The Harvey/Meadows Gallery will present The Feast, an exhibition of utilitarian ceramic art, Nov. 17 through Dec. 7. The gallery is located at Aspen Highlands Village.An opening reception for The Feast is set for Thursday, Nov. 17. The event, from 4-8 p.m., will include live music, holiday festivities and ceramic art by more than 30 artists, including local and nationally known ceramists. Participating artists were asked to respond in their work to a definition of “feast” that included “something giving great pleasure or satisfaction.”A portion of the proceeds from the sale of items in the exhibit will benefit the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork.For further information on the Harvey/Meadows Gallery, call 920-7721.
Aspen Filmfest is accepting submissions of short films and videos for its 15th annual Aspen Shortsfest International Competition. Shortsfest 2006 is set for April 5-9, with programs in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.Shortsfest accepts live action, documentary and animated shorts in film or video formats. Detailed guidelines for submission and an official entry form are available at http://www.aspenfilm.org. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 14.A jury of film professionals will award more than $20,000 in cash and other prizes to winners in several categories. Shortsfest is an Academy-qualifying event, meaning award winners are eligible for Oscar consideration. Past Shortsfest jurors include Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, director and writer, respectively, of “Sideways.” Such Oscar-winning or Oscar-nominated films as “God Sleeps in Rwanda,” “Wasp” and “Two Cars, One Night” have earned awards at Shortsfest.Shortsfest includes screening programs, tributes, retrospectives, panel discussions and workshops.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass has confirmed that its 2006 June Festival will be held June 22-25 in Aspen’s Rio Grande Park.There was some doubt as to whether the 16th annual edition of the festival would be held after the Aspen City Council last week turned down Jazz Aspen’s request to move the festival closer to the Fourth of July holiday. But Jazz Aspen executive producer Jim Horowitz said that, despite the rejection, the festival would go on.No acts have been announced yet for the festival.Jazz Aspen also announced it is sending a donation of $68,950 to the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic to support a fund established to put musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina back to work in Louisiana and Mississippi. The fund is being used to present performances and give music lessons at schools and shelters. The donation was initiated by a $10,000 commitment made by Jazz Aspen during its Labor Day Festival.
Local humorist Phil Freedman will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review Friday, Nov. 18. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Freedman will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his new book, “The Wit and Wisdom of Phil Freedman.” The book is a collection of the humor columns that have appeared on Freedman’s website, http://www.whatever-freedman.net, and in his Aspen Daily News column “Whatever,” which ran weekly in the early 2000s. Freedman, a Basalt resident, is a retired experimental psychologist. His columns make observations on travel, science, holidays, television, relationships and more.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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