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Gigi Love stops off at Carvers

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The Gaslight Theatre, 102 E. Fifth St., screens the new film, “American Meth,” at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The documentary is a cross-country journey focusing on the methamphetamine epidemic. All proceeds from the screenings go to the American Meth Education Foundation. Visit

Durangoans observe National Prayer Day with song and prayer in front of the La Plata County Courthouse from noon-12:45 p.m.

The Southwest Center for Independence, 835 E. Second Ave., Suite 200, offers a free ongoing art class with Margaret Pacheco on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. 259-1672.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 5:30 p.m. 903-8416 for details.

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

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on Sale Barn, South Rim and Big Canyon. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead near New Country Auto Center at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

Jack Ellis and Larry Carver play a 6 p.m. concert at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., to benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. The event includes door prizes and fun for the whole family. 259-1400 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Department of Theatre hosts auditions for “Voices in American Drama,” an upcoming play-reading series, from 6-8 p.m. at the Theatre Building. sat for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts Service Industry Night from 8-11 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.

DJ Kerrazy spins for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10:30 p.m. 259-9200 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. & 11th St. Signs will be available or bring your own. 259-4185.

A reception for the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners Exhibition takes place from 5-7 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery Jazz guitarist, Mark Simons and trumpet player, Michael Freeman will perform.

Park Elementary School hosts its annual Cinco de Mayo Carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. The event includes food, games, activity booths, a jumping castle, silent auction, and entertainment for the whole family. 247-3718 for details.

Ralph Dinosaur returns to Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

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

Ellis West Gallery (formerly Ellis Crane Gallery), hosts a grand opening and three person show at its new location, 822 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. The show features Marci Crawford Harnden, Phyllis Stapler, and Cynthia.382-9855 for details.

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

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a limited edition print signing with photographer Jonas Grushkin from 6-7 p.m. All proceeds support of the Durango Discovery Museum. 247-1438 for details.

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

Kerani Marie Lomonaco, RCST, facilitator and wellness educator, gives a free lecture on Somato Respiratory Integration at 7 p.m. at Leighton Chiropractic in Cortez. 946-6896.

Dog at Large plays Nostalgia Nite at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

The Columbine Bar in Mancos hosts King Karaoke with Steve Kahler at 8 p.m. 533-7397.

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

Rumbelly plays blues and rock at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village beginning at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Formula 151 brings its local acoustic rock to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.  247-2324 for details.


Community Connections Inc. hosts the 4th annual “Golfing for Kids with Disabilities” Family Support Tournament at Hillcrest Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit Southwest Colorado families who have children with developmental disabilities. 385-3450 for details.

Fort Lewis College hosts an Inventor’s Boot Camp at 9 a.m. in Education Business Hall. for details or to register.

Advantage Physical Therapy & Wellness, 801 Florida Rd., Suite 3, offers free injury screenings from 9-11 a.m. 259-7829 for details.

The Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center, located near Pagosa Springs, hosts an open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The free event includes a tour of the land, meditation, and lunch. 731-3711 to RSVP.

Tim Guidotti closes out two nights at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

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

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

The Choral Society Cabaret plays the Durango Arts Center Theater, 802 E. Second Ave., at 6 p.m. The event features the many talented soloists and small ensembles from the Durango Choral Society, along with the Durango Women’s Choir. The evening includes an hors d’ouevres buffet and drinks.

The monthly Contra Dance meets at the VFW Hall, 1550 Main Ave., with beginner instruction at 7 p.m. and dancing from 7: 30-10:30 p.m. The Kitchen Jam Band will provide live music. 259-6820 for details.

Jack Ellis and Larry Carver play Cinco de Mayo at Rubio’s in Aztec at 7 p.m.

Folk music legend Arlo Guthrie returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College for the Guthrie Family Legacy Tour at 7:30 p.m. for details.

Steve Kahler presents karaoke and dance music at 8 p.m. at Scoot ‘n Blues, 900 Main Ave.  259-1400 for details.

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

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

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, premieres “Hotel Charlie – Volume II,” a kayak film exploring the rivers &  creeks of Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica, at 9 p.m.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays a 9 p.m. show at the Junebug Catfish House, located in Bayfield.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts Ladies Night with DJ Robi spinning music beginning at 9:30 p.m. 259-9200. 4

BLVD with MFA plays house, breakbeat and rock at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.



The fifth annual South Rim Duathlon begins at 10 a.m. at the Sale Barn Trailhead. This popular trail run and mountain bike race features three different course lengths with prizes for individuals and teams.  Racers may register at the Durango Community Recreation Center prior to 5 p.m. on May 5 or at the race between 8:30-9:30 a.m. 375-7300 for details.

Durango BMX hosts its weekly race with sign ups from 1-2 p.m. and racing to follow. Racing will continue every Sunday through October. Sign ups are from 1-2pm and racing to follow. for details.

The Four Corners Lecture Series launches with Elizabeth Morris, Southwestern archaeologist, discussing “Among the Ruins” at 1 p.m. at the Cortez Recreation Center. Greg Nunn, Southwest flintknapper, will give a demonstration at 3 p.m.

Trimble Hot Springs hosts The Dan Rottenberg on ragtime piano at 4 p.m. Music at Trimble takes place every Sunday. 247-0111 for details.

The Guthrie Family Legacy Tour plays the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College for a second night at 7:30 p.m. 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.

Spruce Tree Coffeehouse, 318 E. Main St., Cortez, hosts a free, 8 p.m. showing of “Tomorrow is Today” in their parking lot. The film kicks off their Outdoor Summer Soulful Cinema. 565-6789.


The San Juan Mountains Association and San Juan Public Lands host “Collaboration Skills” from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The training workshop is for nonprofit program managers, natural resource professionals, and nonformal educators. 944-1160.

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


P is for Peanut, 473 E. College, offers free kids’ storytime at 11 a.m. 385-4525 for details.

Durango FiberWorks, located in room 23 of the Smiley Building, hosts Community Night, an event for all aspiring fiber artists, from 5-8 p.m. 749-7006 for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School football field at 5:30 p.m. 903-8416 for details.

Turtle Lake Refuge, 848 E. Third Ave., offers a Chi Foods Class, gourmet living foods instruction, from 5:30-8 p.m. The class continues on Tuesdays through May 29. 247-8395 to register.

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

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

The Adaptive Sports Association hosts a summer volunteer orientation from 7-8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. Volunteers are needed to assist with rafting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and other activities for people with disabilities. 259-0374.

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

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


The Leukemia & Lymphona Society is recruiting volunteers to walk, run or bicycle in honor of local patients at noon and 6 p.m. at the Durango Sports Club, 1600 Florida Rd. Visit for details.

The Women’s Resource Center Reading Circle meets at 5:30 p.m., at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. Anyone interested in discussing Tortilla Curtain is invited to attend. 247-1242.

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

Turtle Lake Refuge, 848 E. Third Ave., offers a Thai Ethnic Cuisine class with celebrity chef Rachel Zovar from 6-9 p.m. The class continues on Wednesdays through May 30. 247-8395.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts “Will Harry Die?,” a forecasting forum for Harry Potter fans, at 6:30 p.m. Young Adult Librarian Midge Kirk and Bookseller Drea Firth will facilitate the conversation. 247-1438 for details.

Bear Smart Durango hosts a 7p.m. showing of the film “Papa Bear,” an intimate and revealing look at how bears live and interact with other bears, at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. This documentary features author, wildlife rehabilitator and naturalist Benjamin Kilham as he returns orphaned bear cubs to the wild. 749-4262 for details.

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

Scoot ‘n’ Blues, 900 Main Ave., hosts karaoke and dance music with Steve Kahler at 8 p.m. 259-1400 for details.

Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., hosts DJ Eschaton spinning “Retro 2 Electra” for Ladies Night at 9 p.m. 385-0430 for details.

DJ Damage spins industrial, EBM, trance and darkwave at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.


The first annual Durango Wine Experience runs from May 3-5. The three-day event  includes a “Walk-About Durango,” a moving tasting held at 20 downtown locations. The second event is the Grand Tasting, taking place under the festival tent at the First National Bank of Durango. Tastings will feature 50 wineries from around the world, and master sommeliers. In addition, five wine dinners will take place at various downtown restaurants. Information is available at

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. exhibits “Bordering Reality,” a group show featuring Erin Camarca, Karina Noel Hean, Rebecca Lillian Siefer and Alex Spencer. The multimedia show examine mythological origins, spiritual and physical explorations and unpredictable movements. The Durango Arts Center Library present a show by former Jane Leonard enti

tled “A Narrative: The Mesa Lady and the All-American Man.” Opening receptions for both shows take place from 6-8 p.m. on May 4. 259-2606 for details.

Durango High School Thespian Troupe 1096 presents “Once Upon A Wish/Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” at 7 p.m. on May 4-5 and May 10-12, and at 1 p.m. on May 12 at the DHS auditorium. 259-1630, ext. 2141 for details.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave., presents the “Art of Wine,” featuring paintings by Mary Lou Murray and Karyn Gabaldon and wine rack sculptures by Bryan Saren. The exhibit will be on display through May 19. 247-9018 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery displays The Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners Exhibition through May 18. Paintings of the scenic Southwest by more than 30 artists from the Four Corners region will be on display. A reception takes place May 4. 247-7167 for details.

Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Women Empowered” a collection of images by internationally renowned photographer Phil Borges through May 23. The show is a celebration of remarkable women in developing countries making extraordinary differences in their worlds. 382-8355 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College displays “Impacted Nations,” a traveling environmental exhibit, featuring the works of over 50 Native American artists on the negative impacts of energy developments. Also on display is an exhibit of the jewelry of Ben Nighthorse, a show that appeared at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Visit for details.

A new local chapter of Business Networking International meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 a.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 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.



Durango Lively Arts Co. will present “A Sting in the Tale,” a murder mystery comedy on May 10-12 and May 17-19.  

Renowned producer, composer and musician RJD2 plays a May 11 show at the Abbey Theatre.

The Dance Center presents “A Work of Art,” student dance performances inspired by the visual arts, on May 11 & 12 at the Abbey Theatre.

The Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center, located in Pagosa Springs, hosts a May 12 Meditation Day.

The Mother’s Day Telegraph 1-mile, 5K & 10K, the first race in the Alpine Bank Trail Series, takes place on May 13.

Solar experts Art Evans and Diane Mee will present a class on Solar Hot Water Basics on May 15 at the Durango Recreation Center. A Photovoltaic 101 class will follow on May 22.

Four Corners area members of Mensa (The High IQ Society) will meet at noon on May 19 in Aztec. 247-9278 for details.

The Diamond Circle Melodrama will open its 46th and final season on May 25 with “The Wicklow Wedding.” for details.

The 15th annual Vallecito Lake Chamber of Commerce Fishing Tournament takes place May 25-27.

The 30th annual Narrow Gauge 10-mi. and 5K running race takes place on May 27.


Durango celebrates Cinco de Mayo
What: The 13th annual Durango Cinco de Mayo celebration  
Where: Santa Rita Park
When: Sat., May 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For the 13th year, Durango will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta at Santa Rita Park. The celebration runs Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and will be crammed with events and local entertainers.

“The celebration is for the recognition of the Latino culture and youth and historically to commemorate the prideful victory by the Mexican troops against a French army in the May 5, 1862, Battle of Puebla in Mexico,” said event coordinator DeeDee de Haro-Brown.

The family affair will be complete with ongoing music and dancing by local performers including Mariachi de Durango, Ballet Folklorico of Durango and the dance band Chicanismo. Back by popular demand, a favorite for the local crowd, Ernestine Romero (La Jovencita) also will perform.

Other events include ongoing arts and crafts booths, food booths, piñatas, face painting, children’s activities and games, a silent auction, and jalapeño- and watermelon-eating contests. The event draws to a close with Chicanismo playing a gran baile at 8 p.m. at the American Legion, 878 East Second Ave.

As always Del Alma (Durango Educational Alliance for Multi-Cultural Achievement) sponsors the local event. For more information, call 382-9693.


Gigi Love stops off at Carvers
What: Two concerts from the noted singer-songwriter
Where: The Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave.
When: May 3 & 5 from 8-10 p.m.

She played at the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games, has opened for the Dave Matthews Band and is bringing her gig to Durango this week. Singer-songwriter Gigi Love will play two nights at the Carver Brewing Co. this week. The Texas songstress plays the patio on May 3 & 5.

Love is known for smoky vocals and revealing songwriting loaded with energy, passion and delicate poise. Whether armed with an electric guitar or her worn acoustic, Love leaves an indelible imprint while juggling blues and rock with country and folk.

Like Willie Nelson, Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt, she earned her honky-tonk chops in Texas. At the age of 7, Love began performing and playing guitar. By 12, she was filling venues with names such as Johnny High’s Country Music Review in Ft. Worth, and the Grapevine and Stephenville Opry Houses in Texas. While at Southern Utah University, she founded the Gigi Love Band and played regionally throughout the west. Love’s third album, “Turning to Gold” was released in January 2005. Love is now on the festival and coffee house circuit for the rest of this year.

For more information, call Carvers at 259-2545.




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