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  • A brutal story set to lovely music

    Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” is an opera that even opera haters find enjoyable. It’s catchy without being simple, beautiful without being schmaltzy, and it has depth and meaning without being preachy. Santa Fe Opera’s 2014 production takes on the challenges “Carmen” presents and gives audiences a satisfying experience.
    “Carmen” is the saga of corporal Don José and Carmen, a factory worker. Despite the humor in the music and the dialogue, there is harshness in this story, which lends realism to the opera.
    The designers for this production have done a stellar job by changing the location and adding technology to the show to avoid staleness. The staging is phenomenal, and the updates, rather than being a distraction, feel comfortable and lend interest to an opera that many audience members may have already seen.
    The orchestra, under the direction of Rory MacDonald, is flawless. The areas where timing is critical are spot-on, and the sound and intensity are wonderful.
    When a company stages a commonly performed opera, it has to work harder to make its production stand out, and MacDonald and his orchestra certainly did their part.

  • Mayhem Festival promises mix of metal musical styles

    Summer is the time for the excitement of outdoor concerts. This year, the Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque is host to several shows that will place all walks of life into the throes of a wild night of fun. There is Motley Crue’s final tour, Monumentour Tour and the 20th anniversary of Edgefest to name a few. On Saturday, the amphitheater is host to the seventh annual Mayhem Festival, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.
    A slew of heavy metal performers will converge upon the Isleta Amphitheater for a day’s full of rowdiness and um… “mayhem.” The fun begins 1 p.m. for an all day event.
    The Mayhem Festival is scheduled to have four stages that will have the audience consumed with the sounds of metal in many forms.
    The lineup consists of some of the biggest bands in the world of heavy metal, including headliners on the Rockstar Energy Drink main stage, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandra and Trivium.
    Performing on a second stage, sponsored by the Coldcock American Herbal Flavored Whiskey, will be Cannibal Corpse, as the headliner, Miss May I, Suicide Silence, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810.

  • Love story has flaws but still worth watching

    Vicky (Rebecca Hall) wants Doug (Chris Messina), her handsome fiancé.
    Cristina, fresh from a break-up, only knows what she doesn’t want. When the longtime friends happen upon the gruff-voiced Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) during a trip to Spain, even Vicky cannot resist a sexual adventure of the highest, PG-13 calling.
    Thus begins writer/director Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008), a mighty interesting look at how conventions and desires overlap and drift apart. Mesa Public Library will show the film at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, as part of the library’s Free Film Series.
    “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” has flaws. The narrator waxes a bit too pseudo-sagaciously, the Woody-Allen-ness of the characters often threatens to overwhelm, and the characters don’t, ultimately, change as dramatically as I want them to. But the film succeeds, mostly because of Penélope Cruz.
    The film’s strongest scenes feature Cruz as Juan Antonio’s former wife, Maria Elena, who, despite being the stereotypical “crazy ex-wife,” redefines many words associated with love, including “partner” (with whom?) and “commitment” (to what?).

  • Opera season begins with dramatic love story

    The Santa Fe Opera 2014 season begins Friday with “Carmen.”
    The other operas included in this year’s program are “Don Pasquale,” “Fidelio,” the double bill of “The Impresario and Le Rossignol” and the hisotrical “Dr. Sun Yat-sen.”
    “Carmen” is an archetypal love story of irresistible dramatic sweep, a meditation on fate and freedom, and a portrait of the definitive femme fatale. But most of all, it is music: the highest expression of Bizet’s trove of melodies that capture all the sun and sensuality of Carmen herself.
    The international cast for this production of “Carmen” comes to Santa Fe from many countries. Argentinian Daniela Mack (June 27-July 18) and Ana María Martínez from Puerto Rico (July 28-Aug. 23) share the title role. Don José, Roberto De Biasio, has been the forefront of romantic tenors in only seven years since his debut in Bergamo, Italy. The swaggering toreador Escamillo is sung by the bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas, praised in “The Guardian” as “utterly charismatic, physically and vocally” in this role. The young Scottish maestro Rory Macdonald conducts. Stephen Lawless will direct.
    Note that Carmen is for mature audiences only due do its subject matter.

  • This Week on PAC 8, June 27-July3

    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, June 27, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM County Council Meeting Live
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Ekhard Salje
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “109 East Palace: A 400 Year Microcosm of Santa Fe History”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 28, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 29, 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, June 20-26

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

    Friday, June 20, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay – 6-10-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Julian Chen
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 21, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 22, 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

  • 'Geofish' film shown to benefit nature center

    The film “Geofish” will be presented at the Reel Deal Theater 7 p.m. Thursday. All proceeds will benefit the Cutthroat Trout Aquarium at the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, opening in spring 2015.
    “Geofish” follows four fisherman turned filmmakers as they travel the length of Mexico in a vehicle that runs on cooking oil, in search of the best fishing spots in the country. Their journey will eventually lead them to fish across the entire planet, one continent at a time.
    Armed with nothing more than fishing rods and cameras in hand, the “Geofish” series fishermen deal with a new obstacle around every corner and the determination of setting foot where few people dare to go, the angling quartet cuts their own path through some of the planets most rugged terrain on a mission to find the world’s greatest spots never fished.
    Trout Unlimited of Santa Fe will have an informational booth at the event, and Pajarito Brew Pub will be selling beer and wine.
    Tickets are $10 to be purchased at the Reel Deal Theater, or $12 at the door.
    To learn more about this and other PEEC programs, visit PajaritoEEC.org, or contact 662-0460 or Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • This Week on PAC-8, June 13-29

    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, June 13, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay – 6-10-14
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series – Anne Hillerman
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Julian Chen
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 14, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 15, 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

  • 'Jerusalem' surpasses $5 million in revenue, playing in Albuquerque

    “Jerusalem,” a film adventure through the Holy Land for 3-D and 2-D giant-screen, IMAX® and digital theaters, with a particular focus on the ancient city of Jerusalem, has surpassed the $5 million mark in worldwide gross box office revenue, National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) has announced.
    An original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures, the 43-minute film is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness” and PBS’ “Sherlock”). “Jerusalem” has been shown in more than 45 theaters worldwide, giving audiences exclusive and unprecedented access to iconic holy sites and little-known parts of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock, as well as other areas in the Holy Land such as the Jordan River, Sea of Galilee and the mountain fortress of Masada.
    “Jerusalem” was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary producer of movies such as “Gandhi,” “Chariots of Fire” and “Dances with Wolves.” Ferguson also wrote and directed “Jerusalem.” Large-format industry veteran Reed Smoot, ASC, was director of photography.

  • Bandstand returns to Santa Fe Plaza

    Santa Fe Bandstand returns June 23 with an expanded 10-week schedule. The annual free, live music program on the Plaza contains a line-up of high profile national touring artists and many of the best bands from Santa Fe’s local music scene. New features for the 2014 Bandstand season include an expanded season that will run for 10 weeks, up from seven weeks. Food trucks will be on the Plaza on selected Bandstand nights.
    For the first time, video streaming will be available for iPhones and Android smartphones.
    On four Saturdays, the Bandstand will be on the other side of town — in San Isidro Plaza, next to the Regal Cinema 14 and the Plaza Southside Café. The south side location dates are to be announced at a later date.
    The 2014 lineup features the kind of genre diversity that Bandstand fans have come to expect. From Americana to Zydeco, there’s something for fans of almost every kind of music.
    The bandstand will close Aug. 28.

    Monitor staff report