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Iron Horse Chef returns to Durango Farmers Market
Super Amazing Art Show & Sale makes its return
Uncle Lucius to play the Henry Strater Theatre

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The Department of Veterans Affairs conducts a VA benefits presentation for local veterans and their families at 3 p.m. at the Durango VA Clinic. 1970 E. Third Ave.

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.

The Ignacio Community Library offers Family Lego Night from 4-6 p.m. All ages welcome. 563-9287.

Russ Crossland plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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

Durango Motorless Transit hosts its weekly group trail run on the Lion’s Den and College Loop. Interested runners should meet at the Chapman Hill trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

Lee Bartley performs classical art songs and light jazz on piano at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., 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 for details.

The Mac Jazz Trio, with Chad MacCluskey, Brad Tarpley and Jeff Sweet, plays 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.

CarverFest 2010, featuring San Francisco’s Void Where Prohibited, Black Velvet, the Kirk James Blues Band, Tumblin’ Dice, the Jelly Belly Boogie Band, the Lisa Blue Trio, Cosmic Accident, and Hello Dollface, plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 7 p.m.

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

DJ Spark Madden & Niko spin “you call its” at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 8 p.m.


The Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers recycling for old appliances and scrap metal from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and again Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations are requested for most items. 382-9931.

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.


Void Where Prohibited returns to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., for a 9 p.m.-close show.  Black Velvet opens the evening 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.

Ritmos del Animas plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts live jazz from The Mac Jazz Trio from 6-9 p.m. DJ Double D spins from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, from 6-10 p.m.

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Pete Giuliani appears at the Schank House, located at Vallecito, from 6-10 p.m.

Downtown Mancos hosts a “Grand Summer Night,” complete with a gallery walk, outdoor music, carriage rides and extended downtown business hours. Arborena will host a 6-8 p.m. reception for watercolor artist Joyce Heuman Kramer.

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

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

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

The Lawn Chair Kings take the show on the road for a 9 p.m. show at the Columbine Bar in Mancos.

Hello Dollface rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

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.

Local band Seven takes the stage at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. for its last show of the summer.


The Durango Farmers Market returns to First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 4

8 a.m.-noon. for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association offers Hikes for Grownups at 8 a.m. on the Gobel Trail, located near Dolores. 394-4862 for details.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., and Laura Lewis offer “Pioneer Textiles: Samplers, Knitting, and Quilting” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. as part of the Living History program series. Admission to the event is free. 259-2402.

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.

Mancos State Park hosts a community trail work project from 10 a.m.-noon. 560-2750 for details.

Trails 2000 hosts trailwork on the Skyline Trail from noon-4 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the end of Jenkins Ranch Road. for details.

The San Juan Basin Health Department will hold a reception to honor Dr. Reiley, who has traveled to Durango to host neurology clinics for children for the last decade, from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel courtyard, 721 E. Second Ave.

The Ska 15th Anniversary Bash and Brewer’s Invitational meets at Ska Brewing from 4-9 p.m. The event features beers from 15 breweries and music from Farmington Hill and the Supersuckers. Advance tickets are required. 247-5792 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts the DBC BBQ with live alternative pop/rock Cyle Talley & The Late Greats play from 4:30-8 p.m. Jucy plays live music from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The Balcony Bar and Grill and the Summit, both at 600 Main Ave., host an “End of Summer Luau” beginning at 5 p.m. The event includes hula hoop, limbo and costume competitions, performance by Das Samba, and proceeds benefiting the Durango Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

The Blue Moon Duo plays Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Schank House Bar & Grill, located at Vallecito Lake, from 6-10 p.m.

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

Navajo State Park hosts “Meet the Wolves” with WolfWood Refuge at 7 p.m. Members of the public are invited to the amphitheater to interact with the amazing animals, and there will be petting, photo opportunities and wolf kisses. 883-2208 for details.

Marilyn Colyer discusses “The World of Bats” and the animals’ place in a healthy ecosystem at 7:30 p.m. at Mancos State Park. 533-7065 for details.

The Chills bring classic rock to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


Mountain Middle School hosts a Flea Market Benefit from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot of the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Donations will be accepted from 6-7 a.m. and volunteers are needed.

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 acoustic originals and covers from songwriter-guitarist Pete Giuliani 1-3 p.m. The Summer of Sundays Music Series runs all summer and is free with hot springs admission.

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 Out of the Box 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.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Sound Advice Jazz Quintet, featuring Terry Wells,

plays the Dolores River Brewery from 6-9 p.m.

The Budos Band, an “instrumental Staten-Island Afro-Soul outfit,” plays the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Doors open at 8 p.m.



Thom Rader performs at the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 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. 4

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.


Ignacio Bike Week returns to the Four Corners and runs through Sept. 6. for details.

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.

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

The Tumblin’ Dice return to the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., beginning 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.

Author Stephen L. Kanne, former Fort Lewis College instructor and military journalist, discusses his book The Furax Connection at the Durango Public Library at 7 p.m. for details.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder returns to 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.


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

The Sustainable Building Education Program presents “Approaching Net Zero Buildings” at noon at the First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St. Jim Ketter will lead the session. for details.

Evenings on 8th, the weekly community fair featuring fresh food from the Durango Farmers Market and local vendors, artists and libation, returns to West 8th St. from 4-8 p.m. The Kirk James Blues Band will perform.

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 for details.

Serving Life Chiropractic Studio, 1040 Main Ave., offers a free Wellness Wednesday Talk on health, life and well-being from 6-7 p.m. 422-2032 to reserve a spot.

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 improv show from Durango Dot Comedy from 7-9 p.m. 903-2075 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 for details.


The Gallery at St. Mark’s, 910 E. Third Ave., exhibits the watercolors of 83-year-old Durango artist Elsia “Mana” Siapno through Sept. 8.  

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.

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 “The Artists’ Market” and watercolors by Russell Steel through Sept. 4. “Sacred Spaces of the Heart, Explorations in mixed media” by Ann Dettmer shows in the Art Library 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.

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.  

Business Network International offers Professional Business Builders on Thursdays at the Himalayan Kitchen, 992 Main Ave., at 7 a.m.; and a Referral Market Chapter meeting on Tuesdays at Prudential Triple S Realty, 700 Main Ave., at 11:30 a.m. 375-7794 for details. Business Connections also meets on Wednesdays at the Durango Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. 422-2032 for details.


Cyle Talley & The Late Greats will play an album release party and farewell show at the Irish Embassy on Sept. 2.

A Community Kid’s Rally, featuring activity booths, carnivals games, a bounce house, bike race and more, will meet at Shoshone Park in Ignacio on Sept. 4.

Mancos State Park will present the talk, “World War II, Conscientious Objectors, and Mancos Civilian Public Service (CPS) Camp 111,” on Sept. 4. 533-7065 for details.

Tour de Farm, educational bike tours – a 5-mile in-town loop and 30-mile ride through the county – highlighting local agriculture, returns on Sept. 5. at for details or to register.

The Durango Public Library will kick off its 2010-11 Spoken Word Series with “Women of the San Juan,” a performance by the American Association of University Women, on Sept. 7. for details.

The Hisatsinom chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society will discuss ongoing investigations of the Point Site during its monthly meeting at the Cortez Cultural Center on Sept. 7. 560-1643 for details.

Durango Community Access TV will offers a class in video production on Sept. 8 and training in Final Cut Pro, the premiere video editing software, on Sept. 14 & 15. 259-2802 to register.

Turtle Lake Refuge will present a by-donation “Alive and Wild Cleanse” from Sept. 8-22. The event includes 5 lunches, 1 wild food dinner, classes and an overnight. 247-8395 for details.

The 6th annual Durango Coffee Festival returns on Sept 11 and will feature drinks, food and entertainment for the entire family.  The event is a fund-raiser for the Durango Adult Education Center.

The Montezuma Land Conservancy’s 12th annual Harvest Beer Festival meets Sept. 11 at the Parque de Vida Pavillion in Cortez. The event includes beer, food, kids activities and music from Sound Advice and Blue Coyote.

The Durango Arts Center will host “Text Off the Page,” a one-day workshop on blurring the boundaries between writing, music, installation and performance art, on Sept. 11. 259-2606 for details.

The Annual ColorFest Quilt Show and Sale returns to Silverton’s Kendall Mountain Community Center on Sept. 11.

The 15th annual Whole Expo, a holistic health conference and exposition, returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Sept. 11-12.

The Durango Independent Film Festival will screen “Bag It,” a documentary on the impact of America’s obsession with the plastic bag, on Sept. 12 a the Smiley Theatre. for details.

The Durango Public Library will host its inaugural Literary Festival on Sept. 16-18 and feature Craig Childs, Blake Crouch, Katherine Leiner and Ken Wright.

The Cortez Cultural Center is sponsoring the workshop “Writing the Cultural Landscape” with authors Kathleen & Michael Gear, Beth & Bill Sagstetter, Ray Williamson, and Fred Blackburn on Sept. 17-19. 565-7272 for details.

The Big Gulch: A Trails Festival will take off from Three Springs on Sept. 18. The fund-raising celebration will include mountain bike and running races and benefits Trails 2000, Durango DEVO and Fort Lewis College Cycling. for details.

Maria’s Bookshop will sponsor a Sept. 18 writers’ workshop, “Back to the Loincloth: Hunting and Gathering Sustenance through the Art of Story,” with award-winning Western writers Craig Childs and Amy Irvine. 247-1439 for details.

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.


Iron Horse Chef returns to Durango Farmers Market
What: The local foods cooking competition
Where: The Durango Farmers Market, 259 W. 9th St.
When: Sat., Aug. 28, 8:45-11:30 a.m.


The heat is back at the Durango Farmers Market. The 3rd annual Durango Iron Horse Chef Competition – a cooking contest featuring ingredients bought, prepped and cooked at the market – opens its first installment this Saturday.

The competition will be a series of challenges pitting two chefs against each other and the clock. The chefs will have an hour and a half to shop and prepare dishes. Chris Crowl, of Cosmopolitan’s, and Vera Hansen, of Cyprus Café, will square off in the first event this Saturday. The winner will go on to meet the defending champion, Ryan Lowe, of the Ore House, in the final showdown Sept. 11. Prizes include the coveted traveling trophy and a personalized Durango Iron Horse Chef Competition Jacket.

Over the last two years, the competition has done its part to demonstrate the value of local agriculture and educate attendees (approximately 1,000 people watched at least a portion of the event) on the benefits of eating locally grown food. The Iron Horse Chef Competition has also showcased multiple restaurants that support local agriculture by putting locally grown vegetables, fruit, meat and other items on their menu.

More information on the Durango Iron Horse Chef is available by emailing


Super Amazing Art Show & Sale makes its return
What: An exhibit/benefit featuring a variety of artists, designers and photographers
Where: The home at 537 Jackrabbit Trail  
When: Sat., Aug. 28, 3-8 p.m.  


“Super Amazing Art” will go toward a variety of good causes this week. The Super Amazing Art Show & Sale 2, an exhibit featuring four painters, two graphic designers, two sculptors, two illustrators, two printmakers and a photographer, returns to the house at 537 Jackrabbit Trail on Sat., Aug. 28

This year, each artist will be donating 25 percent of their sales to the following non-profits/refuges: Miki Harder - Spring Creek Horse Rescue; Elizabeth Kinahan - Annie’s Orphans; Heather Leavitt Martinez - Durango Nature Studies; Amy Vaclav-Felker - Medicine Horse; and Cindy Coleman - Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. This exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of the Harder family, Duck Girl Art, Arts Perspective magazine and the sweat and tears of die-hard creatives and their supportive families.

The day/evening of art, refreshments and entertainment runs from 3-8 p.m. at the Harder Home. To get there, turn south at the light near Home Depot and follow the signs. For more information call 385-0409.


Uncle Lucius to play the Henry Strater Theatre
What: A local concert from the noted southern rock band
Where: The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
When: Thurs., Aug. 26. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  


Top talent from the “live music capitol of the world” steps on the Durango stage this week. Uncle Lucius brings its brand of Southern rock to the Henry Strater Theatre on Thur., Aug. 26.

Uncle Lucius is rapidly becoming one of the most talked about bands in Austin, Texas. In recent years the roots-rock foursome has been playing constantly, headlining at Antone’s, Threadgill’s World Headquarters and The Saxon Pub to name a few. In that time, Uncle Lucius has gained a reputation for high-energy live shows and recently released their debut album, “Something They Ain’t.” The band has also started venturing beyond Austin City Limits on tour that’s taking them all over the Southwes and garnering rave reviews along the way.   “They take music to a place where the blues and outlaw country music meet; that place where music is laid back and cool,” wrote Planet Weekly. “I always had that ‘It’s ending too soon” feeling.’”

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 375-7160 or visit




In this week's issue...

May 2, 2019
In the flow

Rafting season is already under way on the Animas River, which has been flowing at near record levels and almost double the average rate for this time of year.

April 25, 2019
Laying down the law

Over the past couple decades, Jeff Robbins’ work as an  oil and gas lawyer – with a specific focus on serving local communities – allowed him to build relationships and gain the experience needed to carry out one of Colorado’s most sweeping reforms to oil and gas regulations, Senate Bill 181. 

April 18, 2019
A new kind of cold war

It’s a good thing Heidi Steltzer can’t tolerate the heat or the open ocean. “I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist, and I got seasick,” said Steltzer, a professor in the Biology Department and Environmental Science program at Fort Lewis College.