culture and entertainment

How Dick Gregory changed stand-up forever

Dick Gregory’s big break almost didn’t happen. The national press was buzzing over his killer 1961 performance at Chicago’s Playboy Club, where as a last-minute substitute, he played before an...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Book World: Actor Bruce Campbell offers an engaging master class in schlock

“Frankly, I can never be far enough from Hollywood,” wrote lantern-jawed Bruce Campbell in his 2001 memoir If Chins Could Kill. Now, in this variety pack of “further confessions” titled Hail to the...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

Baldwin revives Trump impression for summer spinoff of ‘SNL’

NEW YORK – Alec Baldwin has put on his blond wig to reprise his impression of President Donald Trump for NBC’s summer spinoff of “Saturday Night Live.” Baldwin opened Thursday’s episode of “Weekend...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

‘Cheers’ actor, radio host Jay Thomas dies at 69

LOS ANGELES – Jay Thomas, a radio talk show host and actor with recurring roles on the sitcoms “Murphy Brown” and “Cheers,” has died, his publicist said. Thomas was 69. He was “one of the funniest...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Stew Mosberg releases book of short stories

Stew Mosberg didn’t start off as a published writer. The Brooklyn, New York, native had spent his first career in package design and branding in Manhattan. It was during that time that he first...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

Willowtail’s Peggy Cloy, and the events that shaped her

Peggy Cloy rolled into Mancos 25 years ago from Seattle, having raised three children mostly on her own – two whom she had adopted at age 24 after both their parents died; the other she had at age...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

Elevating the piñata from kids’ birthday parties to art

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – For most New Mexicans, piñatas are those colorful donkeys or other figures stuffed with candy that children at birthday parties break with a stick. But contemporary artist Justin...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

Arts Calendar

Friday Kirk James Band, 5-9 p.m., Rubio’s Fine Mexican Dining, 116 South Main Ave., Aztec, 334-0599. The Ben Gibson Band, 5:30 p.m., Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave. Terry Hartzel, 5:30...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

‘Wind River’ an effective thriller

A harsh, wintry beauty pervades “Wind River,” screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s modestly assured directorial debut. In this sturdily effective thriller, Jeremy Renner plays Cory, a U.S. Fish and...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Film, TV and Streaming

Movies playing in Durango Aug. 25-31

Animas City Theatre (128 E. College Drive, 799-2281, www.animascitytheatre.com) Extraordinary: Stan Lee (Tuesday only) Hosted by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, @Midnight, Talking Dead) this is a...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Film, TV and Streaming

Bruno Mars meets source of nickname: Bruno Sammartino

PITTSBURGH – Bruno Mars has met the man he’s nicknamed after: former pro wrestling champion Bruno Sammartino. The two met Tuesday night when the pop singing sensation’s 24K Magic World Tour stopped...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Music

Arts support, urban renewal efforts take new direction in Durango

The city’s plans to pursue a creative district certification through the state of Colorado will likely take on a local focus in the coming months. The state is not accepting applications for the...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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