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Stewart Oksenhorn/Aspen Times WeeklyDark Star Orchestra, with singer-guitarist Rob Eaton, plays Tuesday, March 31 at Belly Up Aspen.
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Jayne Gottlieb Productions is trying something way different with its latest children’s show, “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Between Thursday and Sunday, April 2-5, the musical will be presented at five different venue: Steve’s Guitars, the Limelight, the Riverside Grill, Bistro Basalt and Basalt Middle School. Moreover, at the first four venues, the show will be accompanied by food ” anything from apres-ski snacks to dinner, depending on the time and venue. The size of the show has been scaled back from past Gottlieb Productions; this one features six actors, no sets. And for those who have loved the grand-scale musicals of the past, that’s coming up soon enough: Gottlieb will present “Oliver,” with a cast of nearly 60, in mid-April at the Basalt Middle School and the Wheeler Opera House.

Short films may be the ideal medium for these quick-hit, low-budget times. But compared to watching a bunch of short videos, quality uncertain, alone, on a computer screen, Aspen Shortsfest ’09 offers an elevated experience of shorts. The 57 films in the International Competition have been selected from hundreds of shorts submitted from around the world, with an eye toward technique, diversity and emotional resonance. Most of the special events have been cut from this year’s festival, but the heart remains intact: eight programs of short films, from comedy to animation to documentaries, representing countries from Cuba and Ethiopia, Slovenia and the U.S. Shortsfest runs Wednesday to Saturday, April 1-4, in Aspen, and Friday through Sunday, April 3-5, in Carbondale.

The Dead live on ” and not just in the hallucinated memories of the graying family of original Deadheads. Two weeks ago, the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue, with members of Colorado tribute band Shakedown Street, rocked a full house at Belly Up. The band’s still-active merchandising arm is releasing a three-CD set of 2/14/68 at San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom ” long considered a peak moment in the transformation from rock dance band to something primal and unique. Best of all, the Dead itself, featuring the surviving members of the group, begin a tour next month; it stops at Denver’s Pepsi Center on May 7. For the ultimate tour warm-up, check out Dark Star Orchestra, the ne plus ultra of tribute bands, Tuesday, March 31 at Belly Up.


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