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The Motet does the Abbey
Halloween carnival returns to DELC

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Thursday19

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the Sale Barn trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead near Dietz Market at 6 p.m. 382-8005 for details.

The League of Women Voters hosts a candidates forum with Jim Isgar, Ron Tate, Joe Colgan , Chris Navage and Ellen Roberts from 6-8 p.m. in Durango City Hall, 949 E. Second Ave. A discussion of local ballot issues will also take place.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at the Miller Middle School football field at 5:30 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with Dr. Charles Burnham discussing “Glaciers, Ice Sheets and Sea-Level Rise: What’s Happening Now?” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

The Durango Photography Club meets at 7 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Photographer Paul

Boyer will discuss “Capturing the Essence of Place.” 259-6808 for details.

Local author Nancy Heleno discusses brain development in children and teaching colors to infants at 7 p.m. in the Durango Recreation Center. The free program is sponsored by the Durango Public Library. 375-3380 for details.

Club Uno Mas, 117 W. College., hosts salsa dancing, including free dance lessons, from 7-8 p.m., and a DJ spinning tunes until 10 p.m. 375-2568 for details. 247-9151 for details.

Certified True Life Coach Victoria FittsMilgrim gives a free introductory talk, “Retreats: A Journey to More Aliveness,” at 7 p.m. at True Life Coaching, 1549 CR 205. 259-9040 to reserve a space.

Duane Smith presents the slide lecture, “A Time for Peace – Fort Lewis, Colorado 1878-1891,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave. The program will cover the period when Fort Lewis was a military fort. 259-2402 for details.

Master blues storyteller Jack Ellis performs at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. Lisa Blue and Brant Leeper play in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 7:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

International actors Bernardo Rey and Nube Sandoval perform the play, “Maria Magdalena,” at 8 p.m. at Roshong Recital Hall. Proceeds Benefit the 2007 Fort Lewis College Summer Theatre Season. 247-7398 for details.

Vic spins a club mix at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., for Service Industry Night at 8 p.m. 259-0430 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.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., celebrates Pint Night with a CD release for a solo record by Tyson Snider, of Dialogue. DJ Element will spin at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Friday20

The Southwest Center for Independence, 835 E. Second Ave., offers Munch Bunch, a weekly gathering of women dealing with challenges in daily functioning and disability. 259-1672 for details.  

The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition holds a peace vigil from

5 to 6 p.m. at the corner of Main Ave. and 11th St. Signs available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

Terry Rickard and the Chills play legendary local rock at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Dean Murphy and the Swing Rays play downstairs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

The League of Women Voters hosts a candidates forum with Linda Daley, Jean Walter, Sheryl Ayers, Padraig Lynch and Joelle Riddle from 6-8 p.m. in Durango City Hall, 949 E. Second Ave. A discussion of local ballot issues will also take place.

Gary Walker plays favorite jazz standards at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Fall 2006 Band & Choir Concert, presented by the Fort Lewis College Music Department, begins at 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. 247-7657 for details.

International actors Bernardo Rey and Nube Sandoval perform “Muysua,” a play based on pre-Columbian myth, at 8 p.m. at Roshong Recital Hall. Proceeds Benefit the 2007 Fort Lewis College Summer Theatre Season. 247-7398 for details.

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

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

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

Zoomin’ Newman plays rock ‘n roll at the Billy Goat Saloon, located in off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

The Staboola McPet Quartet, an Afro-Cuban, Latin, funk jazz project, plays a 9:30 p.m. show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for details.

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The Durango Farmers Market meets in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St., from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The final Farmers Market takes place on Oct. 28. www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.

Durango Nature Studies hosts an open house at the Durango Nature Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 382-9244 or www.durangonaturestudies.org for details.

Women’s Give-Hockey-A-Try Day takes place at Chapman Hill from 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. The Durango Fury Women’s Hockey team is offering the free event. E-mail durangofury@hotmail.com to sign up. 4

An evening of Kirtan, Eastern Indian chanting, takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Smiley Building’s Blue Heron Studio, 1309 E. Third Ave. 259-2110 for details.

The third annual Autumn Brew Banquet and Lavish Live Auction, benefiting the Southwest Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross, takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. 259-5383 for details.

Jeff Sweet plays favorite jazz standards at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The sixth annual Medicine Horse MusicFest fund-raiser takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Mancos Community Center. The evening features entertainment from newgrass phenoms, the Hot Strings, and benefits the Medicine Horse Center. 533-7403 for details.

One of the annual marks of the coming ski season hits this Saturday, when Matchstick Productions’ latest ski film, “Push,” shows at 7 & 9 p.m. at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. The film showcases the record ski season of 2005-06. 385-1711 for details.

International actors Bernardo Rey and Nube Sandoval perform “Muysua,” a play based on pre-Columbian myth, at 8 p.m. at Roshong Recital Hall. Proceeds Benefit the 2007 Fort Lewis College Summer Theatre Season. 247-7398 for details.

Terry Rickard and the Chills play a second night at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 8:30 p.m. Jo Jo & the Hoods play 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 Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts the Lawn Chair Kings long-awaited CD release party at 9 p.m. The local suburban rock band will be joined on-stage by Rock and Rye and Pinhead for the celebration. 247-2324.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Ladies Night with DJs spinning the music of the 70s and 80s at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Sunday22

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

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a 4 p.m. forum on “Will your vote count?,” featuring guest speaker Claudia Kuhn, of Be the Change USA. The film “Invisible Ballots” will be screened and county clerk candidates Linda Daley and Jean Walter will be on hand. 385-1711 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m. 375-7260 for details.

Monday23

The Durango DEVO Team’s junior program, mountain biking for riders from second to fifth grade, meets from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 247-8355 or stescher@yahoo.com 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.

Tuesday24

The Durango DEVO Team’s junior program, mountain biking for riders from second to fifth grade, meets from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 247-8355 or stescher@yahoo.com 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.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 5:30 p.m. 375-7313 for details.

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

Singer songwriter Nina Sasaki returns to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 7:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

Wednesday25

A free injury-screening clinic, including lectures from physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers, takes place at 5 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. 382-8776 for details.

Fort Lewis College hosts a candidate’s debate between State House of Representatives candidates Ellen Roberts and Joe Colgan at 7 p.m. at the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum. 247-7405 for details.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 7 p.m. reading and booksigning with Colorado poet and naturalist Karen Chamberlain for her essay and story collection, Desert of the Heart. 247-1438 for details.

A panel discussion on the “Decision to Drop the Bomb” takes place at 7 p.m. in Reed Library. The Professional Associates of Fort Lewis College will address the decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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.

Ongoing

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the “Everything with Drawers” exhibit from Oct. 20-Nov. 17. Artwork submitted by local artists will compliment the furniture of Durango craftsman Gregg Senne. This exhibit takes place in association with the Durango Arts and Crafts Conference & Marketplace, Oct. 26-29 and an opening reception will be held Oct. 20 from 5-7 p.m. 259-2606.4 

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. Ursyn will present a lecture on Oct. 20, from 3-4 p.m. and a reception will follow. The Exit Gallery hosts “Hiroshima Nuclear Legacy: Realities and Implication,” a poster exhibit created by Hiroshima Women’s University. 247-7167.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens “The Last Kiss,” a remake of the Italian film, “L’Ultimo Bacio.” Starring Zach Braff, Jacinda Barrett, Casey Affleck and Tom Wilkinson, “The Last Kiss” is a contemporary comedy-drama about life, love, infidelity, forgiveness, marriage, friendship and coming to grips with turning 30. The film shows most nights at 3:30, 6:15 & 9 p.m. 385-1711 for details.

The 3rd Ave Dance Co. presents “Face the Music & Dance” on Oct. 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave. This 6th anniversary performance is an evening of dance that showcases a variety of dance styles such as jazz, modern, musical theater dance and incorporates a wide range of thematic content. 259-4122 for details.

Smelter’s Coalroom, 801 Main Ave. under Joel’s, hosts “Pink Drink” night every Thursday and Friday in October from 5-7 p.m. Partial proceeds from all sales will benefit breast cancer research. 259-3470 for details.

The ICON Sacred Arts Festival runs through Nov. 3 at St. Mark’s Church. The festival provides a venue for the display of sacred art from artists of all ages and religious backgrounds and encourages artists to express their sense of the sacred. 247-1129 for details.

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.

Durango BMX hosts races every Sunday (weather permitting) with sign ups from 1 to 2 p.m., and gate practices take place every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to dusk. Visit www.durangobmx.com 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

Upcoming

The FLC Life-Long Lecture Series continues on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. with “Great Geezer Art: Creative Expression in Old Age, from Michaelangelo to Matisse, Hokusai to Picasso,” a slide-lecture by Judith Reynolds.

Marina Vasquez, Mayan scholar, will discuss “Creation Myth and the Mayan World” on Oct. 26 at the Center of Southwest Studies.

The Halloween installment of the Durango Critical Mass ride takes off from the train depot on Oct. 27.

The Four Corners Gem & Mineral Club will host a beginning cabochon class on Oct. 28.

The Magpies will play electric bluegrass at the Columbine Bar in Mancos on Oct. 28.

Peakinsight LLC’s annual conference takes place Oct. 28-29 at Fort Lewis College, and this year’s theme is Sustainability Quest.

The Center of Southwest Studies is accepting submissions for the 4th annual Juried Photography Exhibition through Oct. 30. 247-7456 for details.

Excel Charter School will host a Haunted House on Halloween night, Oct. 31.

A Wine Tasting & Silent Auction benefiting Habitat for Humanity takes place Nov. 3 at the FLC Ballroom.

The 10th annual Durango AIDS Benefit takes place Nov. 4 at the Durango Arts Center and includes dinner, silent auction and dance.

A Boot Camp for New Dads is scheduled for Nov. 4 and expecting fathers and fathers with infants are invited. 247-5960 x 13 to register.

The Durango Independent Film Festival will screen “The Heart of the Game” as its November Monthly Movie on Nov. 8 at the Abbey Theatre.

Bones’ Solo Ensemble, a live percussion looping, multi-media event, performs at the Abbey Theatre on Nov. 10.

Sherman Alexie, Esther G. Belin, Lisa Lenard-Cook, Steven J. Meyers, William Pitt Root and more will be featured at the Southwest Writers Institute on Nov. 10-11. Visit southwestwritersinstitute.org for details.  

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What: A concert by the innovative New York percussion ensemble
Where: Community Concert Hall at FLC
When: Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

So Percussion plays Concert Hall

So Percussion, a unique ensemble the New York Times has hailed as “brilliant” and “consistently impressive” comes to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College this Sunday. The show gets under way at 7 p.m.

Coming together in New Haven, Conn., at Yale’s graduate program, So Percussion is made up of Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting and Lawson White. The band was created to give fresh voice to what co-founder Treuting calls “funky contemporary music.” Devoted to the conceptual dreamscapes of Steve Reich, Iannis Xenakis, John Cage and others, “So” has established a disciplined work ethic, learning pieces whole – memo

rized and absorbed – instead of merely read.

“I experienced a miracle: The So Percussion quartet completely disarming the most conservative audience known to mankind,” said Paul Cox of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “The audience ate out of the palm of their collective hand. They rock.”

Eager to expand, So members continue to experiment with glockenspiel, toy piano, vibraphones, bowed marimba, melodica, tuned and prepared pipes, metals, unusual sound programming and more. The resulting idiosyncratic tone explorations are found on the ensemble’s newest CD, “Amid the Noise,” and were synchronized to Jenise Treuting’s haunting films of street scenes in Manhattan and Tokyo. 

Tickets for this Sunday’s show are available at www.durangoconcerts.com, by calling 247-7657 or by visiting the Ticketing Services Office at 7th and Main Avenue. Doors to the Concert Hall open at 6 p.m.

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The Motet does the Abbey
What: An early Halloween show by the noted Afro-Cuban band
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Wed., Oct. 25. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

After an extended absence, the Motet is returning to Durango next week, and the band is bringing Madonna’s repertoire with them. The Motet will again play its unique “electric Americubafrican groove” at the Abbey Theatre on Oct. 25, but this time the show will have a “Like a Virgin” flair.

The Motet continues to rise in the American improv-touring band scene. The Boulder-based band draws large audiences with its world beats and hard groove. Attempting to describe the Motet’s sound, with its Latin jazz textures, dirty funk grooves, West African & Cuban drum rhythms and sax work, is difficult at best.

The band includes: Dave Watts on drums, Scott Messersmith on percussion, Greg Raymond on keyboards, Garret Sayers on bass and Mark Donovan on guitar. The combination is working. Jambase.com raved, “The Motet is as groovy as ever, knocking down the walls with its hyper beats and pulsating sound.”

The Motet is diving into new territory with its Oct. 25 show at the Abbey. Costumes are encouraged, and the band will be covering, bending and putting a unique spin on the artist formerly known as Madonna.

Doors for The Motet’s Halloween show at the Abbey open at 9:30 p.m. For information, call 385-1711.

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Halloween carnival returns to DELC
What: The Fall Festival Block Party fund-raiser 
Where: Durango Early Learning Center, 890 E. Third Ave.
When: Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1-6 p.m.

Halloween is in the air, which means it’s time for Durango Early Learning Center’s annual fall carnival. This year, DELC invites the whole community to attend the festival, which takes place Saturday afternoon from 1 to 6 p.m. Entrance is free, but event and food tickets will be sold for 25 cents each. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the nonprofit school’s building-purchase fund.

Co-sponsored by Durango Party Rental, this family-oriented event will include local vendor booths, a costume parade at 1:30 p.m., food, crafts, games, raffles for cruiser bikes and a bike trailer, face painting and a jumpy castle. There also will be live entertainment, including the Benet El Noor belly dancers and a magic show by Mysto the Magi.

Generations of Durangoans have attended Durango Early Learning Center, which has served more than 20,000 children since opening its doors in 1978. Originally a grade school, over the years the role of the school changed with the needs of the community. Today, DELC offers toddler and preschool provision for 70 children in La Plata County. The school is a nonsectarian, nonprofit center that works in partnership with the Department of Human Services and the Colorado Preschool Program.

Over the years, the school has rented the building, an older structure that was originally a family home. The various rooms were converted into classrooms that utilize both inside and outside spaces, such as gardens, natural stone walkways, vegetable beds and a playground. This year, the school was given the exciting opportunity to purchase the building from its owners and is asking the community for help in ensuring that DELC continues to serve local families for years to come.

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