Jazz Aspen Snowmass will co-present a series of concerts this winter, and has announced one artist for its upcoming summer season.With the Wheeler Opera House, Jazz Aspen will present singer-songwriter Randy Newman on March 7 at the Wheeler. In addition to such songs as Short People and Louisiana 1927, Newman has contributed songs to the animated films Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Monsters, Inc. and Cars. His CD Harps and Angels, released in August, is his first album of new material in nine years.Jazz Aspen will also co-present the Stories Behind the Songs series with the Wheeler. The series is hosted by Woody Creek musician John Oates, and will feature Oates discussing with other musicians the art of songwriting, and performing songs. Guest artists are Patti Griffin on Feb. 15; Tift Merritt on Feb. 26; and Jimmy Wayne on March 19. Each concert will also include the performance of a song composed by the winners of a local student songwriting competition.Also, soul-rock band Michael Franti & Spearhead is set to headline the first day of Jazz Aspens 2009 Labor Day Festival, on Sept. 4. It will be Frantis only Colorado appearance of the summer. The three-day Labor Day Festival is set for Sept. 4-6 in Snowmass Town Park.Additional acts for the Labor Day Festival and for Jazz Aspens June Festival, which is set for June 18-28 in various Aspen venues will be announced early this year. Ticket information for the June and Labor Day Festivals will be released in the spring. For further information on Jazz Aspen, go to jazzaspen.org.
The Aspen Art Museum will present several events associated with its current exhibition, Now You See It. The group exhibit, which runs through Feb. 1, features work using unusual materials, including chocolate, empty space, felt, light and wooden two-by-fours.Jeremy Sigler, who contributed three poems to the exhibition catalogue, will give a poetry reading at the Art Museum on Thursday, Jan. 8. Sigler is a U.S. associate editor of the art magazine, Parkett.On Jan. 29, critic and curator Massimilliano Gioni, the director of special exhibitions at the New Museum in New York, will give a public talk about Now You See It.The Art Museum will present the Create-Your-Own Lift Ticket event at the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center in Snowmass Village on Feb. 14. The activity is presented in association with the design of this years Aspen Skiing Company day-lift tickets by Jim Hodges.On March 12, the museum and the Aspen Institute will co-present the latest in its Architecture Lecture series, featuring African architect Joe Osae-Addo.Upcoming exhibitions at the museum include Jim Hodges, featuring work by the American artist who was the recipient of the Aspen Art Museums Aspen Award for Art in 2007; and Mai-Thu Perret, featuring an installation of pieces by the Swiss-born, Berlin-based artist. Both exhibits open Feb. 13 and run through April 12.For further information on the Aspen Art Museum, go to aspenartmuseum.org.
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