This is Halloween
Everybody scream, everybody scream
Last year’s Halloween was a big fat nothing as the world grappled with the implications of COVID-19, so this year you’ll just have to party extra hard to make up for it. And though you’re not likely to see the sort of monster-themed bacchanal that once accompanied the holiday like in the olden times, there’s still enough to do out there safely and calmly and rationally.
You’ll find some mellower things earlier in the day, like the interactive Halloween Celebration at the Design Center (418 Cerillos Road, designcentersantafe.com) featuring live music from the Wonky Tonks and DJ Audio Buddha, plus a pretty huge jack o’ lantern and pizza from Pizza Centro/Oasis Ice Cream.
Come afternoon, the Museum of International Folk Art (706 Camino Lejo, (505) 476-1200) hosts the Day of the Dead Community Celebration with make-your-own sugar skulls, traditional treats and some of the most beautiful ofrendas here or anywhere.
Once night falls, Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery (2791 Agua Fría St., (505) 393-5135) welcomes Americana/rock act Heartless Bastards (a band that regularly visits Santa Fe) featuring front woman Erika Wennerstrom’s unique brand of lyricism and sultry, soulful vocal work.
That’s not even mentioning the bars and restaurants, which we can only assume will have special drinks and menu items, and if even that fails, you can always steal candy from your children and pretend you’re just checking for poison or something. Remember, though, that most people with cannabis aren’t handing it out for free to kids. (Alex De Vore)
One Thread to Rule Them All
Artist Robin Jones comes from a theatrical background, but after living through Hurricane Ike, which hit Houston back in 2008, she saw the impacts of a hostile climate firsthand. Her resulting subjects are profiles of adolescents, themselves framed within the frame by elephants, sea creatures or butterflies. The childlike wonder we see is contrasted with knowledge of the climate change knowledge crisis and the impacts therefrom. Jones even inserts metal leaves into her paintings in various ways, giving an earth-like reminder of shiny sacredness. In short—a climate change-inspired exhibition that won’t depress the hell out of you. Now isn’t that a thing? (Riley Gardner)
One Thread: All day, Friday, Oct 29. Free. Blue Rain Gallery, 544 S Guadalupe St. (505) 954-9902
Femme de STEM
Dear parents: if you’ve got a daughter who’s spending her free time mixing chemicals, building robots, programming apps or whatever else the youth are doing these days, you’ll be pleased to know that STEM Santa Fe’s got your back. In partnership with Santa Fe Community College, the program is designed for those in fifth through eighth grades. Choose between 12 workshops that include aquaponics, building wind turbines and learning about how glaciers move and melt using the magic that is goo. If you’ve got a weird, non-pressurey feeling that your daughter is going to save the world using tech, see if they’re cool with going, sign ‘em up and wait for salvation. (RG)
STEM Pathway for Girls: 8:30 am-4:30 pm Saturday, Oct 30, $25. Santa Fe Community College, stemsantafe.org, (505) 570-5402
Deets on the Beets
So you’ve walked around the Farmers Market a few times and think you know it all? Foolish on your part—you know nothing. Let the folks who run the market explain to you the things that are going over your head. This guided tour gives you a crash course on local agriculture and offers a chance to really chat up regional farmers to see what’s going on in their professions, learn history, get tips on your own failed backyard garden ventures, etc. Plus, it’s on a Tuesday, so you don’t have to jump and cartwheel over a bunch of people gawking the mushroom stand. (RG)
Seed the Future: Farmers Market Guided Tours: Tuesdays, Nov 2, free. Santa Fe Farmers Market, (505) 983-4098.