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Review: Rigoletto Avenged ... Golden Age Opera Delivers The Goods

on July 7, 2015 - 9:38am

Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto) and Georgia Jarman (Gilda) in 'Rigoletto'. Photo (c) Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera 2015

Bruce Sledge (Duke of Mantua) and chorus in 'Rigoletto.' Photo (c) Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera, 2015


Los Alamos Daily Post

Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto provided a decisive boost to the struggling composer’s already promising career in 1851, and opened a new era for nineteenth century opera after its introduction at La Fenice near the Venice Rialto.

Yucca Plant Towers Over Wall In White Rock

on July 4, 2015 - 7:56am

This approximately 20-foot-tall yucca plant was spotted on the corner of Kimberly and Rover during an early morning walk today around the 'loop' in White Rock. Photo by Shari Mills

Yucca plant spotted early this morning in White Rock. Photo by Shari Mills

'Birds in Flight' Soar Above Central Park Square

on July 3, 2015 - 4:06pm

A 'Birds in Flight' sculpture by scrap metal artist Richard Swenson of Los Alamos is recently installed in Central Park Square at the corner of 15th Street and Central Avenue. Central Park Square owner Philip Kunsberg explained that the bodies of the birds are created from discarded Harley Davidson mufflers and the bird's beaks are made from pliers. 'This is just another example of Richard's creativity and ability to take items that others have discarded and make them into a thing of beauty,' Kunsberg said. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

'Birds in Flight' metal sculpture by Richard

In And Around Town: July 2

on July 2, 2015 - 8:34am


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.

Indoor Wildflower 'Walk'
The first indoor wildflower “walk” will introduce participants to the most accessible wildflowers in our area. This program is 7 p.m. .It is free and no registration is required. Plant lists will be available so participants may keep track of what plants they have seen.
The Jemez Thrift Shop Bag Day
On Bag Days,

White Rock Artist Market July 4

on July 1, 2015 - 7:09pm
The White Rock Artist Market. File photo

ART News:

The White Rock Artist Market continues 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4 outside the White Rock Visitor Center.

This market will feature 10 local artists and artisans selling a variety of jewelry, paintings, glasswork, natural beauty products, hand woven baskets, children’s stuffed animals, handmade purses and bags, Mexican Talavera pottery, acrylic sculptures, knitted items and more. Stop by on the way to the Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration at Overlook Park. 

The White Rock Artist Market is held the first Saturday of every month.

Tribute To Joshua Oppenheimer At CCA July 11-12

on July 1, 2015 - 9:34am
Movie still from
Look of Silence’, a film by Joshua Oppenheimer to be screened at CCA July 12. Courtesy photo

CCA News:

SANTA FE – Joshua Oppenheimer will screen his two interconnected feature documentaries, the Oscar-nominated “Act of Killing” and soon-to-be-released “Look of Silence,” winner of more than 30 awards, during a weekend-long celebration and exploration of his groundbreaking work. 

Oppenheimer’s films, each exploring the Indonesian genocide of 1965-1966 from a different perspective, represent a landmark in the cinema of commitment.


‘Reflections from the Rotunda Invitational Exhibit of Book Art’ At Mesa Public Library Art Gallery During July

on June 30, 2015 - 4:23pm

Sneak Preview: The Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library will be filled with artists’ books and all of their fascinating variations, throughout July.  Reception with the artists is 4-6 p.m. Friday, July 3. Photo by Katy Korkos



The Mesa Public Library Art Gallery in Los Alamos presents “Reflections from the Rotunda Invitational Exhibit of Book Art” Wednesday, July 1 through Friday, July 31.

All of the artists are members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG). They use a wide range of materials and techniques to create the books, including a variety of bindings

Los Alamos ScienceFest 2015 Centers Events Around Manhattan Project Theme July 15-19

on June 30, 2015 - 3:19pm

Courtesy photo



Visitors will have a chance to unlock the mysteries behind the former secret city of Los Alamos July 15-19 during the eighth annual Los Alamos ScienceFest.

Los Alamos ScienceFest, the town’s signature annual event, is themed “the Secret City Unlocked” in recognition of the recent designation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and popularity of the WGN hit TV series “Manhattan."

Most events during ScienceFest will be centered around the town’s once enigmatic history of the Manhattan Project and includes five days of family friendly events

Brainpower & Brownbags 2015 Lunch Lectures

on June 30, 2015 - 11:07am
Lee Marvin, James Coburn, Katy Jurado and Sam Peckinpah laugh it up at the 1981 Santa Fe Film Festival. Photo by Mario Villafuerte. Palace of the Governors photo archives, Santa Fe New Mexican Collection, HP.2014.14.355
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — From the making of a classic Western flick to stories of remarkable women, Harvey Houses, and Southwestern cuisine, the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library’s Brainpower & Brownbags Lunch Lectures offer a wealth of learning.
Organized by Librarian Tomas Jaehn, the monthly lectures are free and open to the public (and, yes, you can bring a lunch). Each

Judges Select Youth Olympic Games Medal Design

on June 30, 2015 - 9:42am

The winning medal design for the Youth Olympic Games/Lillehammer 2016, titled 'To the TOP' by Burzo Ciprian of Romania. Courtesy/meltwaterpress


“To the TOP” by 20-year-old Burzo Ciprian from Romania was chosen out of more than 300 entries from 65 nations as the medal design for the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 2016.

Burzo’s winning design was chosen by a panel of judges comprising Olympians, young ambassadors and young reporters.

“For me was one of the best feelings I've ever had after I was announced as the winner.

Snodgrass: Great Opera Is Coming To Your Neighborhood ... Some Thoughts On What To Expect

on June 28, 2015 - 7:48am

BEYOND TAILGATING As a part of a major new upgrade that has transformed much of the area around the main entrance to the Santa Fe Opera, a new patio behind the box office will offer picnic suppers with tables for diners. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


By Roger Snodgrass
Los Alamos Daily Post

With less than a week to go to opening night Friday, July 3, you can almost feel the joy wriggling in the first lively notes of the overture to Gaetano Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment. Next, Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto lights up the stage on Saturday.

So, it’s about

NHCC Foundation Selects New Director

on June 26, 2015 - 9:56am

Anna Villareal Sanchez


The National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation (NHCCF) and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) are excited to announce the selection of Anna Villareal Sanchez to serve as the new NHCC Foundation Director.

Sanchez will begin in her new post on June 29, and will succeed Interim Foundation Director Edward Lujan.

Sanchez has over a dozen years of experience in fundraising, marketing and community engagement, previously serving as the Senior Development Director of Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Foundation, a marketing manager for the


Today is Creative District's Fourth Friday

on June 26, 2015 - 9:51am


Designed to get people downtown before the Summer Concert Series begins at 7 p.m., Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Mesa Public Library, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society and Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Los Alamos Nature Center. 

Fourth Fridays happens on the fourth Friday of each month and also promotes special offerings from participating local businesses. This month Fourth Friday special events and promotions include: 

The Spy Academy at the Los Alamos Historical Museum and the Fuller Lodge Art Center!


Sculpture Being Installed At 15th & Central

on June 26, 2015 - 9:33am

A sculpture is being installed this morning in Central Park Square at the corner of 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by Chris Clark/

Young Native Artists Show & Sale July 4-5

on June 25, 2015 - 10:25am
Participants in the Young Native Artists' 2014 show. Photo by Allen Brown
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — Start growing your collection of Native art at the Young Native Artists Show & Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 4 and 5, in the Palace Courtyard.
Children and grandchildren of artists belonging to the Native American Artisans Program will show off their latest works of art, learn a few tricks of the customer-service trade, and potentially launch their careers.

Tuesdays At The Pond Features LAHS Olions Tonight

on June 23, 2015 - 9:39am


Tuesdays at the Pond continues at 7 p.m. tonight with the Los Alamos High School Olions performing at Ashley Pond Park.

The Olions will put on a talent show at the pond, a one act play, speeches, improv that the audience can participate in and more.

Tuesdays at the Pond, a summer entertainment series, brings a variety of entertainment acts to the Ashley Pond stage in downtown Los Alamos every Tuesday evening from now through Aug. 11. It is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District.

The Los Alamos Creative District directs a variety of programs that bring

Threading Forever Closing Reception Friday

on June 22, 2015 - 8:56pm

Photographer and teacher Jim Caffrey at the June 5 opening of his exhibit on display in the Upstairs Art Gallery. Photo by Katy Korkos

Photographer Theresa DiMenno chats with a guest. Photo by Katy Korkos


Mesa Public Library will join the “Fourth Fridays” special activities, 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 25, with a closing reception for the exhibit Threading Forever.  

There will be a gallery talk at 6 p.m. by Jim Caffrey, a well-known photographer and teacher.

Authors Speak Series Presents Craig Smith Discussing Life Of Santa Fe Opera Founder

on June 20, 2015 - 8:13am
Craig Smith. Courtesy/MPL


The life of John O’Hea Crosby, founder and animating spirit of the Santa Fe Opera, is a fascinating one.

In the book “A Vision of Voices,” author and music critic Craig Smith has written an in-depth portrait of that visionary man. Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m., June 25, in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa will feature Smith talking about his work.

The timing for Smith’s talk could not be better. The 2015 Santa Fe Opera season runs July 3 through Aug. 29, and features the operas Daughter of the Regiment, Salome, La Finta


Photo Of Smetanka Lekarska-zrala Semena Growing In White Rock

on June 20, 2015 - 7:41am

A smetanka lekarska-zrala semena growing in White Rock. Photo by Leah Austin

Young Local Artists Receive Youth Business Grants

on June 18, 2015 - 8:45am
The art of Isaiah Aylmer. Courtesy photo


On Friday evening, Youth Business Grant awardee Isaiah Aylmer will have his art on display and for sale at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert.

Aylmer’s friend, Judge Valdez, taught him how to create space scapes as a way to deal with the daily stresses of school and daily life. The duo can be found around town from time to time selling a variety of sizes of their art at very reasonable prizes.

The price of the photo depends on the size and the time spent in its creation.

Arts in Public Places Board Chair Briefs Council

on June 16, 2015 - 7:47pm

Arts in Public Places Board Chair Steve Foltyn, with County Liaison Libby Carlsten, briefs Council this evening detailing the accomplishments of his committee and future planned activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council and members of the public listen to this evening's presentation by Arts in Public Places Board Chair Steve Foltyn detailing the accomplishments of his committee and future planned activities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Council Vice Chair David Izraelevitz chairs this evening's Council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/



Evening With Conservationist William deBuys June 19

on June 16, 2015 - 9:37am
Conservationist William deBuys
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — Award-winning author and conservationist William deBuys speaks on and signs copies of his latest book and participates in a reception honoring the New Mexico History Museum's acquisition of his papers.
The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library hosts this free event 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, in the museum auditorium, with light refreshments served in the lobby.
In 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with beautiful long horns.

Santa Fe Opera Guild Hosts Talk And Theatrical Makeup Demonstration July 14

on June 14, 2015 - 10:04am

Santa Fe Opera principal makeup artist Beckie Kravetz with Mesfistopholes. CourtesySFOG


  • Paint, Plaster And Pixie Dust: The Magic Of Transformation

The Santa Fe Opera Guild is hosting a talk and theatrical makeup demonstration at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 107 West Barcelona Road in Santa Fe

Principal makeup artist, assistant wig master, and resident mask-maker Beckie Kravetz will give an illustrated talk about her career and a demonstration of her theatrical makeup artistry, transforming a member of the audience into a


Artisan Celebrates 40th Anniversary

on June 14, 2015 - 8:32am


Artisan will be celebrating its 40th anniversary selling artist materials in Santa Fe with a customer appreciation party 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 18.

The party will take place in the parking lot of the store at 2601 Cerrillos Road. Prior to the party, there will be 40 days of appreciation. Customers will receive a free raffle ticket for every $40 spent to be entered to win some amazing prizes.

There will be demonstrations from Montana Spray Paint as well as opportunities to try their product, encaustic demonstrations from the Encaustic Institute, the famous magnetic word