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Flatlander rolls into Abbey
Copeland highlights "Cinders, Song and Sauvingnon"
Durango's galleries open their doors

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Fort Lewis College music students perform a free recital from 12:20-1:15 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in Sage Hall.

A Snowdown kickoff party will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Palace Restaurant, 505 Main Ave. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Volunteers are needed for the 26th annual edition, which takes place Jan. 28-Feb. 1. The theme is “Yabba Dabba Doo-rango!” 247-0741.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a trail run on the Dry Fork Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead at 6 p.m. 385-2664 for details.

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission will hold an open mic meeting on civil rights issues. The session takes place in city council chambers, 949 E. 2nd Ave., at 6:30 p.m.

“Heads Up vs. Feds Up,” a debate on marijuana, takes place at 7 p.m. in the FLC College Union Building Ballroom. Bob Stutman, a 25-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Agency, will square off against Steve Hager, editor-in-chief of High Times magazine. 247-7474 for details.

The Sound Liberation Peace Choir will host an introductory meeting. The group is a gathering of like-minded souls wishing to join their voices for peace. No experience necessary. 884-9216 for details.

Local author and physician Pam Kircher, M.D., will lead a panel discussion on significant books and medicine at 7 p.m. in Room 130 Noble Hall at Fort Lewis College. 247-7400 for details.

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

Marilee Jantzer-White will present a slide lecture entitled, “Navajo Weavings - The Stories They Tell,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave.A0This program will discuss weavers’ insights into patterns and symbols in their textiles.A0 259-2402 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts a Ladies Night Dance Party with a live DJ from 8-11 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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

Aftergrass plays local jamgrass at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

Bluesman Percy Strother stays for another performance at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m. At 10 p.m., Koolie Blue, featuring Johnny Hot Lix and Sayonix, plays live hip hop. 259-1400.

Amateur Fight Night returns to the Wildhorse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. Weigh-ins take place at 8 p.m. and the fights starts at 9 p.m. The Ladies of the Fallen Angel will also be on hand. 375-2568.

Holly Hieronymus plays piano at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 Hwy. 160 West, at 6 p.m. 382-3844.



The San Juan Mountains Association hosts a free tour of the Missionary Ridge burn area from 9-11 a.m. The tour will include information on fire ecology and rehabilitation. 385-1210 for details.

Joseph Rael will be signing and reading from his latest work, The House of Shattering Light, at Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m. For the last 20 years, Rael, an American Indian elder, has built more than 40 “sound chambers” around the world. Rael has been invited to speak before the United Nations on world peace and address the Pentagon on the role of the warrior in the modern world. 247-1438.

“The Furs,” Catalyst without keys, play the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.

Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., hosts David Bowie Night, a benefit for college radio station KDUR, at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

Listen, a Fort Collins jazz, funk and hip hop band, returns to Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave. 259-9200 for details.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts Live at Five featuring a free show by Studio 3 with Mario Dobbs & Terry Rickard at 5:30 p.m. The band plays a second show with cover at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

Sound of the Sun, a groove band, plays a free show at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8:30 p.m. 259-5657.

Dean Murphy and Kevin Blaum play blues and rock at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 Highway 160 West, at 6:30 p.m. Holly Hieronymus plays piano inside at 6 p.m. 382-3844 for details.



“A Treasure Chest of Resources,” a conference for developing skills to address learning differences, will be held from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Discussion topics include: reaching the hard to teach; multi-sensory education; communicating for a child’s success; and creating a blueprint for change in La Plata County. Email for details.

The Durango Nature Center presents a Plant Craft Projects Workshop from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Learn how to turn flowers, leaves, twigs and tree cookies into beautiful art projects suitable for gift giving. 382-9244 to register.

Carver’s, 1022 Main Ave., and The Point radio station hosts an Oktoberfest celebration with live polka and prizes from 5-8 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

Durango Nature Studies and San Juan Symphony Director Arthur Post Friday will present a free preview and discussion of the symphony’s first fall concert, “Land Alive,” from 7-9 p.m. at Fort Lewis College’s Roshong Recital Hall. The concert will play Oct. 4-5 and feature American Indian flutist R. Charlos Nakai. 382-9244 to register.

The Dances of Universal Peace take place at 7 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. and will feature new dances from Canyonlands.

Warsaw, Tucson’s ska/punk phenomenon, returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

The Bar Feeders, San Francisco’s “drunkest and silliest punk band,” plays Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

Local jam band Freewill Recovery plays Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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

Jeff Strahan and the Strangers play rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. Downstairs at Liquid, Matthew’s Boogie Night spins the best of the 70s at 9 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Jymeo plays a free world-beat show at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8:30 p.m. 259-5657 for details.

Greg Ryder plays at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 Highway 160 West, at 6:30 p.m. Holly Hieronymus plays piano inside beginning at 6 p.m. 382-3844.



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

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

Mark Curran plays the patio at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 Hwy. 160 West, at 10 a.m. Holly Hieronymus plays piano inside at 10 a.m. 382-3844 for details.



The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts Open Mic Night at 8 p.m. with sign-ups at 7 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.



The Women’s Resource Center, 723 E. Second Ave., presents a workshop on small business legal issues from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The discussion is specifically designed to educate those who want to start a business and have legal questions but can’t afford an attorney. 247-1242.

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.

Andrew Thomas will perform his senior recital on trumpet at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in the Sage Hall building. Admission is free.

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

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents FLC Wednesdays with specials, solo and duo FLC performances and music from DJ Styles. The 2nd annual Music Talent Search also gets underway. 259-1400 for details.

The Sand Sheff Trio plays at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 6:30 p.m. 259-5657 for details.

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



The Durango Lively Arts theatre group opens its fall season with the comedy-drama “Belles” on Sept. 26. Written by Mark Dunn, the play is about six sisters living in different parts of the country who are all struggling with family and relationship challenges. Additional performances will be held Sept. 27 and Oct. 3, 4 and 10, 11. All shows takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. 382-8584 for details.

Wines of the San Juan, located below Navajo Dam, presents a wine and music festival from noon to 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 & 28. The event will feature food, wine, artisan booths and live music from the Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band, Going Out Swinging, Parachute Highway, Studio 3, Martin White and Jackie Schneider. 505-632-0879 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts the third annual Invitational Ceramics Exhibition from Sept. 29-Oct. 23. Alumni and local artists will exhibit their ceramics and many of the pieces are for sale. An opening reception will be held Oct. 3 from 5-7 p.m. 247-7167.

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents an exhibit by photographer Pentti Sammallahti. The Finnish photographer’s work focuses on remote landscapes and the relationships between people in small villages and their environment. Sammallahti’s work is featured in collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Pushkin Museum, Moscow; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 382-8355 for details.A0A0A0

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., shows “Ranch Families: Culture of America,” an exhibit featuring photographs and artwork of southwest Colorado ranch families by Jenny & Greg Gummersall.A0259-2402.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts “Alchemy of Fire,” a members’ exhibit on the transformative power of fire, through Oct. 3. The Carol Barton exhibit “Pop-Up Books” will be featured in the Art Library and showcase art books by the renowned artist. 259-2606 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens “Marooned in Iraq” at 6 & 8 p.m. with a 4 p.m. matinee on Sept. 26-28. The film tells the story on a Kurdish family in the waning days of the Iran-Iraq war. 385-1711.

The Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave., presents “Alkali Basin,” an old-time Western Radio Show based on a Louis L’Amour short story, throughA0Sept. 27. The action-filled show plays nightly at 7:45 p.m. except Sundays and is followed by a Cole Porter Revue with songs, dancing and comedy. 247-3400 for details.

Silverton’s A Theatre Group presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), a fast-paced edit of the entire Shakespearean canon in “two hours of ridiculous mayhem.” The play will show throughout September in Silverton’s Miner’s Union Theater on weekends at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. 387-5337 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

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 Artistry of Mata Ortiz in the Exhibit Gallery. Regular gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. 247-7456.



Needham Elementary School fourth-graders will host their annual Spaghetti Dinner on Oct. 2 with proceeds funding an overnight field trip to Crow Canyon.

The 15th annual Durango Cowboy Gathering returns with its cowboy poetry, music, storytelling and folklore from Oct. 2-5.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a booksigning with acclaimed nature writer and Edward Abbey compatriot David Peterson on Oct. 2.

The Center of Southwest Studies hosts the “Images of the Southwest” juried photo show from Oct. 3-Nov. 7 in the Exhibit Gallery.

The Southwest Colorado Memory Walk, a pledge event that raises money to support the programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association Rocky Mountain Chapter, will take place Oct. 4 in La Plata Canyon. 259-0122.

Little Feat brings its full acoustic tour to the FLC Community Concert Hall on Oct. 4.

The San Juan Mountains Association, in partnership with Steamworks, will host the second annual Mountain Oktoberfest Celebration on Oct. 4. The event will include live music, games and a special dinner menu.

The Durango Area Youth Hockey Association will host Hockey Day at Chapman Hill on Oct. 4, with a skills competition, swap meet, silent auction, registration and more.

The Solar Buildings Tour will take place throughout La Plata County on Oct. 4. The self-guided tour of structures deriving some or all of their energy from the sun begins at the Smiley Building at 8 a.m.

Habitat for Humanity will host a Fall Fashion Fund-raiser at Seasons on Oct. 9.

Flatlander rolls into Abbey
What: A concert by Joe Ely
Where: The Abbey Theater, 128 E. College
Friday, Sept. 26, doors open at 7 p.m.

Texas troubadour Joe Ely will play a rare show at the Abbey Theatre this Friday. Throughout a storied career, Ely has defied definition. The musician, who got his start in Lubbock, Texas, has been called everything from a wandering minstrel to gypsy cowboy.

Twenty years ago, Ely passed his first milestone in Lubbock when he and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock formed a band called The Flatlanders. They flouted the Nashville mold by melding country and rock, earning themselves the status of being too experimental and ahead of their time. Ely went on to mix rock and country with the Joe Ely band – an approach that was later embraced by English punk band the Clash.

Throughout his career, Ely has shared the stage with everyone from Jerry Jeff Walker and Gilmore to Bruce Springsteen and Linda Rondstandt. Ely won a 1999 Grammy for his work with Los Super Seven, a bilingual supergroup that included three members of Los Lobos as well as Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez and country artist Rick Trevino. He also continues to record and tour as part of The Flatlanders. The group has reportedly recorded a new Flatlanders album but has not set a release date. Ely’s most recent release is “Streets of Sin.”

“These are a bunch of stories from the B-section of the newspaper,” Ely says of the album. “It’s a collection of short stories about people living out their daily lives.”

This Friday, Ely will bring these stories and likely a host of others to the stage at the Abbey. For more information or tickets, call 385-1711.


Copeland highlights "Cinders, Song and Sauvingnon"
What: The annual signature fund-raiser for the Fort Lewis College Community
Where: The concert hall and aboard the D&SNGRR
When: Sept. 26-27

“Cinders, Song & Sauvignon” will bring wine and wailing blues to the Community Concert Hall this weekend. On Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., singer Shemekia Copeland will bring her hot and haunting blues to the concert hall stage.

Copeland recently received three W.C. Handy Blues Awards during the prestigious blues organization’s annual ceremony in Memphis, Tenn.A0 She took home more awards than any other nominee and counts among her statuettes “Contemporary Female Artist of the Year” and “Contemporary Blues Album of the Year.”A0 Her win for the overall “Blues Album of the Year” for “Talking to Strangers” marks the second time Copeland has won the category, receiving the Handy in 2001 for her album, “Wicked.”A0

“Talking to Strangers” is, in Copeland’s words, “the best yet.”A0 Produced by the legendary Dr. John, “Talking to Strangers” is lauded for pushing Copeland to new heights, showcasing her as a fresh and creative artist who crosses genres and generations with ease.A0 In Blues Revue, she described it as “Just laid-back and funky and natural and cool.”A0CNN has called Copeland a “diva in the making.”A0

Prior to Copeland’s concert, a wine auction will be held in the concert hall lobby from 4-7 p.m. More than 20 hard-to-find items will be up for bid including a 1982 Opus One and a 6 -litre Gloria Ferrer Royal Couvee 2000. The popular Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad wine charter on Sept. 27 has sold out. For more information or tickets, call 247-7657.


Durango's galleries open their doors
What: Annual Colorfest Gallery Walk
Where: Downtown Durango
When: Friday, Sept. 26, 5-9 pm

The annual Colorfest Gallery Walk, a chance for people to admire local art, begins this Friday at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Durango Gallery Association, the evening includes open receptions at the association’s 10 member galleries.

Gallery walkers will be treated to gallery exhibits as well as appetizers, beverages, entertainment and the opportunity to win prizes. Participants receive a “passport” that can be validated at participating galleries, making them eligible for prizes, including a $300 gift certificate to be used in the gallery of the winner’s choice and gift certificates for Durango restaurants.

Galleries participating in Colorfest include: the Durango Arts Center, Gallery Ultima, Open Shutter Gallery, Martin Roll Gallery, Ellis Crane Gallery, Termar Gallery, Toh-Atin Gallery, Sorrel Sky Gallery and the Durango International Fine Arts Gallery.

Although receptions will take place only on Sept. 26 from 5-9 p.m., “passports” can be validated through Oct. 4. For more information, call the Durango Arts Center at 259-2606.






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