Southern California punk band Pennywise and Denver rap-rockers Flobots will perform separate shows during the X Games, as part of the Aspen Skiing Company’s Hi-Fi Concert series. Flobots are set for Jan. 23, with Pennywise on Jan. 24. Both shows are at the base of Aspen Mountain, and begin at 5:30 p.m.
Pennywise was formed in 1988, and named after the murderous clown in the Stephen King novel, “It.” The quartet earned national attention with their second album, 1993’s “Unknown Road,” and had a commercial breakthrough with 2001’s “Land of the Free?” Their latest album, “Reason to Believe,” was released as a free download on Myspace in March.
Flobots, formed in 2000, earned mainstream success with the 2007 album “Fight with Tools,” which featured the radio hit “Handlebars.” The band recently played a three-night New Year’s run at Denver’s Gothic Theatre, and has appeared at the Mile High Music Festival and the Bumbershoot Music Festival.
Also scheduled in the Hi-Fi series is New Orleans groove-funk quintet Galactic, performing Feb. 15 in Snowmass Village. Two additional dates are set in the series ” March 22 in Snowmass and March 27 in Aspen ” with acts still to be announced.
The Wheeler Films Series has added two films to its January calendar.
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“Were the World Mine,” a gay-themed musical fantasy that riffs on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is set for Friday, Jan. 16. The film, co-written and directed by Tom Gustafson, has earned top awards at festivals in Florida, Los Angeles, Rhode Island and Seattle.
“How About You,” a comedy set in a home for the elderly over the quiet Christmas holiday, shows Jan. 21 and Jan. 23. Director Anthony Byrne’s film, which was screened at Aspen Filmfest in September, stars Vanessa Redgrave and Imelda Stauton.
Also showing this month: the French drama “A Christmas Tale,” Jan. 19-20; and the Holocaust drama “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” Jan. 24-25.
All films in the Wheeler series have evening screenings at 7:30 p.m. Films scheduled for Saturday and Sunday have additional 4:30 p.m. matinees.
Aspen-based Theater Masters will presents its annual Take Ten Festival, a celebration of emerging playwrights, Jan. 25-27 at Aspen High School’s Black Box Theatre. The festival will feature new works by playwrights from the master’s program at schools including Columbia, Brown, NYU, UCLA and others. New to the festival this year is the Yale playwriting department.
The festival will present 10-minute works by the college playwrights, and discussions between the writers and professional directors Pesha Rudnick, Sarah Rasmussen and Andrew Volkolf. Actors will be drawn primarily from the Roaring Fork Valley. Also on the schedule are performances of plays by the winners of the Aspiring Playwrights Competition, open to local high school students.
Winners from the Take Ten competition will move on to a showcase event, produced by Theater Masters in New York City in the spring.
For further information on Theater Masters and its programs, go to theatermasters.org.
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