• LALT hosts, does well in AACTFest

     Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Van Choc Straw,” written by Mark Dunn and directed by Mimi Adams, was one of two plays selected to represent New Mexico at the regional competition of the American Association of Community Theatre next month in Lafayette, La.
    In addition, “Van Choc Straw” cast members Patricia Beck and Gwen Lewis received certificates recognizing their “outstanding achievement in acting” for their performances during the competition.
    LALT hosted the 2013 AACTFest competition last weekend, in conjunction with Theatre New Mexico. Theatre companies from Las Vegas, Sandia Park, Hobbs and Ruidoso, as well as Los Alamos, participated in the New Mexico AACTFest.
    In addition to the play performances, AACTFest featured a monologue competition. LALT members Mimi Adams, Iain May and Patrick MacDonald were among the six finalists.
    MacDonald was selected from among the finalists as the top monologue performance.
    The other play selected for regionals was The Last Act is a Solo by Robert Anderson, presented by the Sandia Performing Arts Company and directed by former LALT stalwart Dick Danforth.

    From a press release 

  • ‘Holly’s Follies’ returns to Dixon

    The Dixon Community Players present a new original show, “Holly’s Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin.”
    Perhaps the greatest achievement of George and Ira Gershwin — although remembered for the sounds and style of the Jazz Age — was in the area of the musical comedy. In “Holly’s Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin,” the audience will hear jazz songs such as “Clap Yo’ Hands” and “I Got Rhythm.” Show numbers from “Strike Up the Band” and “Of Thee I Sing” and love ballads from several shows and movies will also be played. Soloists and a choir will sing a medley of songs from the classic folk opera “Porgy and Bess.”
    From Los Alamos, Jeff Favorite returns as the master of ceremonies, revising the role he played in the first “Holly’s Follies.” He has performed in several Los Alamos Little Theatre productions and is the leader of the Hill Stompers, Los Alamos’ adult community marching band.
    Sheila Schiferl, choir director, pianist and organist, is the music director and also sings a “special” number.
    Rose Corrigan, who has also appeared with the Los Alamos Little Theatre, is a newcomer to DCP. She has a degree in theatre from Columbia College Chicago.

  • AACTFest comes to LA

    This week is sure to be an exciting time for Los Alamos. It may be a tad more crowded and there may be more sightseers, especially around Los Alamos Little Theatre on Nectar Street.
    The influx of visitors might just be one consequence of LALT playing host to the New Mexico American Association of Community Theatre Festival.
    AACTFest participants include community theatres from all over the state. The festival involves a variety of activities, including monologue competitions and workshops focusing on topics such as costuming, marketing, directing and playwriting.
    Biennially, community theatres are also invited to present an hour’s worth of a production, under a strict set of guidelines.
    Each theatre has10 minutes to set up for the performance, an additional 10 minutes for post-performance deconstruction, and all set pieces must fit in a 10-foot by 10-foot square.
    Each abridged performance is timed and judged by adjudicators who provide input and feedback on the performance. In the end, one or two theatres are chosen to move on to the regional competition, with a chance to advance all the way to the national contest.
    This year, Los Alamos Little Theatre will host AACTFest, Thursday through Sunday.

  • Belisama Irish Dance comes to SF

    Belisama Irish Dance presents “Rhythm of Fire,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe. Belisama Irish Dance Company includes 14 dancers from Los Alamos and Santa Fe, with five past and present National and Open Champions. This year’s show will also feature two-time World Champion and former Riverdance lead Michael Patrick Gallagher and musicians Jono Manson, Mark Clark, Adrienne Bellis (also artistic director of Belisama) and Maria Jones. Tickets are $20 at ticketssantafe.org, or call 988-1234 (discounts available). The Lensic box office and theater are located at 211 West San Francisco St. 

  • Longmire TV series returns to NM for second season

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — In Plain Sight is gone. And Breaking Bad is wrapping up its final season in Albuquerque. But a new television series says it is returning to film a second season in New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Film Office says A&E Network's television series Longmire will be filming from the end of March through mid-August in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Los Alamos and throughout northern New Mexico. The series, produced by Warner Horizon Television, stars Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackhoff.

    Producer Chris Donahue says the "dynamic landscape, responsive communities and strong crews make it easy to return to New Mexico."

    By the end of season two, he says, the production will have spent 14 out of the last 26 months living and filming in and around Santa Fe.

  • A film for the ‘elderly and beautiful’

    With Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tim Wilkinson and Maggie Smith amongst a captivating ensemble cast and the rainbow of Jaipur, India, as its setting, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is a wonderful choice for this week’s installment of Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series.
    The film follows seven British senior citizens as they leave everything familiar behind and head to an Indian hotel for the “elderly and beautiful.” Graham (Wilkinson), a high court judge, is the only one who has been to Jaipur previously. The rest are experiencing something completely new, from forms of transportation and rules of the road, to how to digest an Indian diet and the idea that in India, “there is always room.”
    Doug (Nighy) and his wife Jean (Penelope Wilton) come to Jaipur after investing most of their retirement savings in their daughter’s Internet start-up. The Marigold is all they can afford. After paying off her husband’s debts, recently widowed Evelyn (Dench) is also short on cash.
    Madge (Celia Imrie) has plenty of money, but is alone and hoping to meet someone to grow old with. Norman (Ronald Pickup) is a sly old dog looking not for love, but simply one really excellent night.
    Muriel (Smith) is a racist in need of a hip.

  • 'Argo' wins best picture on scattered Oscar night--VIDEO EXTRA

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane set his sights on a variety of targets with a mixture of hits and misses, the motion picture academy spread the gold around to a varied slate of films. "Argo" won best picture as expected, along with two other prizes. But "Life of Pi" won the most awards with four, including a surprise win for director Ang Lee.

    "Les Miserables" also won three Academy Awards, while "Django Unchained" and "Skyfall" each took two.

    Among the winners were the front-runners throughout this lengthy awards season: best actor Daniel Day-Lewis for his deeply immersed portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's epic "Lincoln," best actress Jennifer Lawrence as a troubled young widow in "Silver Linings Playbook" and supporting actress Anne Hathaway as the doomed prostitute Fantine in the musical "Les Miserables." Christoph Waltz was a bit of a surprise for supporting actor as a charismatic bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," an award he'd won just three years ago for Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds."

  • Ex-boyfriend: McCready left rehab too soon

    HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Mindy McCready threatened suicide after losing custody of her sons earlier this month, yet she was allowed to leave a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program just days before she apparently killed herself at her Arkansas home, her ex-boyfriend said Monday.
    Billy McKnight, who was in a long, stormy relationship with McCready and is the father of her oldest child, Zander, said the 37-year-old mother of two stayed in the substance abuse treatment center for about 18 hours before she was allowed to walk free.
    McCready died Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, a vacation community about 65 miles north of Little Rock. She was found dead on the front porch, where her longtime boyfriend, musician David Wilson, died last month of a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities are investigating both deaths as suicides but haven’t determined an official cause of death.
    McKnight told The Associated Press during a phone interview from Tampa, Fla., that McCready and Wilson, the father of her youngest son, were recently engaged. He wondered how she was allowed to go free, given all the turmoil in her life.
    Arkansas courts were closed for the holiday Monday, so local case documents weren’t immediately available.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Feb. 22-28

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

    Friday, February 22, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (2-19-13)
    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 – “The Seven LANL Explosives Fatalities: Technical and Human Perspectives”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    Sunday, February 24, 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

  • The pipes and drums of the Black Watch

    The War of the Austrian Succession brought The Black Watch its first Battle Honor, at the Battle of Fontenoy in 1745. Shortly afterward, it distinguished itself at the Battle of Ticonderoga during the French and Indian War.
    At 7:30 p.m. March 11, the Santa Fe Concert Association presents the pipes and drums of the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Scottish Regiment, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe.
    Although The Black Watch participated in many battles during the Revolutionary War, it clams no honor for these engagements against its American cousins. The red tackle or plume, which the Regiment considers a Battle Honor, was awarded in 1795. During the 19th century, The Black Watch served all over the world. The Regiment raised 27 battalions for service on all fronts during World War I. Its Battle Honors for the Great War include the Marne, Ypres and the Somme.
    The Regiment’s service since World War I has sent it to Borneo, Korea (where it fought with the U.S. Marine Corps at “The Hook”), several tours in Germany and, most recently, Hong Kong.
    Today,The Black Watch continues to serve as a fully operational Battalion in the modern British Army.