• Sting unable to save his Broadway musical

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sting will be going down with his ship.
    Producer Jeffrey Seller said Tuesday that the Grammy Award-winning songwriter’s Broadway musical “The Last Ship” will close when his stint in the show ends Jan. 24 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
    Sting, who wrote the songs, jumped into the musical in early December, playing a shipyard foreman that had been portrayed by Jimmy Nail. While that improved sales, they didn’t skyrocket and the future looked bleak without him.
    “We made the musical we wanted to make and we’re fiercely proud of it,” Seller said. “It’s been spectacular that Sting could be in it for its final weeks because now we go out with some degree of triumph. Not what I wanted. But some degree of triumph.”
    “The Last Ship” is a semiautobiographical story about a prodigal son who returns to his northern England shipbuilding town to reclaim the girl he abandoned when he fled years before. He finds the workers are now unemployed and entertaining the idea of building one last boat to show off their skill and pride.

  • Putting Oscar on the block 

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — ‘Tis the season when many stars are preparing for months-long campaigns with the distant hope of bringing home an Academy Award come February.
    But winning isn’t the only way to snag one of the coveted statuettes. Enthusiastic collectors with several hundred thousand to spare can achieve Oscar glory at the right auction house. And they could do it next as soon as the weekend.
    The latest prize to go under the hammer is James Cagney’s 1942 best actor Oscar for his role in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Auctioneer Nate D. Sanders has required an $800,000 minimum bid for the trophy, which they predict could sell for upward of $1 million by the time the auction closes.
    “It’s the most prestigious Oscar to hit the market in recent years,” said Sam Heller, a representative of Nate D. Sanders. For one, he notes, there have only been three best actor Oscar available in two decades.
    The scarcity of Oscars for purchase isn’t an accident. Historically, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not looked kindly on the free market sale of the prize.

  • 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.

  • Seeing Red

    One of the most popular bands in Los Alamos County, the Red Elvises, entertained the crowd at the Relay for Life event Friday night at Ashley Pond.

  • Carothers on his way to country music success

    It has been a banner year for former Los Alamos resident James Carothers and his family.
    After landing a booking agent in Nashville, Tennessee, in January, he is one step closer to becoming a bona fide country music artist.
    Carrie Moore-Reed from Third Coast Talent is his agent, while his wife, Jill, has been assisting with booking venues for James.
    “It’s an uphill battle for any artist,” Jill Carothers said.
    James opens for bands in the Nashville area in country-themed bars and clubs. A possible gig in Washington state is in the works, but has not been finalized.
    In April, he played a Battle of the Bands at The Crazy Bull in Macon, Georgia. That performance is available on YouTube. He also plays at the Bluebird Café in Nashville.
    James scored a full-time gig at the start of the summer when he walked into the George Jones Museum and Entertainment Complex.
    The four-story location houses a museum, bar and restaurant, and an additional rooftop terrace bar that over looks the Cumberland River and the Tennessee Titans football stadium.
    The facility makes its own moonshine on the premises, as well.
    James first heard of an opening through one of his current band members who thought he would be a good fit for the gig.

  • Catch final week of Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

    All concerts in St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art unless otherwise noted.
    6 p.m. today
    Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478
    William Preucil, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Eric Kim, cello; Ran Dank, piano
    Ruders Cha Cha Cha
    David Tolen, percussion
    Brahms Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26
    illiam Preucil, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Eric Kim, cello; Ran Dank, piano
    Tickets: $10-$72
    Noon Thursday
    Soyeon Kate Lee piano recital
    Brahms Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
    Brahms Piano Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 2
    DeBussy Three Preludes from Book I. L. 117
    Ravel La valse
    Tickets: $10-$26
    6 p.m. Thursday
    Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493
    William Preucil, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Eric Kim, cello; Ran Dank, piano
    Wallin Stonewave
    Jeffrey Cornelius, percussion; Scott Ney, percussion; David Tolen, percussion
    Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60
    William Preucil, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Eric Kim, cello; Ran Dank, piano
    Tickets: $10-$72
    6 p.m. Friday
    David Starobin Guitar Recital
    Matiegka Sonata in E Minor, Op. 31, No. 4
    Matiegka Menuetto (Presto), Op. 20, No. 10

  • Rowlands to accept Lifetime Achievement Award in Santa Fe

    Gena Rowlands will be presented the 2015 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, as part of a tribute to the actress on Oct. 17 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, followed by the film, “A Woman Under the Influence.”
    Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is invested in Santa Fe as a destination for film. The festival brings cutting-edge programming, the latest independent films and directors, Native cinema, New Mexico films, student films, and masters discussions with top directors, writers, and artists, all in the setting of downtown Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival presents its seventh annual event Oct. 14-18 in downtown Santa Fe.
    Rowlands, the independent film actor is a four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner and twice nominated for an Academy Award for her roles in “A Woman Under the Influence” and “Gloria.” She is best known for her collaborations with the late John Cassavetes and most recently for her roles in “The Notebook” and “Broken English.” “Gena Rowlands embodies the spirit of independent film,” said Jacques Paisner, executive director and co-founder of the festival. “Her roles changed what was possible for a female character in a film.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Aug. 21-27

    ON PAC 8

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

    Friday, August 21, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting –Replay 8-14-15
    02:00 PM United in Christ
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM “Inflationary Cosmology – Is Our Universe Part of a
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico in World War II”
    08:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock & Roll
    08:30 PM Bandelier National Monument Naturalization Ceremony
    10:00 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, August 22, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, August 23, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Ryan Shupe performs at the pond

    Ryan Shupe and his band will be the featured performers at this weekend’s Gordon’s Summer Concert.
    The concert series is approaching the finish of its summer season, with only four shows remaining, including tonight’s.
    Ryan Shupe will play at Ashley Pond starting at 7 p.m.
    With his band, Shupe has been around the country on tour and has been on Good Morning America, E! and Country Music Television, among other national appearances.
    According to his biography, he is a fifth-generation fiddler and also plays electric and acoustic guitar and even the mandolin.
    Shupe is making Los Alamos one of his stops ahead of an album release coming up this fall. Shupe’s album, entitled “We Rode On,” is different than the regular sound and songwriting he’s known for.
    The album, according to the band’s website, focuses on “themes like family, love and maturity.”
    Following Friday’s performance, the band will appear in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and Lorton, Virginia, before the end of the month.
    Russ Gordon, the organizer of the Summer Concert Series, calls Shupe and his band “high energy and major fun bluegrass and rock.” Shupe and company are based in Utah.

  • LACA to celebrate 70 years

    When Van Cliburn International Piano Competition medalist Sean Chen takes the stage in the Duane Smith Auditorium in September, he will join more than 300 soloists and ensembles presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association since its founding in 1946.
    Celebrating its 70th Anniversary, LACA has presented dozens of solo pianists, string quartets, wind and brass ensembles, guitarists, orchestras and vocal ensembles.
    “These are classical musicians who have performed in great concert halls all over the world,” said Ann McLaughlin, LACA artistic director. “We are very fortunate to have artists of this caliber performing in Los Alamos.”
    Chen will join an impressive list of artists from the past 70 years that includes Yo-Yo Ma, Andrés Segovia, Emanuel Ax, Midori, Frederica von Stade, the Juilliard and Guarneri String Quartets, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and many others.
    The artists slated to perform in the coming season continue that world-class tradition.
    Chen will open the season on Sept. 25. He is the first American to medal in the Cliburn Competition since Jon Nakamatsu won gold in 1997. Nakamatsu and his duo partner, clarinetist Jon Manasse will close the season on April 17.