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Today's Features

  •  The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents Texas blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland at 7 p.m. Friday at Rover Park in White Rock. The show is free. Donations from Los Alamos County and many Los Alamos businesses, professionals and friends pay for the series.
    Wonderland is a blues and blues/rock artist with diverse influences from elements of country, swing, zydeco, surf, churchy gospel-soul, jazz, Latin and soul.
    “Carolyn is a great guitarist and singer. She’s played the world’s best venues, including public television’s ‘Austin City Limits,’ the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, all the Texas and New Mexico clubs as well as the European clubs,” LASCS Promoter Russ Gordon said.
    Wonderland is married to A. Whitney Brown, a comedian and writer for shows like “Saturday Night Live,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and the liberal radio network’s “Air America Radio.” Brown is quoted as saying he’s “a vegetarian not because he loves animals. I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.”
    An LA Times article said about a recent concert, “Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitarist. She whistled a solo. She even played trumpet, and damn can she sing.”

  • Award-winning University of California-Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko will deliver the 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.
     The lecture, “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe,” is free and open to the public.
     Filippenko has made a career of studying supernovae and using these cosmic beacons to probe the vastness of space. Filippenko was a member of two independent teams that in 1998 reported, based on observations of supernovae that the universe was expanding at a runaway pace. The leaders of those teams received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery.
     Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his research, Filippenko’s skills in teaching and conveying scientific concepts to non-scientists has been recognized with the Carl Sagan Prize, the Richtmyer Memorial Award and a Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation.
     Filippenko will discuss how observations of supernovae have led scientists to conclude the universe contains a repulsive force, dubbed “dark energy,” that forces space to expand at an ever-increasing rate, pulling galaxies and other matter along with it. Einstein had once postulated such a mechanism but later rejected it and called it his “biggest blunder.”

  • The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is sponsoring a talk on rainwater harvesting at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
    The talk is free and open to the public, with advance registration requested at PajaritoEEC.org. Walk-ins are also welcome. The DPU will provide a free water conservation kit for each participant.
    Is your garden thirsty for days, and then overwhelmed by a short cloudburst? Rainwater harvesting can help you store water on those overwhelming days to use on the following dry days, without costing a lot in water bills.  
    Integrated rainwater harvesting systems are designed to combine active systems, like tanks and barrels, with passive systems, such as rain gardens and bioswales. During this workshop, Jeffrey Adams will explore the principles and key components of integrated rainwater harvesting systems and introduce the basics of site assessment, designing, implementing and maintaining multi-functional rainwater harvesting systems. Participants will learn how to create spaces for water running off roofs, driveways and other impervious surfaces to slow down, spread out and soak into planted areas. This is a cost-effective way to decrease water demand in your garden and landscaped areas, and also helps protect water quality.

  • Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will host an opening reception for “Message from La Habana: Six Contemporary Cuban Artists,” from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 31 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.

    Art exhbits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces three exhibitions during Indian Market week by three Native American artists: new contemporary fine art jewelry by Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird; clay sculpture and photos by Virgil Ortiz, “Venutian Soldiers” and paintings by David Johns, “Abstracted Landscapes.” The exhibits will be up for Ortiz and Johns today; and for Johnson and Bird on Friday. Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is located at 435 S. Guadalupe St. For more information, visit zanebennettgallery.com.

    Auditions

    Auditions for The Adobe Theatre’s production of “The Jewel in the Manuscript,” a drama by Rosemary Zibart, will be from 9 a.m.-noon and from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at The Adobe Theatre. Callbacks will be from 7-10 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Director Brian Hansen at 505-637-4032 or email hansenbk@earthlink.net.

    Benefits

  • The Los Alamos Monitor  has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

    1. “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate,”
    Jacqueline Kelly
    2. “Los Alamos Trails,” Craig Martin*
    3. “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,”
    Richard Rhodes
    4. “American Prometheus,” Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin
    5. “The Green Glass Sea,” Ellen Klages
    6. “Wonder,” R.J. Palacio
    7. “They Say/I Say: the Moves That Matter in Academic Writing,” Gerald Graff
    8. “Mason, a New Mexico Hero,” Caroline Mason
    9. “Day Hikes in the Santa Fe Area,” Northern New Mexico Sierra Club
    10. “Roads to the Past ... ” Dick and Kathryn Huelster
    * Denotes local or regional author

  • 1. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
    2. Lights, Ellie Goulding

    3. Whistle, Flo Rida

    4. Wide Awake, Katy Perry

    5. Payphone, Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa

    6. Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye

    7. Where Have You Been, Rihanna
    8. Titanium, David Guetta featuring Sia
    9. Home, Phillip Phillips
    10. Blow Me (One Last Kiss), P!nk

     

  • Friday, August 17, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democrary Now!
    11:00 AM  County Council Replay (8-07-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society –“New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood”
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, August 18, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, August 19, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, August 20, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Spirituality Today
    11:30 AM The LA Times – Legislative Review with Jim Hall
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Elizabeth Claire Project
    01:30 PM Community Winds – “Toys and Stories”
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood”

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

    Española

    La Botana mobile unit, 111 Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Aug. 9
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — sanitizer didn’t have any bleach. Corrected. One cup/one gallon.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Tiendita, 1027 N. Railroad Ave.
    Date inspected: Aug. 6
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Pojoaque

    Roadrunner Café, Hwy. 84/285
    Date inspected: Aug. 8
    Violations: Four high-risk violations for contaminated equipment — bins have scoops inside. Corrected; Coke nozzle needs to be cleaned, has residue on it. Corrected; sanitizer > 200 ppm, corrected. One for storage — container needs lids. Corrected. Two moderate-risk violations for contaminated equipment — walls need cleaning, food items on them; cutting boards need to be replaced, not smooth. Have too many deep grooves, difficult to clean. Two low-risk violations, one for floors/walls/ceilings — flooring in kitchen area needs repair. One for ventilation/lighting — light fixture must have covering.

  • Ear-splitting thrash metal will be showcased from 10-11:40 a.m. Saturday, as the documentary, “Tension: 25 Years Underground” debuts at the KiMo Theatre as part of the Albuquerque Film Festival. Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Tom Gattis has fronted the band since its inception in the 80s. Tickets, $10 are available at holdmyticket.com. The show is for those 18 years of age and older.

  • For the first program of its Fire Recovery Series, Pajarito Environmental Education Center will offer an exploratory hike from Ponderosa Campground at 8:30 a.m. Aug 25. Terry Foxx and Chris Judson will lead the non-strenuous hike.  It is free and open to the public, with no registration required.
    The slow-meandering walk will focus on observation and discovery of the complexity of the ecosystems of the Pajarito Plateau and the change that these ecosystems have experienced over the past 200 years.
    Judson and Foxx will discuss both the history of fire in the area and ecological recovery from fire. They will point out changes that have taken place through time from fire, urbanization and climate.
    Participants should meet at Bandelier Monument’s Ponderosa Campground on N.M. 4 at 8:30 a.m. and wear good walking shoes and bring water.
    For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.