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Today's Features

  • BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Debbie Reynolds still knows how to make a splash.
    She was a teenage charmer opposite Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain,” earned an Oscar nomination for her gutsy character in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and, at 79, is going strong as a nightclub and theater performer.
    On Saturday, Reynolds will demonstrate her flair with an auction of movie memorabilia she’s gathered over four decades and which includes costumes evoking some of filmdom’s greatest stars and roles.
    “I consider myself a fan. I’m a fan who was lucky enough to be among stars, so I collected them,” Reynolds said during a preview at the Paley Center for Media.

  • ATLANTA—Even though rapper Rick Ross lacked a father figure growing up, he found guidance through many of Tupac Shakur’s songs that taught him how to approach life as a young man.
    So when Ross was asked to perform at Shakur’s 40th birthday concert celebration Thursday night, he didn’t hesitate to take the stage to pay homage to the slain rapper he calls his role model.
    “Tupac played father for a lot of dudes like me,” Ross told a crowd of about 500 at the Atlanta Symphony Hall after he and Meek Mills performed their single “Tupac Back.”

  • PHILADELPHIA — Martha Stewart’s media aspirations just got bigger: Meet Martha Stewart, comic-book heroine.
    The woman who created her own media empire — television, magazines and more — is getting a biographical treatment in her own comic book next month.
    “Female Force: Martha Stewart,” a one-shot issue from Bluewater Productions Inc. to be sold in comic book shops, bookstores and online, will focus on how Stewart rose to become of the nation’s best-known purveyors of home decor, cooking and confident but practical living.

  • 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.

  • ‘Jackass’ star Dunn dies

    PHILADELPHIA — “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, who along with his cast mates made Americans cringe and snicker through vulgar stunts in their multimillion-dollar TV and movie franchise, was killed early Monday in a fiery car crash. He was 34.
    Dunn, a daredevil who gained notoriety for diving into a sewage tank and performing other unsavory stunts, was driving his 2007 Porsche in suburban Philadelphia when it careened off the road, flipped over a guardrail and crashed into the woods before bursting into flames. A passenger, Zachary Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, Pa., was also killed, and speed may have been a factor in the crash, West Goshen Township police said.

  • Soul-R&B master John Nemeth will entertain the crowd at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Ski Hill, as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.  The show this week is “Pajarito Ski Hill and Los Alamos Monitor Night.”
    According to concert promoter Russ Gordon, folks used to call Nemeth a “rising blues star,” but he is now considered one of the top bluesmen in the world.
        Nemeth formed his first band at 17 in his hometown of Boise, Idaho. His friends had told him about Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and Sonny Boy Williamson and for Nemeth, it was heaven on first listen.

  • Born in a hotel and died in a hotel. That pretty much sums up the life of 20th century playwright Eugene O’Neill. The story of the playwright’s sometimes depressing, turbulent life was brought to the stage for its Los Alamos debut June 18.
    Los Alamos Little Theater and Champion Productions presented, “The Unauthorized Afterlife of Eugene O’Neill.” James Cady, who somewhat resembles O’Neill, wrote and performed the play as the Nobel Prize winner, who appears as a dead man and shares his life story with the audience. Riddled with obstacles and addiction, O’Neill was able to get past his tragedies long enough to produce his greatest works.

  • Those interested in conquering small kingdoms and showing off their word building skills somewhere other than in online games with friends might be interested in getting their geek on with the Los Alamos County Library system’s new series of programs geared toward 18-35 year olds.
    Participants interested in meeting new people, crushing their opponents in a game of “Settlers of Catan,” and those looking to show of their trivia skills will find like-minded people at the “Geekout” program.

  • Class of ‘91 reunion
    The Los Alamos High School class of 1991 will have 20-year reunion events during June 24-26. For more information, visit http://www.classcreator.com/Los-Alamos-NM-1991, or contact Julie Gable at 602-320-8855.

    Volunteer at Sombrillo
    Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is recruiting volunteers to help in the following areas: gardening, reading to individuals, leading a craft project, playing card or board games with residents, helping with Bingo, playing music or leading a sing-along session. Please call the Activities Director at 662-4300 for details. We’ll help you get started.

    Volunteers needed

  • Today
    The public is invited to a Frijoles Canyon Night Walk at 9 p.m. at Bandelier National Monument. The cost is $6 and reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517 to reserve a spot.

    Thursday
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Yogi Bear,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speaks Series presents Paul Berkowitz, author of “The Case of the Indian Trader,” at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.

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