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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

High-octane percussion rocks the Fort

“White Knuckle Stroll” is a title that makes me sit up and pay attention. Last Sunday, percussionist Kyle Hollerbach started his senior recital at Fort Lewis College with a solo marimba work by...

DATE: April 13, 2015 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Student recitals kick off Durango Bach festival

The eighth annual Bach Festival got off to a spectacular start Sunday. In a week full of musical surprises, C. Scott Hagler, Durango’s own impresario, has organized a winning selection of...

DATE: March 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Charlie Hebdo and the high cost of humor

“Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.” – Mark Twain Written in a notebook some time in 1888, Twain’s simple sentence appears to be a casual thought, something scribbled...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

A bit of Scrooge creeps into holiday cheer

How do you reconcile holiday cheer, societal anger and consumer frenzy? I’m not sure. December serves up a murky platter of expectations, larded with real-time events that are difficult to...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Friday recital promises pure piano magic

If you love piano music, there’s a recital Friday that will rattle your bones and shake your imagination. At the heart of a program that spans two centuries of music, Marilyn Garst will present...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

In Pagosa play, madness and obsession reign

Between Macbeth and Thomas Magill there’s a certain madness. The question is: What’s the difference between a man who kills for personal ambition and one obsessed by a soiled Eden? This weekend,...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

‘Boomtown’ and ‘Pants on Fire’ here Friday

When Creede Repertory Theatre’s improv troupe, Boomtown, riffs on a single word, the players make high-flying connections. Like trapeze artists, the young, energetic actors toss words and ideas...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Public-art uproar the latest in a long history

Not again – the uproar over “Arc of History” has an upside, a funny bone and a deep history. Every public-art installation in Durango has brought out complaints, jokes and the always popular “why...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Tavern songs and musical spirits in ‘Carmina’

There’s nothing like a good drinking song. From the corner pub to grand opera, it’s meant to stir the blood. The tenors and basses of the Durango Choral Society, with help from their counterparts...

DATE: July 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

CSWS launches new summer lecture series

I hope everyone knows Center of Southwest Studies is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Situated on the southern end of the Fort Lewis College campus, the center contains a spacious gallery, the...

DATE: June 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

Conductor Fomin brought passion and glory to Music in the Mountains

News of Arkady Fomin’s death on May 5 in Dallas has taken many of us by surprise. The ebullient founder and director of Conservatory Music in the Mountains filled many of our summers with a brisk...

DATE: May 12, 2014 | COLUMN: Culture Gulch

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