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A&E at a Glance

The MG Car Club, Rocky Mountain Centre, hosts the 55th annual Rallye Glenwood Springs today through Sunday. The weekend event typically attracts around 250 MG enthusiasts and 130 cars to Glenwood. Cars and their drivers arrive today from Denver. On Saturday, cars will take to the streets and roads surrounding Glenwood Springs, followed by the annual Car Show and Funkhana (obstacle course) Sunday morning, beginning at 8 a.m. at Two Rivers Park.

Is it the Hatfields and the McCoys? The Avalanche versus the Red Wings? No, it’s the Coal Country Feud, and there’s sure to be a jug full of rip-roarin’ fun starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the New Castle Community Center. New Castle’s annual fundraiser for Burning Mountain Festival begins with a spaghetti dinner with pie and coffee, sponsored by the local Boy Scout Troop and the New Castle Chamber. The feud begins at 7 p.m., with plenty of New Castle trivia. Teams will be competing for prizes and bragging rights. Participants have the chance to vote for the Burning Mountain Festival T-shirt and bid on the chance to throw pies at the last-place feud team.

Laugh Your Aspen Off! standup comedy troupe is embarking on an ambitious summer tour beginning Saturday at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs and concluding Saturday, Aug. 25 with a return to Aspen’s historic Wheeler Opera House. In between, the hit local comedians play a second Hotel Colorado gig with a different slate of comics Saturday, June 23. A first-time show at Kurt Wigger’s Buffalo Valley Restaurant in South Glenwood Springs Saturday July 7, and a third performance at Rifle’s Winchester Nite-Club Saturday, Aug. 4, are also slated. Local comics performing in the LYAO! Summer of Laughter Tour includes Glenwood Springs’ Don Chaney and Mark Thomas, Carbondale’s Arthur Piubeni, Michael Yoder and Steve Skinner, Basalt’s Todd Hartley, Old Snowmass’s Clifford Fewel, Snowmass Village’s Bob Richmond and Tyson Young, plus Aspen’s Bill Seguin. Guest comics from Colorado’s Front Range and new faces from ongoing comic auditions will round out the list of performers. For more information e-mail mary@laughyouraspenoff.com or call 274-8248.



A benefit concert, “Remember Jeannie,” takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Mountain View Baptist Church in Glenwood Springs. All proceeds go to the Jeannie Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund. Miller was the Glenwood Springs High School music teacher for 20 years, retiring in 2005. She was also the musical director for the Defiance Community Players and the choir director for the Mountain View Baptist Church. Those interested in singing in the choir, contact Lorie Courier at 876-0177 or lcourier@sopris.net; or Jacquie Meitler at 945-2174 or jam19546@msn.com. All who would like to sing in the choir are encouraged to attend rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 and 10 a.m. Friday, June 15. The soloists, who have already been selected, will rehearse at noon Friday.

Steve’s Guitars and the Town of Carbondale are hosting the third annual Music and Lobsterfest June 22-23 in Carbondale’s Town Plaza. More than 100 musicians will entertain, making Carbondale the live and local musical capitol of the valley for the weekend. More than 1,000 fresh Maine lobster dinners were sold last year. Profits from the dinners support the Joy Foundation and cover event expenses. Also on the weekend agenda, children’s games and a LobsterCRAWL 5K Run and kids sprint at 10 and 11 a.m. Saturday, respectively, to help the Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s preschool. Tickets are available at: The Town of Carbondale, Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale Chamber, Sounds Easy, Glenwood Chamber, Basalt Chamber, Roaring Fork Music and Glenwood Music. For additional information, call Becky at 704-4116.



Thunder River Theatre Company is offering summer classes, including a new six-week summer standup comedy camp taught by Clifford Fewel for high school-age students and adults June 18 through July 27. The camp will culminate in an evening of comedy for family and friends at TRTC’s Thunder River Theater.Thunder River offers four weeks of drama camp sessions for ages 6-8 and 9-11 from June 18 though July 11. The beginning drama classes will help children use their imaginations while working together telling favorite stories through movement, pantomime and story dramatization. Middle-school level children may participate in a four-week session from June 19 through July 12. The focus of this drama class is to increase understanding of the various aspects of acting and performance skills with instructor Rett Harper, who wrote and directed Aspen Community School plays for 25 years. Children may be enrolled either for the first two weeks, the second two weeks, or all four weeks.TRTC offers scholarships to students who qualify for the school district’s free lunch program. For more information about TRTC’s summer camps, contact Lon Winston at lonw@rof.net, 963-8200, or visit http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com and click on the “Professional Theatre Education for all Ages” link.

The Gordon Cooper Branch of the Garfield County Public Library District presents S.B. Parks and a free all-puppet production of Rudyard Kipling’s Classic Tale “Rikki Tikki Tavi” as part of the Summer Reading Performance Series at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Carbondale Town Hall. For more information, call the Gordon Cooper Library at 963-2889.


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