A funky fundraiser
Durango Funk Allstars and Sky Pilot bring the funk, and now they want to help bring the funds. Friday night, they’ll perform at the 2015 Whitewater Benefit at Animas City Theatre.
The local bands have been kicking out the jams in the area for a couple of years. Between the two of them, the members have several years of experience performing live, and some have worked with big names, including the drummer for both bands, Aaron Lombardo. He has shared stages with Rush, Phish, String Cheese Incident and many others.“Every dime” of the $10 ticket will go toward the construction of a low-water play feature in Rotary Park and the pedestrian bridge area, said Lombardo, a local river advocate and an experienced boatman, as well. A safety eddy also will be built above the Main Avenue bridge downstream from Rotary Park.With the $10 cover, each person will be given a raffle ticket for a brand-new Liquidlogic kayak worth $1,200. Extra raffle tickets can be bought at $10 each.
An auction will start at 6 p.m., and the dance party will begin about 8 or 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit www.animascitytheatre.com.
A different look
“The Handmade Photograph” will open Friday at Open Shutter Gallery. Alternative processes are the highlight of the show. Six photographers were hand-selected by Gallery Manager and Creative Director Arista Slater-Sandoval, whose work will be in the show, and gallery owner Margy Dudley.
Minna Jain, Durango photographer and co-owner at Studio &, is one of the participants. She mixes cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown printing to create photos she has taken with a vintage 35 millimeter-film camera from the late-1970s. She’ll show graffiti shots she took while traveling in Spain, as well as architectural images and a photo she took at the Animas River, she said. She combines large negatives, chemicals and UV light to present images on fabric.
Slater-Sandoval says Open Shutter is glad to have Will Wilson onboard, a Diné photographer. He spent his formative years living on the Navajo Nation and has exhibited his work at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis. “He does amazing work,” Slater-Sandoval said.
A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The show will be on display through March 4. For more information, visit www.openshuttergallery.com.
A curious production
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was a best-selling British mystery novel released in 2003, and now it is gaining attention on stage. Animas City Theatre scored by being granted a one-time showing by the National Theatre Live of the The Curious Incident production, which was filmed live at the London Theatre. This film has been stopped from being shown currently because it is being performed live in New York City, but “we’re far enough away from Broadway that we could get the special permission to play it,” said Michele Redding, co-owner of ACT. The book, by Mark Haddon, tells the fictional story of how an intelligent boy, Christopher, who has a great mind and a knack for numbers, but isn’t in touch with human emotions, discovers the next-door neighbor’s dog has been killed with a garden fork. He calls the police, but he falls under suspicion. He tries to solve the mystery and writes a book about it to the disapproval of this father. During his investigation, he discovers more than he bargained for.
The show will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday General admission is $15, and group tickets (20 or more) are $13. For more information, visit www.animascitytheatre.com.