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Ailey II to return to the Community Concert Hall
Snowdown ready to ‘bite’ into Durango
‘Hat Trick for Hope’ fund-raiser set for Jan. 27

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4CORE hosts a facilitated public forum on the La Plata Climate and Energy Action Plan, to discuss and take input, from 6-8 p.m. in the Durango Recreation Center’s Sunlight Room.

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.

Lacey Black plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Black returns at the same time on Jan. 29. 247-4433 for details.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues at Fort Lewis College with “Dionysus Does Durango: The Lessons of Euripides’ Bakkhai,” a talk by Dr. Katherine Burgess, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

Astrologer Lyn Goldberg presents “The Embrace of the Cosmos,” a free talk on the astronomy and astrology of 12/21/12, at 7 p.m. at the Durango Public

Library. 769-1917 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.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7 p.m.-midnight.

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.

Durango Orquesta De Salsa plays Thirsty Thursday at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., The evening includes a free salsa lesson at 8:30 p.m. and the band going on at 10 p.m.


Emily Newcomer and Joanie Trussel lead “Finding Your Weight Naturally … It’s Not About the Food” from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 903-7517 to register.

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.

Ska Brewing, 225 Girard in Bodo, hosts the DIFF Beer Release Party from 5-7 p.m. The event includes music from Telekave and commemorative pint glasses and benefit the Durango Independent Film Festival. for details.

The Red Snapper, 144 E. 9th St., hosts guest bartenders from the Durango Friends of the Arts from 5-7 p.m. All tips and a $1 from each Diva Drink will go to the DFA Grant Fund.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts the official weigh-in for the Rumble on the Rez, a boxing bout set for Jan. 29 at the Shiprock High School. The weigh-in meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and the Rumble on the Rez will feature Durango’s Thaddine Swift Eagle defending her WIBA, WIBC, WPBA & NABC titles. 259-9018 for details.

DHS Cheerleading hosts a Spaghetti Dinner Dance and Pie Auction at the La Plata County Fairgrounds from 5:30-9:30 p.m. There event includes a dunking booth for the kids and proceeds will help send the team to nationals.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., from 5:30-11 p.m. Guidotti returns at the same time on Jan. 29.

Eric Kiefer plays happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m.  A Dub Rock Band plays a Wailers’ after-party beginning at 10 p.m.

Tom MaCluskey plays piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 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. 29. 247-7700 for details.

The Center of Light screens “Nuclear Tipping Point” for its Conscious Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. at the Sophia Peace Center in Dolores. 882-2123 for details.

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College presents the legendary reggae band The Wailers performing the “Uprising” album in its entirety. Special guest Tomorrows Bad Seed opens the 7 p.m. show. for details.

Barkadaeus plays an eclectic mix of rock, jazz and originals at Desperado’s, located in Bodo’s Centennial Center, from 7-11 p.m.

Kirk James plays solo blues at the Schank House, located at Vallecito Lake, from 7-11 p.m.

The Edge brings country and blues to the Billy Goat Saloon, located off U.S. Hwy 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Psychedelic Mojo brings classic rock to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

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


First Presbyterian Church, 1161 E. Third Ave., hosts a 1-3 p.m. author/illustrator booksigning with Melanie Milburn and Cindy Coleman for their new book I Love You More...Than Chocolate.

Rupnow & friends play happy hour at the 4

Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Peace Officer, hip-hop/reggae from Fort Collins, takes the stage at 10 p.m.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts live music from Big’ns from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. for details.

The Tumblin’ Dice rock the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-close.

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

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


The San Juan Mountains Association offers its weekly winter discovery tour at Durango Mountain Resort. Participants should meet outside the plaza ticket office at 9:45 a.m. 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.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts a traditional Irish Jam from 12:30-4:30 p.m. 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 Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts a group, beginner ukulele lesson from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and the monthly open ukulele jam from 4-6 p.m. 247-3416 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.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, presents electronica and glitch-hop from Kraddy. Doors open at 9 p.m.


San Juan Basin Health presents “Transition to Adulthood for Youth with ADHD, LD or ASD,” a talk for parents and professionals, at noon in the La Plata County Fairgrounds. 749-9607 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.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti 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,” karaoke with Double D, from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

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 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 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 live music from Old North State from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The Reverend Horton Heat brings punk-a-billy back to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Dirt Foot opens the show. Doors at 8 p.m.

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.

Open Mic Night returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


4CORE’s Sustainable Building Education Program presents Steve Kawell, of Solar Home Specialists, discussing “Passive Solar Homes: Design Issues” at noon at First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St.  259-1916 or for details.

The Durango Public Library hosts a Chinese New Year’s Eve party for teens from 4:30-6 p.m. The event will include writing Chinese characters, practicing with chopsticks, writing fortunes and a discussion of the Chinese Zodiac. 375-3387 for details.

Spruce Tree Coffeehouse, in Cortez, hosts an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. for an exhibit from local artist Jason Boblitt. The exhibit will remain on display through February. for details.

Greg Ryder plays the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. 4

The Ignacio Community Library hosts the free workshop, “Radon in Your Home?” at 5:30 p.m.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts its free movie night with screenings of “Groundhog Day” at 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 Chess Club gathers for its weekly meeting at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, at 6:30 p.m.

The Appleseed Workshop Series presents “Building Your Garden Defenses: Four Pests of the Vegetable Garden and How to Control Them Without Using Toxic Chemicals,” a talk by Darrin Parmenter with CSU Extension, from 7-9 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. 382-6464 for details.

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 Daryll’s Karaoke/Gong Show returns to the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., presents a retrospective exhibit from photographer and gallery owner Hal Gould through March 17. Gould is a principal founder of the Camera Obscura Gallery in Denver and his work ranges from western scenery to images from his various world travels. Gould will be on hand for a 5-9 p.m. artist’s reception on Jan. 28. for details.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts the Art Faculty Group Exhibition through Jan. 31. The exhibit features new and established studio art faculty from the Department of Art showcasing their most recent creative scholarship. 247-7167 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 Sideshow Emporium & Gallery, located in Dolores, hosts the exhibit “Intuitive Science.” The show explores themes of astrophysics, geology, chemistry, biology, and the tensions created between realism and surrealism. 739-4646 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents “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. 259-2606 for details.

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., offers its Pound for Pound Challenge. 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 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 17th annual Snowdown Wine Tasting and Fine Art Exhibition, a benefit for the La Plata Open Space Conservancy, returns to the DoubleTree Hotel on Feb. 3. or 259-3415 for reservations.

Big Gigantic, a Boulder hip-hop, funk and electronica duo, will play the Abbey Theatre on Feb. 3.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a special monster-themed story time for families Feb. 4 before the Snowdown Parade.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery will open “Sequential and Contingent,” an exhibit from Colorado-based painter Monica Goldsmith, on Feb. 4.

The Durango Public Library will hold a Monstrous Snowdown Book Sale on Feb. 4 & 5.

The San Juan Sledders and Silverton Snowmobile Club will offer a free avalanche awareness class on Feb. 5 at Molas Lake. 884-2101 for details.

St. Columba School will hold its 15th annual “Bella Notte” Italian dinner on Feb. 5. The event includes an elegant dinner and performances by the St. Columba Handbell Choir and Harmony Handbell Ensemble. 247-5527 for details.

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary School on Feb. 5 for a “Snowdown Monster Mash.”

Benefit Day returns to Durango Mountain Resort on Feb. 6 with a portion of discounted lift tickets benefiting Trails 2000.

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.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a book signing with Tom McCourt, author of Last of the Robbers Roost Outlaws, on Feb. 8.

The Community Cinema Series will continue at the Durango Public Library on Feb. 9 with a screening of “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story.”

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

Ska Brewing will host Bottoms Up, a pre-Valentine’s Day lingerie fashion show and boutique, on Feb 11.

Durango Gymnastics Academy will host a Kid’s Night Out for ages 5-12 on Feb. 11 at the Mason Center.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, featuring the sons of legendary pianist Dave Brubeck, will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Feb. 11.

Turtle Lake Refuge will offer an Organically Romantic Valentine’s Dinner on Feb. 14. 247-8395 for details.

Mountain Middle School, a free, public charter middle school opening on August 22, is holding a lottery for remaining student seats. Lottery registration ends at midnight Feb. 16. Visit to complete a lottery enrollment form.

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.

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



Ailey II to return to the Community Concert Hall
What: A performance from the renowned dance company  
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Tues., Feb. 1. Doors open at 6 p.m.

One of America’s top dance companies returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College next week. Ailey II goes on Durango’s biggest stage on Tues., Feb. 1. Doors to the show open at 6 p.m.

Ailey II merges the spirit and energy of the country’s best young talent with the passion and creative vision of two of today’s top choreographers: Artistic Director Sylvia Waters and Associate Artistic Director Troy Powell.

Ailey II was originally formed in 1974 when members of the company were hand-selected by the legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey. Today, the 12 members of Ailey II are personally selected by Waters from The Ailey School student body. This junior company acts as a bridge between the school and the professional world, providing unique opportunities for young artists to refine their technique while gaining invaluable experience.

As noted in The New York Times, “Ailey II can be counted on to deliver high-energy dancing made even more electric by the push of youthful ambition.”

Tickets to the show are available online at, by calling 247-7657 or at the Downtown Ticket Office, located at 7th and Main.


Snowdown ready to ‘bite’ into Durango
What: Durango’s 33rd annual celebration of winter  
Where: All over the greater Durango are  
When: Feb. 2-6  

Durangoans will once again raise their strange brews and celebrate winter with the beginning of the 33rd annual edition of Snowdown. The monstrous theme of this year’s celebration is “Snowdown Bites,” and all the favorite events will be back on tap along with a handful of new ones. More than 60 contests, events and gatherings will take place starting Wed., Feb. 2, and running through Sun., Feb. 6.

On Feb. 2, look for the Gravedigger’s Scavenger Hunt; the ever-popular Fashion Dos and Don’ts; a Build Your Own Monster Contest; the Polar Beer Plunge; the Magical Musical Mystery Tour; Lady F’s Lunacy; Family Feud Snowdown Style; the 23rd annual Snowdown Jokedown; Spellebration; the bartender’s contest; cribbage; foosball, darts and pool tournaments; the annual Bicycle Roller Races; and much, much more.

For a complete listing of Snowdown events, stay tuned to the Durango Telegraph, pick up one of the bajillion Snowdown pamphlets around town or visit 


‘Hat Trick for Hope’ fund-raiser set for Jan. 27
What: A food, film, drink and dancing fund-raiser in support of the Earl family  
Where: The Palace, Cuckoo’s and the Abbey Theatre
When: Thurs., Jan. 27 from 5 p.m.-midnight

Locals can take part in the “Hat Trick for Hope” and benefit the Earl family as it faces a fight against cancer. Last fall, Sue B. Earl, a physical therapist and mother of two girls, was diagnosed with leukemia. She is awaiting a bone marrow transplant at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, where she has spend the last several weeks with her husband, Jim, well known as a local hockey referee.

The Jan. 27 fund-raiser runs from 5 p.m.-midnight and includes food & drink specials, a screening of the hockey classic “Slap Shot,” and concludes with a retro ’70s dance party.

The “Hat Trick” begins with discounted drafts and food specials at The Palace and Cuckoo’s anytime between 5 - 9:30 p.m. The Abbey Theatre opens its doors to attendees at 7 p.m. and screens the director’s cut of “Slap Shot” at 7:15 p.m. Afterwards, DJ Disco Stu will spin classic vinyl into the wee hours. A portion of the food sales, all proceeds from beer sales and the $8 cover at the Abbey will all go directly to helping the Earl family.  

For more information, visit “Earl Family Support” on Facebook.  




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