Jessie O’Brien

Position: Special to the Herald

How much do our diets influence our brain activity?

For most people, there is an obvious connection between body and mind. But the mental effects of deep-dish, deep-fried, processed and pre-packaged food are often overlooked. Nicola Dehlinger is a...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Durango works to establish a creative district

Nearby towns and cities like Mancos, Telluride and Grand Junction recently established art districts to cultivate rich, vibrant communities. It begs the question why Durango – home to an active...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

The latke: A bite of a delicious and debated Hanukkah tradition

The traditional main course of Hanukkah, the latke – made with potato, a binding agent, egg and salt fried in oil – isn’t as simple as what’s on its crunchy, golden surface. There is as much...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Raven Narrative producers offer tips for telling an effective tale

There are natural raconteurs born with the gift of gab, and then there are the tongue-tied; the play-by-players who overshare every tedious detail in real time; and the repeat offenders who say the...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Late-night food options few and far between in Durango

The Durango food, cafe and bar scenes are not friendly to night owls, hospitality workers after long shifts or college students cramming for exams. Walk around after midnight and Main Avenue is a...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

LGBTQ community aims to challenge social norms through storytelling at Durango Arts Center

Founder of Let It Out Productions performance company, Kristi Dean, was in a relationship training workshop where the instructor asked the class to separate into masculine and feminine groups. A...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Spice, condiment shop Durango Artisan Foods warms up winter

When Mark Grubis semi-retired from his aerospace engineering career, he found a new interest. He and his wife, Kara Grubis, also an aerospace engineer, would often travel to the Caribbean (they got...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

20MOONs dance company program explores truth

Contemporary dance theater company 20MOONS has multiple performances throughout the year, but co-artistic director Jessica Perino said the Nov. 16–18 event “What is True?” is different than what...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Durango eateries consider automation

Automation, as it has in most places, has continued to evolve in the food industry since the first vending machine appeared in the late 1890s. Some versions, such as touch-screen ordering a...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Are online reviews for eateries as helpful as we think?

Reviews can entice us to try something out of our comfort zone or discourage us from stopping for a bite at a restaurant we would have otherwise considered. Yelp, Google Reviews and other review...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Why local production of ‘Rocky Horror’ never gets old

The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” cult classic hasn’t gotten tired on screen or on stage after more than 40 years. Not even for Jenny Fitts-Reynolds, who has been the director of the Strater...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Festival at Durango Arts Center will teach significance of holiday

The topic of death in the west is taboo and scary, said Durango Arts Center Exhibits Director Peter Hay. In some cultures, death is celebrated. Dia de los Muertos originated in South and Central...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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