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Ongoing Upcoming

Annual triathlon set for Saturday
Robert Earl Keen back in town
South Austin Jug Band returns

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DAC’s Summer Theater Academy performs “Jungle Book” at 2 & 7 p.m. in the Durango Arts Center theater, 802 E. Second Ave. The show is the culmination of a four-week class. 259-2606 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the First Fork Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead near Colvig Silver Camp at 6 p.m. 382-8005 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at the Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

The Badly Bent brings its high-energy, traditional bluegrass back to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 6:30 p.m. The concert is part of the Free Summer Concert Series. 247-7657 for details.

An Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk informational meeting for volunteers and team captains takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Mancos Community Center. 259-0122 for details.

Music in the Mountains continues with the perform

ance of ”Sizzling Strings,” a Festival Chamber Music concert, at 7 p.m. under the Festival Tent at Durango Mountain Resort. Visit www.musicinthemountains.com.

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., offers All Request Night from 7-10 p.m. 375-2568.

Cory Duncan plays at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 8 p.m. Lisa Blue and Nina Sasaki perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Pete Giuliani brings his acoustic stew to the Columbine Bar in Mancos 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.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., spins a club mix for Service Industry Night beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0430.

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The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition holds a peace vigil from 5 to 6 p.m. at the corner of

Main Ave. and 11th St. Signs available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

Singer songwriter Tim Sullivan plays at Serious Texas Bar-B-Q South, 650 S. Camino del Rio, from 5-9 p.m. 259-9507 for details.

The Motor Kings play rock, soul and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Tom Maynard plays jazz at 8 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Durango International Folkdancing meets from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. The gathering is open to the public and includes line, circle and couple dances from many countries. 259-6445 for details.

DAC’s Summer Theater Academy presents a performance of “Jungle Book” at 7 p.m. in the Durango Arts Center theater, 802 E. Second Ave. The show is the culmination of a four-week class. 259-2606 for details.

Devin Derrick plays country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. The evening includes dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Music in the Mountains continues with “Next Generation III,” a Conservatory Young Artists concert, at 7:30 p.m. at the Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College. Visit www.musicinthemountains.com. 

Red Shadows plays country and rock at 8 p.m. at the Columbine Bar in Mancos. 375-2568 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-8801.

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

The Steve Leonard Band plays rock and roll at the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Highway 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Elemental Harmonics, a four piece ensemble from Atlanta, plays a 9:30 p.m. show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for details.

“Midnight Adrenaline,” a series of sports/action film programs benefiting the Durango Independent Film Festival, returns to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 11 p.m. The third program will 4

focus mainly on mountain bike films and includes a screening of “The Collective.” Visit www.gofilmfest.com.

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The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers an extra train at 7:30 a.m. to celebrate Durango homesteaders and families who have been here since the turn of the century. 385-8831 for details.

The Durango Farmers Market meets in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St., from 8 a.m.-noon. www.durangofarmersmarket.org.

Life at Chimney Rock, a festival of arts and culture takes place at the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area from 10 a.m.- 4p.m. The celebration of the lifestyle of the Ancestral Puebloans continues on Sun., Aug. 6, at the same time. Visit www.ancientarts.org or call 264-2287.

Singer-songwriters Nina Sasaki and Lisa Blue perform at Christina’s Grill and Bar, 21382 US Hwy. 160 W., from 5: 30-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

The monthly Contra Dance meets at the Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave., with beginner instruction at 7 p.m. and dancing from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by the band Loose Ends from Flagstaff. 259-6820.

The Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra performs ”Masterpiece,” a concert featuring Boris Brott, guest conductor, Angel Romero, guitar soloist, at 5 p.m. under the Festival Tent at Durango Mountain Resort. Visit www.musicinthemountains.com for details.

The Motor Kings play a second night of rock, soul and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 8 p.m. Jo Jo & the Hoods play at 8 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Durango Dot Comedy presents “Jedis Prefer Blondes,” live improv comedy, at 8 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. 259-2606 for details.

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

Devin Derrick plays a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568.

Bredren plays danceable, driving reggae at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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The Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra brings the festival to a close with ”Fantastic Finale,” a concert featuring violin soloist Philippe Quint, at 5 p.m. under the Festival Tent at Durango Mountain Resort. Visit www.musicinthemountains.com for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays from 7-11 p.m. at The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 

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The Asa Fire Tribe gives a fire-dancing performance at Trimble Hot Springs beginning at dusk. 247-0111 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays El Patio, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Singer songwriter Tim Guidotti plays from 7-11 p.m. at The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

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The Jeff Solon Jazz Group performs on the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays a 6 p.m. show at El Patio, 600 Main Ave.

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

Chimney Rock hosts its Full Moon Program, an event including discussions of archaeo-astronomy and Native American flute melodies by Charles Martinez. The gate is open from 7-7:30 p.m. 883-5359 for details.

Singer songwriters Lisa Blue & Nina Sasaki play at 7:30 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.

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

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The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens “Duma,” an acclaimed film that tells the story of a boy and an orphaned cheetah he adopts, at 1 & 7 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Singer songwriter Tim Guidotti plays at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., starting at 5 p.m.

Turtle Lake Refuge offers a Chi Foods Class, gourmet living foods preparation, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave. The class 4

continues on three more Wednesday evenings. 247-8395 to register.

The Women’s Resource Center Reading Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel, 723 E. Second Ave. Anyone interested in discussing Digging Out is welcome to attend. 247-1242 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group performs on the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

An open-level Swing Dance Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

Durango Nature Studies offers a challenging full moon hike from 8-10 p.m. on the Burnt Timber Trail north of Lemon Reservoir. Naturalists will teach participants about astronomy happenings, local botany and nighttime senses. 382-9244 to preregister.

Blue Turtle Seduction plays its “High-Altitude Bohemian Tribal Funk Grass” at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Ongoing

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the award-winning documentary “Favela Rising” beginning Aug. 4. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá is a former drug trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street and Afro-Brazilian dance, he rallies his community. The film show most nights at 3:30, 7 & 9 p.m. The Abbey is also showing the new edition of the “Spirit of the Southwest” nightly at 5:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., features the works of Adele Kurtz and Bradley Kachnowicz in “Layered Perceptions.” Adele’s perceptions, layered in mixed media, focus primarily on the human condition, while Bradley takes on nature’s creatures and creations in acrylic and oil paint. DAC also presents the “Recycled Exhibit” in the Barbara Conrad Gallery displaying recycled artwork by more than a dozen artists who have given new meaning and life to found objects. Local artists Chet Anderson and Mary Ellen Long will display photographs and mixed media in the DAC Art Library. DAC’s new “Paint Bar” is also open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  259-2606 for details.

The Montezuma Float, a three-day ballooning festival, takes place Aug. 4-6 in Cortez. This year’s annual Balloon Festival features hands-on demonstrations, evening glows, food, festivities, live music and spectacular balloon sightings throughout the county. Visit www.cityofcortez.com/calendar for a schedule of events.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama, 699 Main Ave., presents “Rags to Riches,” a play where nefarious Charlie Montgomery has his eye on beautiful young Flossie, on odd dates. “Four-legged Fortune,” one of the first play’s in the theater’s history to center on a horse race, shows on even dates. Both plays show through Aug. 31, doors open at 7:30 p.m. and shows start at 8 p.m. nightly except Tuesdays. 247-3400 for details.

“Select Works” shows at the Shy Rabbit gallery in Pagosa Springs with artists: Susan Andersen (Marsan), mixed media; D. Michael Coffee, ceramics and monoprints; Sarah Comerford, painting; Ron Fundingsland, intaglio printmaking; Deborah Gorton, mixed media; Shaun Martin, painting; Al Olson, photography; Lisa Pedolsky, ceramics; and Kate Petley, resin on acrylic panels. 731-2766 for details.  

Free, guided naturalist hikes take place at Durango Mountain Resort from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The hikes are sponsored by the San Juan Mountains Association, San Juan Public Lands and DMR and run through Sept. 2. 385-1210 for details.

The Adaptive Sports Association offers summer activities, including whitewater rafting, flatwater canoeing and kayaking, fishing and other activities for people with disabilities throughout the summer. Programs are open to all ages and disabilities, and friends and family are encouraged to participate. For more information or a list of activities, visit www.asadurango.com or call 259-0374.

Durango BMX hosts races every Sunday (weather permitting) with sign ups from 1 to 2 p.m., and gate practices take place every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to dusk. Visit www.durangobmx.com 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 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.

Johnny Maddox plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., nightly at 5:30 p.m. except on Sundays. The Blue Moon Ramblers play free bluegrass at the Diamond Belle on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150 for details.

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Upcoming

Bear Smart Durango will host an evening of slides and discussion with two renowned authors, Benjamin Kilham and Linda Masterson, on Aug. 10.

Durango High School will offer a question and answer session for parents of incoming 9th graders on Aug. 10.

The annual San Juan Mountains Association volunteer recognition picnic takes place Aug. 10 at Chris Park.

Massage for Labor and Delivery, a class for expectant mothers and their partners, takes place Aug. 10. (989) 280-2912 for details.

The 13th annual Durango Arts Festival takes place all day on Aug. 12 & 13 along Main Avenue. Volunteers are need. 259-2606 for details.

John Christopher Knight & Family play an Aug. 13 concert in the Cortez County Annex Building

The Oil + Water Project, a traveling alternative-energy tour featuring woldclass kayakers Seth Warren and Tyler Bradt, comes to Durango Aug. 17 featuring a biofuels vehicle demonstration in the Pedal the Peaks Parking lot from 5-7 p.m. and a slide show and presentation at the Abbey Theatre at 7 p.m.

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Annual triathlon set for Saturday
What: The yearly Durango Parks and Recreation Triathlon
Where: The Durango Community Recreation Center
When: Sat., Aug. 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Swimming, cycling and running are taking center stage at the Durango Recreation Center this Saturday. The 3rd annual Parks and Recreation Triathlon kicks-off Aug. 5 at 8:30 a.m.

By incorporating sprint triathlon distances, Durango Parks and Recreation has created a practical race for the beginner triathlete as well as the seasoned veteran looking for a competitive training course. The race begins and ends at the Durango Community Recreation Center, and includes a 500-yard swim in the lap pool, a 13-mile bike ride, and a 5K (3.1 mile) run. Racers may participate individually or as a team, and the first heat begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Aquatics Area.

Following the race, the Durango Community Center hosts a barbeque for racers and friends and family.  As participants enjoy the barbeque lunch and post-race refreshments, awards and prizes will be presented.  

Participants can register at the Durango Community Recreation Center or online at www.active.com prior to noon on Fri., Aug. 4. Racers must check-in at the Durango Recreation Center between 7 & 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Late registrations, along with a $15 late fee, will also be accepted at that time.

For more information, contact 375-7313.  

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Robert Earl Keen back in town
What: A performance by the noted Texas singer-songwriter
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Wed., Aug. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen is back in Durango by popular demand this week. Keen returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Wed., Aug. 9, for an 8 p.m. concert.

Keen is most widely known for his roadhouse-inspired songs such as “Merry Christmas from the Family” and “Five Pound Bass,” or the rousing, anthem-like “The Road Goes on Forever.” His body of work, however, recalls hardscrabble tales of rogues, drunks, drifters, grifters, cheaters, carpetbaggers and louts. 

“In his home state of Texas, he’s built a following that most people associate with the big stadium rock bands,” said Gary Penington, concert hall director, noting that the Community Concert Hall seats a modest 600 in comparison. “He’s had 25,000 people at his Texas Uprising shows. His followers actually rival the Deadheads.”

Keen is currently touring in support of his new live album, “Live at the Ryman.” Showtime is at 8 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall opening at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are available on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com, by calling 247-7657 or by visiting the Ticketing Services Office, located behind Magpies in the 700 block of Main Avenue.

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South Austin Jug Band returns
What: A performance by the newgrass band Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Sat., Aug. 5, at 9 p.m.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, and meshing influences including blues, country and newgrass, the South Austin Jug Band returns to Durango this week. “One of the most fierce sets of strings working together today” plays the Abbey Theatre this Saturday. Local bluegrass band Rock ‘n Rye kicks things off at 9 p.m.

Since finalizing its current lineup, the South Austin Jug Band has played for audiences throughout the world and recently released its second album, “Dark and Weary World.” James Hyland, vocals and guitar, commented, “This is the best ensemble we’ve had, and we just want to run

with this as long as we can.”

Hyland is joined by Will Dupuy on bass, Willie Pipkin on lead guitar, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and fiddle, and Brian Beken, also on fiddle. The band’s flavor has been described by as, “White punks on a Bob Wills bender” and as giving “Texas flavor to hyper-bluegrass.”

The band came together in 2000, when Hyland pulled together a few pickers for a gig at Austin’s legendary Broken Spoke. The piece-meal band continued to jam out its favorite country tunes and bluegrass breakdowns on weekends. Over the next six years, the South Austin Jug Band, as it became known as, grew exponentially, garnering an enthusiastic fan-base in the Midwest, West Coast and Northwest, where it recently toured, backing up singer-songwriter Todd Snider. The band has a close relationship with the Four Corners area, winning the band competition at the 2002 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and playing numerous Durango shows over the years. The band blows back into town Aug. 5.

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

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