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Burning Spear comes to Durango
Inside the "Russian Ark"
Railfest returns to Durango

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The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., hosts a reception for "Ranch Families: Culture of America ," an exhibit featuring photographs and artwork of Southwest Colorado ranch families by Jenny & Greg Gummersall, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jenny Gummersall also will give aslide presentationabout southwest Colorado ranch families.259-2402.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a trail run on the Perins Peak Trail . Interested runners should meet at the trailhead in the Rockridge subdivision at 6 p.m. 385-2664 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group plays at the Cyprus Caf`E9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884.

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.

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe will present Heritage Night , an evening of Native American dancing, games and barbecue, at the Sky Ute Casino. 563-3373 for details.

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. 259-1622 for details.

Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts Studio 54 Ladies Night at 10 p.m. 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. 385-1210 for details.

Hardesty Financial, Operation Healthy Communities and Big Brothers/Big Sisters will host a free seminar titled "Creative Solutions to Anticipated Estate Taxation via Charitable Planning" presented by Kenneth C. Leach, a lawyer specializing in estate planning, at 11:45 a.m. in conference room 100 of Durango Office Suites. 799-2540 to register.

Founding member of Parliament/Funkadelic Bernie Worrell and his Woo Warriors play the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.

Local jam band Catalyst plays Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

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

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., will host its second live hip-hop M.C. battle at 10:30 p.m. First prize is a gold microphone. 259-9200 for details.

North Carolina's Greasy Beans brings its back-porch music to Haggard's Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8:30 p.m. 259-5657 for details.

Tim Guidotti plays classics and originals at Christina's Grill & Bar, 21382 Hwy. 160 West, at 6 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Bruce Hayes brings his strings to Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.



The San Juan Mountains Association, Durango Mountain Resort and Lois the Llama Lady will host "Hike, Lunch and Wine with a Llama" at 9:30 a.m. at DMR. The llamas will carry lunches and wine on an interpretive hike. 385-1210 for details.

The Sky Ute Casino hosts its second annual Tamale Festival & Green Chili Cookoff . Area chefs will compete for the titles of Top Tamale and Best Green Chili. Amateurs and professionals are welcome. 563-3372 for details.

The race for King and Queen of the Hill takes place at Chapman Hill with race categories for everyone. The party begins at 6 p.m. on the Pavilion Patio with music and food, and the races begin at 7 p.m. 375-7300 for details.

Dances of Universal Peace take place at 7:30 p.m. in Room 2 of the Mason Center, at the corner of 12th Street and E. Third Avenue.

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

Telluride Bluegrass favorites, the South Austin Jug Band , play their beatnik country at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475.

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

Orion's Room , a six-piece alternative acoustic act, plays ladies night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200.

Bruce Hayes plays Haggard's Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8:30 p.m. 259-5657.

Kirk James plays blues and rock at the Buffalo Gap in Vallecito at 8:30 p.m.

Mark Curran plays classic folk and country at Christina's Grill & Bar, 21382 Hwy. 160 West, at 6 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Rico Blues Project plays at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.



A fund-raiser and five-year anniversary celebration for the Southwest Youth Corps will be held at the Bar D Chuckwagon starting at 7 p.m. The evening will include entertainment, dinner and an auction. Tickets are available at First National Bank. Call 259-8607 for details.

A fund-raiser to cover medical expenses for Thos Welsh , who passed away July 13, will be held in the First National Bank parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Household treasures, art and many services like massage, energy work and nature hikes will be offered. Those wishing to sell items or services please call 533-9040 for details.

The fifth annual Dirt Lover's Rally mountain bike race begins at 10 a.m. at the Horse Gulch trailhead. Courses range from 6.3 to 18 miles in length, and competitors can register at the Durango Rec Center prior to Aug. 22 or at a higher fee on race day. 375-7308.

Alta Grahm plays celtic harp at the Cyprus Caf`E9, 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.

Political satirist Dave Lippman will perform at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College Ave., at 7 p.m. as a benefit for the Southwest Colorado Peace & Justice Coalition. Lippman has been performing his unique brand of political humor since the early 1980s, and his current show features George Shrub, "the world's only known singing CIA agent." 375-1344 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., from 2-6 p.m. 259-1400.



San Juan Basin Health Department, 281 Sawyer Drive, sponsors a back-to-school immunization clinic from 1-5:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary but bring your child's immunization record, Medicaid, CHP+ or Rocky Mountain HMO card. 247-5702, ext. 271 for details.

Lawrence Nass plays piano at the Cyprus Caf`E9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts Open Mic Night at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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

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



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.

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



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

The Tuscarawas River Band plays newgrass at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475.

Wild Horse Wednesdays, featuring Otis and the Rhythm playing country and swing, takes place at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

The Frank Trio plays live jazz at Steamworks, 801 E. 2nd Ave., from 7-10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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

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



The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the exhibit, "Reverberations" through Aug. 30. The show features local artists as well as artists from New Mexico in mediums including mixed media sculpture, black and white photography, water color, drawing, lithographs and color photographs. Concurrently, the exhibit "River Show,"artist books by the San Diego Book Arts guild runs upstairs. 259-2606 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, southwest of the Community Concert Hall, will host an exhibition of works by recipients of FLC art scholarships from Aug. 25-Sept. 4. Recipients include Randi Bassett, Noah Lindgren, Anna Ward, Rebecca Javernick, Austin Baker and Ivan Bahe. An artists' reception is scheduled for Sept. 1. 247-7167.

The Adaptive Sports Association is offering new activities for people with disabilities , including trips to ruins, a ride on the Silverton Mountain chairlift and a trip to Durango Mountain Resort. ASA will continue to provide canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hiking and more. 259-0374.

Open Shutter Gallery will present an exhibit of black and white still life photography byFrank Jackson , an acclaimed commercial photographer based in L.A. The show,titled "Pursuit of Balance," continues through Sept. 3. 382-8355 for details.

The Ellis Crane Gallery, 131 E. Eighth St., hosts a three-woman show of new work featuring artists Ilze Aviks, Joan Levin Russell and Phyllis Stapler through Aug. 25. 382-9855 for details.

The Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave., showcases "After Dark," a play full of suspense, love, double crossing and mistaken identity on odd dates at 7:45 p.m. Following the play, the Diamond Circle Vaudeville Revue takes the stage with skits full of dancing, singing and slapstick comedy. "The One for the Mohave Kid" plays at the Diamond Circle Theatre on even dates at 7:45 p.m. except Sundays.This Louis L'Amour story is staged as an old time Radio Show with lots of action and comedy. 247-3400.

In conjunction with the Rally in the Rockies, the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall will visit Durango from Aug. 25-Sept. 1.

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

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 Collection`AE, 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.



Funky New Orleans bluesman Mem Shannon returns to Storyville on Aug. 28.

A free workshop on dreamwork for healing and growth takes place Aug. 28 at the Durango Arts Center.

The Four Corners Rally in the Rockies takes place Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Sky Ute Events Center in Ignacio.

The Four Corners Iron Horse Motorcycle Rally celebrates its 10th anniversary on Labor Day Weekend with separate events in Durango.

Local funk band Goodfoot plays its farewell performance Aug. 29 at the Summit.

GPS , a band featuring former members of Earthtone, will be playing shows Aug. 29 & 31 at El Patio.

The Children's Museum will host a Mars Viewing Party on Aug. 30 at the Lion's Den to celebrate the planet's closest approach to Earth in recorded history.

The Four Corners Folks Festival returns to Pagosa Springs for its eighth year on Aug. 29-31. This year's festival features acts including Eddie for Ohio, the Drew Emmitt Band and Laura Love.

Cabaret Diosa will bring its Latin hi-fi exotica to the Abbey Theatre on Aug. 31.

The United Way of Southwest Colorado will host its annual Radiothon , an all-day live phone auction broadcast from the Durango Mall on Four Corners Broadcasting Stations.

Gary Nabhan , noted essayist and ecologist, will address the Small Farms Conference on Sept. 5 at Fort Lewis College.

The new Chapman Hill Pavilion dedication and ribbon-cutting is set for Sept. 5.

The eighth annual Wholistic/Metaphysical Conference and Exposition takes place at the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Sept. 6-7.

Burning Spear comes to Durango

Undisputed reggae legend Burning Spear will heat up the stage and kick off the 2003-04
season at the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Burning Spear has, for more than three decades, produced an unmatched musical legacy. Since his 1969 release "Door Peep," Burning Spear has maintained an active and consistent career. He was the only reggae artist to be included, and thus honored, in the 2002 music issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

"Burning Spear is high energy and intense," said Gary Penington, concert hall managing director. "He puts more into his concerts than rock artists half his age. His music generates excitement, and the live shows regularly exceed two hours. Burning Spear is a great way to kick off the 2003-04 performing arts series at the Community Concert Hall."

Raised in the parish of St. Ann's, Jamaica, the same musical hotbed that produced Bob Marley and the Wailers, Burning Spear has endeavored to educate, inform and uplift people throughout the world with a positive, musical message based on honesty, peace and love.

"Freeman" is Burning Spear's new studio album, which he is currently promoting on his extensive tour that will take him throughout North America and Europe. His Durango performance hits the stage at 8 p.m.


Inside the "Russian Ark"
What: An acclaimed film taking an unusual look at Russian history
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Aug. 22-23 at 6 & 8 p.m. and Aug. 24 at 4 p.m.

Shot in a single 96-minute take on high-definition digital video, "Russian Ark" weaves through 33 rooms of the Hermitage of St. Petersburg and past 2,000+ actors and extras. The camera was switched on and 96 minutes later switched off after crossing four centuries and re-enacting history on the grand scale by means of an array of sophisticated effects. The effort by director Alexander Sokurov has drawn universal praise.

"The result is a magnificent feast for the eyes and brain," renarked V.A. Musetto of the New York Post .

Viewers follow a disembodied voice as it's given a tour by a 19th century French nobleman through both the Hermitage and the Russian history of the past 300 years. The film shifts back and forth through time to show us historical figures like Catherine the Great, Nicholas I, Nicholas II, Peter the Great and others.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "The film is a glorious experience to witness, not least because, knowing the technique and understanding how much depends on every moment, we almost hold our breath."

Ebert's praise continues and he credits "Russian Ark" as being "one of the most astonishing films ever made." 385-1711 for details.


Railfest returns to Durango
What: An annual celebration of railroading
Where: In Durango and along the narrow gauge line to Silverton
When: Aug. 21-24

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad 2003 Railfest celebration has been coined, "Happy Rails to You" and pays tribute to the train's place in the last 100 years of Western film. Every year in late August, Durango and aficionados from around the country pay tribute to the history and culture of railroading. This year's event, scheduled Aug. 21-24, includes special excursions pulled by the 1875 Eureka & Palisades wood burning locomotive; Rio Grande Southern's 1933 Galloping Goose Motor Nos. 1, 2 and 5; model railroad exhibits; an invitational Single Action Shooting Society western shooting match and train robbery; and a slide presentation by famed railroad photographer and historian Al Chione. The Presidential Special train will also run and include all of the D&SN's first-class private coaches.

In 1949, Denver & Rio Grande painted locomotive 268 with a brilliant black and gold paint scheme for the Chicago Railroad Fair. The locomotive was so colorful, management decided to make a "painted train" on the Silverton branch as well. Up until that time, all the locomotives were basic black, and the coaches were a dull "Pullman Green." Locomotive No. 473 and three coaches were refitted with the "loud" paint job.

The black and gold locomotive paint scheme was referred to as the "Bumble Bee," and in awe of the gold coaches, management decided to paint the rest of the fleet. Rio Grande Gold remains the signature color of the rolling stock on this line today. To celebrate this Hollywood western tradition, locomotive No. 473 will again be repainted in the black & gold colors for Railfest 2003 and will only remain these colors through the Sept. 20th fall photo special.

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