Santa Fe Buzz: September 2011

by Christie Chisholm, LocalFlavor Magazine, September 2011

The Eldorado Hotel & Spa is bringing a new offering to Santa Fe’s bar and dining scene. The Agave Lounge is slated to open Sept. 6 inside the award-winning restaurant The Old House. With a menu of shared plates, premium cocktails, specialty martinis and a lengthy wine list, the lounge holds great promise. Meet some friends for a communal snack or drop by to watch the game on the flat-screens. Also, if you hurry and visit the lounge’s website at, you can download and print out a coupon that will get you one free shared plate of your choice. 309 W. San Francisco, 988.4455.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is returning home to finish its 15th season with one last encore performance. After traveling to Chicago, Montreal and Wolf Trap, ASFB is back in Santa Fe with three treats: a new ballet called Over Glow by Jorma Elo, the whimsical Kiss Me Goodnight by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto and the iconic Stamping Ground by Jiri Kylian. The single night of performances is this Saturday, Sept. 3, at The Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 West San Francisco) and it starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $72. 988.1234,

It’s a blend of violin and guitar, history and performance. Los Martinez is made up of renowned violinist Lorenzo Martinez and vocalist/guitarist Rob Martinez. Together, they intertwine a collection of redondos, polkas, corridos and marchas with insight into the history behind the music. Lorenzo was a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Award Fellowship recipient, and Rob has made a name for himself nationally as a historian and genealogist as well as a performer. Catch them both at The Maria Benitez Cabaret at The Lodge (750 North St. Francis) from Sept. 8 through 18. Tickets are $45 and $55, with some discounts available, and shows start at 8:30 p.m. Get your tickets at or 988.1234.

Santa Fe treasure Laura Sheppherd is celebrating 10 years at her flagship store on 65 West Marcy. In a space that embraces couture (did you know that one of her dresses graced the red carpet this spring?) along with cozy and luxe sweaters, jackets and coats and irresistible accessories, she’s spent the decade growing her product and her name. Stop by to feel the fabrics, gaze adoringly on the gowns and wish her a happy anniversary. 986.1444,

You really shouldn’t miss this one. Ricochet (a self-described “contemporary circus”) is coming to town for a few days this month to show off Smoke and Mirrors, a performance that’s part acrobatics, part dance, part contortion and part high-flying feats. The theme? examining “the current state of America in the pursuit of happiness.” Pursue your happiness and go see this show. But don’t bring the kids unless they’re 13 or over, because this spectacular tidbit includes glimpses of flesh and adult themes. It’s at The Armory for the Arts Theatre (1050 Old Pecos Trail, 984.1370) on Sept. 23 to 24 and Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. Tickets are between $15 and $25 on a sliding scale. Find out all about it and look at some gorgeous pictures on its website,

We told you about Rancho Viejo Village Market a few months back—about the emporium’s gourmet food items, artisan olive oils, fresh-baked Plaza Bakery breads and wines from around the globe. The little-market-that-could has started a weekly event that’s fun, free and something you probably want to know about. Every Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Rancho Viejo breaks open three or four different kinds of wines for tastings and a handful of different cheeses from Boar’s Head and Bountiful Cow. It’s simple and delicious. Go in for a sampling at 55 Canada del Rancho, Suite F. 474.2828,

These are the things that get a nerd like me really excited. The Santa Fe Antiquarian Book Show is setting up shop again at El Museo Cultural (555 Camino de la Familia) on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. What is an antiquarian book show, you ask? It’s a place where more than 30 dealers from across the Southwest and beyond bring out-of-print books, first editions, photographs, prints, maps and all sort of other ephemera. In other words: It’s awesome. A few authors will be around to sign books, and you’ll be able to find the requisite coffee and snacks on site. Go and soak up the glory of it all. For all the information you could possibly need, call 983.0088 or visit

New York Deli has gotten in the habit of presenting “Music in the Park” every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at its Upper Eastside location (420 Catron, 982.8900). Live light jazz filters through the “Taste of Central Park” patio, mixing with the sounds of the neighboring stream. These weekend treats will continue through September, while the weather is nice. Check out its website to find out which bands will be playing every week.

Nia addicts and aficionados, this is for you. The mother of Nia (aka the woman who co-created the exercise form, which combines martial, dance and healing arts), Debbie Rosas Stewart, is coming to StudioNia Santa Fe to guest instruct classes on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. She’ll be offering the Nia 5 Stages Teacher Certification in addition to two classes that will be open to anyone (5-Stages on Sept. 30 and the Master class on Oct. 1, both at 6 p.m.). You know they’re going to fill up fast. Secure your spot early. 851 W. San Mateo, 989.1299, 

Did you know that Big Brothers Big Sisters has been in operation for more than 100 years? One of the ways the organization has been able to fulfill its mission of pairing children with role models is through events like The Little Gala for a Big Cause. Benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico, the gala will offer a silent auction cocktail reception; a live auction with original artwork from Native American artists Dan, Arlo and Michael Namingha; and feast from Santa Fe staples like Pranzo Italian Grill, Blue Corn Café, Saffron of Santa Fe, Red Sage, Balconies on the Plaza, Delancey Street, Jambo and Amavi. For $150 per person, you can partake in all those culinary concoctions and feel good about it. We’re letting you know about this one a little early so you have time to sign up. It’s on Saturday, Oct. 1, at The Hilton Santa Fe Golf Course Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder. That’s a mouthful. Go get your own mouthful by calling 983.8360 or visiting