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The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, in Aspen from Feb. 28-March 4, has announced the schedule for its Film Program. The program includes 30 feature-length films, with entries from Italy, New Zealand, Romania, Japan and Thailand; a series of classic films with live musical accompaniment; and special presentations of work in progress.The opening night film is Waitress, starring Keri Russell as a woman trapped in a small town. The film was written and directed by and features the late Adrienne Shelley, who earned the USCAFs 2000 Best Director Award for Ill Take You There. Among the five films having their world premieres at the USCAF is Death at a Funeral, a story of a dysfunctional British family directed by Frank Oz. Ozs previous films include Little Shop of Horrors and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.Additional American features include Rocket Science, by Spellbound director Jeffrey Blitz; Ira & Abby, written by and starring Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein); Tom DiCillos Delirious, starring Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt; and Park, featuring William Baldwin and Ricki Lake.Works in progress to be presented as special presentations are Heckler, a documentary starring Jamie Kennedy; and The Comebacks, a sports comedy by the producers of Wedding Crashers.Documentaries include Certifiably Jonathan, about Jonathan Winters; and The King of Kong, about a showdown between video-game players.Vintage films include Buster Keatons The General and the 1928 silent movie Lonesome, both with live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra; and a selection of Chuck Jones animated films.To see the full film program, go to http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.

The Aspen Art Museum has announced a call to artists to submit work for the 2007 Roaring Fork Open. The exhibition, open to all artists living in the Roaring Fork Valley, will open at the museum with a reception Oct. 24 and will show through Nov. 25. There is no entry fee, and artists need not be members of the museum to be eligible.Art in a variety of media are welcome. Space is limited, and applications will not be accepted after gallery capacity has been reached. Artists are asked that the work not exceed 48 inches in any dimension, and that sculpture be a maximum of 84 inches in height. All artwork must be suitable for exhibition and ready to install.Artists must call Art Museum curatorial associate Nicole Kinsler at 925-8050 between Sept. 24 and Oct. 14 to schedule a 10-minute appointment, to be held Oct. 17-19. The artists will then meet with Art Museum director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson to review up to three pieces of art; she will then select one work for the exhibition.For further information, call Kinsler at 925-8050.

Planet Bluegrass has announced dates for its four summer festivals Telluride Bluegrass, Rockygrass, Folks Festival and Festival of the Mabon as well as a partial schedule of acts for Telluride Bluegrass and Rockygrass.Telluride Bluegrass, set for June 21-24 in Telluride Town Park, will feature Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bla Fleck & the Flecktones, Chris Thile & How to Grow a Band, Emmylou Harris, the Jerry Douglas Band, the Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet and more.RockyGrass, July 27-29 at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, features Nickel Creek, the Del McCoury Band, the Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives, the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and more. The festival is preceded by the RockyGrass Academy, July 22-26.The Folks Festival, Aug. 17-19 in Lyons, features two stages, and is preceded by the Song School, Aug. 12-16. Acts will be announced later this winter. Festival of the Mabon, a Celtic celebration of the autumn equinox, is set for Sept. 22 in Lyons, with acts to be announced.For tickets and further information, go to http://www.bluegrass.com, or call 1-800-624-2422.


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