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Abbey hosts ‘Load the Bonk’

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The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts the Ska-B-Q from 4-7 p.m. The Thought and Inquiry Forum’s  Discussion Night takes place at the Lost Dog at 6: 30 p.m. This month’s discussion is on the idea of memory. 259-0430 for details.

Durango Skies Telescope & Binocular, 21738 U.S. Hwy 160 W., offers the free workshop, “Introduction to Digital Astrophotography” at 5:30 p.m. 259-5400 to regster.

The Durango Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards ceremony takes place in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The evening includes a reception at 5 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and a performance by Barry Williams, best known as “Greg Brady” on TV’s “The Brady Bunch.” 247-0312.

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.

Dr. David Schlim, co-author of Medicine & Compassion, speaks at 7 p.m. at Animas Surgical Hospital, 575 Rivergate Lane, Suite 100. Schlim’s book explores the role of Tibetan philosophy and compassion in modern medicine. The event is free. 247-3537.

Fort Lewis College hosts the second in the Mesa Verde Centennial Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum of the Center of Southwest Studies. Professor Duane Smith will present a lecture on the “Past, Present and Future of Mesa Verde National Park.” The center will also host an opening of the installation, “Fiber Fiesta: Hispanic Textiles of the Southwest,” in the adjacent gallery from 5-7p.m.

The Durango Photography Club meets at 7 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds and hosts guest speaker Harry Boyd. Boyd wrote A Creative Approach to Controlling Photography and was President Bush’s photographer during his early career. 259-6808 for details.

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

Singer songwriter Terry Rickard plays classic rock at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. Dean Murphy plays jazz and funk downstairs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 7 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the documentary, “Growing Democracy,” at 8:30 p.m. FLC filmmaker Keya Lea Horiuchi traveled around the world to learn what people living outside of the U.S. think about Americans. 385-1711 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.

National touring hip hop act Writers Block stops over at Steamworks, 802 E. Second Ave., at 9:30 p.m. Local hip hop band Dialogue will open the show. 259-9200 for details.

DJ Jonezy spins vinyl for Ladies Night at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.



Spur 503 plays authentic Texas country music at Purgy’s at Durango Mountain Resort at 3 p.m. 247-9000 for details.

Pete Giuliani plays acoustic stew at Christina’s Grille and Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy 160, at 5:30 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 for details.

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

Dean Murphy plays funk, jazz and groove at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Teresa Ross & Actual Proof play in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 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.

Durango Scottish Dancers offers a six-week Scottish dancing class beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. 382-9593 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.

A guest DJ spins a contemporary club mix at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430.

HotMops rock out at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.  



Local snowboard company Venture Snowboards offers free demos at the Durango Mountain Resort base area. 247-9000 for details.

Lisa Pedolsky offers the workshop, Handbuilt Ceramics: Design and Construction, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Pueblo Community College, 701 Camino del Rio, #100. 247-0032 for details.

Advocating Choice in Education holds a “coffee klatch” from 10 a.m. to noon and will discuss child wellness options. Call 247-0204 for location.

Tony Burroughs presents his free “Intentions in Action Workshop,” which is based upon his latest book, The Code: Nine Intentions for a Better World, at 2 p.m. west of Pagosa Springs. For more information and directions call 731-5878 or log onto

A Hug Parade takes place in Celebration of National Hug Day beginning at 3:33 p.m. at Buckley Park, 1200 Main Ave. The parade will cruise Main Ave. and return to Buckley. 247-6131 for details.

Kirtan, Eastern Indian devotional singing/chanting, 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.

Doug Phillips performs country blues and soft rock at the Berliner in Oxford at 6 p.m. 884-2098 for details.

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

The Durango Fury female hockey team takes on Pueblo in the team’s first homestand of the year at 6:45 p.m. at Chapman Hill. There will be a puck toss with prizes from local businesses.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College hosts “Stayin’ Alive: Tribute to the BeeGees and ‘70s Disco” at 7 p.m. A full multimedia presentation, “Stayin’ Alive” combines the look, personality and humor of the BeeGees. 247-7657 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band returns to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Teresa Ross & Actual Proof play 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.

DJ Mowgli spins music for Mountaintop Hip Hop at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

DJ Spark Madden and a special guest spin music for Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.



The Durango Fury plays a second game against Pueblo at 10 a.m. at Chapman Hill.  

The Office of the Fort Lewis College President sponsors the first local screening of “The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream” from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. The film explores the American way as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. The event begins with a social. 247-7684 for details.

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

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

Three professional astrologers will present an overview of various approaches to modern Western astrology from 6 to 8p.m. in the Cortez Cultural Center. 565-7272 for details. 

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 for details.



A Radon Awareness workshop takes place at 10 a.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Information on the radioactive gas and a free radon kit will be provided. 247-5702 ext. 223 for details.

J.Bo’s, 1301 Florida Road, hosts Avs Night with the Betties. Members of the Durango Betties hockey team will be guest bartending during the Avs game against Calgary, and proceeds support the team. 259-0010 for details.

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

LA jazz recording artist 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.



Dr. Nancy Utter, a licensed naturopathic doctor, gives the free presentation, “Keeping Children Healthy During the School Year : Herbal Medicine For Kids,” at 12:30 p.m. at Pediatric Partners of the Southwest, 575 Rivergate Lane, Suite 109.  375-0100 to reserve 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,” the first in a series of community-wide discussions of international affairs, from 5:15-7:30 p.m. in Room 315 of Fort Lewis’ Reed Library. The public is welcome to the discussion on United Nations reform. 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 for details.4  

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

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., offers a music mix for Ladies Night beginning at 8 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

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

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery exhibits works by FLC faculty members through Jan. 26. The art faculty exhibition displays conceptual and technical excellence in a variety of styles and media from representation to abstract. Included are paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and digital media. An artists’ reception is scheduled from 4:30-6 p.m. on Jan. 12. 247-7167.

Galleries at Fort Lewis College’s Center of Southwest Studies are getting a “new look” for the new year. A remodeled gallery reopened on Jan. 11 with a series of new exhibits, including “Fiber Fiesta: a Color Fest of Hispanic Textiles.” In addition, the Center will show a selection of Navajo contemporary baskets selected by Georgianna Kennedy Simpson and featured in her book, Navajo Ceremonial Baskets. Also on view are several other new donations including three works by RC Gorman. An opening reception for the new exhibits, including a talk by Duane Smith, is scheduled for Jan. 19. 247-7456.

The Durango Arts Center, 801 E. Second Ave, continues to show its 30th annual Juried Exhibit through Jan. 27. A concurrent exhibit, the “Salon des Refuses,” shows across East Second Avenue at Steamworks.

With the juried show, the selections range from landscapes, sculpture and pottery to photographs, mobiles and digitally produced pieces. As a new feature this year, the Salon des Refuses will be on display at the same time across the street at Steamworks and includes the works that were not selected by the juror. 259-2606 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 as soon as Lift 4 opens. 385-2147 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues to screen “Green Street Hooligans.” Starring Elijah Wood and directed by Lexi Alexander, the film explores the hooliganism in England associated with the “football (soccer) firms.” It attempts to examine how one might become caught up in the culture of the violent turf-war confrontations. The film shows most nights at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 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 December, REACH classes include: Drumming & Rhythm, Group Guitar, Papier Mache Ornament Creations and Local History of the Pine River Valley. 884-3259 for details.



A seminar on “Pets and Natural Remedies: Coping with Stress” takes place on Jan. 26 at Healthy Hounds & Fat Cats.

Susan Urban offers a free introductory talk on “What is Hypnosis and How You Can Use Your Mind to Change Your Life” on Jan. 26. 247-9617 to pre-register.

The Frank Trio plays its first show of 2006 on Jan. 27 at the Summit.

Freeman Social plays the Explorer’s Club in Silverton starting at 9 p.m.

Formula 151 will play its first show of the year at Durango Joe’s on Feb. 1.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Feb. 2.

The Four Corners Air Quality Task Force will discuss options for improving air quality on Feb. 6 at the Doubletree Hotel.

A “Practical Home Design” workshop will take place Feb. 25 at Fort Lewis College.

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


Abbey hosts ‘Load the Bonk’
What: A benefit for the Durango Mountain Resort terrain park
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Tues., Jan. 24, at 8:30 p.m. 

Durangoans have an opportunity to “Load the Bonk” this Tuesday at the Abbey Theatre. The event will feature two snowboard films, pizza and more than $2,000 in giveaways and raffles, all benefiting the Paradise Terrain Park at Durango Mountain Resort.

“Load the Bonk” is a collaborative effort by local snowboard shops, Venture Snowboards, Ska Brewing, Diorio’s South Pizza and DMR. All proceeds from the evening will go toward buying a professionally built feature for the DMR terrain park. Highlighting the evening will be the screening of two snowboard films.

“The Community Project” follows A team riders during two years of making a film on their own terms. The high-budget 16 mm film captures some of the best riders in the world on big mountain lines, jumps and jibs. The event also showcases a second film, “Pumped 2B Stoked,” a fun-filled Colorado picture including riders with Durango roots. Footage includes sequences from the I-70 corridor, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Vail, Winter Park and other resorts. Durango’s Aaron Dodds and Shane Tallman both helped in the production of “Pumped 2B Stoked,” which is gaining notoriety as one of the best indie snowboard films ever.

In addition to the films, more than $2,000 in donations from local businesses will be auctioned off during “Load the Bonk.” Items include a Venture snowboard, snowcat trips with El Diablo, a keg of Ska beer and much more. Price of admission also includes free slices from Diorio’s South Pizza and satisfaction that you’re helping to improve the experience at DMR. “Load the Bonk” gets under way at the Abbey at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 759-3211.


Vince Herman returns
What: A show by the Vince Herman Trio and the Wayword Sons
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Sat., Jan. 21. Doors open at 9 p.m.

When Vince Herman and his Trio, Benny Galloway’s Wayword Sons, and special guest Dave Johnston take the Abbey Theatre stage together this Saturday, there will be no shortage of fun, friends and fantastic music.

Herman, founder and frontman of the hugely popular mountain-jam band Leftover Salmon, will be joined by Cliff Starbuck and Randy Croush, on an all-Colorado January tour ending in Durango for this Durango Acoustic Music show. The Wayword Sons, a local band rapidly gaining notoriety for its combination of Galloway’s celebrated songwriting and blend of roots styles, will also take the stage. The Sons are joined in this performance by Yonder Mountain String Band banjoist Dave Johnston. Dobro player Anders Beck and guitar/vocalist Robin Davis, formerly of Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band, and Gregg Andrulis on keyboards make up the rest of the Wayword Sons.

Since Leftover Salmon retired after 15 years together, founder Vince Herman has spent time relishing his freedom to play what and with whom he pleases. He played the Spirit of Guthrie tour last year, and toured for some time with Acoustic Syndicate. Now that Acoustic Syndicate is out to pasture, he’s worked on a solo record that’s not ready to release yet, but he’s in no hurry.

“Since I finished the Salmon thing, I’ve been able to throw together these fantasy bands and tours,” he said. “Both (Croush and Starbuck) are two guys I’ve wanted to play with for a long time.”  

The sound of the newly minted Vince Herman Trio is a rootsy, folky kind of thing, Herman says, with lots of humor and plenty of boogie that he can’t wait to bring to Durango. “It’s such a great crew down there; I’ve had some fun years of hysteria,” Herman said. “Playing with those Wayword Sons, things should get pretty damn wayward.”

The Vince Herman Trio, Wayword Sons and Dave Johnston show begins this Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and doors open at 9 p.m. For more information, call 385-1711.


Local bluegrass takes over the Abbey
What: A show from The Badly Bent and Down the Road
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Fri., Jan. 20 at 9 p.m.

The Badly Bent is returning to one of Durango’s biggest stages this week. This Friday, the traditional bluegrass masters will play

the Abbey Theatre and be joined another local bluegrass mainstay, Down the Road.

The Badly Bent has been picking and singing for local audiences since 1997. All of the band’s members, Pat Dressen, Bill Adams, Mark Epstein, Jeff Hibshman and Robb Brophy, have been musicians since their teens. The band prides itself on the ability to engage audiences through solid, tightly played music and establishing a connection between musician and listener. Although The Badly Bent has been through a variety of configurations in the last eight years, the philosophy has remained constant: “provide the audience with a fun, musically entertaining experience.” The band recently released its debut CD to rave reviews.

Tim Stafford of the renowned bluegrass band Blue Highway said the new CD contains “spirited picking and vocals that manage to capture both the fun of the front porch and the intricacies of modern bluegrass.”

Joining The Badly Bent will be longtime Durango bluegrass band Down The Road. Headed by Hugh Felt and Dave Sime, the band has long been a Durango Bluegrass Meltdown mainstay and a Durango tradition for more than a decade.

The evening of thump and twang gets under way this Friday at 9 p.m. For more information, call the Abbey at 385-1711.



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