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"Spirit in Hand" draws to a close
Abbey screens 'Story of the Weeping Camel'

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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.

Scoot 'n Blues, 800 Main Ave., hosts the Open House Dance Party, featuring house and hip hop music, at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

Steamworks presents Lions Den Unlimited as Zen Ken spins reggae and dance hall for Pint Night, at 801 E. Second Ave., starting at 9:30 p.m. Call 259-9200 for details.

DJs El Beau and Irah spin music at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



Christmas Eve

Scoot 'n Blues, 800 Main Ave., celebrates Christmas Eve with a two free shows from Sugarhouse at 5:50 and 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



Christmas Day

Scoot 'n Blues, 800 Main Ave., will be open for dinner at 5 p.m. with Saturday Night Live "World's Greatest Karaoke" starting at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.



Scoot 'n Blues, 800 Main Ave., hosts music from Doug Phillips & the Alien Residents 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 8th Avenue Tavern hosts karaoke from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at 509 E. 8th Ave. 259-8801 for details.



Last Monday of the year



Free day on the Durango LIFT brought to you by the Methodist Thrift Store. Call 259-LIFT for details.

Scoot 'n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents King Karaoke with Steve Kahler beginning at 8 p.m. 259-1400 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 Marine Corps League has launched its 2004 Toys for Tots campaign and will be collecting new, unwrapped toys at the following locations: Albertsons, American Legion, Bank of Colorado, Bayfield HS, Big 5 Sporting Goods, City Market (South), Elks Lodge, First National Bank, JC Penny, Kroegers, Lewis True Value, Pine River Valley Bank, Precious Earth, RE/MAX Western Realty, Rite Aid, Senior Center, VFW, Vectra Bank, WalMart, and Wells Fargo Bank. Call 759-0361 for details.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave. "on the corner," hosts a preview exhibit of Durango artists who will have feature shows at the new gallery in 2005. The show will run through the end of December and featured artists include Ron Fundingsland, Carolyn Reeves Johnson, Mary Lou Murray, Jan Goldman, Eileen Fjerstad, Susan Tait, Katherine Barr and Ann Smith.For more information, call 247-9018.

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., hosts its annual Holiday Exhibit. More than 20 photographers show work in this exhibit which features selected photographs from past exhibits as well as new work from local and national photographers. 382-8355 for details.

The Ellis Crane Gallery, 131 E. 8th St., presents "Small Works," a holiday show of new work, through Dec. 26. The exhibit features contemporary art by Judith D'Agostino, Cynthia DeBolt, Carol Martin, John Maxon, Joan Levine Russell, Julie Shaw, Phyllis Stapler, Shan Wells, Diane West and Jeff & Susan Wise. 382-9855 for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association, San Juan Public Lands and Durango Mountain Resort are offering guided snowshoe treks at Durango Mountain Resort. The treks are held upon request and can accommodate groups or individuals. Free guided nature tours also are offered every Sunday during the ski season. Tours are 1`BD hours long and meet at 9:45 a.m. at the base of the Twilight Lift (#4). Skiers and boarders should have beginner to intermediate ability. Call 247-900, Ext. 147 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. December is Gift Making Month at the Museum. Workshops on building music boxes, ornaments, birdhouses and more will be offered for a small fee throughout the month. 259-9234 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 East 2nd Ave, continues to invite submissions for its community show "What is it?" - a show of abstract images by regional photographers on display Jan. 12 - Feb. 2. Applications can be obtained at Open Shutter Gallery, and work will be accepted until Jan. 5. Two photographs illustrating the theme of the exhibit must be submitted with each application. Call 382-8355 for details.



The Frank Trio and several special guests will unveil new material for New Year's Eve at the Summit.

The Abbey Theatre celebrates a"Black, White & Red" New Year's Eve with DOWN, its monthly club night hosted by DJ Brian Ess.

Ralph Dinosaur and the Fabulous Volcanoes play New Year's Eve at Scoot 'n Blues.

The Hot Strings play New Year's Eve at Carvers starting at 9:30 p.m.

The Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band will play New Year's Eve at Haggard's Black Dog Tavern.

The Durango Arts Center will present the exhibit "Books and Beyond: Artistic Vision Through Book Art," featuring the work of Farmington book artists, beginning on Jan. 4.

The 13th annual Southwest Business Forum takes place on the morning of Jan. 6 at Fort Lewis College

The Green Business Roundtable meets Jan. 12 at noon in the Diamond Circle Theater at the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave. The topic is "The Basics of Hybrids" with speaker Mike Rockos of Hanson Honda.

Fort Lewis College Outdoor Pursuits will host a slide show and talk by Sean Isaac, world-class climber and adventurer, on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in Noble 130.

The Children's Museum will reopen with a new exhibit on Jan. 12. The new exhibit will be called "Playing to Learn: Learning to Play" and is centered on the importance of healthy play for children.

The Durango Chamber of Commerce hosts its Annual Awards Celebration on Jan. 13. The theme is "Together We Shine."

The Hesperus Ski Patrol will offer its first "A Common Sense Approach to Avalanches" school on Jan. 19, 20 & 22. 247-4617.


"Spirit in Hand" draws to a close
What: DAC's annual holiday boutique
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Through Friday, Dec. 24

Looking for the ultimate in last-minute, super-local shopping? The Durango Arts Center hosts its "Spirit in Hand" holiday boutique through Fri., Dec. 24, and the exhibit offers unique, one-of-a-kind gift items crafted by local artists. Among the offerings are locally made pottery, paintings, jewelry, cards, photographs, textile work and more.

The juried exhibit went on display Dec. 8 and showcases a variety of work from 21 regional artists. The Durango Arts Center has held an annual holiday art sale for about a decade, but three years ago, it became a juried display and was renamed "Spirit in Hand." The reborn exhibit was first held for five weeks during the holiday season following the Sept. 11 attacks. It was a huge success, bringing in $14,000.

The artists selected by the jury for this year's event include: Chiara Amoroso, Kelly Baldwin, Steven Baranowski, Rachelle Davis, Nancy Fredrick Conrad, Deborah Gorton, Lanette Hartman, Caroline Reeves Johnson, Jim Klingman, Cindy Lancaster, Jeanne MacKensie, Jules Masterjohn, Gregg Senne, Jazz Morgan, Beth Gordon, Linda Perela-Hunt, Vicki Quibell, Nancy Richmond, Bailey Schreiner, David Sipe, Elizabeth St. John, Claude Steelman, Steven Straight, Amy Vaclav-Felker and Santa Fe Bells.

The "Spirit in Hand" holiday boutique will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Fri., Dec. 24. For more information, call 259-2606.


Abbey screens 'Story of the Weeping Camel'
What: A continued showing of the acclaimed film
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Most nights at 6:15 & 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 30

The people and sights of Mongolia's Gobi Desert will be on show in Durango for the next 10 days. "The Story of the Weeping Camel" continues to show at the Abbey Theatre through the end of the month.

It is springtime in the Gobi Desert, South Mongolia, and a family of nomadic shepherds is assisting with the births of their camel herd. One of the camels has an excruciatingly difficult delivery but, with help from the family, out comes a rare white colt. Despite the efforts of the shepherds, the mother rejects the newborn. When any hope for the little one seems to have vanished, the nomads send their two young boys on a journey through the desert, to a backwater town in search of a musician who is their only hope for saving the colt's life. "The Story of the Weeping Camel" is uniquely composed of equal parts reality of drama and provides a window into a different way of life.

"It's a beautiful blend of documentary footage, dramatic tension and traditional storytelling," E! Online said of the unique film. Lou Lumenick, of the New York Post, called "The Story of the Weeping Camel" an "unusual, captivating and crowd-pleasing semi-documentary."






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