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Aphrodesia plays the Summit
Chimney Rock hosts Major Lunar Standstill
Animas Valley Open returns

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Fiesta Days, Durango’s oldest event, kicks off at 5 p.m. with a BBQ, pie auction and street dance in the 800 block of Main Ave. Local country band, the High Rollers, will provide the music. The street will be closed at 4 p.m.

Carver Brewing Co, 1022 Main Ave., hosts a live recording event from “On and On.” The evening begins with an acoustic singer/songwriter set at 5 p.m. and finishes with two local bands and dancing. The final CD will benefit Roots in Rico, a year-round, sustainable, community green house. 259-2545 for details.

Mike Coble and Richard White play blues piano at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy. 160 W., at 5:30 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Pediatric Associates of Durango hosts a free talk, “How to Get Your Kid to Eat, But Not Too Much,” at 5: 30 p.m. at the Durango Recr Center. 259-7337.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays blues and rock at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 259-1400.

Fort Lewis College’s free summer bluegrass series continues from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall with a show from The Badly Bent. This series takes place each Thursday through Aug. 4 and admission is free. 247-7657 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit presents a group trail run on the Hermosa Creek Trail at 6 p.m. Runners should meet at the trailhead at the south end of the trail. 385-2664 for details.

Durango author Blake Crouch launches his national book tour at 7 p.m. at Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave. Locked Doors is the latest thriller from the local writer. 247-1438 for details.

The local chapter of Amnesty International hosts an action meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. AI fights for all humans’ rights and the public is welcome to attend. 946-1255 for details.

The Blue Heron Studio in the Smiley Building hosts a free talk by author, acupuncturist and herbalist David Crow at 7:30 p.m. Crow is the founder of “Floracopeia,” which supports ecologically sustainable agriculture. 247-8942 for details.

Music in the Mountains presents a Conservatory Young Artists concert, “Next Generation II,” at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Lewis College’s Roshong Recital Hall. www.musicinthemountains.com 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.

Local hip hop band Dialogue plays at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., for Pint Night. 259-9200 for details.

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Friday29

The 70th annual Fiesta Days continues at the La Plata County Fairgrounds at 8 a.m. with open and team roping.

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.

Music in the Mountains presents a special free concert featuring Festival French Horns at noon at First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. Ninth St. www.musicinthemountains.com for details.

Music in the Mountains presents a free Conservatory Concert Orchestra Performance at 3:30 p.m. at Fort Lewis College’s Roshong Recital Hall. www.musicinthemountains.com for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts an artists’ reception for the 12th biennial Fiber Celebrated Exhibit and for the exhibit of Victoria Rabinowe’s Collage and Artists’ Books from 7-9 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

The Lawn Chair Kings bring their suburban rock to El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., for a second night with shows at 5:30 & 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Music in the Mountains presents a 5 p.m. show by the Festival Orchestra at Durango Mountain Resort. Selections will include Beethoven, Strauss, Dvorak and Britten. www.musicinthemountains.com for details.

The Fiesta Days Queen coronation takes place at 6: 30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. A rodeo performance follows at 7 p.m.

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

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

Local favorites Freewill Recovery return to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

The Badly Bent bring their local bluegrass back to Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

The High Rollers play country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.4

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Saturday30

The San Juan Mountains Association and Lois the Llama Lady host, “Hike, Lunch and Wine with a Llama,” from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Durango Mountain Resort. The event is an interpretive hike where the llama carries lunches and wine for a midday picnic. 385-1210 to register.

The 70th annual Fiesta Days continues with a Main Avenue parade at 10 a.m.

Special Olympics Colorado hosts its annual car wash beginning at 10 a.m. at the VFW parking lot, 1550 Main Ave. The fundraiser will help area athletes with transport to the state competition in Denver. 264-0773 for details.

Jon Bower plays folksongs of the High Rockies at 10 a.m. at Mancos State Park.

The Fiesta Days Duck Race takes place at 1 p.m. on the Animas River.

“In Motion,” a day of free live music, takes place beginning a 2 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center Amphitheatre. Pete Giuliani plays guitar and sings from 2-3 p.m.; singer-songwriter Mike Testa plays from 3-4 p.m.; rock band Your Favorite Accident plays from 4-5 p.m.; and rock band Freeplay plays at 5 p.m.

The La Plata & Archuleta County Cattlemen’s Associations host a Chuck Wagon Cookoff at 5:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Rodeo action follows at 7 p.m.

Music in the Mountains presents a free Kids With Strings Attached concert at 6 p.m. at Fort Lewis College’s Roshong Recital Hall. www.musicinthemountains.com for details.

Formula 151 brings its acoustic rock back to El Patio, 600 Main Ave., at 6 p.m.

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

Music in the Mountains presents a Conservatory Gala Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Community Concert Hall. The event includes performances by conservatory orchestras. www.musicinthemountains.com for details.

Nite Owl plays rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

DJ Mowgli presents mountaintop hip hop at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Live DJs spin music for Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

The High Rollers play a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

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Sunday31

Local acoustic rock band Formula 151 plays Fiesta Days at noon at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The final rodeo competition takes place at 1:30 p.m.

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

Music in the Mountains presents a 5 p.m. show, “Passion and Power,” by the Festival Orchestra at Durango Mountain Resort. Selections will include Beethoven, Verdi and Saint-Saens. www.musicinthemountains.com for details.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti 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.

Kirk James plays solo rock and blues 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.

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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Monday1

Nina Sasaki plays the 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.

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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Tuesday2

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

Earthrise Community holds an introductory meeting and open house at 6 p.m. beginning with a potluck dinner and socializing. Earthrise is seeking new members interested in designing and building future living spaces. 259-9488.

Music in the Mountains continues at 7 p.m. at Durango Mountain Resort with “Classical Elegance,” chamber music from Schumann and Prokiev. www.musicinthemountains.com 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.

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Wednesday3

Music in the Mountains presents a free Conservatory Young Artists concert at 5 p.m. at Buckley Park. www.musicinthemountains.com 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.

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.

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

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

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Ongoing

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues to screen “Heights,” New York native Chris Terrio’s debut film, through Aug. 4. “Heights” follows five characters over 24 hours on a fall day in New York City. As the interrelated stories proceed, the connections between the lives of the five characters begin to reveal themselves and their stories unravel. “Heights” shows most nights at 4:45, 7 & 9:15 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The 46th annual Mancos Days takes place July 29-30 throughout the town. This year’s theme is “Medieval Mancos” and includes golf, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, arm wrestling, kids games and activities, a “walk-in movie,” street fair, live music, and a parade taking place on July 30 at 10 a.m. 946-2497 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts its 12th biennial Fiber Celebrated Exhibit in conjunction with the 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, and the conference takes place June 28-30 at Fort Lewis College, including a free fiber market and an exhibit of fiber art from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. throughout the weekend in the College Union Building. DAC also presents collage and artists’ books by Santa Fe’s Victoria Rabinowe in the Art Library through August 31. In conjunction with the exhibit, Rabinowe will present a Dream Workshop on July 31. Call 259-2606 for more information.

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 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.

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Upcoming

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

The 2nd annual Durango Parks and Recreation Adult Triathlon takes place Aug. 6.

Silverton Mountain hosts the second annual Downhill Freeride Gravity Fest, a downhill mountain bike race, on Aug. 6.

Bear Smart Durango presents an evening with authors Dave Peterson and Tom Beck on Aug. 9 at the Abbey Theatre.

The 2005 La Plata County Fair, where “Old Fashion Fun is Still Alive in 2005,” takes place Aug. 10-14.

The Durango Arts Center celebrates the 12th annual Main Avenue Arts Festival on Aug. 13-14.

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

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

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Aphrodesia plays the Summit
What: A show from the rising San Francisco world music band
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Sat., July 30, 9:30 p.m.

Politically charged world music lands on the Summit stage this Saturday. Aphrodesia, an acclaimed 11-piece Afrobeat orchestra from San Francisco, makes its first trip to Durango this weekend.

Aphrodesia’s sound has been described as a “rowdy blend of African rhythms, exotic melodies, slamming percussion and monstrous horns.” Emerging in 2003 from the fertile San Francisco Bay Area music scene, Aphrodesia’s highly original music and uncompromising political stance immediately garnered attention. In 2004, the band exploded into the national consciousness with the “Just Vote Tour,” a swing-state voter registration tour that took

the band and their vegetable oil-powered bus all the way to NYC and back. The stint also landed the group on the cover of USA Today.

Since the tour, Aphrodesia won high praise for performances at the High Sierra Music Festival and the Baja Bash and its debut CD, “Shackrobeat Vol. 1.” The band’s brand-new second CD, “Front Lines” is already generating buzz and was reviewed in May on National Public Radio’s “Weekend America.” 

 Aphrodesia’s music is steeped in a strong sense of social justice. Not only are the band’s lyrics politically charged, the band is wholeheartedly committed to social change. Aphrodesia has headlined numerous benefits for causes ranging from AIDS prevention to tsunami relief to anti-Iraq war. The band also proudly travels in a vegetable-oil powered bus.

Aphrodesia goes on this Saturday at 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Summit at 247-2324.

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Chimney Rock hosts Major Lunar Standstill
What: An astronomical event that occurs only once every 18 years
Where: Chimney Rock Archaeological Area
When: Late night Sun., July 31

It only happens once every 18 years, and this weekend, the Chimney Rock Archeological Area will host the Major Lunar Standstill. Late this Sunday night, the moon will rise between the two spectacular stone pillars of Chimney Rock.

Chimney Rock is the only venue on Earth where a natural observatory frames the view of this lunar phenomenon. Over approximately 2.5 hours, the moon will rise between the pillars. A public viewing program to enjoy the event has been established, and ticket sales will support future, native Puebloan involvement at Chimney Rock. The gates open at 1 a.m. and will be locked at 1:30 a.m. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated and reservations must be made.

Chimney Rock is a San Juan National Forest Archaeological Area located between Durango and Pagosa Springs. Chimney Rock was home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago and is of great spiritual significance to these tribes. Their ancestors built more than 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor, probably to be near the sacred twin rock pinnacles. Thus far, researchers have found 91 structures that may have been permanent structures, plus 27 work camps near farming areas, adding up to more than 200 individual rooms.

To make a reservation for the Major Lunar Standstill, contact Chimney Rock at 264-2287. For more information on Chimney Rock or the event, log onto www.chimneyrockco.org.

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Animas Valley Open returns
What: The 5th annual disc golf tournament
Where: Colorado Timberline Academy
When: July 30-31

A golf tournament of a different color takes over the north Animas Valley this weekend. The 5th annual Animas Valley Open Disc Golf tournament takes place at Colorado Timberline Academy on July 30-31.

Last year, the Animas Valley Open drew nearly 100 competitors ranging from professional and former world champions to casual recreational players. Players hailed from all over Colorado, New Mexico, California, Arizona and beyond. An even stronger turnout is expected for this year’s event.

The Animas Valley Open is a sanctioned PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) event and part of the Colorado Disc Sports Association’s Thin Air Tour. The tournament is divided into two main classifications: Pro and Amateur. There are several amateur divisions, including advanced, intermediate and recreational, and as a result, the tournament is open to anyone.

Registration forms and further information are available online at www.durangodiscgolf.com. Additional details are also available by calling 247-5427.

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