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Taj and Adowa play the Summit

Purgatory hosts 9th annual brewfest
Folk Fest celebrates 12 years

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The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers the Kid’s Paint Bar from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Art-loving kids can paint, draw, construct and explore a variety of creative activities in the space. 259-2606 for details.

The Mancos Farmer’s Market meets from 4-7 p.m. in Boyle Park. The market runs every Thursday through Oct. 18. 533-7725 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts an Earthquake Relief Fund-raiser from 5-10 p.m. with 100 percent of profits going to recent victims of the Peruvian earthquake. 259-9018 for details.

Kirk James plays solo blues at Bart’s New York Deli, 939 Hwy. 3, at 5 p.m. 247-1144 for details.

Jack Ellis & Larry Carver play high-altitude blues at El Patio, 600 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 903-8416 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Dry Gulch Trail beginning at 6 p.m. Interested runners should meet at the Rockridge trailhead. 946-5557 for directions.

The American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282, offers an Adult CPR/AED class from 6-10 p.m. 259-5383 to preregister.

Kati B. and David Earl Pfieffer perform live jazz and blues standards from 6-8 p.m. at Guiseppe’s Restaurant in Bayfield. 884-7135 for details.

Lacey Black plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433.

Great American Taxi, a danceable jam band featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, performs a free concert at 7 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Amphitheater. The show is sponsored by the Student Programming Council.

Dave Mensch, of Formula 151, plays a free solo show at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.

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 Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts the Immigrant Music Project, a world music fusion featuring DJs X and Maize, at 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the San Juan Citizens Alliance. 247-2324.

Liquid Revolution, rock from Bayfield, plays for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200.

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Kitty Kitty Boom Boom, 600 E. Second Ave., celebrates its grand opening with free basic sewing classes at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. and a Sew Happy Hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.kittykittyboomboom.com for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Bondad Hill Saloon from 4-7 p.m.

The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition holds a peace vigil from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the corner of Main Ave.

and 11th St. Signs will be available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays the “Serious Stage” from 5-9 p.m. at Serious Texas BBQ South, 650 S. Camino del Rio. 259-9507 for details.  

Nina Sasaki and Lisa Blue play the patio at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Blu Friday including a keg giveaway beginning at 6 p.m. Brethren Fast, revved up hillbilly funk from Denver, plays at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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

Mancos State Park hosts a Kids Discovery Walk at the Vista Trailhead at 7 p.m. 533-7065 for details.

The Loose Change Revival plays the music of the 1970s & 1980s at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., beginning at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

The Jeff Strahan Band brings its red dirt music to the Bondad Hill Saloon at 8 p.m.

Picture1, 2Mex and Existereo play live hip hop at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9: 30 p.m. 247-2324.

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Saturday1

The Durango Farmer’s Market meets from 8 a.m.-noon in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot, 259 W. 9th St. The event includes produce from local farmers, prepared food items and locally made crafts.  

The Arts & Crafts Market of Durango, a brand new offering of local art by local artists, meets from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Albertsons parking lot. Now accepting artist applications. Call 247-9242 or visit www.ACMDurango.org for details.

Hike, Lunch and Wine with a Llama, a naturalist-guided picnic hike, returns to Durango Mountain Resort from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 385-1256 to register.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers the Kid’s Paint Bar from noon-4 p.m. Art-loving kids can paint, draw, construct and explore a variety of creative activities in the space. 259-2606 for details.

Formula 151, featuring Dave Mensch, Katherine Tischhauser, Mike Kornelson and Steve Dejka, performs at the Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. Second Ave., starting at 4 p.m.

Guiseppe’s Restaurant, 871 CR 501 in Bayfield, hosts Open Mic with Handsome Dan from 6-8 p.m. 884-7135. 4

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

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers karaoke from 8 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.

Freeplay, featuring Pete Giuliani, plays the Columbine Bar in Mancos at 8 p.m. 533-7397 for details.

Pandemic plays original rock at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.  

Brethren Fast plays an encore show at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

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The Arts & Crafts Market of Durango, a brand new offering of local art by local artists, meets from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Albertsons parking lot. Now accepting artist applications. Call 247-9242 or visit www.ACMDurango.org for details.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, 419 San Juan Dr., hosts “How Science Will Usher Religion into Its Greatness,” a talk by the Rev. Michael Dowd, at 10 a.m. Dowd is best known today as “America’s evolutionary evangelist.” 

The Kirk James Blues Band plays Durango Harley-Davidson, 750 S. Camino del Rio, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Jeff Strahan Band takes the stage at 3 p.m.

Trimble Hot Springs presents Darrell Kuntz and family with Penelope Calliope at 4 p.m. Music at Trimble takes place every Sunday. 247-0111 for details.

Formula 151 takes its original rock the Columbine Bar in Mancos at 5 p.m. 533-7397.

The Todd Tijerina Band, an energetic blues rock trio, plays the patio at the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., at 7:30 p.m. 259-2545 for details.

The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers karaoke from 8 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.

The Formless, Durango-based rock ‘n’ roll, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.

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Monday3

Labor Day

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.

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Tuesday4

Children’s author Betty Bauer presents a special story time and booksigning at P is for Peanut, 473 E. College, from 11 a.m.-noon. Bauer will be signing copies of her book, Bison and Burro. Contact Maria’s Bookshop for details at 247-1438.

The Women’s Resource Center’s Business Women’s Network meets from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Earthen Vessel, 115 W. 9th St., to discuss internet marketing. 247-1242.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 6 p.m. 903-8416 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group, with vocalist Alison Dance, plays the Cyprus Café patio, 735 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Lacy Black plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Tuesday Cruiseday meets at 6:30 p.m. at Rotary Park. The cruiser ride takes place every Tuesday. 946-5847 for details.

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

Dave Mensch, of Formula 151, performs solo at the Doubletree Hotel’s River Rat Café at 4 p.m. Mensch then plays at Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., starting at 8 p.m.

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Wednesday5

The Smiley Garden Veggie Sale runs from 3:30 p.m. until sellout at the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave., and includes locally grown vegetables. The event takes place next to the Smiley garden every Wednesday.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., offers the Kid’s Paint Bar for “Happy Hours” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The bar is open to all ages. 259-2606 for details.

Durango Nature Studies kicks off its free 17-hour volunteer naturalist training for the Children Discovering Nature Program from 6-9 p.m. Volunteer naturalists will lead groups of elementary school children on weekday mornings. The training continues on Sept. 7 & 8. 382-9244, ext 3. to register.

The American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., holds a free public disaster preparedness presentation at 6 p.m. 259-5383 to RSVP.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the Cyprus Café patio, 735 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 385-6884 for details.

Lacy Black plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

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

Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., hosts DJ Eschaton spinning “Retro 2 Electro” for Ladies Night at 10 p.m. 385-0430 for details.

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Ongoing

The annual Art Faculty Group Exhibition begins the exhibition year at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. The show runs through Sept. 6 and features work in a variety of mediums and styles. Members of the Fort Lewis College Art faculty exhibit nationally, have received awards and have works in numerous private and public collections. 247-7167 for details.

The Durango Arts Center presents “Reverie,” the works of four Colorado artists, in the Barbara Conrad Gallery through 4

 Aug. 31. The group exhibit features works by Elizabeth Buhr, Annette Coleman, Katie Hoffman and Roberta Smith, and all of the work was inspired by altered states, dreams, memories, journeys and fanciful musings. 259-2606 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Action and Reaction,” the wild color photography of Kerry Skarbakka and Blake J. Nolan, through Sept. 19. 382-8355 or www.openshuttergallery.com for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts “Climate Change – The Impact,“ a juried, international digital art exhibition, through Sept. 16. The exhibit includes work from 22 artists from countries around the globe including Iran, Germany, Singapore, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Jamacia, Italy and Russia. 259-0430 for details.

The Durango Recreation Center’s Art Gallery exhibits paintings by Thaddine Swift Eagle through Aug. 31.

Johnny Maddox plays ragtime piano at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave. Maddox performs every night except Sundays, and the free shows take place from 5:30-7 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. www.strater.com for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama continues its 46th and final season with “Pursuit of Happiness.” The show will run on alternate nights with “The Wicklow Wedding,” and both performances are followed by the world-famous Diamond Circle Vaudeville. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Monday (no shows on Tuesdays) and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.diamondcirclemelodrama.com or call 247-3400 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College displays Monumental Textiles from the Durango Collection, prints from the Bill and Sue Hensler Collection, and drawings and paintings by Native American artists. Also on display is an exhibit of the jewelry of Ben Nighthorse, a show that appeared at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Visit www.swcenter.fortlewis.edu 

Professional Business Builders, a chapter of Business Networking International, meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Church in Durango. BNI Business Connection: a new Business Networking Chapter meets every Wednesday from 11:30-1 p.m. in room 100 of the Durango Office Suites, 1053 Main Ave. BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. Call 422-2032 or e-mail servinglife@hotmail.com for details.

The Children’s Museum, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the exhibit, “Pushing Your Limits.” The museum explores how people “push their limits” to survive, or just have more fun. Children can crawl into a 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.

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Upcoming

The annual fund-raiser for the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, featuring the Badly Bent and other local bluegrass talent, happens at the Durango Brewing Co. on Sept. 6.

The United Way’s 11th annual Radiothon returns Sept. 7 to KIQX, KRSJ and KIUP. Hundreds of items will be auctioned off to support the service organization.

The Durango Arts Center will open its Portraits and Masks exhibit on Sept. 7. 

The Durango Artposium will present “Mapping in the Arts: Ways of Seeing” on Sept. 7-9 at the Durango Arts Center.

Dr. Science of the NPR program, “Ask Dr. Science,” will join Gov. Bill Ritter and address the first annual Powerhouse Gala fund-raiser on Sept. 8.

The Four Corners Wholistic/Metaphysical Conference and Expo returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Sept. 8 & 9.

The acclaimed film, “Black Gold – Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” will show on Sept. 9 at the Abbey Theatre as a fund-raiser for an Ethiopan School Library.

Author Peter Turchi, of Warren Wilson College, will read from and sign his book, Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer at Maria’s Bookshop on Sept. 10.

The Toasters return to Durango with a Sept. 10 show at the Summit.

Advantage Physical Therapy & Wellness P.C. will offer a free injury screening on Sept. 11.

The Reel Rock Film Tour, a rock climbing film fest, lands at the Abbey Theatre on Sept. 11 & 12.

The Green Business Roundtable returns to the Strater Hotel on Sept. 12 with a local report on Built Green Colorado. 259-3583 for details.

The Family Center will present a free “Couples Communication” class beginning Sept. 12. The two-week class includes free child care. 799-4686 for details.

The second-annual Sacred Arts Festival, celebrating artistic expressions of the sacred, returns to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church from Sept. 13-30.

Frank Leto will present “Move Your Dancing Feet,” a family concert, on Sept. 14 at the Durango Recreation Center Amphitheater.

Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers and The Lawnchair Kings will share a Sept. 14 double-bill at the Summit.

The Southwest Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children will present a Sept. 15 seminar on music and movement for music teachers and preschool-third grade teachers. 382-0856 for details.

A Grand Opening Celebration for the new Ignacio Community Library will take place Sept. 15 and include entertainment, giveaways and more.

“Earth-Wind-Fire & Water,” an all-day event for landowners and other interested parties, meets on Sept. 15 at the Sky Ute Casino.

The 2nd annual Tri IT multi-sport race returns to Dolores on Sept. 16 and includes run/walk, kayak and bicycling legs. 565-2000 x23 for details.

Creedence Clearwater Revival, featuring original members Doug Clifford and Stu Cook, will perform at the Ute Mountain Casino on Sept. 16.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a Sept. 20 booksigning/slideshow with Renny Russell for his new memoir, Rock Me on the Water: A Life on the Loose.

Scotland Barr and the Slow Drags will bring their alt-country to the Summit on Sept. 21.

Terrence J. Rynne, author of Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence, will address the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango on Sept. 23.

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Taj and Adowa play the Summit
What: Classic roots reggae from the Caribbean band
Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.
When: Thurs., Aug. 30 at 9:30 p.m.

Roots reggae will fill the stage at the Summit this week. Taj Weekes and his band Adowa play the local venue this Thurs., Aug. 30.

Hailing from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Weekes sings tales of poverty and hopelessness kept in balance by Rastafarian faith and spirituality. In addition to reggae, Taj and Adowa mix calypso, gospel and influences including The Mighty Sparrow, Paul Simon and Nat King Cole. Leaving St. Lucia by his late teens, Weekes ventured to North America to pursue his musical career. Settling in New York, he soon formed his band and dubbed it Adowa in honor of his Ethiopian roots and an Ethiopian victory over the Italians – a key Rastafarian milestone.

Their acclaimed album, “Hope and Doubt,” has received international radio play and the group has picked up a strong U.S. following, having headlined the Vermont Roots Reggae Festival and played the Emergenza Festival.

Taj and Adowa’s “classic roots reggae for the conscious mind” goes on this Thursday at 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Summit at 247-2324.

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Purgatory hosts 9th annual brewfest
What: The 9th annual San Juan Brewfest
Where: The Durango Mountain Resort base area
When: Sat., Sept. 1 from 2-5 p.m.  

More than a dozen breweries will be pouring pints of their finest this Saturday at Durango Mountain Resort. Hundreds of beer connoisseurs will be on hand to sample beers from local and regional breweries as the Purgatory Brewfest makes its annual appearance. The Hounds of Purg and the Jeff Strahan Band will provide live music during the event, which runs from 2 - 5 p.m.

Centered around the event tent at the DMR base area, the Purgatory Brewfest will offer dozens of different tastes for the discerning beer lover. In addition to local favorites Ska, Carver Brewing Co., Durango Brewing, Steamworks Brewing, Silverton Brewery and Three Rivers Brewery, other breweries from throughout the state will be featured. Brewfest attendees will have the opportunity to sample the work of: Oskar Blues, San Luis Valley Brewing, Turtle Mountain Brewing, Boulder Beer, Bristol Brewing Co. and others.

Purgy’s and Zuberfizz will keep things in balance and provide food and nonalcoholic refreshments for the event, and a children’s area has been added this year. There will also be transportation to the all-you-can-drink event, running between Steamworks and the DMR base area. The shuttles depart Steamworks at 1:15 & 2:15 p.m.

For more information on the Purgatory Brewfest call 385-2149.

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Folk Fest celebrates 12 years
What: The annual Four Corners Folk Festival
Where: Reservoir Hill in Pagosa Springs  
When: Aug. 31-Sept. 2

The Four Corners Folk Festival convenes for the 12th year in Pagosa Springs this weekend. As in past years, the festival offers an eclectic and entertaining line-up on multiple stage on Reservoir Hill, a 130-acre park within walking distance of downtown Pagosa.

Crista Munro, with her husband, Dan Appenzeller, brought the Four Corners Folk Festival into being in 1996. At that time, acts ranging from Nickel Creek to the late, great John Hartford took the stage at Reservoir Hill. The festival has grown exponentially ever since as evidenced by this

year’s line-up. Performers in the 2007 festival include: the subdudes, the Jerry Douglas Band, the Infamous Stringdusters, the Darrell Scott Band, Ollabelle, the Boulder Acoustic Society and many others. As an added bonus, Nickel Creek will again play the festival 12 years after that first appearance.

A total of 17 live performances will take place throughout the weekend. Workshops continue to be the cornerstone of the Four Corners Folk Festival, with noted musicians sharing the tricks of the trade and joining participants in impromptu jams. Complementing the performances are music workshops, a children’s program, and on-site camping and vending.

For more information, visit www.folkwest.com

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