culture and entertainment

A revamped Oscars

LOS ANGELES – The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk 3-hour ceremony and a much earlier air date in 2020. John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

A musical prelude from out of the 416 Fire’s ashes

Composer David Sterrett’s prelude, “Brighter Than the Flames,” opened the 2018 Music in the Mountains festival as a tribute to the men and women who battled the 416 Fire. That was July 13, when...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Two artists, living 7 hours apart, bridge a divide

Two artists are coming together in a show that explores how pieces can be different but also can converge. “Parallel Intersections” by Maureen May and Barbara Ellard will open Friday at Studio &...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

‘Making It’: Cutting and gluing without being cut-throat

CONCORD, N.H. – They made you laugh, but can they make you craft? “Parks and Recreation” co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are bringing the same silly, sweet sitcom vibe to reality television...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

A ‘tantalizing’ theory from Stephen King’s son: Shark thriller ‘Jaws’ holds the clue to an unsolved 1974 murder

The worlds he conjures are full of terror and mischief. One of the novellas in his latest book, “Strange Weather,” tells of a gun massacre. Another recounts a bout of inclement weather that sends...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Books

Movies playing in Durango Aug. 10-16

Animas City Theatre (128 E. College Drive, 799-2281, www.animascitytheatre.com ) NTLive: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (1 p.m. Sunday only.) Christopher, 15 years old, stands...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

ABC to celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse

LOS ANGELES – Mickey Mouse is getting the full star treatment as the iconic character turns 90 this year. ABC on Tuesday announced “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular,” a two-hour prime-time special, will...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

Demi Lovato breaks silence after apparent drug overdose: ‘I will keep fighting’

In Demi Lovato’s first public statement since being hospitalized for an apparent drug overdose, the pop star says she is focused on her sobriety and “road to recovery.” “I have always been...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Hemingway story from 1956 published for first time

NEW YORK – The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine and the scars of battle. But the story itself has been little known beyond...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Books

Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis made a spy comedy, and somehow it’s really not funny

To understand the experience of watching “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” it is first necessary to understand the Cheesecake Factory. Allow me to explain: You enter the restaurant with a few dishes in...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Sundance Head, ‘The Voice’ winner, coming to Durango

For the second year, there will be live music at the upcoming La Plata County Fair. And this year’s performer comes with a pretty serious résumé. Soul country singer Sundance Head, who won the...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

‘Christopher Robin’ a sweet tale

Despite a similar title, “Christopher Robin” is in no way to be confused with “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” last fall’s soberly fact-based drama about the relationship between “Winnie-the-Pooh”...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV