The Wheeler Film Series has announced its schedule for December, and made a change in its late-November programming.”Deep Blue,” a documentary distilled from the seven-hour television miniseries “The Blue Planet,” will be screened at the Wheeler Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 29-30, replacing the previously scheduled “Grizzly Man.”December opens with “Nine Lives,” showing Dec. 5-7. Rodrigo García’s film, featuring Robin Wright Penn, Mary Kay Place and Sissy Spacek, explores the disappointments in the lives of nine women.”A History of Violence,” David Cronenberg’s drama of shifting identities in a small town, and starring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello and William Hurt, is set for Dec. 8-10. The current calendar closes Dec. 12-14 with “Everything Is Illuminated,” an adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel about a young man digging into his family history in a Ukranian village during World War II. The film, starring Elijah Wood, marks the directorial debut of actor Liev Schrieber (“The Manchurian Candidate”).Additions to the December schedule are expected.All Wheeler Films begin at 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass is offering its Blind Faith Pass for the upcoming 2006 festival season. The $99 Blind Faith Pass allows general admission to all eight days of Jazz Aspen’s two summer festivals: the June Festival, set for June 22-25 under a tent in Aspen’s Rio Grande Park; and the outdoor Labor Day Festival, Sept. 1-4 in Snowmass Town Park.No acts have yet been announced for either festival; program announcements should be made beginning early next year. The 2005 June Festival featured David Byrne, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves and Yerba Buena. The 2005 Labor Day Festival had John Fogerty, Loggins & Messina, Galactic and two nights of Widespread Panic. Other past June Festival acts include Medeski, Martin & Wood, Wynton Marsalis, Al Green and Diana Krall; artists appearing at past Labor Day Festivals include Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Phil Lesh & Friends.The Blind Faith Pass is on sale through Dec. 31 at the Wheeler Opera House box office, or online at http://www.jazzaspen.org. For further information, call 920-4996.
The Aspen Choral Society will give its 28th annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” next month. The “Messiah” will be presented Dec. 6-7 at the United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. The Aspen performances are set for Dec. 9-10 at St. Mary Catholic Church. The performances, featuring the combined singers of the Aspen and Glenwood Springs community choruses, are conducted by Aspen Choral Society music director Ray Adams.Donations to the Choral Society will be taken at the door.
Film critic and historian Richard Shickel will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review Friday, Dec. 2. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Schickel, the film critic for Time magazine, will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neill in discussing his new biography, “Elia Kazan.” The book covers the late director’s relationship with actors Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, James Dean and Warren Beatty, and offers a new perspective on Kazan’s alleged cooperation with the House Committee on Un-American Activities in light of newly released KGB documents.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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