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Institute talking from the artsThe Aspen Institute will co-present two events in March in its Arts & Ideas series.In collaboration with Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Institute will present a seminar on Art & Friendship, Wednesday through Friday, March 5-7. The seminar will feature a reading of Yasmina Rezas Tony Award-winning play Art and two sessions of discussions about the themes raised by the play. Moderating the discussions will be Chuck Metten, an actor and former dean of the Drama School at Southern Utah University, and Jan Yager, who has written on the subject of friendship. Also joining the discussions will be Anderson Ranch president Hunter OHanian.On March 14, the Institute and Jazz Aspen Snowmass will host a panel on Jazz and Democracy. The afternoon seminar will explore jazzs democratic nature. That evening, pianist Bill Charlap will perform at Harris Hall, with a conversation with Charlap following the concert.Oscar revisited at Wheeler Film SeriesThe Wheeler Film Series will present a retrospective of select 2008 Oscar nominees in its Academy Award Month through March.The calendar opens Sunday and Monday, March 2-3, with Best Picture nominee Michael Clayton. The thriller set in the world of contemporary big business stars Oscar nominee George Clooney and features Tilda Swinton, who earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The French film La Vie en Rose, a biopic of chanteuse Edith Piaf, is set for Wednesday, March 5. Marion Cotillard took Best Actress honors for her portrayal of Piaf. A program of all five Oscar-nominated live-action shorts the Danish film At Night, Italys The Substitute, Frances The Mozart of Pickpockets, the British film The Tonto Woman, and Tanghi Argentini, a Belgian film which earned four awards at Aspen Shortsfest 2007 shows Friday and Saturday, March 7-8. The Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts I Met the Walrus and Madame Tutli-Putli, both from Canada; the French film Even Pigeons Go to Heaven, the Russian short My Love, and the British musical Peter & the Wolf will be screened Sunday and Monday, March 9-10.No Country for Old Men, the crime mystery that earned the Oscar for Best Picture, shows March 17-18. The film also earned awards for directors Joel and Ethan Coen, supporting actor Javier Bardem, and for Best Adapted Screenplay.The Austrian film The Counterfeiters, a true drama about the Nazis counterfeiting operation, the largest in history, is set for March 19-21. The film earned the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.An American in Paris, the musical collaboration between actor Gene Kelly and composers George and Ira Gershwin which earned the 1952 Oscar for Best Picture, will be screened March 22. The film will be introduced by local musical film historian Bob Klineman, and will be followed by a Q-and-A session with Klineman.The month closes March 23-24 with Juno, which earned an Academy Award for Diablo Codys original screenplay. The film, directed by Jason Reitman and a nominee for Best Picture and for actress Ellen Page, is a comedy about a sharp-tongued, pregnant Minnesota teenager.All films in the Wheeler Film Series have evening screenings at 7:30 p.m. Films showing on Saturday and Sunday will have an additional matinee showing at 4:30 p.m.


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