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Ska Brewing to host pre-Valentine’s Day bash
Durango Area Wellness Network hosts sit-down

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The Lisa Blue Trio plays Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., from 5:30-8:30 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.

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


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

Big Picture High School, 215 E .12th St., holds a community information meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.

Caleb Crain plays solo piano and guitar at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.

Geomorphologist and environmental author David Montgomery discusses the erosion of earth’s soil at 7 p.m. in the Fort Lewis Student Union Ballroom. Montgomery’s latest book makes the case that humanity is using up the Earth’s soil.

George L. Richardson presents “Easter Island: An Environmental Tragedy” for the 7 p.m. meeting of the San Juan Basin Archaeological Society at the Center of Southwest Studies at FLC.  

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues at Fort Lewis College with “A conversation with Esther Belin.” Connie Jacob will interview the Native poet and FLC professor at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Pine River Senior Center in Bayfield. 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 for details.

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

Higher Ground, a discussion group for people interested in improving the quality of their lives and 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 for details.

DJ PA spins at Angel’s End Zone, located in Cortez, at 9 p.m.


“Fired Up Stories,” Durango Fire and Rescue firefighters reading stories about fire safety, return to the Durango Public Library at 10:30 a.m. 375-3380 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.

Local photographer Jasmine Mayberry showcases her Four Corners Color exhibit at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave. The show opens with a 5-7 p.m. reception. 385-1920 for details.

California’s Matt Hopper plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. The Refuge goes on from 9 p.m.-close.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a sultry blend of favorites at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Durango Gymnastics Academy hosts a Kids’ Night Out for ages 5-12 from 6-9 p.m. at the Mason Center, 301 E. 12th St. The cost includes open gym, games and pizza and proceeds benefit the competitive gymnastics team. 375-7390 for details.

Toh Atin Gallery, 145 W. 9th St., hosts the kick-off to the 25th season of Music in the Mountains with a 6 p.m. performance by Portland Rock Concert Violinist Aaron Meyer. The evening includes a live auction and unveiling of the 25th anniversary artwork. 385-6820 for details.

Dancing Spirit Coop Gallery in Ignacio presents Venus & Mars, a reception for artists Kasey Correia and Howard Searle that should provide some insights into the opposite sex, from 6-9 p.m. for details.

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

Ryan McCurry brings jazz and classical piano to the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. McCurry returns at the same time on Feb. 12. 247-7700.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, featuring the sons of legendary pianist Dave Brubeck, brings jazz to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m. .  

Soprano Gemma Kavanagh plays the recital series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave., at 7 p.m. The program will include works by Schubert, Poulenc, Obradors and Quilter and Kavanaugh will be joined flutist Rochelle Mann and pianist C. Scott Hagler. .

Cosmic Accident rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located

on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Reggae great Michael Rose plays the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. The show includes a DJ set from Heartbeat of Zion. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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

Mirrorball plays a 9 p.m. show at Blondie’s in Cortez.


The Winter Warrior, Durango’s first annual sport snowshoe race, takes off at the Durango Nordic Center. The event includes 10K & 5K races and a kidz snowdash. Registration opens at 9 a.m. for details.

The Durango Recreation Center hosts the Sue B. Shuffle, a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run, at 10 a.m. The race benefits, Sue B Earl, a local mother, wife, athlete and physical therapist who is undergoing treatment for leukemia. 749-4290 for details.

The Durango Farmers Market holds a special winter market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Smiley Building, 1309 E. Third Ave. Local farmers, growers and businesses will be on hand with their wares. for details.  

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., hosts a School Days Fun Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Families can explore the 1908 classroom, shoot marbles, play jacks and take a craft home. 259-2402 for details.

Nature’s Oasis, 300 S. Camino del Rio, hosts “Chocolate Oasis…For the Love of Chocolate,” a complimentary chocolate tasting, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The event includes sweets, contests, a chocolate fountain, many local demos and more. for details.

The La Plata County Rotary Clubs present the ninth annual Red Ball Express at 4 p.m. at Durango Mountain Resort. The charitable race has raised more than $250,000 for local causes in the past nine years. for details.

Off The Interstate plays the bar at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 5-9 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Joel Racheff plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. The Steven Andrews Band goes on from 9 p.m.-close.

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

 “‘S Wonderful,” the musical revue that celebrates the genius of American songwriters George and Ira Gershwin, comes to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7 p.m. for details.  

Community Dance Sanctuary presents an Ecstatic Dance/Transformative Movement Experience from 7-9 p.m. at YogaDurango, 1140-A Main Ave. 405-714-7662.

The Americana group Great American Taxi returns to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents DJs Spark Madden and Kulprit spinning at 9 p.m. 259-9018 for details.


The San Juan Mountains Association offers its weekly winter discovery tour at Durango Mountain Resort. 4

Participants should meet outside the plaza ticket office at 9:45 a.m.

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

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

The Alexander Murray Recital Series continues with a jazz faculty recital at 3 p.m. at Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College. Jeff Solon, sax, Tim Farrell, trumpet, Jonathan Latta drums, Evan Suiter bass and Jack Maynes, piano, will perform. for details.  

The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., hosts its Gospel Brunch with music from Sugar Don’t Stop from 1-3 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Earth First! hosts a public meeting from 5-7 p.m. at the Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave. The group is planning a rally for Tim DeChristopher, the bidder who is facing 10 years in jail for derailing the sale of oil & gas leases in Utah.

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

Ska/punk legends Fishbone play the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. The Freeman Social opens the show. Doors at 8 p.m.


Valentine’s Day

Durango Nature Studies hosts a women’s snowshoe clinic from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Haviland Lake. Participants will learn about local ecology and snow science.

The Durango Barbershoppers play a Valentine’s set at the Ignacio Public Library at 1:30 p.m. 563-9287 for details.

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

The Blue Two, featuring Pete Neds and Glen Keffe, play Valentine’s at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 5-8 p.m.

Turtle Lake Refuge, 848 E. Third Ave., offers an Organically Romantic Valentine’s Dinner , a 5-course local meal and pampering, with seatings at 5:30 & 7 p.m. 247-8395 for details.

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

A seminar on doing your own divorce and/or custody meets at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. Anyone wanting the free book of forms and instructions is encouraged to arrive ten minutes early. 247-0266 for details.

Chad MacCluskey performs on Celtic fingerstyle guitar at Eno, 723 E. Second Ave., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for Valentine’s.

Tom MacCluskey performs on piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433.

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 Ignacio Public Library hosts Girls Night Out, a Valentine’s Day potluck and screening of “Chocolat,” at 4:30 p.m. 563-9287 for details.

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

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

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts So You Think You Can Sing, a karaoke contest, from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave., hosts Beer Bingo from 9-11 p.m. with prizes for each game.


Animas High School, 3206 Main Ave., offers a tour of its campus at 1 p.m. 247-2474 for details.

The Southwest Center for Independence offers a 3 p.m. workshop on applying for the Colorado tax/rent/heat rebate. 259-1672 for details.

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

Chad McCluskey performs Celtic fingerstyle and solo jazz guitar at Eno, 723 E. Second Ave., from 6-8 p.m.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts its free movie night with an Oscar Preview and screenings of “The Social Network” at 7 p.m. and “Inception” at 9:15 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.

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.

An open-level East Coast Swing Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts its weekly Bluegrass Jamboree with the Robin Davis duo playing at 9 p.m.

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


The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts “Sequential and Contingent,” an exhibit from Colorado-based painter Monica Goldsmith, through Feb. 26. Goldsmith’s contemporary hard-edge abstractions focus on geological and virtual shifts in time and space. 247-7167 for details.

Andrea Kristina’s Bookstore and Kafe, 218 W. Main in Farmington, presents the exhibit “neo-navajo,” paintings/mixed media work of artist Venaya Yazzie (Dine’ /Hopi) through April 2. An opening reception meets from 5-8 p.m. on Feb. 11.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents Foreign Spaces, an installation by Sandra Butler and Joan Russell, through Feb. 25. The show opens with a 5-7 p.m. reception on Feb. 11.  “I would not believe that, even if it were true,” a mixed-media political art show from Jeff Madeen, is on display in the Art Library through Feb. 26. 259-2606 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., presents a retrospective exhibit from photographer and gallery owner Hal Gould through March 17. for details.

Kassidy’s Kitchen, 177 Suttle Dr. in Bodo, exhibits the work of Durango Photography Club members Eric Pahlke and Al Olson and works by Boys and Girls Club members through March 15. 375-7877 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 Anasazi Heritage Center hosts an exhibition of artworks by local artist Keith Hutcheson through March 18. The show is a retrospective of Hutcheson’s work from the last quarter-century, a time spent exploring remote parts of public land across the Four Corners and the Colorado Plateau. 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!” through Jan. 22. 247-7456 for details.


The Canadian folk trio, the Wailin’ Jennys, will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Feb. 17.

Professional photographer Larry Carver will address the Durango Photography Club on Feb. 17.

Fort Lewis College Theatre will present “ART,” a play about the intangible issues surrounding art and friendship, on Feb. 17-20 and 24-26. The play was written by Yasmina Reza and directed by Dr. Kathryn Moller.

The 25th annual Chocolate Fantasia, a fund-raiser for the Volunteers of America, is set for Feb. 18 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. n

The Durango High School Speech and Debate Team will host its first debate meet in six years on Feb. 18 & 19. for details.

College Goal Sunday, a national program that helps families complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), will meet at Fort Lewis College on Feb. 19. for details.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a special musical storytime on Feb. 19 with the local author and the illustrator of the new children’s book, I Love You More…Than Chocolate.

The Boulder Acoustic Society will play the Henry Strater Theatre on Feb. 19. for details.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a book signing with vegan chef and wellness coach Tess Challis, author of The Two-Week Wellness Solution, on Feb. 22.

A TRIO Day Silent Auction to benefit Fort Lewis College’s Program for Academic Advancement will be held on Feb. 22 in the Student Union Building. for details.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a community conversation on Feb. 23 about the issues presented in the recently published book The Heart of the Monster: Why the Pacific Northwest & Northern Rockies Must Not Become an ExxonMobil Conduit to the Alberta Tar Sands.

Fort Lewis College will host the Empower the Dream, Inspire the Change Conference from Feb. 24-27 as part of its ongoing Centennial Celebration. The three-day conference is open to local students and community members. for details.

Community food activist and writer Mark Winne presents “Home Grown: Cultivating Your Role in the Local Food System” on Feb. 25 at Fort Lewis.  The event continues with a day of discussion groups on Feb. 26. RSVP to

The recital series will continue at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango on Feb. 25 with a performance by Anne Bjella Sanchez on clarinet. 385-8668 for details.

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County will offer its annual Legislative Lowdown on Feb. 26 at the Durango Recreation Center. Colorado Sen. Ellen Roberts and Rep. J. Paul Brown will discuss the current session and answer questions.

The Durango Independent Film Festival hosts its Oscars Party simulcast on Feb. 27. 259-2606 for details.

The Durango Independent Film Festival will return on March 2-6. for details.

Carver Brewing Co. will host the Dine Out for Riverhouse Children’s Center fund-raiser on March 3.

The Asylum Street Spankers will make their final Durango appearance on March 10 at the Henry Strater Theatre for their “Spanks for Everything! The Farewell Tour.”

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College will accept entries for its 2011 Images of the Southwest: Juried Photography Show on March 14-19. This year’s theme is “Animals Rule!” for rules and entry form.

Mountain Bike Specialists 949 Main Ave., will host the team and sponsor introduction for the newly formed Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo Sweet Elite Mountain Bike Team Durango on March 16.


Ska Brewing to host pre-Valentine’s Day bash
What: A lingerie fashion show and gift boutique
Where: Ska Brewing’s World Headquarters, 225 Girard
When: Fri., Feb. 11, 7-10 p.m.

Ska Brewing is going “Bottoms Up” for Valentine’s Day. The local brewery will host a pre-V-Day lingerie fashion show and gift boutique this Friday.

Ska is partnering with several local businesses – Nectar, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Signature Salon and April’s Garden – to get locals to come out and do some one-stop Valentine’s shopping. Attendees can visit with local merchants, sample chocolates and ales, and take in the event’s big draw – the lingerie fashion show. Ska undertook its very own “Durango Model Search” for Bottoms Up and is encouraging Durangoans to “Come for the show, stay for the beer and shop ‘til you drop.”

“Bottoms Up” runs from 7-10 p.m. and Ska’s World Headquarters. For more information, email


Durango Area Wellness Network hosts sit-down
What: A Healthy Lifestyle La Plata session focusing on worksite wellness
Where: The Durango Public Library  
When: Fri., Feb. 11, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Local wellness goes back into the spotlight this week. The newly formed Durango Area Wellness Network (DAWN) hosts its quarterly networking meeting this Friday at the Durango Public Library. Health-minded businesses are encouraged to attend.

DAWN is dedicated to bringing quality and best-practices employee wellness programs to La Plata County. The group supports ongoing trainings and resources for any local organization, big or small, that wishes to implement a worksite wellness program for its employees. This Friday’s session will provide a platform for local businesses seeking wellness services and an opportunity to connect with like-minded organizations.

“Durango is unique in that the locally run and independently owned businesses are the backbone of the community,” said Amita Nathwani, of Healthy Lifestyle La Plata. “By presenting ideas and resources for these businesses to promote a healthier workplace for their employees, we are supporting the bigger picture of a healthier community.”

The meeting will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information on DAWN, call 946-2044 or email




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