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18 years of Durango Gallery Walks
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Sand Sheff 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.

The 20th anniversary celebration continues at 6 p.m. at Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., with Celebrity Authors Night . The event features writers Mark Spragg ( An Unfinished Life ), Mary Sojourner ( Delicate ), and Craig Childs ( Soul of Nowhere ). 247-1438 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run on the Haflin Creek Trail at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the East Animas Road trailhead. 385-2664 for details.

It's About Kids of La Plata County hosts a Candidate's Forum from 6-8 p.m. in the Anasazi Room of the La Plata County Courthouse. County commissioner candidates Wally White and Roger Phelps, County Commissioner Bob Lieb, and District Attorney candidate Craig Westberg will also participate. 259-2094 for details.

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

The FLC Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with Smith College professor Richard White's lecture, "Global Warming, Rocky Mountain Impacts and Local Responses," at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. 247-7328 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.

Alt-country singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Former Bad Livers frontman Danny Barnes opens the show. 247-7657 for details.

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

DJ Morning Bear spins disco, funk and '80s for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave. 259-9200 for details.



The localIt's About Kids Advocacy Network hosts aluncheon to engage business and community leaders on the issue of improving children's health in La Plata County from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. 375-0753 to register.

Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a local authors reception as part of its anniversary celebration. The independent bookstore will honor more than 100 local authors with food and drink and a display of their many works. 247-1438 for details.

Jeff Strahan and the Strangers play rock and blues at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. show. 259-1400 for details.

Denver's Chronophonic brings its jazz-based funk and hip-hop back to 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.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts its monthly club night, DOWN , at 10:30 p.m. Resident DJs Brian Ess & ABELL will be joined by guest DJ Byron Holteen from Denver. 385-1711 for details.

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



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.

Durango Nature Studies hosts an "Early Child Wild" workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for parents and teachers of kids ages 3-8. 382-9244 for details.

The Antiques Fair takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The event benefits the Animas Museum and features oral appraisals of people's local antiques, dealers selling fine antiques, an ice cream social and a live auction. 259-2402 for details.

The Tour de Fat , New Belgium Brewing's "Ballyhoo of Bikes and Beer," takes place beginning at 11 a.m. on Main Ave. between 12th and 13th streets. The event features bike parades and events, performances from Cyclecide and music from local band Freewill Recovery and the Reals, of Denver.

The Bayfield Area Chamber of Commerce holds its second annual Scramble Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Golf Club. Four-person teams or individuals can register for the event. 884-9566 for details.

The Heartlight Wholistic Health Center, 97 W. North St. in Bayfield, offers locals appreciation day from 1-4 p.m. 247-2683 for details.

The festivities continue at Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., with a Young Readers' Party . Children's author Jean Adams ( Clarence & the Purple Horse ) reads at 3 p.m., storyteller Sari Ross performs at 4 p.m., and illustrator Shan Wells entertains at 5 p.m. 247-1438 for details.

Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., hosts music from Mark Curran (lounge) and Stacey Board (patio) at 5:30 p.m. 382-3844 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.

Chronophonic plays a second show at 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., hosts Dancehall Reggae Madness with the Brotherhood Sound System and Top Frankin' Sound from Essen, Germany, at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Desert Thunder plays a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave . 375-2568 for details. 4



The 2nd annual Vuelta a Vallecito road race takes place with a mass start at 10 a.m. Racers must register by Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. Packet pickup takes place at the start at the Vallecito Chamber Building from 8:30-9:30 p.m. 375-7308 for details.

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

Durango BMX hosts an "End of Season" party beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the track. There willbe free racing and T-shirts for all ABA members and prizes for the top ten racers. After racing, the track will supply BBQ and asks everyone to bring a side dish. 247-0165 for details.

The 20th anniversary celebration concludes at Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., with "Celebrate Readers' Rights" beginning at 1 p.m. Brian Wagner performs live classical guitar from 1-2 p.m. At 2 p.m. "Reading Your Rights," a 30-minute documentary will be screened and followed by a discussion about the Patriot Act. And the awards ceremony for the Adult Education Center's Read-a-Thon follows at 3 p.m. 247-1438 for details.

A cultural rodeo and dance in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place at Sky Ute Events Center beginning at 2 p.m. The all-afternoon event features a folkloric dance, a charraeda (an authentic Mexican rodeo), a performance from Baile Folklorico and a 7 p.m. dance. 884-4531 for details.

The San Juan Symphony kicks off its four-concert season with "Fiddler's Dream" at 3 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. 247-7657 for details.

Singer-songwriter Sand Sheff 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.

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



Designated Rest Day


Durango Nature Studies presents a Harvest Moon Hike at Purgatory Flats beginning at 6:30 p.m. A naturalist will teach participants about local ecology, astronomy and nighttime senses. 382-9244 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.

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



The Women's Resource Center, 723 E. Second Ave., presents a noon "Feed Your Brain" lecture by Lynne Sholler entitled, "Work is not a four letter word." 247-1242 to register.

The Durango Public Library hosts a public planning discussion on future services at the Durango Recreation Center at 7 p.m. 375-3389 for details.

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

Local band Munson plays at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The 4th annual Four Corners Small Farm Conference takes place at a variety of locations across La Plata County from Sept. 23-26. The conference includes the 18th annual Bounty of Our County event at 5 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the DoubleTree Hotel; a host of workshops and presentations from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Smiley Building; tours of regional farmers markets at 8 a.m. on Sept. 24; local farm tours at 1 p.m. on Sept. 24; a barbecue and barn dance at Voca Roja Ranch at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24; and Family Fun Day at the Old Fort Lewis Campus south of Hesperus on Sept. 25. A complete schedule is available at or call 247-4355 for details.

The Bicycle Tour of the San Juans and Pedal for Peace take place Sept. 24-26 on the San Juan Scenic Byway. The vehicle supported three-day tour leaves Durango at 8 a.m. on Sept. 24 and benefits either the Durango Wheel Club or the Braided River Peace Project. Day 1 takes riders from Durango to Ouray. Day 2 climbs from Ouray to Telluride. And the final day returns riders to Durango. 259-4621 for details.

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents "Lifestills," an exhibit of hand-crafted black-and-white images by Taos photographer Emilio Mercado from Sept. 24-Oct. 27. The show presents three decades of Mercado's photographs, ranging from informal portraiture and street scenes to traditional still-lifes that are elegant and delicate. Mercado will be on hand from 5-9 p.m. on Sept. 24 for an opening reception. 382-8355 for details.

The Durango Lively Arts Company presents the Neil Simon comedy, "Jake's Women" beginning on Sept. 24 for three weekends. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center and tickets will be available the night of the show beginning at 7:15 p.m. 259-2934 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. 247-7167 for details. 4

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 nonjuried show. Meanwhile, "The Cameras of Paul Pennington," a unique exhibit of the photographer's many cameras, takes place upstairs at the center through Oct. 2. 259-2606 for details.

The National Mustang Association (NMA) hosts a fence-rebuilding project in Disappointment Valley, north of Dove Creek, September 25, 26 or 27. Volunteers are needed to help remove old fence line, string new wire, put in stays, transport materials and equipment, and install a new gate. The new fence will help the Spring Creek Wild Horse Herd. 564-8400 to volunteer.

The Harvest Wine Festival takes place Sept. 25-26 at Wines of the San Juan, near Navajo Dam, and features entertainment, arts and crafts, food, and tasting of New Mexican wines. Music will be provided by Benny Galloway, Sand Sheff, the Double Eagle Country Western Band and the Blue Moon Ramblers. 505-632-0879 for details.

The Ellis Crane Gallery, 131 E. 8th St., hosts an exhibit of new work by Sally Condon and Phyllis Stapler from Sept. 24-Oct. 20. An artists' reception takes place Sept. 24 from 5-8 p.m. 382-9855 for details.

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 is 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, "Make Colorful Leaf Collages" will be offered for a small fee at any time during museum hours through Sept. 26. 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.



Red Cliff School , an independent middle school offering accelerated curriculum, will hold an informational meeting Sept. 30 in the Smiley Building. 749-7333 for details.

The Adult Education Center hosts a volunteer orientation training on Sept. 30.

The annual Durango Cowboy Gathering brings music, poetry, horsemanship and historic exhibits back to Durango on Sept. 30-Oct. 3.

Fort Lewis College Mainstage Theatre will present a performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank" from Sept. 30-Oct. 9.

Storyteller Sara Ransom presents "Scary Stories from Around the World" on Oct. 1 at the Smiley Theatre.

Thom Rader & the Barefoot Boys celebrate a "Caf`E9 Brazil" CD release on Oct. 1 at the Durango Arts Center.

Fort Lewis College hosts Family Weekend 2004 with a variety of events scheduled for Oct. 1-3.

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

The Squawker Classic , featuring downhill, cross country and short track mountain bike races, takes place on Oct. 2.

The Fort Lewis College Foundation hosts an all-day donor recognition event on Oct. 2.

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 Rim.

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.

Celebrate Adoption , an event for present and future adoptive families, takes place Oct. 5 at the Children's Museum.

A public information meetingon the Responsible Growth Initiative will be held on Oct. 5 at Fort Lewis College.

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

The Mesa Verde Wine Fest & Art Gallery Tour takes place Oct. 8-10.

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

Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Rob Wasserman from Rat Dog and Jim Page play a tribute to Woody Guthrie on Oct. 19 at the Diamond Circle Theatre.

Abbey presents "The Animation Show"
What: A collection of top animated shorts
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Beginning Friday, Sept. 24. Showtimes vary.

Animation will rule the screen at the Abbey Theatre beginning this Friday. The Abbey will screen "The Animation Show," a collection of top shorts that was co-produced by Mike Judge ("Beavis and Butt-Head," "King of the Hill," "Office Space") and Academy Award-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt.

This line-up spans eight countries and features everything from forgotten classics to the latest in computer animation. The film also features a trilogy of brand new cartoons by Hertzfeldt produced exclusively for the show, rare and never-before-seen animation by Judge, work from six Academy Award nominees, and plenty of surprises.

The shorts making up "The Animation Show" are drawn from a festival of the same name. Every year, the festival endeavors to put animated short films into more theaters than any other animation festival history. The intent is to give the filmmakers wide exposure and help the medium rise above its undervalued American status. The effort has paid off.

The Los Angeles Times called the film, "A veritable circus of cinematic sparkle."

Steven Rhea, of the Philadelphia Enquirer , wrote, "There are gems here and laughs, scares and quiet epiphanies."

The Abbey will screen "The Animation Show" beginning on Sept. 24 and showtimes vary. Call 385-1711 for details.


18 years of Durango Gallery Walks
What: The Fall Gallery Walk
Where: Durango's downtown art galleries
When: Friday, Sept. 24 from 5-9 p.m.

The public has an opportunity to celebrate 18 years of the local art scene this Friday, when the Durango Gallery Association presents the Fall Gallery Walk from 5-9 p.m. Numerous downtown galleries will host receptions, a special theatrical performance takes place, and in a separate event, local artists will open their studios to the public throughout the weekend.

On Friday,member galleries host special gallery events from 5-9 p.m., a landmark event that brings people from all over the region into downtown Durango to browse the latest showings. Visitors to the galleries may obtain a "passport" to be stamped at each gallery. Participants have one week to turn in their completed passports to be eligible to win gallery and restaurant gift certificates. Participating galleries include: The Durango Arts Center and Gallery Shop, Durango International Fine Arts Gallery, Ellis Crane Gallery, Angels & Lights Gallery/Studio, Image Counts Gallery, Rain Dance Gallery, Open Shutter Gallery, Sorrel Sky Gallery, Toh-Atin Gallery, and Limeberry.

There will also be "sneak preview" performances of the Fort Lewis production "SKINS" at the courtyard of the Rochester Hotel at 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. This production was inspired by the poetry and sculpture of Elizabeth Ingraham and will be performed at Fort Lewis College from Nov. 4-14. "SKINS" has also been invited to perform in New York City at the La MaMa Theater in March.

The Durango Open Studio Fall Art Tour & Sale takes place Sept. 25 & 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will open the studios of 16 fine artists throughout the Durango area to public visits. Maps to the studios are available at the Durango Art Center, 802 E. Second Ave. and at the Visitors Center in Santa Rita Park. For more information on the Open Studio Tour, call 247-1916. For more information on the Fall Gallery Walk, log onto


Democracy Now! comes to Durango
What: A talk by Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman
Where: The Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave.
When: Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

Renegade journalist and "Democracy Now!" host Amy Goodman will speak in Durango this Saturday. Goodman will discuss her latest book, The Exception to the Rulers , on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Smiley Theatre.

Goodman is best know as the host of "Democracy Now!," which airs on local radio station KDUR from noon-1 p.m. on weekdays. However, she began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica Radio's New York Station, WBAI, where she produced WBAI's evening news for 10 years. In 1990 and 1991, she traveled to East Timor to report on the U.S.-backed Indonesian occupation, witnessed Indonesian soldiers gun down 270 East Timorese and was beaten by the soldiers.

In 1996, Goodman helped launch "Democracy Now!" to provide balanced coverage of the Clinton/Dole presidential race. Two years later, Goodman went to Nigeria and produced the radio documentary "Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship," which won the George Polk Award, the Golden Reel for Best National Documentary from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and a Project Censored award. Goodman has also covered U.S. foreign policy and reported for Pacifica Radio in Mexico, Haiti and Indonesia.

Author and filmmaker Michael Moore has offered high praise for Goodman, saying, "She gets up every morning of every day long before the rest of us to be the only daily voice of truth on the radio in the United States of America. A nation of 300 million, a written guarantee of a free press, and no one will do the job that Amy Goodman does so simply, so profoundly."

Goodman will discuss The Exception to the Rulers at 7 p.m. The event is a benefit for KDUR and Durango Community Access Television. For more information about the lecture, contact KDUR at 247-7261.






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