Arts Briefs for March 1

New Mexico artists to show in Arts Center library

New Mexico artists John Brandi and Tom Leech will open a show of haiga works at 5 p.m. today in Durango Arts Center Art Library. Haiga consists of haiku poetry combined with painting.

Brandi combines his words with paint and ink to create framed pieces using mats of Leech’s marbled paper. Leech runs the Palace Print Shop at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe and is an accomplished maker of paper, paper marbling, letterpress printing and more.

After the opening at 7 p.m., Brandi will give a poetry reading in the Education Space at the Arts Center adjacent to the Art Library. Accompanying Brandi will be Alicia Whiteman of Durango, who will play her saxophone in response to the readings.

For more information, call 259-2606 or visit

Pyle to play Mancos benefit concert March 9

Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy,” will perform a benefit concert for the Mancos Heritage Project at 8 p.m. March 9 at Millwood Junction restaurant in Mancos. Opening the show will be regional singer/songwriter Katya Chorover.

The Mancos Heritage Project is a joint effort of the Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Mancos Valley Arts Council, working in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Transportation and the town of Mancos.

The chamber surveyed a number of Mancos businesses to find out what was important to the growth and sustainability of the town. One of the most consistent things mentioned was “Pride in our town.” The main traffic arteries bypass the heart of Mancos and the goal of the Mancos Heritage Project is to make a significant statement about the town by upgrading the appearance of the traffic-light intersection. All proceeds from this event will benefit the project.

For more information, call Tami Graham at 759-9716 or email

Blues & Brews tickets to go on sale today

Tickets for the 20th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival are on sale today. The festival will be held Sept. 13-15 in Telluride Town Park and downtown venues.

Tickets for Early Bird, VIP, Juke Joint (night venue), camping, campground vehicle and RV passes will go on sale at 10 a.m. (Early Bird, VIP, Campground Vehicle and RV passes are in limited quantities and sell out quickly.) Early Bird 3-Day passes are $145.00 and VIP 3-Day passes are $385.00 each.

For festival information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (866) 515-6166.

Ska, D.C. brewers team to create benefit beer

Craft brewers Ska Brewing and DC Brau have joined forces with Ska legends The Pietasters to create a collaboration brew called “Taster’s Choice.”

The coffee-Doppelbock-style beer will be released March 27 at Washington D.C.’s Black Cat nightclub at a party featuring The Pietasters. Proceeds from the beer and the party will go to the Todd Eckhardt Scholarship Fund, set up to honor the memory of former Pietasters bassist and songwriter Todd Eckhardt who died in 2001. The fund benefits students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts through the Ellington Fund.

For more information, visit

Herald Staff