Global Funk Council returns to town
Wild Blooms, Crabtree at Abbey
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
The Brown Brothers play Americana and roots-rock at
Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for
Nite Owl is held over for another night of rock
and country at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568
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
Sand Sheff plays a solo show of country and folk
at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 259-1400 for
The Blue Moon Ramblers play bluegrass at the Diamond Belle
Saloon, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m. 375-7150 for
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.
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.
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
The official Snowdown
cocktail will be chosen at Solid Muldoon's, 117 W. College, at
Bartender's Celebration at 4 p.m.. 247-9151 for
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
Snowdown Spellabration takes place at the Diamond Circle
Theatre, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. The event is a spelling showdown.
A free overview of an
upcoming class on "Elements of Practical
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
The Snowdown Scotch Doubles Pool
place at Pongas, 121 W. Eighth St., at 7 p.m. 382-8554 for
The Wild Horse Saloon , 601 E. Second Ave., hosts Kave
Krooner Karaoke for Snowdown at 7 p.m. 375-2568 for
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.
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
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
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
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
The Blue Ray will host
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
The Hesperus Ski Patrol
presents its "Common
Sense Approach to Avalanches" class Feb. 4, 5 & 7. 247-4617 to
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.
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',"
Jambase.com commented, "I hear the sound of 1978 or so, smoothed
out, positivity-laden soul jazz that flirts with the current
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.
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
Sachs and Belcher were
both founding members of the local funk/soul band
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