• Auditions for LA Little Theater

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will have auditions for Diane Samuels’ drama, “Kindertransport” 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    Callbacks by invitation will be Dec. 19.
    The cast consists of five women and one man.
    Auditions will be cold readings from the script, and those auditioning should demonstrate some comfort speaking in the dialects of the characters.
    Copies of the script are available at the information desk at the Mesa Public Library.
    “Kindertransport” tells the story of one of the thousands of German Jewish children sent to England before the outbreak of World War II.
    Rehearsals begin in mid-January and run for three weeks in March.
    Questions can be addressed to the director at rev.jcullinan@gmail.com. 

  • Light the season with a prism of holiday music

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will present its Third Annual Holiday Prism Concert 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at White Rock Baptist Church.

    Much like a prism breaks light into its component parts, LACW’s prism concert showcases the music and musicians of Los Alamos and White Rock in all their varied components.

    For a little more than an hour, the audience will be literally surrounded by holiday music performed by members of the community. The Prism concert allows the audience to see and hear not only wind, brass, and string groups, but also a wide variety of soloists and small ensembles.

    As the concert progresses, the audience is treated to a seamless parade of musical colors all connected in the celebration of the holiday season.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Dec. 6-12

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

    Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-26-13
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Don Unser
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Andre Jacobson
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series – Don Unser
    10:30 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Dec. 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
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    10:00 PM That Which Is
    11:00 PM Los Alamos Council on Cancer
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • ‘Swan Lake’ slated for January show

    “Swan Lake” sweeps audiences up in the throes of new love, and devastating heartache. With a twist of fate that has enchanted viewers for over 150 years, this Russian ballet is not the fairy tale love story one might expect. The Moscow Festival Ballet presentation is 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Popejoy Hall.
    The Moscow Festival Ballet’s sensuous rendition of “Swan Lake” is a whirlwind affair executed with precision and grace. Prince Siegfried finds true love in Odette, the White Swan.
    Their innocent romance is triggered by a dance imbued with tender elegance. However, Siegfried mistakenly engages Odile, the Black Swan, in a smoldering display that threatens his happy ending with Odette.
    The Moscow Festival Ballet incorporates the classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies, evinced by its exquisite “Swan Lake.” With mesmerizing choreography and precision, the company creates a spellbinding world where audiences experience the highs and lows of classic Russian romance.
    “Swan Lake” was Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s first composition for ballet, followed by other timeless classics such as “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker.”

  • Santa Fe Opera singers bring festive spirit across state

    Three young singers from The Santa Fe Opera will perform the holiday concert, Arias, Carols, and Songs in several cities throughout the region in December.
    The tenor twins Joshua and Joseph Dennis along with soprano Sara Heaton, all former apprentices, will join pianist Kirt Pavitt for evenings of songs of the season and classical and sacred works.
    The first stop will be 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rio Grande Theater in Las Cruces, followed at 4 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Church in El Paso, Texas.
    The singers will be heard at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Anderson Museum in Roswell.
    They return to Santa Fe on for a 5:30 p.m. performance Dec . 13 at First Presbyterian Church and the final concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque.
    The Choir of the Cathedral under the direction of Maxine Thevenot and members of Young Voices, the Opera’s program for high school students, will also participate in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque concerts.
    All concerts are free and everyone is welcome. Seating is on a first come first served basis and the doors open one half hour before each performance.

  • Celebrate with Sangre de Cristo Chorale's holiday concert

    The Sangre de Cristo Chorale begins its 36th season with the holiday concert “Deo Gracias,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.

    Commemorating the centenary of Benjamin Britten, the 45-member chorale will sing movements from “A Ceremony of Carols,” one of the best loved of all Britten’s masterworks. Seasonal works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter, Irving Berlin and Stephen Paulus also will be on the program, along with traditional English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Caribbean carols.

    Joining Artistic Director Dr. Maxine Thévenot and the chorale will be guest instrumentalists playing harp, trombone, trumpet and oboe. Lynn Gorman-DeVelder will perform two harp solos, both arrangements of songs from the British Isles.

    Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students with a valid ID (discounts are available: those under 18 can attend at no charge when accompanied by an adult).

    Tickets can be purchased in advance at sdcchorale.org or at the door. The program also will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Avenue in Santa Fe.

    The Sangre de Cristo Chorale was formed in 1978 as a group of committed volunteer singers who support each other in the joy of shared musical excellence.

  • ‘Joyeux Noel’ has poignant message of friendship

    I watched Christian Carion’s “Joyeux Noel” (2005, rated PG-13) on the day after Thanksgiving. It was bliss. After reading about all the Black Friday shootings, stabbings, and stampedes that injured and even killed Christmas shoppers across the United States, it was a poignant relief to see the holiday suppressing violence, and even, temporarily, stopping a war.
    “Joyeux Noel” (or “Merry Christmas” in French) tells the true story of a brief cease-fire among French, Scottish and German troops on Christmas Eve 1914, in the thick of The Great War. The soldiers had been living in the trenches, engaged in combat on the frontline only hours before, when through a unique set of circumstances, their Christmas Eve celebrations united them.
    As I watched, I puzzled over the obvious: After this, how could they possibly keep fighting? The film answers the question with unnerving grace.
    “Joyeux Noel” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and I’m surprised it didn’t win. The story is so good.
    Furthermore, the way it’s told — from the standard war scenes with the constant barrage of gunfire and the desperate expressions of those who have to run into it, to a complete philosophical shift — is perfect.

  • Raw: Ron Burgundy Anchors ND Newscast

    Will Ferrell dropped by a North Dakota news station. He did an entire newscast in character as Anchorman 2's Ron Burgundy.

  • LASO prepares for holiday concert

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. from Dec. 6 at the Crossroads Bible Church. The concert, which has become a favorite with the Los Alamos community, will feature seasonal tunes using all sections of the orchestra — strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.

    Something that is fun and makes this concert special is the free drawing for the privilege of standing on the podium and directing the orchestra. Conductor Don Gerheart will hand over his baton to the winner who will lead the orchestra in a rendition of Jingle Bells. Also on tap is a sing-along for everyone to join in.

    Doors for the concert open at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free — the orchestra’s gift to the community.

  • LAAC presents classic music brown bag

    The Los Alamos Arts Council presents Alexander Schwarzkopf with David Schepps in concert at noon Dec. 4 for the Brown Bag performance at Fuller Lodge. All Brown Bag concerts are free and open to the public.

    Currently, Schwarzkopf is on the piano faculty at the University of New Mexico, where he recently performed a recital of music by Beethoven and Shostakovich for cello and piano with Schepps and a solo recital and lecture on Steinbach’s “Figures: 17 Choreographic Etudes for Piano,” the latter at the invitation of the composer. Selections from the Steinbach composition as well as music for cello and piano by Prokofiev will be featured on the program for the December Brown Bag concert.

    Originally from Colorado Springs, Alexander Schwarzkopf was raised in a family of artists; his father is an architect and prolific string player from Stuttgart, Germany and his mother was an actress and professional puppeteer.

    He first performed in public at age 8 and became a scholarship student in piano at Colorado College at age 12.

    In 2003, he was a finalist at the Val Tidone “Silvio Bengalli International” Piano Competition in Pianello, Italy.