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  • Restaurant Inspections 07-10-14

    Los Alamos
    China Palace, 759 Central Ave.
    Date inspected: May 27
    Violations: Two high-risk violations. Home prepared food in walk in, which was corrected at time of inspection. Ice scoop stored inside ice machine. All other high-risk violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from May 15. No further follow up required.

  • Desert Chorale summer series starts today

    This summer, delight in music that celebrates the human experience. Exploration and curiosity. Mysticism and devotion. Romance and passion. Sacrifice and radiance.
     The Santa Fe Desert Chorale are offering one of Santa Fe’s concert series for the 2014 Summer Festival. Culminating in a delightful performance of Mozart’s final masterwork, the Requiem, along with a number of arias featuring Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham, each and every concert on our classical series is a carefully curated pastiche of choral music.
     The Desert Chorale also welcomes back Voasis to Santa Fe for a program of pop and jazz favorites for the entire family. Voasis will also entertain at the 2014 Gala, “You Only Sing Twice!”
    Also, join the traditional Opening Night Dinner at La Terraza in La Fonda on Santa Fe’s historic plaza. 
    The summer programs from the Classical Series:
    “The New World: Music of the Americas.” Today, July 19, 25, 27 and Aug. 2.
    “A Romantic Evening with Brahms.” July 22, 26, 31 and Aug. 1.
    “Spanish Mystics.” Featuring Guitarist and Lutenist Richard Savino. July 17, 20, 24, 29 and Aug. 5.
    “Mozart Requiem.” Featuring Mezzo Soprano Susan Graham. Aug. 7, 9 and 10.

  • A brutal story set to lovely music

    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.

  • Mayhem Festival promises mix of metal musical styles

    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.

  • Get dirty with PEEC's Family Evenings

    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.

  • Experience Greek culture in Santa Fe

     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.

  • Little League Roundup: LA, Metro advance to district semifinal

     The Los Alamos Little League majors All-Star team picked up a big win over Española to advance to the semifinal round of the District 1 playoffs.

    Los Alamos will face Santa Fe Metro tonight in the semifinals of the tournament. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Santa Fe.

    Los Alamos’ All-Stars are the top seed in the District 1 majors tournament and Tuesday blasted Española’s All-Stars 18-2. Los Alamos hit four home runs in that contest to earn the victory.

    Tonight’s winner between Los Alamos and Metro, the No. 2 seed, will advance to the finals. The winner will need to win just one of two games to clinch the District 1 title while the loser will drop into the elimination bracket and have to fight its way back to the championship contest.

    The tournament continues at least until Saturday morning. If a final elimination game is necessary, that is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

    Baseball 9-10 teams still alive

    Los Alamos has two entries for the county in the 9-10 All-Star tournament, which is taking place in Española.

    Tonight, the county’s green team will face Santa Fe Metro in the third round of that tournament. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Lucero Center fields.

  • Trujillo fired up, ready to take over hoops program

    One of the hallmarks of northern New Mexico basketball has been an up-tempo, aggressive style of defense that leads to transition buckets.
    That’s what Nestor Trujillo is hoping to infuse into the Los Alamos Hilltopper program.
    Trujillo was named the head coach of the Hilltoppers today.
    Most recently, Trujillo was an AAU coach and was a top assistant at Los Alamos’ archrival, Española Valley.
    One of Trujillo’s duties at Española Valley was to scout the Sundevils’ opponents, including Los Alamos. He said that insight into the Hilltoppers’ program is going to help him out in his new position.
    “Since last year, I actually made it to a lot of games,” he said. “I’ve scouted them a lot and I know quite a bit out them on paper.”
    Because he was just hired, he said he is a little bit behind the curve — most programs around the state have extensive summer workout programs — but he said he’s hoping to have his assistant staff in place in short order and get with the returners to, if nothing else, go over his offensive and defensive terminology to have them up to speed by the time regular workouts get going.

  • Trujillo named new girls basketball coach

    Los Alamos High School announced this morning it has hired a new head girls basketball coach.
    Nestor Trujillo, coming from Española Valley, will take over the Hilltopper program, it was announced.
    Along with his longtime standing as an assistant at Española Valley, he also has experience at the AAU level and served as an assistant at Northern New Mexico College.
    Read today’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information.
     

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