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Rock band Blues Traveler is set to open the Aspen Skiing Companys2007-08 Hi-Fi Concert Series. The free performance is set at the base of Aspen Mountain on Dec. 8, coinciding with the Aspen Winternational FIS Womens Alpine Ski World Cup races.Blues Traveler, led by singer-harmonica player John Popper, formed in New Jersey, and emerged from New York Citys downtown club scene in the late 80s. The band achieved widespread popularity with the 1994 album Four, which featured the radio and MTV hit Run-around. The bands latest album, released last month, is Cover Yourself, featuring acoustic interpretations of their past songs.Blues Traveler has been a frequent visitor to Colorado, playing annual Fourth of July concerts at Red Rocks. In Aspen, the band has appeared at Belly Up Aspen and at Jazz Aspen Snowmass.Four additional Hi-Fi Concerts are planned: Jan. 24, at Aspen Mountain, to coincide with the Winter X Games; Feb. 17, for Presidents Day; and March 23 in Snowmass and March 28 in Aspen, as part of the Spring Jam.For further information on Aspen Skico events, go to

The Wheeler Film Society will present three movies in November at the Wheeler Opera House.The schedule opens Sunday and Monday, Nov. 18-19, with director Robin Swicords The Jane Austen Book Club. Adapted from Karen Joy Fowlers 2004 best-seller, the drama looks at five Los Angeles women who discover theconnections between their own lives and the romances depicted in Jane Austens 18th-century novels. The film stars Mario Bello, Amy Brenneman, Jimmy Smits and Maggie Grace.The Australian film Ten Canoes is set for Nov. 24-26. The first production to come from Australias Aboriginals, and winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Rolf de Heers film is set in Australian tribal times.The schedule closes with Manufactured Landscapes, showing Nov. 28-29. Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, and with photography by Edward Burtynsky, the documentary observes changes in the Chinese landscape wrought by development and industrialization. Evening screenings for all films are at 8 p.m. There will be additional matinee screenings at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Carbondales Thunder River Theatre Company will hold auditions for actors for its upcoming production of Mother Courage and Her Children, as well as for future productions. Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 13-14, at 7 p.m., at the Thunder River Theatre in downtown Carbondale.Those auditioning are requested to prepare two diverse monologues, each two minutes in length. Those who have auditioned in the past for Thunder River productions should contact Lon Winston, the companys founder and artistic director.Thunder Rivers production of Mother Courage and Her Children, an antiwar epic by Bertolt Brecht, opens Feb. 21 and runs through March 8. The play will be directed by Winston, with Valerie Haugen, the companys associate artistic director, starring as Mother Courage. The season concludes with David Mamets American Buffalo, June 19-July 5, directed by Haugen and starring Winston.To contact Winston, call 963-8200 or e-mail For further information on Thunder River, go to

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