• 2013 brought surprises to viewers

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even after all these years, TV in 2013 continued to surprise us.
    What a fine surprise was “The Returned,” a French-language zombie series aired by Sundance Channel. And Tatiana Maslany was startling in BBC America’s eerie series “Orphan Black,” in which she played nearly a dozen varied clones of her main character.
    It was a year that shocked “Glee” fans with the death of cast favorite Cory Monteith, whose passing was marked in a surprisingly sappy memorial episode of the Fox series that, in the words of one character, aimed to avoid making “a self-serving spectacle of our own sadness” — then went on to do just that.
    It was a year that saw once hard-hitting “60 Minutes” go soft, and worse, get sloppy, with a story on last year’s attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, based on a professed witness whose account soon came unraveled. The story’s collapse led to CBS ordering “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence, and left the newsmagazine’s glorious reputation besmirched.
    In February, ABC’s Robin Roberts returned to the “Good Morning America” anchor desk amid unseemly ceremony after her courageous but much-exploited battle with cancer.

  • NDI ranked one of top arts programs

    Celebrating its 20th year, National Dance Institute of New Mexico — a statewide nonprofit organization has been featured by the Wallace Foundation in an exclusive list of eight “exemplary” and “highly effective” arts organizations in the United States.
    Based in New York, the Wallace Foundation is an independent, national foundation dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for children.
    “It’s great to know that our programs have not only made a measurable difference in the lives of children, but are now recognized and validated by the Wallace Foundation as well,” said Russell Baker, NDI New Mexico executive director. “Factors such as high poverty, childhood obesity, academic gaps and limited access to arts education in New Mexico limit children’s opportunities to develop into successful students. But through our programs, students learn the skills necessary to overcome obstacles and gain the confidence, tenacity and work ethic necessary to succeed.”

  • Free performances for 'Barber of Seville'

    The Santa Fe Concert Association (SFCA) will present seven admission-free performances of Rossini’s comic opera “The Barber of Seville” today through Jan. 15 at the Scottish Rite Center, 463 Paseo de Peralta.  
    These performances mark the fifth presentation of the Concert Association’s annual Community Opera program.  
    Student performances, a component of the Santa Fe Public School PASS program (Performing Arts for Student Success), are scheduled for today and two on Jan. 14-15.
    Family Weekend performances will be 7 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
     On Dec. 10, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that the SFCA was one of 150 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant in the amount of $10,000.
    This one-to-one matching grant for “The Barber of Seville” represents the SFCA’s first NEA grant in its 76-year history.  
    “We’re proud and honored to be the recipients of this competitive and prestigious award,” SFCA’s Artistic Director Joe Illick said.  “The Community Opera project is especially dear to my heart,” Illick said.  

  • Black Mesa Brass Quintet performs at next Brown Bag

    The Los Alamos Arts Council kicks off its 2014 Brown Bag Performance Series with the Black Mesa Brass Quintet, noon Jan. 8 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.
    The Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the original five members.
    Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of classical, modern, pop and jazz tunes. They play a variety of venues including concerts, educational performances at schools, weddings and other special occasions. Jan McDonald, John Hargreaves, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Bronisz, and Bruce Letellier make up the quintet. Their collective musical experience is on the order of 240 years.
    McDonald received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees in music education and pursued graduate studies at Indiana State University and Boston University. He is the musical director of the Los Alamos Big Band, founder of the Black Mesa Jazz Quintet, and directed the Los Alamos High School band for almost 30 years. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Secondary Educator Award and the Outstanding New Mexico Jazz Educator Award. He performs with many professional groups, frequently as a soloist, including the Southwest Jazz Orchestra, Pro Musica Orchestra and the Santa Fe Symphony.

  • Las Golondrinas to be featured on 'Jeopardy'

    Early this spring, the “Clue Crew” of the long-running TV quiz show Jeopardy came out to El Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe to film several video clues about Spanish Colonial New Mexico and the Camino Real.
     The episode will air on at 6 p.m. Jan. 3 on KRQE-13. The category will be titled “In Old New Mexico” and will hopefully inspire many new visitors to Las Golondrinas and the state.
    El Rancho de las Golondrinas is located at 334 Los Pinos Road in Santa Fe. For more information call 471-2261 or visit golondrinas.org.  

  • LALT accepting proposals for upcoming season

    The LALT Board of Directors is accepting proposals for the 2014-2015 season. Those who are interested in directing a show, submit ideas no later than Jan. 15. The board will decide on the upcoming season by March 2014. The board will use this time to have play readings and familiarize itself with the plays.
    Refer to lalt.org/resources and follow the guidelines for submitting a play.
    The current board would like to structure the season using a line-up that has been successful in the past. The board plans to open the season in September with a comedy or a small musical; in November an “art” show, a drama, or a mystery; January should bring a farce or a melodrama; in March another “art” show, drama, mystery, or two one-acts and finally end the season with a comedy or a small musical.
    Needed is a mix of well-known plays and authors, as well as lesser-known, innovative, avant-garde plays. Shakespeare may fit into any of several slots depending on which plays are submitted.  

  • Theater Review: 'Annie' performers struggled to be heard

    “It’s a hard knock…uh… production.”
    I was looking forward to the stage showing of “Annie.”
    Ever since I was a little kid, I was mesmerized by the music and stellar voices in the 1982 film release starring Carol Burnett as the nasty, yet comical Miss Hannigan. I always thought it would be wonderful to see this family-friendly beloved musical on stage.
    The opening night production at the Greer Garson Theater tarnished a lot of those memories with a sloppy, poorly placed orchestra performance that drowned out not only the singing, but the acting as well. The only thing the audience was able to hear clearly was Miss Hannigan’s whistle.
    Opening night jitters aside, even the program handed out to the audience was extremely amateur and unprofessional.
    From watching the movies, I was familiar with the lyrics of most of the musical numbers. Good thing, because I couldn’t hear any of the words. I couldn’t image how it would have been for those hard of hearing.
    There was a screen at the back of the stage, projecting images of life and times in 1933 New York City. Would it have been wise to place the orchestra back there?

  • This Week on PAC-8, Jan. 3-9

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

    Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 12-17-13
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett
    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 – Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett
    10:30 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Jan. 5, 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
    10:00 PM That Which Is
    11:00 PM Los Alamos Council on Cancer
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • ‘Amelie’ is unique story of life and love

    The next film in the library’s Free Film Series, while not technically holiday themed, is so buttery rich and honeyed that it belongs in “The Nutcracker’s” Land of Sweets.
    “Amelie” (2001, rated R for sexuality) tells the life story of Amelie Poulain, beginning with her conception and building to her first cutely quixotic attempt at romantic love.
    Amelie has a horrible, but hilariously summarized, childhood. In part because of a mistaken, and of course, symbolic diagnosis of a heart defect, and in part because of her parents’ undemonstrative caretaking, she does not get out much. In lieu of forming real relationships and experiences, she lives extravagantly in her head.
    However, as an adult (played by Audrey Tautou), she finds, in a rather unlikely place, inspiration to reach out to a three-dimensional human. Once Amelie discovers the rewards of kindness, it becomes a serious hobby.
    She has a gift for sussing how best and most simply to help someone without his or her even knowing. A well-placed quote, a well-timed VHS recording — sometimes it does not take much, beyond creativity, to bring someone back to life.

  • New Year with 'Nana's Naughty Knickers'

    Need to plan New Year’s Eve filled with different activities and excitement in Los Alamos? See “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” at the Los Alamos Little Theatre on New Year’s Eve before any planned party.
    The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and will end in plenty of time to attend other parties.
    Reservations are required for the New Year’s Eve show. Ticket prices are $20 per person, which includes a light meal after the show that will be provided by the Los Alamos Elk’s Lodge. Net proceeds for the show will go to local charities. Tickets can be purchased at CB Fox or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/530465.
    For questions and more information call Producer Steve Wolfel at 662-9979 or email at steve@naughtysecretproductions.com.