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Film Festival steps back in time
Grammer plays local stage
Abbey screens local film Legacy'

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The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts a "Martian Sand Paintings" workshop from 10-11 a.m. for kids ages 2 and up. 259-9234 to register.

A public forum to guage local sentiment on a Division of Wildlife gray wolf management plan takes place at 7 p.m. at the FLC Chemistry Building, room 130.

Jazz trumpeter Brad Goode and the United States Air Force Academy's Falconaires highlight the Four Corners Jazz Festival with a 7 p.m. show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The day-long festival is put on for high school and junior high jazz bands.

The FLC Winter 2004 Life-Long Learning Series continues with "No Child Left Behind? Public Schools in the Bush Presidency" at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Panelists include: Mary Barter, 9-R superintendent; John Anderrson, vice chairman of New American Schools; Michael Lister, principal of Bayfield Middle School; and Cindy Smart, principal of Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary. 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.

Bloodkin , the band credited for penning numerous Widespread Panic songs, plays at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

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



The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts a "Puddle Painting" workshop from 10-11 a.m. for kids of all ages. 259-9234 to register.

Freewill Recovery jams at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

The Catch 22 Blues Band plays Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

New band Largo plays country and western at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

Danny Rhodes and the Messengers play rock and blues at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400.



The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts a free "Astronaut Masks" workshop from 1-2 p.m. for kids of all ages. 259-9234 to register.

Spirit Mountain Botanical Medicine & AGE Arts, 93 W. Mill St., Bayfield, celebrates its grand opening at 2 p.m. The event will feature watercolors from Kathy Sherer and music, food and fun. 884-5005 for details.

A Contra Dance takes place at the VFW Hall, 1515 Main Ave. Beginner instruction is at 7 p.m. with dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. This month's caller is Richard Wilson from Santa Fe. "The Taos Contra Band" will provide live music. 259-6820.

Lee Bartley, Gareth Martins and Bob Newnam play jazz at La Boheme in Mancos at 7 p.m. 533-9837 for details.

Mancos' cure for cabin fever, Millwood Follies , takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Millwood Junction and features local talent, a raffle and a silent auction. Free. 882-3127 for details.

Local band Flash Monkey plays funk and jazz at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., hosts Punk Night with music from Straight Outta Jr. High, Amazing Larry and Suitcase at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

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

Danny Rhodes and the Messengers plays an encore show at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400.



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.

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

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays at Scoot n Blues, 800 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.



The American Cancer Society hosts a kickoff party for the 2004 Relay for Life at 6 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. This year's relay is scheduled for June 11-12 and the kickoff event will have information for participating teams and sponsors, team packets, and chances to win Relay for Life gear and prizes. 247-0278 for details.

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



Operation Healthy Communities offers an all-day Coaching for Performance workshop on management styles and reinforcement. The workshop is part of the Colorado Nonprofit Week celebration. 382-0585 for details.

Operation Healthy Communities presents a Nonprofit Celebration Luncheon from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave. Jeff Pryor of the Anschutz Family Foundation will be the event's keynote speaker. 382-0585 to register.

An introductory meeting for Earthrise Community , a local consensus-based, pedestrian oriented, co-housing community, will be at 6 p.m. at Earthrise with a potluck to follow. Earthrise members are currently preparing the site plan, and designing the first building and gardens. 259-9488 to RSVP.

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

The Eric McFadden Trio plays carnivalesque gypsy rock at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. Local rockers Freewill Recovery open the show. 259-1475 for details.

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



National trainer Karen Tye presents a workshop entitled, "Technology Planning for Nonprofits," from 8 a.m.-noon at the Durango Recreation Center. 382-0585 for details.

The Green Business Roundtable meets at noon at the Diamond Circle Theater, 699 Main Ave, and will discuss trends in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. Guest Speaker Katherine Holt established Peakinsight LLC to impact how business will operate profitably and evolve sustainably in the future. 259-1361 for details.

An open house for the Southwest 2030 Regional Transportation Plan takes place from 4-7 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The plan looks at current and future transportation needs in the region. 247-9621 for details.

Sorrel Sky Gallery, 870 Main Ave., hosts a reception for Darren Vigil Gray , the 2004 Durango Film Festival artist, from 5:30-8 p.m. During the event, the painting featured on the festival poster will be auctioned. 247-3555 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 Bad Girl Creek: A Novel by Jo-Ann Mapson. Anyone interested in discussing the book is invited.259-9442 for details.

Oakhaven Permaculture Center and the FLC Environmental Center co-host the third in a series of workshops on Practical Home Design at 6:30 p.m. in Noble Hall room 125. The workshop "Alternative Home Building Methods" will discuss adobe, hybrid adobe and straw-bale construction. 259-5445 for details.

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



Snow Monsters hosts a Big Shebang , a weekend of fun and games March 6-7 at DMR. Ski with Snowball the Tiger and ride with Snowboard Beaver, new mascots of the U.S. Ski Team. The Snow Monsters Mobile will be set up in the Village Plaza, complete with a milk and cookies bar. 385-2149 for details.

An exhibit of vintage black and white fashion and jazz photography by Gleb Derujinsky is currently on display in the Open Shutter Gallery through April 5. In the 1950s, local photographer Derujinsky shot for numerous magazines and is credited with photographing some of the most sophisticated and romantic images of the period. 382-8355 for details.

The Durango Lively Arts Company and the Durango Arts Force present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" on March 5-6 at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.This children's musical production is the livelystory of "a boy whose dreams came true." Performances are at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 28. 382-8584 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts an exhibit entitled: "Contemporary Fiber: Quilts and Beyond" through March 20. The exhibit features the work of 12 Colorado fiber artists and includes everything from whimsical dolls to needlepoint "paintings." Beginning March 2, DAC also presents photographs by Chet Anderson in an exhibit entitled "Shadows, Shades and Shapes" in the Garner/Vega Conference Room. 259-2606.

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.



Maria's Bookshop will host a reading, book signing and discussion with Peter Shelton , author of the acclaimed Climb to Conquer on March 11.

Kirk James plays the Explorers Club Southwest on March 12.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the second annual Durango "Celtdown" takes place March 13 at the Durango Arts Center and features local Irish band Beltaine, storyteller Sara Ransom, harpist Sylvia Zurko, Irish dancers and more. 247-5720 for details.

Daffodil Days takes place March 13-21.Bouquets of 10 flowers will be available for sale at Curves, Durango Mall and Wal-Mart. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Tweaksters will bring their blend of dance, dexterity and flying objects to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on March 14.

The Women's Resource Center continues Chick Flick Night with "Muriel's Wedding" on March 15 at the Abbey Theatre.

The Brotherhood of Groove , New Orleans funksters, play the Summit on March 15.

David Lindley and Wally Ingram play the Abbey Theatre on March 15.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College will present leading Irish traditional group Cherish the Ladies on March 16.

New Orleans' own Rebirth Brass Band takes the Abbey Theatre stage on March 16.

"Take Risk Blow Kiss," a night of theatre and music with Catilin Eddins and Holly Hieronymus takes the stage at the Abbey Theatre on March 18.

Animas City Rock Climbing Gym and Fitness Center hosts a bouldering comp for all skill levels on March 19.

The FLC Community Concert Hall will present The Acting Company's production of William Shakespeare's "Richard III" on March 20 as part of the Shakespeare in American Communities tour.

One Hit Wonder Night , a KDUR benefit, takes place on March 20 at Storyville.

Legendary Leon Redbone will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on March 21.

Dobro maestro Jerry Douglas plays the FLC Community Concert Hall on March 27.

Film Festival steps back in time
What: A costume gala fund-raiser
Where: The Smiley Theater, 1309 East Third Ave.
When: March 5 at 6:45 p.m.

Now in its fourth year, the Durango Film Festival kicks off this Friday, March 5, with an opening party "Stepping Back in Time." The fund-raising event will be a costume gala and takes place at the Smiley Theatre. Revelers will start stepping back in time at 6:45 p.m., which will be followed by a full evening of entertainment and film.

The evening's highlight comes with a screening of Buster Keaton's silent film classic, "The General." Buster Keaton plays the intrepid Confederate Johnny Gray whose two loves are his Southern belle sweetheart and his locomotive. When Northern spies steal the locomotive, Keaton takes on the Union army to get it back. "The General" is set almost entirely aboard moving trains and is widely considered to be the actor-director's finest film. Attendees at the costume gala will get the added treat of hearing the five-piece Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra perform a live score reminiscent of the sound at the film's 1927 release.

Tickets for "Stepping Back in Time" are available at First National Bank of Durango, Magpie's Newsstand, Southwest Sound and at the door. The Durango Film Festival runs March 6-14 with more than 120 independent films, features, documentaries, animated films, short films and children's films showing daily from 9 a.m.-midnight. For more information or a complete schedule see pages 15-18 of the Telegraph or log onto


Grammer plays local stage
What: DSCPA show by folk musician Tracy Grammer
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Friday, March 5, at 8 p.m.

Tracy Grammer and her late partner, Dave Carter, were called "one of the fastest-rising acts in folk music." In just four years, they released three internationally acclaimed albums, toured with Joan Baez and earned a solid following with their live performances at festivals and venues all across North America. Despite Carter's sudden death in July 2002, Grammer's career as an interpreter and instrumentalist continues. The Durango Society of Cultural and Performing Arts brings Grammer to Durango this Friday for a show at the Abbey Theatre.

"I have no choice but to go on singing, and to go on telling our story," says Grammer, "on behalf of my brilliant partner, and on behalf of every dreamer who stumbles, as I did, upon a profound calling."

Recently, Grammer found herself the featured soloist backing Joan Baez on vocals, violin and mandolin during their winter 2002 tour. On the duo's live performances and on their latest release "Drum Hat Buddha," Grammer fronted fully half the material. Grammer is noted for her dark, ethereal vocals and her attention to melody and story lines. She is adept with the violin, mandolin and guitar. Grammer's local set will likely include songs from the duo's three albums, unrecorded duo material and carefully selected songs by favorite writers across all genres. For more information, call 385-1711.


Abbey screens local film Legacy'
What: Locally produced film on historic lifestyles
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.

Just prior to the kick-off of the Durango Film Festival, the Abbey Theatre will host the public premiere of the film "Legacy." Local filmmakers Mark Snider and Shanna Ritz will be unveiling their feature length documentary this Thursday.

The film was shot at three locations in the West, capturing the Oregon coast, the mountains of Colorado and the deserts of New Mexico. "Legacy" introduces three different individuals: a lighthouse keeper, a Navajo weaver, and a third-generation rancher. The film explores history, ideals and culture through those individuals.

Snider, of Exposure Productions, began his company in 1999 with the intention of producing documentaries while emphasizing outdoors and adventure. His career started with the documentary "A New Silver," about the Creede Repertory Theater, which was soon followed by more documentaries, commercials and corporate videos. He also produced the award-winning short film, "Andy Across the Water."

Snider teamed up with Shanna Ritz, from Providence Street Productions, to create "Legacy." Ritz is a local writer and photo documentarian who seizes upon her diverse past of professions to create subjects for her films.

The directors, along with the crew and cast, not only created the film as a tribute to the individuals portrayed in the film but pose the question: How important is it to keep these historical lifestyles alive? The film hits the Abbey screen at 7 p.m. For information, call 385-1711.






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