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Aspen Times Weekly: Current Events

by Andrew Travers
Rodney McMillian's "Origins," from his landsape paintings exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum. The show is among several late March openings at the museum.
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VISUAL ARTS

Call it March madness. The end of the month brings a lot of action to the Aspen Art Museum, with three new exhibition openings — including an ambitious show that will evolve over the next six months — and two film screenings.

It’s your last chance to see “The Future Yesterday,” a collection of film and video pieces by 10 artists from six countries with narratives set in the Middle East. Running just under two hours, it includes Moroccan flea markets, an Egyptian power plant, and a Dubai aquarium among its subjects and settings. The art film screened at the museum for a stretch early this winter and is on the tail end of its encore installation, which ends March 29.

In conjunction with “The Future Yesterday,” the museum, on Friday, March 27, is screening “Lebanese Rocket Society,” a film about the students and scientists who developed a space program in 1960s Lebanon.

Friday also marks the beginning of “Stories We Tell Ourselves,” a show that will unfold narratively over time until October, exploring the relationship between art and language. It features work by Anthony Discenza, Miranda July, and Louise Lawler, Yoko Ono and other artists who have used language as a medium.

Rodney McMillian, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based mixed-genre artist, offers his take on landscape in “Landscape Paintings,” opening Friday and running through June 28.

And the group show, “Second Chances,” will also be unveiled Friday. The exhibition includes works exploring the idea of fresh starts. It runs through late June, and the museum will host an art talk by museum CEO Heidi Zuckerman on June 4. The museum will host a reception for all three new shows at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.

More information at http://www.aspenartmuseum.org

MUSIC

Two leading lights of the U.S. indie rock scene are making their way through Belly Up this week, both boasting outstanding new albums.

Cold War Kids, the California-based band that’s stayed atop the indie world over the last decade, is touring in support of “Hold My Home,” released in October. The band plays Belly Up on Friday, March 27.

Of Montreal, the Georgia-based brainchild of Kevin Barnes, comes to the club three days later (Monday, March 30) on a tour in support of the new “Aureate Gloom” — the 13th full-length album from the prolific psychedelic rock outfit.

“Basically it’s an open journal set to prog rock,” Barnes says of the new record.

Tickets available at the Belly Up box office and http://www.bellyupaspen.com. Read more about both bands in the Friday, March 27 edition of The Aspen Times.

MUSIC

This winter’s Hi-Fi Concert Series comes to an irie close with the reggae rockers Iration, who play a free show at Snowmass Base Village on Friday, March 27.

The six-part concert series this year kicked off with Reel Big Fish in November, and included SBCR, Cracker, Umphrey’s McGee and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., Iration has been on the road since 2008, growing a loyal fan base and playing sets on the festival circuit. Their most recent album, 2013’s “Automatic,” topped Billboard’s Reggae chart. Iration is schedule to hit the slopeside stage at 3 p.m. More info at http://www.aspensnowmass.com.


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