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Dyer gives ‘State of the Campus’ address

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Talks about plans for growth, unity

Speaking to a packed audience full of university administrators, professors, and students, Executive Director Christopher Dyers gave his “State of the Campus” address in the Calvin Hall auditorium on the university’s accomplishments, and goals for 2016 on Jan. 11.

Although he is...

Heat Wave Strikes Downtown

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Despite temperatures below freezing, downtown Gallup warmed up Saturday night for the “Heat Wave” Arts Crawl event.

There was live music, hot food, coffee sampling, hula hooping, and enough art on display to occupy the eyes for the whole evening. ART123 featured an artist retrospective that included old and new works from local artists that gave a nice sense of history and progression.

Steve Marti, generally renowned as a potter, had a solid maple flute box that he made back in 1979 on display.

“This was really the first time I had the experience of a piece making itself,” he said as he thought fondly back to carving the box. It was interesting to hear this account of...

‘Ride Along 2’ Is Safe, Bland and Predictable

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 101 min.

January never lets me down. This week, the studios have brought us a haphazardly slapped together sequel. Ride Along 2 arrives quickly on the heels of its 2014 predecessor and features its two leads getting into all new cop-based shenanigans in Miami. Despite the best efforts of its capable cast, the approach taken is safe, bland and ultimately predictable.

Since the events of the first film, Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) has become a rookie cop, much to the chagrin of his detective/future brother-in-law James Payton (Ice Cube). When he comes into contact with a mysterious flash drive, Payton is sent to Miami to investigate. Eager to prove...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for Jan. 15, 2016

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Hello again! It’s once again time to pick out highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. There are a lot of interesting releases, 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!

Hotel Transylvania 2 - In this sequel to the animated hit, vampire/hotel proprietor Drac decides to give the his grandson a crash course in how to be a proper monster. The film garnered mixed reviews, although they were a little more positive for this effort than for the first installment. Most suggested it was a reasonably enjoyable bit of family fluff. The voice cast includes Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James...

Featured Artist: Michael Schmaltz

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The best of both worlds – life as a silversmith and painter

Michael Schmaltz loves painting women, all kinds of women, as they go about their daily activities. He photographs them in not your typical pose and what he gets is an image for a painting.  However, his current work is a painting of his daughter when she was 10, sitting on the floor reading the “funny papers.”

He plans on giving this painting to her when he is finished.

A once passionate jewelry maker in his prime years, he is now embarking on living his lifelong dream of an artist, something that his parents heavily discouraged him in pursuing when he was a teen. He says that he always knew in his heart since...

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