Aspen Film has announced the program for the SummerFilms series. The series, co-presented with the Aspen Music Festival, will bring eight films to Paepcke Auditorium.The series opens Sunday and Monday, June 24-25, with “Away From Her.” The drama of life and love in old age stars Julie Christie, and is the feature directorial debut of actress Sarah Polley (“The Sweet Hereafter,” “Go”). “Rape of Europa,” a documentary on the theft and return of European art treasures during World War II, narrated by Joan Allen, shows July 1.French director Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie en Rose,” a biopic of singer Edith Piaf starring Marion Cotillard, will be screened July 8-9. Berlin Film Festival 2005 Golden Bear winner “U Carmen,” an adaptation of the Bizet opera “Carmen” set in a contemporary South African township, is scheduled for July 15-16. (The Aspen Music Festival’s Aspen Opera Theater Center will present its own version of “Carmen” in late July.)”ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway,” a behind-the-scenes documentary of the preparations for four 2004 high-profile Broadway productions, shows July 22-23. The Italian film “Golden Door,” an immigration epic tracing a family’s relocation from Sicily to America and winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion, is set for Aug. 5-6.”Introducing the Dwights,” an Australian coming-of-age comedy featuring Brenda Blethyn as a mother and comedian, will be screened Aug. 5-6. The series concludes Aug. 12-13 with “Vitus,” a Swiss drama about a gifted 12-year-old whose parents want him to become a pianist.All presentations in the SummerFilms series begin at 8 p.m.
The Toklat Gallery in Basalt will kick off a new collaboration with Snowmass Village’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center with an opening reception Friday, June 22. The reception is set for 5-8 p.m. at the Toklat Gallery space in downtown Basalt.Toklat will showcase Anderson Ranch artists – faculty, residents, studio managers and more – throughout the summer in its gallery space. The new collaboration begins with an exhibit of the works of 11 artists from the Ranch’s wood, clay and metal departments. More artists will be added every few weeks through the summer.For further information, go to http://www.andersonranch.org, or call Toklat at 927-1437.
Theatre Aspen will present four productions in its 2007 summer season. The season runs June 28 through Sept. 1, with all performances in the Theatre Aspen tent in Rio Grande Park.The schedule opens with the Tony Award-winning “It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues,” a history of blues directed by Anthony Powell. Co-written by Randal Myler, writer-director of last year’s Theatre Aspen production “Love, Janis,” the show runs June 28-Aug. 4.”Moonlight and Magnolias,” Ron Hutchinson’s comedy about the making of the film “Gone With the Wind,” plays July 19-Aug. 25. The show is directed by David McClendon, artistic director of Theatre Aspen. Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years,” a musical romance about the breadth of a couple’s relationship, plays Aug. 9-Sept. 1. Directing is Aspenite David Ledingham.Rounding out the season is the family production “Little Red Riding Hood.” The musical adaptation, showing Fridays and Saturdays from July 6-Aug. 18, is directed by Aspenite Marisa Post.For further information, including a complete schedule, go to http://www.aspentheatre.org.
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