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The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts Parents’ Night Out from 5:30-8:30 p.m. featuring fun, games and pizza for potty-trained kids. 259-9234 to reserve a spot.

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

The Jeff Solon Jazz Trio performs at the Westside Bar & Café, 117 W. College, from 6-9 p.m. 247-9151.

Ready to Ride, a free workshop on getting the most out of the cycling season, meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Durango Sports Club, 1600 Florida Rd. This session will discuss nutrition, hydration and back and neck pain. 259-2579 for details.

The National Organization for Women hosts an Activism 101 workshop, including a legislative update, at 6:30 p.m. at the house at 465 E. Sixth Ave. 749-2708.

The FLC Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with a panel discussion entitled “Measuring Our Health Care Resources and Matching Them with Our Health Care Needs” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. A panel of health-care advocates will discuss local health-care needs and resources. 247-7401 for details.

Michael Richard, paranormal photographer, addresses the February meeting of the Durango Photography Club from 7-9 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The public is welcome. 259-6808.

The Patio Restaurant, 475 Wolverine Drive in Bayfield, pres

ents Open Mic Night from 7-9 p.m. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. 946-8765 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard performs at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. Jazz singer Heather Sullivan plays downstairs 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 and mechanical bull riding, 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.

DJs Bigfoot Bridges and A-Bell return to Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., for Pint Night at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

DJ Fat P spins “funky tech house” for ladies night at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.



The 3rd annual Ski for Education Day takes place all day at Durango Mountain Resort. $25 lift tickets are available at both City Markets, Albertson’s, and Nature’s Oasis and must be purchased by Feb. 16. 385-1491 .

The Habitat for Humanity Supply Store, 600 E. Second Ave., hosts the Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m. with presidential fare, local beers wine and beverages, presidential trivia and door prizes. 247-0312 for details.

Terry Rickard plays acoustic guitar and piano at Christina’s

Grill & Bar, 21382 Hwy. 160 W., from 5: 30-9 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

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

The Alpiners play traditional German music at the Berliner in Oxford at 6 p.m. 884-2098 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Blue Friday with mellow music from Santa Fe’s BLU 102.9 and a keg giveaway at 6 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

The Motor Kings bring their rock and blues back to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. The J.S. Trio performs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 7 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

Local historian Duane Smith presents “An Evening with Durango’s Past” at 7:30 p.m. in 130 Chemistry Hall at Fort Lewis College. 375-3380 for details.

The Renovators play classic rock at an 8 p.m. Mardi Graz party at the X-Club in Silverton. 387-5006 for details.

The San Juan Superjam, featuring the Frank Trio, Hotmops, Caitlin Demuth and many special guests, takes the stage at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Each group performs one set and then comes together for a final set with all the musicians on stage. The event is a fund-raiser for the Durango Independent Film Festival. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.  4

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

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts contemporary club night at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

The Phunk Junkeez and special guests, Conscious Collective and Slang play the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



Oakhaven Permaculture Center and the FLC Environmental Center co-host a second workshop on Practical Home Design entitled, “A Home Design Project,” in 125 Noble Hall from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants will design a small home. for details.

    The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, present two free screenings of the 2006 Snowdown Follies at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

Kirtan, devotional singing in the Eastern Indian tradition, takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Smiley Building’s Blue Heron Yoga Studio, 1309 E. Third Ave. 259-2110.

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

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

Durango DOT Comedy kicks off its fourth season at 7:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., with a post-love-mortum improvisational show. 259-6004.

The Motor Kings play a second night of rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. The Jeff Solon Jazz Trio plays downstairs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

The Jeff Strahan Band heads north for a show at The Pride of the West in Silverton at 8:30 p.m. 387-5150.

DJ Mowgli spins a music mix at 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.

DJ Lobbi Lob spins for Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.


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

Singer-songwriters Nina Sasaki and Jason Thomason perform at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m. 259-0430 for details.


Noted singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault plays his Texas folk at a house concert at 1511 County Road 205. Durango’s Melissa Crabtree opens and the evening begins at 6 p.m. with a potluck. 247-0514 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 for details.

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


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.

The Women’s Resource Center’s Chick Flick Night returns to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, with the feature, “Nine Lives.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for socializing, a free slice of pizza and drink specials. 247-1242.

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

J.Bo’s, 1301 Florida Rd., hosts Gentlemen’s Night featuring music and dancing from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 259-0010.


A free hot/power yoga class takes place from 6:15-7: 30 a.m. at the Durango Yoga Center, 1480 E. Second Ave. 946-5590 for details.

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.

Singer-songwriter Nina Sasaki plays 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.

2LiveCrew returns to Durango with a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.


Dr. Nancy Utter, licensed naturopathic doctor, gives the free presentation, “Healthy Snacks for Healthy Children,” at 12:30 p.m. at Pediatric Partners of the Southwest, Suite #109 Rivergate Lane. 375-0100 to reserve a space.

Lions Den Unlimited Soundz, featuring DJs  Zen Ken and I-Gene, spins roots reggae 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 315 Reed Library (third floor of library). This week’s topic is “Human Rights in the Age of Terrorism.” 247-1692 for details.

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

The local chapter of Amnesty International meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. Anyone interested in working for human rights for all people is encouraged to attend. 946-1255 for details.

The FLC Artist in Residence Concert Series presents Yugoslavian classical guitarist Petar Jankovic in performance at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall. Jankovic has won numerous international medals and competitions since 1983. 247-7657 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.

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

Final Ascent plays funk at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.  



The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “10 days in Italy,” through March 22. The exhibit consists of color photographs by Paul Boyer and Margy Dudley, in addition to work from past workshop participants. The images capture some of the most scenic spots in Florence, the Chianti region and the Cinque Terre. An opening reception takes place Feb. 16 from 5-8 p.m. 382-8355 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Department of Theatre presents 4 

 “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15-18 and 23-25 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 on the Mainstage Theatre. First performed in 1987, this fast-paced, comical and intelligent compilation stemmed from distaste with traditional interpretations of Shakespeare’s works. Three actors run through a hilarious summary of all 37 plays and sonnets in under two hours. 247-7089.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues to screens Terence Malick’s “The New World.” The sweeping adventure is set amidst the first conflict between Native and European cultures in 16th century Jamestown. The film shows most nights at 2:30, 5:40 and 8:45 p.m. 385-1711 for details

Shy Rabbit, a contemporary art gallery located in Pagosa Springs, exhibits the open group show, “Primarily Found Objects,” through March 25. The exhibition features the work of 40 local and regional artists who assembled found objects into unique artworks. An artists’ reception takes place Feb. 18, from 5-9 p.m., and an artists’ round table follows on Feb. 19 from 1-4 p.m. 731-2766 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts the exhibit “Dirt Works” through Feb. 28. The group exhibit features the ceramic sculptures of Michael Coffee; the black and white photography of Lanette Hartman; and the oil paintings of Don Weir. 259-2606 for details.

Recent works by ceramic artist Chyako Hashimoto and painter Mick Lorusso will be displayed in the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery through Feb. 23. The two artists create organic shapes and forms that expose underlying energies and forms that emerge at the crossing point where organic transformation occurs. 247-7167 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Live With History,” a collection of the New York Times Photo Archives through Feb. 15. The black-and-white photographs in the exhibit span from the year 1862 through 2005 and include images of the Wright Brothers’ first flight to the Hindenberg exploding to rounding up wild horses in California in 1930. Works by major photographers Alferd Stieglitz, Edward S. Curtis, Berenice Abbott and Andreas Feininger are included in the exhibit. 382-8355 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies Exhibit Gallery hosts several new exhibits through Feb. 28. New exhibits include “Fiber Fiesta: A Color Fest of Hispanic Textiles from the Durango Collection,” “Navajo Baskets: Selection by Georgiana Kennedy Simpson,” “Felted Wool Textiles” by Polly Walker and “Seasons on the Plateau” by Stanton Englehart.” In addition, some of the center’s new acquisitions — including works by R.C. Gorman, the Wade Basketry Collection and Edward Ellison photography — will be on display. 247-7494 for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association, San Juan Public Lands and Durango Mountain Resort Guest Services are offering winter outdoor educational opportunities at Durango Mountain Resort. Guided snowshoe tours are available upon request for groups or individuals. Free ski naturalist treks will be held Sunday mornings. 385-2147 for details.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave., presents an exhibit displaying the work of the Snowdown La Plata Open Space Conservancy Artists. This year’s print is a pastel by Don Cook, and the show runs through the month of January. 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 REACH (Resource, Enrichment, & Academic Choices) Program for independent learners in Bayfield offers enrichment classes to any K-12 students in the area. For the month of February, REACH classes include: Drumming & Rhythm, Group Guitar, Juggling 101, Introduction to Drawing and Discovering Rainforests with Barney the Amazon Bird. 884-3259 for details.



The San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) and San Juan Public Lands will offer a Feb. 23 workshop entitled “How to COPE – Create Outdoor Positive Experiences.” 

The FLC Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues on Feb. 23 with a lecture by Judith Reynolds entitled “The Baron of Mesa Verde: Myth and Reality” in the Center of Southwest Studies.

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society holds its 17th annual conference on Feb. 23 & 24 at Fort Lewis College.

“Cirque du Chocolate,” the 20th anniversary of Chocolate Fantasia, takes place Feb. 24 in the FLC College Union.

Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, both of David Lowry’s indie rock bands, play the Abbey Theatre on Feb. 24. 

Durango author Will Hobbs will speak Feb. 24, in the Miller Middle School Auditorium.

Jimmy Lee Smith and Handsome Dan play jazzy blues for the soul on Feb. 24 at the Diamond Circle with partial proceeds going to the Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Durango High School Thespian Troupe 1096 will present an evening of song, dance and scenework with “Into the Night” on Feb. 24-25 and March 2-4 in the DHS auditorium.

The 3rd annual Mardi Gras Mancos Gala takes place Feb. 25 and includes dinner, dancing and merriment.

The Magpies will bring their electric bluegrass to the Columbine Bar in Mancos on Feb. 25.

An “Introduction to ZERI” workshop, focusing on converting waste into value, takes place on Feb. 25. 259-5445 for details.

Little Feat returns for two performances at the FLC Community Concert Hall on Feb. 25 & 26.

“Swadeshi” Seminars for Women continue at the Oakhaven Permaculture Center on Feb. 26. 259-5445 for details.

Durango recognizes National Eating Disorder Week from Feb. 26-March 5 with special events, speakers, slideshows, film screenings and art openings.

The Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado will hold community-wide forum on locally grown food on Feb. 28 in Ignacio.

Ailey®II, the highly-acclaimed dance company, returns to the FLC Community Concert Hall on Feb. 28.

A third workshop on Practical Home Design, “Alternative Home-Building Methods,” takes place March 1 at FLC.

The Durango Independent Film Festival is scheduled for March 1-5 and will highlight independent features, documentaries, shorts, childrens/family and adventure sports films.

The Hakomi Institute of Boulder will offer a March 3-5 workshop on the mindfulness-based form of psychotherapy. 375-9043 for details.

The Subdudes return to Durango with a March 12 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Durango Acoustic Music brings bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien back to Durango on March 16.


Acrobats return to concert hall
What: A performance by the acclaimed Golden Dragon Acrobats
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

Returning by popular demand, the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats once again take the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The performance takes place Feb 20 at 7 p.m.

The Community Concert Hall has long brought a variety of Chinese acrobatic troupes to the stage, but the Golden Dragon Acrobats are by far the most revered, according to managing director Gary Penington.

"We're delighted to be able to bring the Golden Dragon Acrobats back to Durango," he said. "They are coming off a spectacular run on Broadway with outstanding reviews. These athlete-acrobat-dancers just seem to get better and better. This will be the best acrobatic act the Concert Hall has staged."

Now marking their 28th year of continuous touring, the Golden Dragon Acrobats are purportedly the world's leading Chinese acrobatic troupe, performing more than any other company.  Originating in Canzhou, in the Hebei province in China, the acrobats have toured all 50 states and more than 65 countries on five continents, including performances in venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Germany's Elspe Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City and the Seattle Children's Festival.  

In the current show, music ranges from hip-hop to tribal drums, and the costumes, from the warrior's sash to the dancer's leotards. However, all portions of the performance tell a common story: The impossible can be achieved, and once achieved, surpassed, then surpassed again.

Tickets are available on-line at, at the Concert Hall's new Ticketing Services Office, downtown at 707½ Main Ave., or by calling 247-7657.


Symphony plays music of Spain
What: The San Juan Symphony’s winter concert
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m.

Intense, colorful and cathartic, Spanish music will flood the Community Concert Hall this Sunday when the San Juan Symphony performs a program titled “Spanish Roots.” Flamenco

dancers Joaquin and Marisol Enciñias, guitarist José Valle “Chuscales,” and Spanish mezzo soprano Gemma Coma-Alabert will join the orchestra. And so will a posse of high school musicians from the Four Corners. This is prosaically known as the Side-by-Side concert. Selected young musicians will play alongside the pros for the opening number, “The Carmen Suites,” orchestrated by colleagues of composer Georges Bizet after his death in 1875.

“This concert is perfect for young players,” said music director Arthur Post. “Everybody loves Spanish music, the colors, the brilliance.”

In a tribute to the Spanish heritage of the American Southwest, Coma-Alabert and the orchestra will perform a suite of five songs by Xavier Montsalvatge. The 20th century composer

was fascinated by Caribbean music, derived from Spanish idioms. The work is based on poems by Latin Americans and “full of the sensuous lyricism and the dreamy pace of the West Indies,” Post said.

Catalan singer Coma-Alabert made her American debut last summer at the Aspen Opera Theater. Reviewer Harry Bicket, of the New York Times, said Coma-Alabert “made fine work of Medea, in both vocal tone and characterization, a spitfire mezzo-soprano.”

Following a spirited dance-inspired work by Carlos Surinach, the orchestra will play the familiar, gypsy-inspired “El Amor Brujo,” by Manuel de Falla. The symphony will close with Chabrier’s unforgettable masterpiece, “España.”

For more information call 382-9753.




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