Los Alamos Students Perform at Roundhouse

Three sisters who attend Los Alamos Public Schools performed Feb. 12 during Hispanic Cultural Day at a Joint Session on the House floor at the Roundhouse. Pictured here with State Auditor Hector Balderas are from left, Alexandria “Lexie”Quintana (LAHS), Anjelika “Jeli” Garcia (LAMS) and Anika Garcia (Aspen Elementary.) The girls dance with Baile Ilusion Folklorico of Pojoaque. They are the daughters of Aspen PE coach Adam Garcia and his wife Marcy. Read More

NMDT-PC Presents ‘Dancers in Concert’ this Weekend

NMDT-PC dancers. Photo by Holger Waschinski

NMDT News:

New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, presents its February production, “Dancers in Concert,” this weekend at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

The NMDT-PC production of “Dancers in Concert” features three original ballets choreographed by Baker-Dillingham: “Hear, Speak, See,” “Pandora’s Box,” and “Cakewalk.”

Dancer Emily Brown. Photo by Holger Waschinski

“I choreographed ‘Hear, Speak, See’ several years ago and wanted to rework it,” Baker-Dillingham said. “The dance is Read More

More Than 30 Musicians Perform at UNM-LA Music Marathon

Gala Nelson, a student of Janna Warren, demonstrated her talent at the UNM-LA Music Marathon, even if she couldn’t reach the pedals. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Staff Report:

The The Third Annual UNM-LA Music Marathon provided a full six hours of musical entertainment on Sunday, Feb. 10. The event raised more than $700 for UNM-LA scholarships and attracted approximately 200 music-lovers to the campus. 

Ranging in age from tiny tots to senior citizens, performers presented a wide range of music at the Marathon. Contemporary jazz,  Renaissance viol, Read More

Ali MacGraw Moderates Discussion on Women’s Empowerment

Staff Report

New Mexico PBS (Ch. 5.1), International Folk Art Market – Santa Fe, and The Lensic Performing Arts Center will host a special free screening of a 40-minute-segment of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women,” focusing on women’s economic empowerment.

The screening will take place 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco Street in Santa Fe.

This segment features actress Olivia Wilde visiting Rebecca Lolosoli, Folk Art Market Read More

Two Works by Los Alamos Playwright Robert Benjamin

From left, Warren Wilgus (Miguel), Ruben Muller (Reynaldo) and  Kristina Caffrey (Rachel) in  East Mountain Centre for Theatre production of ‘Parted Waters.’ Courtesy/East Mountain Centre for Theatre

By Bonnie J. Gordon

East Mountain Centre for Theatre is presenting Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin’s Parted Waters at Vista Grande Community Center (just east of Albuquerque) at 7 p.m. Feb 15, as a dinner theatre at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, and as a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Feb. 17. Visit www.emct.org. for tickets and information.

Benjamin’s newest play, Salt and Pepper, Read More

Go ‘Behind the Scenes’ with Viennese Artist

Scoschi Friedel with her work at the opening reception for ‘Behind the Scenes’ at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Greg Kendal/ladailypost.com
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Artist Susanna “Scoschi” Friedel’s exhibit at Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Portal Gallery came about because of a happy accident.

Village Arts owner Ken Nebel noticed a number of very interesting works of art coming into the store for framing. They turned out to be the creations of a Viennese artist, the sister of local resident Reiner Friedel.

Paintings from ‘The Red Series.’ By Scoschi Friedel

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Column: The Versatile Guitar

The Versatile Guitar
Column by Richard Hannemann
I play music on the guitar. I write music for the guitar. I teach the guitar. I’ve been doing this for a while now.
So before you go out and buy a guitar, either for yourself or your child, here are a few things you should know.
Andres Segovia once said the guitar is like a small orchestra in the hand. Yep. You’ve got six strings, each an octave and half; that means you essentially have six instruments.
You have a total range of 3 and a half octaves, and you can stretch this to a little over 4 by using harmonics. The sounding
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Album Release Party for Rumelia at Pyramid Café

Rumelia band members from left, Nicolle Jensen, Sitara Schauer and Deborah Ungar. Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Staff Report

Rumelia will celebrate the release of their debut album 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Pyramid Café in Los Aamos. There is a $10 cover. Children are free. 

Rumelia is a band composed of three women who are putting a new spin on music from Eastern Europe, a region generally known as the Balkans.

The music is unique to the western ear in that it uses odd time signatures (think 7/8, 9/8 and 11/8 for starters), as well as eastern scales (maqam) and tonalities. Rumelia’s repertoire Read More

Juanita Madland Plays ‘Adagios Amor’ on Valentine’s Day

Pianist Juanita Madland/Courtesy Photo

Staff Report

The Betty Ehart Alamos Senior Center will host a free Valentine’s Day Piano Concert at noon Thursday, Feb. 14 with piano virtuoso Juanita Madland.

The public is invited to Adagios Amor, featuring luscious, mesmerizing pieces that have inspired lovers through the ages.

“The concert is an offering to Los Alamos,” Madland said.

Madland holds a Masters of Music from the University of New Mexico, where she studied with renowned pianist Evelyne Brancart. Her European venues include the Peter Paul Rubens Museum in Antwerp, the Salzburg Mozart Read More

Down Home Fun with Author Slim Randles Feb. 28

Author Slim Randles. Courtesy photo


Join longtime New Mexico resident Slim Randles at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Mesa Public Library for an evening of wild, funny and homespun stories both from his work as a newspaperman and those from his days actually in the wild.

Randles will talk about his current syndicated column, which runs in more than 100 newspapers nationwide and his new book Home Country, a compilation of the best of his wit and wisdom from his column of the same title.

So just where is Home Country? It is here, in our hearts. It’s a warm summer evening, a place by the fire Read More

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio Offers Valentine’s Day Gifts

KWFA News:

Visit Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery & Studio for unique gifts for Valentine’s Day or a late Groundhog’s Day.
Several new artists have joined the gallery and the artists have brought in many new pieces just in time for Valentine’s Day:
  • Hummingbird and goldfinch paintings;
  • A sumptuous floral still life by Sheridan Brown;
  • Unbelievable charcoal, graphite and scratchboard artwork by Heather Ward;
  • A beautiful photo by TK Thompson of flamenco dancers;
  • Karen Wray’s original and reproductions of florals and landscapes;
  • Kathleen Veenstra’s
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Native American Art Gallery Opens Next to Gabriel’s Restaurant


New art gallery opens at Pueblo de San Ildefonso on the plaza across from the ‘big tree’ 10 miles north of Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

ART News:

The Than Povi Fine Art Gallery and Gift Shop, owned by Elmer and Deborah Torres of Pueblo de San Ildefonso has opened a new location, just 10 miles north of the Santa Fe city limits.

The gallery is at 6 Banana Lane off U.S. 84/285 at Exit 176, north of the Santa Fe Opera and next to Gabriel’s Restaurant.

Specializing in New Mexico Native American artists, the gallery boasts a large collection of the famous San Ildefonso Pueblo Black-on-Black Read More

UNM-LA presents Third Annual Music Marathon

The Craig Martin Experience playing at the Dixie Girl in Los Alamos. CME is one of the featured acts at this year’s UNM-LA Music Marathon. Courtesy photo by Greg Kendall
By Bonnie J. Gordon

Enjoy an entire day of local music at the third annual UNM-LA Music Marathon. The Marathon is 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb.10 in the UNM-LA Student Center.

The event is free and open to everyone. Donations will benefit UNM-Los Alamos student scholarships.

The day will include everything from Renaissance music for viols to modern jazz with the Craig Martin Experience.

In previous years, more than 300 people Read More

Thursday’s Beer and Cheese Tasting Sells Out

Thursday night’s Beer and Cheese Tasting at the Los Alamos Coop Market raised funds for the Los Alamos Beer Cooperative. The sold out event featured beer and hard cider from Blue Heron Brewing Company and international cheeses carried by the Co-op. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com


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An Evening with Zen Master Shodo Harada Roshi

Zen Master Shodo Harada Roshi practices the art of calligraphy. Photo by Mitra Bishop
NMMA News:

Calligraphy’s long and rich history in Japan both as an art form and teaching device is well suited to Zen’s emphasis on immediate, unhesitating, and spontaneous expression.

Weaving in an aural overview of calligraphy’s history as he works skillfully with brush and ink, Zen Master Shodo Harada Roshi will share his personal journey both as a monk and with this spiritual art form.

Roshi’s presentation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26  in the St. Francis Auditorium, inside the Read More

Public Invited to ‘Co-opROCKS!’ Feb. 16

LACM News: 

The Los Alamos Co-op Market, La Montanita Co-op and Warehouse 21 present Co-opROCKS! 11 a.m. to 9  p.m. Saturday Feb. 16. at Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe.

Co-opROCKS! is a music and art based annual event that brings cooperative values to light through community involvement, cooperative partnerships and creating opportunities for education while promoting local talent.

Attendance for teens and adults is free. For more information and event schedules, visit the Co-opROCKS! Facebook page http://on.fb.me.U9c9jy.

This year, Co-opROCKS! presents Read More

Battle Veteran Presents Iwo Jima Film and Talk

Courtesy photo

Library News:

A video, including an interview with a local Iwo Jima Marine Corp veterans, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.19 at Mesa Public Library, Upstairs Meeting Rooms.

Battle veteran Bill Hudson will show a video “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” produced by the Canadian History Channel.

On this 68 anniversary of the American forces’ landing on Iwo Jima, this showing will commemorate that historic battle and all those who fought and those who were lost.

This video has not been aired  publicly on television in the United States.

Hudson went back to Iwo Read More

Take a Peek at Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ This Week

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in ‘Rear Window.’ Courtesy photo

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

We never know what’s really happening behind closed doors, or even wide open windows.

But that’s never stopped us humans from drawing our own conclusions about other people’s lives, in which we are sometimes much more interested than our own.

The 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic “Rear Window” is not only a “who dunnit?” but a “did anyone do it?” And even the “it” is ambiguous. Was there a murder? Or did a lady take a train? Is a man a killer, or simply in sales? And what’s going on with the little dog, anyhow? Read More

Los Alamos Students Perform Well in Sonata Contest

Some of the Los Alamos students who were winners at the Sonata Contest and their teachers. Front row from left, Jennifer Wang,  was the winner of the Level VII Division; Sruthi Garimella, won Second in the Level VI Division; and  Sonyia Williams won first place in the Level VI Division. Back row from left, teachers Madeline Williamson and Ronald Grinage.


The Santa Fe Music Teachers Association held their annual statewide Sonata Contest Saturday, Feb. 2.

Los Alamos residents did very well in the competition,

Prize winners from Los Alamos were as follows:

Level II: Read More


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