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Andrew Schwartz/Miramax Film Corp.Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in "Doubt," showing in Aspen.

They took their name from one of the most evil characters in horror literature. Their sound is an unrelenting form of So-Cal punk. Their original bassist committed suicide. Still, Pennywise has distinguished itself in the punk world by delivering a message that includes hope, self-empowerment and a sense of community. The quartet’s self-titled, 1991 debut led off with “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and their latest album is “Reason to Believe” ” and neither of those titles were used with ironic intent. That message has made Pennywise notably durable for a punk act; they have been around two decades, released an album every two years, and have continued to grow in popularity. They perform a free Winter X Games concert on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the base of Aspen Mountain. A night earlier, Denver rap/rockers Flobots perform ” same price, same place.

Lar Lubovitch, founder and director of his eponymous, New York dance company, has expressed worries over whether he can continue to connect to young audiences. But Lubovitch is clearly connecting with someone. The 65-year-old Lubovitch has had a series of late-career hits, including a three-act “Othello” that was created in collaboration with American Dance Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet. Another acclaimed piece ” “Men’s Stories,” a work for nine male dancers, set to Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, that addresses the idea of beauty in ruins ” is the centerpiece of the company’s performance in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Winter Dance series. The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, in its first national tour in a decade, appears at the Aspen District Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 18.

The central idea in “Doubt” ” how people can be blinded by their certainty ” gets slightly overblown in John Patrick Shanley’s film. But that barely affects the real heart of the movie: the acting. Philip Seymour Hoffman, as the progressive Father Flynn, and Meryl Streep, as the severe Sister Aloysius, butt heads over what they know to be true about Flynn’s shadowy interaction with a young Catholic school student. Watching the two disappear into their characters, then jab, duck and counter-punch each other, makes you forget any deficiencies of plot and theme. Meeting them at that level are their co-stars: Amy Adams as a fresh, young nun, and Viola Davis as a mother who knows and has seen too much. All four were nominated for Golden Globes, though none won. “Doubt” is showing in Aspen.

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