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NM-AZ Book Awards Opens For 2018

on January 9, 2018 - 8:37am
NMBC News:
The first New Mexico Book Co-op Lunch will be Jan. 26, 2018, at the Golden Corral on San Mateo near Cliff’s. Meeting starts at noon but people come early -11 a.m. - to eat and network. The meeting will open the 2018 12th Annual NM & AZ Book Awards.
Last year, the Best Book was The Annual Big Arsenic Fishing Contest written by John Nichols of Taos. In addition, over 56 books in other categories were named as winners. This year a new category is Graphic Novels.
Categories, rules, and forms are on
To embellish the theme, Barbe Awalt of LPD Press/Rio

Cinema Cindy: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

on January 8, 2018 - 10:17am
Los Alamos
“Three Billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri” is a movie about a billboard rental by a woman whose daughter was murdered seven months earlier. The three billboards stand within sight of each other, making for the perfect “Burma Shave”-style staggered message. The message the woman posts asks why the Ebbing police chief has not made any arrests in the horrific rape and murder of her daughter.
Frances McDormand (Fargo) plays the rage-filled mother, Mildred Hayes, a character you aren’t soon to forget.

Largest Military Family Ski Event In Nation Happening At Taos Ski Valley

on January 8, 2018 - 8:51am
TSV News:
The 5th Annual Not Forgotten Outreach Week’s FREE event is Jan. 16-20 at Taos Ski Valley (TSV).
TSV and Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. (NFO) invite past and present military members, their immediate family and Gold Star Families the opportunity to enjoy a week on the slopes, with free equipment rentals, $35 lift tickets, group lessons, Children’s Ski School and childcare STEEP discounts, allowing the whole family to reap the healing benefits.
The event incorporates group dining, providing beneficial socialization and bonding opportunities through encouraging

Atravesada: Poetry Of The Border Performance Jan. 18-28

on January 7, 2018 - 9:44am
TP News:
Atravesada: Poetry of the Border performance is 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 18-28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.
Atravesada is part of Teatro Paraguas’ annual Poesía Viva – living poetry – series. It explores the physical and political U.S.-Mexico border and also the Borderlands of the Self. Woven with corridos and other music of the frontera (the borderlands), Atravesada has plenty of humor – but also offers an unflinching portrait of the border as “una herida abierta.”
Atravesada is enacted poetry performed as a mix of solo

Istvan Vardai & Shai Wosner To Perform In Los Alamos

on January 7, 2018 - 6:55am
István Várdai holding the Stradivarius cello, will play at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Crossroads Bible Church. Courtesy/LACA

LACA News:

The Los Alamos Concert Association presents István Várdai, Hungary’s rising young cellist, and esteemed Israeli-American pianist Shai Wosner at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 in the Crossroads Bible Church at 97 East Road.

LACA’s usual venue, the Duane Smith Auditorium is undergoing renovation and will not be available for this performance.

Black Mesa Brass Quintet Performs Jan. 19

on January 6, 2018 - 7:07am

This Week At The Reel Deal

on January 4, 2018 - 2:27pm

Cinema Cindy: ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’

on January 4, 2018 - 10:32am
Los Alamos
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” provides us with a next chapter for the magical video game we first met in 1995. It is entertaining good fun offering a compelling concept and a romp with some of our currently favorite comedic actors.
As with the first film (which starred the late Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst), a board game is discovered, dusted off, then magically absorbs those who decide to risk playing it. In this film, the board game first has to magically create it own game cartridge to compete for attention in the age of video games.

African Queen To Air At Mesa Public Library Tonight!

on January 4, 2018 - 10:20am

African Queen movie poster. Courtesy image

Library News:

The classic 1951 movie African Queen will air at 6:30 p.m. today, Jan. 4, in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library.

The film, starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, is set in Africa during World War I. The film is the latest offering in Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, which takes place on the first Thursday of each month.

The film is full of drama, and full of lively banter.

Wonder On Wheels Mobile Museum Reaches Thousands Of Students In New Mexico’s Rural Communities In 2017

on January 2, 2018 - 8:14am
Wonder on Wheels Mobile Museum retrofitted with Dinosaurs of  New Mexico exhibit, 2017. Courtesy/NM Dept. of Cultural Affairs
SANTA FE — From mid-April through the end of 2017, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Wonder on Wheels (WoW) mobile museum was visited by 17,430 New Mexicans.
WoW’s featured exhibit for 2017 sampled the vast paleontological resources held by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) in Albuquerque.

Scenes From LA Big Band Christmas Dance At IHM

on December 30, 2017 - 6:00am

Los Alamos Big Band Dance performs Thursday night at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Canyon Road. The band performed a mix of classic big band songs and holiday tunes. In addition to live music, there was dancing and refreshments. The event was a fundraiser for youth programs at the church. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Ron and Corine Christman cut a rug during the Los Alamos Big Band Dance Thursday night at the IHM Parish Hall. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Colleen and Jack Hanlon at the Christmas Dance Thursday night at IHM Parish Hall.

DOI: 2017 Comprehensive List Of Accomplishments

on December 29, 2017 - 9:03am

DOI News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Interior released a list of accomplishments that the Department has achieved under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. The accomplishments represent the unique balance of development, conservation, and preservation that the Department is charged with overseeing, including leading in American Energy Dominance, restoring public access to public lands, and providing regulatory relief for hard working American citizens.

“The President promised the American people that their voices

Naughty And Nice Cabaret Heats Up Santa Fe Jan. 7

on December 29, 2017 - 9:01am
Creative Director, Reiki Master Lynn Gravatt. Courtesy photo
TP News:
SANTA FE — The first of many cabaret shows produced by An Ascension Space is  7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Jan. 7, at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.
Naughty and Nice Cabaret will feature 6 local performers who will each present two works of art representing the Shadow (naughty) and Light (nice) aspects of their self. This month will feature hip hop dance, trapeze, aerial hoop, spoken word, live music, and more!  Be entertained and amazed while supporting local artists! 
This performance

Poetry Reading & Book Launch Jan. 14

on December 29, 2017 - 8:28am
TP News:
Anti-literary/Literary Poetry Reading & Book Launch with Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, Israel Francisco Haros Lopez, and Diane Castiglioni at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie in Santa Fe.
Free of charge. For more information call or visit 505.424.1601;
Three poets navigate the 21st century terrain. Darryl Lorenzo Wellington, Israel Francisco Haros Lopez and Diane Castiglioni.
What is the significance of categories in the 21st century landscape? What is it to “defend literature” or to write “literary” poetry?

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 28, 2017 - 2:05pm

Cinema Cindy Reviews ‘The Greatest Showman’

on December 28, 2017 - 8:34am
Los Alamos
“The Greatest Showman” is a modern musical about Phineas Taylor Barnum, portrayed here as a poverty-stricken tailor’s son whose imagination brought joy to millions of people. Barnum’s schemes eventually fall into the right combination, providing fascination and entertainment. This success leads to the establishment of his circus troupe in the mid to late 1800s. 
The film is an uplifting musical, replete with costuming and sets from a colorful period in our history.

‘Santa Fake’ To Film In New Mexico

on December 27, 2017 - 6:12pm


SANTA FE - New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the feature "Santa Fake," produced by Santa Fake Movie, LLC, will begin principal photography at the end of December through mid-January.

"Even during the holiday season, New Mexico's film industry is at work," said New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis. "New Mexico is a prime location for movies of all genres and we're proud to welcome another production to New Mexico."

The production will employ approximately 45 New Mexico crew members, approximately 15 New Mexico principal actors and

Elk’s Lodge Hosts Dinner & Jazz Event Thursday

on December 26, 2017 - 11:42am
The Elk’s Lodge is hosting great music and food beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening at the lodge at 1601 Trinity Dr. All proceeds go to the LAMS Jazz 1 trip to California.
Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. by the music show. Tickets are  $10/person so bring the whole family.
The Group:

JQ WhitcombTrumpeter and composer J.Q. Whitcomb doesn’t just play jazz. He creates moods.

Smith’s Shoppers Treated To Seasonal Songs

on December 24, 2017 - 7:24am

Shoppers at Smith's Marketplace late Friday afternoon were treated to the sounds of the Santa Fe Harmonizers and the Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Shoppers at Smith's Marketplace late Friday afternoon were treated to the sounds of the Santa Fe Harmonizers and the Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment. Photo by Maire O'Neill/
Shoppers at Smith's Marketplace late Friday afternoon were treated to the sounds of the Santa Fe Harmonizers and the Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Shoppers at Smith's Marketplace

Christmas Dance With Los Alamos Big Band At IHM Thursday Dec. 28

on December 24, 2017 - 7:22am

Scenes From Youth Shelters Fundraiser At Cottonwood On The Greens

on December 23, 2017 - 11:15am

Scene from the fourth annual  fundraiser for Santa Fe Youth Shelters sponsored by TLUXX Brian Johnson and friends Friday night at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

TLUXX DJ Brian Johnson, standing, and his longtime friend Isaiah Espinoza at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Scene from the fourth annual  fundraiser for Santa Fe Youth Shelters sponsored by TLUXX Brian Johnson and friends Friday night at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

DJ Brandon Jay, left and Jay Johnson, father of TLUXX DJ Brian

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Presents 46 Season

on December 23, 2017 - 8:08am
For five weeks this summer — July 15 to Aug. 20, 2018 — the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival presents dozens of the world’s greatest musicians in intimate, one-of-a-kind performances as part of its dynamic, not-to-be-missed 46 season.
Set amid the backdrop of a stunning Southwestern landscape, the Festival features more than 40 concerts in Santa Fe and Albuquerque that spotlight its signature lineup of classic and cutting-edge works, performed by longtime Festival favorites as well as internationally acclaimed artists making their much-anticipated Festival debuts.

Barranca School Performs At Betty Ehart Senior Center

on December 21, 2017 - 1:39pm

Barranca Mesa Elementary School students perform Christmas songs Wednesday for folks gathered at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/

Singing their hearts out! Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

This Week At The Reel Deal

on December 21, 2017 - 1:34pm

State Film Office Announces 2018 New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase Call For Entries

on December 21, 2017 - 8:48am
NMFO News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) has announced a call for entries for the 2018 NM Filmmakers Showcase.
The yearly juried competition is open to all New Mexico filmmakers and there is no fee to submit your film. The winners of the showcase will be announced at an Awards Ceremony May 19, 2018 at the National Hispanic Cultural Arts Center. The winning films will be screened at the 2018 NM Film & Media Industry Conference in the fall.
The NMFO is accepting entries now through March 15th at 5 p.m.