Durango Arts Center presents musical for our fractured time

“Next to Normal,” the bracing American musical about how one family member’s mental illness impacts everyone in the group, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2010. At the time, the nation’s top...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

‘BlacKkKlansman’ Spike Lee’s best movie in years

Among Spike Lee’s prodigious filmmaking talents, opening sequences are perhaps his most distinctive. He creates ambitious, operatic overtures for his films, mini-movies that introduce viewers to...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

‘Queen of Soul’ had feature role in Durangoan’s film

Not only was the late Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul,” she was also Mother Nature, at least for a couple of minutes. In the early 2000s, Durango native Jack Turner was growing his company, Snow...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Arts calendar

Friday The Moetones, 10 a.m., Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St. Preschool story time, 10:30 a.m., Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave., 375-3380. Grand Opening for the Gallery...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Durango Choral Society to hold auditions

Durango Choral Society will begin its 49th season with auditions Wednesday and Aug. 27 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 East Third Ave. To schedule an audition and for more information, call...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Aretha Franklin, music’s ‘Queen of Soul,’ dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, whose exceptionally expressive singing about joy and pain and faith and liberation earned the Detroit diva a permanent and undisputed title – the “Queen of Soul” – died Aug. 16 at...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Aerosmith to launch residency in Las Vegas next year

NEW YORK – Aerosmith is the latest act to head to Las Vegas to launch a residency. The rock band announced Wednesday that “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” would kick off April 6, 2019, at the Park...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

YouTube criticized for showing terrifying horror movie ad that viewers couldn’t click away from

The YouTube ad begins with a volume sign, its familiar white bar dancing left then right before finally switching to mute. For one second, there is only the mute sign against a black background....

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Movies playing in Durango Aug. 17-23

Animas City Theatre (128 E. College Drive, 799-2281, www.animascitytheatre.com ) Yerma (1 p.m. Sunday only) A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

How Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ became an anthem for civil rights and feminism

It was Valentine’s Day 1967 when Aretha Franklin sat down at a piano in the Atlantic Records studio in New York and recorded “Respect.” The Queen of Soul, now gravely ill, took the song written and...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Chronicling the culinary world of the Navajo

This well-researched book, “Food Sovereignty the Navajo Way: Cooking with Tall Woman,” published this year by University of New Mexico Press spans 55 years of work by Charlotte J. Frisbie. ...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Books

I would have ignored ‘Insatiable,’ but your outrage made it seem interesting. (It wasn’t.)

Had things gone normally, I wouldn’t have given Netflix’s “Insatiable” – a ghastly dramedy about a manipulative Georgia teenager who gets swept into the melodramatic vortex of the local...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment