The Wheeler Opera House and San Francisco-based RoofTop Comedy will present the second annual RoofTop Comedy Festival in Aspen this spring. The festival, featuring rising stars of stand-up comedy, is set for June 11-14 at the Wheeler Opera House.The inaugural festival, called the Aspen RoofTop Comedy Festival, was held over two days last May at the Wheeler. The event featured such stand-up package shows as Best & Brightest and After Dark, as well as the finals of the National College Comedy Competition. The competition, which was broadcast live on the Internet, presented the finalists from preliminary rounds at some 50 colleges across the U.S.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass 2009 winter benefit event is called Saut and Samba, and will feature the tastes and sounds of a Brazilian Carnival event.Saut and Samba is set for March 10, at LHostaria restaurant. The evening will feature celebrity chefs, wines, live music and more. Full details for the event are still to be announced.Proceeds from Saut and Samba go to Jazz Aspens music education programs, including the JAS Academy, which brings top-level students from around the world to study with master musicians; Pays to Play, which provides private lessons to local children; and JAS-In-Schools, which brings music programs into local classrooms.Also, Jazz Aspens Blind Faith Pass is available through Dec. 31. The passes offer discounted tickets to Jazz Aspens two summer festivals, the June Festival (June 18-20 at the Benedict Music Tent, and June 25-27, in various downtown Aspen venues), and the Labor Day Festival (Sept. 4-6 in Snowmass Village Town Park). The Blind Faith Pass is available for either of the two festivals, for $99, or for $149 for both festival. The passes include one general admission ticket to each day of the festivals.For further information on Saut and Samba, or to buy a Blind Faith Pass, call 920-4996. Blind Faith Passes are also available at the Belly Up Aspen box office, online at jazzaspen.org, or by calling 1-866-JAS-TIXX (527-8499).
Aspen Film has announced a call for entries for its eighth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase. The competition is open to all ages and abilities; filmmakers must be current residents of Pitkin, Eagle or Garfield counties.The deadline for submissions is Feb. 6. Films must be 10 minutes or shorter, credits included, and the content must be appropriate for a free community screening.Finalists will be selected for a special public presentation at the Wheeler Opera House on March 29, to kick off the 18th annual Aspen Shortsfest. Best of category cash prizes will be awarded to the best documentary, fiction, action/sport and student films, along with the best overall local film.Aspen Shortsfest 2009 is set for April 1-5, and includes the International Competition, with juried screenings of short films from around the world, and other short-film events.For complete guidelines and an official entry form for the Local Filmmakers Showcase, or for further information, go to aspenfilm.org.
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