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  • 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.”

  • S.F. board elects new officers

    At its annual meeting earlier this month, the Board of Directors of The Santa Fe Opera elected a new slate of officers for the coming year. As his last official duty, President Carey R. Ramos chaired the meeting. Ramos is moving out of the country and has resigned.
    Susan F. Morris, current chairman was re-elected president, a post she held from 2003 until 2010 when she became chairman. A long-time board member Morris headed the company’s 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign, “Building a Sound Future,” which exceeded its $30 million goal by $4.6 million.
    Joseph F. Bryan has been elected chairman to succeed Morris. Bryan was elected to the board in 2003 and has served as first vice president. He serves on the executive committee and several finance committees.
    Susan Graf Marineau, will become president-elect. She joined the board in 2011 and is chairman of the marketing committee. She makes her home in San Francisco and Santa Fe.

  • This week on PAC-8, Aug. 16-22

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

    Friday, August 16, 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 – Joy Denalane
    11:00 PM Project Bombshell
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, August 17, 2013
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, August 18, 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

  • Elysium: A film that 99 percent will enjoy

    In the year 2154, the world is polluted, diseased and overpopulated to the point that the super-rich decide to build themselves a private colony in space called Elysium, while the rest of humanity (the 99 percent) are left on the desolate and neglected planet earth.
    Elysium, directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9) follows the story of Max (Matt Damon), a citizen of earth, who tries desperately to get to Elysium after a workplace accident puts his life in jeopardy. While Elysium was partially derailed by its dense political messages, it was a visually stunning film, which explored important social issues in an undeniably thrilling way.
    We are suckers for a sci-fi film that uses its narrative to explore social issues of the present day. And explore social issues is really all that Elysium does with its story. Elysium itself is a manifestation of Christian Parenti’s concept of the armed lifeboat, the metaphor for the militarization of borders for the exclusion and repression of refugees. Similar to Elysium, the 2006 film Children of Men offers a chilling depiction of what this kind of society might look like.

  • Stage adaption of classic novel made for entertaining theater

    A group of children from elementary schools on the Hill performed the timeless C.S. Lewis classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Aug. 3 at the White Rock Baptist Church.
    The set was simple and the 20-plus members of the cast utilized the entire auditorium by prancing up and down the aisles and fighting the elaborate final fight scene.
    For being so young, the five lead characters did very well. The leads were Elise Chavez, 9, as Lucy, Filippo Delzano, 10, as Edmund, Lidia Appell, 10, as Susan, Ryan Rushton, 9, as Peter and Sage Wilcox, 10, as the White Witch. Wilcox’s older brother Braden, 18, led the cast playing the noble lion Aslan.
    Chavez and Delzano’s lines were clear and loud enough for the whole audience to hear, which sometimes can be difficult to do in children’s theater.
    “Chavez did a great job learning so many lines in such a short time period,” Director Cindy Richard said, a fourth grade teacher at Chamisa Elementary.
    Cameron Haag had a stellar performance with his role of Tumnus. His compassion toward Lucy was heartwarming. Carter Haag and Marie Lee played the adorable Mr. and Mrs. Beaver wonderfully.
    The cast was comprised of students from mostly Chamisa and Piñon Elementary Schools in White Rock.

  • Hyland and Joint Chiefs to play at Ashley Pond

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series is back at Ashley Pond at 7 p.m. Friday with the Austin, Texas country/country rock band, James Hyland and the Joint Chiefs. The show is part of the weekend’s LA County Fair and Rodeo. The show is free and bring your lawn chairs.
    The Austin Chronicle says “if there’s a betting pool for the next big singer/songwriter in Austin, James Hyland floats to the top.”
    Hyland was a founding member and main singer of the South Austin Jug Band, a group that played here many times in the late ‘90s and` ‘00s until they split up.
    According to concert promoter Russ Gordon, the first time they played here, they were on their way to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival where they won for “Best New Band.”
    Hyland has mostly been an Americana or folk-rock singer. He has a hypnotic power and is a very captivating performer. He says his early musical influences were Willie Nelson, Toni Price, Otis Redding, Steve Earle, Robert Earle Keen, Bob Dylan, the late JJ Cale and Beck He always had a great traditional country music voice. I told him to put out a country album 10 years ago. It looks many others must have suggested the same because his soon to be released album is Texas country.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Aug. 9-15

    THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, August 9, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 7-26-13
    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 – Mark Knopfer
    11:00 PM Project Bombshell
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, August 10, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, August 11, 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

  • Jennifer Aniston Gets Naughty in 'The Millers'

    Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis premiere their new film, 'We're The Millers,' in New York, where the 'Friends' actress reveals why she enjoyed playing a stripper.

  • Guy Forsyth jams for credit union night

    “One of the absolute best concerts that the Los Alamos County Summer Series has ever produced was last summer’s Guy Forsyth show. This cat and his band are terrific,” Concert coordinator Russ Gordon said.
    The band will play from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Del Norte Credit Union. The show is presented free of charge, by the sponsors of the Summer Series. This Friday Night is Del Norte Credit Union-LA Schools Credit Union-Zia Credit Union Night.
    Guy Forsyth’s latest album is “Freedom to Fail.” It is a message for all people and his new born daughter. Forsyth plays electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, baritone guitar, harp, dobro and singing saw.
    “He’s a master musician, a great singer and songwriter. He’s one of my all-time favorite entertainers,” Gordon said.
    Forsyth grew up in Kansas City, Mo. He started in show business working as a comic stuntman. He soon realized that he was a natural entertainer.
    In 1990, he moved to Austin, Texas with only a guitar, a harmonica and a few clothes. He’d sing on the streets and bars for tips and soon began to win the attention of the Austin music scene. He formed his own band and began a brilliant career.