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'Of Gods and Men' Shows Thursday At Library

on March 4, 2015 - 11:22pm

Movie poster for 'Of Gods and Men.' Courtesy/Mesa Public Library


The film “Of Gods and Men,” winner of a Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, will air at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central.

It is presented as part of the Library’s Free Film Series, which shows a film on the first Thursday of each month.

“Of Gods and Men” is the story of French monks from the Cistercian order who live in the Tibhirine monastery in Algeria, in a place revered by Muslims and Christians alike.

Bella Robertson Wins Dog Jog Logo Contest

on March 4, 2015 - 12:10pm
Bella Robertson's 2015 Dog Jog logo design. Courtesy image

LAFS News:

The 18th annual Dog Jog is April 25 in White Rock and as part of the annual festivities, the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter holds a logo contest for children in grades 3-6.  
Bella Robertson and her dog Jake. Courtesy photo
The competition is always fierce! This year, after careful consideration, the judges chose the original artwork of Bella Robertson, a fifth grader at Aspen Elementary School. Bella Robertson chose her dog, Jake, as her subject.

Art Center Offers Collage Classes

on March 4, 2015 - 9:37am
An example of collage. Courtesy/FLAC

FLAC News:

Join Monika Kaden at the Fuller Lodge Art Center on the next two Saturdays and discover how art can be a tool for change with collage as your vehicle. This course will provide skills and insights to help you to make two- or three-dimensional collages, using whatever strikes your fancy: found objects, text or ads, photographs, different papers.

Why collage? Creating art with collage is fun for those new to creating art as well as experienced artists. Collage gives your composition skills a workout in organizing shapes.


LALT Hosts Reading Of 'Once A Ponzi Time'

on March 4, 2015 - 7:50am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host a reading of "Once a Ponzi Time" by Joe Foust, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center at 1670 Nectar St., in Los Alamos. Use the front door and proceed to the Green Room.

Dennis Powell, the Play Reading Committee Chair, hopes you will enjoy this farce and laugh out loud. This play is one of the proposals for the 2015-2016 season under the direction of Jim Sicilian. Feedback is greatly appreciated and rewarded with refreshments.

A brief synopsis:

Unknown to his wife, nephew and friends, Harold Vanderoff


Belisama Irish Dance Company 'Rhythm of Fire'

on March 4, 2015 - 7:24am
Belisama Irish Dance Company. Photo by Kate Russell
Young dancers. Photo by Kate Russell

BIDC News:

SANTE FE—Back this month from impressive competition wins in the CRN North American Open Championships, Belisama Irish Dance Company (BIDC) presents the 8th incarnation of its Rhythm of Fire performance.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style with this high energy show featuring award winning Irish dancers and young up-and-coming performers in a family friendly, foot stomping performance of traditional and contemporary Irish dancing. 

Performances are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Vijali Hamilton’s Film Screens In Jemez Springs March 15

on March 3, 2015 - 7:42am

Vijali Hamilton

JSPL News:

A screening of artist Vijali Hamilton’s feature film, “The Wheel of the World: One Woman’s Creative Journey for Global Peace,” will be presented at 2 p.m., March 15 at the Jemez Springs Village Conference Room, 30 Jemez Springs Plaza.

The Jemez Springs Public Library (JSPL) is hosting the event, which will feature an introduction by Hamilton.

Beginning in 1986, Hamilton became inspired by a dream and was prompted to embark upon a quest for global peace.


DALA Dancers To Compete In Denver Grand Prix

on March 1, 2015 - 1:37pm

From left, DALA Director Jonathan Guise with dancers Sophia Dendy, Sophia Jeffery, Melina Burnside, Indiana Warrior, Jenna Erickson, Camille Rousculp, Annie Smith and Cody Maggiore. Courtesy/DALA

DALA News:

Eight ballet students from Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) will travel to Denver this weekend to compete in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Ballet Competition.

Sophia Dendy and Indiana Warrior will compete in the Junior Division. Melina Burnside, Jenna Erickson, Sophia Jeffery, Cody Maggiore, Camille Rousculp and Annie Smith will compete in the Senior Division.

‘Not Quite Right’ ... A Realistic And Amusing Look At Dueling Expectations

on February 28, 2015 - 3:32pm
Sally (Cindy Coulter) and Tom (R. J. Laino) share a moment. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
udience members, including playwright Bob Benjamin and his wife Susan (at far left, center row), get ready for act two. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin’s newest play Not Quite Right, co-written with Elaine Jarvik, opened Friday at Teatro Paraguqas in Santa Fe In spite of a snowstorm.  

Those who braved the weather were treated to the kind of dramedy that Benjamin showed us in Salt and

Snow Scenes Today From Walnut Street

on February 28, 2015 - 1:07pm

Snow on the branches of a tree today in a yard on Walnut Street creates an artistic backdrop for this stained glass butterfly. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Jessie, 11, takes a stroll in the snow today in a yard on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Several inches of snow line the deck railing today on this home on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Snow settles in the branches of this tree today on Walnut Street. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Los Alamos Snow Scenes From Oakwood Loop

on February 28, 2015 - 9:10am

Snow scenes this morning from Oakwood Loop in Los Alamos. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Los Alamos Playwright Robert Benjamin's New Play Opens Tonight In Santa Fe

on February 27, 2015 - 1:51pm
Steven Oakey and Kat Sawyer, performing 'Marty' and 'Carol.' Photo by Alix Hudson
Alex Thorne and Stephanie Dees, performing 'Andrew' and 'Jessica.' Photo by Alix Hudson
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin’s newest play Not Quite Right, co-written with Elaine Jarvik, opens tonight at Teatro Paraguqas in Santa Fe.

There are nine performances through Sunday, March 8, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Benjamin describes the play as “an upbeat comedic family drama.”

Not Quite Right features


Canceled: Tonight's Opening Reception At Art Center

on February 27, 2015 - 12:32pm


Due to the winter storm, Fuller Lodge Art Center has canceled tonight's reception for Valentina Devine's "Knit One, Crochet Two".

The reception is rescheduled for 5-7 p.m., March 20, which is the day before the exhibit closes. The community is invited to visit the show before that date and return for the reception to meet Valentina and mingle with friends. 

Anyone owning one of Valentina's pieces is encouraged to wear it to help celebrate her show.


  • Friday afternoon children's art classes;
  • Saturday classes including Beginner Watercolor and

Bandelier Issues Call For 2015 Artist In Residence Program

on February 27, 2015 - 8:42am

Photographers and other artists can apply to be an Artist in Residence at Bandelier National Monument. NPS Photo


Bandelier National Monument is announcing an opportunity for artists to apply for this year’s Artist in Residence Program at the park. 

Artists may be writers, composers, performing (storytellers, dancers, etc.), multi-disciplinary, or visual (photographers, sculptors, painters, etc.), artists. There is no application fee and no stipend. 

The successful applicants can spend up to a month living in park housing and pursuing their artistic discipline in

In And Around Town: Feb. 26

on February 26, 2015 - 9:40am
Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published Thursdays in the Los Alamos Daily Post, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.
Fish Fry Fridays
The popular Lenten Friday night fish fries hosted by the local Knights of Columbus are in full swing again at Karen McLaughlin Hall next to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Canyon Road. The Knights will serve fish with coleslaw, wild rice or fries and dessert with tea, lemonade/limeade, or coffee for $10 for an adult meal and $7 for a kid's meal.

Meet Valentina Devine 5-7 P.M. Friday

on February 25, 2015 - 6:54am


ART News:

The community is invited to meet artist Valentina Devine at an Opening Reception 5-7 p.m., Friday at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

Artist Valentina Devine's solo exhibit opens Friday. Courtesy/FLAC

Devine loves, loves, loves fiber. She loves dying yarn. She loves creating fabulous free-form pieces of fiber art combining knitting and crochet, yarns and fabric scraps, old lace and even old clothing.

She loves teaching others to leave behind the constraints of knitting only in rows; to capture a freedom of motion in their pieces.

Scenes From 'Willy Wonka Jr.' Performance

on February 24, 2015 - 1:39pm
Scene from Atomic City Children's Theater performance of 'Willy Wonka Jr.' last weekend at Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Monique Beyerle
Photo by Monique Beyerle
Photo by Monique Beyerle
Photo by Monique Beyerle

Author/Photographer Don Usner Featured At Authors Speak Thursday

on February 24, 2015 - 12:07pm

Don Usner

MPL News:

Author and photographer Don Usner is the featured speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Mesa Public Library.

Book cover for 'Chasing Dichos through Chimayo.' Courtesy photo

Usner’s latest book, published by UNM Press, is called Chasing Dichos through Chimayo. The book is a chronicle of his search for the deep roots contained in old sayings, proverbs and adages from a disappearing culture and language.

Chasing Dichos through Chimayo

The book also is a very personal and moving story of riding in the car with his mother to Chimayo to find those old stories.

Greg Moon Art Gallery Calls For Entries In ‘After Dark IV’ Exhibition

on February 24, 2015 - 6:50am
The Greg Moon Art Gallery in Taos. Courtesy/GMAG
Taos News:
TAOS — The Greg Moon Art Gallery in Taos is calling for entries from artists across the United States for the gallery's "After Dark IV" show, celebrating the concept of darkness and the varied reactions, which are emblematic to this concept.
The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m., April 15.

Entries are being accepted in the mediums of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass and assemblage.
Jurors who will be judging the entries include:
  • Copro Gallery owner, promoter and

‘Culture Day’ At Roundhouse Offers Best Of State Museums And Historic Sites

on February 23, 2015 - 4:04pm
State News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will host “Culture Day” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday at the State Capitol Rotunda.
Interactive exhibits featuring New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites, as well as arts, historic preservation, archaeology and library programs will be offered to legislators and visitors to the Capitol throughout the day:
  • New Mexico Arts will provide “Oculus Rift Glasses” offering the wearer a cutting edge virtual “Pull of the Moon Experience.”
  • The NM State Library will display the new “Brainfuse” online tutorial offering

Smart Design With Suzette: Wall Art

on February 22, 2015 - 9:23am
Courtesy/Suzette Fox
Smart Design with Suzette
Wall Art

Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Indeed, as a society, we are moved by great pieces of art. But has anyone ever tried to hang it?

Have you heard, “Hang art so that the center of the piece or grouping is at eye level?” But eye level is different for everyone. It’s not like we are all the same size!

Hanging Height

There’s no real hard and fast rules about the height you should hang pictures on the wall, but there are some guidelines and starting places

Local Author E. E. Giorgi's New Novel Launches Monday As Part Of Unique Collaboration

on February 21, 2015 - 8:05am
Cover of 'Immunity,' by E. E. Giorgi. Courtesy photo


Monday—in an unprecedented publishing event—Wonderment Media, Inc. (WMI), will launch five new novels in its brand world, Apocalypse Weird. One of them is local artist and writer E.E. Giorgi.

This first-of-its-kind collaboration among two dozen authors, editors, graphic designers and marketing professionals is spearheaded by USA Today bestselling author Michael Bunker and Nick Cole, author of The Old Man and the Wasteland and Soda Pop Soldier. Cole’s The Red King—the first AW novel made free to readers in Nov.

Tent Rocks In Pueblo Canyon

on February 21, 2015 - 7:32am

These tent rock formations are part of the scenery encountered while hiking into Walnut Canyon to East Fork Trail to Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Robert Beberniss 

Photo by Robert Beberniss 

Photo by Robert Beberniss 

Photo by Robert Beberniss 

'Willy Wonka Jr.' Opens Tonight

on February 20, 2015 - 1:42pm
Cast of 'Willy Wonka Jr.' Courtesy photo
ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT) and Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) reprise Willy Wonka, Jr.

Originally presented by ACCT in 2009, this weekend's production, performed by a talented cast of Los Alamos Middle School students, will leave you singing.

Follow the adventures of five lucky children who win a contest to tour the famous Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.

Fuller Lodge Art Center Launches Program For Artists Ages 4-6

on February 20, 2015 - 6:49am

Youngsters create art at Fuller Lodge Art Center class. Courtesy photo

FLAC News:

It is never too early to get artsy and the Fuller Lodge Art Center is offering some new programs for its youngest patrons.

Artist Erin Green leads young artists ages 4-6 on a variety of themed projects every other Monday through the beginning of May. Classes are 10-11:30 a.m. and cover everything from Dr. Suess and Earth Day projects to mosaics, stamping and sculpture.

The next class, on Monday, will be geared toward “Helping Hands” during which participants will make and decorate plastered hands.

Green has


'Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry' Exhibit Closes Friday

on February 19, 2015 - 7:12pm

MPL News:
  • Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry Wrap-up

Friday is the final day to see the Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry exhibit in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Gallery, before it is packed up and sent off to its next location. 

The Dust Bowl and its human, economic, political and environmental impacts are the topics of the exhibit. More than 2,000 visitors have seen the exhibit in Los Alamos to date, and many of them have commented about the relevance of this historic environmental disaster to today’s situation.

Programs associated with the exhibit have included a musical performance of