The Wheeler Film Series will present five film programs at the Wheeler Opera House in March.The movie month opens March 8-9 with the French drama Ive Loved You So Long. Philippe Claudels film, which showed last fall at Aspen Filmfest, stars Kristin Scott Thomas as a woman adjusting to life after a lengthy prison sentence.The romantic comedy Last Chance Harvey is set for March 11-14. The movie, by British filmmaker Joel Hopkins, stars Dustin Hoffman as an American jingle writer on a forlorn trip to London, and Emma Thompson as the woman who provides him a final shot at romance. Both lead actors earned Golden Globe nominations for their performances.The Israeli animated movie Waltz with Bashir will be screened March 16-17. The film, which explores the psychological fallout on an Israeli soldier years after his participation in the war in Lebanon in the early 80s, earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.Wendy and Lucy, an intimate drama by director Kelly Reichardt, shows March 20-21. The film stars Michelle Williams as a financially strapped woman who loses her dog while stranded in a small, Northwestern town.The calendar concludes March 22 and 25 with the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts package. The program features the five films nominated for the Oscar including the winner, the Japanese film Le Maison en Petits Cubes, about a man reflecting back on his life plus a selection of additional acclaimed animated shorts.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. matinees.
Theatre Aspen has canceled its planned production of the romantic comedy Same Time, Next Year, which was scheduled to be part of its 2009 summer season. The rights to the 1975 play were revoked in light of a proposed Broadway revival.Theatre Aspen has not yet determined what will replace Same Time, Next Year. The organization is looking for another comedy, and part-time Aspenite Jay Sandrich, who was scheduled to direct Same Time, Next Year, will direct the replacement show.The organizations summer schedule will feature the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the family presentation A Year With Frog and Toad.For further information on Theatre Aspen, go to theatreaspen.org.
The 2009 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is set for June 19-21. The 27th annual event, produced by Food & Wine magazine, features cooking classes, wine tastings, cooking competitions and the Grand Tasting Tent.Chefs scheduled to participate in the Classic include Mario Batali, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Jos Andrs and Tom Colicchio. Wine experts to be featured include Richard Betts, Dan Philips, Joshua Wesson and Anthony Giglio.Among the seminar topics are In Praise of Pork; Great American Cheeses; Pizza & Vino and Burgers, Shakes & Fries. Special events include The Farm-to-Fork Connection: Creating a Sustainable World at Your Table; Green Living; and the Sommelier Challenge.For tickets, a full schedule and further information, go to foodandwine.com.
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