• Lensic celebrates 'Blazing Saddles'

    An original cast member of the comedy classic “Blazing Saddles” will host a showing of the film at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Nov. 21 to benefit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.
    The event is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of film, director by Mel Brooks, and the 75th anniversary of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. David Huddleston, a Santa Fe resident and shelter supporter who portrayed Mayor Olson Johnson, will reminisce with some tall tales following the film in a question-and-answer session.
    Tickets for the event are available at the Lensic box office, 988-1234, or online at TicketsSantafe.org. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the shelter and its work with homeless animals.
    The 90-minute showing begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St.
    The comedy Western film was voted No. 6 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years … 100 Laughs. The classic stars Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder as a sheriff and sharpshooter defending a small town from villains Slim Pickens and Harvey Korman. It features a brilliant cast that includes Brooks, Huddleston and Oscar-nominated Madeline Kahn.

  • New Mexico students wanted for upcoming film competition

    Students from around the state are asked to submit their work for the 2015 Desert Light Film Festival, which will be held on April 24, 2015 in Alamogordo.
    The competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers.
    Thanks to the new financial support of local cable, phone and Internet company, Baja Broadband, Desert Light Film Festival will host its 12th Annual festival and competition.
    Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled.
    Categories include drama/comedy, animation, music video, documentary, experimental film and 30-second commercial. The criteria for all categories include production quality, creativity and originality, resourcefulness and entertainment value. Judging sheets for each category will include films are submitted and judged in either the high school or middle school division.

  • A classic whodunit

    Unsuspecting guests stranded on an island with no hope for escape, a wickedly creative killer on the loose and a disembodied voice from the study — Agatha Christie’s timeless skill for murder mysteries is on stage in the Los Alamos Little Theater’s “And Then There Were None.”
    Dennis Powell returns to directing one of Christie’s plays, this time with a large cast of characters, each with his or her own mysterious past and a motive for murder.
    The setting for this charming little mystery is the drawing room of a well-furnished manor, but the twist is that the 10 characters invited there for a weekend getaway find themselves completely stranded with no hope of rescue. Add to the mix a mysterious voice, a lethal nursery rhyme and the bodies (and suspects) start piling up.
    A large part of the 12-person cast is relatively new or recent newcomers to the stage, though some old favorites return as well, and each character has a wonderfully distinct persona, as could only be expected from one of Christie’s works.
    The cast of characters include the stern, old fashioned lady (Tami Martinson as Emily Brent), a foppish young man-about-town (Conner Schultz as Anthony Marston), and even the inevitable butler and his wife (Michael Adkins and Christine Fischahs as Mr. and Mrs. Rogers).

  • New Mexico-made film shows grit of landscape

    “Lonely Are the Brave” (1962, rated PG) takes viewers beyond the fences, where civilization means something very different and a horse is a man’s best friend.
    “In the more than 60 films that I’ve made, this is my favorite,” wrote leading man Kirk Douglas in a 1989 letter to the Los Angeles Times, after the death of Edward Abbey. The film is based on Abbey’s novel, “The Brave Cowboy.”
    Los Alamos audiences will have their chance to see why at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room at Mesa Public Library.
    John W. Burns (Douglas) is an outlaw by nature. He lives alone, working as a ranch hand, riding his horse wherever the desert allows. He re-enters society in order to help his old friend Paul Bondi (Michael Kane), imprisoned for aiding illegal immigrants. He plans to get arrested for acting drunk and disorderly, and then while in the slammer, slip a file out of his cowboy boot so Bondi can break out.
    Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans sometimes don’t work out, and Burns finds himself running from the sheriff (Walter Matthau), scampering with his horse Whisky up mountains no horse should ever ascend.
    Will he make it? More interestingly, will he make it with his horse?

  • This Week on PAC 8, Oct. 31-Nov. 6

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

    Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 10-28-14
    02:00 PM League of Women Voters Candidate Forum 10-02-14
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Technolog Transfer at LANL – A 70 Year Perspective”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM Charter Public Forum – Utilities
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 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 Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Agatha Christie's whodunit premieres at LATL on Halloween

    One by one, until they are all gone: the story is of 10 people who find themselves trapped on an island. All have some guilt on their hands, and one at a time they begin to die. The story is set in late 1930s in Devon, a small island off the coast of England.
    Los Alamos Little Theater presents the Agatha Christie whodunit, “And Then There Were None” beginning on Halloween night and continues through Nov. 22.
    This is the second Agatha Christie show for director Dennis Powell. According to Powell, Agatha Christie is an incredibly interesting and creative author.
    Christie is half American, as her father was a New York stockbroker. As the youngest of three children she was doted on, and when of age she was sent to several finishing schools in Paris. Ultimately, she authored 80 detective novels and several romance novels under the pen name of Mary Westmacott.
    Her plots are masterfully crafted, and her book “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” was voted the best all-time crime novel by the Crime Writers Association. Her book “And Then There Were None” is one of the best selling novels of all time.
    Despite getting the clues, readers (or viewers) often are left guessing as to “who did it” until the final denouement.

  • Opera's Young Voices to entertain Fuller Lodge

    Music lovers of all ages are invited to Fuller Lodge to hear Young Voices from the Santa Fe Opera. The show is a gift from the Los Alamos Opera Guild of The Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera, Inc.
    For one hour, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 9, the young voices of the opera will perform.
    Now in its eighth season, Young Voices is an audition-based program of The Santa Fe Opera, created to teach, coach and nurture vocal talent in high school students from across New Mexico.
    Fifteen sudents, accepted by audition, received weekly voice lessons and coachings. The faculty is comprised of noted mezzo-soprano and stage director Kathleen Clawson, pianist Kirt Pavitt, and the head of the opera’s music staff, Robert Tweten.
    Two members, baritone Devon McCleskey and soprano Lauren Partin, both residents of Los Alamos, will sing solos and selections from opera, accompanied by Kirt Pavitt, who will also perform piano solos. Meet both Karen Henderson, the local guild president and Kyle Gray from the Santa Fe Opera staff to learn about educational programs, such as “Opera Makes Sense” and additional community concerts offered around the state.
    For a fifth year, Young Voices welcomes Paul Roth as accompanist. Kirt Pavitt and Kathleen Clawson are co-directors of Young Voices.

  • Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra concert will be All American

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present its Fall Concert under the direction of local composer and conductor, Ted Vives. Vives is the conductor of the Los Alamos Community Winds, whom recently gained praise from the American Prize national music award. The LA Community Winds earned third place.
    This year’s symphony will be an “All American” program that will demonstrate the diversity of American music, just like the diversity of the American population.
    The show starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    The first half of the program will highlight patriotic music with Morton Gould’s “American Salute,” show music with Henry Mancini’s “Themes From ‘Victor Victoria’” and ballet music with the “Paul Bunyan Suite” by William Bergsma.
    The second half of the program will feature the Symphony No. 2 by George Whitefield Chadwick.
    It is the first full symphony written by an American composer that was published and it “fully uses the sounds of America, put in the framework of a symphony.” For the 60-plus musicians in the orchestra the work has been a challenge as no one was familiar it. Vives and the 60-plus musician have expressed how delighted they were that everything has come together so well.

  • Music & marionettes highlight concert

    The Los Alamos Concert Association announces a collaboration between a pianist and a marionette theater that will take place on Nov. 1 at Duane Smith Auditorium. The show starts at 7 p.m.
    Pianist Orion Weiss will perform works by Schumann and Debussy with the Salzburg Marionette Theater providing a visualization of the stories suggested by the music.
    “This performance is a piano recital enhanced by the artistry of the Marionettes,” said Ann McLaughlin, LACA artistic director. “Adults should not imagine that this is fare with appeal only for children. And parents can use this as a perfect opportunity to introduce their young folks to “grown up” music. We expect this performance to be sold out, so we recommend getting your tickets early.”
    The performance in Los Alamos represents a departure for the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. Noted for productions of complete operas, this program turns instead to ballet. Two short ballets will be featured. Claude Debussy’s “La Boite a Joujoux” (“The Toy Box”) and “Papillon” (“Butterflies”) by Robert Schumann. Between the two ballets, Weiss will perform additional works by Schumann, Blumenstuck from Op.19 and Novelett from Opus 21.
    The program will run about 95 minutes and includes an intermission.

  • Celebrate TV show that began film incentives in N.M.

    Sci-Fi fans and the Santa Fe community are welcome to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first domestic television series shot in New Mexico.
    A 20th anniversary screening of the television show “Earth 2” will be 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at Jean Cocteau Cinema. 

    TV Director Janet Davidson and The New Mexico Film Foundation announce that a screening of Earth 2 (Amblin/Universal 1994-1995) will be at the Jean Cocteau Theater courtesy of the owner, “Game of Thrones” writer George R.R. Martin. 
    The screening is a tribute to local crew members who worked on the series. Proceeds for this screening will go to the New Mexico Film Foundation.
    Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will proclaim Nov. 8 as “EARTH 2 Day” in Santa Fe, prior to the screening to recognize the pioneering series that helped initiate New Mexico’s film incentives. 
    Twenty-two episodes of the series were shot in and around Santa Fe 20 years ago. It was also the first professional film to use Garson Stages in Santa Fe.