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Classical Music World: Musical Taste

on July 26, 2015 - 12:51pm
By ANN MCLAUGHLIN, Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

I don’t like sushi. Growing up near fishing boat and cannery aromas conditioned me to avoid eating anything raw from the sea and there is something about that chewy seaweed wrap that sets my teeth on edge. My husband and children love the stuff.

Musical taste, like culinary taste, is a very personal matter.

Several years ago, I heard from two friends after a concert. One described the experience as “transcendent.” The other referred to “that horrible, horrible pianist.” And guess what? They were both right. 

In matters

'Art, Wind And Fire' Event At PEEC Tuesday

on July 25, 2015 - 8:37am
Artwork by Rumi Vesselinova shows the landscape after the Las Conchas Fire. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC offers the unique opportunity to explore fire through both art and science.

The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned more than 150,000 acres in the areas around Los Alamos. During the fire and over the next four years, photographer Rumi Vesselinova has sought to capture how this event altered the visual landscape of the region.

Join the artist as she presents these images 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 at the Nature Center.

Immediately after the artist reception, Terry Foxx will discuss

Native American Pottery Replicas Proposed For White Rock

on July 23, 2015 - 10:07pm
Similar pots to this one at the Albuquerque Sunport have been suggested for N.M. 4 in White Rock. Courtesy photo


It has been a long time in the making, but an art proposal by the Los Alamos Art in Public Places Board (APPB) is now ready for public input.

First suggested by the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee when the new Visitor Center was still under construction, the project involves placing a series of six large Native American pottery replicas – like those at the Albuquerque airport – along the N.M. 4 corridor through White Rock.

The concept, now fully


Atomic City Children's Theater Workshop July 27-31

on July 22, 2015 - 5:39pm

Participants in the 2014 Summer Workshops show off their makeup. Courtes/ACCT

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater will offer their Summer Workshops this year from July 27-July 31. This year's workshops will be held in the Topper Theater and Duane Smith Auditorium.

ACCT’s Co-Directors, Daren Savage and Kelsey Cline were both happy be able to offer young people in Los Alamos the opportunity work on material from "Disney Lion King Experience" for this year's workshops.

Salome: The Princess And Her Worst Nightmare

on July 21, 2015 - 10:25am

Brian Jagde (Narraboth) and Ensemble in 'Salome.' Photo © Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2015 
Ryan McKinny (Jochanaan) and Alex Penda (Salome) in ‘Salome.’ Photo © Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2015
Los Alamos Daily Post

A new production of one of Richard Strauss’s most popular operas, Salome, opened Saturday night at the Santa Fe Opera. An excruciating portrait of a homicidal family, the opera conceivably takes place in real time in less than two hours in a single act. It goes down in a gasp.

This is a story about a very bad dream in the life of a

Missoula Children’s Theater Presents 'The Jungle Book'

on July 21, 2015 - 8:48am
Young thespians audition for last year’s production. Courtesy/MCT
Los Alamos Daily Post

Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT), through the Los Alamos Arts Council’s sponsorship, will present its production of “The Jungle Book” to Los Alamos.

Auditions were held Monday and those who received a part will spend the week rehearsing the musical and perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children age 12 and younger.  

This is more than an opportunity to get on stage, it is a chance for young thespians to gain

More Double Rainbows Spotted In Los Alamos

on July 21, 2015 - 7:53am

This double rainbow is visable from a deck looking east over Los Alamos. Photo by Feliciano Jiron

This double rainbow is spotted looking east from Western Area. Photo by Gordon Burrows

A full view of the double rainbow spotted looking east from Western Area. Photo by Gordon Burrows

This double rainbow was photographed Monday evening in Quemazon. Photo by Elena E. Giorgi

Double Rainbow Appears Over Downtown Los Alamos

on July 20, 2015 - 9:35pm

A double rainbow appears behind the County Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos following today's thunderstorm. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Eagle Sculpture Installed At Central Park Square

on July 20, 2015 - 3:57pm

The eagle sculpture created by artist Rick Cunningham, on loan from Shidoni Gallery, was installed Friday at Central Park Square. Photo by Chris Clark/

Eagle sculpture by artist Rick Cunningham, on loan from Shidoni Gallery. Photo by Chris Clark/



Central Park Square owner Philip Kunsberg arranged for a large eagle sculpture to be installed Friday at Main Street and Central Avenue.

The eagle sculpture created by artist Rick Cunningham is on loan from Shidoni Gallery in Tesuque.

“Shidoni President/CEO Scott Hicks generously loaned the sculpture

Gator Spotted In Los Alamos Yard?

on July 20, 2015 - 10:41am
At first glance this creature may resemble an alligator but is actually a lizard soaking up some rays this morning on a rock in a yard on 48th Street in Los Alamos. Photo by Donna Reil

Bandelier Invites Amateur Photographers To Enter National ‘Share The Experience’ Contest

on July 18, 2015 - 9:56am
Olympic National Park: The ever present force of erosion along the Olympic Coast has sculpted a vast array of interesting sea stacksthat take all sorts of shapes and forms. This particular set is located at Point of the Arches, and make this area a wonderful backcountry camping destination. By Joey Priola

Yellowstone National Park: Grand Fountain Geyser at Sunset. Photo by Linda Hartzog

Glacier National Park: Sunrise at Swiftcurrent Lake. Photo by Bibek Ghosh

Bandelier National Monument: Alcove House. Photo by Apurva Kulkarni


Bandelier National Monument is sharing the

In And Around Town: July 23

on July 16, 2015 - 8:45am


The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published Thursdays, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the top right red button on this page.

MONDAY, July 27

J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture: Alan Guth
7:30 p.m., in  Duane Smith Auditorium, Guth will deliver the 45th annual J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture. The free talk, entitled, “Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?”
TUESDAY, July 28
Images of the Las Conchas Fire Artist Talk
The Las Conchas

Chalk Walk 2015 Honors Los Alamos Artist Sec Sandoval

on July 15, 2015 - 4:05pm
Sevanna Swanson, left, and Jane Lin work on their drawings during the 2014 Chalk Walk. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Secundo “Sec” Sandoval is one of the most well-known artists in Los Alamos and around the region. His watercolors can be viewed throughout the town and he has generously donated his works to many local organizations’ fundraisers and events.

It seems fitting to host an event that pays tribute to Sandoval’s contributions to the art world as well as to the local community.

Handsome Hummingbirds Hang Out On 48th Street

on July 15, 2015 - 12:17pm
Colorful hummingbirds are spotted drinking from this feeder on 48th Street. Photo by Donna Reil
This handsome hummingbird spends time sipping sweet water from this feeder on 48th Street. Photo by Donna Reil

Artist Jean Constant To Speak On SMART Contest

on July 15, 2015 - 11:05am
'Tetra' by Jean Constant. Courtesy/MPL
Jean Constant


Artist Jean Constant, who has earned a world-wide reputation as an artist who bases much of his work on mathematical principles, will speak at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at Mesa Public Library.

The Library will host a temporary exhibit of the SMART contest (Science and Math-based ART) July 17-18 in the Upstairs Meeting Room, in conjunction with Los Alamos ScienceFest. Constant’s talk will be about the work in that show, and about the math he uses to create his own work.

Constant, who lives in Santa Fe, is a

Bear Paw Quilt Guild Presents Annual Show

on July 15, 2015 - 10:47am


Sangre de Cristo Chorale Selects New Music Director

on July 15, 2015 - 10:27am

Andrew Schmidt. Courtesy photo


The Sangre de Cristo Chorale announces the selection of Andrew Schmidt as its new Music Director.

The Chorale, soon to begin in its 38th season, has been continually offering concerts to Santa Fe and Los Alamos audiences since 1978. Schmidt is only the fourth individual to lead the group in those 36 years, including 25 years under the baton of original director Sheldon Kalberg.

Schmidt was selected following a rigorous search process.

Signs Of ScienceFest Dot Downtown Los Alamos

on July 14, 2015 - 1:53pm

Los Alamos ScienceFest banners line Central Avenue in preparation for welcoming community members and visitors to a varety of events kicking off Wednesday and running through Sunday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Have you noticed the flurry of activity at the entrance to town?

Led by Fuller Lodge Art Center art instructor Olivia Snyder, her class of 12-14 year old artists are transforming Entrance Park and creating a façade of the iconic main gate from the Manhattan Project era.

Stone Carving Intro With Rollie Grandbois July 17-18

on July 13, 2015 - 10:38am

See Los Alamos History Through Edith Warner's Eyes

on July 12, 2015 - 11:10am
Edith Warner (Pat Beck) mixes up her famous chocolate cake for her tea room guests. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A newly revised short play, “Sunrise at Otowi Bridge” by Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin is one of the highlights at this year's ScienceFest.

Benjamin originally wrote the play in 1994. It’s about Edith Warner, the famous “Woman at Otowi Crossing,” who has been the subject of several biographies and novels.

Miguel Harth-Bedoya Presents 'The Sights And Sounds Of The Inka Trail'

on July 12, 2015 - 7:10am
Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting. Courtesy photo


During the Spanish conquest, Spain achieved a peak of musical creativity, and the fruits of its labor traveled to colonies in the new world. As a result, music in these regions evolved from ancient, indigenous roots into something new and contemporary.

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, a native son of Peru, presents “The Sights and Sounds of the Inka Trail,” a multidisciplinary presentation about the music of South American regions connected by the great Inka Trail during the era of Spanish colonization at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug.


Scenes From Friday's '(This) Ability' Art Opening

on July 11, 2015 - 1:13pm
To many, a wheelchair is a symbol of confinement. In Friday's opening reception for ('This) Ability', a wheelchair has been yarn-bombed in a rainbow of colors to show that wheels provide others with the opportunity to be mobile. Display created by Irene Berenstein. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Patrons peruse the art during Friday's opening reception at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
ART News:

At Friday's Artists Reception for (This) Ability at Fuller Lodge Art Center, the artists reveal the challenges they faced while creating the art

Artist's Flowers Fill Rose Chocolatier Through July

on July 11, 2015 - 12:10pm
Artist Rose Cardona poses with two of her paintings of flowers outside Mesa Public Library. Rose Chocolatier at 991 Central Ave. is displaying Cardona's work this month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Artist Rose Cardona explains that her painting's are inspired by life’s simple joys — children and flowers. Her work is on display through July at Rose Chocolatier, 991 Central Ave. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Artists Re-create Historic Los Alamos Gatehouse

on July 10, 2015 - 7:42pm
Livy Snyder and her students from the Art Center at Fuller Lodge were working this afternoon to re-create the historic gatehouse at the entrance to Los Alamos. The site will serve as an information center for ScienceFest. A period car will be parked in front of the façade and it will provide a photo opportunity for visitors. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The young artists recreate the sign at the Main Gate to Los Alamos this afternoon. The sign asked people to show their passes when Los Alamos was a closed town. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/