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Actress Kathy Bates will conduct an onstage interview of filmmaker Rob Reiner at Aspen Filmfest’s tribute to Reiner this month. Reiner will be presented with Filmfest’s Independent By Nature Award Sept. 30 in an event at the Wheeler Opera House.The 27th annual Aspen Filmfest runs Sept. 28-Oct. 2, with programs in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.Reiner directed Bates in her Academy Award-winning performance as the psychopathic Annie Wilkes in the 1990 thriller “Misery,” adapted from the Stephen King novel. Reiner also directed Bates in the comedy “Rumor Has It,” scheduled for release later this year.Filmfest has also announced it will screen “The Squid and the Whale” at its festival. The film, which earned awards for screenplay and direction at the Sundance Festival, stars Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney as a couple coping with divorce in ’80s Brooklyn.Other films to be screened include “Capote,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as writer Truman Capote; “Transamerica,” starring Woody Creek product Felicity Huffman as a pre-operative transsexual; “Bee Season,” starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche as a couple coping with mental illness and family dysfunction; and “The Matador,” featuring Pierce Brosnan as a hitman in the throes of a midlife crisis. The festival will also present documentaries, foreign films and a master class by Aspen filmmaker Bob Rafelson.The full Filmfest program will be announced Friday, Sept. 9, and tickets will go on sale Sept. 21. For further information, go to

CMC Theatre will hold auditions for its production of “Scapin” Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Space Theatre on Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus.”Scapin” will be presented Oct. 21-23 and 27-29 at the New Space Theatre. The play, adapted by Bill Irwin and Mark O’Donnell from Molière’s farce about a scheming servant, will be directed for CMC Theatre by Tom Cochran.There are parts for seven to nine males from late teens to late middle-age, and for three to five females of the same age. A prepared monologue is helpful, but not required.For further information, call Cochran at 947-8252.

The Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s will host its fourth annual Words Away creative writing workshop in Ireland, Nov. 3-10.The Ireland writing retreat follows the inaugural World of Words program at this summer’s Aspen Summer Words, which focused on contemporary Irish writers.The workshop will be led by award-winning Irish author Hugo Hamilton, who spoke at Aspen Summer Words. The course focuses on how writers deal with facts and memory in both fiction and memoir writing. The event also includes a private reading and talk with author Colum McCann, and an overnight stay in Dublin.The workshop will be held at Kinnitty Castle, a gothic castle and 10,000-acre estate at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in central Ireland. The castle features modern amenities, gourmet cuisine, a full-service spa and more.Deadline for registration is Oct. 3. A writing sample is required with the application. For further information, go to, or call Jamie Abbott at 925-3122, ext. 3.

Investigative reporter Joseph N. Distefano will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, Sept. 9. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Distefano, an award-winning reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his new book, “Comcasted: How Ralph and Brian Roberts Took Over America’s TV, One Deal at a Time.” The book details the father-and-son saga from their initial 1,200-home-cable-TV investment in Mississippi to the company’s unsuccessful $66 billion bid for the Disney corporation.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.

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