culture and entertainment

‘The Conjuring 2’: Scary, but overstuffed

At one point deep into the slick and undeniably scary but annoyingly overstuffed “The Conjuring 2,” Patrick Wilson’s 1970s ghostbuster takes out an acoustic guitar that has been sitting untouched...

DATE: June 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

‘Warcraft,’ inspired by a video game, a convoluted waste of mental energy

Twenty minutes into “Warcraft,” viewers will already have been whisked to such fanciful places as Draenor, Azeroth, Stormwind – and a castle in the sky. The good news is there’s no quiz at the end....

DATE: June 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

The uphill battle for female-driven comedies in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES – “Bridesmaids” was supposed to change the game for the female-driven comedy. But each new movie is still treated like a beta test for the genre and the next unwitting subjects are...

DATE: June 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Durango High drama program continues to impress on stage and off

School is out for most Durango High School students and staff, except for a notable group of high achievers. For 15 members of Troupe 1096, the DHS drama program, and program director Ben Mattson,...

DATE: June 4, 2016 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

Lines to the ‘Max’ for ‘Saved by the Bell’ pop-up restaurant

CHICAGO – Fans of the old TV show “Saved by the Bell” are getting a chance to step back in time and feel like part of their favorite ’90s high school sitcom gang. But chances are they are eating...

DATE: June 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

‘Me Before You’ has a disabled main character – but activists are angry. Here’s why.

Hollywood has a history of snubbing minority groups, but there’s been some incremental progress recently. Just look at “Master of None,” “Creed,” “Transparent,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Fresh...

DATE: June 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

'What? Taylor and Calvin broke up?' Fans await 'revenge tunes.'

The pop-meets-electro-house mashup that was the romance between Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris is no more. Or so it is reported. Plenty of fans don’t want to believe it, though, and are praying for...

DATE: June 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Frank Sinatra stage musical in the works for 2018

NEW YORK – A new jukebox stage musical about the life of Frank Sinatra is in the works. The late singer’s family has teamed up with the Ambassador Theatre Group and movie producer Stewart Till to...

DATE: June 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

The tiniest art gallery: 8 cubic feet of work

Tucked into a teensy-tiny space in Studio & is what may very well be the smallest gallery in Durango. The Recess Gallery comes in at just over 8 cubic feet, and the art on display there is rotated...

DATE: June 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

Get lost in summer reading

With the temperatures risng and the kids mostly out of school, there’s no time like the present to start thinking about what you want to read this summer. Whether you’re headed to an exotic locale...

DATE: June 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Books

Arts Calendar

Friday Radical Dimensions in Glass Mosaic with Kelley Knickerbocker, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mt. Lookout Grange, 680 Grand Ave., Mancos, www.schoolofthewest.org. Andy Janowsky, 5:30-10 p.m., Diamond...

DATE: June 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Official: Prince died of opioid overdose

CHICAGO – Tests show that Prince died of an opioid overdose, a law-enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday. The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area...

DATE: June 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Music

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