Today's Features

  •  For the third year in a row, Taos Lifestyle Productions and Taos native, singer-songwriter Max Gomez will bring a night of Songs and Stories on Dec. 27.
    Americana singer-songwriter John Fullbright will also perform.
    Gomez’s 2013 breakthrough song, “Rule the World” was dubbed as one of the “best new songs of 2013” by Esquire magazine.
    In October 2014, Gomez was included alongside a lineup of well-known performers including Tom Jones, Soundgarden, Norah Jones and Puss N Boots, Pearl Jam and many more at Neil and Pegi Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, Calif.
    Gomez began performing in Taos bars at age 15, where he played originals and covered songs by his musical inspirations, Robert Johnson, “Big” Bill Broonzy and John Prine. Gomez continues to receive national accolades for his skill at building stories into his grassroots, Americana musical style. Visit maxgomezmusic.com for more.

  • Eye on the Mountain gallery presents “Guadalupe” Group Art Show, a first Annual Art Exhibition for Santa Fe’s Guadalupe Arts District. Guadalupe is one of the sacred icons of Santa Fe.
    The public is welcome to experience the group art show, featuring 12 artists from the southwest. Those artists include Stevon Lucero, El Moises, Rachel Houseman, PAZ and Jane Cassidy. 
    The show kicks off from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the gallery for an opening night event where the public may meet with the artists. The exhibit is ongoing until Feb. 12.
    Art is based on the spirit of Guadalupe as a sacred icon and will challenge viewers to see the many aspects of this sacred image through the eyes of several visionary and sacred Santeros Artists.
    This show will kick off a new holiday tradition for Eye on the Mountain and for Santa Fe.
    For more information see the gallery website at eyeonthemountaingallery.com, or call 928-308-0319, the gallery is found at 614 Agua Fria Street in Santa Fe.

  • The Sangre de Cristo Chorale is honoring the 25 year legacy of the late Sheldon Kalberg, the first and longest director of the chorale, by dedicating its winter 2014 concert, titled “Darkness Brings Light” to him.
    The Los Alamos performance is 7 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    The chorale will perform works by such diverse composers as Tomas Luis da Vittoria, Henry Purcell , John Rutter and Dolly Parton.
    The concert’s theme is intended to take listeners on a musical journey from sorrow and darkness to joy, beauty and light, reminding the audience that it is possible to share in a feeling of a communal dawn.
    Among the pieces the chorale will perform is Randall Thompson’s “Choose Something Like a Star,” a piece particularly beloved by Kalberg, and played at his recent memorial service.
    Though the repertoire was selected prior to Kalberg’s death, the chorale wanted to dedicate both the music and lyrics to him as an expressive love and appreciation felt for him.

  • The Los Alamos community will be treated to the winter concert from the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.
    The concert will set the scene and get people in the mood for the holidays by making the event a holiday spectacular.
    On tap will be familiar seasonal tunes, a sing-along and a raffle for a chance to win a one-time opportunity to conduct a full symphony orchestra to the song “Jingle Bells.”
    The concert will begin 7 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra traditionally presents this popular concert each year as a gift to the community.
    Conductor Don Gerheart says the program should appeal to all ages.
    There is no admission charge although donations will be gratefully accepted.

  • The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The breakfast is free, although attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party. Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used to make up food baskets, which will also be distributed to those in need. Visit with Santa and enjoy a good breakfast and a morning of good cheer in the true Christmas spirit.

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

    Sierra Club Open Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 230 lecture hall. Craig Martin Presents: The Los Alamos Open Space System. The culmination of 15 years work, the Los Alamos Open Space Management Plan suggests pulling together a variety of county-owned land under various zoning designations to clearly define the Los Alamos Open Space System. The public is welcome to hear the plan and contribute ideas.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Capturing the Plants and Pods of Autumn with Lisa Coddington. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The session will teach participants drawing techniques with graphite and pencil; on Dec. 11 those who continue will learn to paint their drawing with watercolors. Can be taken as one session (drawing only) or both (drawing and painting). Suggested for beginner and intermediate levels. Advance registration required. $50/$40 PEEC members for one session, or $90/$72 for both. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Moviegoers in France, Germany and even Seattle love “Bagdad Cafe” (1987, Rated PG). This incredible and incredibly strange film has won awards across the globe for its casting, acting, screenplay and was chosen Best Foreign Film several times over. What will Los Alamos think? That’s always an interesting question to ask.
    “Bagdad Cafe,” showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, begins with a German couple on a desolate road. They are well-dressed — over-dressed for their surrounding. They appear to be married and not happy about it. The road, the car, the rusty lean-to that serves as a urinal, everything is tilted, disoriented, uncomfortable to watch. The couple’s arguments are in German, so English-speaking viewers are even further ungrounded and upended.
    And yet, sense prevails. Quite logically, the woman opens the car door, grabs her bag and walks. And once she leaves the car, the movie changes. The asphalt lies horizontal and beneath the sky. Her feet, even in her ridiculous pumps, are firmly planted.
    The unusual prudence of this opening sequence prevails throughout “Bagdad Cafe,” as the German woman, Jasmin Münchgstettner (Marianne Sägebrecht), creates a new life for herself on the side of the road.

  • The community is welcome to ring in the holidays with an open house at Fuller Lodge. Festivities are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council along with the Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Historical Society will kick off the annual holiday event at the lodge, Los Alamos’ best known historic building and its cultural and artistic center.
    Fuller Lodge is decorated for the holidays and there are plenty of festive events planned.
    This year, the festivities begin with the Chamisa SingSations at 10 a.m., then at 10:45 a.m. a Curious Chris will entertain children with the “Science of the Season.”
    Juanita Madland and friends will host a sing-a-long beginning at 11:45 a.m. At 1 p.m., there will be more holiday music with a saxophone quintet and a woodwind quintet, as well as punch and cookies served by the arts council. The Los Alamos Family Council will host a Holiday Cookie Walk at 10 a.m., which will continue all day. The public may make a donation and select a dozen holiday cookies.
    There will be several other nonprofit organizations taking part in the festivities.
    The Animal Shelter will sell calendars and Boy Scout Troop 71 will have holiday wreaths for sale.

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Adobe Users Group (LAAUG), meets from 7-9 p.m., the first Tuesday of each month, upstairs in the Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAAUG is digital photography post-processing. Digital capture is also discussed. Meetings moderated by Doug Coombs and Ken Hanson, or by a group member. All are welcome. Dues are $12 per year and are good for the Los Alamos Photography Club. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    The United Church Thrift Shop will be having its “Everything Christmas” sale including many gifts, as well as decorations, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Graves Hall.

    Shop on the Corner thrift store annual Christmas sale. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, lower level, on Canyon Road near Diamond Drive. There will be holiday decorations, gifts and clothing at thrift store prices.

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

  • Thrift sale a holiday tradition