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Happy holidays

Santas helpers Vanessa Carter and Sara Broome at the Galardis party.

Aspen Filmfest kicked off the 15th Annual Academy Screening series with a cocktail party last Saturday. Presented by Men’s Journal magazine, the aprs-ski event was set at 39 Degrees during aprs-ski hours, drawing a hip, young crowd. “This festival resonates with our culture-loving, adventure-driven reader,” said Gina Schramm of Wenner Media, publisher of Men’s Journal magazine and title sponsor of the Academy Screenings for the second straight year.

Since 1992 Aspen Filmfest has hosted the two-week extravaganza, offering a sneak preview of some of the hottest films in consideration for the Oscars each spring. Films will be featured at Harris Concert Hall through January 1. Check online for the program at http://www.aspenfilm.org. Also that evening, John and Cindy Galardi hosted a glamorous get-together at their Old Snowmass Ranch. Horse-drawn sleighs delivered guests from the valet check-in to the front door of the main house. The Dickens Carolers entertained those awaiting their chariot in a cozy cabin while they sipped on hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows.The elaborate affair featured Tarot Card readers, an apple martini bar and unique cuisine served on small plates by Catering by Design. Led by crooners Elton and Emma, the band brought guests to their feet for Motown, Top 40 and more. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presented The Nutcracker on Dec. 16, 17 and 18 at The Aspen District Theatre. Company dancers were joined by budding ballerinas onstage for the annual production. The season continues with a Mixed Repertory from Jan. 27 – 29, Alvin Ailey II on March 1 and 2, and Diavolo on March 28 and 29. For more information, visit http://www.aspensantafeballet.com.

Looking for a vibrant venue for nightlife? Drop by Aspen’s newest hotspot, the Speakeasy Lounge, situated adjacent to Club Chelsea at 415 E. Hyman. Hosts T.J. and Ali opened the hip nightclub replete with D.J.s, a dance floor and swanky booths on Nov. 25. To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com

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