Arts Briefs for May 18

Durango Arts Center to offer June classes

The Durango Arts Center’s Education Program will be offering

aper airplanes.

June 21-22: Papier mâché.

June 28-29: Paper chains for kids ages 7-12.

June 25-27: Batik for ages 7-10.

June 18-20: A plex plate intaglio workshop taught by Jennifer Ghormley for adults and teens.

The summer session of GOAL (Girls’ Opportunities through Arts and Leadership) for fifth- through eighth-grade girls will be held June 4-15. Applications are by nomination. Partial scholarships are available through the Durango Friends of the Arts.

A complete schedule, and more information about classes and a registration form are available at under the “Education” tab. You can also register by phone at 259-2606 or in person at 802 East Second Ave.

For more information, call Sandra Butler at 259-2606 or email

Enrollment is open for summer music academy

The Durango Chamber Music Academy Summer Institute will be in session daily from June 11-15 and June 18-22. The academy, presented by 3rd Ave. Arts, will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 910 East Third Ave.

The academy and summer institute provide the opportunity for young musicians to learn to play chamber music in a comfortable, nurturing setting and to encourage meeting friends with similar interests. Each day will be divided into ensemble playing with coaching, group work by instrument and general music.

Students ages 7 through 18 (and others on a case-by-case basis), who read music and meet minimum performance requirements can enroll and attend either or both weeks.

Download a registration form at or call 247-1129 to have one mailed.

Concert, auction will benefit injured Cortez musician

A concert and silent auction will be held at 4 p.m. today at the American Legion in Cortez to benefit musician Mike Lyons. He was injured in a motorcycle accident April 22 and is at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver. The American Legion is at 320 N. Harrison St.

Bands scheduled to appear are RockSlide, The Moetones and Bonfire, and more are invited to participate. P.A. Jackson will be the DJ. Donations for the silent auction will be accepted up to the start of the event.

To volunteer, donate or learn more, visit “Benefit for Mike Lyons” on Facebook.

Dandelion festival to feature local entertainment acts

The fourth annual Dandelion Festival, sponsored by Turtle Lake Refuge, will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Rotary Park.

The free event will include music, local food, dandelion beer, kids’ activities and educational demonstrations. This festival is to promote organically managed parks, lawns and gardens in Durango and surrounding environs. It is a zero-waste event so please bring your own cup, plate and utensils.

Local performers include A Dub Rock Band, Community Dance Sanctuary with DJ Code-Star, Spiraleyes, The Poetic Minds, A-Bun-Dance, Unknown Souljah, 6-dollar string band, Møllehøj, Ballet Folklorico de Colores, Many Nations Singers, Durango Drums and more.

For more information, call 247-8395 or visit

Extravaganza will conclude Choral Society season

The Durango Choral Society will close its 2011-12 “Heaven & Earth” season with “Cabaret!” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Soloists and singers from the Choral Society and Durango Women’s Choir will perform favorites ranging from Broadway to opera. Highlights will include an original instrument, a tubulum, built by choir member Jill Carlson. There will be a special appearance by the tap-dancing, scat-singing monster from “Young Frankenstein,” and “Alley Cat Love Song” will feature the Durango Women’s Choir. Other songs on the program are “Blue Moon,” “Operator” and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

Tickets, which include hors d’oeuvres and entertainment, cost $40 and may be purchased online at or by phone at (800) 838-3006. If still available, tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, please call 759-2206 or e-mail

10-Minute Play finalists to be performed today

The public is invited to attend the readings of the five finalists in the 2012 10-Minute Play Contest at 7 p.m. today at the Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave. The event is free.

The plays to be presented are “Alfie and Greta,” “Conversations Involving Doppler the Cat,” “Carbon Credit,” “Eternity” and “Pound.” The plays will be read Miles Batchelder, Maureen May, Freddy McDaniel, Mary Quinn, Dinah Swan and Terry Swan.

After the readings, judges will rank the winners and award the $500 first-place prize. Audience members can vote for the people’s choice award of $50.

For more information, call 259-2606.

Parade of Homes to addOpen Studios to tour

The annual Open Doors – Taster Exhibiton of Durango Open Studios event will be added to the Durango Parade of Homes Oct. 5-7.

All Durango Open Studio artists’ work will be featured during this three-day event showcasing homes built by member organizations of the Home Builders Association of the Southwest. A “Best of Show” artist award will be voted on by the public throughout the weekend of the event and recognized during a dinner/reception later in the fall.

All artists registered for Durango Open Studios by May 25 will have an chance to become the featured cover artist for the 2012 Durango Parade of Homes program.

Register at or call 403-1590 and submit your artwork for consideration to no later than May 25. The cover artist will be selected by members of Home Builders Association of the Southwest and presented at the May 30 board meeting.

Herald Staff