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Durango’s “Salute to America”
100 years of Mesa Verde National Park
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The Thelonious Punks featuring Mike Coble and Richard White on guitars, perform jazz, swing, blues, and Latin 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 Smelter Repeater Loop. Interested runners should meet at the Bodo Park trailhead at 6 p.m. 382-8005 for details.

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

The Hot Strings, a young, acoustic newgrass 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.

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 Jeff Strahan Band plays an 8 p.m. show at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. Piper Kuntz & Ryan McCurry  perform 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 ’80s music for Service Industry Night beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

The band, Monkey, plays ska at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

DJ Mytha and Whatever spin hip-hop at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.



Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts BLU Friday from 3-6 p.m. with downtempo grooves and a keg giveaway. Disco Organica, a funk, jazz, jam band, plays at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Durango Critical Mass meets at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Main Ave. and 5th Street. The ride leaves at 6 p.m. for an unspecified location.

The Jeff Strahan Band returns to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Dean Murphy and the Swing Rays play the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Pete Pheteplace and Andy Beard play jazz guitar at the Aspen Café, 3600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 259-3681 for details.

The High Rollers play 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.

The Chills plays a show at the Columbine Bar and Grill in Mancos at 8 p.m.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts a mix of club music beginning at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

Sugar House performs 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.

Jerome, Arizona’s Goodfornothing Band plays the Explorer’s Club Southwest in Silverton at 9 p.m. 387-5006 for details.

Refil Hip Hop, a band from Phoenix, performs at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The Durango Farmers Market meets in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St., from 8 a.m.-noon. Singer/songwriter John Garza will perform rock/folk/alternative throughout the morning. for details.

Dave Mensch, Steve Dejka, and Mike Kornelson of Formula 151 play the West Side Tavern, 117 W. College, from 6-9 p.m. 247-9151 for details.

The Clock Tower Chamber Music Festival, a free program featuring an international roster of musicians, kicks off at the FLC amphitheatre at 6: 30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring food and drink and to picnic at the event.

The Jeff Strahan Band plays a third show at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Dean Murphy and the Swing Rays play the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

DJs Rem-E and Mowgli bring the sounds of Miamito the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

The High Rollers close out two nights of country and rock at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

The band Hezzaray plays a 10 p.m. show at 4 the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for details.

Old Durango rock band, Sol Vista, returns for Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.



Tim Guidotti plays brunch at Christina’s Grill & Bar, 21382 U.S. Hwy 550, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 382-3844 for details.

Jim Belcher and Tim Guidotti play El Patio, 600 Main Ave., from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The Clock Tower Chamber Music Festival, a free program featuring an international roster of musicians, continues at the FLC amphitheatre at 6: 30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring food and drink and to picnic at the event.

The Coup, ultra-political rappers perhaps best known for an album that depicted the World Trade Center in flames pre-9/11, stop over at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 10 p.m. The band is in support of their newest album in five years, “Pick a Bigger Weapon.” 385-1711 for details.



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

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

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.



Independence Day

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.

Durango’s Dialogue and Aftergrass play rock hop and jam rock at 6 p.m. at the Explorer’s Club Southwest in Silverton. 387-5006 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents open mic night from 7 p.m.-midnight. 247-2324 for details.

Piper Kuntz and Ryan McCurry play 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.

The Jeff Strahan Band plays an Independence Day show at the Pride of the West in Silverton at 8:30 p.m.

The Wayward Sons, featuring Benny Galloway of Yonder Mountain String Band fame and former members of local bluegrass upstarts Broke Mountain, play an Independence Day bluegrass bash at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324 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.



The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens “A Prairie Home Companion,” beginning June 30. Director Robert Altman and writer Garrison Keillor join forces with an all-star cast to create a comic backstage fable, A Prairie Home Companion, 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” opens July 1 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.

Oakhaven Permaculture Center offers a 5-day Kid Fest Summer Camp beginning July 3. Children learn science knowledge and foundations while they explore the natural world in beautiful LaPlata Canyon. 259-5445 or for reservations.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts “Myths & Prophecies,” the 2006 Four Corners Commission exhibit through 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. 259-2606 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 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 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. The Blue Moon Ramblers play free bluegrass at the Diamond Belle on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. 375-7150 for details.



Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder play a July 7 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

“Layered Perceptions,” a new show featuring the work of Adele Kurtz and Bradley Kachnowicz, opens at the Durango Arts Center on July 7.

The Third Annual Festival of Local Self-Sufficiency, “Swadeshi Comes to Town,” takes place July 7-9 and includes an address by the founder of Bioneers, a slow food dinner and the screening of several films. for details.

The Four Corners Gem & Mineral Club will hold its annual show on July 7, 8 & 9 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

The Iguanas will perform a July 8 benefit concert for KSUT Public Radio at Durango Mountain Resort.

“Hike, Lunch and Wine with a Llama” returns to Durango Mountain Resort on July 8, 385-1210 for details.

The 2nd annual Mancos Renaissance Faire takes place July 8-9 and includes live music, costumes, refreshments and dozens of activities.  

Jazzin’ Up July, a free outdoor music event featuring Jeff Solon, the Frank Trio and Dotsero, takes place on July 9 at Buckley Park.

Alt-country rockers The Bottle Rockets play a Durango Acoustic Music/KDUR show at the Durango Arts Center on July 11.

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.

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

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


Durango’s “Salute to America”
What: Durango’s Independence Day Celebration
Where: Rotary Park, Buckley Park and along Main Avenue
When: All day on July 4

Durango is pulling out all the stops for this Independence Day, and a full slate of events is scheduled for America’s 230th birthday.

The festivities get under way at 7 a.m. at Rotary Park with the annual “Gourmet Pancake and Low Carb Breakfast.” Organized by the Rotary Club of Durango, the breakfast extravaganza continues until 10:30 a.m.

Midway through breakfast, the Freedom Fun Run/Walk takes off from Rotary Park at 9 a.m. Serious runners, families, children and even people with dogs on leashes are encouraged to participate. The free event takes place on the Animas River Trail and begins and finishes at Rotary Park.

On the other side of downtown, kids under 18 will be selling their old toys, sports gear, clothes, music, books and more at the Kids-to-Kids Flea Market at Wells Fargo Bank. The event is held from 9 a.m. to noon in the bank’s parking lot. Selling space is free but must be reserved by calling 385-9349.

American Voices, a public reading of major American documents presented by Fort Lewis College, will take place at Buckley Park. The readings run from 10-11 a.m. and will include the Declaration of Independence.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kiwanis Club and many sponsors will host a day of fun, food, music and games at Rotary Park at the Picnic in the Park. There will be a BBQ cook-off and Hometown Hero Awards, in addition to food, drink, music, magic, vaudeville and games.

The day climaxes with an evening events package of parade, street dance and fireworks. A patriotic “Salute to America,” Durango’s third-ever July 4 Main Avenue Parade, starts at 6 p.m. at Fifth Street and travels north along Main. The procession will feature music, colorfully decorated vehicles and war veterans from all the local veterans clubs.

As the parade draws to a close, the “Salute-to-America Street Dance” begins in the 800 block of Main Avenue. The dance kicks off at 6:45 p.m., includes the music of the High Rollers, a beer garden and ends with the “Salute to America Fireworks Display.” Start time is planned for dark, around 9:15 p.m.


100 years of Mesa Verde National Park
What: Mesa Verde’s Centennial Celebration
Where: Mesa Verde National Park  
When: June 29-July 2


On June 29, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park to “preserve the works of man,” the first national park of its kind. Now, 100 years later, Mesa Verde is celebrating its centennial year this weekend.

“Mesa Verde would not exist as a national park was it not for the efforts of local communities and individuals who fought to preserve these incredible resources,” said Dan Puskar, the park’s Centennial Coordinator. “June 29th is a day to celebrate with local residents, partners, associated Native American tribes, and the whole world to recognize the value of cultural stewardship in our nation.” The June 29 celebration will kick off with a BBQ dinner at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. at the Morefield Amphitheater. Mesa Verde will also host a Centennial Ceremony to commemorate 100 years as a national park, which will include remarks from National Park Service and tribal leaders; Native American dances; the premiere performance of the Mesa Verde Suite, composed by Sterling Proctor and commissioned by Music in the Mountains; and much more. The birthday celebration will continue from Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2. Weekend highlights include: a concert by Native American singer songwriter; Native American dances and craft demonstrations; a theatrical presentation on the life of Gustav Nordenskiöld; stagecoach rides; a quilt show; and special tours of Cliff Palace. For a complete schedule of events, please visit the park’s Centennial website,


Abbey hosts The Sharp End
What: A slide and video presentation by adventurers Andrew McLean and Mike Libecki
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Wed., July 5 at 7 p.m. 

The Sharp End is coming to the Abbey Theatre this week. Featuring a slide and video presentation, the world of ski mountaineering and big wall climbing hits the big screen on Wed., July 5 at 7 p.m.

Local retailers, Backcountry Experience and Pine Needle Mountaineering, have joined together to bring  Mountain Hardwear’s “The Sharp End” tour to Durango. The tour is a presentation by two world-class athletes, Andrew McLean, ski mountaineer, and Mike Libecki, big wall climber/ soloist.

Andrew and Mike will present their perspectives of ‘the sharp end’ of an adventure filled lifestyle. Slides and video will also be presented and door prizes for Mountain Hardwear gear will be given away. After the presentations, there will be an after-party at the Abbey with the athletes.  

McLean has traveled to Tibet, Alaska, Antarctica, Baffin Island and Europe on numerous expeditions. Libecki has established multiple first ascents in such areas as Baffin Island, Greenland, China, Madagascar, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, and Antarctica and made the first traverse across the Taklamakan Desert in Western China, also known as the “Sea of Death” by the local people.

For more information on the event, contact Backcountry Experience at 247-5830 or Pine Needle Mountaineering at 247-8728.