Review: Take a Trip to the 70s with Frost/Nixon

David Frost (Don Monteith) and President Richard M. Nixon (Grady Hughes) share a moment. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

Frost/Nixon is a trip down memory lane for those of us who were there, but maybe it’s more important that those who weren’t there see this play.

If you want to understand the 1970s, certainly a pivotal time in American history, there’s no better way to get a feel for the period than to see Front/Nixon.

The Los Alamos Little Theatre is presenting an excellent production of Peter Morgan’s play this month. The show portrays the 1977 television interviews Read More

Renowned Pianist Jeremy Denk Performs Locally Jan. 12

Pianist Jeremy Denk

LACA News:

New Mexico native Jeremy Denk will be the featured artist as the Los Alamos Concert Association continues its 2012-2013 season Jan. 12. 

Pianist Jeremy Denk has steadily built a reputation as an unusual and compelling artist, with a broad and thought-provoking repertoire.

He has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London.

He regularly gives recitals in New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, and Read More

Winter Art Classes Begin Jan. 20


Registration is underway for the 2013 Winter Art Classes at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and Studio.

Community members are invited to join in the fun by participating in one of the classes, all of which will be held at the Gallery’s new location, 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125.

“Creative Color and Dynamic Design,” is a new evening class taught by award-winning local artist Melissa Bartlett.

Bartlett will teach participants how color theory and design are essential elements of painting. Class starts Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m. and runs six weeks.

The Karen Wray Fine Read More

Laskey Reviews ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Courtesy/movies.yahoo.com

Review by Kirsten Laskey

Who doesn’t want to go on an adventure? There something thrilling and romantic about leaving the comfort and security of home in exchange for the great unknown that lies in the far corners of the map.

This is what “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” provides moviegoers – the opportunity to tag along on a great adventure.

Let me tell you, it is a wonderful ride although be prepared for long pauses on this epic journey because apparently this story is being spread out into three films.

The first film educates Read More

Los Alamos Choral Society Presents Messiah

Members of the Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra perform during a January 2011 concert. Photo by Bill Goodwin

 LACS News:

 The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present Messiah by George Frederick Handel from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr.

 Tickets are $15 for adults and are available at CB FOX or at the door. Student admission is free.

 Dr. Mary Badarak will direct the performance. The chorus of about 90 singers and the orchestra ensemble of about 40 musicians are Read More

Mesa Library: Metal Menagerie by Richard Swenson and David Trujillo

Local artist Richard Swenson with his larger than life ‘running man’ piece at Audobon Park in New Orleans. Courtesy/MPL


Metal Menagerie: Scrap Metal Sculpture by Richard Swenson and David Trujillo

Mesa Public Library Art Gallery Jan. 16-Feb. 27

Public Reception 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16

Metal artisits Richard Swenson and David Trujillo are Los Alamos neighbors, friends and fellow sculptors of fantastic forms.

Their delightful rabbits; prancing, stylized horses; plunging and cavorting wild hogs; giraffes; whales; sinuous dragons; armadillos; porcupines, not to Read More

Khalsa Reviews ‘Jack Reacher’

Theatrical Release Poster
By Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac. 
Your intrepid movie reviewer


The movie Jack Reacher delivers what I expected after seeing the trailer on TV: Action. Don’t expect too much more than that, or anything too complicated here, and there are some definite holes in the plot development.  


But we see the usual Mission Impossible Tom Cruise, intense and serious. Despite showing his age, Tom can still deliver in the fight scenes.  


We have some hand-to-hand Read More

‘Los Alamos Friends’ Hosts New Year’s Eve Open House


Celia Browne will be hosting a New Year’s Eve open house for the new social club, Los Alamos Friends, at her home on Arizona Avenue. 

The event starts at 6 p.m. and will run until midnight or later. There will be food, wine, punch and treats; anyone attending can bring a bottle of wine or a dish to pass but it’s not required. 

Anyone interested in Los Alamos Friends is welcome to join … for information on the group, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/los_alamos_friends/ or call Celia Browne at 695-5788.

About Los Alamos Friends: Read More

T’was a Great Concert at IHM!

Christmas Tubas in concert at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos last Saturday night. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Kip Bishofberger was the Guest Percussionist on the Little Drummer Boy piece. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
Concertmaster Jerry Morzinsky announces the high school students in the ensemble. Starting at the left and standing, Sally Grindstaff; Louisa Singleton; and to her left and partially standing, Sean Dunham. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
A tuba by itself is a work of art and/or a plumber’s nightmare!
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UNM-LA Students Venture Beyond Classroom


‘Cloud Dance’ by Pablita Velarde at Golden Dawn Gallery. Courtesy/UNM-LA

By Bonnie J. Gordon

For students in American Studies 252, “The Native American Experience,” the emphasis really was on experience. The class included four all-day field trips as well as film, Internet and printed materials, and classroom discussion.

“Our first field trip was to the Tewa Basin pueblos and was led by Porter Swentzel from Santa Clara Pueblo,” Instructor Carol Noones said.

Carol Noones

The group visited Santa Clara Pueblo, then San Ildefonso Pueblo where they Read More

Participate in LALT’s New Year’s Eve Tradition

This is at the very start of scene one. Richard Nixon (Grady Hughes) is preparing to give his resignation speech. Behind and to the right of Nixon is Manolo Sanchez (John Phillips), Nixon’s loyal personal aide, helping to give light readings. To the left of Nixon is a makeup assistant (Claire Singleton) touching up the president so as to mask his ever-present perspiration. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

By Kate Ramsey

What makes Los Alamos Little Theatre so special? Why spend an evening at the theatre? There are two reasons: family and tradition.

The New Year’s Eve performance is Read More

Column: A World of Music

By Richard Hannamann
A World of Music
To recap (and slightly expand): sound is vibration traveling through a medium and music can be described as sound in a combinatory variety of frequency and rhythm produced by intent as an expression of sentient experience.
It’s kind of a nifty definition because it is non-anthropomorphic – it applies just as well to Klingon opera as to Mozart. But it may be, as all definitions are, somewhat limited.
We speak of “songbirds” and “the songs of birds”, or the “music of the stream”, and other similar
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Scientists to Surveil Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Eve

Santa Claus takes off on his annual global trek to spread joy to children everywhere. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Efforts will help ensure Magical Elf’s safe passage across the globe

Los Alamos trackers will use state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken this year by Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer during the Jolly Elf’s annual mission to spread joy to all the children of the world.

Visit http://santa.lanl.gov beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 24 to see St. Nick’s whirlwind journey.

Dec. 21 marked the Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere and also the eve of the completion of the 13th Read More

Kate O’Donnell Transforms Home, Life Through Art

‘Dancing Poppies’ painting by Kate O’Donnell.

‘Sitting Still’ painting by Kate O’Donnell.

By Mandy Marksteiner

Kate O’Donnell, producer of the Reel Deal Theater preshow, has lived in a beautiful home on Bathtub Row for seven years. She and her husband Jim O’Donnell have restored that home to regain its historic integrity and be an inspiring place to live.

Their guiding principle for the remodel has been “Everything needs to touch you in some way.”

Before World War II, the house was the arts and craft building for the Boy’s ranch. Since then, famous people Read More

Quaking Aspen Fine Art Holiday Artist Reception Friday and Saturday


Moon Over Mesas. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Fall View From Los Alamos. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
Staff Report
The community is invited to attend the Quaking Aspen Fine Art Holiday Artist Reception Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Dixie Girl Gallery & Restaurant in downtwn Los Alamos.
Chat with photographer Leslie Bucklin and browse her greeting cards, matted prints and gallery images. Goodies will be served!
Bucklin grew up in Los Alamos and after a few years in Colorado and California, she has returned to Los Alamos to raise her family in the
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Big Band to Honor Memory of Cathy LeClaire

LABB News:

The Los Alamos Big Band (LABB) will be presenting their annual Christmas Dance 7:30–10:30 p.m., Dec. 27 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road.

The dance will be a special performance to honor the memory of Cathy LeClaire, a former member of the Big Band vocal quartet “The Mountainaires.”

Cathy, her husband Rene with Steve and Terry Coggeshall sang for many years with LABB in the style of the famous Glenn Miller quartet “The Modernaires.”

Rene will be the guest vocalist for the upcoming dance. All are welcome to come and Read More

Column: Hannemann’s Music Corner – What is Music?

Hannemann’s Music Corner
By Richard Hannemann
What is Music?
Music is defined as sound organized in a meaningful way. This is a somewhat problematic definition.
First off is the problem of “sound.” Then there is the problem of “organized.” And there is the problem of “meaningful.”
Sound is simply vibration moving through a medium. That could be anything – air, water, earth. If a tree falls in the forest there is a sound. Actually a multiplicity of sounds as vibrations occur, which are at different frequencies.
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National Art Honor Society Inducts 34 LAHS Members

LAHS National Art Honor Society members Geoff Phillips, left, and Sam McIntyre use their artistic talents to draw on the paper tablecloths provided for that purpose. Courtesy photo

By Maire O’Neill

Jemez Valley artist Betsie Miller-Kusz was the guest speaker at an induction ceremony Dec. 7 for 34 new Los Alamos High School members of the National Art Honor Society.

Miller-Kusz was born in Los Alamos and lived and painted in San Francisco, Calif., for many years. She has exhibited internationally and painted many public murals.

The society is designed specifically for high school students Read More

Christmas Tubas Perform Dec. 22 at IHMC

The Christmas Tubas are set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at IHMC. Players from a 2006 performance include from left, Christopher Alme, Ricky Korzekwa, Laurel Webb, Steve Coggeshall, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Cox, Deniece Korekwa and Pete Forman. Courtesy photo


The sound of a choir performing Christmas Carols is a sure sign that Christmas is near. This choir happens to be composed of instrumentalists – tubas and euphoniums (which can be thought of as small tubas.)

The group, aptly named the Christmas Tubas, was formed in 2002 by local musician Jerry Morzinski, Read More

LAHS Hosts Visual and Performing Arts Events Monday

Dancers from Los Alamos High School’s 2012 Winter Dance show. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School is the venue for two arts department events Monday, Dec. 17.

The closing reception for a collection of fall semester artwork by visual arts students is slated from 3:30 p.m. in the foyer area and at 7 p.m., the 2012 Winter Dance show begins.

“We are very excited about displaying the fall semester artwork during the winter concerts. We hope dancers and their parents will join us for this closing reception,” said Mary Grace, visual arts instructor Read More


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