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  • Musical duo share their Scenic Roots

    Amber and Erin Rogers are Scenic Roots. The sisters perform original and traditional Ozark, Appalachian and Celtic music on mountain dulcimer, fiddle and clawhammer banjo.
    Scenic Roots perform 7 p.m., June 10, at Morning Glory Bakery. The show is part of the duo’s nine-state spring 2013 concert tour. Both women have degrees in commercial music from the renowned bluegrass program at South Plains College.
    Amber’s musical journey began when she started playing fiddle when she was only four. Her contest successes include the prestigious Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship.
    Erin’s musical journey began when she started playing piano at age five and mountain dulcimer, a string instrument, at age seven. She won the National Mountain Dulcimer Contest at age 17, at that time the youngest ever to win this title.
    In 2007, Erin was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As she went through chemotherapy and battled her cancer, music became an important part of the healing process. Erin would take her dulcimer to play during her chemotherapy sessions and later learned other patients would ask to schedule their therapies at the same times just so they could enjoy Erin’s music. She is now cancer free and works to share the healing touch of music with others.

  • Warren Hood Band starts off busy weekend

    A busy weekend is coming up starting with the Warren Hood Band playing at the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street on Friday. The concert will be next to the Post Office and sponsored by CB Fox, Dixie Girl and Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Night.
        Warren Hood Band’s out of Austin, Texas and plays a fantastic fusion of rock, country, bluegrass, swing, jazz, classical and acoustic American roots music. There will be “lots of good dancin’ and romancin’ if you treat your partner right,” Organizer Russ Gordon said.
        Warren is the original fiddler/violinist and founding member of the South Austin Jug Band. He came to New Mexico for the first time in 2002 with the SAJB on the way to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. “They put on a great show here, made a lot of fans and then drove up to Telluride and won “Best New Band” that year. The guys still talk about one of the best weekends of their lives,” Gordon said.

  • This week on PAC-8, June 7-13

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

    Friday, June 7, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (6-04-13)
    01:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM National Day of Prayer
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society “Cold War Recollections: A Livermore Underground Test Perspective”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM The Glass Slipper
    11:00 PM Project Bombshell
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, June 8, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, June 9, 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

  • A-List actors highlight film festival

    Actors Robert Redford and Wes Studi, Sibylle Szaggars Redford; Musician Thomas Dolby and Director Leslie Zemeckis headline Albuquerque Film and Media Experience Festival. The event runs through June 9.
    The event celebrates film, music, arts and entertainment with world premiere movies, domestic and international films, actor/director panels, art exhibits and concerts.
    There is more than 80 domestic and international film screenings, panel discussions and “intimate conversations” with notable filmmakers and actors from throughout the world.
    The films are scheduled to run at various venues along the historic Route 66 in Nob Hill and downtown.
    Some notable persons on the panels are Robert Redford, Wes Studi, Giancarlo Esposito, Elizabeth Peña, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Michael Quezada and Leslie Zemeckis, among others.
    Redford will engage in a night of conversations, insights, laughter and memories. Accompanied by Robert Lynch, CEO and President of Americans for the Arts, they will share their love for filmmaking, art and living in the Land of Enchantment.
    The Honorable Richard J. Berry will be making the evening’s introduction. An Evening with Robert Redford, will take place 6 p.m., Friday, at the Hiland Theater.

  • Play by local author to hit stage

    Salt and Pepper is a stage play by local playwright Robert F. Benjamin about aging with grace, courage and humor while exploring quirky, but realistic relationships and situations not unknown to those of a certain age.
    Eleven characters lead through seven intertwined tales that celebrate life’s drama of maturing in a culture immersed with denial about aging.
    Scenes are performed and produced by the Dixon Community Players.
    Interwoven via theme, characters, action and language, this collection of short plays elucidates contemporary aging. Characters strive for personal happiness in a culture unfriendly to aging. As Chris Heron, a film director says in the opener, Resting Places, “DD and B (Dying, Death and Burial) is on the rise. Everyone’s doing it,” he said.
    Several plays explore DD and B while others deal with rekindled romance, healing and gifts. Here are the play themes and brief synopses:
    Resting Places. Invisibility. Clash between an old woman, who is an actress fallen on hard times and a novice filmmaker over invisibility and illusions. To shoot his film he needs to evict her from her “resting place” on the cemetery park bench. Starring Kristen Woolf and Chris Heron.

  • Dance film mocks stereotypes

    “Strictly Ballroom” (1992, rated PG) sparkles, struts and shrieks a warpath through the genre of dance competition dramas Thursday at Mesa Public Library.
    Writer and director Baz Luhrmann, known also for “The Great Gatsby” and “Moulin Rouge,” brings out all ballroom dancing’s garish best: the thick, horrifying make-up; the gaudy costumes; the tasteless trophy-seeking ambitions.
    There is very little joy of dancing for most of the competitors or judges in this film. But amid all the soap-operatic scheming and double-crossing, saunter Scott Hastings (Paul Mercurio) and Fran (Tara Morice). They love the steps, the rhythm, the freedom — a freedom that is threatened by ballroom bureaucrats who condemn any novelty on the dance floor.
    Sound corny? It is all very corny. The movie lovingly mocks every dance-movie stereotype, from the quintessential dance rebel to the partner who truly believes in him or her. There is nothing new here, but it’s all so fluffy and funny that I didn’t mind at all. And the dancing is pretty good to boot.

  • Los Pinguos plays at Ashley Pond Friday

    Los Pinguos play Ashley Pond, 7 p.m. Friday for the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The band is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and they play a mix of Latin rhythms, reggae, rumba, tango, flamenco and rock. “The music is very energetic, fun, sexy, fiery and passionate. All right! It’s the 3rd Friday night party of the series,” coordinator Russell Gordon said.
    Gordon said he looked up “Los Pinguos,” in the Spanish-English dictionary. “Nada. On the computer, I only found an outstanding band from Buenos Aires,” he said.
    The Spanish word for “penguins” is “pinguinos”.
    “I looked up los pinguinos de Patagonia and there’s a lot of really cool pictures. One of Los Pinguos’ favorite bands and early influences were the Beatles it’s a good name!” Gordon said.
    Los Pinguos formed in 1999 in Buenos Aires and became very popular. In 2001, they moved to Los Angeles looking to find international success.
    They’ve played all the major clubs and world music festivals in the Los Angeles area and all over the United States and the world. They’ve played the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., many times. The same street festival that the Red Elvises first performed at in Los Angeles.

  • 'Jersey Boys' a lively show with tough roots

    The Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” brought together people of all ages to enjoy the music and the life story of Frankie Valli and the early 1960s group, The Four Seasons.
    The seemingly sugar-coated boys from New Jersey were far from innocent. The four friends started singing under street lamps before becoming a sensation under the direction of manager Bob Crewe, played flamboyantly by Barry Anderson. Valli was only a young teen at the time and the group signed no contract. Only a mere handshake sealed the deal for their future.
    Their days in the spotlight were riddled with tough times, such as a drinking problem from Nick Massi, played by the stoic Brandon Andrus, who seemed a bit stiff at first, but was capturing the real Massi’s candor. Another dilemma the group had to overcome was the gambling problems and overall hijinks of Tommy DeVito. Played by Colby Foytik, he captured the essence of what a troubled soul DeVito really was, going so far as bankrupting the group with an enormous debt and getting them all a little too close to the New Jersey mob syndicate.
    Bob Gaudio was the brains behind the song writing and was played with vigor by Jason Kappus. The actor bore a strong resemblance to the real Bob Gaudio.

  • This week on PAC-8, May 31-June 6

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

    Friday, May 31, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (5-21-13)
    01:00 PM National Day of Prayer
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM The Glass Slipper
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society “Cold War Recollections: A Livermore Underground Test Perspective”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM The Glass Slipper
    10:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, Saturday, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, Sunday, 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

  • 'Love and Loss' comes to LA for limited time

    After successful sold out performances in Santa Fe and Durango Co. “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” comes to Los Alamos for two shows only.
    The story was written by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. The play is produced and directed by Janet Davidson.
    Gioia Berlin, Anna Darrah, Jessica Osbourne, Debrianna Mansini and Rebekah Wiggins round out the cast.
    Performances will be 7:30 p.m., Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday. Tickets $20, general admissions and $15 students and seniors.
    For more information, call Janet Davidson 438-6078 or 699-8501 or the Los Alamos Little Theater at 622-5493.