This year’s ScienceFest in Los Alamos is adding more festivities in honor of the 100th anniversary of the pre-Manhattan Project Los Alamos Ranch School, including games and events that tie into the school’s long history.
For the weekend, events kick off with the Atomic Film Festival, featuring Ranch School movies, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. There’s a rocket-themed pool party at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center at 5 p.m., while a 7 p.m. concert at Ashley Pond features the Petersons Brothers Band, led by a Texas soul and funk duo.
At Saturday’s free festival at Ashley Pond from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., there will various children’s science activities, a scavenger hunt and a knot-tying station to honor the history of the Ranch School. For the adults, local scientists will hold a “Science and Suds” talk in the beer garden with music performances to follow. Ski-lift service at Pajarito Mountain will be running all weekend for cyclists and hikers. Special historical tours through the Los Alamos History Museum and of the Bathtub Row homes of Manhattan Project leaders are also scheduled. For a complete list of events, check out www.LosAlamosScienceFestival.com.
BROADWAY STORY: The New Mexico Actor’s Lab takes inspiration right from Broadway with its third and final show of the season, the comic love story “Heisenberg.”
The Tony-nominated show by Simon Stephens, the same playwright who created the Tony-winning adaptation of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” recently wrapped its New York production. It tells the story of two Londoners whose relationship gets started in a train station after one abruptly kisses the other on the neck.
In Santa Fe, Jonathan Richards and Debrianna Mansini portray the main characters, Alex and Georgie. Robert Benedetti directs. The show, which premiered Thursday at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, runs though July 30. Tickets at nmactorslab.com are $20 or $15 for students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. A Wednesday show July 26 is a Pay What You Wish night.
DOCUMENTING JOBS: If Santa Fe’s upcoming Steve Jobs opera isn’t enough to interest you in the late tech mogul, a gallery show may do the trick. Starting today at the Patina Gallery, 131 W. Palace Ave., “Fearless Genius” will display photojournalist Doug Menuez’s work documenting Jobs and Silicon Valley since the 1980s. Menuez, who has worked for publications like TIME and the Washington Post, and wrote a 2014 book on the same subject, also shot photos from an intimate three years with Jobs, going through a “day-to-day account” following Jobs’ temporary ousting from Apple.
Menuez also will speak Wednesday at the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., on that three-year span with Jobs. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at the Lensic box office or at ticketssantafe.org.
“The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” premieres at the Santa Fe Opera July 22. “Fearless Genius” will run until August 13.
ART SANTA FE: One of Santa Fe’s long-standing summer art shows is back this weekend for the 17th time with a “fusion” of different, new works. Art Santa Fe, a four-day juried show of nearly 80 international artists, continues today at the Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St., from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m, Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
This year’s theme is “FUSION.” Several art master classes and discussions are available to guests on topics ranging from Korean pottery and computer programming and design to children’s book art. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com. Three-day admission is $25; one day is $20. Discounts are available for seniors and students. Children aged 15 and under get in free.