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Arts & Entertainment

Allison Leigh Smith’s “Essential Workers” showcases bees

Studio & Gallery, known locally as Studio &, in downtown Durango is full of bees. At least its Recess Gallery is —and the bees are paintings.

If you’re not familiar with Studio &’s Recess Gallery, it’s an 8-cubic-feet nook in the back of the gallery. All of the works are 5-by-7 inches or smaller and sell for...

Chainsaw art can be awesome; see it on display at Carve Wars at Purgatory

Chainsaws, it turns out, are good for more than terrorizing young people in rural Texas and fighting off Deadites. They can also be used to create art. (And cut wood for practical purposes apparently, but who would ever use them for that?)

The use of chainsaws as a tool for artistic expression will be on full display...

“The Cuban” is an updated “Driving Miss Daisy”

With all the commentary and activism regarding race relations in society and the arts filling conversations last month, it’s fitting one of the most diverse casts to come out this summer online and in selected theaters doesn’t specifically focus on race as a political theme. Instead, it’s more about relationships between...

The future of live events: What works and what won’t during COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 impacted virtually every industry. But as people have remained mostly at home for the last four months, venturing out only into places where reasonable social distancing can be maintained, one of the things most noticeably absent from the world has been live entertainment.

Sure, in many of the...

‘The Great Grass Race’ just mosied through New Mexico on lawn mowers

Have you ever seen a snail race? Change the scale of the track so that it crosses the entire continental United States and replace the snails with people on riding lawn mowers and you’ve basically got The Great Grass Race, which is presently on its way out of New Mexico.

The race, which launched from Los Angeles on July...

Join alien drag queen Aria PettyOne for trivia, free expression

Thursday nights at Durango’s Starlight Lounge, Aria PettyOne is boldly going where no drag queen has gone before. Okay ... that might be a bit of hyperbole. But she IS bringing out-of-this-world entertainment to the bar in the form of her “Beam Me Up Starlight” drag/trivia nights.

Alien in origin, Aria PettyOne says her...

Two new Mancos vending machines dispense visual artwork, not snacks

Vending machines are a pretty cool concept: You look inside, find what you want, feed some money in, press some buttons, and voila – you’ve got what you wanted. And they’re good for more than just candy, chips and soda.

In Japan, you can get everything from bananas to beer to live crabs (and all sorts of other stuff if...

Exploring the mind-bending (and often miniature) world of Haley Cowan’s art

Since you-know-what descended upon the world, we’ve been spending a bit more time on social media as we continue to socially distance ourselves from the rest of the community. But that doesn’t mean we’re not engaging with local culture.

[image:2]One of the nifty things about social media (yes, it isn’t just for...

Are you ready to listen to live music again?

Remember those times eons ago, when you could go out into public, and listen to real people playing music in front of you, as other people — strangers even — would do the same and you’d all feel a sense of togetherness as you all enjoyed the rhythm together?

Well, those times seem to be back. Live music is a thing...

Break out the masks and the Magic cards as in-person tabletop gaming slowly returns

If you’re the kind of gamer who likes to gather with others to play tabletop and card games like Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Warhammer, or even Pokemon, Spring 2020 was a long season.

Quarantining yourself from anyone who was not in your household put a damper on in-person gaming that not even a Lesser...

The never-ending changes to the film opening rules

Let’s play a game for the rest of the summer. It’s called, ‘How Many Articles Can Megan Write That Become Dated Less Than a Week Later?’ After I wrote my piece on this summer not getting any blockbusters, the movie theater businesses were given the okay to re-open in the middle of June. Then I write a follow-up to my original...

The silver ball is back as pinball returns to the Four Corners

In a handful of venues across the Four Corners, there are familiar clacks, dings, sounds of steel rolling across a surface, and music and audio samples herald the return of a form of entertainment that has quietly survived the test of time: Pinball.

The machines that once dwelled in bars and arcades across the country...

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