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Today's Features

  • “No one knows for sure when Jesus was actually born. Why do we make so much of this holiday?”—James

  • Today
    The Mesa Public Library Film Series. “Baghdad Café,” 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room.

    Open meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security at 7 p.m. in the Lounge at the Education Building, United Church, 2525 Canyon Road. Talk on “Throwing Down the Gauntlet to the Next Generation of Nuclear Stewards: The Enduring Nuclear Legacy — A Second Look” by Jack Jekowski, Innovative Technology Partnerships. An exploration of the challenges that lie ahead in the context of current events.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Saturday
    The 21st Annual “Creches From Around the World,” exhibition will be from 1-7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1967 18th St., off 15 and Sage Streets. Anyone who like to share Nativity sets may call Jerilynn Christiansen at 662-5073 or they may be brought to the church from 7 a.m.-noon on Friday before exhibition begins.

  • Stopping by Mesa Public Library should be on everyone’s to-do list from noon-3 p.m., because that’s where all the local authors will be set up to sell and sign their books.
    The public is welcome to meet with local writers, ask them questions, buy their books and have them signed.
    The fair will be in the upstairs rotunda of the Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. While upstairs, the community is welcome to take some time to check out the new exhibit by the Museum of the American Military Family, which is on display in the art gallery until the end of December.
    Among the authors who have confirmed that they will be at the book fair is Jemez Springs resident Leandro Thomas Gonzales, author of “Follow the Spinning Sun,” an exploration of what might have happened to cause the early inhabitants of Bandelier to leave their home.
    Gonzales is retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was a mathematician, nuclear physicist and engineer.
    “Follow the Spinning Sun” was nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, an award presented to a novel that makes a lasting contribution to excellence in world literature.

  • In the true spirit of the giving season, a 12-year-old Los Alamos Middle School student has organized an event during Winterfest.
    “Rock on Climbathon,” with the goal of raising at least $3,500 for local nonprofits, including YMCA and Self Help, Inc.
    Originated and organized by seventh grader, Talia Ben-Naim, “Rock on Climbathon” will give adults and kids alike a chance to try indoor rock climbing, while enjoying music, pizza, popcorn, drinks and a chance to win raffle items donated by local merchants. Half of all proceeds benefit the local YMCA chapter, while the other half will benefit Self Help Inc., which has provided consultation, advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to area residents since 1969.
    The fundraiser is part of a “passion project” in LAMS seventh grade’s GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) class.
    “Passion projects” for GATE students have taken place in the class for the past 15 years, and are designed to showcase a student’s passion while challenging the student to produce a result or product at the end of the project.

  • Art exhibits
    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.

    Solo Exhibition: “A Southwest Exploration in Glass by William C. Glass. Presentation from 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Show runs Dec. 1-30 at Act I Gallery.

    Venice: A Reality of a Different Order. Works by Robbie Steinbach. Through Jan. 13, 2015 at Caffe Renato, the Taos Center for the Arts.

    Hand-Woven for the Holidays: Holiday Group Textile Exhibition featuring new work by New Mexico Weavers Connie Enzmann-Forneris, Sandy Voss and Barbara Marigold. Show runs through Jan. 2 at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in “Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection.” The exhibition runs through March 29, 2015.
    Ballet
    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Tickets at aspensantafeballet.com.
    Concerts
    Chris Isaak Holiday Tour 2014. 7 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. $45.

  • SIERRA COUNTY — Hillsboro in Sierra County along with other “ghost towns” and cities there are bringing the spirit of the holidays to southern New Mexico with several celebrations including “Christmas in the Foothills,” “Old Fashioned Christmas” and a “Luminaria Beachwalk.”
    Hillsboro’s largest annual event — “Christmas in the Foothills” – will be celebrated on Saturday and includes a wide array of vendors selling specialty arts, handcrafted gifts and food items. An original, framed watercolor painting by Hillsboro artist Inga McCord will be raffled at the event. Shoppers can take advantage of the $49.99 Art Show and Sale, where each item in the art show is sold to a winning ticket holder for $49.99.
    “Christmas in the Foothills” will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hillsboro Community Center, located at 316 Elenore St. The town of Hillsboro is located on Highway 152, 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63. Call 575-895-5457 or email melody21@windstream.net for more information.
    Meanwhile, two hours north, the historic town of Monticello will be the best place to purchase local, handmade gift items such as wreaths, crafts, jewelry and the award-winning organic balsamic vinegar made by The Darland Company of Monticello.

  • 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, Dec. 5, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay 11-25-14
    01:00 PM Democracy Now!
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Barranca Mesa Speech Contest
    04:00 PM Uprising
    05:00 PM Tourism Goes Green
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “New Mexico Wines: Past to Present”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM NNMCAB Meeting
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Dec. 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

  • The next guest on “Report from Santa Fe” is Valerie Plame Wilson, the former United States CIA Operations Officer and the author of “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House,” a memoir detailing her career and the events leading up to her resignation from the CIA. 
    “Report from Santa Fe,” will air 8 a.m. Dec. 21 on KNME-PBS, channel 5.1.
    Currently, Plame is co-writing best-selling spy thrillers with the accomplished author Sarah Lovett. Plame discusses their second thriller, “Burned.” Their first novel, “Blowback,” received rave reviews. The books draw upon Plame’s knowledge of spycraft and experiences in the field, delivered in a fictional format, and revealing in a most thrilling way the heroism and the challenge that working undercover represents. Plame shares how her CIA career — including assignments in counterproliferation operations — enables her to recreate the faced-paced world of spy-versus-spy.
    Plame has put her hard-won intelligence experience expertly to work with her latest spy thriller “Burned.”  Vanessa Piersen, the hero of Plame’s thriller series, is a CIA Ops Officer that Plame describes as a “younger, smarter version of me.”

  •  For the third year in a row, Taos Lifestyle Productions and Taos native, singer-songwriter Max Gomez will bring a night of Songs and Stories on Dec. 27.
    Americana singer-songwriter John Fullbright will also perform.
    Gomez’s 2013 breakthrough song, “Rule the World” was dubbed as one of the “best new songs of 2013” by Esquire magazine.
    In October 2014, Gomez was included alongside a lineup of well-known performers including Tom Jones, Soundgarden, Norah Jones and Puss N Boots, Pearl Jam and many more at Neil and Pegi Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, Calif.
    Gomez began performing in Taos bars at age 15, where he played originals and covered songs by his musical inspirations, Robert Johnson, “Big” Bill Broonzy and John Prine. Gomez continues to receive national accolades for his skill at building stories into his grassroots, Americana musical style. Visit maxgomezmusic.com for more.

  • Eye on the Mountain gallery presents “Guadalupe” Group Art Show, a first Annual Art Exhibition for Santa Fe’s Guadalupe Arts District. Guadalupe is one of the sacred icons of Santa Fe.
    The public is welcome to experience the group art show, featuring 12 artists from the southwest. Those artists include Stevon Lucero, El Moises, Rachel Houseman, PAZ and Jane Cassidy. 
    The show kicks off from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the gallery for an opening night event where the public may meet with the artists. The exhibit is ongoing until Feb. 12.
    Art is based on the spirit of Guadalupe as a sacred icon and will challenge viewers to see the many aspects of this sacred image through the eyes of several visionary and sacred Santeros Artists.
    This show will kick off a new holiday tradition for Eye on the Mountain and for Santa Fe.
    For more information see the gallery website at eyeonthemountaingallery.com, or call 928-308-0319, the gallery is found at 614 Agua Fria Street in Santa Fe.