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More than a picture

For Rico photographer Clay Hall, it’s not necessarily all about what he captures through the lens, but more so the journey behind each shot. Whether it’s mountaineering in the Patagonian region or looking at the mountains from his home, Hall has created a lifetime of memories thanks to his camera.
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Durango Playfest Returns For Third Annual Season; Featuring Actor Sky Lakota-Lynch in The Family Line

After losing a year to the COVID pandemic, the third-annual Durango PlayFest returns to the Four Corners with an intriguing line-up of new plays, August 5-8. Durango Playfest presents dramatic art as it is being created, this year featuring plays forged during the pandemic that continue to be sculpted as their author's work with professional actors and directors, and gauging the reactions of audience members.
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Now playing at Durango movie theaters

Movie studios’ big releases continue – The Suicide Squad is back this week in Durango movie theaters. Gaslight Twin Cinema, 102 E. Fifth St., Durango, 247-8133, www.allentheatresinc.com. The Suicide Squad. Welcome to hell — aka Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where...
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And the West is History: Downtown Saloon Scene – Ca. 1905

Unfortunately, this photograph of a Durango bar did not include the name of the saloon or the exact date. One of the men in the picture is identified, however. The man on the left, with a mustache, standing with his back to the wall next to a roulette wheel was Deputy Durango Marshal Jesse Stansel. He was involved in one of the most infamous shootouts in Durango. In January 1906, he and county sheriff William Thompson exchanged heated words outside the El Moro Saloon one morning. Soon, the words turned to action and both men drew their guns and emptied them at the other lawman. Thompson died shortly after. Stansel was critically wounded but survived. Thompson had removed a roulette wheel from the business the night before and was angry that Stansel was doing nothing to curb illegal gambling in the town. Stansel was eventually acquitted of the killing. Does this photo show the El Moro? Is the roulette wheel pictured with Stansel the one in question? It’s possible. Maybe future research will tell. Ed Horvat for Animas Museum, edhorvat@animasmuseum.org (Courtesy of La Plata County Historical Society)
Durango, CODurango Herald

A playwright’s dream, one line at a time

After disappearing along with live theater in the wake of COVID-19, public readings of new works have resurfaced across the country. Regionally, Durango’s PlayFest returns the first week of August, and Creede Repertory Theatre will present its ninth Headwaters New Play Festival later in the month. Now in its third...
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Greener pastures

The year was 2004. George W. was president, Janet Jackson malfunctioned on TV, Lance Armstrong won his sixth Tour, Thomas the Tank rolled onto American screens and “Friends” called it a night. And FLC grad Lainie Maxson bravely stepped up to sell ads at a fledgling alt weekly, The Durango Telegraph.
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Back in the groove

For 16 straight years, KSUT brought the noise with a midsummer music event that celebrated the danceable fringe of its Music Blend, which, for the most part, is rooted in Americana (the catch-all category for acoustic-based folk) and AAA (the softer side of adult contemporary music). KSUT’s annual Party in the Park favored bands that played world, R&B or New Orleans styles over singer-songwriters. The event’s alumni include the Iguanas, Shinyribs, Crash Test Dummies, Subdudes, the Greencards, New Orleans Suspects, Todo Mundo, The Big Takeover, Baracutanga, the Stooges Brass Band, Jarabe Mexicano and others.
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August library events

1900 East Third Ave. Contact: 375-3380, www.durangopubliclibrary.org. Aug. 1, all day: Free copies of Jon Meacham’s “The Soul of America,” available to patrons who sign up for a book club. Patrons may sign up for a book club from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 1 or from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at the reference desk. Sign up and giveaway begin Aug. 1 while supplies last.
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Now playing at Durango movie theaters

The age-old hero’s journey is the theme of the new movies opening this week in Durango – check out Matt Damon as he travels to France to try to save his daughter in “Stillwater,” and Dev Patel as he takes a journey of a completely different kind in “The Green Knight.” And for the fam, the Rock welcomes you aboard the “Jungle Cruise.“
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Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College reopens to full capacity

The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College reopens to full capacity for the Fall 2021 Performing Arts Series, and we welcome the world back to Durango, featuring musicians from the far reaches of Ireland, dancers from California and New Mexico, as well as our own cowboy favorites right here in Durango.
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Devise and Conquer Improv takes the stage at Durango Arts Center

Coming off a sold out inaugural show, Devise and Conquer Improv will offer a second performance, “The Sophomore Album,” at 7:30 p.m. July 30. Devise and Conquer Improv is Durango’s only improv group and is made up of six veteran improv artists who have experience performing across Colorado and beyond, including with Second City, UCB, the Voodoo Theater, Bovine Metropolis Theater and with Durango Dot Comedy.
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Upper Pine fire talks mental health for national video

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District stepped into the limelight Tuesday to raise awareness of health and wellness in the first-responder field. The fire district, which covers 284 square miles primarily in eastern La Plata County, worked with the FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition to film a public service announcement about the career’s health impacts and mental wellness resources. More and more people seem to be leaving the industry and its stressors behind, said Chief Bruce Evans with Upper Pine.
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Storytelling project will feature Ute culture on murals

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Mancos Creative District are organizing a mural project to honor the Weenuche-Ute people and culture. Elders and youths of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe are invited to a series of storytelling sessions to collect ideas for a series of murals to be displayed in Mancos.
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Now playing at Durango movie theaters

The new movies keep rolling in: This week, we’ve got “Old,” the new thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” and “Joe Bell” – I’d bring the hankies for this one if I were you ... Gaslight Twin Cinema, 102 E. Fifth St., Durango, 247-8133, www.allentheatresinc.com. Joe...
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Sundays are for checking out art in Durango

Celebrating art and local artists just got a little more celebratory thanks to the launch of the Durango Art Market, courtesy of the Durango Creative District. Held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 5 at 11th Street Station, the market held under bright white tents includes tables filled with goods, including artwork, metalwork, T-shirts and jewelry.
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Music in the Mountains launches a diverse weekend of concerts

Question: When you weave “Amazing Grace” into a Bach cello suite, what do you get?. Answer: A hybrid? A musical invention? Or, better yet, a modern mashup. Here’s what the 35th annual Music in the Mountains has in store for this weekend. Friday: TAKE3: World music, Community Concert Hall. TAKE3,...
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Hash Cabbage makes up canceled Durango date

Most bands tour in support of one record. New Orleans-based band Hash Cabbage is currently out on the road supporting two, the result of a pandemic-thrown wrench that landed right on their touring schedule. Two years back, the band dropped its self-titled debut and were all set to hit the...