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  • Community, Historical Society discuss first episode of ‘Manhattan’

    There was a large turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the premiere of WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. There was a great discussion following the show, and the Society has collected some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media. Every week the Society will be updating a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.
    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8–9:30 pm for a viewing and discussion of Manhattan.
    Why does Los Alamos look like a desert?
    The show was filmed (in part) at the Bruns Army Hospital near the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, so our trees and mountains are missing.
    There aren’t scorpions in Los Alamos, are there?
    They’re not common, but yes there are! PEEC even has one you can visit (and is looking for a sponsor to name it).
    Where was Dorothy McKibbin?
    The episode didn’t show McKibbin or her office at 109 East Palace in Santa Fe where she welcomed new arrivals. But you can see the gate to her office in the History Museum.
    Where were the émigré scientists?

  • LACA Season At-A-Glance

    Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, 4 p.m., Sept. 28
    Salzburg Marionette Theater with pianist Orion Weiss, 7 p.m. Nov. 1
    Red Priest, 7 p.m. Jan. 9
    Cuarteto Lationamericano with Daniel Binelli, bandoneón, 4 p.m. March 15
    Ethos Percussion Group, 4 p.m. April 15

    VENUE
    Duane Smith Auditorium on the campus of Los Alamos High School
    1300 Diamond Drive
    Wheel chair accessible
    Box office opens 45 minutes before performance

    TICKET OUTLETS
    CB Fox and Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock
    Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe

    COMPLETE ARTIST, VENUE AND TICKET
    INFORMATION
    losalamosconcert.org
     

  • LACA announces new season

    The Los Alamos Concert Association has announced its 69th season which will feature the added attraction of a newly refurbished venue.
    The first phase of a multi-year upgrade of the Duane Smith Auditorium on the campus of Los Alamos High School is currently under way. New seating, carpeting, paint, and improved hall lighting will greet concert-goers at the first concert in September. Plans for future hall upgrades over the next three years include lobby redesign as well as acoustic, technical and back-stage improvements.
    “The Smith Auditorium is an important community asset,” said Ann McLaughlin, LACA Artistic Director. “We look forward to welcoming our audience to a fresh and attractive space that will showcase our great artists at their very best.”
    LACA audiences will have their first look at the hall on Sept. 28 with a performance by the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo. Millions have watched their Emmy-nominated music videos on YouTube and the press has dubbed them “the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of the keyboard” for their imaginatively choreographed performances.

  • Chinese style different than most operas

    For many, Chinese opera remains something of a mystery. Some have never had the chance to view these works that, while being very beautiful and entertaining, are also incredibly different from the Western style of opera. “Dr. Sun Yat-sen,” a piece by Huang Ruo and Candace Mui-ngam Chong, does a nice job of mixing Chinese and American opera styles in order to reach a broad audience. Granted, it is still a very different experience than one would expect from, say, a Mozart opera, but it is definitely worth viewing.
    Conductor Carolyn Kuan is delightful. She and her orchestra produce an outstanding array of sounds, ranging from relentless percussion in sections that moves the action and helps the audience to feel the anxiety and fear of the characters, to graceful sustained passages that underline the romantic nature of the characters’ action on stage. Kuan has done an outstanding job with this difficult piece, as has the orchestra.

  • This Week on PAC 8, Aug. 1-7

    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, Aug. 1, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay – 7-29-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Jennifer Hollingsworth
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – La Mesa fire – A Wake-Up Call?”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Aug. 3, 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

  • Creating Mayhem
  • This Week on PAC 8, July 25-31

    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, July 25, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Jennifer Hollingsworth
    05:30 PM Nature Center Opening Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society - “109 East Palace: A 400 Year Microcosm of Santa Fe History”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM In Focus
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, July 26, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, July 27, 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

  • Double bill's contrast is the right balance

    At times, it seems as though most audiences feel that an evening at the opera is intended to be long, boring and stuffy, with a minimum of laughter. However, Santa Fe’s offering of Mozart’s “The Impresario” paired with Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol” may change some minds.
    The first opera of the evening is “The Impresario,” a short, one-act piece by Mozart. This particular singspiel (the term for comic German operas with spoken dialogue instead of singing) is a short, humorous one-act work.
    Mozart intended the humor to be relevant, so the dialogue is changed to appeal to audiences to whom it is presented. Director Michael Gieleta folded in some of Mozart’s impressive concert arias and worked with dramatist Ranjit Bolt to create English dialogue that would appeal to 21st century audiences. The result is witty, and an interesting commentary on the difficulty of balancing what is popular with what is artistically satisfying.
    Mozart’s opera is followed by a contrasting work: Igor Stravinsky’s sublime “Le Rossignol.” Many may be familiar with Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the Emperor and his mechanical bird, which is flashy but cannot replace the lovely song of the real nightingale.

  • Future Shock

    It was about as simple a goal as could be made: Bradley King wanted to make a film he wasn’t embarrassed about.
    But with his directorial debut, “Time Lapse,” earning praise and awards on the film festival circuit, it’s safe to say that goal has been met.
    King, a native of Los Alamos, has long had a dream of helming a feature film. And with the help of producer BP Cooper, that dream has been realized. He and Cooper co-wrote the screenplay for the film and were the main creative drivers behind it.
    “Time Lapse,” which stars Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary and George Finn, centers on a group of 20-somethings who accidentally stumble onto a camera that can take Polaroid photos 24 hours into the future.
    It takes very little time for Jasper (Finn), a dog racing fanatic, to realize the camera can be used for financial gain. While amateur painter Finn (O’Leary) is initially against the idea, he finds that the camera can see his work in the future, as well.
    Of course, it also takes very little time for their plan to go horribly, horribly wrong, particularly when shady bookie Ivan (Jason Spisak) becomes weary of losing his money to the restraint-less and addiction-prone Jasper, who becomes increasingly obsessed with keeping the future exactly the way the photos revealed it would be.

  • 'Manhattan' viewing party starts Sunday

    Los Alamos is now featured in a major television series. “Manhattan,” the story about the Manhattan Project and the building of the atomic bomb will air on WGN American Sunday night.
    The Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria on Central Avenue are hosting a viewing party and discussion group for each of the season’s 13 episodes. The premiere is 7 p.m. Sunday, with subsequent episodes will air 8 p.m. Sundays.
    According to WGN, “Manhattan” is about “brilliant but flawed scientists” who lived in Los Alamos during World War II and were racing to build the world’s first atomic bomb.
    The characters are fictional, and the drama focuses on family life, such as what was it like for wives not knowing about their husbands’ work.
    The writers and producers of “Manhattan” have noted that the show is fiction, but based in the time period of the Manhattan Project.
    Because of the crossover between history and fiction, Los Alamos Historical Society staff will be on hand for a post-show discussion each week to talk about things that really happened, things that could have happened and things that are completely made up.