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Today's News

  • Set volunteers needed at LALT

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre are looking for volunteers Sunday to help with the construction of the set for "Harvey." Volunteers are needed 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Anyone interested can email Paul Lewis at plewis0@comcast.net. Part time and walk in help are also welcome. Pizza for lunch provided.

  • Italian artist tops this year's SMART Contest

    Art and mathematics have been linked for millennia. Only relatively recently has there been a chasm created between the two.
    And getting those two disciplines linked back together is one of the underlying themes of the SMART Contest.
    Winners of the SMART contest were announced last week as part of the Los Alamos ScienceFest. Noted artist Jean Constant, who works out of Santa Fe, was on hand at Mesa Public Library Saturday to announce the winners.
    Constant, whose works include a variety of digital compositions, said the line between mathematics and art, which had been drawn sharply since roughly World War I, is blurring again, in no small part to the advent of the computer.
    “Math and art have always been one and the same,” he said. “Mathematics, 2,000, even 4,000 years ago used images to explain ideas to us, and to themselves, what they had…Digital art, in many ways, has an intensity, a quality that raised the bar and raised the aesthetic.”
    This year’s SMART contest attracted 260 entries, those coming from almost every state in the union and nearly 30 different countries.
    Constant said people around the world, including artists as well as scientists, knows what it means to compete in Los Alamos.

  • Off the Hill calendar 7-30-15

    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.  Friday 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. Friday through Aug. 31 at Angel Wynn Gallery in Santa Fe.

  • Summer series horse show in Santa Fe

    The Santa Fe Summer Series Horse Show is an experience of horses, hospitality and fun that is going on now through Aug. 9, and provides beauty and excitement for the whole family. The show is free and open to the public.
    Hundreds of top equestrian athletes will perform under vast New Mexico skies and showcase the finest in show jumping. Spectators will also enjoy the Blue Corn Brewery Beer Garden, polo competitions on grassy fields, and an array of local food and musical talent.
    Bring a blanket or purchase VIP Lounge Tickets at hipicosantafe.com.
    The atmosphere will be electric during fast-paced, exciting jumping competitions. Horse and rider performances range from the elegant hunter style to edge-of-your-seat, show jumping thrill.
    The lineup for Saturday includes the Sandia Mini-Cooper Ride-and-Drive contest featuring New Mexico Indy champions Al and Robby Unser.
    The Grand Prix de Santa Fe competition on Aug. 9 features international riders, champagne brunch and benefits local charities for youth and equines.
    The Santa Fe Summer Series is at a new venue, HIPICO Santa Fe, a world-class equestrian venue on 137 dreamy acres in the beautiful Land of Enchantment conveniently located near the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.

  • Program focuses on women, art and social change

    In almost three decades at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, first as curator and now as Director Susan Fisher Sterling has shaped exhibitions and the museum while making bold statements on the importance of women artists. In turn, women artists have made bold statements on the need for social change. These will be among the themes addressed by Sterling and others on Aug. 6, at the Women’s International Study Center’s EDGE Series presentation at the Santa Fe Prep Auditorium at 7 p.m.
    The program begins with Dr. Elizabeth A. Sackler, chair of the Board of the Brooklyn Museum, introducing Sterling who will describe the role that the National Museum of Women in the Arts has played for more than 25 years in focusing attention on and heightening awareness of women artists. Sterling will also focus remarks on women artists who draw attention on the need for social change and often become catalysts for that change. The program then expands as Dr. Kymberly Pinder, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico, moderates a discussion between Sterling and three distinguished artists, Harmony Hammond, Meridel Rubinstein and Rose B. Simpson. This discussion will highlight how these artists have used their talents to advance social change. Questions from the audience will then be addressed to complete the evening.

  • Community briefs 7-30-15

    Antique show comes to Duke City

    The 17th annual Great Southwestern Antique Show is coming to Albuquerque Aug. 7-9 at the Manual Lujan Complex, at Expo New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque.
    The show’s proceeds benefit KNME-TV / New Mexico PBS.
    The show features more than 200 of America’s finest dealers of art and antiques, with the proceeds from this event benefiting local nonprofits focused on the enhancement of Arts and Education in New Mexico.
    This show continues to grow every year and is one of the top national antique events of its kind.
    Due to the southwest location, the show has a unique merican flavor leaning heavily on early American Arts & Crafts, Native American, Western Fine Art and Ethnographic Art, but with more than 200 dealers anything and everything can and does show up. It is a designer and decorator’s dream and a shopper’s paradise, both for the novice collector and the well-seasoned veteran.

  • Summer festival has wild west adventures

    El Rancho de las Golondrinas is where the west is truly wild this summer.
    From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 1-2, members of the community can meet lawmen, desperados and mountain men who put the “wild” in “wild west!” Learn about life and how people survived on the dangerous frontier.
    There will be two special performances at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., of the New Mexico Territory Cowboy Mounted Shooters.
    From 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., both days, instructors will be available to teach archery and atlatl. Reservations are required and sign up for a shoot as soon as possible to get a spot because spaces fill up quickly and are on a first come, first served basis.
    Saturday only, The Honorable Bruce Black will present a lecture on “Elfego Baca: Lawman of New Mexico” in the Paloheimo Education Center.
    From 1-1:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Golondrinas Chapel, Edward Wallace will speak about “Estevan the Moor,” the 1539 Fray Marcos de Niza expedition.
    In addition, there will be Musical Performers of the Frontier Past, Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout, frontier music by Yesso Stockman, and music from the ranch and open range by Steve Cormier. Plus, roving fiddle music by New Mexico’s own, Michael Jasper.

  • Tour nature center gardens

    Ever want to learn more about what’s growing at the Los Alamos Nature Center? Becky Oertel, head of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s landscape committee and veteran gardener Natali Steinberg will explain. The public is welcome to see what’s growing, why each plant was chosen, and what kind of care they need to thrive. The tour will be 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. 

  • Another enjoyable Mozart piece

    With his wealth of compositions, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most favored composers in Western music, and well-liked at The Santa Fe Opera. This year they are presenting an earlier work of Mozart’s, “La Finta Giardiniera.” This opera, with its unrealistic plot, is enjoyable, no matter how nonsensical the action on the stage seems. Mozart’s music is so agreeable that it renders weaknesses in the storyline irrelevant.
    The orchestra is, as usual, fantastic, as is the conductor, Harry Bicket. Bicket is also very pleasing to watch. It sounds as though this bouncy, energetic score derives some panache from the man with the baton.
    The set is exactly what one would expect for a Mozart piece — however, this doesn’t mean it’s boring. Audience members can settle in their seats and view the extraordinary Santa Fe sunset happening in the background, making each performance unique. The costumes, as well, are fairly typical, but again, not in the least boring. The Podestà looks magnificent, as does his niece, Arminda.
    Even the plain black clothing in which the servants are dressed is beautifully tailored, and the colors and fabrics provide a wonderful visual balance with the stage.

  • Be There calendar 7-30-15

    Today
    Downtown Dogs is a weekly walking group. All dogs and their humans are invited to walk from Pet Pangaea, 158 Central Park Square for a stroll around Downtown Los Alamos. 7 p.m. Come prepared with a standard leash, no longer than 6 feet.

    Swing dancing. 7 p.m. at Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. $3-$5. For more information, email AtomicCitySwing@gmail.com.

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Saturday at the Portal Gallery.
    Friday
    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 8:30 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. For more information, losalamosnature.org.

    Quiet, Gentle Walks. Join Sue Watts for a gentle walk along a relatively flat trail. The walks range from 1-2 miles and may include gentle changes in elevation.  Each walk includes 20 minutes of silent walking. Free. Meets every Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Check peecnature.org for any changes.