culture and entertainment

Looking back at life and art at 40

It’s no surprise that the era in which we live influences who we are. Pop culture fads and tensions, generational zeitgeist and major news events create common bonds that travel across cultural and...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

New toy!

DATE: Feb. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Photographs show pain, sorrow and dreams

A mysterious person standing at a pond and wearing a mask. A young man with a crown of leaves on his head. An old woman’s mouth covered with a fish. Portraits of other women looking straight into...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

How sweet it is as DAC honors supporters

Durango has many glamorous events, but few are both as elegant and heartfelt as the Durango Arts Center’s Sweetheart of the Arts. The DAC switched it up a bit this year, holding it on Thursday...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

‘Turandot’ serves everything on the menu

Gaudy, glitzy and gargantuan. That’s what the critics have called the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s “Turandot.” The spectacular three-act opera will be transmitted via satellite at...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

The Weekender

Diabolical Sound Platoon at Balcony It’s not often that a band’s debut-album release party and Snowdown coincide, but when it does, you can pretty much bet that there will be a serious party where...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Meet the 90-year-old who’s a Reddit guru

WASHINGTON – He slides the foam headphones over his drooping ears and fixes his pale blue eyes on the computer. Reddit.com is pulled up on the screen. The site is “one of the social media tools...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Country-blues guitarist to perform at Cortez theater

Country-blues guitarist Eric Hisaw will perform at the Sunflower Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday. The solo artist from Las Cruces, New Mexico, is known for his heart-felt lyrics that take the audience on...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Mixed-media artist Anna Hepler ready to make a big splash in Durango

Being in the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery on Wednesday afternoon felt like being on the set of a reality TV show. Strips of cardboard hung from the ceiling like the ribs of a great beast, or lay...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

In northeast Colorado, Bonnie, Lawton Lieder carry on artistic tradition

FORT MORGAN – Art runs in the family for Wiggins resident Bonnie Noles Lieder. Her parents, Earlene and Harley Noles, were both lifelong artists. Her father, who also used to be a magician on the...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

‘The Star Bright Factory’: Charming, lyrical and rhythmic

What are stars? It’s a classic question to hear from a small child, one that is commonly heard at bedtime when they twinkle out the window. It is this question that is answered in “The Star Bright...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Books

For most performances, the no-applause rule is claptrap

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a sold-out production of “The Music Man” at the Durango Arts Center. I was amazed at how few people in the audience were applauding some really stellar singing...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line