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  • Democratic Party to host Zimmerman tonight

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will host Roy Zimmerman at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Street, tonight.
    Zimmerman, who is currently on his “ReZist” tour, a musical satirist, will perform his original music and commentary at the church.
    The show will start at 7:30 p.m.
    Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting losalamosdemocrats.org. 

  • A scary box office weekend for everyone but Tyler Perry

    LOS ANGELES — It was a spooky weekend at the box office for nearly everyone but Tyler Perry.
    Perry’s comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scared up a healthy $21.7 million in its first weekend in theaters, but the waters were rough for other new openers including the disaster epic “Geostorm,” the firefighter drama “Only the Brave” and the crime thriller “The Snowman.”
    Made for a reported $25 million, Perry’s film drew a mostly older and female audience, who gave it an A- CinemaScore. “Boo 2!” did a little less business than the first film, which opened to $28.5 million just last year.
    “Given that it’s a sequel, its performance is at the higher end of our expectations,” said David Spitz, who heads up domestic distribution for Lionsgate.
    The studio expects the film to hold well into next weekend due to increased interest because of Halloween, but it will also face some competition with the horror pic “Jigsaw.”
    But a slight drop for a sequel hardly compares to the catastrophe of “Geostorm,” a long-delayed $120 million disaster epic starring Gerard Butler that only managed to open to $13.3 million from North American theaters.

  • This week on PAC-8, Oct. 27-Nov. 2

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, October 27, 2017
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 10-24-17
    1:00 PM Democracy Now!
    2:00 PM United in Christ
    3:00 PM Road to Recovery
    4:00 PM Uprising
    5:00 PM Democracy Now!
    6:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast – Tourism Strategic Plan
    7:00 PM Los Alamos History – James B. Conant
    8:00 PM Los Alamos High School Graduation
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, October 28, 2017
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, October 29, 2017
    6:00 AM FSTV
    5:00 PM The Prophetic Word
    5:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    6:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    7:00 PM United Church
    8:15 PM Suicide Prevention PSAs
    8:30 PM Mountain Chapel
    09:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Harry Potter exhibit marks 20th anniversary of first book

    LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter fans owe a debt of gratitude to Alice Newton.
    Alice was 8 years old when her father, a Bloomsbury Publishing executive, brought home a new manuscript for her to read.
    “The excitement in this book made me feel warm inside,” she scrawled in a note to her dad. “I think it is probably one of the best books an 8/9 year old could read.”
    Based on this glowing review, Bloomsbury published “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” launching a literary juggernaut that brought magic to a generation of children.
    Alice’s penciled note is part of the British Library’s new exhibition, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic.” The show, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s first book, is an unabashed celebration of the stories and their antecedents.
    “There are some rich historical traditions behind the magic in the Harry Potter stories, which J.K. Rowling was aware of,” said Alexander Lock, one of the exhibit curators, who added that he was impressed with Rowling’s ability to layer information and offer depth. “They go into the stories and make them so rich.”

  • Locals attend premier of ‘Only the Brave’ Friday

    For the Los Alamos Friday evening film premiere of “Only the Brave” at the Reel Deal Theater, there was no hoopla, brass bands or meet-and-greets with movie stars.
    The movie documented the all-too-brief lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite team of wildland wildfire fighters based in Arizona who took on the June 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire.
    Nineteen members of the 20-member team died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire June 30, 2013. The movie centered on the events leading up to the tragedy.
    “Only the Brave,” is a Sony film starring Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly. It opened in fifth place this weekend, earning $6 million.
    Since much of the movie was shot in Los Alamos, many of the extras who played in the movie came out Friday. The movie began playing at the theater earlier that day.
    They were not disappointed by what they saw. So far, residents have given good reviews.
    “I was worried that it was going to be too sad, but it turned out to be very poignant, too,” said Erika Gorman, who played an extra in one of the movie’s evacuation scenes.
    Christy Conner was six months pregnant with her son Ryan when she got the call to be in the movie.

  • Jazz Hands

    Members of the Los Alamos Middle School Jazz Band performed for onlookers Tuesday night at Fuller Lodge.

  • Chorale opens 40th year with local performance

    The Sangre de Cristo Chorale will begin its 40th anniversary season this weekend in Santa Fe and Los Alamos with “Autumn Legacy.”
    The first performance will be Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, followed by a Sunday performance at the United Church of Los Alamos. Both performances will begin at 4 p.m.
    The centerpiece of the concerts will be four pieces honoring the legacy of Monteverdi on the 450th anniversary of his birth. It will also feature works by Fauré, Stephen Paulus and Eric Eric Whitacre. There will also be Chorale premieres and other favorites that will create an inspiring autumn afternoon.
    Dr. Bradley Ellingboe will lead the concerts as the guest conductor, and Nate Salazar will be his accompanist.
    Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Attendees under 18 years old get in for free both days. Tickets can be ordered online at sdcchorale.org.  

  • This week on PAC-8, Oct. 20-26

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, October 20, 2017
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 10-10-17
    1:00 PM Democracy Now!
    2:00 PM United in Christ
    3:00 PM Road to Recovery
    4:00 PM Uprising
    5:00 PM Democracy Now!
    6:00 PM Chamber Business Breakfast – Tourism Strategic Plan
    7:00 PM Los Alamos History – James B. Conant
    8:00 PM Los Alamos High School Graduation
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, October 21, 2017
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, October 22, 2017
    6:00 AM FSTV
    5:00 PM The Prophetic Word
    5:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    6:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    7:00 PM United Church
    8:15 PM Suicide Prevention PSAs
    8:30 PM Mountain Chapel
    9:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • ‘Revenant’ leads Oscar nominations with 12

    NEW YORK (AP) — The brutal frontier saga “The Revenant” landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards.

    The strong showing Thursday for “The Revenant,” including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio and best supporting actor for Tom Hardy, follows its win at the Golden Globes. It sets up director Alejandro Inarritu for a possible back-to-back win following his sweep for best picture, director and screenplay for “Birdman” last year.

    “We gave it our all on this film and this appreciation from the Academy means a lot to me and my colleagues who made it possible,” said Inarritu in a statement. “Champagne and mezcal will run tonight!”

    George Miller’s post-apocalyptic sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road” followed with 10 nominations, including best picture and best director for Miller. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic “The Martian” landed seven nominations, including best picture and best actor for Matt Damon, but, surprisingly, no best director nod for Scott.

  • Local bands in the spotlight

    A pair of local bands will headline Friday’s Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.
    The bands, DK and the Affordables and Eddy and the Nomads, will split time at the Summer Concert Series.
    Friday’s concert, a free program sponsored by Los Alamos County, is the final Summer Concert of 2015. It will be at Ashley Pond starting at 7 p.m.
    DK and the Affordables was founded by DK Warner, a do-it-all performer with many influences spanning rockabilly, but Warner said one of his main influences is Jim Bowie, a Buddhist banjo master from Oklahoma.
    Among the lineup for the Affordables are keyboardist Aaron Anderson, bassist Rob Heineman and saxophone player Quinn Marksteiner.
    A classic rock band, Eddy and the Nomads are staples of the concert series, having played numerous shows there over the 26-year history of the series.
    This year’s series started in early May as part of the county’s Kite Festival. Among this year’s highlights were Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, and the Red Elvises.
    The Summer Concert Series is coordinated by Russ Gordon. For information on the series, visit gordonssummerconcerts.com.