• 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.

  • Publicist: 'Fast & Furious' star dies in car crash

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A publicist for actor Paul Walker says the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series has died in a car crash north of Los Angeles. He was 40.

    Ame Van Iden says Walker died Saturday afternoon.

    A statement on Walker's Facebook page said Walker was a passenger in a friend's car, and that the crash happened while he was attending a charity event.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department said the crash happened in community of Valencia. The Santa Clarita Signal reports a red Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames.

    Walker was working on the latest "Fast & Furious" movie at the time of his death. He also starred in the suspense drama, "Hours," a movie that is set for release this month.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Nov. 22-28

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

    Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-05-13
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Anne Hillerman
    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 – Anne Hillerman
    10:30 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 24, 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
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • LALT shorts offer mix of emotions

    Nov. 8 was opening night for the Los Alamos Little Theatre production, “8x10.” Eric Bjorklund and John Gustafson are co- producers of the “8x10” production.
    “8x10” was created in a creative format where there are eight 10-minute plays performed one after the other in total. There is a 10-minute intermission after the first four 10-minute productions.
    “The 8x10 format is ideal for getting new people involved in theatre, and for community theatre, that is our life blood. Full productions can be a huge time investment. A short 10-minute play is a good way for people to get experience directing, acting, or even writing,” Gustafson said.
    The first short production, “Love Rules,” written by Robert Benjamin, opens to a speed dating scene with an awkward man with the name of Arthur, played by Eric Bjorklund, and stern women with the name of Ruby, played by Pat Beck, who are trying to engage in a conversation. The story turns emotional where the characters begin to relate over their own personal grieving.

  • Movie Review: ‘Matchstick Men’ is the perfect con

    I love a good con, at least onscreen, and Ridley Scott’s “Matchstick Men” (2003, rated PG-13), on the “big” screen this week at Mesa Public Library, is a pretty fantastic con.
    It tells the deviant story of Roy (Nicolas Cage), one of those rare con artists who has to open the door exactly three times before letting a guest in the house, a spotless environs where the guest must immediately remove his shoes and vigorously disinfect the receiver after using the phone.
    Without medication, he’s compulsive to the point of being disabled, so when he loses his pills, he quickly deteriorates into a huge liability for his “business” partner Frank (Sam Rockwell).
    Frank, a seemingly longtime protégé and the closest thing to a friend Roy has, connects Roy to a psychiatrist, drugs, and, ultimately, to Roy’s daughter, a 14-year-old girl who was still a zygote when her mother and Roy parted ways.
    To return the favor, Roy agrees to take part in a “long con,” a more complicated version of the duo’s standard short-term cons, that Roy was initially reluctant to do.

  • A novel approach

    A packed room greeted Anne Hillerman at Mesa Public Library last Wednesday. Many of those attending were fans of Anne’s father, Tony Hillerman, who had come to learn more about “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” Anne’s continuation of his popular mystery series set in Navajo country.

    “The book was released Oct.1, and I feel like this month has been one giant baby shower,” Hillerman said.

    Hillerman has won numerous awards for her nonfiction writing. Her books include “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: on the Road with Chee and Leaphorn,” which combines Hillerman’s narrative with photographs by her husband, Don Strel. This was Hillerman’s first venture into fiction.

    After providing some biographical information about her father and his career, Hillerman spoke about growing up with his two main characters, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Tony wrote 18 mystery novels in the series, as well as 12 nonfiction books, two non-series novels and three stories for children.

    “Dad’s work was praised for its pioneering use of a new kind of detective: crime solvers who were not jaded white guys with a bottle of bourbon in their desk drawer, but guys like him who appreciated a good cup of coffee,” Hillerman said.