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Today's Features

  • Chile peppers have a long and rich history in New Mexico, and actually were grown in this area hundreds of years before New Mexico’s statehood.
    Dr. Stephanie Walker, extension vegetable specialist from New Mexico State University, will discuss the story of chile in the southwest from its ancient origins to modern production. The talk begins 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Walker earned a bachelor’s degree from NMSU in biology, specializing in microbiology. She then worked in Quality Control and Research and Development at the Old El Paso processing facility in Anthony, Texas for more than 10 years.
    She was accepted into the Chile Pepper Breeding program at NMSU, and earned a master’s degree in horticulture in 1997, working on the genetics of resistance to phytophthora root rot and foliar blight of chile peppers. She earned a Ph.D. in agronomy in 2007, working on breeding red chile for mechanical harvest efficiency.
    Walker has served as extension vegetable specialist in the Extension Plant Sciences Dept. at NMSU since 2004 where she concentrates on providing assistance to commercial vegetable growers and related industries in enhancing sustainability and profitability of vegetable production in New Mexico.
     

  • For most of us, our lives are filled with routine. It usually involves getting up at about the same time every day, going to work, coming home and eating dinner, unwinding after a busy day and going to sleep. This routine is repeated and repeated day in and day out. We try to find things to do that we enjoy, but how many of us really try to fulfill our dreams? There are a select few that break the routine and live life for one thing: Joy. Tess Light does this, and this joy shines in her play “Tower of Magic.”
    “Tower of Magic” is about a girl named Sue who strives to fit in with the world. She’s a professor of civil engineering who is engaged to be married. Sue now has to tell her family that she is engaged, but her family doesn’t even know she has a boyfriend. When Sue is gone longer than expected, her fiancé Felix surprises her by showing up at her family home. There are a lot of things about Sue she doesn’t want Felix to know. Her real name is Solstitia. Her family consists of an obsessive ornithologist, a compulsive mezzo-soprano who sings instead of speaks, a murderous chef, an occasionally mute savant and a linguist. Felix learns about each of the members of Solstitia’s family, and realizes that she should do nothing more than be herself, live life in joy and always try to spread joy to others.

  • Crowds will converge on the Santa Fe Plaza this weekend for all the Fiesta activities, including the procession of La Conquistadora. This year’s festivities are held a week after the Burning of Zozobra.

  • Art exhibits
    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12.

    Allan Houser Gallery presents masterworks by Allan Houser and a special exhibition by Douglas Miles: The Art of Apache Resistance. Show runs through Sept. 19 at 125 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe.

    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, announces IMPACTS! an exhibition of Japanese contemporary art. This exhibition will run through to Sept. 22.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces “A$$holes on Cell Phones,” an exhibition of work by Marc Dennis. Runs through Sept. 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, Sept. 5, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting Replay 8-26-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Avadh Salje
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – La Mesa Fire – A Wake-Up Call?”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    11:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Sept. 7, 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 Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Starting earlier this week, New Mexico PBS, Ch. 5.1 will launch its new Fall Children’s Program Lineup, airing Monday-Friday.
    Furthering a commitment to using the power of media to educate and entertain America’s children, PBS Kids and Sesame Street introduced a bonus half-hour Sesame Street program on-air and on digital platforms.
    The additional half-hour program will air on NM PBS, Ch. 5.1, weekday afternoons at 2:30 p.m., complementing the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings at 10 a.m.
    For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute show will also be available for free online at pbskids.org/video, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS Kids Roku channel. By offering this bonus half hour of Sesame Street in an additional timeslot, and through a growing number of digital services, PBS Kids hopes to reach even more children with one of America’s most beloved and educationally powerful children’s series.

  • Los Alamos
    Betty Ehart Center, 1101 Bathtub Row
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Starbucks Kiosk at Smith’s Marketplace, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Marketplace Bakery, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Marketplace Deli, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Marketplace Seafood Market, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

    Smith’s Marketplace Meat Market, 751 Trinity Dr.
    Date inspected: July 9
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved for opening. No follow up required.

  • S.F. yarn shop celebrates Fiestas at new location

  • The Los Alamos Little Theatre announces a slate of five shows for its 2014-15 season.
    September
    “Tower of Magic,” by local playwright Tess Light, explores the search for one’s true self amidst the chaos of an idiosyncratic family — a woman with near-magical creative talents, an obsessed ornithologist, a compulsive mezzo-soprano, a murderous chef, a mostly mute savant, a twinned linguist, and just to stir the pot a visitor who is a, yawn, civil engineer.
    November
    “And Then There Were None,” by the ever-popular Agatha Christie, in which ten guilty strangers, trapped on an island, are one by one accused of murder and die. Agatha Christie last graced the LALT stage in the 2010-11 season with “Go Back for Murder.”
    January
    “Murdered to Death,” by Peter Gordon, turns Agatha Christie on her head in a spoof led by the inept Inspector Pratt. The audience may be left wondering if laughter is the murderer.
    March

  • TAOS — Taos natives and Native Rock recording artists Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal have combined their talents to release a new “alter-Native” single “Iron Horse.” “Iron Horse” commemorates the Summer of the Red Willow, when Taos’ Kit Carson Park was renamed “Red Willow” in June 2014 by the Town of Taos.
    “When the opportunity presented itself, I suggested that the Town of Taos change the name of Kit Carson Park to Red Willow Park to honor the people of the Red Willow,” Romero said. “I made the suggestion to kindle a conversation about one-sided perspectives that are more often then not ‘his story’ – not ‘history.’”
    “Robby brought me out of the corn fields of Taos Pueblo to join in igniting a collective fire and creating a poetic dialogue,” Mirabal said. “I was a bit reluctant at first, however; as fate has it, the inevitable Kit Carson name-change provided the artistic momentum for a coming together of our music.”
    “Iron Horse,” written collaboratively by Mirabal and Romero, will be performed at a special “Summer of the Red Willow” concert at KTAOS Solar Pavilion on Sept. 20.