Well, I'm two weeks into this new Arts & Entertainment gig, and changes are coming, albeit slowly.
If you turn the page, you'll see the latest Associated Press bestseller lists. I believe people need to read more, and it's nice to have someone other than Oprah suggesting the titles. The bestseller lists will be a regular feature Tuesdays, to be joined soon by detailed program listings for Durango Community Access Television and City Span 10, the local government access television. Both channels provide hours of locally produced programs each week on current issues, Durango's arts and entertainment scene, sports and even such things as a telecast of the La Plata County Fair demolition derby. But that's coming next week - the listings, not the derby. We'll cover that, too.
Tuesdays also will feature weekly columns by a rotating cast of authors. Bon vivant and critic extraordinaire Judith Reynolds will check in once a month with what's on her radar for the coming weeks, yours truly will offer bi-weekly assessments of all things entertaining, and we'll have a monthly guest columnist offer an expert's insight into that which is beyond my own comprehension to discuss intelligently.
KDUR Station Manager Bryant Liggett will continue with his Friday column highlighting the weekend's best on-stage performances. A music junkie, Liggett also is a South Side barfly and therefore perfectly suited to the job because he never has to drive home.
We'll be beefing up our coverage of Durango's substantial and burgeoning live music scene with profiles of the town's myriad local bands and solo acts in the coming weeks and months. If you think you or someone you know should be showcased, feel free to send me an e-mail.
With an arts community as large and diverse as ours in a town as small as ours, my philosophy is to encourage, not discourage, our artists and performers. That's why you'll see a shift from review-based coverage to previews.
In these first weeks, the comment I've heard more than any other is that people want to know what's going to happen, not what they've already missed.
"I read a great review of a play a few weeks back, and the first thing I thought was 'I would've gone to that if I'd known about it,'" a reader lamented to me recently at a local bar that conveniently doubles as a coffee shop for those of us who are at least slightly ashamed to be seen drinking beer in public at 11 a.m.
Whether it's a dance production, synopsis of a local or regional book release, film, gallery showing or concert, we'll do our best to let you know about it before it happens. But remember, if I don't hear about it, I can't tell anyone else. I've spent half my days recently reading what you've got to say, and I'll keep at it.
After all, there's room for everyone.
firstname.lastname@example.orgTed Holteen is the Herald's Arts & Entertainment editor.