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Stand-up comedy takes the stage at the Hank
Red Ball Express returns to DMR

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Lisa Blue, Pete Neds and Hal Lott play the lounge at Sweeney’s, located north of town on County Rd. 203, from 5-9 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Silverton Chocolates, located in the Smiley Building basement, 1309 E. Third Ave., offers free chocolate tastings from 5-7 p.m. every Thursday. 799-4481 for details.

The first Womenade meeting of 2010 meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. Participants will pool their resources and vote to give the money to women who’ve applied for our emergency assistance. 247-1242.

The Palace Restaurant, 501 Main Ave., presents an evening with Libby Riddles, first woman to win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds benefit Mush to Cure Cystic Fibrosis. www.sanjuanstagerace.com for details.

Singer-songwriter Levi Mullen plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 6 p.m.

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

Dynamic Canadian fiddler, singer and stepdancer April Verch takes the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

The Life-Long Learning Series returns to Fort Lewis College with “The Land, The People, and The Medicine of Tibet,” a presentation by Dr. Ben Kater, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., offers Salsa Night. The evening includes salsa lessons from 7-7:30 p.m. and DJ Twelfth Night spinning until 11 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Tyler Gummersall plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., for a free solo show at 7 p.m.

DJ Tricerahop spins digital/electronica at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Friday5

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.

Back Alley Blues plays the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, from 5-7 p.m. Neil Nelson & the Saloonatics go on from 8 p.m.-midnight.

The Inaugural “Chapman Challenge” meets at the Chapman Ski Hill at 5:30 p.m. The uphill/downhill race is open to all abilities and human-powered transportation modes. 946-6892 for details.  

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents the Friday Afternoon Club with live jazz from the Mac Jazz Trio from 6-9 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Thrive: A Creating Wellness Center, 202 W. 22nd St., hosts a “Ladies Night of Indulgence” from 6-8 p.m. The free event includes chair massage, pedicures, satin hand treatments, facials and more.

Eric Keifer plays happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. First Friday, featuring music from Artikle and DJ Mowgli and a live tattoo demo, goes on at 10 p.m. 247-2324.

Gary B. Walker performs on jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 247-4433.

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

Andrew Homburg, tenor, and Marilyn Garst, piano, play the 2009-10 Recital Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, 419 San Juan Drive, at 7 p.m. The program includes works by Mozart, Lalo, Schubert, Vaughan Williams and Fauré. 385-8668 for details.

“W;t,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a woman’s struggle with ovarian cancer, shows at 7 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. A second showing is set for Feb. 6, and the play benefits the Durango Arts Center and the Women’s Resource Center. 247-1242 for details.

CC&N, featuring Larry Carver, Randy Crumbaugh and Nina Sasaki, play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 7 p.m.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Schank House Bar & Grill, located at Vallecito Lake, from 7-11 p.m.

The Chills bring their classic rock to the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. 884-9155.

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The Ignacio Library offers a free basic computer class from 10:30 a.m.-noon. 563-9287 to preregister.

A fund-raiser to benefit Michael J. Malarsie, a La Plata County native wounded in action in Afghanistan, meets from 4-9 p.m. at the Durango VFW, 1550 Main Ave. The event includes dinner, music, beer and a silent auction and all proceeds go to Michael’s long-term medical care and expenses. 946-9799 .

An Ohana Luau, the 14th annual Handbell Choir fund-raiser, meets at St. Columba School Gym, 1801 E. Third Ave., from 5-8 p.m. The “family feast” includes food from the islands, special handbell performances and a beachfront market.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays an encore show at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Nina Sasaki and Ben Gibson play the lounge at Sweeney’s, located north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Rupnow & Friends play happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Telluride’s Back of the Bus goes on at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

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

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary School with beginner dance instruction at 7 p.m. and the Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. The dance features music from Albuquerque’s Hey! and costumes are encouraged. 385-9292 for details.

Cyle Talley plays acoustic originals and covers at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, from 7-9 p.m.

The Swingtones, a local swing/dance band, plays the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, from 8 p.m.-midnight. www.abbeytheatre.com for details.

Neil Nelson & the Saloonatics play an encore show at the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College  from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents DJ Kulprit spinning from 9 p.m. to close. 259-9018 for details.

The Chills bring classic rock to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 4

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The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a traditional Irish music jam session beginning at 12:30 p.m. 403-1200.

Salt Fire Circus hosts open auditions for its upcoming spring performance from 1-5:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. www.saltfirecircus.com.

Waiting on Trial plays the Gospel Brunch at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., 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., presents Musica del Mundo with DJs Maize and X spinning from 8 p.m. until close. 259-9018 for details.

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The Ignacio Library offers a free class on “How to Save & Store your Digital Images on Your Computer” from 5:15-6:45 p.m. 563-9287 to preregister.

Joel Racheff returns to the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

The Pilates Connection hosts a free “Intro to Pilates” class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. All levels welcome. 259-0089 to reserve a spot.

Animas High School, 3206 Main Ave., hosts an Info Session at 6 p.m. The head of school, faculty and students will talk about the school’s rigorous academics and culture of excellence. 247-2474 for details.

Feminist Voice meets at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College Ave., at 6 p.m. bschaffer@fortlewis.edu or 575-418-9126 for details.

Terry Rickard plays a split-set at Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., from 6-8 p.m. & 10 p.m. midnight.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays 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.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers its General Knowledge Quiz Night beginning at 8 p.m. 403-1200.

An open level  Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8:10 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

Drag the River returns to Durango for a free show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. Cheap Girls open  at 9 p.m. 247-2324.

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

Ska Brewing Co., 225 Girard St., hosts Trivia Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. The event includes prizes and teams are welcome.

The Durango BMX Annual Membership Meeting of 2010 meets at 6:30 p.m. at Animas Orthopedic Associates, 575 Rivergate Lane #105. Directors will be up for election and Durango BMX parents/guardians and members of the public are encouraged to attend.  Visit www.durangobmx.com for details.

Code Red offers a free diversity dialogue, “Making His (Martin Luther King) Dream our Vision at Fort Lewis College,” at the Community Concert Hall at 7 p.m.

Tim Sullivan plays his weekly 7-11 p.m. gig at the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.

Acoustic folk/pop/indie troubadours Annie Brooks and Cyle Talley split a set of originals at the Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., from 7-9 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents live music from Kentucky Deluxe from 9 p.m. until close. 259-9018 for details

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The Green Business Roundtable returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., at noon. John Shaw, of Shaw Solar, will discuss “Think Globally, Install Locally” and tax credits, rebates and other incentives for going solar. 259-3583 to RSVP.

The Durango Public Library offers a free Valentine’s Day card class for kids 8-12 from 4-5 p.m. Kids must have basic computer skills. 375-3380 for details.

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

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.

Blues/soul/folk artist Eric Bibb plays at 7 p.m. show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

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 8:10 p.m. at the Durango Rec Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Club Meds with DJ Jonezy spinning from 9 p.m. until close. 259-9018 for details.

Ongoing

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Images & Iron,” with photography by Chet Anderson, Kathy Myrick and Bob Spencer and metal sculpture by Carl Stransky, from Feb. 3-27. The show opens with a 6 p.m. reception on Feb. 5. The Cosmos

Series, mixed-media works by Ilze Aviks, is on display in the Art Library through Feb. 27. 259-2606 for details.

Lou Swenson, a well-known, Dolores-based photographer, presents “The Great Northern Plains” at the Desert Pearl Gallery in Cortez through March 2. An opening reception meets on Feb. 5 from 5-7 p.m. 565-9320 for details.

The Lightner Creek Inn presents “Art That Heals,” featuring a variety of artists and expressions, through March 1.

www.lotusoasis.com for details.

The Family Center of Durango offers educational playgroups for children from birth to 5 years of age and their parents. Each group is developmentally appropriate and meets during different times and days during the week. Schedules at www.lpfcc.org

The Sideshow Emporium & Gallery, located in downtown Dolores, exhibits “Lucid: Shapeshifting Figurative Oil Paintings” by local artist Lara Branca. 739-4646 for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center is showing “Horizons,” paintings by Stanton Englehart from the private collection of the Englehart Family Trust. Curated by daughter Sharon Englehart, the show focuses on the recurring pattern of horizons in her father’s work and runs through March 27. 882-5600 for details.

The Center of Southwest Studies Gallery exhibits “Mountain Lion!” The goal of this exhibit is to create an understanding of the nature of these predators and their relation with people. Also on display is “RARE: Imperiled Plants of Colorado Exhibit,” a juried, traveling exhibit of rare plants of Colorado. Both shows run through Fall 2010. Visit http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu or call 247-7456 for details. n

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.

Upcoming

Turtle Lake Refuge offers “Alive and Wild,” a food prep class for optimal health, beginning on Feb. 11. 247-0514 for details.

Silverton Chocolates and Desert Sun will hosts a single origin chocolate & coffee pairing on Feb. 11 at the General Palmer Hotel.

The eighth annual Convention of the Ditch & Reservoir Company Alliance, “Agricultural Water - Reinventing Strategies for a New World,” meets Feb. 11-12 at the Doubletree Hotel.

Feminist Voice will sponsor Valentine’s Day discussions on pornography and screenings of “The Price of Pleasure” on Feb. 11 & 15. bschaffer@fortlewis.edu for details.

Jeff Solon’s Swing’n Big Band will present a Swing Dance on Feb. 12 at the Durango VFW.

The Durango Barbershop Singers will offer Singing Valentines anywhere in La Plata County on Feb. 12, 13 & 14. Partial proceeds benefit the youth programs of the Narrow Gauge Barbershop Chorus. 247-5073 for details.

A Winter Durango Farmers Market will meet on Feb. 13 at the Smiley Building and feature local meats, produce and crafts. www.durangofarmersmarket.org  for details.

Strange Design, a band that recreates historic Phish concerts in their entirety, will play a Feb. 13 show at the Henry Strater Theatre.

“Rave On!” a tribute to the music of Buddy Holly plays the Community Concert Hall on Feb. 13.

The seventh annual Ski for Education Day is set for Feb. 15 at Durango Mountain Resort.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host a Soup Soirée and Silent Auction, two benefit events for Haiti disaster relief. The auction runs from Feb. 15-19 and the Soirée meets on Feb. 19. 247-1129 for details,

San Juan Citizens Alliance sponsors a Feb. 16 forum on nuclear energy at the Center of Southwest Studies. 259-3583 for details.

A free children’s yoga class meet on Feb. 17 at Pediatric Associates of Durango.

Andrew Gulliford will present a Feb. 17 slide lecture, “Interpreting Historic Photographs of Native Americans,” at the Durango Public Library.

Robinson, Toolan and Cole will perform a free show of Southwestern Americana at the Mancos Valley Distillery on Feb. 19.

The 3rd  annual Sasquatch Uphill/Downhill Race returns to the Hesperus Ski Hill on Feb. 21. www.hesperusskipatrol.com  for details.

Kelley Hunt returns to the Community Concert Hall on Feb. 27 for a benefit for the La Plata County Family Centers.

The fifth annual Durango Independent Film Festival returns on March 3-7.

Grammy Award winner Michael Rose of Black Uhuru plays a March 7 at the Summit.

Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” will open at Fort Lewis College’s Mainstage Theatre on March 18. The play will show on the following two weekends. 247-7089 for details.

The Henry Strater Theatre will present performances by the International Hunks Male Model Revue on March 19 & 20.

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Stand-up comedy takes the stage at the Hank
What: Two performances by renowned comics Erik Griffin and Shannon Gettins
Where: The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
When: Fri., Feb. 5 at 7 & 9 p.m.

Stand-up comedy goes back into the local spotlight this week. Top national comics Erik Griffin and Shannon Gettins play two shows at the Henry Strater Theatre this Friday. An all-ages show is set for 7 p.m., and the 21-and-over crowd can get their laughs at 9 p.m.

Griffin got national exposure by performing in the ALMA nominated “Payaso Comedy Slam” seen on the Showtime and Comedy Central networks. He’s also been featured in “Live at Gotham” on Comedy Central and “Last Comic Driving” on NBC. Griffin’s comedy is full of hilarious observations about life, love and self-evaluation.

Gettins was one of the winners of the California Comedy Conference in 2006 and a finalist in California’s Funniest Female in 2007. For the past six years, audiences have turned out for her raucous humor and sharp comedic insight.

Sharp local humor will kick-off the evening, as local favorite Jonezy opens. More info. and tickets can be found at www.HenryStraterTheatre.com or call 375-7160.

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Red Ball Express returns to DMR
What: The 8th annual Durango Rotary fund-raiser  
Where: Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort
When: Sat., Feb. 6, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.  

The red balls will roll for charity this weekend. The Red Ball Express returns to Durango Mountain Resort for its eighth run Sat., Feb. 6.

The day gets under way with NASTAR racing on the slopes of Purgatory. From 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., teams of five or more ski racers will compete in giant slalom for medals and bragging rights. Half of the entry fee goes to Red Ball Express proceeds. Email travelhostmagazine@mydurango.net to enter a team.

The Red Ball Express rolls at 4 p.m. and directly benefits numerous nonprofits in the Durango community. Players can adopt two numbered balls for a donation of $5 per entry. Tickets are available at all Durango Joe’s locations, from Rotarians, at the Wells Fargo Bank and at www.durangoredball.com. The first ball to cross the finish takes $5,000 cash. Prizes for second and third at $2,000 and $1,000. La Plata County Rotary Clubs hope to sell more than 15,000 balls and raise upwards of $75,000.

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