Aspen Filmfest has announced that Harrison Ford will be the recipient of its Independent by Nature Award at Aspen Filmfest 2006. The 28th annual Filmfest is set for Sept. 26-Oct. 1, with programs in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.Ford will be honored during an event at the Wheeler Opera House Sept. 30, followed by a benefit dinner at The Little Nell. After early roles in “American Graffiti” and “The Conversation,” Ford came to prominence n the role of the mercenary space captain Han Solo in George Lucas’ “Star Wars.” Ford went on to become cinema’s most successful action star, reprising his Han Solo in two additional “Star Wars” films, and as the titular hero of Steve Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones” films. A fourth “Indiana Jones” film is set for release in 2008. Ford also starred as CIA analyst Jack Ryan in two spy films based on novels by Tom Clancy. His movies have earned more box office receipts than those of any other actor. Ford has also played the romantic lead in “Sabrina” and “Random Hearts,” and has appeared in the comedy “The Frisco Kid.” He earned an Academy Award nomination for 1985’s “Witness,” playing an undercover cop investigating a murder in Pennsylvania’s Amish community.Past recipients of the Independent by Nature Award include Rob Reiner, Michael Douglas, Anjelica Huston, William H. Macy and Aspenite Bob Rafelson.For further information on Aspen Filmfest, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
The ninth annual Basalt River Days is set for Aug. 18-19 in Lions Park and other locations in downtown Basalt. The celebration of Basalt’s Gold Medal rivers features music, food, street entertainers, the Basalt Half Marathon and a parade through downtown Basalt.River Days opens at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 with magician Doc Eason, juggler Ann Lincoln and stilt-walker Kimothy performing on Riverwalk Plaza. Playing on the main stage in Lions Park will be the Old-Time Celtic Megaband, with dance caller Andrea Early.Activities on Aug. 19 open with the Basalt Half Marathon, a pancake and burrito breakfast and music by the Heart of the Rockies. The River Days Parade, under the theme Rolling Down the River, begins at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon and evening will feature a beer garden, arts and crafts booths, pie-baking contests, a tug-of-war and a fly-casting competition. Performing on the main stage will be Pete Kartsounes, Bread and a Bottle Celtic band, and Bobby Mason & the All Star Band.For further information on River Days, call 927-4031 or go to http://www.basaltriverdays.com.
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 main stage – dubbed the Flora & Airto Stage – to close the festival, and on 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 others.For further information, go to http://www.telluridejazz.com.
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