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Images of Afghanistan
Dave Spencer Ski Classic returns for 20th year
Fort Lewis hosts international climate conference
DSCPA brings acclaimed singer-songwriter to town

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

Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., will host a fund-raiser for a Fort Lewis College team of students and staff traveling to Alaska on a research expedition to climb North America’s highest peak, Denali. The event takes place at 7 p.m. and includes bluegrass from the Salty Dogs and a raffle for prizes including snowcat skiing/riding, skiing/riding at Silverton Mountain, skis, backpacks and more. 247-7293 for more info.

Fort Lewis College will present a free lecture by Jurgen Herbst entitled “History of the Liberal Arts II” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Herbst will explore the common heritage of colleges, liberal education, culture and more. 247-7400 for more info.

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

Master Plan Ministries will give a lecture titled “Creation vs. Evolution” from 7-9 p.m. in Room 130 Chemistry Hall at Fort Lewis College. Two professors from the Alpha and Omega Institute will be speaking. 247-7400.

SPOT will present a free show by comedian Louis Ramey at 8:15 p.m. in the Extreme Room of the Fort Lewis College Union Building. Ramey has been seen on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” NBC’s “The View” and CBS’s “48 Hours.”

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

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents a fund-raiser for the FLC Four Corners Jazz Festival. The evening begins at 9:30 p.m. and will feature music from the FLC Jazz Combo, Catalyst, Goodfoot and Dem Tangs. The festival takes place March 20 and trombone player Bruce Paulson of “Tonight Show” fame will be the featured clinician and soloist. 247-2324 for more info.

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



Operation Healthy Communities presents a lecture by Lynne Sholler titled “Resolving Workplace Disputes” at 11:30 a.m. at the Durango Office Suites. Sholler is the president of Employer’s Advantage. 382-0585 for more info.

The Program for Academic Advancement (PAA) will host the annual TRIO Day Open House and Silent Auction from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Memorial Lounge of the FLC Union Building. The PAA is now soliciting donations for the silent auction. Items can be brought to the PAA Office in the former Career Services Building between Reed Library and Education/Business Hall or call 247-7692 to arrange for pick-up. All proceeds will fund PAA.

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

As part of the Four Corners Piano Competition, the Fort Lewis College Music Department will present a performance by pianist Nicola Melville at 7:30 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall. Melville, who has won several piano competitions in her native New Zealand, will perform the ragtime music of William Albright.

Motion for Alliance brings live electronica to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for more info.

Durango favorite Sand Sheff plays a free show at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8:30 p.m. 259-5657 for more info.

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

The Badly Bent brings bluegrass back to Steamworks, 801 East Second Ave. 259-9200.

Tim Guidotti plays acoustic soul and funk at Christina’s, 3416 N. Main Ave. 382-3844.

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



A Contra Dance will be held at Park Elementary, 623 E. Fifth St., with beginning instruction at 6:30 p.m. and dancing from 7-10 p.m. Richard Wilson, of Santa Fe, will be the caller, and music will be provided by Hybrid Jam. 259-6820 for more info.

As part of the Four Corners Piano Competitions, Fort Lewis College will present a performance by pianist Yakov Kasman at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall. Kasman debuted in America in 1997 as silver medalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Still Water plays country at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568.

Motion for Alliance brings live electronica to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for more info.

DJ Pat Fee and Michael Shane spin techno for ladies night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave. 259-9200 for more info.

Moldspore, Rare Form and special guest Gloni play metal at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., starting at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for more info.

The Salty Dogs play free bluegrass at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8:30 p.m. 259-5657.

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



Finalists in the Four Corners Piano Competition will compete in a free honors concert from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the FLC Community Concert Hall.

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

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



The newly formed Green Party of La Plata County will have its first regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Twilight Room at the Recreation Center. The public is invited.

Fourth Wall Productions will present the Greek play “Lysistrata” at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of the FLC Theatre Building. The Durango presentation is part of the first-ever worldwide theatre event for peace. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, visit or call 247-7089.

Sand Sheff plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 6:30-10 p.m. 382-2648.

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



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

Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., celebrates Fat Tuesday with funky blues from Mem Shannon and an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil. 259-1475.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts the 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.



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

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

Blues guitarist Hamilton Loomis plays a Durango Film Festival party at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for more info.



The Center of Southwest Studies will feature two new exhibits that will run through May 16. “Riders of the West” features approximately 56 black and white photographs by Linda MacCannell capturing the world of Indian rodeo riders and family. “Southwest Textiles from the Durango CollectionAE” will also show and spans eight centuries of weaving traditions in the Southwest. The center will continue to show “Potters and Painters: The Artistry of Mata Ortiz” through the summer. 247-7456 for more info.

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 performance takes place at the Smiley Auditorium on Feb. 28 and March, 1, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. 382-8584 for more info.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College Drive, will screen “13 Conversations About One Thing” through Feb. 28. 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 Dept. will present Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Our Town” on 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. Beginning on March 3, the exhibit “Corita Kent: Books and Prints” will show in the DAC Art Library and highlight the renowned silkscreener. 259-2606 for more info.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery will host an exhibition of student e-media projects from March 3-7. 247-7167 for more info.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. 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.



Phish-cover band Phix returns to the Summit on March 6 & 7.

The Community Concert Hall presents Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” on March 8.

Fiddler Mark O’Connor will play the FLC Community Concert Hall on March 9. 247-7657 for more info.

Images of Afghanistan
What: A photography exhibit depicting the culture of the Afghani people
Where: Open Shutter Gallery, 755 East Second Ave.
When: Feb. 27-March 20

The Open Shutter Gallery will present a photography exhibit titled “Afghanistan” from Feb. 27-March 20. The exhibit features the photographs of six Colorado photographers and depicts the lives and culture of Afghani people, both today and 10 years ago.

The contributing photographers are Beth Wald, whose work appears on the cover of the February issue of Smithsonian magazine; Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry Price; Craig Walker of the Denver Post; aid workers Russ and Nancy Mackensen; and Eric Edstedt, of the Army Reserves.

The Open Shutter Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5-7 p.m. Following the reception, Wald will give a free slide presentation on her trip to Afghanistan in October of 2002 at 7:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center. The presentation will focus on the challenges of life in the war-torn country and on the beauty that persists. Call 382-8355 for information.


Dave Spencer Ski Classic returns for 20th year
What: The Adaptive Sports Association’s annual winter fund-raiser
Where: The Columbine Area and Paradise Race Course at Durango Mountain Resort
When: Feb. 28-March 2
Durango’s Adaptive Sports Association will host the 20th annual Dave Spencer Ski Classic this weekend, a benefit for the group’s sports and recreational program for people with disabilities.

Teams will compete in the weekend races, which will include able-bodied and disabled categories. Prizes are given for everything from the biggest wipeout and best costume to highest fund-raising team.

Team racing will take place Sunday, March 2, from 11:15 a.m. – 2 p.m. The four fastest teams will be announced mid-day, and race finals will take place at 1:15 at the Paradise Race Course. The competition will be head-to-head elimination. 259-0374 for more info.


Fort Lewis hosts international climate conference
What: An effort to unravel climate and health challenges
Where: Fort Lewis and the DoubleTree Hotel
When: March 4-7

Eighty scientists from 11 countries and regions will converge on Durango from March 3-7 to discuss critical research challenges related to global climate, visibility and human health. Their goal is to draft a strategy that guides future examination of carbon-based compounds that degrade air quality over urban areas, national parks and wilderness areas.

Hosted by the Office of Community Services at Fort Lewis College, the “International Workshop for the Development of Research Strategies for the Sampling and Analysis of Organic and Elemental Carbon Fractions in Atmospheric Aerosols (OCEC Workshop)” will take place March 3-7 at Fort Lewis College and the DoubleTree Hotel in Durango.

The workshop will bring together diverse interests in an effort to break barriers to what is not clearly known, nor fully agreed upon, in atmospheric research, yet must be overcome in order to advance in technology, experimentation and the exchange of ideas.

“We are going to talk about what we don’t know, what we need to know, and how we can work together to solve the problem,” said workshop facilitator John Watson, of the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev.

For details about the workshop, visit call 247-7066.


DSCPA brings acclaimed singer-songwriter to town
What: A concert by folkie Lucy Kaplansky
Where: Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.
When: Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Singer songwriter Lucy Kaplansky started out singing in Chicago bars before taking off for New York City, where she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers including Suzanne Vega, John Gorka, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhardt and others. But then Kaplansky dropped it all.

Convinced that her calling was in another direction, she left music to pursue a doctorate in psychology. Yet she continued to sing and was often pulled back into the studio by her friends. She harmonized on Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-winning “Steady On,” on Nanci Griffith’s “Lone Star State of Mind” and “Little Love Affairs,” and on four of John Gorka’s albums.

Then Colvin brought Kaplansky into the studio. When the tapes got into the hands of Bob Feldman, president of Red House Records, he was blown away. Suddenly, she was back in the music business.

Within six months, she had released “The Tide” (1994) and left her psychology career behind. Over the next five years, Kaplansky released “Flesh and Bone” (1996) and “Ten Year Night” (1999), which garnered Top 10 airplay on Americana radio stations. On the strength of her newest recording, “Every Single Day” (2001), Kaplansky returns to Durango for her third Durango Society for cultural and Performing Arts appearance (she first played here as an opening act for Gorka in 1996 and followed with a solo performance in 1999).

Tickets can be bought at Canyon Music Woodworks, the Durango Arts Center and Southwest Sound. Credit card orders can be placed with the Durango Arts Center by calling 259-2606.






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