Santa Fe gets compared to other Southwestern cities in more ways than many of us find comfortable. But we know that when it comes to our scorecard of cultural amenities, we earn well-deserved top rankings. One of the latest cultural contenders is the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. While the organization has been around for decades, managing the Leonora Curtin Wetlands south of the city and taking on other projects, the permanent home of exhibition gardens opened just three years ago on Museum Hill. Now that the first few acres of plants are thriving in terrain that’s seen a massive transformation from undeveloped arroyo to planned garden, the goal of the garden’s second phase makes sense: to provide facilities and gathering spaces for students and other visitors. While the original design for this part of the project was more plant-centric, garden CEO Clayton Bass and others met with landscape architect Gary Smith to reconceive plans. What emerged in the $2.5 million addition are two outdoor classrooms, an amphitheater with thoughtful touches like boulders for climbing in place of some stairs (and which double as a lesson in New Mexico geology), kiva ovens for cooking demonstrations and, of course, native plants—all part of the new exhibition called Ojos y Manos: Hands and Eyes.
Albert and Elizabeth Kidd spend most of the year in Houston, but their presence in Santa Fe isn’t limited to just vacations. They’re proud to be among the financial supporters of the gardens and were touring the area with Bass on the same day SFR visited. The Texas-sized port town, you see, doesn’t have a botanical garden.
“We’re just really excited about the garden,” Albert tells SFR. “It’s a small place, but it’s really a jewel the way it’s been done. It’s interesting the way that they’ve shifted into this next phase. There’s kind of a whole different approach with the educational element. It’s going to be a great place for kids and students to learn about plants.”
Haven’t seen the garden yet? Admission is free for the events that celebrate the next phase. No additional charge for the fresh air.
(Julie Ann Grimm)
Ojos y Manos Exhibition Opening
11:30 am Saturday Oct. 22. Free.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden,
715 Camino Lejo,
American Idiots“We’ve been writing Winning the Future in Santa Fe and New York City annually since 2001,” Up & Down Theatre Co. co-founder and performer Lindsey Hope Pearlman tells us of the company’s upcoming political satire variety show. “In many ways, this feels like the ultimate version of the show [because] the political climate has never felt more surreal and self-satirizing.” Amen to that, sister! Up & Down even won a recent comedy competition sponsored by MoveOn.org for their original song, “Make America Great Again.” Pearlman and her cohorts kick off their series of performances this Thursday, which run through Nov. 6. (Alex De Vore)
Winning the Future
7 pm Thursday Oct. 20. $10-$20.
Adobe Rose Theatre,
1213 B Parkway Drive,
Though she briefly attended New Mexico State University for fine art, artist Lindsay Payton says that style of work wasn’t for her. Instead, she gravitated toward ink illustration and small watercolor pieces within the realm of horror. “I’m a big fan of horror in general, especially older movies and stories,” Payton says, “and I draw a lot of inspiration from folklore as well.” Think the Universal Studios movie monsters of yesteryear with a hip and poppy aesthetic; small yet magnetic and jammed with nostalgia—it’s perfect for Halloween and would look good as hell all framed up on your wall. (ADV)
Lindsay Payton: It Came From Upstairs
5-7 pm Friday Oct. 21. Free.
Back Road Pizza,
1807 Second St.,
In Her WordsRoute 66, the famed highway that stretches for 2,400 miles across America, of course, runs partly through New Mexico. Nicknamed the “Mother Road” by author John Steinbeck, the route has been the center of many a historic tale—and in filmmaker Katrina Parks’ new documentary, women tell the stories. “We are looking forward to hosting this event,” says Meredith Davidson, a curator at New Mexico History Museum. “Looking at Route 66 from the perspective of a filmmaker who is very interested in women’s history is a different approach.” The documentary is a work in progress, so this event is a screening of four segments, followed by a panel discussion including three women featured in the film. (Maria Egolf-Romero)
The Women on the Mother Road
5:30 pm Tuesday Oct. 25. Free.
New Mexico History Museum,
113 Lincoln Ave.,