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‘The Raven’s Gift’ visits Maria’s Bookshop
Chocolate Fantasia returns for 24th year

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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.

Vitamin Cottage 1123 Camino Del Rio, presents a Healthy Gluten-Free Living Seminar with Jess Higgins, NTP, at 5 p.m. Seating limited. 247-4100 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 Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., presents Beer, Burgers, and Brats for Doctors without Borders in Haiti starting at 5:30 p.m. The fund-raiser includes a bluegrass performance by Patrick O’Halloran and Tory Rodgers. 375-7151 for details.

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

The Native American Center at Fort Lewis College presents a Pueblo Cultural Extravaganza – a night of Pueblo dance, music and culture as part of the 2010 Native American Speaker Series – at 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall. for details.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with “Looking into ‘A Hero With A Thousand Faces,” a talk by storyteller Sara Ransom, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

Dave Mensch, of Formula 151, plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., for a free solo show at 7 p.m.

Cyle Talley plays an EP release at 8 p.m. downstairs at the Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave. Electro-rock band Fly! Penguin opens the all-ages show. Guinness Game Night begins upstairs at 8 p.m. 403-1200 for details.

D.J. P.A. spins at the Angel’s End Zone, located in Cortez, at 8 p.m. for singles night. 565-4022 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., offers Salsa Night at 9 p.m. The evening includes dance lessons. 259-9018.

Playing in Traffic goes on at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m. to close.

Tracorum, cosmic gospel thunder funk from San Francisco, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.


The Adaptive Sports Association’s 12th annual Dave Spencer Ski Classic kicks off at Durango Mountain Resort. The benefit event runs through Feb. 28 and includes a Mountain Rally for everyone to participate in on Sunday. 259-0374.

The Durango Area Wellness Network meets from noon-1 p.m. at the Himalayan Kitchen, 992 Main Ave., for a discussion of worksite wellness. to RSVP.

Formula 151’s Dave Mensch performs a solo show at Purgy’s at Durango Mountain Resort starting at 2 p.m.

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 for details.

A Thousand Cranes for Peace and Healing presents a talk by Beverly Sondag on healing from war and PTSD at 5 p.m. in the 4Corners Yoga Studio, located on the 3rd floor in the Smiley Building. 259-2243 for details.


The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, from 5-7 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight.

Back Porch BBQ, 480 Wolverine Dr. in Bayfield, hosts open mic night from 5-7 p.m. 884-4363 for details.

Telekave’ plays an acoustic show at 5 p.m. show at Mill Street Brews, 25 W. Mill St. in Bayfield. 884-7070 for details.

James Orr plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-8 p.m. Formula 151 performs at 9 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder returns to 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 Bob Hemenger Trio from 6-9 p.m. 259-9018 for details.

Eric Keifer plays happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. The Bottoms Up Blues Gang goes on at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.


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

The Durango Choral Society, the Durango Women’s Choir and the Fort Lewis College Chamber Choir perform “Mozart and Mystery” at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Dr. The concert plays again at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27. .

The grand opening of art-iculation, 1051 Main Ave., a new downtown gallery, meets at 7 p.m. and offers free music, food and drink. 946-7988 for details.

Wild Country brings country dance to the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

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


The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad hosts a special Cascade Canyon Winter Train at 10 a.m. with special Local Appreciation fares and proceeds going to Haiti Relief. 247-2733 for reservations.

Yogadurango hosts an Open House Anniversary Celebration from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. at 1485 Florida Rd., with free yoga and special events all day.

Knitting for Peace presents “afghans for Afghans” from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave. The knitting circle works to spread peace in the world. 560-2750 to RSVP.

Blues diva Kelley Hunt returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 5:30 p.m. in a fund raiser for the La Plata Family Centers Coalition. for details.

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

Great Old Broads for Wilderness present SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival at 7 p.m. at the Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. for food, libations and door prizes. 385-9577 for details.

Nina Sasaki & 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.

Russ Crossland plays happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Jack Ten High goes on at 10 p.m. 247-2324 for details.

Formula 151’s Dave Mensch performs solo at Blondie’s Pub and Grub in Cortez at 6 p.m.

Lacey Black plays piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Black will play encore shows on Feb. 28 & March 1, 2. 247-4433 for details.

The Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield presents a free screening of the film, “Amelia,” at 6:30 p.m. 884-2222 for details.

Cyle Talley & The Good Guys play indie/acoustic originals and covers at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, from 7-9 p.m.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays 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 Peter Robot and Smiley Coyote spinning from 9 p.m. to close. 259-9018 for details.

jaki and the joysticks play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.


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 session beginning at 12:30 p.m. 403-1200.

Patrick’s Crossing 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.

The Schank House Bar & Grill, located at Vallecito, hosts a benefit auction for Jean Earp at 2 p.m. Earp was injured when he fell from a roof while shoveling and all proceeds will go to his medical expenses. 602-359-1927 for details.

Joel Racheff returns to the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.


Feminist Voice meets at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College Ave., at 6 p.m. 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.

Fort Lewis College kicks off its celebration of Women’s History Month at 7 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies with “The Philosophical Challenges of Global Gender Justice,” a talk by Alison M. Jaggar, professor of philosophy at CU-Boulder.

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

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.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers its weekly Songwriters Showcase with Good-Time Charlie from 9 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.


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 weekly and monthly prizes and individuals and teams are welcome. 247-5792.

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.

The Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield offers “How to Use the Digital Camera,” a free class, from 7-8:30 p.m.  884-2222 for details.


The Durango Public Library offers a Basic Computer Skills class for people with little to no computer experience from 10-11:30 a.m. 375-3380 to register.

Todd Gamboa presents “Building ENERGY STAR Homes” for the Sustainable Building Brown Bag Lunch at noon at First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St. Gamboa will discuss “Selling the Benefits of ENERGY STAR Homes” at 1:30 p.m. for a realtors and appraisers session. 259-1916.

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

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 Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

The White Iron Band, a high-energy renegade American roots band, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324 for details.


The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery presents “In2itive,” new work by Durango artists, Sandra Butler and Joan Levine-Russell, through March 3. Pieces include rawhide and steel sculptures and large scale paintings. 247-7167 for details.

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

Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., exhibits the work of Howard Rachlin, noted Durango photographer, through the month of February. 375-7877 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. 565-9320 for details.


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

The San Juan Mountains Association offers free snowshoe walks for families, home schooled groups, school classes, scout groups, and other interested youth groups this winter.  Many areas within the San Juan Public Lands are options for these walks. To schedule a Winter Discover Walk call 759-9113.

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 long, historic relation with people. Also on display is “RARE: Imperiled Plants of Colorado Exhibit,” a juried, traveling exhibit of 40 rare plants of Colorado. Both shows run through Fall 2010. Visit or call 247-7456 for details.


BUGS, an itching-for-spring fine art exhibition, goes up at Steamworks on March 6 and features work from 40 artists.

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

Deeper Waters Coaching presents “Transforming Fear into Fuel for Growth,” a free event on March 9 at the Durango Public Library. 426-9318 for details.

The Durango Public Library will continue its Spoken Word Series on March 10 with performances by and from local writers, including Blake Crouch, Jerry Junttonen, Haz Said, Dinah Leavitt Swan, Suzanne Tyrpak, and Douglas Walker.  

The Fly Fishing Film Tour goes on screen at the Henry Strater Theatre on March 13. for details.

Rock legend Richie Havens returns to Durango for a March 14 appearance at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

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.

The Durango Performance Arts Company will present the musical “The Secret Garden” at the Durango Arts Center Theatre on March 19, 20, 26, 27 and April 2, 3. 259-2606 for details.

A Spaghetti Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Myers family, the founders of Durango BMX, will be held at Dalton Ranch on March 21. n

The Infamous Stringdusters play the Community Concert Hall on March 25.

The Revive and Thrive Masquerade Ball, the FLC Environmental Center’s spring fund-raiser, meets on April 8 at the Durango Arts Center.

The 16th annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown returns April 16-18 and will feature Audie Blaylock and Redline, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Town Mountain, Gold Heart and many, many more. for details.


‘The Raven’s Gift’ visits Maria’s Bookshop
What: A book signing with adventurer/author Jon Turk  
Where: Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave.  
When: Tues., March 2 at 6:30 p.m.  

Adventurer Jon Turk paddles into Durango this week. Maria’s Bookshop hosts a book signing with the author of The Raven’s Gift on March 2. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Turk has kayaked around Cape Horn, traversed the Northwest Passage and paddled across the North Pacific Rim. But, the strangest trip he ever took was to the remote Siberian village of Vyvenka in 2000. There, Turk met an elderly woman named Moolynaut, a Koryak shaman, and learned about her voyages to the spirit world. A year later, Moolynaut entreated the spirit of a great, black raven to help mend his pelvis, which had been previously fractured in a mountaineering accident. Turk, a scientist, could find no rational explanation for the healing and the experience changed his life. The Raven’s Gift explores the experience as well as the ties between the natural and spiritual realms.

For more information about the event call 247-1438 or visit


Chocolate Fantasia returns for 24th year
What: The annual benefit for the Volunteers of America
Where: The Fort Lewis College Ballroom
When: Fri., Feb. 26 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Durangoans can step into a room filled with chocolate this week. Chocolate Fantasia, the annual chocolate lover’s event, returns to the Fort Lewis College Ballroom this Friday. Local restaurants and chefs will be competing for the title of best chocolate creation during the 24th annual event, and the indulgence gets under way at 5:30 p.m.

Durango chefs have created more than 200 chocolate delicacies for Fantasia, and a ticket allows participants to sample a variety of chocolate creations and vote for the best tasting dessert. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse and Durango Community Shelter. Volunteers of America works to serve children, women and men in Durango who are fleeing from domestic violence or struggling with homelessness.

As in all years, tickets to Chocolate Fantasia are limited, and should be purchased in advance at North or South City Markets, Dietz Market, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or other locations around town. A limited number will also be available at the door.




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