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Nina Wise to play Dharma Center benefit
Oktoberfest returns to Main Ave.

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Durango Community Acupuncture, 128 W. 14th St., hosts a Full Moon Equinox Open House Party from 4-7 p.m. The event includes food, music, refreshments and a raffle.

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.

KDUR hosts a DJ Appreciation Party at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard, from 5-7 p.m. with music from the indie rock duo, The Crags. All past, present, wannabe KDUR DJs and friends, family and the general public are invited.

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 Lion’s Den and College Loop. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

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.

Mark Simons plays jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. Simons returns with The Trio at the same time on Sept. 24 & 25. 247-7700.

The Reel Rock Film Tour, featuring climbing and adventure films, plays the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 7 p.m.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., kicks off its Fall Program Series at 7:30 p.m. with the slide presentation, “William Bell & the Founding of Durango.” 259-2402.

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.

Interstate plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Will be, Lucy & Nomski share the stage at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.


The Riverhouse Children’s Center hosts a Community Open House from 3-5 p.m. This event will honor dozens of community contributors. 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.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki and Larry Carver, play their last show of the season at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., at 5 p.m.

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

The Dancing Spirit Co-op Gallery, located in Ignacio, hosts an evening with renowned artist Joe Toledo from 6-9 p.m. The event includes a silent auction for a limited edition print.

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

Singer-songwriter Gigi Love plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., at 7 p.m.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a CD release party for local singer-songwriter Bob Rea at 7 p.m.

The Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., presents Psychedelic Mojo from 7-11 p.m. and Fuzzy Killing Machine from 11 p.m.-close.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a blend of favorites at the Schankhouse, located at Vallecito, at 7 p.m.

Folk singers Patty Larkin & Lucy Kaplansky share the stage at the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. Doors to the all ages show open at 7:30 p.m. for details.

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

Formula 151 plays alternative rock at the Billy Goat Saloon, located in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155.

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

Smiley Coyote, Peter Robot and Michael Dark spin dubstep and electronica for a Eurotrash party at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 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 LPEA-United Way Flea Market meets from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot at LPEA headquarters, 45 Stewart.

The Five Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors its annual Animas River Clean-up from 9 a.m.-noon and meeting at Santa Rita Park. 903-3010 for details.

The 8th annual Harvest Festival at Wines of the San Juan takes place from noon - 7 p.m. and again at the same time on Sept. 26. The event includes live music, art, food, kids activities and the Great Grape Stomp on both days. for details.

Yogadurango. 1485 Florida Rd., offers a free Yoga Basics Workshop at 1 p.m. No previous experience necessary. 903-8711 for details.

Psychedelic Mojo plays classic rock at the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m.

Jenny Winegartner and Gary Watkins plays Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, at 5:30 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents a comedy roast/going away party for Jonezy from 6 p.m.-close. The event features A Dub Rock Band, Michael Dark, Benjamin K, Niko, Spark Madden and more.  259-9018 for details.

Dolores’ Sideshow Emporium & Gallery hosts a new location celebration and art opening from 6-9 p.m. The event includes live music from Michael Bolotin. 739-4646.

Durango Acoustic Music presents a country-folk doublebill with the Flatlanders and Tom Russell at the Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave., at 7 p.m.

Center of Light screens the “The Magdalene Sisters” at 7 p.m. in the Durango Recreation Center.  882-2123 for details.

Matthew and Gunnar Nelson bring the multi-media event honoring their father, “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. for details.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., presents live music from Alchemy Jane from 8-10:30 p.m. The event is a benefit for the Hotchkiss family, who recently lost their wife and mother in a car accident.

Jack Ten High plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Mingo Fishtrap, the soul and funk band from Austin, plays an Oktoberfest after-party at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 8 p.m.

Salem brings R&B, funk and soul to 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 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. 4

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 Fatherhood Program hosts a free Pizza and Pool Party for fathers and their children from 2-5 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. 375-1433 for details.

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

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


The Ignacio Community Library offers Crazy Crafters, a ladies crafts night, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 563-9287 for details.

Mountain Middle School offers an Information Night on the proposed school’s curriculum at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library.

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.


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 Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts Suicide Prevention Night, an all-ages, community awareness, fund-raising event presented by the Second Wind Fun and SUCAP. Doors open 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.

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 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.

Rasta Stevie returns from Costa Rica to spin at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

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


Shambhala Chiropractic, 117 County Road 250, offers Body Appreciation Day with complimentary massage and adjustments from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 259-6854 for an appointment.

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.

Jason Hooten leads a geology walk and talk at 5:30 p.m. in Horse Gulch and along Raider Ridge and explains how Durango has more exposed geology than the Grand Canyon. 385-1256 to 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.

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.


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. The festival opens with a 5-7 p.m. reception on Sept. 24.

The Goodnight Trail Gallery, located in Mancos, hosts “Inside the Ruins of Mesa Verde,” featuring works of restricted archeological sites by nine landscape artists. The “paint out” was organized by Mancos artist Veryl Goodnight and Mesa Verde superintendent Bill Nelligan. The show runs from Sept. 25-Oct. 10. 533-1177 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. 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.

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 Way I See It,” the latest full-length feature from MSP Films, plays the Abbey Theatre for two screenings on Sept. 30.

The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering returns to Durango on Sept. 30-Oct. 3 and includes a Sept. 30 show at the Community Concert Hall with Red Steagall.

The Mangold Duo, featuring Bonnie Mangold, cello, and Marilyn Mangold Garst, piano, opens the 2010-11 Recital Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Oct. 1.

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.

The Manhattan Short Film Festival will show Oct. 1 & 2 at an outdoor venue off Main Avenue. Half of ticket sales will go to The Durango Adult Education Center.

The Ignacio Community Library is seeking local artists for a community exhibit which will run from Oct. 1-Dec. 31. 563-9287 for details.

Ska Brewing will present the Bathke Benefit, complete with live music, a silent auction and dinner, on Oct. 2. Lindsay Bathke, a mother of two young children, collapsed in July from a brain aneurysm and has been recovering since.

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.

The 11th annual La Plata County Energy Tour takes off on Oct. 2.

The 16th annual Journey of Hope 5K Family Run/Walk will be held Oct. 2 at Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Community Connections’ 7th annual “Golfing for Kids with Disabilities” Family Support Scramble is set for Oct. 2 at Hillcrest Golf Club.

Durango Mountain Resort partners with Todd and Troy Wells to host the first annual “Wells Bros. CX Race at Purgatory,” a cyclocross race open to all categories, on Oct. 3.

The Abbey Theatre hosts an Oct. 3 benefit concert for the Hotchkiss family featuring Edie Carey, the Stillwater Foundation and Patrick Crossing. n

Durango Natural Foods Harvest Fest and Owner Appreciation Day returns on Oct. 3.

 “Ride the Divide,” an award-winning feature about the world’s longest mountain bike race, plays the Abbey Theatre for two shows on Oct. 5.

A free Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic will be held for low-income debtors on Oct. 8. Space is limited. 247-0266 to register.

Go Lead!, an educational event for women interested in the political process, meets Oct. 9 at the Durango Recreation Center. for details.

Helen Thayer, a renowned explorer, author and inspirational speaker, will present the talk “Polar Dreams” on Oct. 16 as part of the La Plata County Humane Society’s Silent Auction Fund-raiser.

WeeCycle, Durango’s original maternity, baby and children’s consignment sale event, returns to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Oct. 23 & 24. for details.


Nina Wise to play Dharma Center benefit
What: A benefit show from the noted performer
Where: The Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave.
When: Fri, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m.  

A “wildly wonderful, spontaneous, vibrant” performer goes on stage in Durango this week.

Nina Wise will play the Smiley Theatre on Fri., Sept. 24, a benefit for the Durango Dharma Center.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with an open reception featuring drinks, a silent auction and a photo exhibit on Burma by Tom Cheatham. At 7 p.m., Wise takes the stage. She’s known for her outrageous, funny and moving improvised performances that investigate the relationship between art and spirit.

Buy tickets at Maria’s Bookstore and Animas Trading Co. and will be available at the door the evening of the performance. Wise will also lead an all-day retreat at the Durango Dharma Center on Sept. 25. For information and registration, go to


Oktoberfest returns to Main Ave.
What: San Juan Citizens Alliance’s 7th annual Oktoberfest Where: The 900 block of Main Avenue
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 25 and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 26

Beers, brats and bikes take over downtown Durango this weekend. The 7th annual Oktoberfest celebration brings live music, libations and environmental awareness back to Main Avenue on Sept. 25 & 26.

Environmental advocacy, energy conservation and local breweries are the heart of Oktoberfest. Attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes to the festival and help decrease waste by using recycling stations and composting waste receptacles provided by the festival.

Revelers will have their pick of handcrafted beers from local breweries, a variety of foods and fun activities for everyone including families and children. The live music offerings include: Alte Kamaraden, in a day, Alpiners, Paper Bird, Mingo Fishtrap, Robby Overfield, Lawn Chair Kings, and Nosotros. New this year is a Sunday-morning recovery breakfast set for 9:30 a.m. and setting the stage for Day 2 of revelry.

Oktoberfest benefits San Juan Citizens Alliance, the grassroots organization dedicated to social, economic and environmental justice in the San Juan Basin. For more information, of a schedule of events, visit




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