Community fund-raisers set for weekend
The Abbey Theatre to screen ‘The Way I See It’
‘The Purse and Suit of Happiness’ at Concert Hall
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The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering kicks off four days of
poetry, exhibits, receptions and music. www.durangocowboypoetrygathering.org for
The Ignacio Farmers Market meets from 4-7 p.m. at Shoshone
Park. The event includes local produce, crafts and live music.
563-9494 for details.
The League of Women Voters presents an election forum,
discussing pros and cons of state and local election issues, at the
Durango City Council Chambers, 949 E. Second Ave., at 5:30 p.m.
Pete Neds, Greg Ryder and Stephen Williams play
Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9 p.m.
247-5236 for details.
Durango Motorless Transit hosts its weekly group trail
run on the Log Chutes Trail. Interested runners should meet at
the trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557.
Durango’s first ever open ukulele jam meets from 6-9 p.m.
at the Lost Dog, 1150 Main Ave. The event is open to all
player levels. 749-0014 for details.
Lee Bartley and Chad MacCluskey play contemporary jazz at
the DoubleTree Hotel’s Edgewater Lounge from 6-9 p.m.
259-6580 for details.
The Four Corners 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 the patio at Mutu’s, 701 E.
Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.
Mark Simons plays jazz and classical at the Jean Pierre
Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. Simons returns at
the same time on Oct. 1 & 2. 247-7700 for details.
The Life-Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College
presents “Climate Science and Policy 2010,” a talk
by Richard White, at 7 p.m. in 130 Noble Hall.
The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering presents a concert from Red
Steagall at 7 p.m. in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis
College. www.durangoconcerts.com for details.
Duane A. Smith, local historian and author, gives the slide
presentation, “The Irrepressible David F. Day,” at 7:30
pm. at Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave. 259-2402 for details.
Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Salsa
Night with salsa lessons and music from Dario from 8
p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.
Blondie’s Pub ‘n Grub, located in Cortez, presents
the Make a Darwish Tour with Dark Time Sunshine and Void Pedal
at 9 p.m.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers scrap metal and
appliance recycling from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and again from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 2. Donations are requested for most items.
382-9931 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
Durango BMX hosts Trophy Racing with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30
p.m. and racing to follow, weather permitting. www.durangobmx.com for details.
Gary B. Walker plays jazz piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699 Main
Ave., at 6:30 p.m. 247-4433 for details.
The 2010-11 Recital Series launches at the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship, 419 San Juan Dr., at 7 p.m. with the
Mangold Duo – Bonnie Mangold, cello, and Marilyn Mangold
Garst, piano – performing works by Martinu, Schubert, Bacon,
Falla and Nin. 385-8668 for details.
Chicago’s Rob Webster returns to the Derailed Saloon, 725
Main Ave., from 8 p.m.-midnight. Webster plays an encore show on
DJ Double D spins at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main
Ave., from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.
DJ PM spins dance beatz at Pongas, 121 W.
8th St., from 9 p.m.-close. 382-8554 for
RedEyedDjinn jams at the Billy Goat Saloon, located in Gem
Village, at 9 p.m. 884-9155 for details.
DJ Posh Josh spins at the Golden Triangle, 150 E. College,
from 9:30 p.m.- midnight. 382-8424 for details.
Community Connections’ 7th annual “Golfing for Kids
with Disabilities” Family Support Scramble returns to the
Hillcrest Golf Club. Proceeds benefit local families who have
children with developmental disabilities. 385-3450 for details.
The Durango Farmers Market returns to First National Bank of
Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon. www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.
The 11th annual Energy Tour returns to the region from 9 a.m.-2
p.m. Six homes and buildings with extraordinary energy efficiencies
or renewables will be open to the public. Maps are available for
purchase at the Durango Farmers Market and online at www.fourcore.org.
The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., offers Pioneer Campfire
Cooking and Butter Churning, the final Living History program of
the year, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 259-2402 for details.
Local photographer Robert Bridges offers a 10:30 4
a.m. photography workshop, “The Joy of Photography: Seeing
and Exploring the Visual World,” at Mancos State Park.
Singer-songwriter Gigi Love plays Sweeney’s, north of
town on County Rd. 203, at 5:30 p.m. 247-5236 for details.
Spruce Tree Coffeehouse & Wine Bar in Cortez hosts a 6-8
p.m. artist’s reception & opening featuring the vintage
erotica, rattle cans, acrylics, and suitcase art of Swain Scales.
565-6789 for details.
The fifth annual Sacred Arts Festival continues at St.
Mark’s Church, 910 E. Third Ave., with Poetry for the Spirit,
a poetry reading and poets’ reception, at 7 p.m. A concert is
also set for Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. and an exhibit of the artwork of the
sacred is on display throughout the month. www.SacredArtsFestival.com.
The Contra Dance returns to Park Elementary School with
beginner dance instruction at 7 p.m. and the dance, featuring music
from Albuquerque’s Hands 5, at 7:30 p.m. No partner
necessary. 385-9292 for details.
Durango DOT Comedy brings improv comedy back to the Durango Arts
Center, 802 E. Second Ave., at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the show
will go to the family of Jason Hotchkiss. 259-6004 for details.
Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., offers a Roman
holiday toga and gladiator party from 8 p.m.-close. DJ
Treazon will spin late night. 259-9018 for details.
Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave., hosts its Harvest Fest
and Owner Appreciation Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event
includes children’s activities, mini-workshops, live music,
member discounts and vendor sampling. 247-8129 for details.
The Four Corners Center for Spiritual Living presents a live
stream of Michael Bernard Beckwith, of the Agape International
Spiritual Center, at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave.,
from 10-11:30 a.m. 247-2221.
Trimble Hot Springs offers its Locals’ Appreciation Party
from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with discounted rates and music from Freeplay,
Das Samba, Gigi Love, The Assortment and the Porchlights. www.trimblehotsprings.com for details.
The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a traditional Irish
music jam from 12:30-4 p.m. 403-1200.
Durango Food Not Bombs (FNB) offers its weekly free
vegan/vegetarian meal at 1 p.m. in Riverfront/Iris Park. www.foodnotbombs.net.
The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., hosts its Gospel Brunch
from 1-3 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig
beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Robin Hoagland gives a talk on prayer and the environment titled
“Go Greener with God” at 2 p.m. at the Durango
The Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, hosts an Open
to All Jam Night from 4-8 p.m.
The Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave., hosts a Burning Man
Decompression Party with potluck at 7 p.m., slideshow at 8
p.m. and dance party with Moon Loop, Smiley Coyote, Peter Robot and
Ben K at 9 p.m.
Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Musica del
Mundo with world music from 8-10 p.m. 259-9018.
Author Tess Challis presents “How to Transform Your Health
with a Vegan Diet” at 6 p.m. at the Durango Public Library.
Challis is the author of Radiant Health, Inner
Wealth. 375-3387 for details.
Lacey Black plays solo piano at Mahogany Grille, 699 Main
Ave., at 6:30 p.m. and again at the same time on Oct. 5.
Singer-songwriter Tim Guidotti plays the Office
Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave., from 7-11 p.m.
The Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society
presents “Recent Investigations Along the Chaco North Road:
The Artifacts Don’t Lie!” at 7 p.m. at the Cortez
Cultural Center. 560-1643 for details.
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 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers its weekly
Players and Singers Night from 9 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for
Mill Street Brews, 25 W. Mill St. in Bayfield, offers its weekly
Open Acoustic Jam beginning at 5 p.m. 884-7070.
The Wells Group hosts a Distress Property Seminar from 5-7
p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. The event will show a
virtual tour and discuss short sales, foreclosures, bank-owned
properties and continue at the same time Oct. 6. 259-6680 for
The Ignacio Community Library offers a 5:30 p.m. poetry reading
with Susan Robins, William Pitt Root, Pamela Uschuk, Tanaya Winder
and Venaya Yazzie, poets included in the New Poets of the American
West. 563-9287 for details.
“Ride the Divide,” an award-winning film
the world’s longest mountain bike race, plays the Abbey
Theatre, 128 E. College, at 6 & 8 p.m.
The Durango Public Library continues its 2010-11 Spoken Word
Series with a series of readings, “Battle of the Sexes: Anton
Chekov,” at 7 p.m. 259-2231 for details.
Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., presents 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.
Joel’s, 119 W 8th St., hosts Tuesday Trivia from 9-11
p.m. 385-0430 for details.
The Sustainable Building Education Program presents its Brown
Bag Lunch at noon at the First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th
St. Rod Barker, owner of the Strater Hotel, will discuss
“Finding Energy Savings in a Historic Property.”
259-1916 for details.
Evenings on 8th, the weekly community fair featuring fresh food
from the Durango Farmers Market and local vendors, artists, music
and libations, returns to W. 8th St. from 4-8 p.m. www.eveningsoneighth.com for details.
Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille, 699
Main Ave., from 6-9 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.
The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., presents a free improv
show from Durango Dot Comedy from 7-9 p.m. 903-2075 for
An open-level East Coast Swing Party takes place at 8 p.m. at
the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for
DJ Daryll’s Karaoke/Gong Show returns to the Summit,
600 Main Ave., at 9 p.m.
The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave., exhibits its annual
show, “Spirit of the West,” in celebration of the
Cowboy Gathering. The collection includes Western images in both
black and white and color and runs through Oct. 13. www.openshuttergallery.com for details.
The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of recent
work of Utah ceramic artist Trevor Dunn from Oct. 1-26. The
pieces challenge the boundary between functional and sculptural,
employing magnificent surfaces generated through the wood firing
process. An opening reception is set for 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 1.
247-7167 for details.
“Eurimpressions,” featuring the work of artists
Rebecca Barfoot, Louise Grunewald, Barbara Tobin Klema, Maureen May
and others, opens Oct. 1 at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second
Ave., with a 5-7 p.m. reception. The show presents the work of
eight women artists reflecting on their experience of Europe. The
DAC Art Library exhibits Cities on the Side, featuring mixed media
works by Nance Van Winckel, Christy Ferrato and Renee Rossi.
259-2606 for details.
St. Mark’s Church, 910 E. Third Ave., presents the fifth
annual Sacred Arts Festival, celebrating artistic expressions of
the sacred, through the month of October. www.SacredArtsFestival.com for details.
Kassidy’s Kitchen, 171 Suttle Dr., displays the work of
noted photographer Howard Rachlin through Nov. 15. 375-7877
The Goodnight Trail Gallery, located in Mancos, hosts
“Inside the Ruins of Mesa Verde,” featuring works
of restricted archeological sites by nine landscape artists. The
“paint out” was organized by Mancos artist Veryl
Goodnight and Mesa Verde superintendent Bill Nelligan. The show
runs through Oct. 10. 533-1177 for details.
The Anasazi Heritage Center hosts “Horizons,”
paintings by Stanton Englehart from the private collection of the
Englehart Family Trust. 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. Also on display
is “Mountain Lion!” 247-7456 for details.
Business Network International offers Professional Business
Builders on Thursdays at the Himalayan Kitchen, 992 Main Ave., at 7
a.m.; and a Referral Market Chapter meeting on Tuesdays at
Prudential Triple S Realty, 700 Main Ave., at 11:30 a.m. 375-7794
for details. Business Connections also meets on Wednesdays at the
Durango Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. 422-2032 for details.
The Durango Heritage Celebration, a multi-faceted festival of
Durango’s colorful and diverse history, meets from Oct.
A free Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic will be held for
low-income debtors on Oct. 8. Space is limited. 247-0266 to
The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater’s fast-paced and
fun-filled theatrical world returns to the Community Concert Hall
at Fort Lewis College on Oct. 9.
Go Lead!, an educational event for women interested in the
political process, meets Oct. 9 at the Durango Recreation Center.
Dian Jenkins, coordinator of Disability Services for Fort Lewis
College, will provide insights and strategies for students with
learning disabilities during an Oct. 12 session at the Durango
Public Library. 759-1778 for details.
The Durango Public Library will kick off its 2010-11 Community
Cinema Series on Oct. 13 with a screening of “Reel Injun: On
the Trail of the Hollywood Indian.”
The inaugural Durango Juggling Fest, three days of workshops,
shows and games, meets on Oct. 15-17.
The Durango Independent Film Festival will host the Walk of
Fame, a downtown pub crawl/silent auction, on Oct. 16. www.durangofilm.org for details.
Helen Thayer, a renowned explorer, author and inspirational
speaker, will present the talk “Polar Dreams” on Oct.
16 as part of the La Plata County Humane Society’s Silent
TOP, a juried garment design exhibition and auction fundraiser,
will meet at the Durango Arts Center on Oct. 16.
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad begins service
to The Great Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 16.
WeeCycle, Durango’s original maternity, baby and
children’s consignment sale event, returns to the La Plata
County Fairgrounds on Oct. 23 & 24. www.weecycledurango.com for details.
Dorian Haarhoff, visiting South African/Namibian storyteller,
poet and writer, will present Stories from Africa on Oct. 24
at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall.
Rock the X, a day of clean-up, trail work and anchor replacement
at X-Rock, is set for Oct. 30. The event will include an
after-party at Ska Brewing. 259-1708 for details.
Community fund-raisers set for weekend
What: Two fund-raisers to help a pair of Durango families with medical expenses
Where: Ska Brewing, 225 Girard, and the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Sat., Oct. 2 from 6-9 p.m.; and Sun., Oct. 3 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Durangoans have two opportunities to reach out to neighbors in
need. Two benefits are set for this weekend – an Oct. 2
fund-raiser for the family of Lindsay Bathke and a Benefit Concert
for Noah Hotchkiss on Oct. 3 at the Abbey Theatre.
Lindsay Bathke collapsed in July from a brain aneurysm. The
mother of two young boys is the Aquatics Director at the Durango
Recreation Center. Following the injury, she spent several weeks in
the ICU in Denver and then was transferred to a rehabilitation
center in Farmington. She returned home a few weeks ago and has
started physical therapy. The Saturday fund-raiser will help the
Bathkes with medical expenses and get Lindsay on the road to a full
recovery. The event is set for 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 2 at Ska Brewing.
There will be a silent auction, dinner and Mike Beck & the
Bohemian Saints will perform. In addition, Full Blast Adventure
Center will be offering half-price zip-lining Saturday, with $25 of
the $75 fee going to the Bathke family.
The next day, the Abbey will host a benefit for Noah Hotchkiss,
who was seriously injured in a car accident last November. His
stepmother, Cassandra Yazzi-Hotchkiss, was killed in the accident
and his sister, Amada, and step-brother, Dante, were also seriously
Noah, a 7th-grader at Escalante Middle School, is now paralyzed
from the waist down and working to become as independent and active
as possible. The funds from the concert will go to making his home
more accessible. Edie Carey, a folk rock singer from Chicago, will
headline the concert and Durango’s own Stillwater Advanced
Band and Patrick Crossing, a local Celtic band, will take the
stage. The event also includes a silent auction featuring donations
from hundreds of local businesses. Doors to the Oct. 3 event open
at 4:30 p.m.
The Abbey Theatre to screen ‘The Way I See It’
What: Two showings of the latest ski film from Matchstick Productions
Where: The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College
When: Thurs., Sept. 30 at 7 & 9 p.m.
Durangoans can get a jump start on ski season this week. The
Abbey Theatre screens “The Way I See It,” the latest
from Matchstick Productions, on Thur., Sept. 30. Showtimes are set
for 7 & 9 p.m.
The film features top-shelf skiing and cinematography as well as
an eclectic soundtrack. The winner of Powder
Magazine’s “Movie of the Year” brings you
the best athletes on the planet, doing what they do best. The MSP
team scoured the globe in search of adventure, passion,
camaraderie, deep powder and steep lines. “The Way I See
It” showcases footage from British Columbia, Japan, Alaska,
Colorado, Switzerland, Idaho, Washington, and many other locations.
The film features the skiing of Mark Abma, Sean Pettit, Eric
Hjorleifson, Henrik Windstedt, Bobby Brown, Colby West, James Heim,
Ingrid Backstrom and others.
For more information, visit www.skimovie.com.
‘The Purse and Suit of Happiness’ at Concert Hall
What: The fashion show fund-raiser for Alternative Horizons
Where: The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College
When: Sat, Oct. 2 from 7-9 p.m.
An extraordinary “fashion show” goes on stage this
week to support supporting victims and survivors of domestic
violence. Alternative Horizons hosts the 2nd annual The Purse and
Suit of Happiness on Oct. 2 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort
Lewis College. Doors open at 7 p.m.
This show combines exotic acts from around the globe with
choreography and humor. Attendees will experience a South African
attire drum set, a tribute to Audrey Hepburn, sophisticated attire
reminiscent of London, Japan, Spain and Italy, and much more.
Alternative Horizons has enlisted the help of local clothing stores
and brought in Durango designers to create and embellish fashions
and stage props. There will also be light fare and a cash bar. All
proceeds from the event stay within our community and benefit
Tickets are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or at
the Concert Hall’s downtown ticket office at 7th St. and Main
Ave. More information on Alternative Horizons can be found at www.alternativehorizons.org.