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Celtic Concert with a Medieval Twist

and Main Ave., Downtown Durango. Under the dictatorial Franco regime, regional music in Spain had been suppressed, with flamenco named the “national sound…” but Núñez recognized Spanish music was so much more. Though of Galician descent, she has a passion for Fado, the traditional music of Portugal, and has been lauded by critics as offering

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‘Burlesque: The Greatest Show’ Opens Tonight at PSCA

This is not a show to miss!” Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here… … Or call Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts at 970-731-7469 (731-SHOW). Learn about SE School of Movement at seschoolofmovement.com. “We have incredibly talented individuals, but the beauty of the show lies in their perfect synchronization. The show opens tonight,

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Tickets for Dweezil Zappa Concert Go on Sale Today

Tickets for Dweezil Zappa: “Fifty Years of Frank” ($39-$46) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or call 970.247.7657, or visit the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. Tickets are set to go on sale at today Friday, March 3, at 10am. All sales final. We are able to tackle any vocal scenario

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‘Colorado Creates’ Grant Application Now Available

Applicants seeking assistance are advised to contact Creative Industries Division counselors well in advance of the application deadline. Guidelines are now available for Colorado Creative Industries’ ‘Colorado Creates’ grant program. Creative Industries staff has developed a resource handbook to assist with the application process. “By investing in this sector’s vitality, the state builds its reputation

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‘Cirk La Putyka’ Coming to Community Concert Hall March 16

and Main Ave., Downtown Durango. Visual poetry meets physical comedy with a dash of contemporary circus with Cirk La Putyka, as the troupe brings its “Slapstick Sonata” to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Thursday, March 16 at 7:30pm. Gradually, the late night laborers break out of their mundane routine, shedding the drab exterior for a vibrant and

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Pagosa Center to Host Children’s Theatre Camp

All Three Weeks: Early Bird registration cost is $350; late registration cost is $400. First week cost is $150… Total cost for 2nd and 3rd weeks together is $300. For additional questions on the best summer activity in Southwest Colorado, please contact Laura Moore at laura@pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-7469. Theatre also teaches students the

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Renew Your Thingamajig Friendship… Or Start One…

We also established a tradition called Tech Tuesdays where a group of volunteer Friends cook a dish and bring it to feed the hectic Company the Tuesday before a show opens. Tech Tuesdays are becoming some of the Friends favorite events, as they get to jump in the world and join in the busy, fun

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LIBRARY NEWS: Alaskan Native Storyteller to Perform Tomorrow, Feb. 24

“4321” by Paul Auster recounts the life of a man on four simultaneous and independently fictional paths. “Below the Belt” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery. “Wyoming Brave” is a western romance. Johnstone is book one of two in this western series. Alaskan storyteller Lily Hope will perform at the Ruby Sisson Library

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‘Greatest Show on Earth’… Burlesque Returns to PSCA

For two weekends in March — March 9, 10, 11 and March 17, 18 — ladies and gentlemen can be wildly entertained by the Burlesque Vintage Circus, a sexy evening of music, dancing, humor, aerial arts and acrobatics. Sariah Ellismore’s School of Movement’s Burlesque Show is back by popular demand and better than ever, in

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Jazz Meets Country with John Scofield Trio on March 1

He infuses classic country melodies with improvisational jazz, vowing to maintain the integrity and character of the genre, while interpreting classics from George Jones, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, Patti Page and Shania Twain. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season in 2017, the Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the

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Los Lobos to Headline 2017 Four Corners Folk Festival

Los Lobos were already East L.A. rockers The Blasters. FolkWest is pleased to announce that Los Lobos will be returning to Pagosa Springs this September to headline the Four Corners Folk Festival. Although the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band

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Regional Photo Contest Invites Entries

Entries restricted to a maximum 32″ longest edge and 80″ perimeter. An early registration discount is available until April 15, 2017. Entry titles and price changes can be submitted until May 15. Cash prizes and awards will be given in all categories. This show will celebrate the essential photograph without the distraction of matting or

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‘Apocalyptic Planet’ Author to Speak at Fort Lewis College

Tickets are going fast. The event will take place at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. “From the driest deserts of Chile, through the genetic wasteland of central Iowa, to the site of the drowned land bridge of the Bering Sea, Childs uncovers cataclysms that tell us what could be next: forthcoming ice

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Thingamajig’s ‘The Good Body’ Opens February 10 at PSCA

Thingamajig Theatre is sticking with one of its favorite tradition this February, by opening its 6th “Locals Show,” where local individuals brave the spotlight and challenge themselves in a new arena. Clair… and Joan Ward as the famous Helen Gurley Brown — the woman behind Cosmo. The story begins with Eve’s tortured relationship with her

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‘The Lift’ to Host Jacque Aragon Photography Show

The visual drama and artistry that show up in her images are born from a keen eye for the moods of nature. Please join us for the show opening this Friday, February 3 from 5-8pm at the Lift Coffee Shop, 175 Pagosa Street Suite #4, next door to Farrago Market Cafe. The final result from

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Final Weekend for Thingamajig’s ‘Buyer & Cellar’

The critically-acclaimed comedy ‘Buyer & Cellar’ swept the Best of 2013 Theater lists including The New York Times, Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Post, New York Daily News and won the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award and 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Production. La Streisand does indeed have a mall, with shops

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EDITORIAL: The Mysteries of an Artist Economy, Part Eight

But it didn’t exactly produce a “festival street.” The only “festival” that takes place on Lewis Street is the Chamber of Commerce Car Show, held each year in the late spring. But there is only so much a government — local or state — can do to bring about a vibrant arts scene, right? If

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EDITORIAL: The Mysteries of an Artist Economy, Part Seven

We have way, way uptown, and we have the old downtown. Read Part One The world leadership which has come to the United States cannot rest solely upon superior power, wealth, and technology, but must be solidly founded upon the worldwide respect and admiration for the Nation’s high qualities as a leader in the realm

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EDITORIAL: The Mysteries of an Artist Economy, Part Six

“I hope I can contribute to this community. But I’ve thought about having another studio, in town… So the idea of an art district is fantastic. Roberto Garcia posing with his raw bronze of Spanish explorer Joseph de Escandon. having achieved popularity, profit, or distinction.  Here, we are listening to sculptor Roberto Garcia: “I’ve been

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EDITORIAL: The Mysteries of an Artist Economy, Part Five

The District’s outreach to the regional arts community led to the huge success of the Artspace Arts Market Survey with 616 respondents. Trinidad already developed an ‘arts district’ of sorts — the ‘Corazon de Trinidad Creative District,’ officially certified by CCI in 2013. The program involves a consortium of public and private partners including the

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EDITORIAL: The Mysteries of an Artist Economy, Part Four

The Senior Center dining room, in the Ross Aragon Community Center, was full of storytellers on Tuesday evening. I cannot say whether my mother’s efforts at encouraging my storytelling tendencies were crucial to the fact that I eventually became an artist… or whether I was born an artist, and she simply helped me accept my

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EDITORIAL: The Mysteries of an Artist Economy, Part Three

2. That’s a pattern you can track, all over the country. Should the arts community work hand-in-hand with the Town government to win recognition from the state of Colorado as part of Colorado Creative Industries’ “Certified Creative Districts” program — a program that has thus far bestowed “five-year certifications” on 18 arts-oriented districts across Colorado?

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Monte Vista Crane Festival Sponsoring Annual Photo Contest

Photo entries will be accepted January 12 through February 15, 2017. Winners will receive prizes, including the display of their photograph at the Monte Vista Visitor’s Center, their printed and framed photo and the possibility for publication in a national magazine. There will be one winner and one runner-up in the categories of People &

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EDITORIAL: The Mysteries of an Artist Economy, Part Two

Downtown was littered with boarded-up brick buildings; a new Walmart was threatening local retail businesses; the nearby Climax Mine — once the largest underground mine in the world, and also the largest polluter of the Arkansas River — was laying off workers. “Stakeholder interviews were conducted November 29 and 30, 2016, and throughout those discussions

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EDITORIAL: The Mysteries of an Artist Economy, Part One

But this morning, I’d like to begin exploring how state and local governments view ‘The Arts’ — to begin exploring what it might mean when planning committees start to talk about an ‘Arts District.’ Back in 2012, I came across a news article about the City of Salida, a rural community located about halfway between

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THINGAMAJIG THEATRE: A Star is Born

Buyer & Cellar is a wonderful play made all the better for finding its perfect star. But above all else, it’s funny. Alex, with his improv comedy training, rises to the challenge but won’t back down on the arbitrary price he sets. Streisand’s quirks are on full display here, but so is her intelligence, enthusiasm

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‘Buyer & Cellar’ Gets Ready to Open at PSCA

In this one-person, ninety-five-minute, intermission-less piece, Andrew Start plays Alex More — a hopeful young actor who’s left New York for Los Angeles, where he hopes to establish a career as a performer. New York actor Andrew Start returns to Pagosa Springs as Alex More in Jonathon Tolins’ Broadway hit, ‘Buyer & Cellar’ showing January

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‘Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Kick Off 2017 at Community Concert Hall

Hot wound up selling in excess of 1.3 million copies. The current tour, launched in July 2016, finds Squirrel Nut Zippers on tour for the first time in almost seven years. Tickets for the Squirrel Nut Zippers ($36/$46) are available on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com or call 970.247.7657, or visit the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome

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Martinis and Mistletoe at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts

Your funny bone may never recover from Mr. Scott’s infectious brand of humor! You’ll wonder how you survived the holidays before Thingamajig’s The SantaLand Diaries. What’s the recipe for a hilarious Christmas Season? Take David Sedaris’ hilarious, true story of working as a misguided elf at the Macy’s flagship store in New York City. Thingamajig

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ESSAY: Garden of Joy… Or, a Secret Ain’t No Good Unless You Share It, Part Two

That phenomenon speaks not only about the quality of what was going on up on the stage, but it speaks about the quality of the audience in those seats, without whom the magic of theatre could not exist. Last summer an organization formed to support the artistic efforts at the Center: Friends of the Theatre.

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ESSAY: Garden of Joy… Or, a Secret Ain’t No Good Unless You Share It, Part One

A year or two before Laura met Tim, I was visiting Breckenridge. She was in both of the Theatre Department’s improv groups; she was also a serious student and made the Dean’s List practically every quarter of her college career. I was a cattle rancher for 40 years, and Ann — a former school superintendent

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‘SantaLand Diaries’ Still Reins in the Laughs

Mr. Scott delivers the vignettes about the chaos of the NYC Macy’s Santa exhibit with varying comedic styles. For 80 minutes, Crumpet the Elf details the chaos, turmoil and adventures that can happen during Macy’s Santa Claus in-store exhibit. Mr. Mr. Rated R. Be warned that the show is filled with raw language; it would

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‘Heralds of Christmas’ Concert to Share Holiday Music, Sunday Dec. 18

Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 South Pagosa Blvd. Our organization presents four concerts annually and funds collected via donations allow the organization to continue operations and also to support music education in our local schools. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will be celebrating the holiday season with beautiful brass music featuring the Pagosa Brass Quartet. Your local musicians

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PHOTO ESSAY: Macy’s a Common Theme at Thingamajig Holiday Party

Hostess Joanne Irons James Scott Dr. Mark McAnelly proudly displays his Christmas Suit, purchased from Macys.com I do believe I audibly gasped when I first saw The Christmas Suit with Matching Tie. The versatile and beloved James Scott plays a Christmas elf working in Macy’s Christmas display in the irreverent one-man-show Santaland Diaries – opening

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ESSAY: ‘Darker Compassion’ in Pagosa Springs, Part Two

The Priest, by Stanislav “So I’ve given all these [sixteen] dark artists the theme of ‘compassion.’ Hopefully, it’s a good challenge. “It’d be like taking a group of artists, who do light-hearted stuff — you know, like flowers and puppies — and asking them to create something based on a theme like ‘Fear…’ or ‘Hate…’

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This ‘Christmas Pageant’ is the Best

The story involves a town that mounts a traditional, crèche-inspired Christmas pageant every year at the local church. The moral is that if we only accept them, the mean will turn kind and the selfish compassionate. Thingamajig Theatre Company presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ by Barbara Robinson. In fact, it may well change your

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ESSAY: ‘Darker Compassion’ in Pagosa Springs, Part One

Refreshments will be served. “The Sentimental Damned” by Stephanie Vega As we were having this conversation a couple of days ago, Chris’ mother-in-law, Clarissa — Ursala’s mother, and my ex-wife — was in a adjoining room, sleeping. Monsters. “Most of the art in the world paints a pretty picture. These difficult and time-consuming twined robes made

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Bar D Wranglers Return to the Community Concert Hall, Dec. 17

It is a warm-hearted, fun-filled, all-ages show that inspires the entire family to embrace the true meaning of the holidays. The Bar D Wranglers have enjoyed performances at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, broadcast on the Grand Ole Opry’s television and radio. 17, 2016, 7:30pm. Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-6

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Pagosa Bible Church Presents ‘If Christmas Came Today’

The story follows Mary and Joseph on their trek to Bethlehem from a slightly different perspective. By Rick Artis Pastor Dave Stene and the congregation of Pagosa Bible Church are pleased to present a new play titled ‘If Christmas Came Today’. Pagosa Bible Church is located at 209 Harman Park Drive, behind Wells Fargo Bank.

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Pagosa Music Festival Tickets Available at Holiday Prices

Band – This hybrid of bluegrass, punk and heavy metal is not for the faint of heart. The Boston Globe had the following praise: “Mumford & Sons meet the Avett Brothers with a twist of bluegrass. Ten Strings and a Goatskin Western Centuries – Round up a country band and an early R&B group with

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Blind Boys of Alabama will be Talkin’ Christmas! on December 15

and Main Ave., Downtown Durango. And The Blind Boys witnessed a resurgence of gospel music in the 1980s, tapped for a starring role in the Obie Award-winning musical The Gospel at Colonus. Not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions, the group helped define those traditions in the 20th century and almost single-handedly created a

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‘Extras’ Needed for Pagosa-based Film Project ‘Shooting in Vein’

A lunch is provided after 6 hours. Extras are needed for several location shots that will be filmed here in Pagosa Springs in the upcoming weeks for the independent film, “Shooting in Vein”. Given that, you need to have a similar look to the actor or actress you’ll be standing in for. Here are the

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‘Grounded’ Lands on it Feet

Playing at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts Thursday through Saturday at 7:00PM. For tickets and show information visit pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469). Directed by Tim Moore; featuring Laura Moore as “The Pilot”. “The public response to ‘Grounded’ has been remarkable”, comments Tim Moore, who also directed the piece. As the pressure to

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife Receives 2016 Colorado Library Award

By Jerry Neal Colorado Parks and Wildlife was honored to accept the 2016 Library “Project of the Year” award on October 21 from the Colorado Association of Libraries. This is the result of what I believe will be an ongoing successful partnership with libraries throughout the state on the goal of advancing Colorado’s outdoor education

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PHOTO ESSAY: The Amazing African Children’s Choir

My expectations were high, but the performance far exceeded them. The performers of the African Children’s Choir were convincing actors as well.  They sang in three-part harmony, and it was beautiful.  Amazing.  They each had poise and stage presence that even Shirley Temple would be envious of.  One of the girls said, “Now I know

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Bestselling Author Sarah Vowell to Present at Concert Hall

and Main Ave., Downtown Durango. Called hip, irreverent, and with a voice that NPR fans of “This American Life” instantly perked up to, Vowell is said to make both readers and listeners laugh out loud with her wry, comic observations on everything from politics to pop culture. Of her performance on “This American Life” –

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Community Concert Hall to Stage Renowned Argentine Tango Company

“Deseos” staging promises to be matched by flawless and emotive dancing, and ardent, soul-filled music. “Deseos” (Desires): stories of longing and desire told through Argentine tango and music, will be presented by Estampas Porteñas dance company, Sunday, Nov. With Estampas Porteñas she returned to the dance form that is the heart and soul of Argentina.

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‘Nutcracker’ Returns to Durango Concert Hall

Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson holds true to the original classical ballet in this Tchaikovsky masterpiece, creating a traditional “Nutcracker” set in Victorian times and suited for all ages. For the 10th consecutive year, the ballet will charm Durango audiences with two matinee (2 p.m.) and two evening (7:30 p.m.) performances, Friday-Sunday, Dec. Ticket Office hours

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Creede Rep Announces 2017 Theatre Season

They find solace in writing their anonymous romantic pen pals, who just happen to be each other. If you are a fan of CRT’s Boomtown-esque humor, you will love this ridiculous comedy. And it’s getting louder and hungrier. The Coward by Nick Jones A cowardly young gentleman named Lucidus initiates a pistol duel, and then

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