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Today's Features

  • The Los Alamos Community Winds has joined a consortium of 15 community bands from across the country to commission a new wind ensemble piece, “Fantasia on Silent Night,” by award-winning composer James Syler.
    “I have wanted to do something like this for awhile — playing with the ‘Silent Night’ tune. I’ve already started to work on it,” Syler said. “It’s odd to work on a Christmas carol in the middle of summer.”
    The name of each commissioning ensemble and their directors will be printed on the score. The score and parts will be turned in on Oct. 1.

  • In July and August, global opera star Mark Steven Doss will once again portray Mephistopheles when he takes the stage for the Santa Fe Opera’s first-ever production of “Faust.”
    Reprising Charles
    Gounod’s demonic villain for his seventh production, which will bring his career performances to 40, it is a role that he continues to savor.
    “Mephistopheles is a physically demanding role, which requires me to be on stage throughout most of the production, and I enjoy it immensely,” said Doss, who is a Grammy Award winning bass-baritone and former Santa Fe Opera apprentice. “I continue to build on each of my previous performances to further reveal the power and pain of the fallen angel.”

  • Hefner says Playmate called off wedding

    CHICAGO — Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner says his fiancee has called off their wedding.
    The 85-year-old Hefner says in a Tuesday message on Chicago-based Playboy’s official Twitter feed that 24-year-old Crystal Harris has “had a change of heart.”
    Hefner announced in December that he and the former Playmate were getting married, tweeting that he’d given Harris an engagement ring. He has said that the wedding was scheduled for this Saturday at the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.

    Springsteen: Clemons’ stroke ‘serious’

  • LOS ANGELES  — Hollywood’s summer box-office streak has cooled a bit with a $37 million opening weekend for J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi tale “Super 8.”
    It was a healthy but unremarkable launch in a summer season whose newcomers often open with two or three times as much money. Released by Paramount Pictures, “Super 8” largely features a cast of young newcomers, the story centering on teen filmmakers and an alien entity that escapes from a wrecked train.
    “The movie was never conceived to be a blockbuster, tent-pole film opening to $60 or $70 million,” said Don Harris, head of distribution for Paramount.

  • ALBUQUERQUE — “The Case of the Indian Trader” (University of New Mexico Press) is the story of Billy Gene Malone and the end of an era.
    Malone lived almost his entire life on the Navajo Reservation working as an Indian trader; the last real Indian trader to operate historic Hubbell Trading Post.
    While Malone is at the center of this story, a more complex picture unfolds in federal agent Paul Berkowitz’s detailed account of how the National Park Service launched — and recklessly pursued — an investigation targeting Malone, falsely accusing him of a host of crimes. In 2005, Berkowitz was assigned to take over the year-and-a-half-old case.

  • The Los Alamos Historical Society is hosting a book signing and author talk with Robert J. Torrez and Robert Trapp, co-authors of Rio Arriba: A New Mexico County, on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. The book signing is in conjunction with Homestead Day, part of the Summer Adventures in History and Science sponsored every Tuesday in June and July by the Los Alamos Historical Society and Bradbury Science Museum.
    Rio Arriba: A New Mexico County reviews the history of the area. The authors provide  an overview of its primordial beginnings, the Tewa peoples that established the county’s first permanent settlements, the role the Navajo, Ute, and Jicarilla Apache played in the region’s history.

  • Each year families anticipate The Santa Fe Opera’s popular Youth Nights at the Opera, a special program that allows them to attend final dress rehearsals at greatly reduced prices.  
    Since its inception in 1959, Youth Nights at the Opera have provided an opportunity for over 225,000 children and young adults to see professionally staged opera performances.  General Director Charles MacKay attributes his love of opera to his attendance at the very first Youth Night performance of “Die Fledermaus,” in 1959.

  • It’s a rare occasion when two theatres can come together to coordinate a show to bring to Los Alamos. It is even more rare when an actor from Albuquerque brings a show to Los Alamos,  which he plans to tour the country with, hoping to eventually end up on Broadway. Jim Cady of the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque has that goal for “The Unauthorized Afterlife of Eugene O’Neill.” Performances at the Los Alamos Little Theatre are a step toward helping him further realize that goal.
    “The Unauthorized Afterlife of Eugene O’Neill” just finished a run at Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe. There were two performances, both of which resulted in thunderous applause and standing ovations.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested in the Lions Club should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email drwulff47@aol.com.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “The North Avenue Irregulars,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in Room 3. They will plan for several upcoming summer events.

    Saturday

  •     Greg Abate, considered one of the top saxophonists in the world, will play bebop jazz at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.
    After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in the mid 70s, he started his own ensemble called “Channel One,” but soon quit to play lead alto sax for the Ray Charles Orchestra.
    He stayed on with the orchestra for a couple of years then went back to his own band and sound, and then joined the Artie Shaw Orchestra, where he played tenor sax.
    However, he ran into problems with both bands because he was unable to improvise. The bands were too structured and Abate considered himself a very cool jazz musician.