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Celtic Christmas Showdown Features Dueling Dulcimers

on December 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

Wendy Songe, Jonathan Dowell and Tessa Dowell perform at the Celtic Christmas Showdown concert at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame recently in Tulsa Oklahoma. Songe and Dowell are playing Irish drums called Bodhrans. Courtesy photo

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Dulcimer champions Wendy Songe and Jonathan Dowell will face off in a Celtic Christmas Showdown in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Crossroads Bible Church.

It’s all in fun of course. Songe and Dowell play together as “Dually Noted” and are good friends.

Many Events Have Been Canceled

on December 14, 2012 - 3:03pm
Residents should call ahead before venturing out to any meetings or events today and tomorrow because there have been many cancelations around the community.
The Los Alamos High School Athletics Department issued the following cancelations:
  • High school wrestling at Capital canceled on Saturday.
  • Mid school wrestling canceled at Las Vegas on Saturday.
  • Boys varsity basketball will not play today or tomorrow in Academy tournament.
  • Girls spent the night and will play tomorrow.
  • Mid school girls basketball tournament is canceled today and tomorrow.

Also, tonight's performance of The

Mike Lippiatt Promotes Celtic Concert for United Way

on December 13, 2012 - 8:45am

Rotarian Mike Lippiatt has been on the road promoting local musicians in the Celtic Christmas Showdown. He spoke to the Los Alamos Rotary Club Tuesday inviting members to attend the upcoming performance at 7 p.m., Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. Proceeds from the event benefit United Way of Northern New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Local Production of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid, Jr.' Premiere's This Weekend

on December 13, 2012 - 6:09am

Front row from left, Nayeli Marquez, Neha Sadasivan and Rebekah Lockhart. Back row from left, Kezia Tripp (Flounder), Carley Sorenen, Marcie Lee, Joseph Sarrao (Sebastian), Hannah Clegg, Katie Hermmann and Tayra Eidenbnz. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) invites the community to its premiere performance of Disney's "The Little Mermaid, Jr."

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Dive into the sea and meet Ariel (Evelyn Wolbier) who wants to be human.

Local Cartoonist Signing Books Dec. 17

on December 12, 2012 - 8:34am

Local cartoonist Stephen McCranie will be hosting a release party for his new book at the Los Alamos County Library 4-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

The new book, Belly Flop!, is the third volume of an all-ages graphic novel series called Mal and Chad. McCranie will give a short talk and will be available afterwards to chat and sign books.

Books can be purchased for $10.

McCranie graduated from Los Alamos High School and attended the University of New Mexico. While there, he began working on a comic strip called Mal and Chad about a boy genius and his talking dog for the UNM school newspaper.

Public Invited to Discover 'The Truth About Santa'

on December 12, 2012 - 7:45am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host "The Truth About Santa," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

"The Truth About Santa" is a PG-13 melodrama about troubles at the North Pole and will be performed by the Southwest Rural Theatre Project.

The Story:

Santa Claus is tired of the lies. Like the gods of old, he, too, has his mortal mistresses. This Christmas Eve he will bring Mary, his favorite earthly consort, and Luke and Freya, their illegitimate, semi-divine children, back to his North Pole compound to live with him—forever!
Not surprisingly, Mrs. Claus resists.

Rachel Peck Guides Olions to Great Start

on December 11, 2012 - 6:50am

Anastasia (Haley Henson) and policewoman (Rebecca Varjebedian) discuss the baby in "Nothing Is What It Seems" written and directed by senior Alexandria L'Esperance. Courtesy/Olions

Review by Maire O'Neill

The Los Alamos High School Olions presented this year’s student-directed one act plays in the new Topper Theater Dec. 6-9.

As always, this year's plays, which ranged from heart-breaking to mind-twisting to bully-breaking, showcased the multiple talents of the Olions.

"Nothing Is What It Seems" written and directed by Alexandria L'Esperance, explored the nature of relationships.

Khalsa Reviews 'Flight'

on December 11, 2012 - 6:05am
Review by Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac.

Well I must admit that it is a real delight reviewing a movie like this. In spite of the subject material, the way this movie was put together, edited and acted, it’s like sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and having your best friends there, too.

If you’re looking for a mature adult film ... this is it. I’m a fan of Denzel Washington. Never met him but his acting is always there and he seems to pick the right movies to be in. Flight is no exception.

You’ve probably seen the trailers

Rock Displays Fill Earth Treasure Show

on December 10, 2012 - 10:08am

Los Alamos Geological Society member Lisa Kratzer, right, assists a group of young people to create sand art, inspired by artist Robert Stoufer's work, during the society's Earth Treasure Show Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Martha Zumbro and Dave Bowman check out a display case Saturday at the Los Alamos Geological Society's Earth Treasure Show. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Mary Thompson and Jan Studebaker admire some of the geological treasures on display Saturday at the Los Alamos Geological Society's Earth Treasure Show. Photo by Kirsten