Abbey Theatre screens The Precious'
Storyville hosts Punk Rock Breakfast
Center of Southwest Studies unveils new exhibits
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merchants celebrate Durango's first annual Noel
Night . Stores will be open until 9 p.m. and offer
discounts, giveaways, refreshments and more. A portion of proceeds will be donated to merchants'
Wanbli Ota hosts a silent auction and Indian taco sale from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Native American Center in Miller Student
Center at Fort Lewis College. All proceeds will go to the 40th annual Hozhoni Days. 247-7230 for
The Life-Long Learning Series continues with a lecture by
Marilee Jantzer-White at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Jantzer-White will explore "Art of Native America: Beyond Weaving and Clay." 247-7400 for details.
Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St., hosts a singles, 8-ball pool tournament at 7 p.m. 382-8554 for details.
The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, presents Ladies Boogie Night with DJs spinning hip-hop. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. 385-1711 for
Widespread Panic affiliate and jam band Jerry Joseph and the Jack Mormons returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for
Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., presents DJs Erik James &
Rem-E spinning music for Femme Fatale . 259-1400 for details.
Haggard's Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on
Florida Road, hosts this month's Acoustic Durango
Songwriter Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriters
Jenny Windegardner and Greg Oldson will each perform an hour-long set. 259-5657 for
Hieronymous and Laura Wright play piano at
Christina's Grill & Bar, 21382 Hwy. 160 West, at 6 p.m. 382-3844 for details.
Children's Museum hosts a fund-raiser for the Durango
Discovery Museum at Angels & Lights Studio and
Gallery, 726`BD Main Ave., from 5:30-8 p.m. The event will include holiday entertainment,
epicurean delights, wine and refreshments and a silent auction of unique holiday gifts. 259-9234
hosts a fund-raiser to help pay for expenses for the
National College of Midwifery from 6-10 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Retreat Center, 848 E. 3rd
Ave.The event includes food, a silent auction, and entertainment by Holly Hieronymus, Tracy
Brenner, Melissa Crabtree, Durango's Belly Dancing Troupe, and Greg Oldson. 247-2186 for
The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts New
Orleans' The Dirty Dozen Brass Band , a DSCPA production. Doors open at 9 p.m. 385-1711 for
Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School students will perform
the Nutcracker at 7 p.m. in the school's gymnasium.The performance is open to the
public. 588-3331 for details.
Trumpet player Michael Murphy will
perform his junior recital at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in the Sage Hall building. Admission
Ground , "Durango's freshest sound," plays the
Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.
Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., hosts supper club from 6-9 p.m.
with a free show from Blue in the Face . 259-1475 for details.
Bent plays traditional bluegrass at Steamworks, 801
E. Second Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.
and the Strangers plays at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main
Ave., with shows at 5:30 and 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.
Mayhem plays a free show at Haggard's Black Dog
Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road. A local bluegrass supergroup, Bluegrass Mayhem
features banjo player Mark Epstein and local bluegrass icon Pat Dressen and
Colorado 2003 State Mandolin Champion Robin Davis, and the Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band's dobro
player Anders Beck and bass player/singer Travis Book. 259-5657 for details.
Desert Thunder plays country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave.
375-2568 for details.
Hieronymus and Laura Wright play piano at
Christina's Grill & Bar, 21382 Highway 160 West, at 6 p.m. 382-3844 for details.
The Kuntz Family Christmas Show returns at 2 & 7 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College.
Musician and comic Darryl Kuntzis joined bydaughter and jazz vocalist Piper, sonNickon
drums and guitar, second son and sidekick Quinn and Kevin Orrick on trumpet, Peter Pheteplace on
jazz guitar, Boothe Iberg on sax, percussionist Corey Sheridan and Johnny Rovetto on bass.
385-1711 for details.
The Dances of
Universal Peace take place at 7 p.m. at the Mason
Center, 301 E. 12th Street.
Furs , a band comprised of former members of
Catalyst, takes the stage at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.
Dominion spins hip-hop at Steamworks, 801 E. Second
Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.
Thunder plays a second show at the Wild Horse
Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568. 4
Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts a Saturday Nite Fever Party with
flashbacks to the '70s & '80s plus a lingerie show. 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.
hosts free pool after 6 p.m. at 121 W. 8th St. 382-8554 for details.
Rickard plays a solo show at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main
Ave., at 6 p.m. 259-1400 for details.
San Juan 2000, the Fort Lewis College Office of
Community Services and the San Juan National Forest will host a community meeting at the Durango
Rec Center from 3-6 p.m. to discuss the Little Molas Lake
Recreation Area . 247-7310 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.
Sheff plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.,
from 6:30-10 p.m. 382-2648 for details.
The Durango Barbershoppers annual Christmas Sing-Along takes place at 7 p.m. in the Main Mall
Atrium, 835 Main Ave. 247-5073 for details.
Tuesday Trivia takes place at Lady Falconburgh's, 640 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 382-9664
The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts "Speaking in Tongues: A Musical Exploration" at 9 p.m. The all-star jam session features Dave Watts of the Motet,
Fuzz from Deep Banana Blackout, Leftover Salmon's Greg Garrison, Jessica Lurie from the Living
Daylights and Cherne Gastelum on sax. 385-1711 for details.
Sullivan plays country at the Office Spiritorium,
699 Main Ave., from 6:30-10 p.m.
Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents the semi-finals
of king karaoke with Steve Kahler beginning at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.
The Wild Horse
Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., hosts Karaoke Night
featuring all-star entertainment. 375-2568 for
Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents the final round 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.
Christmas at Vallecito , an annual Christmas celebration, returns Dec. 13 & 14 with
sleigh rides, Santa workshops and visits, an arts and antique fair, food, music, dancing and more.
The event also showcases the annual Parade of Lights. 884-2160 for details.
The Durango Lively Arts Co. presents its holiday
show, "A Tuna Christmas," Dec. 12-13 at 7:15 p.m. The holiday spoof looks at holiday yard
displays in Tuna, Texas, and takes the stage at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
382-8584 for details.
The Fort Lewis College Theatre presents J.R.R. Tolkien's
The Hobbit at 8 p.m. Dec. 11-13 on the FLC Theatre Main Stage. Adapted and
directed by Assistant Professor of English Kurt Lancaster, The
Hobbit tells the story of hobbit Bilbo
Baggins and the ultimate adventure. 247-7089 for details.
"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 the end of December. 259-0176 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 for details.
The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts an exhibition by graduating senior art majors through Dec. 18. 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 on
loan by local collectors. Upstairs, FLC Art Professor Amy Wendland's sculpture is on display
through Dec. 24. 259-4363 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.
Early Stages Productions (Durango's
theatre for young people) will be presenting a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" on Dec. 19- 21 at the Smiley Theater.
More than 200 students will receive their bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees when
Fort Lewis College holds its Winter Commencement
Ceremony on Dec. 20.
The Abbey Theatre presents a concert by Stella Chiweshe , the
Mbira Queen of Zimbabwe, and her backing band Common Thread on Dec. 21.
Legendary Texas Singer Songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey will
play shows on Dec. 27 & 28 at Tamarron.
Abbey Theatre screens The Precious'
What: A backcountry ski and snowboard film of Jackson Hole's epic 2003 winter
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
Jackson Hole, Wyo., was the place to ski in 2003, when big
storms followed by bluebird days gave passage to lines that hadn't been skied in years, if ever.
"The Precious," the latest release from Storm Show Studios, skips over big-name Hollywood riders
in favor of a soulful group of Jackson locals who negotiate big-mountain lines and first descents
with big consequences.
Highlights include skier Joel Tate's near-fatal avalanche
slide; backcountry excursions to the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming's Wind River Range; and
classic snowboard descents of formidable Teton peaks including Mt. Whister, the Middle Teton and
the Grand Teton.
"Storm Show Studios takes a fresh and youthful approach to
ski and snowboard filmmaking," said Gareth Martins, marketing manager for film sponsor Osprey
Packs. "'The Precious' gives a real taste of local life in the Jackson Hole area. The filmmaker
and the riders in the film show a real appreciation for the mountains they live in."
"The Precious" will show at the Abbey Theatre this Thursday
at 7 p.m. The screening will include a raffle with prizes from Osprey, Cloudveil, Jackson Hole
Resort, Storm Show Studios and local retail sponsor Pine Needle Mountaineering. For more
information, call 385-1711.
Storyville hosts Punk Rock Breakfast
What: Ska's annual celebration of the holiday season
Where: Storyville, 1150 Main Ave.
When: . Sunday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.
A holiday event that blends Christmas tradition and family
values like no other is Ska Brewing's annual Punk Rock Breakfast, and this season will be no
exception. This Sunday morning you can join the crew from Ska and punk rock breakfast house band
The Thirteens for a morning of cocktails, breakfast, live music, madness and more.
Now in its fourth year, the punk rock breakfast began when
the crew from Ska realized that sleep was sometimes more important than partying on a work
"We realized we were getting too old to go out all night
for live music and a few beers when the following day falls on one of those work days," said Dave
Thibodeau, one of Ska's owners. "We're not too old to abandon the punk rock, so why not have a few
beers and see some live music while you eat breakfast." In addition to beers and live music, the
event will also feature the infamous "$5 plate of food."
As for the early start, look for an early finish. Thibodeau
said, "Very simply, you can go to bed at 4 or 5 p.m. Sunday evening, and come Monday morning it
doesn't suck any more than any other Monday morning!" For more information, call 259-1475 or
Center of Southwest Studies unveils new exhibits
What: Exhibits by Tierra Wools and Moab-artist Serena Supplee
Where: The Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies
When: Now through Dec. 19 and Jan. 5-15
The Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies will
host two new exhibitions - "Textiles by the Handweavers of Los Ojos/Tierra Wools" and "Inspiration
in Desolation: Canyon Paintings by Serena Supplee" - from now through Dec. 19 and Jan. 5-15 in the
Tierra Wools is a spinning, hand-dyeing and hand-weaving
workshop and retail store that buys local wool, washes it, spins it into yarn, and weaves the yarn
into weavings that are sold at its workshop in Los Ojos, a small village in the Chama Valley of
northern New Mexico.
"Our exhibit features 21 distinctive blankets and rugs
produced by the weaver/spinner/grower-owned company, as well as a number of other smaller items
for sale," said Jeanne Brako, curator of collections and public programs at the Center of
Many of the weavers of Tierra Wools descend from Spanish
immigrants who settled in the Rio Grande Valley as early as the 16th century, with later waves of
immigrants from Spain and Mexico.
The other new exhibit, "Inspiration in Desolation,"
features the paintings of Moab-based artist Serena Supplee, who works in watercolors, oils and
Japanese woodcut block prints. She is inspired by desert canyon country, where every change of
light presents amazing views of color, space, time and emotion. Like the subjects she paints, her
large canvases at times stimulate feelings of joy and liberation, while at other times stun
viewers into silence.
"Desolation Canyon is incredible, a young canyon with its
own unique shapes, ever-present erosion-created rock sculptures that seem to me to have animal
personalities," said Supplee, who worked summers as a rafting guide on the Colorado, Green and San
Regular gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. The
gallery will be closed Dec. 20-Jan. 4.
For more information, call 247-7456.