Still and Hills

Brews and views!

By Dena Miller

‘Taos Lightning’ is an Old West spirit brand with as colorful a back story as one would expect from this neck of the woods. Originally distilled by Simeon Turley of Arroyo Hondo in the 1820s, it was a concoction of raw wheat grain alcohol, river water and other “proprietary” ingredients like chewing tobacco (!).

Medley, at 100 NM-150 in El Prado, offers a Sazerac containing Taos Lightning, Pernod Absinthe, sugar water, orange bitters, orange slices and mint leaves. Photo: Morgan Timms

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Mexican or New Mexican

Or both?! It’s the never-ending debate in these parts: What is the difference between Mexican and New Mexican cuisine, anyway? Is there one?

By dena miller

Ask most people and they’ll say it’s the small things: corn, pinto beans and white cheese (Mexican) vs. wheat, black beans and yellow cheese (New Mexican). But so much more is common ground – lots of fresh veggies, sustainable ingredients and livestock, and a shared history that makes the food here truly unique.  (Disclaimer: New Mexico’s beloved Hatch green chiles stand alone.) Continue reading “Mexican or New Mexican”

Carry Out and Carry On

Taos takeouts are the best in the Southwest

By Dena Miller

With all this natural beauty surrounding you, the siren call of the outdoors is impossible to ignore. (And why would you, anyway?) That’s when it’s the time to grab some food, find a sweet spot to relax, giving sustenance to your soul while you bliss your body with really good eats. Continue reading “Carry Out and Carry On”

Summer Picnics

As the weather grows warmer, many of us are eager to get outdoors and luxuriate in the fresh air with our friends and families. Mid-summer is a splendid time for a picnic under the trees.

By lucy herrman

Whether planning to bring a moveable feast to one of Taos’s multitude of beautiful parks and recreation areas, or to invite a few friends over for a backyard get-together, we love the simplicity of eating outdoors. We can keep things effortless and still reap the benefits of special get-togethers.

Watermelon Salad, Black Bean Salad or simple sliced tomatoes are perfect picnic partners.

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TSV Food Scene

The Mountain Abides and So Does the Food Scene at Taos Ski Valley

By Haven Lindsey

The old adage that, ‘you don’t need a silver fork to eat good food’ is as fitting in 2021 as perhaps ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered doors of restaurants and altered the dining habits of people everywhere yet chefs, diners, and foodies everywhere have adapted. The food scene at the Taos Ski Valley looks a bit different these days and it turns out that indeed, the food tastes just as good without the silver fork. Continue reading “TSV Food Scene”

Summer Movies

For movie fans, it was a bummer when big screen theaters closed and we were left watching films via online streaming services. But, as in all things involving big changes, there was some good and some bad.

By Rick Romancito

What’s available to watch this summer? After picking through several online lists, we picked a few movies you might want to pencil-in. Here are our picks for summer movies …

Margot Robbie stars as Harley Quinn in ‘Suicide Squad,’ due for release in August. Warner Bros.

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Stage Lights

The drum beats. The bass rolls and the guitar rocks. Your toe taps and your body sways to the rhythm. Music has long been key to mental and emotional health and well-being.

By Kiki Shakti

Studies have shown that attending live music performances decreases the release of cortisol and other stress hormones. Watching live music can result in a 25% increase in feelings of self-worth and a 75% improvement in mental stimulation. Regular concert attendance can add up to a decade to your life expectancy and dancing can help stave off dementia 70% more than crosswords or sudoku.

Morgan Timms/Taos News

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TJ Mabrey

The City of Albuquerque acquires Taos artist TJ Mabrey sculpture for the Public Art Collection

The story behind TJ Mabrey’s sculpture, “Three Sisters,” is complicated. It’s related to agriculture; and it speaks to survival from agriculture – for both the human race and our home, the Earth. Continue reading “TJ Mabrey”

Crown Jewels

Taos museums survive and thrive in 2021

By Dena Miller

Notable exhibitions and big dreams are in the works for Taos museums: Couse-Sharp Historic Site; Harwood Museum of Art; Millicent Rogers Museum; Taos Art Museum at Fechin House; and Taos Historic Museums. Continue reading “Crown Jewels”

A Call to Passion

While Taos has been welcoming a wave of new home owners, the art community has likewise opened its arms to four new galleries in town.

by dena miller

Toby Putnam – via Montana – opened his gallery LUN + ojo (111 Paseo del Pueblo Norte) in December 2020, and now, he’s “doing exactly what I want to do.”  Under the watchful eyes of a taxidermy bison head (“Hunted by bow and arrow 40 years ago”), Putnam and his canine buddy, Buck, welcome you to what he affectionately refers to as “curated chaos.”

LUN+ojo gallery opened December 2020. Courtesy Toby Putnam

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Arts Alive

Angel Fire art and businesses are back

By Jacqui Binford-Bell

Arts in Angel Fire and the Moreno Valley may not be as easy to find now as they once were. There used to be two galleries: The Rupp Gallery and Arts Space Gallery. But as respective owners Carol Rupp and Katherine McDermott discovered, you can either create art or sell it.

Wood-fire pottery by Jo DeKeuster of Enchanted Circle Pottery. Check out the 4th Annual Angel Fire Studio Tour Sept. 26 and 27, 2021. 

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Elusive Time

The journey to Taos for artists Lucy and Dirk Herrman always seemed to them a foregone conclusion.

By Dena Miller

“It was just an intuitive thing, that somehow I just knew we would live in New Mexico,” Lucy said, and Dirk concurred. “We moved a lot but on our first visit here we knew this was going to be ‘home.’ It was an immediate, powerful draw.”

‘Thunderhead 2,’ oil on canvas by Dirk Herrman

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At the Harwood

One venue the pandemic has been unable to dim is the Harwood Museum of Art. Even when you cannot visit in person, executive director Juniper Leherissey Manley and staff have continued to curate first-rate exhibitions that shine like beacons in these difficult times.

By Dena Miller

Summer 2021 will be no exception. In addition to extending its popular juried exhibit of local talent — Contemporary Art/Taos 2020 — the Harwood welcomes summer season with two new shows — one, a journey into an ephemeral, atmospheric otherworld; the other — solidly, down-home Northern New Mexico. 

‘Lowrider Shrine, El Rito, New Mexico, 1997,’ by Nicholas Herrera. Photo by Siegfried Halus. Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), HP.2017.38.3.

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