The Dogs are out againCeramics workshopThe Carbondale Clay Center will host a workshop featuring well-known Chinese ceramic artists Xiaoping and Jun Ya. Xiaoping does both large-scale museum and public art installations, as well as small pieces in the Yi Xing tradition. Jun Ya makes contemporary teapots using the Yi Xing clay. Jun Ya will make and assemble one of her classic teapots. Following the noon break will be a special tea ceremony, with Xiao Ping completing the afternoon by hand-building a sculptural piece. This special event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the center. Cost is $50 plus a $15 nonrefundable registration fee. For more information, call the Clay Center at 963-CLAY(2529).Bluesman coming to OasisGeorgia, BlueStorm recording artist Roger “Hurricane” Wilson performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Oasis Bar & Grill, 51701 Highway 6 & 24 in West Glenwood. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for this smoke-free performance. You must be 21 or older. Wilson has shared the stage with B.B. King, Leon Russell, Bernard Allison and Taj Majal. Admission is $14 at the door, or charge in advance by calling 945-6613. Writing, literaryfestival in AspenThe 26th annual Aspen Summer Words writing retreat and literary festival will be held June 22-26 in Aspen.This year’s writing retreat features fiction writers Pam Houston and Larry Watson, journalist Ted Conover and poet Mary Jo Salter. Participants in the retreat explore the written word in either the fiction, memoir and essay or poetry genre. Participants also have the opportunity to meet privately with guest editors and agents. A partial manuscript review is also offered. The literary festival offers readings, industry panels and roundtable discussions. This year’s speakers include Harold Kushner, author of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People”; Mark Salzman, author of “Lying Awake,” “Iron and Silk” and “The Soloist”; book cover designer Chip Kidd; and adventure writer Peter Stark.Passes to the literary festival are $135; participation in the retreat and festival is $460. For more information, call the Aspen Writers’ Foundation at 925-3122 or fax 920-5700.
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