July 19, 2006
Jazz Aspen works out Labor Day lineupThe Polyphonic Spree has been added to Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Labor Day Festival, completing the main-stage lineup for the festival. The Polyphonic Spree, a Texas-based choral symphonic rock band led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Tim DeLaughter, will perform closing day of the festival, Sept. 4.Also added to the program for Sept. 4 is Street Drum Corps, a theatrical percussion ensemble that will play in the JAS Music Club, a second stage on the festival grounds.The 12th annual Labor Day Festival is set for Sept. 1-4 in Snowmass Town Park, in Snowmass Village. Headliners for the open-air event are country singer LeAnn Rimes, rapper Kanye West, classic rocker John Mellencamp and Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu, all making their Jazz Aspen debuts. Additional opening acts include Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Keller Williams, Los Lonely Boys, Del Castillo and Raul Midón. Also set to play the JAS Music Club are Oteil & the Peacemakers, led by Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge; Aphrodesia; and Gnappy Funk. The schedule for the JAS Village Stage, a third stage on the festival grounds, is still to be announced.Tickets are available at the Wheeler Opera House box office, at 920-5770; at 1-800-JAS-TIXX (527-8849); or online at http://www.jazzaspen.org. For further information, go to http://www.jazzaspen.org.U.S. Comedy Arts Festival is no moreThe U.S. Comedy Arts Festival has announced a change in its name. The festival, which has been held in Aspen since its inception in 1995, is now known as the HBO Comedy Festival. HBO had been the presenter of the USCAF.The renamed event, the largest comedy festival in the U.S., will be held Feb. 28-March 4 in Aspen. As in the USCAF, the HBO Comedy Festival will emphasize emerging comedic talent, with presentations of tributes and reunions, the Film Discovery Program, stand-up and sketch comedy and more.The HBO Comedy Festival is accepting submissions for live performances through Nov. 6, and will accept film submissions from Aug. 1-Dec. 1. Ticket packages will be available beginning in the fall. For further information, go to http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.Art Museum exhibits its upcoming scheduleThe Aspen Art Museum has set its schedule of exhibits and events through the spring of 2007.Currently showing on the grounds of the Art Museum is “Recyclone,” a sculpture by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes.Belief and Doubt, a group show curated by Aspen Art Museum director and chief curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and centered around the theme of religion and notions of God, shows Aug. 4-Oct. 1, with an opening reception Aug. 10. Jacobson will conduct public conversations with exhibiting artists Julie Mehretu (Aug. 3) and Paul Chan (Aug. 15) at the museum.”Oedipus Rex,” a film directed by Javier Téllez and made in the Aspen area in the spring, will be exhibited Aug. 11-Oct. 1, with a reception Aug. 10.Part I of the inaugural Colorado Biennial, organized by Art Museum assistant curator Matthew Thompson, will show Oct. 13-29, with Part II following, Nov. 10-26.One-person shows by American artist Amy Adler and German artist Markus Schinwald open Dec. 15 and close midwinter. The group show Like Color in Pictures and a one-person exhibit by Brazilian-born Tonico Lemos Auad will run Feb. 16-April 15.The annual summer benefit event artCrush, an evening of wine-tasting, dining and silent and live auctions, is set for Aug. 4 at the museum. The annual winter, après-ski benefit event is scheduled for Dec. 28.For further information, call 925-8050, or go to http://www.aspenartmuseum.org.