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  • ‘The Webs of Varok’ launched Tuesday

    Longtime Los Alamos resident Cary Neeper’s second novel, “The Webs of Varok” launched Dec. 4.
    A new independent press, California micropublisher Penscript Publishing House, released the book to online booksellers in hardcopy, paperback and e-book formats.
    The second book in “The Archives of Varok” series, this young-adult/crossover science fiction title follows the human and alien cast from Neeper’s 1975 first-contact novel, “A Place Beyond Man,” as they leave a troubled 21st century Earth for the promise of stability on another world.
    What will it take to secure that promise, after a talented traitor sets her eye on the world’s wealth — and their fragile new family?
    Weaving real issues into the fabric of the story, Neeper illustrates sustainability and ecological economics though example.
    She explores trade-offs in planetary stewardship through the adventures of her amiable aliens on a veiled moon of Jupiter.
    Neeper is an avid student of sustainability, steady-state economics and the impact of cosmology on issues of science and religion.
    In addition to the “Archives of Varok” novels, she has written two musical science fiction comedies and book reviews for The Christian Science Monitor.

  • This week on PAC-8, Dec. 7-13

    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, December 7, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-04-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society “A Brief History of Wendover Airfield”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 8, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, December 9, 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, December 10, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    02:30 PM Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau

  • 'A Separation' screens Thursday

    The Iranian film “A Separation” (2011) is one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile.
    It purports to be about putting a child through divorce and the difficulties of caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease.
    I suppose it is. But it begins and ends in an Iranian courthouse and for me, the focus really became how people tell their sides and the fact that there is no truth, or at least no single truth.
    Simin (Leila Hatami) and Nader (Payman Maadi) certainly have what, in America, we call “irreconcilable differences.”
    Viewers find out in the first minutes of the movie that Simin wants to move with their daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi) to the United States.
    Simin has a visa that will soon expire and doesn’t want to miss what she considers a massive opportunity to improve their daughter’s life. Nader refuses to go, because he needs to take care of his dementia-suffering father, who lives with the family.
    This is not the only legal battle fought, or the only separation discussed, in the Oscar-award-winning film (it won for Best Foreign Language Film).
    The other is, in some ways, even more compelling — certainly rich with suspense and, because it involves even more people, it involves even more versions of nuanced truth.

  • Listen to holiday music with LASO

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will treat the community to a free concert of holiday music at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. The traditional concert will be given in the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    Don Gerheart will conduct the program. For him, the music is “familiar, lively and fun.”  Included will be “A Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride” — both favorites by LeRoy Anderson. The music will swing with a jazz beat in “A Swingin’ Holiday” and will rock with “Christmas Rocks At The Pops.” The audience will have a chance to participate in a sing-along of familiar Christmas tunes.
    Gerheart is no stranger to conducting Los Alamos ensembles. For 26 years, he has directed bands in various Los Alamos schools. He also directed seven shows for the Los Alamos Light Opera.  He said standing on the podium and conducting is what he likes best.
    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra is made up primarily of adults in the community.  Enhancing the group for this concert will be five violinists, two violists and two cellists — all Los Alamos High School students that recently qualified for the All State Orchestra. Some of these students will be playing beside one of their parents, who plays regularly in the orchestra.

  • A fairytale come true

    When Dance Arts Los Alamos Ballet Director and former American Ballet Theatre dancer Christin Severini was a young child, she would spend many hours choreographing and performing elaborate shows for her parents, with the reluctant participation of her younger brothers. The rest is, as they say, history.  
    The storybook ballet, “Hansel and Gretel,” being performed WinterFest Weekend at the Duane Smith auditorium, is an original ballet directed and choreographed by Severini, with additional choreography by DALA’s Executive Director Valerie Silks and Ballet Instructor Lisa Jaegers.
    “Hansel and Gretel” tells the story of the young siblings Hansel and Gretel, as they go through a journey, overcoming adversity and challenges.  
    This ballet features enchanting woodland fairies and pixies, colorful candies and bunnies, butterflies and gingerbread girls, who guide them along the way.  
    Severini’s career with ABT gave her the opportunity to perform in numerous full-length story ballets and she said she is delighted to bring this talent to the Los Alamos community.  

  • 2012 holiday concerts planned around New Mexico

    The Santa Fe Opera’s holiday concerts, “Arias, Carols and Songs,” return to Roswell, Santa Fe and Albuquerque in December.  Soprano Mary-Jane Lee and tenor Matthew Grills, both former apprentices, will perform a program of classical and sacred works as well as music of the season.
    Flutist Valerie Potter and members of Young Voices, the Opera’s program for high school students, will join them. Baritone Alex Harden, who has been a member of Young Voices for the past three years, will sing the hymn “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” He is from Tijeras. Kirt Pavitt is the pianist for all three performances.
    The Roswell performance of “Arias, Carols and Songs” will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Anderson Museum. The Santa Fe performance is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Cristo Rey Catholic Church.
    The Albuquerque concert Dec. 16 will take place in a new venue, Simms Auditorium on the campus of the Albuquerque Academy, at 3 p.m.
    The concerts are free and everyone is welcome. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis and the doors open one-half hour before each performance.
    Lee was an apprentice in 2011 and 2012. She received her bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

  • This week on PAC-8, Nov. 30-Dec. 6

    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, November 30, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (11-27-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 1, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, December 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, December 3, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Amy Goodman at Fuller Lodge – “The Silenced Majority”
    02:30 PM Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2012
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Education is Hope
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • Brown Bag features Frances Meier

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will present pianist Frances Meier, at the December Brown Bag concert. The concert will be at noon Dec. 5 at Fuller Lodge.
    Meier is a Los Alamos performer, composer and music teacher. She has played numerous times at Fuller Lodge and plays organ for the United Church.
    The Los Alamos Choral Society, the Black Mesa Brass Quintet and the Los Alamos High School choir, as well as other performing ensembles, have performed her compositions. She plays piano for private parties and public openings and teaches piano, organ and music theory.
    “I have chosen this music to provide a quiet time and a sense of serenity during a hectic time of year,” Meier said. “I think of it as music that evokes the feeling of late fall as it moves into early winter.”  
    Several pieces are by Windham Hill artists George Winston and Liz Story. Their music is pianistic, exploiting the resonant qualities of the piano.

  • There's something fishy about 'A Tuna Christmas'

    Fill your holiday stockings with laughter as the citizens of Tuna, Texas, come to Dixon for Christmas. Join the Tuna characters as they attempt to cope with the traumas and dramas of the holidays.
    “A Tuna Christmas” by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, is a comedy set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas. The plot centers on the town’s annual Christmas Yard Display Contest, won 14 times in a row by Vera Carp.
    A mysterious “Christmas Phantom,” known for vandalizing the yard displays, has the contestants on edge. Among the subplots are Stanley Bumiller’s attempts to end his probation and leave Tuna; Bertha Bumiller’s attempt to hold her family together at Christmas time; and Joe Bob Lipsey’s struggle to mount successfully his production of “A Christmas Carol,” despite the town controller of the electric company threatening to turn the lights off.
    The play is both a commentary and satire of small town, Texas life and attitudes. “A Tuna Christmas” is the second in a series of comedic plays set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas (preceded by “Greater Tuna” and followed by “Red, White and Tuna” and “Tuna Does Vegas.”

  • AC/DC releases entire catalog on iTunes

    NEW YORK (AP) — AC/DC is finally releasing its music digitally on iTunes.
    Columbia Records and Apple announced Monday that the classic rock band’s music will be available at the iTunes Store worldwide.
    Sixteen studio albums will be released, including “High Voltage” and “Back in Black,” which is already in the Top 30 on iTunes’ top albums chart.
    Two of the group’s albums are also in the Top 100 and several of the Australian band’s songs are in the Top 200.
    AC/DC was one of the few acts that would not release music through the digital outlet.
    Two years ago Apple struck a deal with The Beatles’ record label, EMI Group, and management company, and began selling the group’s music.
    Kid Rock, who had also been against selling his music through the digital retailer, is releasing a new album, “Rebel Soul,” on Monday and it’s available on iTunes.
    Four of AC/DC’s live albums and three compilation records are also available.
    The statement said the songs have been mastered for iTunes “with increased audio fidelity.”
    The group’s first live album in 20 years, “Live at River Plate,” was out Tuesday.