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The “renowned” Durango Public Library Puppeteers will present a selection of puppet shows at 10:30 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. at 1188 E. 2nd Ave. 385-2970 for details.

The Fort Lewis College String Ensemble will perform a free concert at 12:20 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in the Sage Hall building.

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

The San Juan Mountains Association will host a volunteer orientation from 6-9 p.m., City Hall Council Room, 949 E. 2nd Ave. 385-1310.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., will host a Poetry Slam at 6 p.m. as Creativity Festivity continues. 259-2606 for details.

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

Fort Lewis College will present a lecture by Tom MacCluskey entitled “The Changing Years of Jazz” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. MacCluskey, a former music editor and producer and longtime Rocky Mountain News music critic, will explore jazz in the 1940s-50s. 247-7400.

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

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave., hosts Acoustic Duo 375-2568 for details.

Denver’s Fret Knot plays the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8 p.m. 259-5657 for details.

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



Fort Lewis College will host the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Child Development Center at 5:30 p.m. across from the Stadium Parking Lot. The college will honor those individuals who raised more than $1.5 million in private funding for the project. 247-7400.

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

Classical and jazz guitarist Peter Pheteplace will perform his senior recital at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in the Sage Hall building. The recital is free and open to the public.

The Bruce Hayes Band plays at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Desert Thunder plays country at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave. 375-2568.

Last to Know, a mountain/punk, bluegrass/funk band from Taos, plays its CD release party at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave. at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

The Badly Bent play the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown at Steamworks, 801 E. 2nd Ave. 259-9200.

Freewill Recovery jams at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 9 p.m. 259-5657 for details.

Ralph Dinosaur returns to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.



As part of Wildfire Prevention and Education month, State Forester Dan Ochocki will lead a tour of the Valley Fire from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to show how thinning and a prescribed burn made properties fire-resistant last summer. 385-1210.

The 3rd Avenue Dance Company will hold an open audition for strong dancers aged 15 and up to be members and apprentices during the 2003-2004 Season. Auditions will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Dance Center, 1309 E. Third Ave., in the Smiley Building. 259-4122.

Lynn Kuntz and Jan Fleming will sign copies of American Grub: Eats for Kids From All Fifty States from 3-4 p.m. at Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave. Kuntz wrote the text while Fleming crafted the recipes in this children’s cookbook.A0Both women live in Durango. 247-1438 for details.

The Dances of Universal Peace take place at 7 p.m. in Room 2 of the Mason Center, 12th St. and E. 3rd Ave., and will feature guest dance leader Scott Medina from Boulder.

Fret Knot plays the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Desert Thunder plays country at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave. 375-2568.

As part of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., will host a Band Competition beginning at 1 p.m. 259-1475.

Steamworks, 801 E. 2nd Ave., celebrates another day of the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown hosting the festival’s unofficial bands at 2 p.m. The Bruce Hayes Band plays at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200.

The Jeff Solon Band plays a 1940s Big Band Swing Party at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave., hosts Santa Fe Sunday with live music from 2-11 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

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

The Community Concert Hall will present a sold-out performance by the Peking Acrobats at 7 p.m.

Excel charter school’s Steel Pan Ensembles will host their 2003 CD-release party at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., from 3-6 p.m. Guest performances will be made by Goodfoot and members of Catalyst. Steve Dejka, director of the ensembles, will also be presented with Wal-Mart’s Teacher of the Year Award. 259-1400.

Hit and Run plays the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 7 p.m. 259-5657 for details.



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

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

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts live improv with Comic Kaze. 259-1400 for details.



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

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

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



Pat Everest will sign her new science-fiction romance novel, Essence of Evil, at Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m. This is book two of her Andova Alliance series. Everest is a career paramedic instructor and mother of four who lives in Durango. 247-1438 for details.

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

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave., presents Crazy Charlie’s karaoke, a singles’ mixer and talent contest preliminaries. 375-2568 for details.

The FLC Community Concert Hall hosts a return engagement by the Fab Four at 7 p.m. Revered as one of the most authentic recreations of the Beatles, the talented quartet incorporates the unique mannerisms and sound of John, Paul, George and Ringo.

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

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts Talent Search. 259-1400 for details.



Fort Lewis College Theatre’s “Dance Celebration,” continues April 10-12 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. “Dance Celebration” features a diverse range of styles ranging from innovative West African dance to ballet, jazz, modern dance and performance art. 247-7089 for details.

The FLC Art Gallery will host the “Portfolio Exhibition” of multi-media works by 14 students. Graduating art students will also participate in a mixed-media exhibition. Both shows will run through April 17. 247-7167 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, will continue screening “The Man from the Elysian Fields” through April 20 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The film features Andy Garcia as a struggling writer who begins work with a high-end escort service. The Abbey will co-host the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown April 11-13. 385-1711 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. 2nd Ave., will host an exhibit of black-and-white photographs by Lou Swenson through April 16. The show represents Lou’s work from 34-years ago to present with photographs ranging from social, religious, and economic commentaries in Kansas City to pictorial ironies of modern-Indian culture. 382-8355 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., presents Creativity Festivity, an exhibit of student’s artwork from the 9-R School District. The exhibit “Corita Kent: Books and Prints” is on display upstairs through April 26. DAC is also hosting a series of workshops for artists titled “The Next Step” on Mondays through April 21. On April 14, photographer Scott Smith leads a workshop titled “Capturing the Best Image.” 259-2606 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 CollectionAE,” a show spanning eight centuries of weaving traditions in the Southwest. 247-7456 for details.



4th Wall Student Productions and Prism will present “Identity Unmasked” beginning on April 17 in the Fort Lewis College Theatre. “Identity Unmasked” is a collage of three performances exploring gender, identity and self. 247-7089 for details.

As part of Creativity Festivity, the Durango Arts Force will present the musical “Once on the Island Jr.” beginning on April 18. The cast is made up of 40 students from grades 3-9. 259-2606 for details.

An art show calledA0“Carnival of the Oppressed”A0will take place on April 18 at 901 E. 2nd Ave. The show will feature diverse art forms from the local community andA0elsewhere,A0as well as local DJs. People are encouraged to dress in costume. 382-9414 for details.

An Earth Day celebration will bring live music, speakers, food and children’s activities to the Smiley Building April 19. A concert by Laura Love with Melissa Crabtree opening will follow. 759-1227.

Trails 2000 begins trail work again on April 19 with work on the Nature and Rim Trails near FLC. 259-4682 for details.

Founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads collaborator Bernie Worrell will play the Summit on April 19.

Local musicians are needed to take part in Rolling Stones Night, a KDUR benefit, at Storyville on April 19. 247-7628 for details.

The Community Concert Hall and the Durango Arts Center will coproduce a night of international guitar music at 7 p.m. with Italy’s Peppino D’Agostino and California’s Brian Gore on April 19.

The Fort Lewis College cycling team hosts the annual Tour De Squawk on April 19 & 20 on the roads near campus. This is a three-stage road race with a time trial, criterium, and circuit race. 247-0235.

The Children’s Museum will host an Easter celebration on April 20 that will include a basketmaking workshop, Easter egg hunt, live bunnies and a grow your own tree workshop. 259-9234 for details.

The Durango Home and Ranch Show returns the weekend of April 26-27.

TRI your luck on the RIM
What: The 15th Annual TRI-the-RIM Triathon
Where: Fort Lewis College
When: The morning of Saturday, April 12

With athletes from all over the Four Corners, ranging in age from their teens to 86 years old, and possible winter weather, this year’s annual TRI-the-RIM Triathlon promises an interesting race.

“It’s a fun opportunity to test your off-season conditioning and training,” said co-director Bill Bolden. Competitors will test their endurance with a 500-yard swim (10 laps in the Natatorium), a 12-mile bike (three laps around the rim) and a 5k run. Not only will they be put through their athletic paces, but participants may have to react to unexpected weather conditions.

“It can snow,” cautioned FLC Controller Gary Goold, who has entered the race nearly a dozen times.

Although last year was no exception, the wintry conditions didn’t seem to bother FLC student Mark Applegate, who finished the race in a little over an hour (1:04:48), beating out about 100 racers to claim the top spot. Most participants aren’t concerned with top finishes though. “The best part of the event is people make it fun,” said Maurine Liddiard, a payroll accountant in the Fort Lewis College Controller’s Office who participated in two previous races. “It’s an excellent opportunity for the community and College to participate together.”

The 15th annual TRI-the-RIM starts from the Natatorium at 10 a.m., with check-in from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Entry fees are $25 for individuals and $65 for teams and include t-shirts and a post-race brunch.

Registration closes at 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, and entry forms are available throughout the community. For more information, call 247-7503.


Storyville hosts 1960s San Francisco legends
What: A concert by the David Nelson Band
Where: Storyville, 1150 Main Ave.
When: Wednesday, April 16

Combining healthy doses of psychedelic country, blues and bluegrass with an improvisational style, the DNB has created its own distinctive brew of Americana rock. Widely acknowledged as one of the country’s top contemporary flatpickers, David Nelson has deep roots in the Bay Area music scene.

As founding member of both The Wildwood Boys and New Riders of the Purple Sage [NRPS], Nelson — along with musical compatriots Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia — played a formative role in establishing what became known as the San Francisco sound. During his years with NRPS, the band created several classic albums for Columbia Records, and David’s inimitable vocal on the hit Panama Red sparked a counter-culture anthem, while earning the band a gold record. In addition, he performed with the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, appearing on their Almost Acoustic release, and he made important contributions to the classic Grateful Dead albums American Beauty, Workingman’s Dead, and Aoxomoxoa.

The DNB sound, however, is a true collaborative effort among musicians with well-established and fruitful careers. Barry Sless (Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz) plays lead guitar and pedal steel, Mookie Siegel (Ratdog, Kingfish) is on keyboard, accordion, and vocals, Bill Laymon (NRPS, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company) on bass and vocals and Charlie Crane (Cowboy Jazz, Uptown Rhythm Kings) plays the drumkit.

In 1999, the group’s audience expanded further after Phil Lesh invited Nelson, Siegel, and Sless to join his band (Phil Lesh & Friends) for two sold-out, critically acclaimed concerts at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. In November of that year at a benefit for the SEVA Foundation, Lesh returned the favor by joining the DNB for a memorable and exciting performance at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium.
The David Nelson Band will perform in Durango at Storyville on April 16 at 9:30 p.m.


Film Festival brings “Talk to Her” to town
What: A screening of the Oscar-winning Spanish film
Where: The Gaslight Theater, 102 East Fifth Street
When: April 16 at 3:45, 6 and 8 p.m.

The Durango Film Festival will present a special screening of Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her” on April 16. The film, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, is a story about the friendship between two men, Marco (a travel writer) and Benigno (a nurse), who meet at Benigno’s private clinic.

Marco has taken his girlfriend, Lydia, a bullfighter who has been gored into unconsciousness, to the clinic for treatment. Benigno spends his days caring for Alicia, a young ballet student also in a coma who may be his lover.

Benigno and Marco develop a powerful bond as a result of their common circumstances. They speak to their comatose women, but, with increasingly greater frequency, they begin to rely upon one another. The film uses flashbacks to flesh out the characters and reveal their past behaviors and their fates.

“Talk to Her” follows up on Almodovar’s 1999 award-winning film “All About My Mother.” Almodovar has become become known for forays into the bizarre. The director’s trademark, he interweaves moments of humor into the dramatic tapestry. “Talk to Her” is a drama, yet some members of the audience will leave the theater believing they have seen a comedy.

Tom Dawson of the BBC called the film “an effortlessly accomplished and richly resonant work.”

Margaret A. McGurk of the Cincinnati Enquirer commented that it was “revelatory, weirdly funny and impossible to forget.”

“Talk to Her” will screen three times on April 16. Call 259-2291 for more information.






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