Arts Center transforms classic film into live radio play
What: "It’s a Wonderful Life"
Where: Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave.
When: Fri., Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
The classic story of George, Clarence and the fate of Bedford Falls comes to the life at 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 6 at the Durango Arts Center.
“It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live 1940’s Radio Play,” by Joe Landry and directed by Mona Wood Patterson, is a nostalgic and spirit-lifting tale featuring some of cinema’s most beloved characters. The story follows the life of George Bailey, showing just how one man’s life and choices can truly inspire so many others, even if he doesn’t realize it.
For the live radio broadcast version of this inspirational tale, the actors not only play these characters but also produce the sound effects in order to bring the town and its hero, George Bailey, to life.
The show also runs at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, 13 and 14, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 15. For additional information about the play, visit www.durangoarts.org or call 259-2606.
Choir groups bring Christmas tradition to Concert Hall
What: A Traditional Family Christmas
Where: Community Concert Hall
When: Sun., Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.
The three Durango Choral Society choirs return for their annual concert event at 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. But, this year, they’re bringing along some friends.
The Durango Jazz Combo joins the Choral Society, Children’s Chorale and Women’s Choir for a family-friendly and spirit-filled performance. Santa Claus plans to make a surprise visit, along with the conducting debut of Bob Seney.
The show also includes two selections from “The Nutcracker Suite,” performed by the Vivace Piano Duo of Mack Berven and C. Scott Hagler.
From 2-6 p.m., event-goers are also invited to the Holiday Gala Fundraiser. Held before and after the show in Jones Hall next to the Concert Hall, this is a silent auction benefit for the Children’s Chorale.
For more information about the event, visit www.durangoconcerts.com or call 247-7657.
Rob Webster performs, 5 p.m., 6512 Restaurant and Lounge, 152 E. College Dr.
Artist’s Reception featuring Kyla Jenkinson and Wesley Sebern, 5-7 p.m., Eno Wine Bar and Coffee Café, 723 E. 2nd Ave.
First Thursdays Art Walk, 5-7 p.m., meet at Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. www.durangoarts.org.
Soul River performs, 5-8 p.m., Christina’s Grill & Bar, Highway 160 West.
Donny Johnson performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Bell, 699 Main Ave.
12th annual REEL Environmental Film Experience featuring “Chasing Ice,” 6 p.m., Smiley Building Theater, 1309 E. 3rd Ave. 247-7091.
Open mic night, 6 p.m., Desperados Bar, 351 S. Camino del Rio.
Craft needle or string some jewelry while drinking a porter, 6 p.m., Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trivia Night, 6 p.m., Steaming Bean, 915 Main Ave. 385-7901.
Free acupuncture for veterans and families, 6-8 p.m., 635 E. 5th Ave. 403-4150.
Free Trivia, 6-9 p.m., Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio. www.durangodiscovery.org.
Bingo, 6:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, 901 E. 2nd Ave.
Terry Rickard performs, 7 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
Carute Roma performs, 7 p.m., Brew Pub & Kitchen, 117 W. College Dr.
Rob Webster performs, 7-11 p.m., Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
Andrew Sickler performs, 8:30-11 p.m., Applebee's, 800 Camino del Rio.
DJ Two Tone performs, 9 p.m., Angels in Cortez.
Waiting on Trial and Sweetwater String Band perform, 10 p.m., Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive. www.animascitytheatre.com.
Earlybird Toastmasters meet, 7-8:30 a.m., Christina’s Bar & Grill, Highway 160. 541-1268.
Pick-up basketball, noon - 2 p.m., Durango Recreation Center. 799-0173.
10th annual Community Connections Festival of Trees opening weekend, 1-6 p.m., event runs through Dec. 8, also runs Dec. 13-15, Durango & Silverton Train Museum, 479 Main Ave. 259-2464.
Caitlin Cannon & the Artillery perform for Noel Night, 4-7 p.m., Rochester Hotel, 726 E. 2nd Ave. 385-1920.
39th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival, noon - 5 p.m.; show also runs 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Dec. 7; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dec. 8; La Plata County Fairgrounds. 247-2117.
Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar, 5-7 p.m.; event also runs 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dec. 7; Animas Museum, 3065 W. 2nd Ave. 247-5348.
Children's World Noel night child care fund-raiser, infant to 6 years old, 5:30 - 8: 30 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 494 Florida Road, 970.247.5310
Noel Night, 5-9 p.m., Dec. 6, downtown Durango.
“Exposure” opening reception, the 4th annual International Juried Exhibit, 5-9 p.m., runs through Jan. 9, Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave. 382-8355 or www.openshuttergallery.com.
The Silver Belles Saloon Girls perform, 6 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
Pub Science: The Science of Homebrewing with Brian Leavesly, 6 p.m., Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio. www.durangodiscovery.org.
Funked Up Fridays, 6-9 p.m., DJ Niko performs, 10 p.m., Moe’s 937 Main Ave. 259-9018.
Pete Giuliani performs, 6-9 p.m., Four Leaves Winery, 528 Main Ave.
“It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live 1940’s Radio Play,” 7 p.m., show also runs Dec. 7, 13-14, 2 p.m., Dec. 8, Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. www.durangoarts.org.
Jack Ellis performs, 7-11 p.m., The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
The Columbine Olde Fashioned Christmas Kickoff with WE-4 performance, 7:30 p.m., The ‘Bine in Mancos. 533-7397.
The Ben Gibson Band, 8:30 p.m., Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village.
Noel Night Hillbilly Rock Party with Papa Otis’ Garage, 9 p.m., El Rancho Tavern, 975 Main Ave.
“How to Navigate Colorado’s Health Insurance Marketplace,” 9 a.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield. 335-2021.
Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Animas Museum, 3065 W. 2nd Ave. 247-5348.
Native American Winter Market, fundraiser for Durango High School Native American Club, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Durango High School. 946-1197.
39th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; also runs 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dec. 8; La Plata County Fairgrounds. 247-2117.
Dolores Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dolores River Brewery. 562-4494.
The Miserabillies performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Belle, 699 Main Ave.
Open Mic Night, 6 p.m., Steaming Bean, 915 Main Ave. 385-7901.
Snowdown Follies Chorus Line Auditions, 6 p.m., Bella Dance Studio, 2416 Main Ave. 259-4944 or www.snowdownfollies.org.
Neil Nelson performs, 6 p.m., Saloonatics performs, 9 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
Caldera Belly Dance Holiday Hafla, 6-9 p.m., Kendall Mountain Community Center in Silverton.
Contra Dance featuring Noralyn Parsons and Six Dollar String Band, 6:30 p.m., Zesty contra dance, 8 p.m., Park Elementary School, 510 E. 6th Ave. 385-9292.
“Black Boots, Black Bolo Holiday Gala” fundraiser and silent auction to benefit Center of Southwest Studies, 7 p.m., Center of SW Studies at Fort Lewis College. 247-7456.
Chad MacCluskey performs, 7-9 p.m., Eno Wine Bar and Coffee Café, 723 E. 2nd Ave.
Lacey Black performs, 7-9:30 p.m., Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. 247-3396.
Salsa Night, 7 p.m., Moe’s, 937 Main Ave. 259-9018.
The Moetones perform, 7 p.m., Mancos Valley Distillery.
DJ Kaztro, 9 p.m., Pongas, 121 W. 8th St. 382-8554.
39th annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., La Plata County Fairgrounds. 247-2117.
Belle Sunday Brunch, 1-3 p.m.; Blue Moon Ramblers, 7 p.m., Diamond Belle, 699 Main Ave.
“Mountain Lion!” opening reception, 1-3 p.m., Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores. 882-5600.
Holiday Festival, hosted by local Girl Scout Troops, 2-4 p.m., Dance in the Rockies, 1162 Dominguez Dr.
A Traditional Family Christmas featuring the Durango Choral Society, 3 p.m., Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. 247-7657 or www.durangoconcerts.com.
Holiday Tasting, Crafts Fair & Bazaar, 4-6 p.m., Durango Natural Foods, 575 E. 8th Ave.
Argentine Tango practice, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Durango Dance, 1120 Main Ave. www.tangodurango.com or 303-513-8055.
Jazz Church performs, 6 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
Music of Mexico, 9-11 p.m., Moe’s, 937 Main Ave. 259-9018.
Maker Mondays open art studio, 2-6 p.m., Ignacio Community Library.
Fall Storytime for Kids, 3 p.m., Fort Lewis Mesa Branch Library. 588-3331.
Free Acupuncture for veterans and families, 3-5 p.m., 635 E. 5th Ave. 403-4150.
Joel Racheff performs, 5:30-7:30 and 8:30-10:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave.
Doing your own divorce and/or custody in Colorado with Southwest Bar Legal Aid, 6 p.m., Durango Public Library. 247-0266.
Colorado Gives Night to benefit Cooking Matters, 4:30-9 p.m., Eolus, 919 Main Ave. 259-2898.
Rotary Club of Durango meets with a performance by the Durango High School Colours vocal group, 6 p.m., Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave. 385-7899.
Dustin Burley performs, 7 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
Open mic night, 8 p.m. - close, Moe’s 937 Main Ave. 259-9018.
Open mic/jam session, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m., The Summit, 600 Main Ave. www.durangosummit.com.
Beer bingo, 9-11 p.m., Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave.
Durango Bird Club Bird Walk, 9-10 a.m., For the Birds, 1560 East 2nd Ave. 382-9396.
Pick-up basketball, noon - 2 p.m., Durango Recreation Center. 799-0173.
Toddler Storytime, 2:30 p.m., Ignacio Community Library.
Storytime for Kids, 3 p.m., Fort Lewis Mesa Branch Library. 588-3331.
Gingerbread House and Story Time, 4 p.m., Ignacio Community Library.
Chess Night, 5 p.m., Ignacio Community Library.
Jose Villarreal performs, 6 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
Heartbeat Durango, support for those impacted by suicide, 6-8 p.m., Durango Fire & Rescue, 142 Sheppard Drive. 403-4103.
Durango Chess Club, 6:30 p.m., Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College.
Durango Fencing Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Durango Sports Club, 1600 Florida Road. 759-1883.
Joel Racheff performs, 7-11 p.m., 6512 Restaurant and Lounge, 152 E. College Dr.
“Patterns of Light,” through Dec. 5, Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave. 382-8355.
“Assaulted Lands: At What Cost?” through Dec. 10, Center of Southwest Studies. 247-7456.
Graduating Senior Art Majors Exhibition, runs through Dec. 21, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery.
Love by the Pound donation drive to benefit Southwest Safehouse and the Community Shelter, drop off clothing, blankets or nonperishables at Rivergate Pharmacy, 575 Rivegate Lane, Animas Surgical Hospital, Suite 111, Rothchild General Dentistry, 175 Mercado, Suite 115. 382-7780 or 375-7711.
Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market, 5-7 p.m., event runs through Dec. 24, Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. www.durangoarts.org or 259-2606.
Advantage Blanket and Coat Drive, through Dec. 31, drop off locations all over Durango including Advantage Physical Therapy, 3600 Main Ave. 259-4829 or www.advantageptwellness.com.
“Fancy This” exhibit from Juanita Ainsley, Durango Arts Center Art Library, 802 E. 2nd Ave. www.durangoarts.org.
“Woven to Wear: An Exhibit Featuring Navajo and Puebloan Textiles,” through May 16, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College.
“Native Views, Native Visions,” runs through Spring 2014, Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.
“Treasures Unveiled,” Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.
Karaoke, 8 p.m., Thurs. – Sun., 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave.
“Basics of Bulbs” workshop, part of LPEA’s Free Information Series, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Dec. 12, Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield. 382-7770.
Free Children’s Yoga Class for parents and child, ages 3-7 years, 4:40-5:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., Suite 205. 259-7337.
Jack Ellis performs, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 12, Diamond Belle, 699 Main Ave.
Coffee & Conversation with the Durango Business Improvement District, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Dec. 13, City Hall, 949 E. 2nd Ave. 375-5068.
Free Mommy & Me class, ages 3 and under, 10-11 a.m., Dec. 13, Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., Suite 205. 259-7337.
Aztec Christmas Festival, Dec. 13, carnival, 3:30 p.m., Aztec Boys and Girls Club, parade, 6 p.m., Main Avenue, and more, around downtown Aztec.
LINK: Celebrating Timeless Wisdom scholarship fundraiser, 4-11 p.m., Dec. 13, American Legion, 878 E. 2nd Ave.
“The Bizarre Bazaar,” 5-9 p.m., Dec. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Dec. 14, Studio &, 1027 Main Ave. andurango.com.
“Nutcracker” featuring the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 13-15, Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com.
Olde English Holiday Farmers Market, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dec. 14, La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.
The Met: Live in HD featuring Verdi’s “Falstaff,” 10:55 a.m., Dec. 14, Student Union at Fort Lewis College, Vallecito Room. www.durangoconcerts.com.
The Pete Giuliani Band performs, 7-11 p.m., Dec. 14, The Schank House at Vallecito Lake.
Jason Elmore performs, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14, Crash Music, Aztec. 505-427-6748.
Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas perform, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 15, Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. 769-1648.
Snowdown Kids Follies Auditions, 4-6 p.m., Dec. 16 and 17, Durango Arts Center Dance Studio, 802 E. 2nd Ave. www.durangoarts.org or 702-468-5893.
Free Infant Massage Class for parents and baby, ages 2-6 months, 10-11:30 a.m., Dec. 17, Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., Suite 205. 259-7337.
“Putting the Affordable Care Act to Work for You," 6 p.m., Dec. 17, Durango Public Library. 335-2021.
Pete Giuliani performs for the 2nd Anniversary Party, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 19, Mountain Madness Pub, County Road 203.
Bar D Wranglers Christmas Jubilee, 7 p.m., Dec. 19, Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com.
Celebrate Solstice on 2nd Avenue, 1-8 p.m., Dec. 21, between 7th & 8th Street. www.durangoart.orgs.
Jack Ellis performs, 7-11 p.m., Dec. 20, The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
Joel Racheff performs, 7-11 p.m., Dec. 22 and 29, The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
Jack Tallmadge performs, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 26, Diamond Belle, 699 Main Ave.
Black Velvet performs, 6-9 p.m., Dec. 26, St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Farmington.
Black Velvet performs, 8 p.m., Dec. 27, Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
Durango Nordic Ski Club COKE Races, 10 a.m., Dec. 28, races also run Jan. 11, 25, and Feb. 15, Nordic Center at Purgatory, Highway 550. 385-2114 or durangonordic.org.
Art Submission Deadline for Music in the Mountains, Jan. 9, Music in the Mountains, 1063 Main Ave. 385-6820 or www.musicinthemountains.com.
Rodney Carrington performs, 7 p.m., Jan. 11, Sky Ute Casino and Resort in Ignacio. www.skyutecasino.com.
Keller Williams performs, 8 p.m., Feb. 5, Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive. www.animascitytheatre.com.