Limited Tickets Available For ‘A Night In MANH(A)TTAN’

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COUNTY News:

Today is the last day tickets can be purchased from Starbucks or reserved for pick-up at the door for “A Night in MANH(A)TTAN,” 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Historic Fuller Lodge at 2132 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.

There are a limited number of tickets still available for purchase. Cost for entry is $25 per adult and $20 per high student (grades 9-12). Children are free.

Event representatives will be at Starbucks 2:30-3:30 p.m. today on Central Avenue. Those unable to come to Starbucks during those timeframes may contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at kaskacayman@gmail.com to make alternative arrangements. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the night of the event, as well.

Photo sessions (see description below) will occur throughout the event. Advance ticket holders, especially those with young children, are encouraged to arrive early for hair and makeup and photos. Live performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. by music composer Matt Hanson and Dance Arts Los Alamos. Swing dancing will begin at approximately 8:00 p.m., immediately following the live performances.

Two drawings for Manhattan items will be conducted in the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours. The live auction will be conducted in the 9 p.m. hour.

Prizes that will be auctioned off live at the event include all access passes to the Santa Fe Film Festival (Dec. 2-6), the Las Cruces International Film Festival (March 2-6) and the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience (Apr 18-24), as well as two pairs of 3-day tickets to the Albuquerque Comic Con (Jan. 8-10). 

Packages will include hotel and gas cards. In addition, guests may participate in free drawings to win Manhattan giveaways from Lionsgate Entertainment, including Manhattan Season 1 Blu-ray DVDs and Manhattan tote bags (photo attached).  All prizes secured by Jon Hendry, Business Agent for the International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 480.

For “A Night in MANH(A)TTAN,” professional film crews will create a Hollywood experience in the Pajarito Room to the 1940’s when it first served as the social gathering place for the scientists and their families during the Manhattan Project.  A film “set,“ complete with green screen, lights and camera, offers each ticket holder a unique photo opportunity to see themselves in a scene from the WGN America T.V. series Manhattan. 

For the photo op, all guests are asked to wear clothing similar to what the characters in the series wear – khakis or dress pants, dress shoes, and a long sleeved white shirt and tie for men; for women, simple long dresses or skirts and blouses with flats or heels. Professional hair and make-up artists from the show will be on hand to finish the look. Then, guests will be photographed, individually or in groups, against a green screen and digitally incorporated into still photos from the television show. Time and resources allowing, additional photos/poses may be purchased at just $10 each.

Throughout the evening, Fuller Lodge’s Pajarito Room will be filled with 40’s music, dancing, dessert and beverages. A separate cash bar in the lobby will serve Manhattan cocktails and other beverages.

As a highlight to the event, Los Alamos native and accomplished composer, Matt Hanson, will perform an original arrangement of Chopin. Hanson was recently asked by IATSE Local 480 to re-score the music for the 1954 classic movie, “Salt of the Earth.” Hanson will be accompanied by Juanita Madland, playing piano.

The musical intermission also will include a sneak peak performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos of “The Nutcracker on the Hill” – a ballet whose story line brings new life to the classic Christmas tale of The Nutcracker, entwined with the true characters involved in the Manhattan Project.

The goals of A Night in MANH(A)TTAN are to promote the WGN America series MANH(A)TTAN series, celebrate the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, promote the New Mexico film industry and provide a community celebration.

The “A Night in MANH(A)TTAN” event was made possible in cooperation with Los Alamos Film Office*, Los Alamos Creative District** and Pajarito Film Club***, who welcome event sponsor IATSE Local 480 and its union members who support film productions including the WGN America series, “Manhattan.”  The money collected through ticket sales and the live auction goes to sponsor IATSE Local 480 Community Outreach program.

For more information, visit “A Night in MANH(A)TTAN” Facebook page.

For questions regarding event information, contact Kelly Stewart at the Los Alamos Film Office at kelly.stewart@lacnm.us

For questions regarding IATSE Local 480 Community Outreach, contact Jon Hendry, ba480@hotmail.com.

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