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We finally saw a new movie — “The New Mutants” — in a theater

“You couldn’t pay me to go to a movie theatre right now.”

We remember uttering this once or twice earlier in the pandemic, but it was an empty sentiment anyway. For much of the epidemic, Hollywood basically shut down, and the theaters themselves have been closed, with some of them exploring other options such as...

The History of Leo McCarey’s Love Affair

As we all know, there are a few stories that become so embraced and beloved by both Hollywood and the general public, it becomes practically a tradition to occasionally produce multiple screen interpretations of said stories. The most famous examples of this are the four remakes of William Wellman’s “A Star is Born” (1937);...

Indigi-Show 2020 aims to challenge people’s concepts of indigenous art

Back in February, we reported on the then-upcoming Indigipop X, a South by Southwest-style festival celebrating indigenous media and culture that grew out of the Indigenous Comic-Con. It was one of the many things we were looking forward to this year.

But 2020 has not gone at all how we hoped.

Indigipop X...

Utah artists create epidemic-based ‘Quaranzine’ comic anthology

The more ambitious among us (and we use the term “us” in the very loosest sense) used the COVID-19 quarantine to pick up new skills or start hobbies and projects. One that caught on was making of “quaranzines,” little magazines about life during the pandemic.

Any one can make them — NPR even put together a how-to guide...

Durango is getting a temporary drive-in theater, too

Back in June, we got pretty excited when Allen Theaters decided to put together a makeshift drive-in theater in Farmington. That drive-in is still going strong – and it has since moved into the parking lot of the Allen 8 theater itself on East 20th Street.

If you live on the Colorado side of the state line, guess what...

Teddy Grennan’s new horror flick, “Ravage,” doesn’t add much to the slasher genre, but it offers plenty to fans

For all the influence and impact classic movies have on pop culture, there’s also one unfortunate aspect that needs to be acknowledged. It feels like for every great, acclaimed film that is released, there are dozens of lesser quality knock-offs of the movie.

For horror, this is definitely the case with Tobe Hooper’s...

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...

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