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  • Off the Hill calendar 7-23-15

    Art exhibits
    Ann Hosfeld and Reg Loving: Nature Diversified. Through Aug. 3 at New Concept Gallery in Santa Fe.

    The 11th Annual Gala Exhibition and Auction on display through Aug. 28 will showcase artists from across the U.S. and abroad who find inspiration in Fechin’s legacy, Taos and the creative traditions of the Southwest.

    Photographs Keith Carter “Ghostland” and Kate Breakey “Shadow and Light,” at the photo-eye Gallery, 541 S. Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe. Show runs through Aug. 22.

    Zane Bennett Gallery announces “IMPACTS! II” an exhibition featuring Bi Rongrong, Shen Fan, Liang Shaoji and others, with seven artists in total. The show opens from 5-7 p.m.  July 31 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe St., across from the rail station in Santa Fe, and coincides with the Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District. The grand opening will be from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. There will be exciting events occurring during these openings involving traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, with more information to follow.

    “Where the Buffalo Roam.” Angel Wynn, American artist and photographer. 4-6 p.m. July 31 through Aug. 31 at Angel Wynn Gallery in Santa Fe.

  • PBS explores atomic bomb on several TV specials

    PBS’ new special “The Bomb” tells the story of the most powerful and destructive device ever invented.
    Premiering on KNME-TV/New Mexico PBS, channel 5 from 7-9 p.m. July 28, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the detonation of the atomic bomb.
    The show highlights how humans harnessed this incredible power and what challenges we have faced living with it for 70 years. “The Bomb” features newly restored footage of nuclear weaponry, some of which has been declassified only recently by the Department of Defense.
    “The Bomb” takes viewers behind the scenes of the first atomic bomb, revealing how it was developed and how it changed the planet, ushering in a new era and reshaping our lives even today.
    Rare footage from bomb tests through the 1950s and ’60s demonstrates the power and strangely compelling beauty of nuclear explosions. The film focuses on the choices society has made — and continues to make — to live with an invention that could destroy the planet.
    Included are interviews with Richard Rhodes, foremost atomic bomb historian, former Secretaries of Defense and State William Perry and George Shultz, scientists, weapons designers, pilots, witnesses and ordinary men and women who have lived and worked with the atomic bomb.

  • Geologist talks fossils at Mesa Prieta Petroglyphs

    The Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project announces Pláticas Presentations – Geology and Fossils on Mesa Prieta. The lecture will be by Scott Aby.
    The July talk is an ongoing series that will be 6:30 p.m. July 28 at Historic Los Luceros in Alcalde. Aby is a longtime geologist and fossil hunter.
    Like many mesas in New Mexico, Black Mesa is topped by a thin layer of lava, which is resistant to erosion. That is why these mesas stand high in the landscape — because everything else has eroded away around them. The lava on Black Mesa is between 3 and 4 million years old, and is a type of lava that flows easily, usually down valleys. In Mesa Prieta’s case, we know that the bottom of the valley was at the top of the mesa when that lava was erupted. This type of lava (called Basalt) gets a coating on it called “desert varnish” after a few million years. Petroglyphs are made by chipping the varnish off the rocks to reveal the lighter colored “fresh” rock underneath.   

  • Getting to Know the Drone
  • Double Rainbow Delight
  • Complex opera ‘Salome’ is powerful show

    Performance > Shocking story and adult subject matter is not suitable for kids

  • Bring a tissue to Miller’s classic tale

    Arthur Miller’s tragic tale of a salesman with all the wrong dreams is currently playing on stage at the Santa Fe Playhouse and Ironweed Productions.
    Directed by Scott Harrison, “Death of a Salesman” is a gritty story with a reality check for the lead character of the exhausted traveling salesman, Willy Loman (Campbell Martin), who is going through an inner crisis with himself and his family, particularly his son, Biff (Peter Chapman).
    Willy’s family and friends grow increasingly concerned of his ailing mind, due to Willy’s recent car crash. Willy has become increasing disappointed with the neighbored in Brooklyn in which he lives and the fact that he is unable to plant anything. He feels “lost in the greatest country in the world.”
    Willy’s life is plagued with secrets, lies and uncertainty throughout, along with flashbacks of good days gone by. His actions reflect on the entire family. He is obsessed with being known and liked, yet his personality seeps with insecurities.
    Loman’s sons Biff and Happy are grown up and have issues of their own, mostly because of Willy’s antics.

  • Correction 7-23-15

    In a July 12 incorrectly stated that the Parks & Recreation Board is considering banning dogs from Community Center Park. County staff is not planning such a ban. The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • Update 7-23-15

    Butterfly count

    The Dorothy Hoard Memorial Butterfly Count will be Saturday. The count will start at 9 a.m. starting at Burnt Mesa trailhead at Bandelier National Monument. Price is $5 for adults, kids are free.

    Fiesta

    The Los Alamos Fiesta fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday at Fuller Lodge. The fiesta will include flamenco performances, auctions and other activities. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. All proceeds will go benefit needy families in Juarez, Mexico.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis Southwest District Division 3 Lieutenant Governor Don Casperson will speak on the recent Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary convention. The Kiwanis Club meets weekly at Trinity on the Hill Church. The meeting is from noon-1 p.m. each Tuesday. Committee meetings will follow Casperson’s talk.

    Swing Dance

    There will be a swing dance at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge starting at 7 p.m. today, hosted by Atomic City Swing. There is a beginner’s lesson at 7 p.m., followed by social dancing. Price is $3 for dancers, $5 for those taking the lesson. Email atomiccityswing@gmail.com for information.

    Concert

  • Hazmat Challenge returning to LANL

    A dozen hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri and Nebraska will test their skills in a series of graded, timed exercises at the 19th annual Hazmat Challenge July 27-31 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    “The challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to test their skills, share best practices with other response agencies and learn new techniques through realistic hazardous materials release scenarios in a safe, non-hazardous environment,” said Chris Rittner of the laboratory’s Security and Emergency Operations Division.
    Held at Los Alamos’ Technical Areas 16 and 49, the event requires participants to respond to simulated hazardous materials emergencies involving an aircraft, clandestine laboratories, various modes of transportation, industrial piping scenarios, a simulated radiological release and a confined space event.
    The finale of the Hazmat Challenge is a skills-based obstacle course.
    Teams are graded and earn points based on their ability to perform response skills through a 10-station obstacle course while using fully encapsulating personal protective equipment.
    LANL began the Hazmat Challenge in 1996 as a way to hone the skills of its own hazmat team members.