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Banff Film Festival returns to Smiley Theatre

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St. Patrick’s Day

The Four States Ag Expo returns to the Montezuma County Fairgrounds in Cortez and runs through March 20. The event includes exhibits, demonstrations and talks that highlight elements of regional food and fiber production. www.fourstatesagexpo.com for details.

Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., holds its monthly Firkin Friday in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day and taps the “Irish Car Bomb” at 3 p.m.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with live music from Patrick Crossing at 5:30 p.m. and Big’ns going on at 8 p.m. 403-1200 for details.

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.  

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.

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

The Durango Photography Club meets at 7 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building. Howard Rachlin will discuss “Back to the Future - Back to Basics.”  

Giant’s Dance plays a St. Patty’s Day show at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7 p.m.-midnight.

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 dance lessons and music from DJ Caliente from 8 p.m. - close. 259-9018.

  Higher Ground, a discussion group geared at 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 the Angel’s End Zone in Cortez for a St. Patrick’s Day Bash at 9 p.m.

Aftergrass plays a free St. Patty’s Day show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 10 p.m.

Friday18

Turtle Lake Refuge presents an Alive and Wild Cleanse beginning March 18 and running through April 1. The by-donation cleanse includes a series of classes, meals, trips and healing sessions. 247-8395 for details.

Steamworks and Durango Mountain Resort host their annual Clambake from 2-4 p.m. on Purgy’s beach. Proceeds benefit La Plata County Search and Rescue.

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 Open Shutter Gallery, 835 Main Ave., hosts a free performance from Martin Klabunde, of Collective Awakening, from 5-8 p.m.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. Hello Dollface goes on at 9 p.m.

Eric Keifer plays happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. DJs Benjamin K and Spark Madden go on at 10 p.m.

Gary B. Walker plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main Ave., 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. Simons returns at the same time on March 19. 247-7700.

The Durango Bach Festival continues at St. Mark’s Church with a screening of the newly released documentary, “Bach & Friends,” at 7 p.m. www.DurangoBachFestival.com 

Le Chat Lunatique plays gypsy jazz at the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., at 8 p.m. www.henrystratertheatre.com for details.

The Jelly Belly Boogie Band rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Old North State plays a live show at Blondie’s in Cortez at 8 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Ladies Night from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

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

DL Marble plays a live show at the Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave.,

at 9 p.m. 403-1200.

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San Juan Mountains Association offers training for volunteers interested in serving as Trail Information Specialists in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument at Sand Canyon. 385-1310 to register.

Durango Dogs presents “Kids & Dogs,” a free interactive program geared toward safe interactions between children and dogs. The event meets at 10 a.m. in the Eolus Room at the Durango Recreation Center. 382-2542 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 for details.

YogaDurango, 1485 Florida Rd., offers a free Yoga Basics Workshop from 1-2:30 p.m. No previous experience necessary. 946-8961 for details.

The Durango Bach Festival continues at St. Mark’s Church with Bach’s 326th Birthday Bash and performances at 2 & 7 p.m. www.DurangoBachFestival.com for details.

Local firefighters and citizens shave their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Celebration to help Conquer Kids’ Cancer from 3-6 p.m. at Dig’s Restaurant, 125 Mercado St. Local shavees have raised more than $65,000 in past events. www.stbaldricks.org for details.

Band Wagon Music, 515 E. College, offers a free workshop on Brazilian rhythm with Das Samba and Thom Rader at 3 p.m.

Pete and Glen play the bar at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 5-9 p.m.

Joel Racheff plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. Wild Mountain goes on at 9 p.m.

The Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, hosts a 6 p.m. benefit for the Bayfield Early Education Program with music from Wild Country. 884-9155 for details.

Rupnow & Friends play happy hour at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Champagne with Friends plays at 10 p.m.

YogaDurango, 1485 Florida Rd., offers Kirtan, participatory singing with dancing, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is by donation and families are invited to the first hour. 259-2110.

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

The Spinning Wheels, Red Eyed Djinn and Baby Toro play a 7-10 benefit concert for The La Plata County Boys and Girls Club, 2750 Main Ave. A DJ follows.

Legendary singer-songwriter Janis Ian returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents DJ Ion spinning dance music from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, presents a funk double-bill with music from Indubious and Alcyon Massive. Doors open at 9 p.m.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., presents live 4

music from Jackson Polk at 10 p.m. 403-1200 for details.

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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. www.sjma.org.

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

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.

The Durango Bach Festival draws to a close at St. Mark’s Church with a student recital and reception at 2 p.m. www.DurangoBachFestival.com for details.

The Adams Foundation Piano Recital presents a 3 p.m. concert from Ursula Oppens in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

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

Monday21

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.

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 Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts an open mic/jam session at 8 p.m.

Tuesday22

The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency hosts a grand opening for its new Cortez office, located at 10 W. Main in the Wilson Building, from 4-5 p.m. www.fourcore.org 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.

Fort Lewis College celebrates Women’s History Month events with “Indigenous Women and Feminism,” a 6 p.m. panel discussion, at the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum.

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.

The Aquila Theatre Co. presents Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts its weekly karaoke contest 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.

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

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.

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

The FLC Woodwind Ensembles present a free recital at 7 p.m. in Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College.

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

The Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., presents the FLC Poetry Slam from 7-10 p.m.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts its free movie night and screens “Easy Rider” at 7 p.m. and “Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas” at 9 p.m.

Gary Mullen and his band “The Works” bring “One Night of Queen” back to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.

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 trivia and prizes beginning at 8:30 p.m. www.theirishembassypub.com.

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

Ongoing

The Durango Performing Arts Co. presents “Happy Days the Musical” at the Durango Arts Center Theater, 802 E. Second Ave. Performances are set for 7 p.m. on March 19, 25, 26 and April 1 and 1 p.m. on March 26 and April 2. 259-2606 or visit www.durangoarts.org for tickets.

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College is accepting entries for its 2011 Images of the Southwest: Juried Photography Show through March 19. This year’s theme is “Animals Rule!” http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu for rules and entry form.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, presents “The Fruit Stare,” an exhibit by Kate Petley, through March 26. The local exhibition features two site-specific installations and two-dimensional works. 247-7167 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents “Member-Artists,” its annual membership exhibit, through March 25. “Roots,” featuring sculpture, drawings and book art by Mary Ellen Long, shows in the DAC Art Library through the month of April. 259-2606 for details.

The Rochester Hotel, 726 E. Second Ave., exhibits painter Curt Stafford’s “Mountain Series” through April 24. The collection of oils depicts areas around Durango and Vallecito Lake.

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 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. “Frontier Blues: The Legacy of Fort Lewis College,” an exhibition commemorating FLC’s Centennial, is also on display. 247-7456.

Upcoming

“Many Muses,” a multi-media, Native American performance of poetry, art and music will meet on March 24 at the Durango Public Library.

A free sneak preview of the acclaimed documentary, “Pushing the Elephant,” will show on March 24 at Fort Lewis College.

Great Big Sea, a band fusing the sea shanty tradition of Newfoundland with rock and pop, takes the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on March 24.

The Porchlights will play original bluegrassy folk rock & space jams at Ska Brewing on March 24.

The Fort Lewis College Departments of Theatre and Music will present Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” on March 24-26 and March 31, April 1 & 2.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts will host a book release party for When Elephants Fly, by local author Dana Shino, on March 25.

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

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. www.bbig.org for details.

Band Wagon Music will offer a free drum workshop with local music educator Steve Dejka on March 26.

A presentation on the community-developed Climate and Energy Action Plan will meet on March 30 at the Durango Public Library.

The Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque will present A Fool’s Fundraiser, featuring vignettes by Salt Fire Circus performers, on April 1 at Ska Brewing.

Mary Ellen Long will offer a free talk on Washi: The Art of Japanese Papermaking on April 8. 259-4363 to register.

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

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Soup for the Soul fund-raiser set for Wednesday
What: The 7th annual event benefiting the Hospice of Mercy
Where: The La Plata County Fairgrounds
When: Wed., March 23, 5:30-8 p.m.

Durangoans can sit down to a bowl of “Soup for the Soul” next week. Many of Durango’s finest restaurants and caterers will prepare soups, appetizers and desserts for the annual fund-raiser for Hospice of Mercy. The event meets at the La Plata County Fairgrounds at 5:30 p.m. on March 23.

The event is the seventh annual fund-raiser for the Mercy Health Foundation and promises to warm body and soul. In addition to enjoying a delicious meal, guests can take in live music and bid in a silent auction featuring work from many local artists. Hospice of Mercy has provided compassionate end-of-life care and bereavement services to Durango and Pagosa Springs for more than 30 years. Funds raised at Soup for the Soul help provide quality care, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay for services.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at Alpine Bank locations or by calling the Mercy Health Foundation at 764-2800.  

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Banff Film Festival returns to Smiley Theatre
What: Banff World Tour screening to benefit Colorado Wild
Where: The Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave.
When: Sat., March 19, at 7 p.m.

 One of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, The Banff Film Festival World Tour, plays the Smiley Theatre this Saturday. The fund-raiser for Colorado Wild gets under way at 7 p.m.

This year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental and adventure films from the Banff festival. Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2010/2011 World Tour offers an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

Proceeds from tickets, refreshments and a raffle will benefit Durango-based Colorado Wild, which works to protect, restore and connect Colorado’s high country forests. Tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate in advance at Pine Needle Mountaineering and will also be available at the Smiley Theater on the night of the show. For more information, call 385-9833.

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