Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Ongoing Upcoming

DMR hosts 6th annual Celtic Festival
Trekking in the Sherpa Homeland of Nepal
Katie Lee visits Maria's Bookshop

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


Manna Soup Kitchen, 1100 Avenida del Sol, hosts in 2nd annual Soup Supper and Open House fund-raiser from 4-7 p.m. The event features supper, an open house and a silent auction. 385-4095 for details.

Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6 p.m. book talk and signing with Utah author Michael Engelhard for his new book Where the Rain Children Sleep: A Sacred Geography of the Colorado Plateau . The book is inspired by a year of hiking 120 desert canyons. 247-1438 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run on the Raider's Ridge Loop at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead . 385-2664 for details.

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

Images hosts an open mic night at Durango Joe's, 732 E. College, at 6:30 p.m. Call 759-9849 for details.

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

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.

DJs Brian Ess andA-Bell spin music at 10 p.m. for the monthly club night, DOWN, at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College.This month's guest DJ is Danny V, from Dallas, TX. 385-1711 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.



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.

Sylvia Zurko plays Celtic harp and Jeff Solon plays jazz from 5-7 p.m. for Music on Main, a weekly concert at 8th Street and Main. The performance is put on by the City of Durango and is free to the public. 385-2850 for details.

Holly Hieronymus plays piano on the patio and Steve and Amy Vanbuskirk play folkin' rock inside at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 6-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Feat of Clay, an artists' co-op in Aztec, hosts a Mid-Summer NightSoir`E9e from 6-8 p.m. 505-334-3663 for details.

Santa Fe band Mukwa plays an energetic blend of Afro-Cuban stylings at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The Brotherhood of Groove brings its high-energy New Orleans funk back to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Local punk band Suitcase and Black Ops , from Denver, play at Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-1475 for details.

Local jam band Sol Vista plays at the Billygoat Saloon in Gem Village. 884-9155 for details.

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

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

Movin' On plays a little bit of country and a little bit of rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

Ralph Dinosaur plays classics at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., with shows at 5 & 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



The 4th annual Steamworks Animas Valley Half Marathon takes place on County Road 250 between Baker's Bridge and the Durango Sports Club. The race begins at 8 a.m. and benefits Operation Healthy Communities. 375-2413 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 for details.

The Durango Public Library presents its 3rd annual Ice Cream Social from 2:30-4 p.m. The event features an afternoon of free ice cream, music from the Blue Moon Ramblers, and face-painting and games for kids. 385-2970.

The Vallecito Homeowners Association hosts its 28th annual Potluck Dinner and Meeting at the Mountain River Subdivision Clubhouse at 4:30 p.m. 884-2886 for details.

Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., hosts Nina Sasaki on piano in the lounge and Tim Guidotti on guitar on the patio from 6-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Sol Vista jams at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Steve Morris of Freewill Recovery and Coconut Pete open the show. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

A DJ spins a hip-hop mix at Solid Muldoon's, 4 117 W. College, at 9 p.m.. 247-9151 for details.

Mountain of Venus plays groove rock at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. The band Speakeasy opens the show. 247-2324 for details.

DJ B-Well and Bigfoot Bridges spin music for Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

The Marilyn Kroeker Band plays at 9 p.m. at the Explorer's Club Southwest on Blair Street in Silverton. 387-5006 for details.

The Catch 22 Blues Band plays at 7 p.m. at The Purple Hawg in Aztec. 505-333-2434 for details.

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

The band Sugarhouse plays a Rally in the Rockies Angel Search at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



The San Juan Mountains Association in conjunction with Durango Mountain Resort and Lois the Llama Lady host "Hike, Lunch and Wine with a Llama" from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.Participants learn about wildflowers, trees, birds and geology of the area, and the llama carries lunches and wine for a midday picnic. 385-1210 to register.

Tim Guidotti plays guitar on the patio at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The NORBA-sanctioned, five-race Purgatory Downhill Series , open to all levels, takes place at 1 p.m. The race runs every Sunday afternoon through July 25. 385-2149 for details.

Durango Parks and Recreation offers a free, beginners' tennis clinic from 3-6 p.m. at the Durango High School tennis courts. 375-7322 to register.

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

The Catch 22 Blues Band plays from 5-7 p.m. at the Music in the Park festival in Cortez.

Drag the River brings its alt-country back to Storyville, 1150 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. The Brown Brothers open the show. 259-1475 for details.

Terry Rickard plays solo at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.

Eli Madden plays acoustic rock 'n roll at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

The Blue Moon Ramblers play bluegrass at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m. 375-7150 for details.



Venerable Lama Lhanang Rinpoche , Tibetan spiritual teacher, leads the meditation and Dharma talk with the Durango Sangha at its new facility, 801 Florida Rd., from 5:30-7 p.m. All are welcome. 385-7828 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.

Tibetan spiritual teacher and medical practitioner, Venerable Lama Lhanang Rinpoche, offers a talk on "Spirituality in Tibetan Medicine" at Mercy Medical Center's "Brown Bag Lunch." The event is open to the general public and takes place at noon in room 4A. 382-1443 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.

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.


An organizational meeting to discuss a Youth Summit for La Plata County takes place at 3 p.m. at the Bayfield School Administration Building. 382-0585 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 San Juan Mountains Association sponsors a free edible and medicinal plant walk from 6-7 p.m. at the Junction Creek Trailhead.Suzanne Davis, owner and operator of Fresh Herbal Body Care, leads the walk.385-1210 for details.

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

Jeff Strahan and the Strangers play rock and blues at Bike Night at Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400.



The 17th annual Silverton Jubilee takes place June 25-27 in downtown Silverton. The folk music festival features numerous performances, a songwriting contest, workshops, vendors and more. This year's artists are: The Joe Craven Trio, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, Caroline Herring, Donna the Buffalo, 5-Man Trio, Billy Joe Shaver, the Duhks, the Dowden Sisters, Chuck Pyle, Burning Sky, Papi Mali, the Badly Bent, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Todd Dereemer and Jaquie Gipson. 387-5737 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the film "What The (Bleep) Do We Know," an acclaimed film that is part story, part documentary and part animated daydream. The protagonist finds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality. The film shows most nights at 6:15 & 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The Durango Repertory Theatre & Act Too Players perform their Second annual Shakespeare Beneath the Stars with a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on 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 4

Trails 2000 gathers to camp and work on its adopted segment of the Colorado Trail from June 25-27. Volunteers are encouraged to help out for just June 26 or for the entire weekend. Help is need with food, shuttle driving and, of course, trail work. 259-4682 for details.

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.

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.

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 for details.

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 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.



Local paddlers Damon Miller and Russell Kelly will give a slideshow on expedition kayaking in Peru and Chile at Four Corners Riversports on July 1.

E37 , a funk trio led by Cabaret Diosa's guitarist, plays the Summit on July 1.

The monthly Contra Dance will be held July 3 at the VFW with the Los Alamos band Roaring Jelly providing the music.

A full day of July 4 festivities takes place in Durango and will feature: a pancake breakfast, a kid's sale and swap, a street dance, a morning fun run/walk, an old fashioned family picnic, a Main Avenue parade and the traditional fireworks display.

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

The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run takes place in the San Juans above Silverton from July 9-11.

"PaRaDiSE 4 $Ale," a one-woman play written and performed by Iala, shows on July 9 at the Durango Arts Center.

KSUT Public Radio and Durango Mountain Resort will present the Crash Test Dummies in an acoustic performance July 10. The show is a benefit for KSUT.

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

DMR hosts 6th annual Celtic Festival
What: A festival of Celtic music and culture
Where: Durango Mountain Resort
When: Saturday, June 26, 1 10 p.m.

Durango Mountain Resort will have you seeing green this Saturday. On July 26, DMR hosts its sixth annual Celtic Festival, an all-day event that features the music of Seven Nations, The Indulgers, Durango's own Beltaine, Jim Lynch, Jeanne Page and more.

Celtic Fest also will host a collection of artists displaying and selling their Celtic jewelry, clothing and ceramics. There also will be Irish fare, the popular Scotch Tasting, henna tattoos, and "Kids Fight the Knight." And of course, the Guinness will be flowing all day.

Long a local favorite, the band Seven Nations returns to Durango to headline the Celtic Festival.

Seven Nations is an original band that has invented its own sound and attracted a prodigious national and international following. The five-member group has logged in more than 300,000 touring miles as it melds piano, guitar and vocal elements of American pop and rock with Highland bagpipes and fiddle.

The result is a high-energy performance that has sparked interest industry-wide.

Last year's headliners, The Indulgers, return to the festival this year. It is a band that fuses Irish, Scottish and American upbringings with traditional and contemporary instruments. The band plays numerous festivals annually including Keystone Celtic Fest, The Colorado Irish Fest, The Long's Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival, Denver's People's Fair, Fort Collins' Summer Series and Vail's Mountain Concert Series. The band's release "Tan & Black" helped the band capture the title of "Independent Band of The Year 2002," from Riff Magazine .

Joining these acts will be local Celtic musicians Beltaine, Jim Lynch and Jeanne Page, among others. The festival runs from 1 - 10 p.m. Call 385-2170 for details.


Trekking in the Sherpa Homeland of Nepal
What: A benefit slide show by local photographer Tom Bartels
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Sunday, June 27, 7 p.m.

Local photographer Tom Bartels will return to center stage at the Abbey Theatre this week. The former owner of the independent theatre will give a benefit slide presentation entitled, "Trekking in the Sherpa Homeland of Nepal." The event takes place on Sunday, June 27, at 7 p.m. and benefits the Sherpa school in Thame, Nepal.

The show is the result of a recent five-week trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal, and the program will highlight some of the sights and sounds of the region containing Mt. Everest. All proceeds from the event will benefit a distance-learning project at the Sherpa school in Thame. The school is currently trying to make technological advances in order to preserve Sherpa culture.

Connections to the internet will enable students to remain in Thame rather than leaving the village for education in Kathmandu. The school's headmaster and six teachers are Nepalese and working to improve their educations through the internet as well. As with the students, the teachers are unable to continue their education without traveling to Kathmandu. The distance-learning project is connected to the recent creation of a Cyber Caf`E9 at Mt. Everest base camp, which helped bring internet access into the remote region.

Doors open for the slide presentation at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the show or the distance learning project, call 385-5518.


Katie Lee visits Maria's Bookshop
What: A performance, talk and booksigning by the noted actress/conservationist
Where: Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave.
When: Tuesday, June 29, 6 p.m.

One of the Southwest's most outspoken environmentalists will return to Durango this week. On Tuesday, June 29, Maria's Bookshop hosts a performance and book signing with the irrepressible Katie Lee. Lee will regale the audience with guitar, song and tales of her legendary past as an actress, folksinger, photographer, poet, conservationist and passionate river runner. She will also sign her latest book, Sandstone Seduction: Rivers and Lovers, Canyons and Friends . The event takes place at 6 p.m.

Along the rivers and canyons of the Southwest, Katie Lee is a legend. She was a Hollywood starlet with a promising career in radio and television, when she fell in love with the Colorado River. In 1953, she became only the third woman to run all the rapids of the Grand Canyon. After that, her Hollywood dreams were lost to her passion for the desert, and the river became her lover, first and foremost. Now in her mid-80s, Lee's attention is primarily directed at draining Powell Reservoir and letting the Colorado River return to Glen Canyon.

Sandstone Seduction , her latest book, is a collection of essays about growing up in Tucson, Ariz.; her life as a Hollywood actress; her time as a wilderness river explorer and guide; and of adventures in Baja, Mexico, Alaska and her current home of Jerome, Ariz. Lee serves on the Advisory Board of the Glen Canyon Institute, a conservation organization that advocates the draining of Powell. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the free event.

For more information, call 247-1438.






News Index Second Index Opinion Index Classifieds Index Contact Index