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The Opening Chorus Line kicks off the 2018 Snowdown Follies at the Durango Arts Center. This year, audiences can view the show in person or through a videocast at Animas City Theatre. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Snowdown has returned after last year’s cancellation with the theme “Magical Mystical Snowdown, We Put a Spell on You.”

This year’s events will kick off with the annual Snowdown Follies at 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave. There will also be a second run of the Follies at 7 and 10 p.m. Jan. 28 and Jan. 29, also at the DAC theater.

For more information, visit snowdownfollies.org.

Animas City Theatre will offer a simulcast of the Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 shows. For tickets and details, visit animascitytheatre.com.


Oklahoma singer-songwriter Carter Sampson will give a pop-up performance at 7 p.m. Friday at the Smiley Cafe, 1309 East Third Ave.

Sampson is an award-winning singer-songwriter. She won first place in the Chris Austin Song Contest at Merlefest and was a finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest. She is the founder and director of The Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls OKC, a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that empowers girls through music education.

For more information or to purchase a $20 ticket, visit https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/durangoconcerts/260/event/1255382.


Earring making, stamping and soldering class with Emma Cooley, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club, 2351 Main Ave. Class cost is $135 and includes all the materials needed to create two or three pairs of earrings. Registration: www.durangorocks.org.

Live music: Sounds True Duo, 6-9 p.m., 11th Street Station, 1101 Main Ave.

Pop-up performance with special guest Carter Sampson, 7 p.m., Smiley Cafe, 1309 East Third Ave.Tickets are $20 and available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by phone at 247-7657. Doors open at 6 p.m.


Snowdown Follies, 7 and 10 p.m., Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., $25. Details: snowdownfollies.org.


Live music: Bob Hemenger, 6-9 p.m., 11th Street Station, 1101 Main Ave.

Chili and Soup Cook-off, 6:30 p.m., Marvel Grange Hall, 217 County Road 133A, Marvel. Participants should bring a pot of red chili, green chili or soup. $10 entry fee. Desserts will be auctioned after the cook-off. Donations appreciated.

Saturday and Sunday

Lost Wax Casting and Metalsmithing class with Jaymus Perry, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Four Corners Gem and Mineral Club, 2351 Main Ave. Two-day class cost is $225 and includes 1 oz. of silver and one-on-one instruction. Registration information at www.durangorocks.org.


Intentional Consciousness for the Future with Eiwah, 2 p.m., Mountain Monk Coffee, 558 Main Ave.