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The Hank presents Siskind and Book
Open Shutter Gallery exhibits ‘Divided Soul’

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Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki & Larry Carver, play the lounge at Sweeney’s from 5-9 p.m.


Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Meadow Loop and Mike’s. Interested runners should meet at the Horse Gulch trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 for details.

The Robin Davis Duo plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m.

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 an edible and medicinal plant talk with local naturalist Calida Maischoss from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 247-1438 for details.

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen hold their monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The group will discuss adopting the historic Farmer Cabin on Cascade Creek. for details.

Archeologist Jim Copeland presents “The North Road: Recent Investigations Along a Regional Chacoan Feature” at 7 p.m. at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.  

Tim Sullivan & Narrow Gauge play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.

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.

Mouth plays Thirsty Thursday at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.


Durango Fire and Rescue Firefighters read “Fired-Up Stories” at the Durango Public Library at 10:30 a.m. All children and their parents are welcome. 375-3380 for details.

The Women’s Health Coalition hosts “Healthy Women – Powerful Women” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. The free event includes talks on nutrition, stress reduction, health screenings and fitness. 799-1654 to RSVP.

The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition holds a peace vigil from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the corner of Main Ave..

The Durango High School Art Department hosts a reception for its Spring Trimester Art Show from 5-9 p.m. at 840 Main Ave. The event includes live music from the student group Frequency.

Pete Giuliani plays acoustic happy hour from 5-8 p.m. at the El Rancho Tavern, 945 Main Ave.

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

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Friday Afternoon Club with lo-fi indie from the Crags from 6-9 p.m. and DJ Double D spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

Psychedelic Mojo plays classic rock at the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m.

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.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 E. Third Ave., hosts the Durango Chamber Music Festival at 7 p.m. Set for the next three Fridays, the festival features two dozen of the region’s top musicians. for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, presents stand-up comedy from Dan St. Paul, a regular on The Bob & Tom Show, with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Chicago’s Rob Webster plays the Derailed Saloon from 8 p.m.-close. Webster returns at the same time on May 14.

Poison Candy serves up a potent dose of rock, blues and funk at the Mancos Valley Distillery at 8 p.m. 946-0229.

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

Cosmic Accident rocks the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155.

DJs Benjamin K, Smiley Coyote & Mr. Anderson spin at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.


San Juan Basin Health Department, 281 Sawyer Dr., holds a multi-family garage sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. to benefit the Health Department’s Employee Wellness program.

The Dandelion Festival returns to Rotary Park form 1-9 p.m. The event includes food, dandelion beer, kids activities, games, demos and music from Hello Dollface, Kentucky Delux, S.O.B., and ABunDance.

Yogadurango hosts by-donation yoga in Buckley Park from 9-10:30 a.m. All levels welcome. 946-8961.

Paws ‘N Playtime, 214 Bodo Dr., hosts an all-day adoptathon. Both the Humane Society and Annie’s Orphans will be on hand with dogs that are ready for adoption. 422-8019.

La Plata Electric Association hosts its annual meeting beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sky Ute Casino and Resort. Results of director elections will be announced at the session. for details.

The Ignacio Community Library offers a kicking off summer celebration with a pancake breakfast, yard sale, books sale, art celebration and more. 563-9287 for details.

The Medicine Horse Center in Mancos hosts an open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at  40700 Road J. The event includes games, prizes, lunch, music and an opportunity to meet the therapy horses. for details.

Ska Brewing, 225 Girard, hosts the Blu Fashion Show, blowout sale and silent auction from noon-6 p.m.

The Dancing Spirit Co-op Gallery, 640 Goddard in Ignacio, hosts the Ignacio Art & Music Festival from 2-8 p.m. The benefit event includes art constructed exclusively from the Habitat ReStore and an art auction at 6 p.m. 563-4600.

The Scrugglers play the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m.

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

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.

Dance in the Rockies hosts its 22nd annual Spring Recital at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College at 6:30 p.m. The show returns at 4 p.m. on May 15. for details.

Faith Community Church of the Nazarene 1400 Highway 172, offers a Gospel Music Concert from 7-9 p.m. 799-7341.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents DJs B-Side and Mowgli spinning from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Paper Bird, a seven-piece folk/Americana band, plays a pre-Taste party at the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College. Doors open at 9 p.m.

UnCovered, a new local rock band, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.


Taste of Durango, the festival showcasing the fare of Durango’s restaurants and four breweries, returns to downtown Durango from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The event benefits Manna Soup Kitchen.

The Durango U14 Girls Hockey Team holds a car-wash fund-raiser from noon-3 p.m. at Durango Rapid Wash,  2401 Main Ave. Proceeds will offset the cost of a Memorial Day Weekend Hockey Tournament in Vancouver.

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. 4

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts the Aftertaste from 3 p.m.-close. The event include4s music from 8 different DJs. for details.

Pete Giuliani plays a solo acoustic set at the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 4-8 p.m.

The Durango Arts Center hosts stage readings for its 10-Minute Play Contest finalists at 6 p.m. The grand prize winner and people’s choice award will be announced during the free performance. 259-2606 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 Musica del Mundo, world music and dancing, beginning at 8 p.m. 259-9018.


Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., offers a free infant massage class for parents of kids 2 to 6 months from 10:30-11:30 a.m. 259-7337 for details.

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

American Craft Beer Week kicks off with Durango Beer Day at 5:30 p.m. at Ska Brewing. Each of Durango’s four local breweries will have a special beer on tap for the event.

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

DCAT and Rocky Mountain PBS present a free screening of “Welcome to Shelbyville,” a film about immigration, diversity and hope, at 6 p.m. in the Vallecito Room of the Fort Lewis College Student Union. 247-1674 for details.

Trevor Reichman plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m.

 Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. book signing with Dr. Kate Levinson, author of Emotional Currency: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money. 247-1438 for details.

Five Rivers Trout Unlimited meets at Durango Brewing, 3000 Main Ave., at 7 p.m. Bill Edrington, owner of Royal Gorge Anglers, will discuss fishing the Arkansas River and the infamous Mothers’ Days Caddis Hatch. The public is invited. 259-1966.

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


Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., hosts a free community potluck and talk from 5-8 p.m. Joshua Jackson, manager of DNF, will discuss the importance and benefits of cooperatives.  

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

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.

Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m.

Author Florence Lister presents “The Treasures of Pueblo

Bonito” at 6:30 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. Lister will discuss unusual artifacts recovered during various excavations at Pueblo Bonito. for details.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a book signing with Lynn Sheene, local author of the debut novel The Last Time I Saw Paris, at 6:30 p.m. 247-1438.

Shambhala Chiropractic offers a free Headache Resolution Workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. 259-6854 to register.

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.


Brandon Hatter presents the basics of greenhouse gardening at the Ignacio Community Library at 5 p.m. A greenhouse tour will follow. 563-9287 for details.

American Craft Beer Week continues with the Barley Pop Betty’s Social from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard. The festivities include live music, food, tastings and are open to all beer-loving women.

Chad MacCluskey performs Celtic fingerstyle and solo jazz guitar at Eno, 723 E. Second Ave., from 6-8 p.m.

Erin Sinberg and Mark Straw share the stage at the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 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.

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

Jerrod Niemann, one of country music’s rising stars, takes the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College Wednesday. Special guest Tyler Farr opens the show at 7:30 p.m. 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 Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., exhibits “Durango Blooms,” a show featuring flowers in art,” through May 27. “Cross References,” two- and three-dimensional works from Jude Silva, shows in the art library through June 30. An opening reception and artists talk meets from 5-7 p.m. on May 13. 259-2606 for details.

Eno, 723 E. Second Ave.. exhibits “Brilliant Mist,” paintings by Susan B. Wise. An opening reception meets from 5-7 p.m. on May 13.

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 runs through May 20.

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 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.


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

San Juan Basin Health will offer a food safety class geared toward food service employees on May 19. 335-2075 for details.

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.

“Providing Solace,” a benefit sale featuring discounted eco-friendly newborn, infant and toddler clothing will be held on May 21 at Essence Chiropractic Studio. for details.

The 8th annual Isidora and Friends Belly Dance Extravaganza returns to the Smiley Theatre on May 21. n

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.

The Unitarian Unversalist Fellowship of Durango will present “Arab Spring: a Historic/Political/Economic Perspective,” a talk by Yohannes Woldemariam, on May 29.

The Durango Swim Club will host its 1500-meter Narrow Horse swim on May 30. for details.

The Durango Swim Club will kick off its summer swim season with tryouts on May 31. for details.

The La Plata County Humane Society will hold its annual Adopt-a-thon on June 3 & 4.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival will present the inaugural Durango Blues Train on June 4 featuring two full bands, five solo artists and ten vintage rail cars.

“Golf for Grace,” a benefit scramble for the Grace Preparatory Academy, meets at the Glacier Club on June 10. 749-5304 to register.

Riverhouse Children’s Center will hold its annual Cheers for Children Wine-Tasting and Silent Auction on June 11 at the Glacier Club. Last year, the event raised $20,000 for the nonprofit early education and care program.


The Hank presents Siskind and Book
What: A concert from Sarah Siskind and Travis Book
Where: The Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
When: Fri., May 13. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  

A couple of Durango favorites go back onto the local stage this week. Grammy nominees Sarah Siskind and Travis Book return to the Henry Strater Theatre on May 13. Doors to the all-ages show open at 7:30 p.m.

Siskind is a songwriter whose works have been performed by everyone from Alison Kraus to April Verch. “Sarah’s music changed my life,” said Bon Iver, the indie-rock sensation who also covers Siskind’s material.

Book, a former staple of the Durango bluegrass scene, is now earning accolades as bassist for the genre-bending Infamous Stringdusters. In addition to their performance at the Hank, the couple will play a 3 p.m. set at Southwest Sound on May 13, and Siskind will host a songwriting workshop May 14 (visit and click on “house concerts.”)

For more information or tickets to the Henry Strater show, visit


Open Shutter Gallery exhibits ‘Divided Soul’
What: A photography show from photographer David Alan Harvey
Where: The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave.
When: May 13-July 7 with a 5-9 p.m. reception May 13

“Divided Soul” goes up at the Open Shutter Gallery this week. The show from noted photographer David Alan Harvey opens with a reception May 13.

Harvey is one of the world’s most respected photographers and has photographed more than 40 stories for National Geographic magazine. His work is in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and he has published two books on the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas – Cuba and Divided Soul. In 2008, Harvey launched BURN Magazine, an online photographic magazine highlighting powerful photographic essays.

Harvey will be on hand at Open Shutter for an artist’s reception from 5-9 p.m. on May 13. In addition, he will give a special presentation and lecture at 7 p.m. May 14 at the Back Space Theatre. For more information on either event, call 382-8355 or visit




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