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Serpent Trail Dancers keep Ohkay Owingeh traditions alive

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Youth dancers give special meaning to ‘place of the strong people’

“The elderly of my tribe told me to not withhold the knowledge of my past ancestors within, but to share that knowledge so that it will continue to live on forever,” 23-year-old Ashkia Trujillo of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo said.

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The Happytime Murders is D.O.A

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Running Time: 91 minutes

The latest feature from the late, great Jim Henson’s production company tries to put a spin on Muppet-like characters, allowing its puppets to engage in adult activities and spout four-letter words.

Truthfully, this isn’t the first time this approach has been taken with creations that are more closely associated with children’s entertainment. These include the off-Broadway musical Avenue Q, as well as the Peter Jackson cult flick, Meet the Feebles (1989). Sadly, the newest attempt is The Happytime Murders, a production that doesn’t reach the same demented heights as either of those previous efforts.

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Papillon retells a horrifying ordeal

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Running Time: 133 minutes

The original 1973 feature Papillon is a hard act to follow. The Steve McQueen/Dustin Hoffman prison drama faithfully recreated the horrific conditions of prison in French Guiana during the ’30s and the tireless efforts of the title character to escape its confines. This was a dark and brutal movie that still managed to connect with audiences, becoming a sizable hit and earning an Oscar nomination for its score. Some 45 years after the original, a remake of Papillon has arrived. This effort fares better than many reinterpretations of classic films, although it still can’t quite match its predecessor.

Henri ‘Papillon’...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Aug. 24, 2018

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Welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s some really interesting stuff arriving, including one summer blockbuster from just a few months back. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

 

Big New Releases!

Action Point - An independently owned and operated amusement park has to deal with rides that aren’t safety tested (but are a lot of fun) as well as a new corporate theme park opening nearby. Based on an actual place, this wacky comedy did not receive many positive notices. A few found the movie crassly amusing, but the majority complained that the movie didn’t take advantage of...

Ceremonial Queen 2018-19 crowned

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Ashley Reine Claw hails from Chinle

American flags flapped in a corner of Red Rock State Park Aug. 10 as people awaited the coronation of the 2018-19 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Queen.

Contestants, singers, dancers and media milled around the bucking chutes on the east end of the arena before the start of the grand entry.

Dark clouds threatening precipitation did not deter the large number of people on hand for the Friday night performance of Indian dancers and singers from across the country.

The Ceremonial Queen pageantry kicked off the night performance and a familiar Gallup voice guided the evening festivities.

Emcee Sammy Chioda of Millennium Media said 1922 was...

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