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CoffeeFest rolls into downtown
Alektorophobia comes to the Abbey
World Groovement Tour plays Arts Center

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The Environmental Center and San Juan Basin Health Department co-sponsor the “Backyards Conference on Regional Air Quality” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the College Union Ballroom. 247-7676 for details.

The March of Dimes hosts its annual community fund-raiser, Jail & Bail, beginning at noon at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave. Participants are challenged to raise their “bail” by asking for donations. 243-0894 for details.

El Centro de Muchos Colores kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with homemade Mexican food, live Latino music and dance from 5-8 p.m. in 420 Berndt Hall at Fort Lewis College. 247-7290 for details.

The Snowdown kickoff party and brainstorming session takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Palace, 505 Main Ave. This year’s theme is “Snowdown – Disco Do It.” 382-0518.

The La Plata Democratic Party executive committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood building in Bodo Park. The community is encouraged to attend.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., host a 6 p.m. book signing with local author, Tekla Miller, for her new novel, Life Sentences: Men Who Kill the Women Who Love Them. Miller is a writer, national speaker and social activist focusing on women’s issues and criminal justice reform. 247-1438 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the

Dry Gulch Trail at 6 p.m. Runners should meet at the trailhead in the Rockridge subdivision. 385-2664 for details.

The Fall 2005 Life-Long Learning Lecture Series kicks off as Fort Lewis College Visiting Instructor of Sociology Missy Turner discusses “Cuba: An Alternative Paradigm of Social Justice in a Free-Market Economy” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. 247-7401 for details.

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

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

The Wayward Sons, a bluegrass band including talents from Leftover Salmon, the Yonder Mountain String Band and the Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band, play their first show at 8 p.m. at J. Bo’s, 1301 Florida Rd. 259-0010 for details.

Performing artist Jason Petty brings the musical revue “Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes” to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 8 p.m. The live show turns back the clock 50 years to experience the sounds of Williams, his heroes and those he influenced. 247-7657 for details.

The Teresa Ross Duo plays the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 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 Mateo 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.

Cocina Linda, located next to Albertson’s, hosts a noon benefit for local filmmaker John Sheedy. Sheedy’s documentary, “El Inmigrante,” has been accepted by the Harlem Film Festival. 259-6729 for details.

Fort Lewis College celebrates Constitution Day with “Readings

from the Federalist Papers” from 2-4 p.m. in the Amphitheatre. Admission is free. 247-7582 for details.

Durango Scottish Dancers offers a six-week dance class beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. 382-9593 for details.

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

The Motor Kings play rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. The Teresa Ross Duo plays the Sidecar Jazz Lounge from 8-11:30 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 High Rollers play country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Local band, Optimal Frequency, plays “Rawk Music” at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk takes place at the Fort Lewis College Amphitheatre with registration at 8 a.m. Funds raised in the event support people suffering from the disease in local communities. 259-0122 for details

Dart the A.R.T. 5K and 15K races take place on the Animas River Trail. Both courses begin at Memorial Park on 29th Street. Preregistration is recommended, but day of registration takes place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. 375-7306 for details.

Hockey Day, the kickoff for Durango Youth Hockey, takes place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Chapman Hill. The day includes an equipment swap and sale, hockey registration, required viewing of the S.T.A.R. video and an officials workshop. 375-7395 for details.

The Skyhawk cross country team hosts its annual Tom Strandt Run, featuring men’s and women’s college races, boys’ and girls’ high school races, and a citizen’s race. Starting times TBA. 247-7401 for details.

Dr. Rocky White addresses the current health care crisis in Southwest Colorado as the keynote speaker of “Health Care for All – Approaches to Achieving It” at 9 a.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. The three-hour public forum will include a panel of speakers discussing recent surveys of health-care deficiencies in La Plata County.

Local choreographer Anne Bartlett and the 3rd Ave. Dance Co. presents a sneak preview of the annual show from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Smiley Theater, 1309 E. Third Ave.4

The presentation will provide insight into how a dance is made and the process of creating a piece. 259-4122 for details.

Kirtan, devotional singing to inspire the body, mind & soul, takes place at 6 p.m. in the Smiley Building’s Blue Heron Studio, 1309 E. Third Ave. 259-2110 for details.

The Chimney Rock Archeological Area hosts its Full Moon Program, including Native American flute from Charles Martinez. Gate opens at 5:45 p.m. and there will be a 4:45 p.m. early tour. 883-5359 for details.

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

The Motor Kings play a second show at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Jeff Solon, Jeff Sweet and Joyce Simpson play the Sidecar Jazz Lounge from 8-11:30 p.m. 259-1400.

DJ Mowgli spins 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.

The Ethereal Plane, funk-rock fusion from Boulder, returns to Durango with a show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave., presents Max Morath: The Ragtime Man for one day only with shows at 2:30 & 7 p.m. The legendary performer mixes ragtime, vaudeville and theatre. 247-3400 for details.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti play the tiki bar at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 5 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Lacey Black plays jazz piano at the Sidecar Lounge at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., from 5-7 p.m. 259-1400 .

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays El Patio, 600 Main Ave., at 5 p.m.

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



The Chills play the Tiki Bar at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Chick Flick Night returns to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, with a screening of “Mrs. Brown,” starring Judi Dench. Socializing begins at 5:30 p.m. with the film at 6 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

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

Terry Rickard plays acoustic guitar and piano 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. Thom Rader plays Brazilian Jazz in the Sidecar Lounge at 7 p.m. 259-1400.



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.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts its monthly artists gathering at 5:30 p.m. This month Sharon Abshagen will give a presentation of “Sharing the Process.” 259-2606 for details.

Rob Edward, of Sinapu’s Carnivore Restoration Program, presents “Wolves and Stewardship in the New West,” an evening of imagery, inquiry and dialogue, at 7 p.m. at Fort Lewis College’s 125 Noble Hall. 259-3583 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard performs a free acoustic show at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 375-7260.

The Kirk James Blues Duo plays college night at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 7 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

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

The Tillers TAARKA, a seismic-gypsy hypno-jazz quartet, returns to Durango with a 9 p.m. show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. The band features two members of the band, ThaMuseMeant. 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.


The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, begins screening “The Beautiful Country” on Sept. 16. The sweeping film follows the plight of Asian refugees as they make their way from Vietnam to America. Directed by Hans Peter Morland, the picture includes strong performances by Nick Nolte and Tim Roth. It shows most nights at 4:30, 7 & 9:15 p.m. 385-1711 for details. 4

Fort Lewis College hosts the inaugural Southwest Writers Institute from Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18. This event features a dynamic mix of nationally known and regional award-winning writers and offers writing workshops, author panels, book signings and creative readings by keynote authors Joy Harjo, Denise Chavez and Leonard “Red” Bird. Registration includes admission to the featured readings by Harjo, Chavez and Bird, two writers’ panels, two craft sessions and the opening gala reception. 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. From Sept. 12-29, REACH classes include: World Cultures Through Art and Patterns in Nature Walk. 884-3259 for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama, 699 Main Ave., presents a one-act comedy and a jazzy musical revue nightly except Sundays through Sept. 24. Artistic Director Eric Hoit has gathered a professional cast of three men and three women from around the country for this limited run. Beginning the evening is “The Test of a True Heart,” a farce that explores what happens when a husband makes a wager with his maid that he can entice his wife into a dalliance with himself in disguise. The second half of the evening will be filled with the sounds of music as the talented cast sing and dance their way through “All That Jazz!” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 247-3400 for details.

The Eating Disorder Awareness Art Show continues to show at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave., through Sept. 30. The show features the work of 16 local artists. Pieces include sculptures, collages, paintings, drawings and mosaics all reflecting the emotional expression of eating disorders.

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 “Geometric,” an exhibition of paintings from a group of faculty and students at Brigham Young University, through Sept. 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.

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.

Johnny Maddox plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., every night except Sunday at 5 p.m. 375-7150.



Writers Rosa Salazar, B. Frank, Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root will read entries from the newly-released anthology, Come Back Wolves, on Sept. 22 at Maria’s Bookshop as a fund-raiser for Sinapu.

Durango Acoustic Music will present a show by country-roots music veterans Katy Moffatt and Rosie Flores on Sept. 22.

The Durango Gallery Association hosts the Fall Gallery Walk on Sept. 23.

A discussion on “The Pit Bull Paradigm” and local and national pit bull controversy will take place on Sept. 23 at Fort Lewis College.

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

Dave Insley and the Careless Smokers, the Beautiful Losers and the Lawn Chair Kings play a Sept. 23 show at the Wild Horse Saloon.

A hot air balloon festival launches on Sept. 23-25 in the Mancos Valley.

The workshop “Managing Water in an Arid Climate” takes place Sept. 24 at Oakhaven Permaculture Center. The center will offer and “Extending Your Growing Season” workshop Oct. 8. for details.

The Appletime Antiques Fair will take place on Sept. 24 & 25 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

The Gourds bring their alt-country back to Durango with a Sept. 25 show at the Abbey Theatre.

The Durango Arts Center will host the premiere presentation of the Stanton Englehart video, “A Life on Canvas,” on Sept. 28.

The talk, “Mountain Lions in the West: Natural History, Conservation & Co-Existence,” takes place Sept. 28 at the Center for Southwest Studies.

Duane Smith‘s program, “Sagebrush and a Few Lofty Pines: Durango’s First Year,” has been rescheduled for Sept. 29 at the Animas Museum.

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

The San Juan Mountains Association is seeking volunteers to serve as trail information specialists in Canyons of the Ancients with training on Oct. 1. 759-1170 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 La Plata County Humane Society will hold its 5th annual Mutt Strut & Adoptathon on Oct. 2.

“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.


CoffeeFest rolls into downtown
What: Durango’s first coffee festival
Where: 8th Street between Main Ave. and Narrow Gauge
When: Sept. 17, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The coffee bean will dominate downtown Durango this Saturday. The Durango Adult Education Center invites coffee connoisseurs to take part in “CoffeeFest” on Sept. 17. The one-day, fully caffeinated event takes place on 8th Street between Main and Narrow Gauge avenues and will feature drinks, food and family entertainment.

Local vendors will offer numerous specialty coffee drinks, regular drip coffee, alcoholic coffee drinks like coffee beer, coffee martinis and coffee inspired foods to complement the energetic event. Entertainment will be pro

vided by the Out House Bros., break dancers, Excel Steel Pan Band and Swing Shift. There will be children’s activities as well.

Coffee workshops will be offered every hour including:

10 a.m. – Coffee 101

11 a.m. – The History of Coffee

12 p.m. – The Importance of Fair Trade, Organic and Shade Grown Coffees

1 p.m. – The Art of Espresso

The Coffee Festival runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and is a fund-raiser for the Durango Adult Education Center. The public is encouraged to come out and drink lattes for the sake of literacy. 385-4354 for details.


Alektorophobia comes to the Abbey
What: A show by Eric McFadden, Wally Ingram and Dave Schools
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Thur., Sept. 15, at 10 p.m.

Big talent goes on stage at the Abbey Theatre this week. Eric McFadden and Wally Ingram, of Stockholm Syndrome, with Dave Schools, of Widespread Panic, will be bringing their new project Alektorophobia to Durango on Sept. 15.

“Alektorophobia” (fear of chickens) also is McFadden and Ingram’s debut album, recently cut with Les Claypool, Keb Mo, Nels Cline (Wilco), Juan Nelson (Ben Harper), Pete Sears and many more. The combination is making a Durango stopover before playing Blues and Brews in Telluride this weekend.

McFadden is best known for his time with the P-Funk All-Stars, Ingram is regarded for his work with multi-instrumentalist David Lindley, and Schools was the original Widespread bass player. The partnership first formed when Ingram, an acclaimed percussionist, was drawn to McFadden’s unique playing style, which emphasized flamenco finger picking in a rock format.

Over the years, the three have toured with names like Taj Mahal, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Art Garfunkel and Col. Bruce Hampton. This Thursday, their improvisational rock is sure to light up the Abbey Theatre stage and spread a healthy fear of chickens throughout the local community. The show gets under way at 10 p.m.

For more information, call the Abbey Theatre at 385-1711.


World Groovement Tour plays Arts Center
What: A locally produced fusion of drum, dance and music
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Sept. 15 & 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Drum, dance and music are coming together for two nights this week. The World Groovement Tour, a locally produced event, takes place Sept. 15 & 16 at the Durango Arts Center.

The World Groovement Tour is what happens when you take belly dance, drum, West African dance, flamenco, Bollywood and tribal dance, mix them all up and put them on stage. The dance styles all exhibit heavy tribal influence and will be set to the rhythm of West African drumming. The two-night event promises to be a lively tour of world culture appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are on sale at the Arts Center and Jitters’ Java, and the event takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on both nights. Seating is limited, and people are encouraged to get their tickets early. For more information, contact DAC at 259-2606.


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