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Merry month of movies at WheelerThe Wheeler Film Series has announced six titles for the month of May.The movie month opens Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, with Blindsight, Lucy Walkers inspirational documentary about six blind Tibetan teenagers climbing a 23,000-foot peak on the north side of Mount Everest with blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer.Paranoid Park, Gus Van Sants drama about a teenage skateboarders troubled life, is set for May 12-13. The Israeli film Beaufort, about a troop of young soldiers stationed at a remote outpost before the 2000 withdrawal from Lebanon, shows May 19-20. The film, directed by Joseph Cedar, earned an Academy Award nomination for best foreign language film.Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard, a documentary about the founder of the EST training seminars, will have an encore screening on May 21. Meet Me in St. Louis, the classic 1944 Vincente Minnelli musical about an early 20th-century family leaving St. Louis for New York City, is set for May 24. The film will be introduced by local musical historian Bob Klineman, and will be followed by a Q&A session.Shine a Light, Martin Scorseses career-spanning profile of the Rolling Stones, featuring concert footage from the groups 2006 A Bigger Bang tour, will be screened May 25-26.In addition, the Wheeler Film Series will show movies May 22-23 and May 27-28, with titles to be announced.All films in the series start at 7:30 p.m. For further information, including trailers of the films, go to wheeleroperahouse.com.Summers coming, time is right for dancing on Fanny HillJazz Aspen Snowmass has announced the lineup for the Snowmass Free Concert series. The series opens June 26, and features performances each Thursday night on Snowmass Villages Fanny Hill through Aug. 21.The Drew Emmitt Band, led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Emmitt, kicks off the series on June 26. Emmitt is also a member of the Colorado-based jam band, Leftover Salmon. Midwestern rock group the Freddy Jones Band, which reunited in 2005 after a five-year hiatus, is set for July 3.The Santa Monica-based Gaelic Storm, which mixes Celtic folk and rock sounds, performs July 10. On July 17, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, a swing band led by singer-guitarist Dan Hicks, appears on Fanny Hill.Ruthie Foster, a Texas-based singer who blends soul and folk, is scheduled for July 24, on the heels of last years CD, The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster. Bonerama, a New Orleans brass band featuring four trombonists, is set for July 31.Great American Taxi, a folk-rock group led by Vince Herman, another original member of Leftover Salmon, plays Aug. 7. Guitarist Robben Ford, a Grammy Award nominee in the contemporary blues category for last years Truth, follows on Aug. 14.The series closes Aug. 21, with an act still to be announced.All concerts in the series begin at 6:15 p.m. For further information, go to jazzaspen.com.


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