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4th Wall stages "Lost in Yonkers"
DSCPA presents Tim O'Brien Band
Summit presents Signal Path

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The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., offers "Parents Date Night" for two hours of supervised child care and food from 6-8 p.m. 259-9234 to register.

Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., hosts a San Juan Singles social mixer at 6:30 p.m. Singles in their 40s and 50s are encouraged to attend. 259-2545 for details.

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

The Durango High School band and orchestra performs at 7 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall.259-1630, ext. 103 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Life-Long Learning Series continues with a panel discussion on health care at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. A panel will look at "Our Health Care Mess: How We Got Here and What We Can Do About It." 247-7400 for details.

The Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave., hosts "Night of the Troubadours" at 7 p.m. The event features singer-songwriters Sand Sheff, Tim Guidotti and Terry Rickard. 247-3400 for details.

Tony Furtado and the American Gypsies play the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Spookie Daly Pride , a roots rock band from Boston, will kick off the show. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

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



A Central Business District Council coffee break will be held in city council chambers from 8-9 a.m. Topics for the 3rd annual Community Summit, which takes place May 14, will be discussed. 375-7756 for details.

Operation Healthy Communities continues the "Work Smarter, Not Harder Workshop Series" at 9 a.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Beth Warren, executive director of KSUT Public Radio, will discuss marketing and public relations. 382-0585.

Chap Peterson, of Fort Lewis College, hosts a discussion on the United Nations at the League of Women Voters meeting at 9 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Road. Peterson has been a free-lance agent for owners and CEOs of international companies. 385-0848 for details.

The Durango High School Winter Fine Arts Splash runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the commons area. The display will feature first trimester student artwork in watercolor, oil painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and drawing. 259-1630, ext. 111 for details.

Kerry and Kristelle Sim, communication and life coaches, will give a free talk on unleashing your potential as a great communicator at 7 p.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center. 259-8998 for details.

Local rockers Freewill Recovery return to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The Frank Trio plays original,instrumental hip hop, funk and ambient dance at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475.

Desert Thunder plays country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

The Catch 22 Blues Band plays high energy electric blues at the Billygoat Saloon in Gem Village at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band opens for the Alex Maryol Band at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



DMR presents the Sports Illustrated/Snow Monsters NeXt-X Qualifier all day. The next generation of extreme skiers and snowboarders test their skills in big air, jib jams, gates and free skiing, and the winner qualifies for the National NeXt-X finals held later this spring. 247-9000.

"The Vagina Monologues" plays the Fort Lewis College Theatre at 7 p.m. The play is a collection of monologues that runs the gamut of emotions. All proceeds benefit the Rape Intervention Team. 247-7089 for details.

Tenor Robert Trentham brings "In Thinking of America" to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m. Inspired by his family's involvement in the Civil War, Trentham takes a look at the music that sustained the country during the war between the states. 247-7657 for details.

The Bar D Wranglers, National Flatpick Guitar Champion Gary Cook and John Moore of Bluegrass Etc. play a benefit concert for the Mancos Old Time Fiddlers' Contest and Festival at the Millwood Junction in Mancos at 7:30 p.m. 533-1077 for details.

North Carolina's Steep Canyon Rangers bring their traditional bluegrass to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Local pickers, the Stony Creek Ramblers, open the show at 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Motion for Alliance returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., with live electronica at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Ladies Night with D.J. Michael Dominion spinning music at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Flash Monkey brings its local funk to Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

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

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

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Buffalo Gap in Vallecito at 8:30 p.m. 884-2259 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.

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

A benefit for former Fort Lewis College basketball player Troy Norton takes place at CJ's Diner, 810 E. College, from 1-4 p.m. A standout guard from 1989-93, Norton suffered a severe stroke last November. CJ's will serve bbq beef sandwiches for $10 and donating all proceeds to Norton. 247-7583 for details.

The San Juan Symphony presents "Heaven and Earth" at 3 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall. The event will showcase Haydn's "The Creation," Wagner's "Good Friday Spell" and "Death of an Angel" and a new piece by Brazilian composer Osvaldo Golijov. Brandon Lee, the winner of the first annual Four Corners Piano Competition, will also perform. 247-7657 for details.

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

Holly Hieronymous plays at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, presents Latin reggae from the B-Side Allstars . The Frank Trio, a local instrumental hip hop, funk, and ambient dance band, opens the 9 p.m. show. 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.



Fort Lewis College professor emeritus Dr. Jim Judge and the HD Mountains Coalition will discuss the archaeological resources of the HD Mountains in the Bayfield Middle School at 7 p.m. The HDs are currently threatened by extensive gas development which would negatively impact archaeological resources. 259-3583 for details.

Leftover Salmon plays a sold-out show at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. 385-1711 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.



Fat Tuesday

The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., presents a "Make a Martian" workshop from 3:30-5 p.m. for all ages. 259-9234 to register.

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 Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts a "Martian Village" workshop from 10-11:30 a.m. for kids ages 3 and up. 259-9234 to register.

Joanie Trussel presents a slide-lecture on advertising's influence on women's self image for "Feed Your Brain" at the Women's Resource Center, 723 E. Second Ave. The presentation takes place from noon-1 p.m. 247-1242 for details.

The Durango Film Festival hosts a mandatory meeting for volunteers and staff at the La Plata County Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed in all capacities for this year's festival which begins March 6. 259-2291 for details.

Corrine Schmitt , soprano, performs her senior recital at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in the Sage Hall Building at Fort Lewis College. Admission is free.

Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts the "Show Us What You Got" Talent Extravaganza at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



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 Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., showcases the faces, landscapes and architecture of Italy with an exhibit by local photographer Paul Boyer entitled "Italia." In spite of choosing a career in photography, Boyer has a PhD in Italian and comparative literature. The exhibit runs through Feb. 25. 382-8355 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, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts "Destination Mars," a 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.

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.



The locally produced feature-length documentary "Legacy" will screen at the Abbey Theatre on Feb. 26 and March 4.

Durango Mountain Resort hosts the SkiBike America Festival with displays, demos and competitions from Feb. 26-29.

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

Maria's Bookshop hosts a Celtic/Irish Storytelling and Book Signing with author/photographer Tom Quinn Kumpf on Feb. 27.

Durango Mountain Resort hosts the first-ever Ski for Schools Day on Feb. 27 with $25 lift tickets. Tickets must be pre-purchased at either City Market or Albertsons.

The Four Corners Piano Competition runs Feb. 27-29 at Fort Lewis College and includes numerous concerts.

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.

The Derek Trucks Band plays the Abbey on March 2.

Oakhaven Permaculture Center and the Fort Lewis College Environmental Center co-host the second & third in a series of workshops on Practical Home Design on March 2, 4, 9, & 11. 259-5445 for details.

The fourth annual Durango Film Festival kicks off March 5 with a Gala Celebration at the Smiely Building. The festival will run March 6-14 and will feature local and international independents, documentaries, animation, shorts and children's films, including 33 World Premiers.

4th Wall stages "Lost in Yonkers"
What: A local production of the Neil Simon play
Where: The Fort Lewis College Gallery Theatre
When: Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.

Beginning Feb. 19, the Neil Simon classic "Lost in Yonkers" will hit the Fort Lewis College Gallery Theatre stage. The play is directed by Tara Ivy-Sheehan and produced by 4th Wall Student Productions.

Simon sets the play in 1942, a year marked by the tail-end of the depression, the U.S.'s involvement in World War II and the American government's acknowledgement of the Nazi Holocaust. "Lost in Yonkers" centers on three generations of one Jewish family and their struggle to obtain independence from society and each other.

Eddie, a widower, is panic stricken when he has to persuade iron-clad Grandma Kurnitz to take in his two young sons Jay and Artie so he can travel to a new job and earn money for his family. There we also meet Aunt Bella, slightly simple in the head; Uncle Louie, a small-time gangster; and Aunt Gert, who forgets to stop talking whenever she breathes in. And Grandma, a refugee from Nazi Germany, is made of steel and resolves to survive anything.

Through the eyes of Artie and Jay, Simon allows the audience to watch a broken family try to mend itself from the inside out. With compassion, warmth and comedy, "Lost in Yonkers" bares the skeletons in the closet and helps lay the bones to rest.

"Lost in Yonkers," shows at the Fort Lewis College Gallery Theatre on Feb. 19-21 and 26-28. For more information or ticketing, call 247-6405.


DSCPA presents Tim O'Brien Band
What: A Fat Tuesday show from bluegrass great Tim O'Brien
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Bluegrass legend Tim O'Brien will be in town to help Durango celebrate Fat Tuesday on Feb. 24. At 7 p.m. the Tim O'Brien Band will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in a Durango Society of Cultural and Performing Arts production.

O'Brien is a longtime Durango favorite, having played DSCPA shows on four prior occasions. Next Tuesday, he will offer local audiences a new twist and bring along the Tim O'Brien Band, which includes John Doyle on guitar and Casey Driessen on fiddle.

O'Brien burst onto the bluegrass scene in 1978 as the lead vocalist, fiddler and mandolin player for Hot Rize. The group would record six albums, win the International Bluegrass Association Entertainer of the Year award in 1990, and become favorites (along with their alter-ego band, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers) at such festivals as Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass.

Since that time, O'Brien's eclectic solo career has expanded his bluegrass roots into Celtic, Cajun, old-time, folk, country and rock territory. O'Brien's latest CD, "Traveler," features 12 new songs and appearances by virtuosos Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer, as well as the session work of O'Brien's touring bandmates Doyle and Driessen.

All seats to the concert are reserved and can be purchased at the Community Concert Hall Box Office, Canyon Music Woodworks and Southwest Sound. For more information, call 247-7657 or log onto


Summit presents Signal Path
What: A concert from the Missoula-based electronica band
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Friday, Feb. 20 at 9:30 p.m.

The Summit will present a band that prides itself on venturing into uncharted musical territory this Friday, Feb. 20. Signal Path, an electronica band from Missoula, Mont., has been touring full-time for a year and has opened for or played with Nelly, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Wailers, Particle and others. Signal Path will also be playing during the String Cheese Incident's Winter Carnival in Denver this March.

Signal Path is made up of Ryan Burnet, of Denver; Minnesotan Dion Stepanski; Damon Metzner and Nathan Weidenhaft, both of New Orleans; and Ben Griffin from Memphis. The band calls itself a product of musical evolution with deep roots. The five musicians play on two drums, one electronic set, one triggered acoustic set, a stand-up bass, a guitar and keyboards. Each musician also plays through and with computers, modules and synthesizers. The result is what called, "an electronic soundscape." called Signal Path, "live five-piece electronic musical evolution."

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band also appears to approve of the work Signal Path is doing. After Signal Path opened for the Dirty Dozen in Boulder, the two bands shared the stage for two hours and ended with a jam.

Signal Path goes on stage at the Summit this Friday at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 247-2324.






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