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Lindells, Wild Blooms play Abbey
A conversation with Durango’s cycling heroes
Concert Hall hosts folk icon Greg Brown

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Happy Thanksgiving

Durango Mountain Resort hosts its official opening day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The annual Turkey Trot 5-mile foot race and I-mile family fun run takes place at Fort Lewis College. Turkeys, pies and other prizes will be awarded to top finishers and in random drawings. Registration begins in the Business Education Building at 8:30 a.m. The 5-mile race starts at 10 a.m. and the fun run at 11 a.m. 382-8005 for details.



The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, presents Mysto’s Magic Spectacular, an evening of comedy, magic and illusions, at 7:30 p.m. Special guests the Lovely Talia and Michael “The Catch it Quick” Juggler will be on hand. 385-1711 for details.

The Bad News Blues Band plays at Scoot ‘n Blues, 800 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 and 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Movin’ On plays country 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 Blue Ray, 115 W. 11th St., hosts a Psychic Fair from noon-6 p.m. The event includes readings, raffles and food. 382-5955 for details.

Movin’ On plays a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568.

The Bad News Blues Band plays an encore show at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. while a guest DJ spins music downstairs at Liquid at 10 p.m. 259-1400 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.



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

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 259-1400 for details.




The Women’s Resource Center’s GirlTalk After School program meets at Escalante Middle School from 3:30-5 p.m. to discuss “Ten Success Skills.” GirlTalk promotes self-esteem, empowerment and leadership in young women. 247-1242.

The Durango Lively Arts Company will hold auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” for actors aged 6 to 17 at 4 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Parent volunteers are also needed. 382-8584 for details.

Country singer Michael Martin Murphey performs “A Cowboy Christmas” at 7 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall. Best known for his Top-10 hit “Wildfire,” Murphey is a writer, singer, instrumentalist, actor, filmmaker, rancher and scholar of Western history. 247-7657.

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.



An “Access to Local Health Care” panel meets at 12:30 p.m. at the La Plata Senior Center. The panel will cover physician availability, home health and hospice care, access to prescription drugs, ideas about a hospital district and more. 247-1965 for details.

The Durango Lively Arts Company will hold auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” for actors aged 6 to 17 at 4 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. 382-8584 for details.

The Durango Public Library offers a how-to class on Standard & Poor’s Databases, including finding information in S&P’s Stock Reports, Mutual Fund Reports and more. 385-2970 for details.

Fort Lewis College low strings students will perform a free recital at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in the Sage Hall building.

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.



The Fort Lewis College Employee Council hosts its annual holiday bazaar from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the College Union Building Ballroom. The bazaar features jams, jellies, ornaments, artwork, jewelry and more made by college employees.

Auditions for the 2004 Snowdown Follies take place at 6 p.m. at the Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave. Theme acts are welcome as well as local and political humor. Acts can be as short as 30 seconds or up to four minutes. Also up for audition are Follies M.Cs, consisting of two, 2-person teams who will
perform short original comedy material between acts.

Internationally recognized anthropologist Peter Gold presents a lecture entitled, “Lessons From Ancient and Indigenous Peoples” at 7 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum.

SPOT (Student Productions and Other Things) presents an encore performance by comedian Megan Mooney at 8:15 p.m. in the Xtreme Room of the College Union Building. Mooney has performed at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and the fifth annual Chicago Comedy Festival. 247-7474 for details.

Oklahoma City’s Green Lemon plays conceptual reggaedelic at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Shanti Groove plays Americana and funk at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

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

The Sand Sheff Trio takes the stage at Haggard’s Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, at 6:30 p.m. 259-5657 for details. 4

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



“Naked Observations,” an exhibit of recent and somewhat tiny works by Paul Pennington and Maureen May will be on display at the Buzz House, 1019 Main Ave., through mid-Dec. 259-0176 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies presents its annual “Holiday Show and Sale,” featuring textiles from the handweavers of Tierra Wools, paintings by Serena Supplee and select holiday gift items. The center will celebrate the exhibit opening and sale on the weekend of Dec. 5-7 and host an artist’s reception for Serena Supplee on Sunday, Dec. 7. 382-6980 for details.

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., hosts acclaimed Utah photographer Michael Plyler and his entitled “From Ely to Iberia” through Dec. 13. “From Ely to Iberia” showcases Plyler’s longtime interest in the beauty of manmade forms. He has traveled widely, and the work in this show comes from many parts of the world. Plyler’s prints are handcrafted using traditional darkroom processes. 382-8355.

The Reed Library at Fort Lewis College is collecting food for the Manna Soup Kitchen during November and December. Donation boxes will be located inside the library near the circulation desk and needed are canned proteins, noodles, instant potatoes, dry juice mixes and vegetables like potatoes, onions and garlic. 247-7250 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts the Artists’ Christmas Gift Show and Sale through Dec. 4. This exhibit features the work of widely published Navajo fine art photographer LeRoy DeJolie, plus jewelry and selected art. “Sequential Narrative,” an art installation by Carrie Frances Counley, will be displayed through Nov. 23 in the Exit Gallery. 247-7167 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the exhibit, “In the Eye of the Beholder: Dearly Beloved Artworks from Southwestern Colorado Collections,” through Dec. 13. The exhibit showcases more than 35 works of art, including major modern artists, American Indian textiles, and paintings of the Southwest, on loan by local collectors. Upstairs, FLC Art Professor Amy Wendland’s sculpture is on display through Dec. 24 in an exhibit entitled “Adult Toys.” 259-4363 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, will screen “The Same River Twice,” a documentary alternating between footage of Grand Canyon river guides on a monthlong trip in 1978 and the complex realities of their adulthood today. The film creates a compelling portrait of cultural metamorphosis, from running rapids to running for mayor. The film shows nightly from Nov. 30-Dec. 9 at 5, 6:45 & 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 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 annual Turkey Trot 5-mile foot race and 1-mile family fun run takes place Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27. Lots of prizes will be given away. 382-8005 for details or to volunteer.

The Abbey Theater will host a Grand Canyon River slide show and screen the award winning film "The Same River Twice" on Nov. 30. The event will focus on the up-to-20-year wait to get a private permit to run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Michael Martin Murphey brings "A Cowboy Christmas" back to the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall on Dec. 1

The Durango Lively Arts Company will hold auditions for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ," for actors aged 6 to 17. The play takes place Dec. 1 & 2. 382-8584 for details.

The Durango Wheel Club presents an evening of stories from Durango's cycling heroes , Sara Ballyntine, Tom Danielson, Greg Herbold, Ruthie Matthes, Ned Overend, Bob Roll and John Tomac, on Dec. 2 at the Smiley Theater.

Singer/songwriter Greg Brown will perform at the FLC Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Dec. 3.

The Durango Choral Society, Durango Children's Chorale and Durango Women's Choir will present "A Traditional Family Christmas" on Dec. 7 in the Community Concert Hall.

Lindells, Wild Blooms play Abbey
What: A double bill concert with The Lindells and The Wild Blooms
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: . Saturday, Nov. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m.

This Saturday, the Abbey Theatre will bring local roots musicians The Lindells and Austin folk-rock band The Wild Blooms to the stage. The show will be taped for the future release of a live CD.

Chris and Kim Lindell started making music together in the wild desert lands of Joshua Tree National Park, rock climbing, playing guitars, writing songs and paying homage to the legendary specter of Gram Parsons.

Since 1982, they’ve honed their music into a combination of vocal harmony and intuitive playing that results in a fusion of bluegrass, roots and gritty folk-rock. And they’ve earned a reputation for music that’s “engaging, wide-ranging and diversified” and supported various artists on stage including JJ Cale, Arlo Guthrie, Robert Earl Keen, Creedence, Natalie MacMaster, Laura Love and more.

The Lindells said that Saturday’s performance at the Abbey promisesA0fans sharp-edged, new and unreleased songs and familiar favorites.

Formerly known as The Panic Choir, The Wild Blooms will join The Lindells on stage and bring a taste of Austin, Texas, to the Abbey stage. A five-piece band, The Wild Blooms have been likened to the Jayhawks and Concrete Blonde. As The Panic Choir, The Wild Blooms released an album titled “Soul and Luna,” which mixed folk, rock and jazz under into a diverse jam.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 385-1711.


A conversation with Durango’s cycling heroes
What: An evening of stories from local bicycling legends
Where: The Smiley Theater, 1309 E. Third Ave
When:STuesday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. .

This Tuesday, the Durango Wheel Club will present an evening of stories from Durango’s cycling heroes. Over the last couple decades, Durango has given rise to numerous masters of mountain biking and road riding. Some of the more notable masters of the sport will take the stage and share tales of the ins and outs of competitive cycling.

On stage will be: Tom Danielson, the rising road racer who won and set a new record at last year’s Iron Horse, shattered the record for the notorious Mt. Washington hill climb and will be racing in Europe next year with the European powerhouse squad Fassa Bartolo; Bob Roll, road and mountain bike racing legend and Tour de France commentator; Ruthie Matthes, former Olympian in mountain biking; Ned Overend, winner of the first cross-country World Championships, six national titles and several World Cups; Sara Ballantyne, women’s racing pioneer, two-time World Cup champion and four-time NORBA champion; Greg Herbold, winner of the first downhill World Championships, three time NORBA downhill champ and one-time North American downhill champion; Myles Rockwell, former downhill world champion; and John Tomac, winner of more mountain bike races than anyone else in the sport.

The panel of cycling’s who’s who promises to heat up the Smiley Theatre stage and provide an insightful evening for everyone from aspiring professionals to weekend warriors. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Fort Lewis Cycling Scholarship Fund, which Tom Danielson created in May of this year with the hope of assisting aspiring cyclists. For more information, e-mail


Concert Hall hosts folk icon Greg Brown
What: A concert by Greg Brown, his daughter Pieta and acclaimed guitarist Bo Ramsey
Where: The Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall
When:Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m.

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Greg Brown brings his unique brand of folk-rock-blues to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College this Wednesday. Opening the show will be emerging star Pieta Brown with legendary guitar sideman Bo Ramsey.

Growing up in Iowa, in a home filled with music, Brown learned to play the pump organ when he was 6 and picked up the guitar a few years later. His father, a preacher from the Ozarks, passed down a mesmerizing charisma that entrances audiences from all walks of life. Brown’s traditional folk songwriting is infused with distinctive Midwestern sensibility, and he has been described by Rolling Stone as “a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition.” To date, he has more than 20 albums to his name, including such critically revered works as “The Poet Game” (1994) and “Further In” (1996).

“Greg is thoroughly impressive as an artist and as an individual,” said Stasia Lanier, music director at KSUT, an event sponsor along with the Leland House/Rochester Hotel. “He’s very amiable and always seems to wear his characteristic rumpled-brim hat. He’s effortlessly hip.”

Opening for Brown in Durango will be Pieta Brown, his eldest daughter, known for her haunting, hypnotic voice. A poet herself, she is recognized for marrying an ethereal sound to her lyrics and creating an inspired musical combination of folk, blues and country. Blues-rock guitarist Bo Ramsey will enhance the performances of both father and daughter. Steeped in the earthy blues of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Reed, and propelled by the rough and tumble rock of The Rolling Stones, Ramsey’s unique brand of roots rock has made him a musical force in the Midwest for more than two decades.

“Three hot and extremely talented artists for the price of one,” said Concert Hall Managing Director Gary Penington. “The show is definitely a great holiday gift to music fans in the Four Corners.”

For more information or tickets, contact the concert hall at 247-7657.






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