17), Eprom (Oct. 20), Kamasi Washington (Oct. 22), Wild Nothing (Oct. 23), Bob Moses (Oct. 24), Minnesota (Oct. 26), The Russ Liquid Test (Oct. 28), Black Moth Super Rainbow (Oct. 29), and then round out the month with Cloud Nothings (Oct. 30).

Omar Souleyman

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Cloud Nothings

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At the Museums

The Friends of History Lecture Series presents New Mexico, Slavery, and the Confederate Cause (Oct. 3). Speaker Dwight Pitcaithley, Professor of History, NMSU, and retired Chief Historian, National Park Service, will share from his book and expand on the election of 1860 and the issue of the expansion of slavery into the western territories–especially into the New Mexico Territory.

Dwight Pitcaithley

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You’ve got until Oct. 28 to see The Black Place, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s installation of photographically based work of Michael Namingha in conversation with Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings and drawings of a western New Mexico landscape she called “The Black Place.” Michael’s work is so ground breaking. Get there!

"The Black Place"

New Mexico Museum of Fine Art opened Good Company: Five Artist Communities in New Mexico (through Mar. 10, 2019), highlighting the role of artist communities in New Mexico. Explore works by members of the Taos Society of Artists, Los Cinco Pintores, Transcendental Painting Group, Rio Grande Painters, and the Stieglitz circle. Despite their shared desire to form a creative community, each of these groups had a distinctive aesthetic and set of guiding principles. The juxtaposition of these five groups offers a closer look at what makes each unique.

Center for Contemporary Art features Three Image Makers: Paul Cava, Janet Russek, David Scheinbaum (Oct. 12-Jan. 6, 2019), photography from these three contemporary artists. Then check out Museum of Spanish Colonial Art’s first comprehensive exhibit of contemporary artists through Nov. 25. GenNext: Future So Bright features 50 pieces from 20 trailblazing artists who blend historical inspiration with spray paint, highway signs, furniture, skateboards, tattoos, political commentary, and indigenous imagery. Also at the Museum Oct. 21, hear about first-hand experience of learning traditional arts from El Rito artists Nicolás Herrera and Vincent Campos.

Paul Cava

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Janet Russek

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GenNext: Future So Bright

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Nicolas Herrera

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During International Archaeology Day at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (Oct. 20), you can tour the primary storage facility for New Mexico’s archaeological collections, and learn about New Mexico’s unique 12,000 year cultural heritage through a wide range of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and interactions with archaeologists. Come throw atlatls, shoot bows, make yucca fiber, learn about rock art, and query archaeologists with all those questions you have always wanted to ask about New Mexico’s ancient archaeological history.

Atlatls Throwing at NM Archaeology

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Yucca Fiber Making

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If you’re here for Fredhead Weekend (and even if you’re not), hit the New Mexico History Museum’s Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy section. It uses artifacts from the museum’s collection, images from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives and loans from other museums and private collectors (including Jenny Kimball and La Fonda) to focus on the rise of the Fred Harvey Company as a family business and what transpired specifically in the Land of Enchantment.

Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy

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Fred Harvey Ashtray 

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 And while you’re there, see On Exhibit: Designs That Defined the Museum of New Mexico, a fascinating look back at more than a century of changing exhibition design in the historic state museum system. This “exhibit about exhibits” reveals how presentation techniques evolved and helped establish the unique character of the Santa Fe’s museums. These beloved institutions and their exhibitions have long been integral to the fabric of local culture.

On Exhibit: Designs That Defined The Museum of New Mexico

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La Fonda’s no stranger to the spy game, as we told you in last month’s newsletter. In November we’re hosting former covert CIA officer and local Santa Fean, Valerie Plame, and several of her CIA colleagues as they discuss cyber warfare, covert action, international affairs, and nuclear proliferation. Spies, Lies, & Nukes Inside International Espionage (Nov. 3-4) promises an inside look at history and why these topics are so relevant today. The last time Ms. Plame spoke at La Fonda, it was standing room only, so this is sure to be a popular event!

Valerie Plame

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Spies, Lies & Nukes: International Espionage

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If you're served a piece of humble pie, thank the server and choke it down. So says H. Alan Day an award-winning author and American cowboy in his new book Cowboy Up! He’ll be at Collected Works (Oct. 19). CW also brings Michael McGarrity and his latest Kevin Kerney novel, Residue (Oct. 25), and Jean Cocteau hosts author Lee Child (Nov 11), reading his latest Jack Reacher novel, Past Tense.

H. Alan Day

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Michael McGarrity

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Lannan Foundation’s Readings & Conversations series marks Oct. 24 at the Lensic with David Harvey, a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at City University of New York, with journalist Laura Flanders. The Lensic also hosts Pro Musica’s a keynote address by Jane Chu, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (Oct. 21), who will speak about the state of the arts in the United States. Following the address, she will be joined by Music Director Thomas O’Connor and educator and oral historian Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz for a conversation on women in the arts.

Jane Chu

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Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

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Newly married couple at la fonda
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