Vista Grande Social Club

On Saturday night, January 11, the Vista Grande Social Club brings you another Saturday Night Salsa Party.  Once again, The Performance Space at La Tienda will be transformed into the hottest club in town, with Cuban-style salsa delivered by local favorites “Havana Son”. Inspired by the traditional sounds of Cuban street music, Havana Son provides a lively, danceable mix of salsa, merengue and cha cha’s.

The evening starts off with a salsa dance lesson by David Lopez of Heart and Soul Studio from 8:00 – 9:00. The basic steps are simple, and the beginner lesson is a great way to introduce new dancers to a simple step and the rhythm of salsa music.  Havana Son plays from 9:00 – 12:30 with DJ Gabe “Aztech Sol” Ortega spinning classic dance tunes during the breaks.  Beer, wine and food is served up at our own La Plancha restaurant.  There is a $10 cover and a request for an additional $2 donation for those who can afford it to help cover expenses.

January Events

Vista Grande Social Club Presents

Havana Son and DJ Aztech Sol. Saturday, January 11. Free Salsa lesson from 8-9. Live music from 9-12:30 at The Performance Space. $10 cover.

 

 

A Dark Literary Event

Join us Thursday, January 30 at 6 pm for an unnerving look at human nature. Authors Lucy Taylor, Diane Thomas, and Destiny Allison will read from their new novels, chill a January night, and enliven the hearts and minds of a riveted audience. This reading is not for the faint of heart.

Lucy Taylor is a Stoker-award winning horror and dark fantasy writer whose fiction has appeared in over a hundred anthologies. She recently relocated to Eldorado from Pismo Beach, CA. FATAL JOURNEYS is a collection of stories about travelers who venture into regions both macabre and seductive, on the earth and within the psyche. 

IN WILDERNESS author Diane Thomas has an MFA from Columbia University, studied in the Creative Writing program at Georgia State University, and worked as a newspaper reporter, theatre and film critic and magazine feature writer in Atlanta, before moving to Santa Fe in 2009. Her debut novel, THE YEAR THE MUSIC CHANGED, won a coveted starred review and a “recommended for all collections” from Library Journal and has been published in Italian and Japanese. 

Destiny Allison is the award winning author of SHAPING DESTINY. Her third book, BITTERROOT, was released in October, 2013. “Intense. so many twist and turns you really do not know who to trust,” says one review. “Fabulous story, expertly written and paced, very absorbing,” says another. 

Upcoming Events

Dancing with the Salsa Stars

On Saturday night, December 14, everyone is welcome to the first annual Vista Grande Social Club Fundraiser – “Dancing with the Salsa Stars”.  As a group of volunteers who bring you our monthly Saturday Night Salsa Parties, we invite you to join us for a salsa dance lesson and live music with Jackie Zamora and CALLE 66.

 As always, The Performance Space at La Tienda will be transformed into the hottest club in town.  This month, don your gay apparel and bring a few extra bucks to support our ongoing efforts to bring live dance music to Santa Fe.  $5 dance cards will be available to guarantee you a dance with one of our “Salsa Stars”.  All donations are gratefully accepted.
Included in the $10 cover is a salsa lesson with David Lopez from 8:00 – 9:00. Jackie Zamora and CALLE 66 starts at 9:00pm with high energy dance music.  Guest DJ PA Trix will be spinning for the breaks.  Beer, wine and food are served up at our own La Plancha restaurant.

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Saturday, December 21 from 2 – 5 pm at The Performance Space. This event is FREE.

Lisa, a Chess Novel

 “Two thumbs up. This is the most realistic chess novel ever.” Full review here.  - Chess Writer Dana Mackenzie

Watch the official trailer here: https://vimeo.com/79862070

The debut novel by chess grandmaster Jesse Kraai tells the story of a 13-year-old California girl who defies her mother and her school to study chess with Russian master Igor Ivanov. Lisa is an exploration of what it means to get an education in chess, and a meditation on what makes the game so compelling to those who play. It is a fantastic story with a cast of characters that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever set foot in a tournament hall.

Lisa is available in ebook and paperback.

For more about her story please visit:

http://jessekraai.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Lisaachessnovel

https://twitter.com/JesseKraai

Excerpts can be read here:

http://www.uschess.org/content/view/12391/729/

http://www.chessdom.com/chess-novel-lisa-by-gm-jesse-kraai/

“Lisa will give non-chessplayers a glimpse into what living in this bubble is really like.”  - Grandmaster and chess writer Josh Friedel

About the author: Jesse Kraai is an American chess grandmaster with a PhD in philosophy from the University of Heidelberg. gmkraai@gmail.com

510 717 6434

Sponsored by Utopia

2nd Annual Storytelling Feast

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The 2nd Annual Storytelling Feast to benefit The Food Depot will be held at The Performance Space on Saturday, November 23rd from 3 to 4:30 pm. It is sponsored by the Storytellers of New Mexico and will feature tellers Joe Hayes, Gail Mariner, Steven Pla, Mary Ellen Gonzales and Cynthia Dobson. Sherry Hooper, Executive Director of The Food Depot will tell of the work being done to end hunger in Northern New Mexico. This family friendly event is FREE and there will be refreshments and prizes. A donation of food or money for The Food Depot will be gratefully accepted.

Three Great Events

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At The Performance Space (brunch available by La Plancha) is on Sunday, August 11, 11am-1pm

David Yard is a long-time performer and mentor of guitar. In 1984 he established a studio in Santa Fe after extensive studies of guitar and composition at Arizona State University in Tempe.  The concert events feature Yard sharing his guitar expertise with his popular Baroque Period repetoire and original compositions.

Daniel Weston is known for revealing the breadth and beauty of guitar in over 700 shows since turning professional in 1996 after earning Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. He is a direct heir by mentorship to legendary guitarist Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909), considered the founder of classical guitar method.   Weston’s specialty is the music of the Spanish Impressionists and pieces of his own composition.

Yard and Weston perform enduring solo guitar favorites.  They are the outstanding ’2 Fabulous Guitarists’.  Each will play a forty five minute set of showpieces from 500 years of music masterpieces.

REEL New Mexico Presents

“POW WOW HIGHWAY” Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space. The state’s only ongoing film series dedicated to showing movies with a New Mexico connection, is excited to present “Pow Wow Highway,” winner of the 1989 Filmmakers Trophy (Dramatic Competition) at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hailed by many, on its release, as the first Native American road movie, “Pow Wow Highway” zeros in on the Northern Cheyenne tribe of Lame Deer, Montana, for whom the American Dream has taken a grim detour. A Martinez plays Buddy Red Bow, a committed activist battling a suspicious land grab. In contrast, Philbert Bono (actor Gary Farmer in a performance Roger Ebert called “one of the most wholly convincing I’ve seen”) is a serene spiritual warrior guided by sacred visions. When Buddy’s estranged sister is framed and jailed in New Mexico, the two men take off in Philbert’s ’64 Buick “war pony” on a road trip that takes some unexpected turns. Jonathan Wacks, who produced “Repo Man,” directed this acclaimed comedy/drama about Native Americans understanding their past, fighting for their future and discovering a few truths along the “Pow Wow Highway.” Reel New Mexico presents films with a New Mexico connection on the second Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space at La Tienda Center, off Avenida Vista Grande at 285. Directions are at http://www.reelnewmexico.com . A contribution of five dollars is suggested.

Wendy Waldman in Concert

Grammy award winning singer/songwriter live in concert on Wednesday, August 14. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets $15 at the door.

Great Short Films and Saturday Night Salsa

SUMMER SHORTS!!

Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at La Tienda

Reel New Mexico, the state’s only ongoing film series dedicated to showing movies with a New Mexico connection, is excited to celebrate high summer with four short films, each quite different from the others. They will be screened on Thursday, July 11, starting at 7 p.m. 

“Underway,” a Western fantasy from Paul Marcus, gives us a mysterious and truly haunting woman, cast out of time and place, who must search for clues about who she is and where she is going. The short comedy “All in a Day’s Work” centers around a hapless guide who keeps trying to corral a group of dazed and enthused tourists exposed for the first time to the wonders of northern New Mexico.

Meow Wolf’s chronicle of their recent exhibit, “Construction and Destruction of ‘The Due Return,’” assumes a sailing ship from another dimension has beached on the sands of Santa Fe, submerging those curious enough to enter it in a rich history from a distant world. Dusty McGowan’s “Mickey” tells the story of a down-on-his-luck boxer who stumbles on a unique opportunity to become an unlikely hero.

The filmmakers will discuss their works after the screenings.

Reel New Mexico presents films with a New Mexico connection on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. in The Performance Space A contribution of five dollars is suggested at the door
This Saturday night, July 13, the Vista Grande Social Club invites you to another fabulous
 

Saturday Night Salsa Party 

 
The Performance Space at La Tienda in Eldorado will be transformed into the hottest club in town, with Cuban-style salsa delivered by local favorites
 “Habana Son”
Inspired by the traditional sounds of Cuban street music, Havana Son provides a lively, danceable mix of salsa, merengue and cha cha’s.
Included in the $10 cover is a salsa rueda dance lesson by Carlos Mora from Santa Rueda.
“Rueda”, meaning “wheel”, refers to a group salsa dance which is performed in a circle,
allowing dancers to change partners as the “caller” leads them through a series of moves.  The basic steps are simple,
and the beginner lesson is a great way to introduce new dancers to a basic step and the rhythm of salsa music.
Dance lesson from 8:15 – 9:00  
 
Havana Son starts at 9:00
 with beer, wine and food served up by La Plancha restaurant.