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Concert Hall hosts noted bluesman Otis Taylor
Abbey screens Go Further'
DSCPA presents Moab singer-songwriter

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Toh-Atin Gallery, 145 W.Ninth St., celebrates the Navajo Studies Conference with a 5-7 p.m. reception for an exhibit of contemporary Navajo art, featuring six emerging artists. 247-8277 for details.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays 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 Colorado Trail at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the Junction Creek Road trailhead. 385-2664 for details.

Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6 p.m. book signing and "goodies-tasting" with Colorado author Randi Levin , aka "The Muffin Lady," for her regional cookbook, Baking at High Altitude: The Muffin Lady's Old Fashioned Recipes . 247-1438 for details.

The Desert Mountain Sudbury founders group hosts a 6 p.m. informational meeting at the Bayfield Public Library. The meeting is open to anyone interested in cutting-edge education for children ages 5-19. 563-9383 for details.

World class alpine climber Jack Tackle presents a free evening of stories and images at 7 p.m. in Room 400, Berndt Hall, at Fort Lewis College. Tackle will focus on "The alpine bond ... a compilation of 30 years of freezing my ass off in the mountains with my best partners." This event is free. 247-7293 for details.

The FLC Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with "Roadblocks and Opportunities for Affordable Housing" at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Bill Mashaw and Reid Ross, founders of the La Plata County Community Development Corporation, will discuss local housing needs. 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 Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College Ave., screens four films in honor of the Navajo Studies Conference from 7-10 p.m. They are: "Urban but Definitely Indian," "Matriarch," "Navajo Springtime" and "I Belong to This." 385-1711 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.

Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., continues its first annual Air Guitar Competition at 8 p.m. Solos, duos and bands are welcome. 259-1400 for details.

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

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts DJ Night , featuring local DJs and specials, at 9 p.m. 247-2324 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.

Mama's Cookin brings its world funk back to Durango with a 10:30 p.m. show at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Local hip-hop band Dialogue opens the show. 385-1711 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 for details.

"Democrats for Roger Phelps" host a meet-the-candidate forum at 7 p.m. at the home at 1297 C.R. 221. 382-8736 for details.

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

Berkeley based singer-songwriterRachel Garlin performs with special guest Melissa Crabtree at 8 p.m. at the Absolute Bakery in Mancos. Garlin was a finalist in the Telluride Troubador contest in 2003. 759-9716 for details.

Common Bond , Durango's newest hip-hop band, plays at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. The Jolly-Time Robotic Death Squad will open the show. 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.

New local band C.C. Swing plays country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

DJs Shawn Patrick and Essence spin music for "Frostbite" at 10 p.m. at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave. The event features specials and giveaways. 259-9200 for details.



Durango BMX hosts a "Track Work Day," beginning at 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed to support the track and asked to bring rakes and water and they will receive home-baked cookies in return. 247-0165 for details.

A free "Go Lightly into the Wilderness Workshop" takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Durango Nature Center. Participants will collect wild edibles, make an ultralight backpacker's stove and more. 382-9244 ext. 1 to register.

Musicians for Change hosts afree concert from noon-4 p.m. at the Abbey Theater. The politically charged event will feature the best of Durango's folk, jazz, rock and more. The event will take place at the Abbey Theatre in the event of bad weather.

The Bandidos and Advocacy for La Plata host a party benefiting needy, local families from noon-6 p.m. at the Billygoat Saloon in Gem Village. Kirk James will provide entertainment. Party goers are asked to bring coasts, bedding, blankets, sleeping bags or gift cards. 375-1433 for details.

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

The Fort Lewis College symphonic band and choir will perform American classics, including popular dances from "West Side Story," at 7 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. 247-7151 for details.

The Dances of Universal Peace , an effort to raise hearts and voices in prayers for peace for the planet, take place at 7 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. 385-7375 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 Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts music from up and coming hip-hop star Josh Martinez and local bands Sleep and Non Cents Crew 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.

C.C. Swing plays a second night of country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.



Durango Mountain Resort hosts its annual Job Fair at the La Plata County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Department representatives will be on hand to provide information, interview people and offer jobs. 385-2162 for details.

Triple Trouble ,with Warren Jacobs and Larry Carver, play dinner at Scoot n Blues, 800 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. The concert will feature tunes from their just-released, country-blues CD "Crown of Victory."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.



Dr. Laura Guzman-Stein discusses the new national law in Costa Rica that promotes responsible fatherhood at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall for World Population Awareness Week . 247-7676 for details.



Jane Roberts presents "How I Came to Search for 34 Million Friends" at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall as part of World Population Awareness Week. Roberts will discuss how she found $34 million for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, only to have the Bush Administration cancel the funding. 247-7676 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.



Durango Nature Studies hosts a Full Moon Hike from 6-8 p.m. at Chris Park. A naturalist will teach participants about seasonal mountain ecology, point out early constellations, and share moon facts and legends. 382-9244 x.1 to register.

The Desert Mountain Sudbury founders group hosts a 6 p.m. informational meeting at the Durango Joe's, 732 E. College. The meeting is open to anyone interested in cutting edge education for children ages 5-19. 563-9383 for details.

Renowned dance company Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings the next generation of American contemporary ballet to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m. 247-7657 for details.

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



"Crazy," adance performance by the 3rd Ave. Dance Company, continues at the Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave., on Oct. 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m. "Crazy" includes works by local choreographers Suzy DiSanto and Lisa Bodwalk, as well as guest choreographers KT Nelson (San Francisco), Wade Madsen (Seattle) and Nancy Cranbourne (Boulder). 259-4122 for details.

The Navajo Studies Conference returns to Durango, home of "Dib`E9 Ntsaa," the Navajo sacred mountain to the north, for its 15th year. The annual gathering convenes at Fort Lewis College from Oct. 20-23 and features symposia, presentations and workshops to bring together students, teachers, scholars and community members to explore Navajo culture and life. 382-6951 for details. 4

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. 259-2606 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 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. 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 yet elegant still-life. 382-8355 for details.

The Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave., hosts a three-day Arts and Crafts architectural conference Oct. 22-24. This event will provide a venue for the Arts and Crafts enthusiast and collector, featuring distinguished speakers, a tour of the $3 million Durango Collection, a vendor showcase, demonstrations, and special events. 247-4431 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 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 Cornhusk Dolls and Love Them," will be offered for a small fee at any time during museum hours through Oct. 24. 259-9234 for details.

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



Red Cliff School , an independent school offering an accelerated middle school curriculum, will hold an informational meeting for prospective students and parents on Oct. 28. 749-7333 for details.

Mercy Medical Center will host a free pre-season ski and snowboarding seminar on Oct. 28, with a focus on injury and risk prevention.

Maria's Bookshop will host a children's Halloween costume party with Bernard Waber's picture book character Lyle Lyle Crocodile, activities, prizes and refreshments on Oct. 29.

The Durango Bootlegger's Society holds the 2nd annual Pint for Pint Blood Drive on Oct. 29. Donors will receive a voucher for a pint of local beer.

The Abbey Theatre presents a Halloween Party featuring eight-piece Funk/R & B band Mingo Fishtrap on Oct. 29.

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.

The Durango Arts Center hosts "Soak up the Arts," an event featuring music, dinner and an auction, on Oct. 30.

KDUR hosts its annual Halloween Party, Celebrity Time Warp and Transvestite Karaoke Contest , on Oct. 30 at the Abbey Theatre.

Citizens for Change hosts "The Political Nightmare Reprieve!," a"Spooktacular Halloween Blast,"on Oct. 31 at the Abbey Theatre.

Renowned photographer Tom Till will give a free lecture on Nov. 1 at the Center of Southwest Studies.

Maria's Bookshop will host a Nov. 4 reading with award-winning poet Sophie Cabot Black .

The Colorado Mental Health Center hosts its 4th annual Community Dinner on Nov. 4.

The Fort Lewis College Mainstage Theatre presents a performance of "Skins" on Nov. 4,5,6,11 & 13.

The Excel Charter School hosts its 10th annual Chili Cook-off , featuring a silent auction and performance by the Steel Pan Band, on Nov. 5.

The Durango School District invites residents to a Community Tour of Schools on Nov. 6 to celebrate the completion of construction.

The North Mississippi Allstars play the Abbey Theatre on Nov. 9.

The Adaptive Sports Association hosts volunteer orientations on Nov. 9 & 10.

The Eleventh Street WordShop sponsor a half-day writers' workshop withDurango author Kate Niles on Nov. 13.

Concert Hall hosts noted bluesman Otis Taylor
What: A show by Otis Taylor
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Friday, Oct. 22. Doors open at 6 p.m.

An artist revered as a "Blues Renaissance Man" plays the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College this Friday.

Otis Taylor got his start in Denver of all places, after his family relocated from Chicago in the 1950s. Taylor quickly picked up the banjo and harmonica, and in 1964 founded his first band, The Butterscotch Fire Department Blues Band. Taylor played and recorded in London during the late '60s and returned to Colorado as a member of T&O Short Line, along with the legendary singer/guitarist Tommy Bolin.However, he took a hiatus from the music business until 1995 when bassist Kenny Passarelli coaxed him back on stage.

The end of Taylor's retirement marked the beginning of The Otis Taylor Band and the release of "Blue Eyed Monster," followed in 1998 by "When Negroes Walked the Earth," described by Playboy as "minimalist blues in the John Lee Hooker mode." His successive albums, "White African," "Respect the Dead" and Truth is not Fiction" have all met with acclaim.

Preview Magazine wrote, "It's only a matter of time before his name is spoken with the same reverence as that of B.B. King, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. This guy is for real."

Tom Clarke, of Hittin' The Note , said of Taylor: "There are those who work, and oftentimes excel, within an established music style. Then there are those precious few who create the style."

Taylor goes on stage at 7 p.m. However, doors and the Concert Hall's new Spotlight Lounge will open 6 p.m.


Abbey screens Go Further'
What: A documentary on sustainable living featuring Woody Harrelson
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Through Nov. 4 at 6 & 8:30 p.m. most nights

The film has been called the "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test on Tofu" by its creator, award-winning documentary director Ron Mann. In "Go Further," Mann joins actor/activist Woody Harrelson as he pilots a hemp-fueled bus on an "eco-consciousness raising incursion" down the Pacific Coast. "Go Further" begins showing at the Abbey Theatre on Oct. 22 and will run through Nov. 4.

The documentary explores the idea that the single individual is the key to large-scale transformational change. As Harrelson and a small group of friends cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway, they show the people they encounter that there are viable alternatives to habitual, environmentally-destructive behaviors.

The travelers include a yoga-teacher, a raw food chef, a hemp-activist, a junk-food addict, and a college student who suspends her life to impulsively hop aboard. The film depicts the hostility these pilgrims encounter, and the audience watches as their ideas are challenged from within and without.

"Go Further" introduces an entrepreneur who runs a paper company that does not harm trees; an organic farmer who believes nature is his partner; and a man who teaches environmental activists to use humor as a strategic weapon. Throughout, Harrelson tests his belief that the transformation of our planet begins with small personal steps.

The combination works. High Times praised the film as "a surprisingly subtle doc that puts its gentle emphasis on important lifestyle changes, one person at a time."

The SFGate poses the question, "Can one man change the course of human ecohistory? One man can certainly try, and Harrelson certainly gets green-brownie points for trying."

And the Miami Herald wrote, "The passion of Harrelson and his gang of 'Merry Hempsters' is both inspiring and convincing, and Go Further' boasts great comic relief."

"Go Further" screens most nights at 6 & 8:30 p.m. Call 385-1711 for details.


DSCPA presents Moab singer-songwriter
What: A concert by Cosy Sheridan
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Friday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.

For the second year in a row, the Durango Society of Cultural and Performing Arts (DSCPA) will present a free members' concert. Singer-songwriter Cosy Sheridan performs for DSCPA members and the general public this Friday at the Durango Arts Center.

Sheridan, a resident of Moab, is a seasoned professional who logs more than 200 days a year on the road. She has amassed an impressive catalog during her career, recording seven albums. She has earned critical praise for dissecting women's issues with gut-busting humor, defending the environment in a way that would make Edward Abbey proud, and exploring matters of the heart like a hopeless romantic. In 1992, she won both the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour and the Kerrville Folk Festival Newfolk contests events that have spawned the careers of Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, among others.

"Somewhere in the uncharted, overlapping territory of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dr. Ruth and Deepak Chopra is you, at a Cosy Sheridan concert, laughing and crying, laughing and crying," said award-winning contemporary folksinger Catie Curtis.

As an added bonus, Sheridan will perform for free for DSCPA members. Members of the general public can buy tickets for $10.

"The free members' concert is something we started a long time ago and a tradition that we've tried to revamp the past two years," said DSCPA treasurer Dan Peha. "The idea is to present a concert by an up-and-coming performer that we think is good and want to introduce our membership to."

Sheridan goes on stage at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 22, at the Durango Arts Center. For more information, call the DAC at 259-2606.






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