The Wheeler Film Series will bring nine films to the Wheeler Opera House through the end of September.The schedule opens with “Short Cut to Nirvana,” a documentary of the Kumbh Mela spiritual pilgrimage in India, showing Sunday, Aug. 28. “Caterina in the Big City,” Italian director Paolo Virzi’s dark comedy about a teenage girl who moves from the provinces to Rome, is set for Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 29-31.The quirky comedy “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” the award-winning debut by performance artist Miranda July, shows Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 1-4. Nick Nolte and Tim Roth are featured in “The Beautiful Country,” a film about a Vietnamese son looking for his parents, is scheduled Sept. 6-8.The comedy “Junebug,” starring Embeth Davidtz and Amy Adams as sisters-in-law who come from two different worlds, is set for Sept. 9-11. French director Pierre Salvadori’s “Après-Vous,” a farce starring Daniel Auteuil as an altruistic waiter assisting his suicidal friend, shows Sept. 15-16.”The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” Jacques Audiard’s remake of the 1975 cult thriller “Fingers,” is set for Sept. 17-19. Nimrod Antal’s comic thriller “Kontroll,” a 2004 Academy Award nominee set entirely in the Budapest subway system, will be screened Sept. 20-21. The schedule concludes Sept. 25-26 with the British romance “My Summer of Love,” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski from Helen Cross’ novel.All Wheeler Films begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Aspen Music Festival and School has set the program for its 2006 Winter Music Artist Recital Series. All concerts are at Harris Hall.The series opens Jan. 31 with Swiss-born pianist Andreas Haefliger, who performed with the Takács Quartet in the season-opening concert this summer. Violinist Joshua Bell is set for Feb. 26. Bell, a former Aspen Music School student who appears regularly in Aspen in the summer, recorded the top-selling albums “Romance of the Violin” and the soundtrack to “The Red Violin.”Pianist Yefim Bronfman, a 1991 winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, performs Feb. 22. Pianist Peter Serkin is set for March 6. The series closes March 17 with a performance by the American Brass Quintet, an ensemble-in-residence with the Aspen Music Festival.For tickets, go to http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com, or call 925-9042.
The first Crested Butte Alpine Jam is set for Sept. 10 on the outdoor stage of the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. The event is presented by KBUT community radio and the New Belgium Brewing Company.Musical acts set to perform are Colorado modern funk act Mama’s Cookin’, Jamaican reggae group Prezident Brown & the Solid Foundation Band, Colorado newgrass combo the Drew Emmitt Band, and Chicago funk-jazz band Liquid Soul. Alpine Jam also features crafts and food booths, and beer from New Belgium Brewery. Free camping will be available Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, on the Town Ranch property.For tickets or further information, go to http://www.kbut.org, or call 1-970-349-5225.
Novelist Ted Bell will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, Sept. 2. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Bell will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil for the second of a two-part discussion about his latest book, “Pirate.” The most recent in Bell’s Ambrose Hawk trilogy forecasts a U.S. oil embargo headed by France and Red China, and a thermonuclear device aboard a cruise ship docked on Manhattan’s West Side.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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