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  • 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.”

  • This week on PAC-8, Aug. 23-20

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

    Friday, August 23, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 8-13-13
    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 – Jethro Tull
    11:00 PM Project Bombshell
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, August 24, 2013
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, August 25, 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

  • Thousand flock to Graceland, birthplace to remember Elvis--Video Extra

    TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — For the 13th year in a row, Les Horne of Oxford, England, began Elvis Week in Tupelo, Miss., at the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

    "Every year we come, it has gotten a little better," Horne said.

    Hundreds of fans from around the world were in Tupelo on Saturday for the 36th Fan Appreciation Day at the Elvis Presley Birthplace Park, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13bJYIa) reported.

    This year, for the first time, entertainment and food were in an amphitheater and theater opened on the grounds last August. An evening concert by an Elvis impersonator was moved to the Civic Auditorium because rain threatened.

    Elvis week ends with a candlelight vigil at Presley's mansion, Graceland, to mark his death on Aug. 16, 1977. Thousands of people come to Memphis to celebrate The King's life and career.

    They include Adela Martinez and Debbie Ponce, who drove 15 hours from Albuquerque, N.M., to Tupelo.

    "I've been an Elvis fan since I was 4," said Ponce, 49. "Nothing was going to stop me from coming."

    Martinez, who lived in Memphis for years, is paying for both.

  • Morales rocks concert series

    The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series continues 7 p.m., Friday at Ashley Pond with the singer-songwriter and rocker, Lisa Morales and her new band. Morales sings rock and blues, honkytonk and, by request, some of her traditional Mexican-Arizona music.
    Morales has played here a number of times with her sister Roberta and their band, Sisters Morales. They have presented some of the best concerts the series has had in its 24 years,” Concert organizer Russ Gordon said. “The ladies went through some personally tough times and broke up the act in 2011. You can read about it on the web, but I’ll leave it at Lisa seems like an even stronger artist and entertainer than ever.”
    Don’t confuse this Morales with Liza (Lisa) Morales who is a professional bikini wearer, ex-girlfriend of basketball player Lamar Odom and is listed as being a “TV personality.” What a country we live in!
    Gordon said if you need a genre, in his opinion, Morales transcends musical boundaries. The best musical acts have no borders. “Two of my favorite country bands are the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. There are many examples of artists that love to expand on what is expected of them,” Gordon said. “Lisa does remind me of Patty Griffin, Shelby Lynn, Eliza Gilkyson and Emmylou Harris if you must know.”