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  • A ghostly love story in ballet form

    Love, betrayal and forgiveness reign as the New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company presents “Giselle.”
    The ghostly love story will be performed 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    NMDT-PC has made a huge impact on the Los Alamos community.
    During its 14-year existence, NMDT-PC, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, has presented at least 19 original and/or classical ballets including “Dracula,” “Snow White,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Aladdin,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker” and several Mixed Bills.
    “Giselle,” first performed in 1841, is one of the most famous of the ballets blanc or white ballets. The term “ballet blanc” refers to scenes in which the ballerina and female members of the corps all dress in white.
    NMDT-PC’s production of “Giselle” will feature Sarah Dale as Giselle, Devon McCleskey as Albrecht, and Frank Macias as Hilarion. Company members Louisa Belian, Rebecca Cai, Akane Dunn, Naomi Joyce and Megan Hemphill will also stand out. Sets are by Holly Haas and costumes by Marcy Anderson.

  • Red Elvises to play at LA Posse Lodge

    The Gordon’s Summer Concert Series is in need of financial support for the upcoming season, so organizers are bringing out the big guns.
    Specifically, Igor and the Red Elvises.
    Igor and the Red Elvises, a staple at the Summer Concert Series and what principal organizer Russ Gordon calls “Los Alamos’ favorite band,” will perform at the Los Alamos Posse Lodge Saturday. Show time is 7:30 p.m.
    Gordon is currently in the process of booking acts for the summer, but said funds are needed to bring those acts into town.
    Tickets for the Red Elvises show are $20. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Summer Concert Series.
    The series brings bands, both local and from out-of-town, to various sites around Los Alamos County. While Ashley Pond is one of the usual place for the concert to be set, there have also been concerts at the Smith’s parking lot, Los Alamos National Bank, Overlook Park and other spots.
    As one might guess, band founder Igor Yuzov is from the former Soviet Union and started the band in 1995 to play what he dubbed “Serbian surf rock” — rock and roll was illegal in the Soviet Union. Yuzov, a master showman, claims a vision of Elvis Presley came to him and told him to start playing rock music.

  • This Week on PAC 8, March 13-19

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

    Friday, March 13, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 3-03-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM United in Christ
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, March 14, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, March 15, 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

  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish dancing

    Belisama Irish Dance Company presents the 8th annual of its Rhythm of Fire performance on Saturday at the James A. Little Theatre in Santa Fe. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    The high-energy show features award winning Irish dancers, as well as young up-and-coming performers in a family-friendly, foot stomping performance of traditional and contemporary Irish dancing.
    Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for children under 12 at ticketssantafe.org or 988-1234. The theater is located at New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road.
    This year’s Rhythm of Fire features live music with fiddling and singing by Maria Jones, Adrienne Bellis and Lisa Carman. Audiences will also enjoy both new and well-loved favorite choreography by company directors Adrienne Bellis and Celia Kessler, champion dancers Maria Jones and Shannon Kossmann and former Riverdance lead Michael Patrick Gallagher. 


  • 'Mister Roberts' sets sail at LALT

    Welcome aboard a U.S. Navy Cargo Ship the USS Reluctant, which is operating in the back waters of the Pacific in the spring of 1945. This is not a very happy ship.
    The sailors aboard are suffering from the deadly boredom that comes from the routine delivery of cargo during wartime. To make things worse, the ship’s captain is a cantankerous, small-minded man who refuses to allow the men liberty. The only ones making life on the ship tolerable are “Mister” Roberts, Doc and the feisty woman-chasing Ensign Pulver.
    Mister Roberts shares the crew’s dislike for the captain, which is one reason for his popularity. Roberts joined the Navy to fight and hates being inactive almost as much as he hates the captain. He’s eager to get into the war before it ends. He is repeatedly writing requests for transfer off the “Reluctant” to a combat ship. This infuriates the captain, who is struggling to get a promotion to commander.
    Brad Lounsbury, director of “Mister Roberts,” shares his vision for the production.

  • Review: 'Not Quite Right' turns out just right

    What do you do when you can’t sleep at night? Make some lopsided pottery in your garage? Amuse yourself with hand puppets? Gaze at the stars? Sign up for an all night dance marathon?
    For the three intertwined couples in this tale of domestic woe, that is exactly what they do — which opens up many proverbial can of worms at 3 a.m.
    The first act centers around an older couple that has seems to have lost their spunk. Caught between what he was and what he has become, Marty (Steven Oakey) is trying desperately to make everything “fine.” His wife, Carol (Kat Sawyer) tries to snap him into reality and is very belittling at times. A new hobby of Marty’s brings out issues that are not so easily resolved.
    At the same time, a younger couple, Andrew and Jessica (Alex Thorne and Stephanie Dees) are dancing in a marathon try to stay awake by talking about their sons, when ideas of expanding their family are discussed becomes an argument.
    A dream sequence that is comedic, as well as terrifying plagues one of them.
    Moving on to a year later, past issues are resolved — to a point, as new ones arise — and again, no one is getting any sleep. The couples are still trying to live as though everything is “fine.”

  • This Week on PAC 8, Feb. 20-26

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

    Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 2-17-15
    02:00 PM MPL Authors Speak Series
    03:00 PM Gallery Discussion for Edith Warner & Tiano– Bridge Between Two Worlds
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Senior Olympics
    06:30 PM Africa: Mothers of Invention
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Ernest Taylor Pyle”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Community Central
    10:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Now It Can Be Told”
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Feb. 22, 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

  • Love in its many forms

    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Española MainStreet Theatre put on a series of romantic and not so romantic productions. “Love is Never Easy” is 10 separate vignettes adapted from various works centered around a love theme.
    The production spanned through a number of genres and time periods — and not all stories concluded with a happy ending.
    The first two short segments were a quick cappella of “Fly Me To The Moon,” sung by Don Hassemer, followed by the sonnet “How Do I Love Thee,” from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and performed by Shirley “Joan” Walker. The skit was pulled off as a sweet serenade between two strangers of the older persuasion.
    The story of “Bluesman” was worthy of a mention. The story from a character named Suzanna about Herbert Jackson Walker, who left her in a favor of a music career. A blues guitar wails off stage, played by Eric Archuleta. Janet Rodriguez does a sultry, dramatic and slightly bitter monologue about the wayward lover.
    “He Said and She Said” was a painful back and forth with a manipulative gossip queen (played by Kaitlin Calkins) at the helm. Her “idle tongue” almost destroys the lives of everyone around her.

  • Mid-season concert includes solo by Los Alamos resident

    The Santa Fe Community Orchestra (SFCO) presents works by Nielsen, Sibelius, Bruch and Vivaldi at its mid-season concert. The show begins at 2:30 p.m. March 1 at the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art in downtown Santa Fe. Admission is free, however, donations are appreciated.
    Brian Newnam is a Los Alamos resident and a well known string player in the area. He will be a soloist at the SFCO performance. He will be playing viola in the Bruch Romance for Viola.  
    This concert features Nielsen’s Symphony No.2: The Four Temperaments, plus the symphonic poem, Finlandia by Sibelius. The program also includes winners of the SFCO Concerto Competition, along with Newnam, Eve Kaye and Anne Hays Egan will perform the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A minor. Music director Oliver Prezant will serve as conductor. For more information, call 466-4879, or visit sfco.org.
    The award-winning Santa Fe Community Orchestra, established in 1982, is made up of volunteer musicians from Santa Fe and surrounding areas.  The SFCO presents five free concerts every season, education programs for public school students and concert audiences, and special events like “Let’s Dance!” an annual swing and ballroom dance at the Convention Center. 

  • Santa Fe theatre premieres Benjamin’s new play

    Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe presents the world premiere of “Not Quite Right,” an upbeat family comedy by Elaine Jarvik and Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin.
    “Not Quite Right” features a misshapen pot, a marathon dance and a three a.m. mêlée over “what’s enough?”  Three couples grapple with dueling expectations in the wee hours of the morning when everything seems, well, not quite right.
    The story is a comedic family drama about three married couples. The first couple is Carol and Marty who are nearly age 60. He lost his job several months ago and Carol thinks he might have been fired. She is habitually critical of Marty’s eccentric behavior and clothing, but she tries to be supportive until she learns his secrets.
    The second couple, age mid-30s is Jessica and Andrew, parents of twins in kindergarten. While at a fundraiser marathon dance, they clash about whether to have another child. Jess’s idealism about overpopulation seems to trump Andrew’s desire for more children.
    The third couple, late age 50s, is Sally and Tom. He just won an award at work, which triggers his thoughts about what a dismal career he’s had and how he’s expecting his children will do better. How much success is enough?