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Courtesy of the artistMichael Raaums Stars, acrylic on canvas, 2008, is featured in the Red Brick Biennial.
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Under the leadership of Debra Muzikar, the Red Brick Center for the Arts has solidified its status as a true center for local visual artists. The city-owned venue takes a giant stride forward, though, with the first Red Brick Biennial. Muzikar tapped Dean Sobel, former director of the Aspen Art Museum, to serve as juror, and Sobel created a show that features work by 26 valley artists. Sobel made the decision to go lighter on the number of artists, and heavier on each participating artists representation; each artist has two or three pieces in the exhibit. The Biennial opens with a reception on Thursday, Nov. 6; Sobel will be on hand to give a talk. The exhibit runs through the month of November.

Most people know the musical Chicago from its Broadway runs the 1975 debut, or its 1996 return, which became the longest-running revival ever or the 2002 film, winner of the Oscar for Best Picture. But when you realize that the musical was based on a 1926 play, Chicago looks especially prescient. The themes explored in the musical Celebrity! Headlines! Spotlights! Damn the reasons why! seem to have been born in the age of the Internet and camera-phones. But reporter-turned-playwright Maurine Dallas Watkins got her idea for the satire from a pair of celebrity murders which made phenomenally popular copy in her Chicago Tribune column, back in 1924. Aspen Community Theatre presents its version of the story of two sexy murderers cabaret star Velma Kelly and wannabe star Roxie Hart and their lawyer Billy Flynn. ACTs Chicago, directed and choreographed by Marisa Post, opens Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Aspen District Theatre, with dates through Nov. 16.

Matt Flinner is a musician who doesnt easily get pinned down. Probably known best as a mandolinist but, in fact, a more than competent banjoist as well Flinner established himself first in the Rocky Mountains, making his home in Salt Lake City and Jackson, Wyo., before settling in Nashville several years ago. And that is nothing compared to his stylistic wanderings: Flinner has jammed out as an occasional member of Leftover Salmon; played sophisticated string music in the extraordinary quartet Phillips, Grier & Flinner; explored the fusion realm on a series of his own albums; and investigated a European flavor of jazz as part of guitarist Frank Vignolas Gypsy Grass. Flinners current trio comes to Steves Guitars in Carbondale on Friday, Nov. 7, as part of the Music du Jour tour. As the name and Flinners history suggest, expect a smorgasbord of sounds.


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