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Bluegrass for the Animas returns for third year
Nucleus plays the Summit

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Tim Guidotti performs on the patio at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 5:30-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run on the Dry Gulch Trail at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead in the Rockridge subdivision. 385-2664 for details.

The New Voters Project launches its effort to register and mobilize hundreds of new voters in Durango at 7 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Union Building. The NVP is the largest youth voter mobilization project in U.S. history. 510-599-8249 for details.

The Fall 2004 Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with "Health Care That Works: A Panel Discussion" at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. 247-7328.

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

The Sound Liberation Peace Choir meets from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Heartlight Wholistic Health Center, 97 W. North St. in Bayfield. 884-9216 for details.

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

Papa Mali , of New Orleans, plays the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, before performing at Telluride Blues & Brews. Doors open at 10:45 p.m. 385-1711.



The Colorado Association for Play Therapy hosts a one-day regional conference from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The conference will provide 4-CE hours of credit for those working with children in medical, clinical and school settings. 759-4839 for details.

Lee Bartley plays piano in the lounge at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., at 5:30 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Durango Public Library presents the first program of 2004 Durango La Plata County Reads! at 7 p.m. at Fort Lewis College's 130 Noble Hall. Retired professor Leonard "Red" Bird introduces the book Dissonance . 385-2970 for details.

Gretchen Spiro and Joerg Hassmann give a free performance of Contact Improvisation at 8 p.m. at the Wild Sage Studio in the Smiley Building, 1309 E. 3rd Ave. C.I. is rolling, releasing, sharing weight and playing in physical dialogue with another. A workshop will follow on Sept. 18 & 19. 247-9508 for details.

Ralph Dinosaur returns to Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., with an 8 p.m. show. 259-1400 for details.

Dialogue plays its local hip-hop and funk at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., celebrates its 8th anniversary with DJ Michael Dominion spinning dance music for free. 259-9200 for details.

Brad and Erika Merlino, new owners of the Abbey Theatre, throw a party with free music from the Badly Bent and the Wild Blooms beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the Abbey, 128 E. College. 385-1711 for details.

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



Fee Free Day Entrance fees are waived for National Parks, and Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management fee areas.

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 Alzheimer's Association's annual Memory Walk takes place at the Fort Lewis College Amphitheatre. Registration takes place at 8 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. 259-0122 for details.

Durango Nature Studies and local bird biologists present a free 9 a.m. fall bird hike . The hike will explore the Durango Nature Center and other southern La Plata County locations. 382-9244 to register.

The Center of Southwest Studies hosts a reception for Congressman Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) from 4-6 p.m. The event marks the official receipt of Congressman McInnis' papers for archiving. 247-7494 for details.

Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., hosts "Saturday Nite Live, the world's best karaoke," at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The high-energy band has been lauded as a link between modern and traditional New Orleans music. 247-7657.

Local heavy metal band Satyrica plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324.

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

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., presents "Principals and Schoolgirls" with guest DJs spinning music for Ladies Night at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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



Terry Rickard plays on the patio at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., at 10 a.m. 382-3844.

Tim Guidotti plays at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.

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

Award-winning storyteller Sara Ransom enacts "Victoria Woodhull for President 1872" at 7 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Retreat Center, 848 E. 3rd Ave. Woodhull was the first woman to run for U.S. president and ran on a platform of free love and communism. 274-5718 for details.

The Alexander Murray Faculty Recital Series kicks off at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in the FLC Sage Hall Building. 247-7657 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 Adult Education Center hosts the grand opening of a satellite center in Silverton, 1160 Snowden Street, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. 385-4354 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts the Women's Resource Center's monthly Chick Flick Night . This month's feature is Robert Altman's film "The Company." Social time starts at 5:30 p.m. with drink specials and a door prize and the film begins at 6 p.m. 385-1711 for details.



The local chapter of the National Organization for Women hosts an information session on the details of the November ballot at 465 E. 6th Ave. at 6:30 p.m. 375-7822 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 starting at 8 p.m. 259-1400.

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



Scoot n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents a second night of King Karaoke with Steve Kahler at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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



The Durango Public Library is offering fall computer classes without a fee to library patrons. They include basic computer and internet classes, resume workshops, remote access database classes and a computer guide to travel. Classes begin Sept. 21. 385-2970.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues screening "The Corporation," a documentary that has won eight audience awards at film festivals throughout the world. The film is a complex, 4

exhaustive and highly entertaining documentary examining the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation's increasing preeminence. Showtimes vary. Call 385-1711 for details.

Fort Lewis College Professor of Art Emeritus Stanton Englehart returns for an exhibition at Fort Lewis College Art Gallery through Sept. 30. Englehart displays recent works in addition to selections from previous paintings of the Southwest landscape. An artist's reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. 247-7167 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the new members exhibit "Eclectic" through Oct. 2. DAC artist members display their unique talents through works in all media in this annual non-juried show. Meanwhile, "The Cameras of Paul Pennington," a unique exhibit of the photographer's many cameras, takes place upstairs at the center from Aug. 31-Oct. 2. 259-2606 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents "Seduced by Color," an exhibit featuring the work of New York photographer Pete Turner. Turner is noted for his instantly recognizable work that uses saturated color as a graphic element. He has won numerous awards including "Professional Photographer of the Year 2000" and was listed as one of the 20 Most Influential Photographers. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 22. 382-8355.

The Ellis Crane Gallery, 131 E. 8th St., hosts an exhibit of new work by John Maxon through Sept. 20. 382-9855.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama , 699 Main Ave., celebrates its 43rd season with the productions of "Under the Gaslight," a 19th century tale of an interrupted engagement, and "Hazel Kirke," a family drama set in Scotland. "Under the Gaslight" shows on odd-numbered dates and "Hazel Kirke" shows on even-numbered dates. 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 & Sept. 6, 7 & 8. Season ends Saturday, September 25. 247-3400 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. A workshop on making nature sculptures with materials from the Earth will also be available for a small fee at any time during museum hours through Sept. 19. 259-9234 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 Navajo and Pueblo spoons and other flatware. "Presence within Abandonment: Photography, Archaeology and Western Historic Sites" is a photographic exhibit by Thomas Carr. 247-7494 for details.



The San Juan Mountains Association will sponsor a "Weeds and Autumn Leaves" tour on Sept. 23. 385-1210 for details.

Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen returns to Durango with a Sept. 23 show at the Community Concert Hall. Keen will be joined by former Bad Livers frontman Danny Barnes.

Excel Charter School hosts an open house for current and prospective students on Sept. 23.

The 4th annual Four Corners Small Farm Conference : "Keeping the Connection: Making the Farm a Viable Option for our Children" takes place at various locations from Sept. 23-26.

The Durango Lively Arts Company opens its season with a Sept. 24 performance of the Neil Simon play, "Jake's Women."

The Bicycle Tour of the San Juans and Pedal for Peace take place along the San Juan Scenic Byway from Sept. 24-26.

The Mountain Studies Institute hosts its State of the San Juans Conference from Sept. 24-26 in Silverton.

The Open Shutter Gallery will present "Lifestills," an exhibit of hand-crafted black and white images by Taos photographer Emilio Mercado beginning Sept. 24.

The Tour de Fat , New Belgium Brewing's "Ballyhoo of Bikes and Beer," returns to Durango on Sept. 25.

"An Antiques Roadshow, Four Corners-style" takes place on Sept. 25 at the fairgrounds with antique dealers giving oral appraisals, an ice cream social, auction and more.

The Durango Open Studio Fall Art Tour & Sale will be held on Sept. 25 & 26. 247-0648.

The Harvest Wine Festival takes place Sept. 25-26 at Wines of the San Juan and features entertainment, arts and crafts, foods and wine tasting.

Durango Nature Studies will host the workshop "Early Child Wild" for teachers and parents of kids ages 3-8 on Sept. 25.

The 2nd annual Vuelta a Vallecito road race takes place Sept. 26. 375-7308 for details.

Lunar Gravy , an improvisational rock band from Mount Shasta, plays the Summit on Sept. 29.

San Juan Citizens Alliance will host its 1st annual Authentic Oktoberfest on Oct. 2 in downtown Durango.

The 10th annual Journey of Hope 5K Family Run/Walk , honoring lives that have been touched by breast cancer, will be held Oct. 2 at the Fort Lewis College.

The National Solar Tour comes to La Plata County on Oct. 2 with a tour of local homes and businesses that use active and passive solar energy systems.

The Eleventh Street WordShop will sponsor a one-day writers' workshop with Flagstaff authorMary Sojourner on Oct. 2.

The Capitol Steps brings its political satire to the Community Concert Hall on Oct. 7.

Red Cross Autumn Brew Banquet and Lavish Live Auction takes place Oct. 15 at the Durango Arts Center.

Bluegrass for the Animas returns for third year
What: A fund-raiser for open space and riparian preservation
Where: The Smiley Building Plaza, 1309 E. Third Ave.
When: Saturday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Durangoans will have another opportunity to party for a good cause this Saturday. The third annual Bluegrass for the Animas takes place all day on Sept. 18 and will bring local bands and suds to the Smiley Building plaza for the sake of preservation.

The Animas Conservancy and Friends of the Animas River presented the first annual Bluegrass for the Animas in 2002 as a benefit to protect, preserve and celebrate the Animas River watershed. For the first two years, the festival took place on the Animas Meanders Ranch, a conserved 120-acre parcel north of Durango. This year, the festival moves to a more central location, the Smiley Building plaza in downtown Durango.

The event gets under way at 11 a.m. and almost immediately bluegrass bands, including Benny Galloway and Friends, Fret Knot Trio, Sand Sheff and Barely Legal, Down the Road, Ten High and more, will take the stage. Local food vendors will again be on site, and beer has been generously donated by Ska Brewing, Carver's Brewery and Durango Brewing Company. Children under 12 get in for free, and there will be children's activities.

All proceeds from the event directly benefit Animas Conservancy and Friends of the Animas River, two organizations dedicated to the preservation of the valuable resources of the Animas River region. Tickets are available at Southwest Sound, First National Bank, Canyon Music and at the event. For more information, call 259-0522 or log onto


Nucleus plays the Summit
What: Improvisational rock from Arcata, Calif.
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m.

Improvisational rock from California takes the Summit stage this Wednesday. Nucleus, a renowned jam band from Arcata, makes its first trip to Durango on Sept. 22.

Nucleus characterizes itself as "a constantly evolving musical unit." The band got its start in Humbolt County in 1999 and has been touring nationally ever since. The band's music is firmly rooted in rock n' roll, but ventures into club, dub, world rhythms, jazz and blues. The band navigates this wide range of musical frontiers and creates a sound that is at once diverse but also focused.

Nucleus released its first, self-titled CD in 2001, and its second, "Live From the Center," on the Live Discs label in 2002. Currently, the band is self-releasing live shows and has plans to complete a new studio album in 2004. With these releases and a serious touring schedule, Nucleus has been garnering recognition from all corners of the country.

The Homegrown Music Network wrote, "These guys are heading in a whole new direction. Known for their molecular space jazz, Nucleus has turned to the live setting to record their spontaneous sounds! Forceful drumming and brushes of rock, Latin and other influences makes this album a head turner!"

Of "Live From the Center," commented, "Boundless energy flows from this snapshot of one of the touring circuit's new dark horses. Within these six meaty cuts are the makings of new fans. What begins fast and punchy gives way to wide-open spaces lit by fireflies and reverberating with fat drums that curve onto crackling electric side roads."

The fat drums and electric side roads go on stage at the Summit at 9 p.m. For more information, call 247-2324.






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