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Pete Neds hosts open mic night at Sweeney’s, located just north of Durango on CR 203, from 5-9 p.m.

The fifth annual Durango Wine Experience opens with a VIP welcome reception at 5 p.m. at Steamworks, 801 E. Second Ave., and runs through May 8.

Jack Tallmadge and the Miserabillies bring country to the Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

Womenade, a grassroots program that helps women and families with emergency funding, meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Rochester Hotel, 725 E. Second Ave. 247-1242 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Lion’s Den and College Loop. Interested runners should meet at the Chapman Hill trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

Canyon Music, 734 E. Second Ave., hosts an open ukulele jam from 6-8 p.m. All player levels welcome. 247-3416.

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.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. book signing with Philip Connors, author of the debut memoir Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout. 247-1438.

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.

The Hot 8 Brass Band brings the sound of New Orleans to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. 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 toward 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 Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents music from The Moustache Ride at 9 p.m.


“After the Wildfire, Return of the Wildflowers,” a hike for budding and avid botanists in the Narraguinnep Canyon Natural Area, meets at 10 a.m. 882-4647 for details.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad kicks off the opening of summer service to Silverton with the annual Narrow Gauge Day celebration from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event includes a complimentary picnic and performance by the Bar D Wranglers.

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.

The Ignacio Community Library celebrates Cinco de Mayo with food, drink and a performance from

Ballet Folklorico de Durango. The event begins at 4:30 p.m.

Dave Luna plays a solo acoustic happy hour at the El Rancho, 975 Main Ave., from 5-8 p.m.

Durango BMX hosts its weekly race day with sign-up from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow.

Park Elementary hosts its 24th annual Cinco de Mayo Carnival from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event includes games, a bouncy house, food, a silent auction and more. 764-4861 for details.

The Grove Casters play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Friday Afternoon Club with music from Lush and Andrew Stevens from 6-9 p.m. and DJ Double D spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

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

Lisa Campi Walters and Marilyn Mangold Garst perform a program of piano duets at 7 p.m. for the final installment in the 2010-11 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Recital Series at 419 San Juan Dr. The program will include works by Mozart, Bizet, Stravinsky, Casella and Dvorak. 385-8668 for details.

The Jeff Solon Swing’n Big Band plays a dance concert at Durango Party Rental, 67 Suttle St., from 7-10 p.m. The event will raise funds for “Building Homes for Heroes,” a nonprofit committed to helping wounded and disabled veterans rebuild their lives. 259-6009 for details.

The legendary band The Platters plays the Smiley Theatre, 1309 E. Third Ave., at 7 p.m. The show benefits the local VFW Post # 4031.

The 8th Avenue Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., hosts a Cinco de Mayo Potluck with music from “Tucson y los Amigos” at 7 p.m.

The Lost Dog Bar & Lounge, 1150 Main Ave., hosts an 8 p.m. art show to launch the socially conscious line of Quantum T-shirts.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts First Friday with music from Drastek, Ephameracans and Def Rare and a book signing with Hans Hollenbeck, author of High Point. The show begins at 9 p.m.

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

The Get Backs bring surf rock to the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155.


Durango Parks and Recreation hosts the 2011 Durango Open Karate Tournament at Escalante Middle School. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and events will include white through black belt divisions. 946-7435 for details.

La Plata Open Space Conservancy offers a 9 a.m. tour of the Zink Pond property, which was conserved in 2000 and is vital to wildlife. The tour will focus on migrating waterfowl. Email to register.

The San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society leads a spring flower hike in Utah’s Abajo Mountains. 882-4647.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a special musical presentation of the timeless children’s story The Velveteen Rabbit at 10 a.m. The performance will be followed by a discussion about Suzuki music instruction. 247-1438 for details.

Kirk James plays solo blues at the Brickhouse Café, 1849 Main Ave., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. James returns at the same time on May 8.

A Healthy Bakesale Fund-raiser, featuring gluten- and dairy-free, vegan and multigrain baked goods, meets from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fitness Solutions 24/7, 381 S. Camino del Rio. The even benefits Castaway Kids and follows a nutrition class taught by Lisa Nielsen. 903-4369 for details. 4

The Women’s Resource Center offers its Speed Pampering Event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Red Snapper, 144 E. 9th St. Participants will choose from a menu of 15-minute treatments. 247-1242 for details.

Dogster’s Spay & Neuter Program hosts a “Yappy Hour,” a chance for humans and their dogs to schmooze, sniff and indulge in treats, from 1-4 p.m. at J-J Ranch, 3320 CR 203. 247-DOGS.

YogaDurango, 1485 Florida Rd., offers a free intro to Hot Vinyasa at 1 p.m. Some previous experience is helpful. 903-8711.

The Rochester Hotel, 721 E. Second Ave., hosts “Talk Derby to Me,” a Kentucky Derby benefit for the Durango Arts Center, from 2-5 p.m. The event includes traditional derby fare, a contest for best dressed and a silent auction for a painting by Shawndell Oliver. 259-2606 for details.  

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

Pete Giuliani plays a solo acoustic show at the Schank House at Vallecito Lake from 6-10 p.m.

Jack Maynes & Evan Suiter play jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700.

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary School with beginner dance instruction at 7 p.m. and the dance, including music from Santa Fe’s Hot Tops band, from 7:30-10:15 p.m. 385-9292.    

The Sideshow Emporium and Gallery, in Dolores, presents “Say Whaaat?!?,” comedic readings of ridiculously bad writing, at 7:30 p.m. 739-4646 for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a CD release party for the local band 10Day at 8 p.m. The band recently released “Hot Day, Cool Nights” and will record a DVD during the performance.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents a dance party with DJ Ben K spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., presents live music from Big’ns from 9 p.m.-midnight. 403-1200 for details.

The Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., presents a live show from PKB from 9 p.m.-close.

DJs CSO and Reddot spin at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.


Mother’s Day

The annual Sunrise over Africa Mother’s Day Telegraph race returns to Horse Gulch at 9 a.m. and benefits the Ssejinja Children’s Foundation and the Southwest Safehouse. 10K, 5K, and 1-mile fun run options available.  Email

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

Durango Food Not Bombs (FNB) offers its weekly free vegan/vegetarian meal at 1-3 p.m. in Riverfront/Iris Park.

High Altitude Blues performs its blend of blues at the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., beginning at 4 p.m.

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

The Johnny Clegg Band brings its world beat sound back to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. for details.

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


Mark Simons plays classical and jazz guitar at Cosmo, 919 Main Ave., from 4:30-6 p.m. 259-2898 for details.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, play the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., at 5 p.m.

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

A free workshop on doing your own divorce and/or custody in Colorado meets at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. 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.


Mill Street Brews, 25 W. Mill St. in Bayfield, offers its weekly Open Acoustic Jam beginning at 5 p.m. 884-7070 for details.

Durango BMX hosts open gate practice from 5:30 p.m.-dusk. for details.

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

The Red Tent Healing Arts Center, 128 W. 14th St. hosts a free Intro to Transformational Breathwork from 7-9 p.m. 259-6510.

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.


Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., hosts a free children’s yoga class for 3-7 year olds at 10 a.m. 259-7337 to reserve a spot.

The Durango Public Library hosts a special musical presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit at 10:30 a.m. The performance meets again at the same time on May 12.

The Hershey’s Track & Field Meet meets at the Durango High School Track at 4 p.m. The free event is open to ages 9-14 and winners qualify for the Hershey’s State Meet in Denver in June. 375-7313 for details.

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.

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 the weekly Karaoke Gong Show at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.


The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts the exhibit “Things Fall Apart,” featuring a large-scale installation of new work from 2008 FLC graduate Chandler Wigton. The show opens with a 4:30-6 p.m. reception on May 6 and runs through May 20.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Cross References,” two- and three-dimensional works from Jude Silva, in the art library. The show will show from May 13 - June 30 and opens with a 5-7 p.m. reception and artists talk. 259-2606.

The Durango Coffee Co., 730 Main Ave., exhibits photographs from Howard Rachlin and Jerry Baumann, both of the Durango Photography Club, through the month of May. 375-7877.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 725 Main Ave., exhibits elegant black and white images from Cara Weston and Jan-Oliver Wenzel through May 12. Weston is the granddaughter of world-renowned photographer Edward Weston, and German photographer Wenzel is focused on nature and architecture reflecting simplicity of light and form. for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center presents the photo exhibit Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art through Oct. 30. The exhibit features Utah rock art in vintage chromogenic prints by photographers Craig Law, Tom Till, and John Telford. 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.


Maria’s Bookshop will host an edible and medicinal plant talk with local naturalist Calida Maischoss on May 12.

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will hold their monthly meeting on May 12 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

Eno will open the exhibit, “Brilliant Mist,” paintings by Susan B. Wise, on May 13. n

Poison Candy will serve up a potent dose of rock, blues and funk at the Mancos Valley Distillery on May 13.

The Medicine Horse Center hosts an open house May 14 in Mancos with games, prizes and a chance to meet the therapy horses. for details.

The Taste of Durango returns to downtown Durango on May 15. An Aftertaste party will meet at the Irish Embassy.

The Durango Arts Center will host a staged reading for the winners of its 10-Minute Play Contest on May 15.

Maria’s Bookshop will host a May 16 book signing with Kate Levinson, author of Emotional Currency: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money.

Author Florence Lister will present “The Treasures of Pueblo Bonito” on May 17 at the Durango Public Library.

Agricultural teacher Brandon Hatter will discuss the basics of greenhouse gardening on May 18 at the Ignacio Community Library. 563-9287 for details.

The Smiley Theatre will host a May 19 benefit for the Chapman Hill Bike Park Project and screen the bike films, “Life Cycles” and “Freedom Riders.”

Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque will present The Elixir on May 19-21 & 26-28 at the Durango Arts Center Theatre. for details.

The Abbey Theatre will host a May 20 hip hop show with music from Gang Green Int., Gunna & Mr. Midas, Jaybyrd-Kdog and the Warriors.

Neda Ulaby, award-winning arts, entertainment and culture reporter for National Public Radio, will discuss the impact of social media on May 21 at Fort Lewis College.

Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County will host a Raising a Wall & Build Celebration Ceremony on May 21 at the Fox Farm Village Subdivision in Bayfield.

The new Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum will open to the public with a two-day celebration on May 21-22.

The legendary Bruce Cockburn will play the Community Concert Hall, Fort Lewis College on May 26. Composer/singer-songwriter Jenny Scheinman opens the show.


Ska-B-Q season makes its summer return
What: The first of the weekly celebrations of live music and craft beer
Where: Ska Brewing, 225 Girard
When: Thurs., May 5, 5-7 p.m.

Ska-B-Q season makes its official return to Durango this week. Ska Brewing hosts its first Ska-B-Q of the summer this Thursday and is putting a Cinco de Mayo spin on the affair.

“After a winter cooped up in the house, nervously looking out the window and waiting for the other shoe to drop, we’re more than ready for the summer season,” said Dave Thibodeau, Ska president and co-founder.

The every-Thursday outdoor celebration of live music, craft beer and Mexican food goes from 5-7 p.m. and will feature live music from Durango’s Ten Cent Raise. The event will also mark the official reopening of Zia Taqueria’s satellite branch at Ska.

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