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St. Mark’s to host first-ever Durango Salsa Festival
‘The Big Gulch’ takes off this Saturday

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Kiwanis Club of Durango hosts the club’s 55th annual Pancake Day and Silent Auction from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The event offers breakfast, lunch or dinner and proceeds go to children in need throughout the county. 764-4294 for details.

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.

CU-Boulder Professor Emeritus Al Bartlett presents his talk, “Sustainability 101: Arithmetic, Population and Energy,” at 5 p.m. in 130 Chemistry Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Open Shutter Gallery hosts a special sculptural exhibit by local jewelry-artists Jeff and Susan Wise, with live music by Alan Kahler. 382-8355 for details.

Music in the Mountains and the Durango Showcase of the Arts present a free concert from the Trumpet Geezers at 5 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second 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 the Animas Mountain Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

The Durango Swim Club hosts a parents meeting at the Durango Recreation Center at 6 p.m.

Lee Bartley and Chad MacCluskey play contemporary jazz at 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.

Tom MacCluskey plays jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. MacCluskey returns at the same time on Sept. 17 & 18. 247-7700 for details.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues at 7 p.m. in Noble Hall 130 with a presentation by journalist Judith Reynolds  entitled “Lover Boy: The Legend of Don Juan.”

The Durango Photography Club meets at 7 p.m. in the Pine Room at the La Plata Fairgrounds for a program on portraiture.

Julie Neumark plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

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

The Jeff Strahan Band plays an 8 p.m. show at the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College.

Andy Macintyre and the Primal Groove, indie blues rock from Austin, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 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.

Katherine Barr and Robert Bridges present “Dancing in the Light: the Inner Journey of Photography.” The session focuses on photographic and meditative assignments and continues on Sept. 18 & 19. 903-4899 for details.

The Colorfest Gallery Walk returns to downtown Durango from 5-9 p.m. Nine galleries are participating in the benefit for the Public Arts Commission. Among the exhibits will be paintings by Joan Russell on display at Eno. 247-9018 for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association presents “Where Rocks Meet the Sky – The San Juan Mountains, Jewel of SW Colorado,” a geology presentation by Rob Blair, at 5:30 p.m. at the San Juan Public Lands Center. 385-1312 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.

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

The Assortment, featuring Mike Mixter, plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., 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.

Singer-songwriter David Rovics, “the musical version of Democracy Now!” plays the Vallecito Room at the Fort Lewis Student Union at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Ground Up Arts Collective, and a brief open mic will open the evening.

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.

DJ Posh Josh spins at the Golden Triangle, 150 E. College, from 9:30 p.m.- midnight. 382-8424 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents Digital Beat Down at 10 p.m.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts its Halfway to Paddy’s Day Party at 10 p.m. with live music from the Celtic band Big’ns.


The Durango Farmers Market returns to First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. Pete Giuliani will be on hand playing acoustic originals and covers. for details.

Forty-one local artists open their creative spaces from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for Durango Open Studios. The event continues at the same time Sept. 19, and maps are available at the Durango Arts Center, Maria’s Bookshop and other locations. 769-0594 for details.

Nature’s Own Wellness Center, 927 Hwy. 3, celebrates its one-year anniversary with a free BBQ at 1 p.m., live music throughout the afternoon, a kids area, seminars and information booths. 259-0283 for details.

Knitting for Peace presents “afghans for Afghans” at 4 p.m. at the Durango Coffee Company, 730 Main Ave. The knitting circle makes items for organizations that spread peace in the world. 560-2750 to RSVP.

A Candidates’ Forum for the Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates – John Hickenlooper, Dan Maes and Tom Tancredo – meets at 5 p.m. in the Fort Lewis College Ballroom. 247-8116.

Singer-songwriter Gigi Love plays Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, at 5:30 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., caps off the Durango Literary Festival at 6:30 p.m. with an impromptu he said/she said storytelling event with Craig Childs and Amy Irvine.

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

Maura O’Connell, a singer known for blending the Celtic and folk sounds, plays the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. for details.

The Jelly Belly Boogie Band plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 8 p.m.

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

Achachay plays a free show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 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.

The Assortment plays The Sutherland Farms Green Chile Festival in Aztec from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 4

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a traditional Irish music jam from 12:30-4 p.m. 403-1200 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 Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, hosts an Open to All Jam Night from 4-8 p.m.

The San Juan Symphony presents a family concert, featuring classics, popular favorites and familiar movie themes, at 7 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. 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.


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.


The fifth annual Sacred Arts Festival, celebrating artistic expressions of the sacred, kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with a benefit preview luncheon. The exhibit officially opens on Sept. 24. 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.

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.

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

The Colorado Mountain Club presents Climbing Mountains in our Southwest Deserts at 7 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum. John Bregar will offer a broad diversity of climbing and hiking opportunities all a short drive from Durango.

The Common Earth Series continues with a 7 p.m. screening of “Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators” at the Center of Southwest Studies.

Justin Moore, one of Nashville’s “break-out” artists and artist behind the No. 1 hit song “Small Town USA,” plays the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents open mic night 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.


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. Wild Mountain performs at this week’s gathering.

The forum, “Health Care Reform, What It Means for Colorado,” meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. Many of the provisions of the reform take effect on Sept. 23.

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 5th annual REEL ROCK tour, a collection of the year’s best climbing/adventure films, returns to the Abbey Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the tour continues on Sept. 23.

The Durango Chess Club gathers for its weekly meeting at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, at 6:30 p.m.

The Common Earth Series continues at 7 p.m. with the presentation, “Wolves at our Doorstep: A Case Study,” in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum

The Durango-based Shanta Foundation presents “Heartlinks: Durango to Myanmar” at 7 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. The foundation is involved in providing schools, health facilities and economic incentives in Myanmar. 259-5120 for details.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., presents a free improv show from Durango Dot Comedy from 7-9 p.m. 903-2075.

Blues diva Shemekia Copeland returns by popular demand to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. 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.

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


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. 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.

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 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. 


The Friends of Reed Library will host a conversation with this year’s Fort Lewis College Common Reading Experience author Sonia Nazario at 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 23 at Reed Library. Nazario is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Enrique’s Journey and will also address the Sept. 23 Life-Long Learning Series. 247-7250 to RSVP.

Durango Community Acupuncture will host a Full Moon Equinox Open House Party on Sept. 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.

Nina Wise, a celebrated San Francisco-based performer, will present an evening of improvisation, humor and movement at the Smiley Theatre on Sept. 24. The event benefits the Durango Dharma Center. for details.

Patty Larkin and Lucy Kaplansky will share the stage at the Henry Strater Theatre on Sept. 24.

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

Durango Acoustic Music will bring Tom Russell and The Flatlanders to the Smiley Theatre on Sept. 25.

Matthew and Gunnar Nelson bring the multi-media event honoring their father, “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Sept. 25.

Maria’s Bookshop will celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week 2010, Sept. 25-Oct. 2.

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.


St. Mark’s to host first-ever Durango Salsa Festival
What: A celebration of all things salsa
Where: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave.
When: Sat., Sept. 18 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Durango’s first celebration of all things salsa – the music, the dance, the condiment – is set for this Saturday. The Durango Salsa Festival runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in front of and inside St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Music will be provided by the Durango Orquesta de Salsa. Taking the stage will be dancers and performers from Del Alma’s Ballet Folklórico, Take the Lead, and the Durango Performing Arts Co.. In addition, three salsa dance classes and a Zumba demonstration and class will be offered at the festival.

Salsa makers will be on hand competing for prizes in professional and amateur divisions, with categories for red, green and artisan. And there will be a dedicated children’s area with piñatas and arts and crafts.

The multi-cultural festival benefits Del Alma, Take the Lead and the Durango Adult Education Center. For more information, visit


‘The Big Gulch’ takes off this Saturday
What: A trails festival featuring cycling and running races and an after party
Where: Three Springs, Carvers and the Horse Gulch Trail System
When: Sat., Sept. 18

A major Horse Gulch happening is set for this weekend. The inaugural “Big Gulch: A Trails Festival” is set for Sept. 18 and will include a series of mountain bike and running races and benefit Trails 2000, Durango DEVO and Fort Lewis College Cycling.

The festival will be centered at Three Springs and kicks off at 9 a.m. with a 10k trail run, designed by Durango Motorless Transit, along with a series of mountain bike races. The flagship mountain bike race, “The Big Gulch,” was designed by former national champion Travis Brown. A 40+ mile “test of endurance,” the Big Gulch will cover two laps on a course that starts and finishes in Three Springs and spans nearly all of the singletrack in the greater Telegraph/Horse Gulch trail system. A 22-mile Half Gulch – a single loop that still promises to host its share of blood, sweat and tears – will also be run along with a kids fun race hosted by Durango DEVO. Carver Brewing Co. will host a Big Gulch after-party and awards ceremony complete with a commemorative beer and live music from Waiting on Trial.

Register for The Big Gulch at, at Mountain Bike Specialists or on the afternoon of Fri., Sept. 17, and at 7:30 a.m. on race day at Three Springs.