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Weekend Picks: Bottoms Up

Weekend PicksFriday, April 28, 2017 by SFR

You may have noticed we're all about beer this week, and the even better news is that you can generally get beer most places you go! We've got events lined up that would undoubtedly be made superior by knocking back a few. Just don't be wack and decide to drive, and probably don't try to drink at the kid-friendly stuff. K? Thanks!

Giving Voice To Image 5

This event is a unique and exciting celebration of the beauty of words and images, exploring how each discipline can intensify the power of one another. Former Santa Fe poet laureate Valerie Martinez reads a poem she created specifically for this event.

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Concert for Santa Fe Dreamers

Joe West and the Santa Fe Revue, the Jono Manson Band, John Kurzweg & Band, Baracutanga and Nosotros all perform at this benefit concert that donates proceeds to the Santa Fe Dreamer's Project, which provides legal counseling and assistances for immigrant families.

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CircAspire - The Ups and Downs: A Recipe for Stardust Soup

Are you up above it all with a view of the big picture? Or down in the dirt honing the details? Join as Wise Fool NM's students of all ages kerfuffle these perspectives at the third annual CircAspire show!

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Santa Fe Opera Costume and Props Sale

Live in your childhood dress up fantasy, but better. Shop the opera's crazy-amazing collection of costumes, fabric, furniture and stage props at this rare sale. They say everything is "reasonably priced," and to bring your own bags and hangers. Cash, credit cards and checks are all accepted. Retail therapy? Yes, please.

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Joanne Lefrak: Gallery Talk

Lefrak is the director of education at SITE Santa Fe and she engages several of the SITE Scholars who have work showing in the sixth annual student art exhibit.

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Fierce Feminine Risings

Eight feminist artists, dancers and poets come together to present a performance that "does something" about the current socio-political climate. See Emmaly Wiederholt, Fe Fox, Esmé Olivia, Elise Gent and more.

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Early Peek at Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion

TOKo Productions presents textile expert Barbara Arlen, showing Fashion Runway coming attractions.

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The Wizard of Oz

Go to Oz with Dorothy, Toto and more in this nonmusical version performed by kids age 6-12.

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Cactus Slim and the Goatheads

East Mountain boogie rock and some real sweet facial hair.

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Morning Word: Gov Adds to Special Session Workload

Morning WordFriday, April 28, 2017 by Matt Grubs

And while you're at it ...
The governor announced yesterday that she plans to add a massive tax reform package to the agenda for the special session she has yet to call. The package will presumably be similar to one that was introduced during the regular session, though it seems likely much of the details are being negotiated out of the public eye.

Vote now or wait until Tuesday
Today is the last day to vote early in Santa Fe's sugary-drink tax election. So far, roughly 13 percent of registered voters have cast a ballot and close to $3 million dollars had been raised at last check. Meanwhile, up in Seattle, the mayor there lowered the tax for a similar proposal, but added diet drinks to the mix over concerns the tax unfairly impacted lower-income residents.

Balderas, California AG sue Trump
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and his California counterpart are suing the Trump administration. The pair says the administration's attempt to roll back a new mineral extraction rule will cost the country $85 million in promised royalties. New Mexico's cut of that is about $5 million.

SFUAD suit
Three students are suing the Santa Fe University of Art and Design for fraud and breach of contract. The suit doesn't ask to keep the university open, but instead seeks damages after the university announced plans to close in May 2018.

Glorieta claims permits in process
After running afoul of a whole mess of state and county agencies this winter, the Glorieta Conference Center says it's on track to open to campers this summer. The camp switched owners a few years back and has since rebranded itself as an outdoor adventure experience—apparently without first getting permits for a new zipline, shooting range and water slides.

Calm before the storm?
Despite a bunch of people who know oil and gas pouring money into southeastern New Mexico, the State Land Office actually collected less money from leases on state land over the first nine months of the current budget year. The land commissioner expects that to pick up during the final three months. The money is primarily used to fund public schools in New Mexico.

Bye-bye, Wise Pies
The University of New Mexico has asked the Albuquerque-based pizza chain Wise Pies to step back from the 7-year, $4 million naming rights deal for The Pit. The company agreed, and now venerable basketball arena will apparently soon be named after another sponsor. No word on who it will be, but the deal reportedly includes multiple athletic facilities. We welcome your guesses.

Winter(y) storm approaches
So, it's probably gonna snow a lot this weekend, along with high temperatures that are 20 to 40 degrees below normal. It'll warm up and clear out on Sunday, but stay cooler through the start of next week.

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The Fork

A Light Snack

The ForkThursday, April 27, 2017 by Michael J Wilson

A Light Snack

It's the last week of April and National Poetry Month is coming to an end. Yesterday, the White House released its new tax plan. In honor, I give you "Sex and Taxes" by Kevin Cantwell:

Plum black & the blush white of an apple
shoulder, melon & cream, in tones to list
the flesh; in light, washed colors off at last
& textures sheer with damp I slowly pull
from you with your quick help. Weekend's ample
procrastinations to forget the least
of what we want to do. April, half a blast
of cold, half new light, green & simple.
Now dusk. Now fear. We pencil what we owe
on this short form, our numbers good enough.
The goose-neck glare undoes how we spent the day.
Each bite each bee-sting kiss each bitten O
all aftertaste. Later, at the drop-off,
postmark queue, we joke: "Now we can die!"

Let's FORK!

All day today is Angels Night Out. I detail the event in this week's SFR, but wanted to remind you to check the list of participating restaurants and make sure you go to at least one of them today. Participating restaurants will donate 25 percent of your bill to Kitchen Angels. This important event provides 10 percent of the organization's annual budget, so let's eat!

If you want to volunteer either in the kitchen or by driving meals, the Kitchen Angels website has information for you on how to be a part of the team.

Last week I talked a lot about beer. The Beerland Tour is tonight and tomorrow at The Lodge (75 N St. Francis Drive, 992-5800). I believe the event is sold out, but you can check HERE for tickets, just in case.

Thursday, April 27:
5-6 pm: Happy Hour, Music, Lawn Games
6-7 pm: Home Brew Seminar
7:30-8 pm: Beerland Screening
8-9:30 pm: Trivia / Lawn Games / Music

Friday, April 28:
9-9:15 am: Yoga Meet Up
9:15-10 am: Yoga Session
10-11 am: Beer-Tails & Breakfast

Speaking of beer: Alex took a look at all the awesome brewing happening in town in this week's edition of SFR. Seriously, for a city this size, we are bathing in hop-filled goodness.

Two new restaurants opened this week. Welcome Cuba Fe (1406 Third St, 204-4221) and Taco Fundación (235 N. Guadalupe, 982-8286). The patio at the latter was pretty hoppin' last night, as viewed from a drive-by. I'll be reviewing each in the coming weeks, but let me know what you think in the meantime.

Which reminds me — Know a good food story? Have a favorite recipe or know a restaurant that isn't getting the love you want it to? Let me know! This is, after all, your newsletter.

See you next week,

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Morning Word: Monumental Shift

Morning WordThursday, April 27, 2017 by Matt Grubs

Land ... no?
A review of national monument designations by the Trump administration threatens a promised-but-not-approved land swap with the State Land Office. Under the proposal, the state would give 65 square miles of land to the feds at the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument north of Taos and get federal land that could then be used to make money for state schools through mineral leases and the like. Republican Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has sounded the alarm.

Monumental issues
It's not just state land that's threatened by the review, but two New Mexico national monuments themselves that are threatened. The Rio Grande Del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks national monuments are being looked at by the Trump administration. The monuments were touted for beauty and for their likely economic impact on surrounding communities.

Passing the bucks
Santa Fe's City Council passed both its operating and capital improvement budgets last night, with the total cost of funding the City Different next year creeping up toward $400 million. City employees will get 2 percent raises, not the 5 percent hike floated by the mayor just two months ago. There's even a surplus, though that will get socked away to pay the mortgage on the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus if the city can't find a new tenant.

Casa Solana gets liquor store
One of the last things the Council did last night was narrowly approve—the mayor cast the tiebreaking vote—the transfer of a liquor license for Kelly Liquors from its store at the corner of Cerrillos and Siler Roads to the Casa Solana shopping center, near the La Montañita Co-op. Several neighbors turned out against it, and a few in favor of it, but councilors gave a nod to the state's power to overturn a denial, which it's done in the past.

If you maul off the trail ...
You get back on. At least, you do if you're Karen Williams, who was attacked by a bear last year during a trailrunning marathon in the Valles Caldera. Williams not only led the fight to give state officials more leeway to not euthanize animals that attack humans (a fight that still continues), she's running again. Through the woods. Elizabeth Miller has her story.

Community college emergency
As best the Santa Fe Community College can figure, this is an emergency. The school, like all other higher education institutions in New Mexico, doesn't technically have any funding next year after Gov. Martinez vetoed three quarters of a billion dollars in funding to the state's public colleges and universities. So, the SFCC board declared an emergency and raised tuition. It's not too steep for local students, but out-of-state students will see a 27 percent increase. Even if lawmakers restore funding, the school expects $1 million less from the state than it received last year.

Albuquerque middle school sports are back
Public pressure and a full-court press by the state Education Department have the APS School Board turning over its plan to cut middle school sports in an effort to save money. The sports are back, though students could have to pay more for equipment and other costs.

Grade F prime
New Mexico leads the nation in the share of prime working-age population that's unemployed. That's since 2007. Everything is fine.

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Passing the Bucks

City Council approves budget that leaves city workers feeling less than whole

Local NewsWednesday, April 26, 2017 by Matt Grubs

By definition, something is better than nothing, but city of Santa Fe employees who just two months ago heard Mayor Javier Gonzales propose a 5 percent raise tonight learned they’d have to settle for 2 percent.

“It’s too little and it’s been too long,” said Miles Conway, communications director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest city employees’ union. “We came to the table last year and asked how AFSCME can help. We gave up positions to help the city.”

Amid continuing debate over which city employees should get raises and how much they should be, the Santa Fe City Council passed a $327.5 million budget for the fiscal year that beings July 1 that anticipates cost-of-living raises of 2 percent for city employees. It also sets aside $409,000 for a what amounts to a pilot program for a merit pay system.

Union members balked at the merit pay suggestion.

Tony Ortiz, a 20-year veteran of the city's Transit Division, called the merit pay "kiss-up money."

"If you come in early and bring your boss a burrito and talk with him, that's how you get merit pay," Ortiz scoffed outside council chambers.

The raises, meager though they may feel to some, come with the promise that the city will revisit further pay raises once it better understands the future of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

The university, which rents its St. Michael’s Drive campus from the city, recently announced it planned to close its doors in May 2018. The school’s lease payments covered the city’s mortgage for the property.

After dealing with a $15 million shortfall last year, the council had a general fund surplus of $1.2 million. But the budget approved Wednesday set that money aside in case the city has to start paying the $2.23 million annual lease.

“It’s disappointing,” said Gonzales. “But given the situation with the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and the uncertainty there, I think this is a responsible budget that gives us the flexibility to come back to the issue of pay raises. We want to keep the employees we have and make sure they don’t go looking for other jobs.”

While the City Council approved the budget unanimously, some councilors voiced concern about moving too hastily to repair some of the damage done by budget cuts in recent years.

“I feel like the minute we’re realizing any kind of a surplus, we’re obligating it right away,” said Councilor Joseph Maestas. “We’re not out of the woods yet.”

Maestas worried about the possibility of state government accelerating the phase out of so-called “hold harmless” payments to cities as part of the elimination of the gross receipts tax on food, though the mayor said legislators did not expect the state to make such a move as it, too, looks to finalize spending for next year.

Councilor Peter Ives made a brief attempt at a handful of changes to the budget. Most of Ives’ moves were unsuccessful, including a an attempt to create a Historic Preservation Division director position, which city payroll shows often carries a $50-per-hour salary. Ives argued the position would benefit the city’s image and tourism industry.

Finance Committee Chair Carmichael Dominguez balked at the last-ditch attempt to add positions to the budget. “We need lifeguards, we need more police … I don’t believe this is necessarily the place to do that,” Dominguez said.

The mayor voiced support for the position.

“It goes to the heart and soul of our community whether we’re talking about our places or our people,” said Gonzales. “Seventy percent of our budget is driven by gross receipts taxes. And a large part of that is tourism. And a large part of that is our historic preservation.”

Ultimately, Ives withdrew his proposed amendment, with the only change being a plan to reinstate a day of leave that had been taken from non-union career managers at the city.

Morning Word: Santa Fe's $3 Million Election

Morning WordWednesday, April 26, 2017 by Matt Grubs

Soda tax battle carries nearly $3 million price tag
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg pumped $400,000 cash into Santa Fe's sugary-drink tax election, the latest campaign records show. With that infusion, proponents of the tax to fund almost 1,000 new pre-kindergarten program seats have taken the fundraising lead. Funded largely by soft drink makers and distributors, opponents aren't far behind and together they've raised nearly $3 million in cash and in-kind contributions for the May 2 election.

Looking for the last drink
A recent fatal drunken driving wreck where the driver admitted to having downed three beers on an empty stomach at a local brewery has thrust "source investigations" into the spotlight. SFR examines how police decide when to look for the source of a drunken driver's last drink and what's at stake for the people who hold liquor licenses and server's permits.

Federal court lifts ban on Mexican gray reintroduction
An appeals court in Denver has removed a temporary order blocking the placement of Mexican gray wolves into New Mexico's wild lands. The court said the state failed to show irreparable harm would come if the feds continued wolf reintroduction. The state refused to issue a permit for the program in 2015; the US Fish and Wildlife Service released the wolves anyway, citing low populations of the threatened lobos and the need to prevent inbreeding.

Dark clouds for Skylight
The unique downtown concert venue is shutting down, the latest in a long string of bigger-than-a-bar event locations to fail at making a go of it among the galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars downtown. Skylight plans to open for events that are on the calendar through October.

Here's why you shouldn't come to work
Despite being on track to collect $55 million more than expected this year, the governor's office insists the state's finances aren't stable enough to have every employee go to work every day during the next two months. The administration's furlough plans would likely force five days off for state workers between now and the end of June. Unions say it's political windowdressing and are skeptical of planned meetings with the State Personnel Office.

Judge stomps on sanctuary city order
A federal judge blocked the Trump administration's attempt to stop funneling federal funds to sanctuary cities, of which New Mexico has several. Court conundrums have abounded for the president, though they haven't slowed his rhetoric much.

'A few little measly little cones'
A blind man says the construction zone surrounding Albuquerque's controversial bus rapid transit project might as well be a minefield for him. He told KRQE he fell into a ditch while trying to navigate the construction.

Boy, were we wrong
Okay, admittedly Monday's declaration of "warm year, warm week" was not the headline to go with for the next few days. It's gonna be a warm year, but this week is sticking its thumb in our eye. Snow on Saturday? 

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SFR Picks: Stick it to the Man

Indigenous artists come together to fight patriarchy and care for our planet

PicksWednesday, April 26, 2017 by Alex De Vore

Slaying the patriarchy and simultaneously caring for the Earth is hard work, but artists and activists usually don’t shrink from a challenge. Thus, we welcome Dear Patriarchy, a mind-blowing coming-together of Indigenous artists and musicians as means of resistance, raised awareness and fundraiser for Indigenous environmental justice nonprofit Honor the Earth. We’re talking Minnesota-based activist Winona LaDuke, a champion for renewable energy and food systems, Oregon folk musician Nahko Bear and friends (think Conor Oberst, Bob Dylan kinda jams), local visual artist Rose B Simpson, Arizona activist and water protector Kim Smith, artist/DJ Ginger Dunnill and so many more. “It revolves around anti-patriarchy and really bringing women to the forefront,” Smith says. “When we’re talking about a lot of the buzz, it’s been around what happened in Standing Rock, but the reality is that the way we treat our land is also the way we treat our women, and there has to be a paradigm shift.”

Smith, who hails from the Diné Nation, sits on the board of Honor the Earth and works as an activist all over the country. “A lot of the destruction or abuse gets normalized,” she says. “The protection of Mother Earth isn’t a hippie thing, it’s about survival.” Smith says Honor the Earth hosts many fundraisers and provides grants to other environmental groups, but that Dear Patriarchy is the first event of its kind they’ve mounted.

“This is really our first ‘show,’ which makes it exciting because it could become an annual thing and become bigger and better,” she says. “It’s really a stage for feminists to talk about where they stand and how a lot of their work revolves around caring for Mother Earth.” (Alex De Vore)

Dear Patriachy
8 pm Thursday April 27. $20-$100.
Meow Wolf,
1352 Rufina Circle,

The New King

It would obviously take one hell of an animated film to topple records set by Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 masterpiece Spirited Away, but, as luck would have it, such a film has presented itself. Your Name from director Makoto Shinkai (2007’s 5 Centimeters Per Second) tells the story of a young boy and girl who set out to meet each other after they switch bodies. We hear this thing is downright magical and, as of earlier this year, it became the highest-grossing anime movie of all time. Now that’s spirit. (ADV)

Your Name:
7 pm Wednedsday April 26 (subtitled);
2:20 pm and 9 pm Thursday April 27 (dubbed). $8-$10.50.
Jean Cocteau Cinema,
418 Montezuma Ave.,


Kate Russell
Who doesn’t love Wise Fool? Santa Fe’s dedicated (and long-running) circus troupe not only provides educational programming for kids of all ages, they preside over shows of such death-defying wonder and whimsical beauty that you’re practically guaranteed to be charmed. For the third annual CircAspire event, Wise Fool welcomes all levels of students to perform what they refer to as “pre-professional” acts. This oughta be a good one. (ADV)

7 pm Friday, April 28; 2 pm and 7 pm Saturday April 29;
4 pm Sunday April 30. $5-$20.
Wise Fool,
1131 Siler Road,

Dream On

Courtesy Concert for Santa Fe Dreamers
OK, we’ll admit it—we’re pretty infatuated with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project and its founder, attorney Allegra Love. ICYMI, Love helps immigrants navigate the often tricky and tumultuous world of naturalization, visa and asylum paperwork in an effort to help them live in the US safely. Musicians have noticed her efforts, too, and a cavalcade of who’s-who champions descends upon Skylight. Performances from acts like Nosotros, Jono Manson and Joe West & the Santa Fe Revue oughta get you there, and the Dreamers Project scores another win. (ADV)

Concert for Santa Fe Dreamers:
6 pm Friday April 28. $10.
139 W San Francisco St.,

By Any Other Name

I say Rosedale plays pop-punk, Rosedale says otherwise

Music FeaturesWednesday, April 26, 2017 by Alex De Vore

Canadian one-man power-pop act Rosedale returns to the Cowgirl this Thursday April 27 at 8 pm to make us all think things like, “Dude, blink-182’s Dude Ranch was actually pretty sick!”

Just kidding—nobody but my dumb friend Jasper thinks that anymore, and Rosedale’s Mike Liorti has a far more nuanced sound than that particular band’s early stuff anyway. “Throwback” would be too harsh a term, but for fans of acts like Honorary Title or later Green Day or, yes, blink-182, Liorti hits all the right notes (ha—music jokes) in a pop-punk way, yeah, but also as a songwriter who pulls from the heavy-hitters of the genre’s greatest hits and histories for inspiration, while simultaneously embracing his own damn thoughts and feelings and ideologies and celebrity crushes.

Anyway, legend has it Rosedale basically followed the infamous Warped Tour everywhere he could for years, playing the parking lots and winning the hearts of the people and honing his act. Even today he’s on the road basically nonstop playing solo, getting tighter and putting on one hell of a show. I spoke with Liorti to try out a little something where he was given a lead-in to a sentence to be completed on the spot with very little time to formulate an answer. Here are the results:

Pop punk is …
not what I play. I’m more along the lines of alternative power-pop, I guess. There’s some punk influence, but it’s more of the early-2000s/late-’90s realm. I guess there are some emo influences in there as well, but not so much lyrically. (Author’s note: Damn, genre lines get blurry.)

When I was setting out as a musician, I couldn’t stop listening to …
Box Car Racer
[by Box Car Racer]. That album, front-to-back, changed my life, and once I saw it live, it was over. Grades went down, couldn’t score anymore on the ice (Author’s note: This is probably about hockey because Canada) and music, production gear and skateboarding were the only things that mattered. I’d been playing music before that, but I really started leaning towards the idea of making it my life after seeing those kind of punk/club shows.

I play solo because …
it just has never worked out with band members or fill-in guys. Nobody else cares. Not only do I play solo, but I manage Rosedale. I’m the booking agent, the merch person, the producer, video director, designer, editor … everything.

These days, music is considered a hobby. A side gig. I get it—nobody is gonna love my baby as much as me, and that’s totally fine, but it seems like all these hobbyist part-timers [like] managers, producers, booking agents, drummers, etc. are so preoccupied with modern-day ‘growing up’ distractions that as soon as a speck of hard times hit, they’re out!

It explains why people don’t bother going to shows anymore. There’s so much doubt, because 99 percent of musicians don’t care to entertain their audience these days. They’re bored! So they leave right after their friends’ bands because they doubt it’s gonna get any better. The only real-lifers left are already in bands. If not, hit me up at—everyone gets a chance.

When I perform, I secretly …
overthink: Sell it! Performance over passion! Eye contact! Open your eyes! Smile! Be grateful! Move! Body Language! Be Present! Get her eyes off her phone! Don’t do what you did last night at this part! Dammit! I guess it’s not all so secret, but it’s probably the reason I sweat so much.

People will like Rosedale if …
they give it a chance. I can’t count how many people have said, ‘Not gonna lie, this is really not my style of music, but you made me like it,’ then they buy a CD. I’m often considered a hater by my friends; there are so many bands I don’t like from all genres, but then there are about five bands from every genre that I can sing every word and feel something. I call those ‘Cleaners,’ referencing Tim Grover’s book Relentless. Call it conceited, but I believe I’m on my way to being a Cleaner. I just need more people to ignore doubt and give it a chance—a huge challenge these days.

My ultimate goal is to…
inspire mass audiences to pursue their passion and go all in. To be an example that getting through bad luck and loneliness builds a character that is unstoppable. The only way to fail is to quit, and there’s always a way to keep going if you reinvent and take the leap everyone else thinks you’re crazy for taking.

8 pm Thursday April 27. Free.
319 S Guadalupe St.,

Skylight Set to Close

Owners of the downtown nightclub Skylight (139 W San Francisco St., 982-0775) tell SFR they plan to stop regular operations following this weekend’s activities, which include a benefit for the Santa Fe Dreamers Project on Friday and a farewell party on Saturday. The club’s hours had already been drastically cut.

Opened in 2014 after former tenant Milagro 139 shut its doors, the cavernous 7,000-square-foot space containing three separate bars became a haven for local and touring DJs, comedians and dance events such as EmiArte Flamenco. Skylight also hosted bigger-name touring bands such as The Dandy Warhols, X and Surfer Blood. With roughly 25 employees, the closure also comes as a blow to local service industry workers.

“The largest impact of this is not on me, it’s not on the partners,” managing partner Kate Kennedy says. “It’s the staff and the role we play in the community.”

Kennedy points to debt that they couldn’t climb out of, caused by slow winter business, the buying out of several partners who left the business last year and two citations from the Department of Alcohol and Gaming in 2015.

“That, coupled with the impact of immigration policies, have affected some of our customer base, specifically on our international nights,” Kennedy tells SFR. She also estimates that nearly 100 renters, promoters and entertainers will be affected by the closure.

For now, Skylight plans to honor all of the events currently booked through October and will possibly restructure. Kennedy says the liquor license allows the club to host one-off or picnic events. “We are working diligently to uphold those agreements,” Kennedy explains. “We refuse to be the bar that was going to just lock up and not say anything, and we do want everyone to come out this weekend—we want to own our mistakes and we want to thank our supporters.”

The farewell party will run from 2 pm-2 am Saturday April 29, and Kennedy says she’s helped employees find positions at other local businesses.

Angels at the Table

Get your halos out

Food WritingWednesday, April 26, 2017 by Michael J Wilson

When I was in college I spent a few weekends at local nonprofit Kitchen Angels as part of the College of Santa Fe’s volunteering outreach. Volunteering is not something that 19-year-olds usually want to do, and I was not an exception to this rule. I distinctly remember standing over a very large pot of borscht. The purple liquid was intimidating. I had never had it. I hated beets. The color was untrustworthy. (I’ve since come around on both volunteering and purple foods.)

One of the best things about writing this column has been reconnecting to why I fell in love with Santa Fe in the first place. I’m not an outdoorsy type, so the natural beauty is a visual bonus to what I really care about: community.

There is a sense that Santa Fe will take care of you. That no matter what, it’s here for those who embrace it and all of its endless weird and wonderful. And while I was not necessarily “into” volunteering back in 1999, I took away a sense of awe in the culture of making do and filling the gaps our money-poor but DIY-rich state has.

Ambassadors Jacqueline and Virginia at Café Fina for last year’s Angels Night Out.
It’s not edgy to talk about Kitchen Angels. The 25-year-old organization spends its resources preparing and delivering meals for homebound Santa Feans who don’t qualify for other meal services in the area. They serve people of all ages and types who are going through momentary trouble or long-term issues. And every day, they save lives with four paid staff members and more than 600 volunteers.

On Thursday April 27, Kitchen Angels’ largest fundraising event of the year takes place at restaurants across town. Angels Night Out is a day-long chance for Santa Fe to do two things it loves to do: eat and help others. This year marks the 19th iteration, and there are a record 35 restaurants participating (including eight newcomers). At those participating restaurants, 25 percent of your bill goes to Kitchen Angels. Restaurants participating include but are hardly limited to Jambo Café, Dr. Field Goods Kitchen, Counter Culture Café, The Teahouse and Fire & Hops.

I spoke with Kitchen Angels Community Liaison Lauren LaVail to get the details of the yearly tradition. Tony McCarty, director of the organization, started Angels Night Out in 1998. Originally based on the “Food Fight” fundraising model, where restaurants compete to raise the most for charity, McCarty’s version dropped the competition aspect in favor of simplicity. The restaurants don’t have to do much beyond open their doors to participate.

Ambassadors Linda and Carmen at Bourbon Grill.
The food industry is well-known for being very giving to the communities they cook for, and Santa Fe probably gives more than most. Rich Freedman, owner at The Teahouse, echoed this sentiment by saying that that Kitchen Angels’ “work in the community is important” and it is a “pleasure to support them.”

LaVail says 10 percent of the entire budget for Kitchen Angels comes from this one day of fundraising. I was surprised that so much of their revenue comes from people literally just paying a restaurant bill, which makes this one event deeply important to the 170 people served daily.

“No one should go hungry, especially in this country, where everything is done in excess and there is so much waste,” Fire & Hops chef/owner Joel Coleman says, adding that he appreciates what Kitchen Angels stands for as one of the reasons that Fire & Hops will participate this year for the first time.

Kitchen Angels adds a lot to Santa Fe; it embodies what I love about this place. On April 27, you can and should eat all three of your meals at one of the participating restaurants. A full list of participants is available on the Kitchen Angels website ( You may want to call ahead, though, as it can be one of the busiest evenings of the year, and seats fill quickly.

Dance Dance Revolution

Political turmoil won’t knock these performers off balance

Art FeaturesWednesday, April 26, 2017 by Jordan Eddy

“I was making phone calls and signing petitions and going on marches and spending too much time on Facebook,” says Amina Re. She’s recounting her activist efforts in the time since January’s presidential inauguration, a flurry of activity that left her oddly frustrated. “I thought, ‘I’m an artist, I want to do my art.’ That’s the artist’s role: to bring change.”

Re has been painting for 25 years, and commenced a foray into performance art about three years ago. She was involved in Santa Fe’s strain of the Occupy movement in 2011 and has organized a series of open mic nights to encourage community members to speak out. Perhaps, Re thought, her art and activism could fall into rhythm. She emailed 10 local artists—all women—and asked if they’d like to put on a show.

“I said, ‘I want to do a performance where everyone has their own piece in response to the current sociopolitical climate,’” Re says. That was a little over two months ago, and the impromptu collective has shifted in membership as word passed through the creative community. The performance, Fierce Feminine Risings, debuts this Saturday and features eight artists: seven women and one man. Each performer presents a vignette exploring the transformative power of feminine energy and its persistence in the face of violence and oppression.

Re initially met with local dancer Emmaly Wiederholt, and they worked to set a date and line up a venue. They connected with Elise Gent, owner of the Railyard Performance Center, who offered up her space. Gent also expressed interest in performing, and soon other artists organically entered the project’s orbit.

Lianne Joy, who participated in Re’s open mic nights and implements dance and theater into her work as a counselor, came on board. Fe Fox, who has a background in circus performance and collaborates with Re on contact improvisation workshops, threw his hat in the ring. Re engaged Robin Duda, an actress she has admired in a number of community theater productions.

They were intent on reaching outside of their immediate circles to reflect the diversity of Santa Fe’s larger community. “The majority of us were white women, and most of us were doing some kind of dance thing,” Re says. “I remember thinking, ‘I need to bring diversity into my sphere.’ Then I realized that what I need to do is actually leave my sphere. I need to step out of my zone and be ready to listen.”

They reached out to Esmé Olivia, a Dutch and Mestiza poet, dancer and singer who was born and raised in New Mexico. Just a few weeks ago, multidisciplinary artist Sina Soul—who has Pacific Islander, North African and Latina roots—joined the effort.

As the show took shape, the fledgling group examined their motives and came up with a message. “In some ways, I think the activism I was participating in was a more masculine way,” says Re. “‘Let’s fight. Let’s resist.’ That’s not what’s true in me. I want to get a bigger vision of the world, or be a mirror of the culture to hold up.” Early on, they considered naming the performance “Fierce Feminine Resistance,” but decided the title was too reactionary. They wanted to reflect a new path for the world rather than playing into a partisan feedback loop.

With the performance swiftly approaching, the artists convened to come up with an introduction that would set the tone for the interconnected pieces. “We just needed something that would help the audience get grounded and present,” says Re. “We had to communicate that this is not a light, chit-chatty thing.” The performances include stories of sexual violence and healing, parenting in the face of an uncertain global future, and the objectification of women. With a sliding scale ticket price of $10 to $20 (and no one will be turned away for lack of funds), the show also supports nonprofit organizations Girls Inc. and Honor the Earth.

At first, the group’s ideas for the introduction were elaborate and opinions were strong and scattered. Re was concerned that the group would break apart before the performance. “Within the hour, we all had a chance to speak and come up with a new plan,” she says. “I thought, ‘Wow—this is what strong, conscious women who have been around a while and know how to communicate can do together.’ What if we had more of that in our political system?”

Fierce Feminine Risings
7:30 pm Saturday April 29. $10-$20 (no one turned away).
Railyard Performance Center,
1611 Paseo de Peralta,

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