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  • Jennifer Aniston Gets Naughty in 'The Millers'

    Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis premiere their new film, 'We're The Millers,' in New York, where the 'Friends' actress reveals why she enjoyed playing a stripper.

  • Dennis Farina, star of 'Law & Order,' dead at 69

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular character actor played a TV cop on "Law & Order" during his wide-ranging career, has died.

    Death came Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after Farina suffered a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist, Lori De Waal. He was 69.

    For three decades, Farina was a character actor who displayed remarkable dexterity, charm and toughness, making effective use of his craggy face, husky frame, ivory smile and ample mustache. He could be as dapper as Fred Astaire and as full of threat as Clint Eastwood. His gift has been described as wry, tough-guy panache, and audiences loved him for it.

    "Sometimes you can take those dramatic roles and maybe interject a little humor into them, and I think the reverse also works," Farina said in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press. "One of the funny things in life to me is a guy who takes himself very seriously."

    Farina's many films include "Saving Private Ryan," (1998), "Out Of Sight" (1998), "Midnight Run" (1988), "Manhunter" (1986), and his breakout and perhaps most beloved film, "Get Shorty" (1995), a comedic romp where he played a Miami mob boss.

  • This Week on PAC-8, April 11-17

    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, April 11, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting Replay 3-25-14
    03:00 PM Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast – Los Alamos Beer Coop
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Julian Chen
    05:30 PM Udall Update
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Globetrotters, Border Crossers, and the Tangled Tales of U.S. – Mexico Borderlands History
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series –Darynda Jones
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, April 12, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, April 13, 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 Generation
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Mountain School kids act out unique version of 'Cinderella'

    Five classes of first and second grade students performed the musical “Disney’s Cinderella Kids,” last week in the Mountain School gym.
    Each student had a special role whether that was Cinderella, narrator, solo singer, a wheel of the carriage, or something else. There were six students that acted as Cinderella.
    There were about 100 guests that came to watch, including all the other grades and teachers. Families and teachers all worked together to help the students perform this “happily-ever-after” tale.
    The art teachers, Lorri McInroy and Stephanie Rittner, helped make props and backdrops, the parents and grandparents helped with costumes and hanging the backdrops.
    The teachers helped with logistics, memorizing lines and music.
    The students learned about working together, singing (pitch, high/low and fast/slow), what cue lines are, moving, acting, portraying emotions, using props, solo singing and staying focused.
    The students said they loved working on and performing ‘Disney’s Cinderella Kids!’ They were so excited and had a ton of fun.

  • Fundraiser supports Summer Concert Series

    To kick off this year’s Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, there will be a fundraiser with an auction — with several items that were donated by local businesses and members of the community.
    The event starts at 7 tonight at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge with music by DK & the Affordables, with special guests musician Eddy Partridge of the Nomads fame and James Carothers of the Renegade Mountain Band.
    The silent and live auction will begin at 8:30 p.m. All funds goes into the 2014 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. Only cash and checks will be accepted.
    The price of the event is $15 per person and $25 per couple.
    The food items available will be hand-pressed hamburgers or cheeseburgers cooked on a grill with all the fixings, including green chile, lettuce, onions, etc. The dinner comes with Aunt Annie’s coleslaw, Mama Debe’s Texas baked beans and soda for $8. If the food items do not appeal, the public is free to bring its own refreshments.
    The Summer Series line-up starts May 16 at Overlook Park and then moves to the new stage at Ashley Pond on May 23. The complete schedule of entertainment will be available next week.
    Auction Items for 2014 Summer Concert Series:
    • Personal two hour plane ride in Cessna 210 with Rob Heineman around northern New Mexico Value.

  • Play honors stories of New Mexico

    Thanks to the community’s support of a crowd-funding campaign, Teatro Paraguas and Recuerdos Vivos New Mexico present a full stage production of the oral history play, “When The Stars Trembled in Río Puerco,” at Teatro Paraguas in April.
    The play, presented in English, is a stage adaptation of “Recuerdos de Los Viejitos, Tales of the Rio Puerco Valley,” collected and edited by renowned oral historian Nasario García. It makes stories of land and community in four now ghosts towns south of Cuba, from the 1910s through 1950s.
    Written and directed by Shebana Coelho, an award-winning writer and filmmaker, it is co-presented with Teatro Paraguas, which celebrates the richness and diversity of Hispanic heritage.
    “When the Stars Trembled in Rio Puerco” runs for six performances: at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 4 p.m. Sundays. The events will be Friday through Sunday and April 11-13. The Sunday performances are preceded by a “Share Your Recuerdos” open mic — community members are invited to bring a memento from the past and share a 3-4 minute anecdote.
    The play is slated to be performed at Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Cultural Center in September during Hispanic Heritage Month.

  • This Week on PAC-8, April 4-10

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, April 4, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    12:00 PM County Council Meeting Live
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series- Darynda Jones
    03:00 PM Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast – Los Alamos Beer Coop
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Jennifer Hollingsworth
    05:30 PM Udall Update
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Globetrotters, Border Crossers, and the Tangled Tales of U.S. – Mexico Borderlands History
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series –Darynda Jones
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, April 5, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, April 6, 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 Generation
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Movie Review: Dreaming up the perfect love

    “Ruby Sparks” (2012, rated R), screening this week at Mesa Public Library, tells the story of young novelist Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) who has not recovered from his early success. Nor has the acclaimed “genius” recovered from his father’s death, or his break-up with his first serious girlfriend.
    He cannot write, he cannot maintain friendships — he can barely be kind to his dog.
    From this nadir, he begins to dream. And he dreams, like many of us would in his leaky, lonely boat, of love. He imagines a girl (Zoe Kazan) with red hair, bright tights, endearing quirks and absolute adoration for him. He writes her down.
    Thrilled to be writing again, he is deeply involved before he realizes he is in love with his Ruby, even if she is a product of his own mind.
    The plot reminds me of “Lars and the Real Girl,” which screened at the library in February, in that its protagonist chooses a paramour who is not alive in the usual way. Except here, Calvin knows the deal, and further, is firmly in control of the woman he claims to love.
    Also unlike Lars, Calvin never lets go of the fantasy. I think we’re supposed to believe he does, but ultimately, the ending makes it too easy for him to fall in love, again, with himself.

  • LAHS choir performed in the Big Apple

    Eighteen students from the Los Alamos High School Choir sojourned to New York City to join other high school musicians from around the country to form a 150 member National Festival Chorus and perform at the Lincoln Center.
    The local LAHS Choir Parent Booster Club organized and sponsored the five-day trip where the singers rehearsed under Karen Kennedy, a Master Conductor from The University of Miami, director of Choral Studies.
    Students recognized the value of working with a “Super” conductor saying, “She made us want to work hard, sing our hearts out and do our best. It felt great to sound so good.” 
    The rehearsal schedule cumulated in a well-orchestrated March 29 exposé in Alice Tully Hall of the Lincoln Center.
    The performance featured five pieces by the students, the Masterworks Festival Chorus and the New York City Chamber Orchestra. 
    In between rehearsals the students took in the sites, sounds and tastes of the Big Apple including a Broadway Musical, Central Park, Natural History Museum and more.  

  • Study: NDI students have higher scores, better fitness levels

    Despite New Mexico’s low rankings among the states when it comes to child well-being and education, studies have shown that children who participate in after school programs offered by the National Dance Institute of New Mexico have markedly higher reading, math and science scores along with displaying better physical fitness and eating habits than their peers.
    Based on New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) test score data for 4th through 7th grade students who participated in NDI New Mexico Advanced Training programs, those students had scores that ranged between 10 to 27 points higher than their peers in reading, math and science.
    The studies were conducted by the RMC Research Corporation (2005–2011) and the University of New Mexico’s Center for Education Policy Research (2011 to present), who NDI New Mexico contracts with to conduct independent, scientific evaluations of its programs. Data was collected from almost 31,000 students, more than 300 parents, 51 NDI New Mexico instructors, and more than 1,600 teachers and school administrators.
    “The arts have a unique power to motivate children by teaching them discipline, a standard of excellence and a belief in themselves which will carry over into all aspects of their lives,” said NDI New Mexico Executive Director Russell Baker.