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  • Summer Concert Series draws to a close with final show

    There is one last concert scheduled for this year today at Rover Park in White Rock.
    “Well folks, I hope that you’ve enjoyed the 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series,” Concert organizer Russ Gordon said. “Our show is free. Bring your blankets and/or your lawn chairs. We’ll have a concrete dance floor or you can ‘play’ on the park’s grass.”`
    Two bands will be playing and it’ll be a night of dancing, or just listening to some classic American music. Opening the show at 7 p.m. will be the Los Alamos Big Band. This 16-piece band plays mostly the swing era standards of the 40’s and 50’s. This is the music written by such legends as Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin Brothers. Great songs like “In the Mood,” “String of Pearls,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Moonlight Sonata” and “Take the A Train.”

  • ‘Kitten Kaboodle’ teaches value of pet adoption

    A house filled with adorable kittens may be appealing to some, but in terms of the animals’ welfare, adoption may be the best bet.
    In the book by Santa Fe author Paige Grant, a father brings home a box full of kittens, he found abandoned in a ditch.
    The daughter, Tessa is instantly enarmored with the litter and of course, wants to keep all of them. The mother objects but does agree to keep two — a calico female named Crazy Quilt or Quiltie and a black and white male named Maestro.
    After a show and tell at school two classmates were allowed to adopt a kitten each — with the parents’ permission.
    When it is time for the female to have kittens, the mother gives a lesson of how procreating cats may be a bad idea. It is a talk Tessa understands that spaying or neutering kittens is a necessary action.
    The family agrees to become foster parents for various kittens left at the shelter, before they are put up for adoption and placed in forever homes, as long as Tessa agrees to clean the litter box.
    “Kitten Caboodle” is a cute story of a little girl’s lesson in responsibility and the importance of pet adoption. The last two pages hold information of how to get involved with the local shelter, adopting and reduced fee or free ways to spay and neuter pets. 

  • This Week on PAC-8, Sept. 6-12

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

    Friday, September 6, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 8-27-13
    02:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – Jim Gautier “Adobe”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Deutche Welle’s Europe in Concert- Robert Plant
    11:00 PM Project Bombshell
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, September 7, 2013
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, September 8, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Predictable thriller not for everyone

    “Take Shelter” has scenes of incredible, dangerous, visual beauty: a far-off funnel cloud churning its tall gray wind; a succession of huge, serious lightning bolts tapping a fiery code across the darkness.
    It has a story that develops gradually, with perfect tension and a lot more believability than I’d expect from a movie like this.
    By “a movie like this,” I mean a formulaic, predictable thriller, complete with one of those soundtracks that gets louder and more tremulous whenever an ordinary moment is on the verge of turning horrifying.
    Director Jeff Nichols’ film focuses on Curtis (Michael Shannon), a devoted family man suddenly overcome with terrifying dreams and visions. Curtis tries to seek help for himself, but, despite his and others’ laudable efforts, Curtis’ increasing mental instability quickly begins to interfere with all parts of his life.
    Many thrillers would have viewers believe the guy with the vivid hallucinations trusts no one, has no support network, and has never heard of a psychiatrist. However, Curtis’ reaction to his newfound paranoia strikes me as completely realistic. He asks reasonable questions. He confides in his wife. He clearly suspects he’s going insane and takes pretty valiant steps to not.

  • Summer Concert Series winding down

    There are only two show dates remaining for the 2013 Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.
    “What a short, wonderful, quick trip it’s been this year,” Concert organizer Russ Gordon said.
    Tonight, the crowd will be dancing to the music of DK and the Affordables, starting at 7 p.m. at Los Alamos National Bank. The show is free. The night is LANB Night, recognizing a bank that has been a sponsor for all 24 years of the Concert Series’ existence. “We sincerely thank them for all that they’ve contributed including being wonderful hosts every year,” Gordon said.
    DK and the Affordables is a very busy Los Alamos rockabilly, roots-rock, jump blues and swing band. They’ve become favorites at the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill and the Pajarito Ski Hill events. They also have played local casinos, The Cowgirl in Santa Fe and southern Colorado venues. “They have become one of the best dance bands in New Mexico and are very entertaining! DK is a great showman,” Gordon said.
    Tonight will be a CD Release Party. It’s their first CD titled “Jacona Highway.” The Affordable’s music is available at reverbnation.com/dktheaffordables and on their Facebook page.

  • Half of Vanilla Pop duo stars in one-man show

    One Half of “Vanilla Pop”presents“The Alan Allen Show” If you’ve ever seen “Vanilla Pop”, the 80’s lounge duo who have been entertaining New Mexicans for the past 10 years, then you probably know “Al Dente”— the sarcastic, sequin laden front man of the duo.
    What you probably don’t know is that for the past year, the crooner has been developing a one-man solo performance called “The Alan Allen Show.” Following in the footsteps of renowned musical comedians Alan Sherman and Tom Lehrer, with a hefty dose of the contemporary Tim Minchin thrown in as well, “The Alan Allen Show” is a blend of socio-political commentary and musical comedy, and promises to be something new and fresh in the New Mexico entertainment scene.
    But be warned: The Alan Allen Show is definitely not for the humorously squeamish.
    Those familiar with Dente’s sardonic needling and occasionally self deprecating interludes during Vanilla Pop shows, will feel right at home as he sings and rants about off beat subjects usually reserved for late night talk shows. “There’s a lot of safe and sweet sentimentality in music today.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Aug. 30-Sept. 5

    Friday, August 30, 2013

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 8-27-13
    02:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – Jim Gautier “Adobe”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Deutche Welle’s Europe in Concert Amy McDonald
    11:00 PM Project Bombshell
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, August 31, 2013
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, September 1, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, September 2, 2013
    Happy labor Day – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM – 8:00 A.M. Wednesday - Free Speech TV

  • LACA announces new season

    The Los Alamos Concert Association’s 67th
    season begins in September and it promises to be an exciting one offering legendary and unusual world-class performers
    The season opens with a fanfare on Sept. 29 with the Canadian Brass. For more than 40 years, this ensemble has set the standard by which all other brass quintets are measured. LACA anticipates a sell-out for this performance and suggests early ticket purchases to avoid disappointment.
    November will bring Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. This 16-member ensemble will perform five of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.
    This is an opportunity to hear these works performed by a preeminent period-instrument ensemble. Apollo’s Fire appeared in Los Alamos several years ago.
    Cellist Joshua Roman accompanied by pianist Andrius Zlabys will perform in January.
    Dubbed a classical rock star by the press, Roman was named a TED Fellow in 2011 joining “a select group of Next Generation innovators of unusual accomplishments with the potential to positively affect the world.” As if that praise were not enough, Yo Yo Ma called him “one of the great exemplars of the ideal young musician.” Joshua Roman’s program will be announced at a later date.

  • Atomic City Theater ready for busy year

    Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), Los Alamos Public Schools’ award winning after-school theater program, is excited to announce their events for the upcoming year.
    Public performances of Disney Aladdin Jr. by the elementary schools cast are scheduled for Nov. 22-23 at Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    ACCT will again travel to Atlanta for the Junior Theater Festival (JTF) over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend in January. Auditions for JTF with ACCT will be from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 7 and are open to all students in the Los Alamos area. Registration begins at noon. Students wishing to participate in the JTF with ACCT field trip should come to the Mountain Elementary School gym.
    ACCT II, LAPS’s third and fourth grade children’s theater groups will be performing Disney 101 Dalmatians KIDS. Auditions will be in November, with performances in March.
    Auditions for the Middle School production of Aladdin Jr., are planned for noon on Nov. 9 and are open to seventh or eighth grade students in the Los Alamos area. More detailed information about the audition will be posted on Atomic City Children’s Theater website. Public performances for the middle school production of Disney Aladdin Jr. will be Feb. 21-22 at Duane W. Smith Auditorium.

  • Concert honors cancer survivors

    This Friday, the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents the Claire Lynch Band. The show is part of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The show is free of charge, starts at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.
    Claire Lynch is a singer/songwriter and was a rare woman’s voice in the bluegrass field when she first led the Front Porch String Band in the 1970s. The band was very successful, but stopped touring in 1981. Lynch became an in-demand session vocalist backing people like Dolly Parton on her albums and tours, as well as Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Ralph Stanley and many others. “Claire has a hillbilly angel voice with a sweet high country twang. Her voice reminds me a lot of Dolly Parton and Allison Krauss,” Concert organizer Russ Gordon said.
    Claire Lynch has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has been won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for “Top Female Vocalist” twice. She has also won the IBMA for “Best Song.”
    Dolly Parton said, “Claire has one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.” Claire sang on both of Parton’s bluegrass albums, “The Grass Is Blue” and “Little Sparrow.”