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SJMA kicks off its winter discovery tours
‘A Week of Butoh’ plays the Durango Arts Center

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The Assortment plays the Ska-B-Que at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard, from 5-7 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., from 6 p.m.-close.


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

Caleb Crain plays guitar and piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 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 Salsa Night with salsa lessons and music from DJ Caliente from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

The Angel’s End Zone, located in Cortez, hosts a Crazy Karaoke Contest at 9 p.m.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts Thirsty Thursday for the Hungry at 9:30 p.m. with music from Tubby Love.  


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 Lisa Blue Trio plays a sultry blend of favorites at the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. The trio returns at the same time on Jan. 8.

Eric Kiefer plays happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. The Diabolic Sound Platoon and live visual artists play First Friday beginning at 10 p.m.

Tom MacCluskey plays piano at the Mahogany

Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details. MacCluskey returns at the same time on Jan. 8. 247-4433 for details.

Mark Simons plays jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. Simons returns at the same time on Jan. 8. 247-7700 for details.

Psychedelic Mojo brings classic rock to the Billy Goat Saloon, located off U.S. Hwy 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

DJ Double D spins for dancing at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

John Brown’s Body brings reggae and funk to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Doors to the all ages show 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.

Dave Mensch plays a live show at Blondie’s in Cortez at 9 p.m.


Yogadurango on Main, 1140-A Main Ave., offers Community Yoga Day with by-donation classes all day and a kids yoga class at 1 p.m. for details.

The Durango Community Recreation Center offers Resolution Solution, with Karla Sluis & Lee Phillips leading a Zumba and toning party with a live band, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The class is free with paid entry. 375-7313 for details.

Toko offers a beginning Nordic waxing clinic at 4 p.m. and an advanced waxing clinic at 6 p.m. at Backcountry Experience, 1205 Camino del Rio. Participants are encouraged to bring their skis.

Jenny Winegardner and Gary Watkins play Sweeney’s, located just north of town on CR 203, from 5-8 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

The Dave Luna Duo plays the Creekside Restaurant at Purgatory from 5:30-8 p.m.

Rupnow & friends play happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Lucy goes on at 10 p.m.

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary with dance lessons at 7 p.m. and the dance at 7:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by a new local band, featuring Sue Colter. 385-9292 for details.

Community Dance Sanctuary offers an ecstatic dance/transformative movement experience from 7-9 p.m. at YogaDurango on Main,1140-A Main Ave. By donation. 405-714-7662.

Benjamin K and Peter Robot spin at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.


Vallecito Nordic hosts a demo day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Vallecito Nordic System. The event includes free gear demos, mini lessons, kids and adults ski races, and a gumbo/soup contest. for details.

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.

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 with music from the Pint Night Boys from 1-3 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Durango Society of Friends presents an evening of folk music with Washington D.C.’s Mary Shapiro, Tuscon’s Patricia Morrison, and Tim Telep, singer/guitarist of the local trio Telekavé. The concert begins at  6:30 p.m. at the Quaker Friends Meetinghouse, 803 CR 233. 903-8646 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 the Cosmo, 919 Main Ave., from 4:30-6 p.m. 259-2898 for details.

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

A free seminar on doing your own divorce and/or custody in Colorado meets at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library, 1900 E. Third Ave. Anyone wanting the free book of forms and instructions should arrive 10 minutes early. 247-0266 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.


La Plata Electric Association, 45 Stewart St., hosts a Round Up Foundation luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event is a kick-off for Round Up’s 2011 fundraising effort.  for details.

The Ignacio Community Library hosts a Meet the Artists Reception from 4-6 p.m. in honor of artists from the library’s fall 2010 and winter 2011 exhibits.

Mill Street Brews, 25 W. Mill St. in Bayfield, offers its weekly Open Acoustic Jam beginning at 5 p.m. 4

884-7070 for details.

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 for Durango Railroad Historical Society President George F. Niederauer, author of Locomotive 315: The Lives, Times, and Rebirth of an 1895 Steam Engine. Niederauer will be joined by several of the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to restore the steam engine. 247-1438 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 a DMR Employee Appreciation Party with DJ Eon spinning dubstep 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.

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


The Green Business Roundtable returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., at noon. This month’s topic is the La Plata County Climate & Energy Action Plan. 259-3583 to RSVP.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a sultry blend of favorites at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., from 5-8 p.m.

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

The Durango Public Library continues its Community Cinema Series at 6 p.m. with a screening of “For Once in My Life.” The documentary profiles 28 musicians who all have severe mental and physical disabilities. 259-1674 for details.

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.

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.

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., presents the Four Corners Commission, the annual exhibit of the life, landscape, cultural and heritage of the Four Corners through Jan. 28. Also on display is “I would not believe that, even if it were true,” a mixed-media political art show from Jeff Madeen, in the Art Library through Feb. 26. Receptions for both shows meet from 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 7. 259-2606 for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts its Art Faculty Group Exhibition, featuring the most recent works from new and established teachers, from Jan. 10-31. An opening reception is set for 4:30-6 p.m. on Jan. 13.

Steaming Bean Coffee, 915 Main Ave., exhibits paintings by Bob Zahner in oil and gold leaf throughout the month of January. 385-7901 for details.

Anytime Fitness, 125 Mercado St., kicks off its Pound for Pound Challenge on Jan. 10. For every pound participants lose in “I Lost it at the Club,” the gym will donate a pound of food to the Durango Food Bank. 259-3007 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., exhibits its “Holiday Showcase,” featuring selections from the past 10 years of shows, through Jan. 13. The gallery is also displaying a collection of illuminating sculptures from local artisan Jeff Wise. 382-8355 or 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.

Kassidy’s Kitchen, 171 Suttle Dr., displays the work of photographers MaryAnne Nelson and John Moore through Jan. 15. Works by La Plata County Fair Photography winners are also on display. 375-7877 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 Women’s Resource Center will offer “Car Care 101,” an empowerment workshop” for women, on Jan. 13. 247-1242 for details.

The 4 Corners Back Country Horsemen will hold their monthly meeting on Jan. 13 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds for a discussion of the new Durango Recreation Master Plan.

Lyrics Born, a San Francisco-based rapper/producer, will bring his As You Were tour to Abbey Theatre on Jan. 14.

The Open Shutter Gallery will host its annual community show on Jan. 14-27. The theme this year is “ENTROPY: Chaos within the system.” .

The Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence’s Ski for Education Day returns to Durango Mountain Resort on Jan. 17 with discounted tickets to benefit education. $35 tickets must be pre-purchased by Jan. 14 and are available at North and South City Markets, Albertson’s, Nature’s Oasis and PJ’s Gourmet Market.

Maria’s Bookshop will host “Ferdinand and Friends: A Story Time and Suzuki Experience,” with local Suzuki teachers Ruth Cutcher and Sharon Neufeld, on Jan. 15.

The Durango Public Library kicks off Great Decisions 2011, a world affairs discussion, on Jan. 18 with the topic “Rebuilding Haiti.” Great Decisions will meet every Tuesday and Thursday. 247-1692 for details.

The Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado and FLC Environmental Center will present a live video conference on Jan. 19 with former CIA director R. James Woolsey, titled “Renewable Energy, National Security and Local Economic Development.”

The Durango Public Library will kick off its new Film Noir Series, “Darkness in Durango,” on Jan. 19 with a screening of “Double Indemnity.”

Big Picture High School will hold community information meetings on Jan. 20 and Feb. 10. Prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend.

The Fort Collins afrobeat, funk and reggae group Euforquestra returns to the Abbey Theatre on Jan. 21. Reggae band Dubskin opens the show.

Reggae will come to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Jan. 28 with a performance by the legendary band The Wailers and special guest Tomorrow’s Bad Seed.

Adaptive Sports Association is accepting submissions for a photography contest through Feb. 8. Winners will receive cash prizes and be displayed at the Open Shutter Gallery during the welcome reception for the Dave Spencer Ski Classic. Email or 259-0374 for details.

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. n



SJMA kicks off its winter discovery tours
What: Educational ski tours of the San Juan Mountains
Where: Meeting at the Durango Mountain Resort ticket office
When: Every Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

Durangoans have another opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of winter. The San Juan Mountains Association is offering ski nature tours every Sunday at Durango Mountain Resort.

Participants can join naturalists and explore the tracks, trees and snowflakes of the winter season. The tours last approximately an hour and a half and offer an educational look at the slopes of Purgatory. The program kicks off Jan. 9 and meets outside the plaza ticket office at 9:45 a.m.

The SJMA is also offering Discovery Walks for families, school classes, scout groups and other interested youth groups this winter. The programs are free and the SJMA provides children’s snowshoes. Walks meet on easy terrain near Cortez, Mancos, Dolores or Durango.  

The SJMA, in partnership with San Juan Public Lands, promotes responsible care of natural and cultural resources through education and hands-on involvement that inspires respect and reverence for our lands. For more information or to schedule a Discovery Walk call 759-1170 or email


‘A Week of Butoh’ plays the Durango Arts Center
What: Two avante-garde, Japanese dance performances
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Jan. 7 & 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Durangoans can take a look at “the dance of utter darkness” during the upcoming Week of Butoh. The series of avant-garde, Japanese dance performances meet on Jan. 7 & 8 at the Durango Arts Center.

Butoh is a 50-year-old Japanese dance form that was created in direct response to World War II and is now performed all over the world. Butoh performers seek to transport the audience into a new way of thinking by dancing through unusual inner and external environments. Performers use their bodies as canvases in an attempt to create a kind of body poetry.

Seattle’s DAIPAN Butoh Collective, which includes Durango native Sheri Brown and Sharoni Siegel, will present the local shows. The performances feature two solos, “Ainsi Soit-il” and “Silver Loophole,” as well as a duet entitled “xviii: limpidity.” The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

To reserve tickets, call the Durango Arts Center at 259-2606. Siegel and Brown will also be holding several workshops. To register, call 903-7260.




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