Get those last-minute gifts
Brace yourselves—the longest night of the year is coming. But what better way to wave off the ultimate hump day than with tarot readings, energy healing, live music, free snacks and holiday shopping? Four women-owned businesses on Rosina Street host a solstice stroll where you can get it all, plus a relaxing CBD mocktail or two.
"This complex we're in is called Plaza Rosina," Calixte Raifsnider, the owner of craft and clothing shop Dandelion Guild, tells SFR. "It's this funky little pink building. It's really cute, but it's kind of off the beaten path. We're tucked behind Cerrillos [Road], so a lot of people who come here go, 'Oh my gosh, I didn't even know this place existed.'"
Dandelion Guild is teaming up with neighbors Casa Rosina, an antique furniture store; Prana Blessings, a metaphysical shop; and Rose Road CBD, a CBD specialty shop, for the event. Rose Road CBD celebrates its grand opening that night, and rockabilly/honky-tonk musician Ry Warner plays at Dandelion Guild at 7 pm.
"I think we're all kind of hippies at heart, so I think solstice has a special meaning for all of us," Raifsnider says. "There's a lot of directly Christmas-oriented stuff, but I think solstice is a little more broad and encompassing. My hope for it is that it'll just be a kind of sweet gathering of community." (Sarah Eddy)
Solstice Stroll on Rosina:
6-8:30 pm Friday Dec. 21. Free.
1925 Rosina St.,
Gather to remember a beloved Santa Fe son
At the time of his death in November, Santa Fean Frank X Cordero was known to most as the city's social media guru and a mainstay at local events. But, according to his sister Marghreta Cordero (aka singer Nacha Mendez), he was also lover of all things DJ, as a performer, an audience member and a dancer.
"We had a nightclub here called the Senate Lounge, and it was one of the places he got his start," Cordero says, also mentioning that Frank performed as DJ FX Cordero at defunct clubs like Rouge Cat and the Cargo Club. "He got involved in his regular jobs, but DJing is what he loved doing."
Cordero wants people to remember this part of her brother's life, and so, following a wake at the El Dorado Hotel and Spa's chapel at 6 pm, the public is invited to party in his honor. Longtime Frank Cordero cohort Oona Bender spins for the event, and friends of the late Mr. Cordero are urged to show up with good vibes and good stories.
"It's hard. We were very close. I moved to Santa Fe because of him," Marghreta says. "And he was always of service to people. He always had other people in mind; people knew him, people loved him." (Alex De Vore)
Frank X Cordero Memorial:
7 pm Friday Dec. 21. Free.
321 W San Francisco St.,
If you haven't caught sight of Ricardo Caté performing stand-up or just walking around town in his trademark bandana, here's your chance to meet one of the most prominent Native American (Kewa) cartoonists working today. His daily one-panel comic Without Reservations, published in The Santa Fe New Mexican and the Taos News, pokes fun at white and Native people alike, both modern and historical. Hear him talk about his craft and check out his book of collected comics starring beloved characters The Chief and The General. Jackie Chan and Denzel Washington reportedly are fans, so if you're not familiar with Caté's work, it comes highly recommended. (SE)
Journeysantafe: Ricardo Caté:
11 am Sunday Dec. 23. Free.
Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee House,
202 Galisteo St.,
It appears Santa Fe is making a name for itself in the comedy world, and we aren't even saying that just to make comedians here feel better about themselves. When New York-based stand-up Doug Mellard found out he'd be visiting family in Santa Fe over the holidays, he thought it would be fun to do a show—and was directed to Wayward Comedy, a collective of local funnypersons who run open mics and stand-up nights, as a source for good times and good people. See Mellard, with local openers Sam Lynch, Catherine Lynch (no relation) and Meg Specksgoor, in a real live theater. Not that there's anything wrong with comedy in bars, but this feels all fancy, huh? (Charlotte Jusinski)
The HAHAHoliday Extravaganza:
8:30 pm Thursday Dec. 27. $10.
Santa Fe Playhouse,
142 E De Vargas St.,
Auld Lang Mindfulness
This year was a doozy, and a lot of folks are looking for an alternative to going out and getting drunk (again). Upaya Zen Center has your solution: Two hours of alternate sitting and walking meditation, followed by a ceremonial ringing of bells at midnight and then an uplifting talk by Roshi Joan Halifax. If that sounds overwhelming (especially for those new to Zen), there will be chances to discreetly slip out early—or if you want to come later, you can sneak in the side door after the start time. The important thing is getting centered. And, since Upaya values the social justice side of Buddhism, it could spur you to do some extra good in the new year. (CJ)
New Years Eve Meditation:
10 pm Monday Dec. 31. Free; donations accepted.
Upaya Zen Center,
1404 Cerro Gordo Road,
Meet the New Boss
There are some upsides to living in a small capital city: We have pretty close access to our legislators for at least a month every year, we all know where they tend to eat, and when something big happens in state government, it's right in our backyard. Ring in the new year and the new governor at Michelle Lujan Grisham's swearing-in, bright and early on the first of the year. The ceremony actually goes down at noon, but doors open at 9 am and there will be a line, so get on it—and bring your autograph book too, because until 2 pm there's a meet-and-greet with her and Lt. Gov. Howie Morales. (CJ)
Public Swearing In of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Lt. Governor Howie Morales:
Noon Tuesday Jan. 1. Free.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center,
201 W Marcy St.,