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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Shack’

on March 23, 2017 - 2:40pm
Movie poster for 'The Shack'. Courtesy photo

 

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“The Shack” is the long-awaited film version of the 2007 novel of the same name, written by Canadian author William P. Young. If you have read the book, you will know to bring plenty of tissues to the film. This is a story of bad things happening to good people and of the Holy Trinity intervening to teach love and forgiveness. As a result, the IMDB website categorizes the film as “drama/fantasy.”

The Shack in question is where hard evidence was found that Mackenzie Philip’s youngest daughter was indeed

Los Alamos Middle School Pianist Julia Chen Selected For Artist Master Class With Artist Yi-Heng Yang

on March 23, 2017 - 7:51am
Los Alamos pianist Julia Chen. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Julia Chen, a 12-year-old pianist from Los Alamos—having appeared in last week’s news as the Mountain Club 2017 State Swim Champion—trades in her swim cap this weekend for the keyboard of a 9-foot Steinway Concert Grand.
 
Chen, who although having studied piano only four years, has shown a “great dedication to the piano along with a developing command of advanced repertoire,” according to her teacher, Dr. Madeline Williamson of Los Alamos Piano Studio.
 
Chen’s teacher nominated her for the honor of being one of four

Scenes From YMCA’s Annual Red & Black Ball

on March 20, 2017 - 9:26pm
The Los Alamos YMCA Annual Red & Black Ball took place Saturday at Buffalo Thunder Resort. The evening included dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction. Family YMCA Board President Lou Santoro, center, thanks major donors for their contributions. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Shay Kendricks, Roger Waterman and YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly and Y staff attempt to decipher the name of the winner of a vaction to Kona from the raffle ticket. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The gang from Los Alamos Medical Center, including Marketing Director Mary Beth

Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium Features Phantoms And Exoplanets At Planetarium This Weekend

on March 20, 2017 - 6:44pm
 
PEEC News:
 
How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? 
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium is showing Exoplanets, which reveals plants found outside our solar system along with the science behind how we find them and what we know about their composition. The Friday, March 24, show was cancelled. 
 
The nature center is ending March with an exciting astronomy show and film exploring dark matter at 7 p.m., Friday, March 31, with Dr. Galen Gisler.
 
This special show includes a talk by Dr.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Beauty And The Beast

on March 20, 2017 - 7:44am

2017 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series

on March 20, 2017 - 6:37am
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Local concert producer Russ Gordon has announced details of his upcoming Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series:
  • May 19: Chuchito Valdes - Afro-Cuban jazz from Havana, Cuba & Cancun, Mx. Master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco.
  • May 26: Deke Dickerson - Alt-Indie Rock, Retro Swing, Rockabilly Revival, Roots-Rock,Hillbilly, Surf, Jump Blues & instrumental rock. The King of the Geek Guitar! From Los Angeles
  • June 2: The Coral Creek Band - Americana/Country Rock, bluegrass, Cajun, Folk & Island rock from Colorado
  • June 9: Western Centuries -

In And Around Town: March 24

on March 20, 2017 - 5:51am

 

The Los Alamos Daily Post’s “In and Around Town” community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to Kirsten@ladailypost.com. 

 

FRIDAY, March 24

​Buddhist Meditation

​The Unitarian Church is hosting a Buddhist meditation class from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class is free. http://www.ladailypost.com/content/heartfelt-wisdom-buddhist-meditation-march-24

Food Depot Mobile Food Pantry

The Food Depot's Mobile Food Pantry will distribute food from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Los Alamos Teen Explains ‘Fugitive’ Game

on March 19, 2017 - 5:31pm
Stephanie Nielsen
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A question posted on the Keep It Local - Los Alamos Facebook page Friday by Lisa Bracy concerning a game called “Fugitive” played by local teens drew dozens of answers and comments over a 24-hour period before local teen Stephanie Nielsen explained it on the site.

Nielsen said parents who are concerned because local teenagers like to play games, should look at it from their point of view and went on to explain the game as follows:

“What happens first is that someone awesome such as Eben Bold helps organize it all.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA 2017: Donations Needed

on March 19, 2017 - 4:52pm

COMMUNITY News:

It is time again to prepare for the annual EGGSTRAVAGANZA! Last year 15,000 plastic eggs (filled with goodies) were spread over the golf course.

More than 800 kids (ages 12 and under) raced to gather. It is always a great time for all ages of kids.

All kids are invited to attend. Please arrive early.

Donations are needed to purchase eggs, goodies, fun jump and provide prizes. Make checks payable to New Beginnings Fellowship, 112 East Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Note on check "EGGSTRAVAGANZA".

For cash donations, contact Myron L. Koop at 505.577.7243, myronkoop@swbell.net

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

Los Alamos Sportsmens Club Hosts First Cowboy Shoot Of The Year March 18

on March 16, 2017 - 4:43pm
LASC News:
 
The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its first “Cowboy Shoot” of the year at at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Pistol Pits. 
 
This SASS ruled event occurs every third Saturday of each month March until November (weather permitting).
 
The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, "Old West" style. Clothing attire and accoutrements, as well as the guns used, that reflects this period of the American West is required/encouraged to shoot in these events.

House Passes Ban On Conversion Therapy

on March 16, 2017 - 7:41am

STATE News:

SANTA FE The New Mexico House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 121 Wednesday evening, a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for individuals under 18 years of age.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Andrés Romero (D-Albuquerque). Conversion therapy, aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity, has been rejected by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association.

“This discredited practice is not based on medical science. It’s based on dangerous misinformation,” Rep.

Co+op’s Six Year Birthday Bash Underway Until 3 p.m.!

on March 11, 2017 - 1:45pm

The Los Alamos Co+op Market at 95 Entrada Dr. is celebrating its 6th Anniversary until 3 p.m. today by showcasing its Community Partners and Vendors. The entire community is invited to celebrate and enjoy interactive booths by a variety of nonprofit organizations including PEEC, LA Animal Shelter, Bathtub Row Brewing Coop, Los Alamos County Recycling and Delancy Street Shelter. Photo by Greg Kendall

Seven Co+op vendors are on hand to offer free product samples and to show appreciation to its customers, the Co+op is providing free chair massages. Photo by Greg Kendall

Sample foods, free

Local Trumpet Recital By Miriam Wallstrom Sunday

on March 11, 2017 - 6:45am

MUSIC News: 

Miriam Wallstrom, a high school junior, will present her first trumpet recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12 at Fuller Lodge. Playing pieces on both a b flat trumpet and a piccolo trumpet, Wallstrom will perform works by Haydn, Albinoni, Sasche and a Dixieland jazz piece.

Jan McDonald is her music teacher and will accompany her on trumpet for several of her recital pieces. Cindy Little, well-known piano player, also will accompany her on the piano, and her friend Jenny Paige will play duets with her on the euphonium.

Wallstrom has studied the trumpet for almost six years, played

Robert Benjamin's Live Short Plays At Senior Centers

on March 10, 2017 - 7:04am
Ruby (Pat Beck), left, and a saleswoman (Kate Ramsey) inspect which clothing is best for Ruby to end her romance. Photo by Larry Gibbons
 

THEATRE News:

“Fresh Out,” a 12-minute comedy by Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin will be performed at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 at the White Rock Senior Center Event Hall and 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The performances are free.  

Actresses Pat Beck and Kate Ramsey make up the cast.

This will be Benjamin’s third comedy at the senior centers, following the 2016 performances of Too Soon and Swerving.

Los Alamos Co+op Celebrates Six Years!

on March 7, 2017 - 6:32pm

The Co+op is having a 6-year anniversary party this weekend and everyone is invited. Courtesy photo

Co+op News:

The Los Alamos Co+op Market is celebrating its 6th Anniversary this Saturday by showcasing its Community Partners and Vendors.

The entire community is invited to celebrate and enjoy interactive booths by a variety of nonprofit organizations including Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Los Alamos Animal Shelter, Bathtub Row Brewing Coop, Los Alamos County Recycling and Delancy Street Shelter.

Seven Co+op vendors will be on hand to offer free product samples and to

Santa Fe Opera Announces Opening Night

on March 5, 2017 - 7:06am
Fledermaus mask. Courtesy photo
 
SFO News:
 
Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus returns to The Santa Fe Opera and the fun will begin at the Opening Night Party sponsored by the Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc.
 
Drinks, a buffet dinner, and a talk about the opera, presented by Joe Illick, will make the evening memorable.

Scenes From LAMTA Piano Recital At UNM-LA

on March 4, 2017 - 7:37am
Student pianists range in age from 6-14. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
The Los Alamos Music Teachers Association, the professional organization for independent music teachers, held a “musicale recital”  Feb. 26 at UNM-Los Alamos.
 
Family members, friends, and community members enjoyed an afternoon of music performed by students of Dr. Madeline Williamson, Dr. Aejin Chang, Wendy Ge, Ellen Scudder, and Janna Warren.
 
Sonya Akhadov, age 12, performs Busy Mill, Op. 117, No. 3, by Cornelius Gurlitt. Courtesy photo
 
Audience members taking photos and interacting after the recital.

Opening Reception For NHCC Art Museum Exhibit ¡Aquí Estamos! The Heart Of Arte March 5

on March 4, 2017 - 7:34am
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will be hosting an opening reception Sunday, March 5, to launch ¡Aquí­ Estamos! The Heart of Arte, which celebrates the NHCC Art Museum's growing permanent collection with a revitalized vibe and a brand new selection of works.
 
The free public event is 2-4 p.m., and includes light refreshments.
 
The NHCC Art Museum's collection contains approximately 2,500 artworks by Hispanic, Chicana/o, and Latina/o artists from around the globe, most of which have been generously donated to the museum by artists and collectors.

Zumba Fundraiser At Chamisa 6 p.m. Today

on March 3, 2017 - 9:24am

COMMUNITY News:

Chamisa Elementary School is hosting a Zumba Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. today to benefit 6th graders attending the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experience) event at Glorieta.

Water and snacks will be provided. Door prizes will be given. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Contact Zumba instructors Rhonda Cionek or Natalie Smith for tickets at rhondacionek@msn.com or nsmithla@gmail.com.

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Horror Comes To White Rock

on March 2, 2017 - 4:17pm

From left, 'Feldspar' Director Cody Young, Actor Tristan Van Cleave and Producer Jasmine take a break while filming their short horror film Saturday in White Rock. Photo by  Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

Meghan Noce works the camera during the 'Feldspar' shoot Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

Tristan Van Cleave’s eyes widened in fear as he cried out from seeing a woman huddled on the floor, rocking back and forth as if possessed. The silence in the house was deafening.

‘The Other Place’ Will Break Your Heart, But It’s Worth It

on March 2, 2017 - 4:12pm
Homeowner (Andi Bishofberger), left, comforts her uninvited guest, Juliana Smithton (Cindy Hines). Photo by Larry Gibbons

Review By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Other Place by American playwright Sharr White is sure to strike a cord with Los Alamos audiences.

At 52, Juliana is a brilliant drug-company scientist. She is giving a speech at a neurological convention.

As she speaks, we cut away to scenes with her doctor, phone calls from her estranged daughter and conversations with her husband.

VFW Features Woodley Vs. Thompson March 4

on March 2, 2017 - 4:08pm
 
UFC News:
 
This Saturday, March 4 the Los Alamos VFW Post 8874 on Trinity Drive is showing the UFC fights. The telecast begins at 8 p.m. with the main event is expected to start around 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge at the door.
 
The UFC’s first show in Las Vegas this year is a highly intriguing pay-per-view event at the T-Mobile Arena Saturday, March 4. Topping UFC 209 is a welterweight title fight rematch between champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson. Their first bout at UFC 205 ended in a majority draw in a thrilling back-and-forth fight.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 2, 2017 - 3:58pm

'Goodbye Solo' At Mesa Public Library Tonight

on March 2, 2017 - 3:57pm

'Goodbye Solo' movie poster. Courtesy photo

 

Review by KELLY DOLEJSI

Los Alamos

 

How can you help someone who doesn’t want help? Director Ramin Bahrani takes on this classic frustration in “Goodbye Solo” (2008, rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. today in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting-room theater.

 

Set in director’s home state of North Carolina, this award-winning film, which NY Times film critic A.O. Scott calls “almost perfect,” follows the multiple attempts of a cab driver to save his passenger’s life.

 

Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane), a 34-year-old Senegalese immigrant

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