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  • SF Opera’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ a stirring performance

    BY MARY HELEN KLARE
    Special to the Monitor

    The Santa Fe Opera’s “Madame Butterfly,” by Giacomo Puccini, is one of the most dramatically stirring productions of this opera that I have seen in years. Sung in Italian, this was the opera’s third performance.

    With a cast of magnificent singers, Puccini’s exquisite score, Matthew Ozawa’s perceptive direction and the expressive baton of Maestro John Fiore, we were swept into the poignant world of Madame Butterfly.

    Born in Lucca, Italy in 1858, Puccini wrote “Madame Butterfly” in 1904 after seeing David Belasco’s play in London. The opera premiered at La Scala in Milan the same year to a disappointing reception but grew in popularity after several revisions. It remains one of his most beloved works. Wanting to authenticate the opera’s music, Puccini attended Kabuki shows. He also incorporated Chinese folk tunes into the score and inserted Star Spangled Banner motifs as well. All makes for music filled with emotional lyricism.

  • Chamber celebrates second anniversary with Cortex & Co.

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce on Saturday celebrated the second anniversary of a hair salon whose focus is on more than just cutting hair.

    Krystal Davidson is the owner of Cortex & Co., which opened two years ago. She is operating the business under an umbrella of sustainability, employee education and non-gender-based operations.

    “I’m from big cities, from Austin and Fort Worth,” she said, “and so I’ve always worked in different salons – high-end salons, DIY salons, grunge salons – so I was able to collect all of those experiences and create a brand that I believed in, which is sustainability and further education in an industry that can sometimes get complacent.”

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrman said the salon is “an amazing addition to Los Alamos,” and that the community looks forward to “many, many more years” of its association with the salon.

    Also in attendance at the ceremony was Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, who said, “I think it’s wonderful to have people here who have a passion and are able to start a small business and contribute to the community.”

  • Lemonade Sale for the Shelter
  • Lunch with Leader set for Tuesday

    The League of Women Voters  will meet Tuesday for their monthly community Lunch with Leader at Mesa Library at 11:45 a.m.

    The speaker will be Jorge Rodriguez, who will discuss, “We Live as Second-Class Citizens.” This conversation will focus on current events happening in the southern border region and how they stem and sustain the institutions that criminalize border communities.

    Rodriguez works as a field organizer in the ACLU of New Mexico, Las Cruces office. He is originally from Salem, a colonia in southern New Mexico. He has an undergraduate and master’s degree from New Mexico State University.  

    Rodriguez wrote his master’s thesis on “Interior Border Crossing Experiences of Young Mexican-Americans in the Southwest Border Region and the Influence on Border Identity.” Professionally, he worked for over a year; however, as the grandson of a guestworker, agricultural laborer.

    Anyone interested in ordering  a meal from the CO+OP for just $10, call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 231-8286 or email her at kaskacayman@gmail.com to get the menu  prior to Saturday.

  • Jemez Mountain Bear Paw Quilting Guild quilt show and sale July 20-22

    Come see a dazzling display of quilts including the Patriotic Fallen Warrior Quilts given to New Mexico families that have lost a soldier in the Middle East.

    A selection of quilts and hand-made items will also be available for sale (cash only).

    These hand-made items make wonderful gifts for the special person in your life.

    This year the Jemez Mountain Bear Paw guild will be selling raffle tickets for a king size quilt donated by the guild for Wyatt Taylor. Taylor was in a horrific ATV accident in December of 2017. Taylor has ongoing therapy and reconstructive surgery.

    All proceeds will go to Taylor and his family to help with medical bills. The drawing will be Dec. 16.

    Dates of the show and sale are July 20, 21, and 22. Times are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.

    Admission is free. The event will be at the Walatowa Visitor Center, Jemez Pueblo, 7413 Hwy. 4.

  • Jemez business open after weekend rain

    Business owners relying on visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest are breathing sighs of relief after forest officials announced the forest is now open again. 

    On Saturday, Santa Fe National Forest officials announced that they were opening the forest to visitors. The forest was closed June 1 due to heightened fire hazard conditions. 

    Chris Blecha, manager of Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store in Jemez Springs, said things were looking a little bleak for a while. During the closure, he and store owner Ray Anderson estimated store business decreased by 80 percent.

    “Closing it of course was dramatic,” Blecha said. 

    However, Blecha said Anderson was prepared.

    “This wasn’t his first rodeo, he anticipated some challenges, but now that the forest is opening, we’re pretty excited to be back into business,” Blecha said.

  • ScienceFest Event Schedule

    Wednesday
    • 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Atomic City Van Tours. Register online. Leave from the Bradbury Science Museum.
    • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Los Alamos Historical Society Guided Walking Tour, registration and departure from the Los Alamos History Museum Shop.
    • 6:30 p.m.: “DNA Barcoding: How to ID Organisms” with the Los Alamos Makers at the Nature Center.
    After Dark Movie In The Park, “Meet the Robinsons,” at Ashley Pond Park.

    Thursday
    Morning Tours
    • Manhattan Project National Historical
    Park Public Tours leave from the Bradbury Science Museum. Registration is required in advance for limited tour slots; visit the ScienceFest website for details on current availability.
    • 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Atomic City Van Tours register online. Leave from the Bradbury Science Museum.
    • 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Los Alamos Historical Society Guided Walking Tour, registration and departure from the Los Alamos History Museum Shop.
    • 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Fourth Annual DisrupTech at Cottonwood on the Greens.
    • 5:30 p.m. Science On Tap: The Devil is in the Detonators – Shaping Explosions at Unquarked Wine Room.
    • 7 p.m.: Suds & Shows: “Back to the Future” movie at the Nature Center. Sponsored by Taylor Martinez, Re/Max First

    Friday
    Morning Tours
    Manhattan Project National Historical

  • ScienceFest offers full slate of events

     A full schedule of events is planned for this year’s Los Alamos ScienceFest, which begins today and wraps up Sunday afternoon.

    Events set for today are Atomic City Van Tours, that begin at 10:30 a.m. and take tour goers from the Bradbury Science Museum to locations around Los Alamos to locations in the community that were spawned by the secret Manhattan Project during WW II, and peek at today’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Tours will also be given Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Los Alamos Historical Society will provide a Guided Walking Tour, which starts at 11 a.m. today, of Homestead-era sites around Los Alamos. Tours will also be given Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And a Movie in the Park will start at 8 p.m. and feature “Meet the Robinsons,” rated G. The movie is free.

    “Our staff is so excited to be a part of this signature community event and we hope (everyone will) join us for some of the activities we have planned for the week,” said Rachel Landman, marketing manager for Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

  • Ceremony a reminder of freedoms we enjoy

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a citizen of these United States.

    I’ve been a United States citizen for 56 years and six months now. I took the easy way into citizenship. I was born at Dunklin County Memorial Hospital in Kennett, Mo., the same Missouri boot heel hospital that helped facilitate rock singer Sheryl Crow’s entry into the world.

    I’ve been trying to put together a reunion celebration, but she doesn’t answer my calls.

    While I entered into my citizenship the easy way, I understand many current citizens did not, a point that was driven home to me last week at the naturalization ceremony held on the Fourth of July at Bandelier National Monument.

    That day 15 applicants from 11 different countries went through the ceremony to become United States citizens, the culmination of years of hard work. And patience.

    I don’t know all of their stories, but I know just enough to know it wasn’t an easy process. The waiting period itself for most is five years, but that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of what many went through to claim their citizenship.

  • Panel to discuss Oppenheimer

    As part of an ongoing focus on the history of the atomic age, Recursos de Santa Fe will present a program exploring the long and tangled history of the role of J. Robert Oppenheimer as scientific head of the Manhattan Project and the subsequent loss of his security clearance, barring him from the Los Alamos National Laboratory he founded and led.

    The discussion will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, the anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki. It will be in the La Terrazza Ballroom at La Fonda Hotel.

    Speakers will include Dr. Gregg Herken, who has written extensively on Oppenheimer and has uncovered new information about Oppenheimer’s life in the 1930s; John E. Haynes, expert on the Venona project, which decrypted messages of KGB agents to their operatives in the United States; and legal expert Jim Fitzpatrick, who has worked on getting Oppenheimer’s clearance restored, with no success to date. 

    Valerie Plame, former CIA agent and author on espionage, will moderate the discussion.