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The San Juan Mountains Association and Durango Mountain Resort offer the final free nature walk of the season, beginning outside Guest Services at 9:45 a.m. for details.

Durango Nature Studies hosts Wee Walkabouts from 10-11 a.m. at Rotary Park. DNS naturalists will lead 2- to 5-year-olds and their parents on a nature walk along the river trail. The event runs every Thursday through the end of September.

Colorado Wild and the Center for Native Ecosystems celebrate their recent Rocky Mountain Wild merger with a 5-8 p.m. event at Carver Brewing, 1022 Main Ave. Wild Mountain will play the free event. for details.

High Altitude Blues performs from 5-9 p.m. on the patio of the Animas River Café, in the Doubletree Hotel.

Durango School District 9-R hosts a talk on international baccalaureate and expeditionary learning from acclaimed educators Ted Williams and Jonathan Mann. The presentation runs from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Miller Middle School Auditorium.

Katrina & Cook play the patio at the Dalton Ranch Clubhouse from 6-8 p.m.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Jones Creek Trail. Interested runners should meet at the trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a sultry blend of favorites from 6-9 p.m. at Sweeney’s, north of Durango on CR 203.

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.  

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

The Assortment plays live acoustic music at Trimble Hot Springs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The show is free with regular admission. for details.

Mark Simons brings classical and jazz to the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, 419 San Juan Dr., presents “Evolutionize Your Life: Come Home to Reality,” a free talk by author Rev. Michael Dowd, from 7-9 p.m. The discussion will explore a science-based view of sin and virtue. 247-1004 for details.

The Durango Photography Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center. Jerry Baumann will discuss the differences between shooting Raw and JPEG images. Email DurangoPhoto for details.

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

Adrian and the Sickness, a Hell’s Belles offshoot, brings the Criminals Tour to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-close. Bug Girl and Group Shower open.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts An Evening of Women’s Blues & Rock & Roll. The show includes performances from Carolyn Wonderland, Peter Karp & Sue Foley and Megean Tubb and presentations from SASO, The Womens Resource Center and Big Sisters. Doors open at 8 p.m.

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

Higher Ground, a discussion group geared toward making a difference, meets at 8 p.m. at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College. 884-9171 for details.

Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., presents Steve Kahler’s Karaoke from 9 p.m.-close. 382-8554 for details.

Taj Weeks & Adowa play Thirsty Thursday at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.


The Durango Discovery Museum offers its weekly Discovery Kids Science Storytime at 9:30 p.m. with Helium Hannah. 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 for details.

The Rochester Hotel, 721 E. Second Ave., hosts “FOLKyTONK,” a performance art and musical revue, from 5-7 p.m. The event includes vintage Americana from Shelley Horton-Trippe and Scott Ardis, a book singing with Fred Wildfang, and a display of Horton-Trippe’s paintings.

Durango BMX hosts its weekly race day with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow. for details.

Apes Tapes, a Portland music label, hosts an all-ages concert at the Backspace Theatre, 1120 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. The show features Mischievous Mistress of Portland, Egg Leggs from Colorado Springs, and Durango’s Whale Logic. for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Friday Afternoon Club with live music from Skinny Got to Eat from 6-9 p.m. and Soltron spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

The JP Duo brings classical, jazz and bluegrass to the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. The pair returns at the same time on Aug. 20. 247-7700 for details.

Ester Nicholson plays a concert of inspirational music at St. Mark’s Church, 910 E. Third Ave., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The artist will also lead a workshop, “Keys to Abundant Living,” on Aug. 20. 533-9040 for details.

The Four Corners Lecture Series presents “The Basketmaker Communities Project,” a free talk from Shanna Diederichs, at 7 p.m. at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Schank House Bar & Grill at Vallecito from 7-11 p.m.

The Center of Light presents “The Hunter’s Heart: Male Emotion and the Spiritual Path,” with Father Peter Bowes, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. By donation. 882-2123 for details.

Void Where Prohibited, the long-running rock band from San Francisco, reunites with Durango’s Larry Carver for an evening of classic rock and blues at 8 p.m. at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave. The band returns for an encore show at the same time on Aug. 20.

DJ CK spins dance beatz at Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., from 9 p.m.-close. The DJ returns at the same time on Saturday. 382-8554 for details.

Aesop Rock, acclaimed hip hop artist and producer, returns to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m. Singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson opens the show.

Barkadeaus rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Andrea’s Fault rocks The Sky Ute Casino and Resort from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The local band returns for an encore show at the same time on Aug. 20.

Meagan Tubb & Shady People play 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. The event includes produce from local farmers, prepared food items and locally made crafts. This week’s market includes the Iron Horse Chef Competition Finale between Vera Hansen, of the Cyprus Café, and Dennis Morrisroe, renegade local chef. for details.

The San Juan Mountain Association leads a free overnight backpacking trip on the Cascade Creek Trail. Space is limited. 759-9113 to register.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., holds auditions for a dozen roles in five 10-minute plays from 1-4 p.m. Male and female actors ranging in age from 16-60 are needed. 259-2606 for details.

The Super Amazing Art Show & Sale Part 3!! returns to the home at 537 Jackrabitt Trail from 3-8 p.m. The show features work by Cindy Coleman, Miki Harder, Elizabeth Kinahan and Amy Vaclav-Felker. 385-0409 for details.

Studio &, 1027 Main Ave., presents Reid & Harris & Carter & Bachmann & Whitehead & Merolanne, a one-night art show, from 5-9 p.m. for details.

Kirk James plays acoustic blues at Serious Texas BBQ South, 650 S. Camino del Rio, from 6-9 p.m.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Trio plays the patio at Sweeney’s, located north of town on CR 203, from 6-9 p.m.

Jazz duo Chad MacCluskey and Ryan McCurry play the patio of the Animas River Café, in the Doubletree Hotel 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.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents the Pain and Pleasure All Female Art Show from 9 p.m.-close. The event includes live music by Lush and Smiley Coyote. 259-9018.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents music from Bret Mosley at 10 p.m.


Tim Telep plays acoustic from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Brickhouse Café, 1849 Main Ave. 247-3760.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts its traditional Irish music jam from 12:30-4 p.m.

The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., hosts its Gospel Brunch with music 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.

Wines of the San Juan, located at Navajo Dam, offers free music from Rick Hatfield from 4-7 p.m. 505-632-0879 for details.

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.

Chad MacCluskey performs on solo jazz guitar at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.
The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

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


Four Corners Counseling hosts its free weekly Wellness Walk from 10-11 a.m. along the river trail. The walks run through August and meet at Schneider Park. 946-8004 for details.

Durango BMX hosts open gate practice from 5:30 p.m.-dusk.
Terry Rickard plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., presents an Oriental Medical Demonstration with free acupuncture by Tyler VanGemert, of Durango Community Acupuncture, from 6-8 p.m. 247-1233 for details.

“The Dalai Lama Renaissance,” a film fund-raiser for the coming visit by the Gaden Shartse Tibetan Monks, screens at 6 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall at Fort Lewis College. Six Buddhist monks from one of the oldest orders of Tibet will visit Durango from Aug. 29-Sept. 1. for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group, with vocalist Alison Dance, plays the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts its weekly open mic 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.


The Durango Discovery Museum offers its weekly Discovery Kids Smart Art at 9:30 a.m. Asteroid Annie will lead hands-on, science/art workshops.

Trails 2000 hosts a volunteer work day from 4-7 p.m. For location and details, visit

Evenings ‘til Eight, Durango’s midweek farmers market featuring food, drink, art and live music, returns to downtown from 5-8 p.m. Evenings ‘til Eight meets Wed. through Sept. 28.

The 2011 DEVO Short Track Cross Country Series continues at FLC’s Factory Trails from 5-6:30 p.m. The race is open to kids and adults of all levels.

Bocce Ball returns to Buckley Park from 5:30-7 p.m. All skill levels are welcome and drop-in matches are encouraged.

Fort Lewis College hosts an information session on adult education opportunities at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. 247-7670 or for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second 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.

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

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

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts its weekly Pub Quiz with trivia and prizes beginning at 8:30 p.m.


The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 Main Ave., presents “Exposure,” the gallery’s second annual international juried exhibit. Seventy-two photographers from all over the globe are showing their black and white, color and alternative process photographs for the show. For more information, call 382-8355 or visit

The Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave., hosts “The Traveling Suitcase Review,” an art exhibition featuring works by Santa Fe painter Shelley Horton-Trippe. The show includes new paintings, small-scale installations and assemblages and will be up through Aug. 31.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., hosts “Muses: Life’s Inspirations,” a juried exhibit of fine art quilts, in the Barbara Conrad Gallery through Sept. 2, and “Images Drawn From Nature,” a print exhibit from Kumi Korf, in the Art Library. 259-4363 for details.

The River Café, 555 Rivergate Lane, exhibits a collection of photographs from Howard Rachlin through September. 422-8027.

“Greater Tuna,” the satirical comedy set in Tuna, Texas, plays the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., on Friday and Saturday nights. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the show goes on at 8 p.m. for details.

The Durango Melodrama returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. Performances of “The Pursuit of Happiness” and “After Dark” alternate at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays-Sundays.

The Anasazi Heritage Center presents the photo show, 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. In addition, the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners will present their 2011 summer exhibition through Sept. 6. 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.” “Frontier Blues: The Legacy of Fort Lewis College,” an exhibition commemorating FLC’s Centennial, is also on display. 247-7456.


CarverFest 2011, the annual birthday celebration and pro-jam, will be held on Aug. 25 at the Derailed Saloon and will feature members of numerous local bands.

Fridays at the Fort returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Aug. 26 and features free music from Missionary Ridge, Giant’s Dance and Wild Mountain.

The Women’s Resource Center’s “Girls Night Out: A Festive Evening for You and Your Girlfriends” is set for Aug. 26 at Blue Lake Ranch.

The Silverton Jamboree returns Aug. 26-28. The Motet will headline the festival.

The Kenya Safari Acrobats, a dynamic dance troupe that takes acrobatics to extremes, will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Aug. 27.

The Open Shutter Gallery opens “Toyed With,” a juried photography exhibit taken with toy or vintage cameras or printed using antique/alternative processes, Aug. 27.

The Tour de Farms Durango Bike Tour will return Aug. 27 to highlight local growers. The event offers a leisurely 5-mile in-town short route tour or a 25 mile long route loop on La Posta Road.
A family 5K walk/run to benefit Best for Babes and the Durango Pregnancy Center is set for Aug. 27 in Santa Rita Park. for details.

The Medicine Horse “Masters,” a tournament benefiting the Medicine Horse Center, will return to the South 40 Golf Course in Cortez on Aug. 27.

Ellie Drake, founder of Brave Heart Women, will lead an Aug. 28 event in Durango at the Sleeping Beauty Ranch. Visit for details.

Up with People paying a visit to Durango area
What: “A Song for the World,” performances by the international cast of Up with People
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Aug. 19 & 20 at 7 p.m.  
Performers from all over the world converge on Durango this week for several days of music, dance, volunteerism and community connection. Up with People’s visit will culminate with shows at the Community Concert Hall on Aug. 19 & 20.
Up with People is a nonprofit that offers young adults an international and intercultural experience that builds leadership and uses the arts to deliver a message of hope and peace all over the world. The group is stopping off in Durango as part the 22-week program and is spending much of its time with local host families. While Durango families share their traditions and local attractions, the cast members share their experiences and cultures. In addition, Up with People is working to give something back to Durango and on Aug. 18 will tackle service projects with Manna Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, Trails 2000 and the Boys and Girls Club.
This Friday and Saturday, Up with People will close out its visit with “A Song for the World” at the Concert Hall. A cast of 100 performers from 20 countries will take the stage for a two-hour performance that blends music, choreography and colorful costumes. Both shows begin at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit

Railfest rolls back to Durango
What: The 13th annual Railfest
Where: The D&SNG Train Depot and all over town
When: Aug. 18-21  
Train groupies are rolling back into Durango this weekend. The 13th annual Railfest celebrates 30 Years as the D&SNG” and runs from Aug. 18-21.
In 1981, C.E. Bradshaw bought the Durango railroad, renamed it the D&SNG Co., and the tourist train has been running since. Throughout the extended weekend, Railfest commemorates this anniversary and the survival of narrow gauge railroads throughout the world.
Locals and visitors can take in the Parade of Trains; view and ride the vintage Eureka & Palisade #4 and RGS Goose #5 engines; and witness a World Fast Draw competition. Numerous other events are scheduled for the four-day event. For more information, visit

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