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Thursday17

The Strater Hotel celebrates the grand opening of the Henry Strater Theater, 699 Main Ave., from 4-7 p.m. The event includes free refreshments, guided tours, an early days fashion show and live music from renowned soprano Gemma Cavanaugh and Scott Hagler. 247-4431 for details.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays a free show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m. www.strater.com for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Spirit Trail. Interested runners should meet at the Leyden Street trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

The Southwest Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282, offers an Adult CPR/AED class from 6-10 p.m. 259-5383 to pre-register.

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 Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens “Autism Yesterday,” a film documenting five families and their recovery from autism, at 6:30 p.m. A discussion will follow and all ticket sales benefit Generation Rescue. 385 -1711 for details.

Singer-songwriter Annie Brooks performs from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Common Sense Internet Cafe at 1480 E. Second Ave.

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

The Good Neighbors go acoustic for a free show at the Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. 259-2059.

The Durango Photography Club meets at 7 p.m. in the Pine Room of the La Plata County Fairgrounds to discuss “Back to Basics.” The public is welcome to attend. 375-7877.

Liz Volz, health consultant and coach, hosts a free lecture on stress management at 7 p.m. at the Durango Sport Club, 1600 Florida Rd.

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

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts Disco Night beginning at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

DJ Mowgli spins old school and hip hop for Pint Night at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., beginning at 10 p.m. 259-9200.

Friday18

The FLC Environmental Center’s Food for Thought program celebrates its newly planted 100-tree orchard on campus on Arbor Day. The final trees will be planted next to the EC Garden from 12:30-1 p.m. The event continues from 2-5 p.m. next to the Campbell Child Development Center and includes free local food, a “Loco Locals Bazaar,” and music from the Strange New Shoes. 247-7684.

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.

Greg Ryder plays an encore show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m. www.strater.com for details.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave., hosts “Esther,” a bronze unveiling by artist Miki Harder from 6-8 p.m. 247-9018.

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

Pete Giuliani plays acoustic covers and originals at Virginia’s Steakhouse at Vallecito Lake from 7:30-11:30 p.m. 884-9495.

The 8th Ave. Trio plays the music of the ’70s & ’80s at the 8th Avenue Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., at 8 p.m. 259-8801.

Wild Country plays danceable country at the Billy Goat Saloon on Highway 160 in Gem Village, starting at 8 p.m. Call 884-9155 for details.

 

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents a DJ spinning starting at 9 p.m. for late night happy hour. 259-9018.

The Good Neighbors bring their rock, funk and alternative to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.

 

Benjamin K. spins tech and progressive house at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., at 10 p.m. 259-9200.

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The Southwest Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1911 Main Ave., Suite 282, offers an Adult CPR/AED and Standard First Aid class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 259-5383.

The Week of the Young Child continues with a Kids Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Durango Mall. The event includes free fun activities for young children and information booths for parents. There will also be a 9:30 a.m. trike-a-thon in the Durango Mall parking lot.

Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center, located near Pagosa Springs, hosts Saturday Morning Meditation from 10 a.m.-noon. Drop-ins welcome. 731-3711 for details.

Wines of the San Juan, in Blanco, N.M., hosts the 5th annual After Tax Spring Fling from noon-6 p.m. The event features music from the Double Eagle Country and Western Band and food and wine. (505) 632-0879 for details.

Derrick Martin plays at Steamworks in Bayfield from 5-8 p.m. 884-7837 for details.

Kirtan, participatory singing from India, takes place in the Smiley Building’s Blue Heron Yoga Studio, 1309 E. Third Ave. The family friendly event is followed by an optional 30-minute meditation. 259-2110 for details.

Greg Ryder closes out three nights at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m. www.strater.com for details.

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

Tom MacCluskey performs on piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Durango Nature Studies offers Hiking the Full Pink Moon from 7-9 p.m. at the Durango Nature Center. DNS executive director, Allison Pease, will teach cool moon facts and nighttime lore. 382-9244 ext 3 for details.

The Sea & The Rhythm play original acoustic, indie pop and covers at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, from 7-9 p.m.

The San Juan Symphony presents “Symphonic Dances” at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

Pete Giuliani plays acoustic covers and originals at 4 Virginia’s Steakhouse at Vallecito Lake from 7:30-11:30 p.m. 884-9495 for details.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents a DJ spinning starting at 9 p.m. for late night happy hour. 259-9018 for details.

Intervision, a Portland quintet, blends soul, rock, jazz and pop at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Hollywood Bar in Dolores at 9 p.m. 882-9998 for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts a fund-raiser for the Silverton Jamboree with a silent auction from 6-9 p.m. and Last to Know playing disco-funk-bluegrass at 10 p.m. 259-9200 for details.

Sunday20

Durango BMX kicks off its season of racing from 1-2 p.m. at the track just south of Gateway Park. 799-1780 or www.durangobmx.com for details.

DJ I-Gene spins the Sunny Day Sounds of the Babylon Collapse System from 3-6 p.m. at the Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave. 259-2545 for details.

Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas play the Community Concert Hall at 7 p.m. Fraser is regarded as one of Scotland’s premier musical ambassadors. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning 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.

Roots of Creation, reggae, funk, jazz, and dub from New Hampshire, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Monday21

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 5 p.m. young authors’ reading in conjunction with the Durango Arts Center’s Creativity Festivity. Local K-12 students will read their award-winning poems, essays and short stories. 259-2606 for details.

Alternative Horizons starts volunteer training for advocates for its 24-hour hotline at 5:30 p.m. 247-4374 for details.

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

The Sea & The Rhythm plays original acoustic, indie pop at the Common Sense Cafe, 1480 E. Second Ave., from 6:30-8 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays acoustic at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts open mic night from 8 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.

Terry Rickard plays acoustic rock at Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., starting at 8 p.m.

Tuesday22

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

Durango BMX hosts practices from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the track just south of Gateway Park. 799-1780 or www.durangobmx.com for details.

Ultimate Frisbee takes place at Miller Middle School at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all comers.

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

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

The Sea & The Rhythm, Annie Brooks and James Else play original songs of the folk persuasion at the Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., from 7-9 p.m.

Tim Sullivan plays acoustic at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 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.

Wednesday16

Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., offers free coffee tasting courses from noon-1 p.m. 259-2059 for details.

The Southwest Chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society hosts a free wildflower trip to Canyon de Chelly beginning at noon. (928) 724-3467 to register.

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

Leadership La Plata, the organization designed to educate and train current and aspiring leaders, hosts a kick-off recruitment reception from 5: 30-7 p.m. at the Pine River Valley Bank in Bayfield.

An open bluegrass jam meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. The circle gathers every Wednesday. 247-1264 for details.

Fields of Light, a gathering of spiritually evolved and like-minded souls, hosts an open discussion from 6-8 p.m. at the Common Sense Café, 1480 E. Second Ave. 769-9738 for details.

The Durango Chess Club gathers for its weekly meeting at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, at 6:30 p.m.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts an open mic night starting at 7 p.m. The event returns on the first Wednesday of every month. 259-9018 for details.

Ongoing

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College exhibits “100 Contemporary Works by Native Artists from the Hensler Collection.” The Bill and Sue Hensler collection of contemporary Native American art includes a diverse group of artists

from a variety of tribes. The collection in its entirety includes more than 200 items, including pottery, paintings and sculpture, directly acquired from the artists themselves. The Old Spanish Trail and Selections of the Jewelry of Ben Nighthorse also continue to exhibit. 247-7456 for details.  

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Light, Shadow and Time,” a collection of black-and-white photographs by Mitch Dobrowner and Thomas Carr, through April 30. Dobrowner’s surreal photographic landscapes reflect the power of nature and the hushed beauty of outdoor scenes in America. Thomas Carr is an archaeologist and photographer and has documented the essence of many significant historical sites. 382-8355 for details.

Upcoming

Jim Hightower will be the special guest and keynote speaker at the La Plata Democrats annual Jefferson-Jackson fund-raising dinner on April 26 at the Doubletree Hotel. Maria’s Bookshop will also host an April 26 booksigning with Hightower. 259-9503.

KSUT presents a performance by Baxter Black, cowboy, poet and humorist on April 26 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Editors and local contributors from Cutthroat will be on hand for an April 28 reading at Maria’s Bookshop.

The Big Spank, from Albuquerque, will join local band Oatie Paste at Steamworks on May 1.

The Trout Unlimited Annual Banquet is set for May 3 at the Fort Lewis College Ballroom and includes dinner, silent and live auctions and raffle drawings.

Community Connections’ 5th annual “Golfing for Kids with Disabilities” Family Support Golf Tournament returns to Hillcrest Golf Club on May 3.

The 2008 Durango Open Karate Tournament will take place May 3 at Escalante Middle School.

“King Corn,” an award-winning documentary, will be shown free of charge May 3 at Empire Electric in Cortez.

The Sexual Assault Services Organization will offer a free volunteer training on May 5. 259-3074 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies invites artists to submit work for “Connections: Earth + Artist - A Tribute Art Show in Resistance to Desert Rock.” The deadline is May 9. 382-6982 for details.

Trails 2000 will bring the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew to Durango on May 17-19. www.trails2000.org for details.

The 9th annual $20,500 nonprofit Money Booth returns to the Sky Ute Casino on May 20. Fifteen area nonprofits will benefit.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a May 22 booksigning with author Rita Marie Robinson.

Poet Jeannie Zandi will address a public “satsang” in Durango on May 23.

 

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Abbey hosts top hip hop acts
What: An all-ages show from the Jurassic 5 and Crown City Rockers artists
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College    
When: Sun., April 20, 10 p.m.

High-grade hip hop lands on the stage of the Abbey Theater once again this week. Akil, of Jurassic 5, and Raashan Ahmad, of Crown City Rockers & Coolzey, play a show at the independent theater on April 20.

Akil, who was born and raised in the hectic streets of South Central Los Angeles, has a sense for the ills of urban society and love for hip hop that gained early notice among critics and fans. An MC, Akil started first performing with his group Rebels of Rhythmz, which later morphed into Jurassic 5. J5 is known for its old school harmony and uplifting lyrical content, which Akil played a big part in building. Akil also added his talent as a producer to help create the Jurassic 5 formula. He has collaborated with artists such as The Pharcyde, Ice T and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Joining Akil at the Abbey this Sunday will be Raashan Ahmad, of Crown City Rockers. Crown City Rockers is a five-member hip hop band from Oakland by way of Boston and Pasadena. Formerly known as Mission, they play old school inflected hip hop with live instrumentation. The band is currently working on its upcoming album, “5 Gold Stars.”

This Sunday’s all-ages show gets under way at 10 p.m. For information, call the Abbey at 385-1711.

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The Four Corners goes big for Earth Day
What: Film screenings, solar tours, fund-raising events and more   
Where: Throughout Durango and the Four Corners
When: April 18-26

The Four Corners will be celebrating the 38th anniversary of Earth Day at various events over the upcoming week. Local events commemorating the annual celebration of the Earth start April 18 with the fourth annual Great Outdoor Gear Silent Auction Fund-raiser at the Dolores Community Center. The event includes a screening of “Mountainfilm on Tour,” a compilation of films from the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. Bidding on a selection of outdoor gear, river gear and goods and services from local merchants will begin at 6 p.m., and films get under way at 6:30 p.m.

A second Earth Day-related activity sponsored by LPEA in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity is the “Yes We Can … Smash!!” event. The event is a mass smashing of aluminum cans in order to make transport from Durango to Cortez more efficient. Smashing happens in the LPEA’s parking lot in Bodo Park, 45 Stewart St., on Sat., April 19. Volunteers are welcome to smash cans but must sign up in advance by calling Nadine at 382-9735.

The Four Corners Gem & Mineral Club will provide another opportunity to celebrate Earth Day at the Annual Earth Day Open House & Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the clubhouse, located at 2350 Main Ave. There will be a number of vendors selling hand-made jewelry, cut and polished stones, and mineral specimens.

Durangoans can also celebrate Earth Day with St. Columba’s Parish on April 19 & 20. The church will host displays on ways to preserve the environment and be responsible stewards of the Earth’s resources at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Commons, located at 701 Camino del Rio, will be commemorating Earth Day on April 22 with tours of the newly installed solar panels donated by BP America from noon-1 p.m. The 60 solar panels are generating 50 to 60 kilowatt hours per day, which is enough power to meet the electrical needs of three to four average homes in Durango. In addition, the partnering 12 nonprofits housed in the Commons will participate in a building-wide clean up that morning.

The culminating Earth Day event will be the Earth Day Celebration at Rotary Park scheduled for Sat., April 26. Live music, activities and displays, and information will be available throughout the day.

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