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Sarah Polley will be featured in the Director Spotlight segment of Aspen Shortsfest 2007. Polley’s feature-length directorial debut, “Away From Her,” will be screened at the festival, set for April 3-8.The 15th annual Aspen Shortsfest, Aspen Film’s celebration of short films, will also feature the International Competition, workshops, panel discussions, social events and more. Screening programs will be presented in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.Polley earned awards for her acting in “The Sweet Hereafter” and has also appeared in “Go,” “eXistenZ” and “Don’t Come Knocking.” She has written and directed several short films, including “I Shout Love,” which earned a Genie Award and was screened at Aspen Shortsfest.”Away From Her,” a romantic drama based on a story by Alice Munro, stars Julie Christie and features Michael Murphy and Olympia Dukakis. It is scheduled for a spring release by Lions Gate.The complete program for Shortsfest will be available March 16 at http://www.aspenfilm.org. Tickets will go on sale March 27.

The Aspen Skiing Company has announced that JJ Grey & Mofro, and Ozomatli will perform free concerts during the seventh annual Spring Jam. Spring Jam is set for March 22-25, with skiing and music events in Aspen and Snowmass.JJ Grey & Mofro, a Florida-based roots rock band, will perform March 22, at 7 p.m., at the end of the Snowmass Village mall. The band’s third CD, “Country Ghetto,” was released this week on Alligator Records.Mofro will also play a show that night at Belly Up.Ozomatli is set to play the Core Party on March 23 in downtown Aspen, at the corner of Cooper Avenue and Galena Street. The multiethnic, Los Angeles-based band performed a free Après-X concert in Wagner Park two years ago. Ozomatli, winner of two Grammy Awards, is scheduled to release a new CD, “Don’t Mess With the Dragon,” March 27 on Concord Records.For further information on Spring Jam, go to http://www.aspensnowmass.com.

The Aspen Opera Theater Center will perform three fully staged operas at the Wheeler Opera House during the 2007 Aspen Music Festival season.The opera season opens with “Così fan tutte,” Mozart’s comic romance of fiancee-swapping, July 10, 12 and 15, conducted by George Manahan. Bizet’s “Carmen,” about the beautiful Spanish gypsy who brings down several men, is set for July 28-30, conducted by Julius Rudel. An additional performance will be presented July 26 as part of a gala benefit evening.The opera calendar concludes with the North American premiere of Cavalli’s “Eliogabalo,” conducted by Jane Glover. The 17th-century opera about an eccentric Roman emperor, considered too bawdy when it was originally staged, will be performed on period instruments.For the first time, the Music Festival is offering a special Opera Pass, which provides a $25 saving to those buying tickets for all three operas.In addition, a semi-staged version of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” will be presented Aug. 11, with Music Festival music director David Zinman conducting and featuring Aspen Music School alumna Barbara Shirvis and Roy Cornelius Smith.The 2007 Aspen Music Festival runs June 21-Aug. 19 under the theme “Blue Notes,” with daily events including orchestral concerts, chamber music, master classes, lectures and more. For tickets or further information, go to http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com.


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