culture and entertainment

The best TV episodes of 2016, from ‘Black Mirror’ to ‘SNL’

Late-night TV hosts have cast 2016 as a downright apocalyptic year, but for television, it was actually pretty great. Here are our picks for the best TV episodes of the year. “The People v. O.J....

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Hollywood heavyweights give ‘Sing’ a boost

The animated comedy “Sing” has one big thing going for it: movie stars playing singing animals. There’s a second appeal if you follow such television shows as “The Voice” and “American Idol.” The...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Arts in Embassies picks local photographer’s work

Durango photographer Chris Marona’s photograph “Riders on the Edge of Night” has been chosen to be included in the U.S. Arts in Embassies program conducted by the U.S. State Department as part of...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

Movies playing in Durango Dec. 23-29

Animas City Theatre (128 E. College Drive, 799-2281, www.animascitytheatre.com) The Eagle Huntress Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Sci-fi drama ‘Passengers’ is narratively over-plotted and ethically underbaked

In “Passengers,” Chris Pratt plays a man who, while in suspended animation during a 120-year commercial space mission to a faraway colony planet, is mistakenly awakened mid-trip. Adrift and alone...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Review: ‘Rogue One’ isn’t the engaging Star Wars story you’re looking for

When it comes to the original Star Wars trilogy, there is a strong argument to be made that “The Empire Strikes Back” is the best film. It’s also the darkest, with the Luke Skywalker, Han Solo,...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Happy hints for Santa

Despite the dearth of snow to cover the brown ground, Santa is coming soon. Books are perfect presents for girls and boys. They can educate, entertain and expand children’s worlds. Fortunately,...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Books

Arts Calendar

Friday Andy Janowsky, 5:30-10 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., 725 Main Ave., 247-5440. Piano Music with Caprice Fox, Classical, Broadway and lite jazz improvisation, 6:30-9 p.m.,...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Politics dominated pop culture – and vice versa

Our politics is often reflected in our popular culture, and vice versa – especially in an election year. That relationship seemed closer than ever in 2016, when a TV personality was elected...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

The art of exploring in 3-D

Cool and elegant, new works by Jay Dougan currently fill the Durango Arts Center Library. Clustered into three groups, they represent a relatively short and intense period of exploration. The...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

‘Man vs. Snake’ a great story in unusual venue

Traditional sports documentaries are best when they tell the human story behind the competition. While it stretches the definition of a sport, “Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler”...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2016 | COLUMN: Swimming Against the Stream

That time Alan Thicke told me his Leonardo DiCaprio stories from ‘Growing Pains’

I was sitting in a Panera in Nashville this past February when I received a phone call from a blocked number. I eyed it suspiciously. Earlier in the day, I had talked to “Growing Pains” star Joanna...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

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