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Penumbra stages “The Sand Queen’s Ceremony”

Bottle Rockets blow into Durango
‘Swadeshi Comes to Town’

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Singer songwriter James Patterson and special guest Tom Murray play folk and ramblin’ blues at the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the Big Canyon trail. Interested runners should meet at trailhead near New Country Auto Center 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.

Rock & Rye, a local Durango bluegrass band, plays a 6:30 p.m. show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The concert is part of the Free Summer Concert Series. 247-7657 for details.

Ryan Holley, an Austin-based singer-songwriter performs at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 8 p.m. Local singer-songwriter Nina Sasaki plays at 7:30 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 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 Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., spins a club mix for Service Industry Night beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Ancient Mith, Standard Issue and guest DJs spin for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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The Four Corners Gem & Mineral Club Show kicks off at 11 a.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds with an all-new Kids Day. The show continues July 8 & 9 at 10 a.m. and includes jewelry, fossils and mineral specimens, as well as demonstrations, a silent auction, food and refreshments, and more. 385-8993 for details.

The 15th annual Art on the Animas Arts & Crafts Festival runs from noon-6 p.m. at Santa Rita Park. The event includes arts, crafts, sand sculptures, food, music and more. 247-2117 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts BLU Friday from 3-6 p.m. with downtempo grooves and a keg giveaway. A poetry slam with guest DJs takes place at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Shannon Lee and the Lineup play the first of two nights of rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.  259-1400.

Cairo By Night, an evening of belly dance, takes place at 6:15 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Presented by the local troupe Benet El Noor, the event features traditional belly dance fused with Bollywood, Latin and tribal influences. 259-2606.

The Jeff Strahan Band plays the first of two nights at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. The evening includes dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Eleven-time Grammy Award winners, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, bring their bluegrass to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, at 8 p.m. 247-7657 for details.

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

Wild Country performs country dance at the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Highway 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Local rock band Hotmops performs its second-to-last Durango show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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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 for details.

The 15th annual Art on the Animas Arts & Crafts Festival continues at Santa Rita Park from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The event includes arts, crafts, sand sculptures, food, music and more. 247-2117 for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association, Durango Mountain Resort, and Lois the Llama Lady host “Hike, Lunch and Wine With a Llama” beginning at 9:30 a.m. at DMR. The event is an interpretive hike where a llama carries lunches, wine and cheese. 385-1210 to register.

The 2nd annual Mancos Renaissance Faire runs from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at Cottonwood Park. The event includes music from Giant Dance, the Westwind Bagpipers, harpist Sylvia Zurko and the Mancos Renaissance Ensemble as well as archery and knife throwing, fire dancing, juggling, food, refreshments and more. Visit www.mancosrenaissance.com for details.

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

Cairo By Night, an evening of belly dance, takes place at 6:15 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Presented by the local troupe Benet El Noor, the event features traditional belly dance fused with Bollywood, Latin and tribal influences. 259-2606 for details.

The New Orleans band the Iguanas return to Durango Mountain Resort at 7 p.m. in a benefit concert for KSUT. The Iguanas are known for their unique fusion of roots-rock, R&B, Latin and Caribbean rhythms. Visit www.durangomountainresort.com or call 563-0255.

Dances of Universal Peace return to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave., at 7 p.m.

Shannon Lee and the Lineup play a second night at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. The Staboola McPet Quintet plays the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.4 

The Magpies play electric bluegrass at the Columbine Bar in Mancos at 8 p.m.

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

The Jeff Strahan Band plays a second night of Texas blues at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Hotmops play their final Durango show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. Local band Rocksalt will share the stage. 247-2324 for details.

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The 15th annual Art on the Animas Arts & Crafts Festival concludes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Santa Rita Park. The event includes arts, crafts, sand sculptures, food, music and more. 247-2117 for details.

The 2nd annual Mancos Renaissance Faire continues from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Cottonwood Park. The event includes Celtic music, medieval activities and fare, and more. Visit www.mancosrenaissance.com for details.

Jazzin’ Up, an outdoor music event, runs from noon-6 p.m. at Buckley Park. The event includes performances from Jeff Solon and his Swingin’ Big Band, the Frank Trio and Dotsero, a top jazz band from Denver. Jazzin’ Up also offers a food court and a beer and wine garden and proceeds will be donated to Durango’s Friends of the Arts Grants Fund and to Durango High School music programs.

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

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Monday10

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

The La Plata County Fairgrounds/Events Center Task Force meets at 5:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds to discuss a new facility and a community needs assessment.

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

An Open Candidates’ Forum takes place at 6 p.m. at Durango City Council Chambers, 949 E. Second Ave. Citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions of candidates for Colorado House District 59, Jeff Deitch, Joe Colgan and Ellen Roberts. The forum will also be broadcast on KDUR, DCAT and City Span 10. Visit www.lwvlaplata.org for details.  

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

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area hosts its full moon program, featuring the music of Native American flute player, Charles Martinez. The gate will be open from 7: 15-7:45 p.m. Visit www.chimneyrockco.org for details.

Durango Nature Studies offers “Hiking the Buck Moon” from 8-10 p.m. at Haviland Lake. The full moon hike includes discussion of astronomy, local botany, area wildlife and nighttime senses. 382-9244 to preregister.

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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Tuesday11

Joelle Riddle, candidate for La Plata County commissioner, hosts a meet-and-greet from 6-8 p.m. at the Mill Street Brews Coffee House in Bayfield.

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.

Singer-songwriter Nina Sasaki plays 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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Wednesday12

The Durango Independent Film Festival presents “Sweet Land” at 1:30 & 6:30 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Writer/director Ali Selim turns a simple love story into a celebration of romance, determination and the immigrant experience. Visit www.durangofilm.org for details.

Trails 2000 hosts a work day on the Skyridge Connector from 4-8 p.m. and is in need of 30 volunteers to help complete the trail. Volunteers should meet at the end of Jenkins Ranch Road, sign in, grab a tool and walk up the trail. 259-4682 for details.

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

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.

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

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Ongoing

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., features the works of Adele Kurtz and Bradley Kachnowicz in the4 show, “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. Receptions for the shows take place on July 7 from 5-7 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues to screen “A Prairie Home Companion.” Director Robert Altman and writer Garrison Keillor join forces with an all-star cast to create a comic backstage fable about a fictitious radio variety show that has managed to survive in the age of television. The film shows most nights at 3:15, 7 & 9:15 p.m. with a 1 p.m. matinee on Saturdays and Sundays. The Abbey is also showing the new edition of the “Spirit of the Southwest.” The program is a story of the wilderness and culture in the Four Corners region, both past and future, and shows at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

“Select Works” show 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. A reception for the artists will be held from 5-8 p.m. 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 limited edition photography of Durango photographer John Sfondilias is on display at the Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., throughout the month of July. 779-0399 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 1-2 p.m., and gate practices take place every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m.-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

Cara Bessko, hatha yoga teacher will offer a free children’s yoga class for 3 to 7 year olds at Pediatric Associates on July 13 at 9:30 a.m. 259-7337 for details.

Long-time Michigan human rights, civil rights and political activist Ethel Schwartz will address a July 13 fund-raiser for the Joelle Riddle for County Commissioner Campaign on the Rochester Hotel Patio.

The Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College will offer a July 13 workshop on starting your own business. 247-7009 for details.

The 2006 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run takes place July 14-16 in the San Juan Mountains surrounding Silverton.

The Cortez Public Library will host a July 15 writers’ workshop with authors Virginia Swift, Kathy Brandt and Blake Crouch.

A Boot Camp for New Dads, using a man-to-man mentoring approach, is scheduled for July 15. 759-5932 to register.

Sound Advice, a five-person jazz band, plays the Columbine Bar in Mancos on July 15.

The C.T. Jamboree, a benefit mountain bike ride for M.S. on the Colorado Trail, takes place July 15-16. Proceeds go to the Jimmy Heuga Center for multiple sclerosis.

Brotherhood of Groove, of New Orleans, returns to Durango with a July 19 show at Scoot ‘n Blues.

The Iron Kids Triathlon, a USAT Sanctioned Event, is scheduled for July 22. 375-7313 for details.

Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center hosts an open house on July 23 in Pagosa Springs.

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Penumbra stages “The Sand Queen’s Ceremony”
What: The third production from the local theatre troupe
Where: The Fort Lewis College Amphitheater
When: Fri., July 7, at 9: 30 p.m.

 

The Sand Queen is paying Durango a visit this Friday. Durangoans have an opportunity to take in a free performance of “The Sand Queen’s Ceremony, The Seven Dream Candles” on July 7 at the Fort Lewis College Amphitheatre. The effort is the latest offering from the local theatre group, Penumbra.

It all started with the play “Penumbra,” an original mythic tale set in a land defined by color, light and shadow. A collaboration of Alex Oliszewski, LeAnn Brubaker and Stacey Sotosky, “Penumbra” has grown into a theatre troupe now working up its third production, “The Sand Queen’s Ceremony.”

In the all-ages, mystical performance, the Sand Queen will arrive and bless the dreams of those in attendance. She will light seven dream candles, 6- to 8-foot torches, with each candle standing for a different state or way of dreaming. One of the goals of the performance is to break down the barrier between participants and performers. In this spirit, Penumbra’s latest effort will be based on a call and response ritual.

Friday’s performance is free, but donations are encouraged to help the local troupe prepare for a performance at the Paonia DreamTime festival on July 14. This marks the second year in a row that Penumbra has produced a play at DreamTime.

Friday’s show begins at 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact 375-9256.

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Bottle Rockets blow into Durango
What: A Durango Acoustic Music concert by the alt-country band
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Tues., July 11. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

 

Alt-country heroes The Bottle Rockets make their first Durango appearance this week. The band performs at the Durango Arts Center on Tues., July 11, doors open at 7:30 p.m., and local suburban rock band Lawn Chair Kings kick things off at 8 p.m.

Commonly referred to as “a working man’s band,” led by guitarist/vocalist and songwriter Brian Henneman, the Bottle Rockets have tapped into real music about real life. The present lineup features Mark Ortmann on drums, John Horton on guitar and newest member (replacing the ever-revolving bass player) Keith Voegele.

As a band, they’ve been around

the block and the country more than a few times. The band’s second recording, “The Brooklyn Side,” was released by a division of Atlantic Records in 1995. Two years of touring followed, then came “24 Hours a Day” and a respectable leap forward from regional bar-band party songs to some more sophisticated lyrics and even a bit of emotional reaching.

With the new album, “Zoysia,” they’ve turned another corner on the development scale.  Fans of their older work will still find things to like about the new stuff, and the live show will hopefully be plenty peppered with gems from the past.

 “Thirteen years is a long time to be in a band, especially one that’s never rolling in the dough,” Henneman says. “You know what’s really shocking, though? We’re huge in Sweden.”

Tickets for the July 11 show are available at Canyon Music, the Durango Arts Center and Southwest Sound or by calling 259-2606.

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‘Swadeshi Comes to Town’
What: The Third annual festival of local self-sufficiency
Where: The Smiley and Abbey theatres
When: July 7-9

Swadeshi is paying Durango a visit this year. Oakhaven Permaculture presents its third annual festival of local self-sufficiency this weekend with “Swadeshi Comes to Town.” The theme of this year’s festival is “Seeds of Hope” and unlike past years, the event takes place in Durango. Swadeshi is a Hindi word that Gandhi used to mean local self-sufficiency. “Buy local, be proud of local, support local, uphold and live local,” Gandhi said.

During its first two years, the festival took place at Oakhaven in La Plata Canyon. By moving the venue of this year’s festival into Durango, Oakhaven hopes to reach more of the citizens of Southwest Colorado and spread the message of local self-sufficiency.

This year’s Swadeshi begins on Fri., July 7, at the Smiley Theater, 1309 E. Third Ave., with a 7:30 p.m. keynote by Bioneers founder Kenny Ausubel and his wife & partner, Nina Simon, at the Smiley Auditorium. Their talk: “The Dreaming Revolution: Creating a Future Environment of Hope” will present their two different perspectives on practical solutions to the problems we face today.

The importance of food in the local economy will be highlighted on July 8 with a 6:30 p.m. “Slow Food” dinner at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Started in the mid-1980s, Slow Food is a movement to counter to the industrialization of food and the fast food movement. The Durango Slow Food Convivium was organized in 2002 and currently has about 30 members. The festival concludes on Sun., July 9, with the showing of two important films: “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” and “The Great Warming.” The screenings begin place at noon at the Abbey Theatre.

For more information on Swadeshi, log onto www.oakhavenpc.org or call 259-5445.

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June 13, 2019
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June 13, 2019
Scoping begins on Silverton travel plan

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June 10, 2019
2019 Hardrock taps out

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