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Abbey takes trip to the ‘Hills of Caracas’

DAC hosts ‘Aid, Comfort and Support’

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Thursday1

The Fort Lewis College Center de Muchos Colores and Delaney Library present “Dia de Los Muertos: A Living Tradition” from 5–7 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies. The event will feature an open altar honoring those who have passed on as well as a potluck. Call 382-6892.

The Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center hosts a study group on The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying from 5:30-7 p.m. The group meets every Thursday through Dec. 6. Tara Mandala will also present a weekend of teachings from Tibetan Buddhist Master Tulku Orgyen Zangpo Rinpoche. 731-3711 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents live jazz from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and a DJ spinning starting at 10 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

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

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.

The Fort Lewis College Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall with the talk, Ride the Historical Roller Coaster of American Music: Part 1, through the Civil War.

The Fort Lewis College Cultural Heritage Speaker Series presents “Inside Dazzling Mountains: The Making of a Book on Southwest Native American Verbal Arts Translation” at 7 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum.

Cuckoo’s Chicken House, 128 E. College,  hosts Fury Night, to benefit the Durango Fury womens’ traveling hockey team, starting at 7 p.m. Come watch the Avs take on the Pengiuns, drink a pint of Ska Pinstripe to suport women’s hockey and maybe even win a prize!

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

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the ski movie, “Turnin’ & Burnin’,” at 9 p.m. 385-1711.

Friday2

San Juan Basin Health, 281 Sawyer Dr., offers its Friday flu shot clinic from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 247-5702.

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.

Habitat for Humanity hosts its 9th annual Wine Tasting Gala & Silent Auction at the Doubletree Hotel Ballroom beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is Habitat’s only fund-raiser of the year.

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

Dave Mensch and Katherine Tischhauser, of Formula 151, perform a free show at The Main Book Co in Cortez starting at 6 p.m.

The Adaptive Sports Association offers volunteer orientation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in classroom 3 at the Mason Center. Training is free, and volunteers earn one day of free skiing for each day volunteered. 259-0374 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Rotaract Club hosts its Semi-Annual Community Speed Dating fund-raiser at the Henry Strater Theater, 699 Main Ave.  The event is open to people between the ages of 30 and 50 wanting to meet other singles in the area. Doors open at 7 p.m. 799-1467.

Allied Inter-Arts presents the “Intergalatic Planetary” bash at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 1550 Main Ave. The event includes live art and live music from Fat Pea, Spark Madden and special guest Benajmin K. Costumes are encouraged.

The Sandia Hots plays songs from Appalachia, the Southwest and Mexico at 7:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave. 385-9292 for details.

Blue Moon plays variety at the 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., beginning at 8 p.m. 259-8801 for details.

The Saloonatics play rock at the Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

One Drop, roots rock reggae from San Diego, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9: 30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents a DJ spinning starting at 10 p.m. for late night happy hour. 259-9018.

 

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A fund-raising party for The Huskies, “your local hockey heroes,” takes place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Chapman Hill and features food, a barbeque, a “hardest shot” contest, raffle prizes and chiropractic adjustments with Trapper Niccum, D.C. Donations will go to help fund the team’s tournament expenses. Call 749-2815.

Guiseppe’s Restaurant, 871 CR 501 in Bayfield, hosts open mic with Handsome Dan from 6-8 p.m. 884-7135 for details.

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

Singer-songwriter Pete Giuliani plays at Rubio’s Mexican Restaurant in Aztec from 6:30-10:30 p.m. 505-334-0599 for details.

Noted guitarist Tim Reynolds plays the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m. Local singer/songwriter GiGi Love opens the show. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

The Contra Dance returns to the VFW Hall, 1550 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. with music from the Sandia Hots and caller Peg Hesley. Hesley will also lead a waltz workshop at the hall from 2-4 p.m. 385-9292.

The Aspen Café, 3600 Main Ave., hosts live, unplugged bluegrass from Robin Davis, Cindy Trautmann and friends at 7:30 p.m. 259-6280 .

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

Euforquestra, a 7-piece Afrobeat, funk, reggae and samba group, returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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Durango BMX hosts its weekly races with sign ups from 1-1:30 p.m. and racing to follow. Racing will continue every Sunday, weather permitting. www.durangobmx.com for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College hosts a “Friends of the Center” Members’ Reception at 2 p.m.

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

Noted Celtic band Gaelic Storm plays the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

The “New” Red Shoe Trio and String Sonatas perform at 7 p.m., at Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

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

Folk singer Catie Curtis plays an 8 p.m. show at the Millwood Junction in Mancos. 533-7338 for details.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers karaoke from 8 p.m. to close. 259-8801.4

Monday5

The San Juan Basin Health Department, 281 Sawyer Dr., hosts a free conference for employers and health care practitioners, “New Roles in Tobacco Cessation Using Motivational Interviewing,” from 12:30-5 p.m. 247-5702, ext. 236 to RSVP.

P is for Peanut, 473 E. College, hosts free kids’ storytime at 1 p.m. 385-4525 for details.

Craig Blackhard, tenor, performs his senior recital at 7 p.m. at Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College. The public is welcome.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays his weekly gig at Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., starting at 8 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.

Lipstick Films premieres the telemark movie, “Since We Last Spoke,” at 9 p.m. at The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Filmmakers Josh Madsen and Cody Smith will be on-hand for the screening which will include giveaways. www.lipstick-films.com for details.

Tuesday6

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

The Business Women’s Network meets at the Spaaah Shop & Day Spa, 934 Main Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m. Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, the event is an informal business networking event. 247-1242.

The Durangotangs for Obama host a Caucus Kick-Off Party at the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. Residents are encouraged to socialize with other Obama supporters and find out more about the Colorado caucus.

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

The Adaptive Sports Association offers a volunteer orientation from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in classroom 3 at the Mason Center. Training is free, and volunteers earn one day of free skiing for each day volunteered. 259-0374.

Lacey Black plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 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 Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., starting at 8 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.

DJ I-Gene and Reason spin for Trenchtown Tuesdays at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., starting at 9 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Wednesday7

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents Art Spot, a live art demo, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with live music from Jack Ellis, Larry Carver, Doug Phillips and Kindsir following. 259-9018 for details.

Lacey Black plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

A Durango Land Conservation Forum meets at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. The forum will illustrate conserved, protected lands, and plans for the future. 375-7315 for details.

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.

Suicide Holiday, a rock band headed by former Nine Inch Nails guitarist Ralf Dietel, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.    

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

Ongoing

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts the exhibition, “A Question of Power,” a photographic documentary project focusing on environmental issues facing the Diné (Navajo) living in the area of the proposed Desert Rock Power Plant. The show runs from Nov. 5-29 and a gallery reception and talk is scheduled for Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. 247-7167 for details.

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 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 for details.

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 Connections meets every Wednesday from 11:30-1 p.m. in room 100 of the Durango Office Suites, 1053 Main Ave. A new Business Networking Chapter meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Wells Group. 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, “Living Off the Land.” The museum offers a hands-on exploration of the Rocky Mountain ecosystem and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wed.-Fri. and 1-5 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. 259-9234 for details.

Upcoming

The City of Durango and Durango Business Improvement District host a Downtown Durango Community Meeting on Nov. 9.

Pianist Marilyn Mangold Garst opens the inaugural Recital Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durangoon Nov. 9.

The League of Women Voters of La Plata and the Fort Lewis Common Reading Experience host “A Safer, More Compassionate World Community” forum on Nov. 10 at FLC. The event focuses on the fight against poverty and reducing sources of terrorism around the world. 247-8116 to reserve a spot.

The Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado will host a free, half-day conference on Nov. 10 to bring together organizations and individuals interested in sustainability.

The SW Colorado American Red Cross will hold its fourth annual Autumn Brew Banquet and Lavish Auction on Nov. 10.

Country legend Michael Martin Murphey returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Nov. 10.

The Snowdown Follies will hold Chorus Line auditions on Nov. 10 at the Dance in the Rockies Studio.  

Mysto the Magi and Company are putting on a full stage illusion show on Nov. 11 at the Diamond Circle Theatre.

An “It’s About Kids Advocacy Training” meets on Nov. 13 at the La Plata County Courthouse. 259-2094 for details.

The Abbey Theatre will screen the backcountry ski film, “Return to Schralptown,” on Nov. 13.

Bank of the San Juans will host a free financial workshop, “Money and Matters of the Heart,” on Nov. 14.

The 6th annual REEL Environmental Experience, a fund-raiser for the FLC Environmental Center, returns on Nov. 15.

 

A pre-Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market meets from 1-4 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the First National Bank of Durango parking lot.

Durango DOT Comedy will present “Slipping One Past the Goalie: Dreading the Blue Line!,” a fund-raiser for the Durango Fury womens hockey team on Nov. 17.

National Geographic photographer Larry Carver will sign copies of his 2008 calendar on Nov. 17 at the Image Counts Gallery.

The Durango Winter Sports Foundation will induct Jerry and Sara Davis into the foundation’s Hall of Fame on Nov. 19.

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Abbey takes trip to the ‘Hills of Caracas’
What: A local fund-raiser for the Sundarban film project
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Sun., Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. 

The local silver screen could mean big help for environmental refugees in India and Bangladesh. This Sunday, the Abbey Theatre hosts a fund-raiser for the Sundarban film project, where two local filmmakers are using their cameras to offer a better view of the impacts of global warming.

Produced by Tyler Quintano and Nick Manning, the project is an independent documentary that explores the plight of environmental refugees in the coastal Sundarban region. Late in 2006, researchers from Jadavpur University in Calcutta reported that the first inhabited island of the Sundarban region had been submerged as a result of rising sea levels and global warming. Ten thousand people once lived on the island of Lohachara and recently became landless refugees. Researchers said that at least 70,000 people in the Sundarban atoll will become eco-refugees within several years and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put the refugee number as high as 5.5 million with a sea level change as little as 45cm.

During the Durango fund-raiser, the Abbey will screen Tyler Quintano’s film, “The Hills of Caracas,” which documents poverty in the area surrounding the Venezuelan city. The screening will also feature a clip from the Sundarban project and a raffle for goods from Carvers, Hassle Free, the Boarding House, Gardenswartz, Eco Home and others. The show gets under way at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact the Abbey at 385-1711.

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DAC hosts ‘Aid, Comfort and Support’
What: The 11th annual Durango AIDS Benefit
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Sat., Nov. 3, beginning at 6 p.m.

Black ties are turning out for charity this Saturday. The Four Corners Gay and Lesbian Alliance for Diversity hosts the 11th annual Durango AIDS Benefit, “Aid, Comfort and Support,” on Nov. 3 at the Durango Arts Center. The black tie event benefits two local organizations known for advocacy and HIV awareness: Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and The Western Colorado AIDS Project (WESCAP).

The AIDS Benefit allows many ways to participate and enjoy the evening while supporting this worthy cause. The Silent Auction runs from 6-7:15 p.m. and features donated items from area businesses, restaurants and artists. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and is catered by Mutus Italian Kitchen. Pianist Scott Hagler and the Shadow Wind Dancers of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe will entertain. The Durango Arts Center will host a full bar throughout the evening. The festivities continue with the dance portion of the evening beginning around 9 p.m. featuring the talents of DJ Aiko Aiko.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Spaaah Shop in Durango, Andrea Kristina’s Bookstore & Kafe in Farmington, and Bank of the San Juans in Durango and Pagosa Springs. A special ticket for the dance only can be purchased at the door.

For further information or to make a contribution, please call 385-7202.

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