Today's Features

  • It is unusual to have an artist paint a complete set for an opera, but that is exactly what Los Angeles Chicano artist Gronk is doing during the month of April.  He is in residence in the Opera’s Stieren Hall, creating the visuals for this summer’s production of Vivaldi’s “Griselda.”  
    As director Peter Sellars explains, “I don’t know what he is going to do, I have not told him anything.  When an artist paints, he creates a special environment in which the singers will perform.”  Gronk prepared the set for the 2005 production of Golijov’s “Ainadamar,” covering the walls and the floor with his singular perspective on the opera.

  • Interests are often as diverse and as unique as the individual.  Regardless of where one’s interests lie, the library usually has something for everyone, and this month, the Fuller Lodge Art Center serves as a visual library just waiting to be perused, as the newest exhibition, “Art: Dewey Decimaled,” makes its debut with an opening from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

  • The Pajarito Spanish Dance Alliance will present its first recital of Flamenco and Spanish Dance at 3 p.m. April 16 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.  
    The company is directed by Ellen Walton and includes students and professional artists from Los Alamos, Taos, Santa Fe, Dixon and La Jara.   
    Arturo Montoya, Kevin Rendón and Robert Romero will be on guitar. Dancers Catalina Rio Fernandez, Mary Woolston and Ellen Walton will join students Emily Brown, Bob Davis, Chris Jeffrey, Donna Martin, Opale Schappert, Annie Smith and Diane Trujillo in a variety of both, traditional Flamenco and classical Spanish dances.  

  • Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery will have a reception for its exhibit, “Old West, New West,” featuring the works of local artists Tim Althauser, Danne DeBacker, Cindy Valdez, Connie Pacheco and Kathy Hjeresen, from 5-7 p.m. April 29.
    “It feels like I’ve won the lottery every time I sell a painting … and now it’s happening more and more often,” said Nambé painter, Tim Althauser.
    He recently sold a painting to a collector in Dallas and a big painting to another collector in San Francisco. He has 10 paintings in the Downey Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, and he may have already sold the half-finished painting on his easel.

  • Today
    The April Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site.  Call 412-9371 for information.

    The Sierra Club will host an open meeting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. The winners of the Sierra Club’s Environmental Award will present their posters.
     The Mesa Public Library presents “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan,” at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series.

  • March on Hunger
    Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain Elementaries, along with Los Alamos Middle School, are collecting non-perishable items for people and collars and leashes for pets as a community project and a student service project combine their efforts. To learn more about making donations call 661-4846. Donations are accepted at school locations through Friday. The Los Alamos Monitor, KRSN, AM 1490 and the Betty Ehart Senior Center continue the March on Hunger through the end of the month.
    A Day in the Life of a Teen

  • Thanks for a
    successful event

    On Feb. 27, over 300 performers and listeners volunteered to raise $1,475 for the first annual Music Marathon to help support UNM-Los Alamos.
    Thanks to Bonnie Gordon for publicity, treats and staying 10 hours; Steve Ciddio and David Eliot for moving furniture all day;  Diane Vaughan for using her expertise and money for programs, teachers who prepared pupils for the Student Musicale: Charlene Cox-Clifton, Lynn Lamb, Donald Machen, Frances Naffziger (and always bringing punch), Kay Newnam, Ellen Scudder, Janna Warren; LANB for program aid, Robin Gurule for green chile chicken stew, homemade bread and playing.

  • The annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will be on Saturday at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.  
    The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, followed by a business meeting and potluck lunch.
    At 12:30 p.m. Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith will talk about the county’s Smart Grid and Smart House projects.  
    The Smart Grid includes a 2 megawatt photovoltaic solar array on the old landfill; a large-scale battery storage system and a demonstration home built with the latest construction techniques, smart meters, and smart appliances for optimized power consumption.  

  • A great documentary, like any film, needs to erase the furniture you’re sitting on, the floor, the walls, the temperature of the room, hunger, stress, responsibilities, ego — the complete tangible and intangible context that exists off-screen.
    Martin Scorses’s “No Direction Home,” is an incredible eraser. But when I initially sat down to review the two-part, 208-minute documentary that spans the early evolution of Bob Dylan’s career, I had my doubts.
    I love much of Dylan’s music, from his self-titled debut with its witty folk standards to his more stream-of-consciousness lyrics of the mid-1960s and 1970s. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” is on my running play list in my iPod.  

  • Anyone who has been affected by cancer knows what a rough road recovery can be. Whether they are survivors, or have lost someone to the disease, coping with cancer is never easy.
    Various fundraisers are held in an effort to raise money for cancer research and services for cancer patients. The American Cancer Society’s Los Alamos Relay for Life is one of those events.
    The kick off for Relay for Life will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Co-op Market, 95 Camino Entrada, next to the Holiday Inn Express. The organization is currently trying to get teams together for the Relay, a 16-hour event on Aug. 5 and 6 at Ashley Pond. Team captains are also being sought. The captains are responsible for helping their team organize fundraising efforts.