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Interesting Factoids About New Year's Eve/Day

on December 27, 2016 - 8:20am

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Countries all around the world have their own unique New Year’s traditions. Many places feature customary cuisine, such as lentils (Brazil and Italy), suckling pig (Austria) and grapes (Spain). Others get a bit more creative. The Danish, for example, smash broken china on friends’ front doors, supposedly in a sign of affection. But you obviously don’t need to go global to learn a lot about New Year’s.

We have plenty of customs right here at home, from watching a giant crystal-covered ball drop in Time’s Square and drinking sparkling spirits at midnight to

Backcountry Film Festival At Reel Deal Jan. 26

on December 27, 2016 - 7:12am

PEEC News:

The Backcountry Film Festival is returning to the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos for the sixth year in a row.

Produced by the Boise, Idaho based nonprofit Winter Wildlands Alliance, the touring Backcountry Film Festival will make its way to more than 100 locations around the world.

The screening is 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Reel Deal Theater. It will be the only screening in New Mexico.

The Backcountry Film Festival is renowned for its mix of professional and grassroots films – from well-known filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe to submit their

The Game Is Afoot For Local Board Game Enthusiasts

on December 24, 2016 - 9:30am
Board gamers show off some of the games available for play at a recent Friday gathering  of the group at the Upstairs Meeting Room at Smith’s Marketplace. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Board games have grown up a lot since the days of Monopoly. From the 1960s to the early 1980s, the board game industry was dominated simple, family-orientated games such as Life (1960) and Risk (1959) produced mainly by Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers.

Avalon Hill and other companies produced historically orientated complex strategy games for a small

Cinema Cindy: Rogue One - A Star Wars Story

on December 23, 2016 - 8:29am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
 
“Rogue One” squeezes into the Star Wars narrative chronology just before the story portrayed in the first film, Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977).
 
Billed as a standalone story, it answers questions about what was going on in the Rebellion against The Empire when Princess Leia messaged Obi-Wan Kenobi, “You’re our only hope!”
 
Rogue One features a cast of new characters. Jyn Erso is only about six years old when she loses her parents.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: Arrival

on December 23, 2016 - 8:08am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
 
“Arrival” is the latest truly science fiction movie to hit the screens. Loosely based on a short story by Ted Chiang entitled “Story of Your Life”, the film puts flesh on the story’s bones.
 
Chiang’s framework sets up the deeper discoveries made by the characters, but most everything else in the film, including character names and contexts are different. In my opinion, the visual story works better as a whole, giving us more time to delve into the experience of space aliens visiting our planet.
 
Amy Adams plays Louise Banks, a professor of

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 23, 2016 - 7:49am

PEEC: Planetarium Line-up For Dec. 23

on December 21, 2016 - 2:45pm
 
PEEC News:
 
At 7 p.m., Friday, Dec 23, local astronomers will share information about the sun and the winter solstice in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
 
The winter solstice, marking the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, also signifies the first day of winter. Astronomers will use the planetarium dome to reveal how this cosmic dynamic works and share more information about our solar system.
 
The nature center is closed Dec. 23-24 as well as Jan. 1 for the holidays. Otherwise, the nature center will be open regular hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Los Alamos Big Band Christmas Dance Dec. 28

on December 21, 2016 - 2:42pm
Mark your calendars! The annual Christmas Dance featuring the Los Alamos Big Band is 7:30-10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Come and dance the night away, or if dancing isn’t your thing, just sit and enjoy listening to the live sounds of the 40’s and 50’s with some Christmas tunes mixed in of course. All of the proceeds will benefit the IHM Youth Group who will be hosting the event with festive decorations and refreshments. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and $5 for children under 12.

In And Around Town: Dec. 21

on December 16, 2016 - 8:47am
 
In And Around Town News:
 
The Los Alamos Daily Post In and Around Town community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and the surrounding area. Send event announcements to bjgordon@ladailypost.com.
 
WEDNESDAY Dec. 21
 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Canyon Rim Train
Community is invited to the 1 p.m. ribbon cutting at the Canyon Rim Trail Pedestrian Bridge
 
Mountaineers Potpourri
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 15, 2016 - 11:36pm

Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Playing Through Dec. 24

on December 15, 2016 - 9:33am
Talia Pura and Vaughn Irving in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. Photo by Lynn Roylance
 
By CARRIE CLASSON
Los Alamos
 
For Los Alamos residents looking for entertaining and engaging holiday theater, I strongly recommend a trip to the charming and historic Santa Fe Playhouse to see Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.  
 
In this heartfelt and heartwarming riff on A Christmas Carol (which originated at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago), Marley is in hell and his visit to Scrooge has more to do with saving his own soul than the redemption of Scrooge.
 
The audience is privy to a “backstage”

Streetlights Off For Holiday Farolito Viewing Dec. 23-26

on December 14, 2016 - 8:01pm

Power will be turned off to various streetlights in Los Alamos and White Rock to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos Dec. 23-26. Courtesy/wikipedia

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Traffic & Streets Division will be turning off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.

The streetlights will be turned off Friday, Dec. 23 and be restored Tuesday, Dec. 27.

For safety purposes, the Traffic & Streets Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off street parking during the full period that lights will be off.

LAMC Hosts Annual Holiday Gathering For Physicians

on December 14, 2016 - 12:37pm

Los Alamos Medical Center hosts a holiday party Tuesday evening at the hospital for its physicians and staff that includes a buffet and music. Photo by Jennifer King

LAMC Interim CEO John Whiteside, center, chats with doctors and staff at Tuesday's holiday party. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Guests are treated to a musical medley at Tuesday's annual event. Photo by Jennifer King

Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO Vicki Martinez chats with doctors and staff at the annual physician's holiday gathering Tuesday evening at LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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National Film Registry Hits 700 With ‘20,000 Leagues’

on December 14, 2016 - 8:10am

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS News:

  • ‘Thelma & Louise,’ ‘The Birds,’ ‘Blackboard Jungle’ Among Film Titles
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures, including “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance.
 
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden
 
This year’s titles range from the Disney animated blockbuster “The Lion King” and the seminal coming-of-age drama “The Breakfast Club” to the 1990 documentary

What's Playing In The Planetarium This Weekend?

on December 13, 2016 - 7:36am

PEEC News:

Scientists are still learning more about exoplanets and frequently finding new ones. This Friday at 7 p.m., a local astronomer will present the latest information about exoplanets and show images of known exoplanets on the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium dome. 

Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., We are Stars will play on the full planetarium dome. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry.

The Los Alamos Nature Center will be closed Dec. 23-24 and Jan. 1 for the holidays.

LAHS Winter Dance Show 7 p.m. Monday

on December 9, 2016 - 10:50am

Los Alamos High School dance program students perform at 7 p.m. Monday in Smith Auditorium. Courtesy photo

LAHS dance program students rehearse for Monday's show in Smith Auditorium. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School dance program students and their teacher Natasha Barkhudarova would like to invite the community to the Winter Dance Show at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 in Smith Auditorium.

Ninety-four high school students will perform 20 dance numbers in the program.

From Waltz to Swing, from Bollywood to Hip-Hop, from Tango to Cha-Cha, from Ballet to Samba - they will have it

Hillstrummers Ukulele Group Performs Holiday Songs In Smith's Marketplace Produce Section at 11 a.m. Today

on December 9, 2016 - 10:26am

Join the HILLSTRUMMERS Ukulele group in a Holiday singalong, this morning, beginning at 11 in the Smith's Marketplace Produce Lobby. It is rumored a certain important person form the North Pole will appear. Start your shopping with holiday joy! Courtesy photo

Join Los Alamos Christmas Tubas For Free Concert At TOTH Dec. 17

on December 9, 2016 - 9:33am
A free concert will be presented by the Los Alamos Christmas Tubas playing tubas of varying sizes at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos. If you think of tubas as just the oompah component of a band, you’re in for a surprise. These tubas play all the familiar Christmas tunes with a mellow, relaxing sound. Come join in the fun. Courtesy photo

Sangre de Cristo Chorale Performs Carols Of The Southwest At 4 p.m. Sunday At United Church

on December 9, 2016 - 8:49am

MUSIC News:

The Sangre de Cristo Chorale will present its winter concert Carols of the Southwest, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road.

Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, is the centerpiece of this performance. This 10-movement work is a magical setting of folk songs from this culturally rich and very broad region.

Beautifully scored for chorus, harp, marimba and guitar, it will feature guest instrumentalists Angela Gabriel, Ross Hamlin and David Glen Ponder.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 8, 2016 - 9:50pm

Casting Call For Feature Film In New Mexico

on December 7, 2016 - 4:46pm

MOVIE News:
 
Several hundred New Mexico residents are needed as background actors for the Jerry Bruckheimer film Horse Soldiers.
 
Horse Soldiers is a retelling of the first group of Special Forces to enter Afghanistan after 9/11. Upon arrival they meet up and partner with a local alliance as they fight side by side to save the mountain villages and communities from the Taliban.
 
Background actors are being sought for this film who are willing to represent the brave Afghan people who fought alongside of American soldiers to defend them from the Taliban, but all types and

North Mesa Luminaria Walk & North Pole Workshop

on December 6, 2016 - 12:39pm

Scen from Sunday's Luminaria Walk and North Pole Workshop hosted by the Los Alamos Posse Lodge and the North Mesa Stables. The event was part of MainStreet’s Winterfest weekend of events. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Annette Preston and her son, Kaius, enjoy the festivities Sunday at the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge before embarking on a hay ride through the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

The Preston family get ready to take a holiday tour Sunday night through the North Mesa Stables.

DOE Releases Draft Request For Proposal For Moab UMTRA TAC Procurement

on December 5, 2016 - 6:39am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for Moab UMTRA Technical Assistance Contract (TAC).
 
An Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, utilizing Firm-Fixed Price (FFP) and Time-and-Material task orders, is anticipated. The Draft RFP is established as a total U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program set-aside with a five year ordering period.

Community Invited To Messiah Sing-A-Long Dec. 11

on December 5, 2016 - 6:30am

COMMUNITY News:

The Los Alamos Oratorio Society invites the community to the 2nd Annual Community Messiah Sing-A-Long.

Come and sing along at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 with orchestra and chorus, the music of Handel's famous oratorio “The Messiah”. Non-singers are invited to come and listen as Crossroads Bible Church at 97 East Road is filled with the music of this amazing work, which highlights the ever-popular “Hallelujah Chorus”.

Enjoy soloists, Heather Bingham, Olivia Hakel, Gary Aldrich and Rene LeClaire.

New Mexico Symphonic Chorus And NMPhil Perform Handel’s Beloved Messiah At Popejoy Dec. 16

on December 5, 2016 - 6:18am
NMSC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus’ gift to New Mexicans for the holiday season is Handel’s beloved Messiah in its entirety with the NMPhil and world-class baroque soloists at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque.
 
Messiah is a transcendent musical experience enjoyed by audiences around the world for more than 250 years. From his seat at the harpsichord, Roger Melone will conduct the Chorus, the NMPhil and critically acclaimed soloists in this special concert.
 
Messiah soloists will include soprano Clara Rottsolk, countertenor Andrew Rader,

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