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A public observance of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, to be celebrated through song, prayers and public readings, takes place at noon at Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Chapel. Sept. 21 has been established as a day of global ceasefire, peace and nonviolence.

Durango Motorless Transit sponsors a group trail run for all levels on the Dry Gulch Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead at 6 p.m. 382-8005.

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

The Fort Lewis College Life-Long Learning Lecture Series kicks off with Dr. Andrew Gulliford presenting an illustrated lecture on his new book, Preserving Western History, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall at Fort Lewis College. 247-7400 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the first annual Reel Rock Film Tour at 7 p.m. The evening includes the climbing films, “Dosage Volume IV” and “First Ascent.” 385-1711 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.

The Durango Photography Club meets from 7-9 p.m. in the Pine Room at the La Plata County Fairground to discuss and view a film about the late Ansel Adams. 259-6808 for details.

Shooglenifty brings progressive Celtic music from Scotland to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. 247-7657 or .

Tom and James perform at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. at 7:30 p.m. Lisa Blue and Brant Leeper play 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.

DJ I-Gene spins reggae, dancehall and dub for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200.



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. 259-4185.

Ellis Crane Gallery, 934 Main Ave., hosts an artists’ reception for “Process,” a two-person show of new paintings by Krista Harris and Sally Condon, from 5-9 p.m. 382-9855 for details.

Dave Tranor performs at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., with shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. The Staboola McPet Quintet plays its afro-cuban jazz 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, DJ Melanie Moore of Santa Fe spinning downtempo from 6-9 p.m. and DJs taking requests for 80s Night at 10 p.m. 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.

Freeplay with Pete Giuliani plays dance-rock at 8 p.m. at the Columbine, located downtown in Mancos. 533-7397 for details.

The 8th Avenue Trio plays old school variety 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.

Sugar House plays rockin’ blues at the Billy Goat Saloon, located in off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Spectrasonic, a rock trio from Hollywood, plays a 9:30 p.m. show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324 for details.



Southwest Adaptive Watersports holds the first of a two-day Adaptive Watersports Camp at Navajo State Park. The camp is open to participants of all disabilities, activities include water skiing, canoeing, fishing, lake kayaking and more. The camp continues on Sept. 24. 247-8246 for details.

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. Visit for details. 4

Harvest Fest 2006 kicks off from noon-9 p.m. at Wines of the San Juan, located near Navajo Dam, N.M.  The event includes live music from Jazz Is, Still Water Steel Drums and Jokers Wild, kids activities, arts & crafts, food and wines. Visit for details.

Children’s House of Durango celebrates its 20th anniversary with a barbeque for alumni, staff, students and friends at 4 p.m. at 1689 W. Third Ave. 259-1089.

Award-winning Utah singer-songwriter Brenn Hill performs at the Mancos Opera House. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. 882-1413.

The Commander Cody Band brings an eclectic mix of musical tastes to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The concert kicks off at 7:30 pm. 247-7657.

Dave Tranor plays a second show at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave. 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.

DJ Mowgli and DJ Jones of NYC spin a club mix at The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 259-0430.

Staboola McPet plays afro-cuban swing and funk at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.

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.



Harvest Fest 2006 continues from noon-6 p.m. at Wines of the San Juan, located near Navajo Dam, NM.  The day includes live music from the Alison Dance Band and the High Rollers. Visit for details.

The Animas Mountain Mug Run, the final race in the Alpine Bank Trail Series, takes place at 10 a.m. Check-in and race day registration take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Animas Mountain Trailhead. 375-7313 for details.

The first-ever Mountain Chile Cha Cha takes place from 1:30-6 p.m. at Town Park in Pagosa Springs. The free event includes a dance concert from the acclaimed band, Brave Combo, a beer garden, food booths, Hatch green chile roasting and kids activities. Visit for details.

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



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

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

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 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

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.

Nina Sasaki and Larry Carver plays the Sidecar Jazz Lounge at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave.. at 8 p.m. 259-1400.



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 from 4-7 p.m. Volunteers should visit for details or to sign up for the trailwork e-list.

Renowned cultural ecologist and philosopher David Abram will speak at the FLC College Union Ballroom at 7 p.m. Abram is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous, for which he received the international Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction.  The talk keynotes the Fort Lewis College Environmental Center’s World Awareness Lecture Series. 247-7676 for details.

The Durango Fury Women’s Hockey team hosts its first “Fury Night” of the season beginning at 7 p.m. at Cuckoo’s, 128 E. College. All proceeds from the sale of Pinstripe support the team and Fury guest bartenders will be on hand. 4

Fort Lewis College students will play for, and be critiqued by, violinist Miriam Belyatsky at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall. The public is welcome to attend the informal class.

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.

Spoonfed Tribe returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens “The Road to Guantanamo.” 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. The film shows most nights at 3:30, 6:30 & 8: 45 p.m.  “Spirit of the Southwest” continues through the end of September showing nightly at 5:30 p.m. 385-1711 for showtimes.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts the David Hunt Annual Ceramics Invitational through Oct. 18. In this fifth annual exhibition and sale by Fort Lewis College alumni and regional artists, 14 new and returning artists utilize varied techniques and materials to create a wide variety of ceramic styles. 247-7167 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.

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.

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 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.



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 Fort Lewis College Mallet and Percussion Ensembles will present a Sept. 29 concert and CD release titled “The Invisible Proverb.” 

Artist in Residence Valerie Orlemann, a Utah painter of oil landscapes, holds a Sept. 29 open house at the Aspen Guard Station.

Durango Critical Mass rides again on Sept. 29 and meets at the corner of 5th St. and Main Ave.

The Soul Food Forum returns to the Cortez Public Library on Sept. 29 with a discussion of Feng Shui.

A yard sale for the Durango Early Learning Center will be held at 890 E. Third Ave., on Sept. 30. The sale is a fund-raiser for the nonprofit school to purchase the school building.

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

Household Chemical Collection Day returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Sept. 30.

The Durango Arts Center kicks off the Heart of the Cowboy exhibit on Sept. 30.

The 12th annual Journey of Hope 5K takes place on Sept. 30 and raises funds for and awareness about breast cancer.

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

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

“Dance with Darla,” a dance to the sounds of the 30s-90s takes place on Sept. 30 at the VFW.

Roots R&B singer/songwriter/pianist Kelley Hunt returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Sept. 30.

The 3rd annual Oktoberfest takes place in downtown Durango on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The event includes live music, food, refreshments, kids activities and benefits the San Juan Citizens Alliance.

“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.

Michael Attie, the “Squeeze-Box Swami,” will perform and give a reading on Oct. 4 at Jungle Chic.

The Durango Cowboy Gathering returns to Downtown Durango on Oct. 5-8 and features cowboy poetry, music, historic exhibits, a parade and western swing dance. St. Mark’s Church will host the ICON Sacred Arts Festival beginning Oct. 6, and artists of all ages and faiths are welcome to participate. 247-1129 for details.

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

The Powerhouse Pizza Party, a benefit for the Durango Discovery Museum/Children’s Museum of Durango, takes place on Oct. 11 at Carvers.

Mesa Verde hosts its Centennial Alumni Reunion Weekend on Oct. 13-15. The event includes three days of music, dancing, tours, lectures and food.

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


Brewers Olympics come to Steamworks
What: An event in celebration of the brewpub’s 10th anniversary
Where: Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave.
When: Saturday, Sept. 23 beginning at noon

In celebration of Steamworks Brewing Co.’s 10th anniversary, the local brewpub is hosting the Inaugural Brewers Olympics and Beer Festival this Saturday. The revelry begins at high noon and continues through the afternoon and evening.

Participation is limited to 17 brewery teams, who coughed up the entry “fee,” one half-barrel of their finest brew and a tap handle. Beer from breweries competing in Brewers Olympics will be served to spectators and guests at Steamworks festivities, with the proceeds from sales benefiting  the La Plata County Humane Society. The Brewers Olympic events include a Beer Ball Battle; Redneck Keg Rodeo; 10-oz. Quickdraw Showdown; Bung Bobbing; and Keg Roll Race. “We want to celebrate the growth and success of craft brewing and reward the hard-working brewers and beer aficionados in the region and beyond,” noted Kris Oyler, Steamworks CEO and co-founder. “Craft brewing continues to grow as an increasing number of people refine their palettes and understand more about great craft beer.”

Also as part of the celebration, Steamworks will host a juried art show in the brewpub, with proceeds again to benefit the Humane Society. Appropriately, the show will be titled “Hair of the Dog” and features two-dimensional works that fit with the theme.

For further information on the anniversary events, visit or contact 259-9200.


Abbey Theatre hosts ‘Dreadheads’
What: A new documentary on an unusual subculture
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

Dreadheads are descending on the Abbey Theatre. Next Tuesday, a new documentary, “Dreadheads: Portrait of a Subculture,” screens at the local independent cinema. The director/producer of the picture will be on hand.

“Dreadheads” is a sociological study focusing on the funky white kids that dread their hair and follow bands like The Dead, Phil and Friends, and Widespread Panic. Shot in gritty super-8 film as well as crisp digital tape in locations ranging from Maine to California, the film delivers quick cuts, jagged angles and artful editing. As the film

evolves, several dreadhead archetypes (the wounded artist, the drunk and high-lifer, the spiritual seeker) and dozens of others share stories of musical transcendence, confrontations with straight society, battles with the fearsome head lice, and what it’s like living the outsider’s life in Bush’s America.

Also making appearances are academics, pop culture observers and musicians (Bob Weir, Dave Schools, Jimmy Herring, John Bell) from the bands who energize and empower the modern-day, ragtag gypsy wagon-train that follows them across the country. 

Director Steven Hurlburt will be in attendance for the Durango screening and field questions following the 7 p.m. showing. For more information, contact the Abbey at 385-1711.


Joe Ely returns to Durango
What: A local show from the esteemed songwriter
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Friday, Sept. 22. Doors open at 8:45 p.m.

A Flatlander is rolling into the Abbey Theatre this Friday. Texas troubadour Joe Ely plays a show at the local venue on Sept. 22, and doors open at 8:45 p.m.

Throughout his storied career, Ely has defied definition. The musician, who got his start in Lubbock, Texas, has been called everything from a wandering minstrel to gypsy cowboy. Twenty years ago, Ely passed his first milestone in Lubbock when he and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock formed a band called The Flatlanders. They broke the Nashville mold by melding country and rock, earning themselves the status of being”

too experimental” and “ahead of their time.”

Throughout his career, Ely has shared the stage with everyone from Jerry Jeff Walker and Gilmore to Bruce Springsteen and Linda Rondstandt. Ely won a 1999 Grammy for his work with Los Super Seven, a bilingual supergroup that included three members of Los Lobos as well as Freddy Fender, Flaco and country artist Rick Trevino. He also continues to record and tour as part of The Flatlanders. The group has reportedly recorded a new Flatlanders album but has not set a release date. Ely’s most recent release is “Streets of Sin.”

“These are a bunch of stories from the B-section of the newspaper,” Ely says of the album. “It’s a collection of short stories about people living out their  daily lives.”

This Friday, Ely will bring these stories and likely a host of others to the stage at the Abbey. For more information or tickets, call 385-1711.