All Circles Vanish

Tone Ranger enters the next dimension at the Motorama drive-in

“I’ve had this idea of being at the foot of a portal during my show, and the show is what’s behind me,” says Alex Simon, who performs a dreamy combo of indie, pop, dance jams and psychedelia under the moniker Tone Ranger. “That sort of set the tone for the whole year.”

Simon’s dreams come true this week at the Motorama drive-in where, in partnership with SITE Santa Fe, he’ll join forces with video/computer/digital artist Morgan Barnard for Follow the Sun, a multimedia/multi-sensory audio-visual event merging film and music in a way that promises to be unlike most anything you’ve attended before. The show features other collaborators as well, but with Simon and Barnard leading the charge, you can thank the pandemic lockdowns for pushing them in this particular direction.

“I’ve worked on film scoring and various projects for awhile, but I kind of used quarantine to dive deep into cinema,” Simon tells SFR. “This was a time to start working with visual collaborators and putting a vision together. I’m coming up with direction and bringing the score and sources in, but [Barnard] is an alchemical computer genius—he knows how to make art within the computer in a way I could never imagine.”

Essentially, the Tone Ranger sound sets the stage while the Motorama’s screen displays a combination of filmed footage starring Simon, plus other digital oddities, animation from Santa Fe’s Little Big Bang Studios and assorted auxiliary visual treats. You’ll find archival film, bizarre landscapes and inspiration from the likes of Kubrick, Tarkovsky and others.

“It’s a journey through the Southwest,” Simon says, “through landscape and desert; from a cellular level to an expansive cosmos. I think what I want to get across to people is that this show is more about long-form storytelling. This event is a catalyst for a big shift, and if I put myself in the shoes of somebody who is going out to a concert experience for the first time [since the pandemic], what would I want to see? A well-told story.” (Alex De Vore)

Tone Ranger: Follow the Sun: 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) Saturday, June 12. $2-$15. Motorama at the Downs, 27475 W Frontage Road, facebook.com/motorama.santafe

Where the Wild(ly Cool) Cars Are

Courtesy girlsincofsantafe.org

Nonprofit Girls Inc. is going on its 66th year in 2021, and the celebrations include a Route 66-inspired car parade open to the public. We’re talking vintage beasts, artful lowriders and even just regular old vehicles (but, like, made fancy). The parade starts at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club and will continue on toward The Alley at the DeVargas Center (187 Paseo de Peralta). The organization is also handing out awards in categories like boldest oldest car, strongest muscle car, most outrageous vehicle and the people’s choice award. That’s right, you can support a fantastic local nonprofit, show off your sick ride and conquer the local vehicle awards circuit at the same time. (Riley Gardner)

Girls Inc. of Santa Fe Car Cruise: 3 pm Friday, June 11. $25 to participate; free to attend. Santa Fe Women’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail, girlsincofsantafe.org

Fancy Words for a Fancy(ish) Evening

Courtesy Teatro Paraguas / photo by Jamey Stillings

Just because some things don’t have to be on Zoom anymore doesn’t mean they can’t be. Enter Teatro Paraguas, one of Santa Fe’s kickass theater companies that has conquered the Zoom art world and which brings big-time poets Joan Logghe and Art Goodtimes to our screens. Logghe’s credentials include National Endowment for the Arts bucks and a stint as Santa Fe’s poet laureate from 2010 to 2012—plus over a dozen poetry books. Goodtimes is the co-director of Talking Gourds, a Telluride Institute poetry program, and was Colorado’s Western Slope Poet Laureate from 2011 to 2013. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, these are some serious poets with some even more serious cred. Imagine sipping on your drink of choice, staring at the ceiling as sweet words waft through the room via your little laptop speakers. Glorious. (RG)

Joan Logghe and Art Goodtimes Poetry Reading: 5 pm Sunday, June 13. Free (but you should donate). teatroparaguasnm.org

One More Chance

Courtesy formandconcept.center

After a wildly successful opening and run, -multimedia artist Nikesha Breeze’s Four Sites of Return (which we covered back in April) is set to close at form & concept, and you cannot miss out. Breeze is inspired by residents from Blackdom, New Mexico—a community settled by Black residents in southern New Mexico—in addition to her own ancestors from the Mende people of Sierra Leone and Assyrian immigrants from Iran. Described by form & concept as Breeze’s magnum opus, Four Sites uses visual and performance arts to explore the Black experience. Breeze culls from historical imagery, textiles, woodworking and what she calls “ancestral memory,” and as Juneteenth approaches, the show stands as a testament not only to Breeze’s practices, but to Black movements through time and around the globe that have inspired them. (RG)

Nikesha Breeze: Four Sites of Return Closing Ritual: 7 pm Tuesday, June 15. Free. form & concept, 435 S Guadalupe St., 780-8312