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Los Alamos Actress Suzanne Wilcox Appears as Jill Baffert in '50 to 1'

on March 30, 2014 - 11:22am
Suzanne Wilcox of Los Alamos as Jill Baffert in her Derby Day finery on the set of '50 to 1' at Churchill Downs. Courtesy photo
 
Suzanne Wilcox on the red carpet with husband John and daughter Sage at the gala  premiere of '50 to 1' at the Kimo Theater in Albuquerque. Photo by Annalese Poorman
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The film “50 to 1” is about a New Mexico longshot who made good. Chip Woolley hauled his gelding, Mine That Bird, from New Mexico to Churchill Downs in 2009, an unknown trainer with an unknown horse.

Santa Fe Celebrates George R. R. Martin Day Saturday

on March 30, 2014 - 8:41am
Author and Santa Fe resident George R. R. Martin gives a thumbs up, as Mayor Javier Gonzales declares March 29 George R. R. Martin Day in Santa Fe. In addition to writing the award-winning 'Song of Ice and Fire' book series on which the HBO blockbuster, 'Game of Thrones' is based, Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema, which premiered the fourth season of 'Game of Thrones' Saturday. 'It's wonderful that the top show on television is premiering in Santa Fe in both Spanish and English,' Gonzales said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Santa Feans queued up to sit atop the Iron Throne,

Movie Production in Pajarito Acres March 31-April 7

on March 29, 2014 - 9:22am
COUNTY News:

The Lifetime made-for-TV movie "Jubilee" will be filming in Pajarito Acres March 31 through April 7. 

Los Alamos County will post announcements regarding the film production at www.losalamosnm.us under "News & Alerts."

Film Location:

The production company has an agreement with a homeowner on S. Monte Rey Drive. This week they will be constructing a temporary wall on the property near the road for filming, after which it will be dismantled.

Shooting schedule:

Filming is scheduled to begin Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4th, as well as Monday, April 7. (There will be no

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Divergent'

on March 29, 2014 - 7:33am

'Divergent' movie poster. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

'Divergent'
Review by CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB

"Divergent" is classic science fiction, the context of the story being a post-apocalyptic society divided into five "factions" and a coming of age personality test to fit young people into one of them. Seeing the film has made this sci-fi fan want to read the books. 

Divergent is, like the book from which it originates, directed at an audience of young adults (YA) and teens.

'The Gospel of Mark' Returns to TOTH

on March 27, 2014 - 10:08am

Jeff Favorite in his one-man storytelling of the Gospel of Mark. Photo by TK Thompson

TOTH News:

By popular demand, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church is bringing back Jeff Favorite’s one-man storytelling of the Gospel of Mark.

The performance is Saturday, March 29. The doors open for refreshments and coffee at 7 p.m., and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m., in Kelly Hall at 3900 Trinity Dr.

Jeff Favorite perform's in the Gospel of Mark. Photo by TK Thompson

In this performance, Favorite recites the Gospel of Mark verbatim from the New International Version® (NIV®; 2011 version) of

This Week at the Reel Deal

on March 26, 2014 - 9:40am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL                               
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This week we are opening the much anticipated and controversial Noah. Muppets Most Wanted, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and Divergent will hold for another week. Non-Stop ends Thursday.  

Movie poster for 'Noah.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

The following is an excerpt from Kathleen Parker’s review of Noah for the Washington Post:

“I recently viewed the film and can confidently report the following: If you liked Braveheart, Gladiator, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones or Titanic, you will like Noah. If you

Gang of Three Perform at Y's Red and Black Ball

on March 23, 2014 - 7:34am

From left, Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, County Councilor Steve Girrens and Dr. Paul Daly doing their famous ZZ Top performance at Saturday night's Family YMCA Red and Black Ball fundraiser brought down the house. Watch for more photos of the event this morning in the Los Alamos Daily Post. Courtesy photo

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Muppets Most Wanted'

on March 22, 2014 - 9:33am

'Muppets Most Wanted' movie poster..Courtes/Reel Deal Theater

'Muppets Most Wanted'
Review by CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB

"Muppets Most Wanted" has just opened at our local movie house, the Reel Deal. It is a fun, feel good movie, with lots of laughs and surprise guest cameos. It’s vastly entertaining if you can just relax and let your funny bone be tickled.

All your favorite Muppets are in this one, plus several you may not have seen before. It's even fun for people like me who weren't raised on the Muppets and didn't raise any kids on the Muppets. The story is clever. The dialogue is witty.

Singer/Songwriter Bat Performs at American Legion Post 90 Saturday Night

on March 21, 2014 - 12:55pm

Singer/songwriter Bat. Courtesy/AL

LEGION News:

American Legion Post 90 welcomes the return of singer/songwriter Bat for a one night performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at the American Legion Post, 1325 Trinity Dr.

Bat performs at American Legion Posts throughout the country, as well as Elk’s Clubs, hotels and Nightclubs entertaining American Veterans and servicemen and women.

Per Post Policy, you need to be a member or bona fide guest of a member to attend. Post members can provide information regarding eligibility requirements to join.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on March 19, 2014 - 8:26am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening Muppets Most Wanted and Divergent. Mr. Peabody and Non-Stop will hold for another week, while 300: Rise of an Empire and Dallas Buyers Club end Thursday.  

'Divergent' movie poster. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group.

'Game of Thrones' Season Four Premieres in Santa Fe

on March 19, 2014 - 8:12am

Official poster for Season Four of 'Game of Thrones.' Courtes/hbo.com

Staff Report

Santa Fe is in for a treat, thanks to George R. R. Martin, Santa Fe resident, owner of the Jean Cocteau Cinema and most famously, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of novels on which the HBO series Game of Thrones is based.

The series will premiere its fourth season in the City Different as well as L.A. and New York March 29, a week before the television premiere.

There will be three screenings at the Jean Cocteau: one in Spanish (no subtitles) at 10:30 a.m., one in English at 1:30  p.m.

Science On Screen Presents 'Panic in the Streets'

on March 18, 2014 - 9:16am

Ben Althouse. Courtesy/SFI

SFI News:

The popular Science On Screen series continues with Panic in the Streets at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31 at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail, in Santa Fe. For tickets and prices, call the CCA Box Office at 505.982.1338.

Elia Kazan's 1950s film noir follows a U.S. Public Health Service agent and a police detective as they race through the streets of New Orleans to prevent an outbreak of pneumonic plague. The movie, filmed entirely on location in New Orleans, won an Oscar for best writing and launched the genre of outbreak movies.

Los Alamos Big Band Concert & Dance March 28

on March 17, 2014 - 9:41am

Cinema Cindy Reviews '300: Rise of an Empire'

on March 17, 2014 - 7:56am
'300: Rise of an Empire' is Not for the Faint of Heart
Review by CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB

Like its predecessor, "300" (2006), the film features people getting hacked, sliced and speared to death in three-dimensional graphic scenes of battle. What piques the curiosity of a film goer and history buff like me, is that the battles in the "300" series involve the Greeks/Athenians/Spartans fighting the invading Persians in 480 B.C. 

'300: Rise of Empire' movie poster. Courtesy/Reel Deel Theater

Like "300", this film delights in teaching you that bit of history while showing slow motion scenes of

Tickets Still Available For The Family Y's East Meets West Red & Black Ball

on March 16, 2014 - 10:35am

From left, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly, LANB's Karen Easton, LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron, YMCA Board Chair John Wolfe of LAPS, Roger Waterman of TRK and State Farm agent Lou Santoro are honored for their generosity at The Family Y's Red and Black Ball last year. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

YMCA News:

The Family Y’s Red and Black Ball begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22. “East Meets West” is the theme of this year’s festivities at the Buffalo Thunder Hilton - Tewa Ballroom.

The Red and Black Ball raises funds for the Family Y’s financial and

Disney 101 Dalmatians KIDS Friday and Saturday

on March 13, 2014 - 11:23am

Courtesy/ACCT

ATTC News:

Atomic City Children's Theater II proudly presents their production of Disney’s 101 DALMATIONS KIDS, a musical adaptation from the familiar animated tale of kidnapping villains and courageous puppies.

Artistically-inclined pet owners Robert and Anita live happily in London with Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita, stalwart dogs devoted to raising their puppies. Everything is quiet until the monstrous Cruella De Vil, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat!

!Skiesta! Saturday At Pajarito Mountain

on March 13, 2014 - 7:46am

Ride the bus from Sulivan Field 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., every half hour. Beer fest is cash only, $10 for pint glass and first fill. Courtesy/Skiesta
 
 

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Frozen'

on March 13, 2014 - 7:40am
'Frozen'
Review by CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB

Frozen won for Best Animated Feature Film in the Oscars last week, but I hadn't seen it until yesterday.

To be honest, out of the five films nominated in this category, I had only seen The Croods, not having much drive to see animated features these days. But, I did like The Croods and was delighted by its imaginative story of a Neanderthal family having to move to safety.

 In comparison, Frozen's fairytale style led to a less than surprising outcome. So what made it Oscar worthy? Here are some possibilities.

'Frozen' cast poster.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Dallas Buyers Club'

on March 12, 2014 - 10:56am
"Dallas Buyers Club"
Review by CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB

I just saw "Dallas Buyers Club." Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are, in my opinion, well deserving of their Oscars for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. 

"Dallas Buyers Club" poster. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

The film tells a piece of the history of the 1980s AIDS struggle with which I was less aware: the difficulty with getting proper, life-saving treatment in the early days of the epidemic, and the surge in something called "Buyers Clubs" where HIV positive people paid a monthly fee to get a cocktail of drugs, vitamins and

This Week at the Reel Deal

on March 12, 2014 - 8:28am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater
 
This week we are opening Non-Stop and Dallas Buyers Club. Mr. Peabody and 300: Rise of an Empire will hold for another week. Son of God and Lego end Thursday.

Movie poster for 'Non-Stop.' Courtesy/Reel Deel Theater

Dallas Buyers Club is opening here very late I know, but Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. I think that alone plus its 94 percent rating make it worth a look on the big screen.

Non-Stop is just that; nonstop action starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.

Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Celebrating 25 Years!

on March 8, 2014 - 10:57am
By RUSS GORDON
Concert Promoter

The upcoming Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will mark 25 years of rockin Los Alamos. The 2014 Series will start May 16 at Overlook Park with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers.

On May 23, we’ll have our first concert on the new stage at the beautifully remodeled Ashley Pond. A number of dates have been finalized but I’m still working on this year’s schedule.

Confirmed acts as of Friday night:

  • Bebop sax great Greg Abate;
  • Russian-American rockers, The Red Elvises;
  • Americana-rocker and “American Idol” contestant David Luning.

Cathy Faber's Swingin' Country Band Plays Posse Lodge March 15

on March 7, 2014 - 8:05am

Los Alamos TV Series 'Manhattan' Enters Production Late March

on March 7, 2014 - 7:03am

Physicists at a Manhattan District-sponsored colloquium at Los Alamos in 1946. Front row from left, Norris Bradbury, John Manley, Enrico Fermi and J. M. B. Kellogg. Robert Oppenheimer, in dark coat, is behind Manley; to Oppenheimer's left is Richard Feynman. Courtesy/wikipedia

 

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE - Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday that "Manhattan," an original one-hour drama series, will begin production in New Mexico later this month.

 

The series is set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science - the mission to build the

This Week at the Reel Deal

on March 5, 2014 - 7:45am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL                                 
Reel Deal Theater

In general,  I thought the 86th Academy Awards went well. I think everyone who won a golden statue deserved it although I was disappointed that American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street and August:Osage County went home empty handed.

It was a shock really, but I guess there are only so many Oscars to go around. If the Oscars were to include more categories for Best Picture and Actors as the Golden Globes do, they would have won one.

Poster for 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

This week we are

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Philomena'

on March 4, 2014 - 7:57am
"Philomena"
Review by CYNTHIA BIDDLECOMB

"Philomena" was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with nominations for Best Picture of 2013, Actress in a Leading Role, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay and I heartily agree with these nominations.

It is a fine film, based on a true story. Judy Dench is wonderful in the title role.

The story puts an aging, faithful, Irish Catholic woman, a retired nurse, who wants to find her son, into the hands of a jaded, self-professed atheistic, famous journalist who is after her story. The two play off each other nicely.

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