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The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has been given an award of $10,000 by the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado. The fund is dedicated to supporting the state’s nonprofit organizations that offer equal opportunities regardless of sexual orientation, and to raise awareness of contributions gays and lesbians make to Colorado.

The award is granted to sponsor the ASFB’s 2008-’09 season. The season, with performances in Aspen, Santa Fe and other locations around the country, has yet to be announced.

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet was scheduled to make its debut at the Fall for Dance Festival last week in New York City. The company was hand-picked by choreographer Twyla Tharp to perform her dance, “Sweet Fields.” The ASFB was set to share the stage with the San Francisco Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

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The Aspen Writers’ Foundation has announced that the 2009 Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival will center around the literature of Latin America and the Caribbean. The festival is set for June 21-26. The theme for the festival was announced at a Writers’ Foundation event in late August featuring Dominican-bred writer Julia Alvarez. Previous festivals have concentrated on the writers of the American West, India and Ireland.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The Writers’ Foundation has also announced the faculty members participating in the annual Writers’ Retreat, which coincides with the Literary Festival. Faculty for 2009 include Ronald Carlson, Christopher Merrill, Pamela Painter and Nic Pizzolatto (fiction); Hallie Ephron (mystery); Gary Ferguson (magazine and nature); Bill Loizeaux (nonfiction); and David Davidar (readers’ retreat).

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The Wheeler Film Series will present seven films in late September and through October at the Wheeler Opera House.

The calendar opens Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, with an encore engagement of “Bottle Shock.” The story is set around the Judgment of Paris, the 1976 Paris wine-tasting that put California wines on the international map, and features Alan Rickman as a snobbish British wine dealer and Bill Pullman as a Napa Valley winemaker.

“Transsiberian,” a crime drama starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer as an American couple traveling through Asia by train, is set for Oct. 5-8. The British film “Mister Foe,” a psychological coming-of-age story about a voyeuristic teenager longing for his dead mother, will be screened Oct. 13-14. “Grocer’s Son,” a French movie about the reluctant return of a 30-year-old man to his native village in Provence, shows Oct. 15-16.

“Frozen River,” the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner about two women in difficult economic circumstances near the Canadian border, is scheduled for Oct. 20-21. French director Claude Chabrol’s black comedy “A Girl Cut in Two,” about a TV weather girl and two men who pursue her, will be screened Oct. 22-23.

The schedule concludes with “In Search of a Midnight Kiss,” a romantic comedy set on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles and filmed in black-and-white, shows Oct. 26-28.

All Wheeler films show at 7:30 p.m. Films scheduled for Saturday and Sunday will also have additional 4:30 p.m. matinees on those days.

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