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  • 'Cold Mountain' makes its debut at Santa Fe Opera

    It is time again for opera in Santa Fe.
    The Santa Fe Opera is gearing up for five operas for the upcoming season that runs from July to August.
    First up is “The Daughter of the Regiment,” a French comedy composed by Gaetano Donizetti. It is the story of Marie, the beloved mascot of the 21st Infantry. Found as an infant on the battlefield, Marie grows up in the military life. Stage director Ned Canty compares the story to “a delicious meal that has been stripped of one ingredient after another until not even the entire dessert is left, just whipped cream.”
    “The cast is comprised of professional stage actors and singers and that is important,” said Daniel Zillmann, director of public relations.
    The opera is sung in French. Zillmann would like to point out that each seat contains a translator box in English and in Spanish.
    Soprano Anna Christy and Tenor Alek Shrader lead the cast.
    To hear insights from Canty and Shrader can be seen at YouTube.com/TheSantaFeOpera.
    “The Daughter of the Regiment” runs July 3, 8, 11, 17 and 24, and Aug. 3, 8, 12, 20, 26 and 29.

  • Concert season going strong

    The community flocks to Ashley Pond and other venues each year to take part in what some say is “the” event of the summer — The Gordons’ Summer Concert Series.
    Reigning over Los Alamos for 26 years, it has always been organized by Russ Gordon. Rain or shine, the bands play on.
    The series started in May with a bang — albiet, a soggy one — with a performance by the Eric McFadden Band, bringing rock and funk from the Bay area.
    The next week, former Los Alamos resident James Carothers took the stage at the pond. Carothers now lives in Nashville and is on his way to country music stardom, but still takes time to remember his roots.
    Each night is sponsored by one of the many organizations that take part in the concert series. KRSN night hosted the Band of Heathens, a rock and alternative group from Austin, Texas.
    To kick off June, a double bill entertained the crowd — the Ryan Finn Septet, a local group teamed up with the Craig Martin Experience for a night filled with jazz.
    Last week, the Jimmy Stadler Country Revue saddled up for their performance at the pond. The band is from Taos.
    On Friday, the venue will change to Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, where Dan Bern, a folk and Americana singer/songwriter will take the stage. The show will be sponsored by the ski hill.

  • This Week on PAC 8, June 19-25

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

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

    Friday, June 19, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 6-09-15
    02:00 PM Manhattan Project National Park
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars
    with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 20, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 21, 2015
    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

  • Santa Fe Bandstand announces summer lineup

    The 13th Annual Santa Fe Bandstand has announced its entertainment lineup.

  • This Week on PAC 8, June 12-18

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

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

    Friday, June 12, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 6-09-15
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars
    with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM FMP Live
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 13, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 14, 2015
    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

  • N.M. band to kick off Balloon Fiesta music fest

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will feature country music superstars The Band Perry along with special guest Gloriana at this year’s Music Fiesta, scheduled for Oct. 10.
    A local New Mexico band will kick-off the third annual event.  
    Gloriana will take the stage at 2:30 p.m., followed by The Band Perry at 4 p.m. Night Magic Glow will follow the Music Fiesta. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through balloonfiesta.com.
    In order to better accommodate guests, this year’s Music Fiesta will be staged at the north end of the Launch Field at Balloon Fiesta Park. 
    The new location will allow for more seating in all of the sections.
    Advance tickets are available for purchase and will cost $50 for reserved seats, $20 for premier lawn seating until July 30. Prices will increase July 31. Guests who purchase Music Fiesta tickets can also stay to enjoy the Night Magic Glow and AfterGlow fireworks show, presented by Albuquerque Journal.

  • Public can choose Taos Solar Music Fest's headliner

    

Now in its 15th year of bringing the hottest bands to Taos, the Taos Solar Music Festival is asking music lovers to choose which New Mexico band they would like to see perform at the festival, held on June 27-28. Voting will be available via Facebook until 5 p.m. June 18.
    

“The fans get to choose who they want to see get the spot on the Taos Solar Festival Stage — the winning band will have to be ready to show their fans how to vote and win new fans with their efforts on Facebook to drive people to vote,” said Taos Solar Music festival organizer Dawn Richardson.
    

Last month, Taos Solar Music Festival organizers held a call for entries as part of their “Fan of the Band” contest. New Mexico based bands were asked to upload a three to five-minute video of a live performance and submit it to be judged. Judges received more than 30 entries, and narrowed them down to the top five finalists. Last week, the finalists’ videos were posted to the Taos Solar Music Festival’s Facebook page. Fans who “like” the Taos Solar Music Festival Facebook page can vote for the band of their choice. One vote per Facebook profile only. The video with the most votes will be determined the winner.

  • Local jazz bands playing tonight

    The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents two local jazz bands on Friday at Ashley Pond.
    The show starts at 7 p.m. and is free.
    The opening act will be the Craig Martin Experience. Martin plays tenor sax and clarinet.
    Other band members are John Frary on drums, Carl Hagelberg plays trumpet, Quinn Marksteiner on alto sax, Mike Rogers on guitar, Aaron Anderson on keyboards and Rob Heineman plays the standup bass.
    The Experinece’s sound is jazz is rock and fusion.
    The concert will be CB Fox Night, who has been a sponsor for 26 years — as long as the concert series has been around.
    The Craig Martin Experience plays up-tempo funky and Latin rhythms.
    There will be tunes by Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Weather Report, the Yellow Jackets, Chick Corea and the late, great, superstar of be-bop and fusion, Miles Davis.
    Taking the stage a little after 8 p.m. will be the Ryan Finn Septet.
    Finn graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2000. Finn plays the trombone in his band.
    The music he plays has a Caribbean tilt, along with reggae, ska, calypso, soca, zouk, salsa, cha-cha, samba and more.
    All of the music will be played in a jazz style.

  • This Week on PAC 8, June 5-11

    THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

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

    Friday, June 5, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting – Replay – 5-26-15
    02:00 PM Los Alamos Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    03:00 PM Road to Recovery
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Exploring Mars
    with the Curiosity Mars Rover”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Golf Course Opening Ceremony
    10:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, June 6, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, June 7, 2015
    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

  • PEEC hosts PBS Science Café

    What would it be like to see the world from a bird’s perspective? To experience riding on the backs of bald eagles, snow geese, and pelicans flying over Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the Great Plains, and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, bison and spawning fish. 
    “Earthflight: Birds of North America” is being shown from 10 a.m.-noon at the Nature Center and sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    The program is part of the New Mexico PBS Science Café. The public is welcome to watch a segment of the six-part series, “Earthflight: A Nature Special Presentation.”
    In addition, there is a public discussion with Stephen Fettig, Wildlife Biologist, who will explore a range of topics from feathers to migration to bird diversity and the tree of life.
    This will be the last presentation of the New Mexico PBS Science Cafes for the summer and will return Sept. 19.
    Admission to the Science Café is free but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston, Community Outreach Coordinator, New Mexico PBS Education & Outreach Department, at 277-2396 or rposton@newmexicopbs.org, or online at newmexicopbs.org/science-central. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.