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Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’

on December 12, 2014 - 9:15am
By CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB
Los Alamos

“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a film exploring the self-absorption of actors, the nature of reality and the role of the theatrical arts in the lives of those who watch. Or it could be a movie about what is real and our own self-absorption. Either way, it is a film one must negotiate along with the characters.

Birdman is worthy of our attention. It was nominated for 7 Golden Globes, on Thursday, and garnered four nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Wednesday. Oscar nods are rumored, as you might expect.

But, be aware

Belisama Irish Dance And Moving People Dance Theatre Present 'Irish Jigs And Winter Treats'

on December 11, 2014 - 10:18am
Irish dancers of Belisama Irish Dance perform. Photo by Kate Russell
 
Moving People dancers rehearse for the upcoming show.  Photo by Kate Russell

DANCE News:

SANTA FE—Belisama Irish Dance and Moving People Dance Theatre are proud to present “‘Irish Jigs and Winter Treats,” a dance repertory showcase, Dec. 12-14 at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.

Performances take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children, and $12 for seniors; the James A. Little Theater is located at 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.

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Don Quixote Distillery And Winery Offers Free Transportation To Special Event Sunday

on December 11, 2014 - 9:22am

 

Homeowners In White Rock Create Neighborhood Sensation

on December 11, 2014 - 8:53am

Tune your radio to 93.7 FM in front of 334 Garver and enjoy the show! White Rock homeowners John and Cindy Hollabaugh have transformed their home at 334 Garver Lane into a neighborhood sensation. Driver's pull up to the home and tune their car radio to 93.7 FM to watch the colorful Christmas light show as the lights dance on and off in rhythm to 10 holiday songs. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The lights at 334 Garver in White Rock continually change colors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The lights at 334 Garver in White Rock change to a blue theme. Photo by Carol A.

IHM Annual Christmas Arts And Crafts Fair Saturday

on December 8, 2014 - 11:55am

LADIES AUXILIARY News:

The Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring the annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

The event is being held in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall, 3700 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.

Breakfast and Lunch will be available for purchase:

  • Breakfast is a Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch is Green Chile Stew and Posole

This is a great Christmas shopping opportunity! For more information, call Gloria Lopez at 505.920.3143.

Local Authors Share Books At Library's Winterfest Fair

on December 8, 2014 - 11:43am
Stephanie Sydoriak with her 2011 book, 'An Ocean Between: 100% Amerian-100% Ukrainian' about her parents’ immigration and early years in America. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Since moving to northern New Mexico in 1996, Judith Ann Isaacs has written a travel guide, a cookbook, and a walking tour booklet, all featuring the local area where she lives in the Jemez Mountains. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Prolific and successful science fiction author T. Jackson King signs his latestest book, 'Earth vs. Aliens' for a fan. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos High School Visual Arts Exhibit Opens Today

on December 8, 2014 - 6:57am
Los Alamos High School Visual Arts Program students would like to invite everyone to attend an opening reception for this semester's Art Exhibit. at 6 p.m. today, Dec. 8 in the Duane Smith Auditorium lobby. Celebrate more than 300 artworks and enjoy food, drink and good conversation. Viewing of the artwork begins after school Monday. Courtesy photo

Fuller Lodge Art Center Offers Holiday Affordable Art

on December 7, 2014 - 3:10pm
A young shopper checks out the ornaments Saturday during Winterfest at the Affordable Art Show at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
 
Unique treasures on sale at the Fuller Lodge Art Center through the holiday season. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
 
Art Center Director Ken Nebel shows off a wreath purchased Saturday by a customer during the Winterfest event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost
 
A shopper checks out at the Affordable Art Show Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost

More Than 100 Creches Displayed At Saturday's Show

on December 7, 2014 - 1:11pm

Deb Jackson's stoneware nativity scene is displayed Saturday during Winterfest at the annual creche show at the Los Alamos ward of the Church of Latter-day Saints. More than 100 creches were on display at the show, which has been held for 21 years. By Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Elise Nye's creche from Uganda is displayed at the creche show. By Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
The creche show at the Los Alamos ward of the Church of Latter-day Saints featured a large assortment of creches including this large-scale nativity scene. By Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Angie Baker's nativity

DALA's Snow Queen Opens To Nearly Full House

on December 6, 2014 - 11:29am

The DALA production of Snow Queen opened Friday night with a nearly full house, and a great show at Duane Smith Auditorium. There is a matinee at 2 p.m. today and Sunday. Photo by Glen A. Wurden

Photo by Glen A. Wurden

Photo by Glen A. Wurden

WinterFest At Fuller Lodge Open House Today

on December 6, 2014 - 8:39am

Fuller Lodge show holiday spirit. Courtesy/LAAC

LAAC News:

The doors of Fuller Lodge will be thrown open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to ring in the holidays.

The Open House is a collaboration between the Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) and other community organizations. The Open House is a part of the WinterFest celebration and is capped off by the Light Parade and tree-lighting at Ashley Pond. 

  • 10 a.m. Chamsia SingSations

  • 10:30 a.m. Curious Chris-The Science of the Season

  • 11:45 a.m. Juanita Madland and friends  Holiday Sing-a-Long

  • 1 p.m. Holiday Music - Saxophone Quintet

  • 1:45 p.m.

Library Manager Gets Sneak Preview Of New Exhibit Ahead Of Tonight's Public Reception

on December 4, 2014 - 2:47pm

Library Manager Steven Thomas got a sneak preview of the new exhibit in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Gallery. Dr. Circe Woessner, director of the Museum of the American Military Family, will host the opening reception 5-7 p.m. today. The public is welcome to attend. Photo by Katy Korkos/ladailypost.com

LAHS Winter Dance Show 7 p.m. Monday

on December 4, 2014 - 7:21am
LAHS dancers rehearse for their Winter Dance Show. Courtesy photo
 
LAHS dancers strike a pose. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Students of the Los Alamos High School Ballroom Dance program, along with guest performers from DALA, NMDT, YMCA Kathak, LAHS Cheerleaders and LAHS Color Guard, are presenting to the community a free Winter Dance Show at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 in Duane Smith Auditorium. 

As a part of the fundraising efforts for the students' travel to dance events, Holiday Gift Certificates will be available for sale before and after the show: a course of four weekly waltz dance

Dance Arts Los Alamos Presents The Snow Queen

on December 3, 2014 - 2:25pm

Dancers from left, Jenna Erickson (Snow Queen), Cody Maggiore (Kai), Nicole Stafford (Guardian Angel) and Melina Burnside (Gerda). Courtesy photo

DALA News:

Winter is coming … and so is The Snow Queen. Dance Arts Los Alamos is proud to present its all-new production of The Snow Queen during Winterfest Weekend 2014. More than one hundred dancers aged five through adult will grace the stage in this magical holiday ballet.

Based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairly tale of the same name, The Snow Queen also provided the inspiration for the movie Frozen.

Meet Local Authors At Saturday's Annual Book Fair

on December 3, 2014 - 8:31am
Family Strengths Network's compilation of recipes from local families, 'Messy Hands Cookbook' is one of the books featured at the Local Authors Book Fair at Mesa Public Library Saturday. Courtesy/MPL

MPL News:

Stopping by Mesa Public Library should be on everyone’s to-do list noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 because that’s where all the local authors will be set up to sell and sign their books.

If you’ve ever wanted to meet a writer in person, this is your chance- you can ask those burning questions, buy those unique books and have them signed by the author.

The Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa

This Week at the Reel Deal

on December 3, 2014 - 6:37am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater  

This Friday our line-up will be Birdman, Penguins of Madagascar, Horrible Bosses 2 and Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1. Interstellar will end this Thursday.

Birdman won Best Picture and Michael Keaton won Best Actor for his performance at the Gotham Independent Film Awards last evening. This film will open at the Reel Deal this Friday and probably run for one week only unless folks really come out for it in which case we could play it for two weeks. It has gotten rave reviews so we hope to see you at the theater.

Theory of Everything will open

Mesa Library Presents 'Bagdad Cafe' Thursday

on December 2, 2014 - 12:16pm

Movie poster for 'Bagdad Cafe.' Courtesy/amazon.com

Review by KELLY DOLEJSI:

Moviegoers in France, Germany, and even Seattle love “Bagdad Cafe” (1987, rated PG). This incredible and incredibly strange film has won awards across the globe for its casting, acting, and screenplay, and was chosen Best Foreign Film several times over. What will Los Alamos think? That’s always an interesting question to ask.

“Bagdad Cafe,” showing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library (upstairs meeting room), begins with a German couple on a desolate road.

Decorating Underway For The Holidays

on December 2, 2014 - 7:22am

Holiday garland stenciling was underway Saturday on the windows at CB FOX Department Store in downtown Los Alamos in preparation for the holiday season. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Festival Of Voices To Ring In Holidays At Popejoy Hall

on November 30, 2014 - 11:58am
NMSChorus News:
  • More Than 200 New Mexico Musicians Performing at Dec. 12 Concert
 
ALBUQUERQUE – The second annual Holiday Festival of Voices showcasing the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s Choruses and Chamber Orchestra will fill Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall with beautiful music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12.
 
More than 200 New Mexico musicians will present a range of festive and inspirational music, culminating in Vivaldi’s exuberant Gloria.
 
“Last year’s Festival of Voices brought so much joy and praise,” said Roger Melone, director

Brave New Brass Brown Bag Recital Wednesday

on November 30, 2014 - 10:34am

Courtesy photo

LAAC News:

Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) presents The Brave New Brass free recital noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Fuller Lodge.

Community members are invited to bring their lunch and hear this brass quintet perform works from Gustov Holst, Diego Ortiz and Astor Piazoll. The Brave New Brass is comprised of Elizabeth Hunke, Deniece Korzekwa, Dave Korzekwa, Mandy Marksteiner and Bruce Warren.

This Program is made possible in part by a grant from the County of Los Alamos.

Photography Exhibit Opens At LAHS Wednesday

on November 28, 2014 - 9:06am
Student photography exhibit. Photo by Michelle Groves

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN

Michelle Groves’ beginning photography students at Los Alamos High School will host a photography art show Dec. 1-8 in the main lobby at the high school.

A special art opening is 7-9 p.m., Dec 3. The work of more than 50 students will be on display and light snacks and refreshments will be served. The students are part of her Beginning Photography class. They have been working hard this semester to put together this collection of work. 

“These students have learned how to use a manual film camera when for most

Scenes From Saturday's LAAC Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

on November 23, 2014 - 3:41pm
Lange Burnett of Colours of the Wind sees the holiday fair through rose-colored glasses during the Los Alamos Arts Council's Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School. By Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

Leah Senator, left, Annie Romero and Janet Trask of Four Generations get into the holiday spirit Saturday during the Los Alamos Arts Council's fair. By Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Akala of Akala's Jewelry participates in the Los Alamos Arts Council's Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School. By Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Thalia

'Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family' Opens In Library Gallery Dec. 4

on November 22, 2014 - 8:03am
An exhibit from 'Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family' opening Dec. 4 at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

LIBRARY News:

“Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family” will be on display Dec. 4 through Jan. 2 in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Gallery.

The exhibit is on loan from the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) in Albuquerque, a nascent museum, which does not yet have a permanent location of its own. There will be a public reception 5-7 p.m  Dec. 4 in the Gallery. Director of the MAMF Dr.

Chamisa Staff Gets Creative For A Good Cause: Empty Bowls Project

on November 20, 2014 - 12:39pm

Empty Bowls Project Coordinator Deborah Gill receives a finished bowl from fifth grade teacher David Parsons. Courtesy photo

Chamisa teachers had so many colors to choose from. Courtesy photo

CHAMISA News:

Chamisa Elementary staff gathered Wednesday in the art room to participate in the Empty Bowls Project with coordinator Deborah Gill. Chamisa art teacher, Renee Mitsunaga will hold a second event Dec. 3 for parents. 

"We would like to provide our parents an opportunity to show off their creativity for a good cause," Mitsunaga said.

This service project benefits Self Help, Inc., an

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