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Rising from the grave

Dear Editor:

Over the last week or so, a few of the presumed “dead” in Aspen have risen from their perspective graves.

The first to rise was the Aspen Club project. While Mayor Mick voted against it, I’m sure he’s now thinking “mistake”, as he gets ready to rehab his broken body from his biking accident.

Alan Fletcher, president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival, who was all but six feet under a few months ago, not only got a reprise, but a new two-year contract. You’ve got to love those Aspen boards.

Charlie Sheen’s lawyers plea-bargained a deal to teach aspiring kid actors the art of acting and the evils of tobacco. But hit a snag when the idea of Sheen bumming cigarettes off our youth scared a few people. To date, we have spent a bundle of taxpayer money on this matter, and while I believe in justice, how about evoking the concept “let the punishment fit the crime.” The courts could make Sheen use the “patch” for a month in home detention. Based on his addiction to tobacco, that would be the ultimate punishment, and a great storyline for Two and a Half Men.

After so many years, it is nice to see the Red Onion is alive and open. Which brings me to Scott DeGraff, the man that almost buried the historic business. I’m still waiting to hear back from him.

While HBO is long gone, comedy is alive and kicking at the Wheeler this weekend with the return of the Rooftop Comedy Festival thanks to Gram Slaton.

Finally, for those that might wonder what I do all day at Victoria’s, please find your way to the FREE Sneak Preview, of the film I wrote, at Wheeler this Sunday at 4 p.m. It is a irreverent comedy about a Broadway director, played by Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), who went to L.A., got his ass kicked in the film business, and returns to the lights of Broadway, with one last chance to revive his all but dead and buried career.

Andrew Kole


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