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Cinema Cindy Reviews: The 2014 Oscars

on March 3, 2014 - 9:13am
Cinema Cindy Reviews: The 2014 Oscars

First off, I must say that the one category I felt the most passion about this year was Best Original Screenplay and I am ecstatic the Academy felt as I did, that "Her" was worthy of that award.

This fine screenplay won for subtly exploring human intimacy, how we fall in love, whether artificial intelligence could ever be a substitute for another human being, and showing a lonely soul learning to open his heart. In that way it reminded me of "Lars and the Real Girl." The screenplay was masterful. congratulations to Spike Jones.

Jewish Film Festival Premieres in Los Alamos

on March 3, 2014 - 8:11am

Film still from 'Precious Life' Courtesy/SFJFF


The award-winning Israeli documentary film, Precious Life, is coming to the  Reel Deal Theater for a one-time screening at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9.

Precious Life follows the real-life story of a Palestinian baby with a rare immune deficiency disorder, and the Israeli doctor who hopes to save the baby’s life. It is an up-close and personal story set against the larger backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The film was featured at the Telluride, Toronto and Mill Valley Film Festivals, and won the Ophir Award (the Israeli

'Ace in the Hole' Grim But Compelling

on March 3, 2014 - 7:59am

Movie poster. Courtesy/FMPL


Need a pick-me-up? Then don't watch "Ace in the Hole" (1951, unrated). But if you can take it, this black-and-white classic tells a great story while it teaches one of those grim life lessons.

Journalist Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas) is on the outs. He used to rake in the bucks, but hard times and personal proclivities have him stuck in small-time Albuquerque, working for an editor who wants him to, of all things, tell the truth.

This goes against his every fiber.

Local Quintet Performs Wednesday's Brown Bag

on March 2, 2014 - 10:26am

Juanita Madland performs with 'The Trout' Quintet at noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy/LAAC

LAAC News:

Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag Performance Series continues at noon, Wednesday at Fuller Lodge with Franz Schubert--Piano Quintet in A major, D.667: Allegro vivace, Andante, Scherzo, Tema, Finale.

The Quintet is nicknamed "The Trout" because the fourth movement has variations on this Lied sung by mezzo soprano Pauline Schneider.

The unusual instrumentation for the quintet is:

  • Violin: Mary Helen Klare
  • Viola: Kathy Gursky
  • Cello: Rebecca Caron
  • Double Bass: Patrick Neher
  • Piano:

This Week at the Reel Deal

on February 26, 2014 - 7:49am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL                                 
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening Son of God. We are getting a lot of requests, especially for the Sunday matinee, so get your tickets early. The run time for this film is 2:18, so it will not have a late show Friday or Saturday.

Yes, we will be holding Philomena for another week. This week it gets a full schedule every day, every show time. Lego also will hold for another week.

Sunday evening, March 2, the 86th Academy Awards will air. We have room for a one week run, so we are bringing back American Hustle, as we feel it

Atomic City Children's Theater: Disney's Aladdin Jr 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Today at Smith Auditorium

on February 22, 2014 - 9:30am
Scenes from Thursday's dress rehearsal of the Atomic City Children's Theater Production of Disney's Aladdin Jr. The show is provided free of charge to the community at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today at Duane Smith Auditorium on Diamond Drive in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
More scenes from Thursday's dress rehearsal of the Atomic City Children's Theater Production of Disney's Aladdin Jr. The show is provided free of charge to the community at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today at Duane Smith Auditorium on Diamond Drive in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Concert Association Features Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis March 16

on February 20, 2014 - 8:14am
Yolanda Kondonassis. Courtesy/Robert Muller


Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, will perform with guitarist Jason Vieux at 4 p.m., March 16 at Duane W. Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr., as part of the Los Alamos Concert Association.

The program will feature Diego Pujol’s “Suite Mágica,” Alan Hovhaness’ “Spirit of Trees,” Gary Shocker’s “Hypnosis for Guitar and Harp,” Keith Fitch’s “Knock on Wood for Guitar and Harp” and Xavier Montsalvatge’s “Fantasia for Guitar and Harp.” In addition, Kondonassis will perform Carlos Salzedo’s “Song in the Night”

This Week at the Reel Deal

on February 19, 2014 - 8:22am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL                                 
Reel Deal Theater

I have to thank all of you who waited on the hill for Philomena, and here it comes. Friday, Feb. 21 we will open it for a week with matinee shows only, then the following week it will have its very own full schedule of every day, every show time. See you there.

We will be holding Robocop, Winter’s Tale (evening shows only), Monuments Men, and LEGO for another week.

If you do go see The Lego Movie this weekend, please get to the theater early as it has been selling out.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.

Atomic City Children's Theater Presents Disney's 'Aladdin Jr.' Friday and Saturday

on February 18, 2014 - 3:49pm


ACCT News:

Atomic City Children's Theater proudly presents their production of Disney “Aladdin Jr.”; a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides. All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film are here – Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more! Disney “Aladdin Jr.” is based upon the 1992 Disney film “Aladdin” and features many of the songs from the movie, as well as some new songs written especially for this show.

Disney “Aladdin Jr.” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening and two shows 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Special Screening of ‘Pandora’s Promise’ Feb. 23

on February 18, 2014 - 6:55am
Director Robert Stone, left, and environmental activist Mark Lynas in the film 'Pandora's Promise.'  Courtesy/James Hollow

PEEC News:

PEEC and the Reel Deal Theater present a special screening of “Pandora’s Promise,” the groundbreaking new film by Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door before the show.

The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong?

DK and the Affordables Raise Funds for Derby Dames

on February 17, 2014 - 11:34am
Members of the Los Alamos Derby Dames Roller Derby League, in green t-shirts, chat with guests at the Derby Love Fundraiser at the Manhattan Project Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The Derby Dames take to the dance floor as DK Warner rocks in the background. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Dk and the Affordables, from left, Rob Heineman, Scott Beguin and DK Warner entertained an enthusiastic crowd at the Manhattan Project Sunday during the Derby Love fundraiser. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

‘Rising From Ashes’ Coming to Los Alamos March 12

on February 17, 2014 - 7:54am

Courtesy/Gary Harrington


“Rising From Ashes,” the award-winning feature-length documentary about Team Rwanda, will premiere in Los Alamos at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, when the cycling film screens at the Reel Deal Movie Theater.

The event is co-sponsored by the Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club and the Los Alamos Singletrack Association.

“Rising From Ashes” is a joyous and uplifting independent film about the development of a national cycling team in Rwanda, a country still affected deeply by the genocide that tore the East African nation apart in 1994.

Two worlds collide when

Documentary Examines How Craft Brewers Are Rebuilding Economy

on February 14, 2014 - 8:28am

LABC News:

A new documentary,“Crafting a Nation,” examines how American craft brewers are rebuilding the economy by creating jobs, tax revenue and instilling a renewed sense of entrepreneurship in America.

“Crafting a Nation” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Reel Deal Theater.

The event will feature beer from Santa Fe Brewing Company, as well as a drawing for door prizes and an opportunity to meet with members of the Los Alamos Beer Cooperative’s (LABC) board of directors.

The LABC will explain their role in boosting the economy of Los Alamos and north central New Mexico

Public Invited to Santa Fe National Forest’s Fire and Ice Restoration Festival

on February 12, 2014 - 9:09am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE—The public is invited to celebrate the beauty of winter and the coming of spring at the annual Fire and Ice Restoration Festival. The event, hosted by Santa Fe National Forest’s Jemez Ranger District and the Village of Jemez Springs, is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 22 at Father Fitzgerald Park in Jemez Springs.

This free community event will feature educational booths and presentations that highlight the 210,000-acre Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project. Special guests will include Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.

Fun and unique activities are scheduled

This Week at the Reel Deal

on February 12, 2014 - 8:34am
Column by JIM O'DONNELL      
Reel Deal Theater

Friday we will be opening Robocop, and Winter’s Tale.

We will hold The Monuments Men for another week and due to its overwhelming popularity, we will probably hold The Lego Movie another couple of weeks.

I saw the dark, hilarious film, August: Osage County last night and was blown away by the performances in this film. Every actor delivers a knock-out punch, but none more so than Meryl Streep. She has been nominated again this year for Best Actress and I believe it’s all hers.

‘Taos Americaños’ Concert Feb. 15

on February 12, 2014 - 7:47am

TAOS News:

TAOS—The Taos Solar Music Festival is hosting a special musical event titled, “Taos Americaños” at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 in the historic courthouse at Taos Plaza.

This first time concert in the Mural Room includes music by Americana music royalty, Jim Lauderdale, Ollie O’Shea on fiddle and Phil Parlapiano on squeezebox, and hosted by Taos’ own Max Gomez. Artist and longtime Solar Fest artistic director, Randy Pijoan, will also be doing "artistic endeavors" at the event.

Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working in the

Valentines Dance at Posse Lodge Feb. 15

on February 11, 2014 - 9:19am


Come dance to Bloomdust Caravan, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road.

Enjoy Steve Wallin’s Texas BBQ Platter, served 6 p.m. until the food is gone. Suggested donations are $8 for food and $15 per person/$25 per couple for the dance.

The event is BYOB with a non-alcoholic cash bar for mixers/set-ups. Overnight RV parking available at no charge.

Need more information? Call Carey at 505.412.7845.

Beautiful Africa Watoto Children's Choir at Crossroads Bible Church Feb. 18

on February 8, 2014 - 10:07am

Courtesy/Blanca E. Jones


Watoto, a holistic care program, initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her people, is thrilled to present a brand new choir tour entitled Beautiful Africa: A New Generation. The production will be presented at 7 p.m., Feb. 18 at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road in Los Alamos. 

With vibrant, original African music; dance routines; life-transforming stories, the tour is indicative of the new generation of leaders emerging out of Watoto.

“Through the choir’s Concert of Hope, we share a message of transformation by telling the story of

'Got Dance?' Audition at the YMCA

on February 7, 2014 - 8:51am

YMCA News:

The Y is calling for dance auditions open to ages 12 and older in individual and group dance categories. Selected acts will perform 4-6:30 p.m., April 26 at New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 112 East Road.

Dancers will compete per category for top honors. Performance will be on a 25’ deep x 45’ wide wooden, elevated stage coated in a poly-resin paint.

The performance will benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign for scholarships. Tickets sold at the door.

Audition requires submitting an electronic link of your representational dance.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on February 5, 2014 - 7:24am
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday, we will be opening The Monuments Men, The Lego Movie, and August: Osage County.

We will hold Labor Day for another week.

I tried again this week to get Philomena which was promised to me and I in turn promised to you, but the studio is still holding out hoping the Oscars will breathe new life into the film with a possible Academy Award for Meryl Streep. Then they will ask for a longer run. Regardless, we are still going to show it soon.                                                                            

August: Osage County,

A Shy Young Man Learns about Love in 'Lars and the Real Girl'

on February 4, 2014 - 8:01am


If you look up "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007, PG-13) on IMDB, the one-line blurb reports, "A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet."

First, I wonder if the adjectives "delusional" and "unconventional" are really necessary, considering the noun "doll." Second, I wonder if it's possible to summarize such a paradoxically complex and simple film, at all, but particularly in a single sentence.

Yes, it's about a quiet man who ─ unable to initiate a relationship with the kind of woman who breathes, eats, asks

Santa Fe Pro Musica Welcomes Back Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Domanski

on February 3, 2014 - 5:38am

Mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski. Courtesy/SFPM

SFPM News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Pro Musica welcomes back mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski to perform Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra, Thomas O’Connor, conductor.

The Scoop:

Mezzo-soprano Deborah Domanski will join Santa Fe Pro Musica in performance this spring, performing Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra, Thomas O’Connor, conductor. The orchestra will also perform chamber arrangements of Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi

'Topper Revue' Opens Tonight

on January 31, 2014 - 9:42am
Topper Revue 2014 emcees from left back row, Daniel Ahrens, Ethan Clements, Ali Berl and front row from left, Richard Jia, Katie Downing and Haley Henson. Photo by Don Taylor

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Olions will kick off the 2014 Topper Revue at 7 p.m. today at Duane Smith Auditorium. 

This year's emcees are Daniel Ahrens, Ali Berl, Ethan Clements, Katie Downing, Haley Henson and Richard Jia. The show is written, directed and performed by the students themselves.

"As someone still relatively new to Los Alamos, it always amazes me how engrained Topper Revue is in the history

Manhattan Project TV Series Seeks Period Vehicles

on January 30, 2014 - 10:28am

1940s Plymouth. Courtesy/

Staff Report

WGNAmerica is coming to New Mexico to shoot a 13-episode TV drama series entitled “Manhattan” that takes place in Los Alamos in the year 1943.

The show will be filmed in and around Santa Fe starting in March.

Producers are looking for all types of vehicles that would photograph as original and fit into the everyday scene of Los Alamos in 1943. The project is seeking civilian sedans, pickups, farm flatbeds, everyday service vehicles such as panel and box trucks, any period buses and 1940-1943 non-tactical military vehicles and

This Week at the Reel Deal: Theater Says Goodbye to Film Forever ... Going All Digital!

on January 29, 2014 - 9:02am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL                                 
Reel Deal Theater

Friday Jan. 31, we will be opening Labor Day starring Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet and Toby Maquire. Jason Reitman directs this film about a single mother, Adele and her son Henry, who give a wounded man a ride from the grocery store.

As local police search the town for an escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story, and their potential danger.

Trailer for 'Labor Day.' Courtesy photo

We will hold Nebraska, Lone Survivor, Jack Ryan and Frozen. Frozen will only play Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as