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New in theaters: Sisters

Playing at Stadium 9

Rating: R

Genre: Drama, comedy

Directed by: Jason Moore

Written by: Paula Pell

Runtime: 1 hr. 58 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 81%

Synopsis: “Saturday Night Live” alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-star in this film about a pair of 30-something sisters who...

New in theaters: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Playing at Durango Stadium 9

Rating: G

Genre: Animation, kids & family, comedy

Dircted by: Wait Becker

Written by: Adam Sztykiel, Randi Mayem Singer, Ross Bagdasarian Sr.

Runtime: 1 hr. 26 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: Not available

Synopsis: Alvin, Simon and Theodore believe...

Do a little ponderin’ at the Ranch with Ponder the Albatross

“At length did cross an albatross, through the fog it came” ... Heading downtown and listen to a little live music Saturday night? Then check out Ponder the Albatross at 8 p.m. at El Rancho, 975 Main. Ave.

Hailing from Westminster, PTA plays an eclectic mix of folk, rock, bluegrass and experimental, so don’t be...

Style Fetish: Dressin’ fancy, with Heather from Sideshow

This week, I encourage us all to look extra fabulous at that holiday party (or anywhere, really) with a few reasons – obvious, practical, obscure – all the while ruthlessly debunking our lame excuses for not making an effort.

It’s not always about us

Dressing well, appropriately and with intention conveys our...

Downtown Lowdown: The 10 best albums of 2015

There are always going to be lots of musicians making shitty music. There will always be fewer people making great music. Here’s what I dug in 2015.

10. Jon Stickley Trio, “Lost at Last”

Bluegrass picker Stickley has always been a progressive guitarist, pushing boundaries in a genre defined by tradition. While...

Kevin Smith really can’t shut the f%$@ up

Kevin Smith’s PR man sends an email telling me that I have exactly 20 minutes to interview the filmmaker via telephone. He warns me that Smith is one chatty dude, and that Smith has other interview obligations afterward, and so 20 minutes tops, please. When Smith, best known for directing the cult classics “Clerks,”...

A frenzy of gifts at Bizarre Bazaar

Go ahead, get your mom that novelty chips-and-salsa bowl. Or for your dear uncle you could choose from one of the 80 XL charcoal knit sweaters at Penney’s. Or you could trudge up and down the aisles of Walmart to find something for your darling niece.

The good folks at Studio & have another idea. Why not use the...

New at Southwest Sound: Dec. 11

New releases for Dec. 11

August Alsina, “This Thing Called Life”

R Kelly, “Buffet”

Cam, “Untamed”

Withered Bones, “For The Ones I Love”

Enterprise Earth, “Patient 0”

Love it or hate it: The Arc of History

Love it

They called it eyesore, an embarrassment, an abomination. Some said it looked like a croissant or dinosaur excrement or nothing at all. Many said it didn’t represent them or this town.

These are the precise reasons I love the Arc of History and non-representational or abstract art of many...

CTRL-A: A rock star who gives away his art

Over the course of interviewing people for a story this week, I found myself in a boot repair shop – buffers churning and whirring, hammers and pins tinkering – talking to two artists. Thank god one of them was Mervin Stilson.

The first time I met Merv I thought he was a rock star. And I don’t mean rock star in the way...

Album review: Jennylee, “Right On!”

Jennylee, “Right On!”

Available: Dec. 11

Label: Rough Trade Records

I love records released with what seem like seasonal appropriation. Like many music fans, I have albums that I refer to or associate as “winter records,” whether intentionally or not. “Right On!” is now among those ranks. Jenny Lee Lindberg...

Maria’s staff pick: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang

Like many people, I have been fascinated by Chinese culture intermittently, inspired by a book, a film or perhaps a painting, to learn more about a place so different from my own. But before reading Wild Swans, I had never actually put together the wrenching swiftness...

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