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Pajarito Reads: Local Sci-Fi Writer Carolyn Neeper Explores Creating a Sustainable Society

on May 20, 2013 - 7:23am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos science fiction writer Carolyn Neeper has been contemplating and engaging in interspecies communication for many years.

As readers of her column in the Los Alamos Daily Post, "How the Hen House Turns" know, Neeper is deeply involved with the animals in her life, be they skunks, dogs or turkeys. It doesn’t hurt that Neeper also is a microbiologist.

“We aren’t unique in our emotional responses,” Neeper said. “We exaggerate our uniqueness. We need to appreciate more that we’re simply a part of it all.”

Neeper has watched the

Library Gallery Presents 'New Work' by Meg Kremer

on May 18, 2013 - 7:35am
Untitled piece by Meg Kremer from the upcoming show of her work. Courtesy


The Upstairs Art Gallery of Los Alamos Mesa Public Library presents New Work by Los Alamos artist Meg Kremer. The show opens to the public Monday, June 3 and runs through June 29, with an artist’s reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

The exhibit is a selection of elegant and evocative drawings and prints from a project started in November 2011 and ending in January 2013.

“The work is the result of a disciplined process producing one or two drawings a day,” Kremer said.


'Sun, Sticks and Mud' Wins Book Award

on May 18, 2013 - 7:03am
Photograph by Steve Fitch from 'Sun, Sticks and Mud.' Courtesy

Staff Report

Sun, Sticks and Mud by Bart Kaltenbach & Barbara Anschel with photographer Steve Fitch won a gold medal for Architecture from the Independent Publishers Book Awards for 2013. It was published by La Sombra Books. 

The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry.

Stones in His Pockets: Final Weekend!

on May 14, 2013 - 7:25am

'So Hard' - Movie star Caroline Giovanni (Christina Martos) comforts a reluctant Jake Quinn (John Cullinan) after tragedy strikes. Courtesy photo
LALT News:
The Los Alamos Little Theatre's May production, Stones in His Pockets, by Marie Jones, will run for two more performances at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.
A deceptively serene rural Irish town is suddenly overrun with Hollywood moviemakers out to make the next great Irish blockbuster film.

Bestselling Author Anchee Min Brings Her Story to Los Alamos May 19

on May 13, 2013 - 12:44pm
Anchee Min. Courtesy/Bloomsbury Publishers
Los Alamos Daily Post

In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with a memoir of growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution. Red Azalea became an international bestseller and propelled her career as a successful, critically acclaimed author.

Twenty years later, after the publication of a number of well-received historical novels set in China, Min returns to her own story.

Her memoir, The Cooked Seed, published this week, tells the story of her immigration to America.


Los Alamos Author Pokes Fun at Self-Help Schemes

on May 12, 2013 - 8:58am
Lowell Christensen shows off a copy of his book, 'The One-Minute Zillionaire.' Photo by TK Thompson/

Staff Report

“When I started writing this book, among other things, I wanted to declare war on the word ‘paradigm,’” Los Alamos author Lowell Christensen said.

“Stephen R. Covey excavated the word in Greece, and before you knew it, ‘paradigm’ was used about a thousand times in every meeting in America. Why not use a rich English word like model, perspective, or vista?” 

Christensen is the author of The One-Minute Zillionaire – Achieve Wealth, Fame, and Success in an Instant,


Atomic City Children's Theater Offers Two Summer Musical Theater Workshops

on May 11, 2013 - 10:09am

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT) is again offering Two Sessions*

  • Session 1: 9-11 a.m. Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21 
  • Session 2 : 9-11 a.m. Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12

Who can attend the ACCT Summer Workshops?

Any student entering grades 4th-10th (or a former member of ACCT) that have an interest in improving their musical theater skills.

Nearly 100 Artists Participate in Saturday's Spring Arts and Crafts Fair at Fuller Lodge

on May 6, 2013 - 7:35am

Nearly 100 artists displayed their work at the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Spring Arts and Craft Fair Saturday at Fuller Lodge. The fair has been a tradition in Los Alamos for nearly 50 years. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Artist Lorrie Wilms bundles up with Frodo against a cool breeze during Saturday's Spring Arts and Craft Fair at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Artist Lange Burnetts's wind chimes move gently in the breeze at Saturday's Arts & Crafts Fair. Photo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost

Pluto, left, and Lulu discuss their next purchase.

'Stones in His Pockets' Takes Playful Look at Modern Ireland

on May 5, 2013 - 9:04am
In one of the many quick character changes,  film crew members Simon (Christina Martos) and Aisling, (John Cullinan) demonstrate the amount of enthusiasm they want their listless Irish extras to show. In this play, girls will be boys and boys will be girls at the drop of a cap. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Daily Post

The latest production of Los Alamos Little theatre is the much acclaimed “Stones in His Pockets” by the Belfast playwright Marie Jones.

The setting is a rural town in Ireland, where a Hollywood film crew is shooting a high budget film that seems to

Art Center Seeks Entries for ‘Wallflowers’

on May 5, 2013 - 9:03am

ACFL News:

The Art Center at Fuller Lodge is seeking entries for its next show, “Wallflowers.”

The Center staff urges artists to be creative in their approach to this topic. Perhaps the term reminds you of nature, or of a shy person or some combination of those.

Maybe it inspires you to create an abstract piece. All media are welcome and the Center would love to receive a huge varied bouquet of ideas.

The deadline for entries is Friday, May 10. The show will open Friday, June 14, with a reception June 28 in conjunction with the New Mexico Garden Club District II Flower Show.


Pajarito Reads: ‘Berkeley to Beijing’ is a Touching Memoir of a Turbulent Time

on May 4, 2013 - 9:22am
Los Alamos Daily Post

Karen Boutilier Kendall experienced the turmoil of social change on the front lines.

Kendall is the child of activist parents who devoted their lives to the struggle to build the United Farm Workers Union. Her memoir, “Berkeley to Beijing: The Journey of a Young Activist,” is the bittersweet story of a young girl struggling to understand her world, which was often chaotic and frightening, as well as inspiring and exciting.

“Friends kept saying, you should write down all of those stories,” Kendall said.

Arts and Crafts Fair Just in Time for Mother's Day

on May 2, 2013 - 7:34am
'Fall Aspens' by Stephen Grundy. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Spring Arts and Craft Fair has been a tradition in Los Alamos for nearly 50 years.

While this year’s arts and craft's fair will feature the staples, including nearly 100 booths featuring everything from paintings and photography to jewelry and sculptures, as well as live entertainment by Sol y Luna and the Lads of Enchantment, there are a few new additions to the event.

Everyone can walk away with something from the fair, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

The First Baptist

'Stones in His Pockets' Opens Friday!

on May 1, 2013 - 9:23am
LALT News:
The Los Alamos Little Theatre is presenting Stones in His Pockets, by Marie Jones, as its May production.
A deceptively serene rural Irish town is suddenly overrun with Hollywood moviemakers out to make the next great Irish blockbuster film. Meet the varied citizenry as they navigate the ins and outs of movie stars and extras, a proper "Irish feel" fit for film versus the grittiness of real life, teen angst and the pride that only comes with age.
Fifteen characters are played by two actors, Christina Martos and John Cullinan, with a minimum of costume changes.

Community Turns Out For 'Periodic Table' Opening Reception

on April 29, 2013 - 8:05am
Patrons discuss the show at the Period Table exhibit opening Friday evening at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Two pieces from 'Celebrating the Season,' the Portal Gallery exhibit by glass artist Hilda Volkin. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Artist Katerine Brittin and her photograph 'The Road Less Traveled.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Opening reception guests discuss the work of artist Dan Gerth. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Shoppers check out the wares available in the Art Center store during the

It's Elemental: 'Period Table' Exhibit Opens Friday

on April 25, 2013 - 1:10pm

'Pesistant Elements-Fire' by Brittan Donharl. Courtesy photo
'Enjoy your Elements' by Jody Shepard. Courtesy photo


It's Elemental... Feeling out of your Element? The Fuller Lodge Art Center has an element for everyone in the new exhibit “Periodic Table” beginning Friday April 26 and open through early June. 

'Sterling Double Collar with CZ Pendants' by Diana Kirkpatrick. Courtesy Photo

Dozens of artists from across New Mexico have taken on, and interpreted the Periodic Table in an entire spectrum of reflections, and the result is a truly eclectic collection.  

Dozens of


Photographer David Noble Shares His Story Thursday

on April 24, 2013 - 10:28am
Photographer David Noble. Courtesy photo


Have you ever looked at a piece of art or read a book and wondered what were the circumstances leading to its genesis?

In his newest book, “In the Places of the Spirits,” photographer and author David Noble gives readers the inside scoop on his art.

He also will share his story during the Authors Speak lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The creation of his newest book is no short story. It actually spans 30 years.

Noble said he became interested in photographing the Southwest in the 1970s.


Perch Paperie to Hold Scrapbooking Day Event

on April 23, 2013 - 7:45am


In celebration of National Scrapbooking Day, May 4, Perch Paperie is now taking reservations for its National Scrapbook Day Event.

This Ladies’ Retreat will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Participants are not required to stay the entire time, but with the full agenda planned, just might want to stay!

Tickets are $30 and registration for the event includes snacks, lunch, drinks, giveaways, registration gift and techniques.

The Perch Paperie will be teaming up with Tonya Collins from Tonya's Paperazzi to put on this fun all day event.

Do You Have a Great Idea You Want to Share?

on April 23, 2013 - 7:19am

Grandmother's Joy by Fritz White. Courtesy photo

APPB News:

The Art in Public Places Board (APPB) has developed an “Open Call for Art/Ideas” to provide Los Alamos citizens the opportunity to suggest ideas or artwork that they would like added to the public art collection.

This can include any suggestion that involves public art to beautify the community.

Artists and citizens are asked to recommend artwork, either existing or conceptual, for a specific public location in Los Alamos County.


Karen Wray Fine Art Introduces New Artists at Opening Reception

on April 20, 2013 - 7:54am
Guests browse and mingle at the 'Living Things' opening reception Friday evening at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery on 15th Street near Central Avenue. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Owner and artist Karen Wray, center, talks with visitors and artists at Friday's 'Living Things' opening reception. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

LA Piecemakers Quilt Trunk Show April 23

on April 20, 2013 - 7:36am


The Art Study Group of the LA Piecemakers will be doing a trunk show of quilts the members have made at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the United Church. 

The group of about 10 quilters has been together for a number of years.

After taking a class together, they decided to form a group to continue to learn about art quilts. 

They meet on the second Sunday of each month at the White Rock library. They have worked together on a group art quilt challenge-Hot Flash that was shown at the Knoxville AQS show. 

They will also show some of their Farmer’s Market quilts,


Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery Now Represents Artist Becky Steritz

on April 18, 2013 - 8:36am
"Rebirth" by Becky Steritz. Courtesy photo


Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery is welcoming a new artist, Becky Steritz.

Meet Steritz and see her work at the “Living Things” exhibit opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 19.

When Steritz was getting her Master’s Degree in Ceramics in the 80s, one of her professors asked her whether her artwork was “personal.”

At the time she was learning a lot of useful techniques, and working with wonderful materials, but she knew that her work wasn’t personal.

Over the years her work has evolved to be deeply personal, she said.


Novels Being Accepted For Tony Hillerman Prize

on April 18, 2013 - 8:25am

Staff Report

Debut mystery novels set in the southwest are now being accepted for consideration for the Tony Hillerman Prize.

Sponsored by St. Martin's Press and WORDHARVEST, the prize includes a $10,000 advance and publication by St. Martin's Press for the best mystery set in the southwest submitted by an author who has not been published in the mystery genre before.

Deadline for submissions is June 1. For complete guidelines visit

Named after New Mexico's best known mystery author, the Tony Hillerman Prize competition is open to any professional


Fiesta Primavera Brings Flamenco to Fuller Lodge

on April 17, 2013 - 8:32am
'Sevillanas' from Fiesta Primavera 2012. Courtesy photo

Albuquerque dancer Sara de Luz. Courtesy photo

Staff report

Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present the third annual Fiesta Primavera at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21 in the Pajarito Room of historic Fuller Lodge. 

This year’s theme, “La Poesía del Baile” or “The Poetry of the Dance” focuses on the poetry of flamenco music and how it is interpreted by the dance. 

Ellen Walton, “Elena” is the founder of the organization and directs this year’s show in which she and eight of her local students will perform along with guest artists

Reel Deal to Screen 'War Witch'

on April 17, 2013 - 7:30am

Staff report

The Reel Deal theatre will screen a not-to-be-missed film beginning Friday.

French-Canadian director Kim Nguyen's “War Witch,” originally titled “Rebelle” swept the Canadian Film Awards (10 wins) and was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

A 12-year-old girl is caught up in a civil war. After her village is burned down by rebels and her parents are killed, Komona is forced into the jungle as a child soldier. Her brutal commander not only trains her in the use of arms but also orders her to sleep with him.

Searching for shelter amidst the horror,

Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival Celebrates Traditional Crafts

on April 16, 2013 - 8:38am

Hand-dyed wool at a previous Spring Harvest Festival. Courtesy/Dave Thomson
Sheep shearing at Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival. Courtesy/Dave Thomson
Staff report:

The Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival will take place Saturday, April 27 in Los Ojos.

The Festival will feature sheep shearing, spinning, dying and weaving demonstrations. Music and refreshments will be part of the celebration.

Tierra Wools is a spinning, hand dyeing, and hand weaving workshop and a retail store.