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Today's Features

  • Jan McDonald has been a fixture in the Los Alamos music scene. Whether conducting the Los Alamos High School band or performing with the Los Alamos Big Band, McDonald has shared his music with the community for a long time.

    He will return to town, along with the Dalton Trio, at 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge for “An Evening of Jazz.”

    The concert will feature jazz selections such as “Georgia on My Mind,” “Body and the Soul,” “Alone Together” and “Black Orpheus.”

  • Writing started out as a money-making venture for Robert Arellano. When he was 6 years old, Arellano’s mother would pay him a $1 for every Shakespeare sonnet he rewrote.

    His interest in writing expanded when he was 8 or 9 years old. Arellano remembers writing stories about a little boy, named Jimmy Rocket, who could fly.

    What started out as a moneymaking opportunity grew into something Arellano needs to do to feel satisfied. Unless he writes a few hours a week, Arellano said, he doesn’t feel happy.

  • “(There’s a) desire inside each and every one of us to have a hero,” Dan Rosencrans, station manager of Family Line Radio, said Friday night during the Hope Pregnancy Center’s 13th annual banquet at the White Rock Baptist Church.

    The opportunity for each member of the community to fulfill this desire has arrived. Through the banquet, the Hope Pregnancy Center staff set out packets and pledge cards, asking the community to support the center in its efforts to help women and teens in the community.

  • Tom and Penny Wyant, of Enchanted Trek Travel, will not be hosting their cruise night presentation today. It was held Thursday. To learn more contact Enchanted Trek Travel at 672-1981.

  • Of whom does Reformation remind you: Thomas Beza? Ulrich Zwingli? James Arminius? John Calvin? Probably all the above. The “Father of the Reformation,” Martin Luther, named after St. Martin of Tours, was very inquisitive and wanted to learn from the sages such as Aristotle, Plato, and Gabriel Biel. But two men who became his tutors (Bartholomaus Arnoldi von Usingen and Jodocus Trutfetter) taught Luther to be wary of even the great thinkers of the ages.

  • There are sites and activities that are deemed unique to Los Alamos and embraced by locals. But now, it is more than just Los Alamos residents who are noticing these local gifts.

    In fact, the New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association presented awards to the Los Alamos Recreation Division and the Parks Division during its annual conference in September.

    The recreation division received the Aquatic Program of the Year award for its Pumpkin Splash activity while the parks division earned the Park/Trails/Bike Path award for its design and master plan for Camp May.

  • “Play On!” proves that in the world of theater, occasionally nothing goes as planned. Everything you prepare and rehearse can fly out the window and chaos replaces order.

    It appears this is an accurate message because the Olions Thespian Club, the Los Alamos High School drama club, experienced an obstacle during the Saturday performance of “Play On!”

  • There is art in nature – a setting and rising sun, a blooming flower, a floating cloud. In fact, art is all around us.

    Sometimes artists take matters into their own hands to show people just how artistic nature can be. The natural world becomes the artist’s canvas to create an image. Robert Smithson shaped rocks into the “Spiral Jetty” in the Great Salt Lake, while Christo and Jeanne Claude have draped cloth material on various structures including a valley in Rifle, Colo., and islands off of Florida.

  • In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet we hear the memorable lines, “A plague on both your houses!” The exhibition at the Art Center that opens Friday, with a reception from 5-7 p.m., is anything but a plague. The exhibit is a celebration of not only the house but the home as well.

  • I always thought break-dancing was just a quick trend, locked up tight in the 80s’ and only performed by odd balls wearing really bad outfits.

    Watching “Planet B-Boy” revealed just how wrong I was. The 80s just took an art form was ruined it by turning the art into commercialized tripe.

    Break dancing, according to this documentary, has nothing to do with acid washed jeans and more to do with a free form of self-expression. There aren’t really any set moves or guidelines, it’s more about what a particular dancer feels and wants to express.