Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 THE MAYOR’S ARTS AWARDS ANNOUNCED: October 27 event to honor seven exceptional recipients

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and Mayor Javier M. Gonzales are excited to announce the recipients of this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards. This diverse group represents excellence in the fields of fine art, literature, film, philanthropy, performing arts, exhibitions and New Mexico heritage.

Mayor Javier M. Gonzales said, “We take this time every year to recognize the people and organizations who make sure Santa Fe stays on the map as a premier destination for arts and culture. These folks support tens of thousands of jobs for local people, and we’re proud of the work these Santa Feans have done over the last year.”

 The Mayor’s Arts Awards selections are made based on careful consideration of community-generated nominations and shine a spotlight on the incredible work artists and others are doing in our community and the ever-increasing importance of the arts to Santa Fe. The Awards will be presented at the annual dinner and ceremony, on Friday, October 27 from 6:30 to 9:30. Tables of 10 are available for $750 and there are several sponsorship opportunities available. Individual tickets are $75 and can be purchased at For more information, to become a sponsor or to reserve tickets by phone, please call (505) 955-6707.

The recipients are:

Entreflamenco, Performing Arts: Entreflamenco was founded in 1998 in Madrid, Spain. Since 2011, the company has been serving Santa Fe with dance performances and educational programs. Founding Director Maestro Antonio Granjero is a native of Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of a rich flamenco song and dance tradition. The company presents more than 90 performances throughout the year.

Lowrider Summer, Collaboration: Lowrider Summer was a groundbreaking collaboration between cultural institutions, artists, lowriders, poets and community. Two museum exhibits, “Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders” at the New Mexico Museum of Art and “Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Roads: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico” at the New Mexico History Museum, served as centerpieces for a summer of lowrider culture in Santa Fe. A highlight of Lowrider Summer was “Lowrider Day on the Plaza,” when more than 100 lowrider cars cruised from Fort Marcy to the Plaza. Lowrider Summer highlighted under-represented artists who form the foundation of lowrider culture. It honored their cultural and artistic contributions to New Mexico, while expanding the audience for lowrider culture.

George R.R. Martin, Film and Literary: Best known for “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the fantasy series upon which HBO’s Emmy Award-winning, “Game of Thrones” is based, George R.R. Martin is a fantasy, horror and science fiction author as well as a screenwriter and television producer. As a resident of Santa Fe for nearly 40 years, Martin has invested generously in causes and initiatives, including Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot. In 2013, he purchased the Jean Cocteau Cinema, completely restoring the facility. A year later, he purchased the vacant Silva Lanes Bowling Alley, leasing it to Meow Wolf for the Meow Wolf Art Complex and the “The House of Eternal Return” exhibition. Internationally known, Martin has ensured the benefits of his success help fellow artists in the community.

N. Scott Momaday, Literary: N. Scott Momaday is a Kiowa novelist, short storywriter, essayist and poet. Momaday grew up in Arizona where his mother and father were teachers. His experiences there provided him an understanding of his father’s Kiowa traditions, as well as those of the Navajo, Apache and Pueblo people. He has published more than a dozen books of folklore, poetry, novels, memoirs and children’s books. His 1968 novel, “House Made of Dawn,” led to a breakthrough of Native American literature in American mainstream. The novel received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. He is a tenured professor at the University of Santa Barbara, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University and the University of Arizona.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Visual Arts: Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum preserves, presents and advances the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and Modernism through innovative public engagement, education and research. The Museum opened to the public in July 1997, eleven years after the death of its namesake artist. In addition to the main gallery site, the Museum maintains a research center, library, education annex, O’Keeffe’s two historic homes and studios in northern New Mexico, and a variety of collections related to O’Keeffe and modern art. In 2006, the Museum took responsibility for the care and preservation of O’Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiú and her first home at Ghost Ranch. Educational programs at the Museum serve more than 7,100 students and adults per year through a variety of workshops, lectures, conversations and classroom activities.

Sandy Zane, Supporter: Sandy Zane is the owner of form & concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Arts with her husband, Ned Bennett. These galleries reflect her commitment to supporting artists of all ages, media and levels of professional experience. A pioneer of internet sales, she is a visionary entrepreneur who forges into new art realms and economies. Her spirit and tenacity ensures that artists and the Santa Fe art community have a robust national and international audience. Zane creates and supports organizations and programs that provide opportunities for young and emerging artists.  She is a prolific philanthropist, donating resources and her own expertise to organizations including the New Mexico School for the Arts, New Mexico Museum Foundation and many other Santa Fe organizations.

Max Manzanares, Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist: Max Manzaneres is a singer, dancer, actor and entertainer who at age 5 began joining his dad, musician David Manzanares, on stage with the Latin band Manzanares. His band The Max Pack has performed jazz, classic tunes and Broadway at a variety of community events such as The Burning of Zozobra, Community Days, Pancakes on the Plaza and the Boys & Girls Club Gala. Manzanares has taken classes at National Dance Institute-New Mexico since 4th grade, and has studied at the Boston Conservatory and the Broadway Dance Center. He is an Honor Roll student with a 4.3 GPA. Max has participated in the Santa Fe Youth Leadership Program and attended the National Student Leadership Conference at Harvard University. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars.

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival Presents: Literary Jewels, starting 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25th

Starting October 25,
Gems from America, Eastern Europe, and Israel.
A look at the great Jewish writers through a series of talks and films.
4 Talks, 9 films, special guests and more.

Herman Wouk, Saul Bellow, Phillip Roth, Arthur Miller, and Michael Chabon are among the great writers and playwrights of the 20th and 21st centuries. All were winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and these and many more were also Jewish. The contributions of Jewish writers and the thread that binds them is the focus of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s LITERARY GEMS – JEWELS FROM AMERICA, EASTERN EUROPE AND ISRAEL.

An ALL FILM pass which entitles you to single admission to all nine films is available for $70. Single film tickets are $10. There is no charge for talks by NICOLE KRAUSS, JEREMY DAUBER, and JESSICA COHEN, but tickets are required.

Check out their website for more information:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Reminder, TODAY!!! Celebrate our 100th Friday Afternoon Art program on October 13th at the Southside Branch Library!

Please come celebrate with us at our 100th Friday Afternoon Art program on October 13th at the Southside Branch Library. The theme will be painting with oil pastel and watercolors. The successful Friday Afternoon Art program was started by our library technician Susan in October of 2012 and over 3,000 kids and parents have attended over the past 5 years! Below are some inspiring thoughts from Susan about the program:

Art links to literacy in so many ways.  My intention was to provide equal opportunity for children and families to experience art in a personal way: to be able to explore many different art materials and techniques in a welcoming environment. Schools release at different times on Fridays, so we have tried to provide a time frame that works for as many families as possible; and what a great way to start the weekend!”

“All ages of children are welcome, along with their parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.  After a program, I often hear parents saying “We could do this at home!” and many children have expressed the desire to share the experience with siblings or friends.  One of my favorite moments was when a 9 year old child was hovering in the doorway to watch her sister participating in the art program, and I invited her in to participate.  Her response was “but I’m not an artist.” I told her that everyone is an artist.  An hour later she was completely hooked and left beaming with happiness. It’s been an enormous privilege to be able to provide this experience for the families in the Santa Fe area for the last five years. We are excited to be holding the 100th Friday Afternoon Art program on October 13th at the Southside Library and we look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new families!”

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SFPL presents: Paranormal New Mexico, Saturday, October 21, 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library

The Land of Enchantment’s history is full of vivid stories about ghosts, UFOs, legendary monsters, supernatural magic, and other unexplained phenomena. These paranormal (“beyond the accepted standards of scientific explanation”) events continue to entertain, intrigue, and unnerve us, even though we frequently question their believability. Author of The Essential Paranormal Bucket List, Riley Mitchell, will discuss a number of New Mexico’s most enduring mysteries and explore what this powerful fascination with the unknown reveals about our relationship to the world around us.

Join us at the Main Library (145 Washington Ave.) for this FREE presentation and author signing on Saturday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room (2nd floor). Riley will have copies of his book available for purchase after the talk.

Historian of the paranormal Riley Mitchell has had a life-long interest in the supernatural and preternatural. He writes about a variety of related topics at and his guidebook, The Essential Paranormal Bucket List: 100 Mysterious Things to Investigate Before You Die (Rio Grande Books), was released earlier this year.  Mitchell lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sponsored by the Santa Fe Public Library.

Friends of SFPL Southside Fall Book Sale, October 21-22

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library will be holding their fall book sale at the Southside Branch Library on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22, 2017.

October 21 & 22: Southside Fall Sale, 6599 Jaguar Drive
Discount Books & Specially-priced Books
Open to the public both days, no members-only hours.
• Saturday 21st: 10:30 AM–4:00 PM
• Sunday 22nd: 1:00–4:00 PM, Bag Day

Speciality Books & Items: Individually Priced

Discount Books & Items: Hardcover books $1.00 each, Paperback books 50¢ each or 3 for $1.00, Children’s books 25¢ each, CDs 50¢ per disc, Videos & DVDs $1.00 each, Cassettes 25¢ each.

Bag Days: Just $5.00 a bag. Cloth bags from the city, Friends of Library bags, and Trader Joe size bags are acceptable. Bags will be provided, as well.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Santa Fe's Ready To Read, Saturday, October 14 in the Railyard

Saturday, October 14 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the Railyard, the Reading Group, a project of the Santa Fe Birth 2 Career Collaborative and the May Center, will be holding a special event for families and their children.  The event includes a children’s carnival, storytelling, crafts, food, and resources for parents to provide a strong foundation for literacy for their children. A special lighting of the Railyard Water Tower in red for literacy will take place.  The Reading Group’s mission is to improve third grade reading proficiency in Santa Fe through parent education, early intervention, and teacher training.  


Indigenous Peoples Day Closures at City of Santa Fe

City Administrative Offices, the Municipal Court, Libraries and Recreation Centers will be closed on Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, October 9, 2017.

Santa Fe Trails’ buses, Santa Fe Ride Paratransit and Santa Fe Pickup Shuttles will operate on the Saturday schedule.

The Environmental Services Division will have regular scheduled collection for commercial and residential recycling and solid waste.  Residential customers will need to have their recycling and solid waste placed at curbside by 8:00 a.m.

The Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station and the Caja del Rio Landfill will be open for normal hours.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hurrican Relief Food Drive at SFPL

Library staff and patrons stepped up at the SFPL to purchase much needed items for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. This picture depicts just the donations from the Main Library collection—La Farge and Southside also took part.  Congratulations for the great support and thanks to everyone involved!