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Durango Arts Center goes big

Durango Arts Center will host both an exhibit opening and improv show Friday night. (Courtesy)
DAC opens art exhibit, improv show Friday night

It’ll be go big or go home Friday at Durango Arts Center when it hosts two events – the opening reception for its “That’s So Durango!” 2022 Community Art Show and “Cindy & Mary present a Night of Improv.”

“That’s So Durango!” kicks off the evening with a free opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. The show celebrates everything Durango, and a call was put out for community artists to participate.

And did the community turn out: The show will feature about 90 pieces, said DAC Executive Director Brenda Macon.

“Durango is forever a place of beauty, adventure, art, music, parking problems, flannels, dogs and bikes!” the DAC said.

Next up, beginning at 7 p.m., make your way into the DAC theater for a night of improv, courtesy of Cindy Laudadio-Hill and Mary Quinn, along with some special guests.

What: “That’s So Durango!”

When: Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Aug. 19. Show ends Sept. 29.

Where: DAC, 802 East Second Ave.

More Information: Visit durangoarts.org.

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What: Cindy & Mary Present a Night of Improv.

When: 7 p.m. today Aug. 19.

Where: Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave.

Tickets: $15, available online at https://bit.ly/3CgmIhe.

More information: Visit durangoarts.org.

Laudadio-Hill is from Denver, where she performed with the SansScript Players, On the Spot, Sketchers and Acme Players at the Bovine Metropolis Theatre, before starting her beloved Dishwater Blondes (who have performed at festivals across the country). She also created and produced SCRIPTprov (Henry Award) and is a founding producer of the Denver Improv Festival. Training includes Denver Center Performing Arts, The Second City, iO, Annoyance Theater and Players Workshop West.

Quinn started improv in Durango with Durango Dot Comedy. She then moved to Chicago, where she trained with Second City, Improv Olympics and Annoyance Theater. She regularly hosts improv clinics and workshops and regularly performs in the Durango-drag scene.

Both are members of Durango’s improv troupe Devise & Conquer.

“They had this idea to put together a two-woman improve show – they’re both great and funny,” said Jason Lythgoe, Durango Arts Repertory Theatre’s artistic director. “They’re going to do a two-person thing for the second half, actually the first half they’re involving a few more people.”

Tickets for the improv show are $15 and are available on the DAC’s website.

katie@durangoherald.com

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