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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2007-08 season, which includes two appearances in Aspen.

The ASFB will present its annual winter performances of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 15-16. The locally based company will return for performances of mixed repertory Feb. 14 and 16. The program features the world premiere of a work by Helen Pickett, and three additional local premieres: William Forsythe’s “Slingerland” pas de deux, Karole Armitage’s “Time is the Echo of an Axe within a Wood,” and Jorma Elo’s “1st Flash.”

The Aspen season will also feature the presentation of two outside companies. Diavolo, a Los Angeles company of dancers, acrobats and actors founded and led by artistic director Jacques Heim, returns for performances Feb. 27-28. Black Grace, a contemporary dance company from New Zealand, makes its local debut March 28-29. All Aspen performances are at the Aspen District Theatre.

The ASFB company’s touring schedule includes performances in Chicago, Crested Butte, Telluride, Wichita, New Orleans and Dallas.

For further information, go to http://www.aspenballet.com.

The Wyly Community Art Center will present its 11th annual Wyly Wares Holiday Show on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at their facility in Basalt.

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Wyly Wares will feature 15 local artisans displaying and selling a range of functional, decorative and edible crafts designed for the holiday season. Among the items are pottery, soaps, clothing, jewelry and jams. Alongside those crafts will be birdseed wreaths and ornaments from the students at Woody Creek’s Early Learning Center, and calendars created by Basalt Middle School students.

Exhibitors’ fees and a portion of sales will go to the Wyly Art Center’s educational programs and events. The nonprofit organization offers classes for all ages and abilities, employs more than 30 local instructors, and works with numerous other nonprofit groups.

Wyly Wares runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For further information, or to volunteer at the event, call Deb Jones at 927-4123.