The Aspen Music Festival and School has announced it is the recipient of a donation of $25 million from longtime supporters Matthew and Kay Bucksbaum. Much of that gift will go toward the reconstruction of the organizations Castle Creek Campus, which will officially be called the Matthew and Carolyn Bucksbaum Campus.The reconstruction project, which is currently being reviewed by Pitkin County, is estimated to cost between $50 million and $70 million. The project is being handled by Design Workshop, and by Harry Teague Architects, the firm behind the design of the Music Festivals Harris Hall and Benedict Music Tent. Also involved in the reconstruction is the Aspen Country Day School, which shares the campus with the Music Festival.Matthew Bucksbaum joined the board of trustees of the Aspen Music Festival in 1985, and served as board chairman from 1999-2002 and from 2005-06. He was made a lifetime trustee in 2002. He and Kay gave the lead gift of $5 million for the last AMF fundraising campaign in 1997.
Freestyle, the annual winter benefit event for the Aspen Art Museum, is set for Dec. 28 at the St. Regis, Aspen. The aprs-ski event takes place from 4:30-7 p.m.The Freestyle party includes Mot Hennessy Champagne, caviar, cocktails and hors doeuvres, and a silent auction featuring fashion accessories, trips and more. A live auction will be conducted by Christies auctioneer Lydia Fenet. The event culminates with a runway fashion show of the latest designs by furrier Dennis Basso.Tickets range from $200 per person in advance, or $250 at the door, to $10,000 for the Black Card Quartet, a table for four that includes front-row seating for the fashion show and Dom Perignon Champagne.For reservations, call 925-8050.
Aspen Films 17th annual Academy Screenings series will feature onscreen appearances by Academy Award-winners Jack Nicholson, Cate Blanchett, Denzel Washington, Philip Seymour Hoffman and more, and the latest works by directors Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Todd Haynes and others.The series, with single showings of 24 films, runs Dec. 21-Jan. 2, with most screenings at Harris Hall.Among the films to be presented are Youth Without Youth, Coppolas first movie in a decade; The Bucket List, Rob Reiners comedy starring Nicholson and Morgan Freeman; There Will Be Blood, Andersons adaptation of Upton Sinclairs novel, Oil; and Haynes Im Not There, a biopic of Bob Dylan featuring six actors as the singer-songwriter.Also to be screened are the Romanian film Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days, winner of the Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival; Woody Allens crime drama Cassandras Dream; The Great Debaters, a true-life drama directed by and starring Denzel Washington; and adaptations of the recent best-selling novels Atonement and Lust, Caution.Additional titles in the series include Persepolis, Grace Is Gone, Juno, The Savages, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains, The Orphanage, Margot at the Wedding and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.All Academy Screenings presentations are open to the public. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Wheeler Opera Houses Aspen Show Tickets box office. For a complete schedule, with dates, times and locations, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
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