Eight Tips for Experiencing The PASEO 2018 in Taos
Taos nighttime festival brings off-the-wall artworks to the streets on September 14 and 15
Taos N.M. September 9, 2018 – The PASEO 2018 will fill the streets of Taos Historic District on Friday and Saturday evenings, September 14 and 15, from 7:00 to 11:00pm. “Be prepared so you can make the most of the few short hours you have to see 18 temporary, participatory and 100%-free artworks,” advise PASEO team members, artist-educator Agnes Chavez and artist-architect, Matt Thomas. Here is their advice for navigating The PASEO 2018.
#1 | Grab a map.
When you arrive in Taos, start at Taos Visitor Center or one of the PASEO Info Booths at either end of Civic Plaza Drive to pick up a map brochure as your guide to the festival. Many Taos hotels will have maps as well. You can also download the map in advance from paseoproject.org. Then, set your mind to full-acceptance mode so you can experience all things new, different and unexpected, and keep your eyes open for the big orange PASEO X’s that mark each art installation.
#2 | Start in at the Space Cloud in Kit Carson Park.
Or end at the Space Cloud, but don’t miss it! Seven art installations will occur within this 8,000sq. ft. inflated pavilion, a product of the Spanish design team, Espacio La Nube, who will be onsite to orchestrate its bank of multi-colored LED lights.
#3 | Become one with the art.
Virtually all the PASEO art is participatory in some way. Your movement will activate swarms of light particles in one installation and in another the noise you make will destroy gigantic plankton. Reality will be augmented; reality will become alien.
#4 | Let your smartphone be your partner.
Document your PASEO experience. Share your experience on Instagram – #paseoproject, #newmexicotrue and #visittaos – so our friends can have a vicarious experience.
#5 | Bring the kids, become a kid again.
Join in the making of cosmic mandalas at Twirl Discovery Space. Four of this year’s installations will include youth from Taos schools so your kids will see Taos youth participating in the art-making process.
#6 | Dance under the stars.
On the Plaza, DJ Oliver will curate two nights of music and lights, 7 to 11:00pm. The Space Cloud will be lit up for a dance party DJ’d by CHiKA and VJ’d by Rekha from 10 to 11:30 both Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday, the dancing moves to Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership for a huge after party featuring Beats Antique, Govinda and many more artists.
#7 | Meet the artists.
Every PASEO invited and juried artist will be in Taos for the festival. Look for their PASEO Artist name tags, and feel free to ask them about their artistic process.
#8 | Stay hydrated and nourished.
Here are the Taos eateries within the PASEO area of Taos Historic, listed in order of how late they promise to stay open. Note that times are closing times, last call for food and drink!
1:00am Alley Cantina, 121 Teresina Lane: Food, drink, live music, sports TV
12:00am Taos Tap Room, 201 Paseo del Pueblo Sur: Beer and good food
11:00pm+ Burger Stand at Taos Ale House, 401 Paseo del Pueblo Norte: Gourmet burgers; house-brewed beers; patio
10:00pm+ Martyr’s Steakhouse, 146 Paseo del Pueblo Norte: Fine dining; patio dining; full bar
10:00pm Taos Inn Adobe Bar, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte: Fine dining; patio dining; full bar. Live music
10:00pm Gorge Bar & Grill, 103 East Plaza: Casual dining inside or on Plaza deck
9:30pm Taos Inn Doc Martin’s, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte: Fine dining; full bar
9:00pm+ Great Noodles, 120 Bent Street. Outdoor noodles
9:00pm Lambert’s of Taos, 123 Bent Street: Fine dining; full bar
9:00pm Bella’s Mexican Grill, 122 Dona Luz St: Mexican food; patio dining; wine/beer
9:00pm Stella’s Italian Restaurant, 112 Cam De La Placita: Italian cuisine; patio dining
9:00pm Quechua, 122 Paseo del Pueblo Sur (upstairs): Peruvian cuisine
9:00pm El Gamal, 112 Dona Luz: Mid-Eastern Food, outdoors or indoors
8:00pm+ Bent Street Deli patio, on John Dunn Walkway: special Paseo menu; wine/beer
8:00pm Michael’s Kitchen, 304 North Pueblo Rd: Regionally-inspired eats
7:00pm World Cup Café, Paseo del Pueblo Norte & Plaza: Coffee and snacks
“When the chocolate runs out!” Chokola Bean to Bar, 100 Juan Largo Lane: Chocolate in all forms
About The Paseo Project
The Paseo Project’s mission is to transform art through community and community through art. The Paseo Project is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that brings projection, installation and performance art to the streets of Taos. Its new community space, The Hub on Civic Plaza Drive, supports events and experiences for the community throughout the year.
The 2018 PASEO is made possible by the Town of Taos, Taos County Lodgers Tax, Peter and Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts, MAE Foundation, Taos Community Foundation, New Mexico Arts, a Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, Nina’s Fund, and many additional generous donors.
Festival Curator: Agnes Chavez. Curatorial contributor: Anita McKeown
Staff: Matt Thomas, Director; Lili Rusing, Deputy Director; Agnes Chavez, Artistic Director; Shanti Duval, Education Production Assistant; Rita O’Connell, Festival Manager
Visiting Taos for The PASEO 2018?
Consider these lodging options, all located within walking distance of PASEO 2018 territory.
The Historic Taos Inn
Burch Street Casitas
Casa Gallina~An Artisan Inn
El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa
El Pueblo Lodge
Hotel La Fonda de Taos
Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Palacio de Marquesa