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  • Double bill's contrast is the right balance

    At times, it seems as though most audiences feel that an evening at the opera is intended to be long, boring and stuffy, with a minimum of laughter. However, Santa Fe’s offering of Mozart’s “The Impresario” paired with Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol” may change some minds.
    The first opera of the evening is “The Impresario,” a short, one-act piece by Mozart. This particular singspiel (the term for comic German operas with spoken dialogue instead of singing) is a short, humorous one-act work.
    Mozart intended the humor to be relevant, so the dialogue is changed to appeal to audiences to whom it is presented. Director Michael Gieleta folded in some of Mozart’s impressive concert arias and worked with dramatist Ranjit Bolt to create English dialogue that would appeal to 21st century audiences. The result is witty, and an interesting commentary on the difficulty of balancing what is popular with what is artistically satisfying.
    Mozart’s opera is followed by a contrasting work: Igor Stravinsky’s sublime “Le Rossignol.” Many may be familiar with Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the Emperor and his mechanical bird, which is flashy but cannot replace the lovely song of the real nightingale.

  • Storytelling highlights Valles Caldera birthday celebration

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the Jemez Mountains Storytelling Jamboree from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Valle Grande staging area located just inside the preserve’s main entrance. There is no admission charge to attend the jamboree.
    The jamboree is the highlight of the 2014 birthday celebration that commemorates the creation of the Preserve.
    On July 25, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Valles Caldera Preservation Act, which created the Valles Caldera Trust and the Preserve. The three-day birthday celebration begins Friday and runs through Sunday.
    Storyteller and librarian Steven Plá returns this year to emcee the storyteller event and to perform along with five other storytellers.
    Plá believes that “the magic of story helps people understand each other and the fascinating and diverse worldwide community.”
    This year’s amazing storyteller line-up includes Emmy Award winning writer, producer and performing artist, Indiana Bones (aka Mike McCartney); puppeteer Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley, living history performer Linda Batlin, folklorist Kay Negash, and Pueblo of Jemez storyteller Paul Tosa.

  • Future Shock

    It was about as simple a goal as could be made: Bradley King wanted to make a film he wasn’t embarrassed about.
    But with his directorial debut, “Time Lapse,” earning praise and awards on the film festival circuit, it’s safe to say that goal has been met.
    King, a native of Los Alamos, has long had a dream of helming a feature film. And with the help of producer BP Cooper, that dream has been realized. He and Cooper co-wrote the screenplay for the film and were the main creative drivers behind it.
    “Time Lapse,” which stars Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary and George Finn, centers on a group of 20-somethings who accidentally stumble onto a camera that can take Polaroid photos 24 hours into the future.
    It takes very little time for Jasper (Finn), a dog racing fanatic, to realize the camera can be used for financial gain. While amateur painter Finn (O’Leary) is initially against the idea, he finds that the camera can see his work in the future, as well.
    Of course, it also takes very little time for their plan to go horribly, horribly wrong, particularly when shady bookie Ivan (Jason Spisak) becomes weary of losing his money to the restraint-less and addiction-prone Jasper, who becomes increasingly obsessed with keeping the future exactly the way the photos revealed it would be.

  • Big fourth inning lifts Isotopes

    Albuquerque’s Brock Peterson doubled the bases clear in the bottom of the fourth, the big blow of the game as the Isotopes downed the Fresno Grizzlies 8-7 Wednesday night.
    The Isotopes had just one on and two out in the fourth inning, but rallied for five runs, which proved to be the difference in that contest.
    The Isotopes (49-56) can win their second straight series with a victory over the Grizzlies tonight in Albuquerque.

  • Senior men's tourney results

    Ken Koch of Los Alamos and his partnern Dan Shannon, of Santa Fe, finished in second place in the July 17 best ball tournament hosted by the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association.
    The NNMSMGA is for men age 50 and over. Association members compete in several tournaments throughout the summer and early fall.
    Koch and Shannon finished with a combined score of 73 at the tournament, played at Pagosa Springs (Colo.) Golf Course. They finished three strokes behind winners Rob Schneider and Bob Sherman.
    In the second flight of that tournament, Los Alamos’ Jim Steedle and Santa Fe’s Harry Rosenbloom finished with the third-lowest net score.

    Here are other the results from recent tournaments for the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association.

    Twin Warriors Golf Course, July 1

    Championship flight

    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 78.
    Second low gross: Ron Trujillo, Las Vegas, 79.
    First low net: David Woodland, Santa Fe, 69.
    Second low net: Dennis Sanderson, Santa Fe, 71.

    First flight

    First low gross: Ken Koch, Los Alamos, 75.
    Second low gross: David Wintermute, Albuquerque, 81.
    First low net: Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 67.
    Second low net: Dan Shannon, Santa Fe, 70.

    Second flight

  • County rodeo returns Aug. 9

    Los Alamos County Rodeo is returning Aug. 9 and continues through Aug. 10.
    The rodeo is staged at North Mesa at Brewer Arena, beginning at 2 p.m. with bull riding, roping, barrel racing and mutton busting, followed by a cowboy-style dinner and dance at the Posse Lodge at 5 p.m.
    The cowboy dinner includes choice of prime rib or salmon and, for those 10 and under, hot dog and chips.
    The dinner and dance is $15 for adults, or $10 for dance only. Entertainment for the dance will be provided by The Rifters, from 7–11 p.m.
    Proceeds from the dinner and dance benefit the Posse Lodge.
    The Rodeo continues on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Brewer Arena.
    Admission to the County Fair and Rodeo is $8 per person, or $25 for a family of four. No credit cards will be accepted for admission. 
    For more information, call Suzette Fox at 661-4844, or visit the county’s recreation devision website, losalamosnm.us/rec.
     

  • Today in history July 24
  • Sinkhole opens on N.M. 4

    Los Alamos Police kept watch over a sinkhole discovered on N.M. 4 between mile markers 59 and 60. According police, utility crews will be on the scene soon to see if they can patch it up, So far, that section of N.M. 4 remainrfopen. Police said it was discovered around 1 p.m.

  • On The Docket 7-23-14

    July 21

    Mark A. Martinez pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for racing on highways. Defendant incurred no fines but was ordered to pay $81 in court costs. Defendant was also ordered to undergo 30 days of unsupervised probation.

    Probation conditions include:
    Defendant shall notify the court of any change of address within 48 hours. Defendant shall obey all federal, state and local laws. Upon successful completion of deferral conditions charge(s) will be dismissed. Deferral period shall be 30 days. Defendant shall refrain from receiving any other citations during the deferment period. If the defendant fails to comply with the requirements set forth, the deferment agreement shall be forfeited. Deferred fines will be imposed and citation(s) will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles accordingly. A bench warrant may be issued for the defendant’s arrest.
    July 22

  • Creedon confirmed as NNSA deputy administrator

    Madelyn Creedon was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday as the Department of Energy’s Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
    “Madelyn Creedon’s confirmation comes at a critical point for the National Nuclear Security Administration,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “She is well-prepared for her new role at the Department as it follows a long career of public service in national security, including at the Department of Defense, with the Senate Armed Services Committee, and, previously, at the Department of Energy. NNSA Administrator Klotz and I thank the Senate for their attention to Madelyn’s nomination, and look forward to working with her.”
    As NNSA’s Principal Deputy Administrator, Creedon will support NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz in the management and operation of the NNSA, as well as policy matters across the DOE and NNSA enterprise in support of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.