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Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Lucy'

on July 28, 2014 - 9:56am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Lucy,” by writer/director Luc Besson, is a contemporary era (rather than futuristic) Sci-Fi flick, immersed in the dark underworld of international drug running.

If you are sensitive to scenes involving blood, torture, execution by gun, or weirdly morphing ooze, don’t bother with this one. The film is rated “R” for strong violence, disturbing images and sexuality. I thought this was a very smart film. I liked it.

First off, the concept of the film is intriguing: what would happen if a human suddenly were able to increase the percentage of her brain to

Crowd Joins Los Alamos Historical Society At Time Out Pizzeria For Premiere of 'Manhattan'

on July 27, 2014 - 3:08pm

The private dining room at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Avenue is filling up with community members prepared to watch the premiere of Manhattan this evening. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The main dining area also is filling up for the big event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society reminds the crowd that the producers have said repeatedly of this series, 'This is fiction.' Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report:

Tonight starts the television series premiere of “Manhattan” on WGN

Ray-Wylie-Hubbard and The Bill Hearne Trio Play The Pond

on July 26, 2014 - 11:55am

Ray-Wylie-Hubbard performs for a large crowd at Friday night's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Jim Caffrey

The Bill Hearne Trio opened Friday night's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Jim Caffey

Concert goers take to the dance floor as the Bill Hearne Trio perform Friday night. Photo by Jim Caffey

Missoula Children's Theatre Presents 'Blackbeard the Pirate' Saturday

on July 25, 2014 - 10:06am
Actors portraying parrots in 'Blackbeard the Pirate' rehearse their parts. The Los Alamos Arts Council presents Missoula Children's Theatre's production at 7 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. Tickets are available at the door. Courtesy/LAAC

 

In and Around Town: July 24

on July 24, 2014 - 9:27am
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 at any time by clicking the red button at the top right of the page.
 
Ongoing Exhibits
 
Paintings by Richard Wasilewski
Wasilewski’s work can be viewed through Aug. 5 in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, open during regular library hours.
 
'Eureka!' and 'Eclecticity' at Fuller Lodge Art Center
FLAC displays “Eureka!” In the Portal Gallery is “Eclecticity,” work by Katherine Brittin and Charryl Greenwood Berger.

LALO Presents 'Broadway on the Hill'

on July 24, 2014 - 8:44am

LALO News:

Los Alamos Light Opera presents a special benefit performance, with all of your favorite singers, songs and a raffle! 

Selections include:

  • Wicked
  • Les Miserables
  • Guys & Dolls • Cabaret • Follies
  • Avenue Q
  • Company • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Spamalot
  • The Drowsy Chaperone
  • South Pacific 
  • West Side Story
  • Sweet Charity
  • Oliver
  • The Phantom of the Opera

Event Schedule:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday Aug.15
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. General admission is $15 or $10 for students and seniors.

Special Encore Performance:

  • 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug.

Unitarian Church Hosts Free Screening of 'Frozen'

on July 24, 2014 - 8:39am
Movie poster. Courtesy/UCLA
 
UNITARIAN News:
 
The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos continues its free summer movie series with a viewing of the 2013 Disney hit, Frozen at 7 p.m., Saturday in Robinson Hall at the church. Admission is free.
 
At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 27, Rev. John Cullinan will present a sermon for all ages based on themes from the film. This  is a multi-generational service. All are welcome for worship, followed by coffee and conversation.
 
The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is at 1738 N. Sage St. For more information, visit www.uulosalamos.org or call the church office

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Jersey Boys’

on July 24, 2014 - 8:06am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Jersey Boys” is Clint Eastwood’s effort to put the hugely successful Broadway musical of the same name on the big screen.

It is the story of Frankie Valli and the original N.J., through their trying to survive in the big time. The music of the Four Seasons plays throughout the film, making it more than worth the price of admission.

The story is told by each of the four band members, cutting away at times to talk straight to the camera.

Movie poster for 'Jersey Boys.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Tommy DeVito’s (Vincent Piazza) version of the story comes

Hiking, Biking, Beer & Music July 26

on July 23, 2014 - 11:14am

LABC News:

The Second Annual Los Alamos Beer Co-op Fiesta is Saturday, July 26 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The Fiesta features lift-served biking and hiking 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as a New Mexico brewers fest with live music noon to 6 p.m. Atomic City Transit Shuttle will run every ½ hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sullivan Field.

As part of the Fiesta, other Los Alamos cooperative businesses will attend to support their community and fellow cooperative.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 23, 2014 - 11:04am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL  
Reel Deal Theater 

This week we are opening Lucy, with Scarlett Johansson. Begin Again, Planes: Fire and Rescue, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will run for another week. Jersey Boys will end this Thursday so don’t miss it.

Next week on Aug. 1, we will definitely open Guardians of the Galaxy, and the following week Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is certain. The film I’ve been working hard to open on Aug. 8 is The Hundred Foot Journey which is perfect for this town. Disney is saying we don’t make the cut again for opening weekend but we can get it by Aug.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Begin Again'

on July 21, 2014 - 7:33am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Begin Again” is a simple movie, motivated by the power of music - but it works. The story is about the redemption of two down-on-their-luck strangers and what they get from teaming up together.

Dan Mulligan (a scruffy Mark Ruffalo), was just dumped as a music producer from the company he founded. In his drunken sorrow, he stumbles into an East Village bar and hears Greta (Keira Knightley), a young woman who writes songs in her spare time, singing.

Two Young Artists Concerts in Taos July 26-27

on July 20, 2014 - 6:26am

TSM News:

The Taos School of Music (TSM) will host two Young Artists concerts July 26-27.

The first concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Hotel St. Bernard, Taos Ski Valley. On the program: Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio in E Flat Major, K 563, and Beethoven: Piano Trio D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost Trio." The concert is free and open to the public.

A second concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte. Tickets are $8. On the program: Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Op.

Culture Rich ‘Fiestas de Taos’ July 19-20

on July 19, 2014 - 7:22am

Courtesy photo

TAOS News:

The centuries old, culturally rich celebration of Fiestas de Taos will take place in Taos through Sunday, July 20 and includes festivities in honor of the feast days of Taos’ Catholic patron saints, St. Anne and St. James (Santa Ana y Santiago).

One of Taos’ staple annual events, Fiestas de Taos features live music donated by local talent, traditional dances, parades, and special presentations along with food and crafts vendors and activities for children. A Fiesta Queen is traditionally selected among local contenders during the fiesta as well.

The fiestas began

High Elevation ‘Beer Fiesta’ July 26

on July 18, 2014 - 8:54am
LA BEER CO-OP News:

 
The Los Alamos Beer Co-op will again host its high elevation Beer Fiesta Saturday, July 26, at Pajarito Ski Mountain.
 
Last year’s inaugural event drew a huge crowd of microbrew enthusiasts for a day of hiking, biking, beer, music and fun, and this year is sure to bring a repeat performance.

The family-friendly “Beer Fiesta” is sponsored by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op, New Mexico’s only cooperative brewery in planning.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 16, 2014 - 8:57am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL    
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening Planes: Fire and Rescue, Begin Again, and Jersey Boys. We will hold Planet of the Apes, and Tammy. Transformers,and Earth to Echo will end this Thursday.

We had planned on opening Sex Tape with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal this weekend but Sony gave us the run-around again and told us we didn't make the cut. Truthfully I don't know if it's a good film or not but now at least we have a chance to see how it opens and what the critics say. If it doesn't live up to the hoopla we won't show it.

We originally didn't make

SFO Apprentice Concert July 20 at Fuller Lodge

on July 14, 2014 - 9:15am
LAOG News:
The Los Alamos Opera Guild presents its annual Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos. Light refreshments will be served.  
The Santa Fe Opera's Apprentices will perform a short program: Baritone Josh Conyers, Soprano Heather Phillps and accompanist Glenn Lewis.
The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for singers is internationally recognized as one of the finest programs of its type. On average approximately 40 apprentice singers are chosen each year from a competitive applicant pool.

Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria Host 'Manhattan' Viewing Party July 27

on July 12, 2014 - 10:44am

Courtesy/LAHS

COMMUNITY News:

It’s not every day that your hometown is featured in a major television series. Starting July 27, with the premiere of “Manhattan” on WGN America, Los Alamos will be.

The Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria (Los Alamos branch on Central Avenue) are hosting a viewing party and discussion group for each of the season’s 13 episodes. The premier is 7 p.m., Sunday, July 27. Subsequent episodes will air 8 p.m Sundays.

According to WGN, “Manhattan” is about “brilliant but flawed scientists” who lived in Los Alamos during World War II and were racing

This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 9, 2014 - 9:31am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL 
Reel Deal Theater   

This week we are opening Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We will hold Earth to Echo, Tammy and Transformers. 22 Jump St. will end this Thursday.

Movie poster for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is getting spectacular reviews. 95 percent of critics are loving this sequel to “Rise” by “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves. It may the first real blockbuster of the summer. Hope to see you at the Reel Deal Theater! It opens Friday.

 A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar

YMCA's July 4th Kids' Parade 10 a.m. at Ashley Pond

on July 3, 2014 - 5:08pm

YMCA News:

Children who want to participate in the annual Family YMCA July 4th Kids’ Parade should meet at 10 a.m., at "the elephant" at Ashley Pond.

The Parade begins at 11 a.m. and will take the route of:

  • East on Central to 20th Street; turn left.
  • Follow 20th Street around Fuller Lodge and down Bathtub Row to Nectar. Turn Right.
  • Follow Nectar to 15th Street; turn Right.
  • End at the YMCA at 15th Street and Iris.

Once there, a flag raising ceremony will take place, conducted by members of American Legion Post 90. Upon conclusion of the flag raising, activities will be available for kids

White Rock Visitor Center Hosts Art Market July 5

on July 3, 2014 - 8:11am

LACDC News:

The White Rock Artist Market will feature local artists and crafters 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 5, at the White Rock Visitor Center.

This market will include hand-crafted jewelry, hand- painted wood pieces, melted crayon art, natural beauty items, San Ildefonso Pottery and photography.

For the first time at the market, there will be live music by Juan Rivera of Taos.

The White Rock Artist Market is produced by the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC), a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area

4th of July Schedule of Events at Overlook Park

on July 1, 2014 - 7:53am

COMMUNITY News:

The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has announced the schedule of events for the 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Show at Overlook Park in White Rock.

The day's events will commence at 2 p.m. Friday with music, bouncy toys, skydiving and more. Atomic City Transit will provide free transportation to the park. A suggested donation of $5 per person (not including kids ages 12 and under) will be requested by Kiwanis members at the entry gates to Overlook Park.

Events Schedule:

  • 2-9 p.m. - Bouncy toys
  • 2-5 p.m. - Recorded music provided by Outlaw Country 107.5
  • 4 p.m. - Atomic

'Get the Brewery Open!' Party Draws Huge Crowd

on June 29, 2014 - 1:43pm

A massive crowd attended the 'Get the Brewery Open! Campaign Party' hosted by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op Saturday night in Central Park Square. The Beer Co-op signed a lease last week with Philip Kunsberg, owner and developer of Central Park Square to lease the space formerly occupied by the Canyon Bar & Grill at 160 Central Park Square. The Co-op plans to open its taproom in early 2015 as it will take about six months to get a license to sell beer. Renovations are already underway.

The Stumbling Critic Reviews ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2'

on June 28, 2014 - 8:33am
The Stumbing Critic: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'
By STEVEN WALTER

Genre(s): Fantasy, Animated, Dragons, Action, Comedy

Animated films seem to be coming back with a vengeance and success this year. I’ve only been reviewing movies for about a year, but my eyes have always been on the ratings. I’ve stated before that Rotten Tomatoes is my comparison point for my own ratings, a digital wall of other opinions. Never have I seen a non-documentary film reach almost one hundred percent until How to Train Your Dragon hit theaters in 2010.

That movie was alright, but its sequel is far superior.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on June 25, 2014 - 8:54am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL    
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening Transformers: Age of Extinction. We will hold Chef, The Fault in our Stars, and How to Train your Dragon 2. Edge of Tomorrow will end Thursday.

I went to see Chef the other night and liked it so much I decided to hold it another week. It is funny, thoughtful, and refreshing and I don’t think it deserves an R rating. A PG-13 would have been fine. There might have been some language but I don’t even recall that.

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