Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Ongoing Upcoming

DMR heads into ‘biggest weekend of the summer’

Durango’s first-ever ‘Yappy Hour’ set for Saturday

Submit items for On the Town to: 534 Main Ave., Durango, CO, 81301; fax: ( 970) 259-0448; e-mail: ; or fill out this form


The Ignacio Farmers Market meets from 4-7 p.m. at Shoshone Park. The event includes local produce, crafts and live music. 563-9494 for details.

Kirk James plays solo blues on the patio at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., from 5-8 p.m.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a sultry blend of favorites at Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts its weekly group trail run on the Meadow Loop and Secret Trail. Interested runners should meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557.

Lee Bartley performs classical art songs and light jazz on piano at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Katrina and Cook play classic covers and originals at 6 p.m. at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. 247-1264.

Chad MacCluskey and Jeff Sweet play contemporary jazz at the DoubleTree Hotel’s Animas River Café from 6-9 p.m.

The Four Corners Fencing Club meets from 6-8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 878 E. Second Ave. The club meets every Thursday. 759-1883 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Mark Simons plays jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

Onye Onyemaechi, artist and healer, leads a drum circle at 7 p.m. at the Café of Life, 925 Hwy 3.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Salsa Night with salsa lessons and DJ Edit spinning from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

Twelfth Night spins at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., welcomes artists to participate in TOP, a juried garment design exhibit, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Blank garments can be picked up at the same time on Aug. 14. 385-4989 for details.

“Fired-Up Stories” returns to the Durango Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Firefighters will read stories featuring fire and fire safety. Firefighting equipment and props will be on hand.

Mancos State Park offers a two-mile kids hike from 2-4 p.m. The Porchlights play the park amphitheatre at 7 p.m. 533-7065 for details.

The 34th Annual Escalante Days kicks off in Dolores. The event runs through Aug. 15 and includes a parade, live music, duck race, chainsaw and arm wrestling comps, kids activities, and much more. 882-4018 for details.

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.

Farmington Hill plays the Balcony Bar, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. The Crags open the show.

The Stillwater Foundation plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5 p.m.-midnight.

Guitarist-songwriter Pete Giuliani plays the patio at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., from 5-8 p.m.

Durango BMX hosts Trophy Racing with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow, weather permitting. for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts live funk/fusion from Prattle on the patio from 6-9 p.m. Mr. Anderson and Niko spin from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

A grand opening for Garcia Chiropractic & Dancing Spirit Gallery, 640 Goddard, in Ignacio, takes place from 6-9 p.m. The event includes a traditional blessing, live music and silent auction.

Neil Nelson and the Saloonatics play the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, from 6-9 p.m.

Tom MacCluskey plays classical and jazz at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700.

Zack Walther brings Americana to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. DL Marble opens the show at 8 p.m.

Durango Open Studios hosts a Black Bow/Tie Affair at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. The 9 p.m. event includes music from Black Market Electric and Your Welcome, raffles and live auctions and benefits the open studio tour set for the fall. 769-0594 for details.

DJ PM spins dance beatz at Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., from 9 p.m.-close. 382-8554.

Cosmic Accident rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155.

Jonezy spins vinyl at Cosmo, 919 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.  

DJ Posh Josh spins at the Golden Triangle, 150 E. College, from 9:30 p.m.-

midnight. 382-8424 for details.


The Durango Farmers Market returns to First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. for details.

The second annual Medicine Horse “Masters” fund-raiser returns to the South Forty golf course in Cortez. Entry fee includes nine holes of golf, course drinks and lunch and registration begins at 8 a.m. for details.

The annual Kids Triathlon returns to the Durango Recreation Center at 9 a.m. All children will receive a medal, certificate and event souvenir. 375-7313 to register.

San Juan Public Lands and Durango Mountain Resort offer a free guided nature walk from 10 a.m.-noon. The hikes continue twice a week throughout the summer.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts the DBC BBQ with live music from Kentucky Deluxe from 4:30-8 p.m. The Diabolical Sound Platoon plays from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

Durango Roller Girls take on Denver’s Wreckin’ Roller Rebels at Chapman Hill. Doors open at 6 p.m., and an after party will be held at Ska Brewing with music by Moondog Jones.

Tom MacCluskey plays classical and jazz at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700.

Mancos artist Marilyn Kroeker presents a demonstration on pottery throwing from 7-8 p.m. at Mancos State Park. 533-7065 for details.

Hello Dollface brings its sultry sound to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 8 p.m.

Cosmic Accident plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


The Four Corners Center for Spiritual Living presents a live stream of Michael Bernard Beckwith, of the Agape International Spiritual Center, at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., from 10-11:30 a.m. 247-2221 for details.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a traditional Irish music jam from 12:30-4 p.m. 403-1200 for details.

Trimble Hot Springs presents live music from the Porchlights from 1-3 p.m. The Summer of Sundays Music Series runs all summer and is free with hot springs admission.

Artist and art historian Judith Reynolds leads a discussion on the work of late painter Stanton Englehart at the Anasazi Heritage Center at 1 p.m.

Durango Food Not Bombs (FNB) offers its weekly free vegan/vegetarian meal at 1 p.m. in Riverfront/Iris Park.

The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., hosts its Gospel Brunch with music from The Scrugglers  from 1-3 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, hosts an Open to All Jam Night from 4-8 p.m.

High Altitude Blues plays its final show of the summer at 5 p.m. at the Balcony Bar and Grill, 600 Main Ave. 4

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts a traditional Ceili, featuring the band Giant’s Dance, at 6 p.m.


Chad MacCluskey plays solo jazz guitar at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

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

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., from 8 p.m. midnight.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers its weekly Players and Singers Night from 9 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.


Fort Lewis College welcomes new students and their families with the New Student Send Off Picnic from 5-7 p.m. at the Clocktower. RSVP at  

Turtle Lake Refuge offers an Alive and Wild Food Prep Class at 5:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave. The class continues on Tuesdays through Sept. 7. 247-8395 to register.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays his weekly lakeside gig at the Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, at 5:30 p.m.

Ska Brewing Co., 225 Girard St., hosts Trivia Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. The event includes weekly and monthly prizes and individuals and teams are welcome. 247-5792 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group, featuring vocalist Alison Dance, plays the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

Joel’s, 119 W 8th St., hosts Tuesday Trivia from 9-11 p.m. 385-0430 for details.


Shambhala Chiropractic, 117C County Rd. 250, offers Body Appreciation Day, with free massage and spinal adjustments for new clients, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Donations benefit the Shanta Foundation. 259-6854 to register.

Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., offers a free infant massage class for parents at 10 a.m. 259-7337 to register.

The Ignacio Community Library offers storytime and crafts for kids from 10-11 a.m. 563-9287 for details.

Trails 2000 seeks volunteers for trailwork on the Skyline Trail (off Jenkins Ranch Road in Skyridge) from 4-7 p.m. for details.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a blend of favorites on the patio at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., from 5-8 p.m.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille in the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

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.

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

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., presents a free show from Durango Dot Comedy from 7-9 p.m. 903-2075.

Tim Guidotti plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

Asleep at the Wheel, the Grammy-awarding winning band revered for sustaining Texas-based Western Swing, returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. for details.

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


The Gallery at St. Mark’s, 910 E. Third Ave., exhibits the watercolors of 83-year-old Durango artist Elsia “Mana” Siapno from Aug. 13-Sept. 8. Opening reception runs from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 13.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Avenue, exhibits the color photography of Jimmy Williams. Work from two portfolios, “Tuscany Landscapes” and “Music Makers,” will be on display through Sept. 22. 382-8355 for details.

The Durango Lively Arts Co. presents performances of “Peter Pan” at the Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave., at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13, 14 & 20, 21 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 14, 21.

Art Supply House, 24 Town Plaza, hosts the 2nd annual Miniature Canvas Competition through the month of August. The public is invited to see the show and vote for their favorites.  Winners will be awarded in three different age categories.

Steaming Bean Coffee, 915 Main Ave., hosts “The Side Effects of Dreaming,” recent drawings by Sandra Butler, through Aug. 31. 385-7901 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents “On Location: The Art of Plein Air and Wood Sculptures” by Chad Haspels in the Barbara Conrad Gallery and “Sacred Spaces of the Heart, Explorations in mixed media” by Ann Dettmer in the Art Library. Both shows will be on display through Aug. 28. 259-2606 for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center hosts the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners juried exhibition through Sept. 6. Also on display is “Horizons,” paintings by Stanton Englehart from the private collection of the Englehart Family Trust. 882-5600 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College presents “Treasures Unveiled: Extraordinary Items from the Vault of the Center of Southwest Studies.” The exhibit was developed by the Center of Southwest Studies to show the public a seldom-seen sampling of its artifact and archival collections. Also on display is “Mountain Lion!” 247-7456 for details.

Melodrama returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., with the “The Tavern” and a Vaudeville Revue showing Tuesday through Sunday at 7:45 p.m. and running through Aug. 21. or 375-7160 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., present the musical, “Always … Patsy Cline,” every weekend at 8 p.m. and “A Grand Night for Singing” on Tuedays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. 259-2606 for details.  


White Feather Botanicals will present a free herb walk Aug. 19 at Brookside Park. 946-7223 for details.

Naturopathic Dr. Stacy Riseborough will discuss a toxic free childhood Aug. 19 for the monthly meeting of the Durango Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network. 259-1001 for details.

The Durango Sustainability Roundtable, one of eight regional events throughout Colorado, will be held on Aug. 19 at the Durango Public Library. 

Ronald Yellowbird, a member of the Uncompahgre Band of Utes, will present “Sundance Religion, a Ute Man’s Perspective” on Aug. 19 at the Shade House in Ignacio.

Mountain Middle School will hold a Rooftop Fund-raiser on Aug. 19 at the Crossroads Building.

The Open Shutter Gallery will host Unite Our World, a benefit for the Mweruka Junior School in Uganda, on Aug. 20. for details.

Friends of the Durango Public Library will hold an End-of-Summer Book Sale on Aug. 20.

Studio & will present “Papier,” a one night exhibit of paper art and photography, on Aug. 20.

Joel Glanzberg, international permaculture educator, will lead a half-day water harvesting workshop on Aug. 20. 882-2155 to register. n

Lunar Base 4, a dance, music and arts festival, meets at the Echo Basin Guest Ranch on Aug. 20. Jon Bishop, top hard house DJ, headlines the event which includes 3 stages and 25 artists from all over the U.S.

The First Presbyterian Church will host an Aug. 21 fund-raiser for Alyssa Dinger and her family. Alyssa suffers from severe autism, and the family has incurred major medical expenses. 247-3175 for details.

KSJD will hold its second annual Block Party on Aug. 21 in downtown Cortez. The event includes live music from The Lindells Trio and Beautiful Loser Society and local libations and eats. for details.

Verde Fest – Four Corners Sustainability Fair will meet on Aug. 21 in the Cortez City Park. The event is currently seeking green businesses and services as exhibitors. for details.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango will present a series of events, talks and community discussions on immigration beginning Aug. 22

The Ska 15th Anniversary Bash and Brewer’s Invitational meets at Ska Brewing on Aug. 28 and features beers from 15 breweries and music from Farmington Hill and the Supersuckers.

The Super Amazing Art Show & Sale 2, an exhibit featuring 4 painters, 2 graphic designers, 2 sculptors, 2 illustrators, 2 printmakers and a photographer, returns to 537 Jackrabbit Trail on Aug. 28. 385-0409 for details.

The Iron Horse Chef Cooking Competition returns to the Durango Farmers Market every Saturday from Aug. 28-Sept. 11.

The fifth annual Sacred Arts Festival, returning in September and October, is original poetry, works of art, craft or photography and original songs and compositions expressing the sacred. for details.

Tour de Farm, an educational bike tour highlighting local agriculture, returns on Sept. 5.

CoffeeFest, a fund-raiser for the Durango Adult Education Center, returns to Main Ave. on Sept. 11.

The Montezuma Land Conservancy’s 12th Annual Harvest Beer Festival will meet on Sept. 11 at the Parque de Vida Pavillion in Cortez.

Durango’s Liberty School is seeking nominations for the Dyslexic Hall of Fame, recognizing the outstanding achievement of successful dyslexic individuals within the Durango community. Inductees will be recognized at the annual dinner/gala on Oct. 1. Email with nominations.


DMR heads into ‘biggest weekend of the summer’
What: A series of events including a Mushroom & Wine Festival and the final race of the DEVO Durango Coca-Cola Triple Crown series
Where: Durango Mountain Resort
When: Aug. 12-15  

Durango Mountain Resort is sending summer out with a bang. The resort is hosting a full lineup of events for its “biggest weekend of the summer” on Aug. 12-15.  

The weekend gets off to an early start on Thursday with a free Family Movie Night. “Up” will screen in the festival tent beginning at 7 p.m.

DMR’s two-day Mushroom & Wine Festival begins Friday with a six-course, mushroom-themed dinner and continues on Saturday with a mushroom-hunting hike. To register, call 385-2121 before August 10. Also on Saturday, DMR will host the third annual “Climb to Conquer Cancer,” a one-day event to benefit the American Cancer Society. Everyone is welcome to start or join a team or to participate individually. In addition, the Durango Discovery Museum Solar Carnival & Family Fun Fest will be set up throughout the day – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free and includes magic shows, face painting, balloon animals, games and more.

To round out the weekend, Purgatory is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the inaugural World Mountain Bike Championships with a cross-country race on the original 1990 Worlds XC course. The race is the third and final race of the new DEVO Durango Coca-Cola Triple Crown series and begins at 9 a.m.

For more information on any of the events, visit


Durango’s first-ever ‘Yappy Hour’ set for Saturday
What: A benefit for Dogster’s Spay and Neuter Program
Where: J-Bar-J Ranch, 3320 County Road 203
When: Sat., Aug. 14, 1-4 p.m.

Durango’s first-ever “Yappy Hour” meets this Saturday and benefits Dogster’s Spay and Neuter Program. The get-together for dogs and their human companions is set for 1-4 p.m. at the J-Bar-J Ranch.  

Activities will include agility demonstrations and a supervised meet-and-greet with La Plata County Humane Society dogs. Professional photographer Branson Reynolds will be on hand, offering pet portraits for an additional donation. And tasty “appe-teasers” for dogs and their humans and species-appropriate libations will be served.

A $10 donation will be requested at the door to benefit Dogster’s Spay and Neuter Program, a local nonprofit offering low-cost spay and neuter services. Well-behaved people and pooches that have been spayed or neutered and have current vaccinations are welcome.

For more information, contact 903-7836.