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Ska and Venture kick-off the season
Vast Aire at the Abbey Theatre
Unchaining in Durango

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The KDUR songwriting contest takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Fort Lewis College CUB Pub. 247-7634 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts its annual Pray for Powder Pre-Season Party at 6:30 p.m. Purgatory Benefit Day tickets will be for sale along with door prizes and giveaways. Zen Ken spins dancehall, dub hip-hop and reggae at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Fort Lewis College’s Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall with “How Does That Work?,” a light and informative look at engineering and physics from Dr. Chuck Carson, retired engineer from Sandia National Laboratories.

Spyro Gyra brings its one-of-a-kind pop jazz to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m. Visit www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

Lady Falconburgh’s Barley Exchange, 640 Main Ave., offers Sing-Along Karaoke at 8 p.m. 382-9664 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens Role Model Productions’ latest snowboard film, “When in Doubt Lay it Out,” at 8:30 p.m. The picture features many of Colorado’s top boarders, footage from Red Mountain Pass and door prizes. 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.

Rambling songsmiths James Patterson and Tom Murray, play the Columbine Bar in Mancos at 8:30 p.m. 533-7397 for details.

A Guest DJ spins a mix for Service Industry Night at The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

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Friday17

The second E-Cycling event of the year takes place at the Durango Recycling Center, 710 Tech Center Dr., from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Computer equipment, TVs and other electronics will be collected and recycled for a small fee. 375-4831 for details.

The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition holds a peace vigil from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Main Ave. and 11th St. Signs available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

Pete Giuliani performs guitar and voice at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., from 5: 30-10:30 p.m.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Blu Friday with a Poetry Slam, a keg giveaway and music from DJ Link beginning at 6 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Gary B. Walker, jazz pianist, performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 247-4433.

Tom Lewis, well-known folk singer of sea shanties, performs a benefit concert of “Songs and Humor of Sea and Shore” at 7:30 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave. 946-6623 for details.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts a Dance Party with DJs spinning music from 8 p.m. until close. downstairs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The Jeff Strahan Band plays its Red Dirt Blues at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

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

Cosmic Accident plays blues and rock at the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Aftergrass brings its funky trip-hop back to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m. 247-2324.4

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Saturday18

The second E-Cycling event of the year takes place at the Durango Recycling Center, 710 Tech Center Dr., from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Computer equipment, TVs and other electronics will be collected and recycled for a small fee. 375-4831 for details.

“Stuff the Bus,” the annual food drive benefiting the Volunteers of America, Southwest Safehouse and the Durango Community Shelter, takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Durango Walmart. The drive’s goal is to fill a school bus with nonperishable food items. 247-1240 for details.

Advantage Physical Therapy & Wellness, 801 Florida Rd., suite 3, offers free injury screenings from 9-11 a.m. A wide variety of conditions will be assessed by licensed physical therapists. 259-7829 for details.

The Durango Farmers Market host a special Holiday Market from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the First National Bank parking lot, 259 W. 9th St. The event will include live music, local produce, gifts and friends. 247-8116 for details.

Pete Giuliani performs guitar and voice at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., from 5: 30-10:30 p.m.

Jeff Sweet, jazz pianist, performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts a Dance Party with DJs spinning music from 8 p.m. until close. plays downstairs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

The Jeff Strahan Band plays at Club Uno Mas, 117 W. College, at 9 p.m.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Boogie Nights with retro DJs accepting reguests beginning at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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Sunday19

The Four Corners Gem & Mineral Club, 2350 Main

Ave., hosts its annual Thanksgiving Potluck & Presentation at 1 p.m. Geologist Mary Gillam will speak at the event. Visit www.durnangorocks.org for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at the Miller Middle School football field at 2 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

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Monday20

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

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Tuesday21

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

Durango FiberWorks, 1309 E. Third Ave. in the Smiley Building, hosts Community Night from 5-8 p.m. Local and aspiring fiber artists are encouraged to attend. www.durangofiberworks.com for details.

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

Lacey Black, singer-songwriter/pianist, performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 247-4433.

The Columbine Bar in Mancos hosts its Tuesday Night Jam at 8 p.m. 533-7397 for details.

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Wednesday22

Durango Mountain Resort kicks off the 2006-07 ski season with Benefit Day. Tickets are $10, must be purchased ahead of time and benefit the Durango Winter Sports Foundation. Visit www.durangomountainresort.com for details.

The Polar Express returns to Durango with the first trip leaving the D&SNGRR Depot at 5:10 p.m. The first trip benefits the The Children’s Museum of Durango. 259-9234 for details.

Durango’s all-female traveling hockey team the Durango Fury will be guest bartending for Fury Night at Cuckoo’s Chicken House and Watering Hole, 128 E. College Drive, from 7 p.m. till close. Drink a Ska Pinstripe and support women’s hockey in Durango.

Lacey Black, singer-songwriter/pianist, performs at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 247-4433 for details. 4

An open-level Swing Dance Party takes place at 8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

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Ongoing

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, begins a one-week run of “Shortbus” on Nov. 17. The bold new film from John Cameron Mitchell explores the lives of several emotionally challenged characters as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and sex in and around a modern-day underground salon. The film shows most nights at 4:30, 6:45 & 9 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the “Everything with Drawers” exhibit through Nov. 17. Artwork submitted by local artists will compliment the furniture of Durango craftsman Gregg Senne. “New Works,” small paintings and woodcuts from Chad Colby is one display upstairs in the Art Library through the end of December. 259-2606 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts the exhibit, “Visual Stories.” Artist Anna Ursyn transformed images inspired by the natural and technological worlds for the prints and projected images in the show. The Exit Gallery hosts “Hiroshima Nuclear Legacy: Realities and Implication,” a poster exhibit created by Hiroshima Women’s University. 247-7167 for details.

“Cars,” an exhibit by Durango photographer John Sfondilias, is on display at the Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield through the end of December. To see the “virtual exhibit,” go to http://sfondilias.com/bayfield. For more information on the actual exhibit, call 779-0399.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the new exhibit, “Pushing Your Limits.” The museum explores how people “push their limits” to survive, or just have more fun. Children can crawl into Puebloan dwelling and imagine how it was to live on the edge, wiggle in a full-sized raft, or grind it out on a mountain bike trail. 259-9234 for details.

A new exhibit, “Railroad Boomtown – The San Juan Extension & the Founding of Durango,” is on display at the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave. The exhibit uses historic photos, maps, newspapers, art and artifacts to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Durango and the coming of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway. 259-2402 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies presents 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

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Upcoming

The annual Turkey Trot 5-mile race and a 1-mile family fun run take place on Nov. 23 at Fort Lewis College. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the races run at 10 & 11 a.m. Visit www.go-dmt.org or call 382-8005 for details.

Open Shutter Gallery is accepting submissions for its community show “The Defining Moment.” Two photographs illustrating the theme of the exhibit must be submitted with the application. 382-8355 for details.

The Durango Business Improvement District will release the CD, “Rhythms of Durango, Volume 1,” an eclectic mix of the sounds of downtown, on Nov. 24 at Season’s.

The Durango Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Singing with Santa” Caroling Walk and Tree Lighting is scheduled for Nov. 24.

Tom Russell plays a Nov. 27 Durango Acoustic Music show at the Diamond Circle Theatre.

The White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers and Joe Tohonnie Jr. will perform a free show on Nov. 28 at Fort Lewis College.

Local Vibe, a CD featuring local artists, is scheduled for release with a benefit concert Nov. 29 at the Diamond Circle Theater. The CD will benefit the Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence and local school music programs.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a Nov. 30 booksigning with Kendall Blanchard, former FLC president, for his newly released first novel.

Durango Acting Studio will offer the plays, “Quick Wit: An Evening of One Act Plays” on Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9 and “The Eight:  Reindeer Monologues” on Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9.

The Bayfield Lions Club will host its third annual Chili Dinner as part of the Bayfield Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration on Dec. 2.

Durango’s all-women’s hockey team The Durango Fury takes on the Telluride Box Canyon Beavers Dec. 2-3 at Chapman Ice Rink.

Rapper Mr. Lif with the band, The Coup, play a Dec. 3 show at the Abbey Theatre in support of the new album, “Mo Mega.”

The REEL Environmental Experience – Environmental Film Festival, a fund-raiser for the FLC Environmental Center, returns on Dec. 7.

The Badly Bent brings its high-energy bluegrass back to Steamworks on Dec. 8.

Mesa Verde will host an open house and Centennial Finale in an all-day event on Dec. 9.

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Ska and Venture kick-off the season
What: Ska Brewing and Venture Snowboards’ Season Kickoff Party
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.  
When: Sat., Nov. 18 at 9 p.m.  

Locally crafted suds and snowboards are again helping Durango start the winter season. Ska Brewing and Venture Snowboards host their 2nd annual Season Kickoff Party at the Summit this Sat., Nov. 18. The evening includes live music from Warsaw and The Freeman Social, free grub from Diorio’s South Pizza, the release of Ska’s seasonal beer Euphoria Pale Ale, and a host of door prizes, including a limited-edition, custom graphic Ska/Venture snowboard. Doors open at 9 p.m. To bolster local pride, the two companies have embarked on a product swap of sorts. Ska has created a special release beer, dubbed “Euphoria Pale Ale” after Venture’s powder-specific model. Venture has crafted a small quantity of limited edition Euphoria Pale Ale boards with graphics designed by Durango’s own Shan Wells.  

Both the beer and the snowboard will be unveiled this Saturday at the Summit. Door prizes will be offered by Bubba’s Boards, Diorio’s South Pizza, Durango Mountain Resort, Inferno Snowboard Shop, Juan’s Mountain Sports, Kokopelli Bike & Board, Purl Wax, Shred Shed, Silverton Mountain and Wolf Creek.

For more information on the event or the product, contact Venture at 884-3212 or Ska at 247- 5792.

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Vast Aire at the Abbey Theatre
What: A show featuring top national and regional hip hop acts
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Sat., Nov. 18 at 10 p.m.

A huge bill of indie hip hop is on tap at the Abbey Theatre this Saturday. Vast Aire, one half of the band Cannibal Ox, headlines the show. Slow Suicide Stimulus w/ Tame One, Charlie Chan, and Govone, Yak Ballz, and 4th Pyramid are also on board. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Originally from New York, Vast Aire has grown into one of hip hop’s underground heavyweights and one of the most creative hip hop musicians to date. In 1998, he arrived on the scene in the super-group-duo Cannibal Ox. The group is credited with setting a new standard in hip hop records with the 2001 release of “Cold Vein.”  

Since then, Vast Aire has put out several records on various labels, including “The Best Damn Rap Show,” “Look Mom No Hands” and many other side projects. Vast Aire is also part of the Weathermen and the Atoms Family hip hop bands and has played with Stronghold, Dusted Dons, Living Legends, Wu Tang and others.  

Vast Aire is known for his slow, husky voice and witty punchlines. His stopover brings some of New York’s top hip hop to Durango this week. For more information, contact the Abbey at 395-1711.

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Unchaining in Durango
What: The second local America Unchained! event
Where: Independently owned stores throughout Durango and La Plata County
When: Sat., Nov. 18

The old adage says, “Money talks,” and it talks most loudly at locally owned stores. America Unchained! is paying a second visit to Durango this Saturday in an effort to drive that point home.

For one day, Sat., Nov. 18, Durango consumers are asked to abstain from shopping at national chains and instead spend their money at independent

local businesses. The event will be Durango’s second participation in the national event known as America Unchained!, which started in Austin, Texas, two years ago. Austin’s Unchained day was so successful that dozens of other cities have joined the movement.

Last year, more than 60 local businesses participated; this year the Steering Committee, made up of business owners, employees and concerned citizens, is hoping to involve 150. The campaign hopes to draw attention to “the multiplier effect” – the number of times money spent at a business circulates within a community. In the days leading up to Nov. 18, thousands of dollars in goods and services will be given away as participating businesses conduct drawings within their stores. The day following the event, a culminating celebration of America Unchained! will be held at 6:15 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre. The event includes a free screening of “Independent Amxerica: The Two-Lane Search for Mom and Pop,” which contains local footage.

To find out more about the America Unchained campaign, visit the American Independent Business Alliance’s website at www.AMIBA.net.  

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