FLC history legend Duane Smith hangs it up

What: A final lecture from Duane Smith
Where: Community Concert Hall, Fort Lewis College
When: Thurs., April 24, 7 p.m.

Duane Smith is about to leave the building. This year, the beloved Fort Lewis College history professor will officially retire from academia. But before he leaves those hallowed halls, Smith will deliver one final lecture at 7 p.m., Thurs., April 24, at the Community Concert Hall.

Perhaps the greatest expert on FLC and local history, Smith’s “Last Lecture” will feature stories and insights from nearly 50 years of teaching at FLC, along with local anecdotes, life lessons, musings and advice. Expect it all to be delivered in his trademark entertaining and engaging demeanor.

An educational institution unto himself, Smith first came to FLC in 1964 as an assistant professor in the History Department. Since then, he has become one of FLC’s most respected professors and has touched many lives. Among his many honors is a 1990 Council for Advancement and Support of Education Colorado Professor of the Year award.

Outside the classroom, Smith is an avid sports fan – his undying love for the Skyhawks and the Chicago Cubs is well known. He and his wife, Gay, can often be found in the stands at Skyhawk games where Smith has been known – to put it delicately –loudly share his views.

Tickets for Smith’s Last Lecture are sold out. Fortunately, for those who wan to to catch the action, he will be streamed live at www.fortlewis.edu/live-stream.

For more information, go to www.durangoconcerts.com

Thursday24

Durango Wine Experience, April 24-27, downtown Durango. www.durangowine.com
 
“Beyond Email,” 1 p.m., Ignacio Community Library. 563-9287.
 
You Knew Me When performs, 5 p.m., Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St.
 
Donny Johnson performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150.
 
Kirk James performs, 6 p.m., Sporting News Grill, Holiday Inn Express, Highway 160.
 
Evening Book Club, 6 p.m., Ignacio Community Library. 563-9287.
 
Drop-in Tennis, 6 p.m., Durango High tennis courts. 769-3772.
 
Trivia Night, 6 p.m., Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio. www.durangodiscovery.org.
 
Joel Racheff performs, 6 p.m., 6512 Restaurant and Lounge, 152 E. College Dr.
 
Undergraduate Research Symposium – Poster Presentation, 6-7:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom at Fort Lewis College.
 
Free acupuncture for veterans and families, 6-8 p.m., 635 E. 5th Ave. 403-4150.
 
Bingo, 6:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, 901 E. 2nd Ave.
 
Jack Ellis performs, 7 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
 
Fort Lewis College Professor Dr. Duane Smith’s Last Lecture, celebrating 49 years, 7-8:30 p.m., Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. 247-7657 or www.durangoconcerts.com.
 
Robby Pepper performs, 7-11 p.m., The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 

Friday25

Earlybird Toastmasters, 7-8:30 a.m., Christina's Bar & Grill, Highway 160. 247-4019.
 
Spring Book Sale, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Durango Public Library.
 
City of Durango Arbor Day Celebration, 10 a.m., Durango Rec Center.
 
Pick-up basketball, noon - 2 p.m., Durango Recreation Center. 799-0173.
 
Freshman and Sophomore Honors Convocation, 4 p.m., Student Union Ballroom at Fort Lewis College.
 
Art show featuring artist and blacksmith Dan Verniero, 4-7 p.m., Studio Sellke in Gem Village.
 
“Revolution Mary: Women of Protest and Progress,” works by Shay Lopez, opening reception, 5-9 p.m., exhibit runs through May 4, Studio &, 1027 Main Ave. anddurango.com.
 
The Lisa Blue Trio, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Bell, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150.
 
Salsa Night, live music and dancing, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Moe’s, 937 Main Ave. 259-9018.
 
Jack Ellis performs, 7 p.m., The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 
Peter Neds performs, 7 p.m., 6512 Restaurant and Lounge, 152 E. College Dr.
 
Bad Brad & The Fat Cats, 7:30 p.m., Historic Aztec Theatre in Aztec, N.M. 505-427-6748 or crashmusicaztec.com.
 
Black Velvet performs, 8 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
 
The Moetones perform, 8 p.m., Mancos Valley Distillery.
 
The Chills perform, 8:30 p.m., Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village.
 
Thievery Corporation DJ Set with Rob Garza, 9 p.m., The Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Ave. www.durangomassive.com.
 
Robby Overfield performs, 9 p.m., Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave. 403-1200 or www.theirishembassypub.com.
 

Saturday26

Spring Book Sale, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Durango Public Library.
 
Drop-in Tennis, 10 a.m., Durango High School tennis courts. 769-3772.
 
Archaeology Presentation, 10 a.m., Ignacio Community Library.  
 
Live in HD: The Met presents Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, 10:55 a.m., Student Union Vallecito Room at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com.
 
Earth Day 5K and Family Fun Run, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., For the Birds and Rotary Park. www.durangonaturestudies.org.
 
“Who’s Your Mama?” a celebration of Mother Earth and Good Dirt Radio’s 10th Birthday, 3-7 p.m., Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio. 422-8566.
 
Kirk James performs, 5 p.m., Balcony Bar & Grill, 600 Main Ave.
 
Pete Neds performs, 5:30 p.m., The Diamond Bell Saloon, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150.
 
Trout Unlimited – 5 Rivers Chapter Spring Fundraiser, 5:30-10 p.m., Lost Dog Bar, 1150 Main Ave. 903-3010.
 
Take Over the El Rancho, fundraiser for Durango Montessori Elementary School’s Stillwater music program, 6-9 p.m., El Rancho Tavern.
 
TED Talk Discussion Group, 6:30-8 p.m., IlluminArts, 1140 Main Ave., Suite C. 505-231-1369.
 
Greg Ryder performs, 7 p.m., The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 
Robbie Overfield performs, 7 p.m., 6512 Restaurant and Lounge, 152 E. College Dr.
 
Chad MacCluskey performs, 7-9 p.m., Eno Wine Bar, 723 E. 2nd Ave. 385-0105.
 
“Symphony in Blue” with the San Juan Symphony, final concert for 2013-14 season, 7:30 p.m., Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com.
 
Soul River Band performs, 8 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
 
Trivia Night, 8 p.m. - close, Bottom Shelf Brewery in Bayfield.
 
New Moon Astro-Tour, 8:30 p.m., Durango Nature Center.
 
Ralph Dinosaur performs, 9 p.m., Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave. 403-1200 or www.theirishembassypub.com.
 
DJ Kaztro, 9 p.m., Pongas, 121 W. 8th St. 382-8554.
 
DJ Listen performs, 10 p.m., El Rancho Tavern.
 

Sunday27

Yoga Basics Workshop, 2-3:30 p.m., Yogadurango, Florida Road Studio.
“From Bach to Boogie,” senior recital featuring Adam Swanson on piano, 3 p.m., Community Concert Hall, Fort Lewis College.
 
“Circles,” a Durango Children’s Chorale Concert, 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Drive. Durangochoralsociety.org.
 
Informal Tango Practice, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Durango Dance, 1120 Main Ave. 769-5519.
 
Jazz Church, 6 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
 
Blue Moon Ramblers perform, 7 p.m., Diamond Belle, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150.
 
Joel Racheff performs, 7-11 p.m., The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 
Latin Music Night, 9 p.m. - close, Moe’s, 937 Main Ave. 259-9018.
 

Monday28

Maker Mondays open art studio, 2-6 p.m., Ignacio Community Library.
 
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 p.m., Diamond Bell, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150.
 
Ace Revel performs, 6-8 p.m., Eno Wine Bar, 723 E. 2nd Ave.
 
Tim G. performs, 7 p.m., The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 

Tuesday29

Durango Growth Organization Visitor’s Day, “Business and Money” presentation, noon - 1 p.m., Pine River Valley Bank.
 
Ignacio Science Explorers Club, 4 p.m., Ignacio Community Library.
 
Terry Rickard performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Bell, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150.
 
Rotary Club of Durango meets, presentation on Antarctica, 6 p.m., Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave. 385-7899.
 
Dustin Burley performs, 6 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
 
Drop-in Tennis, 6 p.m., Durango High tennis courts. 769-3772.
 
Book Release Party featuring Luke Mehall, author of Great American Dirtbags, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave. 247-1438 or mariasbookshop.com.
 
Tim Sullivan performs, 7 p.m., The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 
Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. - close, Moe’s 937 Main Ave. 259-9018.
 
Beer bingo, 9-11 p.m., Lady Falconburgh’s, 640 Main Ave.
 

Wednesday30

Weminuche Audubon Society Bird Walk, 9-10 a.m., For the Birds, 1560 East 2nd Ave. 382-9396.
 
Mothers Wisdom Circle for pregnant women, new mothers and grandmothers, noon - 1:30 p.m., Smiley Building, 1309 E. 3rd Ave. 946-6994.
 
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.
 
Women, Wheels and Wine, free guided womens mountain bike ride in Horse Gulch for all levels, 5-6:30 p.m. Meet at MBS. Drinks and snacks to follow at MBS. 
 
Chess Night, 5 p.m., Ignacio Community Library.
 
Greg Ryder performs, 5:30 p.m., Diamond Bell, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150.
 
Durango Devo Zia Town Race Series, BMX Short Track, 5:30 p.m.
 
Durango Running Club Group Trail Run, 6 p.m., meet at Animas Mountain trailhead, W. 4th Avenue and W. 33rd Street. 206-856-1063 or www.durangorunningclub.org.
 
Black Velvet performs, 6 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
 
Ace Revel performs, 6 p.m., 6512 Restaurant and Lounge, 152 E. College Dr.
 
Durango Chess Club, 6:30 p.m., Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College.
 
Singles Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave.
 
“A Bite of Jazz,” dinner, 6:30 p.m., concert, 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Church, 410 San Juan Drive. 385-6820.
 
Durango Fencing Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Durango Sports Club, 1600 Florida Road. 759-1883.
 
Terry Rickard performs, 7-11 p.m., The Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 

Ongoing

“Time Lines: Meditations in Cloth,” show runs through April 27, Durango Arts Center Library, 802 E. 2nd Ave. www.durangoarts.org.
 
Creativity Festivity, showcasing work of local students, runs through May 2, Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave. www.durangoarts.org.
 
Senior Art Majors Exhibition, exhibit runs through May 3, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery.
 
"Suenos de Chile," works by Lisa Pedolsky, exhibit runs through May 9, White Dragon Tearoom, 820 Main Ave. 385-7300.
 
"Spanish Colonial Arts: Origins,” runs through May 10, Durango Arts Center, 802 E 2nd Ave.
 
Photography by Howard Rachlin, runs through May 15, Kassidy’s Kitchen, 171 Suttle St.
 
“Woven to Wear," an exhibit featuring Navajo and Puebloan textiles, through May 16, Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.
 
“Native Views, Native Visions," Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.
 
40 Years of Photography by Jonathan Blair, through June 4, Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave. 382-8355 or www.openshuttergallery.com.
 
“Beauty and Necessity: The Rio Grande Collection,” through Dec. 17, Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.
 
Meditation and Satsang, 7 p.m., first and third Sundays of each month, Smiley Building, 1309 E. 3rd Ave., Room 10. www.craigholliday.com.
 
The Four Corners Beekeeper’s Association “The Buzz Club” meets, 6 p.m., third Monday of each month, Florida Baptist Church near Elmore’s Corner. 903-1877.
 
Peace and Justice Fellowship meeting, 6-7:30 p.m., first and third Mondays of each month, 111 Linda Court. 403-9309.
 
Heartbeat Durango, support for those impacted by suicide, 6-8 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, Durango Fire & Rescue, 142 Sheppard Drive. 403-4103.
 
Karaoke, 8 p.m., Thurs. – Sun., 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave.
 

Upcoming

Six-person group show at Studio &, submission deadline May 1; show runs July 19-27, Studio &, 1027 Main Ave. www.anddurango.com.
 
“Astheno-Litho” opening reception, 5-7 p.m., May 1, exhibit runs through May, Substratum Gallery, 1021½ Main Ave.
 
"The Perfect Storm: The Cause Behind Neuro-Developmental Disorders," 6:30-8 p.m., May 1, Durango Public Library. 422-2032.
 
DEVO Bike Swap, May 3; bike drop-off, May 2, Chapman Hill Ice Rink.
 
Exhibit featuring Harold Seibel, opening reception, 5-8 p.m., May 2, exhibit runs through May, Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center in Ignacio. 563-4600.
 
Pub Science, 6 p.m., May 2, Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio. www.durangodiscovery.com.
 
“Serenity,” a Durango Choral Society and Durango Women’s Choir concert, 7 p.m., May 2, St. Columba Church, 1830 E. 2nd Ave. durangochoralsociety.org.
 
Ethel performs “Grace,” 7:30 p.m., May 2, Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com or 247-7657.
 
Fort Lewis College Commencement, 8:30 and 11:30 a.m., May 3, Whalen Gym at Fort Lewis College. www.fortlewis.edu/graduation.
 
Gazpacho’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 1:30 p.m., May 3, Gazpacho Restaurant.
 
Free Gardening class for Kids, ages 2-12, 2 p.m., May 3, AJ’s Greenhouse, 60 E. Owen Road. 247-0757.
 
Kentucky Derby Party, fund-raiser for Hospice at Mercy, 2-5 p.m., May 3, Rochester Hotel, 726 E. 2nd Ave.
 
Ballet Durango presents “A Festival of Dance,” 4 p.m., May 3, Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. www.durangoconcerts.com.
 
Spencer James performs with Mike Jones, Comedy Nights at the Strater, 8 p.m., May 3, Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave. 375-7160 or henrystratertheatre.com.
 
Dandelion Festival, 1-9 p.m., May 4, Rotary Park. www.turtlelakerefuge.org.
 
Spring Bear Wake-up Social, 4-7 p.m., May 7, Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio. bearsmartdurango.org.
 
The Assortment performs, 4:30-7:30 p.m., May 7, The Rochester Hotel, 726 E. 2nd Ave. www.rochesterhotel.com.
 
Free Legal Self-Help Clinic, 2-5 p.m., May 9, Ignacio Community Library. 563-9287.
 
Kirtan with Blue Lotus Feet, May 10, Durango Farmer’s Market, First National Bank parking lot, 259 W. 9th Street.
 
The Miserabillies perform, 5:30 p.m., May 10, The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave. 375-7150.
 
“Two fishes in Chile - Lisa Pedolsky, Artist-in-Residence and Waldemar Winkler, Traveler,” part of the Tuesday Evening Seminars, 5:30-7 p.m., May 13, Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave. 382-8355.
 
Cheers for Children, wine tasting to benefit Riverhouse Children’s Center, 5:30-8:30 p.m., May 10, The Glacier Club, Highway 550. 247-0204.
 
Behavioral Health Call to Action, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., May 14, La Plata County Fairgrounds.
 
Poetry Submission Deadline for Southwest Old Growth Forests Conference, May 15, conference runs Aug. 4-5, Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. swcenter.fortlewis.edu/swogf.
 
New Country Rehab performs, 7:30 p.m., May 17, Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
 
"The Fab Four – The Best Beatles Show in The World,” 8 p.m., May 17, Sky Ute Casino, Ignacio. skyutecasino.com.
 
Jill Cohn performs, 8 p.m., May 17, Mr. Happy’s in Cortez.
 
“Taste of Spring,” 1-6 p.m., May 17-18, Fox Fire Farms Winery in Ignacio. 563-4675.
 
Infant Massage Class for parents and baby, ages 2 to 6 months, 10-11:30 a.m., May 20, Pediatric Associates of Durango, 1199 Main Ave., Suite 205. 259-7337.
 
Meet the Author event featuring Scott Graham, author of Canyon Sacrifice, 6:30-7:30 p.m., May 20, Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave. www.mariasbookshop.com.
 
Lies, Shame & Self-Medication: A Durango Love Story, 7:30 p.m., May 22-24, Henry Strater Theater, 699 Main Ave. www.henrystratertheatre.com.
 
Jill Cohn performs, 8:30 p.m., May 23, Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
 
Durango Blues Train, May 30-31 and Aug. 22-23. Durangobluestrain.com or 866-515-6166.
 
Men Who Grill, 11 a.m., June 7, Buckley Park. 247-1242.
 
Gunfights: Thanks Michelle, 7 p.m., June 9, Diamond Belle, 699 Main Ave.
 
5K Run/Walk to benefit Durango Derailers Cycling Club, 9:30 a.m., June 13, Fort Lewis College campus. www.swcahec.org 375-3250.
 
Jill Cohn performs, 8:30 p.m., June 13, Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
 
Clay Walker performs, 8 p.m., June 14, Sky Ute Casino and Resort in Ignacio. skyutecasino.com.
 
Bayberry Jam, noon - 6 p.m., June 21, Eagle Park in Bayfield.
 
Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville, June 27-Aug. 30, Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.
 
Void Where Prohibited performs, July 4, The Balcony Bar and Grill, 600 Main Ave.
 
Void Where Prohibited performs, July 5, Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave.
 
Barenaked Ladies perform, 8 p.m., Aug. 2, Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio. skyutecasino.com or 888-842-4180.
 
Durango Railfest, Aug. 14-17, downtown Durango.