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Ongoing Upcoming

Fort Lewis College to stage ‘Dodging Bullets’
Coffee Festival to return to Main Avenue
San Juan Brewfest to return to Main Avenue

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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 Durango Friends of the Arts holds its annual Grants Recipient Reception at 5 p.m. The public is invited to learn about the projects and events sponsored by the DFA. 259-8778 for directions.

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

The La Plata Sustainability Dialogue offers a “Sustainability Social,” for socializing and brainstorming about sustainability initiatives, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave.

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

Durango Motorless Transit hosts its weekly group trail run on Perins Peak. Interested runners should meet at the Rockridge trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

Lee Bartley performs classical art songs and light jazz on piano at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

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

The Mac Jazz Trio, with Chad MacCluskey, Brad Tarpley and Jeff Sweet, plays the DoubleTree Hotel’s Animas River Café from 6-9 p.m.

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.

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

The new season of the Life-Long Learning Lecture Series kicks off at 7 p.m. in Noble Hall 130 with a presentation by Marilee Jantzer-White entitled “Inside Iran: From Mashad to Tehran.”

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Salsa Night with salsa lessons and live music from Orchestra de Salsa from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Jeff Strahan plays the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, from 8 p.m.-midnight.


Style N Stones, a jewelry trunk sale, meets in the Rochester Hotel garden, 726 E. Second Ave., from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event includes catering from Cocina Linda, organic appetizers and local wines, and benefits the Manna Soup Kitchen. 385-5095 for details.

Aspen Guard Station Artist in Residence Juantio Becenti, an award-winning Navajo composer, offers a free discussion on music at 3:30 p.m. at the Cortez Cultural Center. The annual Artists Reception for the Aspen Guard Station Art Show on meets from 5:30-7:30 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.

 Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., hosts a 5 p.m. open house and fund-raiser for Skis-4-Kashmir, a local nonprofit that raises money for children in Kashmir. 382-8355 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.

An opening reception for Salon

des Independants, a multi-media exhibition of artists not represented by local galleries, takes place from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. Call 247-7167 for details.

The Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, hosts Friday Afternoon Club from 5-7 p.m. with live music from Josh Hart. Back Alley Blues takes the stage from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Jazz on the Hill returns to the Community Concert Hall at 6 p.m. and includes dinner on the Concert Hall stage and music from Joyce Lyons and the FLC Jazz Combo. for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the San Juan Grill, located in Silverton, from 6-9 p.m.

Rockin’ Randy plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m. Cody Star goes on from10:30 p.m.-close.

Pete Giuliani plays acoustic originals and covers at the Schank House at Vallecito Lake from 6-10 p.m.

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

Ryan McCurry returns to the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

The Center of Light presents an Illuminated Labyrinth Walk and Meditation at 7:30 p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center in Dolores. 882-2123 to RSVP.

Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights play the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents DJ Double D spinning 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.

The Kirk James Blues Band rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located off U.S. Hwy 160 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 for details.

DJ Treazon spins big bass at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.



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

The 3rd annual Durango Iron Horse Chef Competition returns to the Durango Farmers Market from 8:45-11:30 a.m. This final showdown will pit defending champion Ryan Lowe of the Ore House and Vera Hansen of Cyprus Café in a local4

foods/head-to-head competition. for details.

The Memory Walk, the walk to end Alzheimer’s disease, returns to Cortez City Park with registration at 9 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m. This year’s event will include the sale of tribute flags. 259-0122 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., host “Text Off the Page,” a one-day workshop on blurring the boundaries between writing, music, installation and performance art, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 259-2606 for details.

The 15th annual Whole Expo, a holistic health conference and exposition, returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Holistic Health and Ecological Conference and Exposition continues from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 12 and includes number seminars and workshops. for details.  

The Annual ColorFest Quilt Show and Sale returns to Silverton’s Kendall Mountain Community Center from 10 a.m-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 12. Hundreds of pieces will be on display. for deatails.

The Durango Arts Center presents its 16th annual fine arts and crafts festival all day on E. Second Ave. The Durango Autumn Arts Festival continues all day on Sept. 12 and features artisans from around the country. 259-2606 for details.

The Daughters of the American Revolution hold their monthly meeting at the La Plata County Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave., at 10 a.m. Chapter member June Hahl will present “There’s a Witch in my Broom Closet.” 946-8480 for details.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., hosts the 9th annual Animas School Reunion beginning at 10:30 a.m. Former Animas City School students and teachers will gather. 259-2402 for details.

The Montezuma Land Conservancy’s 12th annual Harvest Beer Festival meets at the Parque de Vida Pavillion in Cortez from 5-10 p.m.. The event includes beer, food, kids activities, a silent auction and music from Sound Advice and Blue Coyote. 560-2767 for details.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki and Larry Carver, play at Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, at 5:30 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Mark Simons plays 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, 510 E. 6th Ave., with beginner instruction at 7 p.m. and the dance at 7:30 p.m. The Kitchen Jam Band will play, and no partner is necessary. 385-9292 for details.

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

Neil Nelson and the Saloonatics play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 8 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents Dubstep with Peter Robot from  9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 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 Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a traditional Irish music jam from 12:30-4 p.m. 403-1200 for details.

Trimble Hot Springs presents singer/guitarist/songwriter Pete Giuliani from 1-3 p.m. The Summer of Sundays Music Series runs all summer and is free with hot springs admission.

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

The Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, hosts an Open to All Jam Night from 4-8 p.m.

The Durango Independent Film Festival screens “Bag It,” a documentary on the impact of America’s obsession with the plastic bag, at 6 p.m. at the Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave. A Q&A with filmmakers will follow. for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Musica del Mundo with world music from 8-10 p.m. 259-9018 for details.


Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki and Larry Carver, plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., at 4 p.m.

Chad MacCluskey plays solo jazz guitar at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

A free seminar on doing your own divorce and/or custody in Colorado meets at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library, 1900 E. Third Ave. 247-0266 for details.

The 5 Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited holds an open general meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Durango Brewing, 3000 Main Ave.  Jeremy Nolan will present “Tips and techniques on the San Juan.” 382-8248 for details.

Lacey Black plays piano at the Mahogany Grill, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 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

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

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.


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

The Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., presents live music from Frequency from 5-8 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays his weekly lakeside gig at the Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, 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 for details.

Kid’s Rock, 1032 Main Ave., presents “Breastfeeding:  How to get off to the right start!” a talk by Joy Kanveski, from 6-8 p.m. 946-1345 for details.

Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents live music4 

from Kentucky Deluxe from 8-close. 259-9018 for details.

Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., hosts Beer Bingo from 9-11 p.m. with prizes for each game and the winner of the final keg taking home a free keg of beer.

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


The fall season of Green Business Roundtable kicks off at noon at the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. The first session will discuss feed-in tariffs with one of North America’s top experts Paul Gipe. 259-3583 or to RSVP.

Evenings on 8th, the weekly community fair featuring fresh food from the Durango Farmers Market and local vendors, artists, music and libations, returns to W. 8th St. from 4-8 p.m. for details.

Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., and Arts Perspective Magazine present a 5 p.m. lecture on the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Structural Engineer James Van Liere will talk about various projects, including “Running Fence.” 382-8355 for details.

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.

Monk’s Hood plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7:30-11:30 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.


The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the exhibit “Open Doors - The Taster Exhibition for Durango Open Studios” through Sept. 24. Also on exhibit is “Cities on the Side,” drawings, collage and multimedia, in the DAC Art Library. Receptions for both shows meet from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 10. The Durango Open Studios tour is set for Sept. 18 - 19. This year 41 local artists will participate. for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery presents the Salon des Independants Exhibition, a multimedia exhibition of work by 23 local artists who are not represented in La Plata County galleries. The show is being held in conjunction with the Durango Showcase of the Arts. The Salon runs through Sept. 23. 247-7167 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., presents “Toyed With,” a juried exhibition of low-fidelity/alternative process photography, through Oct. 8. The show features 17 photographers from 13 different states and was juried by local photographer Kit Frost. An awards reception will be held during Colorfest Gallery Walk on Sept. 17, from 5-9 p.m. The color photography of Jimmy Williams is also on display through Sept. 22. for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center hosts the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners juried exhibition through Sept. 6. Also on display is “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 Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., present the musical, “Always … Patsy Cline,” every weekend at 8 p.m. and “A Grand Night for Singing” on Tuedays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. 259-2606 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.


Open Shutter Gallery will host a special sculptural exhibit by local jewelry-artists Jeff and Susan Wise, with live music by Alan Kahler, on Sept. 16.  

Music in the Mountains and the Durango Showcase of the Arts will present a free concert from the Trumpet Geezers on Sept. 16 at the Rochester Hotel.

CU-Boulder Professor Emeritus Al Bartlett will give his celebrated talk, “Sustainability 101: Arithmetic, Population and Energy” on Sept. 16 at Fort Lewis College.

The Durango Photography Club will meet Sept. 16 at the fairgrounds for a program on portraiture.

Austin-based guitarist Andy Macintyre will play the summit Sept. 16

The Durango Public Library will host its inaugural Literary Festival on Sept. 16-18 and feature Craig Childs, Blake Crouch, Katherine Leiner and Ken Wright.

The Assortment, with Mike Mixter, will take the stage at the Derailed Saloon on Sept. 17.

Katherine Barr and Robert Bridges will present “Dancing in the Light: the Inner Journey of Photography” on Sept. 17, 18 & 19. 903-4899 for details.

The Cortez Cultural Center is sponsoring the workshop “Writing the Cultural Landscape” with authors Kathleen & Michael Gear, Beth & Bill Sagstetter, Ray Williamson, and Fred Blackburn on Sept. 17-19. 565-7272 for details.

The Big Gulch: A Trails Festival will take off from Three Springs on Sept. 18. The fund-raising celebration will include mountain bike and running races, and benefits Trails 2000, Durango DEVO and Fort Lewis College Cycling. for details.

Maura O’Connell will blend Celtic and folk during a Sept. 18 performance at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Maria’s Bookshop will sponsor a Sept. 18 writers’ workshop, “Back to the Loincloth: Hunting and Gathering Sustenance through the Art of Story,” with award-winning Western writers Craig Childs and Amy Irvine. 247-1439 for details.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host Durango’s first celebration of all things salsa – the music, the dance, the condiment – on Sept. 18. Organizers are currently seeking salsa makers to compete for prizes. for details.

The Colorado Mountain Club will present Climbing Mountains in our Southwest Deserts on Sept. 21 in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum.

The fifth annual Sacred Arts Festival, celebrating artistic expressions of the sacred, kicks off Sept. 21 with a benefit preview luncheon. The exhibit runs through early October. for details.

The 5th annual REEL ROCK tour, a collection of the year’s best climbing/adventure films, returns to the Abbey Theatre on Sept. 22 & 23.

KDUR will host a DJ Appreciation Party at Ska Brewing on Sept. 23 with music from the indie rock duo, The Crags. All past, present, wannabe KDUR DJs and friends, family and the general public are invited.

Performance artist Nina Wise will play a Sept. 24 fund-raiser for the Durango Dharma Center. The event includes a photo exhibit on Burma by Tom Cheatham, a silent auction and live music and will meet at the Smiley Theatre.

Dancing Spirit Gallery, located in Ignacio, will host a Sept. 24 reception for internationally renowned artist Joe Toledo.

Durango’s Liberty School is seeking nominations for the Dyslexic Hall of Fame, recognizing the outstanding achievement of successful dyslexic individuals within the Durango community. Inductees will be recognized at the annual dinner/gala on Oct. 1. Email with nominations.

Alternative Horizons, a nonprofit supporting victims and survivors of Domestic Violence, will host its annual fashion show, “The Purse and Suit of Happiness,” on Oct. 2 at the Community Concert Hall. The show combines exotic acts from around the globe with choreography and humor. for details.


Fort Lewis College to stage ‘Dodging Bullets’
What: A joint Concert Hall and Fort Lewis College Theatre Department presentation of the renowned drama
Where: Mainstage Theatre at Fort Lewis College
When: Sat., Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.    

Fort Lewis College will be “Dodging Bullets” this weekend. The Community Concert Hall and the FLC Theatre Department will present the acclaimed one-man performance on Saturday in the Mainstage Theatre. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m.

“Dodging Bullets” is the brainchild of David Barker, an award-winning actor, director and fight choreographer. Barker plays 10 different roles on a nearly empty stage during “Dodging Bullets,” taking audiences through his interior and exterior life thus far. The show spirals out from and returns to one indelible moment in 2004. The play was named the “Best One-Man Show” by the Phoenix New Times in 2009. The show includes mature content and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

More information can be found at


Coffee Festival to return to Main Avenue
What: The 6th annual Durango Coffee Festival
Where: 8th Street between Main Ave. and the train tracks  
When: Sat., Sept. 12, 8 a.m.-noon

Downtown Durango is going back to the beans this Saturday. Coffee connoisseurs and casual consumers alike are invited to take part in the 6th annual Durango Coffee Festival on Sept. 11.

Local vendors will offer numerous specialty drinks, regular drip coffee, coffee cocktails and coffee-inspired foods. In addition to drinks, each vendor will offer educational information about the coffee industry.

Entertainment will be provided by Durango’s Stillwater Musical Ensemble and Durango Dance, and Trails 2000 will lead a costume bike parade that will start at the festival and travel north along the river trail. Numerous children’s activities include a giant Twister game and Speed Scrabble competition. A silent auction and drawing for a custom cruiser bike round out the morning event.

The public is encouraged to turn out from 8 a.m.-noon and drink lattes for literacy, as the festival is a fund-raiser for the Durango Adult Education Center’s adult literacy programs. For more information, call 385-4354.


San Juan Brewfest to return to Main Avenue
What: The annual beer festival and fund-raiser for the United Way
Where: 1200 block of Main Avenue  
When: Sat., Sept. 11 from noon-6 p.m.  

Durango will raise its glass to the microbrew this Saturday. One of the most diverse collections of breweries in the state and nation will take over Main Avenue as the San Juan Brewfest returns to downtown from noon-6 p.m.  

This event was started by Durango Mountain Resort in 1999 as a fund-raiser for the local United Way and has been a mainstay for the charity since. “We hope that if we can continue bringing great beer to main street, Durango, that people will come out and help us raise some money for many local programs,” said Tim Walsworth, President and CEO of the local chapter of United Way.  

Twenty-two breweries will be pouring for this year’s event, and attendees will go home with a commemorative pint glass. The event will also spotlight a pair of local bands with Baby Toro going on at 12:30 p.m. and the Lawn Chair Kings playing from 2:30 p.m. ‘til the suds stop flowing.

More information about the Brewfest can be found online at




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