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We weren't packing heat, but we were curious as to why there was a need to put up such a sign, especially in a nice spot in the historic plaza. We also then were left wondering if we'd have to duck and cover if we ate elsewhere.
The Edge showcases contemporary works from mid-career artists.
In museum-filled Santa Fe, there are an abundance of great spots offering looks at interesting art. But one of the top places to go for art is Canyon Road, a mile-long narrow street lined with adobe-houses-turned-galleries, in the heart of the city's arts district.
Along Canyon Road, you'll find a range of works, including American Indian pieces, 19th century art, abstract art, handmade jewelry and sculptures. And best of all, it's free to do your own art walk. That is, unless something catches your eye and you want to splurge a little.
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When Santa Fe locals and in-the-know travelers want a delicious lunch, they get Frito pie at a convenience store. We aren't joking.
The generic-looking Five & Dime General Store, which sits on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, sells everything from cold medicine to schlocky shot glasses. Head to the back of the store, there's a small snack bar that you'd easily overlook because of the unappetizing hot dogs and pizza under heat lamps.
If there's any artist who is synonymous with New Mexico, it's modernist painter Georgia O'Keeffe. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is the most-visited museum in the state, with more than 2 million people coming each year to see her famous desert landscapes.
The museum is pretty small, but it holds the biggest collection of O'Keeffe works. When you enter, there’s a screening room to the right that plays a short film on the artist's life. It reveals, for example, how just before O'Keeffe's first exhibition, another artist (who later became her husband) showcased nekkid photos of her. That led critics to read her art as sexual for the rest of her career, which she hated.
Amid all of the tan adobe buildings, what gives Santa Fe some spice are the many vibrant, colorful art galleries and craft shops that line the road. Yesterday, we stumbled upon this one, which sold delicate wooden calla lilies, birds of paradise and other exotic blooms.
But what was even better, is that when we stepped through the portico, the flower shop opened into a small plaza bordered with artisan shops selling everything from black and white photography to American Indian blankets.
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Comic geeks, get ready, because here's your chance to be a part of the big screen version of Thor!
For those not in the know, Thor is the next Marvel comic being made into a movie. In the Marvel world, Thor is a powerful yet arrogant, warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As punishment, he is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. On Earth, he learns what it takes to be a hero when the most dangerous villain from Asgard sends forces to invade our planet.
The movie is already filming at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios in Manhattan Beach, CA but next month, they move the whole production to Sante Fe, New Mexico, where they will need background actors to appear in the film. There will be an open casting call this weekend for anyone interested in inhabiting Thor's world. Here are the details:
The celebration kicks off September 5-7 with concerts like Ozomatli (Sept. 5, $25) and Santa Fe Symphony's Symphony Under The Stars show at Ft. Marcy Ball Field with fireworks to follow (Sept. 6, $12 for "picnic tickets" that let you sit on the grass). There will also be free cultural demonstrations, an open-air art market and cooking tutorials that weekend at the park as part of the ¡Viva! Santa Fe festival.
Then, for even more al fresco partying, the New Mexico State Fair begins the week after in Albuquerque, in case you're not all faired out.
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That's Christian Bale at 18 singing about how he needs to leave New York City for warmer climes in "Newsies." If you've followed the weather in NYC recently, we're thinking a lot of people will be joining him.
Remember, Bale's paper boy found love, and you can too--try a special delivery to one of these hot spots.
Quail Run Country Club -- Get in a round all year long or spot a pink-clad beauty in the weight room. 3101 Old Pecos Trail
Ark Bookstore -- All that horse-wranglin' and paper-tossin' and union-organizin' leaves a man very little time to develop his mind or his soul. Luckily there's the Ark, a spiritual bookstore with hotties. 133 Romero St.
Btw, Christian, call me!
You don't have to stay at home just because the leaves are changing. Follow along on our Fall Culture Map to discover what's happening this autumn.
Visitors to Santa Fe, New Mexico, may not realize movies like "3:10 to Yuma" and television shows like "Kid Nation" have been filmed in and around the city. But this fall's Santa Fe Film Festival, from November 28th to December 2nd, ought to remedy that, or at least draw in cineastes to see Rutger Hauer accept a lifetime achievement award, as well as sneak previews of prestige films to be announced.
Last year's showcase films included the highly acclaimed "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Venus." If you missed Toronto and don't have the dough (or the boots) for Sundance, get to this fest before it gets big. As Christian Bale sings in the most important musical of our time, "Dreams come true, yes they do in Santa Fe."
· Santa Fe Film Festival [Official Site]
· Jessica Simpson Films in Santa Fe [Jaunted]
· Movie Set Travel: "3:10 to Yuma" [Jaunted]
· Television Premiere Travel: One "Kid Nation" Under CBS [Jaunted]
· Fall Culture Travel coverage [Jaunted]
With the third episode coming tonight, the young citizens of "Kid Nation" are settling in, killing chickens like pros and having a good ol' time yelling at each other in the desert. (Where exactly? We managed to track down Bonanza City.) And, as if we'd expect anything different, the early success of the show has producers ready to expand the series.
But there's that little hang-up about the child labor laws in New Mexico. As in, is it legal to have these kids on set all day? Rather than figure it out, says TMZ.com, the minds behind Kid Nation are scouting international locations for their next production. CBS says they haven't made any final decisions yet, but wouldn't it be great to see the kids on a sunny tropical island instead of a dusty old ranch?
We may get the chance: CBS is already taking applications for season 2. If you're ready to sell out your kid, your sibling or that brat down the block, make sure they have a good answer for question 37: "List 3 items you would take with you to a deserted island."
When we were in eighth grade, we were forced to read William Golding's classic novel Lord of the Flies, in which a society of marooned boys falls spectacularly apart because being cruel is more fun than being nice. Apparently the honchos over at CBS never read it, because their latest reality TV offering, "Kid Nation," attempts to replicate that experiment tonight at 8 pm, only with monetary rewards for not killing each other.
CBS brought 40 kids to a movie-set ranch in New Mexico and had them choose leaders, divide up chores and basically take over as they saw fit for 40 days during the school year. The location is important, because until July 1st the state had some of the laxest child-labor laws in the nation (a loophole since closed). No teachers, no parents, just EMTs--who were called on at least four separate occasions, although no one was killed.
The result? Well, watch the preview video. There will probably be even more crying on this show than in most reality TV, except maybe "America's Next Top Model." On the other hand, the children who have been allowed to talk to the press said they would happily do it over again, so maybe they enjoyed that, just like Ralph liked talking to the dead pig's head. (Spoiler?)
There's no crying in premiere season! Check out our TV Premiere Map to see where else fictional tears might be shed.
Hankering for a little authentic Western outlaw action? Check out 3:10 to Yuma this weekend. Christian Bale plays a cash-poor farmer who's in need of some fast money to save his land, and in turn takes on the responsibility of getting a murderer (Russell Crowe) to court on--yep, you guessed it--the 3:10 to Yuma.
Of course Crowe has his own gang of thugs in hot pursuit and doesn't waste time playing mind games and various other disappearing acts on Bale. There's tons of pretty scenery, shoot-em-ups and chase scenes. We hear this has the potential to be the surprise action movie of the summer.
3:10 to Yuma was shot in stunning Santa Fe, NM; here's some interesting things to check out in SF:
Where To Stay: The Inn of Five Graces -- Seep into the Far East-meets-Old West feel of this renovated, cozy inn. Each of the 22 suites has something unique, be it furnishings or a thatched ceiling. We hear the personal touches are pretty memorable: Think Dream Catchers on your pillow and an amazing breakfast. But what are the Five Graces? Basically, the five senses, which they claim to gratify completely.
Where To Eat: Harry's Roadhouse -- Get a little crazy and head to this offbeat, wacky looking spot where you can dig into New Mexican inspired favorites like smoked chicken nachos and or corn turkey enchiladas. There's a little ambiance lacking, but a photo in front of the colorful main sign makes a nice postcard.
Where To Visit: Santa Fe National Forest -- Scenes from the film were shot here for good reason. The 1.5 million acres provide some of the most gorgeous scenery in the west, including the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Truchas Peak. Call ahead of time as many areas of the park are often shut down due to dry conditions and forest fires.
[Photo: Reid Harris Cooper]