Arts Briefs for Feb. 17

Former stuntmen to present workshop

Former Hollywood stunt coordinator and Durango resident Bud Davis will give a free workshop at 4 p.m. March 3 at the Back Space Theatre, 1120 Main Ave.

Davis and other former stunt men will share clips and stories, perform live demonstrations and teach attendees how to do stunts – from falling off a ladder to jumping cars to blowing up a city block.

Davis’ film credits include “Forrest Gump,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Seraphim Falls,” “Star Trek: Generations,” “So I Married an Ax Murderer” and many others. The event is sponsored by the Four Corners Film Office. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

For more information, visit or call 946-3636.

Wine tasting to benefit Cortez Cultural Center

Eric Allen of the Wine Merchant in Durango will give an educational wine-tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. The cost is $20 per person and proceeds will benefit the Cortez Cultural Center. Space is limited; call 565-1151 to register.

Disney seeks actors for ‘Lone Ranger’ movie

Sande Alessi Casting will hold an open casting call in several Four Corners communities for an upcoming Disney production of “The Lone Ranger.”

The company will be casting all types of roles at each hour from 2 to 7 p.m. March 23 at the Fort Lewis College Theatre Building. Other calls will be held in Creede (Asian and Native American men), Moab (all types as well as extreme character types, i.e. tall, short, facial quirks, etc.), Alamosa (men only) and Colorado Springs (men only). Producers also are looking for people with any special abilities or circus-type performers.

Those auditioning should bring a current 3-by-5-inch color photo (no wigs, makeup or sunglasses in photos and shot from the waist up) and a pen or pencil. You do not need to prepare for an audition; the company will meet you, have you fill out a registration card, attach your photo and send you on your way. You must be 18 years or older, have a social security number and valid ID and must be legal to work in the U.S.

All casting information is available at, or add Sande Alessi Casting on Facebook at “The Lone Ranger Casting” to see all open call dates and locations.

Durango organization to present at DAC

The Durango Friends of the Arts will sponsor a series of four presentations by the docents of the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave. The series will be presented in the dance studio. Complimentary refreshments will be served at 9:45 a.m. and presentations will be held from 10 to 11 a.m.

March 6: Jacob Lawrence presented by Sandra Mapel and Susie Bonds.

March 13, Frida Kahlo presented by Marta Snow and Susana Jones.

March 20, Stanton Englehart presented by Rosemary Juskevich and Maggie Sauer.

March 27, Pablo Picasso presented by Joanne Bagley and Steve Walker.

The series of four presentations costs $40 or $15 for individual presentations. Space is limited; reserve by calling Carol Bruno at 259-0313 or email

Durango Friends of the Arts is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has given more than $380,000 in grants to visual and performing arts programs in the Durango area.

The DAC docents is an all-volunteer committee that offers tours of gallery exhibits for adults and children and the Art in the School program for elementary school children and other organizations. To volunteer, visit or email

Black History Month film to be shown at FLC

The third and final screening of “More than a Month,” the Community Cinema/PBS IndependentLens February selection, will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Vallecito Room in the Student Union at Fort Lewis College.

Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, “More Than a Month” investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a “post-racial” America. A discussion will follow the screening, facilitated by a panel of FLC faculty, students and former staff. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 259-1674 or visit

Studio & invites artists for July 21 group show

Studio & invites artists for its third annual group show, held jointly with Serving Life Chiropractic.

The show will be held July 21, and an abbreviated version of the show will remain displayed at & for 10 days after the show.

The deadline to apply is April 6.

The studio is located at 1027 Main Ave. Application packets with more information can be downloaded at

Textiles workshop to be held at DAC

The Durango Arts Center will hold three workshops in advance of the upcoming exhibit “Textiles Today: Redefining the Medium.”

The workshops will be presented by artists Wendy Huhn (“Acrylics and Textiles,” May 4-6), Liz Axford (“Shibori, By Gum,” May 18-20) and Lisa Klakulak (“The Versatility of Handmade Partial Felts: Patterning, Imagery, Surface Texture and Sculpting Form,” May 24-27).

Registration for the classes will close March 1. For details and a registration form, visit

In addition, the Friends of the Art Library will present “Thinking Backwards: Relief Painting and Monoprint Techniques,” with Joyce Majiski, on March 10 and 11. Majiski will have an exhibit in the Art Library during March and April. For information and to register for this class, call Mary Ellen Long at 259-4363.

Ignacio gallery wants heart art for exhibit

The Dancing Spirit Cooperative Gallery is seeking artists to participate in the “You Gotta Have Heart” art exhibit and reception, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24.

Entries may be whimsical, serious, abstract or realistic to portray matters of the heart. Entries must be original work and may be in any medium. Two-dimensional entries must be ready to be hanged. The entry fee is $10 per entry for adults and $5 per entry for artists 18 years of age and younger. A maximum of four entries is allowed per artist. There will be a first- and second-place “People’s Choice” cash award in each age category and a commission will be charged on sold art.

Entries must be delivered to the gallery between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m Tuesday or Wednesday. All entries, including those that are sold, will be displayed through March 23.

The gallery is located at 640 Goddard Ave., in Ignacio.

For more information, call the Gallery at 563-4600.

herald staff