Poetry at Maria’sEsther Belin is a multimedia artist, activist, and poet. Belin will read from her new book, “Of Cartography: Poems,” at Maria’s. The Diné artist explores urban Native American identity, especially through the lens of her parents’ experience of being relocated by the America government from a reservation to Los Angeles in the 1950s.
Details: Free, all ages, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., www.mariasbookshop.com
Party-rockin’ hip-hop at ACTZion I’s fall tour is bringing his conscious hip-hop to the Animas City Theatre. Messages of spiritual awareness and unity are spread on reggae-infused, drum-and-base blessed, trip-hop beats. You’ll be thinking about this West Coast duo long after you stop dancing at the ACT.
Details: $15 advance and $20 doors, 18+, doors 8:30 p.m. and show at 9, Saturday, Oct. 21, Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive, www.animascitytheatre.com
Folk rock the f out at El RanchoThe Outskirts are celebrating a hella big win. The folk rock band was awarded the title Best Band in Durango via the Durango Herald’s “Best of Durango” public polls. They’re gonna bring their electric, high and lonesome sound to The Ranch for a boozetastic win party.
Details: Free, 21+, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, El Rancho Tavern, 975 Main Ave., www.theoutskirtsco.com
Your chance to belly danceLisa Branner, director of Caldera Tribal based in Silverton, brings a chance to learn belly dance to the general public. Branner will teach two workshops – a beginner’s Crash Course in American Tribal Style Belly Dance and Sassy, Sultry, and Sweet, a collection of Branner’s favorite steps and combinations. Each class lasts two hours and you can take one or both.
Details: $35 for one class and $60 for both with online registration, $40 each at the door, all ages, 10 to noon for Crash Course, 1 p.m. to 3 for Sassy, Sultry, and Sweet, Sunday, Oct. 22, Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., www.facebook.com/calderabellydance
Telling fake news to suck itEvery other statement out of the White House calls certain media outlets “fake.” It’s alleged that Russian hackers infiltrated American pop culture with fake news and it skewed an entire presidential election. Do you think you can spot fake news? Test your news nose at Fake News Trivia Night at Ska. Durango Organics will provide door prizes and everyone who comes out to play will get a free one-month subscription to the Durango Herald.
Bonus: The Durango Herald will sponsor a Stop Fake News night at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23. Learn how to spot fake news and stop its spread.
Details: Free, 21+, 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St., www.facebook.com/TheDurangoHerald