Peter Calthorpe, a designer named one of the top 25 “innovators on the cutting edge” by Newsweek magazine, will discuss principles of New Urbanism and how they relate to Durango and current development projects at 7 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. 385-2890 for more info.
See the Mohead Duo before they play Telluride Blues & Brews at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.
Studio 54 Ladies Night takes place at Scoot n’ Blues, 900 Main Ave., beginning at 11 p.m. 259-1400 for more info.
Inter Face puts a new twist on old rhythm & keys at Christina’s Grill and Bar, 3416 N. Main Ave. 382-3844 for more info.
Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, hosts Canyon Dog Jam, an open bluegrass jam hosted by Canyon Music Woodworks. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in at 7 p.m. 259-5657 for more info.
The Drunken Immortals play hip hop at Solid’s, 117 W. College, 247-9151 for more info.
The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts a reception for “Forest Walk” artist Mary Ellen Long from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. 247-7456.
Goodfoot plays jazzy funk at the Summit, 600 Main Ave, at 9:30 p.m., 247-2324 for more info.
The VFW, 1550 Main Ave., hosts a handful of punk bands with The Thirteens, Gravity Index, S.M.A.T. and the Webelos at 7 p.m. Cover is $5, and the event is sponsored by Bubba’s Boards.
Alternative power punk band Pop Shove It and special guests play a back-to-school bash at Cuckoos, 128 East College Drive, at 9:30 p.m. 259-6322 for more info.
The Badly Bent plays high-energy local bluegrass at 9:30 p.m. at Steamworks, 801 East Second Ave. 259-9200 for more info.
Peter Neds and the Sixth Street Allstars play at Scoot n’ Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for more information.
Tim Guidotti plays acoustic soul funk at Christina’s Grill and Bar, 3416 N. Main Ave., 382-3844 for more info.
Desert Thunder plays the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave. 375-2568 for more info.
Animas Conservancy and Friends of the Animas River present “Bluegrass for the Animas: A day of live bluegrass to protect, preserve and celebrate the Animas River watershed.” The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the 120-acre Animas Meanders Ranch just north of 32nd Street. Contact Tami Graham at 259-0522 for more info.
The Four Corners Wholistic/ Meta- physical Conference and Exposition takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. 259-4027 for more info.
The Bar Stools bring bluegrass to the Summit, 600 Main Ave, at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for more info.
Desert Thunder plays the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave. 375-2568.
Peter Neds and the Sixth Street Allstars play at Scoot n’ Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for more information.
Rick Stockton and Helen Highwater play Christina’s Grill and Bar, 3416 N. Main Ave., 382-3844 for more info.
The Four Corners Wholistic/Meta- physical Conference and Exposition takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. 259-4027 for more info.
The Sweet Ross Quartet plays jazz at Scoot n’ Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for more information.
Pongas hosts a nine-ball, handicap tournament at 1 p.m. at 121 W. Eighth St. Call 382-8554 for more information
Trails 2000 will continue work on the Telegraph Trail System from 3 to 7 p.m. The focus of work will be the Anasazi Descent. Volunteers should meet up in Horse Gulch at the beginning of the Meadow Loop where the Telegraph Trail leaves the Horse Gulch Road. Bring lots of water in a daypack and work gloves. Trails 2000 will provide tools, snacks and spare work gloves. 259-4682 for info.
Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St., hosts a nine ball tournament with $100 added to total purse at 7 p.m. Call 382-8554 for more info.
Fort Lewis College continues its Life-Long Learning Lecture Series with an informal discussion of books that have profoundly influenced panelists’ lives. The panel will be moderated by Pam Kircher, M.D. and includes Durango Herald publisher Richard Ballantine, Garner Associates CEO Polly Garner, Stuart’s of Durango owner Dennis Johnson, certified public accountant Paul Lemon, and New Country Auto owner and CEO Nancy Sellers. The discussion takes place at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Lounge of the College Union Building. 247-7400 for more info.
Mark Winters will discuss the regional styles of Navajo textiles and the development of Two Grey Hills textiles at 6:30 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies Gallery at Fort Lewis College. Winters is an expert of Southwest textiles and operates Relics of the Old West Gallery in Santa Fe and the Toadlena Trading Post south of Shiprock. 247-7456 for more info.
Anyone interested in helping organize Womenfest 2002, the Women Resource Center’s annual conference for and about women, is invited to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the center, 723 East Second Ave. 385-4414 for more info.
Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St., presents a scotch doubles pool tournament at 7 p.m. Call 382-8554 for more info.
The Legends of Karaoke featuring Steve Kahler take the stage at Scoot n’ Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 259-1400 for more info.
The Durango Film Festival presents “Monsoon Wedding,” the first in a series of special screenings. The Indian film is an exuberant ensemble comedy that follows the extended Verma family as they reunite from across the globe to celebrate an arranged marriage in Delhi. The film is irreverent and sensuous as it traces five intersecting stories. The special screening will show at the Gaslight Theatre tonight only. Call 259-2291 for show times.
Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at Christina’s Grill and Bar, 3416 N. Main Ave. 382-3844 for more info.
The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery features an exhibit of works by Mary Ellen Long through Oct. 2. Long’s “Forest Walk” includes installation, books and sculpture created with natural materials and made paper. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. 247-7456 for more info.
The Durango Arts Center hosts Fort Lewis College Professor Emeritus Stanton Englehart’s creative work in a thematic presentation. Painting, drawing and collage spanning Englehart’s 50-year career will be on display through Sept. 28. Call 259-2606 for more info.
Fort Lewis College’s Center for Southwest Studies hosts the Navajo weaving exhibit “Generations” and a collection of New Deal color public art entitled “A New Deal is Still A Good Deal” through Sept. 29. The gallery’s hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. Call 247-7456.
The Durango Nature Center is open this fall for hikes, picnics, birdwatching, and nature photography. A free naturalist-led walk is offered on Saturdays at 11 am. The Durango Nature Center is 13.5 miles south of Durango. The Nature Center’s hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed August 31). Call the Durango Nature Studies office in Durango at (970) 382-9244 for more information.
The Durango Society of Cultural & Performing Arts presents singer-songwriter Todd Snider in concert at the Durango Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 26. Snider has built a cult following on his reputation as a live performer and on independent-, college- and public-radio staples like “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Blues,” “D.B. Cooper,” “Beer Run” and “Vinyl Records.” Snider has drawn comparisons to artists ranging from rocker Tom Petty to twangbrokers Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark and Jerry Jeff Walker. Snider has performed with artists including John Prine and Jimmy Buffett. 375-1753 for more info.
The Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) will host its inaugural conference, “A Mountain Summit: Communities, Culture and Conservation,” which Executive Director Ellen Stein calls a “barn raising” amidst blazing autumn colors, Thursday, Sept. 26 through Saturday, Sept. 28 at Durango Mountain Resort. Planners, community developers, recreationists, mountain lovers, and history buffs are invited to attend. The Mountain Studies Institute is a mountain research and education center established this year in Silverton. MSI’s mission is to enhance understanding and sustainable use of the San Juan Mountains by facilitating academic study, field research and experiential learning opportunities. Register and see the schedule online at www.mountainstudies.org, or email MSI at email@example.com or contact Stein at (970) 387-5161.
The fourth annual “Cinders, Song & Sauvignon” will take place Friday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 29. The only official benefit held for the nonprofit Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall, the unique event is actually three activities in one: an evening concert featuring the classic pop-rock group Poco, a sparkling gruet brunch held at The Palace Restaurant, and a wine-tasting excursion to the Cascade Wye on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Tickets are limited and must be reserved in advance through the concert hall box office at 247.7657, or on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com.
|Alive and Licking
Who: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
When: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Where: Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall
More info.: 247-7657
Dan Hicks has been establishing his own irreverent musical legend for some 40 years. Although firmly rooted in the American folk tradition, he blends in elements of swing, jazz and country, creating a unique sound sometimes referred to as “Folk Jazz.”
“But that doesn’t touch on the humor,” said Gary Penington, Concert Hall managing director. “Dan is extremely comical, and people who have been following his music know him to incorporate everything from the irreverent to the sublime in his song lyrics. He’s very talented, with uncanny rhythm and lyrical stylings and a great wit.”
And he’s purportedly a snappy dresser as well.
It’s all a part of an alluring show that will feature a variety of Hicks’ original songs - including those trademark lyrics, touching on everything from ironic romances to flying saucers - all backed by the “Lickettes’” hot three-part harmonies.
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Hicks came into his own playing drums in the 1960s with the San Francisco folk-rock group The Charlatans. The Hot Licks was an outgrowth of the group, and though it faded through the 1970s, Hicks revived the band in the 1980s, and they’ve been touring together ever since.
“Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks is a great way to kick off the 2002-2003 season for the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College,” said Penington. “The show is an illustration of the kind of great talent we’ve got coming to Durango this season. We’re honored to have him.”
Tickets can be bought on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com or through the Concert Hall Box Office, 247-7657.
|Inkslingers host annual workshop
When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4
Where: Durango Arts Center
How much: $50
More info.: 259-5883
The Durango Inkslingers, a program of the Durango Arts Center formed to foster the community of writers in the Four Corners, will host its sixth annual Writers’ Workshop on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Arts Center.
The daylong workshop, entitled “Getting Your Foot in the Door: Professionals present tools for success,” will feature three notable experts in their fields: literary agent Irene Kraas, writers’ editor Elizabeth Testa and writer/teacher Shirley Raye Redmond. The workshop is designed for writers who want tips from experts on getting published. Workshops include “Grab me, grab me, please” by Irene Kraas, “Paper cuts on the tip of your tongue” by Elizabeth Testa, “Homerun Writing: Quick query letters that cover all the bases” and “Journalism techniques that will enhance your fiction writing” by Shirley Raye Redmond. Question-and-answer periods will follow each session. In addition to the workshop sessions, participants will have an opportunity to network with the speakers over lunch catered by Steamworks Brewing. Cost for the workshop is $50, and space is limited. 259-5883 for more info.
|Blues and Brews returns
When: Friday through Sunday
Where: Telluride Town Park
How much: varies
More info.: Visit www.tellurideblues .com or call (866) 515-6166
The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival features three days of blues musicians, an eclectic mix of artists igniting the crowds with late-night jams and 50 choice microbreweries serving up the “cream of the barrel.” The event’s popular Grand Tasting takes place Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. So, grab your free souvenir tasting glass and belly up for unlimited tasting of 150 beers from microbreweries throughout the West. Headliners for the event include Los Lobos, Joan Osborne, Isaac Hayes, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Blues Traveler, and Grateful Dead spin-off Ratdog.
|Louis Lamour meets George Gershwin
When: Monday - Saturday, through Sept. 21, 7:45 p.m.
Where: Diamond Circle Theater
How much: $19/adults; $14 kids younger than 12
More info.: 247-3400
Fans of old-time radio shows and Vaudeville performances will delight in the Diamond Circle Theatre’s presentation of Louis Lamour’s “The One for the Mohave Kid.”
Six performers play characters, operate sound effects, and reproduce classic live commercials in this fabulous representation of how radio drama was created and performed before television turned it into a lost art.
Following the radio drama is “Fascinating Rhythm,” a revue featuring the songs and humor of George Gershwin. This musical extravaganza features many of the classic Gershwin tunes you are sure to know, and some you may not. The “Rhapsody in Blue” performed solely with spoons and water glasses is worth the price of admission alone.