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Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Begin Again'

on July 21, 2014 - 7:33am
Los Alamos

“Begin Again” is a simple movie, motivated by the power of music - but it works. The story is about the redemption of two down-on-their-luck strangers and what they get from teaming up together.

Dan Mulligan (a scruffy Mark Ruffalo), was just dumped as a music producer from the company he founded. In his drunken sorrow, he stumbles into an East Village bar and hears Greta (Keira Knightley), a young woman who writes songs in her spare time, singing.

Two Young Artists Concerts in Taos July 26-27

on July 20, 2014 - 6:26am

TSM News:

The Taos School of Music (TSM) will host two Young Artists concerts July 26-27.

The first concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Hotel St. Bernard, Taos Ski Valley. On the program: Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio in E Flat Major, K 563, and Beethoven: Piano Trio D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost Trio." The concert is free and open to the public.

A second concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte. Tickets are $8. On the program: Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Op.

Culture Rich ‘Fiestas de Taos’ July 19-20

on July 19, 2014 - 7:22am

Courtesy photo

TAOS News:

The centuries old, culturally rich celebration of Fiestas de Taos will take place in Taos through Sunday, July 20 and includes festivities in honor of the feast days of Taos’ Catholic patron saints, St. Anne and St. James (Santa Ana y Santiago).

One of Taos’ staple annual events, Fiestas de Taos features live music donated by local talent, traditional dances, parades, and special presentations along with food and crafts vendors and activities for children. A Fiesta Queen is traditionally selected among local contenders during the fiesta as well.

The fiestas began

High Elevation ‘Beer Fiesta’ July 26

on July 18, 2014 - 8:54am

The Los Alamos Beer Co-op will again host its high elevation Beer Fiesta Saturday, July 26, at Pajarito Ski Mountain.
Last year’s inaugural event drew a huge crowd of microbrew enthusiasts for a day of hiking, biking, beer, music and fun, and this year is sure to bring a repeat performance.

The family-friendly “Beer Fiesta” is sponsored by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op, New Mexico’s only cooperative brewery in planning.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 16, 2014 - 8:57am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL    
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening Planes: Fire and Rescue, Begin Again, and Jersey Boys. We will hold Planet of the Apes, and Tammy. Transformers,and Earth to Echo will end this Thursday.

We had planned on opening Sex Tape with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal this weekend but Sony gave us the run-around again and told us we didn't make the cut. Truthfully I don't know if it's a good film or not but now at least we have a chance to see how it opens and what the critics say. If it doesn't live up to the hoopla we won't show it.

We originally didn't make

SFO Apprentice Concert July 20 at Fuller Lodge

on July 14, 2014 - 9:15am
LAOG News:
The Los Alamos Opera Guild presents its annual Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos. Light refreshments will be served.  
The Santa Fe Opera's Apprentices will perform a short program: Baritone Josh Conyers, Soprano Heather Phillps and accompanist Glenn Lewis.
The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for singers is internationally recognized as one of the finest programs of its type. On average approximately 40 apprentice singers are chosen each year from a competitive applicant pool.

Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria Host 'Manhattan' Viewing Party July 27

on July 12, 2014 - 10:44am



It’s not every day that your hometown is featured in a major television series. Starting July 27, with the premiere of “Manhattan” on WGN America, Los Alamos will be.

The Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria (Los Alamos branch on Central Avenue) are hosting a viewing party and discussion group for each of the season’s 13 episodes. The premier is 7 p.m., Sunday, July 27. Subsequent episodes will air 8 p.m Sundays.

According to WGN, “Manhattan” is about “brilliant but flawed scientists” who lived in Los Alamos during World War II and were racing

This Week at the Reel Deal

on July 9, 2014 - 9:31am
Reel Deal Theater   

This week we are opening Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We will hold Earth to Echo, Tammy and Transformers. 22 Jump St. will end this Thursday.

Movie poster for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.' Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is getting spectacular reviews. 95 percent of critics are loving this sequel to “Rise” by “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves. It may the first real blockbuster of the summer. Hope to see you at the Reel Deal Theater! It opens Friday.

 A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar

YMCA's July 4th Kids' Parade 10 a.m. at Ashley Pond

on July 3, 2014 - 5:08pm

YMCA News:

Children who want to participate in the annual Family YMCA July 4th Kids’ Parade should meet at 10 a.m., at "the elephant" at Ashley Pond.

The Parade begins at 11 a.m. and will take the route of:

  • East on Central to 20th Street; turn left.
  • Follow 20th Street around Fuller Lodge and down Bathtub Row to Nectar. Turn Right.
  • Follow Nectar to 15th Street; turn Right.
  • End at the YMCA at 15th Street and Iris.

Once there, a flag raising ceremony will take place, conducted by members of American Legion Post 90. Upon conclusion of the flag raising, activities will be available for kids

White Rock Visitor Center Hosts Art Market July 5

on July 3, 2014 - 8:11am


The White Rock Artist Market will feature local artists and crafters 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 5, at the White Rock Visitor Center.

This market will include hand-crafted jewelry, hand- painted wood pieces, melted crayon art, natural beauty items, San Ildefonso Pottery and photography.

For the first time at the market, there will be live music by Juan Rivera of Taos.

The White Rock Artist Market is produced by the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC), a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area

4th of July Schedule of Events at Overlook Park

on July 1, 2014 - 7:53am


The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos has announced the schedule of events for the 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Show at Overlook Park in White Rock.

The day's events will commence at 2 p.m. Friday with music, bouncy toys, skydiving and more. Atomic City Transit will provide free transportation to the park. A suggested donation of $5 per person (not including kids ages 12 and under) will be requested by Kiwanis members at the entry gates to Overlook Park.

Events Schedule:

  • 2-9 p.m. - Bouncy toys
  • 2-5 p.m. - Recorded music provided by Outlaw Country 107.5
  • 4 p.m. - Atomic

'Get the Brewery Open!' Party Draws Huge Crowd

on June 29, 2014 - 1:43pm

A massive crowd attended the 'Get the Brewery Open! Campaign Party' hosted by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op Saturday night in Central Park Square. The Beer Co-op signed a lease last week with Philip Kunsberg, owner and developer of Central Park Square to lease the space formerly occupied by the Canyon Bar & Grill at 160 Central Park Square. The Co-op plans to open its taproom in early 2015 as it will take about six months to get a license to sell beer. Renovations are already underway.

The Stumbling Critic Reviews ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2'

on June 28, 2014 - 8:33am
The Stumbing Critic: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

Genre(s): Fantasy, Animated, Dragons, Action, Comedy

Animated films seem to be coming back with a vengeance and success this year. I’ve only been reviewing movies for about a year, but my eyes have always been on the ratings. I’ve stated before that Rotten Tomatoes is my comparison point for my own ratings, a digital wall of other opinions. Never have I seen a non-documentary film reach almost one hundred percent until How to Train Your Dragon hit theaters in 2010.

That movie was alright, but its sequel is far superior.

This Week at the Reel Deal

on June 25, 2014 - 8:54am
Column By JIM O'DONNELL    
Reel Deal Theater

This week we are opening Transformers: Age of Extinction. We will hold Chef, The Fault in our Stars, and How to Train your Dragon 2. Edge of Tomorrow will end Thursday.

I went to see Chef the other night and liked it so much I decided to hold it another week. It is funny, thoughtful, and refreshing and I don’t think it deserves an R rating. A PG-13 would have been fine. There might have been some language but I don’t even recall that.

LA Airport Sponsors 'Frozen' at Sundown Today

on June 25, 2014 - 7:26am


Disney's uber-popular movie "Frozen" will be shown at sundown today at East Park in Los Alamos.

The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Airport as part of the summer "Movies in the Park" series.

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist will be available before the show to hand out schedules for the new commercial air service being offered through New Mexico Airlines with convenient daily flights available between Los Alamos County Airport and Albuquerque's Sunport.

'Longmire' Staging Area At Valles Caldera

on June 24, 2014 - 10:08am

The staging area at the Valles Caldera National Preserve where filming is underway at the cabin that serves as the home for the title character in the A&E series 'Longmire.' Yellow and black directional signs marked  'LM' are posted on Central Avenue and around Los Alamos to guide film vehicles through town and out to the Valles Caldera. Location scouts visited Los Alamos last week to find additional film locations that may be used in scenes for future episodes of the successful series completing its third season. For information, contact Film Liaison Kelly Stewart, Los Alamos Film Office at

Amigos Bravos: 'The Last Mountain' Screens June 24

on June 24, 2014 - 7:45am


Amigos Bravos: Because Water Matters is celebrating 26 years of protecting and restoring New Mexico’s waters with a showing of  “The Last Mountain,” which is about the devastating effects of mountaintop coal removal in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley, and the way residents and activists successfully stand up to the industry and major employer Massey Coal.

“The Last Mountain,” directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker, Bill Haney, is a Sundance Film Selection.

Yellow 'LM' Signs Around Los Alamos Are Guiding Film Crews to Valles Caldera

on June 23, 2014 - 10:56am

These yellow and black directional signs marked on Central Avenue and around Los Alamos guide film vehicles through town to the Valles Caldera National Preserve to film scenes for the A&E series 'Longmire.' Courtesy/LAC


The familiar yellow and black directional signs marked  “LM” on Central Avenue and various locations in Los Alamos townsite are in place to guide film vehicles through town to the Valles Caldera National Preserve to film scenes at the cabin that serves as the home for the title character in the A&E series “Longmire.”

Location scouts visited Los Alamos last week

'Manhattan' Premieres Sunday July 27

on June 23, 2014 - 9:52am

Still shot from WGN’s America’s 'Manhattan.' Trailer PrintScreen/LADP

Still shot from WGN’s America’s 'Manhattan.' Trailer PrintScreen/LADP

Staff Report

New Mexico media was invited Saturday to be among the first to see the New Mexico set and meet the cast of WGN’s America’s “Manhattan” - an original drama series scheduled to premiere Sunday, July 27. 

Created and written by Sam Shaw (“Masters of Sex”) and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”), “Manhattan” enters the world of deception, danger and sacrifices that characterized one of the best-kept secrets of

Scenes From Friday's Summer Concert

on June 23, 2014 - 6:50am

Los Alamos National Bank sponsored Friday's Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Kenny Miller of Kenny's BBQ stops by the LANB booth Friday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Dancers two-step to the David Luning Band Friday at Ahsley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Jugglers including Jeff Favorite, right, of the Los Alamos Hillstompers entertain at Friday's concert. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

South Beach meets Los Alamos at Friday's concert. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

An estimated

Tonight's Summer Concert Features David Luning Band

on June 20, 2014 - 10:21am

David Luning Band. Courtesy/


The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. Friday, June 20 at Ashley Pond with the David Luning Band.

This is going to be a fabulous show at our new downtown stage. It’s a free show presented by Los Alamos County and the sponsors of our Series.

Our sponsors are listed at along with a lot of other info that I’d like you to know. For instance, did you know that this Friday is Los Alamos National Bank Night?

The Stumbling Critic Reviews ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

on June 18, 2014 - 8:19am
The Stumbling Critic: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

It’s been a rough few years for Tom Cruise. For an actor with his credentials, he’s headlined some crappy movies. I didn’t know who Jack Reacher was and after watching Jack Reacher, I still didn’t know and didn’t care. Oblivion was a science-fiction train wreck and Rock of Ages was funny, but forgettable. I thought grim times would continue until Edge of Tomorrow surfaced. Frequent visits to Rotten Tomatoes help me decide which movie to watch next.

PEEC and Reel Deal Theater Present ‘GEOFISH’ with Proceeds to Benefit New Nature Center

on June 18, 2014 - 7:40am


PEEC News:

You don't have to be a fisherman to enjoy the film "GEOFISH," which follows four guys as they travel the length of Mexico in a vehicle that runs on cooking oil, in search of the best fishing spots in the country.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater will present a special screening of “GEOFISH” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19. All proceeds will benefit the Cutthroat Trout Aquarium at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, opening in spring 2015.

Armed with nothing more than fishing rods and cameras, the GEOFISH series follows four