Music and Pictures

Coad and Kyle Miller's thousand words

If you hang around certain local venues (read: most of 'em), you'll often find a man with a camera snapping literally thousands of pictures of Santa Fe's musical best and brightest. This man is Coad Miller, and he's been on a mission for over 50 years.

"Basically, I had health problems and I couldn't do what I was doing for the last 10 years, working in movies—so it's time to make a living as an artist, " Miller says. "I've been shooting since I was 9, and I'm gonna be 63 on [Feb.] 15, and I've shot music for two reasons; one, I've been a music hound since I was a kid—I grew up in New York and have been going to concerts since I was 10—and two, I don't know a musician who doesn't want a good picture posted."

Miller, whose photos have continuously shown at Tiny's for over three years, says he shoots the equivalent of 15 rolls of film per night, capturing roughly 300 images, from which he says he'll usually get around 20 to 25 good ones.

"I can give you a 30-second lesson on how to get a better shot," Miller tells SFR. "It's two things you've always known: A picture's worth a thousand words, and the eyes are the windows to the soul. If you take a shot of someone, where are those thousand words? The eyes."

As such, he's captured big names like Willie Nelson and Mavis Staples, as well as Santa Fe's musicians, all without using a flash in favor of natural light. Miller shows the fruits of these efforts at a birthday celebration at Tiny's this Saturday, alongside his painted works. Additionally, Miller's daughter Kyle, who pulls from years of travel images she's taken while in countries like Japan, Italy, South Africa and beyond, is represented in the show.

"It feels great," Miller says of sharing the night with family. "My daughter is being introduced to the world."

Throw in a music jam with the house band and friends of Miller's, and you've got a great night.

"Openings aren't supposed to be two hours," Miller jokes, "they're supposed to be eight!" (Alex De Vore)

Coad and Kyle Miller: It's Miller Time!:
4 pm Friday Feb. 15. Free.
Tiny's Resturant and Lounge,
1005 St Francis Dr., Ste. 117,
983-9817

Love Yourself

Public Domain

For some, holidays such as that one that goes down on February 14 (you know the one) are a minefield of triggering commercials, hard feelings and difficulty. Clinical depression is all around us, and while we aren't saying that holidays are a root cause, they certainly aren't helping anything. Enter Dr. A John Rush, an expert in clinical depression who comes to Santa Fe to lecture on the topic courtesy of the Renesan Institute. Rush delves into the realm of practical knowledge, helping to identify potential causes, understanding and treatment for such disorders. We find this comforting, particularly on the mother of all hurt feelings days. (ADV)

Clinical Depression: What Is It and What to Do About It?:
1 pm Thursday Feb. 14. $15.
St. John's United Methodist Church,
1200 Old Pecos Trail,
982-5397.

Death And …

Jan Vašek/Pixabay

We know it's a little early in the game, but think of how good you'll feel taking care of your taxes before the April 15 deadline. But if you're not one to tackle it yourself, and if you don't want to hand over a healthy chunk of your refund to the H&R Block types, look no further than the Santa Fe Community College's Tax-Aide days. Previously, folks could just show up to the Higher Education Building and get help from SFCC, the AARP and whatever current and former accountants were on hand, but this year not only features specially trained students lending a hand, it requires an appointment. You can do this by calling 946-3615 or heading to sfcc.edu/taxaide. Don't you feel better already? (ADV)

Tax Aide Santa Fe:
9 am-Noon Saturday Feb. 16; 8 am-4 pm
Monday and Tuesday Feb. 18 and 19. Through April 15. Free.
Higher Education Building,
1950 Siringo Road,
428-1725.

From Glen to Glen

Courtesy Bays & Coyne

Traditional Irish music is dang magical. There is really no way around it. Whether dextrous fiddle-playing gets you thinking about little stone cottages sinking into impossibly green hills or a crowded, rowdy-ass pub on a rainy night, whatever you picture when Randal Bays' fingers flit around the strings, it's something awesome. Seattle-based Bays, recognized as a master of Irish fiddle, is joined by Limerick native John Coyne, whose bouzouki-playing and vocal stylings elevate a night of folk songs. Plus, it's all going down at GiG, one of our favorite intimate little listening rooms in town. But shows there tend to sell out, so don't waste time getting tickets at gigsantafe.com. (Charlotte Jusinski)

Bays & Coyne:
7:30 pm Saturday Feb. 16. $22.
GiG Performance Space,
1808 Second St.