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Postmodern Jukebox, Kevin Smith and more coming to Wheeler Opera House

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The Wheeler Opera House will reopen this winter with touring and Internet sensation Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox on Dec. 19; screenwriter, director and producer Kevin Smith on Dec. 20; and a New Year's Eve party featuring The Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Dec. 31.

The historic theater, which is closed this fall for renovations, announced the three winter events Tuesday. Tickets will go on sale Monday at 9 a.m.

"Our grand reopening can't get here fast enough," Executive Director Gena Buhler said in a statement. "Our entire Wheeler team is very excited about the shows that are confirming for our first winter series in our newly renovated venue. These first three events are just the tip of the iceberg of what's to come."

Also in the works is the lineup of comedians for the Aspen Laff Festival on Feb. 18 through 20, Gay Ski Week events and family-friendly offerings.

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox has amassed more than 315 million YouTube views and 1.5 million subscribers. Tickets are $45 to $60. A limited number of VIP tickets also will be available for $125. VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet with Postmodern Jukebox.

Filmmaker, comedian and podcaster Smith has written and directed numerous films, including "Clerks," "Chasing Amy," "Dogma" and, most recently, "Tusk." He can be heard daily on the podcast network Smodcast.com. Tickets are $35 to $45.

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New York's Slambovian Circus of Dreams plays rootsy psychedelic music. Its melodic avant-folk combines with an exotic instrumental arsenal and a palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to Pink Floyd-esque cinematic anthems. Early-bird tickets are $89 to $99 until Dec. 15, after which all tickets will be $120.

"We are open to all kinds of new and exciting programming," Buhler said. "When our doors open for our grand reopening on Dec. 19, it truly will be a new era for the Wheeler."