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  • Actor arrested for drunken driving in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE (AP) — Actor Wes Studi, who appeared in “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last of the Mohicans,” was arrested early Friday for aggravated drunken driving in New Mexico, authorities said. According to a criminal complaint, Studi, 66, was arrested around 1 a.m. while at a stop sign in Santa Fe. The actor was in a 2005 black Volvo with two front tires blown out, Santa Fe police said.

  • This Week on PAC-8, July 26-Aug. 1

    Friday, July 26, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Deutche Welle’s Europe in Concert – Robert Plant
    12:00 PM County Council Live
     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 – “Fat Man: The Peacemaker”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Deutche Welle’s Europe in Concert – Robert Plant
    11:00 PM Project Bombshell
    11:30 PM NNMCAB
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, July 27, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, July 28, 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

  • La Donna Del Lago performance added

    General Director Charles MacKay announced today that an additional performance of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago has been added, 8 p.m. Aug. 19.
    This marks the first time in the Opera’s 57 year history that an extra performance has been added.
    The regular patron amenities will be offered; shuttles from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, preview buffet beginning at 5:30 p.m., opera talks at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Stieren Hall, Opera Shop and food and beverage service.
    Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Opera Box Office, by telephone: 986-5900; toll free 800-280-4654 and online at santafeopera.org.  

  • La Traviata is a lush emotional experience

    Verdi’s La Traviata is a musical masterpiece. The story, about a couple who fall in love, break up, then get back together just before the tragic ending, is one opera-goers have seen played out on stages hundreds of times. This one, however, has characters with substance, along with lush music that truly heightens the emotional experience.

    Audiences often times think of the stage as a backdrop for the action, but it is truly an integral part of this piece, as in the second act, where the blue skies in pieces all over the stage set the tone and reinforce the fact that Violetta and Alfredo exist in their own little heaven in the country. The costumes also stand out in this opera; in particular, Violetta’s dress in the first act, which is stunning and a gorgeous contrast to the spare dress she wears in the country, which has its own charm, as well.

  • Boogie with Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys

    Coming in from Anaheim, Calif., the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series sponsors presents rockabilly, western swing, country boogie and roots of rock & roll star, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys on Friday.

    They’re on their 25th Anniversary Tour. In those years, the Boys have released 14 albums, traveled hundreds of thousands of miles all over the world and have played more than 3,000 concerts, including a show in Los Alamos about 10 years ago. “Welcome back Big Sandy,” Concert Organizer Russ Gordon said.

    The band coming Friday will be pretty much the same guys that started out in Sandy’s Anaheim garage in 1988.

    They still play swing and rockabilly, plus doo-wop, honky-tonk, R&B, soul and have lately added a touch of folk, bluegrass, Cajun, Mariachi and even some reggae and ska influenced tunes.

    Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys are members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tenn., along with such music icons as Elvis, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Wanda Jackson, Bill Haley, Brian Setzer and Link Wray. “A fantastic fraternity. The band has been featured on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “All Things Considered” and have played The Grand Ole Opry,” Gordon said.

  • Lewis classic coming to WR Baptist Church

    Some stories are so important that they must be retold and experienced
    by every new generation. C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” the first installment of the famous Chronicles of Narnia, is just such a story.
    That’s why a group of about 20 children (ages 6 through 18) from White Rock and Los Alamos have been memorizing lines and blocking scenes all summer. Now they’re ready to present a 90-minute stage adaptation of the classic, spiritual fantasy at White Rock Baptist Church on Aug. 2-3.
    “My favorite part (about the rehearsal process) has been hanging out onstage with my friends and acting, said 10-year-old Filippo Delzanno, who is playing the character Edmund Pevensie. “I want to show the audience that my character is a guy who likes being rewarded for things, but friendship is the best thing to have. If Edmund didn’t have friends, no one would have gone to save him. The White Witch would have killed him.”
    “It was difficult, but really fun,” Sage Wilcox, 10, said of playing the White Witch. “She’s a totally different personality — a really mean person — but now I’ve got it down!”

  • Dennis Farina, star of 'Law & Order,' dead at 69

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular character actor played a TV cop on "Law & Order" during his wide-ranging career, has died.

    Death came Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after Farina suffered a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist, Lori De Waal. He was 69.

    For three decades, Farina was a character actor who displayed remarkable dexterity, charm and toughness, making effective use of his craggy face, husky frame, ivory smile and ample mustache. He could be as dapper as Fred Astaire and as full of threat as Clint Eastwood. His gift has been described as wry, tough-guy panache, and audiences loved him for it.

    "Sometimes you can take those dramatic roles and maybe interject a little humor into them, and I think the reverse also works," Farina said in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press. "One of the funny things in life to me is a guy who takes himself very seriously."

    Farina's many films include "Saving Private Ryan," (1998), "Out Of Sight" (1998), "Midnight Run" (1988), "Manhunter" (1986), and his breakout and perhaps most beloved film, "Get Shorty" (1995), a comedic romp where he played a Miami mob boss.

  • Opera offers symposium on Oscar Wilde

    The Santa Fe Opera will present a four-day symposium on Oscar Wilde in conjunction with the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s opera “Oscar.” The symposium begins on July 25 with a keynote address by Merlin Holland, author and only grandchild of Wilde.
    On July 26, there will be a panel presentation of scholarly papers followed by lunch and a round table discussion.
    The Oscar creative team, librettist John Cox, choreographer Seán Curran, composer Morrison and director Kevin Newbury will participate in a panel discussion July 27.
    Additionally, there will be two staged readings of “Moises Kaufmann’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” presented by Santa Fe REP. The complete schedule can be found below. All symposium events will take place at The Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail.
    The cost is $85. Admission to the keynote address, or the presentations on July 26 and lunch is $50.
    To register, or for more information call Daniel Garcia in the Opera’s Education Department, 946-2417 or email dgarcia@santafeopera.org.
    Oscar Wilde: Celebrity or Notoriety?
    July 25 – 28
    The Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail
    July 25

  • DiDonato give stunning, memorable performance in Rossini’s overture

    From the first note in the overture to the standing ovation at the end, Santa Fe Opera’s opening performance of Gioachino Rossini’s La Donna del Lago was outstanding. The story for this opera comes from Sir Walter Scott’s narrative poem The Lady of the Lake. Rossini composed this piece for singers with great breath control, beautiful phrasing and agility; those characteristics are present in abundant quantities in this production.
    Joyce DiDonato is absolutely stunning. Every aspect of her performance has depth and character, and she brings an underlying sense of innocence to Elena that makes her appealing. She makes her ornaments sound easy and her brilliant, lyrical voice never sounds fatigued, even after hours of singing. The audience loved DiDonato, and it is easy to understand why.

  • One night only show profiles influential woman

    “If a Door Opens, A Journey With Frances Perkins.” written by Taos playwright Charlotte Keefe will be 7:30 p.m., July 26 at the Toolshed in Dixon, for a one night only showing.
    The play is a one-woman show starring Keefe and is a tribute to one of the most important and influential women in the United States.
    “If A Door Opens” gives insight through a series of stories that informs the audience of Frances Perkins’ life and all she did as the first woman to be secretary of labor.
    Perkins came from a New England middle-class family, but became acutely aware of the poverty that was pervasive among immigrants who worked long hours for little pay in unsafe factories.
    As a young woman she volunteered at settlement houses and lobbied for labor laws. Her work caught the attention of two New York governors, Al Smith who appointed her to the industrial commission and Franklin Roosevelt who appointed her as head of the New York Labor Department.