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Durango celebrates 125 years
Youth Symphony stages show
Tri the Rim readies for 18th start

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Greg Ryder plays a free show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the Lion’s Den and College Loop trails. Interested runners should meet at the Chapman Hill trailhead at 6 p.m. 382-8005 for details.

Pete Pheteplace, Johnny Rovetto and Steve Dejka play jazz at the Westside Bar & Café, 117 W. College, from 6-9 p.m. 247-9151.

The Newman Club presents a free screening of the award-winning film, “El Inmigrante,” by John Sheedy, David Eckenrode and John Eckenrode. The show takes place at 7 p.m. in 115 Noble Hall at Fort Lewis College. 247-6361 for details.

Outdoor Pursuits’ recent climb of South America’s highest peak, Aconcagua, will be the topic of discussion led by Outdoor Pursuit’s director,

Chris Nute, as FLC’s Life-long Learning Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. 247-7698 for details.

Southwest Studies Professor Emeritus Richard Ellis presents a lecture on “Pioneer Archeologists: The Weatherills at Mesa Verde” as part of the Mesa Verde Centennial Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum of the Center of Southwest Studies.

A panel discussion on “Veteran Perspectives,” part of a series of discussions about community responses to war and peace, takes place at 7 p.m. in the FLC Student Memorial Lounge. for details.

The Patio Restaurant, 475 Wolverine Drive in Bayfield, presents Open Mic Night from 7-9 p.m. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. 946-8765 for details.

Dean Murphy plays high-energy blues, rock and jazz at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Nina Sasaki performs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 7 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., hosts College Night, including a performance by DJ DRE, at 8 p.m. 375-2568 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 Igene spins for Ladies Night at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.




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

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Blu Friday with chill, down-tempo music from Santa Fe’s BLU 102 from 6-9 p.m. A fir ju well, poppy psych-rock project, performs at 10 p.m. There will also be a keg give away at 6 p.m. 259-9200.

Pete Giuliani stirs it up on acoustic guitar at J. Bo’s, 1301 Florida Rd., at 6 p.m. 259-0010 for details.

The 5th annual Wet N’ Wild Egg Hunt takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Leisure Pool at the Durango Community Recreation Center. Children 8 and under will splash into the pool with the Easter Bunny and search for eggs. 375-7313 for details.

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

Mark Lewis, an Emmy Award-Winning storyteller, gives a public performance at 7 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. The event is part of the 2006 Creativity Festivity, “Art Tells a Story.” 259-2606 for details.

Warren Jacobs and Triple Trouble will play a free, catered CD Release Show at 5:30 p.m. at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. The pair will be playing songs from their newly released “Going Where My Feet Can Glide.” Kirk James takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Dean Murphy and the Swing Rays play in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 7 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Cowboy poet and NPR Morning Edition commentator Baxter Black performs in a KSUT fund-raiser at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall. 247-7657 for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., presents an evening of “Top 40” beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Movin’ On plays a show of country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Wild Country performs at The Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Develop Clothing presents The Happy Fun Showdown at 10 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Musical guests include the hip-hop bands Yo, Flaco! and Audible Audities, and there will be a fashion show and prizes. 946-7365 for details.

The Frank Trio brings ambient funk to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details. 4



The Native American Program and the United Tribes Club at San Juan College will present the 27th annual Apple Blossom Pow Wow in the San Juan County Fairgrounds in Farmington. Doors open to the public at 9 a.m. with gourd dancing at 10 a.m. and grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Santa Rita Easter Egg Scramble begins at 9:45 a.m. at Santa Rita Park. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to begin the hunt and for pictures. 375-7395 for details.

Wines of the San Juans, located near Navajo Dam, hosts its 3rd annual “After Tax Spring Fling” beginning at noon, including music from Double Eagle and Midnight Backhand, food, refreshments, face painting and balloon art. 505-632-0879 for details.

The 3rd Ave Dance Co. presents “Dancing Through The Decades,” a journey through the history of dance in the 20th Century in America, at 2 p.m. at the Smiley Theater, 1309 E. Third Ave. There will be one performance only. 259-4122 for details.

Silverton Mountain hosts a Grand Opening and Tax Day Party, including door prizes, a book signing with Dolores LaChapelle, an impromptu cookout, free Ska beer for ticket holders, and a drawing for a Venture snowboard. The party begins when the lift closes at 3:15 p.m. 387-5706 for details.

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

Turtle Lake Refuge holds a benefit potluck/silent auction/Turtle Talent Show at 6 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave. Donations go to sustainable living education and an open space fund. 247-8395.

Kirtan, Eastern Indian devotional singing/chanting, takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Smiley Building’s Blue Heron Yoga Studio, 1309 E. Third Ave. 259-2110 for details.

The Durango International Folkdancers meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. The public is welcome to attend. 247-4136 for details.

Country bad boy David Allan Coe takes the stage at 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. For more than three decades, Coe has crossed the panorama of American roots music and influenced innumerable country artists. 247-7657 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Dean Murphy and the Swing Rays play in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Durango DOT Comedy presents an evening of improv entitled, “Custom Made Birthday Suits,” at 8 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. 385-1711 for details.  

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts a karaoke party at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

Mountaintop hip hop returns to the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Movin’ On plays a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

DJs Lobbi Lob and Elbeau spin deep and dirty house music for Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. 2nd Ave. at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Denver’s Kinetix plays original rock, pop and funk at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



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

Pete Pheteplace and Richard White play jazz guitar at the Mahogany Grill, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 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 at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.



A reception and awards for the 45th annual Juried Student Exhibition takes place at 4:30 p.m. in the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery.

Anders Beck, 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.

A panel discussion on Afghanistan, Iraq & the War on Terror, part of a series of discussions about community responses to war and peace, takes place at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. for details.

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



A Swadeshi Seminar for Women takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Oakhaven Permaculture 4

Greenhouse. Participants will learn about water management, water catchment and recycling, home energy-saving innovations, and more on permaculture and ZERI design principles. 259-5445 for details.

Park Elementary School hosts a Family Fun Night, including fitness/nutrition, art share and book fairs, from 5-6:45 p.m. 247-3718, ext. 38.

Donny Johnson plays a free show of acoustic music at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150 for details.

Dr. Lisa Floyd-Hanna gives a free talk entitled, “Drought and Fire Impacts to Piñon-Juniper Woodlands: Lessons from Mesa Verde,” a 7 p.m. at the Center of Southwest Studies as part Wildfire Education and Prevention Month. 385-1210 for details.

L.A. jazz singer Heather Sullivan performs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents open mic night from 7 p.m.-midnight. 247-2324 for details.

Tuesday Trivia takes place at Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 382-9664.



Partners for Smart Growth host a free forum on “Critical Choices for Durango’s Future” from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. 247-9604 for details.

Lions Den Unlimited Soundz, featuring DJs vision, aka Zen Ken and Gnomesane, spin roots, reggae, dub and hip hop at  J. Bo’s on Tap, 1301 Florida Rd., at 4:20 p.m. 259-0010 for details.

The League of Women Voters hosts “Great Decisions,” a series of community-wide discussions of international affairs, from 5:15-7:30 p.m. in FLC’s Reed Library. This week’s topic is energy and world politics. 247-1692 for details.

Leadership La Plata, the diverse volunteer organization designed to educate and train current and aspiring leaders, hosts kick-off recruitment reception from 5:30-7 p.m. at Bank of Colorado, 1199 Main Ave. for details.

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

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., presents Ladies Night, including dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. followed by karaoke with Crazy Charlie. 375-2568 for details.

Singer songwriter Terry Rickard performs at 7 p.m. at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 375-7260 for details.

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



The Skyhawk cycling team hosts the 2006 Squawker Classic on April 15-16. The race includes open USA Cycling categories. Saturday morning includes an individual time trial on the north end of County Road 250 with a team time trial beginning on the south end in the afternoon. Sunday features the Road Circuit Race around the main Fort Lewis College campus. Spectators are welcome but there will be road closures.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the documentary “Unknown White Male” beginning April 14. In the film, Doug Bruce loses himself sometime between 8 p.m. on July 1 and 7 a.m. on July 3, 2003. Riding alone on a New York subway headed toward Coney Island, he can’t remember his name, where he works, who his friends are, how much money he has in his bank account. “Unknown White Male” is the true story of how Bruce, a successful former stockbroker, struggles to learn who he was and who he will become. The film shows most nights at 5, 7 & 9 p.m. 385-1711 for details

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery holds its annual Juried Student Exhibition from April 17 - 27. The highly anticipated and competitive juried show is open to all Fort Lewis College students, and Jules Masterjohn is the juror for the exhibition A reception and awards ceremony takes place April 17 at 4:30 p.m. 247-7167 for details.

Dance CoMotion, a Durango dance production troupe, performs “Ballet on Belay” at Animas City Rock Gym, 1111 Camino del Rio. Dancers will be suspended in the air on belay while the audience lies on a padded floor below. The performance takes place at 5 p.m., April 13-15. Seating is limited. 259-5700 for details.

Fort Lewis College Theatre presents the final chapter of Tony Kushner’s masterwork, “Angels in America” on the Mainstage Theatre. In Part II, Kushner’s diverse characters either demonstrate unforeseen compassion and forgiveness, or break free from their self-imposed restrictions. Kushner shows us a staunch Mormon mother rescuing a gay man dying of AIDS, a black, former drag queen, helping prolong the life of a conservative racist, and a drug-addicted, delusional wife breaking free from the strictures of her life. The play shows April 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. 247-7089 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies hosts the Mesa Verde Centennial exhibit featuring 11 sections on a variety of themes, including archaeology, rock art (with Hopi interpretation), fire, park ranger life, Navajo stone masonry, pottery (both ancient and contemporary) and tourism bring the story to life. The exhibit will run through late October. 247-7456 for details

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits the new work of California photographer Roman Loranc through May 3. Loranc’s images of landscapes, marshes, woods and sacred places show their beauty and propensity to heal. All of Loranc’s photographs were taken with medium-format film and printed in his darkroom. 382-8355 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents the annual Members’ Exhibit, and this year’s theme is “Critters.” The DAC Art Library exhibits the work of visual journal artist Joan Macdonald of Pine, Colo. 259-2606 for details.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave., exhibits the pit-fired pottery of local artist Boots Brown. The show runs through April 30. 247-9018 for details.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the dinosaur exhibit, “Now You’re in Their World.” 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 Fort Lewis College Independent hosts “Party with the Paper” at the Lost Dog on April 20. The evening includes music from Midnight Backhand and door prizes.

Central City Opera House Association and the University of Colorado Opera Studies program present “America On Stage” at Fort Lewis College on April 20.

The La Plata County Health Service District Campaign Committee will give an April 20 presentation for the National Organization for Women.

Dave Mensch and Richard White of Formula 151 will play original acoustic at Scoot ‘n Blues on April 20.

The J.S. Trio plays an April 20 CD release party at the Westside Bar and Grill.

Durango Lively Arts and the Durango Arts Center premiere the musical production, “Pickle Chiffon Pie,” on April 20-22 and 27-29 with matinees April 22 & 29.

The Sexual Assaults Service Organization will host a “Day of Hope and Healing” on April 21 with participating businesses donating a portion of the day’s proceeds to SASO and a celebration at Carvers.

The Service-Learning Initiative holds an April 21 workshop for community agencies and volunteer coordinators who work with students and youth volunteers. 247-7766 for details.

Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County will hold a Family Selection Orientation/Application Meeting on April 22. 382-9930 for details.

Peter Pino, former governor of the Pueblo of Zia, will give a free April 22 lecture at the Center of Southwest Studies.

An all-day event on “Children’s Wellness: Perspectives on Physical and Emotional Well-Being” takes place April 22 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. 247-0204 for details.

The 4th annual Valley Children’s Fair takes place April 22 in Bayfield and includes vendors, entertainment, games and prizes.

The Bureau of Land Management and Trails 2000 celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with a trail work day. The groups are seeking volunteers to reroute a portion of the Cowboy Trail. 259-4682 for details.

The San Juan Symphony performs its season finale with “The Last Romantic” on April 22.

Farmington Cinematheque will present its Native American Mini-Film Festival on April 22.

The Women’s Resource Center will present the “Girls to Women, Women to Girls” conference on April 26 and encourages home-schooled girls to attend. 247-1242 for details.

An Affordable Housing Solutions Workshop takes place April 28 at Christ the King Church.

Internationally acclaimed author and lecturer Jean Shinoda Bolen addresses the event “Save the World: A New Consciousness” on April 28-29.

The Taj Mahal Trio returns to Durango with a May 3 show at Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Country-rock legend Lee Roy Parnell plays a May 9 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Durango Natural Foods will hold their Fourth annual Farmers & Members Appreciation Day on May 13.

The Telegraph 5K/10K takes place May 14 in the Telegraph trail system. 375-7313 for details.


Durango celebrates 125 years
What: A Founder’s Gala commemorating Durango’s 125th anniversary
Where: The D&SNGRR Train Museum
When: Thurs., April 13 from 5-8 p.m.

Like so many American towns founded in the late 19th century, Durango owes its birth to the railroad. The current incarnation of the train will host a celebration this Thursday in honor of the city’s 125th anniversary. A Founder’s Gala takes place on April 13 at the D&SNGRR Train Museum. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.

The first stake of the plat for what was promised to be a new town was pounded into the dusty ground in September of 1880. Its design was then as it is today – with the noble houses and churches on the tree-lined “Boulevard” (Third Avenue). Main Avenue as the bustling wholesale center, and Second Avenue the retail street. By April of the following year, 1881, Durango became a “real” city, as the town leadership officially signed the city charter. Durango is 125 years old in 2006, and today’s town leadership will celebrate on the official date of incorporation, April 13, with a reenactment of the event. Noted Durango historian, Duane Smith, will be on hand to portray Alfred P. Camp, president of the First National Bank. Mayor Pro Tem Sidny Zink will be Caroline W. Romney, editor of one of Durango’s first newspapers – purportedly the leader at the time – The Durango Record.

Durango citizens are invited to turn out this Thursday for the Founders’ Gala. There will be a special founders’ reenactment, live entertainment, appetizers, giveaways and the special Founders’ Lager, brewed in honor of the occasion by local brewers. Period attire is encouraged and no RSVP is necessary. The event runs from 5-8 p.m. at the train museum.


Youth Symphony stages show
What: The Durango Youth Symphony’s “Opera Extravaganza”
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Mon., April 17 at 7 p.m.

Now sporting a full complement of brass and percussion, the Durango Youth Symphony can legitimately call itself an orchestra. When Mikylah Myers McTeer, artistic director and conductor, started rehearsals last fall, the ensemble consisted mainly of string players with a few woodwinds.

“We’re a real symphony now,” McTeer said in an interview last week. Assistant professor of violin at Fort Lewis College, McTeer played in a youth symphony herself in Portland, Ore. It was such a positive experience, she decided to start one in Durango to attract young musicians in the Four Corners. Together they gave their first concert last December, and now McTeer and company are wrapping up what looks like a successful first season.  

      “We’ve been preparing all winter  for our ‘Opera Extravaganza’ April 17,” McTeer said. “The orchestra will perform Carmen Suite No. 1 (Bizet) and Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances from the opera ‘Prince Igor.’ In addition, Fort Lewis student Rachel Taulbee will sing arias from ‘Carmen,’ ‘Don Giovanni,’ and ‘Madama Butterfly.’”

To augment the orchestra program, the newly formed DYS String Quartet will play an arrangement of Verdi’s “La Donna e Mobile.” The DYS Percussion Ensemble will play an arrangement of a Mozart aria specially prepared by John Pennington, FLC professor of music.

The orchestra has booked the Community Concert Hall for the event, and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $5 adults, $1 students. For those who want to celebrate at the gala dinner preceding the music, tickets include the concert and are $40 adults and $30 for those under 21. The Concert Hall Downtown Ticket Office has it all: 707 ½ Main Ave., behind Magpies.


Tri the Rim readies for 18th start
What: The annual local sprint-format triathlon
Where: The rim surrounding Fort Lewis College
When: Sat., April 15, at 10 a.m.

As spring returns to Durango, so does an annual tradition. Athletes will test their endurance this Saturday in the 18th annual Tri the Rim, Durango’s longest-running local triathlon. Locals will again be lacing up their running shoes, readying their bicycles and preparing to get wet.

According to race director Bill Bolden, this year’s event will again be a “sprint” format, featuring a 500-yard swim (10 laps in the Natatorium), a 12-mile bike (three laps around the rim), and a 5k run (3.1 miles).

“Tri the Rim is a fun opportunity to test your winter conditioning and training,” said Bolden, who serves the college as assistant vice president for student affairs. “It’s our connecter between the college and community to promote wellness and healthy living.”

Registration for the event is open until 3 p.m. on Fri., April 14, and check-in will be held from 8:30-9:15 a.m. on Sat., April 15. The race begins at 10 a.m. in the FLC Natatorium. Approximately 150 people participated in last year’s event, both as individuals or as members of teams. The race attracts athletes from as far away as Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, and racers range in age from high school students to retirees.

For more information, contact 247-7220.




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