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Locals/Benefit Days return to Purgatory

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Thursday16

Jenny Winegardner & Gary Watkins share the stage at Sweeney’s, located just north of town on CR 203, from 5-8 p.m.  

Porchlights play original bluegrassy folk rock at 5 p.m. at Desperados, located in Bodo Park’s Centennial Center.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. The pair plays encore shows at the same time on Dec. 17 & 19.

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.

“Race to Nowhere,” a film profiling the pressures of academic achievement, competition and performance, shows at 7 p.m. at the Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave. www.rtndurangoco.eventbrite.com for details.

Durango’s cowboy crooners return to the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m. for the Bar-D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee. The Wranglers will weave together traditional holiday and Western music, cowboy poetry, tall tales and humor. www.durangoconcerts.com.

The local film series continues at 7 p.m. with a screening of “Reel Injun” in the Irish Embassy’s Ambassador Lounge, 900 Main Ave. Seating is limited. 247-3947 for details.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7 to 11 p.m.

Tyler G plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m. Mr. G returns at the same time on Dec. 17

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

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts Thirsty Thursday for the Hungry at 9:30 p.m. with music from DJ Benjamin K & Smiley Coyote. Cover charge is two cans of food, which will be donated to the Manna Soup Kitchen.

Friday17

The 1st annual Elders’ Speak Conference, “Utilizing Elders’ Wisdom in the Modern World,” meets from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Annex Building in Cortez. Panels of Native American elders will discuss retaining culture in the face of substance abuse and domestic violence. 739-1157.

A Gift Giving Extravaganza Sale meets from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Crossroads Building, 1099 Main Ave. The features one-of-a-kind pieces crafted by Tirzah Camacho, Cake Café. Elizabeth Kinahan, Emily Lloyd, Jenny Rogers, Kate Skrainka and Amy Vaclav Felker.

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.

The Stillwater Foundation hosts

a fund-raising concert and silent auction at 5 p.m. at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave. The concert will feature eight bands, including bluegrass, rock, jazz, latin/fusion and blues. Proceeds will be used to fund music programs for youth and adults. www.StillwaterFoundation.org for details.

Singer-songwriter Gigi Love plays Sweeney’s, located just north of town on CR 203, from 5-8 p.m.  

Eric Kiefer plays happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. The Codi Jordan Band plays rock and reggae from 10 p.m.-close.

The 501 Café, 871 CR 501 in Bayfield, hosts its final weekly open jam from 6-9 p.m.

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

Internationally renowned guitarist/singer David Broza brings Flamenco to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m.

The Tumblin’ Dice rock Desperados, located in Bodo Park’s Centennial Center, at 7 p.m.

Center of Light presents A Mystical Interpretation of the Christmas Story at 7 p.m. at its Dolores headquarters. 882-2123.

Wild Country brings wild country to the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. 884-9155.

DJ Double D spins at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

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

Old North State with Jackson Polk plays the Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Saturday18

Fort Lewis College hosts its Winter Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. in Whalen Gymnasium. Amy Wendland, Fort Lewis College associate professor of art, will be the commencement speaker.

Robin & Jimmy Largent play the early show at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5 to 9 p.m. Neil Nelson & The Saloonatics go on at 9 p.m.

Rupnow & friends play happy hour at the Summit, 4

600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. The XXX Mas Party, with DJs Benjamin K, Peter Robot, Smiley Coyote and Make Believe, goes on at 10 p.m.

The 501 Café celebrates its final hurrah with a potluck dinner, live music, dancing and door prizes beginning at 6 p.m. at 871 CR 501 in Bayfield. 884-7164 for details.

A Christmas/Solstice Kirtan, participatory singing & dancing, meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at YogaDurango, 1485 Florida Rd. Admission to the family friendly event is by donation. 259-2110.

Greg Ryder plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

The Celtic/Irish band Big’ns plays the Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-midnight.

SOB plays an FLC Graduation Party at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The Tumblin’ Dice play a 9 p.m. show at the Sky Ute Casino.

Sunday19

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 Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 255 E. 5th Ave., hosts the 3rd Annual Children’s Holiday Party from 1-3 p.m. The event includes games, food, a lotería, an exhibition by the Discovery Museum, piñatas and a visit from Santa. 903-1761 for details.

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

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

3rd Ave. Arts presents “The Majesty of Christmas,” a holiday musical revue, at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave. The concert features soprano Gemma Kavanagh, flutist Rochelle Mann, tenor Andrew Homburg, oboist Danielle Menapace, organist C. Scott Hagler, and the new Durango Chamber Choir.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts an Open Uke Jam at 5 p.m. All player levels are welcome. 247-3416 for details.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts A Celtic Christmas from 6-9 p.m. featuring entertainment from Patrick Crossing.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Musica del Mundo, world music and dancing, beginning at 8 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Monday20

Colorado Housing Inc. presents an Energy Star Pre-Drywall Home Tour from noon-2 p.m. in Fox Farm Village in Bayfield. Participants can tour an Energy Star home under construction during the free event. 264-6950 to RSVP.

Joel Racheff plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 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

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.

Tuesday21

Mill Street Brews, 25 W. Mill St. in Bayfield, offers its weekly Open Acoustic Jam beginning at 5 p.m. 884-7070 for details.

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

The J.S. Trio – Joyce Simpson, Jeff Sweet and Jeff Solon – reunites from 6-9 p.m. at Mutus, 701 E. Second Ave.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Open Mic Night from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., hosts Beer Bingo from 9-11 p.m. with prizes for each game.

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

Wednesday22

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

Nina Sasaki & Ben Gibson play an acoustic show at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 6 p.m.

Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 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.4 247-1264 for details.

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

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

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

DJ Daryll’s Karaoke/Gong Show returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.

Thursday23

Porchlights play original bluegrassy folk rock at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard in Bodo, at 5 p.m.

Black Velvet, featuring Nina Sasaki and Larry Carver, plays Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 5-8 p.m.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a sultry blend of favorites at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

The J.S. Trio – Joyce Simpson, Jeff Sweet and Jeff Solon – reunites from 6-9 p.m. at Mutus, 701 E. Second Ave.

Robin & Jimmy Largent play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7 to 11 p.m.

Dave Mensch plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

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

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Christmas Eve

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.

DJ Double D spins for a Xmas Eve Bash at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

Saturday25

Christmas Day

DJ Ralphsta spins for a Christmas ’80s Retro Party at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

Sunday26

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

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Musica del Mundo, world music and dancing, beginning at 8 p.m. 259-9018.

Monday27

Joel Racheff plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 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

Tuesday28

Mill Street Brews, 25 W. Mill St. in Bayfield, offers its weekly Open Acoustic Jam beginning at 5 p.m. 884-7070 for details.

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

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

Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., hosts Beer Bingo from 9-11 p.m. with prizes for each game.

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

Wednesday29

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

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

Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 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.

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

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

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

DJ Daryll’s Karaoke/Gong Show returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.

Ongoing

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., exhibits its “Holiday Showcase,” featuring selections from the past 10 years of shows, through Jan. 13. The gallery is also displaying a collection of illuminating sculptures from local artisan Jeff Wise. 382-8355 or www.openshuttergallery.com for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., stages “Christmas Presence,” a family musical comedy set in Durango written by Dinah Swan. The play shows at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17 & 18. A matinee is also set for 3 p.m. on Dec. 19. 259-2606 for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center hosts an exhibition of artworks by local artist Keith Hutcheson through March 18. The show is a retrospective of Hutcheson’s work from the last quarter-century, a time spent exploring remote parts of public land across the Four Corners and the Colorado Plateau. 882-5600 for details.

Annie’s K-9 Orphans hosts its annual animal Holiday Giving Tree Fund-raiser through Christmas at: the Durango Mall, Kroeger’s, the Durango Animal Hospital, Creature Comforts, Healthy Hounds and Fat Cats, Pet Haus, Magpies, Brown’s Shoe Fit and other locations. Participants can pull a tag from the tree to benefit Durango’s No Kill Shelter. 759-8811 for details.    

Holiday Art Ole, an exhibit and sale of hand-crafted gift items by regional artists, returns to the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Works in ceramics, photography, fine prints, collage, fiber, jewelry and other media will be featured in the exhibit/sale which runs through Dec. 24. The DAC Art Library also exhibits “Rarae Aves,” mixed-media sculpture by Amy Wendland, through December. 259-2606 for details.

Kassidy’s Kitchen, 171 Suttle Dr., displays the work of photographers MaryAnne Nelson and John Moore through Jan. 15. Works by La Plata County Fair Photography winners are also on display. 375-7877 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.

Upcoming

Durango Story Writers, a free workshop for writers, will begin meeting in downtown Durango on Mondays starting on Jan. 10. durangostorywriters@hotmail.com to register prior to Dec. 20.

The first annual First Night Durango, a New Year’s Eve celebration, will meet Dec. 31 in downtown Durango. The family-friendly event will feature a snowboarding competition, live music and dance performances, local food and beverages, sparkling wine and cupcake tasting, and more.

Joel Racheff & the Cow Tippers will “Paint the Town” on Dec. 31 for a New Year’s Eve party at the Henry Strater Theatre. The event includes a dessert station, party favors and a champagne toast.

The Summit will host a Phunky Raggae New Year’s, featuring Carlton Pride & Mighty Zion & A Dub Rock Band, on Dec. 31.

The Durango Arts Center Art Library will host “I Would Not Believe That Even If It Were True,” an exhibit by Jeff Madeen from Jan. 1-Feb. 26.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery will host its Art Faculty Group Exhibition, featuring the most recent works from new and established teachers, from Jan. 10-31.  

The Open Shutter Gallery will host its annual community show on Jan. 14-27 and is accepting submissions through Dec. 31. The theme this year is “ENTROPY: Chaos within the system.” www.openshuttergallery.com for details.

Music in the Mountains Goes to School is seeking students to submit poster artwork for the annual Strut Your Stuff musical talent show for ages 8-18. The theme of this year’s poster is Celebrate to Your Arts Content. Deadline is Dec. 31. 385-6820 for details.

Reggae will come to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Jan. 28 with a performance by the legendary band The Wailers and special guest Tomorrow’s Bad Seed.

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Locals/Benefit Days return to Purgatory
What: DMR’s first Locals/Benefit Day of the 2010-11 season
Where: Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort
When: Sunday, Dec. 19

Durango Mountain Resort is going to the locals again this Sunday. The first of four Locals/Benefit Days is set for Dec. 19, and cheap lift tickets for locals will benefit worthy local charities.

Tickets are just $40 for adults, $32 for students (ages 13-18) and $25 for children 12 and younger. Proof of local status is required in the form of a coupon – available in this week’s Durango Telegraph, and online at www.durangotelegraph.com or www.durangomountainresort.com/locals.

The day promises not only good turns but good karma. Proceeds will benefit the Silverton Avalanche School and the Durango Winter Sports Foundations. The SAS will devote the funds to developing new avalanche education outreach programs for the San Juan Mountains community. In addition, the Silverton Avalanche School will be on hand at DMR and offering free avalanche awareness clinics throughout the day.  

DMR will host three other Locals/Benefit Days this season – Jan. 9 to benefit the Mercy Health Foundation; Feb. 6 to benefit Trails 2000; and March 6 to benefit the Riverhouse Children’s Center. Durangoans can also pick up a Locals Day 4-Pak Card, valid for all four days, at the resort’s ticket offices for $99.

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