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Script Analysis Workshop at LALT Sunday

on April 10, 2013 - 7:56am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will host a Script Analysis Workshop on Sunday, April 14. The workshop will be taught by Shep Sobel.

“The workshop is based on the premise that a great play is built on a strong skeleton – or structure – and that examining the play with a mind to articulating the details of that structure can inform the choices of the playwright, director, design team, and actor,” said John Gustafson, president of the LALT Board of Directors.

“We will endeavor to ‘take the x-ray,’ if you will, of Arthur Miller’s  “All My Sons” as an example of the process, but what


Experience Santa Fe Landscapes by Artist Bonnie Binkert in Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center

on April 2, 2013 - 9:14am

June Equinox by Bonnie Binkert

Staff Report

Mixed media work by Santa Fe artist Bonnie Binkert is on display through April 20 in the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center. 

The Santa Fe landscapes in “Celebrating the Seasons “ compliment “We Who Are Clay” in the main gallery.

“In these latest mixed media works – all done in 2012-13 – I’ve tried to capture the land’s rhythmic and dynamic qualities,” Binkert said. “I’ve incorporated watercolor washes and accents of gouache and acrylic to create a series of atmospheric landscapes celebrating the seasons and senses of New Mexico.” 


Tom Schuch as Einstein this Weekend in Santa Fe

on April 2, 2013 - 7:04am

Staff Report

The year is 1946, the Bomb has been dropped, the world has forever changed, and Albert Einstein has invited the audience over to his home to set the record straight about his life.

Einstein will pay a visit to Santa Fe at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tom Schuch will present his award-winning, one-man show, Einstein: A Stage Portrait, by Willard Simms.

Each performance will be followed immediately by a conversation with Schuch.

The performance is at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe (near Home Depot.)

Tickets are $16 ($12 for seniors and

Dancers Perform at Wednesday Brown Bag

on April 1, 2013 - 6:36am

Members of Belisama Irish Dance Company in costume. Courtesy photo


They stole the competition at the CRN North American Irish Dance Championship and dazzled audiences at the Rhythm of Fire St. Patrick’s Day concert at the Lensic Theater.

Now, the dancers and musicians of Belisama Irish Dance Company are showing the community their talents during the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag show at noon Wednesday, April 3 at Fuller Lodge.

Those who will take the stage during the free performance include Darcy Turin, Orli Shlachter, Lauren Partin, Maria Jones, Celia Kessler,

A View From the Stacks: Exhibit Space Means the Library is Much More Than Just Books

on March 30, 2013 - 11:50am
Gallery Manager, Mesa Public Library

From cutting edge contemporary art installations to quilts, recycled scrap metal sculpture to World War II memorabilia, traveling museum exhibits to exhibits designed and created by university students, the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery provides the only flexible, general exhibition space in Los Alamos County.

It is a great space:  light filled and soaring, a gem tucked away on the third floor in the landmark building designed by world renowned architect Antoine Predock, dubbed by New Mexico museum professionals one of the best

Karen Wray Fine Art Celebrates Spring With 'Living Things'

on March 30, 2013 - 8:19am
'Mother Daughter Time' by Heather Ward
Karen Wray Fine Art Celebrates Spring with “Living Things”
Los Alamos Artist Heather Ward

After the snow melts and the winds die down, the artists at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery will be ready to celebrate spring with their upcoming exhibit, Living Things.

The artists will kick off the new exhibit with a public reception from 5-7 p.m., April 19.

“All of my work is about animals,” said Heather Ward, the newest artist to be represented at Karen Wray Fine Art. “They’re all so different and unique.


Watch 'Whip It' and Meet Local Derby Dames

on March 27, 2013 - 9:31am
MPL News:
See  "Whip It," the movie that inspired a whole generation of derby girls.
Meet Los Alamos' own roller derby team, the M'Atom Bombs, before the movie.
The team is part of the local league, the LA Derby Dames. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Mesa Public Library.
This is a free event.
"Whip It" is based on the 2007 novel "Derby Girl" by former competitor Shauna Cross.
The film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, a small-town misfit who finds her true passion when she joins an Austin roller derby league.

LALT Actors Do Well at AACT Competetion

on March 25, 2013 - 6:38am
Patricia Beck (Althea), left, and Gwen Lewis (Maddy) portray their characters from "Van Choc Straw," during a recent Rotary Club meeting. Photo by Bonnie J Gordon/
Los Alamos Little Theatre's production of Van Choc Straw, written by Mark Dunn and directed by Mimi Adams, was one of two plays selected over the weekend to represent New Mexico at the regional competition of the American Association of Community Theatre next month in Lafayette, La.
In addition, Van Choc Straw cast members Patricia Beck and Gwen Lewis received special certificates recognizing

Community Turns Out For 'We Who Are Clay' Reception

on March 24, 2013 - 11:41am

Artist Kari Rives with Herkimer the hippo at the March 15 opening reception of Who We Are In Clay. Photo by Nancy Coombs

Artist Darla Graff Thompson. Photo by Nancy Coombs

Staff report

Art patrons turned out for the Opening Reception of "We Who Are Clay' Friday, March 15 at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave.

Nearly a dozen community organizations teamed up to present this unique exhibit.

Two months of activities focused on the material that has shaped the history and culture of New Mexico.

This large and diverse exhibit contains everything from bowls to statuary and displays


Los Alamos Sci-Fi Authors Enjoy Literary Success

on March 22, 2013 - 1:12pm

Staff Report

T. Jackson King’s new combat sci-fi novel, Stellar Assassin, hit No. 14 in Amazon's Top 100 Hot New Releases in the Space Opera Science Fiction category.

The number rankings are adjusted hourly, so the book may go up or down depending on Kindle e-book downloads of the title. The book was only released March 9, so it has climbed to this rank very quickly.

Here’s a plot synopsis of Stellar Assassin Al Lancaster is a shipwrecked tech scavenger who wakes up from Suspense on the auction block of Hercules Station in the alien-run Markan star system, light years distant from Earth.


Los Alamos Hosts AACT Fest - Three Nights of NM Theater Beginning 7 p.m. Today Through Saturday

on March 21, 2013 - 12:14pm
Pat Beck (Althea) and Gwen Miller (Maddy) visited Los Alamos Rotarians as their characters from "Van Choc Straw" Tuesday to talk about the upcoming ACCT Fest. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

AACT Fest 2013 is here! Los Alamos is hosting the American Association of Community Theatre’s three-day event, spotlighting community theatres from across New Mexico.

For non-thespians, the main attraction will be four one-act plays put on by companies from throughout the state.

Los Alamos Little Theatre (LALT) has participated in the

Fans Nominate Local Artist for Prestigious Award

on March 20, 2013 - 7:14am

Pajarito Plateau by Fran Stolvall. Courtesy photo



Fran Stoval, local artist, volunteer, teacher, mentor, friend and Los Alamos resident since 1967, has been nominated for the coveted Governor’s 2013 Award for Excellence in the Arts. 

The Governor’s Award was established in 1974 by the State’s New Mexico Arts to honor lifetime achievement in and support of the arts in New Mexico.

Stoval’s breadth of creativity has proven boundless, whether in stained glass, pastel painting, mosaics, sets, logos, murals, and especially teaching and mentoring. 

She has energetically shared

Artist Monika Kaden's 'From Clay to Bronze' Tuesday

on March 18, 2013 - 9:13pm


Two Openings are Part of 'We Who Are Clay' Events

on March 15, 2013 - 11:51am

'Sabinoso' is one of the photographs of New Mexico churches by Jim Gautier on display at the Historical Museum's 'Adobe' exhibit. Phto by Jim Gautier

John Nathan Hains has studied micaceous clay pottery for 10 years at Northern New Mexico College. His pots are hand-built and fired in an open pit. This example, 'Out of the Fire' is part of the Fuller Lodge Art Center's 'We Who Are Clay' exhibit. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos gets down and dirty as nearly a dozen community organizations are teaming up to present “We Who Are

ACCT II Presents 'Disney The Jungle Book KIDS'

on March 13, 2013 - 7:43am
ACCT II students at the conclusion of the Battle scene (That's What Friends Are For.) Courtesy photo
ACCT II students in rehearsal for Disney The Jungle Book KIDS. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

The Jungle is jumpin’ with jazz and colorful characters. Students are in their final week of rehearsals for ACCT II's production of Disney The Jungle Book KIDS.

The talented cast is made up of 34 third and fourth grade students from all five elementary schools in Los Alamos and White Rock.

ACCT II will present two performances of Disney The Jungle Book KIDS in the Mountain Elementary School gym at

LAHS Teacher Wins Pasatiempo Poetry Contest

on March 13, 2013 - 7:31am
Los Alamos Public Schools teacher Michelle Holland, winner of the Pasatiempo Poetry Contest. Photo by Alex Traube
LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School English instructor Michelle Holland was selected by editors of Pasatiempo as the first place winner in the poem category written by adults in their recent contest.

Her entry entitled, “It Wasn’t the Laundry on the Line,” was featured in the Dec. 28, 2012, edition of The New Mexican’s weekly magazine of arts, entertainment and culture.

Holland said she rarely enters contests, but entered this one to encourage her students to publish their

Which Norris and Lois Bradbury Sculpture Should Be Placed at New Municipal Building?

on March 8, 2013 - 8:06am

See all three sculpture proposal options below:


The Art in Public Places Advisory Board has posted a new question on the County’s “Open Forum” webpage: Which Norris and Lois Bradbury sculpture should be recommended to the County Council for fabrication and installation at the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building?

The Board is seeking public comment on proposals received for this next set of historical sculptures.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: March 6

on March 7, 2013 - 9:00am

This week's preview sponsored by

Vegetable ABCs 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at PEEC
With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening. Carlos Valdez to talk about “Vegetable ABCs.” This talk is free and open to the public. PEEC is at 3540 Orange St. behind the High School.

The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open at CrossFit 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at CrossFit Los Alamos (278-A DP Road)
Welcome to week one: Constantly varied ... high intensity ... functional movement - CrossFit. The public is invited to attend the local competition.


Movie Review: 'Quartet' Proves Growing Old is Not for Sissies

on March 7, 2013 - 7:35am
Movie poster for 'The Quartet.' Courtesy
'Quartet' Proves Growing Old is Not for Sissies

Time can be a real enemy to a person. It will rob people of their health, mental faculties and loved ones.

But what “The Quartet” also proves is that time can be a friend. It can provide opportunity for second chances and new discoveries.

The film reveals it is never too late to live life fully.

The plot of “The Quartet” is pretty simple. A group of friends living in a retirement home for musicians prepare for an upcoming concert that celebrates Verdi’s birthday.  


Picture Perfect Photo Show at Mesa Public Library

on March 5, 2013 - 6:48am

A large crowd gathered Monday for the Los Alamos Photographers’ Show at Mesa Public Library Gallery. Photographs will remain on exhibit through March 29. The Photo Club meets 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the upstairs meeting room of Fuller Lodge Art Center. Meetings offer photo-sharing on optional themes by attendees. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Co-Chair of the Los Alamos Photography Club Doug Coombs shows his photos of Bosque del Apache. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post photographer Greg Kendall shows his photo, 'Sunset at Wahweap Marina

Belisama Irish Dancers Shine at North American Championships

on March 5, 2013 - 6:36am
Kyle Partin, center, wins the Mean Ghrad Award. Belisama Artistic Director Adrienne Bellis is at far right. Courtesy photo
Deena Rice, left), Elaina Bossert, center, wins the Ard Ghrad Award. Belisama Artistic Director Adrienne Bellis is at far right. Courtesy photo

BID News:

Belisama Irish Dance traveled to Washington, DC in February to compete in the CRN North American Irish Dance Championships.

Fifteen Belisama dancers competed over three days, and all 15 won or placed in their solo dances.

Top awardees include Kyle Partin, who won the first-place award at Mean Ghrad, and Shannon

LALT Issues Casting Call for 'Stones in His Pockets'

on March 5, 2013 - 6:15am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre announces auditions for “Stones in His Pockets” by Marie Jones, directed by Chris Monteith and produced by Jess Cullinan.

Auditions are
1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 11 in the Green Room at the LALT Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

While the play is written for two men to perform all 15 characters, the director is not ruling out the possibility of casting a woman in one of these slots.

So, if you want to audition, you are welcome to do so.

Pajarito Reads: 'Blaize Castle' a Fun Read in the Style of Jane Austen

on March 4, 2013 - 11:53am
Los Alamso Daily Post

“This hat sells books,” said local author Inez Ross when I admired her bright red fedora.

Ross, who has a life-long love affair with trains and rides often, finds her hat is a great conversation starter onboard the train.

“People ask me if I’m in the Red Hat Society and I say I belong to the Black Feather Authors’ Society,” Ross said. This often leads directly to a sale.

The other secret of Ross’ success in selling her books on the train is the size.

Magnificence of Pajarito Mountain

on March 2, 2013 - 10:04am

Snow left on the mountain after last week's snow storm shot from the middle road (truck route) looking up to Pajarito Mountain to the west just past the shooting range. Photo by TK Thompson/

Join the Puzzle Platoon in LALT’s ‘Van Choc Straw’

on March 2, 2013 - 9:44am
From left, Stephen Fasel, Gwen Lewis and Pat Beck. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The world premiere of the full-length version of Van Choc Straw by Marc Dunn took place Friday, March 1 at Los Alamos Little Theatre.

A shorter version of Van Choc Straw was produced as a radio play on KUNM Radio a year ago. The shorter version will be LALT’s entry in the New Mexico AACTFest March 21-24.

Van Choc Straw takes place in the basement of Althea Witlin's (Pat Beck) home.