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Jazz Aspen Snowmass is offering its Blind Faith Passes for sale through Dec. 31. The passes offer discounted tickets to the nonprofit organization’s two festivals, the June Festival and the Labor Day Festival.

A Blind Faith Pass is available for either of the two festivals, for $99. A pass covering both festivals is $149. The passes include one general admission ticket to each day of the festivals. The June Festival will be held June 18-20, at the Aspen Music Festival’s Benedict Music Tent, with a second weekend added this year, June 25-27, with performances in various Aspen clubs and restaurants. The Blind Faith Pass covers both weekends.

The Labor Day Festival for 2009 has been shortened to three days, Sept. 4-6. It will be held in its customary location, in Snowmass Village’s Town Park.

No acts have been announced yet for either festival. Artists appearing at past June Festivals include the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Herbie Hancock and Dianne Reeves. Artists appearing at past Labor Day Festivals include Widespread Panic, John Fogerty and Ben Harper.

Passes can be purchased at the Belly Up Aspen box office, online at, or by calling 1-866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499).

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

The schedule opens Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 2-6, with “Happy-Go-Lucky.” The comedy, by British writer-director Mike Leigh, focuses on an eternally optimistic schoolteacher, and earned a best actress award for Sally Hawkins at the Berlin Film Festival.

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” a British film about the friendship between a boy in a Nazi concentration camp and the son of the camp’s commandant, is set for Dec. 14-17. “Outsourced,” a comedy about an American salesman sent to India to train his replacement, returns on Dec. 24-25.

The movie month concludes Dec. 30-31 with an encore presentation of “Shine a Light,” Martin Scorsese’s concert documentary of the Rolling Stones.

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

The Aspen Music Festival has announced several changes to the schedule for its 2009 Winter Music series.

Violinist Joshua Bell, performing with pianist Jeremy Denk, will perform on a new date, Feb. 11. Pianist Jeffrey Kahane is also rescheduled for a new date, Feb. 16.

Flutist Marina Piccinini and pianist Andrea Haefliger will appear on Feb. 25, as previously scheduled.

Added to the series is a concert by pianist Simone Dinnerstein, on March 14.

Violinist Julia Rachlin, previously announced as making his Aspen debut this winter, will not appear in the series.

All concerts in the Winter Music series are at 6:30 p.m. at Harris Hall. For tickets or further information, go to, or call 925-9042.

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