July 26, 2006
Paying proper attention to one’s health is an almost decadent pursuit at the Snowmass Wellness Experience. The Snowmass Village event, in its third year, features such indulgences as meditation, chocolate, hiking and enough forms of yoga (Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, restorative, integrative) to induce a semi-conscious state. Speakers include chefs Cat Cora, the only woman to win the Food Network’s Iron Chef America title; Chris Carmichael, longtime coach of Lance Armstrong; and Hal Dwoskin, author of “The Sedona Method,” a guide to letting go of fear and bad habits. Of course, who could be well without excellent food and music? The Experience kicks off with Swing Into Wellness, an evening of organic wines and natural foods prepared by the Silvertree Hotel’s Jason Friendly, and music by Fraga, a band related, in membership and style, to Colorado favorites Cabaret Diosa. (Wellness not only can taste and feel good, it also can be affordable: Tickets for Swing Into Wellness are just $45.) Swing Into Wellness is Friday, Aug. 4, under a tent on Fanny Hill; the Experience continues Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-6, from morning to evening.
Since a 1999 jam in Woodstock, the trio of guitarist Eric Krasno and brothers Alan and Neal Evans, on drums and organ, has been in an upward spiral. As the funk-jazz group Soulive, the threesome has released five proper albums, a full series of “Instant Live” CDs, plus “Turn It Out Remixed,” a project that had top DJs and producers messing with the band’s grooves. Soulive only got more ambitious over time; their 2005 release, “Break Out,” added horns, guest musician Robert Randolph, and vocalists Chaka Khan and Ivan Neville to the instrumental mix. Soulive is now in a slowdown mode. The band has a light touring schedule this summer, and a posting on their website says they will take a break and pursue other projects when they complete their current CD-in-progress, which makes it all the more urgent to catch Soulive’s appearance Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Snowmass Free Summer Concert series.
During Kent Reed’s first stint in Aspen, when he founded what eventually became Theatre Aspen, the plaza behind the Pitkin County Library was just some nice green space. With Reed’s return, the grass has become a theater for his troupe, the Hudson Reed Ensemble. Reed and company are staging three romance scenes from Shakespeare there, three very different scenes: the sweet wooing from “Romeo and Juliet,” the bawdy episode from “Taming of the Shrew,” and the audacious scene in “Richard III,” where Richard charms Lady Anne over the coffin of her father-in-law, having already killed Anne’s husband. Reed stars as Richard and directs “Romeo and Juliet,” while Gary Morabito directs the other two. The setting and the 6 p.m. start are perfect for picnicking. Performances are Wednesdays through Aug. 23. Entry is free. The Ensemble also concludes its “Beat Poets … Together Again,” a dramatic re-creation of the Beat era, Sunday, July 30, at 9 p.m. at Zele.