The Red Brick Council for the Arts will hold An Art Affair! to raise money for its programs, July 27, from 5-8 p.m. The event will feature a silent auction of artwork, food and wine from numerous local restaurants and caterers, and raffle prizes.Some 100 pieces of art will be included in the exhibition and auction. Featured artists for the event are ceramists Paul Soldner and Doug Casebeer, and painter Judy Haas. Additional local artists contributing to the auction are Michael Fain, Casey Coffman, Diane Kenney, Mary Eshbaugh Hayes , Virginia Morrow, Larry Lefner and numerous others. The preview exhibit for the auction will open July 19.Proceeds from the auction will go to the Red Brick Council for the Arts, which manages the city of Aspen-owned Red Brick Center for the Arts and is looking to expand its gallery and add programming. New programs include artist workshops, having resident artists give presentations to community groups, and Art Start, an exhibit, scheduled for May, that features work by students from Aspen, Snowmass Village and Woody Creek.For further information, call 429-2777.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has announced the schedule for the 2006 Aspen Dance Festival. The festival will present six programs from July 21-Aug. 21.The festival opens July 21-22 with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company performing a program that includes the world premiere of choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s “It’s Not About the Numbers,” which features an onstage sculpture by Missouri Heights artist James Surls. Also featured are Thierry Malandain’s “L’après-midi d’un Faun,” the Aspen premiere of Dwight Rhoden’s “Miss Blue,” and Edwaard Liang’s “Whispers in the Dark.”Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, founded in 1974 and led by artistic director Jim Vincent, returns July 27-29. Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, a spiritually oriented company from Southern India, performs a one-night stand Aug. 1.MOMIX, choreographer Moses Pendleton’s Connecticut-based company, returns Aug. 3-5 with a performance of “Passion,” a multimedia piece set to a score by Peter Gabriel. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns Aug. 12-13 with a program featuring the world premiere of a work by Dwight Rhoden, as well as Dominique Dumais’ “sans detour” and Jorma Elo’s “Pointeoff.” The festival concludes Aug. 17-19 with the first Aspen appearance in a decade by Utah’s Ballet West, who will perform classical repertoire, including a “Don Quixote” pas de deux and Anthony Tudor’s “Lilac Garden.”All Aspen Dance Festival performances are at the Aspen District Theatre. For tickets and further information, call 925-6098.
The 30th annual Telluride Jazz Celebration is set for Aug. 3-6. The festival includes main-stage concerts in Telluride Town Park, free shows in Elks Park and late-night performances.Guests of honor for the 30th Jazz Celebration are the Brazilian couple of vocalist Flora Purim and drummer Airto Moreira. The two will appear with their band, Eyedentity, Aug. 6 on the mainstage – dubbed the Flora & Airto Stage – to close the festival, and Aug. 4 in a late-night show at the Telluride Conference Center.Additional headliners on the Flora & Airto Stage are the Herbie Hancock Quintet (Aug. 4) and Soulive (Aug. 5). Other main-stage acts include John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, the Nnenna Freelon Quartet, the Terence Blanchard Sextet, the Regina Carter Group and Javon Jackson with special guest Dr. Lonnie Smith. Performing late-night sets are Skerik & Mike Dillon, the Larry Coryell Trio, Son Como Son, Fully Loaded, the Ernie Watts Quartet and more.For further information, go to http://www.telluridejazz.com.
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