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Taste of Durango returns to Main on Sunday

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Lisa Blue, Pete Neds and Hal Lott play Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 5-8 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Mixology Night returns to Colorado Pongas from 5-8 p.m. with a visit from the Peach Street Distillery and tastings of Jackalope Gin and Goat Vodka.

The Southwestern Bar Association offers a free “Call-A-Lawyer” event from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Volunteer attorneys will answer legal questions free of charge. Call 259-8747.

“DAWDLE,” the annual Durango Youth Coalition spring arts walk, runs from 5-9:30 p.m. at 10 venues. 259-8998 for details.

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

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

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

Contemporary jazz duet Lee Bartley and Chad MacCluskey play the DoubleTree Hotel’s Edgewater Lounge from 6-9 p.m.

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

The 11th annual Non-Profit Money Booth returns to the Sky Ute Casino Resort  from 6-7 p.m. Fifteen area non-profits will compete for their share of $20,000. 563-1761 for details.

High Altitude Blues, featuring Jack Ellis and Jeff Dysinger, play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

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

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers ‘Karaoke at the Tav’ from 8 p.m. to close. Karaoke returns at the same time on Saturdays and Sundays. 259-8801 for details.

DJ Ben K, DJ Tricerahops & Smiley Coyote spin for a 9:30 p.m. costume party at the Summit, 600 Main Ave. 247-2324.


“Fired Up Stories” meets at the Durango Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Firefighters will read stories featuring fire and fire safety, and the kids will have an opportunity to interact with fire equipment. 375-3380 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.

The Spring Gallery Walk returns to downtown Durango from 5-9 p.m. Participating galleries include: Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, Azul, Open Shutter, Toh-Atin, Earthen Vessel, Rain Dance, Sorrel Sky and the Durango Arts Center.

The Chills play two sets of rock at the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, from 5-7 p.m. and from 8 p.m.-midnight.

A Karyn Gabaldon book signing and Jeff Solon CD Release meets from 5-9 p.m. at Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave., and again from noon-4 p.m. on May 15.

High Altitude Blues, featuring Jack Ellis and Jeff Dysinger, play the Balcony Bar, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

The Lisa Blue Trio returns to the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Prattle, featuring Chad MacCluskey, Ryan McCurry and Dr. Latta, brings jazz to Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. A DJ spins from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

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

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave., hosts the first installment of the Durango Chamber Music Festival at 7 p.m. Various ensembles will perform works by Bruch, Villa-Lobos, Hurlstone and others. The festival continues on May 21 & 28.

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

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

Suave plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

The Porter Draw and Kentucky Deluxe share the stage at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m. 247-2324.  


The Durango Farmers Market returns to First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. The event includes produce from local farmers, prepared food items and locally made crafts.

Women’s Mid-Life Wellbeing Retreats continue at the Durango

Dharma Center, 2530 Colorado Ave., from 9-11:30 a.m. Cristina San Pedro will discuss “Yogic Perspective.” 385-5480 to register.

The Durango Nature Center hosts a talk on fire ecology from Karen Carver from 9 a.m.-noon. The workshop includes experiments on fire behavior, the effects of fire on soils and watersheds. Email 

Weecycle Durango, a biannual consignment sale of maternity, baby and children’s items, returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The event continues from noon-3 p.m. on May 16. for details.

The Durango Wheel Club hosts a group ride for its members. The ride leaves from the Durango Community Recreation Center at 10 a.m. for details.

The 2010 Mayfly Classic meets at Serious Texas Bar-B-Q South from noon-10 p.m. The celebration of hockey in Durango will include live music, free miniature golf and the Mayfly golf tournament. for details.

The second annual Dandelion Festival meets from 1-10 p.m. at Rotary Park. The Turtle Lake Refuge fund-raiser for its project, Grass Roots Organic Lawn Service, will offer local dandelion beer, live music, children activities and more. 247-8395.

The White Mesa Basketweavers demonstrate techniques and relate stories from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Southern Ute Cultural Center. 563-9583 for details.

The Four States Ag Expo hosts its Ranch Rodeo from 2-4 p.m. at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. Competition includes cow milking, team doctoring, team branding, ranch relay, team sorting/penning.

”Afghans for Afghans” returns to the Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., at 4 p.m. The knitting circle makes items to donate to organizations that spread peace in the world. 560-2750.

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

Singer-songwriter Donny Johnson plays Sweeney’s, located north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9 p.m. 247-5236.

Durango Dance studio presents its annual youth spring recital, A Tribute in Dance to the Great Broadway Musicals, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College from 6:30-8:30 p.m. An encore show takes the stage from 2-4 p.m. on May 26.  247-7657 or

Kirtan brings participatory singing with dancing back to Yogadurango, 1485 Florida Rd., from 6:30-8:40 p.m. Admission to the family-friendly event is by donation. 259-2110.

Ryan McCurry, John Petty & Chris McMahon perform jazz and classical on piano, sax and bass at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

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

The Chills return for an encore show at the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, from 8 p.m.-midnight

Alchemy Jane plays the Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. 403-1200 for details.

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

The Formless plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:304 

p.m. Left Foot Green opens. 247-2324 for details.


The Durango Wheel Club hosts a practice criterium race at Mercy Medical Center. The race is free for all 2010 DWC members. Nonmembers can join for the day for $5. for details.

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

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.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., hosts the Aftertaste from 3-8 p.m. The all-ages event includes music from DJ Double D., DJ M.Elle, Smiley Coyote, Benjamin K and Niko.


Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a blood for books drive from 2-5 p.m. Donors will be invited to a free book from Maria’s stash of galleys. 247-1438 for details.

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

Lacey Black plays piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Black plays an encore show on May 18. 247-4433.

The talk, “Red Rock Wilderness or Red Dust Melting Colorado Snow?,” meets at 7 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. The event will discuss new developments and what can be done to protect Utah’s red rock desert and Colorado snow pack.

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

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.

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


The GEO High Performance Building Program offers a free workshop from noon-5 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. The talk is aimed at promoting high-performance, energy-efficient building in Colorado. 

The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado hosts a 4-8 p.m. groundbreaking celebration at Manna Soup Kitchen’s new garden site.  The new ¼ acre plot will help provide locally grown food for daily lunches. 259-3123 to volunteer or donate materials.

“Weeds, Wild Women and Mountain Men,” a local, edible and medicinal plant walk with Katrina Blair and Deb Buck, runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The walks continue on Tuesdays through June 8. 247-0514.

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

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

Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., holds a 6-8 p.m. fund-raiser for the Second Wind Fund, a group dedicated to suicide prevention for at-risk youth. Ten percent of the day’s sales will go to the fund, and guest bartender Greg Hoch will donate his tips to the cause.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. booksigning with Corinne Platt and Meredith Ogilby, authors of Voice of the American West. 247-1438 for details.

The Colorado Mountain Club meets at 7 p.m. in the Center for Southwest Studies Lyceum.  Josh Kling will present a slide presentation featuring Argentina’s Cerro Aconcagua, one of the coveted Seven Summits.

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.

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

SOB (Same Old Band) plays Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-midnight. 259-9018 for details.

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


The Adaptive Sports Association kicks off its summer volunteer training. Raft training will be offered on May 19 & 25; canoe and kayak training meets May 20 & 26; and cycling training runs May 21 & 27. for details.

Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., offers free children’s yoga for 3- to 7-year-olds from 3:15-4 p.m. 259-7337 to reserve a spot.

A fund-raiser for Nick Becker meets from 5-8 p.m. at Diggs Restaurant, located in Three Springs, and includes a silent auction and entertainment. Becker is recovering from a late April motorcycle accident. Donations are also being accepted at Alpine Bank in Becker’s name.

“Feeding Birds, Not Bears!,” a talk/demonstration on ways to safely attract birds meets at 5 p.m. at For the Birds, 1560 E. Second Ave.

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.

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.

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 Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., presents “3 Degrees of Abstraction,” an exhibit of landscapes, orbs, figures and critters by local artists Sandy Applegate, Cheryl Berglund and MariKay Shellman. 259-2606 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., exhibits the elegant still-life photography of Suzi McGregor, Al Olson, Charles Grogg and Bob Francis through June 30. The exhibit features floral and botanical compositions, along with still life arrangements. 382-8355.

Durango photographer Paul Boyer exhibits a sampling of photographs from his book, One Hundred over 100: Moments with One Hundred North American Centenarians, at The Gallery at St. Mark’s, 910 E. Third Ave., through June. The show commemorates the 20th anniversary of the book’s release.

Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, displays panoramas from noted Durango photographer Howard Rachlin through May 20. 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 Oct. 31. 882-5600 for details.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., exhibits “Meeska, Mooska, Mickey Mouse” through the end of June. The exhibit showcases a variety of Mickey Mouse items collected by local Margi Coxwell. 259-2402 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.

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.



White Feather Botanicals will present a free presentation on May 20 with Doug Simons on local wild medicinal and edible plants. 946-7223 for details.

The Cortez Cultural Center hosts an evening talk with Navajo Peacemakers Gloria Benally and Raymond Deal on May 20. 565-7272 for details.

Al Mafra Four Corners Belly Dance presents a May 22 performance by Isidora Bushkovski.  for details.

A free screening of the documentary “Food Matters” is set for May 27 at Fort Lewis Mesa School.

Salt Fire Circus will presents its spring 2010 show, “Twisted Fairytales,” on May 27, 28, 29 & June 3, 4, 5.  for details.

The second annual Native American Sexual Assault Prevention Summit meets on May 28 at the Sun Ute Community Center. 259-2519 for details.

The 17th annual Narrow Horse 1500 Meter Swim takes off May 31 at the Durango Recreation Center. This event can be done individually or can be combined with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and the Narrow Gauge 10 Mile run to be scored and awarded as a Triathlon. 769-8396 for details.

The 7th annual Dolores River Festival returns to Joe Rowell Park in Dolores on June 5. Volunteers are needed for 3 hours shifts and for set-up and tear-down. 533-7401 for details.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango will screen “Crossing Arizona,” a documentary on the complicated and emotional debate over illegal immigration, on June 5 & 6.


Ska brings American Craft Beer Week to town
What: A celebration of craft beers and local, independent businesses
Where: Ska Brewing, 227 Girard St.  
When: May 17-21

Durangoans have yet another reason to rejoice in their love of the microbrew. Ska Brewing will host a local celebration of American Craft Beer Week on May 17-22, along with a weeklong food drive to benefit the Durango Food Bank.

American Craft Beer Week kicks off Mon., May 17, with “A Community Toast” at 5 p.m. The public is invited to join the Ska Brew Crew and Mayor Michael Rendon for a toast, a taste and tour of the Ska Brewing World Headquarters. The celebration continues on May 18 at 5 p.m. with Craft Beer Trivia Night and Dave’s Colorado Craft Beer History, a “short but informative presentation.” On Wed., May 19, Ska hosts Bike Night from 5-8 p.m. Ride your bike to Ska and $1 of every beer you buy will go to the Durango Food Bank.

American Craft Beer Week continues on Thurs., May 20, with a 3 p.m. Craft Beer & Cheese Pairing and live music from The Assortment from 5-7 p.m. And the first of its kind event draws to a close on May 21 with a Craft Beer Week Blowout Party featuring specials, live ska music from The Casual Fridays and Shadow Hills Trio, and a final chance to sign the Beer Declaration of Independence.

More information can be found online at or by calling 247-5792.


Taste of Durango returns to Main on Sunday
What: The annual celebration of local food and libations  
Where: Durango’s Main Avenue
When: Sunday, May 16, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Food, drink and music return to downtown Durango this Sunday as the annual Taste of Durango takes back the streets. A section of Main Avenue will be closed to traffic, and more than 40 food and beer booths from local restaurants and breweries will take the place of cars.

Local cooks and chefs will be cooking to impress both attendees and judges. Awards will be given in categories such as: “Definitely Durango” for a taste that reflects the spirit of the town; “Most Tantalizing Taste” for the most intriguing dish; and “Most Creative Cuisine.”

Durango musicians will set the backdrop for the event on the main stage. For younger tasters, the Catch It Quick Jugglers, Mysto the Magi and activity booths will be on tap. All proceeds from the event, which totaled more than $11,000 last year, benefit the Manna Soup Kitchen.

As always, participants are asked to leave their four-leggeds at home and to “Eat, drink and be merry, for on the morrow ’tis back to work we go!”

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