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Rob Reiner among special guests at Aspen FilmfestASPEN – Aspen Filmfest has announced that more than the annual fall color will draw film lovers to this mountain resort in late September. Rob Reiner, Bob Rafelson, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy are among the confirmed guest appearances at Aspen Filmfest’s 27th edition. These film legends will participate in special presentations ranging from an evening tribute to a master class to the screening of a new feature. Aspen Filmfest unspools Sept. 28-Oct. 2 at the Wheeler Opera House (Aspen), Crystal Theatre (Carbondale) and Spring Theatre (Glenwood Springs). Writer, director, producer and actor Rob Reiner, creator of such contemporary classics as “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Princess Bride,” “A Few Good Men,” “This Is Spinal Tap” and more will be honored with Aspen Filmfest’s Independent by Nature Award on Sept. 30 at the Wheeler Opera House.Veteran filmmaker Bob Rafelson, the very first recipient of the Independent by Nature Award, returns to the festival to teach a master class on Oct. 1 at the Wheeler Opera House. Director of films “Five Easy Pieces,” “The Postman Always Rings Twice” and “Mountains of the Moon,” Rafelson will discuss his film career and illustrate the art and craft of directing with film clips from several of his movies. Aspen Filmfest will also welcome back Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy for a special screening of their latest collaboration, the funny and poignant “Transamerica.” Among the first films acquired by Harvey Weinstein (of Miramax fame) for his new distribution company, “Transamerica” is a first feature by writer/director Duncan Tucker.The complete festival line-up will be available at starting Sept. 9 and tickets go on sale to the general public Sept. 21. For more information call 970-925 6882. Thomas chugs into GoldenGOLDEN – Thomas the Tank Engine will be in Golden at the Colorado Railroad Museum on Sept.17-18 and Sept. 23-25 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the “Thomas and Friends” storybook series. This family event offers preschoolers and their families the opportunity to take a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, a real treain that has been coverted into Thomas. Events include: meet and take a photo with Sir Topham Hatt, Imagination Station featuring hands-on arts and crafts activities, storytelling, video viewing and live music. At the Colorado Railroad Museum, activities will include puppet shows, temporary tattoos, food and drinks.The 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine will depart every half hour, rain or shine, between 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. This event is expected to sell out. Tickets for a “Day Out With Thomas 2005: The Celebration Tour” are $14 for ages 2 and up.For more information and directions, contact the Colorado Railroad Museum at 800-365-6263 or log onto Art Museum offers art classes at Aspen Elementary SchoolThe Aspen Art Museum is taking registration for its new Arts in the Schools program taking place at the Aspen Elementary School. A collaboration with Aspen Public School District, this program offers multidisciplinary education for students in grades K-4, presenting art history classes related to the museum’s current exhibitions and incorporating visual literacy and object-based learning. Activities include design, drawing, collage, creative writing, illustration, mixed media and painting. Advance registration is required. Classes take place Wednesdays. Tuition is $50 for the first session and $30 for the second. This workshop is funded in party by the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation and the Peggy Balbach Art Education Fund. For more information, call 970-920-2623.2005 Great American Beer Festival set for Sept. 29-Oct. 1DENVER – The Brewers Association (BA) is announcing details for its 2005 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Colorado Convention Center at 14th St. and Stout Street in Denver. The 2005 edition of the annual GABF will feature 1600 beers from 372 American breweries. It will be the biggest selection of American beers ever gathered together in the United States. GABF visitors taste one-ounce beer samples from the fest’s breweries. These breweries are arranged on the festival floor by regions of the country, giving beer lovers a walking tour of the nation’s landscape. Many of the booths are staffed by the brewers themselves. Over 28,000 beer enthusiasts from Colorado, the U.S. and around the world attended last year’s GABF. This year, the GABF’s popular food and beer pairing seminars will move from the Beer Garden to the center of the festival hall. An A-list of America’s brewers will join local and national celebrity chefs for demonstrations on how to cook with beer, and pair different styles of beer with various dishes.Public tasting sessions are offered 5:30-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door for Thursday, and $40 in advance ($45 at the door) for Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are on sale now at the Great American Beer Festival Web site at or by calling the Brewers Association at 303-447-0816. Vail, Colorado

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