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  • Quirky characters show how to live with joy in life

    We all have our own hidden joys. Sometimes, it’s a weekend hobby that we set aside for the rest of the work week. Others, it’s a particular activity we share only with one group of friends or family, but not with the rest of our acquaintances. Sometimes, we simply believe we must keep our little eccentricities to ourselves.
    “Tower of Magic” by local playwright and director Tess Light asks, “What would you do if you could live your joy every minute of every day?” A cast of quirky characters (and one realist) have made this a reality for themselves, from a mother who sings rather than speaks, to an ornithologist who is constantly surrounded by forested birdsong, along with the rest of their imaginative — if unorthodox — family.
    The play opens when Felix (Scott Reynolds) is reunited with his fiancée Sue (Katrina Koehler), who had left to spend a few days with her family to announce her engagement, a three-day trip that has mysteriously turned into three weeks. Sue is reluctant to expose her urban betrothed to her rural family, but matters are quickly taken out of her hands, and Felix is soon drawn into the strange quirks of this cast of characters.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Sept. 12-18

    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, Sept. 12, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting Replay 9-09-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Link Arms in LA
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Avadh Salje
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – La Mesa Fire – A Wake-Up
    Call?”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Sept. 14, 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

  • Final Gordon's concert set for tonight

    “Well friends of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series, we’re down to our last show of the year,” said Coordinator Russ Gordon. “I hoped you enjoyed the shows. Again, I’d like to thank our sponsors and especially Los Alamos County. They sure built a beautiful stage.”
    All of the sponsors are all listed at gordonssummerconcerts.com. Acknowledge these vendors and when possible, shop locally. The sponsors all pay taxes to the County and therefore help pay for the concert series.
    The final show of the 25th Anniversary Series will be by the Fort Collins, Colorado band, Whitewater Ramble (whitewaterramble.com).
    The quintet plays what they call “high-octane Rocky Mountain Dancegrass.” They start with bluegrass instruments, guitar, stand-up bass, mandolin, fiddle and then add drums. They combine bluegrass, soul, funk, country, gospel, jazz, dance, salsa, disco, Caribbean, hip-hop, reggae and rock. Whitewater Ramble has played every major venue in the Rocky Mountain region including the festivals in Telluride, Rocky Grass and Lyons. They’ve played all the “not necessarily bluegrass fests,” plus the beer fests. On Thursday night before hustling down here for the gig, they played at the Fly Me To the Moon Saloon in Telluride.

  • Film tells story of young revolutionary's journey

    Why do some of us only think or want, while others do and make? How do the seeds of true revolution first begin?
    Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004, Rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library, examines a young Che Guevara’s journey across South America, where the aspiring doctor witnesses continent-wide poverty, disparity, and injustice, the magnitude of which might have been enough to inspire his future.
    Toward the end of 1951, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) set off from Buenos Aires to explore the continent. Because Guevara is a medical student and Granado, a biochemist, the two are going in part to volunteer at a leper colony in San Pablo, Peru. But of course, a 5,000-mile motorcycle trip is never just about a job.
    After the motorcycle, dubbed “The Mighty One,” suffers its last mile, well before the men reach their ostensible destination, Guevara and Granado continue on foot, hitching rides with Incas, cows, miners and Communists.

  • Local playwright work takes LALT stage Friday

    For most of us, our lives are filled with routine. It usually involves getting up at about the same time every day, going to work, coming home and eating dinner, unwinding after a busy day and going to sleep. This routine is repeated and repeated day in and day out. We try to find things to do that we enjoy, but how many of us really try to fulfill our dreams? There are a select few that break the routine and live life for one thing: Joy. Tess Light does this, and this joy shines in her play “Tower of Magic.”
    “Tower of Magic” is about a girl named Sue who strives to fit in with the world. She’s a professor of civil engineering who is engaged to be married. Sue now has to tell her family that she is engaged, but her family doesn’t even know she has a boyfriend. When Sue is gone longer than expected, her fiancé Felix surprises her by showing up at her family home. There are a lot of things about Sue she doesn’t want Felix to know. Her real name is Solstitia. Her family consists of an obsessive ornithologist, a compulsive mezzo-soprano who sings instead of speaks, a murderous chef, an occasionally mute savant and a linguist. Felix learns about each of the members of Solstitia’s family, and realizes that she should do nothing more than be herself, live life in joy and always try to spread joy to others.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Sept. 5-11

    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, Sept. 5, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting Replay 8-26-14
    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 – Avadh Salje
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – La Mesa Fire – A Wake-Up Call?”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Sept. 7, 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

  • PBS announces new kids program lineup

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Starting earlier this week, New Mexico PBS, Ch. 5.1 will launch its new Fall Children’s Program Lineup, airing Monday-Friday.
    Furthering a commitment to using the power of media to educate and entertain America’s children, PBS Kids and Sesame Street introduced a bonus half-hour Sesame Street program on-air and on digital platforms.
    The additional half-hour program will air on NM PBS, Ch. 5.1, weekday afternoons at 2:30 p.m., complementing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings at 10 a.m.
    For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute show will also be available for free online at pbskids.org/video, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS Kids Roku channel. By offering this bonus half hour of Sesame Street in an additional timeslot, and through a growing number of digital services, PBS Kids hopes to reach even more children with one of America’s most beloved and educationally powerful children’s series.

  • LALT announces 2014-15 season

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre announces a slate of five shows for its 2014-15 season.
    September
    “Tower of Magic,” by local playwright Tess Light, explores the search for one’s true self amidst the chaos of an idiosyncratic family — a woman with near-magical creative talents, an obsessed ornithologist, a compulsive mezzo-soprano, a murderous chef, a mostly mute savant, a twinned linguist, and just to stir the pot a visitor who is a, yawn, civil engineer.
    November
    “And Then There Were None,” by the ever-popular Agatha Christie, in which ten guilty strangers, trapped on an island, are one by one accused of murder and die. Agatha Christie last graced the LALT stage in the 2010-11 season with “Go Back for Murder.”
    January
    “Murdered to Death,” by Peter Gordon, turns Agatha Christie on her head in a spoof led by the inept Inspector Pratt. The audience may be left wondering if laughter is the murderer.
    March

  • Taos natives combine talents for new single

    TAOS — Taos natives and Native Rock recording artists Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal have combined their talents to release a new “alter-Native” single “Iron Horse.” “Iron Horse” commemorates the Summer of the Red Willow, when Taos’ Kit Carson Park was renamed “Red Willow” in June 2014 by the Town of Taos.
    “When the opportunity presented itself, I suggested that the Town of Taos change the name of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park to honor the people of the Red Willow,” Romero said. “I made the suggestion to kindle a conversation about one-sided perspectives that are more often then not ‘his story’ – not ‘history.’”
    “Robby brought me out of the corn fields of Taos Pueblo to join in igniting a collective fire and creating a poetic dialogue,” Mirabal said. “I was a bit reluctant at first, however; as fate has it, the inevitable Kit Carson name-change provided the artistic momentum for a coming together of our music.”
    “Iron Horse,” written collaboratively by Mirabal and Romero, will be performed at a special “Summer of the Red Willow” concert at KTAOS Solar Pavilion on Sept. 20.

  • 'Tower of Magic' starts Friday at the Little Theater

    “Tower of Magic” is about finding that safe place within which one can live authentically, and then finding the courage to venture out into the light of the broader world.
    The cast includes an obsessed ornithologist, a compulsive mezzo-soprano, a linguistically challenged savant, a socially challenged linguist, a homicidal chef, a woman with magical creative talents and, to round out the mayhem, a civil engineer.
    The play was written by local playwright Tess Light and runs Sept. 5-20. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Sept. 14.
    Tickets $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors.For more information visit lalt.org.