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by Andrew Travers
Actress Molly Ringwald released her debut album of jazz vocals, "Except Sometimes," in 2013. She will perform at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday, Feb. 27.
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MUSIC

These days, Molly Ringwald is a jazz singer. And this weekend she’s bringing her take on the Great American Songbook to Aspen.

The “Brat Pack” actress best known for her roles in iconic ’80s teen movies “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles” released her debut album two years ago and has been touring the world as a singer ever since. The record, “Except Sometimes,” showcases Ringwald singing classic songs like “The Very Thought of You” and “Pick Yourself Up” alongside her rendition of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” which has followed Ringwald ever since its use at the conclusion of “The Breakfast Club.”

But Ringwald’s musical career isn’t some celebrity goof — this isn’t William Shatner singing “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Ringwald was actually a singer before she was an actress. Her father, Bob Ringwald, was a pianist, and she began performing in his jazz band at age 3. In recent years, Ringwald, now 47, has returned to music while continuing to act. She also published her debut novel, “When It Happens to You,” in 2012.

“Jazz music has continued to be one of my three passions along with acting and writing,” Ringwald says in a press release. “I like to say jazz music is my musical equivalent of comfort food. It’s always where I go back to when I want to feel grounded.”

Ringwald will perform at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday, Feb. 27. Tickets are $45 and available at the Wheeler box office and http://www.aspenshowtix.com.

OPERA

The University of Colorado’s Eklund Opera Theater Singers are bringing a family-friendly taste of opera to Harris Hall for a free performance. The 11 graduate students in the troupe will perform a sampling of choreographed musical theater and opera scenes, with compositions ranging from Verdi and Puccini to Sondheim and Gilbert and Sullivan.

Formed in 2009, the show marks Eklund’s second free performance in Aspen, in what’s becoming an annual tradition. They will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Harris Hall.

WRITTEN WORD

Poets Myrlin Hepworth, Mercedez Holtry and Logan Phillips have been working with local students in recent weeks, mentoring young people from 16 valley schools in the art of self-expression. Their time here will culminate in three public events presented by Aspen Words, beginning with the second annual Youth Poetry Slam at the Third Street Center in Carbondale on Friday, Feb. 27, and followed by an all-ages Cumbia Dance Party.

Winners of Friday’s slam will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Wheeler Opera House alongside Hepworth, Holtry and Phillips. All three events are free. More information at 970-925-3122.


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