‘A Separation’ Screens Thursday at Mesa Library

“A Separation.” Courtesy/IMDb

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

The Iranian film “A Separation” (2011) is one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile. It purports to be about putting a child through divorce, and the difficulties of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. I suppose it is. But it begins and ends in an Iranian court house, and for me the focus really became how people tell their sides, and the fact that there is no truth, or at least no single truth.

Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Payman Maadi) certainly have what in America we call “irreconcilable differences.” Viewers Read More

Community Winds Holiday Prism Concert Sheds Light on Local Talent


By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos Community Winds started a new holiday tradition last year with the Community Holiday Prism Concert.

This year, the second annual Holiday Prism Concert will take place directly after the Holiday Lights Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec 8 at the Crossroads Bible Church. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

The Winds have invited a number of local musicians to perform with them at this concert.

“This concert is a celebration of the variety of performers in White Rock and Los Alamos,” Winds Musical Director Ted Vives said. “The idea is that Read More

Dec. 5 Brown Bag Performance: Pianist Frances Meier

Frances Meier. Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

Los Alamos Arts Council presents for its Dec. 5 Brown Bag Performance – Pianist Frances Meier.
Meier is well known around Los Alamos as a performer, composer and music teacher. She has played numerous times at Fuller Lodge and plays organ for the United Church.
Her compositions have been performed by the Los Alamos Choral Society, the Black Mesa Brass Quintet and the Los Alamos High School choir, as well as other performing ensembles.
Meier also plays piano for private parties and public openings and teaches piano, organ and
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Hansel & Gretel Set For Next Weekend

Hansel (Cody Maggiore), Gretel (Sally Grindstaff) and the Witch (Christin Severini) perform in Dance Arts Los Alamos Winterfest Weekend. Photo by Paulo T. Photography

By Lynn Finnegan

When Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director and former American Ballet Theatre dancer Christin Severini was a young child, she would spend many hours choreographing and performing elaborate shows for her parents, with the reluctant participation of her younger brothers. 

The rest is, as they say, history. The storybook ballet, “Hansel & Gretel”, performing Winterfest Weekend at Duane Read More

‘Star Vigilante’ Books Signed Saturday

Science-fiction author T. Jackson King signed his books Saturday at Smith’s Food and Drug Center, 31 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock.

The Los Alamos author introduced his new novel “Star Vigilante,” a science fiction action-adventure that features an interstellar vigilante hired to save a human colony world from an alien strip mining operation.

King, who goes by the name Tom, also signed copies of his other sci-fi and fantasy novels at Saturday’s event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon Read More

King’s Book Signing Today at Smith’s

Author T. Jackson King

Staff Report

Los Alamos author T. Jackson King has a new novel out with the recent publication of “Star Vigilante,” hard science fiction action-adventure that features an interstellar vigilante hired to save a human colony world from an alien strip mining operation.

King will autograph his novel from 1-5 p.m. today, Saturday Dec. 1 at Smith’s Food and Drug Center, 31 Sherwood Blvd., in White Rock. 

King, who goes by the name Tom, said he also will have his other sci-fi and fantasy novels available for sale and personalized autographing this afternoon.

King, 64, a former Read More

UNM-LA Hosts Native American Heritage Day

Eagle Dance and Buffalo Dance were performed at Native American Heritage Day Thursday, Nov. 29 on the UNM-Los Alamos campus. The college hosted the festive event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

A young dancer shows off his colorful clothes lined with feathers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon Read More

Shoplifting Drama Unfolds in Downtown Los Alamos

Melissa Carpenter of Los Alamos is in jail charged with fourth degree felony shoplifting. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff Report

Police arrested Melissa Carpenter of Los Alamos Wednesday afternoon and charged her with shoplifting $250-$2,500 worth of merchandise, which is a fourth degree felony.

Carpenter, 36, was captured with the help of Deborah Stone-Richard, a native of Virginia, who is on an extended visit to Los Alamos.

Stone-Richard was volunteering Wednesday at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave., when she heard a crash of sales items on the floor. 

She saw that a woman, who turned Read More

Udall: $275,000 in NEA Grants for NM Arts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that New Mexico will receive $275,000 in matching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA.)
The first major round of FY 2013 grants will help support nine music, theater and visual arts projects around the state.
“The arts are an important part of New Mexico’s culture, tradition and tourism economy,” Udall said. “These grants will provide valuable support for projects that both inspire and enrich our lives and make New Mexico a first-class destination for the arts.”
In this round of grants, the NEA will award
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‘Paradocs’ Plays Coffee House Cafe Friday


The jazz trio “Paradocs” will be playing at the Coffee House Cafe, 723 Central Ave., across from Smith’s 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

The Paradocs Trio of piano, guitar and saxophone performs acoustic jazz standards and classic tunes.

The Coffee House Cafe, 505-662-CAFE offers a dinner menu of American, Italian and New Mexican selections. Read More

Clark & Kendall’s Weekend Preview: Nov. 29

This week’s preview sponsored by www.fyila.com

Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa – 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Betty Ehart Senior Center. Free breakfast and photos with Santa. Request a donation of non-perishable food or a monetary donation to help with the Kiwanis annual Foster Children Christmas Party. LA Cares will distribute the food donations.

Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Knights of Columbus on DP Road. Arts, crafts, breakfast and lunch available for purchase.

Meet Me at Mesa – Making the Arts Accessible to People with Dementia. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Read More

LAHS Trumpeter Finalist in Carnegie Hall Program

Aaron Bao. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School trumpeter Aaron Bao has been accepted as a finalist in the honors band for the 2013 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York next summer.

Last June, he was selected as a member of the National Association of Music Education National Honor Ensemble and performed at the Kennedy Center.

A senior, Bao has played trumpet since fifth grade. He successfully auditioned for all-state and Southwest Honor Band in 10th and 11th grade.

Other accomplishments include playing with the Los Alamos Community Winds since Read More

New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más

Photo: La Chocolatera (Chocolate Storage Jar) by Camilla Trujillo and René Zamora

MIFA News:

The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más opens Dec. 9 and runs through Jan. 4, 2014 in the Hispanic Heritage Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art.

This exhibition will tell the tale of the earliest cultural mestizaje (mixing) to take place in the Americas through food. The exhibition will highlight foods that originated in the New World and foods that were brought over from Europe via Spain and Asia via the Spanish Manila Galleons.

Several special sections in the exhibition highlight specific food Read More

Everything Christmas Sale Dec. 5


An Everything Christmas Sale is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The WCSS of the United Church is sponsoring the holiday event in Graves Hall on Rose Street.

Items available for purchase include:

  • Christmas lights;
  • Christmas trees;
  • Decorations;
  • Wreaths;
  • Cookie Cutters; and
  • Ornaments;
  • Trash to Treasures gently used items donated specifically for holiday giving; and
  • Bake Sale full of yummy Christmas goodies.
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Christkindlmarket at Winterfest Dec. 8

DWM News:

Denver Wealth Management is hosting a Christkindlmarket in conjunction with Winterfest in the parking lot at Central Avenue and 15th Street.

The Christkindlmarket will run 5-9 p.m. Saturday Dec. 8 with vendors from all over Northern New Mexico showcasing a wide array of products available for purchase..

There will be several different styles of artists and jewelers, jams and jellies, craft foods, wood and metal works, clothing and accessories, arts and crafts and German style food and drink.

Everyone is welcome to come enjoy a brisk evening of festive atmosphere. There will be door Read More

‘Breaking Dawn-Part 2’ Offers Sweet Parting

Bella played by Kristen Stewart. Courtesy photo

Movie Review by Kirsten Laskey

It’s tough to say goodbye to a story that you love. But unlike Bella and Edward, the heroine and hero of the “Twilight” story, it was not love at first sight for me and the Twilight series.

Reading the synopsis of the first book, I thought “Twilight” was juvenile and silly. When my sister lent me her paperback copy of the first book, I grudgingly opened its cover.

Then I tore through the rest book, and then the next one, the one after that and the one after that.

It can’t stand up to the classics of literature but Twilight is such Read More

Unique Holiday Shopping Available Now at Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Affordable Arts Sale

By Kirsten Laskey

It is not the usual scene at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. When walking into the space, there is no definite show being displayed in the gallery.

What visitors are greeted with is the Affordable Arts Sale, a treat that only comes once a year.

The space has been cleared and filled with every type of art available. There isn’t a corner or niche in the place that isn’t displaying a piece of jewelry, a painted pottery bowl, a watercolor painting or other pieces of art.

“Everything from lamps to wall art,” Marketing Director Nancy Coombs said.

It is not just art being celebrated but the holiday Read More

What Lawmakers Face When They Convene at Roundhouse in January

New Mexico House Chambers. Photo by Jim Wayne

New Mexico PBS’ Public Affairs Series “NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS” airs at 7 p.m. today, Nov. 23 on Ch. 5.1 – There is no Sunday repeat this week.


  • An In-Depth Look At What Lawmakers Face When They Convene At The Roundhouse In January – Plus, Gov. Susana Martinez’s Election Year Political Strategy & What It Means For The Next Legislative Session
  • As New Mexico’s Centennial Year Winds Down, David Holtby, Author of “THE 47th STAR,” Talks About Stories & Characters Behind New Mexico’s Struggles For Statehood
  • The Film Based on
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What Killed Off The Massive Woolly Mammoth & Reshaped The Earth?

Woolly Mammoth. Courtesy/wikipedia.com

PBS News:

CONNECT: Inspired thinking, provocative questions … each month New Mexico PBS connects audiences to great ideas in science, medicine, arts, and history.

• What Killed Off The Massive Woolly Mammoth & Reshaped The Earth?

• What Are The Basic Forces That Have Shaped Our Universe?

• How Are New Molecules Discovered?

CONNECT airs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 on New Mexico PBS Ch. 5.1, and is hosted by Augusta Meyers.• What Are The Basic Forces That Have Shaped Our Universe Since The Beginning Of Time?

“One of the things my group is interested Read More


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