Marias to host community conversation
Marias Bookshop will host a community conversation about the issues presented in the recently published book The Heart of the Monster: Why the Pacific Northwest & Northern Rockies Must Not Become an ExxonMobil Conduit to the Alberta Tar Sands by David James Duncan and Rick Bass from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The book is a rapid response book published by a group called All Against the Haul, a Missoula, Mont.-based grass-roots organization formed to oppose plans by ExxonMobil to route more than 200 megaloads of equipment over some of Idahos and Montanas most scenic two-lane highways. Its a response to the plan by Big Government and Big Oil to turn the Northwests and Northern Rockies iconic rivers, roads and wilderness into a tentacle of the largest and most destructive petroleum project in history: Alberta Tar Sands.
Durango residents Bob Lang and Alice Outwater, who helped raised funds to publish the book, will be joined at the event by River Campaign Director Meghan Maloney and Staff Organizer for Colorado Energy Issues Josh Joswick from San Juan Citizens Alliance for a discussion of the issues, the book and how they connect to conservation efforts in the Four Corners.
For more information about the event, visit www.mariasbookshop.com or call 247-1438.
Open Shutter to display ASA winners
The Open Shutter Gallery will display photos from the Adaptive Sports Associations annual photography contest at a special reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. There were almost 50 entries in the competition, which required submitted images to reflect the broad range of participants and activities that ASA provides for the disabled community during the winter months. The photos selected effectively show the joy, success and self-discovery as students work to accomplish new skills or experience a personal achievement.
The first place winner was Linda Pampinella, second place went to Rich Hagar, and Hailey King won third place in the competition. Each will receive a cash prize.
The reception is the opening event for the Dave Spencer Ski Classic weekend, which also features a fun, non-competitive ski race, on-mountain lunches, après ski party and playful mountain competitions. The awards party Sunday evening extols everything from the biggest wipeouts and best costumes to highest fundraising individuals and teams.
For more information or registration forms, contact Karen at 259-0374, 759-5495 or e-mail events@asadu rango.com.
FLC presents Town & Gown concert
The Fort Lewis College Concert Choir and Mens Choir, in conjunction with the Fort Lewis College Chamber Orchestra will present I Dream A World at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Concert Hall at FLC. Other instrumentalists and Durango High School choirs also will be featured in the evenings performance.
The highlight of the evening is the collaborative performance of Karl Jenkins The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. This 20-movement work has been shortened into a choral suite and re-orchestrated for strings, brass, percussion and flute by the composer. Every piece selected carries a similar message of peace. Other highlights include the Mens Ensemble singing Randall Thompsons Alleluia, and the title piece of the evening, I Dreamed A World, André Thomas musical setting of the poem by Langston Hughes.
Tickets cost $1-$5 and are available by phone at 247-7657 or online at www.du rangoconcerts.com.
Arts center offers portrait class
The Durango Arts Center will offer a class, Painting Portraits, taught by artist Peter Campbell, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 1.
This class is designed for students with some drawing and oil painting experience who wants to learn the fundamentals of painting from life. The objective is to learn basic painting techniques in the Alla Prima style. Get working knowledge and tips from an experienced oil painting professional. The cost is $140 for six classes plus materials, with a 10 percent discount for DAC members. A materials list will be provided.
For more information or to register, call Sandra at 259-2606.