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Abbey screens "Amandla!"
Reel Big Fish plays Durango
Haggard's hosts Biscuit Burners

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The Women's Resource Center will present a workshop on household budgeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Human Services office, 1060 E. Second Ave.Participants will learn to budget to keep finances in check.247-1242 for details.

The Durango Recreation Center hosts a Halloween Carnival from 5:30-8:30 p.m. with a parade, games, prizes and $1 admittance to the pool area for people wearing costumes. 375-7310 for details.

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

The Life-Long Learning Series continues with a lecture entitled, "Bebop - Innovators and Development: 1940-45," by Tom MacCluskey at 7 p.m. in Roshong Hall. MacCluskey is a former college music professor and Grammy-winning music editor and engineer. 247-7400 for details.

Outdoor Pursuits concludes its 25th anniversary celebration with the first public viewing of images and video from its successful expedition to Mt. McKinley (Denali) , North America's highest summit, at 7:30 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. This presentation will discuss the many facets of a monthlong, major expedition, including expedition planning and preparation, training, logistics and the actual climbing on Denali. 247-7293 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts Disco Night with a live DJ spinning house and funk. 247-2324 for details.

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

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a "Ladies Boogie Night" Costume Party with a movie star theme at 9:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts a Femme Fatale Halloween Party with DJs Rem-E & Fat P. The evening will feature a costume contest and giveaways. 259-1400 for details.

Holly Hieronymus and Laura Wright play piano at Christina's Grill & Bar, 21382 Hwy. 160 West, at 6 p.m. 382-3844 for details.



Happy Halloween

Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., hosts a Halloween Kickoff Costume Contest . The event features live music from Pop Shove It and Suitcase beginning at 8:30 p.m. and costume judging at 10 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

KDUR hosts a benefit Halloween Costume Extravaganza at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m. The evening's theme will be "Superheroes, Spies Like Us and Transvestites Too" and will feature progressive sounds from DJ Byron Holstine, Outta Our Heads hosted by the Seoul Trayne, and DJ Brian Ess, No Crew No Care. A costume contest will be held at 11 p.m. 247-7262 for details.

Motion for Alliance plays progressive electronica for Halloween at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

New local hip hop band Dialogue plays the Halloween Bash at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., will become Screamworks with music from Claytanik, Michael Dominion and Aaron Bell. 259-9200 for details.

Jeff Strahan and the Strangers play Halloween Weekend at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8 p.m. The evening also features a costume contest, vacation giveaways and free transportation. 259-1400 for details.

Movin' On plays a lit bit of country and a lot of everything else for a Halloween Costume Party at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave. 375-2568 for details.

Holly Hieronymus and Laura Wright play piano at Christina's Grill & Bar, 21382 Highway 160 West, at 6 p.m. 382-3844 for details.



The Hesperus Ski Patrol Ski Swap runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Check-in for equipment takes place, Friday, Oct. 31, from 2-7 p.m.

Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., will host a signing for Nancy Libbey Mills (author) and Shan Wells' (illustrator) newest collaboration: And Dance With the Orange Cow from 3-4 p.m. The book is the final in a trilogy of children's books which includes: Hug a Bug and Never Eat Cabbage on Thursday . 247-1438 for details.

Chapman Hill kicks off the beginning of the new ice season with a "Last Chance to Use Your Costume Party" public skate from 6-10 p.m.

The monthly Contra Dance will be held at the St. Columba School, 1801 E. Third Ave. Beginner instruction at 7 p.m. with dancing from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Beat la Feet from Santa Fe will provide live music, and Robin Brown will teach and guide the dancers. No partner or experience necessary. 259-6820 for details.

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

The Bruce Hayes Band plays Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

Movin' On plays a lit bit of country and a lot of everything else for a Halloween Party at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave. 375-2568 for details.

Halloween Weekend continues at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with an 8 p.m. Ralph Dinosaur show. Downstairs at Liquid, Koolie Blue & Johnny Hotlicks present a live hip hop show. Free transportation provided. 259-1400 for details.

Wild Country plays country and rock at Haggard's Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 8 p.m. 259-5657 for details.

Holly Hieronymus and Laura Wright play piano at Christina's Grill & Bar, 21382 Highway 160 West, at 6 p.m. 382-3844 for details.



The Durango Choral Society presents "Enlightened Elegance: The Magic of Mozart and More" at 3 p.m. in the FLC Community Concert Hall. This concert offers a series of musical gems for choir and chamber orchestra by Brahms, Mozart, Vivaldi and Rossini. 247-7251 for details.

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

Terry Rickard plays classics at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays at Haggard's Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 6:30 p.m. 259-5657 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.

Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents a Keg Party at 8 p.m. downstairs at Liquid with guest DJs Matthew and Sluke. 259-1400 for details.

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



Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents Round No. 6 in its 2nd annual Music Talent Search at 8 p.m. Downstairs at Liquid, FLC Wednesdays continue with DJ Styles spinning house and break. 259-1400 for details.

The Dying Californians play at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 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 High School Thespian Troupe 1096 will perform "Les Miserables" on Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 6, 7, 8, & Nov. 14,15 at 7:30 p.m. at the DHS Theater. A matinee will also be held on Nov. 15. The production represents one of the challenging endeavors undertaken by the troupe and features the work of 94 cast and crew members, including a pit orchestra. The troupe has been working on the production since late Aug. 259-1630, ext. 105 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery will host a coordinated exhibit of multimedia works by local artists Debra Greenblatt and Shan Wells. The exhibit entitled "Glossadymi" runs through Nov. 13 and includes metaphorical statements about the natural environment, dealing with the disadvantages of television and, in collaboration with local poet Wanda Wilson, a light and sound display about the beauty of the Aegean Sea. An artist reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. 247-7167 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the exhibit "Evolution of the Book," featuring work by Laurie E. Dickson and Mary Ellen Long, through Oct. 31. Dickson is a professional home and garden photographer and recently released the book Artists' Interiors: Creative Spaces, Inspired Living . Long is known internationally for her creation of books as art objects. A book signing will be held on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. The center will also present new sculpture from FLC art professor Amy Wendland from Nov. 4-Dec. 24. 259-2606 for details.

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., will present an exhibit by California photographer David H. Collier through Nov. 19. Collier, a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, has won numerous awards and competitions. His vivid color photographs of the American West are a contemporary approach to a familiar subject. His varied use of techniques and filters gives his medium- and large-format work special impact. 382-8355 for details.

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.259-2402 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 hosts the "Images of the Southwest" juried photography show through Nov. 7 in the Exhibit Gallery. The center also presents "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 Artistry of Mata Ortiz in the Exhibit Gallery. Regular gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. 247-7456 for details.



Dance Co-motion presents its annual fall show , "Just Dance," on Nov. 6-8 at the Smiley Theater.

The Motet returns to the Abbey Theatre stage Nov. 6.

The Durango High School Visual and Performing Arts Department will host its annual Fall Fine Arts Splash , an exhibit of art students' work, on Nov. 7 & 8.

Liquor World will present its 6th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction benefit for Habitat for Humanity on Nov. 7 at the Double Tree.

A free preseason injury screening will be held at the Durango Recreation Center on Nov. 8.

Noted jazz singer Jenna Mammina will play the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall on Nov. 8.

The DSCPA will present Tish Hinojosa on Nov. 9 at the Durango Arts Center.

Tony Furtado returns to Durango for a Nov. 10 show at Storyville.

A local group supporting Wesley Clark's bid for the presidency will meet Nov. 10 at Christina's Grill & Bar.

The Adaptive Sports Association is seeking volunteers to teach skiing and snowboarding to people with disabilities this winter and is holding two orientation meetings Nov. 11 & 12. 385-2163 for details.

The Durango Nordic Ski Ball returns on Nov. 15 to the Double Tree.

The second and final Stars Over Fort Lewis College Gala Event will be held Nov. 15 at the Center for Southwest Studies.

The Peace Corps will hold an information meeting on Nov. 18. 259-5547 for details.

Abbey screens "Amandla!"
What: A documentary detailing music's role in the anti-Apartheid movement
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Starts Nov. 1 at 3:45, 6 & 8:15 p.m

Nine years in the making, "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony" brings to the screen the power of song to communicate, unite and ultimately beget change. Director Lee Hirsch's feature film documentary showcases the songs that South African protesters chanted during the decades-long anti-Apartheid movement, a new musical art form few people thought to document at the time. The emotion and storytelling abilities of the songs were an important tool for activists who needed to spread calls to arms.

Key events that are described in the film are the 1948 passing of racial segregation known as Apartheid; the 1950 introduction of "passbooks" for all black citizens; the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in which policemen fired on civilians at a demonstration; the 1964 hanging of songwriter/activist Vuyisile Mini; the 1964 imprisonment of Nelson Mandela; 1976 Soweto uprising in which 575 civilians and children were killed while protesting the nationalization of Afrikaans as the official language; and finally, the 1994 election that overthrew the white government and put Nelson Mandela in the president's office.

The first film to specifically consider the music that sustained and galvanized black South Africans for more than 40 years, "Amandla!'s" focus is on the struggle's spiritual dimension. The film was the Winner of the Audience Award and Freedom of Expression Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, and will show at the Abbey Theatre beginning Nov. 1 at 3:45, 6 & 8:15 p.m. The film will show at least through Nov. 5. This Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 1 & 2, the Abbey also will screen "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 385-1711.


Reel Big Fish plays Durango
What: A concert by the ska-punk band
Where: The Fort Lewis College Student Life Center
When: Friday, Oct. 31 - Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m.

The ska-punk band Reel Big Fish will be bringing its high-energy, over-the-top act to Durango this Friday for Halloween. The band will play the FLC Student Life Center and is expected to sell out the venue's 2,000 seats.

Reel Big Fish has come a long way from its Huntington, Calif., roots. Originally, the group billed itself as a punk band but has developed into a punk-ska band. "It's a mix between pop, ska and rock, and really getting a mix of the three," said vocalist/trumpet player Scott Klopfenstein of the mixed genre.

Consisting of six members from various backgrounds, Reel Big Fish is known for its energetic performances and unique sound. The band has not escaped notice. Rolling Stone characterized the band's live performances as "well-played and full-throttle affairs." Reel Big Fish also has been on the national tour circuit with the likes of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Cherry Poppin' Daddies. The band's albums include, "Everything Sucks," "Turn Off the Radio," "Why Do They Rock So Hard?" and its most recent release, 2002's "Cheer Up!"

The concert is promoted by SPOT (Student Programming and Other Things).

"Reel Big Fish put on an energetic live show that the student body can enjoy," said Ryan Lawrence, chair of SPOT events. "SPOT is proud to be able to bring a band to perform on Halloween. It just adds to the festivities of the evening."

For more information or ticketing, call Lawrence at 247-7474.


Haggard's hosts Biscuit Burners
What: A bluegrass quartet from Asheville, N.C.
Where: Haggard's Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road
When: Friday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.

The Biscuit Burners, a rising bluegrass quartet from Asheville, N.C., will play Halloween at Haggard's Black Dog Tavern this Friday at 8 p.m. Although the band has been lighting up rooms throughout the southeast, this marks its first tour west of the Mississippi.

Together since the beginning of the year, the Biscuit Burners have been shaking up the southeast acoustic music scene with its sound. Their original material matched with unique instrumentation and exceptional vocals is winning new audiences as they continue to gain exposure. They also are winning awards. At the North Carolina State Fair, they won awards in every category possible, both as a band and individually, and dobro player Billy Cardine was a finalist in the National Dobro competition. In the last year, the band also has shared the stage with the likes of Vassar Clements, Leftover Salmon, the Larry Keel Experience, Acoustic Syndicate, the Seldom Scene and others.

They will be joined on stage by past Rockygrass first place winner and Merlefest second place winner in the banjo competitions, Ben Krakauer, a member of Old School Freight Train.

For more information, call 259-5657.






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