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Maria’s Bookshop top sellers: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5th

Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

1. Durango: A Silver Past, A Golden Future, by Susan Dalton (Hardcover)

2. Close to Heaven: 50 Years of Purgatory (Hardcover)

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

4. Burn Girl, by Mandy Mikulencak (Hardcover)

5. Polar Express 30th...

Downtown Lowdown: Ska band Oatie Paste still finding crowds here

Durango’s love affair with ska is certainly no secret, with its biggest ska export being the product of a brewery named after the horn-heavy music highly influenced by reggae and punk rock.

But it’s also a genre of music, one with a dedicated audience prone to a more aggressive sound that may or may not let the...

Compensating creativity

How much do we value the people in our community who create? We live in a society where many things we once paid for have become free or crazy cheap: Spotify playlists, online magazines, YouTube. It’s easy to begin to expect that the creative content will come to us for little or no cost. But what about the people producing...

Style Fetish: What to do about fur?

Fur. Fur can be a problem.

Weighty questions and subtle hypocrisies slide across luxurious animal fur to us, the fabulously contradictory soft-hearted carnivores, sensitive hunters and trappers, keen-eyed and chilly thrift store searchers, the wealthy and qualm-less buyers of modern fur, the spray-can wielding activist...

New in theaters: Room

Playing at Animas City Theatre

Rating: R

Genre: Drama

Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson

Written by: Emma Donoghue

Runtime: 1 hr. 53 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 96%

Synopsis: A unique exploration of the love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and...

‘In the Heart of the Sea’ distances us from the action

The whale in Moby-Dick is not only one of the biggest living creatures on the planet, but also one of the biggest metaphors in all of literature. So it’s easy to forget the genuine horror we might feel if we ever actually encountered such a beast.

“In the Heart of the Sea,” a new film from director Ron Howard, strips...

New in Theaters: Mediterranea

Playing at the Gaslight

Wednesday only

Rating: Unrated

Genre: Drama

Directed by: Jonas Carpignano

Written by: Jonas Carpignano

Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 86%

Synopsis: Ayiva and Abas are close friends from Burkina Faso determined to make it to Italy in...

Grant Farm will heat up your cold Thursday night

If you’re freezing your ass off outside, find your way inside Animas City Theatre on Thursday night for bluegrass served up hot by supergroup Grant Farm.

The Boulder-based band is made up of Tyler “The Champ” Grant (formerly of the Emmitt-Nershi Band) on electric guitar and vocals; Adrian “ACE” Engfer on bass and...

New in Theaters: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Playing at Animas City Theatre

Wednesday only

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Comedy

Directed by: John Hughes

Written by: Jeremiah Chechik

Runtime: 1 hr. 37 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 64%

Synopsis: This is the third in the “National Lampoon” series about the Griswold family. In this...

For the activists among us

Feel like standing up for a cause? Join the campaign to protect Wolf Creek Pass – or just catch a pretty cool movie that features extraordinary footage – Thursday during Fort Lewis College’s Winterfest.

“Jumbo Wild” is a film that details a fight against development in British Columbia’s Jumbo Valley. For more than 24...

New in theaters: Krampus

Playing at Durango Stadium 9

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Horror

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Written by: Todd Casey, Michael Dougherty

Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: Not available

Synopsis: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is...

New in theaters: Elf

Playing at Animas City Theatre

Wednesday only

Rating: PG

Genre: Kids & family, comedy, special interest

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Written by: David Berenbaum, Jon Favreau

Runtime: 1 hr. 47 min.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 84%

Synopsis: Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell...

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