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Today's Features

  • Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” is an opera that even opera haters find enjoyable. It’s catchy without being simple, beautiful without being schmaltzy, and it has depth and meaning without being preachy. Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 production takes on the challenges “Carmen” presents and gives audiences a satisfying experience.
    “Carmen” is the saga of corporal Don José and Carmen, a factory worker. Despite the humor in the music and the dialogue, there is harshness in this story, which lends realism to the opera.
    The designers for this production have done a stellar job by changing the location and adding technology to the show to avoid staleness. The staging is phenomenal, and the updates, rather than being a distraction, feel comfortable and lend interest to an opera that many audience members may have already seen.
    The orchestra, under the direction of Rory MacDonald, is flawless. The areas where timing is critical are spot-on, and the sound and intensity are wonderful.
    When a company stages a commonly performed opera, it has to work harder to make its production stand out, and MacDonald and his orchestra certainly did their part.

  • Summer is the time for the excitement of outdoor concerts. This year, the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque is host to several shows that will place all walks of life into the throes of a wild night of fun. There is Motley Crue’s final tour, Monumentour Tour and the 20th anniversary of Edgefest to name a few. On Saturday, the amphitheater is host to the seventh annual Mayhem Festival, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.
    A slew of heavy metal performers will converge upon the Isleta Amphitheater for a day’s full of rowdiness and um… “mayhem.” The fun begins 1 p.m. for an all day event.
    The Mayhem Festival is scheduled to have four stages that will have the audience consumed with the sounds of metal in many forms.
    The lineup consists of some of the biggest bands in the world of heavy metal, including headliners on the Rockstar Energy Drink main stage, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandra and Trivium.
    Performing on a second stage, sponsored by the Coldcock American Herbal Flavored Whiskey, will be Cannibal Corpse, as the headliner, Miss May I, Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810.

  • Bring the whole family to get hands while dirty designing and building miniature adobe structures. With imagination, use mini adobe bricks and supplies for a mud plaster to create a building of your dreams. The program runs from 6:30-8 p.m. July 15 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Families are welcome to drop in anytime throughout the program.
    This Summer Family Evening is brought to PEEC by Cornerstones Community Partnerships. Since 1986, Cornerstones has worked to preserve architectural heritage and community traditions at more than 300 locations in New Mexico and the greater Southwest.
    By starting a model program for the preservation and maintenance of historic adobe buildings involving the training of youth in traditional building skills and sustainable construction methods, Cornerstones has built a national reputation for the creative use of historic preservation as a tool for community revitalization and the affirmation of cultural values.
    Cornerstones is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit historic preservation organization located in Santa Fe. Its projects have been based in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California, Utah and in many states of the Mexican Frontera.

  •  The 17th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival, hosted by the St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church, has a new venue and new dates this year. The Santa Fe Greek Festival will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Eldorado Hotel in the Pavillion Room.
    This is a festival that is a great way to experience Greek culture in Santa Fe, along with Greek food, pastries, music, dancing and beer and wine too.
    New Mexico’s premier Greek band, “The Aegean Sounds,” will be serenading festival attendees and the Palamakia Dancers will be performing traditional Greek dances. A new addition to the entertainment line-up this year is Santa Fe’s own Pomegranate Studios’ Mosaic Dance Company will be performing belly-dancing.
    “We have recruited many Santa Fe restaurant owners and chefs who are of Greek descent to create our menu, once again, for the festival.” said Violet Santikos, advertising chair. “We’ll have Moussaka on the menu for the first time this year too.”
    This year’s menu and the restaurant owners involved are as follows: Leonardo Razatos of the Plaza Café Southside will be preparing Gyros (beef and lamb) or Chicken Gyros with fresh pita bread and tomatoes, onion and tzatziki sauce.

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

    Eureka! 4 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Artistic interpretations of discovery by a variety of local artists in a variety of media. The Portal Gallery features the work of Katherine Brittin and Charryl Berger. Daily through July 26.

    The Paintings of Ryszard Wasilewski. Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday. Upstairs in the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Daily through Aug. 5.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. First drawing for the contest 10 a.m. July 17.

    Green Hour Hikes. 9 a.m. Meet at local trailheads for meandering hikes where kids set the pace. Join the PEEC Family Nature Yahoo Group to learn the location each week. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Climate change discussion with Chick Keller. 7 p.m. at PEEC. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Vicky (Rebecca Hall) wants Doug (Chris Messina), her handsome fiancé.
    Cristina, fresh from a break-up, only knows what she doesn’t want. When the longtime friends happen upon the gruff-voiced Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) during a trip to Spain, even Vicky cannot resist a sexual adventure of the highest, PG-13 calling.
    Thus begins writer/director Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008), a mighty interesting look at how conventions and desires overlap and drift apart. Mesa Public Library will show the film at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, as part of the library’s Free Film Series.
    “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” has flaws. The narrator waxes a bit too pseudo-sagaciously, the Woody-Allen-ness of the characters often threatens to overwhelm, and the characters don’t, ultimately, change as dramatically as I want them to. But the film succeeds, mostly because of Penélope Cruz.
    The film’s strongest scenes feature Cruz as Juan Antonio’s former wife, Maria Elena, who, despite being the stereotypical “crazy ex-wife,” redefines many words associated with love, including “partner” (with whom?) and “commitment” (to what?).

  • Four Los Alamos High School seniors were awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries, scholarship chairman Maire O’Neill announced recently.
    The students are Ethan Clements, Justin Dunn, Emma Lathrop and Emily Pittman. A fifth senior, Tessa Snyder, received the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship last month.
    The students each submitted personal narrative of about 500 words, on a book, which was required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium. They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
    Volunteer readers for the Friends were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins and Art Brown. The readers independently read 20 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
    The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through the all-volunteer bookstore at the Mesa Public Library and by public donations. For more information, stop by the bookstore. 

  • Today
    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group will be giving exams for Amateur Radio Licenses. This session will be 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas (the Old Fire Barn). For additional information about obtaining a new license or renewing an existing license, call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220, or email at boedeker@cybermesa.com.

    Summer Family Evenings: Tales about Tails. 6:30 p.m. Every animal has a tail and many have tales — myths and legends. Terry Foxx makes the raven, coyote, bear and other animals come alive through stories and activities. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Jazz Brasileiro and Friends. 7-8:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond. An all ages show, free.
    Wednesday
    Jemez Thrift Shop Bag Days. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Thursday
    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot. Come get this season’s tomatoes. First drawing for the contest 10 a.m. July 17.

  • The League of Women Voters invites the community to attend the Lunch with a Leader that  will feature Los Alamos’ new police chief, Chief Dino Sgambellone. The event will be 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. July 15 at Mesa Public Library.
    Sgambellone’s topics for discussion will be where he wants to take the department, his impressions of the force, of Los Alamos, etc. Of course, there will lots of opportunity for questions.
    Sgambellone began his career with the Mansfield, Ohio Division of Police in 1991. He served in numerous capacities within the department including, patrol, community policing, SWAT, field training, First Line supervision, as the section commander for Special Investigations, and as project director for METRICH, a 10-county decentralized task force in North Central Ohio, and chief of police.
    He served with the United States Air Force from 1987‐1990 where he began his educational journey by obtaining an associate’s degree in industrial security. Sgambellone currently holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and completed his Ph.D. in public safety with criminal justice specialization in 2011. 

  • What a wonderful Fourth of July and so much thanks to the Kiwanis Club for all of the wonderful things they do for the community.
    It is always so great to see everyone coming together all in the name of one great effort.
    If you needed another great thing to support, did you know that July is national ice cream month! How great is that? Technically, you can celebrate all month long, which is a good thing for those of us that need a little extra time to get things done.
    If you would like to celebrate the actual day, it is July 20. How will you partake?
    According to the National Dairy Association, it was former President Ronald Reagan that created the recognition in 1984.
    So if you need to boost your calcium intake, want to help support the dairy farmers of America or just enjoy something truly fun, get on board.
    Did you know that the Creamland Dairy makes a Los Alamos Lime Sherbet?
    How does all of this tie into the Assets you might ask? Well my answer would be, in some ways, in no way and in every way really.
    In one way, it would be to celebrate anything, anytime, anywhere, do it as a family. It doesn’t matter if it is your family by birth, by choice or by borrowing from those random families you are permitted to borrow people from, from time to time.