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DAC launches Sunday Screenings What: Monthly screening and discussion of films on art and artists
Asylum Street Spankers say farewell

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Daffodil Days, a benefit for the American Cancer Society, meets at North and South City Markets through March 14.

City Council Candidate Emil Wanatka hosts a 5-7 p.m. meet & greet at Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, plays at Rylee Mac’s at 5 p.m.

The Durango Fencing Club meets 6-8 p.m. every Thursday at the American Legion, 878 E. 2nd Ave. 759-1883.  

Katrina and Cook play their mix of pop, rock, jazz and blues at 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.

Greg Ryder plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m. 247-5440 for details.

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Bob Macomber will present a program on backcountry first aid. for details.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with “Percussion: An Orchestral Perspective,” a talk by Jonathan Latta, at 7 p.m. in FLC’s 130 Noble Hall.

The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society presents Kristie Arrington, former BLM archaeologist, speaking on “New Discoveries at Cannonball Pueblo,” at 7 p.m. at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.  

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, from 8 p.m. - close. 259-9018.


 Higher Ground, a discussion group for people interested in 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’s Smiley Coyote, Beatnik Basis & Twos play the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


Firefighters will read “Fired-Up Stories” in the Storytime Room of the Durango Public Library at 10:30 a.m.  

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.

Jenny Winegardner and Gary Watkins perform at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Road, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 259-4960.

Brett Mosley plays from 5-9 p.m. and the Jelly Belly Boogie Band from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave. 247-5440 for details

An opening reception for painter Curt Stafford’s “Mountain Series” takes place at the Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave., 5-7 p.m. The exhibit runs through April 24.

Eric Keifer plays happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Elder Grown, a new local act, goes on at 10 p.m.

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

Mark Simons plays the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700.

The Center of Light presents “The Way to Happiness, a spiritual transformation seminar,” at 7 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. By-donation. 882-2123 for details.

The Discotays and Cop Feel bring live electro-punk to the Sideshow Emporium & Gallery in Dolores at 7:30 p.m. 739-4646.

Moon Dog Jones plays the Billy Goat Saloon, on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. 884-9155.

Back Alley Blues plays a reunion show from 8 p.m. – midnight at Desperado’s Bar and Grill, 351 S. Camino del Rio, next to Office Depot. 385-5533.

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


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 or for details.

The Winter Durango Farmers Market will meet at the Smiley Building from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Durango Compost Co., located at Native Roots next to Home Depot, offers a free introductory worm composting class from 11 a.m-noon. The class includes composting basics and a tour of the facility. to register.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, plays the bar at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 5-9 p.m.

The Bayfield Lions Club hosts a 5:30 p.m. roast beef dinner, complimentary beer & wine and live music. The club is riasing $135,000 to buy the Community Hall in Bayfield. 259-1595.

Rupnow & Friends play happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. The Bret Mosely Band goes on at 10 p.m.

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


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

Indigenous, the Grammy-nominated Native rock band, plays the Sky Ute Casino Resort. Doors open at 7 p.m. for details.

Community Dance Sanctuary holds an Ecstatic Dance/ Transformative Movement experience from 7-9 p.m. at Yoga Durango on Main. Call (405)714-7662 for details.

Comedienne Kathleen Madigan brings her Showtime special “Gone Madigan” to the Community Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Madigan has been called “one of America’s funniest female comics” and is the only comedian to go unchallenged on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” .

A Trio of Duos, a night of music with the Lindells, Baby Toro and Katya Chorover, plays the Millwood Junction in Mancos at 7:30 p.m. for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents DJs spinning dance music 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.

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. .

The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., hosts its Gospel Brunch from 1-3 p.m. Blue Moon Ramblers play at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Garabedian, of Durango Story Writers, presents “From Tragedy to Comedy,” a free performance of stories and comic character monologues, at 2 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center Theatre, 802 E. Second Ave.. for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., hosts an open ukulele jam from 4-6 p.m. All player levels welcome. 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.


The Family Center of Durango offers a conversation on health care from 11 a.m.-noon. The event includes a short survey to determine participants’ health-care needs, and a light lunch from Zia Taqueria will be offered. 385-4747 or to RSVP.

Mark Simons plays classical and jazz guitar at 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 doing your own divorce and/or custody seminar takes place at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library, 1900 E. 3rd Ave.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Beer Pong beginning at 8 p.m. 259-9018 for details.


The Durango Business Improvement District hosts a City Council Candidates Forum at noon in Council Chambers, 949 E. Second Ave. 375-5067 for details.

The Durango Public Library hosts “Teen Tech Week” from 4:30-6 p.m. and will teach teenagers how to make book trailers using Flip Video Camcorders.

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.

San Juan Mountains Association holds a 6:30 p.m. Volunteer Orientation at the Mancos Library. 385-1310 to register.

The San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society presents “Using Native Plants Around Your Home,” in the Lyceum Room, Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Colorado Mountain Club presents “Mountaineering from a Geologist’s Point of View,” at 7 p.m. at the Durango Public

Library, Program Room #2 with climber and geologist Rob Blair.

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 karaoke 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.


The Green Business Roundtable meets from noon -1 p.m. at the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. This month’s topic will be “A clean and safe environment as a human right,” and will explore the environmental justice movement; “Cap and Dividend” legislation; and crop genetic diversity.

Mountain Bike Specialists, 949 Main Ave., hosts the introduction of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo Sweet Elite Mountain Bike Team from 3-6 p.m.

The San Juan Basin Health Department offers a free presentation on testing for radon at 5 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. for details.

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

“Darkness in Durango,” a Film Noir series, continues at the Durango Library with a 6 p.m. screening of “Night of the Hunter.” The series runs through May.

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 League of Women Voters of La Plata County presents a City Council Candidates Forum from 6-8p.m. in City Council Chambers, 949 E. 2nd Ave. Voters are reminded to vote by April 5.

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 renowned Parsons Dance and East Village Opera Company present “Remember Me” at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall. The multi-media stage production is a retelling of a classic tragic love triangle.


An open-level East Coast Swing Party takes place at 8 p.m.

at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402.

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

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

  Big’ns play bluegrass at 9 p.m. at the 8th Ave. Tavern, in the College Plaza, 509 E. 8th Ave. 259-8801 for details.


The Center of Southwest Studies is accepting entries for the 2011 Images of the Southwest: Juried Photography Show through March 19. This year’s theme is “Animals Rule!” for rules and entry form.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery presents “The Fruit Stare,” an exhibit by Kate Petley, through March 26. Petley’s resin and mixed-media installations spotlight the intersection of nature and the urban environment. For more information, call 247-7167.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave., presents “Member-Artists,” its annual membership exhibit, through March 25. “Roots,” featuring art by Mary Ellen Long, shows in the Art Library through April. 259-2606 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., presents a retrospective exhibit from photographer Hal Gould through March 17. Gould is a principal founder of the Camera Obscura Gallery in Denver. for details.

Kassidy’s Kitchen, 177 Suttle Dr., 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. 247-7456 for details.



The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will offer a special St. Patrick’s Day train on March 17 complete with live music, Irish history talks and a traditional Irish dinner. for details.

The Summit hosts a St. Patty’s Day bash with Aftergrass on March 17.

Steamworks will hold its monthly Firkin Friday on March 17 and debut the “Irish Car Bomb” in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  

The Four States Ag Expo returns to the Montezuma County Fairgrounds in Cortez from March 17-20.

Steamworks Brewing Co., in partnership with Durango Mountain Resort will host its annual clambake on March 18, on the Purgy’s beach. Proceeds will benefit La Plata County Search and Rescue.


Turtle Lake Refuge will offer a by-donation Alive and Wild Cleanse from March 18-April 1 (Full Moon to New Moon). 247-8395 for details.

Local firefighters and citizens will shave their heads to help Conquer Kids’ Cancer on March 19 at Dig’s Restaurant.

Folk music legend Janis Ian will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on March 19.

The Spinning Wheels, Red Eyed Djinn and Baby Toro will play a March 19 benefit concert for the La Plata County Boys and Girls Club.

The Aquila Theatre Co. will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on March 22 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Soup for the Soul, the 7th annual fund-raiser for the Mercy Health Foundation, brings food, art and live music to the La Plata County Fairgrounds on March 23.

“One Night of Queen,” the re-creation of the rock band Queen, returns to The Community Concert Hall, March 23.

The multi-award winning Great Big Sea, which fuses the sea shanty tradition of Newfoundland, Canada, with rock and pop, takes the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on March 24.

Life-Long Learning series presents “Climate Change: Where We Are Now, and Where We’re Going” by James White on March in 130 Noble Hall, Fort Lewis College.

The 14th annual Aztec UFO Symposium lands in Aztec on March 25-26.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the annual fund-raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, is set for March 26 at the Rolling Thunder Lanes in Ignacio. for details.

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will hold their annual Tack & Equipment Consignment Sale on April 9 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.


DAC launches Sunday Screenings What: Monthly screening and discussion of films on art and artists
Where: The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.
When: Sunday, March 13, 2-4 p.m.    

The art of film and films depicting art and artists go on screen this week at the Durango Arts Center. The Sunday Screening Series, a monthly film and discussion, kicks off this Sunday with a showing of “Modigliani.”

On one Sunday each month, the Arts Center will screen a film related to art and artists. Immediately following the screening there will be an open discussion of the film and its content, moderated by art journalist Stew Mosberg. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

The series opens with “Modigliani,” a film by Mick Davis and starring Andy Garcia, which depicts the Jewish artist’s attempt to win a Parisian art competition so he can father his illegitimate child. Other films in the series include “Rivers & Tides” on April 17; “Lust for Life” on May 8; and “Vincent and Theo” on June 12. Each screening and discussion will run from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 259-2606.


Asylum Street Spankers say farewell
What: A final concert from the genre-bending band  
Where: The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
When: Thurs., March 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Underground music legends the Asylum Street Spankers are hanging it up after 17 years. The group will pay a final visit to Durango on March 10 as their “Spanks for Everything” farewell tour plays the Henry Strater Theatre.

The “magnificently indefinable” Asylum Street Spankers were born in 1994 at a booze and hallucinogen-fueled party in Llano, Texas. For the next decade and a half, the constantly mutating musical troupe wandered from country-blues revivalism to sociopolitical commentary.

Although fan support is stronger than ever, the challenges of keeping a seven-piece band and its crew on the road have also increased dramatically. Asylum Street Spankers’ co-founder Wammo recently retired due to family commitments, and fellow co-founder, vocalist and musical director Christina Marrs is the last original Spanker standing.

Faced with an outcry from fans demanding “one more Spanking,” the group has announced a massive six-month tour to visit their most enthusiastic markets for a farewell appearance.

The Durango curtain goes up on the Asylum Street Spankers one last time this Thursday. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit:




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