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‘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/ladailypost.com
 
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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/ladailypost.com
 
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

Reel Deal Movie Theater Is Open Today

on February 28, 2015 - 12:18pm

REEL DEAL News:

The Real Deal Movie Theater is open for all showtimes today.

For movies and times, visit http://reeldealtheater.com/.

Canceled: Fire And Ice Winter Festival 2015

on February 27, 2015 - 10:14pm

EVENT News:

The Fire & Ice Winter Festival scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28 in Jemez Springs has been canceled due to heavy snowfall in the Jemez right now. 

Sorry for any inconvenience. We will try again next year.

Former Singer/Guitarist Of 'Wardog' Releasing Old Song: 'Clouds Of Magellan' Sung In Klingon

on February 27, 2015 - 7:05am
Musician Tom Gattis of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
Tom Gattis, former singer/guitarist for 90's Heavy/Power Metal band Wardog announces the upcoming release of an old song titled "Clouds Of Magellan," which is sung in the Klingon language.
 
Klingon is a well-known language originating from the Star Trek television series.
 
Wardog originated from Phoenix, Ariz., in 1994, but disbanded in 2000. Tom Gattis has lived in Los Alamos since 2009 and works at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a structural engineer.

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.
 
ONGOING EVENTS
 
Open Minds- A Safe Space for Teens & Young Adults of Minority Sexualities and Those Who Support Them
A safe space for Lesbian, gay, transgendered, questioning,teens and young adults and those who support. 6 p.m. Mondays Room 203 UNM-Los Alamos Student Center. Snacks provided.
 
Fish Fry Fridays
The popular Lenten Friday

Benefit Party For Bathtub Row Brewing In Central Park Square At 5 P.M. Friday

on February 26, 2015 - 8:05am

The public is invited to a benefit for Bathtub Row Brewing begins at 5 p.m., Friday at 170 Central Park Square. There will be a $10 suggested donation to help Bathtub Row Brewing in one last push to get open. Kakistocrats will be playing music and Bosque Brewing will have beer available for purchase. It's a picnic-type event, so people are asked to bring whatever they would like to eat in from home or take-out from local eateries. Courtesy/BRB

Paradox Jazz Quintet At Pajarito Brewpub Friday

on February 25, 2015 - 10:25pm

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 25, 2015 - 8:50am
By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

We had 25 contenders and only one winner for our second annual Reel Deal Academy Award Contest. If Boyhood would have won instead of Birdman, I would have had to award about 20 six-month passes.

Birdman, the quirky but original film was a bit of surprise but maybe the Academy is looking for original, non-sequel films. This is a good thing as the days of four, five or even six sequals are getting real old.

Having said that I am also convinced the Academy is becoming more disconnected with movie patrons.

PEEC Hosts 'Wrenched' Screening At Reel Deal

on February 25, 2015 - 5:38am

Movie Poster for 'Wrenched' Courtesy/amazon.com

PEEC NEWS:

The documentary Wrenched delves into Edward Abbey’s most famous and influential work of fiction, The Monkey Wrench Gang, which came to be known for its protest of environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a special screening of the movie at 6:30 p.m., March 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Special guest Jack Loeffler, a close friend of Abbey’s, will introduce the film and answer questions prior to the screening.

Wrenched reveals how Abbey forever changed

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

Infinity Squared Music Presents Spoken Lead Singer Matt Baird In Los Alamos Concert Tuesday Evening

on February 23, 2015 - 8:04pm

Spoken lead singer Matt Baird performs at 7 p.m., Tuesday. Courtesy photo

INFINITY SQUARED MUSIC News:

Don’t miss this concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24. Matt Baird, lead singer for Spoken, has come from Iowa by way of Texas to do an acoustic show at New Beginnings Fellowship for a $5 cover fee.

This event is the third show in six months, brought to you by a new Los Alamos community group, represented by the name Infinity Squared Music and coordinated by local Phil Jacobson.

The name was born out of the first show (September 2014), where nationally-acclaimed Everfound performed at White

‘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

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'

on February 22, 2015 - 8:42am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is an “R” rated, comic book style movie, featuring exquisitely dressed gentleman secret agents and an evil genius villain.

The secret agents have ingenious weapons inspired by James Bond movies. The evil genius uses cell phones in his attempt to control the world.

If you know all that before going to see the film, it might help. The “R” rating is mostly for violence, much of which is way over the top, reference to sex, and rough language. The film is not so much silly as it is absurd in its tone.

Reasons to see the film

'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.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 18, 2015 - 7:54am
By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

The Second Annual Reel Deal Theater Academy Award Contest: Any person predicting the winner in all of the following categories will win a six-month pass to the movies of their choice at the Reel Deal Theater.

The categories are: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Animated Feature Film. The winner or winners must submit their predictions to me before noon MST Sunday Feb. 22 at odonnell455@gmail.com. It doesn’t hurt to try and Good Luck!

This Friday we are opening McFarland

Los Alamos Author Hits Amazon Bestseller List

on February 18, 2015 - 7:45am
Cover of 'Humans vs. Aliens.' Courtesy/T. Jackson King

LITERARY News:

Los Alamos author T. Jackson King’s newest science fiction novel Humans vs. Aliens has hit No. 11 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Space Opera Bestseller list.

The novel explores the invasion of Aliens who are apex predators aiming to add Sol system to their Hunt territory.

T. Jackson King

"I got the idea for this novel when I asked what if First Contact between Humans and Aliens happens in our Kuiper Belt just beyond Pluto?” King said.

Singer Matt Baird Performs In Los Alamos Feb. 24

on February 17, 2015 - 8:59am

Former heavy rock band singer Matt Baird performs an acoustic, 'coffee house style' show Feb. 24 in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

MUSIC News:

After 19 years as lead singer for the heavy rock band Spoken, Matt Baird is trying something new. He will bring an acoustic, "coffee house style" show to Los Alamos Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The show starts at 7 p.m. at New Beginnings Fellowship with a $5 cover. Come see Baird demonstrating his incredible voice and God-given breadth of talent as he blends hard rock to softer worship sounds.

Recently chatting with BREATHEcast.com, Baird had this to say: "I hope

Registration Opens For PEEC Summer Camp

on February 17, 2015 - 7:41am

Taos Center For The Arts Hosts Oscars Party Feb. 22

on February 15, 2015 - 10:21am

TCA News:

TAOSTaos Center for the Arts (TCA), in collaboration with the TCA Film Society, is bringing the 87th Oscars to Taos Feb. 22 with a glamorous evening of music, dancing, food, cash bar and entertainment, plus a commercial-free screening of the Oscars.

The TCA Awards Night begins at 5 p.m. in the Taos Community Auditorium at 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. This is a “pay what you can” event where donations are accepted in lieu of a set price. The proceeds benefit the TCA.

The evening will feature entertainment by Bon Bon Burlesque, Brave New Burrow and Red Carpet Photos by Steve Fox.

Pink Tie Affair Raises Funds To Fight Cancer

on February 9, 2015 - 1:35pm
Amy Bauer ties Mike Rogers' pink bow-tie at Saturday's Pink Tie Affair at Unquarked in Central Park Square. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
Pete Giuliani, left, chats with Chris Fichtl during Saturday's Pink Tie Affair.
Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Wendi Akerley, Raeanna Geiger and Rendia Carter place items on a table for the silent auction held during the Pink Tie Affair Saturday night at UnQuarked. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

One person’s idea created a spark of inspiration, others pitched in to

Beer And Band Day At Pajarito Mountain Saturday

on February 5, 2015 - 9:18am

Free Concert With Shine Bright Baby Friday

on February 5, 2015 - 9:06am
 
CONCERT News:
 
Coming from Nashville, Tenn., Shine Bright Baby kicked off their national headlining Dreamers Tour this week, with special guest Loftland. 
 
They will be in Los Alamos for a FREE Concert Friday, Feb. 6 at Trinity On The Hill Church, 3900 Trinity Dr.
 
All ages are welcome and the community is invited to attend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. Arrive early as space is limited and the show could be packed.
 
Email lainfinitysquared@gmail.com for VIP Pass, good for early entry (5:30 p.m.) to meet the bands and hear some private music. Additional information can be

This Week at the Reel Deal

on February 4, 2015 - 10:44am
By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening The SpongeBob Movie and Seventh Son. We will hold American Sniper and Imitation Game for one more week. Mortdecai, The Homesman, and Strange Magic will end this Thursday.

Fifty Shades of Grey: We are opening this film a day early for a special screening at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb 12. Tickets are on sale now at our Box Office every day during normal operating hours.

We are having a special screening of Bag-It, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb 5. This film is sponsored by the Sierra Club. Hope to see you there.

LAAC Presents Black Mesa Brass Noon Wednesday

on February 2, 2015 - 6:18am

Black Mesa Brass. Courtesy/LAAC

LAAC News:

Los Alamos Arts Council presents an intimate Brown Bag performance featuring Black Mesa Brass at noon Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.

Black Mesa Brass combines the talents of Jan McDonald, John Hargreaves and Jerry Morzinski.

Jan McDonald is recognized nationally as an accomplished trumpet player and educator. He leads the Los Alamos Big Band and performs with the Southwest Jazz Orchestra, Pro Musica Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Symphony.

Cinema Cindy Reviews American Sniper

on February 1, 2015 - 8:38am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“American Sniper” may not be a movie for everyone. It takes the audience into a bloody war we don’t want to witness. It highlights of the life of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. We watch as he lines up each target in the crosshairs and decides whether or not to pull the trigger.

The movie takes essential highlights from each of Kyle’s four tours of duty in Iraq, his life leading up to his decision to enlist, his training as a Seal and his relationship with his wife Taya.

Mostly, though, this is a war movie.

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