July 20, 2005
Aspenite Barry Smith will perform his one-man comedy “Jesus in Montana: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult” at the New York International Fringe Festival next month. Smith, whose Irrelativity column runs Mondays in The Aspen Times, will perform the show five times between Aug. 13-28 at the Village Theater. Smith’s is one of some 200 acts included in the festival.”Jesus in Montana” documents Smith’s early-’90s experience of hitchhiking to Missoula, Mont., to meet and live with a man he believed was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. The show, directed by Lynn Aliya, had its world premiere at the Black Box Theatre at Aspen High School in January.Smith will also have four performances of the show in the valley this summer. “Jesus in Montana” will be at the Theatre Aspen Tent as part of Theatre Aspen’s Sunday Series Sunday, July 31 and Aug. 7; at the Blue Acacia in Glenwood Springs Aug. 5; and at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale Aug. 6.For further information including a performance schedule, go to http://www.jesusinmontana.com., or http://www.fringenyc.org.
The Anderson Ranch Annual Art Auction is set for Aug. 13 at the art center’s Snowmass Village campus. A preview exhibit for the 26th annual auction will show Aug. 10-13 in Anderson Ranch’s various galleries.The event, free and open to the public, opens with a print sale, followed by a silent auction, picnic, live auction preview and music by Walt Smith & Friends. The live auction, conducted by Jim Chaffin, begins at 1:30 p.m.Among the artists contributing work to the auction are Sam Maloof, Donald Sultan, James Surls, Milton Rosa-Ortiz, Richard Tuttle and Doug and Mike Starn. Last year’s auction raised a record $730,000. Proceeds from the event go to support Anderson Ranch’s arts education programs.Auction catalogs will be available at the exhibit, or will be mailed upon request by calling 923-3181. For further information, go to http://www.andersonranch.org.
The 12th annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival will be held in Aspen March 8-12, 2006, festival producers announced.No acts for the 2006 USCAF have been announced. Ticket packages will be available in the fall.Since its inception in Aspen in 1995, the USCAF has focused on discovering new talent in stand-up, sketch, theater, film and other comedic forms. The festival has also presented such rare events as reunions of the Monty Python troupe and the “Waiting for Guffman” cast, live readings of “The Simpsons,” and a version of “J. Edgar: The Musical.” The USCAF annually presents the AFI Star Award and the Freedom of Speech Award. Recipients of the former include Diane Keaton, Albert Brooks, Steve Martin and Billy Crystal; recipients of the latter include George Carlin, Bill Maher, Dick Gregory and the Smothers Brothers.The festival is accepting submissions for live performances through Nov. 7, and will be accepting comedic features and shorts films from Aug. 7-Nov. 7. Complete submission information is available at http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.
Ronald Radosh will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, July 29. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Radosh, a Hudson Institute senior fellow, joins Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his book, “Red Star Over Hollywood.” The book details how early communist converts such as Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx created a legacy extended by Jane Fonda in the ’60s and Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn today.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.