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The City of Durango will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the Ninth Street Underpass and extension of the Animas River Trail at 11 a.m. behind 900 Camino del Rio. 375-7300.

Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St., presents a singles, 8-ball pool tournament at 7 p.m. 382-8554 for more info.

Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., presents Beer Bingo Night at 9 p.m. 382-9664.

Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., hosts an art show with live music at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.

Arizona Ska Band and local favorite Warsaw plays at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for more info.

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 Night starting at 10 p.m. 259-1400 for more info.



Chiropractor Dr. Robert Fitts presents a fund-raiser for the Manna Soup Kitchen at the Community Recreation Center from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Fitts will offer spinal tune-ups, alignment and evalutions in exchange for donations to the soup kitchen.

Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., hosts supper club with music from the Erasers. Shanti Groove takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.

Mind at Large, an improvisational rock band from Fort Collins, jams at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for more info.

Latin jazz band Samurai Sword Testing plays its final local show at Steamworks, 801 East Second Ave., before leaving for Costa Rica. 259-9200 for more info.

The Soul Deacons bring Motown to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. Motherbus gets funky downstairs at Liquid. 259-1400 for more info.



A reiki healing benefit will be held in memory of Linda Scantlebury from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Smiley Building Sanctuary, 1309 East Third Ave. Area reiki practitioners will donate short reiki healing sessions for donations to the Linda Scantlebury memorial fund. 259-7729 for more info.

The Air Quality Advisory Council presents a renewable energy workshop from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Fort Lewis College Chemistry Hall, Room 130. Discussion items will include renewable energy basics and the past, present and future of electricity in La Plata County. 247-5702, ext. 171.

Christmas at Vallecito takes place from noon until 10 p.m. The celebration includes a festival of lights, sleigh rides, dining, carolers and more. All proceeds go to the rehabilitation of the Vallecito area. For info, tickets and maps, call 884-2160 or 884-2705.

Motherbus plays jazz-infused funk and soul at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324.

DJ Beau and resident DJ Ethos spin house music at Steamworks, 801 East Second Ave., for Ladies Night. 259-9200 for more info.

Dem “Philosophy” Tangs gets funky at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.

The Soul Deacons bring a second night of soul to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. A tattoo contest takes place downstairs at Liquid. 259-1400 for more info.

Dean Murphy and Kevin Blaum play rockin’ blues at Christina’s Grill and Bar, 3416 N. Main Ave. 382-3844 for more info.



The 18th annual Christmas Light Tour begins at 6:15 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Tours depart between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., and Santa will be on hand for pictures. 259-5438 for more info.

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

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



Native son and Nashville talent Sand Sheff plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 6:30 to10 p.m. 382-2648 for more info.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts Durango Dot Comedy and Comic Kazi. 259-1400 for more info.



Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., presents Tuesday Trivia at 8 p.m. 382-9664 for more info.

King Karaoke takes the stage at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 259-1400 for more info.



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

Free Will Recovery, Durango’s newest rock band, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for more info.

Tim Sullivan and Narrow Gauge play a country party at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for more info.

Channel 61, the Point and the Durango Songwriters Expo present “Downtown Live,” a public television broadcast with a radio simulcast of live music, at 7 p.m. at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave. This second “Downtown Live” will feature the Wild Blooms. 259-1475 for more info.

The FLC Community Concert Hall will present Windham Hill Winter Solstice featuring three of Windham Hill’s new-age artists for an evening of music. The show will feature the acoustic guitar of Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman, contemporary pianist Liz Story and jazz vocalist Jenna Mammina. 247-7657 for more info.

Mark Wilner brings his special blend to Christina’s Grill and Bar, 3416 N. Main Ave. 382-3844 for more info.



Fort Lewis College Theatre will present “A Christmas Memory,” a two-person play adapted from an endearing Truman Capote short story. The play runs from Dec. 12-15, showing nightly at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre. A special matinee performance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15. 247-7089 for more info.

The Durango Act Too Players present the Pat Cook comedy “The Christmas Express” at the Smiley Theatre, at 7 p.m. Dec. 11-14. A matinee also will take place Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. The family comedy revolves around an out-of-date train station in the western town of Holly and a stranger, who comes to town to remind people of what Christmas is about. 385-7742 for more info.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, will screen Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” through Dec. 18. “Bowling for Columbine” is an alternately humorous and horrifying film about the violent soul of America. The film shows nightly at 6 and 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 for more info.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., presents the “Spirit in Hand Holiday Boutique” through Dec. 23 in the Barbara Conrad Gallery. The exhibit will feature inspired gift items from local and regional artists. An exhibit titled “Holiday Cards,” a display of handmade cards, runs concurrently in the DAC Art Library. 259-2606 for more info.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery will host the Senior Art Majors Exhibition through Friday, Dec. 20. The work of graduating Fort Lewis College art majors will be displayed. 247-7167 for more info.

The Open Shutter Gallery and the Cafe of Life in Durango present an installation of work by New York photographer Lois Greenfield. The work is being shown at the Cafe of Life, 925 Highway 3, through Jan. 31. 382-8355.

Maria’s Bookshop is showing a portion of Open Shutter Gallery’s photography exhibit titled “Horse Medicine.” The show is a collection of black and white photographs of wild horses by photographer Tony Stromberg. The show will be on display through Dec. 31. 247-1438 or 382-8355 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. The center also is hosting “Ranch Families: Culture of America,” a celebration of ranching’s multi-cultural heritage featuring Jenny Gummersall’s photographs and C. Gregory Gummersall’s paintings, through January. 247-7456 for more info.



For the sixth year, the Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet will open its 2002-03 season with performances of “The Nutcracker” in Durango from Dec. 20-22 at the FLC Community Concert Hall. Tickets can be bought by calling 247-7657.

Fort Lewis College will host its annual Winter Commencement Ceremony on Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. in the Student Life Center. Karen Wade, director of the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service, will deliver the commencement address.

Dancing for universal peace
What: A Dance of Universal Peace
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
Where: The Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St.

Dances of Universal Peace (or DUP or Peace Dances) have been occurring in Durango for more than a decade and regularly for the past five years. Generally, between 20 or 30 participants take part in the twice a month dances, and nearly 80 participants turn out twice a year for a weekend-long dance camp in a cave in Canyonlands.

Peace Dances are sometimes meditative, sometimes ecstatic and always heart-centered. They are a collection of chants, mantras and sacred phrases drawn from many spiritual traditions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, American Indian, Sufism, Christianity, Judaism, etc), which are then set to song and combined with a simple dance. The Peace Dances are communal (everyone dances together) and designed to make it easy for new people to participate. The music comes from all over but generally has a Middle Eastern flavor.

Call 385-7375 for more info.


Cabaret Diosa makes local stop
What: Hi-fi, Latin exotica
When: Monday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.

Cabaret Diosa is a nine-piece mambo band from Boulder that successfully pulls off a Latin flavor. The band combines a male and female vocalist with mambo’s traditional flute, brass and multiple percussions. Cabaret Diosa also adds a viola, stand-up bass and guitar to create an ethereal, lounge-tinged mambo.

New York’s Village Voice lauded the band, saying, “Colorado’s probably the last place you’d look for a genuine mambo combo, but low and behold, this Boulder-based Latin big band-lounge act can keep the Cuban and Brazilian vibe hot even in the dead of winter.”

Cabaret Diosa’s leading wish is to make you dance. And they’ve been pulling that goal off long enough to have a rabid fan base that routinely shows up dressed big band Latin style.

Antonio Lopez, of Thirsty Ear Magazine, commented: “Experiencing a Cabaret Diosa show is like mamboing into an other-dimensional tiki club. You find yourself swirling in a conga dreamland with a classic 1950s Latin big-band soundtrack.”

247-2324 for more info.


Bluegrass, beer and a helping hand
What: A bluegrass and beer silent auction fund-raiser for Peter Koedt
Where: Carver’s, 1022 Main Ave.
When: 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16

Carver Brewing Company will host a Bluegrass and Beer fund-raiser for Peter Koedt this Monday with the music of The Badly Bent’s Pat Dressen and bluegrass friends. On, Dec. 1, Koedt and his life partner, Linda Scantlebury, were in an car accident in Nevada on their way home to Durango after Thanksgiving. The accident took Scantlebury’s life, and Koedt remains in a Reno hospital recovering from a fractured skull, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Because of his injuries, Koedt will be out of work for some time. Carver’s will donate $1 of every pint sold to Koedt and a benefit silent auction will be held. The auction will include holiday items donated by many local merchants as well as gift certificates for massages, restaurants, gear and weekend getaways.

The evening gets going at 8 p.m. and by coming to Carver’s for an evening of music and fun, people can show their support and help get Koedt back on his feet. Call 375-0325 or 382-8378 for more info.






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