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DGO’s picks in and around Durango

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The 120 watt laser cutter in operation at the Powerhouse Science Center.
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Jerry McBride/BCI Media file

The 120 watt laser cutter in operation at the Powerhouse Science Center.

Grand opening at MakerLabThe Powerhouse Science Center is the new locale for Durango’s first makerspace, the MakerLab. Don’t know what the heck a makerspace is? Party at the Powerhouse and find out. Hint: It involves a communal place where inventors, artists, and crafters can create. There’ll be project demos from 4 to 6 p.m., a cash bar starting at 6, and live bands starting at 7 (with Hello, Dollface as the headliner).

Details: Free entry, 4 to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio, https://themakerlab.org

Dimond Saints at ACTFuturistic beats and bass drops will cause that booty to pop at the ACT. Dimond Saints, an Oakland, California, electronic duo often sporting veils, reflective masks, or oversized hoods, take over the ACT. Kavsko and I Cite to open.

Details: $22-25, doors at 8:30 p.m. and show at 9, Thursday, Sept. 14, Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive, 18 and older, www.animascitytheatre.com

Writers strike backTough political times require creators willing to speak out. Bayfield’s Pine River Library will host a reading featuring Pam Houston, Pam Uschuk, William Pitt Root, Andrew Allport, and Dick Grossman. Excerpts will be read from the collection “Truth To Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric Of Hate And Fear.” The event is hosted by the new Durango literary journal, “Cutthroat.” Proceeds from book sales will benefit the ACLU, Friends of the Earth, and Standing Rock Water Protectors

Details: Free, 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, Pine River Library, 395 Bayfield Center Drive, Bayfield, http://prlibrary.org

Art on the streetsGet your painting fix and craft-assery on in the streets! Walk around the 23rd Annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival. It ain’t just eye candy; there’ll be live entertainment like Six Dollar String Band, Soul What, and Groove Casters.

Details: Free, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, outdoor on Second Ave. from College to Ninth St., http://durangoarts.org/daaf

10 years of vintage partaaaaaaySideshow Emporium, vintage shop extraordinaire, will celebrate 10 years in the biz with live music, refreshments, and an art show featuring the fantastic sleaze of JunkYard BeautyShop.

Details: Free, 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, Sideshow Emporium, 208 County Road 250, www.facebook.com/sideshow411vintage

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Jerry McBride/BCI Media file

The 120 watt laser cutter in operation at the Powerhouse Science Center.