The Wheeler Film Series will present four films in June.The month of movies opens Sunday and Monday, June 1-2, with Flight of the Red Balloon. The French fantasy, by Chinese director Hsiao-hsien Hu and starring Juliette Binoche, is a remake of the 1956 Academy Award-winning short, The Red Balloon. The French comedy Priceless, starring Audrey Tautou as a gold-digger who mistakenly becomes involved with a bartender, is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 3-4. Smart People, a comic romance starring Dennis Quaid as a widowed professor, shows Thursday and Friday, June 5-6. The calendar closes Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, with Blade Runner: The Final Cut, a recent, updated version of Ridley Scotts 1982 science fiction classic.All films show at 7:30 p.m., with films scheduled for Saturday and Sunday having an additional 4:30 p.m. matinee.
The Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz series will present eight free concerts on Wednesday evenings at Glenwoods Two Rivers Park.The series opens June 4 with local pianist Walt Smith & Friends, featuring vocalist Kathy Morrow. The Ahmad Jamal Trio, led by the 77-year-old pianist, performs June 11. Steve Turre & Sanctified Shells, led by trombonist Turre, is set for June 18; Turre and his fellow brass players all double on tuned seashells.The series then takes a turn for New Orleans, with three consecutive concerts featuring musicians from the city: the Davell Crawford Movement, led by pianist Crawford, on June 25; the Hot 8 Brass Band, which mixes funk and R&B with jazz, on July 2; and the Marlon Jordan Quartet, featuring trumpeter Jordan, on July 9.The Cindy Blackman Quartet, led by drummer Blackman, who has played with Cassandra Wilson, Pharoah Sanders and Lenny Kravitz, is scheduled for July 16. The series closes with Kevin Mahoganys Kansas City Revue, featuring vocalist Mohagany playing the songs of Big Joe Turner. The show also features saxophonist Red Holloway, vocalist Kathy Kosins, and the Godfathers of Groove.All concerts in the series begin at 7 p.m.
Theatre Aspen is offering residents of the Roaring Fork Valley discounted tickets to the three feature presentations in its upcoming summer season for a limited time. Tickets are available for $30 apiece, a $10 discount from the regular $40 price, at Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House box office through Thursday, June 5 only.Theatre Aspens 2008 season runs June 26-Aug. 23, and includes three feature presentations: the comedy-horror musical Little Shop of Horrors (opening June 26); Rounding Third, a comedy about two mismatched Little League coaches (July 10); and Crimes of the Heart, a drama about three sisters gathering in Mississippi after a family crisis (July 24).The season also includes the family presentation Seussical, a musical built on the stories, characters and art of the late Dr. Seuss.For passes and tickets to Theatre Aspen, go to aspenshowtickets.com. For further information on Theatre Aspen and its season, go to theatreaspen.org.
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