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Battle Veteran Presents Iwo Jima Film and Talk

on February 6, 2013 - 9:08am

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Library News:

A video, including an interview with a local Iwo Jima Marine Corp veterans, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.19 at Mesa Public Library, Upstairs Meeting Rooms.

Battle veteran Bill Hudson will show a video “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima,” produced by the Canadian History Channel.

On this 68 anniversary of the American forces’ landing on Iwo Jima, this showing will commemorate that historic battle and all those who fought and those who were lost.

This video has not been aired  publicly on television in the United States.

Hudson went back to Iwo

Take a Peek at Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ This Week

on February 5, 2013 - 8:35am

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in 'Rear Window.' Courtesy photo

Review by Kelly Dolejsi

We never know what’s really happening behind closed doors, or even wide open windows.

But that’s never stopped us humans from drawing our own conclusions about other people’s lives, in which we are sometimes much more interested than our own.

The 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic “Rear Window” is not only a “who dunnit?” but a “did anyone do it?” And even the “it” is ambiguous. Was there a murder? Or did a lady take a train? Is a man a killer, or simply in sales?

'Meetup' at Dixie Girl Every Friday Night

on February 3, 2013 - 9:54am
Several people gathered Friday night for a 'Meetup' event during Happy Hour at the Dixie Girl, 1789 Central Ave. Community members are invited to join the group or simply drop in around 5:30 p.m. each Friday, during which time the restaurant bar will offer $3 beers, $5 well drinks, $7 martinis, peel and eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell and other bar food. Anna Dillane will be facilitating the weekly Meetups, which officially start at 5:30 p.m., but don't hesitate to stop by as early as 4:30 p.m., when the bar's Happy Hour specials begin. For more information, visit

SFI Professor Provides Scientific Window into Cult Film

on February 3, 2013 - 7:47am

SFI News:

The popular “Science On Screen” series at the Center for Contemporary Arts continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

 Advance tickets are recommended. For tickets and prices, call the CCA Box Office at 505.982.1338.

Professor Dr. Cris Moore of the Santa Fe Institute, a physicist, mathematician, computer scientist and author provides a window into Shane Carruth’s twisty and unforgettable 2004 cult film Primer, in which two young inventors, working after hours in a garage, craft a machine that opens up a universe of possibility ... and consequences.

Topper Revue Opens Today!

on February 1, 2013 - 8:32am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Olions will kick off the 2013 Topper Revue at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Topper Revue is the annual talent and variety show at the high school. Topper Revue showcases the talents of student performers in a madcap variety show atmosphere.

Six student MCs from the Olions Thespian Club keep things lively with comedy skits and hijinks.

"I am thrilled with the variety and caliber of talent being presented by LAHS students this year," said Olions' sponsor and show producer Rachel Peck.

Go ‘Behind the Scenes’ at Fuller Lodge Art Center

on January 31, 2013 - 9:25am

Kim Aeby’s scale model of a stage set for a production of 'It Is So If You Think It Is So' by Luigi Pirandello. Courtesy/Fuller Lodge Art Center

By Bonnie J. Gordon

We’ve all wondered what inspired a particular work of art. Or maybe we’re curious about the process that an artist used to create a particular piece.

The new show at the Fuller Lodge Art Center will take us “Behind the Scenes.” The show opens with an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and will be up through March 9.

Knitted hat by Melissa Alexander. Courtesy photo

Many of the artists will be on hand Feb.

Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band Resumes Saturday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:44am

The Squash Mountain Boys. Courtesy photo

Staff report:

The popular Pajarito Mountain Beer and Band is back! The next event will be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.

The beer will be offered by the Santa Fe Brewing Company and from 3-5 p.m., the Squash Blossom Boys from Albuquerque will provide the music.

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.

Beginning as a garage rock band, the Squash Blossom Boys from Albuquerque

Free Piano Recital by Beau Gerard Sunday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:35am


This is the final in a series of Beau Gerard's Piano Recitals and Compositions hosted by Los Alamos Friends. Gerard is back from the first round of eliminations for America's Got Talent and is expected to make it to round II. 

Gerard will play his compositions on his Yamaha Grand Conservatory Piano in his living room at 3711 Trinity Ave. in Los Alamos, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. The event is free.

Light refreshments and wine will be served at 3 p.m. The piano recital will commence at 3:30 p.m. 

Drop-ins are okay until 3:30 p.m., after which there will be no

Brown Bag Concert Features Lads of Enchantment; Hot Flashes Two Piano Quartet

on January 30, 2013 - 6:37am

The Lads of Enchantment perform a Christmas Concert in Espanola. Courtesy photo

By Maxine Schmidt

The Los Alamos Arts Council will present The Lads of Enchantment Chorus and The Hot Flashes Two Piano Quartet at the February Brown Bag concert.

The concert will begin at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. The Brown Bag Series is free and open to the public.

The Hot Flashes. Courtesy photo

The Lads of Enchantment Chorus is the Los Alamos Area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). The Los Alamos Area Chapter was granted a charter in 1993.

The founding

Tom Rheam Trio Jazzes Up Blue Window Bistro

on January 28, 2013 - 1:39pm

The Tom Rheam Trio plays Jazz Night Saturday at the Blue Window Restaurant. Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Jazz Night came back to the Blue Window Bistro Saturday night when a full house enjoyed the Tom Rheam Trio from Santa Fe.

The Blue Window is a great place to hear jazz. The lights are low, the space is intimate and the conversations are muted during the music.

In addition, the food is great. There’s even room to dance. There is always a special menu for Jazz Night.

Column: Just Trust Me on This, Go to a Poetry Reading

on January 26, 2013 - 7:41am
Just Trust Me on This, Go to a Poetry Reading
By Bonnie Gordon
Last night I went to a poetry reading. The poet was Jon Davis, Santa Fe’s newest poet laureate.

Jon was reading at Mesa Public Library as part of Authors Speak series. I love poetry readings but I hadn’t made it to one for a couple of years.

Santa Fe Poet Laureate Jon Davis. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

I should go to more poetry readings and you should too. Here’s why.

Poetry reveals the inner workings of another person’s mind and how they perceive the world as no other medium can.  

Most people process things through

Movie Review: 'Les Miserables' - a Story that Stands the Test of Time

on January 26, 2013 - 7:41am
Anne Hathaway in 'Les Miserables.' Courtesy/Universal
Les Miserables - a Story that Stands the Test of Time
Review by Kirsten Laskey

A truly great story contains a special quality. It can be revisited again and again and never become dull or tired. Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” is one of these stories.

The French writer wrote the story in 1862. It transferred from paper to stage in 1985 and became the second longest-running musical in the world.

Then in 2013, “Les Miz” transformed again, this time as a movie. And that special quality has never faded.

The musical, which chronicles

Next Driving Force Movie Plays Jan. 31 at Real Deal

on January 25, 2013 - 11:27am

'Music on Barcelona' 5:30 p.m. Today in Santa Fe

on January 25, 2013 - 10:46am

Brian Newnam with the microphone, Cindy at the Piano, and Shanalyn Kemme with her cello. Courtesy/Carl Newton

Music on Barcelona:

The Los Alamos piano trio of Brian Newman, violin; Shanalyn Kemme, cello; and Cindy Little, piano is returning to Music on Barcelona at 5:30 p.m. today, Jan. 25.

Music on Barcelona is the last Friday of the month musicale at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe, 107 West Barcelona Road.

The Newman-Kemme-Little Trio appeared there last February, performing a Shostakovich trio. Today they will perform Joaquin Turina’s Piano Trio No. 1.


Atomic City Children's Theater Brings Home Gold!

on January 25, 2013 - 9:51am

Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) students, staff and parents from Los Alamos traveled to Atlanta, Ga., last weekend and brought home the "Excellence in Ensemble Work" award. Courtesy/ACCT

ACCT News:

Seventeen Atomic City Children's Theater (ACCT) students and nine staff and parents from Los Alamos traveled to Atlanta, Ga., over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend to attend the 2013 Junior Theater Festival (JTF) and brought home the gold.

The young actors received the "Excellence in Ensemble Work" award.

In addition to winning this award, two Los Alamos students were selected for the

Poetry Reading Primer for Tonight's Authors Speak Event

on January 24, 2013 - 9:46am

By Jane Lin

If you have never been to a poetry reading, this month's Authors Speak event is a great way to get your feet wet.

Jon Davis, Santa Fe's newest poet laureate, reads at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 24, at Mesa Public Library. Davis' poetry appeals to the mind and the heart in a language that you will understand.

A poetry reading is just what it sounds like. A poet reads a selection of their poems, usually from any books they've published, and sometimes new work they've written. Rarely do they recite from memory, but when they do, it's a treat!

Sometimes they start with a few words about

Dr. Paul Bauer Featured Speaker at Jan. 26 Los Alamos Geological Society Banquet

on January 23, 2013 - 8:34am

LAGS News:

Dr. Paul Bauer of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources is the featured speaker for the Los Alamos Geological Society's 2013 Banquet.

The community is invited to attend the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, and at 7 p.m., Bauer will present his talk.

Titled “Down the Rio Grande: A Paddler’s Perspective of Rocks and Rapids,” Bauer’s presentation is a geo-photo-journey down the northern Rio Grande, with an emphasis on the river hydrogeology and the evolution of the sublime landscape.

It will include some

'Meetup' With Others to Experience Interesting Events

on January 20, 2013 - 7:19am

Meetup group members enjoy a tasting event Saturday at Don Quixote Winery & Distillery in White Rock. Photo by Kevin Holsapple

Staff Report

The Chamber of Commerce is providing an online service to community members who are looking to meet other people and experience a variety of events with others.

The service is built on the popular social network, “” and more than 40 people have signed up so far. The web address for the group is

There is a bit of expense involved to set up a Meetup group, so the Chamber is sponsoring the group to

¡COLORES! Returns to New Mexico PBS

on January 20, 2013 - 7:03am

NM PBS News:

¡COLORES! returns to New Mexico PBS as a weekly local and national art series beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 on CH. 5.1.

The popular art series presents stories devoted to the creative spirit, featuring local and national stories about film, visual and performing arts, theatre, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and dance.

¡COLORES! provides an in-depth look at the inspiration, challenges and processes of a wide range of artists.

Descriptions of the first eight episodes are listed below with air dates:

Friday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. on Ch. 5.1
• One of New

Jazz Night at the Blue Window Jan. 26

on January 15, 2013 - 6:34am

BWB News:

The next Jazz Night at the Blue Window is set for 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Blue Window Bistro, 813 Central Ave.

The restaurant will welcomes back the Tom Rheam Trio featuring Tom Rheam on piano and trumpet, Dick Hogle on drums and vocals and David Moir on bass.

Rheam has played on the road with Ray Charles, played backup to Frank Sinatra on recordings, toured with the Glenn Miller Band and many other well-known professional singers and musicians.

Hogle has worked in the Catskills in New York state as a show drummer, played on cruise ships and toured with the Jimmy

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Opening Day

on January 4, 2013 - 1:33pm

Looking down from the Mother chair. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain

See more photos on the Pajarito Mountain Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Atomic City Transit is now providing a Ski Hill Route as of today.  Click HERE for more information.



Review: Take a Trip to the 70s with Frost/Nixon

on January 4, 2013 - 9:59am

David Frost (Don Monteith) and President Richard M. Nixon (Grady Hughes) share a moment. Photo by TK Thompson/

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

Frost/Nixon is a trip down memory lane for those of us who were there, but maybe it’s more important that those who weren’t there see this play.

If you want to understand the 1970s, certainly a pivotal time in American history, there’s no better way to get a feel for the period than to see Front/Nixon.

The Los Alamos Little Theatre is presenting an excellent production of Peter Morgan’s play this month. The show portrays the 1977

Laskey Reviews 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

on January 2, 2013 - 9:52am

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Courtesy/

Review by Kirsten Laskey

Who doesn’t want to go on an adventure? There something thrilling and romantic about leaving the comfort and security of home in exchange for the great unknown that lies in the far corners of the map.

This is what “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” provides moviegoers – the opportunity to tag along on a great adventure.

Let me tell you, it is a wonderful ride although be prepared for long pauses on this epic journey because apparently this story is being spread out into three films.

The first film

Khalsa Reviews 'Jack Reacher'

on December 28, 2012 - 8:24am
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By Dr. Seva SSS Khalsa, DOM, L.Ac. 
Your intrepid movie reviewer


The movie Jack Reacher delivers what I expected after seeing the trailer on TV: Action. Don’t expect too much more than that, or anything too complicated here, and there are some definite holes in the plot development.  


But we see the usual Mission Impossible Tom Cruise, intense and serious. Despite showing his age, Tom can still deliver in the fight scenes.  


We have some hand-to-hand fight sequences (five against one; guess who the one is and who wins), which are well choreographed

'Los Alamos Friends' Hosts New Year's Eve Open House

on December 28, 2012 - 7:23am


Celia Browne will be hosting a New Year's Eve open house for the new social club, Los Alamos Friends, at her home on Arizona Avenue. 

The event starts at 6 p.m. and will run until midnight or later. There will be food, wine, punch and treats; anyone attending can bring a bottle of wine or a dish to pass but it's not required. 

Anyone interested in Los Alamos Friends is welcome to join ... for information on the group, visit or call Celia Browne at 695-5788.

About Los Alamos Friends: