River Days floods Basalt with activitiesThe 10th annual Basalt River Days will bring music, food, a downtown parade and more to Basalt Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18. Children’s activities include a bike-decorating contest and Kids Island, featuring entertainment for young attendees.Musical acts on the main stage in Lions Park include reggae band Irie Still, Tobatana Marimba Ensemble, and blues singer-keyboardist Kelley Hunt, who closes the festival on Saturday evening. Local groups performing on the main stage include Broad Band, the Roaring Fork Old Time/Celtic Megaband, Heart of the Rockies, the Earthbeat Choir, and Slightly White.River Days will also host the unveiling of the official River Days Cocktail. The winning drink from the first Bartenders’ Cup, a competition among local drink-makers, will be served during the event.Additional events include a pie contest, a hot dog-eating competition, magic by Doc Eason, a sidewalk sale, the Basalt Half-Marathon, and the Dinner of Champions Benefit, a barbecue dinner served by Basalt High School’s Lady Longhorns basketball team.For a full schedule of events and further information, go to http://www.basaltriverdays.com.Crosby cancelsDavid Crosby has postponed his appearance in the Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Lyrically Speaking series because of health problems. He was scheduled to appear in the series, presented at Belly Up, Thursday, Aug. 16. The Lyrically Speaking series brings musicians to perform their songs and to speak about the writing process.Crosby was hospitalized this past week with a respiratory infection. He has had health problems in the past, and in 1995 underwent a liver transplant.Crosby is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning membership for his work in the Byrds and with the trio Crosby, Stills & Nash.A representative of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation said the organization expected Crosby to appear when his health permits.Harvest Fest setSustainable Settings will host its annual Harvest Festival Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19 at its Carbondale farm.Saturday will feature the Harvest Speakers Series and a wine tasting. Speakers include natural-foods activist and author Sally Fallon; Jeffrey E. Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology; and Brook Le Van, director of Sustainable Settings. The wine tasting will feature new releases of red and white wines, made from certified organic biodynamic grapes from Colorado’s Jack Rabbit Hill winery.The Harvest Benefit Dinner and Dance is set for Sunday. Chefs including Ryan Hardy, from the Little Nell, and Mark Fischer, from Restaurant Six89, will prepare organic dishes – including a roasted suckling pig – to be paired with organic wine, brandy and juice. In addition, the dinner will honor Ken and Gail Kuhns of Silt, named as Sustainable Settings’ Local Organic Farmers of the Year.For reservations and further information, call 963-6107.Kramer to direct Telluride FilmEdith R. Kramer, who retired from a career as senior film curator and director of the Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, has been named as guest director of the 2007 Telluride Film Festival. The 34th annual festival, one of the leading American cinema events, is set for Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Telluride.Kramer spent 22 years at the Pacific Film Archive, expanding the institution’s role in film preservation and collection development. Past guest directors of the festival include Salman Rushdie, Stephen Sondheim, Buck Henry and Laurie Anderson.The Telluride Film Festival does not release an advance program of its screenings and events. For further information on tickets and attending the festival, go to http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org.
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