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Oktoberfest takes over Main Avenue
The Supersuckers play the Abbey
Celebrate Caf e Brazil's' release

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Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts March of Dimes Jail & Bail from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. More than 80 business and community leaders will be "locked up" during that time and not set free until they raise their bail. 259-9200 for details.

The Adult Education Center hosts a volunteer orientation training from 5:30 7:30 p.m. at 301 E. 12th St. Volunteers are needed to teach GED and ESL classes, assist in the office with special projects and help with fund-raisers. 385-4354 for details.

Sand Sheff performs at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 5:30-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Red Cliff School holds an informational meeting for prospective students and parents at 6 p.m. in Room 23 of the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. Red Cliff is an independent school that offers small class size and an accelerated curriculum for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. 749-7333 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run on Log Chutes at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead. 385-2664 for details.

The Desert Mountain Sudbury founders group hosts an informational meeting at 6 p.m. at the Bayfield Public Library. The group is exploring support for a local Sudbury school. 563-9383 for details.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with "An Education Odyssey: From Salem to Silverton, 1920s to 2004" at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Presenter Jurgen Herbst, PhD, discusses Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound (ELOB). 247-7328 for details.

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.



Fort Lewis College hosts the grand opening for the Linda & Ben Nighthorse Campbell Child & Family Center at 6 p.m. at the center located on campus. 247-7608 for details.

Storyteller Sara Ransom presents "Scary Stories from Around the World" at 7 p.m. at the Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave. The CD of this show recently received a 2004 Parents' Choice Award. The event is designed for families with children of all ages. 247-5718 for details.

The Durango Public Library presents "The Music of Terezin/Thereseienstadt" at 7 p.m. at FLC's Roshong Recital Hall. Local pianist Kathy Olinger will perform the work of Viktor Ullmann, a Jewish composer who was imprisoned at the Terezin concentration camp. 385-2970 for details.

The Mesa Verde Centennial Birthday Board presents "An Evening with Dayton Duncan" at 7 p.m. at the Center of Southwest Studies. Duncan, an award-winning author and filmmaker, will discuss his current project, a documentary on the creation of America's National Parks. 529-4642 for details.

The Heartlight Wholistic Health Center, 97 W. North St. in Bayfield, screens the film "The Dalai Lama: Ethics for a New Millenium" at 7 p.m. for Heartlight Movie Night. 884-9216 for details.

Sugarhouse plays a free show at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. show. 259-1400 for details.

The Frank Trio performs its blend of nu jazz at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 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.

Nite Owl plays a blend of country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave . 375-2568 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 National Solar Tour comes to La Plata County with a tour of local homes and businesses that use solar energy systems. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. at the Durango Farmer's Market with coffee, discussions about solar energy and options for the tour. A presentation entitled, "An Introduction to Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency" takes place in the evening at the Smiley Building from 7-9 p.m. 247-3119 for details.

The 10th annual Journey of Hope 5K Family Run/Walk takes place beginning at 8 a.m. on the Fort Lewis College Rim. The event honors those women and their families whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. 247-3108 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Foundation hosts an all-day donor recognition event beginning at 9 a.m. This event highlights student leaders, professors, innovative programs and the campus itself with events including seminars, campus tours, music recitals, meals, a social hour and more. 247-7177 for details.

A workshop on practical, spiritual applications of the ideas explored in the film "What the Bleep Do We Know?" takes place from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. The event is sponsored by the Durango and Cortez Christian Science churches. 247-0218 for details.

The Skyhawk mountain bike team hosts the Squawker Classic from noon-4 p.m. at various locations near Fort Lewis College. Events include downhill, cross country and short track. 247-733 for details.

Top local racers Shonny Vanlandingham and Ned Overend lead hundreds of local cyclists through downtown Durango in "Roll to Victory" from 2-4 p.m. 4 Cyclists of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the event supporting John Kerry's bid for president. The parade begins and ends at Rotary Park and participants are encouraged to meet at 1 p.m. to decorate their bikes. 247-2766 for details.

The monthly Contra Dance takes place at the VFW Hall, 1515 Main Ave. Beginner instruction takes place at 7 p.m. with dancing at 7:30 p.m.No partner is necessary and people of all ages are welcome. Local band Kitchen Jam provides the music. 259-6820 for details.

Melissa Crabtree and guests play folk and bluegrass at Carvers, 1022 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-2545 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.

Motion For Alliance , organic techno from Denver, plays 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., hosts live ska, reggae and funk from El Paso band, Liquid Cheese at 9 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Nosotros brings its high energy Latin dance music back to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 10 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

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



Citizens for Change presents excerpts from "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry" and "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11 Fear & the Selling of the American Empire" at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College.The free event takes place at 6 & 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Terry Rickard plays solo 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.



Off-season appreciation day



Celebrate Adoption , an event for present and future adoptive families, takes place from 3-5 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at the Children's Museum, 802 Main Ave. The free event includes door prizes, drinks, snacks and more. (970) 903-4059 for details.

The Friends of the Animas Valley hosts an information meetingon the Responsible Growth Initiative at 7 p.m. in 125 Noble Hall at Fort Lewis College. For more information, email

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.



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

Signal Path , a band playing heavy house and electronica, plays at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The Durango Film Festival presents the 8th annual IDA's INFACT Theatrical Documentary Showcase from Oct. 4-10 at the Gaslight and Abbey theatres. The event features 13 feature-length documentaries and five short, nonfiction films that were originally screened at ArclIght Cinemas in Hollywood before traveling to several cities throughout the country. The goal of the program is to help worthy films qualify for Oscar consideration. Log onto for a complete list of films and showtimes or call 259-2291.

Fort Lewis College Mainstage Theatre presents "The Diary of Anne Frank" at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday through Saturday through Oct. 9. The dramatization is based on the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Ginny Davis. "The Diary of Anne Frank" will be presented in the intimate setting of the Gallery Theatre and space is limited to 100 seats per show. 247-7089 for details.

A vast collection of ceramics created by Fort Lewis College alumni and local artists working in a variety of styles highlights the annual ceramic exhibition and sale at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery from Oct. 4-28. Artists exhibiting in the 4th annual Invitational Ceramic Exhibition are Leon Arledge, Milton Beens, Trevor Dunn, Adam Field, Chyako Hashimoto, Peter Karner, Louden Kiracofe, Lorna Meaden, Cindy McNeely, Jennifer Neff, Lisa Pedolsky, Scott Roberts and Kay H. Roberts. An artist's reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. 247-7167 for details.

The Abbey Theatre continues to screen "The Animation Show," a collection of top shorts that was co-produced by Mike Judge ( "King of the Hill," "Office Space") and Academy Award-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt. This line-up spans eight countries and 4 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 film shows most nights at 6 & 8:15 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The annual Durango Cowboy Gathering celebrates the culture of the American cowboy from Sept. 30-Oct. 3. The event features music, poetry, horsemanship, historic exhibits and more. There will also be a 10 a.m. parade on Oct. 2 with additional events following at the La Plata County fairgrounds. For a complete schedule, log onto:

The Healthy Lifestyle Coalition presents "Walk on the Well Side," a multi-day event to promote health, fitness and increased exercise, from Oct. 6-10. Rob Sweetgall, known as "the real Forrest Gump," will give free public presentations on Oct. 6 as part of the event. They take place at 9 a.m. at the Durango Recreation Center and 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College amphitheatre.

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents "Lifestills," an exhibit of hand-crafted black-and-white images by Taos photographer Emilio Mercado through 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. 382-8355 for details.

The Durango Lively Arts Company presents the Neil Simon comedy, "Jake's Women" for two more 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.

Hoyle Osborne plays Transcendental Ragtime and Pan-American Caf`E9 Music at The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. Osborne performs nightly except Sundays through Oct. 30. 247-4431 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 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 Ellis Crane Gallery, 131 E. 8th St., hosts an exhibit of new work by Sally Condon and Phyllis Stapler through Oct. 20. 382-9855 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 Leaf Mosaics to Hang in the Window," will be offered for a small fee at any time during museum hours through Oct. 3. 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 Capitol Steps brings its political satire to the Community Concert Hall on Oct. 7.

Jake Billingsley , star of television's "Survivor Thailand," discusses surviving cancer on Oct. 7 at the Durango Recreation Center.

Gary Ferguson , award-winning nature and science writer, discusses his book The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind on Oct. 7 at the Abbey Theatre.

A house party and fund-raiser for Amendment 37 (Renewable Energy) will be held Oct. 8. Food, drink, a door prize and information will be provided. 247-0564 for details.

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

The latest ski film from Matchstick Productions, "Yearbook," shows on Oct. 9 at the Abbey Theatre.

The Durango Inkslingers hosts its 10th annual Writers' Workshop on Oct. 9 at the Durango Arts Center.

The Rocky Mountain Festival of Runners , including the Durango Marathon, takes place Oct. 9-10.

San Juan Singles hosts a social mixer for area singles Oct. 13 at the Carver Brewing Co.

Lisa Lenard Cook will sign and discuss her second novel, Coyote Morning at Maria's Bookshop on Oct. 14.

A slide-lecture entitled, "Mountain Lions in the West- Natural History, Conservation and Co-existence" takes place on Oct. 14 at Fort Lewis College.

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

"Crazy," adance performance by the 3rd Ave Dance Company, takes place Oct. 15, 16 & 22, 23 at the Smiley Theatre.

The DSCPA presents folk pioneer Tom Paxton in concert on Oct. 16 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.

The Navajo Studies Conference returns to Fort Lewis College from Oct. 20-23.

Oktoberfest takes over Main Avenue
What: San Juan Citizens' Alliance 1st annual Authentic Oktoberfest
Where: Main Avenue between 9th & 11th streets
When: Saturday, Oct. 2, noon-6:30 p.m.

Bratwurst, beer and polka take over Main Avenue this Saturday. San Juan Citizens' Alliance presents the 1st annual Authentic Oktoberfest on Oct. 2 from noon-6:30 p.m. The event will close off Main Ave. between 9th and 11th streets and then spill into four local venues for an evening of performances.

Durango Mayor Joe Colgan kicks off the celebration at noon with a ceremonial keg tapping. Durango's four local breweries will all have beer on hand throughout the afternoon; Sunnyside Farms will be grilling up brats and kraut; Durango Nature Studies, the Children's Museum of Durango, La Plata Youth Services and others will offer games and family activities; polka bands Alte Kameraden, the Alpiners and Die Hursts will perform; and last but not least, a mechanical bull will be on hand for the cowboy in each of us.

Traffic returns to Main Ave. after 6:30 p.m., but the celebration continues. A $10 wristband gives revelers access to four separate live music venues throughout the evening. At 8 p.m., Melissa Crabtree and Guests will play folk and bluegrass at the Carver Brewing Co. Liquid Cheese brings its high energy ska to Steamworks at 9 p.m. Motion for Alliance plays its organic techno at the Summit at 9 p.m. And Latin dance band Nosotros plays the Abbey Theatre at 10 p.m.

For more information about the festival, contact SJCA at 259-3583 or log onto


The Supersuckers play the Abbey
What: A show by the punkabilly band from Seattle
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Thursday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 p.m.

Hoe-down meets mosh pit on Thursday, Sept 30, at the Abbey Theatre. Alt-country, punkabilly band, the Supersuckers, make their first Durango visit tonight.

The band describes itself as "a human cartoon" that got its start in 1988 in Tucson as the Black Supersuckers, a name drawn from a piece of adult literature. A year later, the band decided to move on and was split between Seattle and New Orleans. After a flip of the coin, the Supersuckers packed up and headed for the northwest.

"We had no idea that Seattle was about to become Rock Mecca USA,' we just wanted to go somewhere where we could wear our leather jackets a little more often," says Supersuckers frontman, Eddie Spaghetti.

The band's first recording was "The Songs All Sound The Same," but it relied on its live shows for bread in butter. In 1992, the Supersuckers released "The Smoke of Hell" and collaborated with Steve Earle and the Rev. Horton Heat. The band also kicked off a major touring schedule opening for the likes of Mudhoney, The Ramones, Motorhead, The Butthole Surfers and White Zombie. The band also played two Farm Aids, backed Willie Nelson on a "Tonight Show" appearance and played Woodstock 2000.

"The pursuit of that perfectly imperfect rock-n-roll moment is all we've ever been after," says Spaghetti. "We've been doing this for well over a decade now, and we're just getting started."

The Supersuckers hit the Abbey Theatre stage at 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 385-1711.


Celebrate Caf e Brazil's' release
What: A CD release party for Thom Rader and the Barefoot Boys
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Friday, Oct 1, 5 p.m.

This Friday, Thom Rader is throwing a CD release party to celebrate a journey. The journey is a metaphorical one, taking Rader out of his place as a mainstay on the local singer-songwriter circuit and into the world of Brazilian jazz.

Rader began this jazz pilgrimage long ago, as a longtime fan of Airto Moriera and Flora Purim, Chick Corea, Gary Burton and others. In the early '70s, he saw these jazz/rock fusion pioneers firsthand in the Bay Area.

"I used to hitch into the city (San Francisco) for mind-blowing concerts," he said. "Even in '76, you could see jazz, bluegrass or Celtic, Indian or Indonesian. At one venue, a group called Rainbow' would be mixing tabla/sitar rhythms with the tenor sax of John Handy. It was amazing, eclectic music."

These roots have developed into Rader's current fascination with Brazilian jazz, which has culminated with the recent release of his album, "Caf`E9 Brazil." "I guess I've always had a taste for the exotic," he commented. This Friday, Thom Rader and the Barefoot Boys will give Durango a taste of the exotic. At 5 p.m., the Durango Arts Center will be taken over by Brazilian Carnaval Spirit. The event will feature prize giveaways, food from Gaucho Durango and a mini-concert from Rader. Tropical attire is recommended. For more information, call 247-0564.






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