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Entertainment

  • Lewis classic coming to WR Baptist Church

    Some stories are so important that they must be retold and experienced
    by every new generation. C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” the first installment of the famous Chronicles of Narnia, is just such a story.
    That’s why a group of about 20 children (ages 6 through 18) from White Rock and Los Alamos have been memorizing lines and blocking scenes all summer. Now they’re ready to present a 90-minute stage adaptation of the classic, spiritual fantasy at White Rock Baptist Church on Aug. 2-3.
    “My favorite part (about the rehearsal process) has been hanging out onstage with my friends and acting, said 10-year-old Filippo Delzanno, who is playing the character Edmund Pevensie. “I want to show the audience that my character is a guy who likes being rewarded for things, but friendship is the best thing to have. If Edmund didn’t have friends, no one would have gone to save him. The White Witch would have killed him.”
    “It was difficult, but really fun,” Sage Wilcox, 10, said of playing the White Witch. “She’s a totally different personality — a really mean person — but now I’ve got it down!”

  • Opera offers symposium on Oscar Wilde

    The Santa Fe Opera will present a four-day symposium on Oscar Wilde in conjunction with the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s opera “Oscar.” The symposium begins on July 25 with a keynote address by Merlin Holland, author and only grandchild of Wilde.
    On July 26, there will be a panel presentation of scholarly papers followed by lunch and a round table discussion.
    The Oscar creative team, librettist John Cox, choreographer Seán Curran, composer Morrison and director Kevin Newbury will participate in a panel discussion July 27.
    Additionally, there will be two staged readings of “Moises Kaufmann’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” presented by Santa Fe REP. The complete schedule can be found below. All symposium events will take place at The Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail.
    The cost is $85. Admission to the keynote address, or the presentations on July 26 and lunch is $50.
    To register, or for more information call Daniel Garcia in the Opera’s Education Department, 946-2417 or email dgarcia@santafeopera.org.
    Oscar Wilde: Celebrity or Notoriety?
    July 25 – 28
    The Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail
    July 25

  • DiDonato give stunning, memorable performance in Rossini’s overture

    From the first note in the overture to the standing ovation at the end, Santa Fe Opera’s opening performance of Gioachino Rossini’s La Donna del Lago was outstanding. The story for this opera comes from Sir Walter Scott’s narrative poem The Lady of the Lake. Rossini composed this piece for singers with great breath control, beautiful phrasing and agility; those characteristics are present in abundant quantities in this production.
    Joyce DiDonato is absolutely stunning. Every aspect of her performance has depth and character, and she brings an underlying sense of innocence to Elena that makes her appealing. She makes her ornaments sound easy and her brilliant, lyrical voice never sounds fatigued, even after hours of singing. The audience loved DiDonato, and it is easy to understand why.

  • One night only show profiles influential woman

    “If a Door Opens, A Journey With Frances Perkins.” written by Taos playwright Charlotte Keefe will be 7:30 p.m., July 26 at the Toolshed in Dixon, for a one night only showing.
    The play is a one-woman show starring Keefe and is a tribute to one of the most important and influential women in the United States.
    “If A Door Opens” gives insight through a series of stories that informs the audience of Frances Perkins’ life and all she did as the first woman to be secretary of labor.
    Perkins came from a New England middle-class family, but became acutely aware of the poverty that was pervasive among immigrants who worked long hours for little pay in unsafe factories.
    As a young woman she volunteered at settlement houses and lobbied for labor laws. Her work caught the attention of two New York governors, Al Smith who appointed her to the industrial commission and Franklin Roosevelt who appointed her as head of the New York Labor Department.

  • This Week on PAC-8, July 19-25

    Friday, July 19, 2013

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (6-25-13)
    01:00 PM LAHS Graduation Ceremony
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM National Day of Prayer
    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 The Glass Slipper
    11:00 PM Project Bombshell
    11:30 PM NNMCAB
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, July 20, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, July 21, 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

  • Legend's daughter takes stage

    On Friday, the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series stage will return to Smith’s Food and Drugs in Los Alamos. Next Tuesday, Smith’s will break ground for the new Smith’s Marketplace at the Trinity Site just across the street.
    Most of Los Alamos has been anxiously waiting for this new shopping center. It will not only be the largest supermarket, but it will also offer other merchandise as well “Let me say this again, shop locally. It’s so tremendously important to the county’s health,” concert organizer Russ Gordon said. “So friends, we’re celebrating with a concert by Paula Nelson.”
    Paula sings country, rock, Americana, blues and jazz and even some classics. “She’s a singer/songwriter, alto, soprano, twangy, sultry, sexy, sassy, sweet, blonde firecracker of an entertainer,” Gordon said.    
    Her influences are mostly her and her father’s best friends. At her childhood family picnics and Christmas parties were guests like Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Waylon Jennings and Jesse Colter, Leon Russell, Ray Price, Doug Sahm and other very, very famous people.

  • ‘Coffeehouse’ serves up chamber music

    Fuller Lodge presents, “The Coffeehouse: An evening of Chamber music,” 7:30 p.m., July 20.
    Classical music from Frederick Chopin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Serge Prokofiev and Zoltan Kodaly will be performed by several musicians.
    Local violin and viola virtuoso Kay Newnam plays at Fuller Lodge twice a year.
    From baroque masters to modern experimentalists, and sampling over a full pallet of orchestral voices during its 30-year history, Newnam assembles unique ensembles for each concert, drawing from a rich pool of professional musicians, to achieve the diversity and quality for which this series is renowned.
    She was concertmaster and violin soloist of the Orchestra of Santa Fe for 22 years, during which time she performed throughout the western United States, Mexico, the West Indies, Germany and Greece. Currently, she performs with the Santa Fe Pro Musica.
    Pianist Anthony Maroudas hails from Hermanus, South Africa.
    An active soloist, chamber musician and collaborator, Maroudas has performed in South Africa, London, Greece and the United States. He is based in Hilo, Hawaii, where he has a teaching studio.
    Cellist Joel Becktell has performed, taught, and lectured throughout North America and Europe.

  • Concert series celebrates the highlife

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series will be back at Ashley Pond with the West African Highlife Band. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday. This week’s music is from the western African club scene of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
    In those years when young African musicians/students would go to college in Europe, they’d return with a love of the fusion of the music of the cultures. The young people would go to the clubs of their homeland and celebrate the “highlife” the good times and the parties just like Los Alamos does on Friday nights. WAHB will play highlife dance classics, Afro-beat and traditional music of Nigeria and Ghana.
    The show will be KTAOS FM 101.9 Night.
The band is led by bass player Baba Ken Okulolo. Baba (a loving term for father, grandfather, or family leader) grew up in Nigeria. As a child he went to Anglican missionary schools. On short wave radios, he’d listen to Afro-Cuban music, American R and B, highlife and jazz. His first international tour was, as a very young man, with the Nigerian Afro-rock, Afrobeat and socially conscientious superstar, Fela Kuti. (The Broadway show Fela is based on this man’s life and is still running strong after five years at the Eugene O’Neil Theater.)

  • This Week on PAC-8, July 12-18

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

    Friday, July 12, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (6-25-13)
    01:00 PM LAHS Graduation Ceremony
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM National Day of Prayer
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society “Cold War Recollections: A Livermore Underground Test Perspective”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM The Glass Slipper
    11:00 PM Project Bombshell
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, July 13, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, July 14, 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

  • Coming of age in a dysfunctional family

    Neil Simon has a way of storytelling that is serious, sprinkled with humor. He has often wrote about his own family experiences growing up and Lost in Yonkers is no exception. The Adobe Theater in Albuquerque presents the story of a Jewish family in 1942.
    The play revolves around the Kurnitz family. Eddie Kurnitz, played by Vernon Poitras leave his two boys with their grandmother while he leaves town to try and solve a dire financial situation.
    The boys are played by Nik Hoover as Jay and Vicente F. Vargas as Arty. The two fear the grandmother and are not looking forward to staying with her.
    Their only salvation is their child-like, absent-minded aunt Bella, played by Kamila Kasparian.
    The hard-as-nails matriarch was brilliantly portrayed by Ninette Mordaunt. She has the entire family walking on eggshells around her. As the story progresses, the audience discovers she cannot get beyond a grievance from the past, she became mean and bitter because of many losses. Facts are revealed throughout, which let the audience sympathize with the grandmother.