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‘Rock the X’ event set for this Saturday
Downtown Durango to host a ‘Children’s Halloween’
Community Concert Hall spotlights dance

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The Ignacio Farmers Market meets from 4-7 p.m. at Shoshone Park. The event includes local produce, crafts and live music. 563-9494 for details.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a blend of favorites at Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

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 Life-Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College continues with “A Chopin Year Celebration,” a talk/performance by Kasia Sokol and the Red Shoe Trio, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., hosts “The Cliff Dwellings Speak,” a slide presentation by Beth & Bill Sagstetter, at 7:30 p.m. The talk is the last program of the Fall Program Series. 259-2402 for details.

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 for details.

A live performance of “The Rocky Horror Show” returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. Four additional shows are set for Oct. 29, 30 & 31. for details.

Again and Again plays live music at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-close.

DJ P.A. spins at Angel’s End Zone, located in Cortez, at 9 p.m.

DJ M.Elle and Blue Moon spin for a Naughty Nurses & Dirty Doctors party at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.  


The Durango Recycling Center, 710 Tech Center Dr., offers a computer and electronics e-cycling event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event continues at the same time on Oct. 30. Donations are requested for most items. 375-5004 or for details.

The Durango Roller Girls host a bake sale to benefit Southwest Special Olympics from 4-7 p.m. in front of Wagon Wheel Liquors, 30 Town Plaza.

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.

Durango BMX hosts Trophy Racing with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow, weather permitting. for details.

Eric Keifer plays happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. DJ B-Side spins at 10 p.m.

The Stillwater Foundation and Housing Solutions for the Southwest host a Haunted House fund-raiser in the Durango Elks Lodge basement, 901 E. Second Ave., from 6-11 p.m. The event continues at the same time on Oct. 30 and runs from 6-11:30 p.m. on Halloween night and is recommended for adults and kids over 10. Proceeds benefit Stillwater Foundation and Housing Solutions programs

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

The Fort Lewis College Chamber Choir presents “Mozart and Merlot” at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki, Larry Carver and Randy Crumbaugh, play Desperado’s Bar & Grill, located in the Centennial Center, at 7 p.m.

Center of Light screens “Khuda Kay Liye” for its free Conscious Movie Night at 7 p.m. the Sophia Peace Center in Dolores. 882-2123 for details.

Baby Toro, Mancos’ “sleepabilly” duo, plays rockabilly, punk and collage at the Mancos Valley Distillery at 8 p.m.

The Durango Orquestra de Salsa plays a pre-Halloween show at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, from 8 p.m.-close. The show includes free salsa lessons from Suzi Di Santo at 9 p.m.

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

Chicago’s Rob Webster returns to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. Webster plays an encore show at the same time on Oct. 30, and the Derailed hosts a costume contest on Sat. and Sun.

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

Psychedelic Mojo plays the annual Toga Party at the Billy Goat Saloon, located in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

DJ Posh Josh spins at the Golden Triangle, 150 E. College, from 9:30 p.m.- midnight. 382-8424.4 Saturday30

The Durango Farmers Market returns to First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. for details.

Trials from the Crypt, the nation’s largest mountain bike trials competition, meets at the Durango BMX track. The event includes a fun ride for kids ages 5-12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pros and experts from all over the country will ride from noon-3 p.m. 769-2118 for details.

Three Springs presents its Fall Festival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event includes door-to-door trick or treating, a coloring contest, cookie walk, Monster Mash Run, children’s festival games and a bouncy house.

Creature Comforts, 305 S. Camino Del Rio, hosts its annual Pet Halloween Costume Contest from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The free event is open to pets and owners in costumer. 247-2748 for details.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College presents a performance of the children’s play, “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake,” at 3 p.m. The musical production is suited for kids ages 4-7. for details.

Bat Bennett plays all request rock and folk at Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Blissful Catering, 871 CR 501 in Bayfield, offers a Haunted House & Costume Party, complete with live music and “heavy” apps, from 6-9 p.m. 884-4971 for details.

Center of Light presents a Sunset Labyrinth Walk at 6 p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center in Dolores. 882-2123 for details.

Award-winning Western gospel singer/songwriter Barry Ward plays a 7 p.m. show at the Animas Valley Elementary School. Local gospel cowboy poet, Sam Noble, will kick off the performance. 884-7588 to RSVP.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts KDUR’s 18th annual Transvestite Ball, “It’s a Monster Mash,” beginning at 8 p.m. DJs Mr. Anderson, Benjamin K., Smiley Coyote and Jonezy’s Ghost spin for the dance party. 247-7262 for details.

Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., presents its Halloween Bash beginning at 9 p.m.  Waiting on Trial will perform live bluegrass and there will be a costume contest and a keg giveaway.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts a Transylvania Ball from 9 p.m.-close. DJs Peter Robot, Noches and Niko will spin for the free party. 259-9018 for details.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., offers a costume contest all night long. Winners will be announced on Nov. 5. 403-1200 for details.

Blue Coyote rocks Blondie’s Pub & Grub, located in Cortez, for a 9 p.m. Halloween party.

Aftergrass plays a Halloween show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.



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.

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.

The local cyclocross series kicks off with FLC SpookyCross at the Fort Lewis College stadium. Registration opens a 4 p.m. The cross series continues with races every weekend through Dec. 5. for details.

A special Halloween Critical Mass ride takes off from Buckley Park at 5:30 p.m.

Peter Rowan plays a benefit for Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and local band Wild Mountain opens the show. for details.

Psychedelic Mojo brings classic rock to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7:30-11:30 p.m.


Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts a Halloween bash with live music and dancing from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The 3rd annual Zombie March returns to Main Avenue at midnight. All Halloween creatures welcome.


Operation Shoebox collects excess Halloween candy at HNT Durango, 801 Florida Rd., to donate to troops serving overseas. The program will collect candy through Nov. 9. for details.

Lacey Black plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Black returns for an encore show at the same time on Nov. 2.

The 5 Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 North Main, at 7 p.m. Noted author and fly tyer Ken Iwamasa will present ”Fly Fishing Colorado and beyond.” 382-8248 for details.

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. 4

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.


San Juan Basin Health Department presents “Food Safety Issues in Our Community,” a forum for restaurant managers and interested community members, from 2-4 p.m. 335-2055 to RSVP.

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

Snowdown hosts a Follies Warm-up brainstorming session at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 901 E. Second Ave. The event includes light dinner and a cash bar.

The Durango Public Library continues its Spoken Word Series with “Spoon River Anthology,” a reading of the Edgar Lee Masters’ classic by theatre professionals Dennis Johnson and Anna Price, at 7 p.m. 259-2231 for details.

Archaeologist Jerry Fetterman discusses “McLean Basin: North of Hovenweep - on the State Line” at 7 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center. There are 487 sites within McLean Basin including towers and agricultural terraces. 882-3391 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents 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.


4CORE’s Sustainable Building Education Program presents “How to Finance an Energy Efficient Home Purchase or Renovation” at 12 noon at the First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. Ninth St. Real estate professionals may earn continuing education credits for attending. 259-1916 for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts Bunco Night for Riverhouse from 5:30-9:30 p.m. All proceeds from the game night will directly benefit Riverhouse Children’s Center, a local nonprofit child development center. 247-0204 or to pre-register.

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.

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.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the ski film, “Eye Trip,” for two showing at 7 & 9 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.



The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery presents “Jen Pack: subsuming chaos” from Oct. 29-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. An opening reception is set for 4:30-6 p.m. on Oct. 29. 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.

“Eurimpressions,” featuring the work of eight women artists reflecting on their experience of Europe, is on display at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., through October. The DAC Art Library exhibits Cities on the Side, featuring mixed media works by Nance Van Winckel, Christy Ferrato and Renee Rossi. 259-2606 for details.

St. Mark’s Church, 910 E. Third Ave., presents the fifth annual Sacred Arts Festival, celebrating artistic expressions of the sacred, through the month of October. 

Kassidy’s Kitchen, 171 Suttle Dr., displays the work of photographer Howard Rachlin through Nov. 15. 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 Vallecito Nordic Club will hold its annual fund-raiser/silent auction on Nov. 4 at the Lost Dog. The Miserabillies will play live music and proceeds support grooming for the Vallecito Nordic Trail System.

Fort Lewis College Theatre will open performances of “Almost, Maine” on Nov. 4 at the Mainstage Theatre. for details.

The Adaptive Sport Association will host orientations for winter volunteers at the Durango Recreation Center on Nov. 4 & 10. 259-0374 for details.

Durango Nature Studies will bring Mountain Film on Tour to the Smiley Theatre on Nov. 5.

The 12th annual Liquor World Wine Tasting Gala & Silent Auction, which benefits Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County, will meet on Nov. 5 at the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom.

“Truth-telling in the Village,” a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) workshop, will meet on Nov. 5 & 6 at the Durango Recreation Center. 764-2340 for details.

The Durango Public Library will host its huge, end-of-the-year, everything-must-go Book Sale on Nov. 5, 6 & 8.

The Durango Betties present W.T.F., the Wild Turkey Fest, an all-womens hockey tournament Nov. 5-7. Come watch as the Betties take on Telluride’s Box Canyon Beavers, Pueblo Little Caesars and local rivals, the High Country Hellcats.

The Hesperus Ski Patrol Ski Swap returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Nov. 6.

Maria’s Bookshop is will host a special storytime featuring a reading of Caldecott medalist David Wiesner’s latest picture book, Art & Max, on Nov. 6.

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary School on Nov. 6 with music from former Wild Asparagus fiddler, Sue Sternberg.

The 14th annual Durango AIDS Benefit is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Henry Strater Theatre and includes a silent auction, dinner and dancing.

The Fort Lewis College Presidential Lecture Series will present a talk by Native American singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah on Nov. 6 at the Community Concert Hall.

The Boggy Dog, a dryland sporting event featuring 5 sled dog sports races, will meet a Boggy Draw in Dolores on Nov. 6 & 7. for details.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a celebration of contemporary Western poetry, featuring Jon Davis, Pamela Uschuk, Art Goodtimes, William Pitt Root and Venaya Yazzie, on Nov. 9.

The Durango Public Library will continue its Community Cinema Series on Nov. 10 with a screening of “Deep Down,” a film on the battle over mountaintop removal in Kentucky.

SASO will host its 2nd annual Collaborative Chef Showcase, a six-course benefit dinner paired with fine wines, on Nov. 11 at the Henry Strater Theatre.

The 2010-11 Recital Series will continue on Nov. 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship with a concert by Nan Wagner, mezzo-soprano, and friends.

The Abbey Theatre will present the Fort Knox Five vs. Thunderball on Nov. 12. DJ Harry opens.

John Oates, best known as one half of the successful ‘80s pop duo Hall & Oates, will play a Nov. 13 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Buzztown will present the first annual Best of Durango Awards on Nov. 13 at the Irish Embassy.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a book release party for the Durango Telegraph’s political cartoonist Shan Wells on Nov. 16. Wells is publishing three collections of his cartoons simultaneously.

Sam Rashkin, EPA’s national director of Energy Star for New Homes, will discuss the program during a Nov. 16 workshop at the Durango Public Library. for details.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a book signing for Saralee Lawrence, author of the new memoir River House, on Nov. 17.

Country music great Tracy Lawrence will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Nov. 18.  Local crossover-country artist D.L. Marble opens the show.



‘Rock the X’ event set for this Saturday
What: An X-Rock work-day, clean-up and after-party  
Where: The X-Rock climbing area, located off 35th St.  
When: Sat., Oct. 30 beginning at 7:30 a.m.  

Durangoans can give something back to the area’s oldest climbing area this week. Rock the X, an X-Rock work-day, gets under way on Oct. 30 at 7:30 a.m. After trails are improved, garbage is removed and anchors are replaced, volunteers will adjourn to Ska Brewing for an after-party and BBQ. Sponsors have also donated copious quantities of schwag to help reward volunteers.

Currently there are more than 70 climbs at X-Rock, and the crag in north Durango is the region’s most popular and highly trafficked climbing area. However, X-Rock is in need of a tune-up, and volunteers can help minimize the footprint this weekend.

The key step will be improving the trail system and making other sections of the vast crag more appealing. Anchors are also a concern, and volunteers will install several new anchor systems, which should help disperse climbing traffic. Last but certainly not least, crews are needed to clean up the copious amounts of garbage at the area.

For more information, call 259-1708 or email


Downtown Durango to host a ‘Children’s Halloween’
What: Downtown trick-or-treating for local kids
Where: All over downtown Durango
When: Sun., Oct. 31 from 3-6 p.m.  

Downtown Durango is putting out the jack-o-lantern this weekend. In an effort to provide a safe trick-or-treat environment for local kids. The Durango Business Improvement District, Downtown merchants and the City of Durango are hosting a “Children’s Halloween” on Oct. 31.

Downtown merchants will offer Halloween goodies and surprises between 3 - 6 p.m. Kids must be 10 years old or younger, dressed in costumes and accompanied by an adult.

“We’ve wanted to do something family-friendly to celebrate Halloween in Downtown Durango for some time now,” said Bob Kunkel, BID acting executive director. More than 45 merchants have signed up to participate and will be displaying bright orange pumpkins in their windows. The pumpkins will be scattered all over downtown and everywhere from Rio Grande Land to 11th Street.

For additional information about the Children’s Halloween event, visit or call 375-5067.


Community Concert Hall spotlights dance
What: A modern dance performance by ODC of San Francisco and Cuban dance company Lizt Alfonso Danza Cuba
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College  
When: Thurs., Oct. 28 and Mon., Nov. 1. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Dancers take over Durango’s biggest stage this week. The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College presents a modern dance performance with ODC of San Francisco on Oct. 28 and one of Cuba’s most prestigious and popular dance ensembles, Lizt Alfonso Danza Cuba, on Nov. 1.

Known throughout the world for its athleticism, passion and intellectual depth, ODC’s touring troupe features 10 world-class dancers in a dynamic, imaginative program. The company performs for more than 50,000 people each year and strives to inspire audiences, cultivate artists, engage community and foster diversity. ODC will perform a mixed repertoire in Durango, and curtain time is 7 p.m.

On Monday, Lizt Alfonso Danza Cuba will grace the Concert Hall stage. Established in 1991 by renowned Cuban choreographer Lizt Alfonso, the company combines the folkloric dance traditions of Spain and Cuba with what Alfonso calls “a new dance vocabulary.” Dancers will appear in a variety of stunning costumes as the troupe performs its powerful routines. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Tickets for the performances are available at, by calling 247-7657 and at the downtown ticket office at 7th and Main Ave.




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