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  • Dances of India presents 'Aladdin'

    The annual Dances with India show will present an Indian adaptation of “Aladdin” featuring students from the Los Alamos YMCA’s Kathak and Bharatnatyam classes, as well as guest dancers and actors from the greater Los Alamos community.

    The show will be 4-6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Los Alamos High Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free, however donations by check or cash will be appreciated. All proceeds will go to Santhitheeram — a charitable trust for hospice care for the elderly in Kerala, India.

    The production is written and directed by Alina Deshpande and choreographed by Deshpande and Kavita Nandkishore. Deshpande and Nandkishore volunteer to teach two Indian classical dance forms at the Los Alamos Family YMCA and Y-Express.

    “Every year the charity is different,” Deshpande said. “We have raised funds for orphanges and schools — mostly children charities, but this year we are trying a new demographic.”

    The show bring Indian dance to a traditional show with two forms of Indian dances — the Kathak and the Bharata Natyam. “They are diverse sets of dances,” Deshpande said.

  • Quartets celebrate harmony

    The Lads of Enchantment will present its 2013 Annual Barbershop Harmony Show 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the United Church of Los Alamos. The first part of the show, “Celebrate Harmony,” will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society and feature the LOE chorus and quartets. The second half will feature special guest quartet, Ruby Blue — the 2013 Rocky Mountain Quartet Champion of Sweet Adelines International.
    Celebrate Harmony will salute the Barbershop Harmony Society’s beginning and barbershop singing. The show will feature traditional songs, as well as, songs that have become part of Americana. The show will open with “Celebrate Harmony,” an original composition that was written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the society. Among the other songs are a special, seldom-heard-version of “Sweet Adeline,” “Coney Island Baby,” the Lida Rose medley, “I’m Alone Because I Love You” and “God Bless the USA.”
    Featured guest quartet, Ruby Blue, will be breaking new ground. Other female quartets or groups, such as Los Alamos High School’s Bel Canto, have sung in LOE shows, but Ruby Blue will be the first all-female special guest quartet.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Oct. 11-17

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 10-08-13
    02:00 PM Oppenheimer Lecture – “Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity & the Exploration of the Red Planet”
    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 “Imperial Frontiers”
    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 NNMCAB Meetiong
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, October 12, 2013
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, October 13, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    10:30 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • ‘Mystery of Edwin Drood’ yields cast of standout performances

    Halloween is in a few weeks, so it’s the perfect time to get into the holiday spirit — and what better way to do so, than with a murder mystery.
    Los Alamos Light Opera treated Los Alamos audiences to “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” at Duane Smith Auditorium over the weekend. Touted as, “a musical murder mystery in two acts,” the show, directed by Jess Cullinan and produced by Gwen Wiens, allows the audience to choose how the Charles Dickens story ends. Under the musical direction of Gretchen Amstutz, Brian Huysman and Jess Cullinan, with choreography by Patrick MacDonald, the production features a cast of characters that will not soon be forgotten.
    There are some familiar faces on stage (Warren Houghteling as John Jasper; Patrick MacDonald as Bazzard; John Cullinan as Mr. William Cartwright, Chairman; and Jim Sicilian as Mr. James Throttle, the stage manager and barkeep, to name a few), as well as some not-so-familiar faces (Rita O’Connell as Edwin Drood; Christina Martos as Rosa Bud; and Kirste Plunket as Wendy, for starters).
    If there are some novices in the group, it’s not evident. They all seem to be seasoned actors. Not a single one was out of place. Each played their parts well and contributed to making “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” something worth watching.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Oct. 4-Oct. 10

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

    Friday, October 4, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 9-27-13
    02:00 PM Oppenheimer Lecture – “Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity & the Exploration of the Red Planet”
    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 “Imperial Frontiers”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Deutche Welle’s Europe in Concert- Jethro Tull
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meetiong
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, October 5, 2013
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, October 6, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    10:30 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Audience participation crucial in Light Opera production

    Audiences for the Los Alamos Light Opera production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” have a most important role: they get to vote on how the show will end.
    Loosely based on an unfinished mystery by Charles Dickens, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical by Rupert Holmes, is set in the Music Hall Royale in London. Chairman William Cartwright and his company of Victorian players have devised a musical rendition of the story that invites audience participation at every step.
    Since Dickens died before finishing his story, the company has rehearsed multiple endings for the audience to vote on during the second act.
    The story features John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to Jasper’s nephew, young Edwin Drood. Also in love with Rosa Bud is the unpredictable foreigner, Mr. Neville Landless, who is accompanied by his tempestuous twin sister, Helena. The title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve — but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunnit?
    These are a slew of the possibilities the audience will consider as this playwithin-a-play comes to a hilariously madcap conclusion that is different every night!

  • Jeweler debuts collection on HSN

    Jeni Kittleson will launch her jewelry collection on HSN. “Jeni’s Fashion Jewelry Premiere” airs from 4-5 p.m. today on Dish 222 and DirectTV 240.

    Kittleson, from Santa Fe, will be live on-air for one hour with HSN host Connie Craig-Carroll. HSN.com is a top-10 most trafficked e-commerce site.

    Kittleson’s collection is broken down into two lines, a mosaic gem cluster line and a woman warrior line. There are a 15 pieces in the collection: three bracelets, four earrings, five necklaces and three rings.

    “The theme overall for both groups is armor for women,” Kittleson said. “The majority of my collection is focused towards the woman warrior as the pieces are bold and act as personal shields for the wearer so she can face the world with even more confidence as the pieces will bring out the inner strength of the woman so she can wear it on the outside.”

  • Hitchcock classic comes to library

    Who am I to review Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” from 1958? The film has been reviewed, admired and just plain loved scores of times.
    James Stewart’s incredible. Kim Novak is creepily fabulous. Barbara Bel Geddes is the most gorgeous buddy a guy could ask for, and quirky enough to guarantee, according to 1950s movie logic, that he won’t fall in love with her. And best of all is the script, so witty, sharp, cunning, insightful, complicated, original and even — yes — thrilling.
    It’s a fine film, possibly one of the best films flat out, and everyone should see it, or see it again, this week on the big screen.
    According to the taglines, this is “a Hitchcock thriller. You should see it from the beginning!” and Hitchcock “engulfs you in a whirlpool of terror and tension” and, my favorite, the movie is “a tall story about a pushover.” If that doesn’t arouse your movie-butter popcorn cravings, you must be unconscious.

  • Community Winds presents first concert of the season

    The Award-Winning Los Alamos Community Winds will present the first concert of its 2013-2014 Concert Season, “Uncharted Territory,” 4 p.m., Oct. 5 at Crossroads Bible Church. The concert will feature new and lesser known works, as well as Sir Edward Elgar’s “Variations on an Original Theme (“Enigma”) Op. 36.”
    This concert is presented as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days — a celebration of Harmony for Humanity.
    The Los Alamos Community Winds were awarded first Runner-up in the 2012 American Prize Competition (Concert Band Division) and have achieved international recognition through their recorded performances on BrassCast, a podcast featuring concert and brass band music originating in the United Kingdom.
    Joining the Los Alamos Community Winds on this performance will be renowned composer and conductor, Robert Sheldon. Sheldon has more than 100 published works and maintains an active career as a clinician, composer and conductor. He is the chief editor for concert band music at Alfred Music Publications. In addition to to his composing and conducting, Sheldon is the lead author of the “Sound Innovations” band method series — used by the Los Alamos Public Schools as the text for the district’s elementary band programs.

  • This week on PAC-8, Sept. 27-Oct. 3

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

    Friday, September 27, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM County Council Meeting Live
    02:00 PM Oppenheimer Lecture – “Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity & the Exploration of the Red Planet”
    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 “Imperial Frontiers”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Deutche Welle’s Europe in Concert- Joy Benalane
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meetiong
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, September 28, 2013
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, September 29, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    10:30 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV