Stuff to do: Sept. 24-30, 2020

Stuff to do: Sept. 24-30, 2020

What the heck is going on in this picture? To find out, join actor Charlie Grice, above, and the rest of the Merely Players for their giddy open air (and FREE) rendition of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." The socially distanced play takes place Thursday - Sunday at Jenkins Ranch Park in Skyridge. For details, go to www.merelyplayers.us.

Thursday24

Virtual Durango Green Drinks, featuring The Good Food Collective and Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College, 5:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Sustainability Alliance of SW Colorado. For info, visit Durango Green Drinks on FB.
 

Free Shakespeare in the Park: “Much Ado About Nothing,” a socially distanced, abbreviated, giddy version of the classic comedy presented by Merely Players, 6 p.m.; Also 6 p.m. Sept. 25-26 and 2 p.m. Sept. 26-27. Jenkins Ranch Park, Skyridge. Masks required, first-come, first-seated. More info. at www.mereyplayers.us.
 
Jose Villareal plays, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 
DJ Calvin spins, 5-8 p.m., 11th Street Station, Main Ave. and 11th St.
 
Powerhouse Trivia Night on the plaza, Thursdays through September, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Socially distanced tables, masks required. No groups larger than 8. $5 suggested team donations.

Friday 25

23rd annual Manhattan Short Film Festival kicks off, thru Oct. 1, Allen Stadium 9 Theatre. Tickets at: https://tinyurl.com/y5t7otgq
 
Alex Forsthoff and Friends play, 4-9 p.m., the Nugget Bar, south of Purg.
 
Eat Local Month Harvest Dinner, Fridays thru Oct. 16, 5-7 p.m. Each week, pick up a gourmet take-out dinner from a participating restaurant, farm or local purveyor. $75 ticket includes three courses, an alcoholic beverage and a special gift. Proceeds benefit Local First and local food businesses. Tickets at: local-first.org/eatlocalmonth.
 
Dustin Burley plays, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 
Robby Overfield plays, 6-9 p.m., Fox Fire Farms, 513 CR 321, Ignacio.
 
Free Shakespeare in the Park: “Much Ado About Nothing,” a socially distanced, abbreviated, giddy version of the classic comedy presented by Merely Players, 6 p.m.; Also 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and 2 p.m. Sept. 26-27. Jenkins Ranch Park, Skyridge. Masks required, first-come, first-seated. More info. at www.mereyplayers.us.
 
Lavalanche plays, 6-9 p.m., 11th Street Station, Main Ave. and 11th St.

Saturday 26

National Public Lands Day, volunteer opportunities on Ice Lakes Trail, Missionary Ridge and Cutthroat Trail, near Purg. For info., contact Partnership Coordinator Lorena Williams at 970-422-2939 or by email at lorena.williams@usda.gov
 
Durango Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 noon, in TBK Parking Lot, across from the Transit Center. Facemasks required. www.durangofarmersmarket.com.
 
Henry Stoy plays piano, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., Jean Pierre Wine Bar, College Drive and Main.
 
Free bokken (sword) and jo (staff) lessons, 9-10 a.m., Claire Viles Park. Masks required. www.durangoaikido.com
 
13th annual Fall Blaze and Cycling Celebration, 9 a.m. Riders of all abilities are invited to choose from road, mountain, gravel, BMX, tandem, e-bike, townie, Peloton, or any other cycling mode, and head out on an any-distance ride. Riders can compete for most miles ridden, most vertical gained and most vertical lost by joining the Durango Fall Blaze Strava Club. Register at www.durangofallblaze.com. Proceeds go to FLC Cycling.
 
Mountain Marmot Trail Run, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Purgatory Resort. www.purgatoryresort.com
 
Derek Abt plays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 11th Street Station, Main Ave. and 11th St.
 
Rock Out at the River, all-day rock and roll and Southern music fest and fireworks, Tico Time Resort, across from the State Line Gas Station.
 
Free Shakespeare in the Park: “Much Ado About Nothing,” a socially distanced, abbreviated, giddy version of the classic comedy presented by Merely Players, 2 & 6 p.m.; Also 2 p.m. Sept. 27. Jenkins Ranch Park, Skyridge. Masks required, first-come, first-seated. More info. at www.mereyplayers.us.
 
 
Drive-in Concert Series, 1-4 p.m., La Plata Senior Center Parking Lot. $50/vehicles. Proceeds benefit a different local nonprofit each week.
 
Devin Scott plays everything from R. Kelly to Patsy Cline on ukulele, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 
The Assortment plays, 6-9 p.m., Wines of the San Juan, Blanco, New Mexico, (505) 632-0879.
 
A Swinging Jazz Night with Tommy Gearhart and his band play, 4-9 p.m., the Nugget Bar, south of Purg.
 
Gary B. Walker plays jazz accordion, 6-8 p.m., Dandelion Café, 725 E. 2nd Ave.
 
Middle Ground plays bluegrass, 6-9 p.m., 11th Street Station, Main Ave. and 11th St.

Sunday 27

Colorado State BMX Championships, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Cundiff Park, BMX track.
 
Henry Stoy plays piano, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., Jean Pierre Wine Bar, College Drive and Main.
 
Alex Forsthoff plays, 12-3 p.m., 11th Street Station, Main Ave. and 11th St.
 
Free Shakespeare in the Park: “Much Ado About Nothing,” a socially distanced, abbreviated, giddy version of the classic comedy presented by Merely Players, 2 p.m. Jenkins Ranch Park, Skyridge. Masks required, first-come, first-seated. More info. at www.mereyplayers.us.
 
Blue Moon Ramblers play Americana/bluegrass, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave.
 
Joel Racheff plays, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.

Monday 28

Meditation and Dharma Talk with Bill Ball, 5:30- 7 p.m. online at www.durangodharmacenter.org/
 
Rob Webster plays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 
Ed Bolster plays live on the patio, 6-8 p.m., PRIMI Pasta & Wine Bar, 1201 Main Ave.

Tuesday 29

E-Commerce Online Workshop Series, 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesdays. Presented by the SW Colorado Small Business Development Center. $10/workshop or $50/series of six. Register at: https://tinyurl.com/y57v7xd9
 
Navajo Supply Drive, food, clothing and pet food drive for the Navajo Nation, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., parking lot across from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 254 E. Fifth Ave. There will also be drop-offs Wed., Sept. 30 10 a.m.- noon.  Arrangements for pick up can also be made by calling Judy at 970-749-6707.
 
Sean O’Brien plays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 
Zoom with La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Lee Parker, presented by Rotary Club of Durango, 6 p.m. Email: mtnman16@gmail.com.
 
Alison and Friends play, 6-8 p.m., Dandelion Café, 725 E. Second Ave.
 
 
 
Wednesday30
 
Wednesday Wine Workshop, “Sicilian Wines” with sommelier Tracy, 4-5 p.m., PRIMI Pasta & Wine Bar, 1201 Main Ave. Reserve your spot at www.primidurango.com
 
Backyard fruit harvesting with the Good Food Collective, Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. Meet at Manna Soup Kitchen. Bring water bottle, face mask and boxes/bags for any fruit you want to take home. Info at: www.goodfoodcollective.org/get-involved
 
Free bokken (sword) and jo (staff) lessons, 5-6 p.m., Claire Viles Park. Masks required. www.durangoaikido.com
 
Terry Rickard plays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Office Spiritorium, 699 Main Ave.
 
Carute Roma plays, part of the Animas City Passeggiata, 6-8 p.m., outside 81301 Coffee Roasters, 31st & Main.
 
Free circuit workout, every Wednesday, 6 p.m. lead by physical therapist Andre Botha. Masks required. Ohana Physical Therapy, 130 Rock Point Drive, Unit C in the Tech Center. RSVP at: 970-247-7895.

Ongoing

 
Durango Playfest presents “Actor’s Journal,” free recordings of original works, essays, poems, remembrances by various actors. Six new actors featured every month. www.durangoplayfest.org/actors-journal  
 
After-School Theatre Classes for third- to 12 graders, beginning Sept. 23, Durango Arts Center. Class sizes limited to 10 students. www.durangoarts.org.
 
Art classes for third- to 12 graders, homeschool learners and after-school, Durango Arts Center. Class sizes limited to 10 students. www.durangoarts.org.
 
Durango Public Library Weekly Activity Kits available for curbside pickup every Tuesday. Kits include supplies for one project for preschool, elementary and teen-age students. A new kit is released every Tuesday while supplies last. To request, email reference@DurangoGov.org or call (970) 375-3380.
 
PIVOT: Skateboard Deck Art exhibit, over 100 skateboard decks painted by 30 different Native American artists, on view by appointment through spring 2021, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College. swcenter.fortlewis.edu/
 
“Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” exhibit on the history of 200 items from the Football Hall of Fame, Farmington Museum. Open Sun., noon-5 p.m.; Mon., Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For info go to FarmingtonMuseum.org or call (505) 599-1174.
 
“Inside Out: An Exhibit on Womens Fashion,” from the first bras to Lady Gaga’s boots, outfits from fashion icons throughout American history, Farmington Museum. Sun., noon-5 p.m.; Mon., Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For info go to FarmingtonMuseum.org.
 
Adam Swanson plays ragtime piano, Mon.-Sat., 5:30-8:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main.
 
Lacey Black/Dale Elliott play ragtime and honky-tonk piano, 12 noon – 2:30ish, daily at the Grand Imperial Hotel’s Lone Spur Cafe in Silverton.

Upcoming:

Meet the authors: local comic book creators Kayla Shaggy and Keith Jim, free Zoom presentation, Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Maria’s Bookshop. More info at: www.mariasbookshop.com
 
Laugh Therapy Open Mic, Oct. 1, comic sign-up at 7 p.m., show starts at 8, Union Social House, 3062 Main. Show up early for seating. 
 
Telluride’s Original Thinkers Virtual Festival, Oct. 1-11, www.originalthinkers.com
 
Chapman Hill Ice Rink opens for the season Oct. 2, public skating 3:30-5:30 p.m.; outdoor gear swap 3:30-6:30 p.m. Skate and hockey passes will be for sale for discounted prices.
 
Women's Beginner Swiftwater Rescue Course, taught by women, for women, Oct. 2-3, on the Colorado River in Moab, Hosted by Alpacka Raft4Corners Riversports, Artemis Sportswomen and OARS. Register at: https://tinyurl.com/y4aus44x
 
“Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas,” a traveling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History opens Oct. 3, Powerhouse Science Center.
 
Carute Roma plays Mancos Brewing Co’s anniversary party, Oct. 3, 4-7 p.m., Mancos Brewing.
 
Virtual Road Apple Rally 40th annual MTB race, Oct. 3-17, racers will use Strava or MTB Project to track and record their times on the course. Register online by Oct. 17 at noon or download registration form at www.RoadAppleRally.com and mail by Oct. 2. Take a screenshot of your results and submit by Oct. 18.
 
Powerhouse Plazapalooza, Oct. 4, 2-5 p.m., live music and local food, cash bar. Social distancing will be practiced. Pay what you wish, with suggested donation to support STEM education.
 
Rocky Mountain Ukefest Online Jam, Oct. 5 & 19, 6 p.m., denise@rockymountainukefest.com
 
Zoom with public defender Justin Bogan, presented by Rotary Club of Durango, Oct. 6, 6 p.m. Email: mtnman16@gmail.com.
 
Meet the author and climate change discussion with Laura Paskus, author of At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate, and Mountain Studies Institute, free Zoom presentation, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Maria’s Bookshop. More info at: www.mariasbookshop.com
 
Girls on the Run Fall Virtual 5k, Oct. 7-11. $15/individual, $50 for a family of four and $10/canine. To sign up or for more info, go to www.gotrwesterncolorado.org 
 
USA Cycling Collegiate MTB National Championships, Oct. 16-18, Purgatory Resort., Durango, CO1301
 
NICA Colorado State MTB Championships, Oct. 24-25, Durango Mesa Park.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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