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DMR hosts Vintage Ski Weekend
Fishbone rolls into Durango
Symphony presents musical mavericks
Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush take local stage

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Nina Sasaki plays covers at the Palace Restaurant, 1 Depot Place, from 6-9 p.m. 247-2018 for info.

Fort Lewis College presents a lecture by Dr. Glenn Rodey entitled “Memory” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Rodey will discuss how memory works, common memory problems and causes, and Alzheimer’s disease. 247-7400 for more info.

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

Beer Bingo Night takes place at Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 382-9664 for more info.

Fight Night returns to the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave. 375-2568.

Tab Benoit brings his blues guitar to Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.

Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east on Florida Road, hosts The Canyon Dog Jam at 7 p.m. This acoustic jam is open to beginners and the public. 259-5657 for more info.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts Studio 54 Ladies Night at 10 p.m. 259-1400.



The Volunteers of America will host the 17th annual Chocolate Fantasia to benefit the Southwest Safehouse from 5:30-8 p.m. at the DoubleTree. Local restaurants, chefs and amateurs will compete for the title of best chocolate dessert in town. The ballroom will be overflowing with chocolate creations for participants to devour and judge. Tickets are available at both City Markets, Albertsons, Dietz Market, 6th Street Salon & Spa, and the Durango Design Center. 259-1021.

Flambeau brings Cajun Zydeco to Purgy’s at Durango Mountain Resort from 3-7 p.m. 247-9000, Ext. 5125 for info.

Operation Healthy Communities presents a lecture by CPA Frankie White titled “Do’s and Don’ts for Board Members and Administrators,” at 11:30 a.m. at the Durango Office Suites. 382-0585 for more info.

Mysto the Magi does tableside magic from 7-10 p.m. at East by Southwest, 160 E. College. 247-5533 for more info.

Moses Guest brings its southern jam back to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for more info.

Catalyst jams for a free concert at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8:30 p.m. 259-5657.

Midnight Rose plays the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave. 375-2568 for more info.

Midnight and Mystic Vision play reggae at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.

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

The Kirk James Band plays Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 5:30 & 8 p.m. 259-1400.



Durango Mountain Resort and the San Juan Mountains Association will host Sustainable Slopes Outreach Day to educate skiers and riders about the area’s environment, including Leave No Trace ethics, responsible use of the backcountry, ecosystem information and the San Juans as a limitless environmental classroom.

Flambeau brings Cajun Zydeco to Purgy’s at Durango Mountain Resort from 3-7 p.m.247-9000 ext. 5125 for info.

Midnight Rose at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568.

DJ Nutmeg of Denver spins house music with Brian ESS at Steamworks, 801 East Second Ave., for Ladies Night. 259-9200 for more info.

Dem Tangs plays the annual Beach Party at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8 p.m. 259-5657.

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

The Kirk James Band plays blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400.



Flambeau brings Cajun Zydeco to Purgy’s at Durango Mountain Resort from 3-7 p.m. 247-9000 ext. 5125 for info.

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

Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band make a Durango appearance at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.

The Sweet Ross Quintet plays jazz at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400.



The Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., hosts a free workshop on techniques of relaxation for relieving stress and anxiety with Suzanne Bolton and Melinda Mical of the Mercy Medical Center’s Touch, Love and Compassion Team, at 3 p.m. 259-2606.

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

Native son and Nashville talent Sand Sheff plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 6:30-10 p.m. 382-2648 for more info.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents Durango Dot Comedy and Comic Kazi. 259-1400.



The Southwest Colorado Riparian Partnership/Southwest Wetlands Focus Area, in collaboration with the Animas Stakeholders Group, will hold its fifth annual meeting from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the FLC Ballroom. This meeting will focus on issues of Animas River health. 247-7393.

The Women’s Resource Center, 723 East Second Ave., hosts a lecture on personal assertiveness by therapist Virginia Lashbrooke at 5:30 p.m. 247-1242.

Tuesday Trivia takes place at Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 382-9664.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts karaoke with Steve Kahler beginning at 8 p.m. 259-1400.

Tim Sullivan plays country at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 6:30-10 p.m.



The Fort Lewis College Choirs will perform at 7 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall. 247-7657.

Master Plan Ministries will present “Creation vs. Evolution” from 7-9 p.m. in Room 130 Chemistry Hall. Two professors from the Alpha and Omega Institute will be speaking on evolution and creation. A question-and-answer session will follow.

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

Channel 61, the Point and the Durango Songwriters Expo present “Downtown Live,” a public television broadcast with a radio simulcast of live music at 7:30 p.m.

Boulder’s Swivel Hips Smith fuses rock, funk, jazz and groove at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for more info.

Wild Country plays the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 East Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for more info.

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

Kirk James plays solo at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 6:30-10 p.m.



The Durango Lively Arts Theatre Company will present “The Pirates of Penzance,” a tale of a young pirate apprentice and his efforts to leave his comrades. The youth performance takes place at 7 p.m. at the Smiley Auditorium on Feb. 21 & 28 and March 1, 7, 8. A matinee takes place Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. 382-8584 for more info.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College Drive, will screen “13 Conversations About One Thing” from Feb. 21-28 for one week only. Director Jill Sprecher’s critically-acclaimed film explores the invisible, everyday and destiny-shaping miracles known as “fate.”A0 The film tells five distinct New York tales in which the lives of seemingly different characters are interwoven. The film shows nightly at 6 & 8:15 p.m.

The Fort Lewis College Theater Department presents Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” on Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 27-Mar. 1. This Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic depicts life in a small, woodsy New Hampshire village in the early 1900s and is a simple and bittersweet yarn of love and loss. 247-7089.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave, presents “Continuation: Honoring and Celebrating the Human Condition,” a provocative collection of 38 photographic portraits of individuals, their words and a shared tattoo, which memorialize the life and death of a young woman, Larisa Caldwell. In association with the exhibit, local artists have built a sculptural pool and viewers are invited to write an inspirational thought on a river rock and place it in the pool. 259-2606.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery will host “From Satire and Social Commentary: The Artist as Cultural Observer” Mondays-Fridays through Feb. 27. The exhibit looks at the artist as cultural commentator and astute observer of human nature and social ills. 247-7167 for more info.

The Children’s Museum, 802 East Second Ave., runs its exhibit, “Great Explorations” through April 6. The exhibit includes favorites like the grocery store, lightning room, magnet table, fishing dock and robotics as well as new displays. 259-9234.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 East Second Ave., presents “Betty and Rita,” an exhibit by Boston photographer Michael Malyszko through Feb. 28. Malyszko’s work has been published in more than 50 countries and is in the permanent collection of the International Center for Photography in New York. 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. 247-7456 for more info.



SPOT will present comedian Louis Ramey on Feb. 27 in the Extreme Room of the FLC College Union Building. Ramey has been seen on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” NBC’s “The View” and CBS’s “48 Hours.”

The Adaptive Sports Association will host its winter fund-raiser, the Dave Spencer Ski Classic, on Feb. 28-March 2, a weekend of camaraderie, ski racing and great food. 259-0374 for more info.

The Fort Lewis College Music Department will present a performance by pianist Nicola Melville on Feb. 28. The concert is in conjunction with the Four Corners Piano Competition, and Melville has won several piano competitions in her native New Zealand.

The Durango Society for Cultural and Performing Arts will present singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky in concert on Feb. 28 at the Durango Arts Center. 259-2606 for more info.

Motion for Alliance will return to the Summit on March 1 with their jungle, acid jazz.

The Durango Film Festival returns for its third year March 1-9. The juried festival will offer independent feature films, documentaries, animated films, shorts and new media works. In addition, the festival will present educational salons and panel discussions, and host a variety of parties and receptions. 259-2291 for more info.

Master fiddler Mark O’Connor will play the FLC Community Concert Hall on March 9. 247-7657.


DMR hosts Vintage Ski Weekend
What: A return to skiing’s glory days
Where: Durango Mountain Resort
When: Feb. 22-23

Are you tired of New School and desperately searching for roots? Durango Mountain Resort and Vintage Ski World have the perfect remedy: Vintage Ski Weekend. This weekend, Feb. 22-23, bust out your old Roffe stretch pants, Hanson boots, CB jackets and Spalding boards, or try one of the 50 classic outfits provided by Vintage Ski World. Vintage Ski Weekend will be two days of theme parties, fashion shows, group rides, contests and exhibits.

Vintage Ski World is an organization committed to the preservation of ski history and boasts a traveling ski museum with a renowned collection of posters and memorabilia, as well as ski wear and equipment from the 1930s-1970s. Vintage Ski Weekend at DMR will feature a fashion show and cocktail party on Saturday, a vintage race with prizes on Sunday, organized photo shoots, displays and exhibits, and a central event tent in Purgatory Village through the weekend.

247-9000 ext. 236 for more info.


Fishbone rolls into Durango
What: Local concert by ska-punk pioneers
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Feb. 22, 9:30 p.m.

Combining equal parts of funk, punk and ska, Fishbone became one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late ‘80s. With their hyperactive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humor and sharp social commentary, the group gained a sizable cult following.

The band formed in 1979, a group of junior high school students led by vocalist/saxophonist Angelo Moore. After performing in local clubs throughout the early ‘80s, the group signed with Columbia Records, releasing a self-titled EP in 1985.

Speaking of the band’s roots, Moore said that Fishbone started out playing Bootsy Collins, Rick James and Led Zeppelin covers.

“We’d go over to (Norwood Fisher, the band’s bass player’s) mom’s house and play in the bedroom, bangin’ on pots and pans and whatever,” he said.

The current members of Fishbone include Moore on vocals, sax and theramin; Fisher on vocals and bass; Walter Kibby II on vocals and pocket trumpet; Spacey T on guitars; and John Steward on drums.

Last February, Fishbone released “The Friendliest Psychosis of All” on its own label, which included a 20-minute jam with Primus. Later in the year, a live album full of new songs, “Live at the Temple Bar and More,” was released.


Symphony presents musical mavericks
What: The San Juan Symphony’s third program of the season
Where: Fort Lewis College Concert Hall
When: Sunday, Feb. 23, 3 p.m.

Music Director Arthur Post is bringing “a quartet of musical mavericks” to the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall on Feb. 23. This Sunday, the San Juan Symphony will present its third program of the season, “Groundbreakers,” which will feature music by Beethoven, Duke Ellington, Charles Ives and Stephen Montague.

The unusual music by adventuresome composers in this concert will include Montague’s lively “Snakebite,” a piece inspired by Texas fiddling; Ives’ “The Unanswered Question,” often described as a modern enigma; and Ellington’s “The River,” a symphonic suite that features his trademark lush harmonies and suave rhythms. The fourth musical maverick, Beethoven, will be the final composer of the program.

Acclaimed young pianist Adam Neiman will be the guest artist for the February concert. Since his last appearance with the San Juan Symphony in April 2000, Neiman’s fast-moving itinerary has included appearances with the Chicago Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post praised Neiman, saying, “Adam Neiman swept through Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 with a blazing, superbly powerful technique that encompassed the work’s many theatrical flourishes.”

Neiman will be playing the same Beethoven “Emperor” concerto with the San Juan Symphony.

Get tickets by calling 247-7657.


Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush take local stage
What: A double concert with bluegrass legends
Where: Fort Lewis College Concert Hall
When: Feb. 24 & 25, 7 p.m.

Leftover Salmon brings its Mardi Gras Colorado Mountain Tour and a special guest to the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall for a pair of concerts on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 24-25. Both shows will start at 7 p.m. and will feature Sam Bush.

Each night will consist of a 60-minute acoustic set by Leftover Salmon, a 90-minute Sam Bush Band set, and a 90-minute electric set by Leftover Salmon and guests.

Featuring founding members and lead vocalists Vince Herman (acoustic guitar, washboard) and Drew Emmitt (mandolin, fiddle, electric guitar), Leftover Salmon built a huge following through its nonstop touring schedule. Formed in 1990 by members of the Left Hand String Band and the Salmonheads, Leftover Salmon drew acclaim in the early ’90s for what it calls “polyethniccajunslamgrass,” a fusion of bluegrass, reggae, Cajun, jazz and rock.

Leftover Salmon became local favorites by playing stints at Farquahrts throughout the early 1990s and marathon sets at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Like its fluid, expansive music, the band’s lineup is readily adaptable to new players and ideas. Most recently, 21-year-old Noam Pikelny joined Emmitt, Herman and recent recruits Bill McKay (organ, piano), Jose Martinez (drums) and Greg Garrison (bass).

Sam Bush is no stranger to Durango, either. The Community Concert Hall and the Durango Society of Cultural & Performing Arts have produced a pair of sold-out concerts by the mandolin virtuoso and founder of New Grass Revival for the past two years.






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