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  • ‘The Croods’ catches fire with $44.7M opening

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The caveman comedy “The Croods” left an indelible mark on the wall, opening at No. 1 with $44.7 million, according to Sunday studio estimates.
    The 3-D adventure from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox features a voice cast including Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener. They play a prehistoric family encountering danger and strange new creatures when they’re forced to find a new cave.
    Opening strongly in second place with $30.5 million was “Olympus Has Fallen,” an action thriller from “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua in which North Korean terrorists take over the White House. Gerard Butler, as a secret service agent, leads an all-star cast that includes Aaron Eckhart as the president, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett.
    “The Croods” has now made $108 million worldwide, also opening this weekend in Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. In the United States, it’s the only game in town as far as animated films for the whole family, and it will continue to be so as kids head out of school for spring break over the next couple of weeks.

  • Off the Hill 03-28-13

    Art exhibits

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition, “European Perspectives, The Radiant Line.” European artists Francois Morellet, Gregoire Cheneau, Diana Blok, Pieter Bijwaard, Oliver Mosset, Ruth Gschwendtner-Wölfe, Miguel Mont and Tony Soulie will show paintings, prints, photos and neon sculpture. The artists’ work focuses on light, line and color. The exhibit will be up from April 26-May 24 at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.
    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art announces an exhibition and paintings by Michael Freitas Wood, titled, “Presentiment.” The exhibit will be up Friday-April 29 at 435 S. Guadalupe St. There will be a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 29.
    Comedy

    Bill Cosby performs at the Route 66 Legends Theater at 8 p.m. May 3. Tickets, $35-$75, are available at holdmyticket.com.
    Concerts

    Sleeping With Sirens, Conditions, Dangerkids and Lions Lions, will bring their Take It Or Leave It Tour to the Sunshine Theater at 8 p.m. today. Tickets, $15, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

    Soulfly, Incite, Lody Kong, Anesthesia and Left to Rot, will bring the Maximum Cavalara Tour 2013 to the Sunshine Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets, $17, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

  • This week on PAC-8, March 29-April 4

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

    Friday, March 29, 2013
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (3-26-13)
    01:00 PM The Power of NO/W
    03:00 PM Future Talk
    03:30 PM European Journal
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Jack Aeby talks about his work at the Los Alamos Historical Museum
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society – “Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010”
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, March 30, 2013
    FSTV

    Sunday, March 31, 2013
    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

  • Restaurant Inspections 03-28-13

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

    Santa Fe

    Bistro 315, 315 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Date inspected: Mach 19
    Violations: Two low-risk violations, two for contaminated equipment — dirty ice crusher; dirty top of maka table.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Fox’s Uptown Grill, 450 Galisteo St.
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: Two low-risk violations, one for animals/vermin/openings — screen door needs to be self-closing. One for floors/walls/ceilings — replace light cover over stove.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Giant #861, 5741 Airport Road
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: None
    Notes: Bathrooms very clean
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Giant #863, 1229 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: March 20
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — burritos at 138 degrees, turn heater up.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

  • LALT hosts, does well in AACTFest

     Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Van Choc Straw,” written by Mark Dunn and directed by Mimi Adams, was one of two plays selected to represent New Mexico at the regional competition of the American Association of Community Theatre next month in Lafayette, La.
    In addition, “Van Choc Straw” cast members Patricia Beck and Gwen Lewis received certificates recognizing their “outstanding achievement in acting” for their performances during the competition.
    LALT hosted the 2013 AACTFest competition last weekend, in conjunction with Theatre New Mexico. Theatre companies from Las Vegas, Sandia Park, Hobbs and Ruidoso, as well as Los Alamos, participated in the New Mexico AACTFest.
    In addition to the play performances, AACTFest featured a monologue competition. LALT members Mimi Adams, Iain May and Patrick MacDonald were among the six finalists.
    MacDonald was selected from among the finalists as the top monologue performance.
    The other play selected for regionals was The Last Act is a Solo by Robert Anderson, presented by the Sandia Performing Arts Company and directed by former LALT stalwart Dick Danforth.

    From a press release 

  • ‘Holly’s Follies’ returns to Dixon

    The Dixon Community Players present a new original show, “Holly’s Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin.”
    Perhaps the greatest achievement of George and Ira Gershwin — although remembered for the sounds and style of the Jazz Age — was in the area of the musical comedy. In “Holly’s Follies 2: A Tribute to Gershwin,” the audience will hear jazz songs such as “Clap Yo’ Hands” and “I Got Rhythm.” Show numbers from “Strike Up the Band” and “Of Thee I Sing” and love ballads from several shows and movies will also be played. Soloists and a choir will sing a medley of songs from the classic folk opera “Porgy and Bess.”
    From Los Alamos, Jeff Favorite returns as the master of ceremonies, revising the role he played in the first “Holly’s Follies.” He has performed in several Los Alamos Little Theatre productions and is the leader of the Hill Stompers, Los Alamos’ adult community marching band.
    Sheila Schiferl, choir director, pianist and organist, is the music director and also sings a “special” number.
    Rose Corrigan, who has also appeared with the Los Alamos Little Theatre, is a newcomer to DCP. She has a degree in theatre from Columbia College Chicago.

  • Don’t expect ‘down home’ at Dixie Girl

    If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it can apply to many things — including restaurants.
    Recently, the Hill Diner, a longtime Los Alamos staple closed down. Owner Denise Lane, who opened the Dixie Girl Restaurant late last year, shifted some of the Hill Diner menu items over to the new eatery, but don’t be fooled — the Dixie Girl shares very few similarities with the Hill Diner.
    An attempt to visit the Dixie Girl was made a few weeks ago, but despite the sign on the door that said they close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the door was locked at 2:35 p.m. Recently, however, the visit was successful — of course, it was also around noon.
    The Dixie Girl occupies the old Central Avenue Grill location right next door to Starbucks. A menu is on display outside so you can decide if going in is worth it.
    Despite the lunch hour, the restaurant was nearly empty, with only a handful of tables occupied. The hostess was pleasant and a table was secured very quickly.
    The one-page menu offered a variety of choices from soups and salads to burgers, sandwiches and “blue plate specials” like meatloaf.
    Hill Diner items like the New Mexican Dip sandwich and the Texan hamburger have new names, but are available at Dixie Girl — as is the club sandwich. There are a few new offerings as well.

  • Underground of Enchantment

    An exhibit, “Underground of Enchantment,” featuring 3D photos of the microbial secrets of Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico, will open with a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. April 5 at Mesa Public Library; and from 5-6:30 p.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

    The cave is part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the exhibit originated with — and is traveled by — Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

    Lechuguilla Cave is the deepest limestone cave (1597.4 ft./486.9m) in the United States and the fifth-longest cave in the world (128miles/206km). The cave holds a fragile ecosystem, which was cut off from the surface until 1986. To protect this system, entry into Lechuguilla is restricted to exploration and science. This exhibit gives the public a chance to glimpse the varied forms and geologic features all in 3D photographs and films.

  • Correction 03-27-13

    The price of the Posse Shack Breakfast that will benefit Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter on April 7 will be $7. The wrong price was listed in Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, due to a source error.

  • LANL proclamation

    Councilor David Izraelevitz presents Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan with a proclamation honoring the lab’s 70th anniversary. An anniversary celebration is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.