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Jazz Aspen Snowmass is now selling its Blind Faith Pass, which offers discounted admission to the nonprofit organization’s two summer festivals next year. The Pass allows general admission seating to each day of the four-day festivals. Passes for either the June Festival or the Labor Day Festival are $99 each; a Blind Faith Pass for both festivals is $149.

Blind Faith Passes will be sold through Dec. 31 only, at the Belly Up Aspen box office, at http://www.jazzaspen.org, or by calling 1-866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499). The number of passes to be sold is limited.

The June Festival is set for June 19-22, 2008 in Aspen’s Rio Grande Park. The Labor Day Festival is scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2008 in Snowmass Town Park, in Snowmass Village.

No acts have been announced yet for either festival. This year’s acts included Steve Winwood, Herbie Hancock and the Black Crowes at the June Festival, and the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and Ben Harper at the Labor Day Festival.

Also, Jazz Aspen has announced improvements to the site for Labor Day Festival, including reducing the attendance limits, and increasing the site dimensions and number of toilets. Strolling food and beverage vendors will be added.

The Wheeler Film Series will present three films in December at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House.

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The schedule opens Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 2-4, with “2 Days in Paris.” The directorial debut of Julie Delpy, the film stars Delpy and Adam Goldberg trying to rekindle their romance with a visit to Paris.

“In the Shadow of the Moon,” director David Sington’s documentary about NASA’s Apollo missions, is set for Dec. 10 and 12. The film earned the Audience Award for World Cinema ” Documentary at the Sundance Festival.

The schedule closes Dec. 17-19 with “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.” Directed by Sidney Lumet, the film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke as brothers who botch a robbery of their parents’ jewelry store.

All films have evening screenings at 7:30 p.m. Films scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays have an additional matinee showing at 4:30 p.m.

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’s Santa Fe season will feature “The Nutcracker” (Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-9) and the company’s program of mixed repertory (Feb. 1-2), plus appearances by India’s Nrityagram Dance Ensemble (March 29) and Black Grace (April 1).

The ASFB company’s touring schedule includes performances in Chicago, Crested Butte, Telluride, Durango and Fort Collins, as well as Chicago, Wichita, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Dallas and more.

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