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Ellen Meloy makes Maria's Bookshop stop
Celtic returns for fifth season
Storyville presents Patice Pike

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The San Juan Mountains Center, a mountain education and public lands information center, will celebrate its grand opening at 1246 Empire St., in Silverton from 4-8 p.m. with music from the Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band, a reading by Dolores LaChapelle, a barbeque, beverages and more.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a trail run on the Big Canyon trail. Runners should meet at the trailhead near New Country Auto at 6 p.m. 385-2664.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group plays at the Cyprus CafE9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884.

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

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

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

Santa Fe’s Mary and Mars bring folk and bluegrass to the Summit, 600 Main, at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.

Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, hosts Acoustic Durango, at 7:30 p.m. The songwriters’ showcase will feature original material from John Dillon and Vivian Nesbit of Taos; local guitarist and songwriter Win Wright and local jazz from Thom Rader. 259-5657 for details.

Local jam bands Catalyst and Goodfoot play the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts Studio 54 Ladies Night. 259-1400 for details.



The San Juan Mountains Association will host a free guided naturalist hike at Durango Mountain Resort from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Topics include geology, fire ecology, plants, birds and other features of the San Juan Mountains ecosystem. 385-1210 to register.

Operation Healthy Communities hosts a TGIF workshop on the Disability Act and disability etiquette at the Durango Office Suites from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 382-0585 to register.

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

The Global Funk Council brings its horns and funk to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324.

Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., hosts Celtic music from Stonecircle at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

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

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




San Juan Basin Health Department will host a free car seat and seat belt checkpoint from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Wal-Mart parking lot. 247-5702, Ext. 207.

The San Juan Mountains Association will host a free interpretive tour of arborglyphs on the historic Pine/Piedra Stock Driveway from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Arborglyphs are aspen tree carvings by early 1900s Basque sheepherders. 385-1210 to register.

Beverly Ellis and Marilyn Ellis, members of the Florida Aspen Club, will provide tasting samples from their latest cookbook, A Collection of Favorite Recipes, at Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., from 1-3 p.m. The club raises money through cookbook sales to provide local financial assistance. 247-1438 for details

The Durango Recreation Center will host its first dive-in movie at 5:30 p.m. The G-rated movie will be projected onto a sheet and the best viewing will be from inside the lap pool. 375-7310.

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

Jeff Strahan and the Strangers play at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details



The San Juan Mountains Association will host “Hike, Lunch and Wine with a Llama” from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Durango Mountain Resort. A llama will carry lunch and wine for picnic. 385-1210.

Music in the Mountains begins its 17th year with a special Brass and Barbeque event at Silver Mountain Guest Ranch. The evening will feature music from a brass quintet with a country and western duo. Buses leave the First National Bank parking lot at 4 p.m. 385-6820.

Alta Grahm plays celtic harp at the Cyprus CafE9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884.

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

Otis and the Rhythm plays “Cool Blue Sunday” at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568.

The Studio 3 Band plays at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.



Mercy Medical Center will offer “Cut the Fat,” a two-part class aimed at helping attendees manage or lower their lipids by making lifestyle and nutrition changes, at the Wellness Center from 4-5:30 p.m. 382-1521 to register.

Lawrence Nass plays piano at the Cyprus CafE9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884.

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

Terry Rickard plays classics at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.



The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, will host a Samba Dance Party with music from the Mitchell Long Trio at 7 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Music in the Mountains continues at the Purgatory Village Tent with the chamber music of Mendelssohn, Hadyn and Brahms at 7:30 p.m. featuring Emanuel Borok on violin. 385-6820.

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

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

Otis and the Rhythm play swing and salsa at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568.

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



The Jeff Solon Jazz Group plays at the Cyprus CafE9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884.

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

San Juan Singles presents a social mixer for all area singles at the Golden Dragon, 992 Main Ave., from 7-9 p.m. There will be sign-up sheets for hiking, camping, river and lake activities, and visits to ruins and hot springs. 375-6235 for details.

Otis and the Rhythm play country at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568.

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

Jeff Strahan and the Strangers play at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.



Terry Gilliam’s “Lost in La Mancha,” a documentary on failed efforts to film Don Quixote, shows nightly at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 7 & 9 p.m. and runs through July 14. On July 16, the theatre will start screening “Laurel Canyon,” a story of an L.A. record producer, played by Frances McDormand, who is at odds with her straight-laced son. 385-1711.

Gallery Ultima, 1018 Main Ave., will host an exhibit of the works of the Plein Aire Painters of the 4 Corners from July 11-30. The show represents more than 30 artists and more than 60 works will be on display. An opening reception will be held July 11 from 5-9 p.m. 247-1812 for details.

The Children’s Museum will offer new weekly science classes for children 5 to 11 years of age beginning July 11. The classes will cover topics like chemistry, physics and fossils. 259-9234.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts “Myth and Metaphor” through July 26, an exhibit of painting and assemblage by Durango artist Maureen May; sculpture and painting by Kathy Park of Jaroso, Colo.; drawings by Eugene, Ore.; artist Nan Weed; and palladium print photographs by Durango’s Bett West. Upstairs in the Art Library, the exhibit “The River Show” will run through Aug. 30 and feature artist books by the San Diego Book Arts Guild. 259-2606.

The Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave., showcases “After Dark,” a play full of suspense, love, double crossing and mistaken identity. Following the play, the Diamond Circle Vaudeville Revue takes the stage with skits full of dancing, singing and slapstick. The double-bill shows nightly at 7:45 p.m. 247-3400 for details.

Pianist Hoyle Osborne plays “Transcendental Ragtime” at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. on weekdays except Sundays. 247-4431 for details

Durango Nature Studies hosts “Wee Wild Walkabouts,” a half-day nature camp for 4 to 5 year olds July 14, 16 & 18. 382-9244.

The Open Shutter Gallery will present an exhibit titled “WILD!” featuring outdoor adventure photography by local professionalA0 photographers Gunnar Conrad, Bill Hatcher and Kennan Harvey. The exhibit runs through July 15. 382-8355 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies will host “Cross Cultural Threads: Pueblo, Navajo and Hispanic Textiles of the Southwest” through Nov. 7 in the Exhibit Gallery. This collection features The Durango CollectionAE, which spans eight centuries of weaving traditions in the Southwest. The center is also presenting the Spring Sampler Quilt Show and the Artistry of Mata Ortiz in the Exhibit Gallery. Regular gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. 247-7456 for details.

“About a Bike,” an exhibit of original paintings by Krista Harris celebrating the beauty of bicycles, will be on display at Steamworks Brewing Co. through Aug. 30. 259-9200 for details.



Author Dottie Warlick will visit Maria’s Bookshop to sign copies of her book Vallecito Country on the evening of July 17.

Open Shutter Gallerys presents an exhibit of still life photography byA0Frank Jackson titled “Pursuit of Balance” beginning July 17.

Images magazine will host open mic night at Magpies July 17.

The Summit will host the mountain funk bluegrass jams of the Old Dog Band on July 19.

Recent Telluride Bluegrass alumni, the South Austin Jug Band will play Storyville on July 19.

Thomas the Tank Engine returns to Durango July 20-22.

The 24th annual Kendall Mountain Run will be held July 21 in Silverton.

Dwight Yoakam will make his first-ever Durango stop with a performance at Fort Lewis College on July 21.

Ellen Meloy makes Maria’s Bookshop stop
What: A book signing by the Pulitzer finalist
Where: Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave.
When: Tuesday, July 15, 6-7 p.m.

Ellen Meloy, noted author of Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky, and Raven’s Exile, will be making a stop in Durango for a reading and signing this week. The event takes place at Maria’s Bookshop on July 15 from 6-7 p.m.

Anthropology of Turquoise is a mix of natural history and adventure that guides the reader through landscapes ranging from Southwestern deserts to turquoise seas. Meloy uses turquoise – the color and the gem – as a metaphor to make sense of the world from clues in nature.A0The book was one of the two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction and winner of the 2003 Utah Book Award in nonfiction.A0

Meloy also will be signing copies her “deep map” of a Colorado Plateau canyon, Raven’s Exile: A Season on the Green River. The book is Meloy’s account of living on Utah’s Green River and won a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. In 1997, the Whiting Foundation also honored Meloy with a writer’s award.
Meloy has written for Orion, Utne Reader, Northern Lights and other journals. Her naturalist commentaries are a frequent feature on Utah Public Radio. She also teaches writing and natural history workshops in the Southwest and is an illustrator of subjects that include science and natural history. Meloy currently lives on the San Juan River in southern Utah.

For more information on the signing, call 247-1438.


Celtic Fest returns for fifth season
What: DMR’s annual Celtic music festival
Where: The ski area base area
When: July 12 from noon to 10 p.m.

Fresh on the heels of Red, White and Blues, Durango Mountain Resort will have you seeing green this weekend. On July 12, DMR hosts its fifth annual CelticFest, an all-day event that features the music of The Indulgers, Newcomers Home, Sylvia Zurko, Kavanaugh Sisters, Westwind Pipe Band, Stonecircle and Durango’s own Beltaine.

Celtic Fest also will host a collection of artists displaying and selling their Celtic jewelry, clothing, ceramics and more as well as Irish fare such as turkey legs, corned beef and cabbage, and the popular Scotch Tasting. And of course the Guinness will be flowing.

As for the musical headliners, The Indulgers is a band that fuses Irish, Scottish and American upbringings with traditional and contemporary instruments. The band plays numerous festivals annually including Keystone Celtic Fest, The Colorado Irish Fest, The Long’s Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival, Denver’s People’s Fair, Fort Collins’ Summer Series and Vail’s Mt. Concert Series. The band’s recent release “Tan & Black” helped the band capture the title of “Independent Band of The Year 2002,” from Riff Magazine.

Fellow headliner Newcomers Home blends folk, bluegrass, rock, Latin rhythm and Irish tradition using vocals, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, acoustic/electric guitars and percussion. The fast-rising Boulder band has generated a dedicated following. After the recent release of “In the Hour,” the fourth best-selling CD in Boulder, Newcomers Home began a national tour. They have become favorites at music festivals nationwide and are currently headlining and filling to capacity Boulder’s most popular venues, including the Fox Theater.

Joining these acts will be local Celtic musicians Beltaine and Sylvia Zurko, among others.The festival goes from noon until 10 p.m. Call 385-2149 for details.


Storyville presents Patrice Pike
What: A show by former lead singer of Sister Seven
Where: Storyville, 1150 Main Ave.
When: Thursday, July 10, 9:30 p.m.

After 10 years as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Austin-based rock band Sister Seven, Patrice Pike has gone her own way and now leads Patrice Pike and the Black Box Rebellion.

The band features the songs of Pike and includes musical performances and songwriting collaborations with other writers and musicians primarily based in Austin, including Patrice’s long-time musical partner, Wayne Sutton. Pike and the Black Box Rebellion continue to evolve with a revolving membership of musicians and co-producing projects and has not escaped notice.

Billboard Magazine called Pike, “one of the finest up-and-coming contemporary rock singers in America.”

Referring to Pike’s latest release, the Austin Chronicle commented, “’Fencing Under Fire’ reveals that Austin’s long beloved Little Sister has taken a step back and in the process, moved miles on down the road.”

The show takes place at Storyville on July 10 at 9:30 p.m. Call 259-1475 for details.






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