Today's Features

  • Los Alamos Middle School student Emilie Von Harders recently displayed their Pinwheels for Peace marking the International Day of Peace.

  • Today
    Race for the Cure Makeover Marathon at The Beauty Villa, 146 Central Park Square. Join local Mary Kay independent beauty consultants to raise money funds for breast cancer research and get a free no obligation facial. Call to reserve a date and time, 660-7258.

    Nature on Tap Series. 5:30-7 p.m. Karla Sartor will introduce the topic of prescribed burning, followed by a casual group discussion. Free.

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.
    Families in Action: for Teens and Parents. An evidence-based class to ease the transition as children turn into young adults. 6:30-8:15 p.m. every Thursday through Nov. 20 at at 1990 Diamond Drive in the Pueblo Complex For more information, visit lafsn.org, or call 662-4515.

    Tradition and Change in Córdova, New Mexico: The 1939 Photographs of Berlyn Brixner & The López Family of Wood Carvers. Daily in the changing exhibit space in the Los Alamos History Museum through October.

    “Masquerade.” Daily through Nov. 15 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.  

  • The Authors Speak Series presentation will feature two professionals who devote many hours researching and understanding the stories of Los Alamos.
    Sharon Snyder and Heather McClenahan on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. tonight in the upstairs meeting rooms.
    Also in attendance on Thursday will be many of the accomplished amateurs known as “The History Nuts.”
    “Libraries are revered worldwide,” Snyder said. “They come in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some are designed by famous architects, or have recognizable names- the Bodleian, the Library of Congress, the Huntington. Others occupy a structure the size of a phone booth. Or even smaller, no matter. They all represent one of mankind’s best hopes for the future. And associated with them are a myriad of stories, from the Library of Alexandria to a humble library cat to an Iraqi librarian who saved 30,000 books from destruction. To those will be added the account of a small library at the Los Alamos Ranch School that evolved through the Manhattan Project years to become the library we know today.”

  • Los Alamos is disguising itself as the spookiest place to be with the two-day “Halloweekend” featuring events Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween Day.
    “Halloweekend” kicks off 4 p.m. Friday with Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet, when businesses along Central Avenue keep its doors open until 6 p.m. and hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters.
    A special performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by the High Flyers Gymnastics at 5:15 p.m. A “Halloweiner” parade will march down Central Ave. at 5:30 p.m. followed by the New Mexico Dance Theater.
    The Los Alamos Medical Center will be transformed into a giant candy dispenser as they hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters between 3-5 p.m.
    Bradbury Science Museum will bring out their creepiest critters — including owls, millipedes, spiders and snakes — and present an interactive show involving optics, dry ice and lights as part of “High Tech Halloween” from 4-6:30 p.m. There is no charge to be a part of the well-attended event. Finally that evening, the local YMCA chapter will host a “costume climb” from 6-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos YMCA.

  • Get your passports ready and enjoy the “Wines of the World” from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Blue Window Bistro. The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will host an autumn wine tasting that will pair 10 wines from around the world with 10 hors d’oeuvres.
    Sample scallop and salmon cakes dressed with creamy remoulade and sip on California Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay.
    Plan on Chilean empanadas and a taste of Terrunyo Carmenere. Zig-zag to Italy and Sicilian flat iron roulade with honey-red wine demi-glace coupled with Buglioni, Valpolicella Ripasso.
    Head to the southern hemisphere and bite into spicy prawns peri peri paired with South Africa’s MA N Chenin Blanc. Don’t forget about the friends down-under for herbed lamb chops with a Grenache reduction, served with Yangarra Old Vine Grenache. For the sweet tooth, stop in France for lavender infused crème brulee and Chateau La Riviere, Sauternes.
    This and much more is waiting for taste buds.
    Forget about time-zones and jet-lag, prepare for an evening that will be fully satisfying with a napkin stamped with flavors from around the globe.

  • The Pajarito Environmental Education Center welcomes back artist Lisa Coddington, who will teach a workshop about using simple drawing materials to portray furry, feathery and slimy animals.
    The class will be from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at PEEC, including a 30-minute break for lunch. The workshop is suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.
    Cottington will teach pencil techniques that portray animals in a workshop. Learn how to select your subject and how to start an animal portrait. Various drawing demonstrations offer possibilities for sketching animals in the PEEC collection.
    A minimum of five students is required for the class to go, so those interested in the workshop must register on the PEEC website by today, otherwise the class will be cancelled if there is not enough interest. Space is limited to only nine students.

  • Northern New Mexico’s history is rich in stories, cultures and passion. Going back in time to try to capture the lyrical energy is photographer Angel Wynn, who will present her latest body of work, “Ghost Dance: Spirits & Angels,” which consist of haunting photographs that give the illusion of ghostly encounters.
    The show will kick off with an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. on Halloween night at Wynn’s studio-gallery, 1036 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
    Last year, while preparing images of an Anasazi ruin, Wynn came across one that had a wisp-like lens flare.
    Intrigued by this ghost-like anomaly, Wynn, who specializes in photographing North American Indian cultures, was inspired to begin a new project. “With New Mexico’s 400 years of cultural history,” Wynn said. “If I was about to try and capture places with a sense of spirit, then the project had to cross over to include all heritages.”

  • Hot air balloons took to the sky for the 43rd Annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Oct. 4-12.

  • Art exhibits
    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Wind Maps and Mind Shadows: Hand-woven Rugs and Tapestries by Connie Enzmann-Forneris. Through Oct. 29.

    “Creatures, Tame and Wild,” by Rebecca Mannschreck. The exhibition of Mannschreck’s animals in all their glory and honesty is on view the entire month of November at Act I Gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos. Spontaneous and bold to soft and serene, her paintings embody the truth of these creatures in their awesome, sometimes comic, attitudes. To view more artwork visit ActOneGallery.com.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is announces “Eros and Thanatos: new work by Michael Petry.” The artist reception will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, where the artist will be present. This exhibition will run through to Nov. 22.
    Art tours
    Las Vegas Studio Tour. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Featuring more than 22 stops featuring a wide range of works (painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, photography, traditional Spanish art, street art, mixed media and more). For more information visit lasvegasartstour.com or call 425-1085.

  • The Los Alamos Concert Association announces a collaboration between a pianist and a marionette theater that will take place on Nov. 1 at Duane Smith Auditorium. The show starts at 7 p.m.
    Pianist Orion Weiss will perform works by Schumann and Debussy with the Salzburg Marionette Theater providing a visualization of the stories suggested by the music.
    “This performance is a piano recital enhanced by the artistry of the Marionettes,” said Ann McLaughlin, LACA artistic director. “Adults should not imagine that this is fare with appeal only for children. And parents can use this as a perfect opportunity to introduce their young folks to “grown up” music. We expect this performance to be sold out, so we recommend getting your tickets early.”
    The performance in Los Alamos represents a departure for the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. Noted for productions of complete operas, this program turns instead to ballet. Two short ballets will be featured. Claude Debussy’s “La Boite a Joujoux” (“The Toy Box”) and “Papillon” (“Butterflies”) by Robert Schumann. Between the two ballets, Weiss will perform additional works by Schumann, Blumenstuck from Op.19 and Novelett from Opus 21.
    The program will run about 95 minutes and includes an intermission.