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Today's Features

  • The display case at Mesa Public Library will feature embroidered artwork stitched by members of the Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, through Oct. 26. The EGA is a national educational organization dedicated to promoting and preserving needle arts. There are a number of different types of needlework in the display.
    The local chapter meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Gibson Fellowship Hall of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos. Each meeting features a program on a stitching technique or project. During the past year the group has explored stump work (three-dimensional embroidery), chicken scratch or gingham embroidery, crazy quilting, New Mexican colcha embroidery and Kumihimo (Japanese braiding.)
    Between 10 a.m. and noon Oct. 20, members of Pajarito Chapter will be in the lobby of Mesa Public Library to demonstrate various embroidery techniques. Watch the stitchers at work. They’ll explain the various techniques and answer questions. For more information call Marilyn at 672-9404.

     

  • Art tours

    The 25th Annual Galisteo Studio Tour will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit galistostudiotour.org or call 466-2121.

    Dance

    Ballet Folklorico de Mexico will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. For ticket prices and more information, visit ticketssantafe.org.
    Exhibits

    The United States Flag Act of 1818 set forth a rule that no new stars could be added to Old Glory until the Fourth of July immediately following a state’s admission to the union. Thanks to that once-a-year-and-only-once-a-year mandate, New Mexicans hoping to share their pride at becoming the 47th state were essentially forced into committing their first illegal acts as U.S. citizens. Through Nov. 25, the New Mexico History Museum commemorates that dip into the dark side with “47 Stars,” an exhibit of the officially unofficial 47-star flag. For more information, call 476-5200.
    Film

    The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival kicks off with the New Mexico premier of “Bless Me Ultima,” based on the novel by Rudolfo Anaya. The festival runs through Sunday and will also feature “Tiger Eyes,” by Judy Blume. For more information and tickets, visit santafeiff.com.
    Miscellaneous

  • Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 9:10 a.m. Oct. 27 for a hike across Beanfield Mesa. Living Treasure, author and local historian Dorothy Hoard will lead participants around the mesa top, past historic locations and to viewpoints.
    Prior to 1943, two old roads were built to access a farm high atop Beanfield Mesa.  Located across Rendija Canyon, north of Barranca Mesa, the mesa featured a substantial line cabin (lost in the 2000 Cerro Grande fire).  
    Those farmers tended crops on Beanfield Mesa, but the history of the mesa also includes sheep, cattle and logging. During the hike, Hoard will talk about this historic location and the importance of Veronica Springs, a welcome sight in dry times that probably fed a sawmill at one point.
    This hike will loop around the mesa to include both roads and also check out two game pits — one probably real, the other suspicious. This is a moderate hike.
    Some stretches are very rocky, though not particularly steep. Some parts of the route have no established trail.
    Come experience the views and a historic area of Los Alamos. Meet at PEEC at 9:10 a.m. to carpool or at the trailhead at 9:30 a.m. Bring water and sunscreen. Free, no registration required.

  • Margaret Wood will share stories and memories of her time with Georgia O’Keeffe as part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.
    In 1977, Wood  began a five-year stay as companion and caretaker to then 89-year-old Georgia O’Keeffe.
    There were no sign posts in the village in those years and few markers for a young woman managing the complex role as companion to a woman of O’Keeffe’s stature, who nonetheless was now dependent on others to maintain the independent life she had cultivated.                        
    Growing and preparing food was one of O’Keeffe’s greatest pleasures, with the artist mentoring her young caregiver on the art of gardening and cooking. Wood and O’Keeffe often walked the red hills of Ghost Ranch in early evenings.
    The artist had a reputation of living a secluded life, but in fact enjoyed welcoming a host of visitors to her home. Wood shares anecdotes about these social exchanges, along with a treasure trove of stories              intimately shared in her new book, “Remembering Miss O’Keeffe: Stories from Abiquiu.”

  • 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, October 19, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (10-02-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Education is Hope
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Geology of the Rio Grande”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, October 20, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, October 21, 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, October 22, 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 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum  10-04-12
    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!

  • Group auditions for Van Choc Straw will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.
    Scripts are available at the Reference Desk of the Mesa Public Library.
    Anyone who wishes to have a private audition rather than attend the group audition should contact John Gustafson at johngus@cybermesa.com or at 412-3235.
    Callbacks, if necessary, will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6.
    “VanChocStraw” (think Neopolitan ice cream), an unpublished play by Albuquerque-based playwright Mark Dunn, will be produced at Los Alamos Little Theatre in March 2013, and will be LALT’s entry into the AACTFest competition to be hosted at LALT, also in March.
    Mimi Adams is the director and Gustafson the producer. Anyone interested in helping with crew for this show is also invited to let them know of your interest. Casting will be for four women and one man.
    Characters in order of appearance
    • Althea Witlin, female, mid- to late-70s
    • Leif Morrell, male, 33
    • Mattie Pleshette, female, mid-20s to early 30s
    • Connie Morrell, female, 31
    • Ina Gluck, female, mid-70s
    This is a comedy/drama. Althea Witlin has one jigsaw puzzle among her large collection that she’s never worked.

  • The 35th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair presented by the Fuller Lodge Art Center Saturday, offers a “Gateway to the Holidays” shopping experience with a showcase of artists and craftspeople. The show features more than 60 artists representing 22 communities and three states.
    The artists present a wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative. Both two- and three-dimensional works will be featured including ceramics, fabric and fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, wood, painting and photography. 
    This year, the Art Center is holding the fair at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. This venue will hold enough artists for variety, while still maintaining an intimate shopping experience. To help celebrate the new location, there will be a number of door prizes. Anyone who visits may enter the drawing. Pick up a ticket at the front door, go to the stage and punch a hole in the ticket, then drop it in the “draw” box on the way out. This will help the Art Center get a count of attendees and encourage visitors to wander through the whole fair, hopefully looking at many of the works displayed.

  • The Lads of Enchantment will present their Annual Barbershop Harmony Show Oct. 26 and 27 at the United Church of Los Alamos.
    This year’s show, “After Dark,” will feature the Lads of Enchantment Chorus and quartets and the Lads’ special guest, The 505 Chorus, Albuquerque’s young men’s a cappella group.
    “After Dark” takes a light-hearted look at the misadventures of Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to brighten his existence using his form of creativity.
    The foibles of Frankenstein and his assistants establish the premise for the Lads to sing traditional barbershop songs and favorites such as “Blue Moon,” “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” “I’m Sitting on Top of the World,” Blue Velvet” and “Moonlight Bay.”
    Since the show is the weekend before Halloween, the audience is encouraged, but not required, to wear a costume and participate in a costume contest each night of the show.
    The 505 Chorus brings the energy and enthusiasm of youth and a blended sound to the show.  The 505 Chorus was founded in 2008 by four young men who wanted to compete in collegiate a cappella choral singing, which has undergone resurgence in recent years.  

  • Get a taste of India and travel down the rabbit hole with “Alice in Indian Wonderland,” from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    For the eighth year, Kavita Nandakishore and Alina Deshpande will present the “Dances of India” fundraiser. This year, it will benefit Bharat Vidyalaya, a school for children living below the poverty line in Wai, Maharashtra, India.
    Nandakishore and Deshpande teach Kathak and Bharatnatyam dance classes at the Y. Deshpande teaches Kathak, an East Indian classical dance that involves combinations of hand and foot movements set to a combination of beats, while Nandakishore teaches Bharatnatyam, a classical dance from South India that combines postures, drama, expression and rhythm in an attempt to “embody the divine beauty, charm, rhythms and symbols that exist in heaven as a means of spiritual elevation,” according to the Y’s website.

  • Today
    GeekOut Family Night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. upstairs, at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games, or play theirs.

    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call 661-4097.
    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot. There are two Thursdays left for the outdoor market season.

    Tom Ribe, a native of Los Alamos and an expert on natural resource issues relating to the Four Corners area will present, “21st Century Science Powered by 19th Century Power Plants,” at 6 p.m. at UNM-LA building 2, room 230. The talk is sponsored by the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board and the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network. Attendees are encouraged to attend the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. The talk will follow that meeting.

    Join the Parent Raising Teen Club from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 1738 N. Sage Loop. Share your worries and find like-minded parents that can offer support. The group will meet each Thursday evening through Nov. 29. For more information, call Elizabeth Grant at 660-5796.