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  • 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.

  • Colors of the holidays

    Like light through a prism, Los Alamos has many unique “colors” of musical talent to offer.
    The Los Alamos Community Winds invites the public to attend its 4th Annual Holiday Prism Concert as we showcase the many sounds of the season. The show begins 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Crossroads Bible Church.
    Featured are local string quartet, String Theory performing “Carol of the Bells.” They will be joined by several other players for Karl Jenkins “Palladio.”
    Also on the program are vocalist Rene LeClaire performing music by Miklos Rosza and John Jacob Niles, pianist Frances Meier with music by Claude Thornhill and the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos Handbell Choir under the direction of Trudy Gabel.
    “Prism Concerts were originally conceived in some of our nation’s colleges and universities as ways to promote academic programs in music and recruit students by showcasing (in a single concert) all the different facets of the ensemble curriculum,” said LACW Director Ted Vives. “Our hope is to do the same for the amazing variety of musical talent that we have here in Los Alamos.”

  • Indian epic poem comes to life

    A performance of Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Rabindranath Tagore’s play, “Chitra,” an adaptation of a story from the epic poem, the “Mahabharata” at St. John’s College in Santa Fe.
    The play will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication in book form by Tagore, an Indian philosopher and poet.
    Directed by Mary Mier, her theater troupe, Teatro Tierra Amarilla will perform, 4 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Great Hall on the St. John’s campus.
    Tickets are $10, St John’s students free with ID. Donations of $5 are suggested for St. John’s students.
     

  • This Week on PAC 8, Dec. 12-18

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-25-14
    01:00 PM Democracy Now!
    02:00 PM MPL Author Speaks Series
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico Wines: Past to Present”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
    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

  • This Week on PAC 8, Dec. 5-11

    THIS WEEK ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-25-14
    01:00 PM Democracy Now!
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico Wines: Past to Present”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
    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

  • Local songwriter brings songs and stories to Taos

     For the third year in a row, Taos Lifestyle Productions and Taos native, singer-songwriter Max Gomez will bring a night of Songs and Stories on Dec. 27.
    Americana singer-songwriter John Fullbright will also perform.
    Gomez’s 2013 breakthrough song, “Rule the World” was dubbed as one of the “best new songs of 2013” by Esquire magazine.
    In October 2014, Gomez was included alongside a lineup of well-known performers including Tom Jones, Soundgarden, Norah Jones and Puss N Boots, Pearl Jam and many more at Neil and Pegi Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, Calif.
    Gomez began performing in Taos bars at age 15, where he played originals and covered songs by his musical inspirations, Robert Johnson, “Big” Bill Broonzy and John Prine. Gomez continues to receive national accolades for his skill at building stories into his grassroots, Americana musical style. Visit maxgomezmusic.com for more.

  • Sangre de Cristo Chorale honors former director

    The Sangre de Cristo Chorale is honoring the 25 year legacy of the late Sheldon Kalberg, the first and longest director of the chorale, by dedicating its winter 2014 concert, titled “Darkness Brings Light” to him.
    The Los Alamos performance is 7 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    The chorale will perform works by such diverse composers as Tomas Luis da Vittoria, Henry Purcell , John Rutter and Dolly Parton.
    The concert’s theme is intended to take listeners on a musical journey from sorrow and darkness to joy, beauty and light, reminding the audience that it is possible to share in a feeling of a communal dawn.
    Among the pieces the chorale will perform is Randall Thompson’s “Choose Something Like a Star,” a piece particularly beloved by Kalberg, and played at his recent memorial service.
    Though the repertoire was selected prior to Kalberg’s death, the chorale wanted to dedicate both the music and lyrics to him as an expressive love and appreciation felt for him.

  • The gift of holiday music

    The Los Alamos community will be treated to the winter concert from the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.
    The concert will set the scene and get people in the mood for the holidays by making the event a holiday spectacular.
    On tap will be familiar seasonal tunes, a sing-along and a raffle for a chance to win a one-time opportunity to conduct a full symphony orchestra to the song “Jingle Bells.”
    The concert will begin 7 p.m. Friday at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra traditionally presents this popular concert each year as a gift to the community.
    Conductor Don Gerheart says the program should appeal to all ages.
    There is no admission charge although donations will be gratefully accepted.

  • Review: ‘Bagdad Café’ popular the world over

    Moviegoers in France, Germany and even Seattle love “Bagdad Cafe” (1987, Rated PG). This incredible and incredibly strange film has won awards across the globe for its casting, acting, screenplay and was chosen Best Foreign Film several times over. What will Los Alamos think? That’s always an interesting question to ask.
    “Bagdad Cafe,” showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, begins with a German couple on a desolate road. They are well-dressed — over-dressed for their surrounding. They appear to be married and not happy about it. The road, the car, the rusty lean-to that serves as a urinal, everything is tilted, disoriented, uncomfortable to watch. The couple’s arguments are in German, so English-speaking viewers are even further ungrounded and upended.
    And yet, sense prevails. Quite logically, the woman opens the car door, grabs her bag and walks. And once she leaves the car, the movie changes. The asphalt lies horizontal and beneath the sky. Her feet, even in her ridiculous pumps, are firmly planted.
    The unusual prudence of this opening sequence prevails throughout “Bagdad Cafe,” as the German woman, Jasmin Münchgstettner (Marianne Sägebrecht), creates a new life for herself on the side of the road.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Nov. 14-20

    THIS WEEK ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-14-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Technology Transfer at LANL – A 70 Year Perspective”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAP Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
    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