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The Los Alamos Community Winds Presents 'Toys and Stories' March 17

on March 11, 2012 - 8:27am

By Bonnie Gordon

The Los Alamos Community Winds presents a fun family concert, “Toys and Stories,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos. 

Like all Winds concerts, it is offered free of charge to the community.

“The music is particularly geared to the young and the young at heart,” Musical Director T. Edward (Ted) Vives said. “This is a concert for every member of the family, including the very young.”

The concert will feature special guest, Melissa Mackey, as the narrator in a performance of Serge Prokofieff’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Mackey presents story

Choral Music Fit for Kings Fills the House at Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday Night

on March 11, 2012 - 1:58am

Review by Bonnie Gordon

 

The King's Singers drew a full house at Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday night. Patrons lined up in the lobby to purchase the ensamble's latest CD. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The world-famous ensemble, The King’s Singers, enchanted a full house at the Duane Smith Auditorium Saturday night in a concert that was both sophisticated and fun.

The six man ensemble charmed the audience from the start with their engaging “Brit wit” and went on to enthrall them with an evening of incredible choral music.

The special night began with compositions by modern

Beautiful Bowls Available at the March 17 Empty Bowl Event

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

KRSN 1490 News:

The annual Empty Bowls event draws volunteers from across the community who create colorful bowls for sale to raise money for Self Help, Inc. Courtesy/KRSN

The 18th annual Empty Bowl event is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

For a donation of $10 or more, community members can choose a hand painted bowl and enjoy a delicious soup and bread lunch with live entertainment. 

All of the money raised during the Empty Bowl event goes directly to support the work of Self Help, Inc.

Self Help, Inc.

A Sneak Peak @ PEEC’s Upcoming Events

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

PEEC News:

 

Planetary Alignment Viewing

March 12, 7:30 p.m. @ PEEC. A rare close conjunction of two very bright planets, Jupiter and Venus, is occuring. Chick Keller and Steve Becker will have telescopes at PEEC to view the planets and discuss what is happening. Public is invited, admission is free.

YOUR Sustainable Home, Sustainable Los Alamos Series

March 14, 7 p.m. @ PEEC. so you’ve heard from the experts about how to make your home more sustainable. Now we want to hear from you!

Arts in Public Places to Discuss Art for White Rock Visitor Center

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

County News:

A meeting of the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board is set for 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday at Mesa Public Library.

 

 

Members will discuss potential art for the White Rock Visitor Center.

Among other items on the agenda is an update of information regarding the re-location of “Strange Trio,” a brief update on the “Call for Artists” for the Animal Shelter and a discussion of the remaining work needed to develop a 5-Year Strategic Plan.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

The mission of the Arts in Public Places Advisory Board is to encourage the integration of art

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Tribute Concert March 18

on March 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery to Represent Ceramic Artist Marc Hudson

on March 8, 2012 - 5:00pm

By Mandy Marksteiner

 

Artist Marc Hudson at work in his studio. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

When I first visited Hudson’s garage studio he immediately plopped a six-pound lump of clay onto his wheel and leaned into the amorphous blob with his whole body until it took shape. First it became a tall cylinder, and as he coaxed the walls to expand, it became what he called a “rumptious round.”

As Hudson described it, “The clay doesn’t have any opinions about its final destiny. It’s the byproduct of erosion and it doesn’t mind that.

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17th Annual Los Alamos Photographers Show Reception

on February 29, 2012 - 12:00am

 

The 17th Annual Los Alamos Photographers Show Reception takes place at 5 p.m. Monday in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library.

The show runs through March 30.

Beauty in the Beast Opening Reception Featured Unique Perspectives

on February 27, 2012 - 12:00am

The beauty of a beast shines in the eye of the beholder. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

 

Friday night's opening reception drew 150 people to view the Beauty in the Beast show at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

The show revealed the wild side of beauty. It runs through March 31.

Works by local artist Thelma Hahn are on display in the Portal. The Art Center at 2132 Central Ave. is in the historic Fuller Lodge and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Gallery Manager Amy Bjarke greets patrons during Friday's opening reception of Beauty in the Beast.

LACA to Present One of the World’s Most Celebrated Vocal Ensembles: The King’s Singers

on February 27, 2012 - 12:00am

The King's Singers at St. James Church, Piccadilly, London, Britain. From left, Timothy Wayne-Wright, Jonathan Howard, Christopher Bruerton, David Hurley, Paul Phoenix and Christopher Gabbitas. Photo by Alex MacNaughton

 

On March 10, the Los Alamos Concert Association presents one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers, as the fourth concert in LACA’s 65th anniversary season.

Fuller Lodge Art Center takes on the Beautiful and Beastly

on February 23, 2012 - 12:00am

Fuller Lodge Art Center Director Ken Nebel examines Thelma Hahn's work through 3-D glasses. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By Kirsten Laskey

Receiving the entries for the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest show, “Beauty and the Beast” was similar to awarding homework an A+, Director Ken Nebel said. Every piece made the grade.

From a bronze sculpture of a whimsical pig, “Petal” to delicate jewelry pieces made from glass and watch parts, the show reveals the artists’ creativity and imagination as they interpreted this unique topic.

Beauty in the Beast caught the attention of more

Los Alamos Little Theatre Changes Opening of ‘The Giver’ to March 2

on February 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Grady Hughes performs in "The Giver" beginning March 2 at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Photo by Minesh Bacrania Pacrania Photography

By Bonnie J. Gordon

 

The Los Alamos Little Theatre will present “The Giver” by Eric Coble, adapted from the Newbery Medal winning book for young people by Lois Lowry. Originally scheduled to open this Friday,  the play will now open Friday March 2 and run through March 17. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Saturday matinees. Tickets are $12 ($10 for students and seniors) and are available at CB Fox and at the door.

Get Bitten by NMDT’s Eerie and Elegant ‘Dracula’

on February 18, 2012 - 12:00am

Alicia Bowyer and Gary Cooper, Dracula 2012. Photo by Holger Waschinski

Review By Bonnie Gordon

You have one last chance to catch the stunning original ballet “Dracula” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos. Don’t miss it. New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company brings the iconic story of the master vampire to life in a production that, much like the Count himself, is elegant yet eerie, thrilling yet poignant.

Director and choreographer Susan Baker-Dillingham’s original ballets always achieve high emotional impact, and “Dracula” is no exception.

One Alone is not Enough…

on February 18, 2012 - 12:00am

A scene from "Mulan, Jr." performed in 2011. Courtesy/Daren Savage

One alone is not enough … Atomic City Children’s Theater proudly presents Disney’s “Mulan, Jr.” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 and 3 p.m.Saturday,  Feb. 25 at Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

Disney “Mulan, Jr.” is based upon the 1998 Disney film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert D. San Souci.

This production features many of the songs from the movie, as well as some new songs written especially for this show.

ACCT’s Co-Directors, Julia Fair and Daren Savage were both very pleased with the level of talent that tried out for

Original Ballet “Dracula” is a valentine of a different kind

on February 16, 2012 - 12:00am

Alicia Bowyer as Mina Harker in Dracula 2012. Photo by Holger Waschinski

By Bonnie Gordon

Get ready for heart stopping romance, action and drama this weekend, as The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT–PC), under the direction of Susan Baker-Dillingham presents “Dracula.”

NMDT–PC is a non-profit training ground for pre-professional dancers located in Los Alamos.

PEEC Officials Meet with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s Representative

on February 11, 2012 - 5:00pm

Michelle Jaquez-Ortiz, right foreground, from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall's Office met with officials at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center on Orange Street Thursday to learn how best the senator can support PEEC's efforts. From left, Board President Becky Shankland, PEEC Member Karyl Ann Armbruster, Program Director Katie Watson, Board Member Dave Yeamans, Facility Director Chick Keller and Board Member Siobhan Niklasson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Upcoming PEEC events:

A Nature Center for Los Alamos? Public meeting before the CIP committee at 5:15 p.m., Feb.

Red and Black Ball Marks 12th Year

on February 11, 2012 - 5:00pm


Preparing audio equipment for the Ball Saturday afternoon.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider and wife Cori. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com.

Kate O'Donnell, left, and Karen Kendall. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 

Greg Kendall, left, and Jim O'Donnell. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 


Fire Chief Troy Hughes and wife Jodi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Attorney Chris Chandler and County Council Chair Sharon Stover. Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Police Chief Wayne Torpy and Police and Fire Chaplain Cheryl Ridlon.

YMCA Red and Black Ball Rocks Back to the 1950s

on February 11, 2012 - 5:00pm


A sold out crowd attended a fundraiser for The Family YMCA 2012 "Strong Kids"
campaign at the Hill Top House Hotel Saturday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Jim Steritz, Jacqui Carroll, Sarah Wellborn and husband Rick toast the successful 2012
Red and Black Ball. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 


YMCA Board Member Sharon Stover with husband Steven Girrens.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


YMCA Supporters and Board Members gather for a group photo.
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Michaelangelo Lobato, left, and Roger Waterman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Juanita Madland Performs a Valentine Benefit Concert Sunday

on February 9, 2012 - 5:00pm

By Bonnie Gordon

 


Juanita Madland/Courtesy

 

Hear world class piano music for a good cause when Juanita Madland performs a Valentine Benefit Concert for The Los Alamos Arts Council at 7 p.m. Sunday Feb. 12 at Fuller Lodge. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at CB Fox or at the door.

Madland is a Los Alamos treasure. Although she performs in venues around the world, she generously shares her talents often in her home town, usually to support a worthy cause.

Her program on Sunday will be chronologically organized and will range from the baroque to the contemporary.

Jan McDonald Jazz Trio to Perform at Blue Window Saturday Night

on February 8, 2012 - 5:00pm


Jan McDonald/Courtesy

Things will swing at the Blue Window Bistro on Saturday, Feb 11 when the restaurant hosts a Jazz Night featuring the Jan McDonald Jazz Trio.

The Trio will perform from 7- 9 p.m. with Donna Smith on piano, Richard Snider on bass and Jan McDonald on trumpet and flugelhorn. Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required at 662-6305.

The regular dinner menu will be offered from 5-9 p.m. All menus are posted at labluewindowbistro.com. Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible.

Santa Fe resident Jan McDonald is recognized nationally as an accomplished jazz

Authors Speak Series Presents Pamela Christie Feb. 23

on February 8, 2012 - 5:00pm

The Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Upstairs Rotunda Mesa Public Library features Pamela Christie, author of “The King’s Lizard” and “Dead Lizard’s Dance,” mysteries set in Old Santa Fe.

“This is what my honored grandfather told me, all of it.

Make a Date with History

on February 7, 2012 - 5:00pm

By Kirsten Laskey

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Los Alamos Historical Society is inviting the community to “Make a Date with History.”

Dr. James Hopkins chats with students. Courtesy/LA Historical Society

Dr. James Hopkins, a professor at Southern Methodist University, will continue the Historical Society’s lecture series with his talk, “Oppenheimer and his Colleagues at Los Alamos” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Fuller Lodge.

So what attracts people to J. Robert Oppenheimer?

Hopkins said, “Oppenheimer is a familiar and affecting figure to anyone interested in the Manhattan Project but it

PEEC Offers Backyard Bird ID Class and Free Proenneke Film at Reel Deal

on February 7, 2012 - 5:00pm

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC will offer their popular class “What’s That Bird in my Backyard?” from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Individual registration is $10 or $9 for PEEC members and family registration is $20 or $18 for members.

Veteran birder Dave Yeamans will offer guidance on recognizing the most common winter birds in Los Alamos and White Rock.

Yeamans uses photos, books and websites to help participants get started with basic birding, or increase intermediate expertise. He will teach tips for recognizing birds by their colors, silhouette, behavior and feeding habits.

Bring a bird

“Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima” Coming to Mesa Public Library

on February 6, 2012 - 5:00pm

Sixty Seven Years Ago: The Battle of Iwo Jima with Veteran Bill Hudson is a special event set for 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the  Mesa Public Library Upstairs Rotunda.

Iwo Jima/Wikipedia

A video, including an interview with a local Iwo Jima Marine Corp veteran will be shown. Battle veteran Bill Hudson of Los Alamos will present the video “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” produced by the Canadian History Channel.

On this Valentine’s Day, this showing will commemorate the 67th anniversary of that historic battle and all the loved ones who fought and those who were lost.

This video has not

The Hill Stompers Light Up Durango Parade

on February 6, 2012 - 5:00pm

Band member Jeff Favorite blows his whistle as the Hill Stompers entertain the crowd last weekend in Durango.
Photo by Jean Gindreau/For ladailypost.com.

 

The Hill Stompers, an award winning jazzy street band that formed in 2000, spent last weekend playing music and dancing in the Snowdown Light Parade in Durango, Colo.

It’s Durango’s only nighttime parade where light-bedecked floats create a dazzling delight in Durango’s most spectacular and entertaining procession along the banks of Main Avenue.

The Hill Stompers will next play at the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl Tuesday, Feb.

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