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Open Shutter exhibits two new shows
Coffee Festival to return to Main Avenue
Fort Lewis College Theatre stages ‘Into the Woods’

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The Porchlights play original bluegrassy folk rock & space jams at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard, at 5 p.m.

Greg Ryder plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. DJ Link spins for a Decade Party and Theme Night complete with costume contest.

The Durango Community Cinema Series offers a free screening of the award-winning film, “Pushing the Elephant,” at 6 p.m. in the Vallecito Room at Fort Lewis College. Afterward, local students from Animas High School and Fort Lewis College’s East Africa Service Project will discuss colonialism and our own connections to the East African wars that have left 5 million people dead.

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.

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 at 7 p.m. for details.

“Many Muses,” a multi-media Native American performance of poetry, art and music meets at 7 p.m. at the Durango Public Library and features poets Esther Belin and Janice Gould. A discussion will follow the poets’ reading and focus on how different art forms inspire and influence artistic expression. 247-7662 for details.

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues at Fort Lewis College with “Climate Change: Where We Are Now, and Where We’re Going” at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.

The Women’s Resource Center hosts a dessert reception for the Purse Chronicles at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., from 7-9 p.m. The event includes viewing of the Purse Exhibition, a screening of “The Contents of Her Purse” documentary and purse scavenger hunt.

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.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a jamgrass double-bill with music from The Scrugglers and Mountain Standard Time. Doors open at 9 p.m.


Sexual Assault Services Organization hosts its 9th annual Day of Hope and Healing fund-raiser with the following businesses donating a percentage of their sales to SASO. Carver Brewing Co, Beads and Beyond, Nature’s Oasis, the Spaaah Shop, Ultrasteam Profession Cleaning, Rugmasters of Durango,

Nini’s Taqueria, Mobile Radio, Animas Trading, Chris Bettin, There’s No Place Like Home, Don Ricedorff, Brown’s Sports Shoe, Silk Sparrow, Yarn and Christina Rinderle. 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 for details.

Josh Hart & Leif James, of Oregon, play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. Chicago’s Rob Webster plays from 9 p.m.-close.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, play the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m. The pair returns at the same time on March 26.

Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts, 680 Main Ave., hosts a book release party for When Elephants Fly, by local author Dana Shino, from 5:30-8 p.m.

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 26. 247-7700.

The Center of Light screens “Black Gold,” a film about coffee and trade, for its Conscious Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. at the Durango Rec Center. 882-2123 for details.

Kirk James plays solo blues at the Schank House Bar & Grill, located at Vallecito Lake, at 7 p.m.

Psychedelic Mojo rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 8 p.m. 884-9155 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts DJ Music and Dancing 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.


Durango Mountain Resort and Backcountry Experience host Telefest beginning at 9 a.m. The day includes gear demos, clinics, races, competitions and a telemark parade. The competitions are free with signups in the Backcountry Experience tent on Purgy’s beach.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the annual fund-raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Rolling Thunder Lanes in Ignacio. Teams will bowl for one hour, win prizes and help La Plata County’s kids. for details. 4

Durango Harley-Davidson and United Blood Services bring the Blood Mobile to the La Plata County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 800-863-4524 or visit  (enter DroHarley) to make an appointment.

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.

Josh Hart & Leif James, of Oregon, play the Brickhouse Café, 1849 Main Ave., at 10 a.m. The pair returns at the same time on March 27.

The Durango Recreation Center hosts the Sue B Spin-a-thon beginning at noon. The endurance event challenges teams of indoor bicyclists to ride for six hours in order to raise money for Durango’s Sue B. Earl, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia in September. 375-7313 to register.

George Neiderauer, president of the Durango Railroad Historical Society, gives a 1 p.m. presentation on the development of locomotive technology at the Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave. A book signing will follow. 259-2402 for details.

Steve Djeka presents a free master class on Blues Shuffle Rhythms at 3 p.m. at Band Wagon Music, 515 E. College. 259-2263 for details.

Bat the Entertainer plays the lounge at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 5-9 p.m.

Josh Hart & Leif James, of Oregon, play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. Chicago’s Rob Webster goes on from 9 p.m.-close.

Durango Brewing. 3000 Main Ave., hosts its weekly Open Mic Night at 6 p.m. 247-3396 for details.

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

The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., presents a performance from comedian Eugene Kenny. The Hank will donate 50 percent of each ticket to the relief fund for Japan. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts its annual Spring CeleFunction with music from the Great Mundane and Fort Knox 5. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents DJ Peter Robot 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. for details.

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

A Seed Exchange meets in conjunction with the weekly Food Not Bombs meal from 1-4 p.m. at Iris Park. Dozens of organic heirloom varieties will be available.

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 Alexander Murray Recital Series presents the Red Shoe Trio and UNM String Faculty at 3 p.m. in the Roshong Recital Hall at Fort Lewis College. for details.

The Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave., offers an open ukulele jam from 4-6 p.m. All player levels welcome. 247-3416 for details.

Jami Lula, an acclaimed musician and teacher from Southern California, plays a 4:30 p.m. show at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Lula has taken honors as best vocalist in the L.A. Music Awards.

The Durango Roller Girls host a benefit spaghetti dinner at Mutu’s Italian Kitchen, 701 E. Second Ave., from 5-8:45 p.m. A portion of proceeds go to the Sexual Assault Services Organization.

Catherine Fraser and Duncan Smith, an acclaimed Scottish fiddle and piano duo from Australia, play the Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave., at 6:30 p.m. The pair is also offering a weekend workshop. 382-9593 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 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.

Onye returns to Durango for a 7 p.m. drumming event at the Café of Life, 925 Hwy. 3. 259-5580 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


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.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. book signing with Frank Tikalsky and John Nagel, co-editors of The Sacred Oral Tradition of the Havasupai. 4

The event is being held in conjunction with Fort Lewis College’s Hozhoni Days. 247-1438 for details.  

Fort Lewis College continues its observation of Women’s History Month with “Reclaiming Our Strength that Women Are Sacred,” a presentation by Diane Millich, at 6:30 p.m. in 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.

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.


A discussion of the community-developed Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP) for La Plata County meets from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Durango Public Library. Amanda Saunders, CEAP Program Coordinator for 4CORE, will discuss the living document. 247-8116 fort details.

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.

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.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts its free movie night and screens “Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid” at 7 p.m. and “Unforgiven” at 9 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 Double D hosts Gong Show Karaoke at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., starting at 9 p.m.


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 25, 26 and April 1 and 1 p.m. on March 26 and April 2. 259-2606 or visit for tickets.

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 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.


La Plata Electric Association will host a free informational workshop in support of Recharge Colorado’s Main Street Energy Initiative which works to save small businesses energy and dollars. The event meets from 8-10 a.m. on March 31. for details.

The Furniture as Art auction, KDUR’s annual fund-raiser, celebrates its 10th year on March 31 at the Durango Arts Center.

The Sexual Assault Services Organization (SASO), “In the kNOw,” and the Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action present Barbara Coloroso as the keynote speaker to this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month on March 31 at Miller Middle School.

Roberts Fitts will offer a Breaking Free of Your Headaches Workshop on March 31 at the Durango Rec Center. Donations will benefit the Women’s Resource Center.

The Infamous Stringdusters will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on March 31.

The Durango Recycling Collective is looking for kids to make art from recyclable materials on March 31, April 1 & 2. for details.

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.

Unstoppables, a group open to women who have a deep desire to grow personally and professionally, will kick off on April 1 at the Red Tent. The first session features the talk, “The Power of MastHERminding.” 

4c’s 1st annual Bacchanalia will meet at the Abbey Theatre on April 2. The fund-raiser will feature live art, music, magic, performance and spoken word.

The Five Rivers Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual banquet on April 2 at the Fort Lewis College Ballroom. 769-0420 for details.

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary School on April 2 and features music from Albuquerque’s Virginia Creepers.

Multi-platinum Grammy-winners Los Lonely Boys will play the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on April 5.

4CORE’s Sustainable Building Education Program will present an Energy Audit Demonstration on April 6 at the First National Bank of Durango.

Mountain Middle School will offer a Spring Fling Dance on April 8 at the Durango Recreation Center. All middle schoolers are invited. or 247-7929 for details.

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.

Animas High School will hold its first All Sports Swap on April 16 at the Boys & Girls Club. Proceeds benefit the local charter school. 903-3434 for details.

The Rocky Mountain Grass Poloships, a bike polo competition, will meet at Buckley Park on April 16.

Spring Jamorama, a fund-raiser for Music Together of La Plata County, will meet April 16 in the Smiley Building. 799-0960 for details.


Open Shutter exhibits two new shows
What: An exhibit of black and whites and a show on Haiti  
Where: The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave.  
When: All week with a 5-8 p.m. opening reception on March 25

Elegant black and whites and images of earthquake-ravaged Haiti are on display this week at the Open Shutter Gallery. Photographs from Cara Weston and Jan-Oliver Wenzel will continue to show through May 12, and a weeklong show on Haiti from local photographer Ronald Ritz opens on March 25.

Cara Weston is the granddaughter of world-renowned photographer Edward Weston but has broken family tradition and has embraced digital photography. Jan-Oliver Wenzel lives in Munich, Germany, and is focused on nature and architecture reflecting simplicity of light and form.

On the other side of the gallery, viewers can take in the work of Ronald Ritz. Ritz traveled with Mission Outfitters to Haiti shortly after the 2010 earthquake where he and a group treated earthquake victims, and Ritz documented the tragedy on film. The show opens on March 25 with a 5-8 p.m. reception, and all donations and proceeds from the book Haiti 2010, A Retrospective will help finance construction of a new clinic in Haiti.  

For more information, contact 382-8355 or visit


Coffee Festival to return to Main Avenue
What: The 6th annual Durango Coffee Festival
Where: 8th Street between Main Ave. and the train tracks  
When: Sat., Sept. 12, 8 a.m.-noon

Downtown Durango is going back to the beans this Saturday. Coffee connoisseurs and casual consumers alike are invited to take part in the 6th annual Durango Coffee Festival on Sept. 11.

Local vendors will offer numerous specialty drinks, regular drip coffee, coffee cocktails and coffee-inspired foods. In addition to drinks, each vendor will offer educational information about the coffee industry.

Entertainment will be provided by Durango’s Stillwater Musical Ensemble and Durango Dance, and Trails 2000 will lead a costume bike parade that will start at the festival and travel north along the river trail. Numerous children’s activities include a giant Twister game and Speed Scrabble competition. A silent auction and drawing for a custom cruiser bike round out the morning event.

The public is encouraged to turn out from 8 a.m.-noon and drink lattes for literacy, as the festival is a fund-raiser for the Durango Adult Education Center’s adult literacy programs. For more information, call 385-4354.


Fort Lewis College Theatre stages ‘Into the Woods’
What: Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical “Into the Woods”
Where: The Fort Lewis College Mainstage Theatre
When: March 24-27 & March 31-April 2

The Fort Lewis College Departments of Theatre and Music are going “Into the Woods” in coming weeks. The curtain goes up on Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical in the Mainstage Theatre on March 24-26 and March 31-April 1.

“Into the Woods” weaves together traditional fairy tales to tell the story of a husband and wife searching for “happily ever after.” The couple embarks on a journey to break a witch’s curse, stumbling across many classic storybook characters with their own dreams to fulfill in the woods. Throughout their travels they encounter the “fe-fi-fo-fum” of a giant, a very big bad wolf, Rapunzel’s tower, a handful of beans, and many hilarious adventures.  

The play shows at 7:30 p.m. on March 24-26 and March 31-April 2, and a 3 p.m. matinee is set for March 27. Tickets are available at




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