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Nosotros returns to the Summit
Locals celebrate Bike to Work Day
Abbey Theatre presents Garaj Mahal

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Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6 p.m. book talk and signing with several contributors to the anthology Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West , including Caroline Arlen (Durango), Anita Tanner (Cortez), Beth Paulson (Ouray) and Mary Sojourner (Flagstaff, Ariz.). The book is a collection of prose and poetry about real women in the West and their connection to a larger whole. 247-1438 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run on the Log Chute trails at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead up Junction Creek Road. 385-2664 for details.

Tim Guidotti plays guitar at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 6-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

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

The Durango Community Recreation Center offers Open Kayak Night in the pool from 7-8:45 p.m. 375-7310 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. DJ Erik James and a special guest spin music downstairs for Femme Fatale at 10 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



Durango Mountain Resort celebrates the opening day of its summer season.

The San Juan Mountains Association offers free, guided naturalist hikes at Durango Mountain Resort from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on every Friday through Sept. 3. 385-1210 for details.

The Catch 22 Blues Band and Encore will perform from 5-7 p.m. for Music on Main, a weekly, free concert at 8th Street and Main. The weekly performance is put on by the City and is free to the public. 385-2850 for details.

Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., hosts Laura Wright on piano in the lounge and Greg Ryder on guitar on the patio from 6-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Singer-songwriter Taylor Albertine plays a free show for supper club at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

A DJ spins a hip-hop mix at Solid Muldoon's, 117 W. College, at 9 p.m.. 247-9151 for details.

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

The Kirk James Blues Band plays Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., with shows at 5 & 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



The Durango Farmers Market , a community-based organization of local agriculturalists and artisans, gathers in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. 946-5269.

The 11th annual Silverton Hillside Cemetery volunteer work day takes place 10 a.m.-noon.Following, Freda Peterson will tell of San Juan County's early pioneers. 387-5781.

Lee Bartley plays piano in the lounge and Pete Giuliani plays guitar on the patio at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 6-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Dances of Universal Peace takes place at 7 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. 385-7375 for details.

Durango DOT Comedy presents "Hay Fever," a two-hour improvisational comedy show at 8 the Durango Arts Center, 801 E. Second Ave. 259-6004.

A DJ spins a hip-hop mix at Solid Muldoon's, 117 W. College, at 9 p.m.. 247-9151 for details.

Local jam-band Sol Vista plays a show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

DJs Fat-P, A-Bell and Mister spin music for Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Nite Owl plays a second night of country/rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

Durango punk band Amazing Larry plays the Explorers' Club Southwest on the 1200 block of Blair Street in Silverton at 9 p.m. 387-5006 for details.

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



Red Bull's Divide & Conquer , a one-day, mountain sports relay featuring paragliders, trail runners, kayakers and mountain bikers, takes place all day in the San Juans north of Durango. The race finishes at Durango Mountain Resort.

Durango BMX hosts an open race for all ages and experience levels to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sign-ups take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. 759-1373 for details.

Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., hosts Holly Hieronymous on piano and music from Margie and Manuel Pazo-Alanzo from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

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

The Venerable Lama Lhanang Rinpoche , teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, gives a free talk on "Loving Kindness and Compassion in Daily Living" at 7 p.m. in Room 32 of the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. He will also bring a sampling of his artwork and a reception will follow the talk. 385-7828 for details. 4

The Biscuit Burners bring their Appalachian Mountain music to Haggard's Black Dog Tavern, 13544 Florida Rd. 259-5657 for details.

Sand Sheff plays an acoustic show at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave. 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.



The Women's Resource Center sponsors Chick Flick Night at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, with a screening of the acclaimed Latina coming-of-age film, "Real Women Have Curves." Doors open at 5 p.m. with free pizza, drink specials and door prizes. The film begins at 6 p.m. 385-1711.

A meeting on the proposal to build a trail connection from the Sky Ridge subdivision to the Raider Ridge trail takes place at 6 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. The City of Durango is interested in hearing public input on the creation of a trail across the open space. 375-7300 for details.

The 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard performs a free concert at the FLC Community Concert Hall at 7 p.m. The concert features a variety of music for the entire family including Sousa marches, patriotic tunes, Dixieland and Big Band Jazz. 247-7657 for details.

Drawing On Your Dreams , a group exploring dreams through art and discussion, meets from 7-8 p.m. every Monday through Aug. 9 at 204 W. 22nd St. 259-9636 for details.

Swing Shift plays melodic and lyrical jazz standards at the Cyprus Caf`E9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.



The Jeff Solon Jazz Group plays on the patio at the Cyprus Caf`E9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

The 101st Army Band's Dixieland group , the Rough Riders, perform a free 7 p.m. concert at the Rotary Park Gazebo. 247-7657 for details.

The Durango Community Recreation Center hosts Open Kayak Night in the pool from 7-8:45 p.m. 375-7310 for details.

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

The Samples (Yes, The Samples) play the stage at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Brian Van der Ark of the VervePipe opens the show. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Solid Muldoon's, 117 W. College, hosts College Night with a DJ spinning hip-hop. 247-9151 for details.

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



The Women's Resource Center, 723 E. Second Ave., hosts a "Feed Your Brain" lecture at noon. Attorney Katie Steelman shares information on basic estate planning . 247-1242 to register.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group plays on the patio at the Cyprus Caf`E9, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., hosts a live DJ with no cover. 375-2568 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays Bike Night at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.



The Durango Repertory Theatre & Act Too Players will perform its Second annual Shakespeare Beneath the Stars with a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on June 18 & 19 and June 24-26. All shows take place at 8 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College amphitheater. The comedy is an interplay involving two sets of couples whose romantic cross-purposes are complicated still further by their entrance into the play's fairyland woods. Audience members are asked to bring a cushion and blanket and get ready for an evening of adventure and love! For more information call 382-8958.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama, 699 Main Ave., celebrates its 43rd season with a production of "Under the Gaslight," a 19th century tale of an interrupted engagement. "Under the Gaslight" shows on odd-numbered dates. "Hazel Kirke," a family drama set in Scotland, shows on even-numbered dates beginning June 26. Both shows are followed by a Vaudeville Revue with singing, dancing and slapstick. The melodrama shows at 7:45 p.m. and is closed Sundays. 247-3400 for details.

Trails 2000 is looking for volunteers for a trail crew to provide maintenance on the Weminuche Wilderness section of The Colorado Trail on June 17-20. The group will hike from Molas Pass to camp in Vestal Basin on Thursday afternoon, June 17. They will clear and maintain a total of 8 miles of trail then return Sunday. This is one of the most remote and beautiful sections of The Colorado Trail. For information call 247-0824.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the 28th annual Juried Exhibit through June 30. The exhibit presents more than 50 works by local and regional artists that were selected by juror Charles Parson. Maureen May's mixed media painting "NO Matthew 5:9 (The Geography Lesson)" was awarded "Best in Show." 259-2606 for details. 4

An exhibit of plein air oil painting by Sharon Abshagen is on display in the Art Gallery of the Durango Community Recreation Center until July 13. The exhibit, depicting the Southwest, is open during Rec. Center hours. 247-1916 for details.

The Children's Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., presents "Nature and Me" an exhibit about the indigenous trees in the area. Included in the exhibit will be a puppet tree house, forest campsite, mini forest, bugs that help and hurt trees, video information about the effects of the Missionary Ridge Fire, a walk, and more. 259-9234 for details.

The Ellis Crane Gallery, 131 E. 8th St., hosts a three-person show of new work through June 26. The featured artists are Judith D'Agostino, Cynthia Debolt and John Maxon. 382-9855 for details.

The Adaptive Sports Association presents "A Lift for Charity," a new fund-raising event, through July 4. Chairlift chairs from the original Purgatory Lift 1 have been turned over to a number of local artists and transformed into porch swings and patio benches. The chairs are available for viewing and bidding at the Main Mall. 259-0374.

The Adaptive Sports Association offers new summer recreational activities for people with disabilities . They include trips to Mesa Verde, explorations of the Animas Forks ghost town, ropes courses and overnight camping. ASA will continue to provide flatwater canoeing and kayaking, fishing, biking and other activities. 259-0374 for details.

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 East Second Ave.,presents the exhibit "Testimonials," featuring the black and white photography of Keith Carter and Janet Woodcock through July 21. Emerging photographer Woodcock's work focuses on "barnyard portraits" and nationally renowned photographer Carter's work is of Americana. 382-8355 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the film "The Station Agent," the film that swept this year's Sundance Film Festival, and the Monty Python film "The Life of Brian" nightly. Log onto or call 385-1711 for details.

The Farmington Civic Center hosts the Men of the Four Corners 2004 Fine Arts Exhibit through June 30. The show will feature paintings from Four Corners artists Mark Broadway, Dale Latta, Dwight Lawing, Bill Randall, Steve Unger, Al Weber and Phillip West.

The Center of Southwest Studies presents the exhibits "Today's Navajo Weavers," "A Stirring Story: Navajo and Pueblo Spoons" and "Presence with Abandonment." "Today's Navajo Weavers" features the work of nearly 40 Navajo weavers. "A Stirring Story" is a traveling exhibit from the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian and features spoons and other flatware that were among the earliest products of Navajo and Pueblo silversmiths. "Presence within Abandonment: Photography, Archaeology and Western Historic Sites" is a photographic exhibit by Thomas Carr. 247-7494 for details.



Manna Soup Kitchen hosts in 2nd annual Soup Supper and Open House fund-raiser June 24.

DJs Brian Ess and A-Bell spin music for the monthly Abbey Theatre club night on June 24.

Maria's Bookshop will host a June 24 booksigning with Utah author Michael Engelhard for his new book Where the Rain Children Sleep: A Sacred Geography of the Colorado Plateau .

Trails 2000 hosts its annual Maintenance Camp Social from June 25-27 on its adopted segment of the Colorado Trail. 259-4682 for details.

The 4th annual Steamworks Animas Valley Half Marathon is scheduled for the morning of June 26. 375-2413 for details.

Durango Mountain Resort hosts CelticFest on June 26, a music festival featuring headliners Seven Nations, a scotch tasting, food and arts fair.

Mukwa will play an energetic blend of afro-cuban stylings at the Abbey Theatre on June 26.

Local photographer Tom Bartels will give a benefit slideshow entitled, "Khumbu Trekking in the Sherpa Homeland of Nepal" on June 27 at the Abbey Theatre.

The NORBA-sanctioned, five-race Purgatory Downhill Series , open to all levels, begins on June 27 and runs every Sunday afternoon through July 25. 385-2149 for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association will host "Hike, Lunch and Wine with a Llama" on June 27.

The Venerable Lama Lhanang Rinpoche , teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, will give another talk in Durango on June 29.

The Durango Arts Center hosts the second group exhibit of the year, " Roots: Life and Pathways" beginning July 7.

The Oakhaven Permanculture center will host Swadeshi on the Green: A Festival of Local Self-Sufficiency on July 11.

Nosotros returns to the Summit
What: Another concert by the acclaimed Latino band
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Friday, June 18, 9 p.m.

Nosotros, a renowned Albuquerque band, will again be making the trip north of the border this Friday to play an encore show at the Summit. Nosotros is a seven-member band that draws on flamenco guitars, Latin percussion and Spanish lyrics. The band has toured extensively throughout the Southwest playing various music festivals, nightclubs, private bookings, and television and radio shows. They also have had the opportunity to share the stage with artists like Etta James, Lisa Loeb, Dave Mason and the Gipsy Kings.

Nosotros features Felipe Ruibal (vocals); David Diaz (vocals, flute, saxophone); Shane Derk (guitar); Randy Sanchez (guitar); Justin McLauchlin (bass); and Dennis Jasso (drums, cajon). The musicians bring together individual styles including salsa, jazz, flamenco, funk, Latin-jazz and rock.

The band has self-produced two albums, both of which received strong reviews. In 2003, Nosotros signed with the California-based label, Taj Stone Records. The band has since released its third album, the self-titled "Nosotros," with help from noted producer Chris Trujillo. The band also took home honors at this year's New Mexico Music Industry Awards, including best album of the year, best producer and best Latino musical production in the traditional style. For more information contact the Summit at 247-2324 or visit


Locals celebrate Bike to Work Day
What: Durango's 3rd annual day of pedaling to work
Where: Buckley Park and 13th St.
When: Wednesday, June 23, 7-10 a.m.

For the third year in a row, Durango will embrace the bicycle as a viable commuting option. This Wednesday, June 23, Bike to Work Day will celebrate a healthy and viable alternative to getting in the car. The event takes place on 13th Street, right next to Buckley Park.

Durango's Bike to Work Day was the brainchild of John Shaw of Smiley Building fame. Shaw said that the day is celebrated throughout the country and is a way of introducing people to the benefit of commuting by bike.

"The original vision was to help inspire people to ride their bikes more and show how easy and fun it can be to commute to work by bike," Shaw said. "You don't need to do it every day. Just getting on your bike when you can makes a difference for you and it makes a difference for Durango."

Shaw handed the event over to the city in an effort to better capitalize Bike to Work Day and make it a long-term local fixture.

"This is another example of the Durango community coming together to organize and promote a worthwhile activity that further enriches our lifestyle", said Bob Kunkel, organizer of this year's event. "With a budget provided by the City, several hardworking volunteers and many generous supporting businesses, this Bike to Work Day will be our best yet."

From 7-10 a.m., cyclists can gather in front of Durango Cyclery for food, fun and prizes, including a drawing for a new bike. The City's Parks and Recreation Department will again give away 250 free bike bells, and the City Transportation Department will offer a Free Fare Day on all trolleys and vans systemwide. Cyclists can also receive more information about linking their bike trip with their employer via the Durango Lift by calling 259-LIFT.


Abbey Theatre presents Garaj Mahal
What: A concert by the improvisational, jazz/rock quartet
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Wednesday, June 23. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Four world-class musicians, each with their own flair for improvisation and spiritual passion, play the Abbey Theatre this Wednesday. Known collectively as Garaj Mahal, the band goes on stage at 10 p.m.

Garaj Mahal is: Kai Eckhardt, an innovative bass player best known for his work in the John McLaughlin Trio; Fareed Haque, an international BlueNote recording guitarist that effortlessly moves from classical to jazz; drummer Alan Hertz, one of the most sought after musicians in the Bay Area; and Eric Levy, one of the Chicago area's premier keyboardists. Together they take improvisation and fuse their differing musical styles into an organic, groove-heavy sound.

Members of the Chicago- and San Francisco-based ensemble have accompanied Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin and Sting. Michael Deeds of the Washington Post called Garaj Mahal a "freewheeling fusion of jazz-rock explosion."

Of Garaj Mahal's guitarist Fareed Haque, fellow musician Karl Denson commented, "Man, he just kicked my ass. He's got this band Garaj Mahal, and I was kind of familiar with him and I got a chance to play with him at the High Sierra Festival. Man, he's my new hero."

The 10 p.m. show takes place this Wednesday, and doors open at 9 p.m. For more information, call 385-1711.






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