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Concert Hall presents Hubbard Street 2

Zilla plays Snowdown at the Summit
Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus in Mancos

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Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Lacey Black performs solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with “Submerged History: An Introduction to Underwater Archaeology” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts Service Industry Night from 8-11 p.m. 259-0430 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 Lawn Chair Kings and Pinhead play a double-bill at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Captain Spark Madden and Fee, Pirates of the Underground, spin for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 for details.   



The San Juan Mountains Association hosts free Winter Discovery Walks for children ages 5-13. Programs take place Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon through the end of February or by special appointment. Snowshoes will be provided. 739-3626 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 will be available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

Durango Nature Studies offers a Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Haviland Lake from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A DNS Naturalist will discuss how animals adapt to winter and discuss the physics of snow and hot drinks and snacks will be provided. 382-9244 for details.

Tim Guidotti plays a show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

The Snowdown Firework signals the start of the Snowdown Light Parade at 6 p.m. The Light Parade begins at 500 Main Ave. and works its way to 12th Street.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Blu Friday with a keg giveaway beginning at 6 p.m. Niko and Ess will spin music after the Snowdown Parade at 9 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

The Durango International Folkdancers meet in the Smiley Building’s Wild Sage Yoga Studio, 1301 E. Third Ave., following the Snowdown Parade. Line, circle and couple dances from many countries will be taught to all comers. 247-5720 for details.

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

Mama’s Cookin’ brings its world funk back to Durango with a show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. The band will play a free set after the Snowdown Parade, and cover will be charged after 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays a second show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

A special Contra Dance, the Jolly Roger Snowdown Hoedown, takes place at the VFW, 1550 Main Ave., with beginner instruction at 7 p.m. and dancing from 7:30-10:30 p.m.  The band, Hey, of Albuquerque, will provide live music. 259-6820 for details.

The Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy 160 in Gem Village, presents Karaoke Saturday at 8 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

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

The Wayword Sons, featuring Benny 4

Galloway, bring their jamgrass back to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff performs at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m.



Singer-songwriter Robin Davis plays at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Lacey Black performs solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Tim Guidotti plays acoustic rock at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m.

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.

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.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Prudential Financial, 700 Main Ave., hosts the Business Women’s Network from 5:30-7 p.m. The informal networking event will address different ways to manage your money including options for investing. 247-1242 for details.

The American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., offers a Standard First Aid class from 6-10 p.m. 259-5383 to register.

Lacey Black performs solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

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

Singer-songwriter Tim Sullivan plays at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-10 p.m.

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



A Starting Your Business Workshop takes place from 9 a.m.-noon at the Durango Recreation Center. 247-7009 for details.

The Be Ready to Ride Series continues at Mountain Bike Specialists, 949 Main Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m. with the MBS team discussing the importance of bike fit.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Serving Life Chiropractic Studio, 1075 Main Ave. Suite 225, hosts Wellness Wednesday, a free health/wellness talk, from 6-7 p.m. 970-422-2032 to reserve a seat.

The American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., offers an Adult/Child/Infant CPR and Automated External Defibrillator class from 6-10 p.m. 259-5383 to register.

Astrologers Shelley Garcia and Cassandra Leoncini present a 6:30 p.m. workshop in the Cortez Cultural Center Gallery. The two will discuss the Meaning of Retrograde Planets and Bridging the Generation Gap through Pluto. 565-7272 to register.

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, featuring Victor Lemonte Wooten, Future Man and Jeff Coffin, return to Durango for a 7 p.m. show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. Limited tickets remain. 247-7657 for details.

Adele Kurtz does a live art demonstration during ”Art Spot,” at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., starting at 7 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m.

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 Open Shutter Gallery, 755 East Second Ave., exhibits “The Defining Moment,” a collection of images from local community members, through 4

Feb. 14. The show consists of both color and black and white photographs entered by community members highlighting the theme of the exhibit. 382-8355 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College features an exhibit of the Jewelry of Ben Nighthorse; a historic Mesa Verde photographic exhibit; an exhibit by author Judith Reynolds, Nordenskiöld of Mesa Verde, which includes original correspondence of the young Swedish scientist, and selected textiles from The Durango Collection®.

“Shape, Line and Tone,” a 30-year retrospective of Joel White’s fine-art photography, is on display at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery through Feb. 14. The show features architecture, textures and abstract images in black and white. White, a Durango resident and president of the Durango Photography Club, is a retired neurosurgeon who spent three decades working in Los Angeles. 247-7167 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., is currently displaying its 31st annual Juried Exhibit. The selections range from paintings, sculpture and pottery to photographs, mobiles and digitally produced pieces. 259-2606 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 Independent Film Festival will hold a 6 p.m. volunteer recruitment on Feb. 8 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

Energy efficiency expert Chris Calwell will present “How Energy Efficiency Could Be Our Next Power Plant” on Feb. 8 at Fort Lewis College and on Feb. 12 at Cortez City Hall.

The Lawn Chair Kings will play a Feb. 8 benefit for the Silverton Jamboree at Steamworks.

Singer-songwriter/guitarist-looper David Gans will perform on Feb. 8 at the Dolores River Brewery. The Lindells will open.

The Center of Light in Dolores will screen “The Secret: A New Era for Humankind” for its free Conscious Movie Night on Feb. 9.

Home Grown: A Local Foods Conference takes place on Feb. 9 & 10 in the Fort Lewis College Ballroom. The event will discuss building a strong local food system in La Plata County.  

The Mancos Mush and Silverton Slush sled dog races return to the region Feb. 9-11.

The American Red Cross will offer a Wilderness First Aid class from Feb. 9-11. 259-5383 to register.

The Red Ball Express, a fund-raiser for the four Rotary Clubs of La Plata County and several local nonprofit partners, will take place Feb. 10 at Durango Mountain Resort.

The Durango Arts Center hosts the second annual Sweetheart of the Arts, its signature fund-raising event, on Feb. 10.

An introductory workshop on identifying wildflowers meets Feb. 10 at the San Juan Public Lands Center.

The 20th annual Durango Disc Golf Ice Bowl, benefiting Country Kids with Cancer, takes place on Feb. 11. Visit for details.

Folk great Patty Larkin plays the Millwood Junction on Feb. 13 & 14.

P is for Peanut will host a Feb. 15 discussion on building strong sibling relationships with Dr. Pakhi. 385-4525 for details.

Fort Lewis College Theatre will present Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” on Feb. 15-17 & 22-24 at the Mainstage Theatre.

Durango Mountain Resort will offer a discounted day of skiing to benefit education on Feb. 16.  Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit the Durango Foundation for Education Excellence.

The Durango Sports Club will host the Durango Racquetball Championships on Feb. 16-18.

The annual Valentine’s 5K takes place Feb. 17, and the first 100 registered participants receive a T-shirt. 375-7313 for details.

San Juan County hosts an Affordable and Attainable Housing Summit on Feb. 22 & 23.  for details.

A French Soiree, a “Plate and Palette” fund-raiser for the Durango Arts Center, will be held Feb. 24. 259-2606 for details.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week returns from Feb. 26-March 3 and features speakers and panels discussions, art exhibits and other activities.

The Durango Lively Arts Co. will present “Nunsense,” a musical comedy, on March 1-3 & 8-10 at the Durango Arts Center.

Teams are currently forming for the ninth annual Dave Spencer Ski Classic on March 2-3. The event benefits the Adaptive Sports Association. 259-0374 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center’s signature event, Earth Week, is scheduled for March 30-April 8.

The Week of the Young Child in La Plata County will be celebrated April 8-14 and includes an annual kids fair on April 14. 382-0856 for details.



Concert Hall presents Hubbard Street 2
What: A performance from the acclaimed Chicago dance company Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Tues., Feb. 6. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Several years of earnest negotiation bear fruit this week. The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College presents Chicago’s Hubbard Street 2 on Feb. 6.

Led by Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa Bottcher, HS2 is a vibrant company that excels in exposing audiences to a wide variety of dance techniques, movement styles and artistic approaches. The repertoire reflects influences from ballet to hip-hop to improvisation.

The performance set for Durango promises to be high energy and eclectic, ranging from “Call the Whole Thing Off,” an up-beat musical theater piece that won the 1998 Ruth Page Award for Choreography, to “Hailleg,” a more somber piece set to poetry about a village in Scotland. Also included are the intensely athletic and percussive “I Wantchu Kool Cuz U Blow My Mind” and the full-company finale, “Stand Back.”

Both Hubbard Street companies are considered “dancers’” companies. With their innovative choreography and consistent salaries and contracts, they are the most sought after companies by today’s top emerging dancers. This, in turn, attracts top international choreographers, two of which will be represented in Durango.

“I may be biased, but I think it’s one of the top dance companies in the country,” said Durangoan Randy Junttonen, of Integrated Physical Therapy and a former trainer with the original Chicago company. “They’re very exciting.”

Tickets for HS2 are available on the web at, by calling 247-7657 or at the Ticketing Services Office behind Magpies at 7th and Main. Doors to the Concert Hall will open at 6 p.m. for the show.


Zilla plays Snowdown at the Summit
What: A concert from the improvisational music band Where: The Summit, 600 Main Ave.  
When: Sun., Feb. 4 at 9:30 p.m.

Zilla is stomping back into Durango this week. The band with roots in the String Cheese Incident will bring its organic, improvised music to the Summit this Wednesday.

Based on the Front Range, Zilla’s three-man roster includes: Michael Travis, Jamie Janover and Aaron Holstein. Travis (drums, percussion, keyboards, mallet Kat) has spent more than a decade as the driving percussive force in the internationally acclaimed band, The String Cheese Incident. He continues to be an innovator of improvisational drumming, managing to play hand percussion and/or melodies while simultaneously spending time on the kit.

Aaron Holstein (guitar, bass, sampler, keys) has had a long musical history, playing guitar with bands such as Boogie Shoes and Vibe Squad. Holstein’s personal musical progression has transformed his notions of a typical guitar. Jamie Janover (hammered dulcimer, mini-kit, percussion, sampler, electric kalimba, sitar) is an acclaimed hammered dulcimer wizard, and he continues to expand the limits of all his instruments.

The combination of these three forces results in a mix of grooves, beats and highly percussive breaks. From down-tempo to jungle and trip-hop to house trance, the band plays on pure emotion. Each night is different and varied, and no song is the same. The trio characterizes the result as “future music,” where the music plays the band, and not the other way around.

The Summit will offer up a glimpse of the future on Sun., Feb. 4. starting at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 247-2324.


Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus in Mancos
What: The 2nd annual KSJD Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus
Where: The Mancos Opera House
When: Sat., Feb. 3. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The circus is coming to town, well almost to town. KSJD’s second annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus visits the Mancos Opera House this Sat., Feb. 3

The “one and only” event is an unusual mix of rock concert and circus sideshow. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus features acrobats, belly dancing, Kiddlescope Body Painting as well as mysterious wandering musical Gypsies. Participants can also catch a glimpse of the bearded lady, the landlocked mermaid, rodents of unusual size, tattooed Teutonic warriorettes, the mystery fortune teller, the nimble-fingered juggling equilibrist, JoGo the acrobatic

drummer and more. Throughout the festival, the Dirty Novels will set the musical backdrop. The Albuquerque band was founded in 2002 and plays “shake-your-money-maker rock ‘n’ roll that leaves the ladies lying in the aisles and the men speaking in tongues.”

The Santa Fe Reporter sang the band’s praises, saying, “The Novels attack their own songs with the wit and intensity of Lou Reed mainlining a ginko-ephedrine cocktail. Hear one song and you’re transported back to Hudson Street circa 1978 – a feeling that’s certainly not novel, but definitely dirty.”

Doors to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available only at the door.  For more information, call KSJD at 564-0808 or visit




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