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La Plata County Fair celebrates 57 years
‘A Vision of Us’
The arts take over Main Avenue

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Carvers, 1022 Main Ave., hosts a singer-songwriters for sustainability live CD recording at 5 p.m. The event supports the La Boca Center for Sustainability, the Tomten Institute and Roots in Rico. Local musicians are encouraged to participate. 259-2545 for details.

Kirk James plays solo blues on the patio at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy. 160 W., at 5:30 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit presents a group trail run on the Lion’s Den and College Loop trails at 6 p.m. Runners should meet at the Chapman Hill trailhead. 385-2664 for details.

Jeff Strahan plays rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. The Brant Leeper Jazz Duo plays the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 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.

DJ Matthew spins music for ’80s NIght at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

The Porchlites from Flagstaff play lite psychedelic rock at 9 p.m. at the Explorer’s Club: Southwest, located on Blair St. in Silverton. 387-5006 for details.

Mr. Duhon and Fat P spin funky beats for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., 259-9200 for details.

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The San Juan Mountains Association offers a free, guided naturalist hike at Durango Mountain Resort from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 385-1210 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy. 160 W., at 5:30 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Thom Rader plays classical guitar at The Berliner, 7874 Hwy 172 in Oxford, at 7 p.m. 884-2098 for details.

Jeff Strahan plays rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. The Jeff Sweet Jazz Trio plays the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Mancos State Park (Jackson Lake) hosts a presentation by Slim McWilliams, a local cowboy singer and storyteller, at 8 p.m. 533-7065.

A program on the Perseids meteor shower takes place at 9 p.m. at Sunnyside Elementary

School. Zane Lyon, formerly of the Fiske Planetarium, will give a presentation. 259-5249. ext. 200 for details.

DJ Shoe spins a contemporary club mix at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Desert Thunder plays country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

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Saturday13

The San Juan Mountains Association hosts a free tour of the Missionary Ridge burn area at Vallecito from 10 a.m.-noon. 385-1210 for details.

Steve and Amy Vanbuskirk plays “folkin’ rock” on the patio at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy. 160 W., at 5: 30 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Dances of Universal Peace return to the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St., at 7 p.m.

The Cat Creek Band plays old-time music at The Berliner, 7874 Hwy 172 in Oxford, at 7 p.m. 884-2098 for details.

Jeff Strahan plays rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

The subdudes play a sold-out concert at the Durango Arts Center at 8 p.m.

DJ Mowgli spins at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

The Frank Trio brings its jazz-rock-funk fusion back to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. The show is the first of a nine-show tour through Virginia, New York and Vermont. 247-2324 for details.

Desert Thunder plays a second night of country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

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Sunday14

Terry Rickard plays on the patio at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy. 160 W., at 5:30 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays the 4

tiki bar at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 5 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

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

Kirk James plays a solo show at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

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Monday15

The Harvesting Energy Forum holds a Durango session from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. Speakers include representatives from the San Juan Biodiesel Cooperative, the SW Colorado Renewable Energy Society and the Region 9 Economic Development District.

Nina Sasaki plays the Tiki Bar at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens “An Ideal Husband” for the Women’s Resource Center’s Chick Flick Night. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for socializing, a free slice of pizza and drink specials. 247-1242 for details.

Terry Rickard performs classic rock at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., starting at 5:30 p.m.

Pongas, 121 E. Eighth St., hosts a 9-ball pool tournament at 7 p.m. 382-8554 for details.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays a free acoustic show at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 375-7260 for details.

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Tuesday16

An informational session on a political science masters program through the University of Colorado takes place at 5 p.m. at the Fort Lewis Student Memorial Lounge. The program is designed so that a student can complete all of the requirements on weekends at Fort Lewis and within two years. 247-7641 for details.

Maria’s Book Shop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6 p.m. book signing with renowned Colorado author and flyfisherman John Gierach. Gierach will present his most recent book Still Life With Brook Trout. 247-1438 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo performs on the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave. , from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents open mic night from 7 p.m.-midnight. 247-2324 for details.

Singer-songwriter Tim Sullivan plays a free acoustic show at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 375-7260 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 The Legends of Karaoke with Steve Taylor beginning at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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Wednesday17

The Chamber of Commerce presents a Lunch and Learn presentation by Todd Youngblood of CompuThority, Inc. on creating a paperless office at noon at the Bank of Colorado, 1199 Main Ave. 247-0312 to reserve a spot.

Kirk James plays a solo concert at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

Junior Wheel Club meets at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Durango Recreation Center. Mountain bike riders ages 10-18 are welcome to ride with Chad Cheney, Sarah Tescher and other locals. 247-8355 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group with vocalist Alison Dance performs on the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard performs a free acoustic show at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 375-7260 for details.

Castlebay plays songs of the Maine coast and Celtic lands at 7:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave. The event is sponsored by the Durango Scottish Dancers. 382-9593 for details.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents The Legends of Karaoke with Steve Taylor beginning at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., hosts “Underground Lounge” with DJ Claytanik spinning music for Ladies Night. 385-0430 for details.

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Ongoing

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues to screen what is being called one of the summer’s most entertaining films through Aug. 18. “Mad Hot Ballroom” follows fifth grade students and teachers from three New York City public schools as they participate in ballroom dance lessons and a citywide competition. The film shows most nights at 4:30, 7, & 9:20 p.m. 385-1711 for details. 4

Hardrockers Holidays, a traditional mining celebration, takes place Aug. 12-14 at the Kendall Mountain Recreation Area in Silverton. The free event includes events like machine and hand mucking, machine drilling, single jacking, wheelbarrow races, men and women’s tug-o-war, horseshoe tournaments, arm wrestling and numerous children’s events. Food, beverage and camping are all available. 387-5711 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts its 12th biennial Fiber Celebrated Exhibit in conjunction with last weekend’s Intermountain Weavers Conference. The show features two and three-dimensional works as well as household works and wearable fibers. This exhibit runs through Aug. 26. DAC also presents collage and artists’ books by Santa Fe’s Victoria Rabinowe in the Art Library through August 31. 259-2606 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents an exhibit of black and white photographs by Arizona photographer Chip Thomas through Aug. 10. The show, “The Incidental Eye,” includes images taken on the Navajo Reservation, where Chip has been working as a physician since 1987, as well as photographs captured during his travels throughout Africa and Cuba. 382-8355 for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama, 699 Main Ave., presents “Death at Devil’s Cave,” an action-packed Western melodrama is full of gunfights, heroes, villains, lovers, liars and laughter, on odd numbered dates. On even-numbered dates, “The Vagabond,” an Irish comedy-melodrama, shows. The shows take place nightly at 7:30 p.m. except on Sundays. Call 247-3400 or visit www.DiamondCircleMelodrama.com for more information.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave. “on the corner,” presents “Color and Light of the San Juan Mountains,” watercolors from Eileen Fjerstad throughout August. Fjerstad’s puma will also be on display. 247-9018 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies presents “Circle of Spirit: Navajo and Tibetan Wisdom for Living” through Oct. 21. The new exhibit was produced by the Center of Southwest Studies’ Exhibition Committee in conjunction with Peter Gold, author of Circle of the Spirit: Navajo and Tibetan Sacred Wisdom, and other project partners. 247-7456 for details.

Durango BMX, located off Camino del Rio just south of Handlebar Cycles, hosts gate practices every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to dusk; races every Sunday with sign-ups from 1-2 p.m. and every Wednesday with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; and Todd Burdick BMX clinics on Tuesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. All events are weather permitting. www.durangobmx.com for details.

Johnny Maddox plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., every night except Sunday at 5 p.m. 375-7150.

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, the water environment, a special toddler room and more. During this month, there are daily mobile-making workshops. The museum will be closed from August 22-30 for the installation of “Now You’re in Their World” an interactive dinosaur exhibit. 259-9234.

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Upcoming

“A Community Hoedown” benefiting the Southwest Youth Corps takes place Aug. 18 at the County Fairgrounds and includes music, food and more.

The Abbey Theatre will screen the acclaimed documentary, “Murderball,” beginning Aug. 19.

The Shamanic rock experience known as Kan ‘Nal comes to the Abbey Theatre on Aug. 20.

The 6th annual Will Fjerstad Memorial Wine & Art Festival takes place Aug. 20 at the Silverpick.

New Orleans’ Brotherhood of Groove returns to Durango on Aug. 20 with a show at the Summit.

“Hike, Lunch and Wine with a Llama” returns to DMR on August 21. 385-1210 for details.

Durango Dot Comedy hosts auditions for new members on Aug. 23 at the Durango Arts Center.

The Durango Arts Center hosts a Sept. 3 rock concert featuring Uprooted, Grace’s Last Stand, Music Distroyer and History Of…

Rising blues phenomenon Jonny Lang plays the FLC Community Concert Hall on Sept. 6.

The Community Concert Hall has rescheduled two-time country entertainer of the year Neal McCoy for Sept. 8.

Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes, a tribute to Hank Williams, plays the FLC Community Concert Hall on Sept. 15.

The Southwest Writers Institute will host authors Joy Harjo, Denise Chávez & more on Sept 16-18. Visit southwestwritersinstitute.org for details.

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La Plata County Fair celebrates 57 years
What: A wide range of family activities including, livestock shows, arts and craft displays, demolition derby, carnival and more.
Where: The La Plata County Fairgrounds
When: Aug. 10-14

This weekend is sure to demonstrate that “Old Fashioned Fun is Still Alive in 2005.” The La Plata County Fair returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Aug. 10-14.

Events like the annual demolition derby, livestock shows, an antique tractor pull, food competitions and the ever-popular carnival rides highlight the fair. Every year, the La Plata County Fair also spotlights tomorrow’s farmers and ranchers through 4-H Club competitions. Animals like goats, cattle, poultry, sheep, swine and sheep dogs will have opportunities to shine in open-class events. The livestock auction, the fair’s most popular spectator event, takes place Sat., Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m. Exhibits will also be open for public viewing Aug. 11-14 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

This year commemorates the 57th anniversary of the La Plata County Fair, and the event’s theme is “Old Fashioned Fun is Still Alive in 2005.” Fair books are currently available throughout the Durango community and include a calendar of events as well as entry information. For more information on the fair, call 247-4355.

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‘A Vision of Us’
What: An exhibit of work by California photographer Chris Dierdorff
Where: The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave.
When: Aug. 12-Sept. 21

Memorable faces go on display at the Open Shutter Gallery this week. “A Vision of Us,” an exhibit of color photography by California photographer Chris Dierdorff, provides a unique and personal look at the faces of famous celebrities, history makers and some of our own Durango locals. The show kicks off this Friday, Aug. 12, and runs through Sept. 21.

Dierdorff has been creating memorable photography for 26 years, with more than 20 years in portraiture alone. He is one of a select group of photographers in the world today whose portraits of celebrities are strictly intended for exhibition as fine art. Dierdorff has been honored with numerous awards including a New York

Times award for Outstanding Excellence in Photography. In 1996, he was chosen by the United Nations as the sole portrait photographer for its 50th anniversary in San Francisco.

Professionally, Dierdorff works within the motion picture and television industries in Los Angeles. He has distinguished himself as a producer, director, cinematographer and visual effects supervisor and was awarded an Emmy for his work on the television drama, “The Day After.”

Courtesy of “A Vision of Us,” Durangoans will have a chance to stand face to face with the likes of Jane Goodall, John Lee Hooker, Nicholas Cage, Salman Rushdie and Maya Angelou, along with familiar local faces like Bill Manning’s.

Dierdorff will make an appearance this Friday for an opening reception. The event takes place at the gallery from 5-8 p.m. For more information, call 382-8355.

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The arts take over Main Avenue
What: The 12th annual Main Avenue Arts Festival
Where: Downtown Durango
When: Aug. 13 & 14 beginning at 10 a.m.

More than 100 artists from across the country will converge on Durango this Saturday and Sunday for the 12th annual Main Avenue Arts Festival. Main Avenue will be closed to traffic, and the white tents will go up as artists showcase and sell their works over the weekend. The festival will feature everything from tiles and textiles, paintings and jewelry, to live music, a food and beer garden, and a children’s activity area called the “Creation Station.”

The main stage will present local and regional music and dance including jazz, folk, classical, rock, blues, steel drumming and Mexican folk dance. A complete schedule follows:

Sat., Aug. 13

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Excel Steel Pan Ensemble

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Juliana Weiser/Patrick Dressen play original folk music

1:15 - 2 p.m. - Encore! plays music of the ’50s/’60s

2 - 3 p.m. - The Chills play rock ‘n’ roll variety 3 - 3:45 p.m. - Encore! plays music of the ’50s/’60s

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. - Michael Chaptalaine plays solo guitar

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - The Frank Trio plays jazz & funk

Sun., Aug. 14

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. TBA

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Pete Neds & The 6th Street All Stars play an eclectic blend

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Michael Chaptalaine plays solo guitar

4 - 5 p.m. - Freewill Recovery rocks out

For more information on the festival log onto www.durangoarts.org or call 259-2606.

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