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Oakhaven hosts “Swadeshi on the Green”
The Iguanas play KSUT benefit
DSCPA presents blues harmonica legend

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Nina Sasaki plays guitar and vocals at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy. 160 W., at 5 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Durango BMX hosts its 3rd annual Spaghetti Dinner (Mama’s Boy) & Silent Auction at the Durango Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Auction items include autographed bike wear from Tom Danielson and Todd Wells, and Casey Wickstrom will provide live music. 259-6516 for details.

Fort Lewis College’s free summer bluegrass series continues from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall with a show from the Hot Strings. Considered the “host” band of the Four Corners Folk Festival, the Hot

Strings mix bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, reggae and newgrass. This series continues each Thursday through Aug. 4 and admission is free. 247-7657 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit presents a group trail run on the Big Canyon trail at 6 p.m. Runners should meet at the trailhead near New Country Auto Center. 385-2664 for details.

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

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the first of three nights at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. 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.

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

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., celebrates Ladies Night with live music and specials. 375-2568 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., presents “Caught in the Undertow,” a DJ, open mic contest, for Pint Night. 259-9200 for details.



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.

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

The 8th Ave. Trio plays bluegrass and variety at the 8th Avenue Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 7 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

The Frank Trio brings its jazz, funk and rock back to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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



“Hike, Lunch and Wine with a Llama,” an interpretive hike where participants will learn about wildflowers, trees, birds and geology, returns to Durango Mountain Resort. The hike takes place from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and the llama carries lunches and wine for picnic. 385-1210 to register.

An upper and lower division men’s and women’s doubles tennis tournament takes place from noon-4 p.m. at the Durango High School courts. No partner is necessary for the nonelimination tournament. 382-9957 for details.

Kimmers and Donna join Nina Sasaki for a 5 p.m. show at El Patio, 600 Main Ave.

Brant Leeper, Paul Karmazyn and friends perform live jazz at Pure Soul Coffee, 40 Town Plaza, at 6 p.m. 259-5499 for details.

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

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

The 8th Avenue Tavern hosts karaoke from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. at 509 E. 8th Ave. 259-8801 for details.

Mancos State Park/Jackson Lake hosts the lecture “A Century of Newspapering in the Mancos Valley” by Tom Vaughan at 8 p.m. 533-7065 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band wraps up a three night run at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. show. 259-1400 for details.

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

Wolf at the Door plays a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.



Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays the 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. 4

Triple Trouble, with Warren Jacobs and Larry Carver, plays blues and country at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Pete Pheteplace and Richard White play jazz guitar at the Mahogany Grill, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 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.

The 8th Avenue Tavern hosts karaoke from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. at 509 E. 8th Ave. 259-8801 for details.



The Women’s Resource Center, 723 E. Second Ave., offers free business consultations for women who have questions about starting their own business. 247-1242 to sign up.

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

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

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

Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., presents a free, 6 p.m. lecture on homeopathic remedies for the stomach flu. 259-7337 for details.

The local chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) discusses the impending resignation of a Supreme Court justice and its impact on fundamental rights at 6:30 p.m. at 465 E. Sixth Ave. The public is invited. 375-7822 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 King Karaoke with Steve Kahler beginning at 8 p.m. 259-1400.



Trails 2000 seeks volunteers to help with the construction of a new trail near Durango off Florida Road. The work will take place from 3-8 p.m. and the Forest Service will partner in the effort. 259-4682 for details.

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.

San Juan Mountains Association offers a free, guided geology hike at 5:30 p.m. on the Animas Mountain trail. Local geologist Jason Hooten will lead the trip. 385-1210 for details.

The WRC Women’s Reading Circle invites anyone interested in discussing The Chalice and the Blade, by Glenna McReynolds, to meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. 247-1242 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.

Nina Sasaki plays at the 8th Avenue Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 7 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents King Karaoke with Steve Kahler 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.



The 2005 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run returns to the mountains around Silverton on July 8-10. More than 200 entries from around the world will compete on the 100-mile course which includes more than 33,000 feet of climbing and descending. Among many4 notable runners will be Aron Ralston, the man forced to amputate his own arm last year after being pinned in a remote Utah canyon. For more information, log onto

The Chimney Rock Archaeological Area hosts “Life at Chimney Rock: A Festival of Crafts and Culture” on July 9-10. The event includes interactive demonstrations on ancestral Puebloan culture and regional Native American cultures, including flintknapping, flute making, basket and pottery making, fiber spinning and more. The festival runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens “Ladies in Lavender” through July 14. The new film from director Charles Dance stars two grand dames of British theatre: Judy Dench and Maggie Smith. In the acclaimed film, two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930s Cornish seaside village. “Ladies in Lavender” shows most nights at 4:30, 6:45 and 9 p.m. 385-1711 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. His work is all hand-printed in the darkroom on silver gelatin paper. 382-8355 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts its 29th annual Juried Exhibit through July 8. The exhibit presents more than 50 works by local and regional artists and craftspeople that were hand-picked by this year’s juror, David Guerrero, from Alamosa. 259-2606 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 for more information.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave. “on the corner,” presents the exciting, glowing watercolors of local artist Mary Lou Murray through the month of July. 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. 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, the water environment, a special toddler room and more. During this month, there are daily workshops celebrating the new Harry Potter book including Magical Sorting Hat, the Magical Wand, Owl Masks, and a special Magic Trick. 259-9234 for details.



Maria’s Bookshop will host a “Midnight Release Party” for the new Harry Potter book on July 15. Reserve your copy now and $5 will be donated to the Durango Discovery Museum. 247-1438 for details.

The Durango Arts Center will present the 12th biennial Fiber Celebrated Exhibit in conjunction with the Intermountain Weavers Conference beginning July 15.

Colin Hay, former frontman of the 1980s powerhouse, Men At Work, plays the Abbey Theatre on July 15.

Formula 151 plays its original acoustic rock at the Durango Arts Center on July 16.

The Mancos Renaissance Faire takes place on July 16. The free event includes horseback vaulting, weaponry fighting, live renaissance music, magic and more.

Funk patriarchs Porter, Batiste and Stoltz, original members of the Funky Meters, play a July 17 DSCPA show at the Abbey Theatre.

Music in the Mountains, the annual classical music festival and conservatory, returns from July 17-Aug. 7.

The Women’s Resource Center’s Chick Flick Night returns to the Abbey on July 18 with “Before Sunset.”

George Winston will be performing a benefit concert for the Durango Arts Center and the Durango Community Food Bank on July 23.

Country Entertainer of the Year, Neal McCoy, will perform at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on July 26.

The 3rd annual Durango 100-mile Mountain Bike Race returns to Durango Mountain Resort on Aug. 6.


Oakhaven hosts “Swadeshi on the Green”
What: The second annual celebration of local self-sufficiency
Where: Oakhaven Permaculture Center, located north of Hesperus
When: Sun., July 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

A celebration of self-sufficiency takes place near Mayday this Sunday. For the second year, Oakhaven Permaculture Center hosts “Swadeshi on the Green.” Swadeshi is word Gandhi used to mean local self-sufficiency, and he defined it as “buy local, be proud of local, support local, uphold and live local.”

“Swadeshi on the Green” offers workshops, demonstrations and tours focused on self-sufficiency.

“Carried into practice and into livelihoods, all these activities would eventually allow area residents to become much less dependant on the national and global economies,” said Tom Riesing, co-founder of Oakhaven Permaculture Center.

Throughout the day, there will be demonstrations on beer making, blacksmithing, harness making, milling of timber, fiber arts, water technologies, natural building and photovoltaic power. A list of scheduled workshops follows:


- Food Ag/Farm to School: Jim Dyer and friends

- Weaving: Pam Dyer and Art Goodtimes

- Sustainable Policy Alliance: Werner Heiber and Dick White

- Oakhaven Garden Tour: Tom Riesing and Christie Berven

1 p.m.

- Slow Food: Sean Devereaux/Guido’s

- Seed Saving: Rachel Turriel and Art Goodtimes

- Soap Making: Susan McCleary

- Oakhaven Greenhouse Tour

2 p.m.

- What Is ZERI?: Carol Stoner and Dave Thibodeau

- ZERI Education Initiative: Christie Berven, Judy Gerhardt and Ron Margolis

- Plant Identification Walk: Rachel Turriel

3 p.m.

- Biodiesel: Jeff Berman

- Water Technology: Brian Eckerd

- Fungi on the Farm: Kris Holstrom

- Pesto Gathering Walk: Katrina Blair

4 p.m.

- Southwest Colorado Renewable Energy Society

- Cooking Wild Pesto: Katrina Blair

- Growing Mushrooms: James Parmer and Art Goodtimes

- Oakhaven Greenhouse and Garden Tour.

For more information, on “Swadeshi on the Green,” log onto


The Iguanas play KSUT benefit
What: A show from the legendary six-piece New Orleans band
Where: Durango Mountain Resort
When: Sat., July 9, at 7 p.m.

Local residents can enjoy the “ultimate party band” and contribute to a worthy local cause this weekend. The Iguanas will perform in concert this Saturday at Durango Mountain Resort, and the show is a benefit for KSUT Public Radio.

The band is from New Orleans, where many musical genres have a long history of interaction. In this spirit, the Iguanas meld R&B, Latin and Caribbean rhythms. Despite their well-deserved reputation as the ultimate party band, the band has a flair for melodies and lyrics as well as grooves. Typically a five-piece band, Saturday’s show will feature an expanded sound. The Iguanas’ sax horn section has been expanded to include a trumpet player.

The Iguanas have been together for 13 years and recently reunited with their first producer to cut their most recent album. “Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart” is a marked departure from all of the band’s previous studio recordings. The band’s prime elements, roots-rock, New Orleans R&B, Latin and Caribbean rhythms, have been fused with a fresh jolt of inspiration. The result is an album with the raw ease of a club gig.

The Iguanas concert takes place Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Plaza at Durango Mountain Resort, weather permitting, or in the performance tent if it rains. For information, call DMR at 385-2168.


DSCPA presents blues harmonica legend
What: A live performance from Charlie Musselwhite
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Thurs., July 7, at 8 p.m.

A blues harmonica legend with more than 20 albums to his credit plays a local stage this week. The Durango Society of Cultural & Performing Arts (DSCPA) kicks off its 16th season on Thursday with a show from Charlie Musselwhite.

 Musselwhite started recording in 1966 after befriending and learning from such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, and Little and Big Walter. However, Musselwhite’s sound also borrows from country, folk, rock, R&B and ‘60s psychedelia. Born in the hill country of Mississippi and raised in Memphis during the classic Sun Records years, he regularly saw Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash hitting the hot spots of sounds.

Drawing on this wealth of musical knowledge, Musselwhite’s albums are synonymous with American roots music. He also has provided accompaniment for numerous award-winning musicians including,  Bonnie Raitt, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Tom Waits, Doc Watson and even Suicide Blonde. Musselwhite has taken home 14 W.C. Handy awards as well as six Grammy nominations and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Monterey Blues Festival.

Musselwhite’s live shows also have earned high marks.

“He let his harmonica take over, probing the songs with jabbing riffs, low moaning notes and quivering bends,” raved the New York Times of a recent performance.

“Overwhelmingly powerful, so moving that it transcends genre,” remarked the Chicago Sun Times of another performance.

The local audience will be able to judge for itself this Thurs., July 7, when Musselwhite plays the Durango Arts Center. The event begins at 8 p.m. For more information, call 259-2606.




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