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The struggle to appreciate art in tough times

A month ago, in the early days of our stay-at-home and flatten-the-curve efforts, I wrote a piece titled “What to watch when you want to feel good in a time of crisis,” in which I stated we should try revisiting our favorite movies as a pick-me-up. Apparently, that advice was easier said and written than done for me....

Get Outta Town: Take a digital tour of the Uffizi

With a third of the population of planet Earth on coronavirus lockdown, we’ve begrudgingly accepted that it’s not the best time to take a vacation. With only a few exceptions, we’ve got to stay home for as long as it takes to get COVID-19 under control.

That said, you can pretend to take a tour of a foreign landmark...

Musicians aren’t the only artists streaming their work right now

When COVID-19 lockdowns canceled all public events and closed non-essential businesses, many musicians moved online, sharing their skills and work in live-streaming shows and concerts, and even practice sessions. But they’re not the only artists reaching an audience through the internet. Though fewer in number, you can also...

Bored in isolation? Here’s three early-2000s thrillers about people trapped in a location

If you’re like us, you’ve now lost count of the days you’ve been in self-isolation – but you’re not actually alone. You’re semi-quarantined with whoever shares your space, be they family, significant other, or roommate, who you’re seeing a lot more of now than you did before. And at times, it feels like you’re trapped there...

Joe Exotic’s infamous tigers are now chilling in Colorado

Right about now it’s fair to say we’re all living under a proverbial rock while void of social interaction. But, if at this point you haven’t heard of Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” you’re living under a rock, under a rock — and maybe even another rock.

In any case, “Tiger King” is the...

Our top five classic video games for exploring feelings of isolation

With many places, including Colorado, under a stay-at-home order, it’s a great time to take up a new hobby or so something creative. But you and me both know that’s probably not going to happen. We’re going to veg out in front of the TV, catch up on Netflix, and – if we’re lucky – read a book. If we feel like doing something...

Helping musicians stay afloat while we’re all drowning in the fight against coronavirus

Unless you’re just coming out of a coma, you probably already know: Everything sucks right now. COVID-19 is taking its toll on humanity, bringing down our collective morale and hurting millions of people financially.

Among all the industries taking a hit are the performing arts. Whether you’re on Broadway or playing...

What to watch when you want to feel good in a time of crisis

In addition to everything else happening in the world right now because of the global pandemic, the film industry is basically going on hiatus until at least May. Not only are major releases such as “A Quiet Place Part II” and the new “Mulan” being postponed, all studio productions are being postponed as well. This is truly...

Pivot indigenous skateboard deck art exhibition ollies up to Fort Lewis College

What’s the perfect medium to capture commonalities and differences in Native American art? If you answered “skateboard decks,” you’re ... rather eccentric ... but also correct.

An exhibition called “Pivot: Skateboard Deck Art” will be opening at Fort Lewis College’s Center for Southwest Studies on March 25.

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With movies like ‘Clueless,’ do we really need another ‘Emma’?

Just as with Greta Gerwig’s Little Women only two months ago, when the trailer for Autumn de Wilde’s new interpretation of Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy “Emma” first dropped; my immediate question was: “why?”

How many more on-screen versions of this popular tale do we need? Over the decades, we’ve already gotten...

Durango Independent Film Festival heaping on the filmmakers in 2020

Want to meet the people who work behind the scenes making movies in Hollywood and elsewhere, but you’re not willing to leave town? No problem. The Durango Independent Film Festival is bringing a bunch of them to you.

The festival, which runs March 5 through 8, typically features both filmmakers who work in front of the...

‘The Lodge’ starts off great but doesn’t amount to much

When the trailer for Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala’s “The Lodge” first dropped last year, my main takeaway was how spot on the casting of Riley Keough and Alicia Silverstone was. The two actresses could easily pass for relatives in a film – which is what I was hoping for in this feature.

While this turned out to...

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