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From the Desk of Randy Forrester, KSFR’s “Gotta Dance”

Sharon Niederman is another one of those ridiculously multi-talented New Mexicans who is the author of 11 books, an award-winning photographer, college professor, a former DJ, has served on the Board of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, is a member of Women Writing the West, the Silver Spurs CowBelles and she’s recently been going around the state putting on a program she calls Klezmer to Swing and this Ratonian will be our guest on “Gotta Dance “ this Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. M.S.T. at 101.1 FM and http://www.ksfr.org. We’ll be talking about the klezmer guild formed in 1541 in Prague, but take this musical tradition back to the Temple in Jerusalem. We’ll be chatting about the Klezmer revival of the past 30 years that has seen Yitzak Perlman recording with the Klezmatics and then follow its transition into swing music with Benny Goodman and a fellow named Israel Baline, whom you likely know as Irving Berlin and chat about the night that swing was born and which Midwestern city was its birthplace.

We’ll be starting off the program with a couple of mini-dance movie reviews and then we’re moving into some Christmasy and Hannukah two-steppers and waltzes.

December 25 is a major day for Pueblo dances and we’ll be talking about when you can see the Matachines and traditional dances at Santo Domingo, Ohkay Owingeh, Taos and Picuris Pueblos, as well as where you can dance to Michael Hearne & Friends, the Bill Hearne Trio, Savor, the Jimmy Stadler Band and South By Southwest, as well as Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, the Holiday Milonga/Potluck at Double Time Studio, Noche de Bohemia, the Albuquerque Swing & Country Dance Club’s “Post Holiday Tea Dance” as well as a slew of New Year’s Eve dance ops.

Dance Correction

No milonga is taking place at the Scottish Rite Temple, on Saturday, December 18.

Dance Venue Change

Cathy Faber’s Swingin’ Country Band will be performing at The Lodge at Santa Fe this Sunday, December 19.

Dance Update

Friday, December 17 Jimmy Stadler Band The Alley Cantina Taos 109:00 pm to 1:00 am

Please contact Randy with any comments or suggestions that you have about “Gotta Dance” at gottadance@ksfr.org.

Randy Forrester
Co-Host of “Gotta Dance” Radio
101.1 FM KSFR, Santa Fe Public Radio
Sundays, 7-8 pm Mountain Time
Streaming live on the web at http://www.ksfr.org

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Little History, Travel, and It All Tastes Good

<!–COPYRIGHT:Copyright 2010 Albuquerque Journal–> By David Steinberg
Journal Staff Writer
“New Mexico’s Tasty Traditions — Recollections, Recipes and Photos” by Sharon Niederman
New Mexico Magazine, $27.95, 136 pp.
Sharon Niederman’s long-standing interest in food and travel converge in this engaging quilt of a book that is part travelogue, part cookbook and part cultural history.
A former Albuquerque resident who lives in Raton, Niederman takes the reader on a ride to eateries, homes and other locales around New Mexico.
In one section, she heads to Pietown, where she introduces the Daily Pie Cafe and the Pie-O-Neer Café. She interviews Kathy Knapp, who runs the Pie-O-Neer. The book contains her recipes for New Mexico Apple Pie and the French Pear with Ginger Pie.
The town, as the book explains, is on a 102-mile stretch of U.S. 60 west of Socorro. “In a refreshing change of pace, not a single fast-food establishment is in sight,” Niederman writes of the roadway, and then pursues a bit of sightseeing.
Check out, she writes, the “haunted ruins” of the Kelly Mine, Magdalena’s deserted stockyards and Charles Ilfeld’s warehouse. Isn’t the warehouse abandoned, too?
In another segment, Niederman writes about the popular watering hole Chope’s Bar & Café, in La Mesa, south of Las Cruces. She relates Chope’s family history and serves up its recipe for Chiles Rellenos.
Then the book declares enigmatically, “Las Cruces may be the New Orleans of New Mexico cuisine.” Huh? Niederman doesn’t support this throwaway speculative comparison; Chope’s is the only restaurant mentioned here.
The book also takes the reader to private homes and public events.
For example, you enter Tuda Libby Crews’ kitchen, where she is baking bizcochitos. She lives on the family’s Ute Creek Cattle Company Ranch in Bueyeros. The book, which includes her recipes for bizcochitos, discusses the origins of the cookie and the Great Legislative Debate in 1989 over the spelling, with a “z” or an “s.” Niederman says that “old-fashioned traditionalists (isn’t a traditionalist old-fashioned?) held out for “biscochito.”
One family event mentioned is the Glenwood Dutch-oven cookoff. That gives Niederman an opportunity to discuss the Dutch oven’s role in New Mexico cooking. The Dutch oven recipe here is Jane Shafer’s Arroz con Pollo. She is part of the Shafer Gallacher Ranch in Lincoln County.
The book refers to the public food-buying events known as farmers’ markets.
One section talks about urban gardening, focusing on the prolific, diversified, award-winning fruits, vegetables and flowers of the Albuquerque couple Jeanne Whitehouse and David Kammer.
Among other sections are those on the horno and a narrative about latkes, with the author’s recipe for the traditional Hanukkah dish.
David Steinberg is the Journal Books editor and an arts writer.
Sharon Niederman discusses, signs “New Mexico Tasty Traditions” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Collected Works, 202 Galisteo, Santa Fe; at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande NW; and at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at Tome on the Range, 158 Bridge St., Las Vegas, N.M.

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Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe, which produces multicultural performances, will stage three readings of Jim Sagel’s works in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Espanola in December.  Below is a link to the theatre’s website with information about these performances.  For further information, contact Argos MacCallum at 505-424-1601.


In his recent book about Espanola, UNM American Studies professor Michael Trujillo wrote a chapter about Sagel.  The book is entitled Land of Disenchantment: Latina/or Identifies and Transformations in Northern New Mexico.  Dr. Trujillo will speak about his book at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Saturday, December 4, at 2 PM.

I learned of the works of Jim Sagel while living in Santa Fe in 2001-2003.  I saw a film in progress about his life by Pilar Rodriguez Aranda that was shown at the Juan de Onate Monument and Visitors Center near Espanola on the road to Taos, State Route 68.  I then looked up news articles about Sagel and read of his death by suicide in April 1998 at age 50.  (more…)

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Albuquerque, NM: Dia de los Muertos, 2010. Final warm Sunday of fall, pale gold light of late afternoon, elongated shadows of parade-watchers and edgy giggles of marchers. . . laughter in the face of Death, of which there seems more now than there used to be.  Triumph in mocking it,   dressing up, painting faces, calaveras very much alive, displaying high-pitched emotions of Carnavale, Mardi Gras, New Mexico-style, flinging candy to children crowding sidewalks of Isleta Blvd. Leading off are Aztec dancers, following are flamencos, motorcyclists,  low-riders,  even a proud horseback callabera, each accustomed to living closely with Death, who fuels their dance. Protests of death – of the environment, of social justice, of economic well-being – with colorful proclamations, good humor, and determined refusal.

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Temple Aaron commemorated at meeting – Oct. 26, 2010
By Steve Block
Staff Writer, The Times Independent, Trinidad, Colorado

The long and storied history of Trinidad’s Temple Aaron synagogue was the subject of a presentation at the 25th annual meeting of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society in Las Vegas, N.M. Saturday.
Sharon Niederman, a Raton-based author and historian, presented a montage of the temple, its people and the role it has played in the history of the region. The meeting was held at the Plaza Hotel in collaboration with the Board of the Texas Jewish Historical Society. Niederman’s address was part of three days of faith-based education, music and other festivities at the meeting. She talked about the early German-Jewish settlers in the region, who became a key part of the business, social and political scene during the years of its early development. (more…)

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DIY: A Refreshing Point of View from a UNM Student

1. Please introduce yourself – we like detail.
Hi Sharon! My name is Isabel, and I’m currently a student at UNM, majoring in religious studies and minoring in anthropology. I’m also involved in Santa Fe Community College’s woodworking program. My scholastic history is a torrid one, and UNM is actually the fourth college I’ve attended.
I spent my freshman year at Antioch College (which was also the last year that Antioch was operational) and I still define myself as an Antiochian. Antioch was a pretty wild place to be, but the school’s motto “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity” by Horace Mann, was pretty much taken to heart by everyone who went there, even if it was in some secret, small way.
2. What are the most powerful ideas, ways of being, you have received from your growing up? (more…)

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Thanks to the good folks at the Folsom Museum and the New Mexico Humanities Council, we will rock the Folsom School this Sunday, Sept. 26, 3-5 pm with “Klezmer to Swing.” Inspired by the traveling Smithsonian exhibition on American roots music titled “New Harmonies” that was on display in Folsom this summer, I will be presenting a slide-lecture with a soundtrack guaranteed to make you want to jump up and dance in the aisles. The presentation will first touch on the history of the pioneer Jews in Northeastern New Mexico before moving on to the very lively and moving  “Jewish soul music” known as klezmer, a combination of liturgical, folk, gypsy and military marching sound that immigrants brought from Europe. We will hear some of the first recordings of early Yiddish instrumental music dating to 1908. We will continue the  musical journey through Tin Pan Alley with composers of the Great American Songbook such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Harold Arlen, exploring their influences, and further explore the evolution of early jazz of Louis Armstrong, to Fletcher Henderson, to the big band sounds of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, listening to the ways African-American sound and klezmer influences melded to create the captivating swing craze of the 1930s. The event is free, and refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact sherites@swcp.com. (more…)

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