culture and entertainment

At VMAs, Madonna gets backlash after bizarre Aretha Franklin tribute

After Aretha Franklin died last week, MTV’s Video Music Awards producers scrambled to plan a tribute that would air during the network’s annual telecast on Monday night. The stakes were high to...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Aretha Franklin, secret style icon: With the drop of a fur coat, she proclaimed her self-worth

No one could drop a fur like Aretha Franklin. When she was performing, she didn’t slither out of her mink or her chinchilla as though she was doing a flirtatious little striptease for her...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Bolo ties gallop back on runways, Instagram

Bolo ties, the official neckwear of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and the ne plus ultra for the Western cowboy for more than 60 years, are having a moment on fashionable young necks. In Paris,...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Riders in the Sky moseying to Durango

For the past 40 years, there’s not a lot members in the Western band Riders in the Sky haven’t done. They’ve won two Grammys. They’ve played in front of a crowd of 18,000 at the Hollywood Bowl....

DATE: Aug. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is an escapist rom-com delight, but it’s also a lot more than that

“Crazy Rich Asians,” the hotly anticipated film based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel, won’t disappoint fans who have been counting down the days till its arrival, like so many daisy petals....

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Durango Arts Center presents musical for our fractured time

“Next to Normal,” the bracing American musical about how one family member’s mental illness impacts everyone in the group, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2010. At the time, the nation’s top...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

‘BlacKkKlansman’ Spike Lee’s best movie in years

Among Spike Lee’s prodigious filmmaking talents, opening sequences are perhaps his most distinctive. He creates ambitious, operatic overtures for his films, mini-movies that introduce viewers to...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

‘Queen of Soul’ had feature role in Durangoan’s film

Not only was the late Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul,” she was also Mother Nature, at least for a couple of minutes. In the early 2000s, Durango native Jack Turner was growing his company, Snow...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Aretha Franklin, music’s ‘Queen of Soul,’ dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, whose exceptionally expressive singing about joy and pain and faith and liberation earned the Detroit diva a permanent and undisputed title – the “Queen of Soul” – died Aug. 16 at...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Aerosmith to launch residency in Las Vegas next year

NEW YORK – Aerosmith is the latest act to head to Las Vegas to launch a residency. The rock band announced Wednesday that “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” would kick off April 6, 2019, at the Park...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

YouTube criticized for showing terrifying horror movie ad that viewers couldn’t click away from

The YouTube ad begins with a volume sign, its familiar white bar dancing left then right before finally switching to mute. For one second, there is only the mute sign against a black background....

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Movies playing in Durango Aug. 17-23

Animas City Theatre (128 E. College Drive, 799-2281, www.animascitytheatre.com ) Yerma (1 p.m. Sunday only) A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV