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Cowboy Gathering rides into town

Climbing legend Hill headlines 'Bark and Wine' benefit

Danielson returns for Fall Blaze tour

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The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts screenings of “Absent,” a documentary on father absence, at 6 & 8:15 p.m. Director Justin Hunt and representatives from the Advocacy for La Plata fatherhood program will be on hand. for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts a group trail run on the Log Chutes Trail. Runners should meet at the trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557 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.  

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

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

The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series continues with “Revisiting O’Keeffe,” a talk by Judith Reynolds, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall. 247-7401 for details.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., hosts Salsa Night with dance lessons and music from DJ Lucero from 8 p.m. -close. 259-9018.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 8 p.m.

The Brian Jordan Band, featuring the guitarist from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.

DJ PA spins for the White Trash Bash at Angel’s End Zone in Cortez at 9 p.m.


The Aztec Highland Games kick off at Riverside Park. The event runs through Oct. 2 and includes Scottish competitions and a Celtic Music Festival.

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 2011 Sacred Arts Festival begins with a 5-7 p.m. opening reception for “ICON, visual expressions of the sacred” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. 910 E. Third Ave. Eighty works of art in paint, photography, clay, fiber, glass and mixed-media media will be on display through Oct. 31. for details.

Guitarist/songwriter Pete Giuliani plays a solo acoustic show at El Rancho, 975 Main Ave., from 5-8 p.m.

Durango BMX hosts its weekly race day with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow. www.durango for details.
Andrea’s Fault plays the Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave., from 6-10 p.m.

The JP Duo brings classical, jazz and bluegrass to the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. The pair returns at the same time on Oct. 1. 247-7700 for details.

The Center of Light in Dolores screens “Big Bucks, Big Pharma,” for its Conscious Movie Night, at 7 p.m. 882-2123 for details.

Durango Acoustic Music presents Town Mountain at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. Special guest Wild Mountain opens the 7:30 p.m. show.

J.P. Whipple’s Vagabond Road Show plays the Mancos Valley Distillery at 8 p.m. Special guest Victor Nox opens the concert. 946-0229 for details.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., presents live music on the patio from the Formless from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018.

DJ CK spins dance beatz at Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., from 9 p.m.-close. The DJ returns at the same time on Saturday. 382-8554 for details.

Benjamin K, Chris Epic & Atypical Robot spin at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.

Neil Nelson at the Saloonatics play the Billy Goat Saloon, located on U.S. Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m.


Jeff Ellingson, Brenda Macon, Elizabeth Kinahan and Duane Smith present “Diesels and Easels,” a special D&SNG trip led by artists and historians. The event benefits the Durango Arts Center. 749-7688 for details.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., hosts an authentic chuckwagon breakfast from 7-9:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the museum.
The Durango Farmers Market returns to First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. The event includes produce from local farmers, prepared food items and locally made crafts. 4 for details.

The University of Denver hosts an info session on its Master of Social Work degree program, which is available to area residents at a discounted rate, at 9 a.m. at the Commons, 701 Camino del Rio. 247-9773 or for details.

Sista Sessions, a new skateboard program for girls, meets from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Durango Skate Park. The program runs at the same time on Sunday and continues throughout the fall season. for details.  

Pete Giuliani plays the weekly Breakfast Club at Home Slice Pizza, 441 E. College, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Carolyn Hobbs, therapist and author, offers “Compassion for Self and Others” from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Durango Dharma Center. 769-3417 for details.

The Rotaract Club hosts the Durango Nonprofit Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Buckley Park. Numerous local nonprofits will on hand with information. Email for details.

The Order of Mercy hosts a clean-up of the Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez from 10 a.m.-noon. 394-0001 to RSVP.

San Juan Angler, 600 Main Ave., offers a free fly tying demonstration from 1-4 p.m. Guides will be on hand and tying patterns for fishing in the region. 382-9978 for details.

The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary with beginner dance instruction at 7 p.m. and the dance, featuring music from The Mullanys of Albuquerque, at 7:30 p.m. 385-9292 for details.

The 2011 Sacred Arts Festival continues with “Poetry for the Spirit,” a reading and reception, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. 910 E. Third Ave. for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens Sweetgrass Productions’ backcountry ski/snowboard film, “Solitaire: A South American Ski Film,” at 7 & 9 p.m.
Durango DOT Comedy performs “Right Place, Wrong Time” or “They All Asked for You” at 8 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center Theatre, 802 E. Second Ave. for details.

Barkadeaus plays the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-midnight.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts a benefit for Jen Matthews’ trip to Senegal. The 9 p.m. event includes giveaways, a silent auction, African food and music from Rasta Stevie.

Moe’s, 937 Main Ave., presents music from Benjamin K and Make Believe from 10 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.


The Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio, offers Pay-What-You-Wish-Day. Museum goers can name their own admission price. for details.

Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., hosts its second annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event includes a full stage with live music, educational workshops, vendor booths and fun children’s activities.

The Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., hosts its traditional Irish music jam from 12:30-4 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.

The 2011 Sacred Arts Festival continues with “Music for Sacred Spaces,” a concert and reception, at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. 910 E. Third Ave. for details.

The San Juan Symphony presents “Friends & Family,” a 3 p.m. performance at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Musica del Mundo with world music and dancing from 8 p.m.-close. 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.

The Center of Light hosts its weekly Light Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in 146 Jones Hall at Fort Lewis. Topics range from meditation and relationships to overcoming addictions and negative emotions. 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.

Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., presents Julia Fisher of Namaste Health Center discussing “Your Child’s Constitution and the Foods that Nourish It” from 6-8 p.m. The event includes recipes and samples.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. book signing for novelist Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lamb. 247-1438 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts its weekly open mic night 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 Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers Beer Pong from 9-10:30 p.m. for details.


Trails 2000 hosts a volunteer work day from 4-7 p.m. For location and details, visit

Fort Lewis College hosts an information session on opportunities for adult learners at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library. 247-7670 or for details.

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.

Dr. Joy leads “Thrive in the First Year,” a workshop for new mothers and fathers, from 6-8 p.m. at Kid’s Rock, 1032 Main Ave. 259-9400 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.

San Diego’s Josh Damigo goes on at the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 8 p.m.

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., hosts a Western Art Exhibit in conjunction with the Durango Cowboy Gathering from Sept. 27-Oct. 1. The show features western art, collectibles, weavings and sculpture and opens with a 5-7 p.m. reception on Sept. 29. 259-2606 for details.

Nationally Certified Massage Therapist Maxine Christopher offers ”Massage for Mountain Middle” from Oct. 1-15. Proceeds from by-donation massages will go to Mountain Middle School’s building fund. 799-0667 for details.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 755 Main Ave., presents “Toyed With,” a juried exhibit of shots taken with toy and vintage cameras, shows in the Red Room through Oct. 1. For more information, call 382-8355 or visit

The Rocky Mountain Retreat, 848 E. Third Ave., offers by donation yoga on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. or 382-2101 for details.

The River Café, 555 Rivergate Lane, exhibits a collection of photographs from Howard Rachlin through the month of September. 422-8027 for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center presents the photo show, 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 “Frontier Blues: The Legacy of Fort Lewis College,” an exhibition commemorating FLC’s Centennial. “Fiber Celebrated 2011” and “Cutter World Maps” are also on display. 247-7456 for details.


The Celtic folk super-group Solas will play an Oct. 6 show at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Durango Natural Foods will host “GMOs: Is Your Food Safe?” a free lecture with Lyn Patrick, ND, at the Durango Public Library on Oct. 6. The co-op is participating the second annual national Non-GMO Month.  

A Town Hall Meeting for PERA Stakeholders – state employees and retirees – is set for Oct. 6 at the DoubleTree Hotel. for details.

Friends of Reed Library at Fort Lewis College will hold their annual Books ’n’ Stuff sale Oct. 6 & 7.

The 2011-12 Recital Series kicks off at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Oct. 7 with a show from Nan Wagner, mezzo-soprano, and friends. for details.

Homecoming Weekend returns to Fort Lewis College Oct. 7-9 and features the annual parade, bonfire, tailgate party and more.

We Are the Source,” Fort Lewis College Theatre’s first production of the season, shows Oct. 7-9 & 13-15. The play was written by Durango historian and author Fred Wildfang and features original musical compositions by Alta Graham and Jonathan Latta.

The Durango Arts Center will present “Seuss on the Loose,” featuring selections of Dr. Seuss’ original drawings, from Oct. 7-Nov. 12. Seuss-inspired dance, workshops and lectures will be held in conjunction with the exhibit.

Open Shutter Gallery will present a photography exhibit from Unite Our World on Oct. 15. The show documents the locally based group’s recent trip to Mweruka, Uganda.

The Henry Strater Theatre will host a CD release party for Hello Dollface on Oct. 15. Proceeds benefit the Stillwater Foundation.

Durango Open Studios, the event that invites the public into artists’ studios and homes, returns Oct. 15-16 & 22-23.

The Durango Family Center will hold a Fall/Winter Clothing Drive from Oct. 17-24. The center needs new or gently used coats, snow boots, gloves, mittens, hats and snow pants. 385-4747 for details.

Liquor World will hold its 13th annual Wine Tasting Gala & Silent Auction on Oct. 28 to benefit Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County.

Durango Cowboy Gathering rides into town
What: The 23rd annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering  
Where: All over Durango  
When: Sept. 29-Oct. 2  
Durango climbs back into the saddle for another installment of the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. The gathering is returning for its 23rd year, and the celebration of culture of the American cowboy runs through Sunday.
The gathering features evening performances and daytime sessions showcasing entertainers from throughout the country. A wide selection of poets and musicians – both established and newly discovered – will grace a variety of local stages. Headlining this year’s gathering is Montana author, musician and poet Ken Overcast. Also on tap will be film screenings, art exhibits, trail and train rides, the ever popular Western Swing Dance, and even Cowboy Mystery Theatre.
More information can be found by visiting

Climbing legend headlines Bark & Wine Auction
What: Benefit for the Humane Society with Lynn Hill  
Where: La Plata County Fairgrounds  
When: Sat., Oct. 1, 6-10 p.m.
The La Plata County Humane Society is bringing rock climbing legend Lynn Hill to Durango. Hill, the first climber to make a free ascent of El Capitan’s Nose, headlines the Bark & Wine Silent Auction on Oct. 1.
The fourth annual event will feature a talk and booksigning from Hill, a giant silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Funds raised in the event will go to renovations in the dog isolation area. The area is used to house sick and recovering animals and is in need of a new ventilation system, new runs (providing more room for each of the animals) and a re-sealing of the floors and walls.
The Bark & Wine Silent Auction runs from 6-10 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the humane society, Maria’s Bookshop or the Pet Haus.

Tom Danielson kicks off Durango Fall Blaze 
What: A free Q&A session with the professional cyclist  
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Fri., Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Garmin-Cervelo’s Tom Danielson rides back to his alma mater, Fort Lewis College, this week.
Danielson, the highest placing American in the 2011 Tour de France, kicks off the Durango Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour with a public Q&A on Sept. 30. Tickets are free and can be picked up, first-come, first-served, at 5 p.m.
Danielson has always been a strong supporter of Fort Lewis College, and its national powerhouse cycling team. In 2003, he started the Tom Danielson Cycling Scholarship fund. To date, the fund has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to FLC cyclists and helped bring some of the best riders in the world to Fort Lewis.
On Oct. 1, Danielson will lead the Durango Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour, which begins and ends at the FLC Clocktower. The rides is the scholarship fund’s signature fund-raiser. For more information on the tour, visit

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