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“The Snow Queen” at Concert Hall

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

Fort Lewis College will present a lecture by Ilze Aviks entitled “Feminist Art in the 20th Century” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Aviks will give an overview of how activist artists changed the art world. 247-7400 for details.

Tom Galvin, vice president of product development for Loronix, will lecture on challenges in the security system industry resulting from 9/11 and demonstrate video surveillance and intelligence equipment produced locally at Loronix, at 7 p.m. in Room 65 Education/Business Hall at Fort Lewis College.

The FLC Philosophy Club will present a lecture by John Taber entitled “Basic Problems of the East Indian Philosophy” at 7 p.m. in 130 Chemistry Hall. 247-7002 for details.

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

In partnership with the Durango Film Festival, the Fort Lewis College Environmental Center will sponsor the documentary “Troubled Waters” at 7:30 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Telluride filmmakers Beth and George Gage bring to the screen a personal, passionate, and controversial look at dams. Visit for details.

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

Phix celebrates the music of Phish at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324.

The Japonize Elephants play funky circusgrass at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave. 247-7293 for details.

Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Rd., hosts Canyon Dog Jam, an acoustic free-for-all, at 7 p.m. All welcome. 259-5657.

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



Operation Healthy Communities presents a lecture by Enid Brodsky titled “The Challenge of Leadership” at 11:30 a.m. at the Durango Office Suites. 382-0585 for details.

Studio 3, featuring Mario Dobbs, will play rock and blues at Purgy’s at Durango Mountain Resort, 3-7 p.m. 247-9000 ext. 5125 for details.

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

The Durango Choral Society, Durango Children’s Chorale, and Durango Women’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. in the FLC Community Concert Hall. The Children’s Chorale will feature repertoire they performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City. 247-7657.

Phix celebrates the music of Phish at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for details.

Dem Tangs plays funky dance grooves at Steamworks, 801 E. 2nd Ave. 259-9200.

Wild Country plays at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568.

Kort McCumber, a Nashville folk/rock trio, plays Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Rd., at 8 p.m. 259-5657.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts classic rock with Ralph Dinosaur. “Friday Bashment,” featuring Rasta Stevie and Six Star General spinning dancehall reggae, takes place downstairs at Liquid beginning at 6 p.m. 259-1400.



“The Unreasonable Women of Durango” are sponsoring a peaceful Anti-War Action at the west end of the Smiley Building at 10 a.m. Men, women and children are asked to wear black clothing and participants will form a message in the snow with their bodies. Pictures will be taken and added to and sent to the White House with a press release. 259-9384 for details.

A panel of experts will discuss Bark Beetle Management Strategies at 10 a.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Topics include protecting healthy trees, controlling infestations and removal of diseased trees. Citizens are asked to bring written questions. 247-2308 or 247-5250.

Studio 3, featuring Mario Dobbs, will play rock and blues at Purgy’s at Durango Mountain Resort 3-7 p.m. 247-9000 ext. 5125 for details.

Wild Country plays at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568.

Freewill Recovery, Durango’s newest jam band, plays ladies night at Steamworks, 801 E. 2nd Ave. 259-9200 for details.

Pharcyde brings rap and hip-hop to Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

Durango bluegrass favorites the Badly Bent play at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east on Florida Road, at 8:30 p.m. 259-5657.

Studio 3, featuring Mario Dobbs, plays rock at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400.



The FLC Community Concert Hall presents a concert by violinist Mark O’Connor at 4 p.m. O’Connor plays classical and chamber pieces as well as bluegrass and Texas fiddle. His latest album is a collection of swing jazz. 247-7657 for details.

Seven Nations mixes modern rock and traditional Celtic at the Durango Art Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

Pongas hosts free pool after 6 p.m. at 121 W. 8th St. 382-8554 for details.

The Jeff Solon Quartet plays jazz at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.



The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., presents a free lecture by Milt Hammerly M.D. at 7 p.m. Dr. Hammerly will discuss uses and precautions of herbs and supplements for treating cancer in conjunction with radiation and chemotherapy. 259-2606.

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

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



The Women’s Resource Center, 723 E. 2nd Ave., will hold an informational meeting at 12 p.m. for Ready>Set>Go!, a program assisting women striving for financial self-sufficiency. 247-1242 for details.

Durango Planned Parenthood, 46 Suttle Drive, will host the Women’s Resource Center Business Women’s Network at 5:30 p.m. 385-4208.

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., 6:30-10 p.m.



Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., hosts a scotch doubles pool tournament at 7 p.m. 382-8554 for details.

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

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts a two-show engagement with Jeff Strahan and the Strangers at 8 p.m. and Spencer the hypnotist at 9 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



The Durango Film Festival continues through March 9 with films at the Abbey Theatre, the Gaslight Theater and the new Brainstorm Industries theater. Events, including talks, roundtables and concerts, will also take place through the weekend. Visit for details.

Operation Healthy Communities will celebrate Nonprofit Week on March 11-12 with lectures, workshops and a celebration luncheon. 382-0585.

The Open Shutter Gallery will present a photography exhibit titled “Afghanistan” through March 20. The exhibit 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. 382-8355 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies is showing “Riders of the West,” black and white photographs by Linda MacCannell capturing the world of Indian rodeo riders and family, and “Southwest Textiles from the Durango Collection`AE,” a show spanning eight centuries of weaving traditions in the Southwest. 247-7456 for details.

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. These final youth performances take place at the Smiley Auditorium on March, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. 382-8584 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd 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. The exhibit “Corita Kent: Books and Prints” is also showing in the DAC Art Library and highlights the renowned silkscreener. 259-2606 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery will host an e-media student exhibition through Friday, March 7. The show contains computer-generated works by FLC students. The final pieces, for the most part, are created with photographs, which are then scanned onto the computer and manipulated. 247-7167.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. 2nd 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 for details.



MOMIX, an internationally renowned troupe of dancer-illusionists, return to the FLC Community Concert Hall with Opus Cactus on March 13.

Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern will present a songwriter’s showcase on March 13, featuring several local musicians performing originals and favorites.

Cabaret Diosa brings its hi-fi Latin exotica back to the Summit on March 13 and 14.

Advocating Choice in Education will host a “Community Conversation” on learning differences on March 14. A panel of experts will discuss children who learn differently. 375-7111 for details.

On March 15, the Durango Arts Center will host the First Annual “Celtdown,” a celebration of Irish music and culture, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Bernie Worrell of P-Funk fame will play the Summit on March 19.

Photographer John Fielder will present his new slide show, “Best of Colorado,” at the Abbey Theatre on March 20. Proceeds will benefit Colorado Wild.

The Motet returns to Storyville on March 20.

Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley will perform with the Clinch Mountain Boys at the FLC Community Concert Hall on March 21.`A0

Storyville serves Mama’s Cookin’
What: The world funk beat of Mama’s Cookin’
Where: Storyville, 1150 Main Ave.
When: Friday, March 7 at 9:30 p.m.

Crested Butte’s Mama’s Cookin’ offers up a world funk experience that needs to be seen to be explained. The band prides itself on quality, high-energy shows and consequently has played packed venues all over the West.

The band’s charismatic ringleader, Zebuel Early, leads the band with his gritty funk/blues guitar and vocals. Shane Whitener, the group’s percussionist, studied African rhythms intensely under the world famous djembe player Mamady Keita. His studies have also taken him to Puerto Rico where he embraced traditional Latin rhythms. Keyboardist Todd Holway has been proficient in jazz and classical piano since the age of 8 and has won numerous awards. Steven LaBella, the group’s bassist, is a well rounded concrete player with roots and experience in the funk, jazz, blues, and rock genres. Mike Adamo’s drumming combines elements of jazz and hip hop. And Jeff Rady, the band’s lead guitarist, plays an eccentric blend of jazz, rock and zoukous music filling out the band’s rich tapestry of musical styles.

Mama’s Cookin’ has played with such national acts as Ozomatli, Robert Walter, Brian Jordan of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Eric McFadden of P-Funk, Mofro, Cabaret Diosa, Jaka, the Motet, members of the band m.o.e., and Garaj Mahal.

The band returns to Durango this Friday, March 7 with another show at Storyville. 259-1475 for details.


Patty Larkin returns to Durango
What: A concert by singer-songwriter Patty Larkin
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave.
When: Saturday, March 8 at 9 p.m.

In conjunction with the Durango Film Festival, the Durango Society for Cultural and Performing Arts will present singer-songwriter Patty Larkin in concert on March 8 at the Durango Arts Center.

Larkin last played Durango in 1995 and will be one of the highlights of the DSCPA season. VH1 said “Larkin’s voice is a tour guide on a musical and emotional journey.”

Her 10th album, “Red=Luck,” is a career masterpiece not unlike Emmylou Harris’ “Wrecking Ball” or Sarah McLaughlin’s “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.”

Originally, Larkin was hailed for her acoustic guitar wizardry. “She plays with a remarkable palette, from sobbing little finger patterns to tight power strums that crackle like live wires on wet pavement,” said The Boston Globe. Larkin blends modern effects such as loops, samples and trip-hop stylings with timeless music from Ireland to the Middle East to Bleecker Street.

As a songwriter, Larkin relies on somber reflection, playful eroticism, and naked soul-searching. “Red=Luck” documents challenging times, with many of its songs written after 9-11. “These songs are about a loss of innocence,” she said. “Red=Luck is a meditation on hope.”

Tickets can be purchased at Canyon Music Woodworks, the Durango Arts Center, and Southwest Sound. Credit card orders can be placed with the DAC by calling 259-2606. Film festival passholders can purchase tickets at a discounted price.


“The Snow Queen” at Concert Hall
What: A production by the Enchantment Theatre Company
Where: The Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall
When: Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m.

Hans Christian Anderson’s children’s parable of quest, adventure and enduring friendship will come to the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall on Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. This innovative production of “The Snow Queen,” developed by the internationally-acclaimed Enchantment Theatre Co., weaves together imaginative storytelling, original music and evocative theatrical effects and will include shadow play, masks, puppetry and magic, to create a one-of-a-kind show designed to enchant those of all ages.

“Enchantment Theatre Company has focused its energy for more than 20 years toward creating beautiful and inspiring family theater works,” said Barbara Paeth-Haas, owner of The Durango Kid, a sponsor of the event. “The pageantry of these shows is just thrilling, and ‘The Snow Queen’ lends itself beautifully to this troupe’s expertise.”

The coming-of-age tale follows the courageous Gerda as she sets out alone in search of her beloved friend Kai. Having lost the ability to see beauty when transformed by an enchanted mirror, Kai has been spirited away by the icy Snow Queen to her palace of wind and snow. Gerda’s journey to rescue her friend takes her through strange and unusual landscapes where she encounters a variety of fantastic new friends, and eventually confronts the Snow Queen.

Since its inception in 1979, the Enchantment Theatre Company has endeavored to build an extensive repertoire, a variety of musical shows which it has performed in major venues throughout the United States, including the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The company, based in the greater Philadelphia area, has also toured the Far East numerous times, performing in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Call 247-7657 for details.






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