I love Paris in the not-quite springtime
Alors— you say you want to dress up like a jazzy French garçonne and eat éclairs and baguettes smothered in triple-crème brie until you pass out, but you just can’t find a reasonable excuse to do so? Pas de souci, mon chou; that has now been taken care of.
At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, Desert Academy— an International BaccalaureateWorld School serving grades 7 through 12— hosts its annual auction and fundraiser at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion (in the Santa Fe Railyard Park & Plaza, 1607 Paseo de Peralta). This year, the event’s theme is “Parisian Soirée.”
Enjoy French food provided by Ze French Bistro, Café Paris, Clafoutis, and Café Phénix, and listen to Santa FeWine & Chile Fiesta executive director (and intrepid wine columnist for The New Mexican) Greg O’Byrne discuss French wines. Santa Fe School of Cooking culinary director, chef Rocky Durham, is also on hand for a cooking demonstration.
Entertainment includes “French Interludes,” a theater piece performed by members and founders of Theater Grottesco, as well as live music by Soulstice and Francophile accordionist Ron “Dadou” Romanovsky. Live and silent auctions round out this benefit, for which you are encouraged to French-up your wardrobe. Tickets are $50 per person, $125 for a reserved table for two (includes a bottle of champagne), and $375 for a table for six (includes two bottles of bubbly). Visit desertacademyauction.com to purchase tickets online. Call 992-8284, Ext. 23, for more information.
And to get a taste of what Desert Academy students are up to in their visual art and creative writing classes before Saturday’s soirée, you can head over to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Education Annex (123 Grant Ave.) to view Desert Academy: Imagination Engaged, an exhibit of work by more than 125 academy students. Sheila Miles, the head of the visual arts department for the school, said the exhibit features about 200 works. Among them are acrylic paintings, gouache paintings, photographs, works in ceramic, monoprints, ink drawings, stencil work, creative writing, mixed-media pieces, a handmade book, an animation piece, and three large, collaborative class pieces.
The free show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, and hangs through Feb. 5. Call 946-1007 for more information. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Collaborative artwork by Desert Academy students