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  • Local Flavor 09-27-12

    Aspen Party at Ski Hill
    Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 1-4 p.m. Sunday for an Aspen Party. The Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge deck area will be filled with activities and things to explore. The party is free to members and the cost for non-members is $10 per family. Families can get ready for the colder months by making nature-themed crafts and investigating life in the fall leaves. Make bird feeders, corn husk flowers or recycled notebooks. Many holidays are fast approaching and who knows, attendees might take home some hand made gifts or get some ideas for Halloween costumes. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    LASO concert to honor Daniel Pearl
    In 2002, young Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered while pursuing a story in Pakistan. Pearl also happened to be a violinist who played in a number of bands and musical groups and often took his violin and mandolin with him when he traveled.

  • Brave New Brass set to perform

    Brave New Brass is a brass ensemble recently formed in Los Alamos, based on previous brass quintets organized by Dave and Deniece Korzekwa.
    The members of Brave New Brass have a broad interest in the music available for small brass ensembles of various combinations and have been performing as a group in Los Alamos for the past several months.
    At the Brown Bag program at noon Oct. 3 in Fuller Lodge, Brave New Brass will present a variety of music written or arranged for brass instruments (quintet, trio, duet, and solo) ranging from the Baroque music of the 17th century (Purcell and Bach) to contemporary composers of brass music (Frackenpohl and Ewazen), with some jazz and tangos thrown in for variety.
    Members of the group are all Los Alamos musicians, with Jim Beinke (French horn), Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet) and Bruce Warren (trombone).
    Beinke received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Iowa University and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After teaching band and orchestra in Iowa and Wisconsin for 22 years, he entered seminary. He received his master’s degree and was a pastor in the Philadelphia area and later in Michigan. He had not played the French horn for almost 50 years and took it up again in retirement.

  • PEEC and Reel Deal team up

    The Reel Deal Theater and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are bringing back their partnership to show nature films over the fall and winter months. The series will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 with a showing of “The Big Year.”
    “This is the perfect film to kick off the series,” said Katie Watson of PEEC. “It’s a birding film, so it will appeal to our many birders in Los Alamos, but it also stars Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson, so fans of these actors, even if they aren’t birders, will want to watch it, as well.”  
    “The Big Year” tells the story of three competing birders hoping to get a “big year” and be named Birder of the Year. The film is as funny as one might expect, with Black, Martin and Wilson starring, but at the same time, it doesn’t treat birding as a joke. The film was featured in a series of articles and behind-the-scenes peeks in WildBird Magazine.  
    In one article, director David Frankel, said, “There’s no mocking. It’s very respectful.” He went on to say that the cast and crew became birders after working on the film. “Once you’re aware of birds, you can’t not be drawn to the movement in the skies or in the trees of winged creatures.”

  • Restaurant Inspections 09-27-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Española

    Española Headstart, 340 N. Railroad Ave.
    Date inspected: Sept. 20
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española Hospital, 1010 Spruce St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 19
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española Senior Citizens Center and catering, 410 Hunter St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 20
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — scoop inside, contaminating the salt. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    ETS Fairview Elementary, 1000 Zuni Lane
    Date inspected: Sept. 21
    Violations: One high-risk violation for plumbing/waste disposal — two-compartment sink drain needs immediate repair. Drain broken, issued major notice of violation.
    Note: All staff were observed wearing gloves, hair nets/restraints and clean uniforms.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    James Rodriguez Elementary, 333 Coronado St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 20

  • This week on PAC-8, Sept. 28-Oct. Oct. 4


    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, September 28, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (9-25-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    07:00 PM Ice Cream Man
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, September 29, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, September 30, 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 1, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Spirituality Today
    11:30 AM The LA Times – Legislative Review with Jim Hall
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Elizabeth Claire Project
    01:30 PM Summer Video Classes Showcase
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • Spend a day at the market

    On a lazy afternoon, the last thing many people want to do is head to Santa Fe to look at galleries. The mention of the word can be enough to make some people look around for undone chores.
    However, Hillside Market, at 86 Old Las Vegas Hwy., has a range of services that might change some minds. With work from more than 30 New Mexican artists, antiques, a koi rescue area, a coffee shop and a large greenhouse, Hillside Market is appealing to people of all ages.
    Owners Tisha Sjostrand, Kate Sjostrand and Pam Fennell created a space for people to browse, have a cup of coffee, meet local artists, buy local produce and take a class or two. This is no high-pressure sales situation. Staff members and artists are available to give information, but customers can enjoy the items on display at their own pace, without being pushed or prodded, which is helpful, as there is so much to see.
    The variety of merchandise includes items one expects to see in art galleries, such as paintings and sculptures, but also includes jewelry, rugs, furniture and many old treasures. Another important facet of this business is that the artists are not from elsewhere, merely selling their work in New Mexico, so all purchases support New Mexico’s economy.

  • The telephone is ringing

    When out enjoying a leisurely lunch, incessant cell phone ringing can be annoying.
    It’s even worse when the cell phone won’t stop ringing and the owner won’t answer it. Jean (Kate Ramsey) found herself in that very situation in Los Alamos Little Theater’s presentation of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” directed by Gwen Lewis and produced by David Schiferl.
    Gordon (Eric Björklund) wouldn’t answer his phone. Not because he didn’t want to, but rather because he couldn’t. He was dead. He also happened to be sitting next to Jean in a café, while they were lunching. After unsuccessfully trying to talk to him, her response to silence the annoying contraption was to answer it. What happened after that was a bit strange.
    The cell phone became a part of her life. It constantly rang and she constantly answered it, even though she did not know the people on the other end. No matter where she was or what she was doing, she answered the phone.

  • Do the Arts Crawl downtown Oct. 5

    On Oct. 5, four different organizations will keep their doors open into the evening to provide an inside view of the arts community.
    Mesa Public Library Art Gallery at 2400 Central Ave. celebrates the opening of “Unmute,” a traveling exhibition that explores the theme of how text and image developed new relationships in 20th century art, from 4-5:30 p.m.
    The exhibition includes many examples of artist’s books, but also other works in a wide range of media.
    “Unmute”  is an exhibition of works on paper from the permanent collection of the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University that question the assumptions about the relationship of language and image in visual art.
    It explores in depth what happens when artists indulge the fundamental impulse to breach the supposed boundaries between the verbal and the visual.
    Also from 4-5:30 p.m., the Los Alamos Historical Society,1050 Bathtub Row, will feature photographs of Manhattan Project veteran Jack Aeby, who took the only known color photo of the world’s first atomic blast at Trinity Site. Their permanent exhibits feature all eras of Los Alamos history, including a section on post-war “Cold War” era Pacific testing, a domestic bomb shelter and more.

  • Unmute: Text and Images in American Art 1970-2000

    Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, with support from the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries, will host a traveling exhibition that explores the theme of how text and image developed new relationships in 20th century art, including the closest form of that relationship, the artist’s book.
    The event is from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and is part of the Arts Crawl Evening, which includes the Los Alamos Historical Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center and Karen Wray Fine Art.
    The exhibition includes many examples of artist’s books but also other works in a wide range of media as well. Works by 52 artists, many of world renown, provide a strong showing of how text and image combine to make visually and intellectually compelling art. Sol Lewitt, Joyce Kozloff, Hans Haacke, Melissa Grimes, Jaune Quick to See Smith, Pat Steir, Carrie Mae Weems, to name a few, are among those artists whose work is included in the exhibit, one so fitting to be shown in a library. New Mexico institutions have treasures in their collections, a resource to share across the state and across institutional venues for all New Mexicans and visitors to enjoy.

  • NFL referees are back to work

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's regular officiating crews are back. Their return couldn't have come soon enough for many players, coaches and fans.

    After two days of marathon negotiations — and mounting frustration throughout the league — the NFL and the officials' union announced at midnight Thursday that a tentative eight-year agreement had been reached to end a lockout that began in June.

    The deal came on the heels of Seattle's chaotic last-second win over Green Bay on Monday night in which the replacement officials struggled. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was at the bargaining table Tuesday and Wednesday, said the regular officials would work the Browns-Ravens game at Baltimore on Thursday night.

    "We are glad to be getting back on the field for this week's games," NFL Referees Association president Scott Green said.

    And plenty of players echoed that sentiment.

    "Never thought I would be excited for the refs to come back to work but it's about time it was definitely necessary!" Cleveland return specialist Josh Cribbs tweeted Thursday morning.

    Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe chimed in, too.