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Ongoing Upcoming

The Summit hosts Nosotros CD Release
MTB 100 returns to Durango Mountain Resort
Fort Lewis College reconvenes

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Ska Brewing, 545 Turner Drive, hosts its Ska-B-Que. The event kicks off at 4 p.m., features free food and entertainment from Pinhead and Stellar Interlock. 247-5792.

El Centro de Muchos Colores holds a 4 p.m. open house in Berndt Hall to display their Hispanic Cultural Center. Light refreshments will be served in a true fiesta atmosphere. 247-7290 for details.

An informational meeting on Kidsight, free eyesight screening for preschoolers, takes place at the Bayfield Lions Club, located on Church Street in Bayfield. The event includes complimentary dinner at 5:45 p.m. and a 6:30 p.m. presentation by Amy Springer, Kidsight Director for Colorado.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the Perins Peak Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead in the Rockridge subdivision 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.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 7 p.m. book signing with Allan C. Lewis for his new book, Rails Around Durango. The book chronicles the Denver & Rio

Grande’s contributions to the Durango area. 247-1438.

 Jack Ellis and special guest Larry Carver play folk, rock and blues at 7:30 p.m. at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. Nina Sasaki and Jason Thomason play at 7:30 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400.

Hari Parkash performs Odissi Classical Dance at 7:30 p.m. at the Smiley Building’s Wild Sage Yoga Studio, 1309 E. Third Ave. 259-2110 for details.

Fort Lewis College concludes its summer play festival with “Merrano of the Dry Country” by Louis L’Amour. The free play reading takes place at 8 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Amphitheater. 382-6926.

Vic spins a club mix at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., for Service Industry Night at 9 p.m. 259-043.

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.

Nate Mayfield presents an evening of song at the Columbine Bar in Mancos at 8:30 p.m. 375-2568.


     DJ Spark Madden and Fat P spin for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200.



A free workshop for individuals participating in “Run With Purpose,” a fund-raising event in conjunction with the Durango Double, takes place at noon at the Bank of the San Juans’ North Branch, 1710 Main Ave. 247-1242 for details.

Durango’s Critical Mass meets at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 5th St. and Main Ave. The ride leaves at 6 p.m. for an unspecified location.

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.

Rhythm Fish plays rock and progressive blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Jazz singer Heather Sullivan play at 8 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts BLU Friday, starting with a keg giveaway at 6 p.m. and continuing with live music from the alternative L.A. band, Stoic Frame. 259-9200.

Gary Walker plays favorite jazz standards at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The 8th Avenue Trio performs 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., at 9 p.m. 259-0430.

The Kirk James Band will play its danceable blues at the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Highway 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Bongo Love, an original African performer, plays a 9:30 p.m. show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for details.



The Durango Farmers Market meets 4

in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St., from 8 a.m.-noon. A local musician will be on hand performing throughout the morning.

The Medicine Horse Center for Therapeutic Riding and Equine Rehabilitation holds an everything-must-go yard sale from 8 a.m.-noon at the group’s headquarters in Mancos. Visit for details.

The Lawn Chair Kings bring their suburban rock to El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., hosts an all-you-can-eat dinner fund-raiser for the Durango Youth Soccer Association from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help send the kids to soccer camp in England. 259-2545 for details.

Dave Mensch and Katherine Tischhauser, of Formula 151, play a cello/guitar duet at the West Side Tavern, 117 W. College Dr., from 6-9 p.m. 247-9151.

Jeff Sweet plays favorite jazz standards at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433.

Mancos State Park hosts contemporary campfire and folk songs with Codi Jameson at 6:30 p.m. 533-7065.

The Chimney Rock Archaeological Area hosts an archaeo-astronomy and sky watch program. The gate will be open from 7-7:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 8 p.m. 883-5359 to register.  

Rhythm Fish plays a second night at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 8 p.m. at 8 p.m. Dean Murphy and the Swing Rays play in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Beautiful Losers bring their rock and alt-country to the Columbine Bar in Mancos at 8 p.m. 375-2568.

The Hot Strings play a 9 p.m. show at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, The concert is in conjunction with the D&SNGRR’s Railfest. 385-1711 for details.

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

I-gene spins reggae, dub and dancehall for Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.



A Hybrid Adobe Workshop, blending traditional adobe methods with modern techniques, takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 828 Hereford Canyon Road in Ignacio. The workshop is free to Southern Ute members and a sliding scale for others. 903-1764 for details.

The annual Democratic Picnic takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Isgar Ranch, located on La Posta Road. Bill Ritter, the Democratic candidate for governor, will speak. 375-9959.

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



The Durango Adult Education Center kicks off classes for attaining a GED, or high school equivalency. New students are required to make an appointment to register prior to starting classes. 385-4354 ext. 11.      

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.

Albino, a Bay Area-based 12-piece Afrobeat ensemble, plays a 9:30 p.m. show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324.



El Centro de Muchos Colores and Compañeros present the Shadow Hearings, a discussion of immigrants’ actual contributions to the community, at 3 p.m. in Fort Lewis College’s Noble Hall 130. The discussion is being held in response to U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard’s “alleged immigration hearings” where immigrants have not been invited to tell their side. 375-9406 or 247-7654 for details.

The City of Durango hosts an evening block party from 5-7 p.m. to welcome Fort Lewis College students back to town. The event includes food from local restaurants and live music featuring Terry Rickard and the Chills. 

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

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. 4

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

Singer-songwriters Lisa Blue and 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.



Trails 2000 seeks volunteers to conduct trail work in Horse Gulch from 4-7 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead at the corner of E. 8th Ave. and Third St. Visit for details or to sign up for the trailwork e-list.

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

The Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado hosts a 5:30 p.m. community-wide forum at the CSU San Juan Basin Research Center in Hesperus as the group works to complete a year-long study of the food system in La Plata County. The evening includes a free local dinner. 385-3980 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.

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



A new exhibit, “Railroad Boomtown – The San Juan Extension & the Founding of Durango,” is on display at the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave. The exhibit uses historic photos, maps, newspapers, art and artifacts to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Durango and the coming of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway. 259-2402 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., “Image, Technique, Form” in the Barbara Conrad Gallery through Aug. 24. The features oils by Sharon Abshagen, photography from Claude Steelman, sculpture from Bryan Saren and the photography of Marv Poulson. DAC also presents the Red Cliff Artists in the Local Expression Gallery. Both shows will be on display through Aug. 26. DAC’s new “Paint Bar” is also open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

The annual Art Faculty Group Exhibition kicks off the exhibition year at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery through Sept. 13. The show includes recent explorations in various mediums and styles. This past year, the talented Fort Lewis College Art faculty exhibited nationally, received awards, and displayed recent works in private and museum collections.  A gallery reception will be held on Aug. 31. 247-7167 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, begins screening “Kekexili: Mountain Patrol” on Aug. 18. The acclaimed film follows an effort to bring Tibetan antelope poachers to justice and was filmed on location in the Himalaya. The film show most nights at 3:30, 6:30 & 8:45 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 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.

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 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 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” through Aug. 26. There will be many hands-on activities, fine motor and gross motor fun, “Dinosaur Ridge” and extinction dioramas. Through Aug. 31, the museum is holding a silent auction, including 14 different packages, to support an exhibit exchange. 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.



The Durango Arts Center will launch the exhibit, “Man, Tattoos, Textiles,” on Aug. 31 and host an opening reception on Sept. 1.

Richard Linklater’s newest film, “A Scanner Darkly,” opens at the Abbey Theatre on Sept. 1.

The 11th annual Four Corners Folk Festival takes place on Sept. 1-3 on Reservoir Hill in Paqosa Springs.

Fold Roll Inc. brings the hip hop band, Living Legends, to the Abbey Theatre on Sept. 2.

A Durango Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tourney takes place Sept. 3-4 at the Riverview Sports Complex.

Durango Nature Studies will offer its free volunteer naturalist training starting on Sept. 6. 382-9244 for details and to register.

A consultant will explain an ongoing Youth Master Plan and its purpose on Sept. 6. The purpose is to identify the needs of youth and their families in the community.

The 2nd annual Coffee Festival will take place on Sept. 8 on Main Avenue. The fund-raiser for the Durango Adult Education Center includes vendors, entertainment and more.

Durango Acoustic Music and the Abbey Theatre present the renowned and revered Alejandro Escovedo in concert on Sept. 8.

The Durango Arts Center and the San Juan Mountains Association will host a 2-day Plate and Palette event in Silverton on Sept. 9-10. The event includes food, tours, lectures and film. 259-2606 for details.


The Summit hosts Nosotros CD Release
What: A CD release concert by the Latin/Flamenco band
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Sat., Aug. 26 at 9:30 p.m.

An Albuquerque band with a rapidly growing local fan-base will again make the trip north of the border this Saturday. Nosotros will journey to Durango on Aug. 26 and play a CD release concert at the Summit. The evening gets underway at 9:30 p.m.

Nosotros is a seven-member band that draws on flamenco guitar, Latin percussion and Spanish lyrics. The band has toured extensively throughout the Southwest playing various music festivals, nightclubs, private bookings, and television and radio shows. They also have had the opportunity to share the stage with artists like Etta James, Lisa Loeb, Dave Mason and the Gipsy Kings.

Nosotros features David Diaz on vocals, flute and saxophone; Shane Derk on flamenco and electric guitars; Randy Sanchez on flamenco guitar and Cuban tres; Justin McLauchlin on vocals and bass; Dennis Jasso on vocals and drums; and Chris Trujillo on percussion. The musicians bring together individual styles including salsa, jazz, flamenco, funk, Latin-jazz and rock.

Nosotros took home honors at last year’s New Mexico Music Industry Awards, including best album of the year, best producer and best Latino musical production in the traditional style. Since that time, the band has been recording its fourth album with Grammy Award-winning engineer, Doug Geist. The album will first see daylight this Saturday at the Summit.

For more information contact the Summit at 247-2324 or visit


MTB 100 returns to Durango Mountain Resort
What: The 4th annual Durango Mountain Bike 100
Where: The mountains surrounding Durango Mountain Resort
When: Sat., Aug. 26

The mountains around Durango Mountain Resort will play host to serious suffering this Saturday. The 4th annual Durango 100-mile Mountain Bike Race takes place Aug. 26. Nearly 200 mountain bike racers, ranging from elite competitors to first-time challengers, are expected to take part in a variety of challenges. Competitors in the Durango MTB 100 will test their skills on challenging 100-mile, 100K or 50K courses.

The 100-mile course sports a total elevation gain of more than 18,500 feet. The local race is also one of the world’s highest 100-mile mountain bike courses, and racers will be clearing elevations of more than 11,500 feet.  All of the races start and finish at Durango Mountain Resort with the addition of the 100K and 50K race categories giving racers a full spectrum of competition options. The stakes also have been upped for this year’s installment. A $500 cash bonus prize will be given to anyone who breaks the nine-hour mark for the 100-mile course.

Race Director Will Newcomer commented, “It is a beautiful venue in the mountains that will take the athletes’ breath away in more ways than one. This is the hardest 100-mile mountain bike race in the country.”

For further information or to register for the race, visit or call 259-7771.


Fort Lewis College reconvenes
What: Fort Lewis College’s annual Fall Convocation
Where: FLC’s Whalen Gymnasium
When: Friday, Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Fort Lewis College alumni from 50 and more years ago and hundreds of folded, paper cranes will grace Fort Lewis College’s annual Fall Convocation this Friday. The 10: 30 a.m. ceremony welcomes back FLC students, and classes will resume Aug. 28.

Convocation is the college’s welcome for incoming freshmen and their parents. This year’s Convocation speaker will be Dr. Leonard “Red” Bird, professor emeritus at Fort Lewis College and author of the book, Folding Paper Cranes: An Atomic Memoir. The book will figure prominently in the Fort Lewis College school year. It is the first book

for the college’s inaugural Common Reading Experience, which will provide the college community with a shared intellectual experience by reading, exploring and discussing a single book. 

This year’s convocation will also honor alumni who graduated from the Old Fort – the Hesperus campus that was home to the college before its move to Durango 50 years ago. About four dozen Old Fort alumni will be special guests at Convocation.

Shortly after classes begin Monday, the City of Durango will once again welcome Fort Lewis College students back to town at a special downtown street fair on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. The annual event, designed to provide the college and the community the opportunity to meet and mingle, is planned for the 900 and 1000 blocks of Main Avenue and will feature a variety of vendors, services, food booths and live music.

For further information, visit