1 Tune up in Taos.
Taos singer-songwriter Michael Henry Collins, who has been featured on NPR’s World Café, mixes Americana classics from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon with his own tunes at Sabroso Restaurant and Bar Sunday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. “There is something numinous about Taos,” Collins says. “I almost feel like I’m between two worlds here.” Occupying a 150-year-old adobe on NM 50, Sabroso serves goodies ranging from crab cakes and French onion soup to BBQ and burgers.
2 See a big talent in a tiny gallery.
Indigenous artist Olathe (Diné and Shawnee) covers journals, decorates tees and stickers, and makes prints and original works featuring images familiar to her upbringing. Flowers, cacti, moccasins, and butterflies are some of the 23-year-old’s favorite subjects. Gallup’s LOOM Indigenous Art Gallery hosts an exhibit of Olathe’s work through January 28. The tiny downtown gallery, an old storefront of just 30 square feet allows visitors and passersby to view the works any time of day.
3 Settle into a good place.
Artist Joan Fenicle explores the relationships between the land, its people, and our history in a new exhibit, All About Place, at Wild Hearts Gallery, in Placitas through January 30. In a series of photographs, paintings, and mixed-media works, Fenicle presents places that foster her connection to life. Growing up in rural Colorado, she often wandered mountain spaces and dirt roads without a destination in mind. At 80, Fenicle still loves to explore. She created the nine works in All About Place specifically for the exhibit. “I think my favorite piece in the show is Autumn Encounter in the Jemez, one of the oil paintings,” Fenicle says. “I didn’t actually see a bear that day, but I knew they were out there, foraging for food to put on weight for hibernation.” See the works and learn about her inspiration at an artist’s reception on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
4 Chill on Ruidoso’s new ice rink.
Lace up your skates and hit the new rink at Ruidoso’s Wingfield Park. Skate rentals are available on-site, as well as dolphin skating assistants (plastic devices you can lean on while you learn), so all you need is a warm coat and gloves. “A trip to the rink with your family is a great way to get outside and exercise while also having fun,” says Rodney Griego, interim director at Ruidoso Parks and Recreation. “The atmosphere is festive, with thousands of Christmas lights and tractor rides through the Trail of Lights.” It’s open weekends, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m.
5 Ski in Chama.
Set out to prove you rank among the snow gods at this weekend’s 49th annual Chama Chile Ski Classic & Winter Fiesta. With a theme of “Mythology in the Mountains,” Chama hosts classic and freestyle cross-country races, snowshoe races, and a rookie race on a course that includes part of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad’s route. The fiesta includes ski clinics, a costume contest, and plenty of Nordic fun.