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  • Review: ‘Bagdad Café’ popular the world over

    Moviegoers in France, Germany and even Seattle love “Bagdad Cafe” (1987, Rated PG). This incredible and incredibly strange film has won awards across the globe for its casting, acting, screenplay and was chosen Best Foreign Film several times over. What will Los Alamos think? That’s always an interesting question to ask.
    “Bagdad Cafe,” showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, begins with a German couple on a desolate road. They are well-dressed — over-dressed for their surrounding. They appear to be married and not happy about it. The road, the car, the rusty lean-to that serves as a urinal, everything is tilted, disoriented, uncomfortable to watch. The couple’s arguments are in German, so English-speaking viewers are even further ungrounded and upended.
    And yet, sense prevails. Quite logically, the woman opens the car door, grabs her bag and walks. And once she leaves the car, the movie changes. The asphalt lies horizontal and beneath the sky. Her feet, even in her ridiculous pumps, are firmly planted.
    The unusual prudence of this opening sequence prevails throughout “Bagdad Cafe,” as the German woman, Jasmin Münchgstettner (Marianne Sägebrecht), creates a new life for herself on the side of the road.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Nov. 14-20

    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, Nov. 14, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-14-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Technology Transfer at LANL – A 70 Year Perspective”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAP Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 16, 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

  • Holiday season begins with 'The Nutcracker'

    New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, presents “The Nutcracker.”
     This timeless classic revolves around Clara, who receives the gift of a toy nutcracker from her Uncle Drosselmeyer. Clara then dreams of a fantastic world in which she and the Nutcracker meet many interesting characters.
     Notable NMDT-PC dancers in the production include Indiana Warrior as Clara, Daren Savage as Uncle Drosselmeyer, Sarah Dale as The Snow Queen, Frank Macias as The Snow King, Louisa Belian as The Sugar Plum Fairy and Devon McCleskey as The Cavalier. Special guest Giovanni Echave, from the School of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, will perform the role of The Nutcracker Prince.
    “The Nutcracker” will be performed 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Duane W. Smith auditorium.
    Tickets are available for purchase in advance at Uli’s Cottontails or at the door 45 minutes prior to performance times.
    Prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and free for children age four and under. Veterans are invited to attend the Sunday matinee free of charge.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Nov. 7-13

    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, Nov. 7, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 10-28-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Technology Transfer at LANL – A 70 Year Perspective”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAP Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 9, 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

  • Lensic celebrates 'Blazing Saddles'

    An original cast member of the comedy classic “Blazing Saddles” will host a showing of the film at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Nov. 21 to benefit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
    The event is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of film, director by Mel Brooks, and the 75th anniversary of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. David Huddleston, a Santa Fe resident and shelter supporter who portrayed Mayor Olson Johnson, will reminisce with some tall tales following the film in a question-and-answer session.
    Tickets for the event are available at the Lensic box office, 988-1234, or online at TicketsSantafe.org. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the shelter and its work with homeless animals.
    The 90-minute showing begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St.
    The comedy Western film was voted No. 6 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years … 100 Laughs. The classic stars Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder as a sheriff and sharpshooter defending a small town from villains Slim Pickens and Harvey Korman. It features a brilliant cast that includes Brooks, Huddleston and Oscar-nominated Madeline Kahn.

  • New Mexico students wanted for upcoming film competition

    Students from around the state are asked to submit their work for the 2015 Desert Light Film Festival, which will be held on April 24, 2015 in Alamogordo.
    The competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers.
    Thanks to the new financial support of local cable, phone and Internet company, Baja Broadband, Desert Light Film Festival will host its 12th Annual festival and competition.
    Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled.
    Categories include drama/comedy, animation, music video, documentary, experimental film and 30-second commercial. The criteria for all categories include production quality, creativity and originality, resourcefulness and entertainment value. Judging sheets for each category will include films are submitted and judged in either the high school or middle school division.

  • A classic whodunit

    Unsuspecting guests stranded on an island with no hope for escape, a wickedly creative killer on the loose and a disembodied voice from the study — Agatha Christie’s timeless skill for murder mysteries is on stage in the Los Alamos Little Theater’s “And Then There Were None.”
    Dennis Powell returns to directing one of Christie’s plays, this time with a large cast of characters, each with his or her own mysterious past and a motive for murder.
    The setting for this charming little mystery is the drawing room of a well-furnished manor, but the twist is that the 10 characters invited there for a weekend getaway find themselves completely stranded with no hope of rescue. Add to the mix a mysterious voice, a lethal nursery rhyme and the bodies (and suspects) start piling up.
    A large part of the 12-person cast is relatively new or recent newcomers to the stage, though some old favorites return as well, and each character has a wonderfully distinct persona, as could only be expected from one of Christie’s works.
    The cast of characters include the stern, old fashioned lady (Tami Martinson as Emily Brent), a foppish young man-about-town (Conner Schultz as Anthony Marston), and even the inevitable butler and his wife (Michael Adkins and Christine Fischahs as Mr. and Mrs. Rogers).

  • New Mexico-made film shows grit of landscape

    “Lonely Are the Brave” (1962, rated PG) takes viewers beyond the fences, where civilization means something very different and a horse is a man’s best friend.
    “In the more than 60 films that I’ve made, this is my favorite,” wrote leading man Kirk Douglas in a 1989 letter to the Los Angeles Times, after the death of Edward Abbey. The film is based on Abbey’s novel, “The Brave Cowboy.”
    Los Alamos audiences will have their chance to see why at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room at Mesa Public Library.
    John W. Burns (Douglas) is an outlaw by nature. He lives alone, working as a ranch hand, riding his horse wherever the desert allows. He re-enters society in order to help his old friend Paul Bondi (Michael Kane), imprisoned for aiding illegal immigrants. He plans to get arrested for acting drunk and disorderly, and then while in the slammer, slip a file out of his cowboy boot so Bondi can break out.
    Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans sometimes don’t work out, and Burns finds himself running from the sheriff (Walter Matthau), scampering with his horse Whisky up mountains no horse should ever ascend.
    Will he make it? More interestingly, will he make it with his horse?

  • This Week on PAC 8, Oct. 31-Nov. 6

    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, Oct. 31, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 10-28-14
    02:00 PM League of Women Voters Candidate Forum 10-02-14
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Technolog Transfer at LANL – A 70 Year Perspective”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM Charter Public Forum – Utilities
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 2, 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

  • Agatha Christie's whodunit premieres at LATL on Halloween

    One by one, until they are all gone: the story is of 10 people who find themselves trapped on an island. All have some guilt on their hands, and one at a time they begin to die. The story is set in late 1930s in Devon, a small island off the coast of England.
    Los Alamos Little Theater presents the Agatha Christie whodunit, “And Then There Were None” beginning on Halloween night and continues through Nov. 22.
    This is the second Agatha Christie show for director Dennis Powell. According to Powell, Agatha Christie is an incredibly interesting and creative author.
    Christie is half American, as her father was a New York stockbroker. As the youngest of three children she was doted on, and when of age she was sent to several finishing schools in Paris. Ultimately, she authored 80 detective novels and several romance novels under the pen name of Mary Westmacott.
    Her plots are masterfully crafted, and her book “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” was voted the best all-time crime novel by the Crime Writers Association. Her book “And Then There Were None” is one of the best selling novels of all time.
    Despite getting the clues, readers (or viewers) often are left guessing as to “who did it” until the final denouement.