• Jazz vocalists performs at the Harwood

    The Harwood Museum of Art will host a concert from Leslie Lewis, 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 in the Arthur Bell Auditorium. Lewis will be accompanied by her stellar quartet including pianist Gerard Hagen, Jon Gagan on bass and Cal Haines on drums.
    In 2011, Lewis and Hagen followed the critical success of their previous recordings by releasing “Midnight Sun,” their third CD.
    Lewis has performed as a featured vocalist with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and with members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra at a Ellington tribute concert. She has performed around the world in many top venues including the Palais Des Congrès, Jazz Club Etoile, Hôtel de Crillon in Paris; the Royal College of Music in London; the Joyce Theatre in New York; and at the Smothers Theatre, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and L.A. County Art Museum in Los Angeles.
    For a $50 annual membership fee, Harwood Jazz Society members enjoy early admission to the Museum’s jazz concerts for best seat selection, post-concert receptions, and the knowledge that they are making the Museum’s jazz concerts possible. 

  • ‘Oscar’ debut a flawless production

    The Santa Fe Opera has long been known as an opera house that likes its Mozart, but also gives audiences an opportunity to experience contemporary offerings, including world premieres of works by such composers as Lewis Spratlan and Bright Sheng.
    This summer, Santa Fe stages Oscar, a thought-provoking work by composer Theodore Morrison and librettist John Cox.
    Oscar is the story of Oscar Wilde’s trial and imprisonment for gross indecency.
    This story truly makes one think about personal freedoms and how much our society has progressed since Queen Victoria’s rule.
    The title role was composed especially for countertenor David Daniels, and he does a magnificent job with this melismatic, vocally demanding role that requires a huge amount of on-stage time.
    Daniels doesn’t just perform the role; he inhabits it, and his Wilde is a kind, gentle soul who suffers yet treats his fellow human beings lovingly.
    The pain of his broken heart is apparent and he brings the audience right along with him as he dreams of the one he loves, who has been taken away from him.
    Each member of the cast adds greatly to the overall color of this intense piece. Heidi Stober as Ada Leverson and William Burden as Frank Harris have great chemistry with Daniels and each other, and their voices fit their roles well.

  • Library adds Mamet mystery to film screening

    This week, the library will screen David Mamet’s mysterious “The Spanish Prisoner” (1997, rated PG). The plot is a classic, fast-moving confidence game, complete with exotic resorts, airplanes, buses, boats, pretty secretaries and Swiss bank accounts.
    Campbell Scott plays Joe Ross, the quiet, trustworthy, brainy protagonist/victim — the “Boy Scout” hero who just wants everyone to do what’s right. He has developed a secret process that will earn untold millions for his company and its investors.
    Nervous he won’t receive a fair bonus for his work, he begins pressing his boss for some tangible assurance.
    His company’s loquacious secretary, Susan Ricci (Rebecca Pidgeon), supports him wholeheartedly, as does his pensive colleague George Lang (Ricky Jay). Otherwise, he receives little encouragement.
    In the midst of his employment insecurities, Ross strikes up a funny friendship with Jimmy Dell (Steve Martin), a rich stranger with a tennis-loving sister that he would like Ross, who is a bachelor, to meet.
    Ross is curious about both siblings, and is drawn into a rather elaborate and quickly escalating set of circumstances.

  • Actor arrested for drunken driving in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE (AP) — Actor Wes Studi, who appeared in “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last of the Mohicans,” was arrested early Friday for aggravated drunken driving in New Mexico, authorities said. According to a criminal complaint, Studi, 66, was arrested around 1 a.m. while at a stop sign in Santa Fe. The actor was in a 2005 black Volvo with two front tires blown out, Santa Fe police said.

  • This Week on PAC-8, July 26-Aug. 1

    Friday, July 26, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Deutche Welle’s Europe in Concert – Robert Plant
    12:00 PM County Council Live
     03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Fat Man: The Peacemaker”
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Deutche Welle’s Europe in Concert – Robert Plant
    11:00 PM Project Bombshell
    11:30 PM NNMCAB
    12:00 AM FSTV

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    Sunday, July 28, 2013
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • La Donna Del Lago performance added

    General Director Charles MacKay announced today that an additional performance of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago has been added, 8 p.m. Aug. 19.
    This marks the first time in the Opera’s 57 year history that an extra performance has been added.
    The regular patron amenities will be offered; shuttles from Santa Fe and Albuquerque, preview buffet beginning at 5:30 p.m., opera talks at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Stieren Hall, Opera Shop and food and beverage service.
    Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Opera Box Office, by telephone: 986-5900; toll free 800-280-4654 and online at santafeopera.org.  

  • La Traviata is a lush emotional experience

    Verdi’s La Traviata is a musical masterpiece. The story, about a couple who fall in love, break up, then get back together just before the tragic ending, is one opera-goers have seen played out on stages hundreds of times. This one, however, has characters with substance, along with lush music that truly heightens the emotional experience.

    Audiences often times think of the stage as a backdrop for the action, but it is truly an integral part of this piece, as in the second act, where the blue skies in pieces all over the stage set the tone and reinforce the fact that Violetta and Alfredo exist in their own little heaven in the country. The costumes also stand out in this opera; in particular, Violetta’s dress in the first act, which is stunning and a gorgeous contrast to the spare dress she wears in the country, which has its own charm, as well.

  • Boogie with Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys

    Coming in from Anaheim, Calif., the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series sponsors presents rockabilly, western swing, country boogie and roots of rock & roll star, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys on Friday.

    They’re on their 25th Anniversary Tour. In those years, the Boys have released 14 albums, traveled hundreds of thousands of miles all over the world and have played more than 3,000 concerts, including a show in Los Alamos about 10 years ago. “Welcome back Big Sandy,” Concert Organizer Russ Gordon said.

    The band coming Friday will be pretty much the same guys that started out in Sandy’s Anaheim garage in 1988.

    They still play swing and rockabilly, plus doo-wop, honky-tonk, R&B, soul and have lately added a touch of folk, bluegrass, Cajun, Mariachi and even some reggae and ska influenced tunes.

    Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys are members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tenn., along with such music icons as Elvis, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Wanda Jackson, Bill Haley, Brian Setzer and Link Wray. “A fantastic fraternity. The band has been featured on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “All Things Considered” and have played The Grand Ole Opry,” Gordon said.

  • Lewis classic coming to WR Baptist Church

    Some stories are so important that they must be retold and experienced
    by every new generation. C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” the first installment of the famous Chronicles of Narnia, is just such a story.
    That’s why a group of about 20 children (ages 6 through 18) from White Rock and Los Alamos have been memorizing lines and blocking scenes all summer. Now they’re ready to present a 90-minute stage adaptation of the classic, spiritual fantasy at White Rock Baptist Church on Aug. 2-3.
    “My favorite part (about the rehearsal process) has been hanging out onstage with my friends and acting, said 10-year-old Filippo Delzanno, who is playing the character Edmund Pevensie. “I want to show the audience that my character is a guy who likes being rewarded for things, but friendship is the best thing to have. If Edmund didn’t have friends, no one would have gone to save him. The White Witch would have killed him.”
    “It was difficult, but really fun,” Sage Wilcox, 10, said of playing the White Witch. “She’s a totally different personality — a really mean person — but now I’ve got it down!”

  • Dennis Farina, star of 'Law & Order,' dead at 69

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular character actor played a TV cop on "Law & Order" during his wide-ranging career, has died.

    Death came Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after Farina suffered a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist, Lori De Waal. He was 69.

    For three decades, Farina was a character actor who displayed remarkable dexterity, charm and toughness, making effective use of his craggy face, husky frame, ivory smile and ample mustache. He could be as dapper as Fred Astaire and as full of threat as Clint Eastwood. His gift has been described as wry, tough-guy panache, and audiences loved him for it.

    "Sometimes you can take those dramatic roles and maybe interject a little humor into them, and I think the reverse also works," Farina said in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press. "One of the funny things in life to me is a guy who takes himself very seriously."

    Farina's many films include "Saving Private Ryan," (1998), "Out Of Sight" (1998), "Midnight Run" (1988), "Manhunter" (1986), and his breakout and perhaps most beloved film, "Get Shorty" (1995), a comedic romp where he played a Miami mob boss.