The Wheeler Film Series will present seven films at the Wheeler Opera House in October.The calendar opens Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 3-5, with Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man,” a documentary of Timothy Treadwell, who lived among Alaska’s grizzly bears until he was devoured by one in 2003. Sunday, Oct. 9, brings an encore screening of “Ladies in Lavender,” starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith as spinster sisters in 1930s England whose lives are upended by the appearance of a young musician.”El Crimen Perfecto,” director Alex de Iglesia’s Spanish black comedy that comments on consumerist culture, is set for Oct. 16-18. “Saint Ralph,” about a teenager in troubled circumstances who decides he must win the Boston Marathon to bring a miracle, will be screened Oct. 19-21.”Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress,” a literary love story set against the backdrop of rural Chinese life during the Cultural Revolution, is scheduled for Oct. 22-24. “2046,” Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai’s multilayered film about a hardened gossip columnist and pulp fiction writer, is set for Oct. 25-27. The month of films concludes Oct. 30-Nov. 1 with “East of Eden,” Elia Kazan’s 1955 adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel, starring James Dean as one of two brothers fighting for the affection of their father.All Wheeler Films begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Aspen Music Festival and School has announced that Elizabeth Hynes and Paul Kantor are the two latest recipients of the festival’s New Horizons honor.The New Horizons program selects Aspen Music Festival artist/faculty members to serve for three seasons. Each recipient of the award personally chooses three students to study with them throughout the tenure; the students receive full fellowships, including tuition, room and board, and travel expenses. The program was established in 1997 with a gift from Matthew Bucksbaum, the current chair of the Music Festival’s board of trustees, and Kay Bucksbaum.Hynes, a soprano, is a Michigan native who has served as a faculty member at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music since 1995. She was recently named chair of the vocal arts department. Her recent performances include Górecki’s Third Symphony, with the composer conducting, and Britten’s “Les illuminations.”Violinist Kantor was recently appointed Eleanor H. Biggs distinguished professor of violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he has been a member of the Berkshire Chamber Players and the New York, Lenox and New Haven string quartets. Kantor has also served as concertmaster of six ensembles, including the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the New Haven Symphony and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.The 58th annual Aspen Music Festival and School summer season is set for June 21-Aug. 20, 2006.
Aspen stage actor/director Kent Reed will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review Friday, Oct. 7. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Reed, director of the Hudson Reed Ensemble, will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing “Melange: A New Vaudeville Revue.” The evening of Vaudeville-style entertainment will be presented at the Wheeler Opera House Oct. 14-15. Joining in the broadcast will be associate director Susan Mauntel and ballroom dancers Ricki and Kerry Newman.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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