Studio 54 Ladies Night takes place at Scoot n’ Blues, 900 Main Ave., beginning at 11 p.m. 259-1400 for more info.

Steve Vanbuskirk and Amy Larochelle play folkin’ rock at Christina’s Grill and Bar, 3416 N. Main Ave. 382-3844 for more info.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave., hosts college night with a keg raffle, drink specials and a DJ. 375-2568 for more info.

Fort Lewis College music majors perform a free student recital at 12:20 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall.

The Durango Gallery Association presents its annual Colorfest Gallery Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Gallery-goers are invited to enjoy appetizers, soft drinks, gallery exhibits, and entertainment. Participants receive a “passport” that can be validated at participating galleries through Oct. 5 in order to be eligible for prizes. 259-2606 for more info.

Steamworks, 801 East Second Ave., hosts live swing music and dance lessons at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for more info.

Fort Lewis College hosts the fourth annual Employee Chili Cook Off in the College Union Building. Sampling begins at 11 a.m., with awards at 1 p.m. The public is invited to sample the fare and vote for the “People’s Choice Award.” Punch cards cost $2.

The annual Fort Lewis College Homecoming Parade starts at 6 p.m. at College Drive and progresses north to 12th Street.

Fort Lewis College music faculty perform a free recital at 2:30 p.m. in the Roshong Recital Hall as part of Homecoming/Parents’ Weekend festivities.

Ralph Dinosaur and the Fabulous Volcanoes return to Scoot n’ Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for more information.

Pete Giuliani brings his acoustic stew to Christina’s Grill and Bar, 3416 N. Main Ave., 382-3844 for more info.

The High Rollers play the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave. 375-2568 for more info.

The San Juan Basin Recycling Association and the Governor’s Office of Energy sponsor Computer Recycling Day at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. CPUs, monitors, keyboards, laptops, mice, printers, computer accessories, old cell phones and batteries, and inkjet cartridges will be accepted. $5 per CPU, monitor or printer. All other items will be recycled for free. 385-2863 for more info.

Olde Tymer’s, 1000 Main Ave., celebrates its 25th anniversary with bluegrass from Deep Blue Creek, 7 p.m. 259-2990 for more info.

DPE, the jam band formerly known as Catalyst, takes the stage at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., 247-2324 for more info.

Fort Lewis College hosts the 2002 Homecoming/Parents’ Weekend Tailgate Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ray Dennison Memorial Field parking lot. Join students, faculty, staff and alumni for food, live music and more. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children younger than 12.

The High Rollers play the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave. 375-2568 for more info.

Resident DJ Ethos and DJ Irah spin music at Steamworks, 801 East Second Ave. 259-9200 for more info.

The Fort Lewis College Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mark Walters, performs its first concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The Bruce Hayes Band plays bluegrass at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.

Ouray hosts Oktoberfest at the Ouray Hot Springs, with food from local restaurants, and beer, wine, arts and crafts, and retail booths. Gates open at noon, and admission includes a souvenir beer stein. 325-4746 for more info.

The Rico Blues Project plays 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.

Percussionist Drew Lang kicks off the Fort Lewis College Alexander Murray Faculty Recital Series at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall. $15, $5 for students.

The Sweet Ross Quartet brings jazz to 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

Terry Rickard plays acoustic classics at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., until close.

Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St., hosts a nine-ball tournament with $100 added to the total purse at 7 p.m. Call 382-8554 for more information

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts open mic night. 247-2324 for more info.

The Professional Associates of Fort Lewis College present a panel discussion on energy by local authorities at 7 p.m. in Room 130 Noble Hall. The panel is moderated by John Lyons, and includes several Fort Lewis College professors and professionals from the energy industry. Energy sources to be discussed include petroleum, wind, geothermal and coal. 247-7400 for more info.

Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St., presents a scotch doubles pool tournament at 7 p.m. Call 382-8554.

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 Chapter of The Nashville Songwriters Association will present a free live show of acoustic original music at 7p.m. at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave.`A0 For more info, call Lisa Blue 749-6475.

The Professional Associates of Fort Lewis College present a lecture by University of Wisconsin Professor Emeritus Jurgen Herbst at 7 p.m. in Room 130 Noble Hall. This will be the second of three lectures by Herbst that asks the question, “Can academic freedom be absolute or should there be limitations?” 247-7400 for more info.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 East Second Ave., presents “Images of Fire: Photographs of the Historic 2002 Durango Wildfires” through Sept. 28. The benefit exhibit will feature the works of several local and regional photographers, including photojournalists from the Durango Herald and the Denver Post. 382-8355 for more info.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., presents “Books on Western Photography” from Oct. 1 - 24 in the Garner/Vega Conference Room. This display of published books will be on view concurrently with the “Photographers Shoot the West” exhibit in the Barbara Conrad Gallery, which begins Oct. 4. 259-2606 or 259-4363 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 hand-made paper. 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 Saturday. 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 Sunday. The gallery’s hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. Call 247-7456.

Attention musicians: Dust off those Michael Jackson records and start practicing your moon walk. Storyville and KDUR presents “Michael Jackson Night,” Saturday, Oct. 12. Sign up takes place at 8 p.m. the night of the show. Proceeds benefit KDUR. For more information, call Jason, 247-7628.

The San Juan Mountain Association, Trails 2000 and the New Belgium Brewing Company will host the first annual
Tour de Fat on Saturday, Oct. 5. The day will start with numerous bike rides of varying difficulty for road, mountain, family and cruiser bike aficionados. Interested riders can pre-register at The festival will shift from noncompetitive rides to a festival downtown commemorating the history and mystique of the bicycle. New Belgium beers will be poured from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be complimented by food from Scoot n’ Blues and East by Southwest. Colorado Bands Leghorn, Drag the River and Bicycle from Seattle will play. Proceeds benefit the San Juan Mountain Association and Trails 2000.

The eighth annual Journey of Hope 5K Family Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 along the Fort Lewis College Rim. The event honors those women and their families whose lives have been touched by breast cancer and is sponsored by Durango Motorless Transit and Vectra Bank. Proceeds will go toward the Journey of Hope Fund to provide mammograms to women in La Plata County who cannot afford them. 247-3108 for more info.

Virtuoso jazz guitarist Al Dimeola, hailed by Les Paul as the new Django Reinhardt, performs Friday, Oct. 3, in the FLC Community Concert Hall. 247-7657 for ticketing and info.

The Durango Cowboy Gathering returns for its 14th year with a celebration of the rich culture and heritage of the American cowboy Oct. 3-6. The gathering features evening performances and daytime theme sessions showcasing entertainers from throughout the country. A wide selection of poets and musicians - both established and newly discovered - will grace stages throughout the weekend. Headlining this year’s gathering is historian, author and musician Don Edwards. 385-8904 for more info.

Todd Snider stops over in Durango
When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Durango Arts Center
More info.: 375-1753

The Durango Society of Cultural and Performing Arts is proud to kick off its 13th season with singer-songwriter
Todd Snider in concert tonight at the Durango Arts Center. Snider is “an Oregon-born, Texas-schooled and Nashville-polished” folkie who blends rock, R&B, blues and country.
“The sound I’m going for is a combination of Guy Clark with Sam and Dave,” says Snider. Snider burst onto the music scene with his album “Songs for the Daily Planet” in 1994 and immediately scored a hit on college and even Top 40 radio stations with “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Blues,” a Dylanesque spoof on the crunch of garage rock bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
Snider’s next albums “Step Right Up” and “Viva Satellite” took him down the rock-and-roll path and drew comparisons to early Tom Petty and post-Newport Dylan.
After non-stop touring in the ’90s, Snider traded his Gibson electric for an acoustic guitar and returned to his folk roots.
“I used to follow Jerry Jeff Walker around like a Deadhead,” said Snider. “Those Texas artists are my truest influences. They bum around looking for guys like Bojangles. When they find ’em, they whip up three chords and that’s their contribution to the world. I don’t think I’m as good as any of those guys, but, for better or worse, I’m a scamp traveling around looking for stories.”


Party down in Mancos
What: Casino night to benefit the Mancos Opera House
When: Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Where: VFW Hall, 136 Grand Ave., Mancos

Tired of playing the nickel slots? Ever want to join the high rollers at the casinos? Or just want to help the restoration project at the Mancos Opera House? Here’s your chance. Casino Night kicks off this year’s Mancos Fall Festival with an evening of games, music and dancing. Join in the fun at 7 p.m. Friday. For a donation of $20, you’ll get $150 of play money to “gamble” away at blackjack, craps, roulette and Klackers – a board game guaranteed to get you hooked on klacking! There also will be a local DJ with dance music for every age, a drawing every hour for door prizes, and an auction at the end of the evening for unusual items for bid with your winnings. The Fall Festival continues Saturday in Mancos’ Boyle Park with the fifth annual Alzheimers Association Memory Walk at 9 a.m.; a Lions Club pancake breakfast; vendors, booths, live music, horse rides; and a Taste of Mancos.


'Monsoon Wedding'
When: 7:45 pm nightly thru Oct. 1st
Where: Abbey Theater

If you missed last week’s Durango Film Festival special showing, the Abbey Theatre will be screening “Monsoon Wedding” at 7:45 p.m. nightly through Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Indian comedy takes place as the romantic monsoon rains loom and the extended Verma family reunites from around the globe for an arranged marriage in New Delhi. “Monsoon Wedding” follows five intersecting stories dealing with different aspects of love and crossing the boundaries of class and nation. The film was showcased at the Venice Film Festival and judged “Best Film,” winning the prestigious Golden Lion Award. Mira Nair’s film also has earned the praise of critics worldwide. Jonathon Foreman of the New York Post called “Monsoon Wedding” a “sheer delight. An ensemble comedy-drama that recalls Robert Altman’s best work.” Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune remarked: “Delighted me like few films I’ve seen recently. It’s a sexy, sweet, sumptuously entertaining movie about the huge and wildly eventful wedding reception.”
Also, by popular demand, the Abbey will will hold over “1 Giant Leap,” a film
tracing the journey of two filmmakers across 20 countries, capturing a unique fusion of sound, image and spoken word from some of the world’s most influential artists and musicians. “1 Giant Leap” will screen nightly at 6 p.m.





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