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Durango Film Festival
Delta Nove plays the Summit
DAC opens Four Corners Commission

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The 12th annual Southwest Business Forum takes place at Fort Lewis College from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Talks will focus on the local, state and national economies. 247-7294 for details.

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

Durango's Aftergrass jams at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

DJs Erik James and Rem-E spin music for Femme Fatale at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Haggard's Black Dog Tavern, 10 miles east of Durango on Florida Road, hosts Acoustic Durango , a singer-songwriter showcase, at 7:30 p.m. Nashville singer-songwriter Bob Rea and local folkie Tracy Brenner will play. 259-5657 for details.

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



Those wild, crazy poets Wanda Wilson and Christy Ferrato are at it again at La Boheme in Mancos at 6:30 p.m. 533-9837 for details.

As part of the Four Corners Commission, artist and juror Laurie Lundquist will present a slide lecture, " Rocky Terrain: Finding a Path in Public Art ," at 7 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. 259-2606 for details.

The Alex Maryol Band plays blues at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Wild Country plays a little bit of country and a little bit of rock n roll at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

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



The Blue Ray, 115 W. 11th St., hosts a Health Fair , including reflexology, chiropractic care, massage and energy clearing. 382-5955 for details.

Singer-songwriter Sand Sheff plays country and folk at Purgy's at the Durango Mountain Resort base area from 3-6 p.m. 247-9000 x 5125 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts a screening of " Saving Colorado's Treasures " at 6 p.m. The documentary highlights include the stabilization of Porcupine House in Ute Mountain Tribal Park, an excavation by the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and efforts to save the town halls of Rico and Silverton. The event includes a reception, cash bar and dessert. 259-2606 for details.

The Dances of Universal Peace take place at 7 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. 385-7375 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., celebrates ladies night with Pimps and Hoes IV at 10:30 p.m. DJ Taebreaker, DJ Mister E and DJ A. Bell will spin hard house and break. 259-9200 for details.

Wild Country plays a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts a Jimmy Buffett Island Party at 8 p.m., featuring music from DJ Ol' Skool, prizes, drink specials and a bikini contest. 259-1400 for details.

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



Durango Mountain Resort hosts its Local Motion Race at the Paradise Race Arena. Locals are encouraged to compete in a slalom race either as individuals or as a team. Registration takes place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Purgy's.

Singer-songwriter Sand Sheff plays country and folk at Purgy's at the Durango Mountain Resort base area from 3-6 p.m. 247-9000 x 5125 for details.

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

A TBA solo acoustic show takes place at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Blue Moon Ramblers play bluegrass at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m. 375-7150 for details.



Alt-country singer-songwriter Steve Earle plays a sold-out show at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College.

Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts 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.


The Women's Resource Center sponsors a White Elephant Auction at the Bank of Colorado, 1199 Main Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m. 946-4792 for details.

Tuesday Trivia takes place at Lady Falconburgh's, 640 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 382-9664 for details.

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



The Green Business Roundtable meets from noon-1 p.m. at the Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave. This month's featured topic is sustainable economic development and the work of a local study circle convened by Operation Healthy Communities. 259-3583 for details.

A meeting for people interested in joining the planning committee for the "Girls to Women, Women to Girls" conference will be held from noon-1 p.m. at the Women's Resource Center, 723 E. Second Ave. 247-1242 for details.

Purgy's at the Durango Mountain Resort base area hosts New Belgium Days all afternoon, featuring beer, prize drawings and mountain biking in the snow. 247-9000 x 5125 for details.

The Women's Resource Center Reading Circle meets at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave., at 5:30 p.m. to discuss "The Da Vinci Code." Anyone interested in discussing the book is invited.259-9442 for details.

Durango BMX hosts its annual meeting at the Durango Rec Center at 6 p.m. Board of Directors officers will be elected, new committee volunteers will be accepted and all past and future volunteers are encouraged to attend. 247-0165 for details.

San Juan Singles presents a social mixer from 7-9 p.m. at Carvers, 1022 Main Ave. All area singles are encouraged to come and sign up for winter activities like horse-drawn sleigh rides, ski trips, snowmobiling and hot springs. 375-6235 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon , 601 E. Second Ave., hosts karaoke night featuring all-star entertainment. 375-2568 for details.



The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens "An American Boy," a documentary on the recent trials and tribulations of alt-country singer-songwriter Steve Earle, nightly at 8 p.m. The Child Assault Prevention Program will also present the Academy Award-winning animated film "Spirited Away" on Jan. 9-11 at 5:15 p.m.The film is the highest-grossing feature in Japanese history and won the Oscar for best "Animated Feature Film."385-1711 for details.

The Hesperus Ski Patrol will offer its Common Sense Approach to Avalanches class on Jan. 14, 15 & 17. Topics include: avalanche hazard, rescue, beacon search, stability tests, terrain analysis, mountain weather, Kathy's pack and more. Kathy and Don Fritch, the Hesperus Ski Patrol and Chuck Melvin and the K-9 Search and Rescue Team are the course instructors. 247-4617 for details.

A USSA Age Class Super G race takes place at Durango Mountain Resort all weekend, Jan. 9-11. 247-9000 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents its annual holiday gift show through Jan. 15. The work of more than 20 photographers will be on display and available for sale. 382-8355 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies hosts two exhibits in the Exhibit Gallery through Jan. 15. They are : "Inspiration in Desolation," which features the desert paintings of Serena Supplee, and "Textiles from the Handweavers of Los Ojos/Tierra Wools," featuring 21 distinctive blankets from the New Mexican weaver/grower owned company. 382-6980 for details.



Roy Firestone of ESPN fame will be the featured entertainment at the Durango Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Night Celebration on Jan. 15 at the FLC Community Concert Hall.

World funk band Mama's Cookin' returns to Durango on Jan. 16 with a show at the Abbey Theatre.

Operation Healthy Communities hosts Operation Healthy You Day , a fund-raiser that features spa treatments including facials, massages, pedicures and manicures, and catering by Cyprus Caf`E9 on Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Various packages available. Call 259-9339 for details.

The New Shanghai Circus will perform Jan. 19 at the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall.

Trails 2000 will hold its 11th annual Dinner and Auction for Trails at Olde Tymers on Jan. 20.

The Children's Museum will host the traveling Space Sciences Institute exhibit "Destination Mars" beginning Jan. 20.

The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition will present the national premier of "Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror," a film by journalist John Pilger, on Jan. 22 at the Smiley Theater.

Storyville will host a DVD release celebration with songwriter Ian Moore on Jan. 23.

The DSCPA brings banjo virtuoso Tony Trishka to the Abbey Theatre on Jan. 27.

Durango Film Festival
What: A special screening of the Sundance winner
Where: The Gaslight Theater, 102 E. Fifth St.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 3:45, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

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This Wednesday, the Durango Film Festival will bring another special screening to Durango with "The Station Agent." The film will show at the Gaslight Theater at 3:45, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

In "The Station Agent," Peter Dinklage plays Finbar McBride, a dwarf who is trying to live life on his own terms. Looking only to be left alone, he takes up residence in a rural town's old train depot. But much like the station agents before him, he finds himself reluctantly becoming enmeshed in the lives of his neighbors. In particular, he becomes involved with Olivia, played by Patricia Clarkson, an artist struggling with the break up of her marriage, and Joe, played by Bobby Cannavale, a 30-year-old with an insatiable hunger for conversation. This mismatched threesome eventually forges an unlikely bond and ultimately reveals that even isolation is better shared.

"The Station Agent" swept the recent Sundance Film Festival, receiving awards for Best Screenplay, Best Performance for Patricia Clarkson's work and the Audience Award. It has also earned accolades from the National Board of Review which named it "One of the year's 10 best films," and the National Society of Film Critics named Clarkson Best Supporting Actress.

Elvis Mitchell of the New York Times offered similar praise, saying, "It's the kind of appetizing movie you want to share with others."

For more information, contact the film festival at 259-2291.


Delta Nove plays the Summit
What: A show from a multi-genre California jam band
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10 p.m.

This Wednesday, Delta Nove, a six-piece band from Long Beach, Calif., will take the stage at the Summit. Born from a blend of funk, Samba, jazz, Afro-beat and rock, Delta Nove has a distinct sound and is carving out its own niche in today's music industry.

Delta Nove is a team of songwriters and musicians and the band has four self-produced albums to its credit. From old school funk to traditional Brazilian Batucada drumming and Afro-beat rhythms, the albums display an assortment of musical styles. Delta Nove's diversity is also apparent in the variety of artists the band has shared the stage with Poncho Sanchez, Burning Spear, Olodum, Gato Barbieri, Merle Saunders, King Sunny Ade, Ozomatli and Roy Hargrove have all played alongside Delta Nove. In addition, members of Delta Nove have performed with the likes of Santana, members of the Grateful Dead, Los Lobos, members of Parliment/Funkadelic, and Fishbone. Delta Nove has also performed in such prestigious venues as the House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafes, Knitting Factory, Galaxy Theatre and the Boom Boom Room. commented, "Drawing from a deep pool of diverse instruments and musical training, the group fuses many styles into one funky powerhouse that gets the crowd rocking."

Delta Nove goes on stage at 10 p.m. For more information, call 247-2324.


DAC opens Four Corners Commission
What: A juried exhibit of local and regional artwork
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: . Jan. 9-31 with a slide presentation on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

The Durango Arts Center hosts the Four Corners Commission juried art exhibit from Jan. 9-31. In its eighth year, the Four Corners Commission invites work by local and regional artists that reflects the uniqueness of the life and land of the Four Corners region.

The exhibit will be juried by Laurie Lundquist from Tempe, Ariz., an artist who creates art primarily for public places, has lectured throughout the West and holds a master of fine arts in sculpture. In addition to jurying the exhibit, Lundquist will offer portfolio reviews to local artists and present a slide lecture, "Rocky Terrain: Finding a Path in Public Art" on Friday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.

The winner of the "Best in Show" award receives $500 and will have his or her image reproduced on a large-format postcard to be sold throughout the year. Other prizes include a $150 Honorable Mention, a $75 Merit Award and a People's Choice Award.

In addition to the Four Corners Commission, the Durango Arts Center is hosting "From the Collection of Will and Victoria Coe" in the Garner/Vega Conference Room through Feb 28. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by nationally and regionally known artists. For more information, call 259-2606.






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