Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"From Broadway with Love" at the Lensic

Don't miss the frolicking fun of "From Broadway with Love", a one-night-only gala performance on December 4th.  Directed by Richard Jay Alexander, the evening stars Broadway and Hollywood legends Kaye Ballard, Donna McKechnie and Liliane Montevecchi.  These gifted women will be reunited  for the first time since performing together in Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" in 1998.  This unique evening will feature music, comedy and dance, with individual and group performances from these three Broadway stars.

The event takes place in the Lensic Performing Arts Center, a spectacular venue for any event.  Located just six blocks from The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn, the Lensic  is a landmark Santa Fe building.

The event is a benefit for Animal Protection of New Mexico, a non-profit organization that has been addressing animal cruelty in New Mexico for the past 30 years.

Tickets are $35, $50 and $65 and be purchased by phone at 505.988.1234 or you may get them at TicketsSantaFe.
Some tickets are available for $400 each.  At this price, you are not only be helping a good cause, you are also invited to a champagne reception and late-night dinner with the cast and crew, along with an autographed print of the playbill cover.

Lensic Performing Arts Center
Saturday, December 4th

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Native American Flute and Spanish Classical Guitar in Santa Fe

Many guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn come to Santa Fe to enjoy the wide variety of world-class musical performances.  These range from the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Symphony to music that is more indigenous to the area.  

One such option is the music of Ronald Roybal, an acclaimed Native American musician best known for his mastery of Native American flute and Spanish-style classical guitar.  Mr. Roybal, a decedent of Pueblo (Tewa) and Spanish Colonial peoples, is a completely self-taught musician.  He is a six-time Native American Music Award Nominee and two-time New Mexico Music Industry Award winner.

Ronald Roybal's often haunting music is inspired by prophesies dating back to the Anasazi Indians, also known as 'the Ancient Ones'.  You too can be transported back in time by treating yourself to a live concert by Mr. Roybal.  He performs every Saturday and Sunday evening, from 7-9pm, in the lounge area of the Amaya Restaurant at Hotel Santa Fe.  You may also want to savor some traditional Native American cuisine while there.  They have a number of excellent prix fixe menus, including a vegetarian option. Weather permitting, the patio is a lovely place to dine.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Inexpensive Thanskgiving Dinners in Santa Fe

Going out for dinner in Santa Fe can be a pricey affair any time of the year, and Thanksgiving is certainly no exception.  I have noticed, however, that there are some very moderately-priced meals to be had at a number of Santa Fe eateries this year.  Guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn will want to make Thanksgiving reservations in advance for these or any restaurants.  Of course we are happy to make these reservations for you as well!

Ze French Bistro
Normally known for its delicious classic French cuisine, Ze French Bistro is offering a four course Thanksgiving Dinner for just $35 ($17 for children under age 11).  There are two menus to choose from: one centered around Roasted turkey breast with mashed potatoes, creamy spinach and cranberry sauce; the second featuring Baked Atlantic Salmon and Champagne 'beurre blanc' with leeks fondue and herb roasted fingerling potatoes.
They will be serving from 11:30-9pm.
311 Old Santa Fe Trail

The Zia Diner 
Yes, this is a diner, but a pretty upscale diner all in all.  When our guests ask for something basic like meatloaf or macaroni and cheese, we immediately think of 'the Zia'.  I have to say, their Thanksgiving menu looks pretty intriguing,  and the price can't be beat!  The prix fixe menu is set at a mere $29.95 ($10.95 for children under 10), with three selections to choose from.  You can start with a Celery and Pear Bisque or Pear and Organic Greens Salad, and then move on to the 'Totally Thanksgiving Plate" or the tasty-sounding and vegetarian "Winter Squash Napoleon" or a Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin.  Save room for dessert, as there are five different pies to choose from.
326 S. Guadalupe Street

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Mexico Museum of Art Opening

"Slap", 2007, by Ted Larsen
On Friday, October 19 guests from The Madeleine can walk down the street to the New Mexico Museum of Art opening of "Case Studies from the Bureau of Contemporary Art".  Case Studies features ceramics, paintings, drawings,video, photography and sculpture created by such acclaimed contemporary artists as Sol Lewitt, Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Agnes Martin and Ted Larsen (my dearest husband!).

The show, installed in the Annex Galleries, in broken up into three distinct parts.  The first room consists of formal issues (shape, texture, color and other primary qualities), the second room deals with more of the conceptual themes (the ideas are primary in this room) and the final room segues into primarily narrative (considerations of the story line).

From the New Mexico Museum of Art website's Curatorial Statement:
Case Studies from the Bureau of Contemporary Art will present a number of thematic points of entry into the New Mexico Museum of Art’s contemporary collection. A selections show that includes ceramics, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and video. Case Studies considers the disparate hubs of war, figuration, seriality, materiality, and the containment of nature, among other themes, as part of the constellation of work that constitutes the contemporary collection under the fictitious guise of a Bureau of Contemporary Art. 

The exhibition opens Friday, November 19, 2010 at 5:30pm and runs through March 20, 2011

NM Museum of Art
107 Palace Avenue
Open Daily 10-5, Fridays 10-8, Closed Mondays from September through November
Admission:  $6 New Mexico Residents, $9 Non-Residents

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Exciting New Gallery with a Conscience at the International Folk Art Museum

The Santa Fe Museum of International Folk Art, the largest such museum in the world, has embarked on a very exciting new project with the opening of the Gallery of Conscience.  The Gallery, which opened on July 4, 2010, has been enjoyed by many guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.

Exhibitions in this new gallery space will highlight issues that threaten the survival of the traditional arts around the world, from Bolivia, Rwanda, Peru, Swaziland, India, Kenya, Laos, South Africa, Morocco and Nepal.

Says Marsha Bol, Director of the Museum of International Folk Art. “We intend to address, over the course of the next few years, such issues as: the ecological implications of the acquisition of materials used in producing folk arts, the impact of political conflict and war on folk arts, and various economic and social issues that threaten to disrupt folk arts.  We will also exhibit examples of successful solutions to such circumstances.” Exhibition highlights include weaving, beadwork, painting, baskets, embroidery and other traditional folk arts created by artists who attended the 2010 Summer International Folk Art Market. 

This inaugural exhibit, devoted to the empowerment of women, will be open until May 8, 2011.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Santa Clara Pottery and the Tafoya Family Potters

The Santa Clara Pueblo, just 24 miles  north of Santa Fe, is a destination spot for guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, particularly those interested in purchasing a piece of traditionally hand-crafted blackware or redware pottery.  It is believed that ancient pueblo people may have lived in this area as far back as 1200 BC., and many of their traditions are carried out to this day.

Margaret Tafoya, the most famous of the Santa Clara potters, learned the art from her parents, and many of her thirteen children continue as accomplished potters themselves. .Margaret herself continued her mother’s tradition of making exceptionally large pots, with highly polished surfaces and deeply carved designs. Signature trademarks of the Tafoya family pottery are deeply carved pueblo symbols such as the water serpent (the Avanyu), kiva steps and bear claws.  Margaret has received the "Best of Show" two times at the Santa Fe Indian Market as well as an award from the National Endowment for the arts in recognition of her talent as a potter.

Going to the pueblo and meeting the actual potters makes for a much richer experience than simply buying a pot from one of the many galleries in Santa Fe, and you will come away with a much better understanding of the craft and the artist who created your piece.

Enjoy the majestic beauty of the landscape as you take I-25 north to Santa Fe 84/285, then turn off at the junction with NM 201 in Espanola, 1 mile southwest on NM 30.  Then just follow the signage.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

American Ballet Theatre II Comes to the Lensic

Santa Fe will be graced with an inspiring evening of dance from American Ballet Theatre's professional second company, ABT II, on Friday, November 19.  The company consists of 12 dancers, ranging in age from 16-20, who have been selected from among the best young dancers throughout the world.  The company was started 15 years ago to prepare promising students for acceptance to American Ballet Theatre, one of the world's top ballet companies.

Guests from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn and Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast can easily walk to the Lensic Performing Arts Center, just two blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza.  Or, should we actually get the anticipated chill of winter, you will want to drive down and park in the large parking structure just across the street.  Tickets to this memorable night of dance may be purchased online or by calling The Lensic Box Office at 505.988.1234.  Prices: from $25-50.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Magic of Christmas in Santa Fe

Santa Fe attracts big crowds every Christmas, and we always enjoy a full house at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  Guests love taking the nearby farolito walk along Canyon Road, listening to concerts by the famed Santa Fe Desert Chorale, eating delicious holiday feasts at some of our fabulous restaurants and enjoying the various snow sports available in the area.

A favorite holiday activity for locals and visitors alike is the Annual Holiday Open House hosted by the New Mexico Museum of Art.  The Open House features the marionettes of Gustave Baumann, carved in the 1930's.  Baumann, famous for his woodcut prints, became enamored with puppetry after the birth of his daughter.  He originally began carving puppets and creating plays to entertain her and her friends.  Over time, the Christmas show became so popular it eventually outgrew the venue of the Baumann home's living room and ended up in the St. Francis Auditorium, where it continues to this day.

Two of these plays will be performed for the Open House, after which you are invited to stay for holiday treats and the making of your own puppets.  This is a great activity to get you in the holiday spirit.  When you come out of the St. Francis Auditorium, where the event is held, you will be dazzled by the magic of the Plaza's trees, festooned with Christmas lights.

The Open House takes place on December 19, from 1-4pm, and is free to the public.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Comfort Food at Cafe Cafe

Last night the twins (for whom the inns are named:  Hacienda Nicholas and The Madeleine) and I enjoyed a pizza night at Cafe Cafe, conveniently located in the vicinity of the Santa Fe Railyard.  We were graciously welcomed into this warm and unpretentious restaurant after a long day of work and school.  While our initial idea had been to just grab a pizza and fly on home, we found the appetizers to be so tantalizing that we opted for a larger repast. 

First came a brushetta brushed with olive oil and garlic, piled with mounds of fresh tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese.  The children devoured this, and didn't seem to notice they were eating a lot of healthy veggies.  Next we sampled a generous serving of flash-fried calamari with two dipping sauces.  I preferred the herb aioli, though the marinara was also very tasty.  Next came the pizza, which was both delicious and nutritious.  Chef Kristen Griffin manages a crust that is just the right thickness with a satisfying crispy bottom.  Our simple Pizza Margeurita was made with delicious homemade tomato sauce, actual slices of fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and strips of fresh mozzarella. 

The prices are very moderate, with a filling dinner for three coming in at just under $40.  We look forward to going back for some of the other tantalizing offerings on the menu:  Rosemary Polenta Fries, Toasted Ravioli, Parmesan Herb Crusted Veal Cutlet and Eggplant Parmesan looking especially yummy. The menu also features a number of classic pasta dishes, again, all homemade and prepared using the freshest ingredients available.

Save some room for dessert too - their gelato is also homemade!

Monday through Saturday, Café Café serves lunch from 11am to 5pm and dinner from 5pm to 9pm. Sundays Cafe Cafe offers an inspired brunch from 11-3 and dinner 5:30-8:30. Reservations are accepted. Please call Café Café at 505-466-1391 or 505-989-1730.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Remarkable Puye Cliff Dwellings

While the cliff dwellings of Bandelier are the most well-known in the area, we highly recommend that our guests at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn make a point of visiting the less-frequented ruins of the Puye Cliffs.  Here you will have the opportunity to see stunning vistas and petroglyphs, along with cliff and cave dwellings of the ancestors of the Santa Clara tribe.

The Puye Cliff dwellings, inhabited from 900 to 1580 AD, consist of two levels of cliff and cave dwellings cut into the side of the cliff, as well as examples of early Pueblo architecture that were built on the top of the mesa.  Paths, stairways and ladders were constructed to connect the various levels. 

Tours run seven days a week, though you will want to check the calendar for closures due to weather and holidays.  The 2 1/2 hour Puye Adventure is a fairly steep $35 ($33 for children under 14 and seniors), but well worth the price.  It will give you access to the cliffs as well as the mesa and you will leave with a great understanding of the area's history and its people. Please allow approximately one hour to get to the Puye Cliff Dwellings from The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.