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Psyche Origami comes to Durango
Abbey Theatre screens 'The Inheritance'
Acoustic masters

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Tim Guidotti plays acoustic soul and funk at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 5:30-9 p.m. 382-3844.

Dewitt Baker will discuss "Homeland Security in Indian Country" at 7 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum. The lecture is part of the National American Indian Heritage Month Speaker Series. 247-7292 for details.

The FLC Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues as local educators discuss books that have influenced their lives at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Panelists include Mary Barter, Ashley Steinhart, Kalin Grigg, Duane Smith and Dale Garland. 247-7400.

Singer, songwriter Kris Delmhorst , winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Troubador concert, will play a concert at Katrina Blair's house. Melissa Crabtree will open. Potluck at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Call 247-0514 for directions.

The Fort Lewis College String Ensemble performs a free concert at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in the Sage Hall building.

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

Pine Needle Mountaineering, 835 Main Ave., hosts a free talk by Aaron Kimple of the Wilderness Medical Institute at 7 p.m. Kimple will discuss how to survive in a winter environment . 247-8728 for details.

Grammy winner Mike Compton and David Long play the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 8 p.m. for a special night of Mandolin Duets.Compton is a mandolin virtuoso and garnered attention in the film, "O Brother Where Art Thou." 385-1711.

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.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts DJ Zen Ken and 6 Star General spinning music for Pint Night at 10 p.m. The show will be webcast live on KDUR. 259-9200 for details.



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

Friends of the Durango Public library hold their annual meeting and Holiday Book Sale at 7 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. There will be a short business meeting, followed by a talk by guest speaker Dr. Duane Smith and a sale of books suitable for holiday gift giving.

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

The Seth Yacovone Band , a prolific jam band from Burlington, Vt., returns to theSummit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Carvers, 1022 Main Ave., hosts a DJ Party with DJs Rem-E, Tim House and Fat P spinning music at 10 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts DJs Shawn Patrick, Normandy and Nuff Said at 4

10:30 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit Annie's Orphans. 259-9200 for details.



The Artisans Holiday Gift Show takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. Work by local artisans includes pottery, jewelry, fiber & paper works, fused glass, painted eggs, mustards, apparel, soaps and more.

The Durango Farmers Market holds a Special Holiday Market from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 901 E. Second Ave. Local produce, meats and gifts will available for sale from your favorite summer farmers market vendors.

Jazz Today returns to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 2 p.m. This month features an encore performance by the jazz/jam quartet, "Furniture." 385-1711 for details.

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre presents "Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing Up on the Prairie" at 3 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The play is based on the childhood memories of Ingalls Wilder, author of the beloved Little House series, and is suited to ages 4-12. 247-7657 for details.

The Tambo Center holds a respite day for children with special needs from 3-8 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. Children with special needs and their siblings are welcome. 247-5702 ext. 240 for details.

Nina Sasaki plays rock 'n' roll at Christina's Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 5:30-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

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

The Seth Yacovone Band plays a second show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



Local singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays 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.

Heartlight Wholistic Health Center, 97 W. North St. in Bayfield, hosts an "Imagining Party" from 7-8:30 p.m. The event is nondenominational and open to everyone. 884-9343 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.



Day of rest



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.



Durango Mountain Resort fires up the lifts for Benefit Day at 9 a.m. Lift tickets are just $10 and all proceeds benefit the Durango Discovery Museum. 247-9000 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.



The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts "Visions From the Edge," an exhibit of outsider art, through Dec. 10. Creativity is the real theme of the show, which focuses on work from unschooled artists including the internationally renowned art of Howard Finster; Tony Pernciaro's drawings; Roy Benze Miller's mixed media sculpture; an installation by William Dixon; paintings by Tom Darnell; and a series of photographs by Paul Pennington. A concurrent exhibit, "Outside the Outsiders," displays the work of Kindred Spirits artists under the direction of Margaret Pacheco. 259-2606 for details.

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 East Second Ave., presents "Camera to Canvas," the Impressionistic work of Durango photographer John White, through 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. 382-8355 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.

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 Thanksgiving Placemats with Veggie Printing," will be offered for a small fee at any time during museum hours through Nov. 21. 259-9234 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies hosts its second annual "Images of the Southwest" Juried Photography Show through Dec. 15 in the Exhibit Gallery. The theme of this year's contest, which was open to the public, was "Women, Weather and Water." An exhibit of 40 years of political cartoons entitled "Evolution of Durango Man," is also on display. 247-7494 for details.



Durango Mountain Resort officially opens for business on Nov. 25, the day following its unofficial opener, Benefit Day.

The annual Turkey Trot 5-mile race and 1-mile family race take place on Nov. 25 at Fort Lewis College. 382-8005 for details.

Sylvia Zurko plays Celtic and classic harp at the DoubleTree on the afternoon of Nov. 25.

DOWN , the Abbey Theatre's monthly club night, takes place on Nov. 26.

The Durango Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas caroling procession down Main Ave. is scheduled for Nov. 26.

The Durango Arts Center hosts a free tour of the current exhibit during lunch on Nov. 29.

The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center's 3rd annual Film Festival and fund-raiser, "A Reel Environmental Experience 2004" takes place on Dec. 2.

Maria's Bookshop hosts a book signing with area author Kari Chalker for her new book, Totems to Turquoise , on Dec. 2.

The Motet, Afro-Cuban-Latin-funk-jazz ensemble, returns to the Abbey Theatre on Dec. 2.

Members of the Kenyan-based, nongovernmental organization, Simba Maasai Outreach Organization (SIMOO) will give a free performance at Fort Lewis College on Dec. 3.

The 1st annual Cycling Awards Night takes place on Dec. 7 at the Smiley Theater.

The FLC Community Concert Hall hosts David Taylor Dance Theatre's performance of "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 10-12.


Psyche Origami comes to Durango
What: A show by the underground/indie hip-hop trio
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College Ave.
When: Friday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 p.m.

Four turntables and one mic will take over the Abbey Theatre this Friday night. Psyche Origami, an indie trio from Atlanta, showcases its variety of hip-hop beginning at 10 p.m. Local hip-hop band Dialogue opens the show.

Psyche Origami has been described as having "Jurassic Five hip hop harmonies, De La Soul vernacular idiom and a Dilated People's itch for scratching." The band is known for putting a unique spin on the cornerstone of hip hop music: the exchange between the MC and the DJ. The band meshes the spins of DJs Dainja and Synthesis with the rhymesof MC Wyzsztyk, who's been called "two parts native tongue, one part Carl Sagan."

Over the past two years, the combination has seen increasing success. Psyche Origami now has an EP, one full-length album and three 12-inch singles to its credit. In the last year, the band headlined shows in Atlanta; Athens, Georgia; Greensboro, N.C.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; and Orlando, Fla.; and landed on bills with the likes of Talib Kweli, Gift of Gab and Nappy Roots. This summer, Psyche Origami was also ranked for better than a month on CMJ's national hip-hop top 40 chart.

The sound earned accolades from James Nichols of Metrobeat , who wrote, "DJs Synthesis and Dainja battle it out on vinyl, trading scratch solos while Wyzsztyck lays down funny, clever verses. The production has a warm, laid-back vibe, with swinging beats and smooth hooks."


Abbey Theatre screens 'The Inheritance'
What: The latest film from acclaimed director Per Fly
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Most nights at 6:20 & 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 2

The work of top Danish director Per Fly hits the screen at the Abbey Theatre beginning this Friday, Nov. 19. The local, independent cinema screens the film "The Inheritance" through Dec. 2.

"The Inheritance" is the story of a man transformed by power. Christoffer, heir to a vast industrial fortune, has abandoned the family business for an idyllic life with wife Maria, a beautiful stage actress. When his father commits suicide, Christoffer must return to Denmark to face the life he left behind. What he finds is a business on the brink of bankruptcy, a brother-in-law scheming for control, and a domineering mother who insists Christoffer take control of the family business. His decision will force him to choose between two colliding worlds, between loyalty to his family and the woman he loves.

Critics have compared "The Inheritance" to Shakespeare and Ibsen.

Kenneth Turan, of the Los Angeles Times , wrote, "A powerhouse! Highly dramatic and intensely emotional, blessed with strong themes and unstoppable narrative drive, it is adult, intelligent entertainment of a kind we rarely see these days."

Richard Schickel, of Time , called it, "A formally elegant, subtly savage and powerfully affecting film. A treasurable rarity!"

And Stephen Holden, of the New York Times, called the film, "A sleek, desolate fable about the conflict between corporate values and human needs. Critic's Pick!"


Acoustic masters play Concert Hall
What: A show by Edgar Meyer and Mike Marshall
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Sunday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.

Two of the world's most accomplished acoustic musicians will take Durango's biggest stage this Sunday. Edgar Meyer's stand-up bass and Mike Marshall's mandolin, guitar and fiddle play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College beginning at 7 p.m. Doors to the Spotlight Lounge open at 6 p.m.

A master of mandolin, guitar and violin, Marshall's playing is as imaginative and adventurous as it is technically thrilling. Throughout his career, Marshall has performed and recorded with some of the top acoustic string instrumentalists in the world, including Stephane Grappelli, Mark O'Connor, Bela Fleck, Joshua Bell and the treat for the Durango audience, Edgar Meyer.

"Mike Marshall puts his stamp on everything he plays with an unusually potent blend of intellect and emotion," said Gary Penington, Concert Hall managing director. "Put him on stage with Edgar Meyer, and I can only imagine how astonishing this show is going be."

A Nashville native, bass virtuoso Meyer has recorded with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Garth Brooks and the Chieftains, and was a member of Strength in Numbers, which featured O'Connor, Fleck, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. His "Appalachian Journey" won Meyer, O'Connor and Yo-Yo Ma a Grammy in 2001.

Beyond bluegrass, Meyer is also fluent in classical music and has premiered his own compositions, "Bass Concerto," "Bass Quintet" and "String Trio" with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Emerson String Quartet, and the Chamber Music Society.

For more information or tickets for the Sunday show, call 247-7657 or log onto .






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