Old Snowmass photographer Lynn Goldsmith will give a slide-show talk and sign copies of her new book, “The Police: 1978-1983,” at Town Center Booksellers in Basalt. The event is set for Aug. 2, with the talk at 7 p.m. and the book-signing at 7:30 p.m.”The Police” collects color and black-and-white photographs made by Goldsmith from the band’s beginnings through 1983, the last full year The Police toured together before this year’s reunion. The book, with an introduction by music journalist Phil Sutcliffe, will be published by Little, Brown & Company on July 31. “The Police” features never-before-published photos, and individual portraits of each member of the trio: singer-bassist Sting, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers.Goldsmith is donating 25 percent of the sales proceeds from the book to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, an organization that works to donate musical instruments to young musicians.Goldsmith is also set to publish “Rock and Roll,” featuring photos of Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and more, with an introduction by Iggy Pop, in September. Her past books include “PhotoDiary” and “Springsteen: Access All Areas.” She owns and operates the Lynn Goldsmith Gallery in Basalt.

“Carmen,” Bizet’s opera about the romantic life of an ill-tempered gypsy, will be shown by live broadcast in Wagner Park on Sunday, July 29. The free presentation will be a simulcast of the performance at the Wheeler Opera House by the Aspen Music Festival.The Aspen production of “Carmen” is conducted by Julius Rudel, and directed by Edward Berkeley, director of the Aspen Opera Theater Center. The opera premiered in 1875 in France; based on the novel by Prosper Merimée, it tells the story of the hot-blooded Carmen, and the rivals for her love, Don José and Escamillo.”Carmen” will also be staged at the Wheeler Thursday and Friday, July 26-27, and July 30. The July 26 performance is part of a benefit event, and includes dinner at the Caribou Club.

Zélé Café will host a Poetry Night on Sunday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. All poets are invited to attend, and all forms of poetry are welcome.The event will include the collective writing project, Sidewalk Poem of the Month; an open-mic segment with poets permitted to perform for three minutes; and a slam competition. The competition requires a $5 registration fee, and will be judged by audience members, with the winner taking the pot.Featured poet for the event is Aspenite Karen Glenn, a published poet and a nominee for the North American Review’s Pushcart Prize, who has read her poem, “Night Shift,” on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Glenn, a member of the board of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, runs the poetry reading series at Town Center Booksellers in Basalt.For further information on the Poetry Night, call 309-4828.


Bar Talk: Barraquito

On a recent trip to Spain, I discovered something that I believe tops the espresso martini. It’s called a barraquito.

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