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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.

  • 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.

  • A puppet show for adults

    “Avenue Q” is debuting at the Los Alamos Little Theatre Friday, starring the Dixon Community Players. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8, 9, 15 and 16. There are two matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday and May 10. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors and students. The show is not recommended for children. Tickets can be purchased at lalt.org, at CB Fox, or at the door prior to the show.

  • ‘Breaking Bad’ villain to play infamous kidnapper

    Raymond Cruz is known in movies and TV as playing tough, hardened roles. From vicious drug dealer, Tuco Salamanca on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” to dominating detective Julio Sanchez on “Major Crimes” and “The Closer.”
    His latest role is no exception. Cruz has literally transformed himself into the infamous kidnapper Ariel Castro in “Cleveland Abduction.”
    Cruz’s true personality is a total opposite of the tough, ruthless characters he plays on television. The real Cruz is known for being very mild-mannered. “Tuco” is such a memorable character on “Breaking Bad” that it is hard to believe Cruz only appeared in four episodes. He reprised the role, which has been become a fan favorite, for the prequel “Better Call Saul” in two episodes so far. There is no word from the show’s producers or Cruz that Tuco will return. “Better Call Saul” aired its first season finale on April 6. Cruz claimed he would like to reprise the role of Tuco once again, but only time will tell. Both shows are filmed in Albuquerque.

  • This Week on PAC 8, April 17-23

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

  • PBS programs commemorate official end of Vietnam War

    New Mexico PBS Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Official End of the Vietnam War (The Fall of Saigon) with six programs and a free public screening on April 21-28.
    April 30 is the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the official end of the Vietnam War. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the start of the ground war in Vietnam.
    New Mexico PBS / KNME-TV commemorates these events, presenting six programs and one free public screening, April 21-28, presented below in chronological order.
    There will be a free screen that is open to the public, followed by an interactive panel discussion beginning at 7 p.m. April 22. “Last Days of Vietnam” is part of the New Mexico PBS Community Cinema at the KiMo series. The theater is located in downtown Albuquerque. Moderator for the panel will be Sarah Gustavus, producer of “New Mexico in Focus.”
    New Mexico PBS extends a special invitation to all Veterans who might like to attend.
    Programs to air on KNME Channel 5:
    The National Mall: America’s Front Yard. 7 p.m. April 21. The special reveals the surprising and inspiring story of the U.S. National Mall’s surprising evolution and history, including the creation of “The Wall” (The Vietnam Veterans Memorial).