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Drawing for a better life

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Artist Keefred Benally uses his past to create a better future

Twenty-eight-year-old Diné artist Keefred Benally is not your typical artist, he wasn’t influenced at a young age, nor was art in his blood. Benally found art at the worst time of his life — when he was locked up in jail.

Hailing from Dilkon, Ariz....

Lieutenant governor supports summer reading

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SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico State Library have enlisted the help of Lt. Gov. Howie Morales in promoting the importance of reading for children.

The Lieutenant Governor read the children’s book The Three Little Javelinas, written by Susan Lowell and illustrated by Jim Harris, courtesy of the Silver City Public Library, during a Facebook Premiere event on June 30, as part of the statewide summer reading program that kicked off in June.

“I encourage parents across New Mexico to make reading throughout the rest of this summer a top priority for their children — it’s so important!” said Lt. Gov. Morales. “When school is out for...

‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ spins an amusingly silly tune

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 121 minutes

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During a difficult time, it can be a nice break to shut one’s brain off and just try to have a bit of fun. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga attempts to help viewers do just that, using the very real European music competition as a backdrop for utter silliness. Truth be told, this movie is probably a bit too long for its own good. It also rambles in sections, giving the impression that much of the dialogue may have been improvised on the spot. However, this reviewer couldn’t help but find it an amusingly sweet-natured affair, delivering a handful of big laughs...

Blu-ray/DVD New Release Roundup for July 3, 2020

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It’s time for another look at highlights hitting store shelves on Blu-ray and DVD. This is an interesting edition with plenty of wild and wonderful features coming your way. So, since you likely can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!



16 SUNRISES: Those looking for a little adventure can’t travel much further than the setting for this French documentary, which takes viewers into space. Also known as 16 Levers de Soleil, the movie follows French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and his mission aboard the International Space Station, orbiting the Earth at a height of roughly 400 kilometers (or about 250...

Artist portrays the world as his coloring book

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Gallupian Chris Acevedo uses his paintings to inspire, motivate others

Born and raised in Gallup, 36-year-old Mexican-American Chris Acevedo’s eyes were opened to the world of art as a little kid who would watch his uncle draw. Fascinated by what his uncle could do with a pencil, Acevedo started drawing simple cartoon characters. He realized he had a passion for art and found himself drawing more and more. Taking that pencil in his hand as his uncle did, Acevedo knew what he wanted to do when he grew up.

“In elementary school, my imagination began to run wild,” he said. “I began to draw doodles. I started to entertain myself. Later on, I saw the value of my drawings when...
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