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Your friends and neighbors – on stage

With winter’s parade of imported talent at an end, the valley’s stages are cleared for the local players.The local focus begins this weekend, with productions upvalley, midvalley and downvalley.The Broadway Players, a crew of Aspen song-and-dance veterans, stage the final performance of a two-night run of “Anything Cole’s” at the Wheeler Opera House tonight at 7 p.m. The production features performances of some of the best by Cole Porter, including “Night and Day,” “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” and “Begin the Beguine.” Admission, as with all Broadway Players presentations, is free.In the midvalley, Basalt High School’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” concludes with a performance tonight at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee tomorrow. The high school musical, the fourth directed by John Goss, is at the Basalt Middle School auditorium.Downvalley, CMC Theatre’s “The Laramie Project” plays tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the New Space Theatre on CMC’s Spring Valley campus. The show, a monologue-style piece gauging the Laramie, Wyo., community reaction to the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard, is directed by Wendy Moore, with eight local actors each portraying eight characters.The locals continue to strut their stuff through the off-season. The Aspen Art Museum’s Valley Kids 2005, running through May 15, features works by students from Aspen to Eagle to Rifle. A quartet of local ladies – Elisa Ahmer, Gennine Hough, Cindy Hansen and Sara Ransford – are featured in a group exhibit at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, opening with a reception on May 4. Symphony in the Valley brings its annual Mother’s Day concerts to Aspen (May 7) and Glenwood Springs (May 8), with the winners of their Youth Concerto Competitions under the spotlight. And the kids are all right when the Basalt Battle of the Bands rounds up the valley’s best student musicians for combat in Basalt’s Lions Park on May 21.Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is

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