AGAVE FESTIVAL MARFA

Schedule 2019

 

We look forward to seeing you in Marfa. Please check in with the schedule once you arrive, as times may have shifted. Special thanks to our hospitality partners, Hotel Saint George, The Hotel Paisano, El Cosmico and Capri Marfa. Also, thanks to Rambler Sparkling Water for their support of the public programs this year. And, as always, thanks to the Crowley Theater and to the City of Marfa!

 
 
 
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sat.

June 1st

2:00 - 3:30 pm
Crowley Theater.
98 south austin st
FREE

Hotel Paisano and Agave Festival present, “Mayahuel Meets Guadalupe: Ecology of Faith and Practice in the Borderlands,” a conversation between artists Santa Barraza, Kay Turner and Josh Franco about agave-related spirituality, home altars of the borderlands, and the work of legendary Chicana artist, Barraza, which draws significantly upon the spiritual traditions of Indigenous and Catholic religions. A tasting with Derrumbes Mezcal follows the talk.
 

5:00 - 7:00 pm
art gallery
300 S Kelly st
FREE

An exhibition of photos and poems entitled, El agua no es un atributo de tus circunstancias, a collaboration between Zoe Leonard and Dolores Dorantes. The exhibition was inspired by El Rio / The River, a book-length collaboration which the two produced in 2018. Misprints from the production process of the book, published by Gato Negro Ediciones, provided the materials for the exhibition.

7:00 - midnight
bar nadar
113 east el paso st
entrance is free

Legendary comedian Cheech Marin welcomes the public to Agave Festival Marfa with a pool party at Bar Nadar featuring guest chef, Delfin Lopez, one of Marfa’s grill masters, sponsored by Tres Papalote Mezcal. Bar Nadar will offer food and drink specials all night.

sun.

June 2nd


10:30 am-  1:30 pm

Cochineal
107 W San Antonio St
reservations encouraged

Cochineal provides a special Agave Festival brunch, open to all, plus they’ll be hosting their first ever Casita Mercado, featuring local vendors and special imports, including rare and exotic salts and other super cool stuff! Don’t miss it!
  

2:00 - 3:30 PM
crowley THeater
98 South Austin St
FREE

Dolores Dorantes and Zoe Leonard in conversation with Tim Johnson, founder of the Agave Festival. Dorantes and Leonard will discuss their collaboration on the publication, El Rio / The River, as well as the subject of collaboration, in general, with special emphasis on collaboration across disciplines, borders and other boundaries. Free.

3:30 - 5:30 pm
stellina
103 highland st
FREE

Stellina and Mission Valley Distribution host a wine tasting featuring a broad selection of wines from Mexico, including Baja Norte and Coahuila. Appetizers and wine tasting available while supplies last! Bottles available for purchase from Stellina.

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Crowley Theater
98 Austin Street
FREE

Cheech Marin and Josh Franco in conversation. Franco will talk with Cheech about his remarkable life in art as well as his extraordinary advocacy for and collection of Chicano Art. Cheech is also a spokesperson for Tres Papalote Mezcal - there will be an opportunity to discuss his appreciation for agave culture and spirits as well. Free, but attendance is limited to theater seating capacity.

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Crowley Theater
98 Austin Street
FREE


Josh Franco, Santa Barraza and Kay Turner lead a procession from the Crowley Theater to the site of the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe. This is the second part of “Mayahuel meets Guadalupe: Ecology of Faith and Practice in the Borderlands.”

MOn.

June 3rd

9:00 - 11:00 am
Chihuahuan Desert research institute
43869 TX-118, FORT DAVIS
FREE

The CDRI welcomes visitors for a tour of their botanical garden. Jim Martinez, a Marfa-based landscape and garden designer with a tremendous knowledge of the Chihuahuan Desert, will lead the tour. This event has become a kind of annual classic of the Agave Festival line-up. Starts promptly at the CDRI visitors center at 9:00AM.

5:30 - 7:30 pm
cochineal
107 W San Antonio St,
RESERVATIONS encouraged

Cochineal and Cinco Sentidos Mezcal present a special ticketed pre-concert dinner in advance of the performance by William Tyler at the Crowley Theater. You can learn more and make reservations by calling (432) 729-3300. Seats are limited - so call now.
 

7:30 - 9:00 pm
crowley Theater
98 South Austin st
TICKETED EVENT, $10

William Tyler, whose most recent record, “William Tyler Goes West” is wonderful, performs at the Crowley Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door.

9:00 - 11:30 pm
bar nadar
113 E El paso st
Entrance is free

GEM&BOLT Mezcal presents a William Tyler after party at Bar Nadar featuring guests DJS, Gaby and Zeke. Drink specials until close.
 

Tues.

June 4th

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Crowley Theater
98 south austin st
free

David Keller reads from “Under the Shadow of the Chinatis,” a book that combines narratives of history, natural history and archaeology to tell the story of one our region’s most extraordinary landscapes. In particular, the book traces the history of the Prieto family, who ranched Pinto Canyon for many years and examines the transition from ranching to the scenic and scientific uses that shape our understanding of the land today. Enjoy a tasting with La Higuera Sotol in the lobby afterward.

 

wed.

June 5th

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
ballroom marfa
108 e san antonio
FREE

Ballroom Marfa and Agave Festival Marfa present Tlacuilcopa – a workshop and exploration of Nahuatl (one of the most widely-spoken indigenous languages of the Americas) and logo-syllabic writing with artist Fernando Palma Rodríguez at Ballroom Marfa. No previous knowledge of the language is necessary. Participants will learn about the structure and application of Nahuatl and then create their own neo-pictograms based on this ancient system of writing. Together with his family, the artist operates several NGOs in Mexico that focus on teaching and preserving this threatened language. Rodríguez’s sculptures are currently on view in Ballroom’s galleries.

2:30 - 4:30 pm
Crowley Theater.
98 south austin st
FREE

Pedro Jimenez, founder of Mezonte and Pare de Sufrir, will present his celebrated film, “Viva Mezcal”. Q & A with the filmmaker, and a tasting of Mezonte spirits will follow the film. Free.

6:00 - 7:30PM
Crowley Theater
98 South austin st
FREE

Judd Foundation and Marfa Book Co. present Tony Berlant who will discuss, “Decoding Mimbres,” an exhibition of Mimbres ceramics that he organized at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2018. A tasting with Rey Campero Mezcal follows the talk.

 
 

Thurs.

june 6th


11:00 AM  - 1:00 PM
LA MANSANA DE CHINATI/THE BLOCK
400 w el paso
Free

Judd Foundation hosts open hours at La Mansana de Chinati / The Block, Donald Judd's residence and studio space in downtown Marfa.

2:00 - 3:00 PM
crowley THeater
98 South Austin St
free

Join us for a conversation about the history of agave spirit distillation, with a discussion of small scale agave spirit production in contemporary Mexico as well as the dangers posed to the environment and rural economy by industrial production and international demand, featuring four of the most knowledgable people on the subject, Rodolfo Fernandez, Dasha Deraga, David Suro, and Pedro Jimenez. Siembra Spirits and Ponche Pajarote host a tasting after the conversation.

5:00 - 7:00 pm
brite building
109 North Highland ave
Reservations encouraged

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal and Bunkhouse Group host a fundraiser for Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center - Join us for a presentation by Shumla’s Executive Director, Jessica Lee, and Science Director, Karen Steelman. They will share exciting discoveries in the rock art of the Pecos River Canyonlands, as well as the radiocarbon dates that tell us when the art was painted and how the beautiful images and complex patterns line up in time. Additionally, Ron Cooper, founder of Del Maguey, will be on hand filling copitas! Tickets are just $25 and all proceeds support archaeological research and education.  Attendance is limited, buy your tickets by following this link!
 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
paisano hotel & Wrong Marfa Y Mas
Various locations
free

Galleries around town, including Paisano Hotel's Greasewood Gallery, present special Agave Festival Marfa exhibitions. Bar Saint George will present photographs by Mary Lou Saxon. The Wrong Gallery presents new work, and Linneaus Lorette’s Marfa Light Gallery will have open hours as well. It’s a great opportunity to walk around and visit the shops and galleries!
 

9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
The Lost Horse
306 e san antonio
cover charge

Marfa Municipal Alliance for Dead Country and Folk Singers, a Marfa-based group with entirely fluid membership, performs songs made famous by Antonio Aguilar, Charro Avitia, Amalia Mendoza, Luis Perez Meza, and Lucha Reyes at the Lost Horse. There will be a small cover charge which will raise funds for Responsible Ownership of Marfa Pets.


 

Fri.

June 7th

11:00 am - noon
ballroom marfa
108 e san antonio

Laura Copelin, Director and Curator of Ballroom Marfa, and Bertha Gonzales, founder of Casa Dragones Tequila, will discuss craftsmanship, art and tequila following a walk-through of Ballroom’s most recent exhibition, Candelilla, Coatlicue and the Breathing Machine, featuring works by Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin, and Fernando Palma Rodríguez.

noon - 2 pm
convenience West
1411 W san antonio
food for sale

Named one of the 25 Best New BBQ Restaurants in Texas, Convenience West serves a special Agave Festival menu between noon and 2 pm. Rancho Tepua Bacanora will be on hand, hosting a tasting.



2:00 PM - 3:30 pm
dining room at Saint George hall
113 e el paso st
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Agave Festival: An Introduction to the World of Agave Spirits and its Partner Sotol, Featuring Tomas Estes (Tequila Ocho), Ricardo Pico (Sotol Clande), Dr. Ivan Saldaña (Mezcal Montelobos), and William Scanlan (Heavy Metl). Four of the most knowledgeable people on the subject will offer an special guided tasting surveying agave and sotol distillates of Mexico. The event is ticketed and will be hosted by Hotel Saint George. This event is now sold out, but you can be added to a waiting list by following this link.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
godbold building / marfa spirit co.
305 w el paso st

Marfa Spirit Company hosts an open house at their new digs! Drop by and meet Johnny, Josh, Morgan and Seth.

5:00: - 5:30 PM
Crowley Theater
98 south austin st
FREE

Xaime Niembro, founder of Gracias a Dios Mezcal, will give remarks about the history of the brand, answer questions and host a tasting. While supplies last!

6:00: -7:30 PM
Crowley Theater
98 south austin st
Free

Sharon Edgar Greenill will present, “The Mythical Realm of Maguey,” a talk on the mythological and iconographic world of the plant.

Focusing on the Aztec, Mixtec and Mayan Codices Edgar Greenhill will discuss the figure of Mayahuel (Goddess and Avatar of Maguey) in relation to Pulque, Rabbits, Pulque Gods, Quetzalcoatl and the Moon, making a tapestry detailing family feuds, banishment, sex, fertility, death and auto-sacrifice. She will also discuss ways in which these myths shaped the Mesoamerican world and economy.

7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Capri Marfa & Hotel Paisano
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Capri Marfa and Hotel Paisano host special Agave Festival Marfa dinners. Details below:

Tequila Herradura and Jetts Grill at the Hotel Paisano are co-hosting a highlight dinner for Agave Festival on Friday, June 7th. The meal will feature a 5-course Agave-centric menu prepared by Cowboy Chef Newton of MasterChef as well as cocktail & spirit pairings by Tequila Herradura. It’s sure to be a great evening in the courtyard all set to Spanish classical guitar played by Mitchell Rambo.  You can make a reservation by calling: (432) 729-3669.

Mezcal Vago is joining forces with Rocky Barnette, head chef at Capri Marfa, to present one of his signature Agave Festival meals, bringing the old together with the new, and featuring many locally gathered ingredients. You can make a reservation by calling: (432) 729-1984.

8:00 - 11:30 pm
El cosmico
802 s highland
FREE


El Cosmico , Desert Door Texas Sotol and SUSTO MEZCAL host a special Agave Festival Marfa music event featuring Dear Nora and Border Savage. Desert Door Texas Sotol and SUSTO MEZCAL Cocktail Hour to start the evening at 8 pm. Dear Nora, whose most recent record, “Skulls Example,” is a beautiful, poetic exploration of landscape (dis)orientation in the post-internet age is perhaps yet their best in a career of highlights. Border Savage, featuring two of Marfa’s most compelling musicians, Jonathan Lujan and Calletana Vargas, bring their unique glam-and-hip-hop inspired lyricism to the stage to make a very memorable night of music and spirits.

10:00 - Midnight
la venture
105 s highland

William Scanlon, founder of Heavy Metl Premium Imports, is the guest bartender at Hotel Saint George’s La Venture Bar! He’ll be pouring from bottles in his remarkable portfolio, including Caballito Cerrero, Mezcalosfera, Real Minero, Rey Campero, and Sotol Clande. A great place to conclude your Friday night.

 

 

 

Sat.

JUNE 8th

9:00 - 10:00 am
farm stand
113 east El Paso St
FREE

Join us for a special Agave Festival Marfa version of Farm Stand with special guest vendors. Free!
 

11:00 - 2 PM
AL CAMPO
200 s russell st

Juan Pablo Carvajal of Sotol Los Magos and Oscar Cortazar of La Cocineria host a Celebration of Chihuahua at Al Campo, featuring Sotol tastings and a nixtamal workshop led by Mario Vargas from Fonda Mistica. Food will be available at this ticketed event.
 

2:00 - 3:30 pm
Crowley Theater
98 South Austin ST
FREE

Agave Festival presents Ron Cooper, founder of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, and author of “Finding Mezcal: A Journey Into the Liquid Soul of Mexico”. Cooper, who is one of the most influential figures in the mezcal world, and largely responsible for the popularity of the beverage in this country, will read from the book and talk about his experience of working with Del Maguey in Mexico. It’s also interesting to note that Cooper is also an artist with works in many public collections and it was his decision to feature the work of Ken Price, an artist with significant Marfa-ties, on the labels of each bottle of the Del Maguey. We’re also excited to say that bartenders from Las Perlas Mezcaleria (Austin, TX) will be on hand, pouring from Del Maguey’s excellent selection of mezcales. Free, but attendance is limited to theater seating capacity.


  6:00 - 7:30 pm
Crowley Theater
98 South Austin ST
FREE

Four remarkable journalists working on subjects pertaining to the US and Mexico, Dudley Althaus, Cecilia Balli, Alfredo Corchado, and Angela Kocherga will discuss their careers as journalists and friends, and will attempt to put current border issues into historical perspective. Siembra Spirits presents a tasting of Siembra Azul and Valles in the lobby before the conversation to start the evening.

7:30 - 9:00 pm
bar nadar / al campo
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Bar Nadar Pool + Grill hosts an Agave Festival highlight dinner on Saturday, June 8 showcasing the talents of Dallas-based Niteshade Chef Collective and co-chefs Peter Barlow and Josh Harmon, accompanied by a selection of cocktails and pours courtesy of Gracias a Dios Mezcal. The event will feature three stations inspired by both coastal Mexico and the Chihuahuan desert, including an extensive seafood raw bar, a live grill with birria-style goat, smoked short ribs and Texas quail, and a plancha for freshly-made tortillas and quesadillas – all complemented by salsas, chiles, regional produce and more. Seating is limited. Follow this link to make a reservation.

Al Campo presents a special ticketed dinner by Chef Oscar Cortazar of La Cocinería (Cd. Chihuahua). Cortazar is an upcoming chef recognized for his use of unique, local ingredients, including ari, which is produced by ants in the mountains of Chihuahua. Over the past six years, he has quickly gained recognition as one of the best young chefs in Mexico and La Concinería has been featured in Culinaria Mexicana as one of the best 120 restaurants in Mexico for each of its past two issues. Additionally, he has cooked for Paralelo Norte in Monterrey, Mexico, the most important Culinary Symposium in Mexico and has collaborated with several highly regarded chefs from Mexico including Edgar Nunez from Sud 777. You can learn more and make a reservation by calling (432) 729-2068.

Sun.


june 9th

10 AM - 2 PM
Al Campo & do your thing

Al Campo and Do Your Thing provide Sunday Brunch options for Agave Festival enthusiasts.

Step through Al Campo for the first Agave Festival wrap party and brunch with sotol tastings, brunch sips, and a mariachi band. Food will be available. Free to enjoy the music and tastings.

Do Your Thing is back with their second Sunday Brunch, serving entomatadas de mole verde, plus two drink specials: their Oaxacan Iced Coffee and a new one, The Nagual!

11:00 - Noon
CROWLEY THEATER
98 S Austin ST
FREE

Wenceslaus Cervantes will present a talk in Spanish with English translation, entitled, “Denominacion de Origen de Mezcal,” a historical overview of the many uses of the agave, with a consideration for the current market popularization of agave spirit products, with an emphasis on the dangers associated with industrial standardization.

 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Crowley Theater
98 South austin st
FREE

Randall McGuire will present “Feathered Serpents, Pole Climbing Clowns, and Warrior Twins,” a talk about several myths that are shared by indigenous cultures over hundreds over years and great distances, including present day Southern, Central and Northern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Crowley Theater
98 South austin st
FREE

Lannan Foundation and Agave Festival Marfa present poets Victor Terán and David Shook, who co-edited “Like a New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry”, published to great acclaim in 2018.