Grand finale to punctuate the Next Big Idea

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By Roger Snodgrass

Big ideas go on and on but The Next Big Idea will have a definite climax.

The first instance of what Los Alamos organizers hope will become an annual signature attraction, The Next Big Idea, is meant to showcase discoveries and inventions. In downtown Los Alamos Saturday, July 19, there will a variety of activities for youth in a “Discovery Zone,” where participants can see, squish and otherwise interact with innovations. The Bradbury Science Museum will facilitate “Zephyr” workshops and competitions for children and adults, and Gordons’ Concerts will present the Pete Amahl Quartet at 11 a.m., featuring Hillary Smith on vocals and the rhythm section from the Greg Abate Band.

The day is expected to reach a spectacular conclusion Saturday night at the Duane Smith Auditorium, if advance notices of the musical performance group MASS Ensemble are reliable guides.

The group’s founder and artistic director Bill Close said in a telephone interview Friday that the performers will be bringing their most famous musical creation for the occasion.

“We’re bringing in the Earth Harp,” Close said from his studio in Venice, Calif. “We’re going to set it up in the interior of the auditorium.”

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