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In And Around Town: March 26

on March 26, 2015 - 10:09am
Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published each Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.
THURSDAY, March 26
Albuquerque historian Richard Ruddy is the featured Author at Mesa Public Library’s “Authors Speak”
7 p.m., March 26, in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda. Ruddy is the author of a biography of Edmund G. Ross, entitled Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist. Ross also served as a Territorial Governor of New Mexico.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 25, 2015 - 8:19am
By Jim O'Donnell
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Home. We will hold Cinderella, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and The Second Best Marigold Hotel. We were only going to show Marigold Hotel for one week but it did so well, we have to hold it for one more week. Run All Night will end this Thursday but the caveat is that projector broke down and we are waiting on parts so it most likely won’t be repaired by Thursday. I hope to get it up and running by Friday.

Movie poster for 'Home.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

Home: When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on

'Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco' Premiers In Los Alamos April 21

on March 25, 2015 - 7:58am
Micah True, known as Caballo Blanco, on a run. Courtesy photo

FILM News:

“Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” as feature-length documentary about ultra-running legend Micah True will premiere at the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. The one-night-only event is sponsored by the High Altitude Athletics Club of Los Alamos.

Movie Poster for 'Run Free." Courtesy/film producers

Micah True, better known as Caballo Blanco – the White Horse – was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and

Ensemble Transforms Scrap Waste Into Music At Debut Show In Taos April 9

on March 24, 2015 - 12:20pm
TCA News:
TAOS  The Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) presents the internationally renowned percussion ensemble, Scrap Arts Music, for one night only at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at the Taos Community Auditorium.

Scrap Arts Music is music that starts out as scrap, turns into art and then transforms into unforgettable sound. Hear intricate rhythms, experience raw energy and athletic choreography, and see the most inventive reuse of materials on stage today.

Instruments can be fashioned from industrial scrap and offbeat materials ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells, which are as

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Insurgent

on March 24, 2015 - 7:28am

Los Alamos Plays Montana In 'Hellbent' Film

on March 23, 2015 - 9:50am
Los Alamos County Film Liaison Kelly Stewart with Chee Ho, location manager for the film 'Hellbent' Thursday at Starbucks on Central Avenue. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.coom
Los Alamos Daily Post

When you need to launch a car from a cliff for your movie shoot in Los Alamos County, who you gonna call? The answer is County Film Liaison Kelly Stewart. Chee Ho, location manager for the independent film Hellbent did so just recently.

“Kelly has made a tremendous difference to our coming here,” Ho said. “She’s an invaluable asset.”

Launching the car was the

CSF Wind Orchestra Opens 2015 Season March 29

on March 23, 2015 - 8:44am

Concert poster. Courtesy/Wind Orchestra of Concordia Santa Fe


The Wind Orchestra of Concordia Santa Fe opens its 2015 season with an array of 20th- and 21st-Century compositions in a program entitled Colors of the Southwest, in conjunction with the new art exhibit of the same title at the New Mexico Museum of Art. 

This program features works that capture the musical life and landscapes of the southwestern United States.  For contrast in the program, guest conductor Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger from the University of Georgia has included two pieces from other geographical regions.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Cinderella'

on March 22, 2015 - 9:03am
Los Alamos

“Cinderella”, Disney’s 2015 remake of the much-remade story, is actually not bad. Although there are parts of the film that are obviously for children and pre-teen girls, adults who remember with fondness the animated Disney film of the same name will find some happy memories here.

Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) makes it possible for this live action film to incorporate visual magic.

The list of delights found in this film version of the classic fairy tale would have to start with the CGI transformations of the mice, lizards, and goose into the horses,

Cinema Cindy: 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

on March 21, 2015 - 9:33am
Los Alamos

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is an equally entertaining sequel to the first film of the same enterprise. Like the “First Exotic Marigold Hotel” which gained much acclaim in 2011, “The Second” features Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and a few other British character actors, all of whom have chosen to retire in this hotel in Jaipur, India. Their relationships with one another and their adventures in India create the vignettes in this ensemble film.

But the story holding all the vignettes together is the impending wedding of Sonny (Dev

Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team Pizza Party Tonight

on March 21, 2015 - 8:17am

Open Mic Night At Bandelier Grill In White Rock

on March 19, 2015 - 7:46am
Music News:
The Bandelier Grill in White Rock, owned by Brian Appell, will sponsor a regular open mic nite, hosted by Richard Hannemann, owner of Hannemann Music, 8:30-12:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning March 21.
Acts should plan on a short set of three songs or 10 minutes, which ever comes first  if there is remaining time after everyone has done their short set, open mic nite will open up to something more informal.
Acts who have a CD album will be able to make their CD available for sale limit this to one title per act.

Bless Me, Ultima Returns To NHCC

on March 18, 2015 - 8:31am

Movie still from 'Bless Me, Ultima.' Courtesy/

NHCC News:

Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya’s dramatization of his acclaimed novel, returns to the National Hispanic Cultural Center as the seventh production in the NHCC’s ongoing Siembra: Latino Theatre Festival.

Performances run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday April 16-19 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Tickets are $17, $22, and $27, with a $5 discount for students and seniors, and are available from the NHCC Box Office, at 505.724.4771 or  

Bless Me, Ultima, probably

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 18, 2015 - 8:13am
By Jim O'Donnell
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening The Second Best Marigold Hotel (one week only) and The Divergent Series: Insurgent. We will hold Cinderella and Run All Night for one more week. Still Alice and Chappie will end this Thursday.

Movie poster for 'The Second Best Marigold Hotel.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

 The Second Best Marigold Hotel: Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they've found just th place: The Second Best

LALT Announces Cast For Avenue Q, The Musical

on March 18, 2015 - 8:07am


LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre announces the cast of Avenue Q, The Musical, which includes Kile Uhlenbrock, Kate Ramsey, David Daniel, Glenda Fletcher, Sara Barber, Stuart Rupprecht, Connor Schultz, Henry Knutsen, Henry Knutsen, Zack Baker, Tyrrell Cummings, Gwen Lewis, Pat Beck and Jeanne Adkins.

Avenue Q, The Musical by Jeff Whitty with music and lyrics written by Academy Award winner Robert Lopez and directed by Holly Haas opens in May at the Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos.

Avenue Q features music direction by Sheila Schiferl, scenic design

NMDT Performance Company Presents 'Giselle'

on March 18, 2015 - 7:52am
NMDT-PC dancers Sarah Dale Devon McCleskey and Sarah Dale and back row from left, Louisa Belian, Rebbeca Cai and Megan Hemphill. Photo by Dan Mahoney


Love, betrayal and forgiveness reign as the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC) presents “Giselle,” one of the world’s most beloved and enduring masterpieces in all ballet.

The ghostly love story will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

NMDT-PC has made a huge impact on the Los Alamos community.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Still Alice'

on March 16, 2015 - 7:29am

Movie poster for 'Still Alice.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater


Los Alamos

“Still Alice” is a brave film that will haunt you. True to the book on which it is based, the film takes a respectful but honest look at how it feels to get Alzheimers. What makes the story different is that it is told from the perspective of the one diagnosed.

As we watch this film, we become Alice, going through the months as she becomes aware of her cognitive degeneration. She is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers, a rare and genetic form of the disease.

LALT's 'Mister Roberts' Sails On Sea Of Laughter

on March 14, 2015 - 11:21am
Following an explosion aboard ship, from left, Doc (Richard Parker), Ensign Pulver (Don Monteith) and Lt. Roberts (Jeffrey Favorite). Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

“Mister Roberts” pulled into port at Los Alamos Little Theatre aboard the aptly named U.S.S. Reluctant Friday night. The beloved Hollywood movie, starring Henry Fonda and Jack Lemmon, was first a novel and then a play.

The LALT production is a revival of the 1948 theater version, which took Broadway by storm.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 11, 2015 - 9:43am
Real Deal Theater    

This Friday we are opening Still Alice, Cinderella, and Run All Night. We will hold Chappie for one more week. Focus, McFarland, and Selma will end this Thursday.

Still Alice, (Oscar winner, Best Actress, Julianne Moore,) is highly anticipated here on the hill where many of our citizens either have or know someone dear to them with Alzheimer’s disease. Cinderella is getting very good reviews (9 out of 10) and is widely considered to be the flagship film for the spring movie season. Run All Night starring Liam Neeson promises to quench the thirst of

Additional Traffic Control On West Road For Passage Of 12 Large Film Trucks Afternoon-Evening March 11

on March 10, 2015 - 12:08pm


Los Alamos County has approved a flagging operation on the section of West Road between Diamond Drive and the top of Los Alamos Canyon (by the ice rink) to allow passage of 12 large filming trucks that require both lanes to safely negotiate the turns in the road.

This flagging operation will be conducted by a certified contractor and monitored by the County’s Traffic Division. Temporary lane closures are scheduled to occur between 6-10 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 after filming is completed along Camp May Road.

'Mr. Roberts' Sets Sail At Los Alamos Little Theatre

on March 10, 2015 - 8:02am
USS Reluctant set at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Courtesy photo

From left, Mister Roberts (Jeffrey Favorite), Doc (Richard Parker) and Ensign Pulver (Don Monteith) make their own scotch aboard the USS Reluctant. Courtesy photo

LALT News:

Welcome aboard a U.S. Navy Cargo Ship the USS Reluctant, which is operating in the back waters of the Pacific in the spring of 1945. This is not a very happy ship. The sailors aboard are suffering from the deadly boredom that comes from the routine delivery of cargo during wartime.

To make things worse, the ship’s captain is a cantankerous, small-minded

REMINDER: Traffic Control March 10-11 On Camp May Road For Filming

on March 9, 2015 - 9:19pm


Los Alamos County, in cooperation with Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, will facilitate intermittent traffic control on Camp May Road between West Road and Pajarito Mountain to accommodate filming in Los Alamos County beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 through 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. 

Intermittent traffic control will be conducted by a certified contractor and monitored by the County’s Traffic Division to include a flagging operation to safely guide traffic through the staging area where film vehicles will be parked along Camp May Road.

'A Night Of Hindustani Music' March 7

on March 5, 2015 - 7:48am
Devotional singers Mark and Terra Choplin. Courtesy photo
 UCLA News:
The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (UCLA) presents "A Night of Hindustani Music and Traditional Indian Storytelling" with Mark and Terra Choplin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7.
Mark and Terra Choplin are devotional singers, trained in India, who specialize in traditional Indian story-telling, and classical Indian instrumental, or Hindustani music. They will be presenting the ancient story of the Hindu holiday Holi; the story of the boy, Prahlada, in a way of telling called Katha.
Part of the program will

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 5, 2015 - 7:38am
Real Deal Theater  

This Friday we are opening Oscar winner, Selma for one week only and follow it the next week with Still Alice. Chappie, from the director of District 9 will open this Friday.

We will hold Focus and McFarland USA for another week. Whiplash and Kingsman will end this Thursday.

Don’t miss out on Academy Award winner Whiplash. I saw it last night and it had some of the finest acting I’ve seen – a very intense film.

Movie poster for 'Selma.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

SELMA is the story of a movement.

'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.