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The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition presents the national premier of "Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror" at 7 p.m. at the Smiley Theater, 1309 E. Third Ave. The film is a special report by journalist John Pilger on his first hand account of the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. 375-1344 for details.

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

The Fort Lewis College Life-Long Learning Series begins with a presentation on productive communication skills at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Marsha Porter-Norton, Rory Mullett and Kathy Turner, members of The Mediation Group, will address ways to generate productive communication. 247-7400 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, presents a Latin Boogie Night at 10 p.m. with giveaways for upcoming shows. 385-1711 for details.

A jazz combo featuring Pete Pheteplace (guitar), Johnny Revetto (bass), Jeff Sweet (piano), Steve Dejka (drum kit), and Corey Sheridan (percussion) performs from 6:30-9:30p.m. at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave. DJs Erik James and Rem-E spin music for Femme Fatale at 10 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



The Hues of Blues breaks out its blues, rock and jazz for a special performance for local fans at 9 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. 385-1711 for details.

DJ Michael Dominion spins hip-hop at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Renowned Seattle singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ian Moore plays a special DVD release celebration at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. "Live at the Cactus" captures Moore's acoustic performance and features several new and previously released tunes. 259-1475 for details.

Nite Owl plays country and rock n roll at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays rock and blues at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



Durango Mountain Resort hosts Expression Session 1 and the Town Downhill Series . Expression Session begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Paradise Terrain Park and is open to competitors on snowboards and skis. The Town Downhill series takes place on the Upper Hades racecourse. 247-9000 for details.

The Blue Ray, 115 W. 11th St., hosts a free presentation on Network Chiropractic Care with Harold Conradi from Kiva at 1 p.m. 382-5955 for details.

Terry Rickard plays classic rock originals and covers at Purgy's at the Durango Mountain Resort base area from 3-6 p.m. 247-9000 x 5125 for details.

The Red Ball Express fund-raiser takes place from noon-4 p.m. at Durango Mountain Resort's Columbine Area. At 4 p.m. the balls will be rolled down the hill with the winner taking home $5,000.

Robert Burns Night , a Scottish celebration with bagpipes, harps, haggis, vocalists, dancing and more, at the La Plata County Fairgrounds' Exhibition Building from 7-9 p.m. 7594658 for details.

The Dances of Universal Peace take place at 7 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th Street.

Cerulean City , a live three-piece funk and jazz band from Brooklyn, plays Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave. 259-9200 for details.

The Brown Brothers play Americana and roots-rock at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

Nite Owl is held over for another night of rock and country at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays a second show at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



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

Sand Sheff plays a solo show of country and folk 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.



Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts a Keg 4 Party at 8 p.m. downstairs at Liquid with guest DJs Matthew and Sluke. 259-1400 for details.



Basket and story weaver Mavis Beth Muller , of Homer, Alaska, hosts a free presentation at Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Muller will give a slideshow, "Storyweave" and read original poetry. The event is sponsored by the Turtle Lake Refuge which will provide "wild food" refreshments. 247-8395 for details.

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

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



"Yabba-Dabba-Durango," Snowdown 2004 kicks off and runs through Feb. 1.

Snowdown Fashion Do's & Don'ts takes place at the VFW Hall, 1550 Main Ave., at noon. The event is a truly tasteless luncheon/fashion show. 247-1666.

The Women's Resource Center, 723 E. Second Ave., hosts a workshop on "How to Get Organized" from noon-1 p.m. Tracy Davoust presents the skills and tools needed for simplifying life. 247-1242 to register.

The official Snowdown cocktail will be chosen at Solid Muldoon's, 117 W. College, at the Snowdown Bartender's Celebration at 4 p.m.. 247-9151 for details.

Jeff Strahan and the Strangers play the first round of the Snowdown Magical Musical Mystery Tour at 5 p.m. at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.

Cyclists go head to head at the Snowdown Bicycle Roller Races at the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave., at 6 p.m. 247-0747 for details.

Snowdown Spellabration takes place at the Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. The event is a spelling showdown. 385-4354 x12.

A free overview of an upcoming class on "Elements of Practical HomeDesign" takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Lewis College, 125 Noble Hall. The class will focus on finances, design and building, and advantages and disadvantages of different building methods. 247-7676 for details.

The Snowdown Scotch Doubles Pool Tournament takes place at Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St., at 7 p.m. 382-8554 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon , 601 E. Second Ave., hosts Kave Krooner Karaoke for Snowdown at 7 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

A new Snowdown event, Durango's Most Eligible Singles Auction , takes place at the DoubleTree Hotel, at 7:30 p.m. Singles will bid on Durango's most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. 375-3237 for details.

The first round of the 9th annual Lady F's Lunacy trivia contest takes place at Lady Falconburgh's, 940 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 382-9664.

Carver's, 1022 Main Ave., present the 2nd annual Polar Beer Plunge with contestants bobbing in beer at 8 p.m. 946-2459 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts another new Snowdown event, the Gong Show , at 8:30 p.m. 759-9707 for details.

Local hip-hop band Dialogue plays at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.



The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts "Destination Mars," a 600-square-foot national traveling exhibition, through May. Exhibit highlights include an actual piece of Mars, a scale model of NASA's new Mars Exploration Rover, a computer station providing MER mission updates, the Mars Weather Station and more. 259-9234 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery brings the faces, landscapes and architecture of Italy to Durango in an exhibit by local photographer Paul Boyer titled "Italia." Boyer completed a PhD program in Italian and comparative literature in 1974 and, in spite of choosing a career in photography, still has a strong love for all things Italian. The exhibit runs through Feb. 14. 382-8355 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts its Faculty Group Exhibition through Jan. 29. This exhibition features recent works in various media. 247-7167 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the Four Corners Commission Juried Art Exhibit through Jan. 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. DAC is also presenting "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. 259-2606 for details.



Manzanares , a "Nuevo Latino" band from Santa Fe, plays the Abbey Theatre on Jan. 29.

The South Austin Jug Band brings its jamgrass back to Storyville on Jan. 30.

Tickets are still available for the live simulcasts of the Snowdown Follies at the Abbey Theatre. 259-9511 for details

The Blue Ray will host a joyful celebration on Jan. 31 featuring palm reading, numerology, sound clearings, psychic readings, a class on the Mayan Calendar and more.

The newly formed Actors Rep will put on a free performance of Dylan Thomas "Under Milk Wood" on Jan. 31 in the Fort Lewis College theatre.

The Hesperus Ski Patrol presents its "Common Sense Approach to Avalanches" class Feb. 4, 5 & 7. 247-4617 to register.

Bluegrass great Rhonda Vincent plays the FLC Community Concert Hall on Feb. 6.

Global Funk Council returns to town
What: Two shows from the jazz-infused funk and rock band
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Thursday and Saturday, Jan. 22 & 24, at 9:30 p.m.

The California-based Global Funk Council returns to the Summit this weekend for two shows. The band plays jazz-influenced rock and funk punctuated by moments of improvisation. The combination results in a dance party vibe overlaid with enough musical theory mastery to impress the most well-trained ears.

The recipe appears to be working. In a review of the band's first album "Keep on Pushin'," commented, "I hear the sound of 1978 or so, smoothed out, positivity-laden soul jazz that flirts with the current electronic revolution."

Of the band's live performances, Mountain Times wrote, "Global Funk Council is funky in a way that will encourage unbridled dance floor gyrating but also has a sense of what makes jazz jazz.'"

Global Funk Council features Anthony Smith on keyboards, Jonathon Stoyanoff on bass, Josh Suhrheinrich on guitar and Ryan Krieger on drums. A hard-touring act, Global Funk Council has tallied more than 400 shows in the last two years, sharing the stage with the likes of Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, Melvin Seals, the Radiators, Merle Saunders and others.

The band will take the Summit stage Jan. 22 and 24. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. on both nights. Call 247-2324 for details.


What: The 26th annual Snowdown, Durango's celebration of winter
Where: All over Durango
When: Wednesday, Jan. 28-Sunday, Feb. 1

Snowdown returns for Durango's 26th annual celebration of winter this Wednesday, Jan. 28. The stone-aged theme of this year's celebration is Yaba-Daba-Doorango, and all the locals' favorite events will be back on tap, joined by a handful of new ones. More than 60 contests, events and gatherings will take place starting Monday and run through Sunday, Feb. 1. And as the event suggests, participants will have the opportunity to "Hunt! Think! Use Tools! And make your rallying cry Yaba Daba Doorango!' all week long."

New events include: the Gong Show; Yabadabadoodle, a wine bottle decoration contest; A "Break and Run" and "3-Ball" pool tournaments; a charity singles auction; a Snowdown Aerial Fireworks Display; and more.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, look for the ever popular Fashion Dos and Don'ts; the Magic Musical Mystery Tour; the fifth annual Fire and Ice Run; Lady F's Lunacy; cribbage, foosball and pool tournaments; and the annual bicycle roller races. The always popular Snowdown Light Parade takes place Friday, Jan. 30, in downtown Durango at 6 p.m.

For a complete listing of Snowdown events stay tuned to the Durango Telegraph's "On the Town" section or visit .


Wild Blooms, Crabtree at Abbey
What: A double-bill with Wild Blooms and Melissa Crabtree
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8:30 p.m.

The Abbey Theatre will host the eclectic sounds of Wild Blooms, a band that pulled up its Austin roots in favor of Durango and Pagosa Springs. This Saturday, the four-piece band will join singer-songwriter Melissa Crabtree for an evening of entertainment.

"Soaring vocals, captivating songs and dynamic musicianship," is how the Dallas Observer characterized Wild Blooms. The Austin Chronicle had similar praise, saying, "Music has a new and defining voice in the Wild Blooms Wild Blooms step up to redefine what is crucial in modern music."

Wild Blooms includes Kevin Johnson on vocals, guitars, percussion and samples; David Sachs on drums and percussion; Jim Belcher on a fretless bass; and Carol Turner on vocals, accordion, flute, percussion and guitar.

Sachs and Belcher were both founding members of the local funk/soul band Earthtone.

A fusion of Johnson and Turner's vocals with Belcher and Sachs' rhythm section, Wild Blooms' sound is best described as unique and danceable.

Another unique local musician, singer-songwriter Melissa Crabtree will join Wild Blooms on stage this Saturday. Known for her attraction to the wild side, Crabtree's songs often focus on the outdoors and are complemented by her twangy guitar and husky voice.

Fellow musician Tony Furtado praised Crabtree, saying, "This is one badass who knows how to weave a soulful tune."

Wild Blooms and Crabtree take the stage at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 385-1711.






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