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The Henry Strater Theatre stages ‘Fridge or Dare’

San Juan Rando Race returns this Saturday
Squawker Road Classic rides back into the region

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Julie Gwyther presents “Understanding Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine” at noon at the Durango Public Library. The talk is the last in a series of health and wellness lectures. for details.

The Strater Hotel hosts its annual open house from 4-7 p.m. The event includes guided tours, a historic photography exhibit, tastings and a fashion show and benefits the Animas Museum.

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit Joe Williams meets at the Elk’s Club, 901 E. Second Ave., from 5-8 p.m. Williams is recovering from a life-threatening infection.

Pete Neds hosts open mic night at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 5-9 p.m.

A free legal informational clinic on Landlord/Tenant Rights and Responsibilities meets at the Durango Public Library from 6-8 p.m. The event will cover contract issues,

evictions, security deposits and warranty of habitability. 375-7756 to RSVP.

The Durango 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.  

Katrina and Cook play their mix of pop, rock, jazz & blues at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave., from 6 p.m.-close.


The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. book signing with Robert Fillmore, author of Geological Evolution of the Colorado Plateau of Eastern Utah and Western Colorado. 247-1438 for details.

Local photographer Hal Lott discusses “The un-staged portrait” for the monthly meeting of the Durango Photography Club at 7 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building. for details.

Gaella ElanRah leads meditation and discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Cafe of Life, 925 Highway 3. By donation. 375-9080.

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

Higher Ground, a discussion group geared toward making a difference, meets at 8 p.m. at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College. The group also meets at the Lavenia McCoy Library in Bayfield at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. 884-9171.

DJs Even & Tyler spin for Thirsty Thursday at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.



Earth Day

Durango Parks and

Recreation hosts an all day Kids Fitness Camp at the Rec Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. Activities include Zumba, yoga, hip hop, water aerobics and swimming. to register.  

The City of Durango presents the semi-annual Computer and Electronics E-Cycling Event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Durango Recycling Center. The event continues at the same time on April 23. 375-5004.

The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center presents an Earth Day Celebration beginning at 10 a.m. at the Clock Tower. The event includes live music, a community art project, free speech board, local vendors, a giant free store and more. 247-7676 for details.

A Tree Planting Ceremony in honor of Earth Day begins at 11 a.m. at the newly constructed Four Corners Monument. The event includes blessings by Ute and Navajo tribal members and Native American dancers, drums, flute players and food.

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.

Pete Giuliani plays a solo acoustic happy hour at the El Rancho, 975 Main Ave., from 5-8 p.m.  

The Durango Figure Skating Club presents “Blades Over Broadway,” a theatrical figure skating show, at the Chapman Hill Ice Rink at 5:30 p.m.

Greater Dolores Action presents the 7th annual Telluride MountainFilm On Tour and Great Outdoors Silent Auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Dolores Community Center. for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Friday Afternoon Club with music from the Jelly Belly Boogie Band from 6-9 p.m. and a DJ spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.


Robbie Overfield plays the lounge at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 6-9 p.m.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki, Larry Carver & Ben Gibson, play Desperado’s Bar & Grill, located in Bodo’s Centennial Plaza, at 6 p.m.

The Tumblin’ Dice play the newly reopened Balcony Bar, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m.

Mark Simons plays classical and jazz at the Jean Pierre 4

Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700.

Wild Mountain plays an Earth Day party at Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.

Kirk James plays solo blues at the Schank House Bar & Grill at Vallecito Lake from 7-11 p.m.

The Fort Lewis College Theater, in association with PRISM, presents a staged reading of “Dear Harvey,” by Patricia Loughrey at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre. The play is based on the writings of Harvey Milk and will show again at the same time on April 23. 247-7412.

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

Ten Cent Raise, a new Durango band, plays a free show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.

Ralph Dinosaur rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155.


Durango Parks and Recreation holds its annual Easter Egg Scramble at 9:45 a.m. at Santa Rita Park. The event is open to kids ages 1 to 8 and includes a visit from the East Bunny and special golden eggs containing prizes.

The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center presents The Spring Run Off, a 4.2-mile running race in honor of the anniversary of Earth Day beginning at 10 a.m. at the Clock Tower. 247-7676 for details.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers a special Peanuts Easter train, complete with a visit from Snoopy, the Easter Beagle. The train departs at 10 a.m.

Durango’s pole dance studio Eden celebrates its 3-year anniversary with a 10 a.m.-2 p.m. open house. The event includes mini-lessons, food and refreshments. 749-3279 for details and location.

The Red Tent, 128 W. 14th St., offers a Mom’s Postpartum Support Group from 10-11 a.m. The by-donation event is open to mothers, their babies and moms-to-be. 422-8026 for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association offers a family fun hike in honor of Earth Day from 1-3 p.m. in the Mud Springs area near Cortez. 759-1170 for details.

The Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., hosts a 6 p.m. benefit for Fawn Lofton who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The free event features appetizers, a silent auction, drawing for a trip to Las Vegas and music from Joel Racheff and Freeplay.

The Assortment plays the lounge at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 6-9 p.m.

Lacey Black plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Durango Brewing. 3000 Main Ave., hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 6 p.m. 247-3396 for details.

Mark Simons & Jack Maynes play jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents a dance party from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents the Mic Type, with hip hop from Solar One, Mane Rok & Diabolic Sound Platoon, at 9 p.m.



Easter Sunday

Lacey Black plays Easter Brunch at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 247-4433.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts a traditional Irish Jam from 12:30-4:30 p.m. for details.

The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., hosts its Gospel Brunch with music from the A-Men from 1-3 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Durango Food Not Bombs (FNB) offers its weekly free vegan/vegetarian meal at 1-3 p.m. in Riverfront/Iris Park.

BAT plays requests in the lounge at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 6-9 p.m.

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


Mark Simons plays classical and jazz guitar at Cosmo, 919 Main Ave., from 4:30-6 p.m. 259-2898 for details.

Renowned author Derrick Jensen discusses “Civilization and Resistance” at 6 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall at Fort Lewis College. A book signing will follow the talk.

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


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

Terry Rickard plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. book signing with Ignacio rancher and novelist Thomas Givon for his latest, Seadock: or the Last Battle of Berkeley. 247-1438 for details. 4

The Durango Recreation Center offers drop-in Indoor Ultimate Frisbee from 7-9 p.m. 375-7300 for details.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts its weekly karaoke contest 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.


Greg Ryder plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Chad MacCluskey performs Celtic fingerstyle and solo jazz guitar at Eno, 723 E. Second Ave., from 6-8 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 Recreation Center offers free racquetball clinics, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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

The Fort Lewis College Music Department presents a Strings Ensemble Recital at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays the Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 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 Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts its weekly Pub Quiz with trivia and prizes beginning at 8:30 p.m. for details.

DJ Double D hosts the weekly Karaoke Gong Show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts the Graduating Senior Art Majors Exhibition through April 30. The show is a culmination of the students’ coursework and includes senior-level art and humanities majors working in a variety of media. The exhibit was juried, designed and installed by students.

The Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Six/Five/Four” through April 24. The show features six photographers, five photos each featuring the Four Corners area. The photographers include Linda Pampinella, Kathy Myrick, Al Olson, Howard Rachlin, Branson Reynolds and Patricia Burk.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 725 Main Ave., exhibits elegant black and white images from Cara Weston and Jan-Oliver Wenzel through May 12. Weston is the granddaughter of world-renowned photographer Edward Weston, and German photographer Wenzel is focused on nature and architecture reflecting simplicity of light and form. for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center presents the photo exhibit Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art through Oct. 30. The exhibit features Utah rock art in vintage chromogenic prints by photographers Craig Law, Tom Till, and John Telford. for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts the annual Images of the Southwest Juried Photography Show through April 29. This year’s theme is “Animals Rule!” and the exhibit features all types of furry, feathered and reptilian creatures that also call the Southwest home. “Roots,” featuring sculpture, drawings and book art by Mary Ellen Long, shows in the DAC Art Library through the month of April. 259-2606 for details.

An exhibit of paintings by Phyllis Stapler shows at Eno, 723 E. Second Ave., through the month of April. 385-0105 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. “Frontier Blues: The Legacy of Fort Lewis College,” an exhibition commemorating FLC’s Centennial, is also on display. 247-7456 for details.


The San Juan Mountains Association will host the hike, “Sand Canyon Through the Ages,” on April 28. 385-1256 to register.

Mexico’s famed Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on April 28.

Durango Critical Mass returns April 29 and will ride on the last Friday of the month throughout the summer.

The band Midwest Dilemma will make a rare Durango appearance on April 19 at Ska Brewing

Jonathan R. Latta will perform a marimba recital on April 29 to close out the sixth season of the St. Mark’s Recital Series.

FireWise of Southwest Colorado and the San Juan Public Lands Center will offer a Home Ignition Zone Workshop on April 29-30. 385-8909 to RSVP.

The Colorado Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation will offer a class on Colorado Archaeology from April 29-May 1. 382-2594 to register.

Fort Lewis College will hold its Spring Commencement on April 30 in Whalen Gym.

Shannon Cruise will host an art opening for “Emergence From Academia” at the Blue House on April 30 & May 1.

Tami Graham presents Martin Sexton, live in concert, on May 1 in the Smiley Theatre.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a May 3 book signing with local children’s author Will Hobbs for his latest young adult novel, Take Me to the River.

Kids4Trees seeks volunteers to help kids plant trees at Vallecito Lake on May 3 & 4. 385-1310 for details.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a May 5 book signing with Philip Connors, author of the debut memoir Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout.

The fifth annual Durango Wine Experience opens with a VIP welcome reception May 5 and runs through May 8.

Lisa Campi Walters and Marilyn Mangold Garst will perform a program of piano duets May 6 for the final installment in the 2010-11 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Recital Series.

Dogster’s Spay & Neuter Program will host a “Yappy Hour,” a chance for humans and their dogs to schmooze, sniff and indulge in treats, on May 7 at J-J Ranch. 247-DOGS for details.

The annual Sunrise Over Africa Mother’s Day Telegraph Race takes off in Horse Gulch on May 8. Visit Your Running Store or to register.

The Durango Arts Center will host a staged reading for the winners of its 10-Minute Play Contest on May 15.


The Henry Strater Theatre stages ‘Fridge or Dare’
What: The debut of a locally written and produced play  
Where: The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
When: April 22, 23 & 24. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

A local playwright walks into the spotlight this weekend at the Henry Strater Theatre. “Fridge or Dare” goes on stage at the Hank on April 22, 23 & 24. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

“Fridge or Dare” is a fast-action contemporary farce written by Durango’s Charlie Graybill. Featuring a cast of Durango’s finest thespians and many Fort Lewis College Theatre veterans, the play takes audiences through an unlikely meeting on a fateful evening at the Red Craig Bed and Breakfast. The limited engagement features pranks, falls, food and jokes, and poses the question, “Do you Fridge or Dare?”

Doors to the show open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Strater Box Office or by calling 946-1977.


San Juan Rando Race returns this Saturday
What: The 3rd annual ski mountaineering race
Where: Mile marker 65 on West Molas Pass
When: Sat., April 23. Starting at 8 a.m.

A first-ever skins back into the San Juan Mountains this Saturday. The San Juan Rando – a ski mountaineering race hosted by Pine Needle Mountaineering and Silverton Avalanche Schools – returns April 23.

The San Juan Rando is an uphill/downhill ski mountaineering race and the only race of its kind in North America to be held entirely in the backcountry. The course will start and finish on the west side of Molas Pass. Multiple course options have been mapped, and organizers will assess conditions and make a race-day decision.

The race’s entry includes a post-race BBQ, a prize raffle and the honor of partaking in a unique event. Registration and details are available online at A mandatory check-in and gear check is set for 7 a.m. on race day, and the race begins at 8 a.m. sharp.


Squawker Road Classic rides back into the region
What: The annual weekend of road racing
Where: All over La Plata County  
When: Sat., April 23 & Sun., April 24

Competitive cycling returns to Durango this weekend, as the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team hosts the annual Squawker Road Classic on April 23 & 24.

The action begins Saturday morning with the “Animas Surgical Hospital/La Posta Team Time Trial.” Teams of four riders will race 21 kilometers down La Posta Road from the start at the Purple Cliffs to a finish at U.S. Hwy 550. The starting gun goes off at 8 a.m.

Racing action continues later that morning at 11 a.m. with the “Specialized Neighborhood Criterium” in the historic downtown residential area. The course follows a spectator-friendly circuit utilizing 4th, 5th and 6th avenues as well as 8th, 9th and 10th streets, which will all be closed to traffic.

And racing concludes on Easter Sunday with the “Coca-Cola Road Race.” This venue includes a spectator friendly start/finish on historic Mill Street in Bayfield. Racers will do 1-3 laps on a course that will take riders south on the Buck Highway toward Ignacio before returning to Bayfield. The first race gets under way at 8 a.m.

Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer-on the FLC Cycling Team and local racers as they compete against their conference and regional opponents. Volunteers are needed. Visit for details.




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