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Ongoing Upcoming

Robert Mirabal plays the concert hall
Reel Rock Tour shows at the Abbey
Tour de Fat rolls back into town

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Thursday14

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown Festival holds its summer fund-raiser from 5-9 p.m. at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. The event includes BBQ, commemorative pint glass and performances from the Cronin Valley Crooks, Down the Road, Rock and Rye, and The Badly Bent. 259-1894 for details.  

The Durango Adult Education Center hosts a volunteer training from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at 301 E. 12th St. Volunteers are needed to teach GED and ESOL classes. 385-4354 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the Raider’s Ridge Loop. Interested runners should meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead at 6 p.m. 382-8005 for details.

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

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., 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.

Fred Blackburn opens the Fall Lecture Series at the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., with the program, “The Wetherills – Friends of Mesa Verde,” at 7:30 p.m. Blackburn authored the book by the same title. 259-2402 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Jazz singer Heather Sullivan performs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

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.

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Friday15

Pete Giuliani plays his acoustic stew at a celebration of Mexican Independence Day at Cocina Linda, 309 W. College, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 259-6729 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.

A 5-7 p.m. reception kicks off the David Hunt Annual Ceramics Invitational at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. The Invitational runs through Oct. 18 and includes work from FLC alumni and regional artists.

Pete Giuliani and his acoustic stew appear at Serious Texas Bar-B-Q South, 650 S. Camino del Rio, from 5-9 p.m. 259-9507 for details.

Durango Nursery and Supply, 271 Kaycee Lane, presents its annual “An Evening in the Garden” from 5-8 p.m. The evening includes a talk on bulbs by Mike Smedley and top plant expert Panayoti Kelaidis discussing waterwise plants for the Rocky Mountains. 259-8800 for details.

“Artists for Change,” a fund-raiser to benefit

Democratic candidates, takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. at Ellis Crane Gallery, 934 Main Ave. Proceeds will benefit Joelle Riddle and Joe Colgan and only 100 tickets will be sold. 382-9855 for details.

Nite Owl returns to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8: 30 p.m.  Cristabel and the Jons, a bluesy folk band from Knoxville, plays at 8 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts BLU Friday beginning with a 6 p.m. keg giveaway. 259-9200 for details.

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

Durango Scottish Dancers offers a six-week Scottish dance class beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs dance studio of the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. 382-9593 for details.

Formula 151 plays an all-ages performance of original, acoustic music at 7:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 801 E. Second Ave. 259-2606 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff performs at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 9 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.

Terry Rickard and The Chills play rock and blues at the Billy Goat Saloon, located in off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Drag the River, alt-country from Fort Collins, returns to Durango with a 9:30 p.m show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for details.

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Saturday16

The Durango Farmers Market meets in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St., from 8 a.m.-noon. www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.

“Tri IT,” a race with running, kayaking and cycling legs, starts at 9 a.m. at Joe Rowell Park in Dolores. Entries are open to individuals and teams, proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, and a BBQ picnic follows the event. 565-2000, ext. 23 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays at the Durango Harley-Davidson, 750 S. Camino del Rio, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 259-0778 for details. 4


Thursday14

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown Festival holds its summer fund-raiser from 5-9 p.m. at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. The event includes BBQ, commemorative pint glass and performances from the Cronin Valley Crooks, Down the Road, Rock and Rye, and The Badly Bent. 259-1894 for details.  

The Durango Adult Education Center hosts a volunteer training from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at 301 E. 12th St. Volunteers are needed to teach GED and ESOL classes. 385-4354 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the Raider’s Ridge Loop. Interested runners should meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead at 6 p.m. 382-8005 for details.

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

The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., 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.

Fred Blackburn opens the Fall Lecture Series at the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., with the program, “The Wetherills – Friends of Mesa Verde,” at 7:30 p.m. Blackburn authored the book by the same title. 259-2402 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Jazz singer Heather Sullivan performs in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

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.

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Friday15

Pete Giuliani plays his acoustic stew at a celebration of Mexican Independence Day at Cocina Linda, 309 W. College, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 259-6729 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.

A 5-7 p.m. reception kicks off the David Hunt Annual Ceramics Invitational at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. The Invitational runs through Oct. 18 and includes work from FLC alumni and regional artists.

Pete Giuliani and his acoustic stew appear at Serious Texas Bar-B-Q South, 650 S. Camino del Rio, from 5-9 p.m. 259-9507 for details.

Durango Nursery and Supply, 271 Kaycee Lane, presents its annual “An Evening in the Garden” from 5-8 p.m. The evening includes a talk on bulbs by Mike Smedley and top plant expert Panayoti Kelaidis discussing waterwise plants for the Rocky Mountains. 259-8800 for details.

“Artists for Change,” a fund-raiser to benefit Democratic candidates, takes place from 5:30-8 p.m. at Ellis Crane Gallery, 934 Main Ave. Proceeds will benefit Joelle Riddle and Joe Colgan and only 100 tickets will be sold. 382-9855 for details.

Nite Owl returns to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8: 30 p.m.  Cristabel and the Jons, a bluesy folk band from Knoxville, plays at 8 p.m. in the Sidecar Jazz Lounge. 259-1400 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts BLU Friday beginning with a 6 p.m. keg giveaway. 259-9200 for details.

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

Durango Scottish Dancers offers a six-week Scottish dance class beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs dance studio of the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. 382-9593 for details.

Formula 151 plays an all-ages performance of original, acoustic music at 7:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 801 E. Second Ave. 259-2606 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff performs at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 9 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.

Terry Rickard and The Chills play rock and blues at the Billy Goat Saloon, located in off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Drag the River, alt-country from Fort Collins, returns to Durango with a 9:30 p.m show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for details.

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Saturday16

The Durango Farmers Market meets in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. Ninth St., from 8 a.m.-noon. www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.

“Tri IT,” a race with running, kayaking and cycling legs, starts at 9 a.m. at Joe Rowell Park in Dolores. Entries are open to individuals and teams, proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, and a BBQ picnic follows the event. 565-2000, ext. 23 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays at the Durango Harley-Davidson, 750 S. Camino del Rio, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 259-0778 for details. 4

A Boot Camp for New Dads workshop takes place from 1-4 p.m. Fathers expecting a baby in the next 6 months and fathers with infants 1-6 months old are welcome. 247-5960, ext. 13 to register.

Santa Clara potters Jane Baca and Starr Tafoya demonstrate how to make and fire traditional Pueblo pottery at 3 p.m. at the Chapin Amphitheater in Mesa Verde National Park. 529-4465 for details.

U.S. Congressman John Salazar appears at a fund-raiser for county commissioner candidate Joelle Riddle from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Karyn Gabaldon Gallery, 680 Main Ave. RSVP to info@joelleriddle.com.

Durango DOT Comedy and South of Funny join forces for a comedy double feature at 8 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 801 E. Second Ave. 259-2606 for details.

Nite Owl plays a second night of rock and blues at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 8 p.m. Cristabel and the Jons return to the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

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

The Yard Dogs Road Show, a group combining the elements of vaudeville and burlesque, comes to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Ladies Night returns to Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., with DJs spinning music from the 70s and 80s at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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Sunday17

A benefit for the family of cancer victim Julio Lopes takes place at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, from 12:30-3 p.m. The event includes a screening of “El Inmigrante” and special tamales from Cocina Linda. 259-6729 for details.

The Four Corners Rose Society meets at 1 p.m. in the Durango Mall’s Community Room.  Following a potluck lunch, the recent rose show will be discussed. 247-0813 for details.

A “Meet Joe Colgan BBQ” takes place at 2 p.m. at Mancos’ Boyle Park. Colgan is a candidate for the State House of Representatives and drinks and burgers will be provided. 533-7499 for details.

Solo Guitarist Brad Richter performs for Fort Lewis College’s 2006-07 Artist in Residence Series at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

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

Mem Shannon and the Membership, the 2006 WC Handy Award Nominees for Best Male Soul Blues Artist & Best Soul Blues Album, return to Durango with an 8 p.m. show  at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 259-1400 for details.

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Monday18

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.

The Youth Ultimate Frisbee Program meets from 4-6 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds’ north baseball field. 375-7313 for details.

Snowdown fans, event coordinators, volunteers and swashbucklers are invited to the Snowdown kickoff party at 5:30 p.m. at the Palace, 1 Depot Place. Snowdown 2007’s theme is “A Jolly Roger Snowdown.” Visit www.snowdown.org for details.

The Asa Fire Tribe gives a fire-dancing performance at Trimble Hot Springs beginning at dusk. 247-0111 for details.

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 8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

The Pnuma Trio brings its live-tronica and jam-tronica to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Tuesday19

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.

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.

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

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

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Wednesday20

“Wellness Celebration Day,” a health benefit for the Shanta Foundation, takes place from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at Shambhala Chiropractic, 117 C County Road 250. The event includes free chiropractic care, life coaching, massage and skin care. 259-6854 for details.

The Youth Ultimate Frisbee Program meets from 4-6 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds’ north baseball field. 375-7313 for details.

Trails 2000 seeks volunteers for trail work on a South Rim Trail reroute from 4-7 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Sale Barn trailhead near Dietz Market. Visit www.trails2000.org for details or to sign up for the trailwork e-list. 4

Fort Lewis College’s Center of Southwest Studies offers a free open house from 4-7 p.m. The event includes music and refreshments.

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 8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts Salsa Night at 9 p.m. 259-0430 for details.

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Ongoing

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, opens “The Road to Guantanamo” on Sept. 15. Part documentary, part dramatization, the film is a terrifying first-hand account of three British citizens who were held for two years without charges in the American military prison at Guantanamo Bay. “Spirit of the Southwest” continues through the end of September. 385-1711 for showtimes.

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.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents the work of artist Edward Lamber in the exhibit, “Man, Tattoos, Textiles,” through Sept. 25. Using tattoo designs coupled with a mixed media layering process, Lambert captures the mysterious symbolism of tattoo art in our popular culture. DAC’s Local Expressions Gallery presents “Pink,” an exhibit of porcelain and soft pastels by artists Rebecca Barfoot and Bethany Bachmann, during the same period. DAC’s new “Paint Bar” is also open Monday through Thursday from 3-5 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama, 699 Main Ave., presents “A Four-Legged Fortune,” a play by Dion Boucicault, and Vaudeville Revue for a special extended season. The play shows through Sept. 25, doors open at 7:30 p.m. and shows start at 8 p.m. nightly except Tuesdays. 247-3400 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 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 www.asadurango.com or call 259-0374.

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

Johnny Maddox 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.

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Upcoming

The Scottish band Shooglenifty plays at Sept. 21 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Texas singer/songwriter Joe Ely will play a Sept. 22 show at the Abbey Theatre.

The Commander Cody Band plays a Sept. 23 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Steamworks Brewing Co. hosts the Inaugural Brewers Olympics and Beer Festival on Sept. 23.

Southwest Adaptive Watersports will hold a Sept. 23-24 camp open to participants of all disabilities at Navajo State Park. 247-8246 for details.

The Animas Mountain Mug Run, the final race in the Alpine Bank Trail Series takes place on Sept. 24.

“Dreadheads: Portrait of A Subculture,” a documentary on white kids who dread their hair and follow bands, screens on Sept. 26 at the Abbey Theatre.

Midwife Linda Barnes will give a free talk and slide show on her time teaching at a maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 28.

The inaugural Durango Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour takes place on Sept. 30 and features 37 mile, 54 mile and 100 mile routes. Visit www.durangofallblaze.com.

Tara Mandala Retreat Center will hold a Sept. 30 open house.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Memory Walk returns on Sept. 30.

“Art for the Cabin,” a silent auction to benefit the Aspen Guard Station, takes place from Sept. 30 through Oct. 13 at the Main Book Company in Cortez.

“Publicly Funded Elections: Are They in Our Future?,” a public forum on changes to how we fund elections, takes place on Sept. 30 at Fort Lewis College.

The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Oct. 6-8.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will begin service to The Peanuts’ Great Pumpkin Patch on October 14.  

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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Robert Mirabal plays the concert hall
What: A show from the Native American flutist and composer
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Wed., Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Award-winning Native American flutist and composer Robert Mirabal takes the local stage this week. The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College offers “An Evening with Robert Mirabal” on Wed., Sept. 20.

A leader of the Native American musical renaissance, Mirabal is a proponent of world music, having merged his indigenous American sound with those of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

“My music is informed by the ceremonial music that I’ve heard all my life,” he says. “What I create comes out of my body and soul in a desire to take care of the spirits of the earth.”

Born and raised in the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, Mirabal found music at Indian school, learning clarinet, sax, piano, drums and more. At age 18, he discovered the flute and purchased his first instrument – handmade by a man in the pueblo – with money borrowed from his grandmother. In 1988 he recorded his first self-titled album.

Since that time, Mirabal has continued the evolution of his flute making, performances and music. His eight albums of traditional music, rock and roll, and spoken word are said to present a contemporary view of American Indian life that is unequaled.

Tickets for the concert are available on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com, by calling 247-7657 or by visiting the Ticketing Services Office at 7th and Main Ave. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

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Reel Rock Tour shows at the Abbey
What: A series of climbing films 
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Sept. 20 & 21 at 7 p.m.

Adrenaline is going on screen at the Abbey Theatre on Sept. 20 and 21. The Reel Rock Tour, the first major international climbing film event of its kind, screens both nights at 7 p.m.

Reel Rock features two groundbreaking new climbing films by the top producers in the industry: “Dosage Volume IV,” by Josh Lowell, and “First Ascent,” by Peter Mortimer.  

“First Ascent” features today’s top rock climbers as they lay siege to steep faces and soaring alpine walls in pursuit of climbing’s pinnacle achievement – the first ascent.  Mortimer brings us on this globe-trotting

journey to capture the hopes, fears and truly radical feats of men and women on climbing’s cutting edge.

The “Dosage” series is the definitive annual portrait of climbing’s state-of-the-art. Volume IV tracks historic ascents. Highlights include: Tommy Caldwell’s marathon El Capitan linkup, free climbing both The Nose (5.14a) and Freerider (5.12d) in under 24 hours; Chris Sharma’s first ascent of Dreamcatcher (5.14d) in Squamish, B.C.; and Dave Graham’s first ascent of Coup De Grace (5.15a) in Ticino, Switzerland.

Reel Rock also incorporates gear give-aways, athlete appearances and signings, and fund raising for The Access Fund. Local climber Jared Ogden is featured in Reel Rock and will be on-hand for both of Durango’s screenings. For more information, visit www.reelrocktour.com.

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Tour de Fat rolls back into town
What: New Belgium Brewing’s annual ballyhoo of bikes and beer  
Where: The 1200 block fo Main Avenue
When: Saturday, Sept. 16. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  

Beer and bicycles, two great tastes that go surprisingly well together, will be reunited this weekend. The Tour de Fat, a self-proclaimed beer festival on the back of a truck, will close down Main Avenue between 12th & 13th streets on Sat., Sept. 16, and old Schwinns and suds will reign supreme.

In its fifth year, New Belgium Brewing Co.’s Tour de Fat is bringing its “Ballyhoo of Bikes and Beer” to 15 towns and cities across the West.

The day’s festivities begin with the “Wacky Cruiser

Ride.” Costumes are encouraged for this low-impact, 11 a.m. ride with a 10:30 a.m. registration. As this leisurely Tour de Durango rolls back to the 1200 block of Main Avenue, products from the New Belgium family of beer will begin flowing, grub from local restaurants will be served, and the games will get under way. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., live music played atop a solar-powered stage will run the entire afternoon. The Yard Dogs Road Show, the Handsome Little Devils, Rube Waddell and the MarchFourth Marching Band will all take the stage.

Bike games, including the infamous Slow Ride, the Art Bike Extravaganza and more will take place throughout the afternoon. Last call for beer hits at 5:45 p.m. And while the festival promises to be fat on fun, the Tour de Fat also kicks money back into Durango. The Tour de Fat’s mission is to raise money for cycling organizations throughout the country, and last year it dumped more than $120,000 back into communities. The San Juan Mountains Association, the local public lands stewardship organization, will again be the beneficiary of this year’s event. For more information on the Tour de Fat, log onto www.newbelgium.com.

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August 16, 2019
Quick'n'Dirty

• Meetings explore homelessness
• City hosts tour of Roosa upgrades

August 16, 2019
Dirty talk

Conservation groups ask feds to put brakes on e-bikes on nonmotorized public lands

August 8, 2019
Step by step

Over the past several years, Colorado’s elected leaders have tried to tackle the rising cost of healthcare.