DGO picks in and around Durango: August 9 to 15

by DGO Web Administrator

Intergalactic acousticsThey do exist! Catch Denver duo Flyin’ Hot Saucers on the Balcony Bar stage. The psychedelic, blues, and rock band will be playing an acoustic set. We thought space music would require more synth, but we’re down.

Details: August 10, free, 9:30 p.m., Balcony Bar and Grill, 600 Main Ave., balconybarandgrill.com

Boomers and boozeOK, so there will not be boomers at the Mushroom and Wine festival, but there will be other edible shrooms, all sans an existential internal journey. Weekend events include a guided hunt, a six-course meal, a cooking and wine pairing class, and the mushrooms and wine tasting event. Classes and dinners have limited space, so purchase tickets in advance.

Details: August 10–11, $45 for tasting event, various times, Purgatory Resort, purgatoryresort.com/events/mushroom-festival

Playtime Durango PlayFest continues until August 11. The event that kicked off on August 6 showcases national, regional, and local actors gathered together for a week to develop three plays which include: #GodHatesYou, a play about a woman whose belief in Christ is challenged by hateful comments on social media; A Body of Water, a play about a couple who wakes up in a house surrounded by water with zero recollection of how it happened; and The Dizziness of Freedom, a play about a social activist and lawyer who cross paths when the lawyer serves the activist an eviction notice.

Details: Through August 11, various times, various prices, R Space, Henry Strater Theatre, and Durango Arts Center, durangoplayfest.org

StargazingThe best things in life are free, like the Perseids meteor shower at the Aztec Ruins. There will be storytelling and telescopes for viewing comets. The sky will be extra dark this year, as the new moon is setting with the sun this year. Bring a blanket and your eyes.

Details: August 11, free, 9 p.m., Aztec Ruins National Monument, 725 Ruins Road, Aztec, New Mexico, nps.gov/azru/index.htm

My fair ponyThe La Plata County Fair continues this week. See the all the goats, cattle, sheep, and swine you could ever hope to see. There will be events such as a dog show, rooster crowing contest, a rabbit costume contest, and other weird things you never knew existed.

Details: Through August 12, events at various times, La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., co.laplata.co.us

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