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Abbey presents 'Space: The Funk Frontier'
Fort Lewis Gallery hosts acclaimed Kiowa artist
Summit celebrates Halloween with MFA

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

Red Cliff School holds a 6 p.m. informational meeting for prospective students and parents in room #23 of the Smiley Building. Red Cliff is an independent school that offers small class size and an accelerated curriculum for middle schoolers. 749-7333 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts its final group trail run of the season on the Sale Barn trail at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead south of Dietz Market. 385-2664 for details.

Mercy Medical Center hosts a free pre-season ski and snowboarding seminar focused on injury prevention from 6-8 p.m. in room A. Speakers include orthopedic surgeons, representatives physical therapists and ski patrollers. 382-1667 for details.

The Durango High School Choir and Orchestra performs a free concert at 7 p.m. at Miller Middle School with the Crescendo Booster Club Bake Sale taking place before and after the concert. 259-1630, ext. 2101 for details.

The FLC Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with "The Archaeology of Colonialism" by Fort Lewis College President Brad Bartel at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Bartel will examine Roman colonialism and compare Roman and Spanish social control. 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 Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts "The Big Bambino, a Halloween Costume Kickoff" with live music from the Frank Trio, Big Daddy's Caddy, DJ Rem-E and Common Bond. The event also features giveaways and a costume contest. Doors open at 7 p.m. 259-2606.

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.

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 Lion's Den Unlimited and DJ Zen Ken spin reggae, hip-hop and soul for pint night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave. 259-9200 for details.



The annual "Pint for a Pint" Blood Drive takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Local breweries will donate a voucher for a pint of local beer in exchange for a donation of a pint of blood. KDUR will broadcast live from the event. 385-4601 for details.

Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 3-5 p.m. children's Halloween costume party , with Bernard Waber's picture book character, Lyle Lyle Crocodile, as a special guest. The free event features 40th Anniversary Lyle, Lyle Crocodile books, activities, prizes, refreshments and more. 247-1438 for details.

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

Studio 3 , featuring Mario Dobbs, plays a free show at Scoot 'n Blues, 800 Main Ave., 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.

Movin' On plays country and rock for a Halloween party at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. The event features door prizes and costume contests. 375-2568 for details.



Scoot 'n Blues celebrates Halloween with a costume and motorcycle parade down Main Ave. at noon, a costume party beginning at 1 p.m. and music from Ralph Dinosaur and a costume contest at 8 p.m. at 800 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.

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

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts "Soak up the Arts," a celebration of the 2005 exhibits, at 6 p.m. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, champagne punch, musical entertainment, artist demonstrations, dinner catered by the Kennebec Caf`E9 and an auction. 259-2606 for details.

KDUR and DOWN present "Celebrity Time Warp," an evening of Halloween fun at 8 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. The event features a transvestite karaoke contest at 8:30 p.m. and a full-on celebrity dance party with music by DJ Grendel of Boulder and DOWN DJ Abell at 10 p.m. 247-7262 for details.

Award-winning bluegrass prodigies The Hot 4 Strings bring live bluegrass to Carvers, 1022 Main Ave, for a Halloween show. The concert gets under way at 8:30 p.m., and Carversis hosting its 2nd annual costume contest. 259-2545 for details.

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

Airborne performs a Halloween show at the Explorer's Club, located on Blair St. in Silverton, at 9:30 p.m. 387-5006 for details.

Local hip-hop band Dialogue and DJ Rem-E play the Halloween celebration at Steamworks , 801 E. Second Ave., at 10:30 p.m. The event includes a costume contest with cash prizes. 259-9200 for details.

Movin' On plays a second Halloween party at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. The event features door prizes and costume contests. 375-2568 for details.



Daylight Saving Time ends. Set back the clocks one hour.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard performs at Scoot 'n Blues, 800 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

Citizens for Change hosts "The Political Nightmare Reprieve!," afree "Spooktacular Halloween Blast" from 7-9 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Ron Urban and Friends will provide the music and there will be dancing, political satires, contests and prizes for costumes and best Kerry/Bush impersonators. 247-9617 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.

Local jam band Freewill Recovery makes its return with a Halloween show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., carries its Halloween celebration into a second night with DJs Menniz, Fat P and Zen Ken spinning disco, funk, soul and anything danceable. 259-9200 for details.



Don Williams , the country music artist known as "the Gentle Giant," performs at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m. Williams has had nearly 20 "No. 1" hits during his 30-year career. Doors and the Spotlight Lounge open at 6 p.m. 247-7657 for details.

Renowned photographer Tom Till displays his stunning, landscape photography and discusses the techniques behind his work in a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum at Fort Lewis College. Till's photos have appeared in National Geographic, Life, the New York Times and The New Yorker . 247-7359 for details.



Election Day

The La Plata County Democrats and Citizens for Change host an evening of Election Night Coverage at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Local candidates will be on hand and national returns will be reported. 385-1711 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.

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



Anne Landman, nationally known tobacco documents investigator, presents a talk, "Tobacco Industry Involvement in Colorado," at 11:30 a.m. at the San Juan Basin Health Department, 281 Sawyer Dr. 247-5702 x227 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.



Open Shutter Gallery, 755 East Second Ave., presents "Camera to Canvas," the Impressionistic work of Durango photographer John White, from Oct. 29-Dec. 1. White is Professor Emeritus of Pennsylvania State University in horticulture and academic life led him to photography. His photographs have been printed in 20 books and numerous articles. White now creates painterly works of landscapes and florals by using original color photographs and transforming them through the use of Photoshop image manipulation. An artist's reception takes place on Friday, Oct. 29, from 5-8 p.m. 382-8355 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens "Go Further," a film has been called the "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test on Tofu." The camera follows actor/activist Woody Harrelson as he pilots a hemp-fueled bus on an "eco-consciousness raising incursion" down the Pacific Coast. The documentary explores the idea that the single individual is the key to large-scale transformational change. "Go Further" shows most nights at 6 & 8:30 p.m. through Nov. 4. 385-1711 for details. 4

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo takes place at the La Plata County Fairgrounds from Oct. 29-31. The event features a trade show, shopping, exhibits, seminars and horse sales. Highlights include an opportunity to meet Seabiscuit and talks by headliners Julie Goodnight, Richard Shrake and Curt Pate. For more information, log onto

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.

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 a jack-o-lantern and be scared!," will be offered for a small fee at any time during museum hours through Oct. 31. 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." Local political cartoonist Judith Reynolds also showcases several of her favorite cartoons from the past 10 years in an exhibit entitled, "Evolution of Durango Man," through Dec. 15. 247-7494 for details.



Past and aspiring Snowdown Follies performers are encouraged to meet for a brainstorming session on Nov. 4 at the Durango Elks Lodge.

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

"The Yellow Dress," a powerful, one-woman play about relationship violence, will show on Nov. 4 at the Fort Lewis College campus' "Extreme Room."

The Darol Anger Fiddle Ensemble , a group that blends traditional, bluegrass, jazz and world music, performs on Nov. 4 in the FLC Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

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 annual Hesperus Ski Patrol Ski Swap takes place Nov. 6 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

The regular monthly Contra Dance will be held on Nov. 6 at the VFW Hall.

West African musicians/storytellers Boubacar and Vieux Diebate will present a storytelling, a drum and dance class and a concert with an 8-piece band on Nov. 6 at the Durango Arts Center.

The 4th annual Medicine Horse Center's Musicfest fund-raiser takes place Nov. 6 at the Mancos Community Center and features music from Terry Wells, Lee Bartley and the Marilyn Kroeker Trio.

Rick Hunckler will give a free slideshow on his recent Denali attempt on Nov. 8 at the Durango Rec. Center.

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

The Adaptive Sports Association hosts new volunteer orientations on Nov. 9 & 10 at the Durango Recreation Center.

A workshop on puppetry and play therapy skills for parents and teachers takes place Nov. 10 at the Durango Arts Center. 946-1376 for details.

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

Scarlet Letters presents Jennifer K. Dick reading from her book Fluorescence on Nov. 15 at the Durango Arts Center.


Abbey presents 'Space: The Funk Frontier'
What: A Halloween show by Mingo Fishtrap
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Friday, Oct. 29, 10 p.m.

The Abbey Theatre kicks off Halloween weekend this Friday, with a "Space: The Funk Frontier" Halloween Party. The Abbey Music Productions event features Mingo Fishtrap, an eight-piece funk band from Austin, Texas, that's rapidly gaining a Durango following.

The musicians of Mingo Fishtrap play a New Orleans-influenced brand of funk. The sound is a unique one and has been described as "Urban/Pop/R&B/Soul meets a real funk jam band with kickin' horns." Mingo Fishtrap derives its name from a Texas intersection where the band's founder/frontman was once stranded.

The ensemble hails from North Texas and was formed in 1992 by frontman/guitarist Roger Blevins. Blevins writes some of the songs for the group and contributes vocals. The band is rounded out by Dan Bechdolt and Greg Wilson on sax; Chip Vayenas on percussion; Mark Gonzales on trombone; Aeron Riodon playing keyboards; Steven Kent Butts on trumpet; and Roger Blevins Sr. on bass.

The combined force of these eight musicians makes for a big sound that has earned recognition in high places. Mingo Fishtrap won honors for "Best Jam Band" at the 2004 Austin Music Awards and "Best Funk Band" at the 2002 Austin Music Awards. The band has opened for the Neville Brothers, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Sting, and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

The Austin Chronicle said Mingo Fishtrap serves up "tight, horn-fueled arrangements with a healthy pinch of raw, N'awlins-style funky stuff."

Durangoans will have an opportunity to take a healthy pinch of Mingo Fishtrap this Friday. The show is sponsored by Abbey Music Productions, Homeslice Pizza and KSUT, and doors open at 10 p.m. For more information, call 247-9686.


Fort Lewis Gallery hosts acclaimed Kiowa artist
What: An exhibit of beadwork by Teri Greeves
Where: The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery
When: Nov. 1-18 with a reception on Nov. 5

The work of nationally acclaimed Kiowa artist Teri Greeves comes to Durango for the next three weeks. From Nov. 1-18, her one-person exhibition of beadwork will be on display at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery.

Greeves' work is in line with Southern Plains beadwork traditions and relates the history and culture of the Kiowa, Shoshone and Arapaho peoples. Greeves' beadwork has won numerous awards nationally, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the Denver Art Museum, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University in Rhode Island. The Durango exhibition brings together works from several private collections.

"By speaking about the history and values of my people through my work, I can help bring balance into the world my children will grow up in," Greeves said.

A pair of beaded tennis shoes, entitled "Grandma and Grandpa Raised Me at Warm Valley," is a strong example of Greeves' work.

"The images on these shoes are taken from memories of my childhood on the Shoshone and Arapaho's Wind River Reservation in Wyoming," she said. "Many of the older men I knew as a child were veterans of World War II. These men served proudly in the U.S. Armed Services defending their homeland - the beautiful and mountainous region of Wyoming that was home to their people for hundreds of generations."

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery is located southwest of the Community Concert Hall. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Admission to the gallery is free.

An artist's reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 5. A lecture by Greeves and art historian Marilee Jantzer-White in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum will follow the reception.

For more information, contact the gallery at 247-7167.


Summit celebrates Halloween with MFA
What: Back-to-back shows from Motion for Alliance
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Friday & Saturday, Oct. 29 & 30 at 9 p.m.

The Summit will again celebrate Halloween by infusing Durango with electronica. Denver's Motion for Alliance returns to the Summit for Halloween, playing two nights and promising to unveil "appropriate, one-time only song selections."

Motion for Alliance's roots are firmly set in improvisation. The band has spent the last four years working to bring technology, art and democratic musicianship to the stage with a sound that is original and honest. MFA places a special emphasis on using machines for spontaneous creativity - creating live loops, samples and altering their own songs.

The band was formed in early 2000 and quickly cut its first album, "Arrival," which was recorded entirely with improvisational loops. In the two years that followed, Motion for Alliance performed more than 150 shows from Chicago to San Diego. In 2003, MFA felt like its sound had matured to a level that was truly unique and alive. The group decided to capture the sound for a new demo and wound up recording two hours of music, all of it unrehearsed.

Since then, Motion for Alliance has grown exponentially. The band has purchased a class A light show, and Sideways 8 Records picked up the new album. The music industry has also recognized MFA for its inventive sound. Taper Section Entertainment wrote, spontaneously creates some of the most progressive dance music this country has ever heard."

Jambase added, "MFA brings together many different sounds from many different backgrounds into one giant sound-making machine that pushes every musical boundary."

MFA will push musical boundaries all weekend long at the Summit. The shows on Friday and Saturday get under way at 9 p.m. For more information, call 247-2324.






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