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Ongoing Upcoming

Abbey screens ‘Shortcut to Nirvana’
Bike-to-Work Day is back
‘Who’s Your Daddy’ takes over Main

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The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts “Parent’s Night Out” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The evening includes play, dinner and games for potty-trained children. 259-9234 for details.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6 p.m. book signing with naturalist Thomas Fleischner for his book Desert Wetlands, which features more than 150 color photographs of wetland areas in the American Southwest and Mexico, and documents the power of water to enable life. 247-1438 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on Log Chutes at 6 p.m. Runners should meet at the Junction Creek Road trailhead. 385-2664 for details.

The third annual “Support Our Shelter,” a fund-raiser for the Cortez Animal Shelter, takes place at 6: 30 p.m. at Cliffrose High Desert Gardens in Cortez. It includes a wine tasting, silent auction and live entertainment.

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

Jeff Strahan and the Brothers Mayhem play rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., beginning 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.

DJs Zen Ken and Revelation spin reggae-dancehall-dub at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., for Pint Night. 259-9200 for details.

Friday17

The Lee Bartley Trio performs on the patio at Christina’s Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy 160 W., at 5 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The Adult Education Center hosts its GED summer graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. at FLC’s Noble Hall 130. State Rep. Mark Larson will deliver the keynote address to the 20 graduating students. 385-4354 for details.

Mancos State Park hosts a nature photography slide show from Bill Proud at 6 p.m. 882-2213 for details.

Kirtan, devotional singing from India led by Lakshmi Lori Van Atta, takes place at 6: 30 p.m. in the Smiley Building’s Wild Sage Yoga Studio, 1309 E. Third Ave. Admission is free.

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.

Jeff Strahan and the Brothers Mayhem return to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Durango DOT Comedy plays a two-hour live improvisational reunion show at 8:30 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. The show features guests from the previous Spitting Nonsense improv group, DDC alumni and students from the FLC Improv 101 class. 385-1711 for details.

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

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

Aftergrass and special guests play progressive rock at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

New York’s In the Company of Heroes and the band No Regrets bring hardcore and punk to

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Saturday18

The 12th annual Silverton Hillside Cemetery volunteer work day takes place at 9 a.m. Following the work session, anecdotes of early pioneers buried in Hillside Cemetery will be shared. 387-5781 for details.

The Animas Valley Half Marathon takes place along County Road 250 beginning at Baker’s Bridge and ending at the Durango Sports Club. Steamworks provides a post-race party, and the event benefits Operation Healthy Communities. 382-0585 for details.

Red Bull’s second Divide & Conquer adventure race takes place in the San Juan Mountains around Durango Mountain Resort. The race includes: trail running, paragliding, whitewater paddling and mountain biking. www.redbulldivideandconquer.com for details.

Brant Leeper, Paul Karmazyn and friends play live jazz at Pure Soul Coffee, 40 Town Plaza, at 5 p.m. 259-5499 for details.

Mike Cable and Richard White play acoustic jazz and blues on the patio at Christina’s Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy 160 W., at 5 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Formula 151 plays acoustic rock at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., at 5 p.m. www.formula151.net for details.

The La Plata County Humane Society hosts a benefit spaghetti dinner from 6-8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 901 E. Second Ave. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the animals of La Plata County. 259-2847 for details.

Teresa Ross, Sharon, the Actual Proof jazz quartet and Nate Mayfield play an evening of jazz and blues for the Hooves for Hearts concert. The benefit for the Medicine Horse Center’s Equine Assisted Therapy Programs takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Smiley Theater, 1309 E. Third Ave. 749-1266 for details.

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.

Jeff Strahan and the Brothers Mayhem play Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., for a third night at 8:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

For a second night, Durango DOT Comedy plays a two-hour live improvisational reunion show at 8:30 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. 385-1711 for details.

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

C.C. Swing plays an encore show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. 375-2568 for details.

The Frank Trio brings its funk-rock mix back to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324. 4

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Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., and the Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence kick off a Year of the Languages celebration. Maria’s will offer a weeklong display of foreign language materials. 385-1491.

A house arrest gathering to spread awareness about Aung San Suu Kyi takes place from 3-6 p.m. at 99 Ute Canyon Road. There will be video clips of Aung San Suu Kyi, meditation for peace and freedom in Burma and discussion of what can be done to help. 259-4850 for details.

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

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays plays Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock ‘n’ roll at the tiki bar at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

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

Monday20

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

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the Nicole Kidman film “Birth” for Chick Flick Night. Doors open at 6 p.m. for socializing, a free slice of Diorio’s pizza, and drink specials. 247-1242 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.

Tuesday21

Summer Solstice

The Center of Southwest Studies hosts its annual summer solstice marker sighting at 6 a.m. in the Exhibit Gallery. Light breakfast will be served and admission is free. 247-7456 for details.

Tibetan monks build sand mandalas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day through June 23 in the Center of Southwest Studies. The monks will also give several presentations on Tibetan music and dance. 247-7456 for details.

A beginner clogging workshop kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 878 E. Second Ave., and takes place for six weeks on Tuesdays. 259-5582 for details.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6 p.m. benefit and book signing with local author G.R. Cooper. His book Chocolate Choices is about making intelligent life decisions, and proceeds benefit United Way. 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.

Durango Nature Studies presents “Hiking the Solstice Moon in Sand Canyon” from 8-10 p.m. A naturalist will explain astronomy, local botany and archeology. 382-9244 to register.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., presents King Karaoke with Steve Kahler beginning at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Wednesday22

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.

The Southwest Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SWCRES) meets from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 949 E. Second Ave. At 7 p.m. SWCRES presents the first in a series of quarterly lectures. Dick White, SWCRES Secretary and ZERI member, offers an eyewitness report: “Las Gaviotas: Renewable Energy and Reforestation in Colombia.” 259-8090 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 Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., welcomes the rodeo back to Durango with live music and specials. 375-2568 for details.

Mancos State Park hosts a full moon walk at 9 p.m. 882-2213 for details.

Ongoing

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents an exhibit of black and white photographs by Arizona photographer Chip Thomas from June 17-Aug. 10. The4 show, “The Incidental Eye,” includes images taken on the Navajo Reservation, where Chip has been working as a physician since 1987, as well as images captured during his travels throughout Africa and Cuba. His work is all hand-printed in the darkroom on silver gelatin paper. An artist’s reception takes place Fri., June 17, from 5-8 p.m. 382-8355 for details.

The Durango Lively Arts Company stages “The Foreigner,” a humorous play by Larry Shue, at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. The play shows June 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and June 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. June 19. 382-8584 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Summer Theatre Festival continues with performances of “The Servant of Two Masters” and “Miss Julie” at the FLC Amphitheater. “The Servant of Two Masters” is directed in a fast, fun and slap-stick style and shows on June 17, 19, 23 & 25. “Miss Julie” explores roles and desires taking place on a sexual battleground marked by class and will be staged June 17, 19, 23 and 25. All shows take place at 8 p.m. 247-7410 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. In addition to the juried exhibit, DAC is hosting “The Seventh Baker’s Dozen Collage Exchange,” an international show traveling to the Museo de Mexico. The exchange features 175 artists, and the exhibit will be on display through June 30 upstairs in the Art Library. 259-2606 for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama, 699 Main Ave., presents “Death at Devil’s Cave.” The play follows the misdeeds of John Livingstone. Having led poor Bess Sinclair into a false marriage, Livingstone deserts her. He then turns his sights on the beautiful Rose Day and threatens to ruin another young girl’s life. The action-packed Western melodrama is full of gunfights, heroes, villains, lovers, liars and laughter. Beginning on June 24, “The Vagabond” will begin showing in addition to “Death at Devil’s Cave.” The shows take place nightly at 7:30 p.m. except on Sundays. Call 247-3400 or visit www.DiamondCircleMelodrama .com for more information.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama at 699 Main Ave. in the historic Strater Hotel will open “The Vagabond” on Fri., June 24, and will also continue showing “Death at Devil’s Cave.” Shows nightly except Sundays. For schedule & tickets call the Box Office at 247-3400 or visit www.DiamondCircleMelodrama.com.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave. “on the corner,” presents the intuitive, sensual watercolors of Farmington artist Ann Smith through the month of June. 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.

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 including Dad’s Day paperweights, planting summer seeds, summer sunbursts, fancy fans, and 4th of July windsocks. 259-9234 for details.

Upcoming

The Children’s Museum of Durango offers two Spanish Summer Camps for children 3-6 and 7-9 for two sessions this summer. Camp Uno will be June 20-30 and Camp Dos will be July 11-21. 259-9234 for details.

Seven Nations brings its Celtic rock back to the Abbey Theatre on June 23 for a Country Kids With Cancer benefit.

The Hot Strings kick off Fort Lewis College’s free summer bluegrass series June 23 at the Community Concert Hall. This series continues each Thursday through Aug. 4.

Trails 2000 will host its annual Colorado Trial maintenance camp social high up Junction Creek on June 24-26.

The Silverton Jubilee Folk Music Festival returns June 24-26 and includes headliners like Victor Wooten, Jimmy Ibbotsen and Los Mocosos.

Advantage Physical Therapy & Wellness will offer free injury screenings on June 25.

Lifeseed, an organization dedicated to creative expression, will present an all-day festival celebrating the creative, expressive and healing arts on June 25 in Mancos. 533-9040 for details.

The classical guitar duo Double Play will perform June 26 at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

A “Weeds in Riparian Areas - Rafting on the Animas River” tour is set for June 29.

Legendary blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite plays at July 7 DSCPA show at the Durango Arts Center.

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

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

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Abbey screens ‘Shortcut to Nirvana’
What: An acclaimed documentary on the largest spiritual festival in the world
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: June 17-30. Most nights at 4:45, 6:45 & 8:45 p.m.  

Lush images of the largest religious gathering in the world go on screen at the Abbey Theatre beginning June 17. “Shortcut to Nirvana” documents the Kumbh Mela, which takes place every 12 years at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers near Allahabad, India.  

Every 12 years, more than 70 million pilgrims gather at the meeting of India’s holiest rivers for the spectacular spiritual festival. “Shortcut to Nirvana” captures the colorful event as seen through the eyes of several Westerners and a cheerful young Hindu monk, Swami Krishnanand. The film focuses on “samadhi,” a deep meditation practiced by many of the ascetics on-screen. It also features encounters with some of India’s most respected holy men and exclusive footage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Edward Crouse of the Village Voice praised “Shortcut to Nirvana,” saying, “The directors and subjects evince enough contagious ecstasy to gladden the most angst-ridden Western hearts.”

The Hollywood Reporter commented, “As an introduction to this mind-spinning festival, the film gets the job done.”

“Shortcut to Nirvana” was the winner of Best Documentary at the Tiburon International Film Festival and took home the Audience Award at the Sedona International Film Festival. The Abbey screens the film most nights at 4:45, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. through June 30. Call 385-1711 or log onto www.abbeytheatre.com for details.

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Bike-to-Work Day is back
What: Durango’s annual celebration of bicycle commuting
Where: Buckley Park at 13th St.
When: Wed., June 22, from 7-10 a.m.

Durango again celebrates two-wheeled, nonmotorized transit this week. Bike-to-Work Day returns to downtown Durango on the morning of Wed., June 22.  The event is Durango’s third annual celebration and is in conjunction with the State of Colorado’s popular Bike-to-Work Day, which first began in 1985.

“This is another example of the Durango community coming together to organize and promote a worthwhile activity that further enriches our lifestyle,” said Bob Kunkel, organizer of the city-sponsored event. “With City Councils enthusiastic support and funding, dozens of hardworking volunteers, and many generous support

ing local businesses, this BTWD will be our biggest yet.”

The annual event takes place from 7-10 a.m. at Buckley Park and 13th Street in front of the Durango Cyclery. Cyclists will gather in the north end of the park for food, fun and prizes, including free bike bells from Parks and Recreation and a drawing for a new bike, donated by Durango Cyclery.

Cathy Metz, director of Parks and Recreation, commented that she hopes to see the phenomenon grow beyond this Wednesday’s event.

“If people would bike or walk to work one day a week instead of driving, we’d see a noticeable decrease in air pollution and traffic, as well as promote better health and fitness for adults and children alike,” she said.

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‘Who’s Your Daddy’ takes over Main
What: A celebration of fathers benefiting the Children’s Museum
Where: The 1000 block of Main in front of Carver Brewing Co.
When: Sat., June 18, from 11-7 p.m.

Downtown Durango is going to the dads this Saturday. “Who’s Your Daddy,” a celebration of fathers, takes place from 11-7 p.m. in the 1000 block of Main Ave. The event is a benefit for the Children’s Museum and the Durango Discovery Museum.

The street fair includes: a nine-hole MicroGolf course, a snakes and lizards show, action-packed adventures through the NREL (National Renewable Energy Lab) van, a giant food catapult, a jumping tent, a petting zoo, science demonstrations and more. There will also be fresh brewed Carvers beer, a food court and live music throughout the day. The live music schedule follows:

11 a.m. – Tom Rader’s Café Brazil

Noon – Celtic music from Giant’s Dance

12:45 p.m. – Ballet Folklorico Dancers

1:15 p.m. – Silverton Brass Band

2 p.m. – Folk from Steve and Amy Vanbuskirk

3 p.m. – Rock from the Hounds of Purg

4 p.m. – Bluegrass from Down the Road

5 p.m. – The gypsy band Carute Roma

6 p.m. – Classic rock from The Eddy James Band

Smokey the Bear will also be on hand from noon-2 p.m., and Steve the Clown will be entertaining from 1-4 p.m.  

The Durango Discovery Museum, the event’s major beneficiary, is a project of the Children’s Museum. The energy and science museum is planned for Durango’s 1893 Power House, along the banks of the Animas River. The Museum hopes to bring Durango’s riverfront to life and draw local and visiting families to downtown Durango. The Children’s Museum, the other beneficiary, has been providing hands-on fun for children and families since 1997 and provides an educational and playful place for children and their families. For more information on “Who’s Your Daddy,” call the Children’s Museum at 259-9234.

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