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Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Hacksaw Ridge'

on November 14, 2016 - 9:57am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos
“Hacksaw Ridge” is Mel Gibson’s latest film glorifying suffering and canonizing a hero. The gore and realism of the battle scenes may not be tolerable for all viewers, but if you think you can hack it, this film is certainly worth your time.
The hero of this true story is Desmond Doss (played by Andrew Garfield, whom we recognize from Spiderman). Doss was raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. We see him as a young boy tussling with his brother Hal and climbing up a familiar mountainside.

LAHS Hilltalkers Seeking To Raise Funds Through Krispy Creme Donut Sales

on November 14, 2016 - 8:59am


The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers invite the community to enjoy a taste of Krispy Kreme Donuts and to help raise funds for the Hilltalkers’ future transportation and travel needs.

Members of the Hilltalkers are selling these famous glazed donuts for $10 per dozen. Pre-sales of these tasty donuts end Wednesday but if you do not get an opportunity to reserve your box of donuts, you may purchase these delectable treats 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Arts and Crafts Fair at Los Alamos Middle School.

The Hilltalkers wish to thank the Los Alamos Arts

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Inferno’

on November 13, 2016 - 7:26am
Los Alamos

“Inferno” is the latest movie based on a novel by Dan Brown. As with the films made from Brown’s other popular novels, “The DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”, this film is fast paced. In it, we travel from Florence, Italy, to Venice and on to Istanbul, Turkey. One would be hard put to feel bored watching this movie.

Movie poster for 'Inferno'.

Tom Hanks once again plays Dan Brown’s protagonist, Robert Langdon, now professor of religious iconology and symbology at Cambridge University.

Dive-In Movie 'Finding Dory' At Aquatic Center Nov. 18

on November 11, 2016 - 4:04pm
The community is invited to a night of fun at the Walkup Aquatic Center Friday, Nov. 18, to watch the newly released movie, “Finding Dory”, on a big screen while floating in a warm pool or sitting in the classroom filled with popcorn and other tasty treats.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts and 7 p.m. This event is limited to 125 participants and advanced tickets are currently available for purchase at the front desk of the Aquatic Center.
For more information about the event, visit (

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 11, 2016 - 4:01pm

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Doctor Strange'

on November 8, 2016 - 7:15am
Los Alamos
“Dr. Strange” is the latest Marvel graphic novel to come to the screen.
This one provides the backstory for the hero of the same name. Marvel comic book readers will know, that Dr. Stephen Strange is an egotistical human being, a much cele
brated, though thoroughly arrogant neurosurgeon.
As we see in this movie, his hands were permanently damaged in a car accident, one he ought not to have survived at all. Of course, without the skilled hands he once had, his prospects of returning to neurosurgery are dim.
Stephen Strange learns from his

Letter To The Editor: The 1940’s Radio Hour --- A Great Veterans Day Weekend Activity

on November 7, 2016 - 5:48pm
Los Alamos

I was genuinely disturbed and disappointed by Bonnie Gordon’s review of the Los Alamos Little Theater’s production of the 1940’s Radio Hour on November 5, 2016. I attended the same opening performance and it was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by every single person in the house with the obvious exception of Bonnie. I agree with Bonnie that she was not the ideal person to review the play and go further in saying she should have recused herself.

Yes, the characters were stereotypes but so what?

'The 1940's Radio Hour' Captures Spirit Of War Years

on November 5, 2016 - 6:32pm
B. J. steps in to perform Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy with Connie (Nora Cullinan), left, and Ginger (Joy Reynolds) in the Los Alamos Little Theatre's 'The 1940's Radio Hour'. Courtesy photo
Ginger (Joy Reynolds) sizzles while, from left, B. J. (Stuart Rupprecht), Neil (Patrick Webb), Clifton (John Cullinan) and the rest of the cast look on. Courtesy photo
The cast on stage performing to a full house during Friday's opening night of 'The 1940's Radio Hour' at the LALT. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Let me say from the get-go,

Local Democrats Create Spirited Video About Voting

on November 4, 2016 - 11:05pm

Members of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County created a short and spirited video to encourage the community to get out the vote in the 2016 General Election. View Video. ScreenShot/LADP

Elves Prepare Annual Festival Of Trees Auction

on November 4, 2016 - 8:48am

Items for the annual Festival of Trees auction at the Betty Ehart Senior Center set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Courtesy photo


The elves working with the Festival of Trees will be getting ready tonight, Saturday and all of next week for the annual tree auction and to ensure the Betty Ehart Senior Center is in full bloom for the holidays.

Potential bidders may visit the trees throughout the week as they lead up to a 4-hour event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov.

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Nov. 8

on November 3, 2016 - 7:20pm

Melissa Mackey

PEEC News:

Tuesday, Nov. 8 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Enjoy an evening of games, hands-on activities, and music, 6-7 p.m., with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey.  The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring the exhibits.

Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the nature center. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.

For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), visit

Cinema Cindy: Keeping Up With The Joneses

on November 3, 2016 - 6:42pm
Los Alamos
“Keeping up with the Joneses” is an entertaining, lightweight spy movie. It may be too lightweight for those with affection for great action flicks. But it is lighthearted fun for anyone with a sense of humor about Suburbia and therapeutic intervention.
Jeff and Karen Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) are fairly ordinary, upper middle class parents living on a cul de sac. Their boys go off to camp for the summer, allowing us to get to know Jeff and Karen as individuals and a couple.
The house next door has just sold and quickly the new

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 3, 2016 - 6:29pm

Scenes From DPLA's Halloween Event

on November 2, 2016 - 8:02am

PEC Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster at the Democratic Party of Los Alamos Halloween event at the Democratic Party Headquarters in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at Friday's Halloween event at the local Democratic Headquarters in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

Scene from Friday's Halloween event at the local Democratic Headquarters in Central Park Square. Courtesy photo

From left, County Clerk candidate Amy Wood, Distric Attorney candidate Marco Serna and County Council candidate Antonio Maggiore at the local Democratic Headquarters Friday in

Scenes From LAMC's Annual Halloween Event

on November 2, 2016 - 7:54am

Staff and family gather at Los Alamos Medical Center Friday for the annual Halloween event open to the entire community. Staff decorate their departments and give treats to trick-or-treaters. Photo by Raphael Edralin

Scene from Friday's annual Halloween event at Los Alamos Medical Center at which doctors and staff dress up and greet the community. Photo by Raphael Edralin

Scene from Friday's annual Halloween event at Los Alamos Medical Center at which doctors and staff dress up and greet the community. Photo by Raphael Edralin

Scene from Friday's annual Halloween event at Los Alamos

‘The 1940’s Radio Hour’ Opens At LALT Friday

on November 1, 2016 - 8:46pm
The cast of ‘1940s Radio Hour’ rehearses for the upcoming show. Courtesy photo
Singers rehearse. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Los Alamos Little Theater’s November production, “The 1940’s Radio Hour”, brings audiences a sliver of bygone American life. The radio show offered an escape from hard news during the tragedies of World War II as even in the midst of violence, racism and loss, there was still music.

“‘The 1940’s Radio Hour’ is exciting to me because the ’40s were a time I often heard about from my parents and grandparents,” said Suzy Kroesche, who plays singer

'Born Yesterday' At Library Thursday

on November 1, 2016 - 8:35pm
Movie poster for 'Born Yesterday'.
Los Alamos

If only real life were as satisfyingly ironic as the plot of “Born Yesterday” (1950) screening at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at Mesa Public Library as part of its Free Film Series.


In the spirit of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” the film features an educated man “remaking” an unrefined woman. However, in this case, it is the woman’s patronizing though even less refined fiance who hires the handsome tutor.


The phrase “you have no one to blame but yourself” has never been more apt, as the loud, brash — but also

Youth Shakespeare Festival Santa Fe Dec. 3

on November 1, 2016 - 3:34pm
ISC News:
The International Shakespeare Center announces its first annual youth shakespeare festival:
  • When: 1-5 p.m., Dec. 3
  • Where: Scottish Rite Temple at 463 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe
The ISC spent the summer working with educators and professional Shakespeareans to create a program to celebrate Shakespeare with high school students and give them access to these life-transforming works. A special guest, Devon Glover, The Sonnet Man, will lead a sonnet workshop with students and also will perform at the Festival.
Since late August, participating students from New Mexico

Los Alamos MainStreet Says Thank You To The Community For Trick-or-Treat On MainStreet

on November 1, 2016 - 2:16pm
Annual Dog Parade winners. Courtesy photo
On behalf of Los Alamos MainStreet and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC), we would like to specially thank the businesses and sponsors that supported Halloweekend and Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet.
The good weather helped bring a record-breaking 5,000 people into downtown Los Alamos for Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet last Friday evening. We so appreciate the businesses that opened their doors to the public and bought candy for children and their families.
A special thank you to our sponsors, Los

U.S. Census Bureau Facts For Halloween 2016

on October 31, 2016 - 8:45pm

A flying witch smacks into a tree on Donna Street in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A lanky scarecrow sits a spell in his lawn chair on Brighton Street in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

A black cat lounges on a large pumpkin on Louise in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

U.S. Census News:

WASHINGTON -- PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Halloween, which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by

Michael Moore In Trumpland Viewing Wednesday

on October 31, 2016 - 5:04pm
Courtesy image

DPLA News:

The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will host a viewing of Michael Moore in Trumpland beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a pot luck followed at 7 p.m. with the movie.

Everyone is invited and asked to bring a dish to share. The event is at the DPLA headquarters at 170 Central Park Square.

Moore's new film seeks to humanize Trump supporters and Hillary Clinton and mend our divisions — and it succeeds.

“TrumpLand” comes off at first as a simple gesture to persuade Trump voters to think twice before casting their ballot — but that is just the surface.

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Accountant’

on October 31, 2016 - 8:14am

Los Alamos

“The Accountant” stars Ben Affleck as Christian Wolff, an autistic guy who happens to be a math savant. He works as a very private accountant for some of the world’s most notorious characters, un-cooking their books.

Now he’s laying low, has his own CPA firm and is helping people, like one farm couple trying to figure out their tax liability. And, oh, by the way, he is a sharpshooter and can whip any bad dude in seconds with his bare hands.

Christian takes on a supersize accounting mess with a corporation run by a brother and sister team (John Lithgow and Jean

New Mexico Casting Director Seeks Real Cowboys

on October 30, 2016 - 12:52pm


New Mexico Casting Director Kathryn Brink is seeking real cowboys for a non union commercial campaign and still photo shoot:



Scenes From LAMTA's Annual Masquerade Recital

on October 30, 2016 - 11:34am
Matthea Fung performs ‘The One-Eyed Witch’ by Walter Noona during the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association’s annual Masquerade Recital Saturday afternoon at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Music Teacher Madeline Williamson gets into the spirit of Halloween during Saturday's LAMTA's Masquerade Recital at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

A crowd of young, costumed children wait their turn to perform a Halloween-themed piece during Saturday's Masquerade Recital at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Trick-Or-Treat On MainStreet: Family Affair

on October 30, 2016 - 10:10am
The criminals may have the dough, but Superman and Batman are on hand to save the day! Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Snow White and the Queen. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Snack break at El Parasol. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Serious students from Hogwarts. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Family resemblance. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Dressed for candy. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Crossing the lawn. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A shark chows down. Photo by Bonnie J.