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‘Critical Massquerade’ ready to ride

Art gallery hosts Plein Aire exhibition
The Motet kicks off Halloween weekend

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Thursday27

The Sexual Assault Services Organization, 101 W. Ninth St., hosts an Open House & Fall Celebration from 3-6 p.m. The event includes refreshments and an opportunity to meet new staff and volunteers. www.durangosaso.org for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Sale Barn trail at 6 p.m. Runners should meet at trailhead near Dietz Market. 385-2664 for details.

The FLC Life-Long Learning lecture series continues with a talk by Fort Lewis College President Brad Bartel entitled “The Celts: One of the Most Misunderstood Societies of Ancient Times” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Bartel will explore Celtic culture from an archaeological perspective . 247-7401 for details.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., present 3-Ball Pool Tournament at 7 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

The Thom Rader/Larry Carver Duo plays classic rock, blues and originals at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave.,

at 8 p.m. The Jeff Solon Duo plays the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 7 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., offers a music mix for College Night at 8 p.m. 375-2568.

Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, presents 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 Johnny spins music for ’80s NIght at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Lion’s Den Unlimited spins reggae music for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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The First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. Ninth St., hosts “Sip to Soup-port” for the United Way from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  The local fund-raiser includes a Cajun-style cook-off, complete with the “Golden Ladle Award.” 382-5729 for details.

Nite Owl plays rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with appearances at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Teresa Ross and Actual Proof play the Sidecar Jazz Lounge from 8-11:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Singer songwriter Tim Guidotti plays a free show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150 for details.

The Alpiners perform their traditional German music at the Berliner in Oxford at 6 p.m. 884-2098 for details.

Pianist Linda Holzer performs in the Artist in Residence series at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in the Sage Hall Building. 247-7657 for details.

Lacey Black and Red Rhapsody perform in a CD release concert at 7 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. A new acoustic band on the Durango music scene, Black and company perform soulful, piano-oriented music. 247-7657.

The 8th Ave Trio plays bluegrass and more at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 7 p.m. 259-8801 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 High Rollers bring their country-rock back to the Wild Horse Saloon,

601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

The Billy Goat Saloon, located in Gem Village, hosts a Toga Party, featuring live rock and blues from Sugar House, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

The Frank Trio brings its funk and jazz to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. The show includes guest appearances from members of Dialogue, M Theory and Hotmops. 247-2324 for details.

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Saturday29

The Adoption Exchange offers a free marriage enrichment seminar from 9 a.m.-noon at the Durango Community Recreation Center. 903-4059 to register

A free past lives, dreams and soul travel workshop will be held in the FLC College Union Building from 2-4 p.m. A five-week book discussion will follow the workshop. 385-7549 for details.

Durango Early Learning Center, 890 E. Third Ave., hosts its annual Fall Festival Fund-raiser from 3-6 p.m. The Halloween event includes a cake walk, pumpkin carving, face painting, a jumpy castle, food and more. 259-1483 for details.

Sunnyside Elementary School presents its Halloween Carnival, including dinner, game booths, and silent and live auctions, from 5-9 p.m. The public is invited to attend. 259-5249, ext. 106 for details.

Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School offers its Halloween Carnival from 5-8:30 p.m. The event includes contests, dinner, a silent auction, bingo and games. 588-3331 for details.

Singer songwriter Tim Guidotti plays a free show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150 for details.

Durango Community Recreation Center offers a Halloween Carnival in the Aquatics Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event features games, contests, prizes, candy and a live broadcast from 99.7 The Point. 375-7313 for details.

The Alpiners play a second show of traditional music at the Berliner in Oxford at 6 p.m. 884-2098 for details.

An all-ages show of hard-core music takes pace at 6: 30 p.m. in the Fort Lewis College CUB Pub. Denver’s Gale Grace and local favorites History Of and Arvella will perform. One can of food will be requested at the door for hurricane relief.

Four Corners Sound Relief continues with a 7 p.m. show by D.O.R.K. and Eight-O-Two at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. D.O.R.K. has appeared on three Vans Warped Tours and Eight-O-Two is a funk-punk-ska influenced band from Denver. All proceeds benefit hurricane relief. 247-7657 for details. 4

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts a “Karaoke Party” from 8 p.m. until close. 259-8801 for details.

Nite Owl plays a Halloween bash, including a costume contest, at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Teresa Ross and Actual Proof play the Sidecar Jazz Lounge from 8-11:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, presents KDUR’s Tranvestite Ball at 9 p.m. This year’s theme is “Gods and Goddesses,” and DJs Brian Ess, A-Bell and Fat will provide the entertainment. The event includes visuals and a costume contest. 385-1711 for details.

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

The High Rollers play a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Lions Den Unlimited Soundz presents “Return of the Living Dread” at 9 p.m. at J.Bo’s, 1301 Florida Rd., DJs will spin dance hall, hip hop and reggae. 259-0010 for details.

The Frank Trio plays a second show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. The show is the band’s last appearance in 2005 and includes guest DJ and costume contests. 247-2324 for details.

Local hip hop group Dialogue debuts its self-titled CD at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 9:30 p.m. DJ Fat P will open Screamworks Halloween celebration. 259-9200.

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Daylight Savings Time ends

Singer songwriter Tim Guidotti plays at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Lacey Black plays jazz piano in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 259-1400.

Das Samba, a four-piece Brazilian Jazz group, plays at the Berliner in Oxford at 6 p.m. 884-2098 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.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts a “Karaoke Party” from 8 p.m. until close. 259-8801 for details.

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Monday31

Halloween

Anders Beck and Travis Book of Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band fame plays a free show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150 for details.

Pianist Lacey Black performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6: 30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

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

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., presents an arm wrestling tournament at 7 p.m. 259-8801.

Award-winning bluegrass prodigies, the Hot Strings, play a Halloween party at Carvers, 1022 Main Ave. The evening gets under way at 8 p.m. and costumes are encouraged. 259-2545.

 

Local bands, Dialogue, Dead Cowboys, the Ghosts of Old Bluesmen and Satyrica, play a Halloween bash at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., beginning at 8 p.m. The evening includes a “pimp and ho” costume contest. 375-2568 for details.

Hotmops, the Ultra-Sexual-Love-Rock Party Band, plays Halloween at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the evening includes a keg raffle, shot giveaways and special guests. 385-1711 for details.

DJ Shoe and Tim House spin music for a Halloween party at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., beginning at 8:30 p.m. The evening includes specials and contests. 259-0430 for details.

Local band, M Theory, and special guests play a Halloween party at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.  

J.Bo’s, 1301 Florida Rd., hosts Gentlemen’s Night featuring live music and dancing from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 259-0010 for details.

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Bill Mullin plays a free show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150 for details.

A Snowdown Follies brainstorming session takes place at 6 p.m. at the Durango Elks Lodge, 901 E. Second Ave. Past and aspiring performers are encouraged to attend. 247-4347 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.

Singer songwriter Terry Rickard plays a solo show at J.Bo’s, 1301 Florida Rd., at 7 p.m. 259-0010 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.

Wednesday2

Junior Wheel Club meets at 4 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.

Lions Den Unlimited Soundz presents “Rastafari Coronation” at J.Bo’s, 1301 Florida, at 4:20 p.m. DJs will spin roots reggae, dub and ska. 259-0010 for details.

Greg Ryder performs on acoustic guitar at 5:30 p.m. at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150.

Red Cliff School, a private middle school offering small class size and an accelerated curriculum, holds an informational meeting for prospective students and parents at 6 p.m. in room #23 of the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. 749-7333 for details. 4

Southwest author and San Luis Valley native Ruben Archuleta speaks about Penitente traditions from 7-8 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies lyceum. A reception and book-signing will precede the event from 6-7 p.m. 247-7654 for details.

KDUR hosts a battle of the bands in the College Union Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Eight local bands, including Lacey Black and Red Rhapsody, the Half Ass Bluegrass Band, Emination, M Theory, Grace’s Last Stand, and others compete for honors. 247-7634 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.

A celebration of El Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, takes place at 8 p.m. at the New Solid’s, 117 W. College. The event includes Latino music, door prizes, salsa lessons and more. 375-9406 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., offers a music mix for Ladies Night beginning at 8 p.m. 375-2568.

Formula 151 brings its original acoustic music to Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, at 8 p.m. This is the band’s final show at the coffee house of the year. 375-2121.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., presents ’70s Retro Night with DJs Tim & Johnny at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details

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, screens “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” for a two-week run beginning on Oct. 28. The documentary is a multidimensional study of one of the biggest business scandals in American history. The film features insider accounts and rare corporate audio and video tapes that reveal colossal personal excesses of the Enron hierarchy and the utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy. The film shows most nights at 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the last of this year’s group exhibits, ”Polar Popsicle Seeds,” from Nov. 1-26. The show presents work by Sandra Butler, Lauren Carroll and Jazz Morgan. Butler’s mixed media sculpture reflect her observations of the natural world; Carroll’s oil paintings focus on small and common objects; and Morgan’s paintings concentrate tensions of energy into visually arresting images. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Nov. 4 from 5-7 p.m. DAC also presents a Book Art Students Exhibit featuring work from Amy Wendland’s class at FLC in the Art Library. 259-4363 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College will accept submissions for the 3rd annual juried show of fine art and documentary photography. The purpose of the center and this show is to celebrate life in the American Southwest and to share with the public the beauty, history and contemporary culture of this unique area and its people. Entry submissions will be taken at the Center on Oct. 27, 28 & 31. Accepted photographs will be exhibited Nov. 4–Dec. 15. 247-7456 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies’ Delaney Southwest Research Library celebrates Hispanic culture with the new exhibit “Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead): A Living Tradition.” The show will be on display from Nov. 2-Dec. 15 and includes masks and photos. 382-6951 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents “On this Earth,” an exhibit of portraits of East African wild animals by photographer Nick Brandt, through Nov. 30. The show portrays the animals with an intimacy and elegance in their natural state of being without the use of a telephoto lens. Brandt has had solo exhibitions in many major cities around the world, and his work is sold in limited editions of 35. 382-8355.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the dinosaur exhibit, “Now You’re in Their World.” Children of all ages will have an opportunity to use their sensory, thinking, physical and imaginative skills to interact with the creatures of long ago. There will be many hands-on activities, fine motor and gross motor fun, “Dinosaur Ridge” and extinction dioramas. Workshops are available anytime during museum hours and include dinosaur stuffed animals, dinosaur face masks and alphabet coloring dinosaurs. 259-9234 for details.

The REACH (Resource, Enrichment, & Academic Choices) Program for independent learners in Bayfield offers enrichment classes to any K-12 students in the area. For the month of November, REACH classes include: Drumming & Rhythm, Group Guitar, Dia del las Muertes, Top & YoYos, and Introduction to North American Indians. 884-3259 for details.

An exhibit of calligraphy by Beth Wheeler shows at the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave. The show will be on display through the end of Nov. 259-2545 for details.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave. “on the corner,” presents “Contemporary Landscape Oils” by Durango artist Caroline Reeves Johnson through Nov. 21. 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 Todd Burdick BMX clinics on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. www.durangobmx.com for details.

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Upcoming

A professional photographer, a retiree from the international corporate world, and a former World Bank executive will discuss the rise of China on Nov. 3 at Fort Lewis College.

The Fort Lewis College Department of Theatre kicks off its 2005-06 season with “Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches.” Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play will be staged on Nov. 3-5 and 10-13.

The Excel Charter School’s annual Chili Cook-Off, including a performance from the Steel Drum Ensemble, takes place Nov. 4 at the Durango Arts Center.

Habitat for Humanity hosts its annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction on Nov. 4 at the DoubleTree Hotel.

San Juan Citizens Alliance will present Telluride Mountain Film on Tour on Nov. 4 at the Abbey Theatre.

The 9th annual Black Tie AIDs Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction takes place Nov. 12 at the Durango Arts Center. Tickets must be reserved by Nov. 4. 385-7202.

The Durango Children’s Museum presents a Harry Potter Film Marathon on Nov. 5 at the Abbey Theatre. The first three Harry Potter films will be shown back to back twice that day, and costumes are encouraged.

Grammy Award nominees, singer/songwriters Stephen Bishop and Loudon Wainwright III play back-to-back performances at the Community Concert Hall on Nov. 5.

Formula 151 will play its last show of 2005 on Nov. 5 at the Durango Arts Center.

Ska Brewing offers free beer and wine making classes on Nov. 5.

Wanbli Ota, the Fort Lewis College Native American student organization, hosts its fall festival Pow-wow on Nov. 5.

Legendary musicians Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer play the Community Concert Hall on Nov. 9.

Pediatric Partners of the Southwest will hold a free infant massage class on Nov. 9.

The Super Suckers return to the Abbey Theatre on Nov. 11.

The Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center will host its 5th annual dinner on Nov. 15

The founders of Penumbra will present the multimedia theater show “Oblivion” at the Abbey Theatre on Nov. 15, 17, 18, 19 & 20.

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‘Critical Massquerade’ ready to ride
What: Halloween edition of the monthly Critical Mass ride
Where: Leaving from the corner of 5th St. and Main Ave.
When: Fri., Oct. 28 at 5: 30 p.m. sharp

Bicycles are again planning a friendly takeover of Durango’s streets this Friday. Critical Massquerade, the Halloween edition of Durango’s monthly Critical Mass ride, takes off from the Gaslight Theatre on the afternoon of Oct. 28, and bikes, costumes and revelry will be in abundance.

Put simply, Critical Mass rides are bicyclists forming a group and doing easy rides on city streets. The rides began in San Francisco in 1992 and currently take place worldwide on the last Friday of each month. At the root of the movement is a love for all forms of bicycling. Durango’s Critical Mass movement launched in late April and continues to pick up riders and momentum.

The movement came into the media spotlight in August of 2004, when more than 5,000 bikes descended on the Republican National Convention in New York City. In one of the largest Critical Mass rides in history, cyclists, skaters and pedestrians filled 45 city blocks, and over the course of two hours rolled past the convention at Madison Square Garden. The celebratory mood ended when police moved in and started arresting participants. At the end of the day, more than 250 cyclists and pedestrians had been incarcerated, and the event was caught on film for the documentary, “Still We Ride.” Following Friday’s ride, the Abbey Theatre will present a free screening of the film at 7 p.m.

“The scariest bike ride of the year” leaves the corner of 5th St. and Main Ave. in front of the Gaslight Theatre at 5:30 p.m.

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Art gallery hosts Plein Aire exhibition
What: The third annual Plein Aire Painters of the 4 Corners exhibit
Where: The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 30 with an opening Nov. 4

Paintings done in plein air will again cover the walls of the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. The Plein Aire Painters of the 4 Corners will display their third annual exhibition at the gallery from Oct. 31-Nov. 30. Thirty-six artists from throughout the region are participating.

This group of professional artists meets once a month to paint out of doors “en plein air” at various locations in the Southwest. The artists work in oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel. Some of these painters have been in the top 100 Arts for the Parks, and many have won awards in national shows.

“Plein air is about capturing the spirit of life, the cold wind against the painter’s face, the lilacs’ scent, the intensity of the light, the passion of the experience and memories of the moment captured by the artist,” noted B. Eric Rhoads in the Sept. 2004 issue of Plein Air magazine. “It’s about painting from life.”

Plein air painters who will be exhibiting include Sharon Abshagen, Carol Benally, Karl Brenner, Gayle Button, Barbara Byrom, Marlilyn Campbell, Jane Clayton, Wanda Coffey, John Cogan, Don Cooke, Mary Culpepper, Judy Cumberworth, Andie Davison, Deborah Doty, Mar Evers, Jan Goldman, Suzanna Hoy, Julane Jensen, Barbara Klema, Pat Knight, Dwight Lawing, Mary MacAdams, Fran Mayfield, Jane Mercer, Judy Morgan, Maryellen Morrow, Connie Morse, Sharon Nogle, Suzanne Parker, Rhonda Polsfut, Shirlee Riley, David Sime, Revis Taylor, Kathy Walling, Lori Walters and Phillip West.

An artists’ reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery is located just southwest of the Community Concert Hall and is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 247-7167.

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The Motet kicks off Halloween weekend
What: A special Michael Jackson tribute from the Afro-Cuban funk band
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Thurs., Oct. 27. Doors open at 9 p.m.

The Halloween weekend kicks off this Thursday with the return of funk-jam favorite the Motet to Durango. The Abbey Theatre and Durango Acoustic Music have joined forces to bring the band back to town for a special Halloween show featuring the music of Michael Jackson.

A Halloween tradition for the past six years, the Motet’s cover shows are legendary all over Colorado. Drummer, composer and band leader Dave Watts looks forward to this show all year long for the extra high-energy crowds, the endless costume possibilities and an opportunity to delve into another sphere of music.

“We’ll try to create a sound as close as possible to how Michael would do it, with our own slant, too,” Watts said. “It’s a chance to explore what we can do with his sound.”

There isn’t much the Motet can’t do with sound. Under Watts’ virtuosic leadership since 1998, the group has created a unique blend of Afro-beat, Afro-Cuban, Latin, funk and jazz, drawing upon Cuban folkloric music, frenzied samba rhythms, straight-ahead funk and Afro-beat, a genre inspired by the legendary Fela Kuti. Their latest album, “Music for Life,” is filled with catchy rhythms and hypnotic beats. The ranks of the six-member band will swell to 11 for Thursday’s show, and the result will be an intensity and complexity of sound rarely heard on a Durango stage.

“This isn’t ‘Weird Al Yankovic Presents,’” Watts said. “It’s an homage, not a parody.”

The homage gets under way at the Abbey Theatre at 9:30 p.m. Doors open for the show at 9 p.m. Call 385-1711 for more information.

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