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Folk Festival celebrates 10 years

Brewfest returns to Purgatory base area
The Abbey Theatre presents “The Guys”

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The 3rd Ave. Dance Co. offers a sneak preview of a work-in-progress by San Francisco Choreographer Janice Garrett from 4-5 p.m. a the Smiley Theater, 1309 E. Third Ave. 259-4122 for details.

An artist’s reception for senior art student and art scholarship recipient Shannon Lowry takes place from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. 247-7167 for details.

Terry Rickard plays Perry Como favorites 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 Big Canyon and Sale Barn trails at 6 p.m. Runners should meet at the trailhead. 385-2664 for details.

Local singer-songwriter Sally Shuffied plays at The Berliner, 7874 Hwy 172 in Oxford, at 7 p.m. 884-2098 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., hosts a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament with sign-ups at 7 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Noted blues guitarist Chris Cain plays a show at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

Photographer Doug Rhinehart offers a free photo workshop from 3-7 p.m. at the Aspen Guard Station north of Mancos. 565-1151 for details.

Greg Ryder performs county at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy. 160 W., at 5:30 p.m.   in the lounge. 382-3844 for details.

Seattle singer-songwriter Jill Cohn returns to the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

Thom Rader plays acoustic rock, blues and jazz at The Berliner, 7874 Highway 172 in Oxford, at 7 p.m. 884-2098 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 Zak Perry Band, a rising band from Austin, Texas, brings its rock and blues to the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., for the first of three nights. The show begins at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

The Lawn Chair Kings bring their suburban rock to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.


History Of..., Uprooted, Grace’s Last Stand and Music Distroyer play a rock show at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

The Alpiners bring their traditional German music to The Berliner, 7874 Hwy 172 in Oxford, at 7 p.m. 884-2098 for details.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays country at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 375-7150 for details.

Nite Owl plays rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 2 & 8:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

DJ Mowgli spins at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at

9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

The Zak Perry Band plays a second night at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Local favorites Freewill Recovery rock out at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.


The San Juan Mountains Association presents “Hike, Lunch and Wine With a Llama,” an interpretive hike and picnic, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Durango Mountain Resort. 385-1210 to register.  4

Carolyn Smith plays hammer dulcimer for brunch at The Berliner, 7874 Hwy 172 in Oxford, at 10 a.m. The Alpiners return for a second show at 5 p.m. 884-2098 for details.

Tim Guidotti plays acoustic soul and funk at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy. 160 W., at 10 a.m. 382-3844 for details.

Rally in the Rockies comes to downtown Durango at noon with the “Parade of the Iron Horses.”

Nina Sasaki and Friends play 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.

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

The Zak Perry Band closes out its three-night run at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.


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.


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.

Earthrise Community holds an introductory meeting at 6 p.m. beginning with a potluck dinner. The Florida Rd. co-housing community is seeking members. 259-9488.

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.

Blues guiarist Jonny Lang plays a sold-out show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 8 p.m. 

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.


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 Groupwith vocalist Alison Dance performs on the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Backbeat, a tribute to the Beatles, takes place at 7 p.m. at the Iron Horse Inn Ballroom and benefits the San Juan Basin Shrine Club. 382-2591 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 Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., presents 70s Retro Night at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details

The ska/punk/celtic of Warsaw returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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



Rally in the Rockies takes place from Sept. 1-4 at the Rally Grounds in Ignacio. The annual event features concerts, poker runs, booths & displays, biker bull busting, male and female professional wrestling, cash and Harley giveaways, tattoo contests, and more. Event headliners, The Guess Who, play the rally at 9:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 3. For more information and a complete schedule, log onto

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens “This Divided State,” a film centering around the controversy that ensued when a small Utah college invited liberal filmmaker Michael Moore to speak on campus two weeks 4 efore the 2004 presidential election. The film received the Audience Award at the 2005 Santa Cruz Film Festival 4  has been hailed as a successfully balanced documentary on the hot-button subject of the cultural divide in the nation. The film opens Sept. 2 and show times vary. 385-1711 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts its annual members’ exhibit Sept. 2 - Oct. 1. This year’s nonjuried exhibit features work by DAC members including visual art and written work in the form of poetry or short stories. The art library hosts an exhibit of artists’ books from the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG). Opening reception for both exhibits take place on Sept. 2 from 5-7 p.m. The Santa Fe artists will also be on hand on Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. 259-2606 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery displays an exhibition of paintings from a group of faculty and students at Brigham Young University from Sept. 5-28. In the exhibition, the artists use art as a vehicle to explore contemporary reality and utilize complexity and beauty to engage the viewer and pull them into visual investigations related to everyday life. The gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 247-7167 for details.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the exhibit, “Now You’re in Their World.” In the exhibit, 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. The museum also will feature dinosaur materials from other regional museums. 259-9234 for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association is currently auctioning off its pride of pumas. Twenty-four pieces of the public art project, Pumas on Parade, are currently up for bid. Proceeds from the sale of the unique sculptures will benefit SJMA’s ongoing public land stewardship programs. The online auction runs through Sept. 9 and can be viewed at

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., presents an exhibit of color photography by California photographer Chris Dierdorff through Sept. 21. The show, “A Vision of Us,” provides a unique and personal look at the faces of famous celebrities, history makers and some of Durango’s locals. Dierdorff has been creating memorable photography for 26 years, with more than 20 years in portraiture alone. 382-8355 for details.

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 Todd Burdick BMX clinics on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. All events are weather permitting. for details.

Terry Hartzel plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., every night except Sunday at 5 p.m. 375-7150 for details.



The band Fragment brings bluegrass from the Czech & Slovak Republics to the Abbey Theatre on Sept. 8.

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

The Diamond Circle Melodrama offers An Evening of Comedy & Music on Sept. 8.

DHS Thespian Troupe 1096 will present “Proof,” a Tony Award-winning drama, on Sept. 8-10, and “Competition Piece,” the annual gala one-act show, that will be staged on Sept. 23. 259-1630, Ext. 2015 for details.

A free, two-hour presentation “What is Permaculture” takes place Sept. 9 at Fort Lewis College’s Noble Hall. The 5th annual “Permaculture in Your Backyard” workshop takes place Sept. 10. Visit for details.

The first Contra Dance of the fall season takes place Sept. 10 at the VFW Hall.

The Grand Opening of the new Animas River Trail underpass takes place Sept. 13 at Rotary Park.

The local National Organization for Women (NOW) will discuss the Supreme Court on Sept. 13.

The local chapter of Friends of Wolf Creek will host a Sept. 14 benefit featuring music by Mama’s Cookin’ and Carute Roma at the Durango Arts Center.

The San Juan Basin Health Department’s annual Air Quality Conference take place Sept. 15 at Fort Lewis.

The March of Dimes Jail & Bail takes place Sept. 15 at Steamworks.  

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 for details.

The Durango Adult Education Center hosts “CoffeeFest,” a celebration of caffeine including food and entertainment, takes place Sept. 17.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Memory Walk takes place on Sept. 17 at Fort Lewis College.

Dr. Rocky White addresses the current health care crisis in Southwest Colorado on Sept. 17 at the Durango Rec. Center.

The Durango Sangha sponsors an Introduction to Mahamudra Retreat led by Lama Palden on Sept. 23-25. 375-7822 for details.

Blues diva Kelley Hunt plays an Oct. 1 concert to benefit the La Plata Family Centers. for details.

The San Juan Citizens Alliance hosts Durango’s 2nd annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 1-2. Local artists and food vendors are needed for the event. 375-3098 for details.

“The Indy Media 500” benefiting DCAT and KDUR takes place Oct. 8 at the Durango Fun Park. Space in the go-cart/mini-golf event is limited to 18 teams. 247-7634 for details.


Folk Festival celebrates 10 years
What: The annual Four Corners Folk Festival
Where: Reservoir Hill in Pagosa Springs
When: Sept. 2-4

This weekend, the Four Corners Folk Festival convenes for the 10th time in Pagosa Springs. As in past years, the festival offers an eclectic and entertaining line-up on multiple stages, along with other attractions including a kids’ tent and a variety of vendors. The event takes place on Reservoir Hill, a 130-acre park within walking distance of downtown Pagosa.

Crista Munro, with her husband, Dan Appenzeller, brought the Four Corners Folk Festival into being in 1996. At that time acts ranging from Nickel Creek to the late, great John Hartford took the stage at Reservoir Hill. Since that time, the festival has grown exponentially as evidenced by this year’s line-up. Performers in the 2005 festival include, the Del McCoury Band, Darrell Scott, Mollie O’Brien, Drew Emmitt Band, Eddie From Ohio, the Bills, Ruthie Foster, Tony Furtado Band, the Marc Atkinson Trio and many others. A total of 23 live performances will take place throughout the weekend. Complementing the performances are music workshops, a children’s program, and on-site camping and vending.

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Brewfest returns to Purgatory base area
What: The annual Purgatory Brewfest
Where: The Durango Mountain Resort base area
When: Saturday, Sept. 3, 1-4 p.m.

More than 20 breweries will be pouring pints of their finest this Saturday at Durango Mountain Resort. Hundreds of beer connoisseurs will be on hand to sample beers from local and regional breweries as the Purgatory Brewfest makes it annual appearance. The Alpiners will provide live music during the event, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

Centered around the event tent at the DMR base area, the Purgatory Brewfest will offer dozens of different tastes for the discerning beer lover. In addition to local favorites Ska, Carver Brewing Co., Durango Brewing, Steamworks Brewing and Three Rivers Brewery, other breweries from throughout the state will be featured. Brewfest attendees will have the opportunity to sample the work of: the Breckenridge Brewery, the Chama River Brewing Co., Durango Home Brewers, the Main Street Brewery, New Belgium Brewing, O’Dell Brewing, Oskar Blues, Rockies Brewing Co., Tractor Brewing and the Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Purgy’s and Flaming Dix Fiery Gourmet will keep things in balance and provide food for the event. Discounts will be given to people wearing a Rally in the Rockies armband and to all season pass holders. There will also be free transportation to the all-you-can-drink event, running between Steamworks and the DMR base area throughout the afternoon.

For more information on the Purgatory Brewfest call 385-2149.


The Abbey Theatre presents “The Guys”
What: Five performances of the two-person play
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Sept. 1-4, with an opening gala on Sept.1 at 7:30 p.m.

World-class theater and top actors come to the Abbey Theatre this weekend. Five performances of the 2-person play, “The Guys,” will be staged at the local theatre over the Labor Day weekend and benefit local charities.

The Durango premier of “The Guys” stars Dan Lauria, a veteran stage and television performer familiar to many as the dad in the Emmy winning “The Wonder Years.” Wendy Malick, known as Nina Van Horn on NBC’s “Just Shoot Me,” plays opposite Lauria.

The play takes place less than two weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, and New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He’s looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies for their memorial services. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men, recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. As they make their way through the emotional landscape of grief, they draw on humor, tango, the appreciation of craft in all its forms and the enduring bonds of common humanity.

Lauria has performed the role of Nick 75 times in cities across the United States and also directs this production of “The Guys.” This weekend’s performance marks Malick’s debut in the role of Joan. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Silverton San Juan Volunteer Fire Department and Country Kids with Cancer. KSUT will also host the opening night gala, which includes a dessert and wine reception with the actors, at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 1.  “The Guys” continues Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and finishes its run on Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 385-1711.




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