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  • 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.

  • BB King's family and friends go to Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King played tens of thousands of gigs around the world and often said he was blessed to play for presidents and the common folk.
    On Saturday, the music legend was mourned and praised as the King of the Blues and father to 15 children during a family-and-friends memorial in Las Vegas, where he died May 14 at age 89.
    “He was the best,” said 83-year-old alto sax blues player Earl “Good Rockin” Brown, one of the first of more than 1,000 people who viewed King’s open casket during a public viewing on Friday. Brown remembered being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1990, the same time as King, who won 15 Grammys, sold more than 40 million records worldwide and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    “Everyone else copied after him,” Brown said.
    Some of King’s 11 surviving adult children are feuding with LaVerne Toney, his longtime business agent and power-of-attorney, who is now executor of his estate.
    Attorney Larissa Drohobyczer, representing a group of heirs, said Saturday that she met with five adult King daughters — Patty King, Michelle King, Karen Williams, Barbara King Winfree and Claudette King Robinson — before issuing a statement saying they’ll contest the blues legend’s will and the actions of Toney.

  • This Week on PAC 8, May 22-28

    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, May 22, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 5-08-15
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 24, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Pianist revives Broadway, Hollywood music on PBS

    Beginning in late May, master pianist and storyteller Richard Glazier will be featured in a new PBS special, his third for the network.
    Recorded in 2014, “From Broadway to Hollywood with Richard Glazier” features Glazier’s piano talents as well as interviews with several artists having connections to the Golden Age of music. The program airs on PBS stations around the country, including KNME TV on May 31.
    “It will continue to air on PBS affiliates over the next three years and I’ll be appearing during the pledge drives,” said Glazier, who lives in Sacramento, California.
    Unlike most conventional concert pianists, Glazier draws on his background and connections with legendary figures in American Popular Song, such as Ira Gershwin, to blend recitals with stories of artists who influenced his career.
    “I’ve always told interesting stories about the composers, the performers, the shows, the movies—they all enhance the concert experience,” Glazier said. “I also add audio/visual components showing rare clips, photos and interviews that I’ve done.”

  • LALT plays for the new season

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre announces its 2015-16 season.
    September
    “Harvey,” by Mary Chase.The 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which falls into the “classic” category, tells the story of Elwood Dowd, who believes he is accompanied by an invisible, human-sized rabbit, much to the embarrassment of his family. Directed by Gwen Lewis.
    November
    8x10s. LALT’s fifth presentation of this format of eight short plays provides opportunities for wanna-be directors and actors to get their feet wet and for established ones to join the plunge. The scripts (still being selected) feature mostly local playwrights and the evening promises to have something for everyone.
    2016
    January
    “Once A Ponzi Time,” by Joe Foust.
    Enter the world of madcap finances as an investment scheme built of cards is about to tumble down. Think Bernie Madoff meets the Marx Brothers. Directed by Jim Sicilian
    March
    “The Consequence of Impression,” by Deborah Magid.
    Sometimes-local playwright Deborah Magid tells the story of French painter Berthe Morisot, who was the muse and subject of many paintings by French Impressionist Edouard Manet — and ended up marrying his brother. Directed by Ken Milder.
    May

  • This Week on PAC 8, May 1-7

    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, May 1, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Budget Replay 4-28-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between
    Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – President Truman
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, May 3, 2015
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Space movie winner of short film contest

    Michael Becker, the winner of a Lockheed Martin and New Mexico Film Foundation-sponsored film competition, debuted his short film, “Delivery from Earth” during a ceremony at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.
    The film is about the first human born on another planet and provides a futuristic look at space exploration.
    In collaboration with the New Mexico Film Foundation, Lockheed Martin created a $5,000 filmmaker grant to encourage independent film makers in New Mexico to create a short film about deep space exploration.
    The New Mexico Film Foundation and space industry experts including astronaut Bruce McCandless II, the first person to walk in space untethered to a space vehicle, evaluated 30 submissions to choose a winner.
    In addition to the film premiere, Larry Price, Lockheed Martin Orion deputy program manager, presented Keith Gardner, the chief of staff for Governor Susana Martinez, the New Mexico state flag, which recently flew on the Orion spacecraft’s first test flight, Exploration Flight Test-1 on Dec. 5, 2014.
    “We’re very proud of our state’s diverse talent, and these partnerships help showcase it,” Gardner said. “Partnerships like the New Mexico Film Foundation and Lockheed Martin help further support the advancement of art and science through ideas and technology.”

  • Tony Award nominations announced this week

    NEW YORK (AP) — The musicals “An American in Paris” and “Fun Home” each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season.
    One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film with George and Ira Gershwin songs — and the other moody — the dark show based on Alison Bechdel’s coming of age graphic novel about her closeted, suicidal dad.
    “It’s nice to know if something’s good, there’s room for it,” said Max von Essen, who earned a nomination for featured actor in a musical in “American in Paris.” ‘’There’s room for a smaller, darker piece and there’s room for a big, show-stopping revival.”
    Michael Cerveris got one of the dozen nods for “Fun Home” — as best leading actor in a musical — and hopes they will attract more people to see his critically acclaimed and poignant show.
    “The real value of the Tonys — and I suppose any awards — is to draw attention to something that people otherwise might not seek out. So the fact that every aspect of the production has been acknowledged is the best kind of advertising,” he said.

  • Sangre de Cristo Chorale celebrates American composers

    The Sangre de Cristo Chorale is celebrating American composers in its spring concert “American Voices.” The chorale will be singing music of beloved American choral composers Samuel Barber, Morten Lauridsen, Randall Thompson and others.  The selections have the added inspiration of poetry from Shakespeare to Langston Hughes. The Los Alamos performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 2 at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    In addition to the Los Alamos concert, the performance will be repeated in Santa Fe at 3 p.m. May 3 at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave.
    The chorale is to introduce Cora Harms as the guest conductor for the spring season. Harms has a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of New Mexico.
    Recently retired from teaching in the Santa Fe Public Schools, her undergraduate degree in music education is also from UNM. Even in retirement she continues to use her teaching skills as music director for Pandemonium Productions (children’s music theater), as a teaching artist for The Santa Fe Opera’s ALTO integrated arts program and Opera Makes Sense program for preschoolers, as well as serving as an accompanist for voice classes and instrumental recitals at the New Mexico School for the Arts.