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Today's Features

  • A taste of Spain, a dash of Bach and a splash of a few barcarolles will be mixed into Los Alamos pianist Juanita Madland’s concert, the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The community can look forward a relaxed concert that will feature Spanish dances, a Bach suite, a piece by Chopin and barcarolles, or Venetian boat songs.

    Madland said, “Playing for the Brown Bag is a little lighter than a night concert.”

  • Are there priceless items sitting in your closet? Or maybe stacked up on shelves in your attic or stuffed in boxes in the garage? Your home could contain a fortune in antiques, gold, coins or jewelry, and you might not know about it. One way to determine if your stuff is valuable is take it to the Treasure Hunters Road Show.

    The Treasure Hunters Road Show will set up shop Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos. Hours of operation are  9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. There is no cost.

  • This week we look at Asset #6, Parent Involvement in Schooling. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when their parents are involved in their education.”

    Last Thursday night, I attended a school board meeting and work session. Luckily, I landed there when the school principals attended with parents who were representing advisory councils.

  • The Easter season inspires a lot of artistic creativity and Los Alamos First United Methodist Church interim choir director James Beinke will unveil April 5 what this holiday influenced him to produce.

    On Palm Sunday, an original Easter Cantata will be performed at 11 a.m.

    Beinke explained the church offers two types of services – a contemporary worship and a traditional service. During the traditional service, a choir rather than a praise band performs.

    The cantata will be featured during the traditional service, he said.

  • Members of the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center will be invited to show their work at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge from March 27-May 2. The exhibit, called “Crossing: Fiber Color Culture,” features unique woven and quilted wall hangings, rugs and wearable art. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

  • In its production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Los Alamos Little Theatre reached high and aimed big and the local theater company should be proud of the results.

    The cast and crew effectively wove drama, tragedy, laughter and hope into this production.

    “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a play by Dale Wasserman, which is based on Ken Kesey’s novel, takes place in a mental hospital. When a new patient arrives at the institution, the established order and control in the hospital is questioned and challenged.

  • Impressionist paintings have certain characteristics that set them apart: open composition, visible brush strokes and an emphasis on light in its changing qualities. Finding a different type of art in northern New Mexico is sometimes a far stretch, given that culture often influences artists but Española artist Tony Trujillo knows what impressionism is. His paintings meld beautiful landscapes of azure, violet and emerald and leave the observer longing for a far-off world of tranquility.

  • Writers are a great breed of artists. Not only do they create something that can become immortal, but writers can inspire many other forms of art.

    When I attended the Colorado Press Association’s awards conference a few years ago in Denver, I remember one of the speakers who mentioned Mark Bowden. Bowden wrote a newspaper article about soldiers who had gone to Somalia. Not only did his article lead to a book, but it also inspired a movie and, marvels upon marvels, a video game.

    This is just one example of the power the written word has on the art world.

  • David Gonzales has studied with some of the guitar greats.

    Now he shares his knowledge with the next generation of guitar musicians as an intern at Albuquerque Academy.  

    Gonzales is also taking his skills as a guitarist to the stage. Thursday, he will be the next performer in the Guitar and Gateaux concert series. The show kicks off with dessert at 7 p.m. followed by music at 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

    The program for the concert will include music by Mauro Giuliani, Manuel Ponces, Manuel de Falla, Francis Pouleno and Albert Ruosel.

  • Los Alamos alumni always come back to show how they’ve turned out and this week, Aspen Elementary School graduate Richard C. Korzekwa will do just that.

    Korzekwa is here at the request of friend and fellow teacher Brittney Newman. With the help of the Bradbury Science Museum, he is visiting Aspen Elementary School, the Jemez Pueblo and Chamisa Elementary School in the Physics Van.