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'Los Alamos Friends' Hosts New Year's Eve Open House

on December 28, 2012 - 7:23am


Celia Browne will be hosting a New Year's Eve open house for the new social club, Los Alamos Friends, at her home on Arizona Avenue. 

The event starts at 6 p.m. and will run until midnight or later. There will be food, wine, punch and treats; anyone attending can bring a bottle of wine or a dish to pass but it's not required. 

Anyone interested in Los Alamos Friends is welcome to join ... for information on the group, visit or call Celia Browne at 695-5788.

About Los Alamos Friends:


Participate in LALT's New Year’s Eve Tradition

on December 25, 2012 - 7:20am

This is at the very start of scene one. Richard Nixon (Grady Hughes) is preparing to give his resignation speech. Behind and to the right of Nixon is Manolo Sanchez (John Phillips), Nixon’s loyal personal aide, helping to give light readings. To the left of Nixon is a makeup assistant (Claire Singleton) touching up the president so as to mask his ever-present perspiration. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Kate Ramsey

What makes Los Alamos Little Theatre so special? Why spend an evening at the theatre? There are two reasons: family and tradition.

The New Year’s Eve performance is a

Scientists to Surveil Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Eve

on December 22, 2012 - 10:49am

Santa Claus takes off on his annual global trek to spread joy to children everywhere. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Efforts will help ensure Magical Elf’s safe passage across the globe

Los Alamos trackers will use state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken this year by Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer during the Jolly Elf’s annual mission to spread joy to all the children of the world.

Visit beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 24 to see St. Nick’s whirlwind journey.


Christmas Tubas Perform Dec. 22 at IHMC

on December 15, 2012 - 10:05am

The Christmas Tubas are set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at IHMC. Players from a 2006 performance include from left, Christopher Alme, Ricky Korzekwa, Laurel Webb, Steve Coggeshall, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Cox, Deniece Korekwa and Pete Forman. Courtesy photo


The sound of a choir performing Christmas Carols is a sure sign that Christmas is near. This choir happens to be composed of instrumentalists – tubas and euphoniums (which can be thought of as small tubas.)

The group, aptly named the Christmas Tubas, was formed in 2002 by local musician Jerry

LAHS Hosts Visual and Performing Arts Events Monday

on December 15, 2012 - 9:26am

Dancers from Los Alamos High School's 2012 Winter Dance show. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School is the venue for two arts department events Monday, Dec. 17.

The closing reception for a collection of fall semester artwork by visual arts students is slated from 3:30 p.m. in the foyer area and at 7 p.m., the 2012 Winter Dance show begins.

"We are very excited about displaying the fall semester artwork during the winter concerts. We hope dancers and their parents will join us for this closing reception," said Mary Grace, visual arts instructor and

Local Production of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid, Jr.' Premiere's This Weekend

on December 13, 2012 - 6:09am

Front row from left, Nayeli Marquez, Neha Sadasivan and Rebekah Lockhart. Back row from left, Kezia Tripp (Flounder), Carley Sorenen, Marcie Lee, Joseph Sarrao (Sebastian), Hannah Clegg, Katie Hermmann and Tayra Eidenbnz. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) invites the community to its premiere performance of Disney's "The Little Mermaid, Jr."

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Dive into the sea and meet Ariel (Evelyn Wolbier) who wants to be human.

Local Cartoonist Signing Books Dec. 17

on December 12, 2012 - 8:34am

Local cartoonist Stephen McCranie will be hosting a release party for his new book at the Los Alamos County Library 4-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

The new book, Belly Flop!, is the third volume of an all-ages graphic novel series called Mal and Chad. McCranie will give a short talk and will be available afterwards to chat and sign books.

Books can be purchased for $10.

McCranie graduated from Los Alamos High School and attended the University of New Mexico. While there, he began working on a comic strip called Mal and Chad about a boy genius and his talking dog for the UNM school newspaper.

Public Invited to Discover 'The Truth About Santa'

on December 12, 2012 - 7:45am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host "The Truth About Santa," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

"The Truth About Santa" is a PG-13 melodrama about troubles at the North Pole and will be performed by the Southwest Rural Theatre Project.

The Story:

Santa Claus is tired of the lies. Like the gods of old, he, too, has his mortal mistresses. This Christmas Eve he will bring Mary, his favorite earthly consort, and Luke and Freya, their illegitimate, semi-divine children, back to his North Pole compound to live with him—forever!
Not surprisingly, Mrs. Claus resists.

Rachel Peck Guides Olions to Great Start

on December 11, 2012 - 6:50am

Anastasia (Haley Henson) and policewoman (Rebecca Varjebedian) discuss the baby in "Nothing Is What It Seems" written and directed by senior Alexandria L'Esperance. Courtesy/Olions

Review by Maire O'Neill

The Los Alamos High School Olions presented this year’s student-directed one act plays in the new Topper Theater Dec. 6-9.

As always, this year's plays, which ranged from heart-breaking to mind-twisting to bully-breaking, showcased the multiple talents of the Olions.

"Nothing Is What It Seems" written and directed by Alexandria L'Esperance, explored the nature of relationships.

Khalsa Reviews 'Flight'

on December 11, 2012 - 6:05am
Review by Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac.

Well I must admit that it is a real delight reviewing a movie like this. In spite of the subject material, the way this movie was put together, edited and acted, it’s like sitting down for a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and having your best friends there, too.

If you’re looking for a mature adult film ... this is it. I’m a fan of Denzel Washington. Never met him but his acting is always there and he seems to pick the right movies to be in. Flight is no exception.

You’ve probably seen the trailers

DALA’s Hansel and Gretel ... Pure Holiday Enchantment

on December 7, 2012 - 4:56pm

“Hansel and Gretel” performed by Cody Maggiore and Sally Grindstaff. Photo by TK Thompson/

Ballerinas glide through the air. Photo by TK Thompson/

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

Dance Arts Los Alamos brings the magical world of “Hansel and Gretel” to the Duane Smith Auditorium for three performances this weekend. I saw the production’s dress rehearsal on Dec. 6.

The original ballet is directed and choreographed by Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director Christin Severini, with additional choreography by DALA’s Executive Director Valerie Silks and ballet instructor

'A Separation' Screens Thursday at Mesa Library

on December 4, 2012 - 7:53am

"A Separation." Courtesy/IMDb

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

The Iranian film “A Separation” (2011) is one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile. It purports to be about putting a child through divorce, and the difficulties of caring for a parent with Alzheimer's disease. I suppose it is. But it begins and ends in an Iranian court house, and for me the focus really became how people tell their sides, and the fact that there is no truth, or at least no single truth.

Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Payman Maadi) certainly have what in America we call “irreconcilable differences.” Viewers find out in

Community Winds Holiday Prism Concert Sheds Light on Local Talent

on December 4, 2012 - 7:00am


By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos Community Winds started a new holiday tradition last year with the Community Holiday Prism Concert.

This year, the second annual Holiday Prism Concert will take place directly after the Holiday Lights Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec 8 at the Crossroads Bible Church. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Winds have invited a number of local musicians to perform with them at this concert.

“This concert is a celebration of the variety of performers in White Rock and Los Alamos,” Winds Musical Director Ted Vives said.

Hansel & Gretel Set For Next Weekend

on December 2, 2012 - 7:01am

Hansel (Cody Maggiore), Gretel (Sally Grindstaff) and the Witch (Christin Severini) perform in Dance Arts Los Alamos Winterfest Weekend. Photo by Paulo T. Photography

By Lynn Finnegan

When Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director and former American Ballet Theatre dancer Christin Severini was a young child, she would spend many hours choreographing and performing elaborate shows for her parents, with the reluctant participation of her younger brothers. 

The rest is, as they say, history.

'Star Vigilante' Books Signed Saturday

on December 2, 2012 - 6:32am

Science-fiction author T. Jackson King signed his books Saturday at Smith's Food and Drug Center, 31 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock.

The Los Alamos author introduced his new novel “Star Vigilante,” a science fiction action-adventure that features an interstellar vigilante hired to save a human colony world from an alien strip mining operation.

King, who goes by the name Tom, also signed copies of his other sci-fi and fantasy novels at Saturday's event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

King's Book Signing Today at Smith's

on December 1, 2012 - 7:49am

Author T. Jackson King

Staff Report

Los Alamos author T. Jackson King has a new novel out with the recent publication of “Star Vigilante,” hard science fiction action-adventure that features an interstellar vigilante hired to save a human colony world from an alien strip mining operation.

King will autograph his novel from 1-5 p.m. today, Saturday Dec. 1 at Smith’s Food and Drug Center, 31 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock. 

King, who goes by the name Tom, said he also will have his other sci-fi and fantasy novels available for sale and personalized autographing this afternoon.

King, 64, a

UNM-LA Hosts Native American Heritage Day

on December 1, 2012 - 7:08am

Eagle Dance and Buffalo Dance were performed at Native American Heritage Day Thursday, Nov. 29 on the UNM-Los Alamos campus. The college hosted the festive event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

A young dancer shows off his colorful clothes lined with feathers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

'Breaking Dawn-Part 2' Offers Sweet Parting

on November 24, 2012 - 8:58am

Bella played by Kristen Stewart. Courtesy photo

Movie Review by Kirsten Laskey

It’s tough to say goodbye to a story that you love. But unlike Bella and Edward, the heroine and hero of the “Twilight” story, it was not love at first sight for me and the Twilight series.

Reading the synopsis of the first book, I thought “Twilight” was juvenile and silly. When my sister lent me her paperback copy of the first book, I grudgingly opened its cover.

Then I tore through the rest book, and then the next one, the one after that and the one after that.

It can’t stand up to the classics of

What Lawmakers Face When They Convene at Roundhouse in January

on November 23, 2012 - 7:34am

New Mexico House Chambers. Photo by Jim Wayne

New Mexico PBS’ Public Affairs Series “NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS” airs at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 23 on Ch. 5.1 - There is no Sunday repeat this week.


  • An In-Depth Look At What Lawmakers Face When They Convene At The Roundhouse In January – Plus, Gov. Susana Martinez's Election Year Political Strategy & What It Means For The Next Legislative Session
  • As New Mexico’s Centennial Year Winds Down, David Holtby, Author of “THE 47th STAR,” Talks About Stories & Characters Behind New Mexico's Struggles For Statehood
  • The Film Based on the Novel "THE LIFE OF

What Killed Off The Massive Woolly Mammoth & Reshaped The Earth?

on November 22, 2012 - 8:16am

Woolly Mammoth. Courtesy/

PBS News:

CONNECT: Inspired thinking, provocative questions … each month New Mexico PBS connects audiences to great ideas in science, medicine, arts, and history.

• What Killed Off The Massive Woolly Mammoth & Reshaped The Earth?

• What Are The Basic Forces That Have Shaped Our Universe?

• How Are New Molecules Discovered?

CONNECT airs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 on New Mexico PBS Ch. 5.1, and is hosted by Augusta Meyers.• What Are The Basic Forces That Have Shaped Our Universe Since The Beginning Of Time?

"One of the things my group is interested

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov. 21

on November 21, 2012 - 10:13am

This week's preview sponsored by

Community Turkey Meal 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Legion 1325 Trinity Drive. The meal is a free, but donations are accepted.

Turkey Day Town Tour 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22
Pajarito Complex (starting/ending point) 3400 Arizona Ave. Work up an appetite for the traditional holiday feast with this free, fun, no-commitment, low-stress, pre-feast mountain bike ride for all ages and abilities. The ride will use local trails. Participants can ride as much or as little as they like as there are plenty of bailout points along the way.

Broadway is Calling...

on November 18, 2012 - 6:46am

Students perform the mug dance during "Gaston" at their dessert fundraiser Nov. 16. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Broadway professionals will be on hand to meet Los Alamos theater students attending the Junior Theater Festival ( in Atlanta, Ga., this January.

JTF is a conference for youth, teachers and professionals in the field of musical theater.

The Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students also will receive instruction in musical theater and attend a professional performance as part of the program, sponsored by Atomic City Children's Theater,

‘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