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Elks Easter Egg Hunt Saturday At Pond

on March 27, 2013 - 9:39am

An Easter egg hunter takes a moment to greet Elk mascot Elroy the Elk at last year's Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 Easter Egg Hunt at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/ELKS

Scene from Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 Easter Egg Hunt in 2012 at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/ELKS

Scene from Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 Easter Egg Hunt in 2012 at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/ELKS

 

Watch 'Whip It' and Meet Local Derby Dames

on March 27, 2013 - 9:31am
MPL News:
 
See  "Whip It," the movie that inspired a whole generation of derby girls.
 
Meet Los Alamos' own roller derby team, the M'Atom Bombs, before the movie.
 
The team is part of the local league, the LA Derby Dames. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at Mesa Public Library.
 
This is a free event.
 
"Whip It" is based on the 2007 novel "Derby Girl" by former competitor Shauna Cross.
 
The film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, a small-town misfit who finds her true passion when she joins an Austin roller derby league.
 

LALT Actors Do Well at AACT Competetion

on March 25, 2013 - 6:38am
Patricia Beck (Althea), left, and Gwen Lewis (Maddy) portray their characters from "Van Choc Straw," during a recent Rotary Club meeting. Photo by Bonnie J Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
LALT New:
 
Los Alamos Little Theatre's production of Van Choc Straw, written by Mark Dunn and directed by Mimi Adams, was one of two plays selected over the weekend to represent New Mexico at the regional competition of the American Association of Community Theatre next month in Lafayette, La.
 
In addition, Van Choc Straw cast members Patricia Beck and Gwen Lewis received special certificates recognizing

Thoughts From the Big Chair: TV’s Late Night Talk Shows and Johnny Carson – A Quantitative Analysis Part II

on March 24, 2013 - 9:38am
Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict
 
TV’s Late Night Talk Shows and Johnny Carson – A Quantitative Analysis
By RALPH E. CHAPMAN (Twitter @RalphEChapman) ©2013, Ralph E. Chapman
 
Part II – Analyzing the data with Lots of Comments

It’s time to finish off the late night talk show discussion started in Last Week’s Column

But first a Newsflash!!

Before I get down to the analytical part, a few things have come up since last week’s column was submitted.

The Big News that’s Developing!

A few weeks ago, it was strongly rumored

Concert to Honor Jazz Icons Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan

on March 22, 2013 - 8:16am

Renowned trumpeter Jan McDonald. Courtesy photo

Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post

Jazz enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys live music performed by master musicians in an intimate setting won’t want to miss Sunday’s 4 p.m. concert, The Chet Baker-Gerry Mulligan Project, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez in Santa Fe. Tickets are $20.

In the Chet Baker-Gerry Mulligan Project, renowned trumpeter Jan McDonald (a.k.a. ‘Mr.

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/ladailypost.com
 
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

PEEC/Reel Deal Feature Fish Film Night March 29

on March 21, 2013 - 6:21am

The arapaima is largest freshwater fish in the world. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC/REAL DEAL News:

Do you love to fly fish? Or just watch beautiful scenery? Check out Fish Night.

The Reel Deal Theater and PEEC will present two exciting short films that teach sustainability through fly fishing at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29 at the Reel Deal Theater.

For one night only, you can see Jungle Fish and Currents of Belize, which take viewers on eye-opening journeys to South America and Belize.
 
Jungle Fish follows three expert fishermen deep into the heart of Guyana’s rain forest.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate April 6 at Los Alamos Co-op!

on March 20, 2013 - 10:07am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market is hosting its first wine and food pairing class Saturday, April 6 in the Co-op’s Café.

There will be two 75-minute classes: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Vivác Winery’s Marketing and Publicity Director Michele A. Padberg, a certified executive sommelier, will teach the basics of wine and food pairing in a relaxed setting so attendees can feel free to explore different taste sensations.

Experience five different Vivác wines, all using New Mexico grapes, paired to local, regional and international cheese, beef and dark chocolate.

Learn what to look

Bandelier and Los Alamos Guild of the Santa Fe Opera Announce Next “Opera on the Rocks” is Sept. 21

on March 18, 2013 - 9:30am

Menotti was inspired by The Adoration of the Magi (Hieronymus Bosch, died 1516) to create Amahl and the Night Visitors. Courtesy/wikipedia

BNM/LAGSFO News:

Bandelier National Monument and the Los Alamos Guild of the Santa Fe Opera will present “Opera on the Rocks” Saturday, Sept. 21 at Bandelier.

This second annual event will feature AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS by Giancarlo Menotti, an Opera Alta production.

CAST:

Amahl

Ross Click, soprano, is an incoming freshman at Los Alamos High School, plays bass in orchestra, dances with New Mexico Dance Theater, and in 2012 originated the role

Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop Saturday!

on March 18, 2013 - 8:08am
One of the tiniest dancers at a previous Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop. Courtesy/LAFC
 
By WENDY HOFFMAN
LAFC Board of Directors

Los Alamos Family Council’s 8th Annual Fabulous Fifties Family Sock Hop will be held 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church’s Parish Hall.

This alcohol-free, multi-generational yearly event is LAFC’s only fundraiser, Executive Director Joyce Beery said.

Families interested in a hoppin’ good evening of fun will find it at the Hop, Beery said, noting that in addition to music and dancing for all ages – including dance

Thoughts From the Big Chair: TV’s Late Night Talk Shows and Johnny Carson – A Quantitative Analysis

on March 18, 2013 - 7:19am
Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict.
Column by RALPH E. CHAPMAN

TV’s Late Night Talk Shows and Johnny Carson – A Quantitative Analysis

Part I – Grading the Shows

As with the TV drama that I talked about in my last column, we are also in a special time when it comes to late night TV talk shows – we, again, now have an embarrassment of riches and many options for our watching pleasure.

As in my previous columns, you’ll get my take on it through commentary, but I’ll give you an added bonus in Part II.

Craig Martin Experience Jazzing Up Final Beer and Band Event

on March 15, 2013 - 9:07am
The Craig Martin Experience playing at the Dixie Girl in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall

Staff report

The final Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band event of this season will be noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

The beer will be from Marble Brewery and the band will be the Craig Martin Experience.

The Craig Martin Experience (CME) came together in late 2010 as a loose assemblage of musicians interested in sharing ideas on jazz performance.

CME’s repertoire is an eclectic mix of about 60 tunes from the 1930s to the present.

“We like to play a mix of songs

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

Help Plan Senior Appreciation Night

on March 12, 2013 - 9:11am
COUNTY News:
Individuals and volunteers interested in helping to plan a safe, fun-filled, drug free, all-night celebration for Los Alamos High School and home school graduating seniors are invited to a Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) planning meeting set for 1-2 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at the Aquatic Center Training Room, 2760 Canyon Road. 
Parents, organization representatives, community service groups and business owners are especially invited to attend.
SAN is a cooperative effort between parent volunteers, Los Alamos County Recreation Division, The Family YMCA, and approximately 40

Belisama Irish Dance Company to Perform at The Lensic

on March 10, 2013 - 11:04am

Belisama Irish Dance Company will perform its annual “Rhythm of Fire” St. Patrick’s Day at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at The Lensic in Santa Fe. This year’s show will feature guest artist Michael Patrick Gallagher, a two-time World Champion and former lead of Riverdance, as well as traditional live music performed by Jono Manson (vocals/guitar), Mark Clark (percussion), Maria Jones (fiddle), and vocalist Adrienne Bellis (also Artistic Director of Belisama.) The Company includes 14 dancers from Los Alamos and Santa Fe, including a number of National, Regional and Open champions.

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: March 6

on March 7, 2013 - 9:00am

This week's preview sponsored by www.fyila.com

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.

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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
Review by KIRSTEN LASKEY

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.  

What

Thoughts From the Big Chair: The Dramatic Renaissance of TV Drama

on March 4, 2013 - 11:44am
Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict
Column by RALPH E. CHAPMAN (Twitter @RalphEChapman)
©2013, Ralph E. Chapman
 
The Dramatic Renaissance of TV Drama

Hey gang! Let me first mention that today is the first anniversary of the entrance into our (My Lovely Bride and I) lives of Lola, our beautiful brindle Chihuahua, that we adopted from the Los Alamos shelter.

Adding her to family - along with our cats Ray and Lena  (from the Española shelter) - has completed our family.

Jeff Favorite Brings 'The Gospel of Mark' to the Stage

on March 4, 2013 - 10:12am
Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Favorite Brings “The Gospel of Mark” to the Stage
By LYNN FINNEGAN
 
An estimated 6,001,500,000 Holy Bibles have been printed. Before the Gutenberg Bible was printed in 1450, however, most of the illiterate population’s access to the Bible was purely oral: a rich Jewish storytelling tradition that grew in the homes of the early Christian church and was later professed to the populace by church authorities. 

“The Gospel According to Mark,” a dramatic one-person performance by Jeffrey Favorite at 7:30 p.m.

Pajarito Brew Pub Hosted Bluesman Ryan McGarvey Saturday

on March 3, 2013 - 7:32am
It was standing-room only Saturday night at the Pajarito Brew Pub when Ryan McGarvey played an acoustic set following his gig at the Ski Hill for Skiesta. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
After performing with his band at Skiesta Saturday, Albuquerque bluesman Ryan McGarvey gave a solo acoustic performance at Pajarito Brew Pub Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Community Members Crowd into Skiesta Event

on March 3, 2013 - 7:15am
Members of  the Los Alamos Beer Coop enjoy their favorite beverage at Skiesta on Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Beer vendors dispense their wares at Skiesta. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Skiesta crowd enjoys an unseasonably warm day on the ski hill Saturday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Five Local Bands Play Wedding Expo

on March 2, 2013 - 10:17am

Andy Z out-frout with the Andy Zandrozny Jazz Ensemble. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
The Los Alamos Big Band at the Expo. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

By MANDY MARKSTEINER

The Los Alamos Big Band, Jeff Seay and the Pickup Artists, The Craig Martin Experience, The Andy Zandrozny Jazz Ensemble and Richard Hannemann performed in the Tewa Grand Ballroom at the Northern New Mexico Wedding Expo at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Feb. 23.

The Wedding Expo was organized so that brides can plan every part of their wedding, including music.

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/ladailypost.com
 
Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
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.

Paradox at Coffee House Tonight

on March 1, 2013 - 11:08am
Jazz News
 
The jazz trio Paradox, consisting of Carl Greef, Jim Ziomek and Jim Gattiker, will play 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Coffee House Cafe, 723 Central, thecoffeebooth.com, 662-CAFE.
 
The Paradox Trio of performs acoustic jazz and blues on piano, guitar and saxophone.

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