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Crooner With Voice Likened to Frank Sinatra Performs June 22 at Arts and Crafts Show

on June 15, 2013 - 11:25am

Crooner Juan Rivera sings June 22 at Arts and Crafts Show. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Artists from Los Alamos and surrounding areas will show off their talent at an Arts and Crafts Show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

Hold U and Company is hosting the Arts and Crafts Show at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 104 DP Road in Los Alamos.

Taos entertainer Juan Rivera, whose voice has been compared to Frank Sinatra's will perform.

Rivera's CDs will be available for purchase at the event.

Taos Author John Nichols in Los Alamos for Authors Speak

on June 15, 2013 - 10:27am

John Nichols with his most recent novel. Photo by Morris Witten


Telling tales has been John Nichols’ life-long career.

“Ever since I was a kid, I had a great imagination and told a lot of lies,” the Taos author said.

The chance to hear Nichols’ stories first-hand is approaching. He will make an appearance in Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak series at 7 p.m., June 27 in the library’s rotunda.

Nichols has published 20 books of both fiction and non-fiction. Several of his novels, including The Milagro Beanfield War, have been made into movies.

In addition to books,


T. Jackson King Signs Books Saturday

on June 14, 2013 - 11:11am

Staff Report

Local science fiction writer T. Jackson King will be selling and signing his books 1-5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Smith’s Food and Drug in White Rock.  

All his novels will be available for personal autographing and sale, including his latest adventure novel, Galactic Avatar, which tells the tale of the last 16 humans who flee to Andromeda Galaxy when the Skrill aliens devastate Earth with "assault asteroids."

Another of King’s recent novels, Stellar Assassin, raced to the top of's Top 100 Hot New Releases in the Space Opera Science Fiction category, reaching the


‘Downtown Friday Nights’ Infuses Culture & Fun in Los Alamos This Summer

on June 14, 2013 - 7:59am


Visitors and newcomers to Los Alamos – one of the top 10 “Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” (Smithsonian Magazine, March 2013) will get to enjoy a number of special cultural, historical and educational events with “Downtown Friday Nights,” every other Friday on June 14, June 28, July 12 and July 26.

Downtown Friday Nights is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District in coordination with local businesses and cultural organizations.

“Downtown Friday Nights are a great kick-off to programming in the Creative District – our version of an Arts and Culture District in Los

Knitting and Dyeing Classes at Warm Hearts Yarn

on June 13, 2013 - 7:24am
Warm Heart Yarn is offering a number of knitting and dyeing classes for adults at 35 Rover Blvd, Suite D in White Rock.
To register or for more information, call 672-2008 or visit
Learn to Knit: Dishcloth Series

Heidi and Katie are teaching a series of dishcloth classes, each focusing on a different skill. During the weeks we are teaching, Heidi will teach a class 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, and Katie will teach 5-6 p.m. Thursdays.

Make Greeting Cards at Ruby K’s Community Hour

on June 12, 2013 - 7:46am


Gloria Brehm, owner of The Perch Paperie, will host Community Hour at Ruby K's Bagel Café 5:30-7 p.m., June 13.

Attendees will use Gelli Arts Printing Plates to make two greeting cards. Supplies will be provided. This craft is suitable for both adults and kids.

Brehm opened The Perch Paperie in December 2012, to serve as a scrap-booking, stamping and mixed media arts retreat for creative minds. Perch Paperie has classes almost daily for kids and adults. To see the events schedule, visit

“I think that the true meaning of being crafty is learning

Art in Public Places Board Meets June 17

on June 10, 2013 - 12:28pm


The Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 17 at Mesa Public Library.

No action will be taken. The Board will hear a presentation on the Historic Sculpture Master Plan given by Nancy Bartlit.


'Salt and Pepper’ Provides Realistic, Playful Look at Aging

on June 8, 2013 - 10:03am
Diane (Helen Rynaski), left, and Karla Eoff (Joyce) share a private moment in a public place. Courtesy photo
The theatre fills for 'Salt and Pepper' at the Toolshed Theatre in Dixon Friday night. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

They say aging is no fun. Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin’s new play, “Salt and Pepper,” proves that wrong.

The play had its world premiere last night at the Toolshed Theatre in Dixon, the brand new home of the Dixon Community Players.

“Salt and Pepper” is really seven one-acts that go

New and Returning Members Heartily Welcomed to LALT Annual Meeting

on June 7, 2013 - 8:52am

LALT News:

The Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold its annual meeting Sunday, June 9, at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. 

Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. and the business portion of the meeting will start at 2 p.m.

This meeting is where members, having paid their one dollar annual dues (a bargain!), will vote on candidates to serve on the Board of Directors.

Returning and new members most heartily welcomed!


Mesa Public Library presents ‘New Work’ by Meg Kremer

on June 5, 2013 - 10:42am
One of the pieces from 'New Work' by Meg Kremer. Courtesy photo


The Upstairs Art Gallery of the Los Alamos Mesa Public Library presents  “New Work” by Los Alamos artist Meg Kremer. The show opens to the public on Monday, June 3 and runs through June 29 with an artist’s reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, June  9.

The exhibit is a selection of elegant and evocative drawings and prints from a project started in November 2011 and ended in January 2013. 

“The work is the result of a disciplined process producing one or two drawings a day,” Kremer said.


Dixon Community Players Present World Premier of ‘Salt and Pepper’ by Robert Benjamin

on June 5, 2013 - 10:15am
Brandon Santos and Silvana Neal perform in 'Warm Ashes,' one of seven one-acts that make up 'Salt and Pepper.' Courtesy photo
Kristen Woolf and Chris Heron in 'Resting Places.' Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

Salt and Pepper by Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin is a gently provocative stage play about aging with grace, courage and humor, while exploring quirky but realistic relationships and situations not unknown to those of a certain age.

Eleven characters lead the audience through seven intertwined tales that celebrate life's drama of maturing in a culture immersed with denial

Del Norte Credit Union Presents Art of Amado Peña

on June 5, 2013 - 9:00am

DNC News:

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, recently partnered with celebrated artist Amado Peña as part of its just-launched DNCU North Star Artists Series dedicated to supporting northern New Mexican artists.

Four Peña pieces now decorate the walls of the just-renovated DNCU Cordova branch, allowing members and visitors to experience Pena’s vibrant interpretation of Native peoples who live in harmony with an untamed land.

 “As a company and as individuals, DNCU and its employees and members support the communities in which we have a

Pajarito Reads: Discover the Divine in Yourself with Henry Ahlefelder

on June 4, 2013 - 10:58am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Henry Ahlefelder didn’t start out to be a teacher, healer and follower of a spiritual path.

“I was the opposite of a new age type of person,” Ahlefelder said. “I was into rock and motorcycles."

On a whim, he asked a friend to teach him to meditate. The results amazed him and set him on his path to become a healer and a teacher. The journey let him to his first teacher, Yogi Behjan. He learned the practice of kundalini yoga and studied healing from a Japanese monk.

The journey led him to India where Yogi Bhajan’s teacher, Baba Virsa Sign

Call for Artists for 'Trickster'

on May 31, 2013 - 8:12am

FLAC News:

Fuller Lodge Art Center is issuing a call for artists for its next show, “Trickster.”

The trickster is an alchemist, a magician, creating realities in the duality of time and illusion. Every culture has a trickster in its cast of characters.

 Bring us the king's fool, the class clown, Loki and the Coyote. Who is the trickster in the tale?

Tease us with an optical illusion.Give us something visually crafty, play the farce and make sure the joke's on us!

The application deadline is Friday, July 12. The opening reception is 6-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. Download the application here.


NMSA Seniors Achieve 96 Percent Graduation Rate

on May 31, 2013 - 7:53am
All 38 members of the New Mexico School for the Arts 2013 graduationg class. Photo by Cathy Weber

NMSA News:

SANTA FE - New Mexico School for the Arts might just be the ideal model for the future of high school education. With a graduation rate this year of 96 percent, the small, statewide charter school is gaining the attention of renowned universities and colleges from around the nation.

The 38 students comprising the class of 2013 garnered nearly $3 million in scholarships and financial assistance, including the prestigious Presidential Award from the School of the Art Institute of

Submit Your Art to 2013 SMART Art Contest

on May 31, 2013 - 7:48am

NBI News:

In conjunction with the Los Alamos MainStreet event, The Next Big Idea, SMART, Science and Math based Art Competition will begin accepting artwork entries June 1 for this year’s International SMART Art Contest.

What is SMART? It is science and math-based artwork demonstrating scientific or mathematical concepts, principles, or phenomena in creative ways.

It can be created digitally using computers, be photographic, or be produced through traditional fine arts methods. including drawing, painting, pottery, fiber arts, and so on.


Call for Exhibitors at White Rock Art Market

on May 28, 2013 - 6:22am

LACD News:

The Los Alamos Creative District will be having its first Art Market 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the White Rock Visitors Center at 115 N.M. 4 in White Rock. The event is free and open to the public.

A $15 participation fee is required for sellers and the Creative District staff is currently looking for artists and artisans to join in.

For dates, terms, conditions and online registration, visit

To participate June 8 or at any other market, contact Melanie Peña at


Samantha Filer Wins Desert Light Film Festival

on May 26, 2013 - 8:36am
'Sword of Arundel' collage. Courtesy/Samantha Filer
Samatha Filer, right, with the movie poster for her film that was one of her prizes. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Samantha Filer, a home school student active in the Los Alamos Community, received the Best of Festival Award in the statewide Desert Light Film Festival.

The festival was held on the campus of New Mexico State University and at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts in Alamogordo.

“The Sword of Arundel,” a seven minute drama with a Lord of the Rings feel to it, was submitted by Filer of Jemez Springs.

June Brown Bag Features Short Play Sampler

on May 25, 2013 - 6:53am
Ali (Pat Beck) and Jeff (Eric Bjorklund) struggle with love in 'No Easy Points.' Photo by Larry Gibbons

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council's next feature in the Brown Bag Performance Series will be “A Short-Play Sampler” written by local playwright Robert F. Benjamin, directed by Beth Kennedy Jones and performed by local actors.

The sampler consists of three short plays each presented as a concert reading. The event will take place at noon, Wednesday June 5 at Fuller Lodge. All performances in the Brown Bag Series are free and open to the public.

While many theater patrons attend

Art in Public Places Board Meets June 13

on May 25, 2013 - 6:34am

'Grandmother's Joy' created in 1998 by Fritz White is on display in front of the Betty Ehart Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row. Courtesy/LAC

APP News:

The Art in Public Places June meeting has changed from Thursday, June 27 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at Mesa Public Library.

The meeting is open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend.


Janet Davidson Brings ‘Love, Loss and What I Wore,' to Los Alamos

on May 23, 2013 - 6:59am
Producer and director Janet Davidson performing as Gingy in 'Love, Loss and What I Wore.' Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

The role played by clothing in most women’s lives cannot be overestimated.

From Brownie uniforms to prom outfits, little black dresses, spike heels, Grateful Dead t-shirts, pedal pushers, tube tops and wedding gowns, women’s memories are tied up with what they were wearing at the time.

And then there’s “the purse,” that ubiquitous accessory with which women seem to have a love/hate relationship.

Clothing is the hook on which the lives of


'Bomb' Author Speaks Thursday at Mesa Library

on May 22, 2013 - 1:43pm
Steve Sheinkin, author of 'Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon' is Thursday's Authors Speak featured guest. Courtesy photo


A 20-something spy, an incredible scientific discovery, and a race that spanned three continents – these are just some of the pieces of the story behind the atomic bomb.

Steve Sheinkin captures this amazing tale in his young adult book, “Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon.”

The book reveals the details of a German chemist who discovered a uranium atom could split in two when


Internationally Acclaimed Author Anchee Min Shares Life With Los Alamos Audience

on May 21, 2013 - 9:47am

Author Anchee Min speaks at the Reel Deal Theater Sunday about her life and struggles as an immigrant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Rotary Club President-Elect Jim Nesmith introduces his longtime friend Anchee Min. His daughter Laura Nesmith looks on at left Sunday at the Reel Deal Theater. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

Local community members gathered at the Reel Deal Theater Sunday night to hear internationally bestselling author Anchee Min speak about her courageous life in China and America.

In 1994, Min made her literary debut with Red