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  • “Stranger Than Fiction,” playing this week at Mesa Public Library, is one of my favorite movies. How can I review it? I gave up any objectivity very early in the film, about the time Harold Crick’s wristwatch had an opinion about the single Windsor knot in Harold’s necktie.

    The wristwatch is funny, but Harold, played by Will Ferrell, or possibly his secret, stoic twin brother, is not.

  • Los Alamos is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009, and to commemorate the event, the anniversary committee hopes to involve every group, club and organization in town.

    To accomplish this, the 60th anniversary committee, in conjunction with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, is seeking the help of organizations to update a list of community resources.

  • So this is it. I ate my cookie. I drank a big gulp of soymilk. And now I’m writing what is most likely my last “Thinking Makes It So.”

    There are some of you, I know, who are probably thinking, “Well, it’s about time. I hate this column, and yet I read it nearly every week. Why do I do that? Anyhow, it will be great to have my Thursday nights back.”

    I free you, disgruntled readers! From now on, read something you truly enjoy.

  • Having Oprah Winfrey be associated with a book can definitely push it into the spotlight.

    Bret Lott, the bestselling author of “Jewel” and “The Difference between Women and Men” and the editor of “The Southern Review,” can attest to Winfrey’s literary power.

  • The mission and the operation remain identical to previous years, but this year’s Relay for Life, Los Alamos has a new appearance.

    Before, the event was held in conjunction to the Los Alamos Summer Concert series and set at Ashley Pond.

    However, event chair Hilde Fitzgerald explained there were some safety concerns about the pond setting and with the municipal building being torn down right next door.

    “I needed a plan B,” she said.

  • Having new school supplies can be the difference between starting off the school year with a good attitude or a bad one, said Judith Magelssen, coordinator of supplies for the ECLA and Self Help Inc. School Supply Project.

    She said she has taught in the Pojoaque for eight years and would see some students come in with no supplies, which can hurt when they are with their peers. However, after a visit to the counselor’s office to pick up the needed items, courtesy of the School Supply Project, Magelssen said students return with big smiles.

  • George Fredric Handel’s “Radamisto” opened for the first time at the Santa Fe Opera last Saturday evening, only a dozen short of 300 years after its’ premier performance in London.

    Although Beaumarchais would not write his revolutionary bedroom farce (“The Marriage of Figaro” also playing this summer!) for nearly 60 more years, the plots of the two operas seemed ironically similar: Lord-and-master spurns his beautiful, loving wife, to pursue less-powerful-but-more-admirable man’s also beautiful and faithful wife.

  • One hundred fourteen young performers filled up Duane Smith Auditorium Monday for the chance to make it in the spotlight. At the end of the day, 59 thespians were selected to be a part of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of “Robin Hood.”

    These actors may have made it, but there is still a lot of work ahead for the cast. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday in Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Despite the heavy workload, tour actors/directors Evan and Emily Karlewicz are excited to begin.

  • Wile E. Coyote always got dealt a bad hand. The skinny as a stick Warner Bros. ACME cartoon character with a ravenous appetite for roadrunners, developed some ingenious inventions and methods to kill the speedy bird. But despite all of Wile’s smarts, every one of his ideas blew up on him, or fell on him, or flattened him, while the bird zoomed on, unharmed.

    Well, not anymore.

  • Eric Bjorklund has a strange fantasy.

    It begins with a production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” builds with Lee Blessing’s “Fortinbras,” continues its radical ascent with Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” reaches a high pitch with the second half of The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s “The Complete Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)” and caps off with Paul Rudnick’s “I Hate Hamlet.”

  • Los Alamos County Library System and the Santa Clara Pueblo Library are teaming up to bring theatrical fun to kids from both communities this summer.

    From 1-4 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Clara Pueblo Neighborhood Facility Gym, adjacent to the library, children will embark on an imaginary vegetable safari in the play “The Caterpillar Hunter,” presented by The Traveling Lantern Theater Company from Portland, Ore.

  • I was running along, overlooking White Rock Canyon, the Rio Grande sparkling at its vertiginous nadir, when a few words coming through my iPod stole my attention. Fiona Apple was singing in her beautiful, gloomy way about how we all want something similar to what we already have, even if we hate it. Amy Mann sings about this, too – “condemning the future to death so we can match the past.”

  • They’re already out there, Nikons and Canons slung around their necks or fixed in front of their faces – the camera becoming more of a second face than a piece of technology.

    They call themselves a posse.

  • After 35 years of providing home medical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, Los Alamos Visiting Nurses have decided the time is right for a party.

    As a result, an open house will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Visiting Nurses office.

    Cake and punch will be served. “(We’re) just inviting everybody to come celebrate,” executive director Sarah Rochester said. “(It’s) kind of a long time to have a business in Los Alamos.

  • Men and women are invited to learn what the Bible teaches about gender equality during a conference at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.

    The conference will be held from 7-9 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 2.

    Facilitators will be the reverends Kathy Wozniak and Pat Joyce, who have serve as missionaries and representatives of the “Shofar Sound.”

  • The Santa Fe Opera’s critically acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd” doesn’t ask and doesn’t answer the most obvious question, which has to do with the sexuality of the main character.

  • It began as a simple transaction between friends but transformed into an intriguing mystery.

    Tony Chan of Los Alamos purchased a guitar from a friend two or three years ago, and perhaps at first glance it appeared to be a beat-up Martin guitar, but a few clues revealed there was more to the musical instrument than what met the eye.

  • Los Alamos was founded to put a very big idea into fruition. Ever since the days of the Manhattan Project, when scientists worked to create the first nuclear bomb, that effort to produce new ideas and create inventions has continued.

    To celebrate how the gears, cogs and wheels haven’t stopped turning in the community, the MainStreet organization is hosting the Next Big Idea, a festival of discovery, innovation and invention.

    The festival will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 15th Street and Central Avenue.

  • Double your pleasure, double your fun this weekend with two Gordons’ Concerts.

    The party begins at 7 p.m. Friday, when The Gourds take the stage at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The annual ski hill show is always a community favorite, and concert organizer Russ Gordon is sure this year’s band will become a favorite as well.

    “The Gourds are alternative country rock, which I’d never heard of,” Gordon said. “They’re kaleidoscopic country rockers, which I can picture.”

  • Middle and high school students are invited to join local senior citizens for cookies and milk Thursday. The monthly installment of Cookies and Conversation developed by the Assets In Action project will be held at 1p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    The hour-long meet and greet is a way to build relationships between two entities whose paths may not cross on a regular basis. Seniors and teens are paired up for question and answer sessions that are done with a fast paced tempo, tackling pre-selected questions along with suggestions from the participants.