• Educational and thought-provoking

    “Kindertransport” is now playing at the Los Alamos Little Theater.   Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

  • Cycling film to premiere March 12

    “Rising From Ashes,” the award-winning feature-length documentary about Team Rwanda, will premiere in Los Alamos, 7 p.m. March 12 at the Reel Deal Movie Theater. The event is co-sponsored by the Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club and the Los Alamos Singletrack Association.
    “Rising From Ashes” is an independent film about the development of a national cycling team in Rwanda, a country still affected deeply by the genocide that tore the East African nation apart in 1994.
    Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jacques “Jock” Boyer moves to Rwanda in 2006 to help a group of struggling survivors of the genocide to pursue their dream of creating a national cycling team. Members of the fledgling team were children left orphaned by the genocide a decade earlier. As they set out against impossible odds, both Boyer — fighting his own past demons — and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their pasts through remarkable achievements, both big and small.
    The documentary tells a story of redemption, hope and second chances. It is not about the bike; however, the bicycle becomes a tool that has helped change a nation.
    Team Rwanda began as a cycling organization, but became so much more once organizers realized the greater needs of the athletes.

  • NYC jazz musicians to play at Fuller Lodge

    New York City Jazz musicians Roy Dunlap and Marcus Parsley will perform an evening of jazz, 7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.
    Dunlap will perform on the piano and Parsley will play the trumpet.
    There will be a short opening performance featuring a Los Alamos Acoustic Swing Trio.
    Dunlap began playing professionally at age 14. He attained a master’s degree in piano at Queens college in New York City studying with Sir Roland Hanna. Dunlap has toured throughout the United States and Europe.
    Highlights include performing at the world’s top jazz festivals and venues including the Montreaux Jazz Festival in
    Switzerland, Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany, the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, JVC Festival in New York City, the Jacksonville Jazz festival and The Hollywood Bowl. Dunlap has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Wes Anderson, Madeline Peyroux and The Artie Shaw Orchestra, to name a few.
    He recently performed with John Mayer in a benefit concert Stand Up For Heroes. He is featured on numerous recordings as a sideman and leader of his own group. He currently lives in New York City where he teaches and performs regularly.

  • LALT commemorates WWII history

    Los Alamos Little Theatre will mark the 75th anniversary of the United Kingdom’s historic Kindertransport program with its March production of Diane Samuel’s award-winning drama of the same name. Opening Friday night, “Kindertransport” focuses on the life of one of the children rescued by England’s evacuation program for Jewish children in Germany begun on the eve of World War II.
    Before the outbreak of the war, the people of Europe were aware of the dangers to the Jewish people living within the borders of the expanding German state, but there was little desire to open borders to refugees seeking to flee the Nazi regime. Attitudes shifted rapidly after the Kristallnacht pogroms of Nov. 9-10, 1938, in which Jewish businesses and synagogues were destroyed by German storm troopers.
    In the UK, Parliament passed a bill waiving immigration requirements for unaccompanied children from the ages of infancy to 17. Members of the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany, later known as the Refugee Children’s Movement (RCM), began organizing on the ground in Germany and Austria, setting up systems for the selection and transportation of children.

  • Film noir tells of harsh life lessons

    Need a pick-me-up? Then don’t watch “Ace in the Hole” (1951, unrated).
    But if you can take it, this black-and-white classic tells a great story while it teaches one of those grim life lessons.
    Journalist Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas) is on the outs. He used to rake in the bucks, but hard times and personal proclivities have him stuck in small-time Albuquerque, working for an editor who wants him to, of all things, tell the truth.
    This goes against his every fiber. But he toes the line until, on his way to cover a snake hunt, he happens across a woman whose husband was just pinned deep in a mining shaft inside an ancient cliff dwelling.
    He volunteers to help.
    He helps himself to an unbeatable story. He helps the rat-wife (Jan Sterling), who runs a restaurant adjacent to the cliff dwelling, to a full cash register as the curious pull up in their recreational vehicles. He helps the sheriff put on a show worthy of re-election.
    The one person he fails to aid is the miner. Unfortunately for Leo Minosa (Richard Benedict), the longer the rescue takes, the more publicity, the more money, the more sensation his predicament generates.

  • Quintet entertain at next Brown Bag Performance

    The Los Alamos Arts Council announces the next Brown Bag Performance Series, noon at March 5 at Fuller Lodge.
    The Quintet nicknamed “The Trout” will be performing works of Franz Schubert — a piano quintet in A major, D.667: Allegro vivace, Andante, Scherzo, Tema, Finale.
    “The Trout” is called that because the fourth movement has variations sung by mezzo soprano Pauline Schneider. The unusual instrumentation for the quintet is Mary Helen Klare
 on violin, Kathy Gursky on viola, Rebecca Caron on cello and Patrick Neher on double bass and Juanita Madland on piano.
    This is the third Los Alamos “Schubertiade” since October 2012. These concerts are a good will offering to Los Alamos.
    Schneider moved to New Mexico in 1999 and she has been the executive director for Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization since 2001. She also works for Los Alamos Visiting Nurses as a Hospice Music Therapist. She sings every Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe in the chancel choir.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Feb. 28-March 6

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

    Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting Replay 2-21-14
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Don Unser
    03:00 PM Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with Harry
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Ekhard Salje
    05:30 PM Udall Update
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “On the Front Lines
    of the Cold War: Los Alamos 1970-1992”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series – Don Unser
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 1, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 2, 2014
    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
    09:30 PM Generation
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Benchwarmers showcase told stories of difficult subjects

    Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin keeps the theme of aging, grief and moving on in the 10-minute short play, “Too Soon.”
    Benjamin’s story of a widowed father and still-grieving daughter is one of the eight productions featured in Benchwarmers 13 at Santa Fe Playhouse. The other playwrights were Larry Glaister, Alix Hudson, Kelly Huertas, Chadney Everett, Lisa Gray Fisher, Mary Boliek and Alma Reposadas.
    “Too Soon,” was a touching tale of a man who has been widowed for about a year, his willingness to move on with his life and his daughter’s inability to accept that he must. Played by Steven Oakey, Frank is a strong character, who just wants to be happy again and butts heads with his daughter, Dawn on how that is going to happen. Nicole Phelps’s performance as Dawn is unapologetic and emotional. Her grief was felt way down deep.
    Much like Benjamin’s plays, this one deals with the harshness of loss and the struggles to move on — despite guilt that makes one think that they can’t or shouldn’t. Benjamin writes about topics that are realistic to human psyche. Suffering from bereavement and then moving on from it is one of the hardest things a person can deal with.

  • LACA offers chance to dine with musical duo

    For the classical guitar fan, an opportunity to dine with one of the world’s great guitarists, Jason Vieaux, is just around the corner.
    The Los Alamos Concert Association announces that there are a few tickets remaining to their annual “Dinner with the Artists” at which Vieaux  and his duo partner, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis,  will be the honored guests.
    The dinner, at the Blue Window Bistro, will follow their performance scheduled for 4 p.m. March 16 in the Duane Smith Auditorium.  
    “This is a great way to get acquainted with Jason and Yolanda and to have a fine post-concert meal with friends,” said Ann McLaughlin, LACA artistic director.
    Tickets to the LACA fundraiser are $55 per person, $20 of which is a tax deductible contribution to LACA.  A mail-in order form is available on the LACA website at losalamosconcert.org. LACA will also accept written requests for dinner tickets sent to P.O. Box 572 by Saturday. Concert tickets will be available at CB Fox Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock.
    Grammy nominee Yolanda Kondonassis made her debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta at age 18.  Since then she has performed around the globe as a concert soloist and in recital.  

  • Screening questions nuclear power

     The Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Reel Deal Theater present a special screening of “Pandora’s Promise,” the new film by Academy-Award-nominated director Robert Stone.
    The movie will premiere 4 p.m. Sunday at the Reel Deal Theater.
    The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong?
    An audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, “Pandora’s Promise” asks whether the one technology that is feared most could save the planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty.
    Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti- to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process.
    Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on, with stories of defection by heavyweights including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger.
    For more information about the film and to watch the trailer, visit pandoraspromise.com.
    Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door before the show.