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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.

  • ‘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).

  • This Week on PAC 8, March 20-26

    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, March 20, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    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 – New Mexico Arts Panel
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM NNMCAB
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 21, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 22, 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 Southwest closes season with 'La Boheme'

    Albuquerque’s Opera Southwest closes its 42nd Season with four performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème,” which run from this Sunday through March 29 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St., SW.
    Bohème musically intertwines the youthful gaiety of the 19th Century Parisian Latin Quarter with the despair of poverty, cold and death and the passion and eloquence of young love.
    Leading the cast in her OSW debut will be soprano Emily Dorn, whose credits include the roles of both Carmen and Micaёla in “Carmen,” Violetta in “La traviata,” and Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte” at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland, and the Dresden Semperoper, Germany.
    Additional cast members include Sarah Asmar, who sang Desdemona in 2012’s “Otello,” as Musetta; her real-life husband Joshua Kohl, Pinkerton in the 2013 “Madama Butterfly,” as Rodolfo; baritone Timothy Mix, our 2013 Don Giovanni, as Marcello; former apprentice artist Joseph Hubbard as Colline; and local favorites Paul Bower as Schaunard, Joseph Cordova as Parpignol and Sam Shepperson in the double role of Alcindoro and Benoit.
    Maestro Anthony Barrese will conduct, with Maestro Domenico Boyagian conducting on March 25. David Bartholomew will direct.

  • A ghostly love story in ballet form

    Love, betrayal and forgiveness reign as the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company presents “Giselle.”
    The ghostly love story will be performed 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    NMDT-PC has made a huge impact on the Los Alamos community.
    During its 14-year existence, NMDT-PC, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, has presented at least 19 original and/or classical ballets including “Dracula,” “Snow White,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Aladdin,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker” and several Mixed Bills.
    “Giselle,” first performed in 1841, is one of the most famous of the ballets blanc or white ballets. The term “ballet blanc” refers to scenes in which the ballerina and female members of the corps all dress in white.
    NMDT-PC’s production of “Giselle” will feature Sarah Dale as Giselle, Devon McCleskey as Albrecht, and Frank Macias as Hilarion. Company members Louisa Belian, Rebecca Cai, Akane Dunn, Naomi Joyce and Megan Hemphill will also stand out. Sets are by Holly Haas and costumes by Marcy Anderson.

  • Red Elvises to play at LA Posse Lodge

    The Gordon’s Summer Concert Series is in need of financial support for the upcoming season, so organizers are bringing out the big guns.
    Specifically, Igor and the Red Elvises.
    Igor and the Red Elvises, a staple at the Summer Concert Series and what principal organizer Russ Gordon calls “Los Alamos’ favorite band,” will perform at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge Saturday. Show time is 7:30 p.m.
    Gordon is currently in the process of booking acts for the summer, but said funds are needed to bring those acts into town.
    Tickets for the Red Elvises show are $20. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Summer Concert Series.
    The series brings bands, both local and from out-of-town, to various sites around Los Alamos County. While Ashley Pond is one of the usual place for the concert to be set, there have also been concerts at the Smith’s parking lot, Los Alamos National Bank, Overlook Park and other spots.
    As one might guess, band founder Igor Yuzov is from the former Soviet Union and started the band in 1995 to play what he dubbed “Serbian surf rock” — rock and roll was illegal in the Soviet Union. Yuzov, a master showman, claims a vision of Elvis Presley came to him and told him to start playing rock music.

  • This Week on PAC 8, March 13-19

    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, March 13, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    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
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 14, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 15, 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