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Music for our troubled time

For me, music that speaks to our troubled time more powerfully than any other is anything by Beethoven and anything by Brahms. Luckily, in this summer of political discontent, there’s a lot of...

DATE: July 7, 2016 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

50 shades of satire at Durango Arts Center

Satire rides on a spectrum from mild to wild – to borrow a line from a local rafting company. Last Friday, the sixth annual 10-minute Play Festival at the Durango Arts Center floated three satires...

DATE: June 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

A body of work exhibited at the arts center

At first glance, Laurie Archer’s solar plate etchings look like random nature studies. In the three sections of “The Thread,” her exhibit now on view in the library of the Durango Arts Center, you...

DATE: May 12, 2016 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

High drama to be had in Philadelphia

I hit a travel jackpot earlier this month on a trip to Philadelphia. I flew there for my annual conference of the American Theatre Critics Association. Seventy critics and their guests saw six...

DATE: April 21, 2016 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Exhibit is astute political commentary laced with outrage

“The best political art is always viciously negative.” British culture critic Jonathan Jones wrote that last week in his column in The Guardian. Jones pointedly asked contemporary artists to...

DATE: March 10, 2016 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Catch one of the greatest comic operas ever

Once upon a time somewhere between the moon and the sun, three ladies–in-waiting saved a bewildered prince from a very big, very nasty serpent. After they leave to tell the Queen of the Night, a...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Gratitude and ‘the givens’in the new year

“It’s a given,” Denzel Washington said in an interview a few years ago. He was talking about racism in America. He calmly said that racist remarks and experiences were simply a given for African...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2016 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

A traveling grand piano. Who would have thought?

A lot of people wanted to see, hear or maybe just touch Vladimir Horowitz’s piano. The nine-foot black Steinway grand, known as CD 503, came to Fort Lewis College as part of an unusual American...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Really, this requiem was marvelous

How do you avoid purple prose when reviewing a splendid concert? Answer: It’s not easy, and that’s the theme of this column. The concert in question is last weekend’s “The Dream Lives,” jointly...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2015 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

The life of a critic: When art lingers

When music lingers in your mind long after a performance is over, it’s telling you something. It may be a jazz riff or a blooming Puccini aria. It may be a little nothing, or it may lead to an...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Repertory companies rethink classics

How do you perform comedy for an audience with no sense of irony? In Jerry Seinfeld’s case, you don’t – because you’ve stopped performing on college campuses. America’s quick-witted satirist...

DATE: July 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Summer lecture series is picture-perfect

As surely as the Snake River pulses through the Tetons, the bloodstream of the mythic West runs through Ansel Adams’s photographs. America’s most famous nature photographer died in 1984, but his...

DATE: June 11, 2015 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

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