December 24, 2008
Aspen Community Theatre will present a free acting workshop, How to Create an Unforgettable Character, on Jan. 10. The workshop will be held from 1:30-6 p.m. at Aspen High Schools Black Box Theatre.The workshop will be led by Aspenite David Ledingham. A graduate of Aspen High with a masters degree in acting from the University of California, San Diego, Ledingham has acted and directed for Theatre Aspen, was a co-founder of the New York-based Pegasus Repertory Theatre Company, and was a cast member at Aspens Crystal Palace dinner theater. Last year, he appeared in a touring production of the Tony-winning musical, The Light in the Piazza.The workshop is designed to teach participants how to create a believable three-dimensional character.Space is limited. To register, call Liz Bokram at 925-6452.
The Wheeler Film Series has scheduled four movies for January at the Wheeler Opera House.The movie month opens Jan. 4-5 with Ashes of Time Redux, a re-edited version of Chinese director Kar Wai Wongs 1992 drama about a swordsman seeking refuge in the desert.The Band Wagon, Vincente Minnellis 1953 musical starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, will be screened Jan. 11, as part two of the Genius of Fred Astaire series. The film will be presented by Aspen musical historian Bob Klineman, and will be followed by a Q&A session with Klineman.The French drama A Christmas Tale, starring Catherine Deneuve as the mother of an ailing family gathering for the holidays, is set for Jan. 19-20. The film, by Arnaud Desplechin (2004s Kings and Queens), was nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a World War II drama about a friendship between a Jewish boy in a Nazi concentration camp and the son of the camps commandant, has encore screenings Jan. 24-25. Vera Farmiga, who stars as a German mother, earned Best Actress honors at the British Independent Film Awards.More films may be added to the January schedule. For updates, go to wheeleroperahouse.com.All films in the series have evening screenings at 7:30 p.m. Films scheduled for Saturday and Sunday have additional 4:30 p.m. matinee presentations.
The date for violinist Joshua Bells appearance in the Aspen Music Festivals Winter Music series has been changed again. Bell, a former student at the Aspen Music School, will appear on Feb. 12, not the previously announced Feb. 11. Bell will be accompanied by pianist Jeremy Denk.The rest of the Winter Music series lineup features concerts by three pianists: Jeffrey Kahane on Feb. 16; Andrea Haefliger, with flutist Marina Piccinini, on Feb. 25; and Simone Dinnerstein on March 14. Programs for the concerts have yet to be announced.For tickets, including discounted series subscriptions, and further information, go to aspenmusicfestival.com.