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  • Cat videos get their moment at film fest

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Warning: This is a story about online cat videos. If you’re among the seemingly tiny minority of the general population not interested in watching a 1-minute clip of a cat in a T-shirt pounding on a keyboard, then move along.
    For everyone else, a new measure of respectability is looming for an Internet pleasure that is both massively popular and, for some people, a bit embarrassing. The Walker Art Center, a well-regarded museum of modern art in Minneapolis, on Thursday is presenting its first “Internet Cat Video Film Festival” to showcase the best in filmed feline hijinks.
    With about 70 videos over 60 minutes, the Walker is mounting a social experiment as much as a film festival. At issue is whether cat video lovers used to gorging on the clips in the privacy of their homes will do so in public — an online community of fellow aficionados interacting face to face for the first time.
    “It is a cultural phenomenon that raises some interesting questions,” said Katie Hill, the Walker program associate who first suggested the festival.

  • This week on PAC-8, Aug. 31-Sept. 6

    Friday, August 31, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democrary Now!
    11:00 AM  County Council Replay (8-21-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society –“New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood”
    07:00 PM Homestead Tour
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, September 1, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, September 2, 2012
    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

    Monday, September 3, 2012
    Happy Labor Day – No local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM – 8:00 A.M. Wednesday - Free Speech TV

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Jazz Cardio Strength Stretch
    11:30 AM Paths to Wellness
    12:00 PM United Church
    01:20 PM Ice Cream Man

  • SFO announces change in repertory

    General Director Charles MacKay announced that The Santa Fe Opera will present the American premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen in the 2014 Festival Season. The opera, which commemorates the centennial of China’s 1911 Revolution, was commissioned by Opera Hong Kong and given its world premiere there on October 13, 2011.
    “Huang Ruo is one of the most gifted and imaginative composers writing today,” MacKay said. “His music is exotic and distinctive, with a lovely lyrical quality which makes it very approachable for the voice.  It is very moving and beautiful, and fits the Company’s mission perfectly.”
    “I wish to express the gratitude on behalf of The Santa Fe Opera Board of Directors to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support of Dr. Sun Yat-sen,” MacKay continued.  “The Foundation, long a tireless advocate of new operas, has also made a commitment to support Theodore Morrison’s opera, Oscar, to be premiered in the 2013 season, and Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain in 2015. Its pledge has made possible these three operas for Santa Fe and for what we hope will become a part of the American operatic canon.”

  • Built Ford Tough

    Even factoring in the normally turbulent life of a rock star, the last year-plus has been especially turbulent for Lita Ford.

    But this summer, Ford, one of the members of the groundbreaking music group, The Runaways, who also went on to have a successful solo career, has hit the road touring and is having a blast doing so.

    Ford and her band will stop at the Sandia Casino Amphitheater in Albuquerque Sept. 11.  She will open for Def Leppard and Poison, whom Ford has joined for several dates across the country.

    “It’s been really great,” Ford said of the tour. “We have a great crew. It’s a great bunch of guys. I couldn’t have asked for a better summer. The shows have been great and the fans are amazing.”

    Ford was the lead guitarist for The Runaways, an all-girl rock band formed in the mid-1970s, the lineup of which included Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Joan Jett on rhythm guitar and vocals and, briefly, bassist Micki Steele, who would later join The Bangles.

    Ford would find success as a hard rock act in the late 1980s, scoring Top 20 hits like “Kiss Me Deadly” and her highest-charting single to date, “Close My Eyes Forever,” a duet with heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne.

  • Yellow Dubmarine pays tribute to the Beatles

     Some might say the Beatles were the most popular and influential rock band of the 20th Century and most wouldn’t argue too much about that.  From 1962-1970, the Beatles had 54 songs that made it to #1 on the Billboard Music Charts in the U.S. and UK.
    On Friday, a reggae, ska, dub, rock, punk and rock steady Beatles tribute band, Yellow Dubmarine, will play at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Yellow Dubmarine play and have recorded those 54 #1 songs, plus they’ve recorded the entire “Abbey Road” album.
     Dub is a genre of music, which grew out of reggae and reggae grew out of ska. Ska music is a type of fast dance music that came from Jamaica, using a lot of brass. Rock steady slowed the tempo and often resulted in love, R&B or blues songs. Then came reggae in the 60s, with emerging superstars like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and other greats. Most reggae focuses on politics, protest, black consciousness and the Rastafarian spiritual movement.
    Dub features electronic instrumental remixes emphasizing drums and bass with lots of reverb and echo. This combination of Jamaican music is how Yellow Dubmarine play the Beatles’ greatest hits.

  • Best Sellers 08-23-12

    The Los Alamos Monitor  has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

    1. “109 E. Palace,” Jennet Conant
    2. “Mason, a New Mexico Hero,”
    Caroline Mason*
    3. “The Greater Journey,” David McCullough
    4. “Atlantic: Great Sea Battles ...”
    Simon Winchester
    5. “Hamlet,” William Shakesspeare
    6. “Darwin’s Armada ...” Iain McCalman
    7. “The Manhattan Project,” Dan Elish
    8. “Los Alamos Trails,” Craig Martin*
    9. “Wonder,” R.J. Palacio
    10. “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,”
    Richard Rhodes
    * Denotes local or regional author

  • Top 10 Singles 08-23-12

    1. Whistle, Flo Rida
    2. Lights, Ellie Goulding
    3. Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
    4. Wide Awake, Katy Perry
    5. Payphone, Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
    6. Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye
    7. Titanium, David Guetta featuring Sia
    8. Some Nights, fun.
    9. Home, Phillip Phillips
    10. Where Have You Been, Rihanna

  • Lads announce new director

    The Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment, the local  chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society announced that Jonathan Friedman was appointed as the new musical director of the chorus, July 26.
    Friedman is new to the area and the chapter and brings 28 years of barbershop singing, craft and directing to the chapter.
    Friedman recently said, “Our chorus has great potential and is loaded with very talented and motivated performers. Believe in yourselves. All I ask is for your attention, attendance, discipline and trust.
    “Together, we can look forward to great times of harmony and fellowship.”  
     Friedman previously gave vocal direction to the Tacoma Totemaires Barbershop Chapter in Washington state and organized the Temecula Wine Valley Harmonizers in California.
    Friedman succeeds longtime choral director Stan Bennett, who helped found the Lads of Enchantment chorus 20 years ago and has served as its director since its inception.  
    Bennett decided to “take a break” and pursue his other passion — singing as a bass in the chorus and with Four Praise Quartet.
    Friedman will lead the Lads’ Annual Show Oct. 26 and 27.
    He is a table games director at the Santa Claran Hotel Casino and lives in Española.

  • This week on PAC-8, Aug. 24-30

    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, August 24, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democrary Now!
    11:00 AM  County Council Replay (8-21-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society –“New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood”
    07:00 PM Homestead Tour
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, August 25, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, August 26, 2012
    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

    Monday, August 27, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Spirituality Today
    11:30 AM The LA Times – Legislative Review with Jim Hall
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Elizabeth Claire Project
    01:30 PM Summer Video Classess Showcase
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show

  • See ‘Parted Waters’ Sunday

    Los Alamos Little Theatre and Teatro Paraguas of Santa Fe are teaming up to produce a New Mexico Statehood Centennial Event in Los Alamos. “Parted Waters” by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin, will be produced at  2 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Little Theatre. The performance will be directed by Fran Martone, who starred in the Los Alamos production of “Time Enough” and directed “Galileo’s Footsteps” and “Manhattan Glass” at the 2011 Atomic Theatre Festival. “Parted Waters” is a drama about three generations of a Crypto-Jewish, Hispanic family struggling with its identity in Northern New Mexico. Admission at the door is by donation, with a suggested amount of $10. For more information, visit teatroparaguas.org.