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  • Brown bag concert contains works of Schubert

    Franz Schubert’s Winterreise is the featured concert for the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag Performance Series at noon Feb. 5 in Fuller Lodge.
    Schubert’s intimate confession as he approached death at age 31, contains 22 songs. It tells of a man running from a broken heart so desperately, he must leave in the dark of a winter’s night. Santa Fe Opera mezzo soprano Alicia Solomon sings in German “A stranger I came, a stranger again I leave,” and the journey begins.
    The evocative music weaves the landscapes, without and within, so that we see and feel with the traveler. Concert pianist Juanita Madland who was featured in the New York Times after playing in a Cliburn competition enhances a gamut of emotions in this duo.
    Madland has played for Metropolitan opera singers, but most enjoys Winterreise with Solomon’s great emotional singing. It is the most varied and harmonic piano playing she has done. Solomon and Madland partnered in Schubertiade last year.
    Madland just returned from giving a concert at her Alma Mater Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, then played in Minneapolis, and immediately gave Trinity on the Hill Church a dedicatory recital for their piano.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Jan. 31-Feb 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, Jan. 31, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 01-28-14
    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 – Andre Jacobson
    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. 1, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Feb. 2, 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

  • Grammy Award winning pianist to perform at Lensic

    Grammy-Award winner George Winston is one of the most recognized solo pianists in the world. His show will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
    Since 1972, George Winston has released 13 solo piano albums, including his seasonal releases “December, Autumn, Winter Into Spring and Summer,” as well as “Forest,” “Plains,” “Linus and Lucy — The Music of Vince Guaraldi” and “Love Will Come — The Music of Vince Guaraldi Vol. 2” and “Night Divides The Day — The Music of The Doors.”
    Winston’s latest release is 2012’s “Gulf Coast Blues and Impressions 2 — A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit.”
    This album along with 2006’s “Gulf Coast Blues and Impressions — A Hurricane Relief Benefit raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina” and “The Voice of the Wetlands,” a nonprofit organization raising awareness and developing educational programs about the loss of the wetlands in southern Louisiana and to help heal the damage from the 2010 BP oil spill.

  • Atomic Film Festival screens 'Dr. Atomic'

    “Dr. Atomic,” the opera by John Adams with libretto by Peter Sellars, is finally coming to Los Alamos in the film version of the Metropolitan Opera production. It will be presented Sunday by the Los Alamos Historical Museum as part of the Atomic Film Festival.
    In preparation for this first presentation of the opera in the real-life setting of its story, PAC-8 is broadcasting the 2006 lecture that was delivered by Karlyn Ward, Ph.D., LCSW, in Fuller Lodge in conjunction with the San Francisco premiere of “Dr. Atomic.” This talk lends itself to a greater appreciation of the opera and its libretto.
    Ward is an analyst member of The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and has written and lectured about the relationship of the psyche and music. In her Los Alamos talk, she offered deep and interesting insights into the story of “Dr. Atomic” and the music interpretation.
    The opera will be shown as it was performed in New York in a film presentation at 2 p.m. To hear the talk previous to attending the viewing of the opera, tune in at 7 p.m. Friday on PAC-8.  
    “Dr. Atomic” is a powerful production. Run time is 2 hours, 51 minutes, followed by a discussion facilitated by special guest Lois Rudnick, Professor Emerita of American Studies at UMass Boston.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Jan. 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, Jan. 24, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 01-07-14
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Andre Jacobson
    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 – Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Jan. 26, 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
    10:00 PM That Which Is
    11:00 PM Los Alamos Council on Cancer
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Choral Society ready for winter concert

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Mary Badarak, will present its Winter Concert, 4 p.m. Sunday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. The program will feature W. A. Mozart’s “Requiem” and Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna.” Soloists for the “Requiem” are Viera Moore, Mary Beth Stevens, Gloria Streit, Rene Le Claire and Loren Jacobsen. Cindy Little is the accompanist for the Choral Society.
     

  • Backcountry Film Festival spotlights outdoor adventure

    For the third year in a row, the Winter Wildlands Alliance in coordination with Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Reel Deal Theater will bring 10 independent films to New Mexico, aimed at inspiring the spirit of outdoor adventure during the third annual Backcountry Film Festival.
    The films will be shown during the festival from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Reel Deal Theater.  


    The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival aims at entertaining while raising funds and awareness for Winter Wildlands Alliance — a nonprofit organization, which promotes and preserves winter wildlands and snowsports experiences on public lands — as well as for its nonprofit partners, like PEEC.
    Now in its ninth year, the festival begins annually in Boise, Idaho and travels to more than 100 locations worldwide including Los Alamos. The festival raises more than $110,000 each year, and last year raised almost $1,500 to support PEEC’s winter outdoor activities with children, families and adults.

  • This Week on PAC-8, Jan. 17-23

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not
    necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.
    Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 01-07-14
    02:00 PM Mesa Public Library Author Speak Series – Valerie
    Plame and Sarah Lovett
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Andre Jacobson
    05:30 PM Udall Update
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:30 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:30 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    10:00 PM Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series – Valerie
    Plame and Sarah Lovett
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV
    Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
    Free Speech TV
    Sunday, Jan. 19, 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
    10:00 PM That Which Is
    11:00 PM Los Alamos Council on Cancer
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV
    Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
    Happy Martin Luther King Day – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE

  • Movie Review: Bad script leaves 'Frozen' on thin ice

    It is so frustrating how close “Frozen” comes to being a good movie. Disney hasn’t done a big flashy animated musical for a while, but the last one was 2010’s “Tangled,” which to date remains my only five-star review. Needless to say, my expectations going into “Frozen” were lofty.
    The good news is that the film’s voice performances are terrific, the animation is dazzling, the songs are mostly decent, and the humor has its moments.
    The bad news is that the script is so lousy that it degrades the whole film.
    The film stars a pair of princess sisters, Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). Elsa has the power to create snow and ice out of thin air. A lifetime that promises infinite fun snow days is disrupted when she learns the hard way that her power is extremely difficult to control; she unintentionally creates deadly conditions whenever she gets scared or angry. She spends her whole life as a recluse in her castle, never letting the world (including a memory-wiped Anna, who also has to live locked up in the castle for some reason) know about her condition. That is, until the day when Elsa has no choice but to open the castle and throw a big party for her coronation.

  • Cellist makes New Mexico debut

    The Los Alamos Concert Association will present the New Mexico debut of Joshua Roman, cellist, performing with pianist Andrius Zlabys, 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School.
    Roman has earned national renown as a cellist for performing a wide range of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level.
    Driven to make music accessible to a wider audience, Roman is at home in any place from a club to a classroom, performing chamber music, jazz, rock, or even a solo sonata by Bach or Kodály.
    Beyond the performance stage, Roman is dedicated to exploring new platforms to harness new audiences, especially social media.
    He recently completed an ongoing video series called “The Popper Project.” Wherever the cellist and his laptop found themselves, he performed and recorded an étude from David Popper’s “High School of Cello Playing” to be collected and uploaded to his dedicated YouTube channel (youtube.com/joshuaromancello).
    For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, he has been selected as a 2011 TED Fellow, joining a select group of Next Generation innovators who have shown unusual accomplishments and the potential to positively affect the world.