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Style Fetish: In praise of Carhartt gold

Let this first column be in praise of pants, specifically and adoringly, Carhartt or Dickies canvas work pants in that iconic hot mustard gold. This common color of the bottom halves of many Colorado men is evocative in the extreme, bringing to mind hard work, capability, beer and honey, toughness and integrity. That mellow...

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Album review: Archie and the Bunkers, “Archie and the Bunkers”

Archie and the Bunkers, “Archie and the Bunkers”

Available now

Label: Dirty Water Records (UK)

Very, very rarely is one of my favorite albums of the year released as late as November. I mean, it happens ... just not all that often. Usually, I need some time to digest a new album, especially if it’s a band’s...

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Keep calm and act like you know what you’re doing

I received the Durango Arts Center’s latest program-touting brochure in the mail last week and, flipping through it, came upon a picture of myself in what may have been literally the most terrifying moment of my life.

The photo was from DAC’s 10-Minute Plays, which I’d performed in back in October. In the photo, I am...

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New at Southwest Sound: Dec. 4

New releases for Dec. 4

Coldplay, “Head Full of Dreams”

Curren$y, “Canal Street Confidential”

G Eazy, “When It’s Dark Out”

Rick Ross, “Black Market”

SunnO))), “Kannon”

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Maria’s Bookshop top sellers, Nov. 22 to Nov. 28

Nov. 22 to Nov. 28

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10: Old School, by Jeff Kinney (Hardcover)

2. Cortez the Gnome, by Amadee Ricketts (Paperback)

3. Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition, by Chris van Allsburg (Hardcover)

4. Cold Smoke: Skiing Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, by Andrew Klotz ...

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May the hype be with you

Wait a minute. There’s a new “Star Wars” movie coming out? Wow, who knew?

Answer: Everyone in the conscious universe.

If “The Force Awakens” isn’t the most heavily hyped movie of all time, I’d like to hear your other contender. Yes, there was a massive buildup to “Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace” in...

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Downtown Lowdown: ’Tis the season for sucky music (and the few who get Christmas tunes right)

Welcome to the holiday season and all its baggage that makes this equally the most joyous and most despised time of the year. Its false sentiment, bloated political correctness and attempts to get you to spend go hand in hand with good ol’ drunken gatherings, a snowy walk through a neighborhood strewn with holiday lights and...

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Maria’s Bookshop top sellers: 11/15-11/21

11/15-11/21

1. being & vibration: Entering the New World, by Joseph Rael (Paperback)

2. How to Relax, by Thich Nhat Hanh (Paperback)

3. The Martian, by Andy Weir (Paperback)

4. Cold Smoke: Skiing Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, by Andrew Klotz (Paperback)

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10: Old...

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What’s new: Ty Segall, “Ty Rex”

Ty Segall, “Ty Rex”

Release date: Nov. 27

Label: Goner Records

Ty Segall is, hands down, one the best and most prolific artists currently shaping the landscape of underground/fringe rock ’n’ roll today. If you are a fan of contemporary garage rock and its many, many tendrils and tangents, you are likely...

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New at Southwest Sound: Nov. 27

New releases for Nov. 27

Leftover Crack, “Constructs of the State”

Circles Around The Sun, “Interludes for the Dead”

Jaco Original Soundtrack

Danzig, “Skeletons”

Slaves, “Routine Breathing”

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Maria’s staff pick: The Conquering Tide

The Conquering Tide, by Ian Toll

Books about the War in the Pacific are as common as seagulls on the beach. There seems no end to the fascination of retelling stories of America’s grueling island-hopping campaign against the Imperial forces of Japan from 1941 to 1945, a war that seems doubly compelling for taking place...

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New in theaters: Spotlight

Playing at the Gaslight

Rating: R

Genre: Mystery & suspense, drama

Directed by: Tom McCarthy

Written by: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

Runtime: 2 hr. 7 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 97%

Synopsis: The riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that...

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