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The Polar Express rolls back into Durango
REEL Environmental Experience makes its return

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The City of Durango hosts a 5 p.m. open house on the Animas River Trail North Extension project at the Durango Recreation Center. The proposed alignment can be previewed at

Freeplay plays classic rock at the Ska-B-Q at Ska Brewing’s headquarters, 225 Girard, from 5-7 p.m.

Kirk James brings solo blues to Rylee Mac’s Market, 1485 Florida Rd., from 5-8 p.m.

Robin Davis plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“Waiting for Superman,” a dissection of the failing American education system, plays its final shows at the Gaslight Theater at 6 & 8:15 p.m. The film is from Davis Guggenheim, the Academy Award-winning director of “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Lee Bartley and Chad MacCluskey play contemporary jazz at the DoubleTree Hotel’s Edgewater Lounge from 6-9 p.m. 259-6580 for details.

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.

The Belleville Outfit returns to Durango to play a show at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. The six-piece band blends jazz, swing, folk and Americana. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for details.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College presents “An Evening with Tracy Lawrence Unplugged” at 7 p.m. Lawrence has built one of the most revered careers in recent country music history.

Local crossover-country artist D.L. Marble opens the show. for details.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College continues with  “A River Runs Through,” a talk by local photographer Chip Lile, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. Lile journeyed from the Colorado Headwaters through the Grand Canyon entirely by boat.

The Durango Photography Club meets at the La Plata County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. for a program on Composition for Photography. 385-8470 for details.

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

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


The Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center sponsors the workshop, “Driving Sales and Profitability through International Trade,” from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Durango Public Library. 247-7009 to register.

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.

Greg Ryder plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., beginning at 5:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter returns at the same time on Nov. 20.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a fund-raiser for Durango Community Access Television featuring performances from Robby Overfield, the Mataholla Moon Bellydancers, Hello Dollface, Boxcar and Farmington Hill. Doors open at 6 p.m. 769-6887 for details.

Wines of the San Juan hosts its Feature Artist Night from 6-8 p.m. with the works of Ardis Jacobson and classical guitar from Tanner Church. (505) 632-0879 for details.

Grove Caster goes on at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. Neil Nelson & The Saloonatics play from 9 p.m.-close.

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

The Center of Light

screens “Amistad” at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Recreation Center for its Conscious Movie Night. 882-2123 for details.

Martin Klabunde, professional musician and practicing shaman, leads a series of local performances beginning with The Shaman’s Drum at 7 p.m. at the Durango Dharma Center. Trance Dance is set for Nov. 20 in Bayfield, and The Shaman’s Full Moon Drum meets on Nov. 21 at Pathway’s in Bayfield. 403-4150 for details.

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.

Cosmic Accident plays the Billy Goat Saloon, located in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

You’re Welcome and Fuzzy Killing Machine rock Ye Olde Schoolhouse, located in Needles, at 10 p.m.


The local cyclocross series returns to Durango for a race at Santa Rita Park. Registration runs from 9-10:45 a.m. for details.

The Durango Farmers Market hosts a special pre-Thanksgiving market in front of the First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for details.

Kirtan, participatory singing with dancing, returns to YogaDurango, 1485 Florida Rd., from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Admission to the family-friendly event is by donation. 259-2110 for details.

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

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., presents live music from Alchemy Jane from 8-10:30 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts live music from Alan along with live art demonstrations from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.


The local cyclocross series continues with FLC TurkeyCross at the Fort Lewis College stadium. Registration runs from 9-10:45 a.m. The cross series continues with races every weekend through Dec. 5. for details.

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 Colorado Art Ranch presents a 1-3 p.m. Saloon Salon at the Durango Discovery Museum to explore the intersection of art, science, land and human issues. Judith Reynolds and Barbara Blundell will present a facilitated4

discussion on “Dwellings: Stories of Re-use.” 946-1786 for details.

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 from 1-3 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Durango BMX hosts Trophy Racing with sign-ups from 1:30-2 p.m. and racing to follow, weather permitting. for details.

The San Juan Symphony presents “Silver Jubilee” at 3 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts an open ukulele jam beginning at 4 p.m. All player levels welcome. 247-3416 for details.

Lacey Black plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Black returns for encore shows at the same time on Nov. 22 & 23.

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


Ron Yellowbird discusses preservation of the original Uncompahgre Reservation at 2 p.m. at the Ignacio Community Library. 563-9287 for details.

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.


Maria’s Bookshop hosts a Pie for Pint blood drive from 2-5 p.m. and offers a piece of homemade pie to blood donors. 247-1438 to reserve a slot.

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

Maria’s Bookshop hosts a 6:30 p.m. book signing with Peter Decker, author of the new satirical, locally-set novel Saving the West. 247-1438 for details.

Café of Life, 925 Hwy. 3, presents “It’s Not Genetic, It’s Energetic!,” a free wellness talk with Clay, Petra and Jay, at 7 p.m. 385-0321 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents live music from Old North State 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.


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.

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.

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.

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


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 from Nov. 19-Dec. 24. The DAC Art Library also exhibits “Rarae Aves,” mixed-media sculpture by Amy Wendland, through December. 259-2606 for details.

The Dancing Spirit Co-op Gallery, located in Ignacio, hosts a Miniature Exhibition, featuring artwork no larger than 8 inches in any direction. 563-4600 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery presents “Jen Pack: subsuming chaos” through Nov. 22. Pack’s fiber works are both labor intensive and sensual, and are divided into three interrelated groups: color field, thread works and pods. 247-7167 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., exhibits the dramatic color photography of Joey L’s portfolio, “Abyssinia” through Dec. 1. Joey L is a young Canadian photographer based in New York who has photographed vanishing indigenous cultures around the world. 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 Anasazi Heritage Center hosts “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 Community Thanksgiving Dinner will return to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Nov. 25. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve more than 700 Thanksgiving dinners. 259-4061 to sign up.

Simone Dinnerstein will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Nov. 27 as part of the The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a “TGIO” (thank god it’s over!) celebration for local authors who have successfully participated in this year’s National Novel Writing Month on Nov. 30.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery will show the Graduating Senior Art Majors Exhibition from Dec. 1-18.

The Animas Museum will hold a Holiday Bazaar, featuring local arts and crafts, on Dec. 3 & 4.

The Durango Arts Center will stage “Christmas Presence,” a family musical comedy set in Durango, on Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18. 259-2606 for details. n

The 36th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Dec. 3, 4, 5.

The Henry Strater Theatre will host a Morning with Santa, complete with arts & crafts, breakfast and sing-alongs, on Dec. 4.

The Dolores River Brewery will hold its annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show on Dec. 4. The event includes music from the MudFlaps.

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.” 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.


The Polar Express rolls back into Durango
What: The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge’s annual holiday train
Where: The D&SNG Depot
When: Select dates between Nov. 19 - Dec. 28

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad resumes service to the “North Pole,” when The Polar Express departs from the Durango depot for this first time on Nov. 19.

Once onboard the Polar Express, hot cocoa and treats are served and passengers listen to a reading from the children’s holiday classic, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet the train at the “North Pole,” and then board the train, where each child is given a gift. Chefs aboard each car lead the passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to Durango.   

The journey runs through Dec. 28 on selected dates. More information is available at or by calling 247-2733.


REEL Environmental Experience makes its return
What: The FLC Environmental Center’s annual benefit film festival
Where: The Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave.  
When: Thurs., Nov. 18. Doors open at 6 p.m.  

The Fort Lewis Environmental Center is firing up the silver screen this week. The 9th annual REEL Environmental Experience Film Festival will show environmentally minded adventure films this Thursday in the Smiley Theater. Doors to the benefit open at 6 p.m. and the celluloid rolls at 7 p.m.

This year’s offerings are “Generations” and “Swift. Silent. Deep.,” two offbeat ski films. “Generations” traces how within the span of a lifetime, skiers and snowboarders have observed the planet’s changing climate. “Swift. Silent. Deep.” offers the first true historical documentation of hardcore ski bum culture in North America. In addition to the films, the event offers appetizers from Raider Ridge Café and Zia Taqueria; a cash bar featuring beer and wine from Carvers; an abundant silent auction; and a screening of the winners of the inaugural sustainability film competition.

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