Opera on The Rocks-Opera at Bandelier This Saturday, September 21st!

Saturday, September 21
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Los Alamos Guild-Opera on the Rocks
Further details and registration information
Contact: Claudia Brookshire
Park Ranger (Interpretation)
505-672-3861 x 512
                     Opera on the Rocks – Opera at Bandelier

                   presented by the Los Alamos Opera Guild
and other Los Alamos organizations;
 Bandelier National Monument
This second annual event is an opportunity for those not familiar with opera to participate in an introductory experience, as well as for opera aficionados to enjoy listening in a special venue.  The performance will be held in the evening, as the sun sets, at the Monument’s amphitheater. Those camping at the Juniper Campground may attend with no additional cost beyond the regular Bandelier fees – no opera ticket or reservation is required. Please bring your blankets and come enjoy an evening of fellowship and live music under the stars.

* Complimentary wine tasting hosted by the Don Quixote Distillery & Winery and Black Mesa Winery; glasses and bottles will be available for purchase.  Sandwiches and cheese plates will also be available to purchase.
* 6:15 p.m. performance of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors by Opera Alta.

Due to capacity issues, all attendees must utilize the free shuttle service from either the White Rock Visitor Center in White Rock, or Sullivan Field in Los Alamos.  Shuttles will depart at 5 p.m. for the Opera at Bandelier.



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More good ideas for Art in Public Places. This from Ft. Collins.

in which I try to plead my case for some fun places for kids near a coffee shop so I can relax while they entertain themselves…

Now that Ashley Pond is getting her big makeover, I keep thinking about how great it would be to use some of our county funds allocated for Art in Public Places to create something around the pond for our kids to enjoy for years to come.  the common idea I hear from a lot of moms is a fountain or splash pad…


What about a climbing structure, like the great ones on Pearl Street in Boulder?images

Or the cool one in Buena Vista? (I bet a few adults in this town would enjoy that one!)


There are so many great ideas for interactive art that goes beyond the typical bronze statue that reminds us of our past.

My kids always loved The Awakening when it was in DC near the Tidal Basin.Joel_TheAwakening

and we love the Railyard Park in Santa Fe, and how naturally it fits into the area (The guy sleeping in the tunnel with his guitar at 10am during the week we could do without, but hey, it’s just another great reminder of why we love Los Alamos!)


Anyway, I know we have money for art in Los Alamos, but how about spending that on something we could use and keep enjoying over time?  The thought of another statue that a tourist might stop by once to stand next to, and something my family might notice once, doesn’t seem like that great of an idea in a place where those resources could make this a much more family friendly area.