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V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
Quilted by Mary Rowan Quinn

Arts Interview

SEEDS Exhibit Puts Down Roots

Multimedia works of more than 60 artists represent and bring attention to the preservation of seeds.
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Feature

Is “Megadrought” the new normal?

We've all heard the gloomy scenarios of global warming: extreme weather, drought, famine, breakdown of society, destruction of civilization. Here in New Mexico it feels like we’ve made the switch from esoteric to actual, from computer model to daily life. My perch in Placitas feels like a front-row seat to the apocalypse. Smoke is in the air. Neighbors are fighting over water. Some of my outdoor flower pots have melted in the heat. Wild animals are getting thirsty, hungry and bold. It turns out, this might just be the new normal for the American Southwest.

V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
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Feature

Bone Dry

Southwest farms bite the dust as “megadrought” becomes the new normal

In a dirt parking lot near Many Farms, Ariz., a Navajo farmer sold me a mutton burrito. He hasn't used his tractor in two years, he told me, and he’s cooking instead of farming because "there isn't any water." He pointed east at the Chuska mountain range, which straddles the New Mexico border. In a normal year, water coming off the mountains reaches his fields, he said.

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Food, Folks and Fine Art

“Spring Snow in the Sandias” by exhibitor Dana Roth
“Spring Snow in the Sandias” by exhibitor Dana Roth

If you're one of those twisted, forward-thinking Burqueños who gets their holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving, you're probably familiar with the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale. Celebrating its 30th year, the event brings 80 artists from scattered Southwestern locales to show their wares. Encompassing everything from glass work to batiks to painted drums, it's held in three locations: the Anasazi Fields Winery, a tent next to Las Placitas Presbyterian Church and Placitas Elementary School. Anasazi is unveiling a cranberry wine, and all three locations will also be selling hot food—from gourmet shrimp tacos to homemade Frito pies. A notable addition to this year's show is linocut artist Susan Junge, who lives in Maine but was one of the festival's founders back in 1982. It all takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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Pride of Placitas

David Cramer was a highly skilled nature photographer and a fixture in the Placitas arts community. After retiring from a career in psychology in Texas, he moved to New Mexico and shot adamantly for the seven years until his death in 2010. His images depict leaping mountain lions frozen in mid-air against expansive vistas, menacing owls and wild horses roaming the open plains. He was also a founding member of the Placitas photo collective, Perspectives. A reception for his work will take place today from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Placitas Community Library (453 Hwy. 165). Cramer's work will be for sale, and all of the event's proceeds will benefit the library. The show is already up and runs through Nov. 30.

Animals

Toy Australian shepherds?!

Puppies and kittens!
Puppies and kittens!

While fact checking a little while ago, I ran a search on Placitas, N.M. and happened upon Placitas Miniature and Toy Australian shepherds—I had no idea there was such a thing, and in such close proximity to my home. The website, linked above, hosts an abundance of cute images of the little pooches that should fill your heart with joy.

V.18 No.39 | 9/24/2009
Waitress Robin has you covered.
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Restaurant Review

Casa de Benavidez

A taste of “old" Placitas in the North Valley

I first learned about Casa de Benavidez from an old hippie in Placitas. His eyes glazed dreamily as he described a North Valley restaurant that serves “Placitas-style” New Mexican food. Rita Benavidez, the owner, grew up near the old hippie’s commune. When I asked him if he’d join me for dinner, he said, “Just give me enough advance notice. I’ll need to shave.”

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