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  • Dancers in Concert

    New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, presents its February production, “Dancers in Concert,” this weekend at the Duane W. Smith Auditorium.
    The NMDT-PC production of “Dancers in Concert” features three original ballets choreographed by Baker-Dillingham: “Hear, Speak, See,” “Pandora’s Box” and “Cakewalk.”
    “I choreographed ‘Hear, Speak, See’ several years ago and wanted to rework it,” Baker-Dillingham said. “The dance is based on the physical gestures of ‘hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil,’ and is an exploration of the strengths of a woman wishing to leave a legacy behind as she moves forward through life. She opens the ears, mouths and eyes of those she is leaving behind in hopes of guiding them toward an easier path than the one she traveled.”

  • Music marathon set for Sunday

    The third annual music marathon for UNM-LA scholarships will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday in Building 2. The public is invited to listen all day, until the last performer. There will be a basket for contributions.
    Co-chairs are Juanita Madland and Rheta Moazzami. Here is the schedule of performers:
    2 p.m.: Katie and Lee Weinland; Katie sings for the Isotopes and is a student at UNM-LA.
    Karin Ebey, Sopahn Kellogg, Troy Makela, Gala Nelson, Nikolai Nelson, Irene Abfalterer, Fayrouz Moural, Andrey Pavlenko, Phillip Ionkov, Injie Mourad, Leo Abfalterer, Konstantin Nelson, Jennie Gao, Jeanine Fassbender, Quinn Abfalterer, Kristin Fassbender, are students of Janna Warren and  Juanita Madland.
    3 p.m.: Bach’s Goldberg Variations will be played by: Judy Gursky, Beth West, Bonnie Kiang, Marie Andrew, Phyllis Slattery, Claudia Hilko, Colleen LaPorte, Rheta Moazzami,  Robin Gurule, Susan Mendel, J. Madland
    3:50 p.m.: Marie Andrew will play Liszt’s “Consolation 3.” Hilko and Madland will play a Rachmaninoff duet.
    4 p.m.: Viol players Lyle York from Santa Fe and David Hanson from White Rock will perform.
    4:15 p.m.: Living Treasure Stephanie Sydoriak will read from her latest book.
    4:30 p.m.: Violinist Michelle Yang will join pianist Cindy Little.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Feb. 8-14

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, February 8, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (1-29-13)
    01:00 PM The Power of NO/W
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM 2012 Revere Sand Sculpting Competition
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Jews in Theory”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, February 9, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, February 10, 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

  • Co-opROCKS! Feb. 16

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market, La Montanita Co-op and Warehouse 21 present Co-opROCKS!, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 16.
    This year, Co-opROCKS! presents local DJs, acoustic musicians and bands including DJ Mickey Paws, DJ BotEars, Choking on Air, All the Wrong Reasons, Syzygy, Maddy Boyd, Mohit Dubey, Dogsit Godsit, Jovani Griego, Sammie and Andy, and Mariam Kass. Co-opROCKS! kicks off with workshops between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., which are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Workshops include break dancing, screen-printing, comedy improv, hula-hoop and POI, and adobe brick making.
    In addition, participate in live free form art, vote for the Co-opROCKS! logo, and sample food from La Montanita and the Los Alamos Co-op Market, while enjoying food-related documentaries and learning about like-minded local businesses.
    Co-opROCKS! will showcase Los Alamos talent including Sammie and Andy Hammon, DJ BotEars, DJ Mickey Paws, Syzygy, and graphic design students from Brittany Felton’s class at Los Alamos High School. Other Los Alamos supporters include the Los Alamos Teen Center, whose staff includes Syzygy band members and The Los Alamos Historical Society, who is partnering with Cornerstones to host an adobe brick-making workshop facilitated by Raffi Andonian.

  • A look at the 'Rear Window'

    We never know what’s really happening behind closed doors, or even wide open windows. But that’s never stopped us humans from drawing our own conclusions about other people’s lives, about which we are sometimes much more interested than our own.
    The 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic, “Rear Window” is not only a who dunnit, but a did anyone do it? And even the “it” is ambiguous: Was there a murder? Or did a lady take a train? Is a man a killer or simply in sales? And what’s going on with the little dog, anyhow?
    “Rear Window” stars James Stewart as professional photographer L.B. Jefferies, accustomed to traveling the world in search of the most gripping news stories. Because of a broken leg, he’s trapped in a wheelchair for seven weeks, with nothing to point his lens at but his neighbors’ windows.
    Jefferies has only one week left of his confinement and a beautiful girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to boot, but he’s cynical and prone to sinister imaginings, staring dejectedly at others who seem to actually be living, unlike, he seems to think, him.
    Eventually, he witnesses several pieces of odd behavior, which, taken together, can only suggest one of two possibilities. Either there is nothing going on, or a woman has been butchered into tiny pieces and packed into a trunk.

  • Opera about Nazi atrocity shown in Austria

    VIENNA (AP) — Thousands of children were murdered by the Nazis because they fell short of the Aryan ideal.
    On Friday, a hushed audience gathered in Austria's Parliament to watch the world premiere of an opera depicting how the Nazis methodically killed mentally or physically deficient children at a Vienna hospital during World War II.
    The killings were part of a greater campaign that led to the deaths of about 75,000 people — homosexuals, the handicapped, or others the Nazis called "unworthy lives" — and served as a prelude to the Holocaust.
    Austrians played a huge role in these and other atrocities of the era — nearly 800 children were killed at Vienna's Spiegelgrund psychiatric ward — and Friday's premiere of the opera "Spiegelgrund" was the latest installment of a national effort to atone for such acts in word and deed.
    The timing was picked to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, which will be observed worldwide Sunday, and the performance was streamed live on the Internet for international audiences.

  • This week on PAC-8, Feb. 1-7

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, February 1, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (1-29-13)
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM 2012 Revere Sand Sculpting Competition
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Jews in Theory”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, February 2, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, February 3, 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

  • Disney says JJ Abrams to direct next ‘Star Wars’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's official. The force is with J.J. Abrams.
    The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement Friday night confirming reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, Emmy-award-winning creator of TV's "Lost" and director of 2009's "Star Trek" movie, has been pegged to direct the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.
    "J.J. is the perfect director to helm this," said Kathleen Kennedy, the movie's producer and president of Lucasfilm, which was acquired by Disney last month for $4.06 billion.
    "Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience," Kennedy said in the statement.
    The movie will have a script from "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt and a 2015 release.
    Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" in the original trilogy, will work as a consultant on the new project.
    Abrams has already headed the reboot of another storied space franchise, "Star Trek," for rival studio Paramount Pictures. The next installment in that series, "Star Trek: Into Darkness," is set to hit theaters May 17.

  • ‘Argo’ on a roll with big win

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few weeks ago, the Oscar race looked wide open. The stately, historical "Lincoln" seemed like the safe and likely choice, with the provocative "Zero Dark Thirty" and the quirky and inspiring "Silver Linings Playbook" very much in the mix for the Academy Award for best picture.
    But now, an "Argo" juggernaut — an "Argo"-naut, if you will — seems to be rolling along and gathering momentum as we head toward Hollywood's top prize.
    The international thriller from director Ben Affleck, who also stars as a CIA operative orchestrating a daring rescue during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, received the top honor of best ensemble cast in a movie at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, their equivalent of the best-picture Oscar. It's a decent indicator of eventual Academy Awards success, with the two matching up about half the time.
    The film, which also stars John Goodman and Alan Arkin as Hollywood veterans who help stage a fake movie as a cover, has received nearly unanimous critical raves and has proven to be a box-office favorite, as well, grossing nearly $190 million worldwide.

  • Clift composition wins competition

    Paul Clift, a composer living in New York City, submitted the winning composition titled, “1950c, for classical guitar,” in the 2012 University of New Mexico John Donald Robb Musical Trust Composers’ Competition.
    He will be honored with the premiere of his composition at the 2013 John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium,  which takes place from March 24-27 at UNM.
    Clift, a doctoral student at Columbia University, designed his winning composition as a musical metaphor to the style of abstract impressionist painter Clyfford Still.
    “I sought to create a work for solo guitar in my own musical language that made abstract reference to the folk music of the South in the United States,” he said. “The J.D. Robb field-recording archives proved to be of immense value for me, in particular the Matachines field recordings of 1952.”
    Clift, an Australian composer, has been living in New York City since receiving a Columbia doctoral fellowship in 2009.
    He earned a master’s degree in music at King’s College in London and a bachelor’s degree at Monash University Conservatorium in Australia. His works have been performed at festivals in North America, Europe and Australia.