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Los Alamos Sci-Fi Authors Enjoy Literary Success

on March 22, 2013 - 1:12pm

Staff Report

T. Jackson King’s new combat sci-fi novel, Stellar Assassin, hit No. 14 in Amazon's Top 100 Hot New Releases in the Space Opera Science Fiction category.

The number rankings are adjusted hourly, so the book may go up or down depending on Kindle e-book downloads of the title. The book was only released March 9, so it has climbed to this rank very quickly.

Here’s a plot synopsis of Stellar Assassin Al Lancaster is a shipwrecked tech scavenger who wakes up from Suspense on the auction block of Hercules Station in the alien-run Markan star system, light years distant from Earth.


Los Alamos Hosts AACT Fest - Three Nights of NM Theater Beginning 7 p.m. Today Through Saturday

on March 21, 2013 - 12:14pm
Pat Beck (Althea) and Gwen Miller (Maddy) visited Los Alamos Rotarians as their characters from "Van Choc Straw" Tuesday to talk about the upcoming ACCT Fest. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

AACT Fest 2013 is here! Los Alamos is hosting the American Association of Community Theatre’s three-day event, spotlighting community theatres from across New Mexico.

For non-thespians, the main attraction will be four one-act plays put on by companies from throughout the state.

Los Alamos Little Theatre (LALT) has participated in the

Fans Nominate Local Artist for Prestigious Award

on March 20, 2013 - 7:14am

Pajarito Plateau by Fran Stolvall. Courtesy photo



Fran Stoval, local artist, volunteer, teacher, mentor, friend and Los Alamos resident since 1967, has been nominated for the coveted Governor’s 2013 Award for Excellence in the Arts. 

The Governor’s Award was established in 1974 by the State’s New Mexico Arts to honor lifetime achievement in and support of the arts in New Mexico.

Stoval’s breadth of creativity has proven boundless, whether in stained glass, pastel painting, mosaics, sets, logos, murals, and especially teaching and mentoring. 

She has energetically shared

Artist Monika Kaden's 'From Clay to Bronze' Tuesday

on March 18, 2013 - 9:13pm


Two Openings are Part of 'We Who Are Clay' Events

on March 15, 2013 - 11:51am

'Sabinoso' is one of the photographs of New Mexico churches by Jim Gautier on display at the Historical Museum's 'Adobe' exhibit. Phto by Jim Gautier

John Nathan Hains has studied micaceous clay pottery for 10 years at Northern New Mexico College. His pots are hand-built and fired in an open pit. This example, 'Out of the Fire' is part of the Fuller Lodge Art Center's 'We Who Are Clay' exhibit. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos gets down and dirty as nearly a dozen community organizations are teaming up to present “We Who Are

ACCT II Presents 'Disney The Jungle Book KIDS'

on March 13, 2013 - 7:43am
ACCT II students at the conclusion of the Battle scene (That's What Friends Are For.) Courtesy photo
ACCT II students in rehearsal for Disney The Jungle Book KIDS. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

The Jungle is jumpin’ with jazz and colorful characters. Students are in their final week of rehearsals for ACCT II's production of Disney The Jungle Book KIDS.

The talented cast is made up of 34 third and fourth grade students from all five elementary schools in Los Alamos and White Rock.

ACCT II will present two performances of Disney The Jungle Book KIDS in the Mountain Elementary School gym at

LAHS Teacher Wins Pasatiempo Poetry Contest

on March 13, 2013 - 7:31am
Los Alamos Public Schools teacher Michelle Holland, winner of the Pasatiempo Poetry Contest. Photo by Alex Traube
LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School English instructor Michelle Holland was selected by editors of Pasatiempo as the first place winner in the poem category written by adults in their recent contest.

Her entry entitled, “It Wasn’t the Laundry on the Line,” was featured in the Dec. 28, 2012, edition of The New Mexican’s weekly magazine of arts, entertainment and culture.

Holland said she rarely enters contests, but entered this one to encourage her students to publish their

Which Norris and Lois Bradbury Sculpture Should Be Placed at New Municipal Building?

on March 8, 2013 - 8:06am

See all three sculpture proposal options below:


The Art in Public Places Advisory Board has posted a new question on the County’s “Open Forum” webpage: Which Norris and Lois Bradbury sculpture should be recommended to the County Council for fabrication and installation at the new Los Alamos County Municipal Building?

The Board is seeking public comment on proposals received for this next set of historical sculptures.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: March 6

on March 7, 2013 - 9:00am

This week's preview sponsored by

Vegetable ABCs 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at PEEC
With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardening. Carlos Valdez to talk about “Vegetable ABCs.” This talk is free and open to the public. PEEC is at 3540 Orange St. behind the High School.

The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open at CrossFit 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at CrossFit Los Alamos (278-A DP Road)
Welcome to week one: Constantly varied ... high intensity ... functional movement - CrossFit. The public is invited to attend the local competition.


Movie Review: 'Quartet' Proves Growing Old is Not for Sissies

on March 7, 2013 - 7:35am
Movie poster for 'The Quartet.' Courtesy
'Quartet' Proves Growing Old is Not for Sissies

Time can be a real enemy to a person. It will rob people of their health, mental faculties and loved ones.

But what “The Quartet” also proves is that time can be a friend. It can provide opportunity for second chances and new discoveries.

The film reveals it is never too late to live life fully.

The plot of “The Quartet” is pretty simple. A group of friends living in a retirement home for musicians prepare for an upcoming concert that celebrates Verdi’s birthday.  


Picture Perfect Photo Show at Mesa Public Library

on March 5, 2013 - 6:48am

A large crowd gathered Monday for the Los Alamos Photographers’ Show at Mesa Public Library Gallery. Photographs will remain on exhibit through March 29. The Photo Club meets 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the upstairs meeting room of Fuller Lodge Art Center. Meetings offer photo-sharing on optional themes by attendees. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Co-Chair of the Los Alamos Photography Club Doug Coombs shows his photos of Bosque del Apache. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos Daily Post photographer Greg Kendall shows his photo, 'Sunset at Wahweap Marina

Belisama Irish Dancers Shine at North American Championships

on March 5, 2013 - 6:36am
Kyle Partin, center, wins the Mean Ghrad Award. Belisama Artistic Director Adrienne Bellis is at far right. Courtesy photo
Deena Rice, left), Elaina Bossert, center, wins the Ard Ghrad Award. Belisama Artistic Director Adrienne Bellis is at far right. Courtesy photo

BID News:

Belisama Irish Dance traveled to Washington, DC in February to compete in the CRN North American Irish Dance Championships.

Fifteen Belisama dancers competed over three days, and all 15 won or placed in their solo dances.

Top awardees include Kyle Partin, who won the first-place award at Mean Ghrad, and Shannon

LALT Issues Casting Call for 'Stones in His Pockets'

on March 5, 2013 - 6:15am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre announces auditions for “Stones in His Pockets” by Marie Jones, directed by Chris Monteith and produced by Jess Cullinan.

Auditions are
1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 11 in the Green Room at the LALT Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

While the play is written for two men to perform all 15 characters, the director is not ruling out the possibility of casting a woman in one of these slots.

So, if you want to audition, you are welcome to do so.

Pajarito Reads: 'Blaize Castle' a Fun Read in the Style of Jane Austen

on March 4, 2013 - 11:53am
Los Alamso Daily Post

“This hat sells books,” said local author Inez Ross when I admired her bright red fedora.

Ross, who has a life-long love affair with trains and rides often, finds her hat is a great conversation starter onboard the train.

“People ask me if I’m in the Red Hat Society and I say I belong to the Black Feather Authors’ Society,” Ross said. This often leads directly to a sale.

The other secret of Ross’ success in selling her books on the train is the size.

Magnificence of Pajarito Mountain

on March 2, 2013 - 10:04am

Snow left on the mountain after last week's snow storm shot from the middle road (truck route) looking up to Pajarito Mountain to the west just past the shooting range. Photo by TK Thompson/

Join the Puzzle Platoon in LALT’s ‘Van Choc Straw’

on March 2, 2013 - 9:44am
From left, Stephen Fasel, Gwen Lewis and Pat Beck. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The world premiere of the full-length version of Van Choc Straw by Marc Dunn took place Friday, March 1 at Los Alamos Little Theatre.

A shorter version of Van Choc Straw was produced as a radio play on KUNM Radio a year ago. The shorter version will be LALT’s entry in the New Mexico AACTFest March 21-24.

Van Choc Straw takes place in the basement of Althea Witlin's (Pat Beck) home.

'Never Cry Wolf' with Anthropologist Paula Sabloff March 13

on March 2, 2013 - 7:34am

Anthropologist Paula Sablouff. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

The popular Science On Screen series at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, with anthropologist  Paula Sabloff's take on Never Cry Wolf.

Dropped alone into the Arctic Circle to study the hunting patterns of wolves, a biologist discovers the deeper mysteries of the wild.

Sabloff, a Santa Fe Institute (SFI) professor and anthropologist, brings a natural science perspective, gleaned from years of field work, to Carroll Ballard’s 1983 Oscar-nominated classic.

March is Youth Art Month ... See Local Creations on Display at Mesa Public Library

on March 1, 2013 - 8:49am

Student artwork from Los Alamos Public Schools is on display in the downstairs gallery of Mesa Public Library. Courtesy/LAPS


LAPS News:

In Honor of Youth Art Month, the Los Alamos Public Schools Art Team has hung a show of student artwork in the downstairs gallery of Mesa Public Library.

Come celebrate creativity and imagination with our amazing students. You may even be inspired to create something of your own!

The show will hang through the month of March. Questions can be directed to LAPS Art Team Leader Stephanie Rittner at S.Rittner@LaSchools.Net.


PAC 8 Will Offer Spring Music Video Classes

on March 1, 2013 - 7:11am

PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 is offering Spring Music Video Classes. Classes will be held in two sessions.

One session is March 6, 13, 20, and 27. The next session will be held April 8-11, during Spring Break.

All classes are 2-4 p.m. and taught at PAC 8. Classes are for students ages 8-14.

Students will learn the process of making a music video. During this process, they will learn to record audio, operate a camera, basic lighting techniques, basic editing and mixing.

All classes will be taught by Eric Heithaus of Santa Fe Music Videos, who is a recipient of the AMC Best Music Video Award.


David Mills as Langston Hughes a Dramatic Treat

on March 1, 2013 - 7:05am

David Mills performing as Langston Hughes. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos is in for a dramatic treat when actor/writer David Mills performs an excerpt from his show, "Dreamweaver: The Works of Langston Hughes" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4 at UNM-LA in the Student Center Lecture Hall (Bldg. 2.)

The event is free and open to the public. The event is funded by the Jim Sagel Memorial Lecture Series Fund, established in honour of the writer Jim Sagel who taught creative writing at UNM-LA for many years.

I experienced the full show when David Mills performed it at The Lensic in Santa Fe on

Get Ready for Re-Art

on March 1, 2013 - 6:46am

PEEC News:

Saturday, March 23 the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, area arts organizations and galleries are teaming up to bring a new recycled art event to Los Alamos. 

Re-Art will be held at PEEC from 10 a.m.-noon and will feature an art supplies swap, a recycled crafts fair and tons of fun hands-on recycled art activities for everyone to enjoy. 

Re-Art will be followed by the film Waste Land, which will be shown at the Reel Deal Theater at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

There are lots of ways to get involved in this event.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Feb. 28

on February 28, 2013 - 12:50pm

This week's preview sponsored by

Author Speak Series features Slim Randles 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Mesa Public Library
Slim Randles is a veteran newspaperman and outdoorsman, and was a registered outfitter and guide until someone made the mountains steeper. Both his novels and non-fiction books are based on rural living, and he has also been an award-winning columnist for the largest daily newspapers in Alaska and New Mexico.

First Friday Forts 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 1
Come to PEEC and get building!

ACCT's 'The Little Mermaid, Jr.' Raised Nearly $1,000 for Student Actors

on February 28, 2013 - 10:12am

Chef Louis (Nic Gonzales) and his helpers prepare to cook Sebastian (Daniel Sarrao.) Courtesy photo
Sebastian (Daniel Sarrao) left, Ariel ( Kim McKinley) and Flounder (Jordan Bailey) contemplate 'human stuff.' Courtesy photo
ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater and Los Alamos Public Schools' Middle Schoolers presented "Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr." last  weekend.

The students had been working on this play since before Christmas. Many current 8th grade students have been participating in ACCT since 5th grade, so this was their "farewell performance" with ACCT.  


Try a Taste of 'Van Choc Straw' at LALT Friday

on February 27, 2013 - 8:53am

Maddie ((Gwen Lewis) and Leif (Steve Fasel) share a moment over the puzzle in LALT's upcoming production of 'Van Choc Straw.' Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Producer John Gustafson, left, and Jake Turin run the control room during Sunday's rehearsal of 'Van Choc Straw.' Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rehearsal was in full throttle Sunday for the upcoming Los Alamos Little Theatre (LALT) production of "Van Choc Straw" by Marc Dunn.

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Show times are 7:30 p.m.

New York City Jazz Will Heat Up Fuller Lodge

on February 27, 2013 - 6:52am

Staff Report

Two NYC jazz musicians will perform on piano and trumpet at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at Fuller Lodge.

Roy Dunlap (piano) and Marcus Parsley (trumpet) are world-class musicians and Saturday’s concert will be a real treat for jazz lovers.

Local jazz musicians will open the show. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors) and are available at or at the door.

Roy Dunlap began playing professionally at age 14. He attained a Master’s in Piano at Queens College in New York City, studying with Sir Roland Hanna.

Dunlap has toured