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Terrific Musical Direction Brings 'Young Frankenstein' To Life

on October 3, 2015 - 11:29am
Young Frankeinstein' Musical Director Gretchen Amstutz conducts in the pit. Photo by Larry Gibbons


Musical Director Gretchen Amstutz brings magical sounds to the stage in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein this weekend at Smith Auditorium.

Amstutz has been involved with the Los Alamos Light Opera for 30 years, with her first contribution as being in the chorus in the 1986 production of “My Fair Lady”. Since that time, she has been involved in more than 25 shows in Los Alamos and across Northern New Mexico.

No musical could come to life if not for brilliant musical direction,

Annual Arts Festival Enlivens Mountain Town

on October 3, 2015 - 10:44am
Coffee for two. The coffee pot bouquet and table set for two coffee drinkers just happened to be in the little garden in front of Artisan’s Gallery, not far from the Museum of Temporary Art in Taos. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/

Aspens. Photo by Roger Snodgrass/


Los Alamos Daily Post
The 2015 Taos Arts Festival began Friday and runs through Oct. 4.

The whole town pitches in to create one of the most diverse, immersive and authentic art experiences in the state.

Screenwriter Drew Goddard Comes Home To Los Alamos For Screening Of 'The Martian'

on October 2, 2015 - 4:49pm
Screenwriter Drew Goddard
Los Alamos Daily Post

Growing up in Los Alamos served screenwriter Drew Goddard well in creating his script for “The Martian.”

“I was surrounded by real scientists growing up and I was impressed by their great sense of humor and positivity,” he said.

When a friend sent him Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name, then only in e-book form, Goddard was immediately hooked on the way scientists were accurately portrayed.

Movie poster for 'The Martian'. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

“‘The Martian' is a movie about scientists, and scientists

Experience 17 New Mexico True Adventures During Balloon Fiesta Beginning Saturday Oct. 3

on October 1, 2015 - 9:32am

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta begins Saturday. CourtesyNMT


The New Mexico Tourism Department has created a list of 17 things for visitors to do during Balloon Fiesta week, encouraging an extended stay for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that travel to see New Mexico’s sky burst with color in early October.
The list, titled “17 New Mexico True Adventures You Need to Experience During Balloon Fiesta,” showcases the wide variety of cultural activities and authentic experiences visitors can encounter before, during and after the Albuquerque International

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 30, 2015 - 12:22pm
By Jim O'Donnell
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening The Martian. Everest, Hotel Transylvania 2, and The Intern will hold another week.  Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will end Thursday.

The Martian opens at the Reel Deal this Friday on Oct 2. This film is getting 90 percent  favorable reviews and took the Toronto Film Festival by storm. I think we’ll see it competing for an Oscar this season. The film is based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel The Martian, which was adapted into a screenplay  by Drew Goddard, who grew up in Los Alamos and is the son of Colleen Mary (Hogan), and Dr.

Piano Competition Winners Present Free Recital At Crossroads Bible Church 3 p.m. Saturday

on September 30, 2015 - 10:27am

Pianist Lenny Svyatsky, 10, of Los Alamos is the 2014 State of New Mexico Level 1 winner. Courtesy photo


The public is cordially invited to attend a free recital of outstanding young pianists who are the winners of the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico (PMTNM) annual District Honors Competition.

The free recital is 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Crossroads Bible Church on East Road. The day-long Piano Competition that proceeds the concert is Friday, Oct. 2 on the UNM-LA campus.

Two outstanding piano artists—Marylene Dosse of Albuquerque and Kim Bakkum of Taos—are the

Hill Stompers At Smith's Marketplace Sunday

on September 29, 2015 - 8:11am
The Los Alamos Hill Stompers at the band's 15th birthday party. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The Los Alamos Hill Stompers will be performing on the patio at Smith's Marketplace at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The community is invited to enjoy a sneak preview of the special show that the group will play at Honk Fest in Boston over Columbus Day weekend.

"Several members of the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, our mother band in Atlanta, will join us in Boston," band member Kandace Favorite said. "We have added some of their tunes to our repertoire.

Director Pat MacDonald Is Creative Genius Behind ‘Young Frankenstein’

on September 29, 2015 - 8:05am
Patrick MacDonald roller skates blindfolded in 'The Drowsy Chaperone'. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Thanks to the creative genius of Patrick MacDonald as director and choreographer, the local community will enjoy the musical comedy “Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein” over the next two weekends.

Gretchen Amstutz adds her talent and expertise as musical director.

McDonald has acted, sung, directed and choreographed in many productions since moving to Los Alamos more than 10 years ago.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Intern’

on September 29, 2015 - 7:55am

“The Intern” stars two of our better contemporary actors, Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, as a retired businessman and the successful founder of an online start up.

The send up is that De Niro’s 70-year-old character, Ben Whittaker, needing something more to do with his life, applies and gets accepted for a “senior intern” program at (Hathaway’s much younger character) Jules Ostin’s company.

Movie poster for 'The Intern." Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

The tag line for the film, “Experience never gets old,” is descriptive of the plot.

Laugh And Cry At 'Nebraska'

on September 29, 2015 - 7:50am
Movie poster for 'Nebraska.' Courtesy photo




Would you look at a senile, drunk, limping old man any differently if you found out he was a millionaire?


In “Nebraska” (2013, rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, Woody (Bruce Dern) believes he has won a million dollars. His wife Kate (June Squibb) and adult children know it’s a scam, but his son David (Will Forte) agrees to drive him some 850 miles to pick up the check.


The greatness of this film isn’t its plot, which is pretty straight-forward.

Teatro Paraguas Presents ‘Yemaya’s Belly’

on September 29, 2015 - 7:45am
A scene from 'Yemaya's Belly,' opening Oct. 8 at Teatro Paraguas. Courtesy photo


Santa Fe's Teatro Paraguas presents Yemaya’s Belly, a play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, opening Oct. 8 for a three week run under the direction of Alix Hudson.

Yemaya’s Belly, by Quiara Alegría Hudes, is the story of a boy, Jesus, (played by Kana Gaines), and his relation to his family, manhood and the ocean.

Jimmy Stadler Band Plays Ullr Fest Oct. 3

on September 26, 2015 - 7:17am

Light Opera Presents 'Young Frankenstein'

on September 25, 2015 - 2:47pm
Cast of 'Young Frankenstein.' Photo by Larry Gibbons
Sets by Holly Haas under construction. Photo by Larry Gibbons


The Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein”, a ‘monster’ of a show directed and choreographed by Patrick MacDonald and musically directed by Gretchen Amstutz.

Everything about the show is monstrous- the ambitious set, the cast of millions (50), and 100 costumes! The impressive set was designed and created by Holly Haas, set designer. Dave Olivas, master carpenter, built the set with the help of many dedicated volunteers.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 25, 2015 - 10:51am
Real Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Everest, Hotel Transylvania 2, and The Intern. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will hold for another week. Jurassic World, Phoenix, and Far from the Madding Crowd will end Thursday.

The Martian opens at the Reel Deal next Friday on Oct. 2. This film is getting 90 plus favorable reviews and took the Toronto Film Festival by storm. I think we’ll see it competing for an Oscar this season. The film is based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel The Martian, which was adapted into a screenplay by Drew Goddard, who grew up in Los Alamos and is the

In And Around Town: Sept. 25

on September 25, 2015 - 9:11am


The In and Around Town community calendar is updated daily and accessible via the button on the sidebar of the online edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. It appears in the news feed of the Post each Thursday and weekly in the print edition. In order to have items included in the print edition, submit them by Monday of the week they should appear. Send calendar items to

TUESDAY Sept. 29
Santa Fe Council on International Relations and Congregation Beit Tikva present a lecture and book signing with Robert L.

Casting Call: PBS’s 'Genealogy Roadshow' Wants Your Family Story

on September 21, 2015 - 11:02pm

PBS News:

The producers from the PBS’ series "Genealogy Roadshow" are collecting family stories from viewers in the southwestern United States. 

If you live in Northern or Central New Mexico and have a burning question about your family’s history, or if you have a family mystery that has gone unsolved, we want to hear from you. 

Please submit your story to or email us directly at and your story could be told on PBS next season. 

Submit your story for consideration by Friday, Oct. 2.

Los Alamos Rotary STARS Participates In Opera On The Rocks At Bandelier For 3rd Consecutive Year Sept. 26

on September 20, 2015 - 12:22pm

Members of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS pose for a photo recently at the Blue Window Bistro.Photo by Carol A. Clark/


The Los Alamos Rotary STARS (Service to All Rotary Satellite) will participate in the upcoming Opera on the Rocks at Bandelier for the third year in a row.

The group, which undertakes community and international service projects, will again provide gourmet cheese plates for a requested $10 donation. In addition this year, the group also will offer gourmet dessert plates for a requested $5 donation.

Wine and beer will be for sale from local vendors.

Fun Weekend At Bandelier: Fee Free Day, Opera, Lunar Eclipse And Tsankawi Sept. 26-27

on September 19, 2015 - 10:29am


The weekend of Sept. 26-27 is going to be very busy and enjoyable at Bandelier National Monument. 

As Superintendent Jason Lott says, "Bandelier is always a great place to visit, but this weekend is going to be extraordinary. Come take a walk on the trails, and then enjoy a really special event each of the evenings."

For starters, Saturday Sept. 26 is Public Lands Day, a celebration of all the public lands nationwide - National Park Service, US Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and all the others owned by all Americans.

Fourth Friday Returns Sept. 25

on September 19, 2015 - 8:33am
Los Alamos Creative District’s Fourth Fridays returns to downtown Los Alamos Friday, Sept. 25.
Fourth Fridays is a monthly event that offers special programming at Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society, Fuller Lodge Art Center, The Nature Center and Mesa Public Library. 
Fourth Fridays happens on the fourth Friday of each month and also promotes special offerings from participating local businesses.
This month Fourth Friday special events and include:

LAHS Graduate Jenny Tumas On The Red Carpet!

on September 18, 2015 - 8:31am

Los Alamos High School graduate Jenny Tumas in Toronto. Courtesy/Cindy Lawton

From left, Los Alamos High School graduate Jenny Tumas, Director Michael Moore, Amel Smaoui and Pasi Sahlberg Sept. 10 at the 'Where to Invade Next' premiere on day 1 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Courtesy/Cindy Lawton


TORONTO -- Los Alamos High School graduate Jenny Tumas was on the red carpet last week in Canada.

Tumas is in the documentary "Where to Invade Next" by filmmaker Michael Moore, which

September Is National Preparedness Month: Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today

on September 18, 2015 - 7:28am
FEMA News:
DENTON, Texas  “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”
That’s the message emergency managers are sharing with people all over New Mexico and beyond during the month of September.
September is National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 Office is urging everyone to take steps to make a plan and know what to do during an emergency.
Whether you deal with the possible threats of flooding, wildfires, hurricanes or power outages, the preparedness steps to take are the same.
They include:
  • Knowing your risk for where you

This Week At The Reel Deal

on September 16, 2015 - 11:11am
Reel Deal Theater 

This Friday we are opening The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Far From the Madding Crowd, and Phoenix. Jurassic World will hold for another week. Vacation, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Man from Uncle, and Shaun the Sheep will end Thursday.

Next week on Sept. 25, we are booked for The Intern, Hotel Transylvania 2 and we are working hard to open Everest on the Sept. 25. Universal hasn’t committed yet but we have pressed them with the benefits of opening this film in our mountain town.  We did not make the cut for Black Mass with Johnny Depp this week but will

Pooka Prowls Los Alamos Little Theater In ‘Harvey’

on September 13, 2015 - 2:15pm
Elwood P. Dowd (Grady Hughes) and Harvey (as himself.) Photo by Ken Milder/LALT
Veta (Pat Beck) and Myrtle Mae (Holly Robinson) assist Mrs. Chauvent (Sarah Fisher) as Elwood (Grady Hughes) looks on. Photo by Ken Milder/LALT
Los Alamos Daily Post

The charming 1940s comedy “Harvey” opened at Los Alamos Little Theater Friday.

When Mary Chase wrote “Harvey” in 1944, she was hoping to cheer up audiences during WWII.

Hillstompers Celebrate 15 Years Of Funky Fun

on September 12, 2015 - 10:02pm

The Hill Stompers rev up the crowd today at the Beer Co-op in Central Park Square. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

A large crowd turned out today tto celebrate 15 years of Hill Stompers fun. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Hill Stompers celebrated the start of its 15th season of making music and mayhem today with a big party at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, 163 Central Park Square.

The local community street band would like to thank the community for its support throughout the past decade and a half.

Los Alamos Historical Society 2nd Annual Fall Gala Draws Glamorous Crowd To Fuller Lodge

on September 12, 2015 - 9:14pm

The annual Fall Gala would not be complete without Los Alamos History experts Nancy Bartlit, left, and Hedy Dunn at historic Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Guests are elegantly attired for the 2nd annual Fall Gala this evening at Fuller Lodge. County Councilor Rick Reiss, second from left, Pat Soran and Ann Hayes, center, and Los Alamos Historical Society Board President Ron Wilkins, right. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Chamber Marketing Manager Ryn Herrmann, left, and MainStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/