A&E Briefs

Mancos Valley Distillery presents

The Porchligths, an organic, artistic, soulful duo will be performing at the Mancos Valley Distillery on Friday, March 22. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and music will begin at 7 p.m.. There will be "Tastes Like Friday" cocktail specials and a $3 cover. For more information contact the Mancos Valley Distillery at 946-0229.

Edible Book Festival

The Southwest Open School and the Cortez Public Library will host the town's first annual edible book festival on March 23 from 1 to 3:45 p.m.

Although anyone may participate, event organizer Rita Stramel thought the activity would be a good fit for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant she now helps administer. The program, called Project Empower, provides aftr-school and weekend classes and activities for students at Southwest Open School, Mesa Elementary, and Manaugh Elementary.

To get an idea of the event, photos of creations from past years are posted on www.books2eat.com. Entries may be dropped off at the library on March 22 from 3 to 4 p.m., or on March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Beautiful Losers Dance

The Beautiful Losers Dance will be held Saturday, March 30 at the American Legion, 320 N Harrison, Cortez. Beautiful Losers will perform featuring rock and roll, country and original songs. Dance starts at 8 p.m., $5 cover, must be 21 and over.

Calling all artists

It is time to think about submitting your art for the Cortez Cultural Center's annual Mancos Mix Show. Pick up rules and an application at the center, 25 N. Market, Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Art and a completed application are to be submitted April 1 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information call the center at 565-1151 or Jan Wright at 882-3130.

Native American dancers wanted

The Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market, is in the process of gathering Native American dance groups for the summer dance programs. The programs are viewed by hundreds of local residents and visitors from around the world. Each program is 7-7:45 p.m. and Monday and Thursday evenings are available. For more information call the center at 565-1151 or visit cortezculturalcenter.org. A variety of dancers are needed.