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Noted songwriter Tom Russell plays Durango

Understanding white privilege
Holidazzle lights up downtown

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The annual Turkey Trot takes place on the Fort Lewis College Rim and includes a 5-mile race and a 1-mile family fun run. Registration takes place at the Business Education Building beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the racing starts at 11 a.m. Visit or call 382-8005.

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

Lady Falconburgh’s Barley Exchange, 640 Main Ave., offers Sing-Along Karaoke at 8 p.m. 382-9664 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 a “Be Thankful You’re Not Stuck at Home” party at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

A DJ spins music for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 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.

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.

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

Ralph Dinosaur brings his classic rock back to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. Dean Murphy and the Swing Rays play downstairs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Freeplay, featuring Pete Giuliani, plays everything from classics to modern rock at the Columbine Bar in Mancos at 8 p.m. 533-7397 for details.

Kirk James and harmonica player Kevin Blaum play a blues duo 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.

Wild Country brings its danceable country to the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.



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

The Durango Dances of Universal Peace take place at Har Shalom, 2537 County Road 203, beginning at 7 p.m.

Elation Center for the Arts presents “Jazz in Pagosa with Teresa Ross and The Actual Proof Quartet” at 7 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes4

Clubhouse. Visit for details.

Rudy Boy plays a show at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. Dean Murphy and the Swing Rays play 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.

The Staboola McPet Quintet brings its funky jazz back to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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



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



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

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.



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

The White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers from Arizona perform with singer Joe Tohonnie Jr. perform at 4 p.m. in the CUB Ballroom at Fort Lewis College. The event is free and is followed by a potluck at the FLC Native American Center.

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. for details.

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

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

Brant Leeper performs jazz at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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



Durango Skies Telescope & Binocular, 21738 U.S. Hwy. 160, offers free telescope viewing of the full moon along with hot chocolate and cookies from 6-7 p.m 259-5400 for details.

The Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence hosts a CD release party for “Local Vibe” from 6-10 p.m. at the Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave. The locally produced CD benefits music in 9-R schools and features everything from blues to soft rock. 385-1941 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. 4

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

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.

3 Peas, a band that melds jazz, funk, reggae and hip hop, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad runs service to the “North Pole” onboard The Polar Express through Dec. 23. Once onboard the Polar Express, hot cocoa and nougats are served and passengers read along with The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helper greet the train at the “North Pole.” Visit 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. Student and donated art will also be available in the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery to either purchase directly or bid on in a silent auction from Nov. 27-30. A portion of the proceeds go to the gallery and ceramics department. 247-7167.

“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 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.

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



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.

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.

A nondenominational service of remembrance, hope and healing for World AIDS Day takes place on Dec. 1 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Fort Lewis College Music Department presents its annual Holiday Bash on Dec. 1 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross offers Wilderness First Aid on Dec. 1-3. 259-5383 to register.    

St. Columba School hosts its annual Christmas Bazaar all day on Dec. 2.

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.”

Jean Campion, former Fort Lewis College instructor, signs copies of her debut novel, Minta Forever, on Dec. 5 at Maria’s Bookshop.

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.

“Zen Cowboy” Chuck Pyle will bring his American roots music to the Durango Arts Center on Dec. 10.

“Christmas with the Arioso Duo,” a holiday recital, takes pace on Dec. 10 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Local author Will Hobbs will sign his books Dec. 16 at Waldenbooks.


Noted songwriter Tom Russell plays Durango
What: A local show from the acclaimed songwriter
Where: The Diamond Circle Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
When: Tues., Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.  

The man Rolling Stone called the “best living songwriter” is taking the local stage this week. Durango Acoustic Music presents legendary songwriter and performer Tom Russell at the Diamond Circle Theatre on Nov. 27. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Russell has 20 albums of original material to his credit, as well as three books and one DVD. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Doug Sahm, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely and others. One of his best known tunes is “Gallo del Cielo.”

In March of this year, Hightone Records released Tom Russell’s acclaimed “Love and Fear,” 11 new songs that explore the raw truth about love.

The Village Voice proclaimed, “Tom Russell is worth at least a dozen Toby Keiths,” in March 2005. A year earlier, Russell released “Hotwalker,” a montage of the Beat Generation featuring the voices of Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, Dave Van Ronk and others. The album made more than a dozen top 10 “best-of” lists and served as a soundtrack for the published letters between Charles Bukowski and Russell.

“’Hotwalker’ is a sensory and ideological barrage, yet Russell’s songwriting maintains an uncanny sense of place that advertises him as one of the remaining guardians of a dwindling narrative sensibility,” wrote the Associated Press. “This is an ambitious album that ultimately manages to become something quite rare: a work of art.”

Tickets for the show are available at Southwest Sound and Canyon Music. For more information, call 946-3822.


Understanding white privilege
What: A workshop and film screening on race and racism
Where: Fort Lewis College, 130 Noble Hall
When: Tues., Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

The issues of race and racism go into the spotlight this week at Fort Lewis College. Author and teacher Francie Kendall will conduct a workshop on Nov. 28 in 130 Noble Hall.

Kendall is the author of Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race and has conducted past workshops with the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE).

Kendall’s book and work have both earned high praise. Lee Ann Bell, co-author of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, commented, “Kendall has written a compelling and highly readable account of her own consciousness about racism as a white woman and what she has learned along the way about our role as white people in supporting and perpetuating it. Through her long years of experience as an activist and educator/trainer, she has collected a vivid array of stories and examples delineating how white institutions and individuals consciously and unconsciously, overtly and tacitly, support a system that benefits white people at the expense of people of color.”

In addition to Kendall’s workshop, Durangoans have several opportunities to view Shakti Butler’s new film, “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible.” A first “brown bag” lunch and screening takes place Nov. 27 at noon in the CUB Senate Room, and a second screening is set for 4 p.m. in 130 Chemistry. There will be another “brown bag” lunch and screening Nov. 28 at noon in the CUB B&G Room as a prelude to the workshop.

For more information on any of the events, call 247-7508.


Holidazzle lights up downtown
What: The kick-off of the 2nd annual Holidazzle Celebration
Where: Downtown Durango
When: Friday, Nov. 24 beginning at 4 p.m.

Holidazzle, “singing with Santa” and rhythms of Durango, Volume 1, an eclectic mix of the sounds of downtown, all debut this Fri., Nov. 24 in downtown Durango’s kick-off to the holiday season.

Furthering the effort to enliven and help sustain Durango’s historic downtown, the Durango business improvement district has sponsored Rhythms of Durango, volume 1, a CD featuring numerous local artists. The album goes public from 4-5: 30 p.m. with a CD release party at Seasons.

“Live music happens all over our downtown,” said Seasons owner and BID board member, Karen Barger. “We’re delighted to be able to promote our local vocalists and musicians and, by extension, the venues at which they play.”

Artists featured on the inaugural CD include: the Badly Bent, Lacey Black & Red Rhapsody, Alison Dance, Formula 151, John Garza, Tim Guidotti, High Rollers, The Hot Strings, Kirk James, Lawn Chair Kings, Lawrence Nass, Terry Rickard, Greg Ryder, The Shoes!, Sally Shuffield, Jeff Solon, Staboola Mcpet Quintet, and Wild Blooms. A majority will be on hand at Seasons.

The party also kicks off the 2nd annual Holidazzle, the comprehensive, downtown, holiday promotional program. Following the CD release, the Singing with Santa caroling procession and holiday tree lighting take place. In the four weeks leading up to Christmas, nearly 40 events and activities will take place in and around downtown Durango. More than 75 businesses in the central business district are also offering gift drawings, with sign-ups being taken throughout the promotional period. All merchants will hold their drawings on Dec. 24 and notify winners by phone.

For more information on Holidazzle, visit




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