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Fall In Love With Shopping Locally This Valentine’s Day

on February 11, 2017 - 9:53am
Décor, candles, chocolate and more available at CB FOX in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Purses, soaps, dolls, fabric, yarns and much more available at Warm Hearts Yarn and Atomic City Quilts at 1247 Central Ave. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and many people are just beginning to think about how to celebrate this special day.

If you are still looking for ideas, consider shopping and celebrating locally.

Santa Fe Pro Musica Presents Calidore String Quartet

on February 11, 2017 - 8:18am
Calidore String Quartet. Courtesy photo

MUSIC News:

Santa Fe Pro Musica continues its 35th season with a concert featuring the Calidore String Quartet performing Mozart’s soulful String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421, a new work by the Pulitzer Prize winning American composer Caroline Shaw, and concluding with Dvořák’s beloved “American” quartet, the String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96. The Calidore String Quartet will also provide a free masterclass for area musicians and music lovers.

The concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at the St.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Lion’

on February 11, 2017 - 8:15am

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Lion” brings to the screen a memoir entitled “A Long Way Home” written by an Australian writer, Saroo Brierley. The film tells how Saroo, nearly five years old, got lost from his family in northern India and ended up alone, 994 miles away, in Kolkata. Soon after, he is adopted out from an orphanage to an Australian couple.

Movie poster for 'Lion'. Courtesy photo

Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) plays Saroo in all but the first third of the film, bringing to bear all the earnestness for which he is known on screen.

UNM-LA Holds Movie Class At Reel Deal

on February 8, 2017 - 3:20pm
O’Donnell shows the class a movie on 35 mm film, which was the industry standard until around 2010. Courtesy photo
 
REEL DEAL News:
 
On Wednesday evening, Feb. 1, Jim O’Donnell, owner of the Reel Deal Theater, treated UNM-LA’s Intro to Film Studies class (MA210) to a tour of the projection room, then a viewing of the film “La La Land.”  
 
One of the topics for discussion was the transition from film projectors to digital projectors. The students in this semester-long course at UNM-LA have already studied the history of musicals in film. 
 
Follow up projects will address how

Garth Brooks World Tour Hits Las Cruces April 8

on February 8, 2017 - 7:34am

Garth Brooks is set to appear in concert April 8 in Las Cruces at the Pan American Center. Courtesy photo

CONCERT News:

LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in 21 years, The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is coming to Las Cruces. The tour is presented by Amazon Music Unlimited. The concert is 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Pan American Center. This will be the only New Mexico appearance on the tour.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. EST Friday, Feb. 17 with an eight ticket limit per purchase.

Ronald McDonald Visits Local Eatery

on February 5, 2017 - 9:34pm

Ronald McDonald greets patrons as he makes a grand entrance this afternoon at the new McDonald's Restaurant in Smith's Marketplace Shopping Center on Trinity Drive. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Lance Metcalf, right and his younger brother Lane show Ronald McDonald their skills at the hockey game table. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Ronald McDonald paid a visit to the Los Alamos McDonald’s this afternoon to the delight of all that were there.

He entertained the children with magic tricks and jokes.

Carnaval 2017 At NHCC Feb. 24-25

on February 4, 2017 - 5:04am
NHCC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  During Carnaval 2017, the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Frank Leto Musical Ventures will turn the Albuquerque Journal Theatre into the set of a television dance show, where the Odara Dance Ensemble and the band PANdemonium will take you on a journey through the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, and New Orleans, in addition to providing a space to dance and opportunities to win prizes.
 
The show, a dazzling spectacle of vibrant dance, engaging music, and beautiful costumes, starts at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb.

SFCC Hosts Mathematics Festival Feb. 24

on February 4, 2017 - 4:39am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College is partnering with STEM Santa Fe and Math Circles Collaborative of New Mexico to host New Mexico’s first Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF) 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
One hundred and fifty seventh and eighth graders from around the state will explore the joy and power of mathematics through games, puzzles and activities not typically seen in the classroom.

Fancy Fiddle Fundraiser For LAPS Orchestra Feb. 18

on February 4, 2017 - 4:17am
Fancy Fiddle Auction Feb. 18 at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy image
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Dozens of fancifully decorated string instruments will be auctioned at a special event at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18 in Fuller Lodge.
 
The Fancy Fiddle Auction, a benefit for the orchestra program in the Los Alamos Public Schools, is the brainchild of a group of volunteers and artists who wanted to save the instruments from being destroyed. 
 
All the instruments were owned by the Los Alamos Public Schools and had been loaned or rented to students in decades past.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Eagle Huntress’

on February 3, 2017 - 6:15pm
Movie Poster for 'Eagle Hunstress'. Courtesy photo

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Eagle Huntress” is a documentary that tells the story of Aisholpan Nurgaiv, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who wants to be an eagle hunter like her father and the eleven generations of men before him. The problem is, she is female.

Aisholpan Nurgaiv plays herself in the film, and this is her true story. Her father, Rys Nurgaiv, and his father have been eagle hunting all of Aisholpan’s life. She is really keen to be trained, herself. Her father thinks boys and girls are equal and can do anything.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘La La Land’

on February 3, 2017 - 7:03am

By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“La La Land” is a pejorative term for “Los Angeles” that is used only by people who don’t live there. I’m sure the name must refer to a supposedly carefree lifestyle, seemingly unending sunshine, and a Hollywood full of starry-eyed dreamers. Having grown up with a very different experience of Los Angeles, I have never resonated with the pejorative term. But one thing the title of this movie tells me is that the filmmakers are intent on a few inside jokes for Angelinos, like me.

Movie poster for 'La La Land'. Courtesy photo

Take the opening scene: a traffic

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 3, 2017 - 6:49am

The Harmaleighs Play Los Alamos Feb. 19

on February 2, 2017 - 9:30am
The Harmaleighs. Courtesy/Facebook.com
 
MUSIC News:
 
The Harmaleighs will perform in Los Alamos Sunday, Feb. 19 at Fuller Lodge.  The Americana duo hails from Nashville, Tenn., and is hard at work on their much-anticipated second album. Their current single, “I Keep Ticking On” continues to garner more fans and has more than a million plays on Spotify. 
 
Doors open for The Harmaleighs at 6 p.m., and the band takes the stage at 7 p.m. Light meals will be available 6-7 p.m., and beer and wine are available throughout the evening.
 
The Harmaleighs (the har-muh- lees) is composed of

The Lensic: Jazz Vocalist Dianne Reeves Feb. 26

on February 1, 2017 - 7:01am

Dianne Reeves. Courtesy photo
 
LPAC News:
 
SANTA FE — The Lensic presents legendary jazz and R&B singer Dianne Reeves at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26.

Known for her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves has received five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album and an honorary doctorate of music from Julliard. Her magical, timeless voice, exceptional personality, and the sheer force of her performance mark her as a captivating world-class artist.

Mesa Public Library Screens 'Before Sunset' Thursday

on January 31, 2017 - 6:10am

Movie poster for 'Before Sunset'. Courtesy image

 

Review by KELLY DOLEJSI

Los Alamos

 

Those who love a good conversation, or more specifically, those who love analyzing the way a conversation moves its interlocutors from cautious to intimate, should check out “Before Sunset” (2004, rated R). It will screen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting room theater.

 

The award-winning film is part two of a trilogy shot over the span of nearly 20 years, beginning with 1995’s “Before Sunrise” and completing with 2013’s “Before Midnight.” Director/screenwriter Richard

Scenes From LAHS's Topper Revue 2017

on January 29, 2017 - 6:40pm
Los Alamos High School students Melina Burnside and Wilbur Wang perform during Saturday's Topper Revue 2017. Photo by Patricia Burnside

LAHS's Jenny Lee, Jennifer Esquivel, Malorie Apgar and Lexi Timmermans performing in Saturday's Topper Revue 2017. Photo by Patricia Burnside
Opale Schappert, Daniel Sarrao and Tavo Rogers (emcees) perform Saturday in LAHS's Topper Revue 2017. Photo by Patricia Burnside

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Fences

on January 29, 2017 - 10:47am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
 
“Fences” is a late 2016 film just nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Directed by Denzel Washington, the film is based almost entirely on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name written by August Wilson. It tells about a period of about ten years in the life of a1950s, African-American, urban family, living in a row house.
 
Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson, a fifty-something sanitation worker living with his wife and teenage son. Stephen Henderson plays Troy’s best friend and co-worker, Jim Bono, Troy’s conscience and support system.

Brown Bag Performance: Charles Lieou Feb. 1

on January 28, 2017 - 8:06am
Charles Lieou. Courtesy photo
 
LAAC News:
 
Always free, always entertaining, take a lunch break at the Brown Bag Performance series in Fuller Lodge. 
 
Presenting a wide range of programs, from Beethoven to ballet, opera to jazz, chamber music to bagpipes, these concerts have been entertaining Los Alamos music lovers on their midday breaks since 1973. Brown Bag Performances connect performers to the community. 
 
Performances are held at 12 p.m. usually on the first Wednesday of each month but dates may vary. Brown Bag is made possible in part by the County of Los Alamos.
 
The

SGR Joins Los Alamos Students At Roundhouse

on January 27, 2017 - 1:54pm

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 26, 2017 - 4:44pm

Joshua Bell Concert Sold Out - Patrons Urged To Carpool

on January 26, 2017 - 12:46pm
Joshua Bell. Courtesy/LACA
 
LACA News:
 

Parking is expected to be a major issue when violin super-star Joshua Bell performs at 8 p.m.  Feb. 3 in the Smith Auditorium.  The concert is completely sold out so over 940 people will need to park and get into the hall during chilly weather.

Because the parking lot adjacent to the Smith Auditorium is not large enough to handle a sold-out house, the Los Alamos Concert Association strongly urges patrons to carpool. 

Locals who don’t mind a little walk from Sullivan Field could also consider leaving spaces in the Smith lot for those who are less

Espanola Valley Opera Guild: 'Posole Mio' Jan. 28

on January 26, 2017 - 7:37am

Olions Attend State Thespian Society ... Six Qualify For National Competition

on January 24, 2017 - 2:55pm

Olions had a great time at the State levels International Thespian Competition Jan. 12-14. For the first time at State Thespian Competition, these students did a bang up job in competing in categories ranging from solo performances to duets and in categories such as stage management, marketing and costume construction. Six students have qualified for the National Competition: Jessica Erkkila, Lauren Partin, Nora Cullinan, Sarah Russell, Sydney Shelton and Tory Hughes.

CME Jazzes Up Blue Window Saturday Night

on January 24, 2017 - 8:45am

The Craig Martin Experience performed jazz music for a packed house Saturday night at the Blue Window Bistro. Photo by Kimber Wallwork-Heineman

PEEC: Backcountry Film Festival Tickets Sold Out

on January 24, 2017 - 8:11am

The Backcountry Film Festival sells out four days before the screening. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Early planning paid off for those who wanted to see the Backcountry Film Festival this Thursday.

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) worked with the Reel Deal Theater and local sponsors to bring the films to Los Alamos, and its popularity exceeded their expectations when it sold out Sunday evening.

To see other upcoming PEEC events and learn more about the Los Alamos Nature Center, visit www.peecnature.org.

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