Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Ongoing Upcoming

Durango celebrates V-Day
Abbey hosts "Climbing Everest"
Dexter Grove returns to Storyville

Submit items for On the Town to: 534 Main Ave., Durango, CO, 81301; fax: ( 970) 259-0448; e-mail: ; or fill out this form


Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., hosts a San Juan Singles social mixer at 6:30 p.m. Singles in their 30s and 40s are encouraged to attend. 259-2545 for details.

The Southwest Silverados Drill Team hosts an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds for female equestrians between the ages of 12 and 20. The group is a precision horseback riding drill team and is seeking at least 6 new members. 759-4597 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Life-Long Learning Series continues with a lecture on the West Nile Virus by Donald Bruning at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Bruning, former curator with the Wildlife Conservation Society, will examine whether West Nile is a passing threat or persistent peril. 247-7400 for details.

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

Beer Bingo takes place at Lady Falconburgh's, 640 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 382-9664 for details.

Nosotros , a five-piece Latin band from Albuquerque, plays Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Airborne plays jazz at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., from 6:30-9:30 p.m. DJs Erik James and Rem-E spin music downstairs for Femme Fatale at 10 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., offers a free "Starlight Starbright Craft" workshop from 10-11 a.m. for kids ages 4 and up. 259-9234 to register.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1550 Main Ave., hosts an all ages hardcore show with music from Grace Gale, Death Do Us Part, Yours Truly and BlackOut Pact. 247-0384 for details.

Mary and Mars and ThaMuseMeant bring an evening of bluegrass and "Americana Stylie" to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Doors open at 8 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Local jam band Aftergrass plays Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200.

Wild Country plays country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568.

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



Valentine's Day

The Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave., hosts the first annual Valentine's Day 5K run at 10 a.m. beginning and finishing at the amphitheater. A commemorative T-shirt will be given to all pre-registered racers. 375-7306.

The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts an "Alien Beaded Jewelry" workshop from 10-11:30 a.m. for kids ages 8 and up. 259-9234 to register.

Durango Nature Studies offers a Valentine's Day Snowshoe Hike from 10 a.m-1 p.m. north of the Vallecito Campground. 382-9244 for details.

Top high school musicians from Four Corners high schools will perform a free show at 2 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Admission is free. A total of 133 high school musicians from the Four Corners region will play the event. 247-7151.

The Dances of Universal Peace take place at 7 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. The theme of the dance is "Falling in love with the Beloved."

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a Valentine's Day Sweetheart's Ball with Jeff Solon's Swingin' Big Band at 8 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., presents four turntables at once. DJs Taebreaker, The Bear, Essence and ShawnPatrick blend hip-hop, breakbeats and house for Valentine's Day. 259-9200 for details.

Wild Country plays a Valentine's Dance with a prize balloon drop at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568.

The Dean Murphy Band plays rock and blues at the Buffalo Gap in Vallecito at 8 p.m. 884-2259 for details.

The Todd Tijerina plays an encore show at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



The San Juan Mountains Association offers guided ski naturalist tours and snowshoe treks at Durango Mountain Resort from 9:45-11:30 a.m. 247-900 ext. 147 for details.

The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts a "Mars Sandscape in a Jar" workshop from 1-2 p.m. for ages 3 and up. 259-9234 to register.

The 2003-04 Alexander Murray Faculty Recital Series continues at 3 p.m. in the Roshong Recital Hall of the Sage Hall building with a performance by the Red Shoe Piano Trio . This group includes Mikylah Myers McTeer on violin, Katherine Jetter Tischhauser on cello and Lisa Campi on piano. The trio will perform classic and contemporary works. 247-7657 for details.

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

Sand Sheff plays solo western and folk at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts Mysto's Magic Spectacular at 7 p.m. 385-1711 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.



The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., offers cooking and science workshops for grade school kids on "No School Day," Feb. 16. "Kids' Favorite Foods" runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon and "Out of this World Mars Fun" takes place from 1-4:30 p.m. 259-9234 to register.

The Fort Lewis College Outdoor Pursuits program presents a free movie from the Sawtooth Film Festival at 7 p.m. in Noble 130. Each year the festival showcases adrenaline charged film tours throughout the United States, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada. This year's film features kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, riding and surfing. 247-7293 for details.

The Women's Resource Center launches "Chick Flick Night" at 5 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, with a screening of "Thelma & Louise." Doors open at 5 p.m. for a social hour with free pizza, door prizes and reduced drink prices followed by the movie at 6 p.m.247-1242 for details.

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.



The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center and the Southwest Colorado Peace & Justice Coalition screen "Drowned Out" at 7 p.m. at the Smiley Theater, 1309 E. Third Ave. In the film, best-selling author Arundhati Roy examines the effects of dams, rivers and the global struggle over water use. The focus of "Drowned Out" is on the Narmada Dam in central India and the displaced villagers of Jalsindhi in their struggle to preserve their homes and way of life. 247-7676 for details.

Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., hosts a Vallecito Nordic fund-raiser at 7 p.m. The event benefiting volunteer trail grooming at Vallecito features a membership drive, a silent auction and a Nordic ski swap. Email 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 Durango Chamber of Commerce presents a "Lunch and Learn" workshop at the Bank of Colorado, 1099 Main Ave., at noon. The topic of the lunch lecture is "How to Protect Your PC" presented by Todd Youngblood of Computhority. 247-0312 to register.

The Durango Film Festival hosts a volunteer orientation and sign-up at Durango Office Suites, 1053 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed in all capacities for this year's festival which begins March 6. 259-2291.

Airborne performs high-energy rock, Latin and funk at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., hosts karaoke with all-star entertainment at 7 p.m. 375-2568.

Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts a special engagement with the Rockin' Jake Band , a New Orleans' harmonica blues band, at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



The Durango High School Thespian Troupe 1096 will perform Shelagh Stephenson's "An Experiment With an Air Pump " on Feb. 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. each night. The darkly humorous play looks at the past and future of science and society.Looking at the eves of two millennia in 1799 and 1999, the play juxtaposes the lives of two families in societies on the brink of major change. 259-1630, ext. 141 for details.

"The Dog Days of Winter," Silverton's Snowscape Winter Carnival runs this weekend, Feb. 12-15. Activities range from ice sculptures and cardboard box races to a Parade of Lights and broomball games. 387-5654 for details or log onto

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts an exhibit of Japanese art through March 4. Drawn from the private collection of visiting professor Scott Miller, the exhibit features religious artifacts, paintings, woodblock prints, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and folk art from the Edo (1600-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods in Japanese art history. Miller will give a gallery talk from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25. 247-7167 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., opens a new exhibit entitled: "Contemporary Fiber: Quilts and Beyond." The exhibit features the work of 12 Colorado fiber artists and includes everything from whimsical dolls to needlepoint "paintings." DAC is also presenting "From the Collection of Will and Victoria Coe" in the Garner/Vega Conference Room, featuring paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by nationally and regionally known artists, through Feb 28. 259-2606 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College hosts two new exhibits, "Stitches & Stories: Quilts in La Plata County" and "Monumental Beauty: A Pictorial View of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument," a photography exhibit of the Arizona locale. The shows run through April 17 in the Exhibit Gallery and are part of the center's 40th anniversary celebration. 247-7456 for details.

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.

Backcountry Experience, 1205 Camino del Rio, hosts an exhibit entitled, "The Southwest Landscape Photography of Eric Severn" through the end of February. Severn is a guide at Southwest Adventures, and his photos examine the beauty of the backcountry. 247-5830.



Tony Furtado and the American Gypsies play the Abbey Theatre on Feb. 19.

The Children's Museum of Durango offers "Parents' Date Night," two hours of supervised child care and food Feb. 19. 259-9234 for details.

The Durango Lively Arts Company and the Durango Arts Force will present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," beginning Feb. 20 at the Durango Arts Center.

North Carolina's Steep Canyon Rangers play traditional bluegrass at the Abbey Theatre on Feb. 21.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College will feature Robert Trentham's "In Thinking of America: Songs of the Civil War" on Feb. 21.

The Durango Choral Society joins the San Juan Symphony for "Heaven and Earth," a glimpse into the spiritual world above and the spirit of the earth below, on Feb. 22 at the Community Concert Hall.

Dr. Jim Judge and the HD Mountains Coalition will discuss the archaeological resources of the HD Mountains on Feb. 23 in the Bayfield Middle School. The HDs are currently threatened by extensive gas development.

The renowned jamgrass wizards of Leftover Salmon play the Abbey Theatre on Feb. 23.

The DSCPA presents bluegrass virtuoso Tim O'Brien on Feb. 24 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

The Volunteers of America hosts its 18th annual Chocolate Fantasia to benefit the Southwest Safehouse on Feb. 27 at the DoubleTree Inn.

The Four Corners Piano Competition will run Feb. 27-29 at Fort Lewis College.

The Adaptive Sports Association encourages locals to start forming teams for the sixth annual Dave Spencer Ski Classic which is scheduled for Feb. 27-28. 259-0374 for details.

Durango celebrates V-Day
What: Performances of "The Vagina Monologues"
Where: The Smiley Theater, 1309 E. Third Ave., and the FLC Theatre
When: Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. (Smiley Theater) and Feb. 13, 14 & 21 at 7 p.m. (FLC Theatre)

This weekend "The Vagina Monologues" return to Durango. Like last year, there will be two productions one community production and one Fort Lewis College production to celebrate Valentine's Day as part of the "V-Day" movement to end violence against women.

"The Vagina Monologues" are based on hundreds of interviews with women by Eve Ensler. The result was a collection of monologues some verbatim, some inspired by a combination of women for a play that runs the gamut of emotions. The monologues also were compiled into a book of the same name.

Monologues range from humorous ("Let's just start with the word vagina.' It sounds like an infection at best, maybe a medical instrument: Hurry, Nurse, bring me the vagina.'") to solemn, such as the Native American woman who discusses her experiences with domestic violence. No two productions are alike, as the script allows directors to select which monologues to include.

The community performance takes place Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Smiley Theater, 1309 E. Third Ave. All proceeds benefit Alternative Horizons. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 382-2513.

The play will also be performed at the Fort Lewis College Theatre on Feb. 13, 14 & 21 at 7 p.m. All proceeds from these performances benefit the Rape Intervention Team. For more information call 247-7089.


Abbey hosts "Climbing Everest"
What: A slide show and lecture benefiting Durango Nature Studies
Where: The Abbey Theater, 128 E. College
When: Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Next Wednesday, the Abbey Theatre presents "Climbing Everest: An evening with Peter Jamieson." The slide show and lecture is hosted by and benefits local nonprofit environmental education organization Durango Nature Studies. Guest speaker and mountaineer Peter Jamieson will share a slide presentation, talk about the triumphs and challenges of climbing Everest, and allow ample time for a question and answer session with the audience.

Jamieson climbed his first mountain as a 17-year-old Outward Bound student from rural Wisconsin and later went on to climb Tibet's 8,000 meter Xixabangma in 1981, and Mount Everest in 1983. He and fellow climber, Gerry Roach, were the 13th and 14th Americans and 135th and 136th mountaineers ever to successfully summit Everest.Their two subsequent attempts, one in 1987 and another in 1989, were both unsuccessful. At present, Jamieson is a resident of Durango, where he works as a physician's assistant.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door or by calling 382-9244. This event is part of a year-long series celebrating Durango Nature Studies' 10th anniversary and all proceeds benefit the nonprofit group.


Dexter Grove returns to Storyville
What: A show from the acid-folk duo
Where: Storyville, 1150 Main Ave.
When: Friday, Feb. 13 at 9:30 p.m.

Since their inception in 1994, the acoustic duo known as Dexter Grove has been spreading its unique style of "acid folk music." Formed in upstate New York, guitarist/singer/songwriter Charley Orlando and percussionist/songwriter Steve Drizos got their first taste of the touring lifestyle in the bars and coffee houses of the Northeast. In 1996, the group relocated to Boulder and, after an invitation to the High Sierra Music Festival in California that summer, found themselves including the West Coast in their itinerary, gaining them recognition as a national touring act.

All told, Dexter Grove has performed over 1,500 shows, including numerous Durango stopovers and logged hundreds of thousands of miles in a relatively short period of time. The duo has shared the stage with acts as diverse as their own musical style, from bands such as .moe, The Tony Trischka Band, String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams, to Dave Mason and Jim Capaldi (of Traffic) and legendary '80s rockers Quiet Riot.

The pair returns to Storyville this Friday and takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 259-1475.






News Index Second Index Opinion Index Classifieds Index Contact Index