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Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Feb. 28

on February 28, 2013 - 12:50pm

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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!

De Colores Hosts Benefit for Cindy Geoffrion

on February 28, 2013 - 11:50am

Open Mic at De Colores Kicks Off Friday

on February 28, 2013 - 10:16am

Jonathan Dowell with his dulcimer. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Blues & Brews Open Mic Night at De Colores kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, March 1.

Your host is Jonathan Dowell and his Magic Mountain Dulcimer.

All the regulars will be there and new musicians are always welcome to jam. Everyone is invited to join the fun and hear the music.

De Colores Restaurant is located at the entrance to Los Alamos on the Main Hill Road.

For more information, call De Colores at (505) 662-6855.

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.

Skiesta! is Saturday at Ski Hill Followed by Acoustic Set at Pajarito Brew Pub

on February 27, 2013 - 7:23am

Editor's note: Ryan McGarvey will play an acoustic set from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Pajarito Brew Pub, 614 Trinity Dr., Saturday after Skiesta!


Black Mesa Brass Quintet to Perform Brown Bag Concert

on February 27, 2013 - 7:16am
The Black Mesa Brass Quintet performing at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
LAAC News:

The Black Mesa Brass Quintet will perform as part of the Brown Bag Performance series at noon Wednesday, March 6 at Fuller Lodge.

Since 1973, Brown Bag Performances have entertained Los Alamos music lovers with a wide variety of music. Concerts are usually at noon on the first Wednesday of the month.

Brown Bag Performances are sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) and funded in part by the County of Los Alamos.

The Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the

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

Thoughts From the Big Chair: 'Ziggy and Brubeck and Crocs, Oh My!'

on February 24, 2013 - 7:24am
Thoughts From the Big Chair
Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict

“Ziggy and Brubeck and Crocs, Oh My!”

Hey gang! This week, I think I’m going to stick to a couple shorter topics on different ends of the Reality Show continuum…

The Grammys

The Grammys were on last week and I managed to watch a good deal of the telecast over a few days using the old DVR.

It’s tough to watch the whole program at one time because, as with most Hollywood awards shows, it overflows with lots of ego, over-hyped records and performances, and, of course,

Santa Fe Opera One of Three American Companies Nominated for International Award

on February 23, 2013 - 11:31am

2013 Santa Fe Opera productions. Courtesy/SFO

SFO News:

They are to be called “The Operas,” the new International Opera Awards established in London to celebrate the work of opera companies throughout the world. 

The brainchild of British businessman Harry Hyman, of Nexus Group, John Allison, editor of OPERA magazine, and the London Evening Standard, the first nominees have already been received, judges chosen, and the awards ceremony scheduled for April 22 in London.  

“The Operas” are ambitious in scope; nominations are invited from all over the globe.

Actor/Poet David Mills Performs as Langston Hughes

on February 22, 2013 - 11:33am

David Mills performs as Langston Hughes. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

The Jim Sagel Memorial Lecture Series at UNM-Los Alamos  will present award-winning poet David Mill at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4 in the Building 2 Lecture Hall at UNM-LA.

Mills will perform an excerpt from his show, “Dreamweaver: The Works of Langston Hughes.” The reading is free and open to the public.

Mills also will be visiting Instructor Zandree Stidham's English classes the same day as the performance.

Actor and writerDavid Mills’ one-person dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’s poems and short stories journeys

'The Little Mermaid, Jr.' Begins at 7:30 p.m. Today

on February 22, 2013 - 11:29am
The Little Mermaid, Jr., stage production presented by the Atomic City Children's Theater begins this weekend at 7:30 p.m. today with additional performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Photo by Elena E. Giorgi
Photo by Elena E. Giorgi
Photo by Elena E. Giorgi
Photo by Elena E. Giorgi

Ryan McGarvey Band Plays Skiesta March 2

on February 22, 2013 - 9:23am

Ryan McGarvey


Come see what's in the air at Pajarito Mountain March 2 during the 65th annual winter celebration Skiesta!

The event includes snow games for all ages, local craft beer and live music featuring Ryan McGarvey.

In a relatively short amount of time, McGarvey has not only gained a national and international fan base, but also admiration from his personal idols.

McGarvey has shared the bill with such top name act's as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gov't Mule, The Fabulous Thunderbirds among many others.

His debut CD release "Forward In

Southwest Winds Perform Sunday

on February 22, 2013 - 7:48am

Ruby K’s Celebrates Eighth Birthday and Extends Hours

on February 21, 2013 - 7:00pm
Employees of Ruby K's Bagel Café show off their bagel costumes. Courtesy photo

By Mandy Marksteiner

Ruby K’s Bagel Café is about to reach a milestone and achieve a goal. The restaurant is approaching its eighth anniversary and will extend their hours.

Ruby K’s will have its "Eighth Birthday Party Celebration" Feb 22 and 23. The restaurant will serve samples of its new menu items and smoothies. 

The celebration also will include prize drawings, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon animals and cupcake decorating.

Ruby K’s will stay open until 7 p.m. beginning March 1.

“We couldn’t

Community Winds Concert to Light Up the Stage Saturday

on February 21, 2013 - 6:40pm
The Los Alamos Community Winds. Courtesy/LACW
Los Alamos Daily Post  

Los Alamos Community Winds will celebrate light, hope and renewal in their upcoming concert, “Finlandia! and Other Brilliant Lights.”

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Crossroads Bible Church. The concert is a benefit for the New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association.

As always, Winds concerts are free of charge. A suggested donation of $10 will be appreciated and will benefit the work of the NM Alzheimer’s Association.

The Dixie Girl restaurant will have a special pre-concert

UNM-LA Offers Wine Tasting Class

on February 20, 2013 - 7:53am
UNM-LA News:

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but you can continue the sentiment by enrolling yourself and your sweetheart in a wine tasting class. 

Sign up for three Saturdays of tasting with wine expert and European licensed sommelier Liz Berdugo. Learn what makes a wine good, what your palette enjoys most, and how to order the proper wine for any occasion or meal.

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education will offer “Introduction to Wine Tasting and Collecting” (CE: L1241 | CRN: 30198). The class meets 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday Feb.

Visit 'Home Country' with Writer Slim Randles

on February 19, 2013 - 6:53am
Western writer Slim Randles will be in town Feb. 28  for 'Authors' Speak' at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo


You never know where a career path will take you. Sometimes a career will move you upward, other times it brings you to a dead end.

For Slim Randles, following a career in journalism and writing has allowed him to zigzag all over the place. It’s been a topsy-turvy path to be sure, but one loaded with adventure, humor and a wealth of great stories.

Randles will share his adventures in writing during the next talk in the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m.,

Thoughts From the Big Chair: Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict

on February 17, 2013 - 11:00am
Thoughts From the Big Chair

Comments on Television and Associated Media From a Lifelong Addict

Welcome to the first of an anticipated series of weekly columns about television and associated media.

The title is taken from one of the iconic music albums from the 1980’s, “Songs from the Big Chair” by Tears for Fears (1985) and it, of course, refers directly to my lounge chair in our (that’s Linda, my lovely bride, and me) living room here in White Rock (N.M.)

I am a lifelong lover of television, starting in the late 1950’s, and my love for television has run

Cure Cabin Fever at Jemez Springs Fire & Ice Festival

on February 16, 2013 - 9:03am

Festival-goers sample the wares at the 2012 Jemez Springs Fire & Ice Festival. Courtesy/JSFIF

Staff Report

Enjoy old fashioned, rip roaring, winter-time fun for the whole family Saturday, Feb. 23 at the annual Fire & Ice Festival at the Jemez Springs Civic Park in Jemez Springs.

Festivities begin at 11 a.m.

Enjoy watching a professional Chain Saw Carving contest and exhibition with amazing hand-carved sculptures that’ll be auctioned off 3:15  p.m. during the festivities.

The theme of the carvings will be “Otherworldly Beings,” which gives the carvers the opportunity to choose among

DK and the Affordables Rock Ski Hill Saturday

on February 14, 2013 - 7:30am

DK and the Affordables. Courtesy/DKA


The next Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band event will noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 16 at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

The beer will be from Marble Brewery and the band will be DK and the Affordables from Jemez Springs.

The Affordables jumping, jiving roots music is sure to get you moving.

Atomic City Transit is providing a new bus service to Pajarito Mountain with the last bus going down Saturday at 5:20 p.m. so people can enjoy the show and get a ride home.

NMDT-PC Presents ‘Dancers in Concert’ this Weekend

on February 13, 2013 - 8:01am

NMDT-PC dancers. Photo by Holger Waschinski

NMDT News:

New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, presents its February production, “Dancers in Concert,” this weekend at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

The NMDT-PC production of “Dancers in Concert” features three original ballets choreographed by Baker-Dillingham: “Hear, Speak, See,” “Pandora’s Box,” and “Cakewalk.”

Dancer Emily Brown. Photo by Holger Waschinski

“I choreographed ‘Hear, Speak, See’ several years ago and wanted to rework it,” Baker-Dillingham said.

Ali MacGraw Moderates Discussion on Women's Empowerment

on February 13, 2013 - 7:43am

Staff Report

New Mexico PBS (Ch. 5.1), International Folk Art Market – Santa Fe, and The Lensic Performing Arts Center will host a special free screening of a 40-minute-segment of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women,” focusing on women’s economic empowerment.

The screening will take place 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco Street in Santa Fe.

This segment features actress Olivia Wilde visiting Rebecca Lolosoli, Folk Art Market artist, in

Two Works by Los Alamos Playwright Robert Benjamin

on February 10, 2013 - 7:48am
From left, Warren Wilgus (Miguel), Ruben Muller (Reynaldo) and  Kristina Caffrey (Rachel) in  East Mountain Centre for Theatre production of 'Parted Waters.' Courtesy/East Mountain Centre for Theatre

By Bonnie J. Gordon

East Mountain Centre for Theatre is presenting Los Alamos playwright Robert Benjamin’s Parted Waters at Vista Grande Community Center (just east of Albuquerque) at 7 p.m. Feb 15, as a dinner theatre at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, and as a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Feb. 17. Visit for tickets and information.

Benjamin’s newest play, Salt and Pepper, will premier in

Album Release Party for Rumelia at Pyramid Café

on February 10, 2013 - 6:31am
Rumelia band members from left, Nicolle Jensen, Sitara Schauer and Deborah Ungar. Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Staff Report

Rumelia will celebrate the release of their debut album 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Pyramid Café in Los Aamos. There is a $10 cover. Children are free. 

Rumelia is a band composed of three women who are putting a new spin on music from Eastern Europe, a region generally known as the Balkans.

The music is unique to the western ear in that it uses odd time signatures (think 7/8, 9/8 and 11/8 for starters), as well as eastern scales (maqam) and tonalities.