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Town Mountain plays the Abbey Theatre


Adventure racers return What: The sixth annual Adventure Xstream adventure race series
Durangoans take on Relay for Life

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Thursday8

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the Church Camp trails. Interested runners should meet at the Hidden Valley trailhead at 6 p.m. 382-8005 for details.

Mike Coble and Richard White perform swing, blues, and Latin jazz on the patio at the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

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

The Talent Search continues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. Jeff Sweet plays the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 7 p.m. 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., hosts ’80s and Service Industry Night beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Tim Cooper plays country and rock at the Wild

Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Stonefed, a rock and funk band from Moab, plays Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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Friday9

The Lawn Chair Kings play their suburban rock at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

Ralph Dinosaur returns to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.  The Jeff Sweet Quartet plays in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 7:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Wine & Music Fest at Rivergate takes place from 6-9 p.m. at the Rivergate Lofts Urban Park and includes a wine tasting, music from Actual Proof, art for sale and tours of the residential lofts. All proceeds benefit Alternative Horizons. 247-9619 for details.

Durango Nature Studies offers a full moon hike from 7-9 p.m. at Canyons of the Ancients. A DNS naturalist will teach participants about astronomy happenings, local botany and archeology and nighttime senses. 382-9244 to register.

Tim Cooper plays a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave. The evening includes dance lessons from 7-9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

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

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a 9 p.m. all-ages hip hop show featuring seven bands including, Dialogue, Artikle, History Of, The Truth & Slick One, Mileva, Caitlin DeMuth and M.D. More than $1,000 in door prizes will be given away and proceeds benefit local methamphetamine rehabilitation programs. 385-1711 for details.

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

The Dean Murphy Blues Band plays blues and rock at the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Highway 160 in Gem

Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Fort Collins band Orooni returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

DJs Elbeau and Niko spin house music at Southern Soy, 919 Main Ave., beginning at 10 p.m. 259-6599 for details.

Liquid Cheese, an eight-piece funk, rock and ska band from El Paso, returns to Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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Saturday10

The Durango Farmers Market meets in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St., from 8 a.m.-noon. Local musician John Garza will perform acoustic folk, rock and alternative throughout the morning. www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.

The inaugural Mountain Park Classic run-walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. from the Southwest Conservation Corps Headquarters in the Durango Tech Center. The new event features a challenging 6.6 mile course, a vigorous 4-mile course, and gentle 1-mile course for runners, hikers or walkers. 375-7313 for details.

The annual Fire on the Mountain Bluegrass Festival kicks off at Vallecito Lake from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ten bluegrass bands from throughout the country will perform, there will be vendors and children’s activities and donations at the free festival will benefit County Kids with Cancer. 385-1031 for details.

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

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area hosts its Full Moon Program, an event including a performance by Native American flute player. The gate will be open from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. www.chimneyrockco.org for details.

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

The 38th annual Durango Barbershoppers concert takes place at the Community Concert Hall Fort Lewis College at 7:01 p.m. The performance includes special guest quartet, Iqnition!, the Rocky Mountain District champions from Denver. 247-7657 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band, featuring Gary Allegreto, plays rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8: 30 p.m. Tom Maynard & the Animas Jazz Quartet play the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details. 4

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

Tim Cooper closes out three nights at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Louisiana Zydeco rockers Drew Landry & The Dirty Cajuns play a 9 p.m. show at the X-Club in Silverton.

Award-winning bluegrass band The Hot Strings plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. The Cronin Valley Crooks open the show. 247-2324 for details.

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Sunday11

The annual Fire on the Mountain Bluegrass Festival continues at Vallecito Lake from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bands from throughout the country will perform, a fiddle contest will be held and donations at the free festival will benefit County Kids with Cancer. 385-1031 for details.

The Four Corners Rose Society meets at 12:30 p.m. at the home at 1781 W. Third Ave. A program on photographing flowers will follow a potluck. 247-0813 for details.

Tucson guitarist Michael Lich presents a 3 p.m. guitar recital at St. Mark’s Church, 910 E. Third Ave. The recital includes works by Dowland, Bach and Albeniz. 247-1129 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 4 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

The Blue Moon Ramblers play free bluegrass at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays from 7-11 p.m. at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150 for details.

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Monday12

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

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

A free “doing your own divorce and/or custody” seminar takes place at 6 p.m. at the offices of Colorado Legal Services, 1474 Main Ave., Suite 200. 247-0266 for details.

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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Tuesday13

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

Thom Rayder and Das Samba play an all-Brazilian show at 7:30 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.

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Wednesday14

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts the Durango Independent Film Festival screening of “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” at 1:30 & 6 p.m. The film is the true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroine and was a selection for the 2005 Academy Awards. 385-1711 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays a 5-9 p.m. show at El Patio, 600 Main Ave.

The Women’s Resource Center Reading Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel, 723 E. Second Ave. Anyone interested in discussing The Botox Diaries or The Falls is welcome to attend. 247-1242 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 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.

Singer songwriter Terry Rickard performs at 7 p.m. at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave. 375-7260 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.

DKW, Doktorcik-Kahler-Wigginton, from Durango, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Ongoing

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts “Myths & Prophecies,” the 2006 Four Corners Commission exhibit, from June 8-July 1. This juried exhibit shows work from local and regional artists exemplifying the diversity of heritage and uniqueness of the Four Corners region. The juror for this year’s exhibit was William Biety, Director of the Sandy Carson Gallery in Denver. An artists’ reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on June 9. 259-2606 for details.

The Durango Mountain Bike Camp takes place from June 12-16 and space is available for boys and girls ages 7-17. Classes take place daily from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fort Lewis College. Participants will learn bike-handling skills, new trails, techniques, nutritional information, trail information, trail etiquette and more. The camp will also be offered July 10-14 and August 7-11. 385-0411 for details.

Oakhaven Permaculture Center, located in Hesperus, presents Kid Fest Summer Camps for elementary age children. The outdoor day camps will build science 4 knowledge and foundations and strong minds and bodies and take place five days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a session beginning on June 12. Visit www.oakhavenpc.org for details. 4

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, continues to screen “The Celestine Prophecy.” Based on James Redfield’s best-selling novel, “The Celestine Prophecy” is a spiritual adventure film chronicling the discovery of ancient scrolls in the rainforests of Peru. The prophecy’s nine key insights predict a worldwide awakening. The film shows most nights at 4, 6:15 & 8:30 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Forsaken Places,” the black-and-white photography of Lou Swenson from Dolores, through July 5. Swenson’s photography highlights the often overlooked features of the rural Western landscape. Swenson develops, prints and frames his own work. 382-8355 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.

Terry Hartzel plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., nightly at 5:30 p.m. except on Sundays. 375-7150 for details.

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Upcoming

The Durango Arts Center will host its quarterly volunteer coffee on June 15 and Karyn Gabaldon will discuss “The Art of Talking about Art.”

FLC professor Kevin Bell will address the June 15 meeting of the Durango Photography Club at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

Who’s Your Daddy, a festival benefiting for the Children’s Museum and the Durango Discovery Museum, returns to Main Avenue on June 17.

A free tour of the Missionary Ridge burn area at Vallecito takes place on June 17. 385-1210.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory celebrates its 25th anniversary with a June 17 celebration at Santa Rita Park.

Ride the Rockies passes through Durango on June 18 and a street dance, beer garden and community dinner will take place on Main Ave. 247-0312 for details.

A Claude Monet picnic takes place on June 18 at Blue Lake Ranch and includes a Monet-inspired lunch, garden tours, costumes, entertainment and more. 259-2606 for details.

John Lee Hooker Jr. returns to Scoot ‘n Blues on June 20.

The Chimney Rock Archeological Area hosts a June 21 summer solstice program. www.chimneyrockco.org for details.

Voices in American Drama: A Summer Play Reading Series continues at Fort Lewis College on June 22 with “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Helen Gahagan Douglas.”  

Community Connections will host Golfing for Kids with Developmental Disabilities on June 24 at the Hillcrest Golf Club. Hole sponsors and golfers are needed. 385-3450 for details.

Silverton Mountain hosts a June 24 writing workshop with Dolores LaChappelle, Art Goodtimes and Steve Meyers. www.silvertonmountain.com for details.  

Bike to Work Day returns to Durango on June 28 and includes food, fun, prizes and free safety checks.

Mesa Verde National Park centennial celebration takes place with a weekend of festivities on June 29-July 2.

Durango DOT Comedy is currently recruiting participants for its first improv comedy cage match on June 30. 259-6004 for details.

Groups interested in participating in the Salute to America parade on July 4 are asked to contact 247-8163.

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Town Mountain plays the Abbey Theatre
What: A show by the 2005 Rockygrass Band Contest winner
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Thurs., June 8. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.  

Bluegrass music from Appalachia will fill the Abbey Theater this Thursday. Town Mountain, a North Carolina quintet and winner of the 2005 Rockygrass Band Contest, takes the local stage June 8.  

Based in Asheville, N.C., Town Mountain works to bridge the gap between bluegrass and roots country. Town Mountain’s repertoire of original music is defined by a seamless fusion of the two styles of music. Within the band’s sound, one can detect the influence of the first generation bluegrass masters such as Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin and the Stanley Brothers, as well as that of early country legends like George Jones and Merle Haggard. Over the years, the band has shared the stage with the likes of Tony Rice, Sam Bush and Peter Rowan and played shows all along the East Coast and throughout the West.

Durango’s own bluegrass quintet, Rock n’ Rye, will kick-off Thursday’s show, and doors to the show open at 8: 30 p.m. For more information, call the Abbey at 385-1711.

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Adventure racers return What: The sixth annual Adventure Xstream adventure race series
Where: Starting and finishing at Durango Mountain Resort
When: Beginning on June 10

Adventure athletes again descend on Durango this weekend to test their mettle in the sixth annual Adventure Xstream adventure race series. On June 10, participants will compete in a range of disciplines including mountain biking, paddling and trekking along with orienteering, rappelling and Tyrolean traverse. This year, the endurance race starts and finish

es at Durango Mountain Resort, and competitors ranging from weekend warriors to professionals will challenge mind, body and fellow competitors on varied terrain.

Two courses offer solo, two-person and four-person teams the option to customize their race experience. The 12-hour course spans 50 to 60 miles while the 24-hour course is nearly 100 miles long. Both have more than a 3,200-foot elevation gain.  “Adventure racing is for the well-rounded athlete,” says race organizer Will Newcomer. “People want to test, and push, their abilities by conquering as many events as possible.”

Each year competitors from around the

country compete in the event, including past Eco Challenge champions. This year, the competition is looking stiff with Team Durango, Team BagelWorks and Team HoneyStinger (last year’s race winners) as top contenders battling it out for prize money in the 24-Hour AXS Race as well as a USARA Nationals Qualifying spot.  

The Adventure Xstream is a five-race series with events in Durango, Moab, Breckenridge and Vail. Series champions are awarded qualifying spots into Adventure Xstream: The Expedition, the 250- to 300-plus mile season finale adventure race in Moab. For more information on the series, log onto www.gravityplay.com. 

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Durangoans take on Relay for Life
What: A two-day event benefiting local programs of the American Cancer Society
Where: The Fort Lewis College track  
When: June 9 & 10

Durangoans will take up the fight and walk to beat cancer this week. On June 9 & 10, the Relay for Life returns to the track at Fort Lewis College. Teams of eight to 15 people take part in the event, and each member must raise $100 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The relay is held from Friday night until Saturday morning, and team members take turns walking, running, pedaling, skating or rocking on the middle school track. Last year’s event raised more than $150,000 to benefit cancer patients in La Plata County. Sixty percent of relay funds stay in the participating community to provide services for local cancer patients, like the breast cancer support program, Reach to Recovery. The remaining 40 percent is used to fund cancer research, which ultimately benefits local cancer patients by improving treatments.

The event will begin with an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Fri., June 9. A victory lap by cancer survivors will follow and the relay is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and end 12 hours later. Relay teams can sign up as late as the start of the event. For more information or to register a team, call 1-800-ACS-2345.

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Durango Telegraph - Animas River Days rides again
Animas River Days rides again

A celebration of the Animas River, paddling and partying is returning to Durango after taking last year off. This weekend, the 23rd edition of Animas River Days is “back in its laid-back fashion.” A schedule of events follows:

Friday, June 9

2-4:30 p.m.: Registration at 4 Corners Riversports, 360 S. Camino del Rio. Entry fee includes all events, T-shirt, party and entry into prize drawings.

6 p.m.: River Parade hits the water at 32nd St. put-in and floats to the take-out behind 4 Corners. All river craft are invited to join. Prizes awarded to the best decorated “float” in raft, kayak, canoe and “other” categories.

8:30 p.m.: 4 Corners Riversports hosts a BBQ and party behind the store. Bring your own meat or other grill food. Frosty beverages will be supplied.

Saturday, June 10

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Event registration at Santa Rita Park

10:30 a.m.: Slalom race starts at Santa Rita Park

1-2 p.m.: Rodeo registration at Santa Rita Park Pavillion.

2:30 p.m.: Rodeo starts at whitewater park. Awards for slalom and rodeo will be given competition.

Sunday, June 11

9-10 a.m.: Registration for the downriver race, open to race boats, plastic boats, canoes, rafts and catarafts, takes place at the 32nd St. put-in.

10:30 a.m.: Downriver race begins with a mass start at the put-in. The race will end with awards behind 4 Corners Riversports.

2-4 p.m.: River clean-up begins at Backcountry Experience, 1205 Camino del Rio, and includes a BBQ and prizes.

For more information, call 4 Corners Riversports at 247-3893 or log onto www.riversports.com.

 

 

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Gimme shelter

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Power in numbers

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November 27, 2019
Dishing up cultural perspective

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