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Dr. Seuss graces local stage
Sam Bush bounces back into town
'Ways to the Sky' comes to FLC

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Fort Lewis College hosts a public reception for Milton Key, a finalist for the vice president for institutional advancement and sponsored research position, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.

A public information meeting on Ballot Measure 2A, the open space, library and capital improvement referendum, takes place from 5:30-6:60 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. Visit for details.

Southwest Midwives, located in the Riverside Building at Mercy Medical Center, hosts an open house welcoming Heidi Zink, CNM, to the practice from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Maria's Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., presents a 6 p.m. book signing with local author and internationally-known potter, Clint Swink for his new book, Messages from the High Desert: The Art, Archaeology and Renaissance of Mesa Verde Pottery. 247-1438 for details.

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

The FLC Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with a lecture by visiting instructor Chuck Yoos entitled "The Junior Trimester Abroad: Cultural Assimilation as an Aerobic Activity" at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. 247-7400 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, 900 Main Ave., presents the Four Corners Crosscut Sessions, a local jam hosted by blues rock musician Jeff Strahan, at 8 p.m. This week's event features special guests, the Badly Bent. 259-1400 for details.

Durango Joe's, 732 E. College, hosts Open Mic Night from 8:30-11 p.m. Sign-ups for music and poetry begin at 8:30 p.m. 375-2121 for details.

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



Colorado landscape artist Tom Lockhart gives an artist's demonstration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sorrel Sky Gallery, 870 Main Ave. 247-3555 for details.

The 19th annual Chocolate Fantasia takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel. Local restaurants and chefs compete for the best dessert in Durango and you get to be the judge. All proceeds benefit the Volunteers of America's Southwest Safehouse. 259-1021 for details.

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

The Chamber Choir and Durango Women's Choir perform at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2917 N. Aspen Dr. 247-7657 for details.

Ralph Dinosaur returns to Scoot 'n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with an 8 p.m. show. 259-1400 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Quartet plays its mix of modern and classic jazz at 9 p.m. at the Explorer's Club in Silverton. 387-5006 for details.

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

The Skanksters bring big ska and reggae sound to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. The 8-member band includes a three-piece horn section. 247-2324 for details.

The Derek Trucks Band plays a sold-out show at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 10 p.m. 385-1711 for details.



Colorado landscape artist Tom Lockhart gives an artist's demonstration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sorrel Sky Gallery, 870 Main Ave. 247-3555 for details.

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

FLC PUNX presents an all ages show of local punk at 6:30 p.m. at the X-treme Room in the FLC College Union Building. Featured bands include Transistor Radio Sound, Distrutive Krytisizum, Lost Rights and History Of.... 259-0637 for details.

The 22nd annual Millwood Follies, Mancos' answer to Snowdown, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Millwood Restaurant. The show features area performers and a fundraising silent auction will be conducted by the Mancos Valley Chorus. 533-7627 for details.

Scoot 'n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts Saturday Night Live, "the world's best karaoke," starting at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The 8th Avenue Tavern hosts karaoke from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at 509 E. 8th Ave. 259-8801 for details.

Tucson y Los Amigos play a Tsunami Relief benefit at 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 878 E. Second Ave. 247-1590 for details.

DOWN, the monthly club night at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, celebrates its one year anniversary with resident DJs Brian Ess and ABELL spinning their blend of house electronica. Doors for the special anniversary show open at 9 p.m.385-1711 for details.

Psyche Origami, a hip hop trio from Atlanta, returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. The band is currently touring in support of a new release that is topping the CMJ Hip Hop charts. Local band Dialogue opens the show. 247-2324 for details. 4

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

DJ Menniz spins music for Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200.



The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts special screenings of the award-winning documentary film, "Oil on Ice," at 3:30 & 6:30 p.m. The film details American dependence on oil and addresses the potential drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR). A panel discussion including industry spokespersons and environmental advocates takes place from 5-6 p.m. between the two screenings. 259-3369 for details.

The Odd Sunday Sessions, open mic hosted by Perfesser Bonehead, take place from 3-7 p.m. at the Lonewolf Bar & Grill in Arboles. 883-5362 for details.

Doug Phillips and Alien Residents perform at Scoot 'n Blues, 900 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 8th Avenue Tavern hosts karaoke from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at 509 E. 8th Ave. 259-8801 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts a night of live punk with music from Denver's Frontside Five and local band, the Letdowns. The evening gets underway at 10 p.m. 259-9200.



The second annual Ski for Schools Day benefit takes place all day at Durango Mountain Resort. Tickets are $25, must be pre-purchased and are available at all schools, Albertson's, Nature's Oasis and both City Markets. Proceeds benefit the Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence.

The Children's Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts its popular "School's Out"program from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The morning program is called "Nature Games" and the afternoon program "Magic in the Museum." 259-9234 to register.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents "Kindred Spirits Music and Movement," a performance group class for adults with disabilities, from 10 a.m.-noon. 759-9537 for details.

The Skyhawk Booster Club hosts a meet and greet luncheon at noon at the Bank of Colorado, located at 1199 Main Ave. 247-7571 to register.


Fort Lewis College hosts a public reception for Judith Heasley, a finalist for the vice president for institutional advancement and sponsored research position, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.

Earthrise Community holds an introductory meeting and open house at 6 p.m. beginning with a potluck dinner and socializing. New members will have design input on the site plan. 259-9488 for details.

A panel discussion on "Planning, Growth and Development: Its Impact on Education" will be on the agenda of the next Durango School District 9-R Board of Education work session scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. in the board room. Guest speakers include Nancy Lauro, Greg Hoch, Bobby Lieb and Ed Morlan. 247-5411, ext. 1440 for details.

Tuesday Trivia takes place at Lady Falconburgh's, 640 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 382-9664.

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 choirs perform at 7 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall. 247-7657 for details.

Scoot 'n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts Open House Dance Party, featuring the "best of house and hip hop music." 259-1400 for details.



Internationally acclaimed fiber artist Susan Klebanoff brings her multi-layered tapestries to the Fort Lewis Art Gallery for an exhibit that runs from Feb. 24-March 29. Her sculptural tapestries are created by hand-dyed yarn and painted threads that interplay with space, light and shadows. She creates her tapestries by weaving three or more layers simultaneously on a loom. An artist's reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25. 247-7167 for details.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave. "on the corner," presents an exhibit of Katherine Barr's black & white photography from Feb. 25-March 30. An opening takes place Feb. 25 from 3-5 p.m. and includes Tibetan Singing Bowls, tea and quiet conversation. 247-9018 for details.

Durango Mountain Resort hosts a Ski-Bobbing (snow biking) Festival from Feb. 24-27. People including Jacek Stalmach, who is a four-time World Ski-Bob Champion and Austrian race team trainer, 15 "regular" riders from England, and a ski-bobbing family from Mexico will all be in attendance.247-9000 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., in conjunction with the Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents the exhibit, "Children of the World" by Betty LaDuke. LaDuke's paintings and drawings will be on display in the Barbara 4 onrad Gallery at DAC and her photography will be at the Open Shutter Gallery. LaDuke is an acclaimed artist and scholar and resides in Ashland, Ore., where she teaches at Southern Oregon State College. Both exhibits run through March 19. 259-2606 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the film "Sideways" through March 3. The comedy/drama follows a divorced middle school teacher and failed novelist and his altar-bound friend as they take a wine-tasting trip in California, pondering questions about their directions in life. The film has been nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. It will show most nights at 3:30, 6 and 8:40 p.m.385-1711 for details.

The Children's Museum of Durango, 802 E. Second Ave., presents its new exhibit, "Playing to Learn: Learning to Play." The show explores the importance of play for children with the illusions area, swinging and tumbling, shopping in the grocery store, pumping water in the water environment, a special toddler room and creating art and crafts. During the month of February, the museum will offer workshops on South American pi`F1atas, dream catchers from Native Lands, Gods eyes from Mexico, Hawaiian leis, and the art of recycling.259-9234 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College hosts "Light and Scene," an exhibit of the photography of Tom Till, through March 11 in the Exhibit Gallery. Till's photography has appeared in Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Camera & Darkroom and other publications. The center also presents "Evolution of Durango Man," an exhibit of 40 political cartoons by Judith Reynolds, through March 11 in the Exhibit Gallery. Reynolds has served as a local political cartoonist since 1995. 247-7494 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 1½ 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 Fort Lewis College Music Department hosts an all-day-long jazz festival in the Community Concert Hall on March 3, including performances from legendary jazz drummer Peter Erksine.

Maria's Bookshop will co-host a March 3 slide show and booksigning at Carvers for world-class climber Gerry Roach's new book, Transcendent Summits: One Climber's Route to Self-Discovery.

Mug Club Movie Night returns to the Abbey Theatre on March 4 with a screening of the 1980s ski-bumming classic "Hot Dog."

The Dave Spencer Ski Classic, a benefit for the Adaptive Sports Association, takes place March 4-5 at Durango Mountain Resort.

The Durango Film Festival returns to town on March 4-13.

Hops & Hopes, Durango Early Learning Center's major fund-raiser, takes place March 5 and features live bluegrass, auctions, food and free beer.

Colcannon, a Celtic musical group known for mixing traditional and contemporary styles, plays the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on March 5.

Oakhaven Permaculture Center and the FLC Environmental Center are co-hosting a series of workshops on Practical Home Design on March 5, 6 & 9. 259-5445 for details.

Storyteller Sara Ransom will present "Night of Shiva/Night of Kali," tales of transformation from

the ancient Hindu texts, on March 6 at Rocky Mountain Retreat.

Maria's Bookshop will host the first of our monthly in-store reading group discussions on March 7. Discussion will focus on Christian Parenti's unsanitized look at the war in Iraq: The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq.

The local chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) will celebrate International Women's Day on March 8.

Maria's Bookshop will host a March 8 book signing with New Mexico author Martha Egan for her new book, Clearing Customs.

North Carolina's Acoustic Syndicate plays the Durango Arts Center on March 15.

The distinctive country trio Blackhawk plays the FLC Community Concert Hall on March 17.

The Southwest Writers Institute will host an April 7 fund-raiser at the Abbey Theatre celebrating the publication of Leonard "Red" Bird's Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir.


Dr. Seuss graces local stage
What: A local production of "Seussical the Musical"
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Feb. 24, 25 & 26 and March 3, 4 & 5

A world where anything's possible - an elephant in a tree, a person too tiny to see and dreams running wild - is going on stage at the Durango Arts Center. Over the next two weekends, the Durango Arts Force and Durango Lively Arts will present "Seussical the Musical," a stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss' beloved works.

"Seussical" was written for stage by the Broadway team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty with some help from Monty Python's Eric Idle. Following a successful 18-month copyright struggle, "Seussical the Musical" is now coming to the local stage. The play recreates the witty, wild and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. In "Seussical," chaos erupts in the Jungle of Nool and it takes the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and other characters to bring harmony back to their world. All told, the play is a contemporary re-imagining of Dr. Seuss, which weaves together many of his most famous stories and characters in unexpected ways.

The local musical production combines the talents of the Durango Lively Arts, a group of adult actors, and the Durango Arts Force, a children's theater group. All of the actors in "Seussical" come from the Durango Arts Force and range in age from 8 to 17. Durango Lively Arts contributed talents in the form of set design and direction.

"Seussical the Musical" shows on Feb. 24, 25 & 26 and on March 3, 4 & 5 at the Durango Arts Center. The curtain goes up each night at 7 p.m. and a 1 p.m. matinee performance is scheduled for March 5. The shows are expected to sell out. Call 259-2606 for tickets or more information.


Sam Bush bounces back into town
What: A show by the bluegrass legend
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Saturday, Feb. 26. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Back by popular demand, bluegrass legend Sam Bush returns to Durango this weekend. The mandolin virtuoso and perennial favorite again plays the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College this Saturday. Doors to the hall and the Spotlight Lounge open at 6 p.m.

Bush has extended the musical capabilities of the mandolin and fiddle to incorporate a seamless blend of bluegrass, rock, jazz and reggae. As the founder and leader of the New Grass Revival, Bush pioneered and guided the evolution of modern hill country music. On his own, he continues to explore an eclectic musical spectrum.

Bush's latest release, "King of My World," is once again filled with diverse tracks and masterful picking. Songs range from traditional bluegrass to a cutting-edge fusion of styles, interspersed with instrumental segments. Bush was a Grammy winner in 1996 for Best Instrumental Performance and in 1992 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. He has also won a number of other awards that include the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Album of the Year and Mandolin Player of the Year.

"It's amazing how someone can play so far above your head, but it's so perfectly right that everybody gets it. Absolutely one of the finest musicians to exist in the history of the world. I want to be him now," noted award-winning bluegrass and country vocalist a Krauss.


'Ways to the Sky' comes to FLC
What: A slideshow and lecture by mountaineer and author Andy Selters
Where: Fort Lewis College - Noble Hall 130
When: Mon., Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

Legendary mountaineer Andy Selters will describe "Ways to the Sky" this Monday when he brings his book of the same name and a free slide lecture to Fort Lewis College this week.

Selters' new book, Ways to the Sky: A Historical Guide to North American Mountaineering, is the definitive story of mountaineering on this continent. From volcanoes in Mexico to the Canadian Rockies to the great peaks of Alaska, Ways to the Sky pulls it all together in a way that has won not just critical praise, but top honors from the Banff Mountain Book Festival and the National Outdoor Book Awards.

During the state-of-the-art digital production, Selters will use images, words and music to show the history of North American mountaineering from the 1870s to present. The author will narrate some of the show. The program is not a summary of the book but rather expands upon it. It celebrates the spirit of optimism that is the foundation of mountaineering. Selters portrays how that optimism has expanded, ebbed, focused and grown, from explorers like John Muir and Conrad Kain through the tales of Fred Beckey to the modern uber-climbers.

Selters has been a climbing guide, author and photographer for more than 20 years. He has pioneered new routes in the Karakoram, Himalaya and Andes. Selters' previous books include The Mt. Shasta Book and Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue.





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