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Today's Features

  • Odenbear Theatre, a new theatre company in Taos, is holding auditions for the first play of the 2016 season, “Speaking in Tongues,” by the award-winning Australian playwright Andrew Bovell. Jim Hatch, the founder and artistic director of Odenbear Theatre, will direct.

    Auditions will be held at Metta Theatre (at El Prado, just north of downtown Taos) on Saturday, and from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, and from 6-8 p.m. Monday.

    In this innovative psychological thriller, nine intertwined lives grapple for love and truth across an emotional terrain of hidden connections and spooky twists and turns that entangle them in a web of mistrust and longing. Infidelity reverberates in a haunting, poetic tale of illusions as spouses confront their unstable marriages and the fables they tell each other.

    Bovell says his play “is about the right and wrong of emotional conduct. It’s about contracts being broken between intimates while deep bonds are forged between strangers. It maps an emotional landscape typified by a sense of disconnection and a shifting moral code. It’s about people yearning for meaning and grabbing onto small moments of hope and humor to combat an increasing sense of alienation.”

  • THIS WEEK
    ON PAC 8

    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC 8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Jan. 1, 2016
    Happy New Year – no local programming

    6:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    1:00 PM Democracy Now!
    5:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016
    6:00 AM FSTV
    5:00 PM Haskell Hallmark
    5:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    6:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    7:00 PM United Church
    8:15 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight
    8:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    9:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
    6:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM The Tom Hartman Program
    11:00 AM Elizabeth Clare Prophet
    12:00 PM Cross Culture New Mexico
    12:30 PM The Northwinds Cooking Show
    1:00 PM Democracy Now!
    2:00 PM The Folklorist
    3:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    4:00 PM Uprising
    5:00 PM Democracy Now!
    6:00 PM United in Christ
    7:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society  
    8:25 PM Los Alamos Non-Profit Spotlight

  • SANTA FE (AP) — Mia and Sophia repeat as the top two names for New Mexico girls born in 2015, while Noah is tops among boys.
    The state Health Department says Mia was No. 1 in 2014 and 2015, while Sophia kept the No. 2 ranking from 2014.
    They were followed by Isabella, Ava, Olivia, Emma, Sofia, Abigail, Aria and Emily.
    Among boys, Noah moved up from No. 2 in 2014 to replace Liam in 2015’s top spot. Liam dropped to No. 3 in 2015, while Elijah moved up from No. 3 in 2014 to No. 2 in 2015.
    The other top boy’s names in 2015 are Michael, Josiah, Alexander, Gabriel, Aiden, Jacob and Daniel.
    The 2015 data is through Dec. 20 but department spokesman David Morgan says final data likely won’t affect rankings.

  • Jennifer Leon and Felix Voltsinger are having their first show together this January at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Art Gallery. The new exhibit opened Monday and continues through Jan. 28. There will be an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
    Leon and Voitsinger have shared countless hours in painting and drawing, in studio and out of doors, both of them committed to the intense observation of the scenes before them. Both artists work exclusively from observation, imagination and memory. However, they have taken widely divergent paths to reach this shared passion for the arts.
    Voltsinger was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He began studying art when he was 8 years old, at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg where in addition to studying art history, painting, drawing and composition, he studied art restoration and conservation. He emigrated to the United States in 1982, and then lived and worked in New York and Colorado, before moving to Santa Fe to teach drawing and painting at the Santa Fe Community College in 2009. He lives in Pecos.  

  • Families looking for a fun way to celebrate the arrival of 2016 are invited to Mesa Public Library and the White Rock branch on New Year’s Eve to celebrate “Noon Year’s Eve.”  
    This event gives kids and families a chance to have all the fun of New Year’s without having to wait until midnight.
    Drop in Youth Services at Mesa Public Library or at the White Rock library branch between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Thursday for games, crafts and a special countdown to noon. There will be a chance for children to color New Year’s crowns and create cards celebrating 2016. They have board games, Legos, blocks, a scavenger hunt and a special play area for even the youngest children.
    Those who join can come all dressed up to greet the New Year or dress comfy and cozy. Registration isn’t necessary and families with children of all ages are welcome.
    And of course, there will be a fantastic countdown to … noon. The party will celebrate, cheer and dance for 2016 exactly at noon – while everyone is still awake and happy. What better way could there be to welcome the New Year?
    For more information, call Mesa Public Library Youth Services at 662-8258 or the White Rock branch at 662-8264.

  • BY DEBORAH STONE
    Special to the Monitor

  • A Santa Fe writer and local artist have teamed up to craft a picture book for children in foster care. Author Rosemary Zibart and illustrator Sandi Wright who’s also an art therapist collaborated to create “Kit Coyote: A Tale of Hope.”  
    The sensitive, imaginatively illustrated book portrays the issues faced by a child entering foster care – validating their emotions of confusion, fear, loss – and encourages them to be resilient and express their feelings verbally and artistically.
    All the characters in the book are animals – Kathy Rabbit, the social worker, Bruce Hedgehog, therapist, Rayna Fox, foster mom, Rebecca Raccon, the CASA worker and, of course, Kit Coyote – a small winsome boy. The story is told from his perspective.
    “I was a foster parent over 20 years ago,” Zibart said. “And I know how children have mixed emotions. However difficult their home life may have been, they usually miss their parents. And feel uncertain about their future.”
    “I showed this manuscript to many in the art therapy field and no other book like it exists,” Wright said.  

  • Los Alamos native, Airman First Class Daniel Nebel will play a free classical concert of solo horn and piano music at noon Thursday at Fuller Lodge.
    Nebel, a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, is currently serving as a bandsman with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California.
    The public is invited to come to Thursday’s event and can bring a sack lunch.
    Growing up in Los Alamos, Nebel began his musical studies on piano with Marilyn LaForge in third grade and went on to study horn with Karole Felts at Los Alamos Music, organ with Frances Meier, and voice with Karolyn Coulter.
    The flourishing arts community in the Los Alamos area gave him the opportunity to perform in many ensembles with ranging from band, orchestra and choir at Los Alamos High School to the Los Alamos Community Winds, Los Alamos Symphony, Los Alamos Choral Society, Los Alamos Light Opera and the Santa Fe Youth Symphony as well as playing organ for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  
    Recognizing the direct impact these organizations had on his choice of career (and success with it), Nebel will be taking a free-will donation to support the Santa Fe Youth Symphony at the event.

  • Dec. 20-26, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    10:30 a.m.        NO Advisory Council Meeting
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Baked Potato Bar
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef and Bean Burrito
    1:30 p.m.        NO Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m.        NO LAVA Quilters

  • The following Eastern New Mexico State University students from Los Alamos were named to the Dean’s List for the fall of 2015:
    Trisha Barks of Los Alamos
    Amanda Dermer of Los Alamos
    John Dermer of Los Alamos
    Jacqueline Fernandes of Los Alamos
    Ian Forsyth of Los Alamos
    Eric Maez of Los Alamos
    Julia Montoya of Los Alamos
    Amethyst Moon of Los Alamo
    Kendall Schneider of Los Alamos
    Kiana Zerr of Los Alamos
    Mariah Zerr of Los Alamos
    To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a GPA between 3.25 and 4.00.