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Steve Forbert
Todd Hibbs |

Steve Forbert landed with a splash ” and the typical “new Dylan” tag ” in the late ’70s with the smart folk-rock gems “Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977” and “Romeo’s Tune.” Since then the Mississippian has had only a slight mainstream presence, but his output over the decades can be compared to almost any singer-songwriter. His best work leans toward the sweet and sentimental ” check out his warm tribute to the Band’s late Rick Danko, “Wild as the Wind,” from 2004’s “Just Like There’s Nothin’ To It” ” but Forbert can also get silly (“Strange Names,” which runs down odd-sounding New Jersey towns); or bluesy (“Any Old Time,” a full-CD tribute to Jimmie Rodgers). His recent album, “The Time and the Place,” touches all bases, opening with the lovely landscape “Blackbird Tune,” and moving through “The Beast of Ballyhoo,” a grand spoof on rusty, old arena bands and the fans who still love them, and the romantically hopeful “Who’ll Watch the Sunset?” Forbert plays a solo show Tuesday, April 28 at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale.

Randy “The Ram” Robinson is bloodied ” Lord, how he is bloodied, and keeps getting bloodier ” but he is not quite beaten. The aged professional grappler at the center of “The Wrestler,” Ram still has it in him to chase after romance, in the form of the stripper Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), and to try to fix his long-broken relationship with his daughter, Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood). Darren Aronofsky’s film name-checks, of all things, “The Passion of the Christ,” and while that reference comes and goes, the resonance endures. Randy, played by Mickey Rourke, absorbs immense amounts of physical and psychic pain in pursuit of purification. Sure, Ram is working on a smaller scale ” not seeking redemption for all of mankind, only for his own sins. But “The Wrestler,” unlike “The Passion,” builds a context for this suffering ” plus it’s got a cool soundtrack of ’80s hard rock, and a vivid, low-rent setting in working-class New Jersey. The film has been called a comeback for Rourke, who earned an Oscar nomination, but it’s hard to imagine the bloated, washed-up actor ever finding another bloated, washed-up character like this to play. “The Wrestler” shows for free on Tuesday, April 28 at Belly Up Aspen.

Question 1, which seeks permission for the city of Aspen to conduct negotiations with the Aspen Art Museum for the sale of the former Youth Center building, touches a lot of buttons: preservation of our past, the look and scale of town, elitism. The info and misinfo has been flying; the best way to get a grasp of what’s in front of us is visiting the old museum, which features an elaborate model of architect Shigeru Ban’s proposed new structure, and images which depict how the building would fit into town.


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