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Tory Dawson’s long-exposure photos capture the galaxy above Colorado

Living in the Four Corners, it’s easy to take the view for granted — especially the one right above us when the sun sets. But living more than a mile above sea level, in a place where it’s easy to get away from the lights of civilization, makes for great stargazing.

Tory Dawson, though, is well aware of that fact. The...

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What’s going on with this year’s film festivals?

Along with all the other myriad events disrupted by the COVID-19 epidemic, the rest of 2020 seems iffy for film festivals. While a lot of us miss going out to see new movies, I doubt many of us are in any hurry to pack into a crowded theater, even when they reopen.

Since March, more than 175 festivals have been...

‘The Getaway’ revisited, four decades later

For someone as synonymous with 1970s pop culture iconology as Ali MacGraw, it’s always surprising to recall that she only starred in three classic films. And those three films were basically the only hits throughout her film career. Of course, this suddenly starts making sense when you learn that MacGraw was originally a...

What makes Half Past Fate a perfect video game for quarantine

We’ve been sitting on the couch playing video games a bit more this season for, well ... obvious reasons. But they haven’t been as relaxing as we thought they would be — at least for us, anyway.

Something about running through the T-Virus-infected streets of Raccoon City in Resident Evil 3 lands a little too close to...

The Stillhouse Junkies want to deliver a live music experience to your front yard

The Stillhouse Junkies, a Durango-based roots band, was supposed to be wrapping up a tour of Great Britain and touring the U.S. right now, but a certain virus had other ideas. Unable to have a show with a live, in-person audience, the band held an online show early on in the pandemic via Facebook Live. Now they have a better,...

Shakespeare wrote a bunch of his material during epidemics, and so could you

If you’ve been on the internet, watched TV, read a newspaper or flipped through a magazine lately, you’ve probably seen lists of all the things you could be doing while self-isolating from you-know-what. They’re often accompanied by anecdotes of what historical figures did during quarantines of the past – anecdotes perfectly...

Are the recent Fortnite and Minecraft concerts the precursors to the Metaverse?

When the coronavirus sent everybody inside, it seemed like a good time to get into video games. After all, they give you something to do in your home, away from all the weirdos wandering around your neighborhood, touching crosswalk buttons and ATM keys with their germ-ridden bare hands.

But as more and more video...

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...

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