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  • U.S. crime author has dark take on Finnish

    HELSINKI (AP) — In the doorway of a Helsinki bar on a snowy December afternoon, American author James Thompson is being offered a pair of Russian army night vision goggles that may — or may not — have fallen off the back of a truck.
    The author, a Kentucky native who’s lived in Finland for the past 15 years, has recently signed a new deal with publisher Putnam that puts his Inspector Kari Vaara series in U.S. bookstores through 2015.
    Thompson buys the goggles and the vendor shuffles off into the snow. It’s the sort of deal in the sort of neighborhood that Vaara would approve of, and it’s somewhat apropos that the Hilarious Pike bar is a regular haunt of both the writer and the fictional cop.
    Thompson’s style is on the dark end of the “Nordic Noir” spectrum. The genre — with its stark and often violent police procedurals — has proved wildly successful for publishers and filmmakers alike.
    The marquee names have come from Sweden — think Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” or Henning Mankell’s “Wallander” series — but Norway’s Jo Nesbo and Iceland’s Arnaldur Indridason and Yrsa Sigurdardottir have also made their mark with international readers.

  • This week on PAC-8, Dec. 28-Jan. 3

    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, December 28, 2012

    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-18-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 29, 2012

    FSTV

    Sunday, December 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, December 31, 2012

    New Year’s Eve – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM – 8:00 A.M. Wednesday - Free Speech TV

    Tuesday, January 1, 2012

    New Year’s Day – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!

  • 'Hobbit' extends No. 1 journey

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins is running circles around some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
    Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took in $36.7 million to remain No. 1 at the box office for the second-straight weekend, easily beating a rush of top-name holiday newcomers.
    Part one of Jackson’s prelude to the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the Warner Bros. release raised its domestic total to $149.9 million after 10 days. The film added $91 million overseas to bring its international total to $284 million and its worldwide haul to $434 million.
    “The Hobbit” took a steep 57 percent drop from its domestic $84.6 million opening weekend, but business was soft in general as many people skipped movies in favor of last-minute Christmas preparations.
    “The real winner this weekend might be holiday shopping,” said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com.
    Tom Cruise’s action thriller “Jack Reacher” debuted in second-place with a modest $15.6 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday. Based on the Lee Child best-seller “One Shot,” the Paramount Pictures release stars Cruise as a lone-wolf ex-military investigator tracking a sniper conspiracy.

  • Spend New Year’s Eve with LALT

    There are two reasons that people should consider spending an evening at Los Alamos Little Theatre: family and tradition.
    The New Year’s Eve performance is a LALT tradition, originating as a celebration for the LALT family, including anyone somehow involved in the organization.
    The original event — consisting of a potluck, dancing and time for togetherness and thanks — eventually evolved to include the entire community.
    This year, the Los Alamos community is again invited to ring in 2013 with the theatre: spend a night in town and become part of the LALT family.
    There will be plenty of time for dinner before activities begin at the theatre, as the curtain will open at 8:30 p.m. Arrive early (tickets will be sold beginning at 7:30 p.m.), socialize and partake of some munchies before the show.
    Then enjoy this year’s production, “Frost/Nixon,”  a thought-provoking drama about a contentious period in history, featuring portrayals of Richard Nixon (Grady Hughes) and David Frost (Don Monteith).
    Following the performance, Cocopelli Chocolatier, a new Santa Fe business, will provide desserts. Stay after the show, enjoy the festivities and become part of a long-lasting tradition.
    Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and can be purchased in advance at CB Fox.

  • Celtic Christmas celebration

    Tessa Dowell helped out  Jonathan Dowell and Wendy Songe, also known as the Appalachian and Celtic folk music group, Dually Noted, at the Crossroads Bible Church Saturday. They played a combination of Appalachian and Celtic folk music in a concert benefitting the United Way of Northern New Mexico. There was also a silent auction in the lobby.

  • ‘Hobbit’ bests ‘Rings’ with $84.8 million opening

    NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” led the box office with a haul of $84.8 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous “Lord of the Rings” films.
    The Warner Bros. Middle Earth epic was the biggest December opening ever, surpassing Will Smith’s “I Am Legend,” which opened with $77.2 million in 2007, according to studio estimates Sunday. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” also passed the December opening of “Avatar,” which opened with $77 million. Internationally, “The Hobbit” also added $138.2 million, for an impressive global debut of $223 million.
    Despite weak reviews, the 3-D adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s first novel in the fantasy series was an even bigger draw than the last “Lord of the Rings” movie, “The Return of the King.” That film opened with $72.6 million. “The Hobbit” is the first of another planned trilogy, with two more films to be squeezed out of Tolkien’s book.

  • Adele voted AP Entertainer of the Year

    NEW YORK (AP) — Though Adele didn’t have a new album or a worldwide tour in 2012, she’s still rolling. After a year of Grammy glory and James Bond soundtracking, Adele has been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year.
    In 132 ballots submitted by members and subscribers of the AP, Adele easily outpaced other vote-getters like Taylor Swift, “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, the South Korean viral video star PSY and the cast of “Twilight.”
    Editors and broadcasters were asked to cast their ballot for the person who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2012.
    Adele’s year began in triumph at the Grammys, took a turn through recording the theme to the 007 film “Skyfall,” and ended with the birth of her son in October. The ubiquitous Adele was that rare thing in pop culture: an unqualified sensation, a megastar in a universe of niche hits.
    By the end of the year, her sophomore album, “21,” had passed 10 million copies sold in the U.S., only the 21st album in the Nielsen SoundScan era (begun in 1991) to achieve diamond status. Buoyed by hits like “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep” long after its release in early 2011, “21” was also the top-selling album on iTunes for the second year running.

  • This week on PAC-8, Dec. 21-27

    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, December 21, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (12-18-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Living Treasures Ceremony Fall 2012
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, December 22, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, December 23, 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, December 24, 2012
    Christmas Eve – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    12:00 AM – 8:00 A.M. Wednesday - Free Speech TV

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    Merry Christmas – no local programming
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau

  • Learn the truth about Santa

    On Saturday, Los Alamos Little Theatre will host the Southwest Rural Theatre Project, performing “The Truth About Santa,” by Greg Kotis.
    This is not holiday fare in the “Miracle on 34th Street” vein, as a philandering Santa has to explain his bastard kids to Mrs. Claus ... and hope to survive her wrathful revenge. Parents,  think “PG-13” before bringing the kids.
    The show was described by one critic as “ ... a play that has every right to become the ‘Christmas Carol’ (or Mahabharata) for weird theater geeks across the world.”
    The New York Times called it “a holiday show for people sick of holiday shows.”
    For those that have been missing their annual shot of melodrama, this performance encourages marshmallow throwing and hissing or booing at the villains of the play.
    Southwest Rural Theatre Project is staging this play at a variety of venues around the state.
    The Los Alamos show will start at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation. Those still wondering what to do New Year’s Eve, might consider going to the opening performance of “Frost/Nixon” by Peter Morgan.

  • Christmastime is near

    The sound of a choir performing Christmas carols is a sure sign that Christmas is near. This choir happens to be composed of instrumentalists — tubas and euphoniums (which can be thought of as small tubas). The group, aptly named the Christmas Tubas, was formed in 2002 by local musician Jerry Morzinski, who gathered other low brass players and played the first concert in the Los Alamos library. The library venue proved to be too small as the group grew over the years to include high school students, typically those who make all-state band. This year, there will be 10 musicians playing a mix of sacred and secular carols, with arrangements specifically created for a tuba-euphonium choir.
    The concert is free, and will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.