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Daily Postcard: Spotted Towhee Visits Local Residence

on June 6, 2017 - 5:40am

Daily Postcard: This beautiful Spotted Towhee has been a constant visitor over the weekend at a residence on Timber Ridge Road in Los Alamos. Photo by Annis Young

Lensic Invites Patrons To Bring Drinks To Seats

on June 5, 2017 - 8:29am


SANTA FE—The Lensic Performing Arts Center now welcomes patrons to bring drinks to their seats during Lensic Presents performances.

“We’re pleased to offer this new option for those who want to enjoy a drink—whether that’s tea, a soft drink or an alcoholic drink—while enjoying a show,” Executive Director Joel Aalberts said. “No more feeling rushed to finish a beverage before show time or during intermission.”


Until now, drinks were permitted only in the Lensic’s lobby area.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 4

on June 4, 2017 - 1:47pm

Bass Performance Hall Dome: Cliburn competitors’ view of the Bass Performance Hall when they take the stage. Courtesy photo

Bass Performance Hall exterior: Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth. Courtesy photo


Musical Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

The Cliburn Competition is blessed with a beautiful venue, the Bass Performance Hall. We had a chance to see the hall from the competitor’s point of view during a tour Saturday morning. 

Built in 1998, the hall is modeled along classic European opera house lines, a somewhat unusual design decision given

Lensic Presents 2017/2018 Season

on June 4, 2017 - 6:55am

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SANTA FE—Lensic Executive Director Joel Aalberts has announced the lineup for the 2017/2018 season of the nonprofit performing arts center’s Lensic Presents original programming series.


The season kicks off Aug. 26 with a concert from bluegrass/country legend Ricky Skaggs and his longtime band, Kentucky Thunder, and continues through May 3, 2018, with a diverse and exciting lineup of music, theater, dance and family events.


“We have stars of Latin, jazz, bluegrass, folk, and classical music, plus live theater, two cutting-edge dance companies, and

Daily Postcard: Prickly Pear Cactus At Bandelier

on June 4, 2017 - 6:19am

Daily Postcard: A prickly pear cactus blooms at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS

Daily Postcard: Valles Caldera Turning Green

on June 3, 2017 - 5:58am
The east end of the Valle Grande Thursday shows the grass is starting to green up from recent showers. Photo by Marc Bailey

Mesa Public Library Features Painter With Local Roots

on June 2, 2017 - 6:45am

Kathrine Pacheco Gauntt's 'La Luz.' Courtesy image 

Kathrine Pacheco Gauntt's 'Las Conchas.' Courtesy image 



Katherine Pacheco Gauntt, a painter who grew up in Los Alamos, will open an exhibit of her work this month at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery. There will be an opening reception to meet the artist 1-4:30 p.m., June 10.

Gauntt developed her love of nature in the canyons and mountains of Los Alamos, and it informs her work to this day.

“I see the wonderment of the world around me,” she said in describing her painting preferences.

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 2

on June 2, 2017 - 6:34am

Los Alamos Concert Association Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin reports on the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. Courtesy Photo
By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

Downtown Fort Worth is all gussied up for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Banners line the streets. The Cliburn logo is everywhere. Even the crosswalks in front of the Bass Concert Hall are painted to look like keyboards. For a city that is famous for its stockyards, these Texans sure take their music seriously!

We arrived here Thursday morning on an easy

Opera Guilds Host Concert June 18

on June 1, 2017 - 3:39pm
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Los Alamos and Española Valley Opera Guilds invite a the public to a concert at 2:30 p.m. June 18 at Fuller Lodge. The concert will feature apprentice signers from the Santa Fe Opera. Punch and cookies will be provided after the concert. The performance is free to guild members and there is a suggested donation of $10 for non-members. Memberships will be available for purchase and donations will be accepted. 

Classical Music World: Notes From Cliburn 1

on June 1, 2017 - 8:40am

Van Cliburn in 1959, the only classical musician to be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York. Courtesy photo

By Ann McLaughlin
Artistic Director
Los Alamos Concert Association

It happens every four years. Competitors vie for medals as fans cheer. Paparazzi swarm about. It isn’t the Olympics. It’s the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition! The competition is underway right now and I will be reporting to you from Fort Worth every day.

The story of the competition’s birth is legendary and begins in Moscow.  

In 1958, at the height of the cold war, the Soviet Union wanted to

Daily Postcard: Deer Peers Over Canyon Edge

on June 1, 2017 - 7:04am

Daily Postcard: This deer came wondering into the garden of this Los Alamos home as the homeowner was gardening and walked over to the edge of the canyon and looked around. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Los Alamos Piecemakers Seek New Members

on May 31, 2017 - 9:26am

Los Alamos Piecemakers members busy at a recent community service sew-a-thon. Courtesy/LAP 

Quilted items displayed at a recent quilt show made from a LAP workshop. Courtesy/LAP

Quilted seasonal items for sale at a recent quilt market. Courtesy/LAP


LAP News:

Are you a quilter? Would you like to learn to quilt? For more than 32 years, the Los Alamos Piecemakers (LAP) Quilt Guild has provided inspiration and education for members.

Black-headed Grosbeak Spotted At Canyon School

on May 31, 2017 - 8:16am

This black-headed Grosbeak is spotted recently at Canyon School in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Noeninckx

Los Alamos Nature Center Garden In Full Bloom

on May 31, 2017 - 7:05am

Thanks to Larry Deavan's care and knowledge, the penstemon garden at the Los Alamos Nature Center is amazingly colorful, but it won't last long. Stop by the nature center this week to see the impressive array of flowers and watch the many pollinators collect nectar from this vivid area. Photo by Beth Cortright

Mary Badarak Conducts Final Concert

on May 31, 2017 - 5:13am

Mary Badarak, long-time conductor of the Los Alamos Choral Society, performed her final concert Sunday. She is retiring. Photo by Carl Newton/Courtesy




Sunday, a large crowd of music-lovers and well-wishers were in the United Church of Los Alamos when Mary Badarak, long-time conductor of the Los Alamos Choral Society, directed the Choral Society for the last time.


The concert—14 short songs featuring six that Badarak had arranged and three that she had composed—was a success that brought the crowd to its feet to join in a thundering rendition of

LAAC Offers Sweet Treat At Brown Bag Show June 7

on May 31, 2017 - 4:54am

Members of the Los Alamos/Santa Fe String Quartet prepare for their upcoming Brown Bag Show. Courtesy Photo



Los Alamos Daily Post 


Viola musician and member of the Los Alamos/Santa Fe String Quintet Brian Newnam describes chamber music as like dessert.


“Musicians love to play chamber music,” he said, explaining there is no conductor and musicians get the opportunity to play with friends. “Amateur musicians play chamber music for their enjoyment.”


The community will be able to enjoy the intimacy of chamber music themselves when the Los Alamos/Santa Fe String

Daily Postcard: Cacti In Full Bloom

on May 31, 2017 - 4:44am

Cacti are in full bloom near Santa Rosa following the recent rain. Photo by Josh Smith

Tuesdays At The Pond Series Returns For 2017 Season

on May 30, 2017 - 5:51pm

Los Alamos Creative District News:

The summer staple “Tuesdays at the Pond” will be returning to the Ashley Pond stage at 7 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning June 6.

This year’s summer entertainment series will feature a wide variety of musical acts, and there’s sure to be something for everyone! Performances will range all the way from a professional wind ensemble to an R&B artist, a folk rock group to a big brass band, and everything in between.

The following acts will be part of the excitement from June to August this year:

  • June 6: The Bus Tapes
  • June 13: Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers
  • June

Big Stars To Perform In Festival Chispa 2017

on May 30, 2017 - 3:13pm

Grammy award-winning artist Gaby Moreno will peform at the Festival Chispa 2017 at 8 p.m., June 24. Courtesy Photo 


Las Cafeterias will peform at the Festival Chispa 2017. Courtesy/

NHCC News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The National Hispanic Cultural Center, in partnership with Avokado Artists, presents Festival Chispa 2017.

The event features Latin Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and her band, along with the incredibly fresh, multi-faceted Latin alternative and Chicano activist group Las Cafeteras at 8 p.m. June 24 in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre.

The event

Notice: Possible Quorum Of APPB At Farmer’s Market

on May 30, 2017 - 9:22am


A notice of a possible quorum of the Art in Public Places Board at the Farmer’s Market June 1, 2017 has been published.

The notice is available online at:

Daily Postcard: Bear Spotted On Trail To LA Reservoir

on May 30, 2017 - 6:36am
Daily Postcard: A bear is spotted earlier this month on the trail to the Los Alamos Reservoir. Photo by Dane Spearing

Art Meets Music With Live Theatrical Paintings, Classes

on May 27, 2017 - 7:48am

A group of artists after a SäshaStylz painting workshop.​ Courtesy Photo


Music and art go hand in hand, and this summer the magical combination makes its way to Los Alamos. Fridays throughout the summer, local artist Sasha Scully is offering her popular art classes preceding the Gordon’s concerts. The pre-concert art classes started Friday.

Scully’s SäshaStylz classes will continue throughout the summer 5-7 p.m. at UnQuarked on the first and second Fridays of the month, and on the last Friday of each month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At Plateau Properties

on May 25, 2017 - 3:57pm

On the job in Los Alamos: Dustin Lippiatt creates a large rabbit topiary Wednesday afternoon at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Lippiatt runs the yard crew for Plateau Properties where he has worked for two years. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Dustin Lippiatt creates a large rabbit topiary Wednesday afternoon at Chapel Apartments on Rose Street. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

PEEC Offers Class With Local Artist Lisa Coddington

on May 24, 2017 - 8:21am

Hedge hog cactus by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Artist and instructor Lisa Coddington is returning to teach a one-day workshop on drawing and watercolor using botanical and natural subjects 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday June 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

This class, made possible by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is great for all skill levels and is limited to 13 students. Register to learn techniques for creating realistic, still life, nature-inspired art.

 Participants will explore pencil and watercolor techniques that portray plants and animals.

LAHS Students Present Fine Art In The Night Sky

on May 24, 2017 - 6:40am