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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...

Stillhouse Junkies wrap up a summer of shows, headline a concert, and bust out a solo album

Staring down the gun barrel of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic back in May, the Stillhouse Junkies weren’t sure how many, if any, live shows they would have this year. By that point, the Durango-based roots band had already canceled a tour of Great Britain and was hemorrhaging pretty much every other show it had...

What better way to creep yourself out indoors than with creepy outdoors media

It’s looking like for the first time in quite a while, we don’t have anything to do on Halloween.

While the pandemic hasn’t completely killed off the season’s events, not much of anything is happening on Oct. 31 itself. And there are even fewer events going on if you’re not looking for a family-oriented event such as...

“The Glorias” is an intriguing but flawed look at the legend Gloria Steinem

In between all of the hectic craziness of 2020 — with the election, the pandemic, the protests, and a slew of miscellaneous headlines — we appear to be having a wave of feminist, girl power, and women’s lib themed biopics this year as well. The timing couldn’t be a complete coincidence, as women’s rights usually become a hot...

The new Phillipa Lowthorpe biopic “Misbehaviour” meshes the somber, necessary tenets of feminism with some fun

The term ‘girl power’ has always done more for news sound bites and the pop culture zeitgeist than for any actual history of feminism. That’s because it’s a lot easier to market off the Spice Girls and Buffy Summers for press than it is feminist celebrities like Gloria Steinem or Kathleen Hanna. Phillipa Lowthorpe’s new...

Looking for something to watch in an altered state? The SPLIFF Film Festival is streaming

If you’re like us, you love film festivals — but you’ve probably noticed that, generally speaking, they’re full of heady, indie films that try to push you into deep introspection on the human condition. In other words, they’re stacked with movies almost specifically designed to harsh your mellow. Well, it turns out that...

A weekend of bingeing Robert Pattinson films

It was an RPattz filled weekend for me last week.

Acclaimed English film actor Robert Pattinson has come a long way since his vampire days as the male lead in the Twilight flicks, and his most recent releases are no exception. The first is the highly anticipated sci-fi epic of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” and the second...

The new, moody, Colorado-based horror film ‘Rent-A-Pal’ is terrifyingly lonesome

If you hand us a movie, call it horror or thriller, and tell us it was filmed in Colorado, we’re probably going to watch it. If it also happens to feature Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) as the main horror element, we’re even further intrigued. And that’s why we sat down and watched...

Bill & Ted are the throwback heroes we need during this dark, dark 2020 timeline

For the past three decades, the famous movie characters known simply as ‘Bill and Ted’ have endeared with original and even newer fans of their sci-fi comedies.

What began as Stephen Herek’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” in 1989 might have been considered a lesser-tier cohort of Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the...

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