Aspenite Barry Smith will perform his one-man comedy “Jesus in Montana: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult” at the New York International Fringe Festival. Smith, whose column Irrelativity runs Mondays in The Aspen Times, will perform the show between five and seven times at the Village Theater, in Greenwich Village. The schedule is still to be announced; some 200 acts are included in the festival.”Jesus in Montana” documents Smith’s early-’90s experience of hitchhiking to Missoula, Mont., to meet and live with a man he believed was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. The show, directed by Lynn Aliya, had its world premiere at the Black Box Theatre at Aspen High School in January.Smith will also have four performances of the show in the valley this summer. “Jesus in Montana” will be at the Theatre Aspen Tent as part of Theatre Aspen’s Sunday Series July 31 and Aug. 7; at the Blue Acacia in Glenwood Springs Aug. 5; and at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale Aug. 6.For further information including an updated performance schedule, go to http://www.jesusinmontana.com., or http://www.fringenyc.org.
Theatre Aspen, along with Alpine Bank, will present the family event Cirque d’Aspen on July 16 at the Theatre Tent in Rio Grande Park.Cirque d’Aspen, beginning at 1 p.m., will feature jugglers, a climbing wall, the House of Bounce, a dunk tank, food, drink and more. The event will be preceded by a special noontime performance of the children’s theater piece “The Near-sighted Knight The Far-sighted Dragon.”For tickets or further information, call Wendy at 925-9313, ext. 3.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has announced the performers for the 2005 Aspen Dance Festival, taking place July 14-Aug. 6. All presentations are at the Aspen District Theatre.The festival opens with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, July 14-16. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company will make its first of two festival appearances July 21-23, with a program of works by Twyla Tharp, Edwaard Liang, Lar Lubovitch and Moses Pendleton.Complexions Dance Company, a New York group directed by choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, performs July 28-30. The Trey McIntyre Project makes its Aspen debut Aug. 2. The festival closes with additional performances by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company, Aug. 5-6, featuring pieces by Nicolo Fonte, David Parsons and Trey McIntyre.Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre will give a children’s performance on July 24. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company will dance a children’s presentation on Aug. 6.Tickets are available by calling 925-6098. For further information, go to http://www.aspensantafeballet.com.
Shakespeare experts Ken and Carol Adelman will be the featured guests on Aspen Media Review on Friday, July 8. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.The Adelmans, founders of the business-skills company Movers & Shakespeares, will join Aspen Media review co-hosts Cara Daniel and John C. Noonan in discussing their panel symposium with members of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Midsummer Madness: Insights into Shakespeare’s Most Magical Play. The symposium will be presented as part of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ideas Festival on Wednesday, July 6. at 10 a.m. at the Aspen District Theatre.Adelman, author of “Shakespeare in Charge” and a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, teaches executive leadership using the works of Shakespeare.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
Ex-deputy accuses Pitkin County jail’s health-care provider of negligence over assault, strangulation
A former Pitkin County deputy who was the victim of a violent attack by a jail inmate with a history of psychiatric episodes is suing a health-care provider for negligence over the incident.