Cultural Bytes for 17 October, 2011

- October 17, 2011

"...Santa Fe, always in the news..."

Cultural Bytes for 17 0October, 2011

Restaurant Alert
Always in search of fine fare, I was delighted to find a new restaurant in Las Vegas (our Las Vegas, not the other one). I went to this faded-glory town just northeast of Santa Fe on Thursday to greet some young people who were visiting United World College from Kansas – and nary a ruby slipper among them. I presented, as I often do, a multi-media welcome to New Mexico, based on the Navajo Beauty Way. We dined at El Fidel Restaurant in the old and now refurbished El Fidel Hotel. What a treat to find a wonderfully prepared grilled halibut on the menu. I returned for lunch again yesterday on my way to the Salman Raspberry Ranch in La Cueva and had a wonderful smoked salmon crepe, with a salad of amazingly fresh greens and tomatoes to die for. Not since growing up on Jersey tomatoes have I tasted ones that make it abundantly clear that this species is a fruit, not a vegetable.

Santa Fe, always in the news
There was an interesting, tangential mention of Santa Fe last week by Mark Swed of the LA Times. Swed was theorizing about the probable choice of Fabio Luisi to replace James Levine at the Met Opera; not just this season, during Levine’s cancellations for health reasons, but also as the permanent artistic director. While discussing other possible choices, Swed wrote, “David Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony, is the dark horse, but a very versatile one. He is equally at home with Italian bel canto, John Adams and the European avant-garde, and he boasts a huge repertory of operas.” Swed also stated that though “…Luisi did a very good job filling in for Levine at the Met in Berg’s “Lulu” last spring. Robertson did an altogether brilliant job conducting Berg’s “Wozzeck” at Santa Fe last summer.” He added, “Attention should be paid.”

An Afternoon of Halloween Fun
A bagful of fun, from games and prizes to vendor demonstrations awaits participants of the Santa Fe Community College’s Halloween Fall Festival, set for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.

Children and adults are invited to participate in free on-campus trick or treating, games with prizes, face painting and cake walks. Area vendors will be on hand to demonstrate products and offer samples.

“We’re part of the community and want to share in the fun of Halloween,” SFCC President Sheila Ortego said. “We also realize that parents may be looking for safer environments for their children to celebrate in, and the SFCC campus is a perfect locale for that.”

The afternoon’s activities are sponsored by SFCC’s Student Government Association, Student Clubs, Office of Student Development and Conference Center.  Contact the Office of Student Development at 428-1826 with any questions about the event.