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Today's Features

  • The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is announces the 2014 Summer Entertainment Series, 5-9 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 13. The scenic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Sunset Dinner Trains traverse some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the southern Rocky Mountains.
    Riders will enjoy the cool, crisp mountain air as the train climbs the 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass. The Sunset Dinner Trains include an onboard alcohol service, a dinner at the summit of Cumbres Pass, an opportunity to enjoy some of the sunsets in the West and music.
    The 2014 Sunset Dinner Train Entertainment schedule is:
    July 19: Ed Stabler, San Angelo, Texas
    July 26: DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Aug. 2: Bishops 10, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 9: Jake Vigil, Bad Attitude Band, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 16: DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Aug. 23: Jake Vigil, Bad Attitude Band, Antonito, Colo.
    Aug. 30: Labor Day Weekend, DJ El Norteño, Tierra Amarilla
    Sept. 6: The Syd Masters Duo, Albuquerque
    Sept. 13: Mariachi Río Grande, Taos
    Ed Stabler is a singer and guitarist well known for his rich singing voice and smooth, finger-picking guitar style. Stabler will be performing Saturday.

  • The second annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown is officially on. It’s all about finding the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe and it’s up to the public to decide which seven restaurants will be in the final Smackdown.
    Voting for the city’s best green chile cheeseburger will be open at santafe.org/funfoodevent now through Aug. 15. Or look for the Smackdown badge on the santafe.org homepage to vote. Chefs are preparing for a chance at the finals with bragging rights at stake for the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe.
    The six burger joints receiving the most votes on the website advance to the final cook-off from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion.
    A “Lucky Number 7” restaurant will be added during a radio-broadcasted burger crawl the week of Aug. 18. Voters may select one restaurant per Internet browser, per day.
    At the final cook-off, the seven finalists fire up their grills and present their best burgers to a panel of judges and the perhaps their toughest critics — the public.
    Distinguished food experts, including James Beard Award winner and local cookbook author Cheryl Jamison, will evaluate each finalist’s burger to determine the 2014 Reigning Chomp.

  • There are only 30 tickets for sale for a benefit concert hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Renowned guitarist Genevieve Leitner will perform 7 p.m. July 24 at the renovated and historic Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row.
    Tickets are on sale now on PEEC’s website for $35. If tickets remain on the day of the show, they will also be sold at the door for $40.
    The proceeds of the concert will go toward funding exhibits and gardens at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, a public-private partnership between the county and PEEC.
    The county is constructing the facility, and PEEC is fundraising to pay for indoor and outdoor exhibits, which will belong to the new center. The new center is slated to open in spring 2015.
    Leitner currently performs and teaches guitar throughout the United States and Chile. She has won several competitions including several first prizes.
    Leitner has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Roland Dyens, Carlos Pérez, Scott Tenant, Jason Vieaux and others. She received her bachelor’s of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Gerald Klickstein.

  • General Director Charles MacKay announced today that an additional performance of Bizet’s “Carmen” has been added 8 p.m. Aug. 18.
    “There has been such a demand for tickets, and all 12 performances have been filling so quickly,” MacKay said. “I am happy that we are able to offer more of our patrons a chance to see this wonderful new production of Bizet’s masterpiece.”
    The standard patron amenities will be offered, such as shuttles from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, preview buffet beginning at 5:30 p.m., Prelude Talks in Stieren Hall at 6 and 7 p.m., Opera Shop and food and beverage services.
    Taking advantage of Santa Fe’s Southwestern setting and advances in video projection, director Stephen Lawless brings “Carmen” closer to home, setting the drama in the Mexico of recent past.
    A mercurial creature who defies categories, Carmen has been rivetingly interpreted by both sopranos and mezzo-sopranos. Singing the role in all performances through July 18, Argentinian born Daniela Mack will bring the darker vocal luster of the mezzo-soprano voice to the stage.

  • This season, for the first time, The Santa Fe Opera presents Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” a true masterpiece that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. This production, staged with care and thought, is not to be missed.
    “Fidelio” is the story of Florestan, a man taken prisoner by a political enemy. Driven by her great love, his wife Leonore dresses like a boy she calls Fidelio and goes to where Florestan is imprisoned to try to save him. The director’s choice of era in which to stage this production is a great one, and the costumes and staging work together to help the audience relate to the idea that the fight against injustice and tyranny are ongoing.
    Bulgarian Soprano Alex Penda has an impressive instrument that demonstrates great flexibility along with astonishing dynamic control. Penda’s delicate high pianissimi are perfection, and her chesty lower notes are surprisingly resonant. It is difficult to imagine a more suitable voice for Leonore. Florestan doesn’t appear until later in the opera; however, tenor Paul Groves leaves a lasting impression on the audience. His voice is a superb match for Penda’s and his acting is effective without being overdone.

  • Today
    “Science on Tap.” 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Window Bistro.

    Atomic Film Festival presents “Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie.” 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos. Bring a leash, no longer than six feet.

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.
    Friday
    Wildflower Walk. 5:15 p.m. Join PEEC’s Jemez Mountains Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, for an easy walk to identify some of our local wildflower beauties. A plant list will be available. No advance registration required. Meet at PEEC at 5:15 p.m. to carpool to the trailhead. Free. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Jeremy Goettee, a senior at Los Alamos High School was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Goettee is the son of Connie and Jeff Goettee and brother of Maxwell and Reuben Goettee.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; next year, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.
    Goettee is a member of National Honor Society and has managed to maintain high academic standards while running on the cross country team and participating in track and field. He has competed in cross country and track for the past six years. He is a member of the high school chess team, the German Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

  • Los Alamos teens Lauren Marcus and Brenna Graham have qualified to go to the United States Pony Club National Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park this week. The two will compete in the Quiz category.
    Quiz is a competition that tests overall horse knowledge. It consists of multiple phases, tested over several days, against teams from the more than 40 regions of United States Pony Clubs across the country.
    The phases are an oral test on a wide range of horse management, veterinary knowledge, equestrian sports rules, hands-on horse management; a written test; and working together to assemble tack or other group tasks and identification of exotic equipment and horse breeds. There are complex strategies and tactics involved to win.
    The girls put in more than 100 hours of study time and have pored over thousands of pages of reference material. Both girls have competed at this level previously, as well as having won at various equine-knowledge competitions at the regional and interregional level.
    Marcus is the daughter of Wendy and Alan Marcus, and Graham is the daughter of Samara and Paul Graham, all of Los Alamos.
    USPC states as one of its goals that all members shall learn horse management in addition to riding skills, and that horse-management emphasis is one of the items for which USPC grads are particularly well known.

  •  Ryszard Wasilewski poses with one of his paintings on display at the opening reception for his exhibit on July 11. The art will be in the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Gallery daily through Aug. 5.

  • Today
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Eureka! at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 11. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Celebrate the 44th season. This week at market will be Leroy Pacheco from Los Alamos Recycling. Come find out what’s happening with recycling and what can be recycled. First drawing for the contest 10 a.m.

    “Science on Tap.” 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Window Bistro.