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New Jersey-based rock band deSoL returns to Aspen with a show Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Belly Up. (Stewart Oksenhorn/Aspen Times Weekly)

Growing up in Queens, N.Y., the son of Salvadoran immigrants, didn’t have much use for his parent’s Latin music. But five years ago, the 29-year-old singer and guitarist discovered how much of an accent had seeped into his ears and his blood, and he changed direction from classic rock to Latin rock. The passion Monterrosa has for Latin-tinged sounds was evident when his New Jersey band, deSoL, gave a standout performance at last month’s Jazz Aspen Labor Day Festival. DeSoL, a septet whose membership is largely of Latin-American heritage, concluded its high-energy set with a spot-on cover of Santana’s version of “Oye Como Va,” led by the lead guitar of Rich Soto. “DeSoL,” the band’s eponymous debut album, made a splash on national radio upon its summer release. DeSol seems to have set its sights on Latino-rich Colorado; they make their fourth local appearance of the year Sunday, Oct. 23 at Belly Up.

is the thinking woman’s sort of chick flick. The film stars two of the most interesting, daring actresses of the era: Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand, Academy Award winners both. If that was not enough woman power, the film is directed by Niki Caro, the New Zealander who made her name with 2002’s “Whale Rider.” The story of “North Country” is inspired by real events in a Minnesota mining community. Theron plays Josey, a single mom looking for a way to support her kids. She is guided by an old friend, Glory (McDormand), to the iron mines, where Josey is ready for the back-breaking labor, but not the harassment inflicted by the old-guard male miners. Speaking out against the mistreatment, Josey challenges the whole town, from Glory to her own mother (played by Sissy Spacek, another best actress Oscar winner). “North Country” shows at the Isis Theatre this week.

Moliere tried to write tragedies, with no success to speak of. But the 17th century French playwright’s comedies have survived the ages. Tom Cochran, a theater professor at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus for 21 years, is about to direct his third. Having directed productions of Moliere’s “Tartuffe” and “The Learned Ladies,” Cochran has now chosen a story of young men who want to marry beautiful girls, the fathers who want them to marry wealthy girls, and the crafty servant ” Scapin ” who must make it all work. Cochran chose a 1997 adaptation by Vaudeville-type actor/playwright Bill Irwin and his partner Mark O’Donnell after seeing his students cracking up over the script. Mike Banks stars as Scapin, with Cochran himself playing one of the stingy, miserly fathers. “Scapin,” which also features Billy Trejo, Miles Silverman, Austin Ford and Michael Farnsworth, opened at the New Space Theatre on CMC’s Spring Valley campus this week; it shows Sunday, Oct. 23 and Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 27-29.