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Writer-director China Kwan presents her original, one-act play Bills Diner at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Blue Acacia Playhouse, 901 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Bills Diner, which contains mature themes, addresses the subject of spousal abuse and domestic violence. The play is set within subconscious minds joined by like circumstances the interwoven stories of two women brought face-to-face as they cope with difficult choices affecting their lives. The cast includes Shelly Hemig, Betsy Banks, Emily Cochran and Mija Holzmann. Mike Banks is stage manager and set designer. Kwan dedicates Bills Diner to anyone who has been subject to abuse of any type: verbal, mental, emotional and physical. Tickets are $10 and reservations can be made by calling 618-6211.

Today is the deadline for ordering lobster meals for the second annual Carbondale Music and Lobster Fest. The event starts at 5 p.m. Friday night, June 23, and runs all day June 24 with fresh seafood, libations, and live music. Feast on fresh lobster flown in from Maine and enjoy the music of local bands and performers. Sponsored by Steves Guitars and the Town of Carbondale, the event also features a beer and wine tent and kids activities. Lobster is served in hourly sittings. Event-day, walk-up meal tickets will not be guaranteed, as lobsters sold out last year. Cost is $30 per ticket and includes one drink. Call 704-4116 to purchase a lobster, or for ticket venues.

The Hotel Colorado has a special day planned just for dads starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with a Fathers Day barbecue and expo. Families can browse booths of local merchants featuring fly fishing, rafting and kayaking, hunting, biking, mountain sports, motorcycles, horses, guide trips, golf, etc. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., treat Dad to a gourmet barbecue in the courtyard. Live music, raffle prizes and giveaways all day long. Tickets for the barbecue and expo are $25 per person; $5 for the expo only. To make reservations for the barbecue, call 945-6511.



Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities hosts the Promotion and Marketing for the Artist conclave conducted by Deborah Jordy, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts executive director, and Tina Poe Obermeyer, CBCA and Arts for Colorado founder. The session, for visual and performance artists, is from 9-11:45 a.m. Friday, June 23, at the Thunder River Theater in Carbondale. Cost is $10 at the door. The conclave is part of Colorado Council for the Arts Strong Arts, Strong Communities program designed to help Carbondale enhance the arts and its economy with arts-related business. Following, artists can bring a brown-bag lunch for a showing of Downside UP, an award-winning film about a working-class factory town that survived by creating the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Beverages provided. Artists can attend the 1:15-4 p.m. afternoon session, How to Make the Arts and Economic Generator, with business owners and cultural and community leaders. Call 963-1680 or e-mail ccah@sopris.net to reserve a space.


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