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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Greatest Showman’

on December 28, 2017 - 8:34am
Los Alamos
“The Greatest Showman” is a modern musical about Phineas Taylor Barnum, portrayed here as a poverty-stricken tailor’s son whose imagination brought joy to millions of people. Barnum’s schemes eventually fall into the right combination, providing fascination and entertainment. This success leads to the establishment of his circus troupe in the mid to late 1800s. 
The film is an uplifting musical, replete with costuming and sets from a colorful period in our history.

‘Santa Fake’ To Film In New Mexico

on December 27, 2017 - 6:12pm


SANTA FE - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the feature "Santa Fake," produced by Santa Fake Movie, LLC, will begin principal photography at the end of December through mid-January.

"Even during the holiday season, New Mexico's film industry is at work," said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. "New Mexico is a prime location for movies of all genres and we're proud to welcome another production to New Mexico."

The production will employ approximately 45 New Mexico crew members, approximately 15 New Mexico principal actors and

Elk’s Lodge Hosts Dinner & Jazz Event Thursday

on December 26, 2017 - 11:42am
The Elk’s Lodge is hosting great music and food beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening at the lodge at 1601 Trinity Dr. All proceeds go to the LAMS Jazz 1 trip to California.
Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. by the music show. Tickets are  $10/person so bring the whole family.
The Group:

JQ WhitcombTrumpeter and composer J.Q. Whitcomb doesn’t just play jazz. He creates moods.

Smith’s Shoppers Treated To Seasonal Songs

on December 24, 2017 - 7:24am

Shoppers at Smith's Marketplace late Friday afternoon were treated to the sounds of the Santa Fe Harmonizers and the Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Shoppers at Smith's Marketplace late Friday afternoon were treated to the sounds of the Santa Fe Harmonizers and the Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Shoppers at Smith's Marketplace late Friday afternoon were treated to the sounds of the Santa Fe Harmonizers and the Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Shoppers at Smith's Marketplace

Christmas Dance With Los Alamos Big Band At IHM Thursday Dec. 28

on December 24, 2017 - 7:22am

Scenes From Youth Shelters Fundraiser At Cottonwood On The Greens

on December 23, 2017 - 11:15am

Scene from the fourth annual  fundraiser for Santa Fe Youth Shelters sponsored by TLUXX Brian Johnson and friends Friday night at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

TLUXX DJ Brian Johnson, standing, and his longtime friend Isaiah Espinoza at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from the fourth annual  fundraiser for Santa Fe Youth Shelters sponsored by TLUXX Brian Johnson and friends Friday night at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

DJ Brandon Jay, left and Jay Johnson, father of TLUXX DJ Brian

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Presents 46 Season

on December 23, 2017 - 8:08am
For five weeks this summer — July 15 to Aug. 20, 2018 — the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival presents dozens of the world’s greatest musicians in intimate, one-of-a-kind performances as part of its dynamic, not-to-be-missed 46 season.
Set amid the backdrop of a stunning Southwestern landscape, the Festival features more than 40 concerts in Santa Fe and Albuquerque that spotlight its signature lineup of classic and cutting-edge works, performed by longtime Festival favorites as well as internationally acclaimed artists making their much-anticipated Festival debuts.

Barranca School Performs At Betty Ehart Senior Center

on December 21, 2017 - 1:39pm

Barranca Mesa Elementary School students perform Christmas songs Wednesday for folks gathered at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/

Singing their hearts out! Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 21, 2017 - 1:34pm

State Film Office Announces 2018 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Call For Entries

on December 21, 2017 - 8:48am
NMFO News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) has announced a call for entries for the 2018 NM Filmmakers Showcase.
The yearly juried competition is open to all New Mexico filmmakers and there is no fee to submit your film. The winners of the showcase will be announced at an Awards Ceremony May 19, 2018 at the National Hispanic Cultural Arts Center. The winning films will be screened at the 2018 NM Film & Media Industry Conference in the fall.
The NMFO is accepting entries now through March 15th at 5 p.m.

PAC 8 TV Schedule For Remainder Of December

on December 20, 2017 - 2:54pm
PAC 8 News:
PAC 8 TV schedule for the remainder of December:

Friday, Dec. 22
  • 06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
  • 10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
  • 11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 12-19-17
  • 01:00 PM Democracy Now!
  • 02:00 PM United in Christ
  • 03:00 PM Road to Recovery
  • 04:00 PM Uprising
  • 05:00 PM Democracy Now!
  • 06:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast – Tourism Strategic Plan
  • 07:00 PM Los Alamos History – How Los Alamos Became a Ranch School
  • 08:00 PM Los Alamos High School Graduation
  • 10:00 PM League of Women Voters – Nuclear Waste Storage
  • 12:00 AM Free Speech TV
Saturday, Dec. 23
  • Free Speech TV

PEEC: Movie, Special Solstice Show This Weekend

on December 20, 2017 - 7:14am

PEEC News:
This weekend, the Los Alamos Nature Center has two special planetarium programs: a special solstice show Friday and a full-dome film Saturday. The Friday, Dec. 22, show Bones, Tombs, and Solstice will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, the exciting full-dome film Exploding Universe is screening at 2 p.m. These planetarium programs are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
LANL astrophysicists Erica Fogerty and Galen Gisler will take planetarium visitors back in time to Newgrange, a 5,000-year-old passage tomb dedicated to the

Cottonwood Hosts Fundraiser For Youth Shelters

on December 20, 2017 - 6:57am

TLUXX DJ Brian Johnson will be back in town for his fourth annual Play It Forward charity event to benefit Youth Shelters of Santa Fe Friday at Cottonwood on the Greens. Courtesy image


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School graduate Brian Johnson is TLUXX, an EDM DJ/producer based in Los Angeles, Calif. He has shared the stage with performers such as Headhunterz, Zomboy, CandyLand, Cry Wolf, Riggi & Piros, MAKO and Party Favor. Johnson represented New Mexico at the Sun City Music Festival in El Paso, Texas.

He is also known for his

HillStrummers Bring Holiday Cheer To Community

on December 20, 2017 - 6:20am

Los Alamos HillStrummers bring holiday cheer Monday afternoon to Aspen Ridge. Courtesy/Hillstrummers

Community members listen to the Los Alamos HillStrummers performing Monday to Aspen Ridge. Courtesy/Hillstrummers



The HillStrummers Ukukele group played holiday music Monday afternoon at Aspen Ridge for the residents and will perform at another four venues before the end of the holiday season:
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 the HillStrummers will join the students of Aspen Tiger Choir and the Chamisa Singsations at the BESC in the Great Room at 4 p.m.

Cinema Cindy Reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi

on December 19, 2017 - 12:58pm
Los Alamos
“Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi”, the latest installment in the 40 year old Star Wars franchise, was released Dec. 15 to an eager audience.
As promised, the story picks up immediately where “Episode VII: The Force Awakens” ended, with our new heroine, Rey, approaching Luke Skywalker on a rocky island.
We wondered with the last movie, what will happen when Rey and Luke meet? Expectations for each new Star Wars film are always high; people get anxious about the fate of their favorite characters, making an audible buzz before the film opens.

Thanking Russ: Holiday Benefit Concert At Unquarked Saturday

on December 15, 2017 - 4:56pm
What would summer in Los Alamos be without Gordon Concerts? Children chasing each other and tossing snacks to ducks in Ashley Pond; friends pilng onto picnic blankets with wine and beer; and the smell of local food trucks in the air while everyone taps their feet to music.
There is no better representation of Los Alamos than what Russ Gordon spent 28 years of his life giving to this community, summer after summer. And now, it’s our turn to thank Russ.
Local bands, Trainwreck Blue Band and State Road 4, will headline a benefit concert at Unquarked Wine Room at 2

Meow Wolf​ ​And Xsplit: ​Galaga ​World​ Championship

on December 15, 2017 - 9:47am
SANTA FE  Nationally-renowned arts and entertainment group Meow Wolf announces its first annual live streamed video gaming event, SCORE WARS, kicking off with a Galaga World Championship that will bring together the best Galaga players on the planet for an epic four-day throwdown to smash world records and crown a new world champ. 

SCORE WARS: Galaga World Championship launches Thursday, March 29 to Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe—home to THEA-Award winning phenomenal immersive arts experience House of Eternal Return.
All of the action will be

Los Alamos Big Band Christmas Dance Thursday Dec. 28 To Benefit IHM Youth Program

on December 15, 2017 - 8:58am
The Los Alamos Big Band during a recent performance at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Big Band

The Los Alamos Big Band is presenting a Christmas Dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend; even if you are not a dancer, please come to listen and enjoy the authentic Big Band sound. The proceeds will benefit the IHM Youth Program. Admission is $15/person, $10/student, and $5 each for children under 12 years.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 15, 2017 - 7:27am

Scenes From UbiQD’s Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

on December 14, 2017 - 9:58am

UbiQD Vice President Matthew Bergren, left, and UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel style it at the company's Ugly Sweater Christmas Party Tuesday evening at UbiQD at 134 Eastgate Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

projectY cowork Director Lauren McDaniel, who is married to UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel attends Tuesday's Ugly Sweater Christmas Party with the couple's baby boy Duncan McDaniel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

UbiQD Director of Applied Physics Nikolay Makarov is clearly a strong contender for the ugliest sweater award. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

These cheerful

Avaya: Setting NORAD Santa Tracking World Record

on December 14, 2017 - 9:47am
SANTA CLARA, Calif. Avaya is preparing its industry-leading Avaya Customer Engagement technology to help set a new record at the 62nd annual NORAD Tracks Santa, scheduled to start Dec. 24 and end Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
During the 23-hour period in 2016, more than 1,400 hotline volunteers answered a record 154,192 calls (1.8 calls per second) to the NORAD Tracks Santa 1-877 HI-NORAD hotline.
The mission critical Avaya Customer Engagement technology, which supports the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base in

Olions ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play’ Resonates Now More Than Ever

on December 14, 2017 - 7:32am
The cast of 'It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play' on stage Dec. 8. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

George Bailey Donald Poston) and Mary Bailey (Rebekah Harkey). Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Foleys (sound effects people) make some noise. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

As winter closes in, the Los Alamos High School Olions production of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play” is sure to warm your heart. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know the story.

Los Alamos Choral Society Announces New Director

on December 13, 2017 - 6:58am
Newly selected Los Alamos Choral Society Director Steven Paxton. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Choral Society

After almost seven months of uncertainty, the Los Alamos Choral Society (LACS) has a new director. Steven Paxton, the unanimous choice of the Choral Society Board of Directors, will take over in late February.

He succeeds Mary Badarak, a popular director at LACS for more than a decade.

LAHS Winter Dance Show Dec. 18

on December 12, 2017 - 11:42am
In this year's Winter Dance Show, Los Alamos High School students will present Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Bollywood, Hip-Hop and Modern at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gymnasium. Admission is free. Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo

Christmas Tubas Perform Free Concert Dec. 22

on December 11, 2017 - 3:56pm

The Christmas Tubas perform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, admission is free. Courtesy photo

Tubas. Courtesy photo


Nothing says Christmas quite like the sound of a choir performing carols.

This choir happens to be composed of tubas and euphoniums and is performing in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. There is no admission charge.

The group came together in 2002, and has played at various venues throughout Los Alamos every holiday season since then.