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SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colorado – There will be no shortage of music this Labor Day weekend when the three-day Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Fest begins at 5 p.m. today in Snowmass Village Town Park.Today’s headliners are Girl Talk and Thievery Corporation, along with Paper Diamond, Sorry for Partying and Something Underground, playing from 5-9 p.m. tonight.Saturday’s music blast starts at 1:15 p.m. and runs to the wee hours, with headliners Steely Dan and Rodrigo & Gabriela, along with Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses, Nit Grit and The Congress. Saturday’s “The Big Night” dance party follows the live music, with an open bar, late night munchies, a DJ, dancing and more.Sunday’s show features the Zac Brown Band and Michael Franti & Spearhead (in their only Colorado concert this year), along with Fitz and the Tantrums, Porter Robinson, and Leon and The Peoples.Music happens on three stages.”The Big Night is a major fundraiser for music education,” said Andrea Beard, marketing, PR and sponsorship director for JAS. “This is our 21st year and we entertain crowds of up to 10,000 per day from around the valley, the state and out of state.””We’re hitting the streets valley-wide to explain what JAS is and means to the community,” said executive director Joe Lang. “As a non-profit, people are always amazed at the amount of programming, as well as education programs, that we coordinate over the calendar year.”The mission of JAS is to present and preserve jazz, American and popular music through world-class festivals, performances and education.Tickets: $60 for Friday; $85 for Saturday or Sunday; $160 for a Saturday-Sunday pass; $200 for a three-day pass.Info: Call 888-512-7459 or purchase tickets through the Belly Up Box Office at 544-9800. For JAS programming, visit http://www.jazzaspensnowmass.org or call 920-4996.
REDSTONE, Colorado – An opening reception from 6-8 p.m. tonight kicks off the 16th Annual Labor Day Weekend Art Show, which takes place under festive tents on the grounds of the historic Redstone Inn. The show provides quality art for viewing and purchasing in a casual atmosphere, and an opportunity to meet the artists to discuss their work and techniques. There are 38 artists participating in this year’s event, in mediums that include watercolor, oil and pastel painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, turned wood, fused glass, jewelry, clothing and furniture. Music will be provided by Michael Farrell. The art show continues on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free hands-on artist demonstrations and lessons and book signings by local authors Jon Waterman, and Mary Stanaszek and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday.Redstone Inn, 82 Redstone Blvd., RedstoneInfo: 963-2310 or http://www.redstoneartfoundation.org
CARBONDALE, Colorado – The Milemarkers with Nelson Oldham will take the stage at Steve’s Guitars tonight playing Americana originals and covers. Oldham is joined by Hap Harriman on electric guitar and vocals, Steven “Vidi” Vidamour on electric bass and Chris Goplerud on drums.On Labor Day evening, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers will play country sounds as they make a rare pass through town.Both shows start at 8:30 p.m.; tickets $10.Steve’s Guitar’s, 19 N. Fourth St., CarbondaleInfo: 963-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Classic car owners are welcome to cruise Carbondale’s First Friday event tonight at 6 p.m. There may even be some pin-up girls to ride as passengers and add to the fun.Info: email@example.com.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Colorado Mountain College Theatre will hold open auditions for its fall productions of “Inherit the Wind” (performances Oct. 21-23 and 27-30) and “I Hate Hamlet,” (performances Dec. 2-4 and 8-11.) Those auditioning should prepare a short monologue of their choice and be ready to read from the script. Advance calls not necessary. Scripts are available for reading at the college’s Quigley Library at Spring Valley or at CMC in Glenwood Springs, 1402 Blake Ave. Auditions 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Wednesday, Sept. 7New Space Theatre at Springs Valley, 3000 County Road 114 south of Glenwood SpringsInfo: 947-8177
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Burning Mountain Festival is now a September event – leaving the unbearable heat of July behind in favor of the crisp clean air of early fall. The festivities will be Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10.Friday’s events include food, a kid’s zone, live music and a beer garden in Burning Mountain Park, from 5-10 p.m. Featured entertainment will be James and The Devil and Sondra and Fire Dancers.Burning Mountain Pageant, which used to be open to young girls, has now been replaced with “The Kids of New Castle,” which is open to boys and girls of all ages. The participants will tour the New Castle Museum and have a fun day at the park on learning about the town and singing songs on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Then from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, they will be presented on the main stage at Burning Mountain Park and introduced to members of the community.”It will be their 10 seconds of fame,” said Krista DeHerrera, event coordinator through Valley Events, Inc. “We want to include as many kids as possible.”Registration is free.Traditional Burning Mountain Festival events take place Saturday morning, starting with a pancake breakfast and the parade, and a long, leisurely afternoon and evening with a kid’s zone, live music, beer garden, wood chopping and coal shoveling contests, folklorico dancing by Sol de Mexico, and live music by the band SwerveLive and others yet to be announced, all in Burning Mountain Park.Info: Krista DeHerrera, 309-6214 or visit http://www.burningmountainfestival.org.
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell is a music legend with a 50-year career playing pop, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, standards, gospel and surf records. Doors open 7 p.m.; show 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9Tickets $35 in advance; $40 day of show.PAC3 Third Street Center, 520 Third St., CarbondaleInfo: 925-1663, http://www.pac3carbondale.com or http://www.leonrussellrecords.com.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Diane Quarles shows her advanced fused glass bowls series. The bowls illustrate different glass fusing methods, including pattern bars, combing, micas and enamels, vitrigraph and pot melts, through September.Demonstration of live vitigraph and glass combing at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Open reception for the Second Friday Tour d’Arts Friday, Sept. 9, with live music by Krystof and Noemi Kosmowski.Gallery 809, 809 Grand Ave., Glenwood SpringsInfo: Cynthia Thomas, 945-0809, or http://www.gallery809 @gmail.com
RIFLE, Colorado – The Bookcliff Council on the Arts and Humanities is hosting an ice cream social and donation roundup to benefit a volunteer trip to help struggling families in Haiti. There will be free live music and all ages are welcome to this family event. People are encouraged to donate cash or a variety of needed items, including medicines, vitamins, folding army cots, umbrellas, bandannas, backpacks, reading glasses, sunglasses, strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, shampoo and summer apparel (no shorts, sweaters or swimsuits). Those who can’t attend the benefit event can drop off items at the Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork RESTORE between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, Kelly’s Aloha Spa, 124 W. Second St. in Rifle, or Rifle Church of Christ, 435 Prefontaine Ave. in Rifle through Wednesday, Sept. 14.5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10Sunset Art Park, RifleInfo: Geneva Farr, 309-3088.
MEEKER, Colorado – The 25th anniversary of the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials is gearing up for the event on Sept. 7-11 with 124 handlers entered into the five-day event.Sheepdog owners demonstrate their dogs’ skills in maneuvering sheep in a calm, controlled manner through a course.Craft fair, food booths, pancake breakfasts, demonstrations by spinners, weavers, felters and potters, educational seminars on cooking lamb, saddle-making and border collies, art contest, silent auction and petting farm Sept. 9-11.Sheep shearing contest, dog handling demos and a bagpiper Sept. 10-11. Barbecue and free outdoor concert with Chuck Pyle’s country western duo on Sept. 10; lamb barbecue on Sept. 11.Tickets at the gate: $30 adult five-day pass; $10 adult one-day pass; $5 seniors and kids 8-16 one-day or five-day pass; children under 8 free.Bring a hat, binoculars and sunscreen, but do not bring your pets.Info: (970) 878-0111 or http://www.meekersheepdog.com.
CARBONDALE, Colorado – The Creating Change speaker series features John Craig, founder of the non-profit foundation Eliminate Poverty Now, an organization that promotes economic development in third world countries, particularly for African women. He will also show some of his photos from Africa.7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14Third Street Center, 520 So. Third St., CarbondaleInfo: 963-1680 or http://www.carbondalearts.com.
BATTLEMENT MESA, Colorado – The fifth annual Grand Valley Quilt Show, sponsored by the Grand Valley Historical Society and the Grand Valley Sew and Sew Quilters will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25.There will be a “Bed Turning” of antique quilts at the Battlement School House and the Glover Cabin. Visitors will also enjoy a delightful tour into the past.10 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25Battlement School House, 7235 Road 300, Battlement Mesa
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is seeking artists with unique, handmade gifts to sell at the arts center.Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E. Sixth St., Glenwood SpringsInfo: (970) 945-2414
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