Rock ‘n’ roller John Fogerty, reggae singers Maxi Priest and Alpha Blondy, and soul singer Joan Osborne have been added to the lineup for Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Labor Day Festival. The festival is set for Sept. 1-5 at Snowmass Town Park.Fogerty, the former frontman of the Creedence Clearwater Revival, will headline on Sunday, Sept. 4, following Willie Nelson. Fogerty’s most recent solo album, “Deja Vu All Over Again,” was released last year.Maxi Priest and Alpha Blondy, reggae artists from the United Kingdom and the Ivory Coast, respectively, are co-headliners for Monday, Sept. 5. Priest will close the festival in his Jazz Aspen debut, with Alpha Blondy opening. Joan Osborne is set for the 4:15 p.m. slot on Saturday, Sept. 3, opening for a reunited Loggins & Messina.Georgia jam-band Widespread Panic will headline the first two days of the festival. Opening acts for Thursday, Sept. 1, are South African singer Johnny Clegg and rock group Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons. Opening on Friday, Sept. 2, are New Orleans groove-band Galactic and Latin rock group De Soul. California instrumental electro-jam-band Particle will play in the JAS After Dark series at the Belly Up Sept. 1-2, and at the Janus Music Tent on the festival grounds Sept. 1.Additional main-stage opening acts, as well as Janus Music Tent and JAS After Dark artists, are still to be set.Single-day tickets and multiday passes are available. For tickets, call 1-800-JAS-TIXX (527-8499). For further information, go to http://www.jazzaspen.org.
Aspen Filmfest has announced the program for the Best of Aspen Shortsfest event. The program, featuring short films from past editions of Shortsfest, will be screened July 25 at Paepcke Auditorium as part of the SummerFilms series.Among the films are “Ryan,” which earned two awards at Shortsfest ’05, as well as the Oscar for best animated short. The 14-minute film, by Canadian animator Chris Landreth, looks at another Canadian animator, Ryan Larkin, and his struggles in life and art. The program also features the 2004 Oscar winner for best animated short, Australian director Adam Elliot’s “Harvie Krumpet.”Also to be screened are former Shortsfest award winners “A Dios,” “Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers,” “My Head,” “My Parents” and “Two Cars, One Night.”Rounding out the SummerFilms program are the six-hour Italian epic “The Best of Youth” (shown in two parts, on Sunday and Monday, July 10-11); the Danish family and war drama “Brothers” (July 31-Aug. 1); director Sally Potter’s “Yes,” starring Joan Allen (Aug. 7-8); and the documentary “The March of the Penguins” (Aug. 14-15).All SummerFilms are at 8 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium.
The Aspen Art Museum’s new summer benefit event, artCrush, is set for Aug. 5 at the museum. The museum will give its inaugural Aspen Award for Art to Richard Tuttle, the evening’s guest of honor, who has work featured in the upcoming exhibit, DesignArt: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread. artCrush will feature a wine tasting and silent auction of collectible wines; a live auction conducted by Andrea Fiuczyinsky of Christie’s Beverly Hills; a Bacardi cocktail lounge; and dinner by James Boyce of Studio at Montage Resort & Spa and Martin Oswald of Syzygy. New York video artist Bec Stupak will give a live performance, and artist Paula Hayes will create botanic-inspired centerpieces for the event.Tuttle will also be spotlighted in Richard Tuttle: It’s a Room for 3 People, opening in the museum’s lower gallery in December.For further information, call 925-8050.
British theater director Richard Digby Day will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, July 15. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Day, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his upcoming lecture in Aspen, Shakespeare’s Comic Spirit. The lecture, presented at Theatre Masters, is expected to highlight two of Shakespeare’s comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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