Another Busy Weekend in Santa Fe

- August 5, 2011

"I know I often say this is a “don’t miss” experience, but SOFA certainly is..."

With the opening last evening of SOFA West, we begin another exciting weekend in Santa Fe for visitors and locals alike.

First, let’s clear up something: SOFA has nothing to do with the art (is it an art?) of being a couch potato. The term, used by the presenters of this show in Chicago, New York and Santa Fe, stands for Sculpture Objects and Functional Art and yes, you have to get off the couch to see SOFA.

This year Mark Lyman, Founder/Director of SOFA, has added The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art. I think this is a great addition to the Santa Fe show. The inclusion of this element from Chicago’s respected Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art has raised the bar for the Santa Fe show and provided more of what has proven to be very popular in our community – the indigenous work of mostly un-heralded artists. It certainly brought me out for this SOFA’s third season in Santa Fe. I know I often say this is a “don’t miss” experience, but SOFA certainly is. I actually think we are quite fortunate to have so many choices during the summer season and, indeed, all year.

My evening’s choice for tonight will be LINES Ballet of San Francisco and then on to rounding out my participation in a complete Opera season, starting later this week. This is the time of the year when you can see all five productions in as little as a week or catch the ones that you have missed so far. It’s like picking up just the right cards to have a full house. I have two productions to go. Then, of course  there are the Opera insider days and the special performance by the Apprentice Singers at La Posada on August 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for just 5 bucks, with children under 12 free.