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Today's Features

  • ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ to be screened in NM after all

    SANTA FE — A movie based on Rudolfo Anaya’s iconic New Mexico-based novel “Bless Me, Ultima” will be screened in the state after all.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/PYalrp) that the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival has scheduled a screening of the film Oct. 17 to kick off the film festival.
    The move comes after producers of the film announced it was to premiere in El Paso, Texas at the historic Plaza Theatre, although the novel is set in the small town of Guadalupe, N.M., during World War II, and the film was entirely shot in New Mexico.
    The novel follows 6-year-old Antonio Marez, and a curandera named Ultima.
    “Bless Me, Ultima” has been credited with sparking the Mexican-American literature movement. It has been banned in some Arizona schools.

  • MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Warning: This is a story about online cat videos. If you’re among the seemingly tiny minority of the general population not interested in watching a 1-minute clip of a cat in a T-shirt pounding on a keyboard, then move along.
    For everyone else, a new measure of respectability is looming for an Internet pleasure that is both massively popular and, for some people, a bit embarrassing. The Walker Art Center, a well-regarded museum of modern art in Minneapolis, on Thursday is presenting its first “Internet Cat Video Film Festival” to showcase the best in filmed feline hijinks.
    With about 70 videos over 60 minutes, the Walker is mounting a social experiment as much as a film festival. At issue is whether cat video lovers used to gorging on the clips in the privacy of their homes will do so in public — an online community of fellow aficionados interacting face to face for the first time.
    “It is a cultural phenomenon that raises some interesting questions,” said Katie Hill, the Walker program associate who first suggested the festival.

  • Friday, August 31, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democrary Now!
    11:00 AM  County Council Replay (8-21-12)
    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”
    07:00 PM Homestead Tour
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, September 1, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, September 2, 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, September 3, 2012
    Happy Labor Day – No local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM – 8:00 A.M. Wednesday - Free Speech TV

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch
    11:30 AM Paths to Wellness
    12:00 PM United Church
    01:20 PM Ice Cream Man

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

    Española

    Arby’s MJG Corp., 930 Riverside Dr.
    Date inspected: Aug. 22
    Violations: Three moderate-risk violations for other — floor in walk-in cooler rusty, needs cleaning and/or replacement to keep clean. Repeat violation. Back door has cracks/visible light to outdoors, potential to allow mice/insects/vermin inside. Repeat violation. Employees/all food prep./service staff must wear hair restraints. Cap, hat, hair net, etc. Repeat violation. One low-risk violation for administration — repeat violations may lead to permit suspension and/or facility downgrade. Note: as violations continue, they expand/move up to next risk level until corrected or permit suspended. Facility doing better, but facility in bad shape, needs repairs, maintenance. Notable repeat violations could lead to permit suspension. History of repeat violations at this site.
    Notes: Hand wash sink operable, hot/cold water OK. Temperatures overall OK, roast beef hot holding at 145 degrees; cheese cold holding, 40-41 degrees. Three-compartment sink full of utensils. Meat slicer in back needs thorough cleaning, wash, rinse, sanitize in place cleaning. Needs to be cleaned prior to next use.

  • Fine art photographer Craig Varjabedian and the University of New Mexico Press announce an event to benefit The Horse Shelter in Santa Fe, a sanctuary devoted to caring for New Mexico’s abused, abandoned and neglected horses.
    Varjabedian’s new book “Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait” will officially be available Oct. 1. Before worldwide release of the book, Varjabedian and the University of New Mexico Press are offering four autographed pre-release copies of the book to horse lovers who provide a donation of $250 or more to the Horse Shelter in Santa Fe.
    “Horses are simply amazing and beautiful animals. Some people say they don’t feel affection for their owners, but I disagree. I see love, respect, familiarity, trust — all those emotions mutually between a horse and a man,” Varjabedian wrote in his book “Four and Twenty Photographs: Stories from Behind the Lens.”
    The images range over all the image-making forms — from landscape, portrait and still life — to offer a complete, varied and original portrait of the Land of Enchantment.
    The book contains 90 photographs in a hardcover coffee table book and includes three essays by New Mexico writers. Donations will help support these horses in need.

  • General Director Charles MacKay announced that The Santa Fe Opera will present the American premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen in the 2014 Festival Season. The opera, which commemorates the centennial of China’s 1911 Revolution, was commissioned by Opera Hong Kong and given its world premiere there on October 13, 2011.
    “Huang Ruo is one of the most gifted and imaginative composers writing today,” MacKay said. “His music is exotic and distinctive, with a lovely lyrical quality which makes it very approachable for the voice.  It is very moving and beautiful, and fits the Company’s mission perfectly.”
    “I wish to express the gratitude on behalf of The Santa Fe Opera Board of Directors to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support of Dr. Sun Yat-sen,” MacKay continued.  “The Foundation, long a tireless advocate of new operas, has also made a commitment to support Theodore Morrison’s opera, Oscar, to be premiered in the 2013 season, and Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain in 2015. Its pledge has made possible these three operas for Santa Fe and for what we hope will become a part of the American operatic canon.”

  • Even factoring in the normally turbulent life of a rock star, the last year-plus has been especially turbulent for Lita Ford.

    But this summer, Ford, one of the members of the groundbreaking music group, The Runaways, who also went on to have a successful solo career, has hit the road touring and is having a blast doing so.

    Ford and her band will stop at the Sandia Casino Amphitheater in Albuquerque Sept. 11.  She will open for Def Leppard and Poison, whom Ford has joined for several dates across the country.

    “It’s been really great,” Ford said of the tour. “We have a great crew. It’s a great bunch of guys. I couldn’t have asked for a better summer. The shows have been great and the fans are amazing.”

    Ford was the lead guitarist for The Runaways, an all-girl rock band formed in the mid-1970s, the lineup of which included Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Joan Jett on rhythm guitar and vocals and, briefly, bassist Micki Steele, who would later join The Bangles.

    Ford would find success as a hard rock act in the late 1980s, scoring Top 20 hits like “Kiss Me Deadly” and her highest-charting single to date, “Close My Eyes Forever,” a duet with heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne.

  • Spend an afternoon with local bird photographer Bob Walker and consider a variety of methods for photographing hummingbirds, from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 8.
    Hummingbirds are colorful summer visitors that can be both challenging and rewarding photographic subjects. Because these little birds are adaptable, relatively fearless and easily attracted to nectar feeders, it’s possible to get nice photographs of them by temporarily turning a part of your backyard into an outdoor photo studio.
    This workshop will start with a setup session showing how to prepare an outdoor studio, and will conclude with a field session in which participants can take some photos, either with their own cameras or using one that Walker will provide. Depending on the number of registrants, additional field sessions may be scheduled so that everyone who wants to take photos will get a chance to do so.
    Equipment available for use at the workshop will include a camera, tripod, hummingbird feeder and camera flashes that are used for flash setups. Participants need only bring their own camera and/or CF or SDHC flash cards. Participant cameras should be able to have the shutter speed, aperture and ISO value set manually. It’s also best if the camera can focus manually and the lens should have a zoom lens with a telephoto setting equivalent to 200mm or more (6x or greater).

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will hold a FAN Club from 5:30-7 p.m. for Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, at 2202 Canyon Road.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Family Game Night at Mesa Public Library. Join the geeks and gamers from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda for game boards galore. All ages welcome, please bring a parent or another adult if you’re 12 or younger.

    W.O.L.F. Foundation at PEEC. Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation will talk about the Mexican Gray Wolf. This will be a hands-on, interactive presentation, for all ages. Duerr will also share footage from her wolf documentaries. Free. 6:30 p.m.  Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Friday
    Summer Family Evenings: Duck Buddies. An interactive presentation all about ducks.  Learn about wild and domestic ducks, make a duck footprint, do duck crafts and meet live ducks. Free to PEEC members, $5 donation to Duck Buddies for non-member families. 6:30 p.m. at PEEC. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Sept. 4

  • We would like to thank the community for its support of our third annual High Tea and Fashion Show on Aug. 18, 2012. We served approximately 108 guests.  
    More than 50 volunteers worked for weeks to make this event our most successful fundraising effort,  with the proceeds going toward the costs of our house building mission trips to Juaréz, Mexico.
    The fashions, modeled by 13 ladies, men and children,  were from the Shop on the Corner Thrift Shop, which is open Wednesday mornings on the corner of Diamond and Canyon, across from Griffith Gym.
    In addition, we had a silent auction featuring everything from silk scarves to a wide variety of gift baskets to an airplane ride.
    Several church members donated and prepared the sweets and savories offered, while others, including several members of the youth choir, served our guests.
    We also wish to thank local businesses and individuals who contributed to the event. The Los Alamos Monitor did a beautiful article with color photographs  on the front page of the “Diversions” section.
    KRSN aired an interview with the event chair, RSVP distributed flyers and several people advertised the tea on Facebook. Photos are still posted on the Trinity on the Hill Facebook Group.