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Stars over Fort Lewis College
Norweigan cinema comes to the Gaslight
Reknowned dance troupe graces concert hall

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Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St., presents a singles eight-ball pool tournament at 7 p.m. 382-8554 for more info.

The Fort Lewis College Jazz Ensemble performs its first concert of the season at 7 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall. $5 for the public, $1 for FLC students.

Kirk James plays blues guitar at Christina’s Grill and Bar, 3416 N. Main Ave. 382-3844 for more info.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts Studio 54 Ladies Nite at 11 p.m. 259-1400 for more info.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave., presents “San Juan Room Night,” with a DJ spinning rock and hip-hop. 375-2568 for more info.

Operation Healthy Communities presents a lecture by Lynne Sholler entitled “An Employment Law Tool Kit” at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., at 11:30 a.m. 382-0585 to register.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts a reception for “Reflexive/Reflection” exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. 247-7167 for more info.

The Southwest Studies Speakers Series continues with “Spanish Exploration in the Southwest,” a lecture by University of New Mexico Professor Emeritus John Kessell at 7 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum. 247-7456 for more info.

Deborah Blanche will present a Chautauqua program entitled, “Laura Gilpin, Photographer,” at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., at 7 p.m. The program will examine the life and artistic work of the Colorado-born photographer. 259-2606 for more info.

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

Dilated Peoples, a band likened to Jurassic 5, will play a hip-hop concert at 8 p.m. in the FLC Student Life Center. Tickets are $18 for the general public and $10 for students and available at the Information Desk in the College Union Building.

The Salty Dogs bring bluegrass to Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for more info.

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

Local funk favorite Goodfoot plays Steamworks, 801 East Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for more info.

Dem Tangs gets funky at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., 247-2324 for more info.

Hank Williams III and Assjack play a sold-out show at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400.

Goodfoot gets funky downstairs from Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at Liquid. 259-1400.

Brian Carter plays jazz guitar and piano at 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.

Steamworks, 801 East Second Ave., presents Ladies Night with Pierre and DJ Ethos at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 for more info.

Sky Ute Boxing presents its final live event of the year as local favorite Elco Garcia goes up against Earl Jackson, of Pueblo. The evening will also feature an International Female Boxing Associaiton Jr. Lightweight World Title fight as Sandy Yard defends against Olga Vlasova and two others fights featuring local talent. 563-3000 for tickets or more info.

The Alexander Murray Faculty Recital Series continues with a concert by cellist and bassist Katherine Jetter Tischhauser at 3 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in Fort Lewis College’s Sage Hall. Tickets cost $15 for the general public, $5 for students.

Pongas hosts free pool after 6 p.m. at 121 W. Eighth St. 382-8554 for more info.

Celtic harpist Sylvia Zurko, who has released her second CD rooted, and friends will perform at a CD release concert at 7 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and can be bought at DAC.

The FLC Community Concert Hall presents big band leader Maynard Ferguson at 7 p.m. Maynard and his Big Bop Nouveau Band play be-bop, jazz, funk, swing, classical and contemporary music. 247-7657 for ticketing.

The Sweet Ross Quartet plays jazz at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for more information.


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

Comic Kate does live stand-up at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for more information.

The Legends of Karaoke featuring Steve Kahler takes place at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 7 p.m. 259-1400.

Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St., hosts a scotch doubles pool tournament at 7 p.m. 382-8554 for more info.

The FLC Community Concert Hall presents “Sweet and Low Down,” a cabaret performance by New York entertainers KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler featuring the music of George Gershwin at 7 p.m. 247-7657 for ticketing.

Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at Christina’s Grill and Bar, 3416 N. Main Ave. 382-3844 for more info.

The Abbey Theatre will celebrate its five-year anniversary by screening a total of five encore films between Nov. 7-21. On Nov. 22, the finale will take place with the Abbey’s first Salsa Dance Night featuring Samurai Sword Testing. The movie listings are as follows: “Memento” at 7 p.m. Nov. 7-9; “Ghengis Blues,” the story of blind bluesman Paul Pena and the Tuvan throat singers Nov. 10 - 11 at 6:30 & 8:15 p.m.; and “Himalaya” from Nov. 13-15 at 6:30 & 8:45 p.m.

The Fort Lewis College Theatre Department presents “The Air Inside the Rose” Thursday through Saturday night. Directed by Kathryn Moller and guest artist Isabelle Kessler, the performance features three short plays, including “The Black Pearl,” “The Dreaming of the Bones” and “Screams and Whispers.” 247-7089 for more info.

Smiley Studios will present its first annual student photography exhibition Friday through Nov. 20. An opening reception will be held Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Smiley Studios. 259-4458 for more info.

The Red Canyon Gallery, 131 E. Eighth St., hosts an exhibit of new work by Maureen May, titled “Journey,” through Nov. 27. 382-9855 for more info.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery features an exhibition of works by faculty members, titled “Reflexive/Reflection,” through Nov. 21. The eclectic show includes works in electronic media by Gerald Wells, detailed watercolors that concentrate on distinct reflections by Laurel Vogl, and superbly crafted interactive small sculptures by Amy Wendland. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. 247-7167 for more info.

The Center of Southwest Studies presents, “Potters and Painters: The Artistry of Mata Ortiz.” This collection features contemporary pottery from the village of Mata Ortiz in northern Mexico. Other exhibits currently on display include “Ranch Families: Culture of America” and “The Durango Collection.” Regular gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays. 247-7456 for more info.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 East Second Ave., presents an exhibit by photographer Tony Stromberg entitled “Horse Medicine.” The show is a collection of black-and-white photographs of wild horses. The show will be on display through Nov. 16. 382-8355 for more info.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., will run “Dia de Los Muertos” through Nov. 22 in the Garner/Vega Conference Room. The “Photographers Shoot the West” exhibit runs concurrently at the Barbara Conrad Gallery through Nov. 16. 259-2606 or 259-4363 for more info.

The Durango Society of Cultural & Performing Arts and Two Nice Girls will present alt-country, singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier on Nov. 14 at the Diamond Circle Theatre. Winner of Crossroads’ Silver Star and Independent Artist of the Year, Gauthier has performed at the Strawberry Music Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. 247-8060 for more info.

Habitat for Humanity will host its 5th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Nov. 15 at the Doubletree Hotel. Fine wines and appetizers will be served and the evening will include drawings, a silent auction and live music. 382-9930 for more info.

Fort Lewis College Dance CoMotion presents “Dance & Creation” at 7:30 p.m. from Nov. 14-16 in the Theatre Building. “Dance & Creation” features dancers from Fort Lewis College and the community performing a variety of styles, including jazz, lyrical, break-dancing and West African. Tickets are available at Southwest Sound, Magpies and the Durango Arts Center. 385-7828 for more info.

Stars over Fort Lewis College

What: A fund-raiser for FLC scholarships
6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 9
Where: Center for Southwest Studies

The Fort Lewis College Foundation will host its inaugural “Stars Over Fort Lewis College” fund-raiser on Saturday, the proceeds from which will be used for student scholarships.

“These scholarships provide invaluable assistance to us as we work to recruit top students,” said Fort Lewis College President Robert Dolphin, Jr., who was among the nearly 100 people to contribute to the project.

Veryl Goodnight, a leading sculptor from Santa Fe, created the master star for the stars project. From Goodnight’s master star, about 100 stars were cast and sent to national, regional and local celebrities as well as artists, politicians and sports icons. Each person was asked to decorate his or her star in a unique way with local business, education and government leaders sponsoring each star.

A star painted by artist William Acheff is expected to fetch a winning bid in the five-digit range. Others submitting stars for auction include actors Paul Newman and Melanie Griffith; athletes John Elway, John Tomac and baseball hall-of-famer Steve Carlton; musicians Charlie Daniels and Jimmy Buffett; and politicians Bill Owens, Strom Thurmond and Ted Kennedy.
The evening also will feature a silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m., with the live auction to follow. Minimum bid for each star is $50. Bidders who cannot attend the event can view and bid for stars online at or call Dean of Alumni and Development Sheri Rochford at 247-7177 to receive a catalog and bid sheet.


Norwegian cinema comes to Gaslight
What: Norwegian film “Elling”
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 3:30 & 6:45 pm
Where: The Gaslight Theatre

The Durango Film Festival will hold a special screening of the comic Norwegian film, “Elling,” at the Gaslight Theater on Nov. 13. Elling, a sensitive, 40-year-old, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution when his mother, who has sheltered him his entire life, passes away. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin, also in his 40s. After two years, the men are released and provided with a state-funded apartment in the hope that they’ll be able to live on their own. As their courage grows, the two find oddball ways to cope with society, striking up the most peculiar friendships in the most unlikely places.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the best foreign language film category and has drawn praise from critics worldwide. Kevin Thomas of The New York Times wrote, “A witty and sophisticated sensibility brings individuality to the classic odd-couple comedy.”

Marjorie Baumgarten of the Austin Chronicle called the film “a cuckoo’s nest that’s nicely feathered.”

Call 259-2291 for more info.

Renowned dance troupe graces concert hall
What: The Bruce Wood Dance Company
7 pm Saturday, Nov. 9
Where: Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall
Tickets: $15-$25 via or by calling 247-7657
Revered as the one choreographer who actualizes a perfect combination of intellect and emotion, Bruce Wood has been credited with revolutionizing the world of ballet, having now honed to near perfection a talented troupe of dancers.

“Call it chauvinism, but is Bruce Wood Dance Company not the best?” wrote Dallas Morning News reviewer Margaret Putnam in reference to “Lovett,” one of the trio of pieces the troupe will perform while in Durango. “The rest of the world has yet to discover what a sensational dance company we have in our midst, but when it does, we can at least have the satisfaction of saying, ‘Told you.’”

In addition to “Lovett,” a brash, athletic and funny piece that features the music of country-pop balladeer Lyle Lovett, the troupe also will present “Local 126” and “Red.”

Set to two Bach concertos, “Local 126” idealizes union workers in a ballet that is bold, fun-filled and carefully crafted.

The more thoughtful and sober side of ballet comes through in “Red,” performed to Philip Glass’ “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.” With underlying allusions to Dante’s Inferno, “Red” is acclaimed as being simultaneously athletic and abstract, contemporary and classic.





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