January 24, 2007
The Wheeler Film Series will present three movies in February, and has added one film for January. In addition, producers of the series are adding après-ski screenings for select weekend presentations.”The Queen,” currently nominated for the best picture Academy Award, as well as awards for best actress (Helen Mirren) and best director (Stephen Frears), will be screened Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-28, with an additional matinee screening Sunday. The film examines the clash between the English government and royal family following the death of Princess Diana. “Seraphim Falls,” a Western set during the Civil War and starring Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan, is set for Feb. 6-8. “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s horror fantasy set in 1940s Spain, shows Feb. 11-14, with a matinee on Feb. 11.The schedule concludes with “Charlotte’s Web,” a partly animated film based on E.B. White’s classic children’s book, showing Feb. 16-17, with a matinee Feb. 17.Evening screenings begin at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 4:30 p.m.
Stephen Colbert, host of the newscast parody “The Colbert Report,” will be the recipient of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival’s inaugural Person of the Year Award. The 13th annual USCAF is set for Feb. 28-March 4 with events at various Aspen venues.Also, Blake Edwards will be honored with another new award, the USCAF Filmmaker Award. Edwards, who earned an honorary Academy Award in 2004, has directed films including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the “Pink Panther” series, and “10.”Colbert’s show was a 2005 spinoff of “The Daily Show,” on which he appeared as a correspondent. Colbert was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2006.In addition, Marie Cox, the Washington, D.C., editor for Time.com and founding editor of the Wonkette, and Marc Maron, former co-host of Air America’s “Morning Sedition,” will co-host the Gaggle. The new USCAF presentation is an opinion show that borrows from the ESPN-style format to discuss politics and pop culture.Also new to the festival is the Funny Picture Show, an online search for the best comedic short films. Submissions can be made at http://www.funnypictureshow.com.Previously announced highlights of the 2007 USCAF include appearances by George Carlin and Don Rickles. Carlin will perform in the new headliner series at the Wheeler Opera House. Rickles will participate in a Q-and-A session following a special screening of “The Rickles Project,” a new documentary by John Landis, and will be honored with the new Pinnacle Award.For ticket packages and further information, go to http://www.uscaf.com, or call 1-866-350-3369.
The Aspen Art Museum’s Young Curators of the Roaring Fork is inviting young artists to submit artwork for the group’s spring exhibition, iSight. The show is open to artists between the ages of 13 and 21, and working in any medium.iSight will show at the Hines Room of the Aspen Meadows Kresge Building, and opens with a public reception April 27, at 4 p.m. The theme focuses on the role of music in our culture; a curatorial statement from the Young Curators asks exhibition participants to “create their own artistic response to a specific song/composition of their choosing.”Artists should submit digital images of their work, along with their name, age, school, telephone number, e-mail address and a brief statement about their choice of song or composition, and how the work relates to the iSight theme. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 23, and should be sent to the attention of Morley McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org.Submission forms and other details are available at http://www.aspenartmuseum.org/edu/programs.htm#young.