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Today's Features

  • LOS ANGELES — “Transformers” robots have lost some of their money-making power but delivered the biggest opening weekend domestically so far this year.
    Distributor Paramount Pictures said Sunday that “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” took in $97.4 million domestically in its first weekend. That beat the $90.2 million debut of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
    But the domestic haul for the sci-fi sequel was down from the $109 million first weekend for 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

  • WASHINGTON — States cannot ban the sale or rental of ultraviolent video games to children, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting such limits as a violation of young people’s First Amendment rights and leaving it up to parents and the multibillion-dollar gaming industry to decide what kids can buy.
    The high court, on a 7-2 vote, threw out California’s 2005 law covering games sold or rented to those under 18, calling it an unconstitutional violation of free-speech rights. Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia, said, “Even where the protection of children is the object, the constitutional limits on governmental action apply.”

  • 1.  “Transformers; Dark of the Moon” weekend gross, $97.8 million

    2.  “Cars 2,”  weekend gross,
    $26.2 million

    3.  “Bad Teacher” weekend gross, $14.5 million

    4.  “Larry Crowne,” $13 million

    5. “Super 8,” weekend gross, $7.9 million

    6.  “Monte Carlo,” weekend gross,$7.4 million

  • 1.  Give Me Everything, Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer

    2.  Rolling in the Deep, Adele

    3.  Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock

    4. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)

    5. Super Bass, Nicki Minaj

    6.   The Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga

    7.  E.T., Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

    8. Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera

    9.  The Lazy Song, Bruno Mars

    10.  How to Love, Lil Wayne

  • Music

    Lads of Enchantment, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, invites the public to join them in song.  Besides the enjoyment of singing in harmony, barbershop chorus and quartets experience the thrill of performing in the community. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays at the United Church of Los Alamos, Graves Hall. Attendees will find their chapter meetings are well planned, musically satisfying and fun. Visitors are welcome.
     
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites all interested musicians to join its upcoming concerts. No audition is necessary, but proficiency on a wind or percussion instrument is required. The LACW rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. www.lacw.org.

  • Art openings

    An exhibition of the Santa Fe Railway’s Couse calendar prints opens from 1-4 p.m. July 17 with a public reception at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, 146 Kit Carson Road, Taos. This exhibition of the 23 color lithographic prints of paintings by E.I. Couse that appeared on the Santa Fe Railway calendars between 1914 and 1938 will be on view (by appointment) through mid-October. This exhibition will include railway ephemera as well as artifacts from the Couse collection related to the paintings. For an appointment to view the exhibit and/or tour the Couse home and studio call 575-751-0369.  

    Exhibits

  • Get ready to let the music move you. A piece of Brazil is coming to Fuller Lodge Friday night in the form of The Samba Project.
    Los Alamos High School graduate Johnny Finn, along with Laura Ann Singh, Paul Lucas and Manny Brito, bring their diverse genre to Los Alamos residents.
    Based in Arizona, The Samba Project is a group that Finn co-created approximately two years ago with a Brazilian singer and guitarist, after he returned from spending a year in Brazil. During his time there, Finn conducted research in cultural geography for his doctorate. He focused his research on national identity, music and race.

  • Among New Mexico’s treasures are the rich cultural traditions of the Navajos. In a new traveling multimedia exhibit, “Celebrating Navajo Culture — Past and Present,” created by students from the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts Department  rodeo, weaving and the contributions of veterans are explored.
    The exhibit will be on display in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery through Aug. 4.
    A public reception will be from 5:30-7 p.m. July 11, with Gallery Talk by Navajo Historian Leonard Perry.
     The students worked under the guidance of Perry, president of the Crownpoint Historical and Cultural Heritage Council and NMHU faculty members Megan Jacobs, Andrew Wollner and Kerry Loewen.

  • The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women, in conjunction with Library Family Night, will present “Spaghetti and Meatballs for All” at 7 p.m. July 18 at Mesa Public Library.
    Dr. Claire Passantino at the Makefield, Penn. AAUW branch in 2004, initiated the “Let’s Read Math” program. Passantino has many years of teaching experience in grades K-8. The object of the program is to help alleviate the anxiety that many children, especially girls, have about mathematics, and to make math fun.

  • Janice Parker Muir’s oil, pastel and acrylic paintings will be displayed in a solo exhibit titled, “Fields and Scapes,” July 7-Aug. 12 at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.  The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
    After shoulder surgery Muir realized there was an opportunity to launch a new artistic direction. Since she could no longer sustain her normal easel position, she began using an easel that can lay flat, which allows her to paint comfortably.
    “In my mind this is a pre- and post-surgery show,” Muir said. “Most of the pastels will be the ‘pre’ with the acrylics being the ‘post.’ ”