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Today's Features

  • The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Los Alamos

    Café Sushi, 3801 Arkansas Ave.
    Date inspected: Nov. 29
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    El Parasol, 1903 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: Nov. 29
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for contaminated equipment — cutting boards needs to be replaced. Grooves are too deep. Must be able to clean properly and contact surface needs to be smooth.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 17, pre-opening

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fisk University’s decade-long quest to generate cash from a 101-piece art collection donated by the late painter Georgia O’Keeffe is one step closer to fruition.
    But it is unclear how quickly the historically black university in Nashville will be able to complete a $30 million deal to sell a 50 percent stake in the collection to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark.
    Under the agreement, the artworks including O’Keefe’s own 1927 oil painting “Radiator Building — Night, New York” — would move between Fisk and the Arkansas museum every two years.

  • Sharon Snyder, author of “At Home on the Slopes of Mountains: The Story of Peggy Pond Church” and “Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau,” will sign her books from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Otowi Station Bookstore.
    Church, author of the Southwest classic, “The House at Otowi Bridge,” has been called the first lady of New Mexican poetry.
    Using Church’s poems, journals, correspondence and interviews with friends and family, Snyder paints an emotional life portrait.
    The biography traces an historic life through canyons and ruins, trails and tall pines, a great flood and the loss of her home to the Manhattan Project of World War II.

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold auditions for its February-March 2012 production, “The Giver” by Lois Lowery, directed by Mimi Adams and produced by Pat Beck.
    Auditions will run Dec. 2-4, with callbacks on Dec. 5. There are parts available for adults and children.
    Those interested in auditioning are asked to prepare a 60-90 second non-Shakespearian monologue.
    They will also read from audition sides taken from the script. Script and audition sides are available for overnight checkout at Mesa Public Library.
    Those auditioning should be prepared to indicate possible rehearsal and performance schedule conflicts.

  • Local artist Diana Bryer will give a talk titled, “Guardians of Hidden Traditions,” from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Los Alamos Jewish Center, 2400 Canyon Road. Refreshments will be served.
    Bryer’s work has the universal power of myth and magic. She paints the people and history of Northern New Mexico from her studio in Chimayó. She will talk about her experience as a Jewish woman artist and how she was moved to paint Crypto-Jewish subjects. Bryer will also be available to autograph posters.

  • “It just doesn’t feel like December,” Karen Wray said as she was preparing her gallery for the annual Art For the Holidays show, which opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. today.
    Normally, Wray feels very in tune with the coming of winter; landscape painters are deeply sensitive to seasonal changes. Her focus and immersion in leaves turning, the blooming of springtime, the heat of summer and the crisp starkness of winter is evident in the artwork she creates and curates in her gallery. The new pieces leaning against the wall capture the magic of a Los Alamos Winter.  

  • From the musical ballet, the “Nutcracker,” to the sounds of carolers singing holiday classics, Los Alamos will celebrate an “enchanted” holiday with a number of holiday-related events, starting with the three-day Winterfest weekend, Friday through Sunday.
    The cast of the Dance Arts Los Alamos group will help kick off the holiday festivities with a presentation of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, the “Nutcracker,” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Saturday hosts a variety of activities. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fuller Lodge will have an open house with various musical performances.

  • Yves 'Jetman' Rossy takes to the skies again in a formation flight alongside two jets from the Breitling Jet Team over Switzerland.

  • Thursday
    A book fair to benefit the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary will be from
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.  in the main lobby area of LAMC.

    The NaNoWriMo TGIO party will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    The December meeting of the Los  Alamos Master Gardeners will be a holiday potluck at 6 p.m. at the home of Denise George, 411 Cheryl, White Rock.

  • Next up in the Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series is a story with fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles.
    It’s not too scary, but there are some shrieking eels. An angry Spaniard repeatedly tells a man with a surplus finger to prepare to die. It’s almost a chant.
    There’s an entire pit full of despair and a handful of quasi-sportsmanlike hand-to-hand combat.
    There is a pack, or mischief, of really big rats to worry about, if they do actually exist, and an equally beastly Sicilian with a dizzying intellect.