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Theatre Aspen will hold auditions for its upcoming stage production of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17, at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. Friday’s auditions are from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday’s are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Auditions are by scheduled appointment.Those auditioning should come prepared with a two-minute monologue. There are roles for children and adults. All roles will be cast through the audition process.”It’s a Wonderful Life,” adapted from the classic 1946 Frank Capra film, will be presented at the Wheeler Opera House Dec. 20-24, with Theatre Aspen artistic director David McClendon directing. Theatre Aspen debuted the holiday presentation of the play last year.To schedule an audition, call 925-9313, ext. 3.

The Aspen Art Museum is inviting Roaring Fork Valley artists to participate in the 2005 Roaring Fork Open. The nonjuried show will be exhibited in both galleries of the museum Oct. 14 through Nov. 26. An opening reception is set for Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m.This year’s Open will feature a new selection process. Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, the museum’s new director and chief curator, will meet with each participant to review up to three pieces of art, and will work with them to select one piece for inclusion in the show.Participants must schedule a 10-minute appointment with Jacobson for Oct. 6 or 7, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call Nicole at 925-8050.Artworks in a variety of media are welcome. Two-dimensional work is limited to 48 inches in any dimension; three-dimensional work may be 84 inches in height and 48 inches in all other dimensions. Work needs to be suitable for exhibition and ready to install.

Robert Cray, Al Green and Joan Osborne have been added to the lineup for Telluride Blues & Brews. The 12th annual music-and-beer festival is set for Sept. 16-18.Headliners for Blues & Brews are the Black Crowes, Maceo Parker and Susan Tedeschi.Sept. 16 will feature a lineup of rock band the Black Crowes and blues singer-guitarist Tedeschi, as well as roots musician Corey Harris and soul-rock band the subdudes. Sept. 17 will have performances by funk saxophonist Parker, plus Southern rock band Mofro and Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory. The festival closes Sept. 18 with a lineup featuring guitarist Sonny Landreth, gospel group The Voices of Faith Gospel Choir and New Orleans pianist Henry Butler.Late-night Juke Joint shows will feature the subdudes, Colorado hard-rock band Rose Hill Drive, Mofro, r & b singer Hazel Miller and others. Also featured on Sunday night is the Fais Do Do jam, with Landreth, Butler and Hart.The Saturday Grand Tasting will feature samples from more than 100 microbrewed beers. The festival also features the Telluride Acoustic Blues Camp and Competition, the Acoustic Artist series, a children’s activities area and more.For tickets and further information, go to or call 1-866-515-6166.

Author John Wranovics will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, Sept. 16. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Wranovics will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his book, “The Untold Story of the Tramp, the Writer and the Lost Screenplay.” The book chronicles the friendship between Time magazine film critic and “The African Queen” screenwriter James Agee and actor Charlie Chaplin. Agee’s fanaticism for Chaplin resulted in a screenplay about a nuclear war that leaves New York in an apocalyptic state, with Chaplin as the sole survivor.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.

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