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‘WinterFest’ Kicks Off Holiday Fun Dec. 7-9

on November 17, 2012 - 9:41am

An elaborate Neapolitan presepio. Courtesy/


Winterfest 2012 begins Friday, Dec. 7 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 9.

WinterFest begins with the 19th annual Los Alamos Crèche Show, held annually on the first weekend of December.

“Crèches,” or nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, are prominently displayed by Los Alamos residents for all to see.

Because Los Alamos’ residents come from all over the world, there is always a myriad of beautiful crèches on display.

The show takes place 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and again 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the

DALA's 'Hansel & Gretel' Coming Winterfest Weekend!

on November 17, 2012 - 8:56am

Isaac Gao, 7, trying on his skunk costume is assisted by DALA Director and Choreographer Christin Severini. Courtesy/DALA

DALA News:

Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) presents an original ballet production, “Hansel & Gretel” Winterfest Weekend in celebration of DALA’s 20th Anniversary.

This playful and spirited version of the beloved fairytale is an enchanting ballet with magical fairies, colorful Lollipops and adorable woodland creatures.

The ballet features world class choreography by former American Ballet Theatre dancer, Christin Severini, who also returns to the stage in a cameo role as

Asterman's Movie Reviews: Wreck-It Ralph, Twilight V - Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall

on November 12, 2012 - 5:25pm


The Deal Down Movie Reviews by Rick Asterman
(Film score range: +1, 0 or –1)
Wreck-It Ralph


Advisory – Since the film stars Sarah Silverman, obviously there are jokes geared for the parents, but parents need not worry, as each one is carefully crafted to miss the impressionable minds.

The kids will likely be far more scared of the insect monsters, but every good kid’s story has a few things to send the shivers.

It’s ­­­downright strange to think a Disney-video game crossover film tapped into my heart more deeply than Pixar’s Celtic phase.

Video game related movies have a worse

‘The Nutcracker’ a Sweet Treat for the Holidays

on November 10, 2012 - 6:42pm

Sarah Dale and Devon McCleskey perform as the sugar plum fairy and Cavalier in "The Nutcracker" Friday night. Photo by Holger Waschinski

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company’s “The Nutcracker” opened Nov. 9.

Seeing “The Nutcracker” is like visiting an old friend. The music and the story are so comfortable and familiar we fall easily under its spell.

Adding to the homey feeling is the knowledge that this is our very own “Nutcracker.” NMDT-PC is a Los Alamos company. The company is joined on stage by young students from the NMDT School.

Almost all the

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov 9

on November 9, 2012 - 6:58am

This week's preview is sponsored by

The Woman in Black: Los Alamos Little Theatre 1670 Nectar St.
7:30 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17 / 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11

Kipps was traumatized by seeing the Woman in Black when he was sent to settle the estate of an old woman in a remote part of England. He has enlisted the services of an actor to help him re-enact the events, and thus exorcise his demons. You may see appearances of The Woman around town. Have you seen "The Woman in Black"? Halloween isn't over yet.

Join PAC 8 for Holiday Wine and Cheese Nov. 16

on November 8, 2012 - 9:50am

PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 is holding their annual Holiday Wine and Cheese - Silent Auction and Fundraiser at 7 p.m., Nov. 16 at historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

Do your Holiday shopping in one evening while you taste delicious wines and cheeses from around the world.

Original items such as sushi making lessons with sushi dinner, ski passes from Pajarito Mountain, a 12 lb. organic turkey from Los Alamos Coop, bagels and cream cheese for a year from Ruby K’s, artwork, jewelry, many gift certificates and much, much more will be available for bidding.

Live music will be by Rumelia – a

Festival of Chocolate Coming to Betty Ehart Senior Center Saturday

on November 8, 2012 - 9:12am

The Festival of Chocolate formally launches the weeklong event called, Festival of Trees. This year more than 50 items are available for silent auction. Those attending the Festival of Chocolate get the first glance at the many offerings.Courtesy photo

By Bernadette Lauritzen

The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA) will host the eighth annual Festival of Chocolate at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The Los Alamos MainStreet sponsored event will take place from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $20.

“The Festival of Chocolate has

PBS Commemorates Native American Heritage Month

on November 8, 2012 - 8:25am

Racing The Rez - a documentary about Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners at two rival Arizona schools. Courtesy/NMPBS


New Mexico PBS commemorates Native American Month with programs airing Nov. 8-22.

Many of this month’s programs focus directly on various Native peoples living in New Mexico or the American Southwest. For ease in highlighting, the various shows are profiled below in chronological order.


7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 8

For the Navajo and Hopi, running is much more than a sport, it is woven into the cultural fabric of their lives.

Swankiest Event of Season Coming to Los Alamos!

on November 6, 2012 - 8:57am

Bronze statue by David Pearson. Courtesy photo


Get ready for the swankiest event of the season! The Speakeasy Soiree, benefitting the United Way of Northern New Mexico, takes place from 5:30-10 p.m., Nov. 16 at the Dixie Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos.

Come on over and Charleston the night away during the 1920s themed night of dining and dancing at the Dixie Girl restaurant in Los Alamos. 

The Speakeasy Soiree is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and 100 percent of the profits go directly to supporting the United Way of Northern New Mexico’s efforts in the

Quidditch Comes to New Mexico This Weekend

on November 6, 2012 - 8:01am


Special to the Las Alamos Daily Post

Quidditch (the game in the Harry Potter books) comes to New Mexico this weekend.

The West by Southwest Showcase will feature a number of university and mercenary (club) teams in a regional competition sponsored by the IQA, the International Quidditch Association.

Caroline Wurden from Los Alamos will be in New Mexico to be a referee for the games. She is a member of Cal Quidditch (Berkeley) and a former co-captain.

More recently, Wurden has served as a referee.

'Woman in Black' Pays Triumphant Visit to Los Alamos

on November 4, 2012 - 7:40am

Photo by TK Thompson/

Review By Bonnie Gordon

Do not miss The Woman in Black at Los Alamos Little Theater through Nov. 11.

Not only do I guarantee you’ll be creeped out, this is a play that makes you think, and the production is outstanding.

“The Woman in Black,” adapted from the book by Susan Hill by Stephen Mallatratt, premiered in 1987 and has been running steadily on the London stage since 1989.

Don’t think that just because you saw the movie version, you should skip this play. Seeing the story on the stage is an entirely different experience.

The play is a send up of the

Palace’s Front Door to Close for Renovation Project

on November 4, 2012 - 7:09am


Visitors can still visit via the History Museum and Palace Courtyard

Santa Fe—A long-awaited maintenance project to refinish or replace some of the floors in the entryway of the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors will temporarily inconvenience visitors accustomed to entering themuseum complex through its doors.

As of Friday Nov. 2, the Palace doors facing the Santa Fe Plaza are closed as workers begin deconstruction in the entry and front-desk area.

Visitors are asked to come in through the New Mexico History Museum, just around the corner at 113 Lincoln Ave.

The work is

Game On – Medieval Style – at Mountain Pas and Highland Games

on November 2, 2012 - 8:25am

The ladies of Bryngolau: Althina of the North Storms, Belaset Tintura and Isauda Marchwyle. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Shire of Bryngolau (Shining Hill in Welsh) hosted a pas d’arms tournament and games event Oct. 19 at the Posse Lodge in Los Alamos.

The local group is currently an “Incipient Shire” while they demonstrate their ability to function as a full Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) branch.

The Shire of Bryngolau encompasses Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties and has more than 20 members.

SCA is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the

Dive-In Movie at the Aquatic Center Friday

on November 2, 2012 - 8:09am


Tickets: $5

Location: Walkup Aquatic Center

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. / Movie starts at 7 p.m.

Maximum: 125 Participants

It’s not too late to get your Dive-In Movie tickets at the Aquatic Center. Tickets include movie popcorn, treats, complementary Coca Cola drinks, swim admission and more.

It’s movie time at the pool! Join the Walkup Aquatic Center for a theater-like movie IN the pool.

We heat the water up, have a bunch of fun treats, put the float toys out, and have a blast with our favorite characters from Madagascar 3.

Fee includes treats, the movie,

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov. 2

on November 1, 2012 - 9:56pm

This week's preview is sponsored by

The Los Alamos Daily Post will provide live election coverage Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Get out the Vote Event - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Senate Candidate Martin Heinrich 2-3 p.m. Friday, Nov 2 at Los Alamos Democratic Party Campaign Headquarters, 140 Central Park Square. Questions, call 661-9002

Varisty Football @ Sullivan Field 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Capital High School 

Dive-in Movie – Madagascar 3 7–8:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 @ Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.  Enjoy a movie while floating in the main pool. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping With LALT’s The Woman in Black

on November 1, 2012 - 7:54pm

Rehearsal scenes from The Woman in Black, which opens Friday at the Los Alamos Little Theater. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Bonnie Gordon

‘Tis the season to be scary and the new play at Los Alamos Little Theater (LALT) will do the job nicely.

“The Woman in Black,” adapted from the book by Susan Hill by Stephen Mallatratt, premiered in 1987 and has been running steadily on the London stage since 1989.

Many people have seen the 2012 movie version starring Daniel Radcliffe.

The play opens in a small Victorian theatre.

A New 'Nutcracker' to Premier in Los Alamos

on November 1, 2012 - 9:28am

NMDT-PC dancers Sarah Dale as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Devon McCleskey as the Cavalier in NMDT-PC's premier production of "The Nutcracker." Courtesy photo


The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT–PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will present its first production of the holiday classic “The
Nutcracker” Nov. 9, 10, 11, 17, and 18 at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

“NMDT-PC dancers have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to perform my version of this much-loved ballet,” Baker-Dillingham said. “I hope NMDT–PC’s premiere of ‘The Nutcracker’

Nov. 7 Brown Bag Performance Features Local Students

on November 1, 2012 - 7:30am

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council's Brown Bag Performances are always free, always entertaining, take a lunch break at the Brown Bag Performance series in Fuller Lodge.

Presenting a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes, these concerts have been entertaining Los Alamos music lovers on their midday breaks since 1973.

Brown Bag Performances connect performers to the community.

Performances are held at noon, usually on the first Wednesday of each month but dates may vary.

For the noon, Nov.

Asterman's Movie Reviews for Pitch Perfect, Seven Psychopaths and Paranormal Activity 4

on October 31, 2012 - 10:11am

The Deal Down Movie Reviews by Rick Asterman

(Film score range: +1, 0 or –1)

Pitch Perfect


Advisory – Gleefully vulgar. The whole time I was watching the film, I was convinced of two things: how unbelievable I felt actually enjoying the movie, how obvious it was the film was just barely pared down from an R-Rating. Any kid mature enough to watch the original Austin Powers movie should be fine with Pitch Perfect, but it still remains a judgment call for the parents.

The greatest positive of writing movie reviews is when, against all odds, the film you’d instinctively avoid otherwise

Movie Review: Midnight in Paris

on October 26, 2012 - 10:11am

Editor's Note: Midnight in Paris will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

Movie Review By Elizabeth Wasilewska

Midnight in Paris - a 2010 comedy written and directed by Woody Allen - begins with a series of snapshots of Paris: rainy streets, cafes, cobblestone pathways.

This sequence mirrors the movie's overall tone: a romantic, cheery wander through an artificial but charming Paris.

The character who wanders the most is Gil (Owen Wilson), a writer on vacation with his fiancee, Inez (Rachel McAdams), and her parents.

Although he

Join Driving Force for Movie Night Monday

on October 26, 2012 - 6:55am
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The Driving Force has put together another International Movie Night at the Reel Deal theater.
Join members of the Driving Force for its second international movie night at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.
The featured film will be A Separation, the winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.
"We are delighted to have Sara Kutchesfahani, one of our esteemed and cherished postdocs, provide introductory and explanatory remarks," Jim Nesmith said. "Sara is of Iranian descent and will have some powerful insights into what we will be seeing."

Asterman's Movie Reviews for The Master and Argo

on October 25, 2012 - 10:40am
The Deal Down Movie Review
By Rick Asterman: I am not affiliated with the Reel Deal Theater, or any other financial entity. My mission is to provide concise, honest reviews of movies playing at the Los Alamos Reel Deal Theater, plus parental advisement on the films content and advise on which interested parties you should or shouldn’t take with you to the movie.