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The Aspen Art Museums annual summer benefit, artCrush, is scheduled for Aug. 1 on the museum grounds. This years event is presented under the theme, Let it Burn.The event will include the presentation of the Aspen Award for Art to Ed Ruscha. The Los Angeles-based artist, whose work is inspired by graphic design and marked by the use of text, is associated with the Pop Art movement. Ruscha was featured in the one-person show Mountain Paintings at the Aspen Art Museum in 2003, and represented the U.S. at the Venice Biennale in 2005.The evening will include a dinner prepared by Syzygy executive chef Martin Oswald, a wine tasting coordinated by master sommelier Jay Fletcher, hors doeuvres created by The Little Nell executive chef Ryan Hardy, and live and silent auctions. The event concludes with a performance by Abba tribute band, Bjorn Again, at Belly Up.Two additional events lead up to artCrush: wineCrush, on July 30, featuring top wines and dinner; and previewCrush, a preview of the live auction artwork, at the Baldwin Gallery on July 31. For tickets and further information, call 925-8050.

Bands from Chicago, British Columbia, Texas, New York City, California and the Roaring Fork Valley are set to perform at the Carbondale Mountain Fair. The 37th annual Mountain Fair is set for Friday through Sunday, July 26-28, in Carbondales Sopris Park. Among the headlining acts are the Clumsy Lovers, a Vancouver, B.C., band that plays Celtic-based jam music; Cerronato, an Austin, Texas-based band inspired by the Colombian dance styles, vallenato and cumbia; and Lipbone Redding, a downtown Manhattan swing orchestra led by the Southern-born Redding, who makes a variety of instrumental sounds with his lips.Also set to play on the main stage are the Fishtank Ensemble, an eclectic Oakland, Calif.-based gypsy music ensemble that also dabbles in klezmer, flamenco and Japanese folk; and two Chicago groups: the Chicago Afrobeat Project, which plays a jazzy interpretation of African grooves; and the blues-soul collective Bumpus.Among the local acts to be featured are the high school rock trio Slightly White; Chris Bank and the Aspen Jazz Camp; and Americana act Kort McCumber & McCumberland Gap.Mountain Fair, presented this year under the theme the New Frontier, also includes the Mount Sopris Run-Off foot race; pie- and cake-baking contests; competitions in wood-splitting, limbo, hula-hoop and fly-casting; and numerous arts and crafts booths and food vendors.For further information, go to

Theatre Aspens annual kids party, Carnivale, is set for Aug. 2 at the Theatre Aspen Tent in Rio Grande Park.Carnivale opens with a 10 a.m. performance of Theatre Aspens production of Seussical, a family-oriented musical based on the stories of Dr. Seuss. The show will be followed by a festival including live performances, face-painting, a dunk tank, a bounce house, food, prizes and more.Seussical also shows Friday and Saturday mornings through Aug. 16, with special evening presentations, at 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 8 and 12.For further information on the Theatre Aspen season, go to

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