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The Aspen Art Museum’s Four Thursday Nights movie and video series is set for four consecutive Thursdays, beginning April 24. The series presents four videos by four different artists; each video debuts with a public screening on Thursday evening and will be shown through the week.

This year’s series is presented under the theme, Creative Imagination, and the films explore the spaces between imagination and reality.

The series opens April 24 with “The Chittendens,” by California-born artist Catherine Sullivan. “Whose Utopia?” a comment on industrialization by Beijing-based Cao Fei, follows on May 1.

A.L. Steiner, a Brooklyn-based member of the all-female art-music-fashion collective Chicks on Speed, created the film “C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience),” a collaboration with the dance duo, robbinschilds, which will be screened May 8. The series closes May 15 with “Deadline,” by Dutch-born, London-based artist Saskia Olde Wolbers.

Admission is free for the Four Thursday Nights series.

Also, British artist Phil Collins will be the Aspen Art Museum’s Distinguished Artist in Residence this spring. Collins, whose video works have typically explored social issues, will have an exhibit in August of the work he makes during the residency.

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The Aspen Music Festival and School’s Aspen Opera Theater Center will present three staged operas during the 2008 summer season. All three are tied to the Music Festival’s season theme, Once Upon a Time, involving an exploration of folklore, mythology and fairy tales.

The Opera Theater Center will present two versions of the classic Cinderella tale: Rossini’s Italian language farce, “La Cenerentola,” and Massenet’s French language “Cendrillon.” Rossini’s opera, conducted by Bruno Cinquegrani and set for July 8, 10 and 13, gets a trailer park setting, with pink flamingos, barbecue and Astroturf. Massenet’s version, conducted by Patrick Summers and scheduled for Aug. 12, 14 and 16, is a purely 19th-century French telling of the story.

Also on the schedule is Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” based on the dark German fairy tale as adapted by the Brothers Grimm. The opera, set for July 24, 27 and 28, will be conducted by Richard Bado.

All three operas will be directed by Edward Berkeley, director of the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

In addition, the Opera Theater Center will perform a workshop version of “California Fictions,” a new opera by Aspen Music School alumnus Mason Bates, on July 24. The opera is set in the tech-boom decadence of San Francisco of the late 1990s.

The Aspen Music Festival 2008 season runs June 19-Aug. 17, with daily events including orchestral concerts, chamber music, master classes, lectures and more. For tickets, season passes and further information, go to, or call 925-9042.


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