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Coming up this week in Aspen (and Carbondale)

Stewart OksenhornAspen Times WeeklyAspen, CO Colorado

Stewart Oksenhorn/Aspen Times WeeklySinger-songwriter Shawn Colvin makes her Belly Up Aspen debut on Friday, July 23.

ASPEN – At her core, Shawn Colvin is a storyteller. Witness the wonderful “Polaroids,” the cinematic, detailed, beginning-to-end romance tale that kicks off her 2009 album “Live,” or the precisely etched character sketch “Sunny Came Home,” which earned a Grammy Award for Best Song in 1998.Colvin is set to switch from singer-songwriter mode to genuine storytelling, as she is working on a memoir about her life in music, TV and motherhood. Such an artist is, of course, best heard in an intimate setting, so fans should jump at the chance when Colvin, whose last local appearance was outdoors on Fanny Hill, makes her Belly Up Aspen debut on Friday, July 23.Audra Mae, an Oklahoma singer-songwriter – and the grand-niece of Judy Garland – opens the show in her first Aspen gig.

ASPEN – Barry Smith is unabashed about where he came up with the idea for “What’s Your Story?” – he ripped it off from a New York organization known as The Moth.Truth is, there isn’t much to be stolen; the idea behind both events is to present true-life stories, stripped of notes, props and scenery. It’s just a handful of people and their stories. The concept has proved immensely popular in New York, and last summer Smith showed that it traveled well, as the debut of “What’s Your Story?” was sold out and well-received in Aspen.Smith is back with another round of locals, including Aspen Choral Society conductor Ray Adams, Grassroots TV head John Masters, and mom/former journalist Naomi Havlen. “What’s Your Story? – The Sequel” is at Theatre Aspen on Sunday, July 18.

CARBONDALE – The summer movie schedule probably isn’t any worse than usual – though someone living in the upper Roaring Fork Valley can certainly be forgiven for thinking so. The multiplexes from Aspen to El Jebel have been packed with extra loads of junk, while the more intriguing stuff (“The Oath,” “Mother and Child,” “Winter’s Bone,” “I Am Love,” etc.) has skipped by us for the moment.While Aspen’s Isis Theater this week holds over “Knight and Day” and “Despicable Me,” intrepid filmgoers will travel to Carbondale’s Crystal Theatre for “Please Give,” a comedic drama set in New York City. It is the latest by Nicole Holofcener, whose previous work includes the sharply observed “Lovely & Amazing” and “Friends with Money.”stewart@aspentimes.com