INFOCUS BESTBETS FOR THINGSTO DO AROUNDTAOS
The KTAOS Solar Center is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a weekend of music and dancing.
First up is the Cinco de Mayo Weekend Kickoff Party with The Dwayne Ortega Band Friday (May 4) starting at 7 p.m. Dwayne Ortega was named best male vocalist at the 2017 Hispano Music Awards. Based out of northern New Mexico, The Dwayne Ortega Band performs New Mexico Spanish music as well as country and rock. Their up-tempo music has proven to keep the dance floors packed. Tickets are $10.
Then, on Cinco de Mayo (May 5), the party cranks up with hard rockers, The UZ Band, starting at 6 p.m. The UZ Band is a four-piece variety band based in Taos. Their sound ranges from classic, modern and Spanish rock to classic and modern country. Come dance the night away. Tickets are $5. The KTAOS Solar Center is at 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Call (575) 758-5826 or visit ktao.com.
SANTA FE OPERA PREVIEW IN TAOS
A free program titled “Preview! The 2018 Santa Fe Opera Season” is happening today (May 3) in the Common House at Valverde Commons, 405 Valverde Commons Drive. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the program begins at 3 p.m.
The “Preview!” program will be presented by Andrea Fellows Walters, who has been associated with the Santa Fe Opera for almost 27 years. Walters has taken on many significant and influential roles in her performing arts work over the years, including as administrator, educator, producer and librettist, and is the director of education and community programs for the opera, a position that she has held since 2000. Among other achievements, Walters received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the City of Santa Fe in 2004, served as a national commissioner to UNESCO for six years and wasamember of the Obama Arts Policy Committee in 2008 and 2012.
Walters will focus her discussion on the five operas that will be presented in 36 performances by the Santa Fe Opera fromJune 29
are part of the Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration at the KTAOS Solar Center. through Aug. 25, the opera’s 62nd opera’s website: santafeopera.org. dignified, vibrant lives in their season. Those operas are “Candide,” This program is part of a series of homes and community by providing “Ariadne auf Naxos,” “The Italian Girl bimonthly educational programs of appropriate services, activities in Algiers,” “Madame Butterfly” and interest to elders from Taos Elders and programs that will further this “Doctor Atomic.” Walters’ program and Neighbors Together. TENT is a purpose. For more information on is expected to be of interest to new community of elders and neighbors TENT or any of its programs, contact as well as to veteran Santa Fe Opera supporting one another. Its mission Jim Ludden at (575) 224-6335, enthusiasts. is to connect elders to resources [email protected], or visit TENT’s For more information, visit the needed to maintain comfortable, website at
HISTORIC TREASURE TROVE
Beginning Saturday (May 5), the McCarthy & Friends Estate Sale will welcome the Taos community and visitors to the “McCarthy Rockhouse,” 122 Paseo del Pueblo Norte at the intersection with Bent Street.
THE UZ BAND