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Abbey screens “Running With Scissors”

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Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts a Service Industry Night from 8-11 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Lady Falconburgh’s Barley Exchange, 640 Main Ave., offers Sing-Along Karaoke at 8 p.m. 382-9664 for details.

Nate Mayfield plays country, standards, blues and doo-wop at the Columbine Bar, located on Grand Ave. in Mancos, at 8 p.m. 533-9906 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.


The San Juan Mountains Association hosts free Winter Discovery Walks for children ages 5-13. Programs take place on Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon through the end of February or by special appointment. Snowshoes will be provided. 739-3626 for details.

Tim Telep plays acoustic rock, folk and blues at the Mill Street Brews Coffeehouse, located in downtown Bayfield, at 4 p.m. 884-7070 for details.

The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition holds a special candle-lit Christmas peace vigil from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Main Ave. and 11th Street. Signs and candles are available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Blu Friday with a keg giveaway and music from DJ Link beginning at 6 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Gary B. Walker, jazz pianist, performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays at Virginia’s Steakhouse at Lake Vallecito from 7:30-11:30 p.m.

Long-standing favorites, the 8th Avenue Trio, return to the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

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

Wild Country plays danceable country at the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.


Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

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

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Boogie Nights with retro DJs accepting reguests beginning at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.


Ultimate Frisbee no

longer takes place at the Miller Middle School football field at 2 p.m.


The Bluemoon Ramblers plays their bluegrass at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Joe Racheff performs at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m.


Christmas Day

Singer-songwriter Robin Davis plays at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Tim Guidotti plays at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m.

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.


P is for Peanut, 473 E. College, offers free kids’ storytime at 11 a.m. 385-4525 for details.

Durango FiberWorks, 1309 E. Third Ave. in the Smiley Building, hosts Community Night from 5-8 p.m. Local and aspiring fiber artists are encouraged to attend. for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Jason Thomason, of Sugarhouse, and friends play hard rockin’ rhythm and blues 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.

Singer-songwriter Tim Sullivan plays at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m.

The Columbine Bar in Mancos hosts its Tuesday Night Jam at 8 p.m. 533-7397 for details.


Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at the 4

Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m.

An open-level Swing Dance Party takes place at 8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.


Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual Homes With Heart fund-raiser is under way, and a castle playhouse will be raffled off. The playhouse is on display in the Kroeger’s/South City Market parking lot, and raffle tickets are available at Bank of Colorado, Kroeger’s, South City Market, and the BBBS office. The winner will be drawn on Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at the playhouse. 247-3720 for details.

The Second annual Colorado Country Christmas Arts & Crafts Show runs in the Durango Mall Commons Area from now until Christmas. The show includes arts, crafts, NFL, knives, jewelry, ornaments, iron, African art, coats of arms, saunas and more. 247-2117 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., features its 5th anniversary Celebration “Retrospective,” a collection of fine art photography from the gallery’s past exhibits. The exhibit, which continues through Jan. 17, highlights the unique and varied work of both locally and nationally known photographers, and features both black-and-white and color photographs. 382-8355 for details.

Shy Rabbit, a contemporary arts gallery in Pagosa Springs, presents “Hold It!,” an exhibition of contemporary containers. The show runs through Jan. 20 and features the work of Chad Haspels, wood; Sarah Hewitt, fiber; Clarissa Hudson, fiber; Terry Inokuma, ceramics; Mary Ellen Long, mixed media; Chris Richter, ceramics; and Shan Wells, mixed media. 731-2766 for details.

Art Touché, an artist’s cooperative, exhibits a variety of media from emerging and established Southwest Colorado artists in the Durango Mall. Artists on display include: Adele Kurtz, Connie Mason Bennett, Howard Rachlin, Alice Crapo, Kathy Steventon, Niara Isley, Lisa Marie Jacobs, Maggie Remington, Heidi Schaiberger, Marge Barge and John White. The gallery will be open through the end of 2006. 884-7924 for details.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad runs service to the “North Pole” onboard The Polar Express through Dec. 23. Once onboard the Polar Express, hot cocoa and nougats are served and passengers read along with The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helper greet the train at the “North Pole.” Visit for details.

“Cars,” an exhibit by Durango photographer John Sfondilias, is on display at the Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield through the end of December. To see the “virtual exhibit,” go to For more information on the actual exhibit, call 779-0399.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the new exhibit, “Pushing Your Limits.” The museum explores how people “push their limits” to survive, or just have more fun. Children can crawl into Puebloan dwelling and imagine how it was to live on the edge, wiggle in a full-sized raft, or grind it out on a mountain bike trail. 259-9234 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.


Funky jazz wizards, Staboola McPet, will perform a “plugged” show for New Year’s Eve at Carvers.

DJ Elbeau spins for a New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31 at the Abbey Theatre.

Aftergrass will play a New Year’s Eve show at the Pride of the West in Silverton.

The Chills bring their rock and country to the Columbine Bar in Mancos for New Year’s Eve.

The 15th annual Focus on our Future Southwest Business Forum takes place Jan. 4 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Albuquerque’s award-winning band Hands 5 plays a Jan. 5 show at the Durango Arts Center.

The Four Corners Commission juried exhibit returns to the Durango Arts Center on Jan. 5.

The Center of Light in Dolores screens “An Inconvenient Truth” for its Conscious Movie Night on Jan. 5.

Rose Hill Drive brings its high-energy rock to the Summit on Jan. 6.

Steve Andrews will give a talk on “Peak Oil and Natural Gas” on Jan. 9 at Fort Lewis College.

The Women’s Resource Center will host its annual meeting and reception on Jan. 10 at the Bank of Colorado.

Junior Brown will play a Jan. 11 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

The 14th annual Trails 2000 auction fund-raiser returns to Olde Tymer’s Café on Jan. 16. Only 100 tickets will be sold beginning Jan. 5 at Mountain Bike Specialists.

The Durango Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards event will be held Jan. 18 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.  


Abbey screens “Running With Scissors”
What: Local showings of the new film
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Most nights through Jan. 4 at 4, 6:30 & 9 p.m.  

The Abbey Theatre starts “Running With Scissors” this Friday, Dec. 22. The acclaimed film will pay the local, independent cinema a two-week visit.

“Running With Scissors” takes the audience back to 1971, when the neatness-obsessed but sharply observant 6-year-old Augusten finds himself trapped between his troubled parents. When their marriage goes to pieces, his mother signs up for therapy with the eccentric Dr. Finch, a highly unconventional shrink. And when Finch fails to save the marriage, Augusten’s life takes an even more wrenching turn – Augusten is sent to live in the Finch family home, a kind of Brady-Bunch-gone-bad world. Yet, he also finds optimism among the horror, hilarity in the insanity and even love amid the dilapidated ruins as he never loses his spirit or his resilience.

Lou Lumenick of the New York Post commented, “’Running With Scissors’ plays roughly as if Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ was directed by the darker Paul Thomas Anderson.”

“Running With Scissors” runs most nights at the Abbey at 4, 6:30 & 9 p.m. For more information, call 385-1711.