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Noted author presents The Great Divide'
Abbey screens Yearbook'
Marathon returns for third year
Toasters pop back into Summit

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Tim Guidotti performs in the lounge 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 Hogsback trails at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the Leyden Street trailhead. 385-2664 for details.

The Capitol Steps bring their political satire to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College for a 7 p.m. sold-out performance. No political party or national personality is protected from the Steps' witty satire, which is a National Public Radio mainstay. 247-7657 for details.

Jake Billingsley , star of television's "Survivor Thailand," discusses surviving cancer at 7 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. Billingsley will discuss not just surviving but living life to the fullest. 247-0278 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.

Durango Joe's, 732 E. College, hosts Open Mic Night from 9-11 p.m. Sign-ups for the talent contest begin at 8:30 p.m. 375-2121 for details.



The Southwest Colorado Renewable Energy Society hosts a "Yes on 37" House Party at 5:30 p.m. at the home at 2401 Thomas Ave. in Durango. The event will provide information on the ballot measure, hors d'oeuvres and libations and door prizes. 247-0564 for details.

Laura Wright plays piano at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 5:30-9 p.m. 382-3844.

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

Local band Airborne plays originals and classics 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.



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 Inkslingers host their 10th Anniversary Writer's Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. The workshop features writers Lisa Lenard-Cook, Candelora Versace and Pete Warzel. 259-6145 for details.

Zuma Natural Foods in Mancos celebrates its grand opening with music from the Magpies, the Tuscan Raiders, the Marylin Kroeker Band and others from 1 to 6 p.m. The store is located `BC mile north of downtown stoplight in the New Mancos Valley Business Center. 533-7300 for details.

Lacy Black plays piano at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 5:30-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

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

The Fort Lewis College men's choir and Durango Women's Choir perform "He and She" at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 910 E. 3rd Ave. in Durango. 247-7251.

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

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



Southwest Midwives hosts its first annual Family Reunion from 1-3 p.m. at Pioneer Park on 37th St. The event for families, friends and clients features music, games and activities. 247-5543 for details.

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

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

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



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Alternative Horizons and the Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse host their annual Communi-Tea from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at 46 Suttle Street (The Planned Parenthood Building). This event is to remember those affected by domestic violence in our community and is free and open to the public. Singer-songwriter Tim Sullivan performs at 6 p.m. 247-4374 for details.

Durango Sports Club, 1600 Florida Rd., hosts this month's Business Women's Network from 5:30-7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center. 247-1242 for details.

Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6 p.m. talk and book signing with Colorado author Robert Howe for his recent book, Tigres of the Night . Howe is a writer, ranch manager and adventurer who has visited the Amazon 18 times. 247-1438 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 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 Green Business Roundtable meets at noon at the Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave. This month, the roundtable will discuss biodiesel in Durango and 4 feature guest speakers Kyle McCracken, of Brennan Oil, and Roy Peterson, of the City of Durango. 375-3099 for details.

The Southwest Colorado Renewable Energy Society hosts its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Durango City Council Chambers, 949 E. Second Ave.

The Women's Reading Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave., to discuss Waiting for Godot , by Samuel Beckett, and Son of the Shadows & Child of the Prophecy , by Juliet Marillier. Anyone interested in discussing the book is invited. 259-9442 for details.

Operation Healthy Communities presents Basic Mediation Training at 5:30 p.m. at the Durango Office Suites, 1053 Main Ave. Tami Graham, of the Braided River Peace Project, will be the workshop trainer. 382-0585 to register.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, shows the final presidential debate on the big screen at 6:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided and the event is free. 385-1711 for details.

San Juan Singles hosts a 6:30 p.m. Social Mixer at Carvers, 1022 Main Ave. All area singles are invited to swap stories of summer activities and to plan winter activities. 375-6235.

"Iron Jawed Angels," an inspiring HBO film about women's suffrage, shows for free at 7 p.m. in 135 Noble Hall at Fort Lewis College. The screening is an effort to reach students and others who didn't see the film at its Durango premiere at the Abbey Theatre on Aug. 25. 247-1242 for details.

The Heartlight Wholistic Health Center, 97 W. North St. in Bayfield, presents an Energy Balancing Circle from 7-9 p.m. 247-2683 for details.

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



The Durango Film Festival presents the 8th annual IDA's INFACT Theatrical Documentary Showcase through Oct. 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. Log onto for a complete list of films and showtimes or call 259-2291.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the group exhibit "Trio Series" through Oct. 30. The show features Jocelyn Audette's oil landscapes, Katherine Barr's black and white photography of landscapes, and Lisa Pedolsky's functional, hand-built earthenware vessels. Meanwhile, "From the Collection of Maureen May and Paul Pennington," a selection of paintings, prints, mixed media and three-dimensional art, takes place upstairs at the center through Oct. 30. There will be an opening reception for both shows on Friday, Oct. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. 259-2606.

Fort Lewis College Mainstage Theatre presents "The Diary of Anne Frank" at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7-9 and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 10. 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. 247-7089.

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 through Oct. 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 artists' reception takes place on Oct. 8 from 5-7 p.m. 247-7167 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 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.

The Durango Lively Arts Company presents the Neil Simon comedy, "Jake's Women" for a final weekend. 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 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 an earthworm wonderland and watch the worms burrow," will be offered for a small fee at any time during museum hours through Oct. 10. 259-9234.

The Center of Southwest Studies offers the exhibits "Today's Navajo Weavers," "A Stirring Story: Navajo and Pueblo Spoons" and "Presence with Abandonment." 247-7494.



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.

Scoot n Blues presents its first annual Air Guitar Competition beginning on Oct. 14.

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

The John F. Reed Library at Fort Lewis College hosts its annual book sale on Oct. 15.

"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.

The Abbey Theatre hosts Jazz Today , a monthly, afternoon jazz concert, beginning on Oct. 16.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College presents "Spotlight to Stardom" on Oct. 16.

Eighteen local acts will compete for cash prizes and potential national recognition.

Auditions for the David Taylor Dance Theater's December production of "The Nutcracker" takes place at the Concert Hall on Oct. 17. 259-1378 for details.

The Four Corners Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association will gather to celebrate their Founders' Day on Oct. 16.

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.

The Strater Hotel will host a three-day arts and crafts architectural conference on Oct. 22-24.

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo takes place Oct. 29-31 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds and features shopping, a trade show, exhibits, seminars, and horse sales.

Noted author presents The Great Divide'
What: A slide-lecture by writer Gary Ferguson
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The relationship between nature and people takes center stage at the Abbey Theatre this Thursday, Oct. 7. At 7:30 p.m., Gary Ferguson, an award-winning nature and science writer, will give a lecture and slide presentation on his book The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind. The book is an exploration of the natural and cultural history of the American West and America's attitude toward the vast expanses that embody our sense of freedom.

Ferguson began writing full-time at age 25 and since that time has written hundreds of articles for national magazines including Vanity Fair, Men's Journal, Field & Stream , and Outside . He's also the award-winning author of 15 books on nature and science and a regular contributor to the book division of National Geographic.

Ferguson said his goal as a writer is to "chronicle the impact of the natural world on human lives." His critically acclaimed 2003 title, Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone , was the winner of both the 2004 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the 2004 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Nonfiction. He has also been featured on NPR's "Living on Earth," and his nature-related essays have been heard on NPR affiliates across the country.

Thursday's event is a benefit for Durango Nature Studies and the Mountain Studies Institute. For more information on the event contact 382-9244. For details on Ferguson, log onto


Abbey screens Yearbook'
What: The latest ski film from Matchstick Productions
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7 & 9 p.m.

One of the annual marks of the coming ski season hits this Saturday, when Matchstick Productions' latest ski film rolls into town. "Yearbook" will show at 7 & 9 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre.

Matchstick Productions' 2004 release is being hailed as their greatest yet and was shot in Bella Coola, British Columbia, Aspen, the Alps of Norway and Chamonix, France. MSP mainstay Shane McConkey returns with a performance of a lifetime, ski-basing across the Alps and absolutely destroying his home of Lake Tahoe, Calif. "Yearbook" also features the skiing of Seth Morrison, CR Johnson, Hugo Harrisson, Tanner Hall, JT Holmes, Mark Abma, Rory Busheld, Steele Spence, Ingrid Backstrom and others.

In 1991, Matchstick Productions was founded on the theory of creating a lifestyle based around having fun in the mountains. Thirteen years and 23 award-winning action sports films later, a new Matchstick film is watched in more than 150 theaters across the globe and viewed by millions every year. Matchstick films have been voted "Ski Movie of the Year" for three consecutive years.

For more information, call the Abbey at 385-1711 or check out the teaser at


Marathon returns for third year
What: The third annual Rocky Mountain Festival of Runners
Where: Throughout the Durango area
When: Friday and Saturday Oct 8-9

As it enters its third year, the Durango Marathon has grown into a full-blown festival including the marathon, a half-marathon, a pair of epic trail running races, a 5K and 10K, and a Main Avenue blowout. It also has earned a new name and is now called the "Rocky Mountain Festival for Runners."

On Saturday, Oct. 9, the weekend-long event gets going with the Telegraph Trail 25K & 50K. The lengthy races will loop through Horse Gulch, following the ups and downs of the Telegraph Trail System. The same day, the Mercy Medical Center Health & Fitness Expo, a kid's 1K fun run, and a pasta dinner will also take place. The Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the Durango Rec. Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 12, the marathon, half-marathon and 10K begin at Fort Lewis College at 8 a.m. The marathon's course will lead runners through the Animas Valley before a finish downtown. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Harvest Block Party will be held and include food, beverages, and activity/game & information booths along Main Avenue with a harvest festival atmosphere. For further information, call 759-5422 or log onto


Toasters pop back into Summit
What: A show by the NYC Ska legends
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m.

The Toasters, America's longest running Ska band, returns to Durango this Saturday, Oct. 9. The stopover at the Summit is part of the band's 50-city Autumn Ska Brawl Tour.

The Toasters have their roots in New York City and count themselves as the country's oldest Ska band. Over the past 24 years, the band has cut 12 albums, a score of singles and ep's and logged a staggering 4,000 live concert appearances on stages all around the world. In this spirit, Billboard Magazine's front page dubbed them "New York's Ska pioneers" in 1997.

The band is led by British expatriate Rob "Bucket" Hingley, who formed the Toasters in 1982 and once ran Moon Ska Records, which has since grown into the largest independent Ska label in the country. The Toasters' lineup has shifted through the years, but the band's sound has not.Saturday's Summit show will feature Toasters veterans Bucket on guitar, Jack Ruby Jr. on vocals and Larry Ace Snell on drums, along with newcomers Dan Jesselsohn on bass and Jeff Richey on sax.

The band goes on stage at 9 p.m. For more information, call the Summit at 247-2324.






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