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The Aspen Writers’ Foundation has announced the introduction of a new series, Lyrically Speaking, focused on songwriters and their lyrics. The series is described by the Writers’ Foundation as “‘Inside the Actors Studio’ meets VH1’s ‘Storytellers.'”The series will debut June 27 at Belly Up with an interview and concert featuring singer-songwriter Allan Harris. Paul Zollo, senior editor of American Songwriter magazine, will emcee the series.The event with Harris coincides with the Writers’ Foundation’s Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival, which opens Saturday, June 24, under the theme Voices of the West: Crossing the Great Divide. Harris, an African-American, Brooklyn-born jazz singer, has long had a fascination with the American West. Last year, he released the Western-themed “Cross That River,” featuring the original songs “Buffalo Soldiers,” “Dark Spanish Lady” and “Mail Order Woman.”For further information on Aspen Summer Words and other Aspen Writers’ Foundation programs, go to

Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ June Festival will feature free music in the daytime, Thursday through Sunday, June 22-25, on the Cooper Mall Stage.Thursday, June 22 will feature pianist Henry Butler, who recently relocated from his native New Orleans to Boulder. Additional headliners are Colorado pianist Jeff Jenkins (Friday, June 23), Bill Kooper with Henrique De Almeida & the Brazilian Jazz Project (Saturday, June 24), and Central American-inspired, Colorado-based band Kan’Nal (Sunday, June 25).Headliners appear at 5 p.m. Each day, Friday through Sunday, includes additional sets by JAS Student Bands at 2 p.m.; JAS Faculty Bands at 3 p.m.; and Jazz Collective at 4 p.m.For complete June Fest information, go to

The 25th annual Telluride Wine Festival is set for Thursday through Sunday, June 22-25. The festival features cooking demonstrations, winemaker luncheons and dinners, seminars and the Patrons’ Gala and Annual Auction.Featured chefs include Lachlan Mackinnin-Patterson, chef-owner of Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine and one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2005, and Donn Wagner, of Montrose’s Cazwellas. Wine experts include Roaring Fork Valley master sommeliers Richard Betts, from The Little Nell, and Jay Fletcher, as well as former Aspenite Bobby Stuckey, also from Frasca.The Patrons’ Gala on Saturday evening, features a champagne reception presented by Fletcher, a five-course dinner with paired wines, and a live auction conducted by Tom DiNardo.For further information, go to

The Carbondale Council for the Arts and Humanities continues its Strong Arts, Strong Communities series with an all-day workshop, Making Arts into Good Economics, Tuesday, June 20.Presenters for the workshop include Deborah Jordy, executive director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts; Tina Poe Obermeyer, founder of CBCA and of Arts for Colorado; local commercial broker Craig Rathbun; and representatives of several Colorado communities that have built their economies on the arts.A morning session will be specifically for artists, centered around how to market themselves and their work. For details, artists should contact CCAH at 963-1680.Business and town leaders and residents, as well as artists, are encouraged to attend the noontime and afternoon programs. At noon, the film “Downside Up,” about the working-class town of North Adams, Mass., which opened the country’s largest contemporary art museum in an abandoned factory, will be screened. At 1:15 p.m., a panel discussion, How to Make the Arts an Economic Generator, will focus on market strategies, funding sources and an action plan for Carbondale.Reservations are appreciated, and can be made by calling 963-1680 or e-mailing

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