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Best of Santa Fe - Play It!

Best of Santa Fe - Play It!

July 23, 2013, 12:00 am
Best place to awkward-dance (Part I)

We’ve all been there: the dulcet tones of the summertime Bandstand series finds our ears, and we are drawn to the Plaza to take part in one of the cooler community events our little town can claim. Even if it isn’t our favorite band or genre, the weather is usually nice, and the energy that comes from a whole mess of people collectively experiencing art is magnetic. We are feeling good and getting into the spirit of things…we are happy. And then it happens: The weirdos come out to dance. Usually, it starts as a trickle. Perhaps an older gentleman with a ponytail who won’t let his varicose veins stop him from wearing shorts so short Daisy Duke would be shocked. Then, maybe, he is joined by an older woman for whom a hairbrush means little more than a means to connect with her cat. Oh sure, they don’t pay attention to the rhythm or beat, but dancing is about feeling the music and letting your body take control. Eventually, the space in front of the stage is populated with enough baby boomers and seniors to populate La Residencia, and the rest of us look on, furiously scribbling mental notes about how we will always wear pants and won’t ever dance this awkwardly unless we truly need to embarrass our future children. (ADV)

Best place to have fun on the cheap
Santa Fe isn’t known for its friendliness to your wallet, but luckily for its residents, there are still activities to be had for penny-pinchers. The Railyard Park Summer Movie Series, which shows family movies free to the public outdoors Fridays at dusk, still has three films left to show, including popular children’s film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Aug. 2) and classic concert film Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (Aug. 16). Likewise, the Saturday evening Railyard Summer Concert Series offers free concerts featuring Americana rocker Guy Forsyth (7 pm, Aug. 3), Seattle indie group Minus the Bear (7 pm, Sept. 14) and more shows lined up for August and September that have yet to be announced. Here’s to hoping the neighbors won’t call the police on a noise complaint before the show is over. (JP)

Best place to awkward-dance (Part II)
Contrary to popular myths surrounding us Latinos—err...Hispanics, err...whatever I’m supposed to refer to my own ethnic group as to not to offend those outside it—not all of us can dance. Yep, turns out my hips do lie. Luckily, I’m in good company with the crowds at the Santa Fe Bandstand. Think “the Twist” is still in vogue? Step right up and go in a tizzy. Does your dancefloor repertoire include mimicking fishing, throwing dice or slow-mo swimming? Come join me, dual-left-footed countrymen! Daily chances to strut your stuff and kill an unforeseen amount of boners (or cause some on some really messed up folks) abound through Aug. 23. Next on my sights is the July 31 Mariachi Buenaventura performance. Come join me; I’ll be the one doing the Macarena. (EL)

Best Music Man/Woman About Town
How do you know when you’re a match made in heaven? For lots of us, we will spend our entire lives pondering this timeless question. For others, it’s as simple as who can make you hear music. Take local musicians Heather and Case Tanner. The two formed folk-rock act The Bus Tapes in 2008, spent years rocking out together, and then got married. Heather, a Tanner her whole life, didn’t even have to change her last name. This unholy—ahem, sorry—holy union seems to have made the music even better; all recent Bus Tapes performances have been tighter than ever, and it is absolutely clear the pair loves each other anytime you see them onstage. This warms our hearts for several reasons. First, marriages can sometimes ruin bands (we’re looking at you, Yoko Ono). Second, we still believe in love. And third, we’ve known Case for a million years and kind of always assumed he’d go out of the world in a flaming display of bass-shredding glory…now, he can do so alongside one of the most talented and beautiful young women ever to come out of this godforsaken city. (ADV)

Best family-friendly destination

I didn’t grow up in Santa Fe, but if I had, I think childhood would have been pretty great: trips into the mountains for a hike; bike rides along the Rail Trail or the River Trail; games in the arroyos; puddle-jumping during the monsoons. And then there’s the Santa Fe Children’s Museum (1050 Old Santa Fe Trail, 989-8359), where it’s almost as awesome to be an adult as a kid. There are fun, educational stations and exhibits—not to mention a beautiful hands-on outdoor area—for children of all ages. It’s a great place to embrace childhood for a day, regardless of how old your birth certificate says you are. (MRC)

Best place to collect Eavesdroppers
I have a personal attachment to the Eavesdropper, because if they don’t come in, I have to spend a long night out until I hear one—and since all my fiancé and I do anymore is talk about the logistics of planning a wedding and moving across the country in the space of two days, let me tell you,they can be loooong nights. So, without further ado, my top three: 3. The Plaza, known for such gems as “Marley, you’re such an asshole!” (spoken by a fancy woman to her fluffy, overgroomed dog sitting in a stroller). 2. Second Street Brewery (1607 Paseo de Peralta, 989-3278)—this local favorite’s Railyard location is a sure bet for hipster-isms. It’s an especially rich eavesdropping ground in summer, when the outdoor patio yields some fine observations such as: “This is just like Fire Island!” 1. Whole Foods Market (753 Cerrillos Road, 992-1700), where everyone goes to see, be seen, and say super-weird stuff about the universe, like “What kind of place is this? They don’t sell M&Ms!” (AS)

Best six-legged adventure
For those with canines, Santa Fe is thankfully a dog-friendly town. During the warmer days of the year, you can bring your dog to breakfast at Counter Culture (930 Baca St., 995-1105), lunch at Tune-Up Café (115 Hickox St., 983-7060) and dinner at Upper Crust Pizza (329 Old Santa Fe Trail, 982-0000), among plenty of other restaurant patios around town that don’t discriminate against dogs. Two grand-size dog parks stand in different corners of the city. In the northeast side of town, Frank S Ortiz Dog Park (160 Camino de Las Crucitas) is a large expanse of unfenced sagebrush with a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain ranges, from the Sangre de Cristos in the north to the Sandias in the south. For the more spirited, freethinking canines (read: the ones that tend to gleefully abandon their owners), try the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society dog park (100 Caja del Rio Road). Here, there’s plenty of space for canines to roam—but, fortunately for owners of slightly less obedient pooches, there’s also a fence. (JP)

Best Music to Dance To
We get it, Santa Fe—y’all love to dance. And we mean love. Well, don’t freak out or anything, because Meow Wolf is here to help. What started as a DIY alternative to Warehouse 21 grew into an all-encompassing arts collective providing anything from visual weirdness, school outreach and/or outrageously hot dance jams. Just look at events like all-night dance party Rogue City—which boasted an astonishing 14 DJs including Numbtron, The Infektor, Teddy No Name and more—or The Grind, and it’s easy to tell Meow Wolf loves shakin’ their booties as much as you do. The best part? MW events are welcoming to all-ages, so it isn’t uncommon to see young children dancing alongside older electronic fans. Might we recommend that, assuming you haven’t already boogied your way into the fun, you begin with any performance from DJ Dirt Girl? Homegirl provides raucous mashups of styles like Asian pop, throwback ’80s video game soundtracks, ’70s disco hits and beyond. Trust us, Santa Fe, you and your dancing shoes will not be sorry. (ADV)


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