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“Let Him Go” is one of the nicer surprises to come out of Hollywood in 2020

The first movie to hit audiences at the tail end of the US presidential election has nothing to do with politics but is in actuality an eerie period drama with acting vets Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. Thomas Bezucha’s “Let Him Go,” based on a 2013 novel of the same title by Larry Watson, is only a little bit misleading based...

Three comedic films for a stay-at-home for the holidays Thanksgiving

Let’s face it. There’s less incentive to head home for Thanksgiving this year than any other year in recent memory.

Can you imagine sitting around a table, trying to enjoy a holiday meal with your worst relatives — the ones with bad takes on who won the election, the state of race relations in America, and whether or...

Stillhouse Junkies hosting online concert series through February

How does Stillhouse Junkies fiddle player Alissa Wolf feel about the onset of winter and COVID-19 effectively sending live music back into the digital realm?

“It sucks,” she says.

That said, the Durango-based progressive string band is making the best of the situation, creating a digital space not just for it to...

Remembering Alex Trebek’s greatest role — as a mysterious man in black

On Nov. 8, longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died. The 80-year-old had announced in 2019 that he was fighting advanced pancreatic cancer.

Most people will remember him for his role on “Jeopardy!” — his dapper charm and slightly stern demeanor were perfect for the slightly-more-erudite-than-average quiz show. He...

Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks” is filled with easy-going humor and attractive aesthetics

It probably would have made more sense for Sofia Coppola’s new movie “On the Rocks” to come out the same month as Father’s Day, but for whatever reason, it ended up becoming a non-spooky release for October. Originally receiving a standard limited release on the 2nd, the dramedy is now speedily available on AppleTV for home...

Show creator gives an Unsolved Mysteries, season one update on cold cases

It was a spring night on April 3, 2004, when Alonzo Brooks, 23, went to a party with three friends in La Cygne, Kansas. He was one of three Black men at the party of about 100 people. Later that night, his friends left the party without Brooks. The next day, however, Brooks was still not home and was reported missing. A month...

The Gospel of Wake Self: After his passing, the lyrics and activism of Andrew Martinez are felt in N.M. and beyond

On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, Andrew Martinez was scheduled to headline a release party at Santa Fe’s Meow Wolf for “Ready to Live,” his sophomore album as hip-hop artist Wake Self. The Sunday night prior to the show, however, Martinez was driving with mural artist Kevin Allende when his car was struck by a...

Looking for new movies? The American Indian Film Fest is online this November

It’s getting cold outside again, and the number of outdoor events we can participate in while safely socially distancing ourselves is drying up. As such, we’re back to looking for things we can do indoors. The only problem is, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there aren’t a ton of those either.

After struggling for a...

Local country-rocker Dave Mensch spreads humor and music around the region

For as long as we can remember, Dave Mensch has shown up in regional events calendars, playing his brand of rock/country fusion in bars and other venues across the Four Corners and Colorado. We figured it was time to sit down with him and find out what makes him tick.

Mensch’s repertoire of covers and originals largely...

Where do COVID-19 masks and art intersect? Denver University, it turns out

Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that we’re sick of wearing masks everywhere. But as far as we can tell, they’re still very necessary and not going anywhere anytime soon.

So we might as well have fun with them and use them as vehicles for self expression. That’s the idea, at least,...

Putting “The Trial of the Chicago 7” on trial

In times of crisis and depression, such as the COVID-19 pandemic of this past year, sometimes it’s easier to focus on things from the past to cheer ourselves up or distract us from reality. Even revisiting famous incidents in history that might not be so happy can be somewhat distracting as there is at least an outcome to...

“Durango Horror Story” brings a spooky variety show to the Fairgrounds

With an invisible (and microscopic and pathogenic) killer on the loose, Halloween 2020 is bound to be a bit muted. The Four Corners Alliance for Diversity is doing everything it can, though, to liven up the spooky season.

The organization is hosting “Durango Horror Story: Haunted Haus,” a Halloween variety show that...

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