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  • When the credits appeared on the movie screen for “Black Swan,” I turned to my sister with my best “shocked and amazed” face. She whispered to me, “I’m glad I never danced in Swan Lake.”
    Indeed. This classic ballet takes a complete psychotic turn in the movie. Yet, despite the horrible hallucinations and the terrible paranoia, “Black Swan” is fabulous. And I am not going nuts here.

  • The Santa Fe Opera and University of New Mexico School of Fine Arts have embarked on a joint production of a new children’s opera.  The work will be performed in late 2011 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque and the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.  
    The American composer Stephen Paulus is writing the opera, based on the children’s story, “Shoes for Santo Niño,” by Peggy Pond Church.   Andrea Fellows Walters, the Opera Director of Education and Outreach, is the librettist.

  • BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It seems only fitting that, at a Golden Globes ceremony where the host humorously insulted nearly every A-lister in the room, the big winner was a movie about a guy who riles up everyone on campus with his new and invasive website.
    And that’s exactly what Ricky Gervais, and “The Social Network,” did Sunday night.

  • Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, January 21, 2011
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – LIVE!
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Meeting Replay
    02:00 PM Classic Movie
    04:00 PM Udall Update
    04:30 PM The LA Times
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Pure Mind
    09:00 PM UCTV

  • For people with diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a challenge. The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, will offer a series of free cooking classes for people with diabetes and their family members or caretakers.

  • The Piñon Panthers started out the new year doing good deeds for the needy. Prior to the break, Kristen Martines and her second and third graders did a community service project collecting pajamas for Safe House in Albuquerque.

  • The Asset Awards have been distributed for 2010 and 2011 has begun. The good news is that you can nominate someone who does good deeds anytime during the year. The Asset website has been updated to allow nominations through from January until December. Soon it will include the names of all the winners and pictures, too.
    As we strive to show that everyone can take a second to make a difference, we want to educate the community about how we need to be thankful all the time, not just during Thanksgiving.

  • Discover what is possible for climbers and mountaineers who follow their dreams.
    The Reel Rock Film Tour will have showings at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Reel Deal Theater as a benefit for The Family YMCA’s climbing program. The film features cinematography of climbers pushing their limits on rock and ice. A post-show party and climbing gear raffle will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Y.
    The Reel Rock Film Tour features jaw-dropping scenes of athleticism and nature and humorous escapades, as well.

  • Skiers will soon have the opportunity to hit the slopes and raise funds for charity.
    The K2 Women’s Weekend at Pajarito Mountain, to be held Feb. 4-6, is an event that provides financial assistance to men and women in New Mexico with breast or cervical cancer.
    The event also encourages women skiers to improve their skills and explore their limits in snow sports and to make new friends with similar interests.
    The event is not limited to skiers, however. Alpine, telemark and snowboardettes of all ability levels are welcome.

  • Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces that Robert Gibson, a former county councilor, will present a talk on a recent excursion to Tanzania where he and his party climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, visited several East African historic sites and observed many of the region’s wildlife.  

  • The Los Alamos League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum to introduce the community to the candidates for the Los Alamos Public Schools Board and to the candidates for the University of New Mexico Los Alamos Advisory Board.
    There are three candidates for the three open positions on the LAPS School Board:  Judith Bjarke-McKenzie for District 3, Kevin G. Honnell for District 4, and David R. Foster for District 5.

  • La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Nutrition and Weaning” at their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
    All interested, pregnant, or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding.
    A lending library with books and audiotapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available.
    Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.

  • Daniel Ben-Naim, an eighth grade student at Los Alamos Middle School won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 12.
    The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 23rd annual National Geographic Bee. Google sponsored this year’s Bee.
    Ben-Naim and Ryan Harbert, also an eighth grade student, went head-to-head in the championship round.  
    Ben-Naim edged out Harbert by naming Kilimanjaro as Africa’s highest peak that is part of a national park in Tanzania.

  • Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers Wednesday night in Fuller Lodge to hear Lorrie Bonds-Lopez recount her “China Odyssey” adventure. In 2008 Lorrie Bonds-Lopez and her husband joined two China scholars, Rikki and Jeff, for a three-week hiking/biking touring trip in the southwest of China.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    Every cat is only
    $35 with an extended two-for-one sale.

  • Aretha Franklin says her health is ‘superb’

    DETROIT — A month after surgery in Detroit for an undisclosed ailment, Aretha Franklin says her health is “superb.”
    Franklin called in to Wednesday’s installment of “The Wendy Williams Show,” telling the host she was relaxing at a casino hotel in her hometown and hopes to begin traveling soon, saying she’ll be “looking for a fabulous beach.” She says she has two more weeks of down time as she continues her recovery.

  • LOS ANGELES — “True Grit” seized the reins at the weekend box office with $15 million, taking the No. 1 spot and becoming the first Western to top the $100 million mark since the 1990s, according to studio estimates released Sunday.
    The Paramount release starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon bumped off Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller’s comedy “Little Fockers,” which was No. 1 for the previous two weekends. Released by Universal, “Little Fockers” slipped to second with $13.8 million, raising its total to $124 million.

  • On Jan. 22, the Los Alamos Concert Association presents a performance by the renowned pianist Sergei Babayan. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium on the Los Alamos High School campus, and a reception will follow the concert.

  • The Authors Speak Series kicks off a brand new line up beginning at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library Jan. 27 with two science writers, both frequent contributors to the New York Times.
    Scientist or not, everyone is welcome to the free talk by these professionals who also run the annual Santa Fe Science Writers Workshop each summer. The authors will offer tips of the trade on the basics of how to translate complex scientific information into language accessible to laymen.

  • Murder, mystery and intrigue are all a part of any good murder mystery. Los Alamos Little Theater’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Go Back for Murder” is no exception.
    The advertisements and articles leading up to the show intrigued me. I definitely wanted to see this play. I love a good murder mystery, so I was hoping this production wouldn’t disappoint.
    It didn’t.