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Today's Features

  • SANTA FE (AP) — Governor Susana Martinez and Department of Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica N. Gonzales recently honored seven artists and art supporters as the recipients of the 2014 Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.
    “These seven artists and supporters bring acclaim to New Mexico through their creativity and accomplishments,” Governor Martinez said. “These talented artists and dedicated contributors help define who we are as New Mexicans and inspire our children to act on their dreams.”
    The 2014 Governor’s Arts Awards recipients are Robert Mirabal of Taos — artist, music; Jean Anaya Moya of Galisteo — artist, straw applique; Donald Redman of Santa Fe —artist, sculpture; Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt of Hillsboro — artist, graphite/cowboy art; Dr. Kent Jacobs and Sallie Ritter of Las Cruces, major contributors to the arts; George R.R. Martin of Santa Fe, major contributor to the arts; and Dr. Dave Warren of Santa Clara Pueblo, major contributor to the arts.

  • When the Stars Trembled in Río Puerco, an oral history play, which premiered earlier this year to sold-out audiences in Santa Fe, will kick off the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s first-ever Latino Theatre Festival, Siembra this month.
    From now through May 2015 in partnership with 10 New Mexico theatre companies,The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will stage a wide variety of works by acclaimed Latino and Latina playwrights.
    Santa Fe-based Teatro Paraguas begins the festival with its presentation of “When the Stars Trembled in Rio Puerco.” Presented in English, this oral history play is based on stories of viejitos of the Río Puerco valley, collected and edited by celebrated New Mexico folk historian, Nasario García, adapted and directed by Santa Fe playwright Shebana Coelho.

  • TAOS (AP) — Voters across the country chose Taos Pueblo as the second “Best Native American Experience” in the United States based on USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice contest. Acoma Pueblo in Albuquerque was chosen as the No. 1 pick.
    In August, USA Today asked readers to choose their top 10 choices for Best Native American Experience out of 20 nominees across the U.S. Half of the top 10 winners are based in New Mexico.
    Taos Pueblo has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years and is the only living Native American community to be designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.
    On Sept. 29 and 30, Taos Pueblo will celebrate the pueblo’s patron saint, St. Gerome (San Geronimo), with their “San Geronimo Eve Vespers” and “San Geronimo Day.”
    “San Geronimo Vespers” begins on Sept. 29 with mass at the Pueblo’s San Geronimo Chapel at 3 p.m. San Geronimo Chapel was built in 1850 to replace the original 16th century church, which was destroyed in 1847. Later that evening at 6 p.m., a “Sundown Dance” with a ceremonial drumming ceremony will take place.

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — ABQ Global Entertainment, LLC, a film production company based in Nob Hill and owned by Lainie S. Quirk and Ivan Wiener, joins the Windcatcher Entertainment production team of screenwriter and producer, Jane L. Fitzpatrick and Native American adviser and producer, Chief Whispering Raven.
    Quirk and Wiener, co-founders and co-executive producers of the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) bring their New Mexico resources in the film and business communities to Windcatcher.
    “Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea,” will focus on the most famous, but least known Native American woman in history.
    The Lewis and Clark expedition was a treacherous journey across the land to the Pacific Ocean and back in 1804-06. Sacajawea was a significant member of this Corps of Discovery. Her ability to secure horses for the mountainous trek and her knowledge of the land brought them success, which they may not have otherwise achieved.
    The production team is currently working with investors to finalize funding and go into pre-production.

  • Millions of men, women and children struggle with mental illness.
    The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 26.2 percent of Americans age 18 and over suffer from a mental disorder — one in five adults.
    In age group 13-18, one in five suffer a serious debilitating mental disorder.
    Overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness is an uphill battle.
    To increase the understanding of problems those with mental illness face, the week of Oct. 5-11 has been designated National Mental Illness Awareness Week. There will be a number of events throughout the week focusing on mental illness, including “Inside Out,” an art exhibition. The show will kick off with a preview fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the James Kelly Contemporary Gallery in the Santa Fe Railyard.
    The following day, Oct. 11, the exhibition will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with a reception for the artists from 4-6 p.m.
    The “Inside Out” event is being produced with assistance from SITE Santa Fe. The artwork in the exhibition is by artists in Santa Fe who are receiving support for mental illness.
    The show will provide a forum for these artists to share how they view their world. With the help of the sponsors, the artists’ receive 100 percent of the art sales.

  • Blunders happen in life, but when they occur in nature, those who witness them usually walk away with interesting stories.
    This will be the topic of the next installation of Nature on Tap, hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, which is part of an informal discussion series started by the Los Alamos Creative District.
    The talk will begin 5:30 p.m. today at the Manhattan Project Restaurant. PEEC’s new Director of Interpretation Jonathan Creel, will facilitate the discussion.
    Has anyone ever witnessed unique animal behavior or been stuck on a camping trip where nothing could go right, despite all the best planning? Come to Nature On Tap and share your stories (and a few laughs) with others.
    Creel is in charge of design and interpretive programming for the new Nature Center and he joined the PEEC team in July.
    For more information call PEEC at 662-0460. 

  • Electric violinist Tracy Silverman and story dancer Zuleikha are joining forces to kick-off the national performance tour “Aurora” and outreach series for youth.
    The show will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe. The duo weaves improvisational music, story, dance and humor in the atmosphere of Warehouse 21’s Blackbox theater.
    The film created at this event will be used to gather sponsorships for the “Aurora Project,” which will give youth in disadvantaged circumstances around the country an opportunity to participate in creative workshops with Zuleikha and Silverman on the joy and art of improvisation.
    Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School.
    Shortly after graduating in 1980, Silverman built one of the first-ever, six-string violins and set his own course as a musical pioneer.

  •  Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    “Detonography: The Art of Evelyn Rosenberg” at the Mesa Public Library upstairs gallery. Exhibit runs through Sept. 30.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    Los Alamos High School Olions present “Melodrama.” 7 p.m. preview. Tickets for this show will be two for one. $5 for everyone in the LAHS Blackbox.  

  • Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club is gearing up for their first melodrama, “Melodrama,” which begins with a preview, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Black Box Theater. The melodrama, which was written by the cast and is directed by Rosemary Vigil, tells the story of an evil villain who comes to town to put all the local enterprises out of business.
    Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday (preview), 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for all shows except the preview, which is two tickets for $5. The Black Box Theater is located on the lower level of the main high school building. Signs will be posted from the parking lot. Cast from left, Eben Bold, Mateo Cardiel, Sarah Russell. Lauren Partin, Josh Vigil and Donald Poston.

  • There was a great turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the eighth episode of WGN’s new series, “Manhattan,” a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. A special thanks to Ruth Lier who brought her Girl Scout uniform from 1941 to share with us! Every week the society updates a bulletin board in the museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues. Previous episodes are discussed on the website, losalamoshistory.org, on the Facebook page and in the museum.
    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society from 8-9:30 p.m. Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria for a viewing and discussion of “Manhattan” (TV-14 rating).
    Ep. 8: “The Second Coming”
    Did British scientists come to Los Alamos to work on the project?