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The Tower Restaurant & Magic Bar in Snowmass Village cut its magic act years ago, eliminating one of the areas most unique and family-friendly entertainment options. But Eric Mead, who honed his craft over 15 years at the Tower, has reappeared at the Hotel Jeromes Library Bar, which turns out to be an ideal spot for the distinct niche known as magic bar, which features tricks done inches from the viewers eyes. Mead, who throws humor and personality into the hat as well, performs every Monday night beginning at 8 p.m. He has also turned the neat trick of making a cover charge disappear; admission is free.

The Wheeler Opera House has had a good run of late in presenting artists of a certain age: John McEuen, Jorma Kaukonen and Lily Tomlin have all proved to be on top of their games. The streak should continue on Tuesday, March 24, with Arlo Guthrie. The folk singers big moments came 40-some years ago, with Coming Into Los Angeles, and the incomparable, political, humorous, 18-minute Alices Restaurant though some would say his biggest moment came 62 years ago, when Arlo was born to folk pioneer Woody and dancer Marjorie. Though the association is inevitably with the 60s, Guthrie isnt stuck in them, and he should offer an interesting perspective on todays world.

Some 14 years ago, the fledgling Aspen Ballet Company took a big leap and offered its first commission to Dwight Rhoden. The New York choreographer and former Alvin Ailey dancer responded with the vibrant Ear Candy, and the troupe (now Aspen Santa Fe Ballet) was off and running as a presenter of new works. Rhoden returns to Aspen in another guise as co-artistic director of the very multi-cultural Complexions. The company performs Saturday, March 28 at the Aspen District Theatre; the program includes RISE, set to songs of U2, and a solo piece by Complexions co-director Desmond Richardson.


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