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DOWN returns to the Abbey Theatre
Center hosts "Images of the Southwest"

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Thanksgiving Day

Durango Mountain Resort kicks off its official opening day at 9 a.m.

The annual Turkey Trot 5-mile race and 1-mile family fun run take place at Fort Lewis College. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Business Education Building. The 5-mile race begins at 10 a.m. and the fun run starts at 11 a.m. 382-8005 for details.

Sylvia Zurko plays Celtic and classic harp for Thanksgiving Brunch at the DoubleTree Hotel from noon until 6 p.m.259-6580 for details.

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



The Durango Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas Caroling Procession takes off from Buckley Parkat 5:30 p.m. sharp. Santa and Mrs. Claus will join the kids as they sing their way from Buckley Park to Rio Grande Land, where the annual lighting of the Christmas tree will take place. 247-0312 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 Kirk James Blues Band plays a free show at Scoot 'n Blues, 800 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



Win Wright performs Spanish-style guitar 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.

Durango Dot Comedy brings its live improvisational comedy to the Durango Arts Center at 8 p.m. Cover charge includes two pints of Ska beer. 259-6004 for details.



Terry Rickard plays solo 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.

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



The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts an Art Break from noon to 1 p.m. Docents will give a free tour of the new exhibit "Visions From the Edge" followed by a discussion on "What is art? Who decides if it is art? And how should we look at art?" 259-2606 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.



The Fort Lewis College Employee Council holds its annual Holiday Bazaar of hand-made items from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the College Union Building Ballroom.

Auditions for the 2005 Snowdown Follies take place at 6 p.m. at the Diamond Circle, 699 Main Ave. All acts will be auditioned and newcomers are welcome. This year's theme is "Superhero Snowdown." HYPERLINK """ target="_blank">" 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 Fort Lewis Art Gallery's one-week-only silent auction takes place from Nov. 29 - Dec. 3. Donations by Stanton Englehart, Louden Kiracoff, Leon Arledge, Fort Lewis art faculty and students include paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramic, sculpture and glasswork. Bidding ends at 1 p.m. on Dec. 3. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each Monday-Friday. 247-7167 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the Danish film, "The Inheritance" through Dec. 2. The picture tells the story of a man transformed by power and has been likened to the work of Shakespeare and Ibsen. Christoffer, heir to a vast industrial fortune, is forced to choose between two colliding worlds, between loyalty to his family and the woman he loves. "The Inheritance" shows most nights at 6:20 and 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 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 Café 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 Potpourri sachets to put in your drawer!" will be offered for a small fee on Nov. 24, 27 & 28. 259-9234 for details.



Red Cliff School , a private middle school with an accelerated curriculum, will hold an informational meeting for prospective students and parents on Dec. 2. 749-7333 for details.

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 World's Greatest Art Exhibit" goes on display at Steamworks on Dec. 3.

The Open Shutter Gallery'sannual Holiday Exhibit opens on Dec. 3.

Durango Mug Club presents a screening of "Strange Brew" on Dec. 3 at the Abbey Theatre.

"Skins" will audition qualified performers and production crew for the upcoming production at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York City on Dec. 3 & 4.

Latin dance band, Nosotros , returns to the Abbey Theatre on Dec. 4.

Michael Martin Murphey's "A Cowboy Christmas" returns to the FLC Community Concert Hall on Dec. 6.

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

Pine Needle Mountaineering and Swix present a free Nordic wax clinic on Dec. 7.

Earthrise Community will hold an introductory meeting and open house on Dec. 7.

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


DOWN returns to the Abbey Theatre
What: The Abbey's monthly club night
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College Ave.
When: Friday, Nov. 26, 10:30 p.m.

DJ Brian Ess will take over the Abbey Theatre again this Friday. DOWN, the Abbey's monthly club night, gets under way at 10:30 p.m.

When the doors open for DOWN, DJ A-Bell will typically spin the night's first song, while Ess welcomes the crowd. Gradually, the Abbey fills as people come and go, mingle, sit and dance. Gradually the dance floor starts to fill up and partygoers leave Durango behind. Repetitive short loops in the music morph against a series of themes. Drums and bass keep a relentless beat. And soon the Abbey Theatre is packed.

"I want to create an environment where people can come in and feel like they're anywhere in the world doing anything," said Ess. "You're in the most plush setting with the most intense ambience. There are no windows. You come in here, and you're not in Durango anymore. Also, the Abbey has the dopest sound system in Colorado."

Friday's installment will be the 10th monthly DOWN that Ess has produced. Ess, who is also a body piercer at Your Flesh Tattoo, does the graphic design, pays for the printing, rents the hall, hauls the gear in and out, and arranges the ambience, based on a different flower every month. And of course, he spins his music. "I play progressive house music the way I think it should be played," he said. "There are a lot of different styles I respect. But there is also an organic connection besides the music. If you study the philosophy of house music you'll find terms like 'Temporary Autonomous Zone.' I want to show the people of Durango some real fun."

For more information on DOWN, contact the Abbey at 385-1711.


Center hosts "Images of the Southwest"
What: The second annual juried photography show
Where: The Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies
When: Through Dec. 15

A celebration of the Southwest is currently on display at the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies. The second annual Images of the Southwest juried photography show, "Women, Weather and Water," graces the center through Dec. 15.

"The Center of Southwest Studies is proud to sponsor this second annual juried show of fine art photography," said Andrew Gulliford, director of the Center of Southwest Studies. "It is the purpose of the center and this show to celebrate life in the American Southwest, and to share with the public the beauty, history and culture of this unique area and its people."

All photographic processes and forms of photography were welcomed as entries and judged within four categories-color, black and white, digital, and student photography. Photographers were also encouraged to submit work related to the theme of "Women, Weather and Water."

Entrants competed for a variety of awards, including $300 Best of Show, $200 first place awards in each of the four categories listed above, and a $100 People's Choice Award.

"Clearly we live in a place that has deep resonance for artists and documentary photographers," said Gulliford. "Visitors to the center will see exceptional black and white and color photographs."

Tom Till, a renowned photographer from Moab, served as the contest's juror and is also exhibiting some of his own work in the show. In addition to the juried photography show, the Center of Southwest Studies also will display "Evolution of Durango Man," a collection of 40 political cartoons from Judith Reynolds. Regular gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For more information, call 247-7456.






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