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  • 'Opera 101' is back

    Several years ago, the Santa Fe Opera Guild launched a program they called Opera 101. It was designed and planned for the opera novice.
    The course was so successful a second year followed. After a hiatus, Opera 101 is back.
    Opera 101 will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at the Opera’s Stieren Hall. Covering the history of this 400-year-old art form in one four hour session is a challenging undertaking. The goal is to have attendees leave with an appreciation and an enthusiasm for the variety that opera offers.
    The course is in two parts. Part I, with the help of recordings and video examples, will focus on the musical experience, the different styles of opera with examples of the plot, the music and the singers. Part II, with hands-on demonstrations, will concentrate on “the show” what makes opera come alive, sets, costumes, props, lights and much more.
    Kathleen Clawson will lead the session, and will be joined by members of the Opera production team. Clawson is a singer, teacher and director. She is on the faculty of the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of New Mexico.
    Cost for the morning session is $20 including refreshments. Reservations and payment may be made at opera101santafe.com. For more information call 629-1410, ext. 21. 

  • This Week on PAC-8, Feb. 21-27

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

    Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    12:00 PM County Council Meeting Live
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Don Unser
    03:00 PM Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with Harry
    Burgess
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Ekhard Salje
    05:30 PM Udall Update
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series – Don Unser
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generation
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Singer-songwriter to perform Friday

    Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey will be performing an all-ages concert 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos.
    Mulvey honed his skills in the subways of Boston and on the streets of Dublin, and for the past 20 years has made his living touring the country with his guitar skills and poetic songwriting style. His current album, “The Good Stuff,” is a collection of covers celebrating his musical influences from Duke Ellington to Tom Waits.
    Mulvey’s newest album, “Silver Ladder,” will be released April 1. The Kickstarter campaign supporting promotion of the new album reached its goal in just 25 hours, and has now raised more than $50,000.
    Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at the door. The Unitarian Church is located at 1738 N. Sage St.
    Visit uulosalamos.org and petermulvey.org for more information, or call 662-2346.  

  • Last chance to audition for LALT latest musical

    Los Alamos Little Theatre announces auditions for Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts’ romantic musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” to be performed in May.
    Auditions are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.  
    Participants are asked to prepare a song (not from the scheduled show) and bring music for the accompanist. If auditioning for a non-singing part, participants will read an excerpt from the script.
    Details on the scenes, auditions and roles are available on the LALT website, lalt.org. There are more details about the show on Rogers and Hammerstein site, rnh.com.
    The show is directed by Jim Sicilian, the musical director is Gretchen Amstutz, Patrick MacDonald is the choreographer and the show is produced by Gracie Cainelli.  

  • This Week on PAC-8, Feb. 14-20

    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, Feb. 14, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 02-04-14
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Don Unser
    03:00 PM Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with Harry Burgess
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat
    05:30 PM Udall Update
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Our Biosecurity Mission: From Radiation Bilogy to the Plague”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series – Don Unser
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generation
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • NDI 'Winter Dance Escape' features 'Peter and the Wolf'

    National Dance Institute of New Mexico (NDI New Mexico) will showcase the “Winter Dance Escape,” performed at the renovated Hiland in Albuquerque from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2. The performance will feature Sergei Prokofiev’s musical classic, “Peter and the Wolf.”


    “Acquisition and restoration of The Hiland last year has made it possible for NDI New Mexico to double the number of Albuquerque students we serve, from 1,200 to 2,400 children through in-school programs, as well as after school and advanced training classes,” said executive director of NDI New Mexico, Russell Baker. “‘We’re excited to have Evelyn Cisneros-Legate at the helm as our new program director, who will bring her wonderful talent as choreographer to Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf.”


    “It has been my privilege to see the development and growth in all the students, but particularly the Company Xcel group, whom I have been teaching three times per week since joining NDI New Mexico in August,” Cisneros-Legate said.
    She is considered the first Hispanic prima ballerina in the United States, formerly with the San Francisco Ballet School.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Feb. 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, Feb. 7, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 02-04-14
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series - Anne Hillerman
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat
    05:30 PM Udall Update
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Our Biosecurity Mission: From Radiation Bilogy to the Plague”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series – Anne Hillerman
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generation
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Celebrating Santa Fe Symphony

    In honor of The Symphony’s 30th anniversary season, and in recognition of The Symphony’s longstanding contributions to the communities of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico, Susana Martinez issued an official proclamation “Celebrating the Santa Fe Symphony” throughout the state, for the month of February.
    On behalf of the Governor, Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica Gonzales will present the proclamation at The Symphony’s upcoming concert “In Honor of Lincoln,” 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
    The Symphony, Santa Fe’s full-sized professional orchestra with volunteer chorus, brings great music to life each season with diverse programming that includes beloved masterworks, national premieres and works previously unheard of locally.
    The proclamation recognizes The Symphony’s efforts on behalf of Santa Fe’s youth, which include bringing chamber music ensembles and music tutors to the public schools, as well as presenting special, no-cost performances for all Santa Fe fourth-graders each year.
    The proclamation also celebrates The Symphony’s recognition via national radio broadcasts and multiple awards from the League of American Orchestras. 

  • BenchWarmers 13 features Los Alamos playwright

    The Santa Fe Playhouse presents “BenchWarmers 13” by local playwrights and directors. Theater showcasing of New Mexico talent, as “BenchWarmers” returns to the Playhouse for its 13th straight year.
    Featured as fully-staged productions are the eight winning 15 minute playlets, selected for this annual fundraising event from the more than 50 original scripts submitted to the Playhouse.  
    The eight winning plays, playwrights, directors, and cast members are:
    • “Too Soon,” by Los Alamos playwright Robert F. Benjamin directed by Rima Miller. Starring Nicole Phelps as Dawn and Steven Oakey as Frank.
    • “A Walk in the Park, by Alix Hudson directed by Jonah Winn-Lenetsky. Starring Shawna Howley as Jasmine and Mary Beth Lindsey as Ava.
    • “From Falling Down, by Chadney Everett directed by Vanessa Rios y Valles. Starring Karen Leigh as Helen and Peter Chapman as Sammy.
    • “Hijacked,” by Lisa Gray Fisher directed by Eliot Gray Fisher. Starring Isabel Madley as Dena; Cindy Coulter as Sioux; Melissa Chambers as Clarice; Deborah Hayden as Doris; Maude Metcalf as Willow.
    • “Prevailing Winds,” by Mary Boliek directed by Jonah Winn-Lenetsky. Starring Mario Ulibarri as Lucky and Amanda Hanson as Terra.

  • Simple movie is unconventional love story

    If you look up “Lars and the Real Girl” (2007, PG-13) on Internet Movie Database (IMDB) the one-line blurb reports, “A delusional young guy strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.”
    First, I wonder if the adjectives “delusional” and “unconventional” are really necessary, considering the noun “doll.”
    Second, I wonder if it’s possible to summarize such a paradoxically complex and simple film at all, but particularly in a single sentence.
    Yes, it’s about a quiet man who — unable to initiate a relationship with the kind of woman who breathes, eats, asks questions and has the power to reject him — chooses instead to court a sex doll.
    But that is a jumping-off point, not a movie. It would be just as true to say that in “Lars and the Real Girl,” a newcomer unites a small northern community, and why yes, that newcomer is the glamorous if plastic Bianca.