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The Wheeler Film Series will present four films in June.The schedule opens Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, with “Year of the Dog.” The directorial debut of Mike White, who wrote “The School of Rock” and “The Good Girl,” the film stars Molly Shannon as a secretary whose life takes on new purpose after her dog dies. “Year of the Dog” co-stars Peter Sarsgaard, John C. Reilly and Laura Dern.”The Valet,” by French writer-director Francis Veber, is set for Sunday through Tuesday, June 3-5. The farce stars Gad Elmaleh as a porter who pretends to be married to a top model (Alice Taglioni), and co-stars Daniel Auteuil and Kristin Scott Thomas. “The Wind That Shakes the Barley,” winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, shows June 6-8. Director Ken Loach’s drama, starring Cillian Murphy, is set amidst Ireland’s anti-British rebellion of the 1920s.The June calendar concludes June 9-10 with “After the Wedding,” Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier’s family drama of hidden secrets. The film earned an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film.All Wheeler films start at 7:30 p.m.

The Aspen Art Museum will present Richard Gluckman in its Architecture Lecture Series, June 7, at Paepcke Auditorium. The series, free and open to the public, is designed to raise awareness of the role of architecture and how it impacts our landscapes.Gluckman, a partner in the New York City firm Gluckman Mayner, is a leading designer of museums whose past projects include the Dia Art Foundation in New York state, the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and the expansion of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.Elizabeth Diller, who designed the new Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, will appear in the series July 5, with an additional event, with an architect and date to be announced, later this summer.

The National Jam Foundation has announced the winners in the ninth annual Basalt Battle of the Bands. The event, held May 19, featured 36 acts comprising students from around the valley.Slightly White, from the Aspen Community School, took first place in the Middle School Garage Band category, with the Resistance, from Basalt Middle School, in second. The Judge’s Choice Award went to Ethan Griggs, from the Carbondale Community School, and Aspen Community School student Sophie Dasaro earned honorable mention.Common Cents, from Aspen Country Day School, earned first in the Middle School Band category, with the ACS Chorus and Band, from the Aspen Community School, in second.Common House, from Aspen High School, and Murdered by a Blank, from Yampah Mountain High School, tied for first place in the High School Garage Band category. The two bands will share the grand prizes of 13 hours of recording time at Great Divide Studios, and a fully produced rock video by Access Roaring Fork. Carlos Has Two Options, from Aspen High, took second place. The Brady Smith Band, from the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, earned the Judge’s Choice Award, with Jimi’s Stone, from Roaring Fork High School and Aspen High, getting honorable mention.In the High School Band competition, first place went to the Ram Jam Band from Roaring Fork High, with the BHS Guitar Class, from Basalt High School, in second.The award for Most Deserving Guitarist, along with a prize of a 40-year Anniversary Model Fender Stratocaster guitar, went to Yampah Mountain’s Dustin Tapin. All participating music departments received cash grants from the National Jam Foundation. Also given to select music programs were two drum kits, three guitar amps and four acoustic/electric guitars.Over nine years, the National Jam Foundation has disbursed more than $23,000 to music departments in schools from Aspen to Rifle. Tax-deductible contributions are still being accepted. To contribute, call Biff Phillips at 927-BIFF (2433) or 379-BIFF, or Julia Junt at 927-4669. For further information, go to

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