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Dennis Elkins returns for Christmas

Among the many parts Dennis Elkins will play in “A Tuna Christmas,” a waitress is but one. He and fellow actor Dan Morrison are appearing for a short run in Pagosa Springs at Thingamajig Theatre,...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

How to say goodbye with style

The Durango Arts Center knows how to throw a party. Especially a surprise farewell party. On Wednesday night, cast members from musicals and plays Theresa Carson has directed over the last five and...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

A Sondheim prescription for the holidays

“Not while I’m Around” is one of Stephen Sondheim’s warmest ballads. It arrives in the middle of one of his darkest, coldest musicals, “Sweeney Todd.” The message is that no matter how dangerous...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

What’s in a master class?

You play what you’ve been practicing for months. When you finish, the teacher may say “Bravo.” Then the nitpicking begins. Master classes are a study in preparation, nerves and persistence. It...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Tricksters in only 10 minutes

When Claude meets Janet, they sit in a café and work their way through a dating checklist. Flirting, giggling and snuggling close together, they tell each other one personal thing after another –...

DATE: June 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Memory and its mysteries

When Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister’s apartment in New Orleans, she’s not entirely welcome. The same could be said for Mary Lennox at her uncle’s estate in England. In literature as in life,...

DATE: May 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Time and time again : The MET stages contemporary ‘La Traviata’

Time is the big villain in Verdi’s “La Traviata,” and in case you don’t get it, director Wily Decker puts a huge clock on stage even before the overture begins. At 11 Saturday morning in the Fort...

DATE: March 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Collaborative ‘Carol’ is innovative and moving

When Ebenezer Scrooge (played with crabby directness by Bob Thom) tucks himself into bed on Christmas Eve, he happens to be standing on stage. The illusion is so complete and so comical that on...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2016 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Culture Gulch Sirens of song: Two musical programs not to miss

I’m borrowing Kerry Ginger’s title for her upcoming presentation in Life Long Learning to alert readers to two musical programs next week. One is about women’s roles in Western opera and the other...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2016 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Plenty of opera to be seen in Durango

Opera offerings are expanding in Durango. Some showings stream live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera and others are taped broadcasts from opera houses around the world. It’s another sign...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2016 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

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

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