Watch ‘Whip It’ and Meet Local Derby Dames

MPL News:
See  “Whip It,” the movie that inspired a whole generation of derby girls.
Meet Los Alamos’ own roller derby team, the M’Atom Bombs, before the movie.
The team is part of the local league, the LA Derby Dames. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Mesa Public Library.
This is a free event.
“Whip It” is based on the 2007 novel “Derby Girl” by former competitor Shauna Cross.
The film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, a small-town misfit who finds
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Sneak Peek at Upcoming Summer Concert Series

The crowd chants along to the Red Elvises ‘Disco Dancer’ last summer. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com


By Russ Gordon

This is what we have so far for the Los Alamos County Gordons Summer Concert Series. I think this will be our best Series yet (our 24th.)

Hope to go to print with the concert fliers in next two weeks. Almost all acts can be found on “Google” and “Youtube.”

  • 5/17 TBA Kite Fest at Overlook Park
  • 5/24 Red Elvises Ashley Pond Siberian rock- LA’s favorite band
  • 5/31 Los Pinguos TBA Argentina’s great traditional & folk-rock band
  • 6/7 Warren
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LALT Actors Do Well at AACT Competetion

Patricia Beck (Althea), left, and Gwen Lewis (Maddy) portray their characters from “Van Choc Straw,” during a recent Rotary Club meeting. Photo by Bonnie J Gordon/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of Van Choc Straw, written by Mark Dunn and directed by Mimi Adams, was one of two plays selected over the weekend to represent New Mexico at the regional competition of the American Association of Community Theatre next month in Lafayette, La.
In addition, Van Choc Straw cast members Patricia
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Community Turns Out For ‘We Who Are Clay’ Reception

Artist Kari Rives with Herkimer the hippo at the March 15 opening reception of Who We Are In Clay. Photo by Nancy Coombs

Artist Darla Graff Thompson. Photo by Nancy Coombs

Staff report

Art patrons turned out for the Opening Reception of “We Who Are Clay’ Friday, March 15 at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave.

Nearly a dozen community organizations teamed up to present this unique exhibit.

Two months of activities focused on the material that has shaped the history and culture of New Mexico.

This large and diverse exhibit contains everything from bowls to statuary and Read More

Thoughts From the Big Chair: TV’s Late Night Talk Shows and Johnny Carson – A Quantitative Analysis Part II

Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict
TV’s Late Night Talk Shows and Johnny Carson – A Quantitative Analysis
By RALPH E. CHAPMAN (Twitter @RalphEChapman) ©2013, Ralph E. Chapman
Part II – Analyzing the data with Lots of Comments

It’s time to finish off the late night talk show discussion started in Last Week’s Column

But first a Newsflash!!

Before I get down to the analytical part, a few things have come up since last week’s column was submitted.

The Big News that’s Developing!

A few weeks ago, it was strongly rumored that Read More

Los Alamos Sci-Fi Authors Enjoy Literary Success

Staff Report

T. Jackson King’s new combat sci-fi novel, Stellar Assassin, hit No. 14 in Amazon’s Top 100 Hot New Releases in the Space Opera Science Fiction category.

The number rankings are adjusted hourly, so the book may go up or down depending on Kindle e-book downloads of the title. The book was only released March 9, so it has climbed to this rank very quickly.

Here’s a plot synopsis of Stellar Assassin Al Lancaster is a shipwrecked tech scavenger who wakes up from Suspense on the auction block of Hercules Station in the alien-run Markan star system, light years distant from Earth.

The Read More

Concert to Honor Jazz Icons Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan

Renowned trumpeter Jan McDonald. Courtesy photo

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Jazz enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys live music performed by master musicians in an intimate setting won’t want to miss Sunday’s 4 p.m. concert, The Chet Baker-Gerry Mulligan Project, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez in Santa Fe. Tickets are $20.

In the Chet Baker-Gerry Mulligan Project, renowned trumpeter Jan McDonald (a.k.a. ‘Mr. Mac’ to his former LAHS band students) and accomplished saxophonist Arlen Asher will join talents with The Bert Dalton Trio–Dalton on piano, Read More

Los Alamos Hosts AACT Fest – Three Nights of NM Theater Beginning 7 p.m. Today Through Saturday

Pat Beck (Althea) and Gwen Miller (Maddy) visited Los Alamos Rotarians as their characters from “Van Choc Straw” Tuesday to talk about the upcoming ACCT Fest. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Daily Post

AACT Fest 2013 is here! Los Alamos is hosting the American Association of Community Theatre’s three-day event, spotlighting community theatres from across New Mexico.

For non-thespians, the main attraction will be four one-act plays put on by companies from throughout the state.

Los Alamos Little Theatre (LALT) has participated Read More

Easter Music Celebration at LDS Chapel

The White Rock Strings is one of the groups scheduled to perform at the upcoming Easter Music Celebration. Courtesy photo

L.D.S. News:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring an Easter Music Celebration. 

It will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the L.D.S. Chapel at 1967 18th St. in Los Alamos. 

A second performance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23 in Santa Fe at the L.D.S. Chapel at 410 Rodeo Road. 

The program will feature many local musicians from various religious denominations performing selections from Handel’s Messiah and other traditional Read More

Hannemann’s Music Corner: Changing a Tenon Cork

Hannemann’s Music Corner: Changing a Tenon Cork
Clarinets come in sections. Each section attaches to the other by means of a tenon and sleeve joint – one section has the sleeve, the other has the tenon which protrudes from the body of the section.
There is a cork on each tenon which allows a snug, and most importantly, air-tight fit.
Cork is wunnerful stuff. But it doesn’t last forever. Eventually it mashes down and wears out and then the joint gets wobbly, leaks air, and your instrument won’t play right. Time to change the tenon cork.
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PEEC/Reel Deal Feature Fish Film Night March 29

The arapaima is largest freshwater fish in the world. Courtesy/PEEC


Do you love to fly fish? Or just watch beautiful scenery? Check out Fish Night.

The Reel Deal Theater and PEEC will present two exciting short films that teach sustainability through fly fishing at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29 at the Reel Deal Theater.

For one night only, you can see Jungle Fish and Currents of Belize, which take viewers on eye-opening journeys to South America and Belize.
Jungle Fish follows three expert fishermen deep into the heart of Guyana’s rain forest. They seek the largest freshwater
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Wine, Cheese & Chocolate April 6 at Los Alamos Co-op!

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is hosting its first wine and food pairing class Saturday, April 6 in the Co-op’s Café.

There will be two 75-minute classes: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Vivác Winery’s Marketing and Publicity Director Michele A. Padberg, a certified executive sommelier, will teach the basics of wine and food pairing in a relaxed setting so attendees can feel free to explore different taste sensations.

Experience five different Vivác wines, all using New Mexico grapes, paired to local, regional and international cheese, beef and dark chocolate.

Learn what to look for when Read More

Fans Nominate Local Artist for Prestigious Award

Pajarito Plateau by Fran Stolvall. Courtesy photo



Fran Stoval, local artist, volunteer, teacher, mentor, friend and Los Alamos resident since 1967, has been nominated for the coveted Governor’s 2013 Award for Excellence in the Arts. 

The Governor’s Award was established in 1974 by the State’s New Mexico Arts to honor lifetime achievement in and support of the arts in New Mexico.

Stoval’s breadth of creativity has proven boundless, whether in stained glass, pastel painting, mosaics, sets, logos, murals, and especially teaching and mentoring. 

She has energetically Read More

Bandelier and Los Alamos Guild of the Santa Fe Opera Announce Next “Opera on the Rocks” is Sept. 21

Menotti was inspired by The Adoration of the Magi (Hieronymus Bosch, died 1516) to create Amahl and the Night Visitors. Courtesy/wikipedia


Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Guild of the Santa Fe Opera will present “Opera on the Rocks” Saturday, Sept. 21 at Bandelier.

This second annual event will feature AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS by Giancarlo Menotti, an Opera Alta production.



Ross Click, soprano, is an incoming freshman at Los Alamos High School, plays bass in orchestra, dances with New Mexico Dance Theater, and in 2012 originated the role of Kayll, Read More

Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop Saturday!

One of the tiniest dancers at a previous Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop. Courtesy/LAFC
LAFC Board of Directors

Los Alamos Family Council’s 8th Annual Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop will be held 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church’s Parish Hall.

This alcohol-free, multi-generational yearly event is LAFC’s only fundraiser, Executive Director Joyce Beery said.

Families interested in a hoppin’ good evening of fun will find it at the Hop, Beery said, noting that in addition to music and dancing for all ages – including dance contests Read More

Thoughts From the Big Chair: TV’s Late Night Talk Shows and Johnny Carson – A Quantitative Analysis

Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict.

TV’s Late Night Talk Shows and Johnny Carson – A Quantitative Analysis

Part I – Grading the Shows

As with the TV drama that I talked about in my last column, we are also in a special time when it comes to late night TV talk shows – we, again, now have an embarrassment of riches and many options for our watching pleasure.

As in my previous columns, you’ll get my take on it through commentary, but I’ll give you an added bonus in Part II. I’ll demonstrate for you in a quantitative, i.e. measurable, Read More

Two Openings are Part of ‘We Who Are Clay’ Events

‘Sabinoso’ is one of the photographs of New Mexico churches by Jim Gautier on display at the Historical Museum’s ‘Adobe’ exhibit. Phto by Jim Gautier

John Nathan Hains has studied micaceous clay pottery for 10 years at Northern New Mexico College. His pots are hand-built and fired in an open pit. This example, ‘Out of the Fire’ is part of the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s ‘We Who Are Clay’ exhibit. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos gets down and dirty as nearly a dozen Read More

Hannemann’s Music Corner: The Hook

Hannemann’s Music Corner: The Hook
A chord is any three or more different letter notes, either in a stack or in melodic sequence. This definition reflects modern usages and spellings.
Certainly Bach would not have been quite so liberal in his definition. In the Common Practice period – appx. 1700-1900, Bach to Wagner, a chord would have been specifically a triad with, or without, the addition of the 7th (and, later, the 9th and the 11th.)
Other than the 7th, any note which was not part of a triad would have been considered a non-chord tone.
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Craig Martin Experience Jazzing Up Final Beer and Band Event

The Craig Martin Experience playing at the Dixie Girl in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall

Staff report

The final Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band event of this season will be noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

The beer will be from Marble Brewery and the band will be the Craig Martin Experience.

The Craig Martin Experience (CME) came together in late 2010 as a loose assemblage of musicians interested in sharing ideas on jazz performance.

CME’s repertoire is an eclectic mix of about 60 tunes from the 1930s to the present.

“We like to play a mix of songs that the audience Read More


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