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  • ‘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.

  • 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

    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, 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
    Multiverse?”
    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.

  • Howl it up at the dog days of summer

    The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is host to a daylong event at The Downs at Santa Fe on Saturday. The first-ever Dog Days of Summer in Santa Fe offers a day for the whole family, including canines.
    The event kicks off with a Color Dash 5K at 10 a.m., and then continues with live music, food trucks and refreshments from the Santa Fe Brewing Company.
    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at The Downs, although preregistration is encouraged at sfasdogdays.com. Every paid Dasher receives a white T-shirt, dash bib, CD 5K tattoo and one color pack.
    The Dash is a fundraiser held in partnership with the shelter and El Camino Real Academy Wildcats. The race ends with a color explosion at 11 a.m. The “explosion” is actually packets of nontoxic color dye thrown in the air at the conclusion of the race. Also included in the celebration are dance competitions, a hula-hoop contest and many more contests with swag giveaways.
    From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be games for dogs and their people, vendor booths, bouncy houses, mural painting, a dog agility course and Frisbee demonstrations from Disc Dogs of New Mexico.