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Contestants Get Their Geek On At Saturday's ScienceFest Nerdy Costume Contest

on September 14, 2014 - 8:20am
These three geeks prefer to remain nameless, but sources say they helped organize this year's weeklong ScienceFest event from their secret headquarters in the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and LA MainStreet - including Saturday's popular Nerdy Costume Contest at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Luke Adkins is the winner in Saturday's nerdy costume contest in the 10 and under catagory on the basis of audience applause. Bonnie J. Gordon/
The winner of the adult geek contest reacts to her victory. Bonnie J. Gordon/
Kids await

Lyrics And Libations Adds Festive Atmosphere At ScienceFest Saturday At Ashley Pond Park

on September 14, 2014 - 7:46am
Ron Dolin of Don Quixote Distillery and Winery in White Rock offers samples to a visitor to his booth at Ashley Pond Park on the final day of this year's weeklong ScienceFest event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
DK and the Affordables entertain the ScienceFest crowd Saturday at the pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Monk's Ales staff offers samples to visitors to their booth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
Ryan Finn and his Biggish Band jazz up the stage Saturday at Ashley Pond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost

Halfway Through First Season of WGN's Manhattan

on September 12, 2014 - 11:54am

Workers loading uranium slugs into the X-10 Reactor in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Photo public domain

LAHS News:

There was a great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society's viewing of the seventh episode of WGN's new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.

The episode was high in drama, but we found a lot of history to discuss! Every week the Society updates a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues. Previous episodes are discussed on this website, and on our Facebook page.

In and Around Town: Sept. 11

on September 11, 2014 - 10:59am

Editor's Note: The community calendar "In and Around Town" is published on the front page of the Los Alamos Daily Post every Thursday, updated daily and accessible any time by clicking the red button at the top right of this page.


The Explosive Art of Evelyn Rosenberg
On display through Sept. 30 in the Upstairs Gallery at Mesa Public Library
Los Alamos artist Elena Yang
Starbuck's at 106 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe. See more of Yang's work at

This Week at the Reel Deal

on September 10, 2014 - 5:19pm
Reel Deal Theater   

This week we are opening Dolphin Tale 2, and Let’s be Cops. We will hold The Hundred Foot Journey and If I Stay for another week. A Most Wanted Man and Boyhood will end this Thursday.

Movie Poster for 'Dolphin Tale 2'. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Dolphin Tale 2: Warner Bros.

Opera on the Rocks Presents Don Giovanni Sept. 20

on September 10, 2014 - 3:22pm


Be part of an unforgettable experience. This year’s installment of Opera on the Rocks presents Don Giovanni, one of the most popular operas of all time, framed by the beauty of Bandelier National Monument.

Join music lovers of all ages Saturday, Sept. 20 in Bandelier’s Juniper Campground outdoor amphitheater. Opera Alta will present an abridged performance starting at 5:30 p.m. of this classic Mozart production. The event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera, as well as for opera enthusiasts to enjoy listening in a special venue.  

Hosts of the event

Beer Coop Sponsors Lyrics & Libations at Pond Saturday

on September 9, 2014 - 3:06pm

More Than 50 Players Gather For Mad About Science Trivia Night

on September 9, 2014 - 11:07am
A big crowd gathered Monday to play Mad About Science Trivia at the Pajarito Brewpub. The event was part of ScienceCafe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A team puzzles over a Science Trivia question. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Game Master William Tucker reads a question. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A team works out their answer to a trivia question. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Drone Giveaway, Live Music All Part of Los Alamos ScienceFest ‘ExpoDay,’ Sept. 13

on September 8, 2014 - 9:32am

Courtesy photo


Los Alamos ScienceFest saved its biggest event for last with ExpoDay Saturday, Sept. 13, featuring Quadcopter demonstrations, 3D chalk art, water rocket launches, live music, beer garden, and even a chance to win a Quadcopter drone or a robotic puppy.

ExpoDay is part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest – nine days of fun, educational demonstrations, interactive activities, art, and hands on activities for inquisitive minds of all ages, from Sept. 5–13 in Los Alamos, NM.

“If there is one day of the Los Alamos ScienceFest that simply cannot be missed, it’s ExpoDay,”

Scenes From Saturday's Little Forest Fall Fiesta

on September 7, 2014 - 4:40pm

Little Forest Playschool held its annual Fall Fiesta and Silent Auction Saturday. The Fall Fiesta is one of three events held each year to raise funds for Little Forest, which has been part of the Los Alamos community for more than 60 years. The Fall Fiesta was held on the two-acre playground area at Little Forest Playschool at 3880 Villa St., and included a carnival with activities, animals, games, music and food. Hundreds of children brought their parents, and while the kids were playing, many parents browsed the silent auction, bidding on items donated by local businesses and artisans.

It's A Wrap For Summer Concert Season

on September 6, 2014 - 8:21am

Concert promoter Russ Gordon with his wife Deb waves to concert goers at Friday's final concert of the season for the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The series marked its 25th anniversary this year and will return again in May. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Whitewater Ramble from Fort Collins, Colo., played for the crowd Friday night at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Whitewater Ramble performs at the Pond. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Chamber of

‘Tower of Magic’ By Local Playwright Tess Light Opens Friday

on September 4, 2014 - 10:12am
Felix (Scott Reynolds) takes in the view. Photo by Steve Wolfel
Solstitia/Sue (Katrina Koehler) spends time with her brother Quartus (Tyrrell Cummings). Photo by Steve Wolfel
Los Alamos Little Theater

For most of us, our lives are filled with routine. It usually involves getting up at about the same time every day, going to work, coming home and eating dinner, unwinding after a busy day and going to sleep.

This routine is repeated and repeated day in and day out. We try to find things to do that we enjoy, but how many of us really try to fulfill our dreams?

Community and Historical Society Discuss Sixth Episode of WGN’s Manhattan

on September 4, 2014 - 9:57am

Richard Feynman chats with Robert Oppenheimer and a couple of other scientists back in the day at Los Alamos. CourtesyLAHS

LAHS News:

As WGN’s Manhattan series continues, there was another great audience on Sunday for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the sixth episode.

The Los Alamos Historical Society would like to send out a special thanks to this audience who contributed a lot of the information in this press release, thank you! The Society has collected some of the questions and discussion points heard on Sunday.

'Motorcycle Diaries' Story of Young Che Guevara

on September 3, 2014 - 4:26am

Movie Poster for 'The Motorcycle Diaries'

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

Why do some of us only think or want, while others do and make? How do the seeds of true revolution first begin?

Walter Salles’s “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004, rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, examines a young Che Guevara’s journey across South America, where the aspiring doctor witnesses continent-wide poverty, disparity and injustice, the magnitude of which might have been enough to inspire his future.

Toward the end of 1951, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his

Ullr Fest 14 At Pajarito Mountain Sept. 20

on September 1, 2014 - 9:37am


Ullr Fest 14 is set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Pajarito Mountain. Pajarito's most popular fall festival features more than a dozen New Mexico craft beers, live music by the Jimmy Stadler Band, a Viking Costume Contest, disc golf and kids activities.

Atomic City bus provides free shuttle service from Sullivan Field and White Rock leaving every 30 minutes.

Activities include:

  • New Mexico Brewers Fest noon to 5 p.m.;
  • Bike and Hike 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
  • Jimmy Stadler Band 2-5 p.m.; and
  • Atomic City Transit 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Hundred Foot Journey'

on August 31, 2014 - 7:43am
Los Alamos

“The Hundred Foot Journey” is a sweet, visually pleasing film that will make you wish you could enjoy aromas and flavors in movies.

The story is about the Kadam family from Mumbai, India, coming to Europe to escape the political turmoil in which they lost their restaurant as well as the wife and mother of the family. The family consists of Papa, played by Om Puri (The Ghost and the Darkness; Charlie Wilson’s War), Hassan played by Manish Dayal (90210; The Good Wife), Mansur; Mahira,Mukthar and Aisha.

Movie poster for 'The Hundred Foot Journey.'

Meet the Cast of Tower of Magic Opening Sept. 5

on August 30, 2014 - 10:38am
Katrina Koeler as Sue McFate. Courtesy/LALT
LALT News:
Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Tower of Magic Sept. 5-14 at 1670 Nectar St. near downtown Los Alamos.

Sue McFate is finding it difficult to announce her engagement. Her family has never once heard she has a boyfriend. Her fiancé doesn’t even know her real name.

Sue has come home to make the announcement, but finds herself stymied when she realizes that her fiancé, Felix, will be a huge disappointment to her family.

Scott Reynolds as Felix. Courtesy/LALT

Felix pays an unexpected visit to the family and meets his potential

Manny Martinez Live At Santa Fe Plaza

on August 30, 2014 - 10:29am


Explosive Interest In WGN's 'Manhattan'

on August 30, 2014 - 9:19am

Scene from WGN's television show 'Manhattan.' Courtesy/wgnamerica

AHF News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The WGN America television show “Manhattan” has galvanized the interest of millions of viewers. Shown on Sunday nights, national audiences are riveted by the dramatic tension between rival groups of scientists and the omnipresent security police in Los Alamos in 1943.

“Manhattan” follows the scientists as they confront the challenges of making a workable atomic bomb while dealing with an intrusive military force, intense rivalries, and strained marital relations where couples can no longer

Community and Historical Society Discuss Fifth Episode of WGN’s Manhattan

on August 29, 2014 - 9:18am

Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society Archives

LAHS News:

WGN’s Manhattan continues with another dramatic episode and great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the fifth episode. 

Manhattan presents a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Below are some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media.

Every week the Society will be updating a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'The Giver'

on August 28, 2014 - 7:12am


“The Giver” is another young adult novel turned to film that presents a dystopian vision of the future. And like the others we’ve seen in recent years—“Hunger Games,” “Divergent”—it succeeds in making me want to read the book after seeing the film.

From much younger friends, I have heard that the film doesn’t do the book justice. But that is usually the case in movies that have to tell the fullness of a story in less than two hours. Nonetheless, the images and characters in the film will give visuals to the words I will read when I do buy the book.

Los Alamos' Amy Storey (Trixie ConQueso) Appears on TV Thursday

on August 27, 2014 - 9:42am
Amy Storey of Los Alamos performing this summer in Las Vegas, Nev., at the 'WonderGround' variety show. 
Courtesy/SherylAnn Garrett
Amy Storey, center, with her backup dancers 'The Cheesy Delights' Piper Wohlbier and Marcie Long. Courtesy photo

Amy Storey of Los Alamos will appear as Trixie ConQueso at 7 a.m., Thursday on The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens.

Storey is promoting the 'Fierce Women Party' set for Labor Day, Sept. 2 at the Tractor Brewing Company on 4th Street in the Nob Hill area of Albuquerque.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on August 27, 2014 - 7:39am
Reel Deal Theater    

This week we are opening The Hundred Foot Journey and A Most Wanted Man (Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last film.)

Sin City, The Giver, and Guardians of the Galaxy will hold for another week. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will end this Thursday. Despite poor reviews, I saw Sin City and liked it. It is indeed an artistic work of cinematography and definitely worth a look.

Thanks to all of you who waited patiently for The Hundred Foot Journey, and A Most Wanted Man. Hope we have a good turn-out so we can continue to get this type of genre at the

Historical Society Hosts Fall Gala & Experience Auction

on August 22, 2014 - 8:42am
A formal dance at Fuller Lodge during the Manhattan Project era. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Join the Los Alamos Historical Society for an evening under the stars at historic Fuller Lodge at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

This special fundraising event, which is black-tie optional, will include an elaborate three-course dinner, the Society’s annual Experience Auction, and dancing to the music of the Los Alamos Big Band.

Tickets are $75 each, and many of the 120 available have already been sold.

Several Festivals Labor Day Weekend in Taos

on August 22, 2014 - 6:37am

TAOS News:

Recognized as the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day weekend is being celebrated in Taos and Taos Ski Valley with several festivals Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, including The High Mountain Hideout, Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival and TAO Studio Tour.

More than 30 regional and local acts will bring a variety of music to Taos Ski Valley Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 31 with The High Mountain Hideout, presented by Glad Castle.