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Mesa Library Shows Droll Murder Mystery 'Laura'

on March 31, 2015 - 6:50am

Movie poster for 'Laura.' Courtesy photo



If a leading lady in a 1940s Hollywood film noir is smart, sweet, witty, beautiful, and kind, two things are certain. One, every man onscreen will fall in love with her, and two, she has to die.

Mesa Public Library will screen “Laura” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting-room “theater” as part of its Free Film Series.

In “Laura” (1944), showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) is a shrewd advertising executive with a young, innocent face and a string of romantic attachments that doth

Jemez Spring Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Author Symposium

on March 29, 2015 - 1:13pm


JSPL News:

Jemez Springs is an area of ancient settlement starting with early Pueblo people, continuing with Spanish settlers, and Anglo immigrants from the east, all drawn to the healing waters and rich natural environment of the Jemez valley and mountains.

People who have lived here are frequently heard to count their blessings!

On April 12, Jemez Springs is celebrating only a tiny fragment of that rich history, just 50 years of it, 50 years of our library’s history. Early 20th century Jemez Springs was never very populous and it was isolated, taking many hours or days to

Scenes From Friday's Opening Of 'Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies' At Fuller Lodge Art Center

on March 29, 2015 - 8:27am
Community members gather Friday for the opening reception of 'Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies' at Fuller Lodge Art Center at 2132 Central Ave. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Rock Garden by Carol Martin-Davis. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Young artists Steven Calhoun (lower painting) and Livy Snyder (upper painting) both sold their pieces early in the show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Decorated skull by Heather Beemer of Jemez Springs. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Fabric art creations. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Artist And Poet Collaboration At Rose Chocolatier

on March 29, 2015 - 8:20am
Friday's reception for the exhibit of collaborative work by artist Connie Pacheco and  poet David Mutschlecner at Rose Chocolatier unveils a unique collaboration. Their work will hang at the shop at at 991 Central Ave., next to the DMV for about one month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Poet David Mutschlecner and artist Connie Pacheco at the reception for their exhibit at Rose Chocolatier Friday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Visitors gather to view the work at Friday's opening reception at Rose Chocolatier. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

In And Around Town: March 26

on March 26, 2015 - 10:09am
Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published each Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.

Thursday, April 2
Santa Fe Pro Musica’s beloved Baroque Holy Week
Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble performing works inspired by the secular and the divine in the historic Loretto Chapel. Vocalists Kathryn Mueller and Deborah Domanski will join the Ensemble for the final piece on the program, Pergolesi’s transcendent Stabat Mater. 7:30

Moving Arts Española Partnership With TSAY Corporation Creates New Performance Center

on March 25, 2015 - 4:28pm

MAE News:

  • Moving Arts Partnership With TSAY Corporation of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Benefits Española Valley Children

Moving Arts Española (MAE) and TSAY Corporation announce a joint effort through a five year lease, to reinvent/remodel the former Ohkay Owingeh ‘dome’ casino structure into a 6,000-square-foot Moving Arts Performance Center.

The circus tent-like facility at 368 Eagle Dr., closed in 1999 adjacent to the Moving Arts Española classrooms.  

The project is made possible through a generous grant from the McCune Foundation, and will include a new music classroom and art gallery, in

Rose Chocolatier Art & Poetry Reception Friday

on March 25, 2015 - 8:44am
'Light That Tears amd is Torn' by Connie Pacheco and David Mutshlecner. Courtesy photo
'Cursive' by Connie Pacheco and David Mutshlecner. Courtesy photo
ART News:

Rose Chocolatier is hosting a reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 27. This new show will display the collaborative works of Connie Pacheco and David Mutschlecner.

Pacheco is a long time resident and artist of Los Alamos. Her work has been exhibited at Fuller Lodge Art Center, as well as master shows in Albuquerque.

Mutschlecner is a poet and his recent book of poetry is called 'Enigma and Light' (2012).

The reception is


'Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco' Premiers In Los Alamos April 21

on March 25, 2015 - 7:58am
Micah True, known as Caballo Blanco, on a run. Courtesy photo

FILM News:

“Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” as feature-length documentary about ultra-running legend Micah True will premiere at the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. The one-night-only event is sponsored by the High Altitude Athletics Club of Los Alamos.

Movie Poster for 'Run Free." Courtesy/film producers

Micah True, better known as Caballo Blanco – the White Horse – was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and

Canyons Mesas Mountains Skies Opens Friday

on March 25, 2015 - 7:54am

The opening reception for Canyons Mesas Mountains Skies is 5-7 p.m., at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/FLAC

Freedom Work Folk Forms And Variations April 11

on March 24, 2015 - 4:28pm

Ensemble Transforms Scrap Waste Into Music At Debut Show In Taos April 9

on March 24, 2015 - 12:20pm
TCA News:
TAOS  The Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) presents the internationally renowned percussion ensemble, Scrap Arts Music, for one night only at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at the Taos Community Auditorium.

Scrap Arts Music is music that starts out as scrap, turns into art and then transforms into unforgettable sound. Hear intricate rhythms, experience raw energy and athletic choreography, and see the most inventive reuse of materials on stage today.

Instruments can be fashioned from industrial scrap and offbeat materials ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells, which are as

New Mexico Is My Home

on March 24, 2015 - 9:11am

Comb Morion helmet, probably Spanish or Italian, 16-17th centuries of the type worn by the Spanish conquistadores. On loan from a private collection to the Millicent Rogers Museum. Courtesy photo

MRM News:

The Millicent Rogers Museum (MRM) in Taos has announced a special exhibition, "New Mexico is My Home", opening Friday, March 27 and continuing until June 28.

The exhibition is featuring more than 50 objects borrowed from private collections that chronicle the history and cultures of New Mexico and the Southwest.


20th Annual Los Alamos Photo Show March 30 - May 2

on March 23, 2015 - 3:12pm
Bosque del Apache NWR Bosque 2012. Photo by Doug Coombs
Mintern, Colo. Photo by Ken Hanson
LAPC News:
The Los Alamos Photo Club is hosting its 20th Annual Show March 30 through May 2.
Anyone interested in participating in the show must drop off their work at Mesa Public Library on Central Avenue 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28.
Ken Hanson and Doug Coombs are co-chairs of the Los Alamos Photo Club and the Los Alamos Adobe Users Group.

Los Alamos Plays Montana In 'Hellbent' Film

on March 23, 2015 - 9:50am
Los Alamos County Film Liaison Kelly Stewart with Chee Ho, location manager for the film 'Hellbent' Thursday at Starbucks on Central Avenue. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.coom
Los Alamos Daily Post

When you need to launch a car from a cliff for your movie shoot in Los Alamos County, who you gonna call? The answer is County Film Liaison Kelly Stewart. Chee Ho, location manager for the independent film Hellbent did so just recently.

“Kelly has made a tremendous difference to our coming here,” Ho said. “She’s an invaluable asset.”

Launching the car was the

Scenes From Friday's Valentina Devine Art Show

on March 22, 2015 - 2:37pm
Model Bettina Hehlen, left, with Valentina Devine at the reception Friday for Devine's one-woman show at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Art Center staffer Amy Bjarke models mitts created by Valentina Devine. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Yulia Radchenko models a Valentina original. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Hats by Valentina Devine. Bonnie J. Gordon/

Author Don Usner Speaks At Rotary For Literacy Month

on March 20, 2015 - 8:56am
Author and photographer Don Usner discussing his bi-cultural upbringing at Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A drive down Los Alamos’ main hill road to Chimayo can lead you to a whole other world.

Don Usner, author and photographer, experienced both these communities’ worlds growing up. He further explored the world of Chimayo in his book, Chasing Dichos in Chimayo, and shared his book and adventures Tuesday afternoon with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

Usner, who graduated from Los Alamos High School 40

Bandelier Centennial Logo Deadline Extended

on March 19, 2015 - 8:09am
A few weeks ago Bandelier National Monument sent out a call to artists to submit entries for the logo for the park's Centennial Celebration. The deadline for entries has now been extended to Thursday, March 26.
Bandelier was established Feb. 11, 1916, and the staff are looking forward to a festive Centennial year. 
The logo will be used throughout the year on many centennial items, as well as on the 2016 Bandelier Annual Pass.

UNM-LA: Valles Caldera Landscape Photography Class

on March 19, 2015 - 7:54am
Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy/IStock
UNM-LA News:
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will be offering a unique landscape photography class that allows students to explore areas of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, which are normally closed to the general public.
Southwest Landscape Photography at the Valles Caldera is offered through UNM-LA Community Education 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The cost for the class is $80.
Professional photographer Jim Caffrey, who has taught digital photography at

Luján Announces Annual Congressional Art Competition

on March 19, 2015 - 7:26am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
Congressional News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District has announced details for this year’s Congressional Art Competition.
This annual competition allows members of Congress to display the talent and creativity of their high school constituents. The winning entry from each Congressional district will be displayed as part of an exhibit in the United States Capitol for one year. The winner will travel to Washington, D.C. for a reception honoring the national winners.
“The Congressional Art Competition gives New

Bless Me, Ultima Returns To NHCC

on March 18, 2015 - 8:31am

Movie still from 'Bless Me, Ultima.' Courtesy/

NHCC News:

Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya’s dramatization of his acclaimed novel, returns to the National Hispanic Cultural Center as the seventh production in the NHCC’s ongoing Siembra: Latino Theatre Festival.

Performances run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday April 16-19 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Tickets are $17, $22, and $27, with a $5 discount for students and seniors, and are available from the NHCC Box Office, at 505.724.4771 or  

Bless Me, Ultima, probably

Artists Sought For 2015 Los Alamos Art Studio Tour

on March 18, 2015 - 8:16am

ART News:

Calling all Los Alamos artists! Last year, after a long hiatus, a group of artists decided to get the artist studio tour going again.

Sixteen artists participated in the 2014 tour and it had visitors come from all over northern New Mexico and from the Balloon Fiesta to see what Los Alamos had to offer. Now that the word is out that the tour is happening again, it’s sure to bring in even bigger crowds to the area, organizers said.

The 2015 Studio Tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. There will be an artist’s reception 5-7 p.m.


LALT Announces Cast For Avenue Q, The Musical

on March 18, 2015 - 8:07am


LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre announces the cast of Avenue Q, The Musical, which includes Kile Uhlenbrock, Kate Ramsey, David Daniel, Glenda Fletcher, Sara Barber, Stuart Rupprecht, Connor Schultz, Henry Knutsen, Henry Knutsen, Zack Baker, Tyrrell Cummings, Gwen Lewis, Pat Beck and Jeanne Adkins.

Avenue Q, The Musical by Jeff Whitty with music and lyrics written by Academy Award winner Robert Lopez and directed by Holly Haas opens in May at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos.

Avenue Q features music direction by Sheila Schiferl, scenic design

NMDT Performance Company Presents 'Giselle'

on March 18, 2015 - 7:52am
NMDT-PC dancers Sarah Dale Devon McCleskey and Sarah Dale and back row from left, Louisa Belian, Rebbeca Cai and Megan Hemphill. Photo by Dan Mahoney


Love, betrayal and forgiveness reign as the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC) presents “Giselle,” one of the world’s most beloved and enduring masterpieces in all ballet.

The ghostly love story will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

NMDT-PC has made a huge impact on the Los Alamos community.

Arts Council Presents An Artful Evening April 18

on March 16, 2015 - 7:39am
Santa Fe pianist Ron Grinage. Courtesy/LAAC
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) nurtures culture and arts in the community. Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at Fuller Lodge, the non-profit organization is hoping for support to continue its mission by doing what it does best celebrating the arts in a variety of forms.

The organization is hosting an Artful Evening, which will feature desserts by the Blue Window Bistro, music by Santa Fe Pianist Ron Grinage and a silent auction. The fundraiser also will feature a raffle for a Tiffany-style lamp.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Still Alice'

on March 16, 2015 - 7:29am

Movie poster for 'Still Alice.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater


Los Alamos

“Still Alice” is a brave film that will haunt you. True to the book on which it is based, the film takes a respectful but honest look at how it feels to get Alzheimers. What makes the story different is that it is told from the perspective of the one diagnosed.

As we watch this film, we become Alice, going through the months as she becomes aware of her cognitive degeneration. She is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers, a rare and genetic form of the disease.