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Backcountry Film Festival 2017 At Reel Deal Jan. 26

on January 16, 2017 - 9:16am

Peanuts Gang Grows Up Hard In First Rate Production Of 'Dog Sees God' At LALT's Performing Arts Center

on January 14, 2017 - 3:38pm

The friends party hard in 'Dog Sees God'. Photo by Larry Gibbons

CB (Stuart Rupprecht) ponders the death of his beloved Beagle. Photo by Larry Gibbons

 

Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Little Theatre's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" opened Friday at the Performing Arts Center. The play, written by Bert V. Royal presents the Peanuts gang from the comic strip during their teenage years. Sex, drugs and rock and roll have hit them hard and they aren’t ready. CB (guess who?) is at the center of the story.

Royal’s reimagining of these familiar

'Dog Sees God: Confessions Of A Teenage Blockhead' Opens At LALT Performing Arts Center Tonight!

on January 13, 2017 - 5:14pm
The cast of 'Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead', which opens at 7:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. Photo by Larry Gibbons

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" opens tonight, Jan. 13, at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. in Los Alamos. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturday through Jan. 28, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Jan. 22.

Theatre can span the gamut of human experience — it can be hilarious, enlightening, heart wrenching or disturbing.

In “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,”

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 12, 2017 - 3:49pm

Community Flamenco Classes Start Saturday

on January 11, 2017 - 9:25am
Dance Alliance November 2014. Courtesy photo
 
DANCE News:
 
Join the local Flamenco Dance community in classes and performance this upcoming season.
 
Dates: Jan. 14, to May 6, (no classes Feb. 18, March 25 or April 15)
 
Location: January to February: Betty Ehart Senior Center
               February to May 6: White Rock Activity Center upon completion of renovations
 
Times: Beginning level: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
           Advanced Beginning/Intermediate level: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
 
Cost: $140 for 14 classes, drop in rate available, no registration fee
 
All ages 10 years to adult

This Weekend At Nature Center Planetarium

on January 10, 2017 - 11:48am
 
PEEC News:
 
Dr. Galen Gisler will reveal the stories behind star colors at 7 p.m., Friday, January 13, in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. 
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Mysteries of the Unseen World, a film that uncovers what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum, will play in planetarium.
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be open regular hours this month: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday as well as 1 p.m. to 4 p.m on Sunday. The nature center is closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.

Los Alamos Choral Society/Symphony Orchestra Concert Preview

on January 10, 2017 - 11:15am
LACS News:
 
The Los Alamos Choral Society (LACS) and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) are preparing an unusual experience for local music lovers.
 
At 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos, LACS and LASO, under the direction of Mary Badarak, will present "Classic to Neo-Classic: Bach to Mendelssohn to Stravinsky to Bach Again," as their winter concert.
 
(Tickets—$15 for adults—will be available at CB Fox and at the door. Student admission is free.)
 
The concert will provide an opportunity to compare the styles of three very different composers in

Spooky Cocktails For Friday The 13th

on January 10, 2017 - 10:43am

Sugarsnake cocktail. Courtesy image

ENTERTAINMENT News:
 

Friday the 13th and a full moon? This Friday, avoid the mayhem and celebrate this superstitious holiday safely at home with friends and some spooky sips from Sparkling Ice, the zero-calorie beverage.

With zero carbs and no sugar added, there is no need to fear these fruity beverages.

Cocktail Recipes:

Sugarsnake Ingredients:

  • 1 Part Wicked White Whiskey
  • 2 Parts Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry
  • Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry / Sugar syrup "Blood"
  • Kiwi slices

DIRECTIONS

  • Reduce 1 cup of Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry with 2 tablespoons of

LACA To Screen ‘The Return Of The Violin’ Jan. 22

on January 8, 2017 - 11:13am

The Return of the Violin documentary poster. Courtesy/LACA

LACA News:

The Return of the Violin, a documentary about the legendary Stradivarius currently owned by violin super-star Joshua Bell, will be screened as part of the Los Alamos Concert Association’s season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.

Polish prodigy Bronisław Huberman at age 11. Courtesy/LACA

Now known as the Gibson x Huberman Stradivarius, the instrument was given in 1893 to 11-year-old Polish prodigy Bronisław Huberman by its owner Count Zamoyski who was astonished by the young boy’s talent.

Huberman

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 6, 2017 - 12:18pm

Cinema Cindy Reviews … Passengers

on January 5, 2017 - 3:20pm
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos
 
“Passengers” is compelling science fiction, complete with ethical dilemmas, cool looking technology and true romance.
 
It stars Chris Pratt (Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy) and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss in Hunger Games) as two of the 5,000 passengers and 278 crew on board a huge, colony-bound space ship.
 
We learn that Jim (Pratt), a mechanical engineer, got a discounted trip since he has a skill set needed on the planet.

Astronomy Shows At Planetarium This Weekend

on January 5, 2017 - 9:10am
 
 
PEEC News:
 
What celestial objects can we see as we welcome the new year? Find out more about the January night sky at 7 p.m., Friday when a local astronomer will guide you through our sky in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. 
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, We are Astronomers 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 open regular hours this month: 10 a.m.

Scenes From Tuesday's Broformers Circus

on January 5, 2017 - 8:59am

Various acts from Tuesday night's Broformers Circus at Los Alamos Christian Church. This was a fundraising event for two local boys, Eban Bold and Max Herrmannn who are going to Seattle this summer to work as street performers. Eban is at LAHS and Max is a freshman at Montana State University studying nursing. Courtesy photo

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Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation And Open Spaces Take Over Nature Center

on January 4, 2017 - 4:17pm

Kids and adults enjoy games and putt-putt at the nature center last year. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Division is taking over the Los Alamos Nature Center and putting up a putt-putt course for the evening. The pulic is invited to putt-putt through the Los Alamos Nature Center 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2600 Canyon Road.

Play through the nature center and win prizes, including free passes to the pool or ice rink and more. It is a great way to learn about the latest news on local trails and enjoy a fun, free evening.

Library Film Series Resumes With 'Grizzly Man' Jan. 6

on January 4, 2017 - 6:57am
Bear-lover and amateur naturalist Timothy Treadwell. Courtesy photo
 
LIBRARY News:
 
Mesa Public Library shows the film “Grizzly Man” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5 in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms.
 
This is the first in a year-long series of free films that will be shown on the first Thursday of each month. The films for January, February and March have been chosen to reflect “The Best of the 2000s.”
 
Communing with nature takes on a whole new meaning in the hands of expert filmmaker Werner Herzog, who has nearly 70 films to his credit.

LALT Announces Cast For ‘Dog Sees God: Confessions Of A Teenage Blockhead’

on January 2, 2017 - 7:16pm

LALT News:

The Los Alamos Little Theatre announces the cast for “Dog Sees God” includes Stuart Rupprecht, Holly Robinson, Jacinta Lestone, Zachary Brounstein, Page Ramsey, Brian Trujillo, Beth Wysocki and Patrick MacDonald.

The play runs Jan. 13-28, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Jan. 22.

“Dog Sees God” play opens with the main character dealing with the death of his beloved beagle and follows him as he seeks resolution through interactions with his sister and friends.

City RockFest Tour Coming To Area Feb. 23

on January 1, 2017 - 8:40am
Random Hero performs Feb. 23 at Pojoaque Middle School. www.pledgemusic.com/projects/random. Courtesy photo

 

Project 86 performs Feb. 23 at Pojoaque Middle School. www.project86.com/. Courtesy photo

Scarlet White performs Feb. 23 at Pojoaque Middle Schoolwww.scarletwhitemusic.com/. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

 
Infinity Squared Music, working with many organizations across Northern New Mexico, is presenting a five band music event at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 23 at Pojoaque Middle School, 1797 N.M. 502.
 
The City RockFest Tour features Disciple, Project 86, Seventh Day Slumber, Random

New Year’s Eve Daytime Fun At Local Libraries!

on December 30, 2016 - 4:10pm
LIBRARY News:
 
Ring in 2017 a little earlier in the day while your kids are awake! Saturday, Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Mesa Public Library will celebrate Noon Year’s Eve with games, crafts, a photo booth and a countdown to noon with balloon drops.
 
White Rock Branch Library will celebrate Unwrapped: New Year’s Eve in Cairo 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 with games, crafts and a countdown to 3 p.m. aka midnight in Cairo, Egypt.
 
Both events are family events and all ages are welcome to join in the fun.
 
Call 505.662.8258 or email ysweb@lacnm.us with questions.

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 29, 2016 - 2:01pm

Interesting Factoids About New Year's Eve/Day

on December 27, 2016 - 8:20am

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WalletHub News:

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

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