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Aspen Filmfest will celebrate writer-director Jason Reitman at the upcoming Aspen Shortsfest. The 15th annual Shortsfest, set for April 5-9 with programs in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, will feature Reitman in the Director Spotlight program, and will close with a screening of Reitman’s feature debut, “Thank You for Smoking.”Reitman, the son of producer and director Ivan Reitman (“Ghost Busters,” “Stripes”), has appeared at Shortsfest previously with the short films “In God We Trust,” which earned a prize for best comedy, and “Consent.””Thank You for Smoking,” a satirical comedy about the tobacco industry, stars Aaron Eckhart and features William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Sam Elliott and Robert Duvall. Also appearing in Aspen will be Daniel Dubiecki, Reitman’s regular producer and co-producer of “Thank You for Smoking.” The film recently screened in Aspen as part of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival’s Film Discovery Program.Aspen Shortsfest features film screenings, the Local Filmmaker Showcase, workshops, filmmaker discussions, special events and more.For further information, go to

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce presents the Taste of Spring April 8 at the Aspen Glen Club. Tickets are available for the reception only, which includes hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, dessert and a magic performance by Doc Eason; or for the full dinner, with a choice of chefs.Participating restaurants and caterers include Six 89, Phat Thai, Russets, Blue Creek Grill, Zheng Pan Asian Bistro, Pan & Fork Supper Club, Back Door Catering, Crave Kitchen and Catering and others.Tickets for the dinner and reception are available at the Carbondale Chamber office, at 981 Cowen Dr., Suite C in Carbondale, or by calling 963-1890. Reception-only tickets are also available at Sounds Easy.

Snowmass Village is throwing a two-day St. Patrick’s Day bash, Thursday and Friday, March 16-17.Thursday features a free performance by Chicago roots-rock group the Freddy Jones Band, part of the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Hi-Fi Concert series. The concert will be on Fanny Hill.Friday will feature music, visual arts, the Big Air competition, a parade, fireworks, kids’ activities and a Beer Garden and Irish foods.From noon to 2 p.m., kids can watch Jammin’ Jim the Juggler on the mall, and make themed costumes for the parade. Fanny Hill will have the Big Air competition, and the Colorado Skye Bagpipe & Drum Band and Colorado Skye Dancers will parade across the mall through the day.Other musical acts on the mall include Great American Taxi, a Colorado band led by former Leftover Salmon singer-guitarist Vince Herman, and Sweet Sunny South, a Paonia bluegrass and old-time band.Visual treats include an 8-by 8-foot shamrock made of beer cans by local artist Loren Wilder, and a fireworks display at 7 p.m.

Writer, actress and radio personality Annabelle Gurwitch will be the featured guest Friday, March 17, on Aspen Media Review. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 6:30 p.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Gurwitch, correspondent for NPR’s “Day to Day,” will join Aspen Media Review host John C. Noonan in discussing her book, “Fired! Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized and Dismissed.” The book, a comedic exploration of being fired, stemmed from Gurwitch’s own experience of being dismissed from an Off-Broadway production by Woody Allen. “Fired!” features tales from Tim Allen, Felicity Huffman, Harry Shearer, Bill Maher and others.Gurwitch appeared this week at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, where her documentary film, also titled “Fired!” was screened and where she hosted a live presentation of “Fired!”KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.

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