• LALT shorts offer mix of emotions

    Nov. 8 was opening night for the Los Alamos Little Theatre production, “8x10.” Eric Bjorklund and John Gustafson are co- producers of the “8x10” production.
    “8x10” was created in a creative format where there are eight 10-minute plays performed one after the other in total. There is a 10-minute intermission after the first four 10-minute productions.
    “The 8x10 format is ideal for getting new people involved in theatre, and for community theatre, that is our life blood. Full productions can be a huge time investment. A short 10-minute play is a good way for people to get experience directing, acting, or even writing,” Gustafson said.
    The first short production, “Love Rules,” written by Robert Benjamin, opens to a speed dating scene with an awkward man with the name of Arthur, played by Eric Bjorklund, and stern women with the name of Ruby, played by Pat Beck, who are trying to engage in a conversation. The story turns emotional where the characters begin to relate over their own personal grieving.

  • Movie Review: ‘Matchstick Men’ is the perfect con

    I love a good con, at least onscreen, and Ridley Scott’s “Matchstick Men” (2003, rated PG-13), on the “big” screen this week at Mesa Public Library, is a pretty fantastic con.
    It tells the deviant story of Roy (Nicolas Cage), one of those rare con artists who has to open the door exactly three times before letting a guest in the house, a spotless environs where the guest must immediately remove his shoes and vigorously disinfect the receiver after using the phone.
    Without medication, he’s compulsive to the point of being disabled, so when he loses his pills, he quickly deteriorates into a huge liability for his “business” partner Frank (Sam Rockwell).
    Frank, a seemingly longtime protégé and the closest thing to a friend Roy has, connects Roy to a psychiatrist, drugs, and, ultimately, to Roy’s daughter, a 14-year-old girl who was still a zygote when her mother and Roy parted ways.
    To return the favor, Roy agrees to take part in a “long con,” a more complicated version of the duo’s standard short-term cons, that Roy was initially reluctant to do.

  • A novel approach

    A packed room greeted Anne Hillerman at Mesa Public Library last Wednesday. Many of those attending were fans of Anne’s father, Tony Hillerman, who had come to learn more about “Spider Woman’s Daughter,” Anne’s continuation of his popular mystery series set in Navajo country.

    “The book was released Oct.1, and I feel like this month has been one giant baby shower,” Hillerman said.

    Hillerman has won numerous awards for her nonfiction writing. Her books include “Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: on the Road with Chee and Leaphorn,” which combines Hillerman’s narrative with photographs by her husband, Don Strel. This was Hillerman’s first venture into fiction.

    After providing some biographical information about her father and his career, Hillerman spoke about growing up with his two main characters, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Tony wrote 18 mystery novels in the series, as well as 12 nonfiction books, two non-series novels and three stories for children.

    “Dad’s work was praised for its pioneering use of a new kind of detective: crime solvers who were not jaded white guys with a bottle of bourbon in their desk drawer, but guys like him who appreciated a good cup of coffee,” Hillerman said.

  • LASO concert celebrates Beethoven

    Most people would recognize the man on the right, Ludwig van Beethoven, with his disheveled look and famous scowl.
    However, before he became the famous, deaf composer of “Ode to Joy” in his ninth symphony, he was a dashing young pianist and teacher, enjoying the good life in Vienna, looking like his younger painting on the left.
    Beethoven’s first symphony is certainly not as recognizable as his fifth, and it resembles the style of an earlier classical composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
    However, it is filled with gorgeous melodies, interesting rhythms and difficult parts for all sections of the orchestra.
    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s First Symphony 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Crossroads Bible Church.
    There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted.
    Also included on Friday’s program is the Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn” (aka the “Saint Anthony Variations”), as well as the “Karelia Suite” by Sibelius and a Spanish work by Gimenez: “La Boda de Luis Alonso” complete with a full ensemble of winds, brass and percussion. 

  • Award-winning climate change documentary comes Reel Deal

    Winner of numerous awards, including the Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, “Chasing Ice” tells the story of one man’s plight to document evidence of the changing planet by using time-lapse cameras to capture changes in glaciers over several years.
    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is sponsoring a screening of “Chasing Ice,” 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Reel Deal Theater.
    “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring this powerful film to Los Alamos,” said Rebecca Shankland, past PEEC Board president. “Climate change is something we can’t ignore, and “Chasing Ice” brings this important issue to light in a really compelling and entertaining way.”
    Tickets to the movie will cost $12 and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at the Reel Deal Theater.
    According to a Denver Post review, “The scale of the glaciers, and the almost hallucinogenic clarity of the images, make the resulting footage, based on three years’ shooting, most impressive. One piece of ice we see breaking off is said to be the size of lower Manhattan. Balog remarks that the ice masses he photographs are as individual as human faces, and what we see sometimes does resemble portraiture.”

  • This Week on PAC-8, Nov. 1-7

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

    Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 10-29-13
    02:00 PM Oppenheimer Lecture – “Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet”
    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 “Imperial Frontiers”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Deutche Welle’s Europe in Concert- Ray Davies
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    10:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Tito Puente, Jr. to perform at Popejoy Hall

    Tito Puente, Jr. is determined to preserve the legacy of his father, the “King of Latin Music.”
    To this end, Puente, Jr., a talented performer in his own right, has most recently connected with Pacific Mambo Orchestra.
    The Latin Big Band ensemble and Puente, Jr. take the stage 8 p.m. Friday at Popejoy Hall.
    After studying music and composition, Puente, Jr. joined a heavy metal band. But it wasn’t long before he returned to his roots and dabbled in different Latin music groups. Puente, Jr. has spent the last five years reverently paying tribute to his late father’s music, effectively making himself an audience favorite worldwide.
    In 2004, Puente, Jr. released an album “En Los Pasos de Mi Padre,” or “In My Father’s Shoes,” which featured renditions of his father’s classics.
    This album became the basis for a BET Jazz television special.
    Most recently, he appeared as a musical guest on the hit television series “Dancing With The Stars.” His father’s fan base has enthusiastically embraced Puente, Jr. for his faithful renditions of Puente Sr.’s work, delivered with charisma and skill.
    Both Puente, Jr. and Grammy-Award winner Marlow Rosado join Pacific Mambo Orchestra for its 2013 tour.

  • Scenic Roots perform at Morning Glory Bakery

    Amber and Erin Rogers are Scenic Roots. These sisters perform original and traditional Ozark, Appalachian, and Celtic music on mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and clawhammer banjo.
    Scenic Roots will be in Los Alamos 7 p.m. on Friday at Morning Glory Bakery, 1377 Diamond Drive. This show is part of the duo’s Fall Colors 2013 concert tour with stops in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and Mississippi. 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 at age seven. She won the National Mountain Dulcimer Contest at age 17, at that time the youngest ever to win this title.

  • Diverse local musicians take part in LASO

    Although they come from a variety of backgrounds and careers, the musicians who will perform in the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 have one thing in common — a love of and a dedication to performing good symphonic music.

    These part time and full time musicians are also lab employees, county employes, teachers, medical personnel, business people, lawyers, post docs and students. Some are retirees. Some are parents. Some are grandparents.

    Most live in Los Alamos, but some make the weekly trip for rehearsals from Santa Fe and the valley.

    Together, this diverse group will present a program with music by Brahms, Beethoven, Sibelius and Gimenez.
    Conductor Don Gerheart, in his second year as the LASO music director, is a retired band teacher and now spends his “retirement” as the executive director of the New Mexico Music Educators Association. To get the sound he wants, Gerheart depends on each player to learn his/her part so that rehearsals can concentrate on making musical sense out of the ensemble. He said, “This is a community orchestra and each player is important.” A sampling of these players includes:

  • This Week on PAC-8, Oct. 25-31

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

    Friday, October 25, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 10-08-13
    02:00 PM Oppenheimer Lecture – “Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity &
     Heart, Clear Mind”
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Deutche Welle’s Europe in Concert- Sinead O’Conner
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

    Sunday, October 27, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    10:30 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV