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Shemekia Copeland returns
FLC goes big for Earth Week
Mesa Verde exhibit opens

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

The J.S. Jazz Trio, including Jeff Sweet, Joyce Simpson and Jeff Solon performs at the Westside Bar & Café, 117 W. College, from 6-9 p.m. 247-9151.

The Thought and Inquiry Forum’s Discussion Night takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave. This month’s topic is the idea of revolution. 884-7277 for details.

A free real estate seminar takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Fort Lewis College Blue and Gold room. The seminar will discuss the home buying process, things to know as a renter, financing and home loan basics, and understanding credit. 769-2118 to register.

The Mesa Verde Centennial Lecture Series reconvenes at 7 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies with Professor of Anthropology Kathleen Fine-Dare presenting “Bodies Unburied, Mummies Displayed: Anthropology and Repatriation in the Americas.” The talk’s focus is on Dr. Fine-Dare’s work on human remains from Mesa Verde National Park and Argentina. 247-7595 for details.

UCLA doctor and professor Joseph Gambone will discuss “Newer Fertility Treatments: Are They Changing the Traditional Concept of Family?” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall for as the FLC Life-Long Learning Lecture Series. 247-7698 for details.

The Excel Charter School’s music program begins at 7 p.m. featuring performances from the High School Beginning Music Ensemble, Middle School Beginning Music Ensemble and Middle School Afro-Cuban Ensemble. 

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.

Kirk James plays his award-winning local blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. Noted jazz singer Heather Sullivan performs 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 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.

DJs Spark Madden and A-Bell spin at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., for Pint Night at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

DJ Myers spins music for Ladies Night at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m .247-2324.



The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., offers Toddler Craft Time at 10 a.m. Participants will continue to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by creating their own luck rainbows and pots ‘o gold. 259-9234 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.

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.

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

The Fort Lewis College Concert Band and Concert Choir, Linda Mack and Mark Walters present a new work commissioned for the Mesa Verde Centennial, “The Proud Light Shines on the Mountains,” at 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall. 247-7657 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.

Wild Country plays wild country at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

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

Blue Turtle Seduction, jamgrass from Lake Tahoe, returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



Author Elizabeth Engstrom teaches an 8 a.m. workshop on “The Architecture of Fiction.” 884-0987 for details.

SkyFest 2006, a free music festival, takes place from noon-6 p.m. at Buckley Park, 1300 block of Main Ave. Featured performers include the Hot Strings, Nick Motil, slam poetry from Ishle Yi Park, Whiskey Blanket and Drag the River, alt-country from Fort Collins. There will also be free drawings for FLC Student ID holders. 247-7474 for details.  

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., offers a presentation from Flexible Flyers on rafting safety and the history of whitewater in the Southwest at 1 p.m. The hands-on event is for children ages 5-10. 259-9234 for details. 4

   Das Samba performs Brazilian jazz at 2 p.m. at Purgy’s at the Durango Mountain Resort base area. 247-0564 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 Lord’s Prayer Cycle,” a special evening of Dances of Universal Peace, takes place at 7 p.m. at St Marks Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave. 385-7375 for details.

Ralph Dinosaur plays a second night at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m.  Jazz singer Heather Sullivan performs 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.

Neo-soul band, the Tim Terry Experience, plays the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m. The band includes former members of Cameo, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Giant People. 385-1711 for details.

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

Wild Country plays a second show at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., at 9 p.m. 375-2568 for details.

Taarka, featuring members of the Musement, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Robbie and Bethany Sands spin and Caitlin provides live beats for Ladies Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.



The Fort Lewis College Music Department presents “The History of Jazz” faculty concert at 3 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall in the Sage Hall building.

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.


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.



Two films, “Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action” and “Pow-Wow Highway” screen at the Center of Southwest Studies as the kick off for Hozhoni Days, the annual the Native American celebration. They show back-to-back at 10:15 a.m. and again 6 p.m. 247-7221 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 High Desert Wanderers, a group of belly dancers and musicians, play at Himalayan Cuisine, 992 Main Ave., with performances at 6 & 7:45 p.m. 259-0956 for details.

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



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.

L.A. recording artist and jazz singer 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.



Hozhoni Days continues with guest speaker and Navajo filmmaker Norman Brown’s talk “Rewriting the Hollywood Script: The Navajo Way” at 5 p.m. at the Center for Southwest Studies. Brown’s 28-minute drama “Rez Hope” screens earlier in the day at 10:15 a.m. 247-7221 for details.

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.

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

Marilyn Van Derbur, a former Miss America from 4 Colorado and best-selling author, gives a 7 p.m. talk, “Miss America by Day,” at the Fort Lewis College Student Memorial Lounge. The event is free and will be followed by a book signing. 247-9280 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 for details.

Mosley Rose plays a concert at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits the new work of California photographer Roman Loranc from March 23-May 3. Loranc’s images of landscapes, marshes, woods and sacred places show their beauty and propensity to heal. All of Loranc’s photographs were taken with medium-format film and printed in his darkroom. 382-8355 for details.

Durango Harley Davidson presents a motorcycle show, swap meet and extravaganza this weekend at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The event includes prizes, drawings, bike demonstrations, a blood drive and more. The show runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 25 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 26. 259-0778 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery exhibits “Politics and Mexicanidad: The Prints of Medez, Zalce and Bracho” through March 30, featuring internationally-known graphic artists Leopoldo Mendez, Alfred Zalce and Angel Bracho. The Fort Lewis College Exit Gallery shows the photography of Anthony Miles in the exhibit, “Thailand & Southeast Asia.” 247-7167 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the award-winning film, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.” The film is a study of the emotional, psychological, spiritual and social implications of having an international border running through the middle of a culture. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, who also won Best Actor at Cannes, the film is both a potent Western and a poignant morality tale. The picture shows at 3:45, 6:30 & 9 p.m. most days. for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents the annual Members’ Exhibit, and this year’s theme is “Critters.” The DAC Art Library exhibits the work of visual journal artist Joan Macdonald of Pine, Colo. 259-2606 for details.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave., introduces the works of Seattle artist Karin Schminke, with the exhibit, “State of the Art Technology and Art Aesthetic.” The show runs through March 31. 247-9018 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. 731-2766 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.



“We Jam Econo,” a documentary about the punk band the Minutemen will be screened March 30 at FLC’s Noble Hall.

The Lost Dog celebrates its one-year anniversary on March 30 with a Hawaiian bash.

Dave Mensch and Katherine Tischhauser from Formula 151 play a March 30 duet at Scoot ‘n Blues.

“Why We Fight,” the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, opens at the Abbey Theatre on March 31.

The 42nd annual Hozhoni Days Powwow at Fort Lewis College takes place April 1 & 2.

Zion I plays live hip hop on April 2 at the Abbey Theatre.

Local author Kate Niles will present a free interactive workshop on April 4 at part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Celtic band Solas plays San Juan College in Farmington on April 4.

Durango Nature Studies will offer free volunteer naturalist training beginning April 5.

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown returns April 7-9.

The Durango Cowboy Gathering presents a special dance featuring swing band Ted Scanlon and the Desperados on April 7 & 8 at the Wild Horse Saloon. The dance coincides with the Four Corners Backcountry Horsemen’s annual Tack Sale on April 8.

The San Juan Mountains Association is offering a “Food, Land and People, Healthy Lifestyles Education Workshop” for area educators on April 8.

The Tri the Rim Triathlon returns to Fort Lewis College on April 15. Registration forms are available now.

Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County will hold a Family Selection Orientation/Application Meeting on April 22. 382-9930 for details.


Shemekia Copeland returns
What: A an encore performance by the renowned blues diva
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

Called “a force of nature” by The Washington Post and “astounding” by Vanity Fair, blues diva Shemekia Copeland returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College this Sat.y, March 25. Copeland goes on stage at 7 p.m.

The daughter of the late Texas blues guitar slinger Johnny Copeland, Shemekia came to the idea of a singing career slowly – though her father reportedly recognized her destiny from the start. He brought her on stage at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club when she was 8, and though at the time she was embarrassed to sing, by age 15 she’d changed her attitude.

Copeland is on tour promoting her latest CD, “The Soul Truth,” released late last year. The album is reportedly Copeland’s funkiest, deepest and most exciting statement yet. Produced by renowned guitarist Steve Cropper, the album is steeped in the spirit of classic Memphis soul yet embraces a contemporary and up-to-the-minute slice of life. Featuring Copeland’s powerful, emotional vocals over a blistering band “’The Soul Truth’ is the best album of what had already been a stellar career,” reports the Philadelphia Enquirer.

During that stellar career, Copeland has collected five Blues Music Awards, a Grammy nomination, five Living Blues Awards, and was honored with the coveted “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” award by the DownBeat Critics’ Poll. 

Tickets for the concert are available online at, at the Concert Hall’s Ticketing Services Office, 707½ Main Ave., or by calling 247-7657.


FLC goes big for Earth Week
What: Lectures, events and music in honor of Mother Earth  
Where: Throughout the Durango area
When: Beginning March 25

Fort Lewis College is once again pulling out all the stops for Earth Week 2005. Seven days of events are planned, including lectures, live music, a 5k run/walk, campus clean-up activities and even a petting zoo for children. The complete schedule of events follows:

n Sat., March 25 – Solar Panel Installation Workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Retreat Center, 848 E. Third Ave. 247-7676 to RSVP

n  Mon., March 27 – Derrick Jensen, renowned author of A Language Older than Words, discusses “Bringing Down Civilization” from 6-8 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Ballroom. 247-7676 to reserve a free ticket.

n  Tues., March 28 – Panel discussion highlighting the efforts of native people to address environmental issues on reservation lands, 6 p.m., Center for Southwest Studies Lyceum.

n  Wed., March 29 – An Eco-Garden Workday takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. behind Juniper Hall on campus. An Eco-Art Mixer, featuring art, music and socializing, runs from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave.

n  Thurs., March 30 –Campus and Trail Clean Up, meet in front of Reed Library, 10 a.m. Nonviolent Communication Workshop, 6 p.m., Chemistry Hall Room 130.

n  Friday, March 31 – Healing Meditation for World and Environmental Peace, an event led by local healer Ed Jackson, 11:30 a.m. near the FLC Clock Tower. Earth Week Congress runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the College Union Building.

n  Sat., April 1 – The Hozhoni Days/Earth Week 5K Run/Walk begins at 5 p.m., Santa Rita Park, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Visit to register.

n  Fri., April 7 – Earth Week 2006 concludes with Barnyard Days, an outdoor petting zoo for all ages, 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information on Earth Week events, contact the Fort Lewis College Environmental Center at 247-7676 or visit


Mesa Verde exhibit opens
What: An exhibition celebrating the 100th birthday of Mesa Verde National Park
Where: The Center of Southwest Studies
When: March 24-Oct. 29

The 100th birthday of Mesa Verde National Park has led to an extraordinary collaboration  – a one and a half-year melding of experience, expertise and energy among the Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College and Mesa Verde National Park. That collaboration goes on public display this Fri., March 24, when an exhibition marking Mesa Verde National Park’s Centennial opens at the Center of Southwest Studies.

For the exhibition, open until Oct. 29, Fort Lewis College developed education, outreach and research programs. Peter McCormick,  professor of Southwest Studies  and lead organizer of the collaboration, points out, “The college’s advantageous proximity to one of the United Nations’ World Heritage sites affords it unique opportunities as a liberal arts college serving the state, the Southwest, and American Indian communities, in particular.” 

The exhibit attempts to synthesize the fragmented array of experiences and interpretations of the rich cultural past of the Four Corners.  Eleven 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. In addition to the exhibition, the Center of Southwest Studies and Fort Lewis College will be presenting the Mesa Verde Lecture Series, featuring local experts on ancient and contemporary aspects of the park, through the middle of April.  

The exhibition opens March 24 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the center.  A part of the festivities will include an Indian choir and opening remarks by Fort Lewis College President Brad Bartel. For more information on centennial activities, visit or call 247-7456.




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May 15, 2020
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May 7, 2020
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