Berger cooks up a book-signingAspen author Bruce Berger will have a book-signing Aug. 3, at 4 p.m., at Explore Booksellers.Berger recently earned the Colorado Authors League Award for Narrative Nonfiction for his 2005 book, The Complete Half-Aspenite, a collection of essays on life in Aspen. Berger will sign copies of that book, along with his previous work, Music in the Mountains, about the Aspen Music Festival and School, and his trio of environmental/travel books, The Telling Distance, Almost an Island and There Was a River.Anderson Ranch getting High in the RockiesSnowmass Villages Anderson Ranch Arts Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary with High Art in the Rockies, featuring three events over five days, Aug. 8-12.High Art in the Rockies opens with the panel discussion Artificial Reality, Aug. 8-10. The symposium on contemporary art will be hosted by Dan Cameron, senior curator of the New Museum in New York. Eleven artists are set to participate in the discussion of artificial realms in the art world, including Cory Arcangel, Jonas Dahlberg, Perry Hoberman, Yoshua Okon and Jennifer Steinkamp.Aug. 10, Anderson Ranch will honor Michael Govan at the 10th annual Recognition Dinner. Govan, the new director of the Los Angeles County Museum and former director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York, will be presented with the Service to the Arts Award. The evening, including cocktails, dinner and dancing at Chaparral Aspen, benefits Anderson Ranch programs.High Art in the Rockies concludes with the Annual Art Auction, on Aug. 12. The silent and live auctions, conducted at the Ranch campus, will feature more than 200 works of donated art, many of them made at or specifically for the auction.For further information on Anderson Ranch, go to http://www.andersonranch.org.Mountains of music in BonedaleThe musical lineup has been set for the Carbondale Mountain Fair. The 35th annual fair, featuring arts and crafts, contests, kids activities and food booths as well as music, is set for July 28-30 in Sopris Park.The opening-night music lineup is headlined by Iowa-based Afrobeat band Eufrquestra. July 29 features New Orleans band Juice, Boston electronica group SeePeopleS, Colorado banjoist Pete Wernick & Flexigrass, rock band the Nadas and local singer-songwriter Frank Martin. The schedule for the closing day includes Jan Garrett & JD Martin Gospel, acoustic quartet Crooked Still, Boulder rockers Wendy Woo & the Woo Crew, Latin band Nosotros and funk band 8 Trac.Also, the Carbondale Summer of Music series continues Sunday, July 16, with multicultural band Toubab Krewe in Sporis Park. New Orleans-born, Colorado-based singer-pianist Henry Butler is set for Sunday, July 23, also in Sopris Park. The KDNK Blues and BBQ Fest, Aug. 12 on Main Street, is headlined by guitarist Eddie Turner. The series concludes with the Aug. 25 Street Dance on the Fourth Street Plaza, featuring Central American-inspired band KanNal.For further information on Mountain Fair and the Summer of Music series, go to http://www.carbondalearts.com.Hudson Reed Ensemble beats itThe local theater company the Hudson Reed Ensemble will present a series of free events over the summer.First up is Beat Poets … Together Again, a dramatic resurrection of the Beat poetry movement of the 1950s. The half-hour program, set for Sunday, July 16, and July 30, at 9 p.m., at Zl Cafe, features local players Ed Foran, Kim Nuzzo, Kathy Pelowski, Gary Morabito and Lee Sullivan as poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and others.A staged reading of the noir satirical comedy Red Herring is set for July 24 at 7 p.m. at Town Center Booksellers in Basalt. A collage of characters from Dick Tracy muddling their way through the McCarthyism of the 1950s, Red Herring will be given a fully staged production at the Wheeler Opera House Sept. 22-24.Woo Is Me! will be presented each Wednesday, from Aug. 2-23 at 6 p.m. on the lawn behind the Pitkin County Library. The production is a series of three Shakespeare wooing scenes, taken from Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III.
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