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Fourth Wall Student Productions presents “Identity Unmasked”
A look inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
International guitar greats play concert hall

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Fort Lewis College music students will perform a free student recital from 12:20-1:15 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall. Guitarist Allen Mathews will perform his junior recital at 7 p.m. in the same location.

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

Landscaper Brian Kimmel will present a lecture on xeriscaping techniques for dry-climate gardening at the Community Recreation Center’s Sunlight Room at 6:30 p.m.

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 details.

Mary and Mars, an alt-country trio from Santa Fe, play Storyville, 1150 Main Ave. at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

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

Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, hosts Canyon Dog Jam, an acoustic free for all, at 8 p.m. 259-5657.

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



An art show titled “Carnival of the Oppressed” featuring diverse art forms and local DJs runs from 4-8 p.m. at 901 E. Second Ave. (downstairs at the Elks Club). People are encouraged to dress in costume. 382-9414.

Fort Lewis College will host a reception for Professor of Music Rochelle Mann, the Winter 2003 Featured Scholar Award recipient, at 4 p.m. in Berndt Hall. 247-7400 for details.

Inga Muscio, a noted author and social commentator, will be speaking on eradicating sexual assault at Fort Lewis College at 6 p.m. in Noble Hall Room 130. 247-6481.

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

Wild Country plays country at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

Mama’s Cookin’ brings its world beat to Storyville, 1150 Main Ave. at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

DJ Claytanik and Necessary Non-sense play a live hip-hop show with at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave. 259-9200 for details.

Big Daddy’s Nightclub, 2653 Main Ave., hosts live southern rock with Brian Flynn. 247-1224.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts live reggae with Lion Vibes and DJ Rasta Stevie. 259-1400.



Earth Day

Trails 2000 will host its first work day of the season from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Work will take place on the Nature and Rim trails near Fort Lewis College. Volunteers are asked to meet along Rim Drive at the FLC Chapel. Lunch will be provided. 259-4682 for details.

Durango Nature Studies will host Earth Day activities, nature games and naturalist guided hikes from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Durango Nature Center, 12 miles south of Durango on Highway 550.

The San Juan Mountains Association will host an Earth Day event at the Durango Recreation Center, including a water-conservation program and river cleanup. Kids events will be held from 3:30-4:45 p.m. 385-1210 for details.

Spencer, the world’s fastest hypnotist, will perform at the Sky Ute Casino at 7:30 p.m. 563-3373 for details.

Founding Member of Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking Heads collaborator Bernie Worrell plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., hosts Rolling Stones Night at 9:30 p.m. This event will benefit KDUR and features Stones’ covers by local bands. 259-1475 for details.

Wild Country plays country at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

D.J. Irah and a guest will spin Latin House and Hip-Hop at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., 259-9200 for details.

Bluegrass Cadillac plays Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8:30 p.m. 259-5657 for details.

Hues of Blues plays Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.



A Children’s Museum Easter celebration takes place from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at 802 E. Second Ave. Events will include basketmaking, an Easter egg hunt, live bunny petting and a grow-your-own-tree workshop. 259-9234.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., hosts Gran Bailazo, a fiesta night with live music. 375-2568 for details.

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



Mission Wolf, a free slide show presentation on wolves, their habitat and the Mission Wolf refuge takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Smiley Auditorium. As many as four wolves will join the audience. Sponsored by Durango High School. 259-1630 ext. 250 for details.

SPOT will present a speaking engagement and concert by the Grammy-award winning Indigo Girls and Native environmental activist Winona LaDuke at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall. LaDuke, a two-time Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate, will join Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers for an hour-long lecture about Native American and environmental issues, followed by a 45-minute acoustic set by the Indigo Girls.

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.



Durango author Will Hobbs will be signing his latest novel Jackie’s Wild Seattle from 4-6 p.m. at Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave. He also will sign copies of Wild Man Island. 247-1438.

The Durango Public Library, 1188 E. Second Ave., will offer a one-hour computer class on using the Standard & Poor’s databases. 385-2970 to register.

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

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



A Leadership La Plata kick-off recruitment reception will take place at 5 p.m. at Bank of Colorado, 1199 Main Ave. Leadership La Plata is a volunteer organization designed to educate current and aspiring community leaders, 247-0312.

The Fort Lewis College choirs and Mesa (Ariz.) College choirs will perform at 7 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall. The program will highlight music of America.

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.

Freewill Recovery jams at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., presents Crazy Charlie’s karaoke. 375-2568.

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



The Fort Lewis College cycling team will host the annual Tour De Squawk, a three-stage road race, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday-Sunday, April 19-20 near campus. Top collegiate teams from across the Rocky Mountain region will participate. 247-0235.

The Durango Arts Force Applause!, an after-school, student performance troupe, will present the musical “Once on This Island,” a tale of a peasant girl who has fallen in love above her class. Performances will take place April 18-19 and April 25-26 at 8 p.m. 259-2606.

The Juried Student Exhibition will be on display in the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery Monday, April 21 - May 1. Juror Maureen May will give a gallery talk followed by an awards ceremony April 21 from 4-5:30 p.m. 247-7167.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, will screen “The Man from the Elysian Fields” at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. through April 27. 385-1711 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents Creativity Festivity, an exhibit of student’s artwork from the 9-R School District, through April 25. The exhibit “Corita Kent: Books and Prints” is on display upstairs through April 26.

Monica Ellis, of Red Canyon Gallery, will “Finding Representation for Your Work” as part of “The Next Step” workshop series, on April 21 at the Durango Arts Center. 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 “Southwest Textiles from the Durango Collection`AE” in the Southwest. 247-7456.



“After the Fire,” a 30-minute film highlighting safety issues in the wake of the 2002 fires, will be shown April 24 in FLC Chemistry Hall 130. 247-7066

Silverton Mountain will host its first annual Brew-Ski on April 25 with discounted skiing and a microbrew festival. 387-5706 for details.

The San Juan Symphony’s 2002-03 season will close with “Russian with a Twist,” on April 26 in the FLC Community Concert Hall. The program will include the world premiere performance of “Dance for Peter’s City,” written by Corey Prothero, of Bayfield.

The first annual Valley Children’s Fair will take place April 26 at the Bayfield Recreation Center and feature food, games, music, vendors and information booths. 884-3259 for details or to sponsor the event.

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

The Community Concert Hall hosts a production of the American Family Theater’s “Alice in Wonderland” on April 27.

Ride the Lightning, a benefit mountain bike race for Partners, will take place in Cortez on May 10. Registration packets at Magpies. 749-1060.

Fourth Wall Student Productions presents “Identity Unmasked”
What: Three performances exploring gender and identity
Where: The Fort Lewis College Theatre Department
When: April 17-19 and April 24-26 at 6 p.m.A0A0

Fourth Wall Student Productions and Prism will present “Identity Unmasked,” a collage of three highly experimental performance art pieces aimed at redefining identity.

The first piece, performed on the Main Stage, will be “Changing Woman,” which deals with Native American/First Nations coming-out stories. Created and directed by Glenda Tom, the play embraces Native American philosophies of storytelling while deconstructing traditional themes of homosexuality. The play follows four female characters’ journeys to define their gender and creates a landscape of identity shaped by both the community on and off the reservation.A0

The second performance will take place in the Gallery Theatre and is called “Blonde Exhibition.” The performance concerns the inner world of three Native American Drag Queens who have grown up with discrimination on the reservation.A0Created and directed by Mauriceo, the exploration deals with the theme of suffering, the need for personal fulfillment and the influences of Madonna.

The last piece, a play by Federico Lorca called “The Butterfly’s Evil Spell,” takes place outside the theatre building.A0Using surrealist theatre techniques and poetry, the play is a romance about a colony of insects and its primary theme is escape. The main characters escape from their everyday situations into their imagination, where they find ideals of love and beauty. The interpretation of this play also focuses on socially constructed ideas of male and female.A0The play is an interpretation of Lorcaperformance script by Carl Smith, the director of this piece.

The entire show runs approximately two hours, with two 15-minute intermissions between pieces.A0Call 247-7089 for details.


A look inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
What: Exhibit by local photographer John Schweider
Where: Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave.
When: April 17-May 17

This Thursday, April 17, the Open Shutter will open “Alaska,” a show featuring the images of local photographer John Schweider of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

When Alaska’s Arctic Range was established in 1960, Secretary of the Interior Fred Seaton described it as “one of the world’s great wildlife areas.” Now known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, many have come to admire its pristine wilderness.

Schwieder spent a month every summer for the past three years at ANWR. “It’s a place that’s become important to me,” he says of the vast area that is now threatened by proposals for oil exploration. Schweider’s landscape and wildlife photography has been published in Alaska Geographic, the Milepost, Inside/Outside and Paddler.

An exhibit opening will take place from 5-7 p.m. and will be followed by a slide show at 7:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center where Schweider will explain more about the refuge and the oil issue. A suggested donation of $2 benefits the Alaska Wilderness League.

The Open Shutter show is particularly relevant given the push by the current administration to opening up ANWR to oil development. Although the Senate rejected the proposed drilling a month ago, the House of Representatives approved another measure to allow the drilling just a week ago. The provision would allow drilling on 1.5 million of ANWR’s 19.5 million acres, and opponents say that the proposed area would center on a caribou breeding ground and the biological heart of the refuge.

Call 382-8355 for details.


International guitar greats play concert hall
What: A concert by virtuosos Peppino D’Agostino and Brian Gore
Where: FLC Community Concert Hall
When: Saturday, April 19, 7 p.m.

Two distinguished artists from the International Guitar Night (IGN) series will play Durango this weekend. Peppino D’Agostino and Brian Gore will take the concert hall stage Saturday, April 19, in a double-bill performance that will feature both original solo and collaborative works.

“International Guitar Night was developed as a forum for presenting the world’s most original guitar player-composers together in concert,” said Brian Wagner, executive director of the Durango Arts Center, which will co-sponsor the performance with the Community Concert Hall. “Each show is designed to highlight the diversity of cultural styles and techniques, with the ultimate goal to awaken new audiences to all the possibilities of the guitar.”

D’Agostino, one of the most highly regarded steel-string guitarists of his generation, emigrated from Italy to the United States 16 years ago to pursue his dream to become a composer and performer. Considered an adventurous artist who pours every ounce of emotion and energy into his performances, D’Agostino consistently challenges the technical limits of the guitar in his original compositions, inventing a mini-orchestra of sound that seems impossible for a solo guitar. He has performed throughout the world with a host of esteemed artists, including Leo Kotke, Doc Watson, Chet Atkins and Paul Bellinati.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Gore, a steel-string guitarist and award-winning lyricist, has a growing reputation as one of the most interesting and influential performers of “the next generation” in acoustic guitar. Gore is considered a musical romantic, and his compositions draw inspiration from diverse sources including Greek mythology and modern literature.

Tickets can be bought at the Concert Hall Box Office, online at, or by calling 247-7657.






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