Steve McLaughlin, acoustic folk rock, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Siamese Basil restaurant, Glenwood Springs, sunset deck party with strawberry margarita specials. Information: 945-0999The Friendly Dictators, indie-rock, surf-a-billy, cow-punk duo that won second place at the recent Gong Show at the Wheeler Opera House. Singer-songwriter Justin Gordon will open the show. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 8:30, Steves Guitars, 19 N. Fourth St., Carbondale. Information: 963-3304Marty Martinez and friends, 9 p.m. Friday, Rivers Restaurant, no coverKrossroadz, rock n roll, 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, OLearys, Rifle. Classy Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and SundaysMelody Hartman, acoustic folk, blues and standards, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. live at the Dish, 1817 Medicine Bow Court, Silt, and on 95.5 the River on Saturday night. Information: 876-0583Acoustic open mic night, 7-9 p.m. Sundays, Black Nugget, for all genres, including hand drums, poetry reading and guitar. Electric open jam, 9 p.m. Sundays to midnight, electric players of all genres and styles. Sound system provided. Bring instrument, cords and amp. (Some acoustic instruments can plug into the board.) Information: Pam Rosenthal, 319-0108The David Sanchez Group, Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz concert series, 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Two Rivers Park. Rain or shine, no glass or dogs, and low chairs only. Information: http://www.summerofjazz.com or Mary Noone at 945-0756Greenbroke Band, four-piece folk rock family band, Glenwood Musics Wednesday Night Live, Information: 928-8628Piano with Walt Smith and friends, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Sopris Restaurant, Glenwood Springs. Information: 945-7771All That Karaoke with DJ Lisa, 9 p.m. Wednesdays, the Hideout, ParachuteBig Daddy Lee & the Kingbees, Chicago-style blues, 10 p.m. Fridays, Jimmys an American Restaurant and Bar, 205 S. Mill Street, Aspen. Information: 925-6020Grover Duffield and friends, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Grill at the Redstone Inn. Information: 963-2526Doc Eason, Wednesday nights, Ricks Steakhouse, Midland Avenue, Basalt
The 108th Annual Strawberry Days, Colorados oldest ongoing civic festival, takes place Friday through Sunday at Sayre (Strawberry) Park, from a colorful parade down Pitkin Avenue, to an artisans fair, to top-notch family entertainment and free strawberries and ice cream, Strawberry Days sums up the friendly character of Glenwood Springs. Information: http://www.strawberrydaysfestival.com or 945-6589.Watch for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts bike raffle booth at the Strawberry Days Fair this weekend. Buy a winning ticket, at $2 each or $5 for three tickets, for a Raleigh Ram mountain bike worth $900. Drawing will be at 3 p.m. Sunday. Winners do not need to be present to win. Information: 945-2414.The Wyly Community Arts Center gala fund-raiser on Saturday to celebrate its move to downtown Basalt after nine years on the campus of Compass in Woody Creek. This will be the Art Centers first interactive art and fund-raising event in its new location. The Wyly is Stepping Out takes place at the home of Sally Cole in Basalt from 5-8 p.m. Information: 927-4123.Carlos Herrera reads the poetry of Federico Garca Lorca in Spanish, and Cara Daniel in English, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Town Center Booksellers, 211 Midland Ave., Basalt. Lorca is admired the world over for the lyricism, immediacy and clarity of his poetry, as well as his ability to encompass techniques of the symbolist movement with deeper psychological shadings. Information: 927-BOOK (2665).The Glenwood Springs Art Guild recently mailed out Fall Art Festival applications. To enter the show this year, please contact Portia Griefenberg at 945-0393, or pick up an entry form at the Chamber Resort Association or local art store. The Fall Art Festival will take place Sept. 21-25 at the Ramada Inn.Garfield County Library branches weekly Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds reading programs for kids through July 28. Free entertainment includes juggling, magic, music and puppets, and shows are open to all ages. Children may also sign up to win prizes for achieving reading goals. Information: 945-5958.The Aspen Dance Connection is taking registrations for teen and adult modern dance, and kids yoga; African dance for boys and girls, and mother-daughter belly dance in July at A Spiritual Center, above Construction Junction in Carbondale. For a complete schedule and to register: 927-0641 or firstname.lastname@example.orgThe community schools of Carbondale and Aspen invite all Roaring Fork Valley artists to apply to the Third Annual Artists Studio Tour. Deadline is June 5. The tour is Oct. 15-16. Applications will be mailed to prospective artists and are also available at the Carbondale Community School or Aspen Community School in May.The Aspen Art Museum summer art camps for children ages 6-17 in Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale. Registration: Carbondale Recreation Department at 704-4115, the Basalt Recreation Department at 927-8214 or the museum at 925-8050. Information: http://www.aspenartmuseum.org.
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