Helmed by a seasoned faculty of chefs with diverse kitchen experiences, Santa Fe School of Cooking serves up internationally acclaimed culinary instruction with a specialty of Southwestern cuisine. Chef-led demonstration classes pack expert cooking techniques, take-home recipes, and full, freshly prepared meals into lively 2.5- to 3-hour food frenzies. Guests can choose from nearly 30 menu offerings, such as Southwest Tapas, which picks apart traditional finger foods and constructs modernized classics in the form of sautéed shrimp glazed with an orange-chipotle honey mustard and apricot empanaditas. The Southwest Brunch menu harvests a bounty of local ingredients while toeing the line between dawn and noon, tossing up blue-corn pecan pancakes, huevos rancheros, and quiche brimming with chipotle spinach and goat cheese. Drawing heavily from the innovation that distinguishes Santa Fe cuisine, Contemporary Southwest VI demonstrations delve into regional classics, including smoked pork tenderloin basted in a red-chili cider glaze and Mexican chocolate bistro cake—a scrumptious dessert crowned with freshly whipped cream and almonds toasted atop phoenix feathers. Check the schedule for a full listing of current offerings, all of which can save students from embarrassing Thanksgivings, disastrous dinners with in-laws, and foolhardy tamale-making face-offs.
Eight-throated a cappella group The Swingle Singers packs its diaphragms with a repertoire of classical, jazz, Latin, pop, and rock stylings. The group's repertoire has spanned Bach, The Beatles, Björk, and holiday classics, each brought to life by voices that not only carry the lyrics to each song but also uncannily imitate its instrumentation, studio effects, and complex autotune solos. Founded by an American in Paris in 1963, the group has constantly evolved to stay youthful throughout its nearly 50 years with atmospheric, ever-changing lights and choreography.
A cinematheque, gallery, and educational center all in one, the Center for Contemporary Arts champions a diverse range of art forms, from digital media and performance art to independent and animated films, as well as Oscar-nominated documentaries. Culled from various artistic backgrounds, the art center's staff gained experience in various aesthetics by studying fine art, producing films for Sundance, and trying to calm down the guy from Edvard Munch's The Scream. Using their acquired knowledge, staff members educate guests during art exhibitions, movie screenings, and lectures.
Lauded for its inimitable art scene set against a stunning desert-dotted backdrop, Santa Fe might be the the ideal place to hold an art fair. Peppered with works from some of its 240 city galleries and pieces from international exhibitors, Art Santa Fe—now in its 13th year—expands on the city's proud tradition to showcase some of its most striking opuses alongside works by exhibitors from such far-flung locales as Madison, Wisconsin and Osaka, Japan. Visitors mingle with artists and art dealers while perusing gallery exhibits and art installations, all of which leads to a greater appreciation of the perfectly parallel yellow lines painted masterfully on many of America's highways. All tickets include admission to demonstrations of hanji papermaking by a Korean expert and monotype printing by a graphic artist.
Brent Kliewer harnesses his film-programming experience and passion for filmmaking for his curatorial duties at The Screen, a theater founded in 1999 at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. A former critic for the Santa Fe New Mexican and critical-studies professor in the university’s Moving Image Arts department, Brent relies on his encyclopedic knowledge of world and contemporary cinema to choose each week’s selection. Brent’s picks are projected in 35mm or digital format on a high-definition curved screen that boasts a 16-speaker Dolby Digital surround-sound system built within an old soundstage. In addition to an array of lauded celluloid, The Screen has hosted visits and screenings with numerous Hollywood stars and insiders, including Robert Redford, Tommy Lee Jones, Brokeback Mountain screenwriter Larry McMurtry, and an extra from Raiders of the Lost Ark who almost got to hug Harrison Ford.
Bead Fest Santa Fe unites do-it-yourselfers and arts-and-crafters during a four-day celebration of beads, jewelry—and for good measure—some more beads. More than 150 booths and tables set up shop for the event, each ready to restock repertoires with gems, stones, and a hodgepodge of other supplies.
In between exploring the sea of exhibitors, attendees learn about the latest techniques, tricks, and tools at nearly 100 all-inclusive workshops (not included with the price of admission). There, artists from around the country provide education on specific topics in classes such as Intro to Metalsmithing and Wire Weaving, where guests learn the craftiest way to escape prison. Free demonstrations, book signings, and other attractions round out the fest's collection of creative attractions.