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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.

  • Let's Spend the Night Together

    Possibly the biggest crowd of the season came out Friday night for Satisfaction, a tribute band that covers the Rolling Stones.

    Satisfaction played as part of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series at Ashley Pond. Satisfaction featured performers who dressed up as the Stones, one of the most recognizable bands of the rock era, including frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards.

    This coming Friday is Los Alamos Monitor Night at the Summer Concert Series. The concert will feature Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a funk band from New Orleans.

  • This Week on PAC 8, June 26-July 3

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

    Friday, June 26, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 6-23-15
    02:00 PM Manhattan Project National Park
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    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 Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 27, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 28, 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

  • Opera founder subject of new book

    The life of John Crosby, founder and animating spirit of the Santa Fe Opera, is a fascinating one.
    In the book “A Vision of Voices,” author and music critic Craig Smith has written an in-depth portrait of that visionary man. The Authors Speak Series will feature Smith talking about his work at 7 p.m. today in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.
    The timing for Smith’s talk could not be better with the start of the 2015 Santa Fe Opera which runs July 3-Aug. 29, and features the operas “Daughter of the Regiment,” “Salome,” “La Finta Giardiniere,” “Rigoletto” and the world premiere of “Cold Mountain.”
    Smith is a freelance writer who spent more than 20 years as an arts critic for The Santa Fe New Mexican. Smith’s knowledge of both music and the music scene in Santa Fe brings a unique richness to his writing. The book is generously illustrated with photographs showing Crosby rubbing elbows with the rich, the famous, and the soon-to-be famous. Smith writes knowingly about the artists, Crosby’s idea of creating the opera apprentice program, and the operas Crosby loved.

  • Special Opera events planned

    Other than the opera performances, there are plenty of other events for opera lovers to enjoy this season.
    Echoes from
    “Cold Mountain”
    A series of community events exploring adaptations of “Cold Mountain” and the Civil War
    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, “Cold Mountain,” is celebrating its world premiere on Aug. 1. Based on Charles Frazier’s National Book Award-winning novel, the opera depicts the transformative journey of two loves separated during the American Civil War. Yet the story of “Cold Mountain” is not confined to our stage.
    As this summer marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s end, Santa Fe Opera’s Education and Community Outreach department has teamed up with several organizations throughout Santa Fe to present “Echoes from Cold Mountain.”
    The series uses literature, film, music, visual arts and scholarship to create a community dialogue that delves deeper into the Civil War, a pivotal conflict in the nation’s history. “Echoes from Cold Mountain” is a collaboration among Santa Fe Opera and the New Mexico History Museum, the Center for Contemporary Arts, Chatter and Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse.
    Book Club

  • 'Cold Mountain' makes its debut at Santa Fe Opera

    It is time again for opera in Santa Fe.
    The Santa Fe Opera is gearing up for five operas for the upcoming season that runs from July to August.
    First up is “The Daughter of the Regiment,” a French comedy composed by Gaetano Donizetti. It is the story of Marie, the beloved mascot of the 21st Infantry. Found as an infant on the battlefield, Marie grows up in the military life. Stage director Ned Canty compares the story to “a delicious meal that has been stripped of one ingredient after another until not even the entire dessert is left, just whipped cream.”
    “The cast is comprised of professional stage actors and singers and that is important,” said Daniel Zillmann, director of public relations.
    The opera is sung in French. Zillmann would like to point out that each seat contains a translator box in English and in Spanish.
    Soprano Anna Christy and Tenor Alek Shrader lead the cast.
    To hear insights from Canty and Shrader can be seen at YouTube.com/TheSantaFeOpera.
    “The Daughter of the Regiment” runs July 3, 8, 11, 17 and 24, and Aug. 3, 8, 12, 20, 26 and 29.

  • Concert season going strong

    The community flocks to Ashley Pond and other venues each year to take part in what some say is “the” event of the summer — The Gordons’ Summer Concert Series.
    Reigning over Los Alamos for 26 years, it has always been organized by Russ Gordon. Rain or shine, the bands play on.
    The series started in May with a bang — albiet, a soggy one — with a performance by the Eric McFadden Band, bringing rock and funk from the Bay area.
    The next week, former Los Alamos resident James Carothers took the stage at the pond. Carothers now lives in Nashville and is on his way to country music stardom, but still takes time to remember his roots.
    Each night is sponsored by one of the many organizations that take part in the concert series. KRSN night hosted the Band of Heathens, a rock and alternative group from Austin, Texas.
    To kick off June, a double bill entertained the crowd — the Ryan Finn Septet, a local group teamed up with the Craig Martin Experience for a night filled with jazz.
    Last week, the Jimmy Stadler Country Revue saddled up for their performance at the pond. The band is from Taos.
    On Friday, the venue will change to Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, where Dan Bern, a folk and Americana singer/songwriter will take the stage. The show will be sponsored by the ski hill.

  • This Week on PAC 8, June 19-25

    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, June 19, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 6-09-15
    02:00 PM Manhattan Project National Park
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    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 Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 20, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 21, 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

  • Santa Fe Bandstand announces summer lineup

    The 13th Annual Santa Fe Bandstand has announced its entertainment lineup.