Aspen Filmfest and the Aspen Music Festival and School are teaming to present SummerFilms, a film series to be screened at Paepcke Auditorium.The series opens June 26-27 with “Look at Me,” a French romantic comedy about an insecure young woman trying to win the affection of her writer father. “Touch the Sound,” a documentary of deaf Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie will be presented as a preview screening July 3. (Glennie will make her Aspen Music Festival debut earlier that day, performing the world premiere of Steve Stucky’s “Spirit Voices” with conductor Marin Alsop and the Aspen Festival Orchestra.)”The Best of Youth,” a six-hour film that traces 40 years of Italian history through the stories of two brothers, will be screened over two days, July 10-11. The program Best of Aspen Shortsfest, featuring selections from Shortsfest, is set for July 25.The Danish film “Brothers,” about the shifting family dynamics after one brother is sent to fight in Afghanistan, is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 1. The British drama “Yes,” starring Joan Allen and Simon Abkarian as a struggling couple, screens Aug. 7-8. The series concludes Aug. 14-15 with “March of the Penguins,” a documentary of a year in the life of a flock of emperor penguins, narrated by Morgan Freeman. All SummerFilms show at 8 p.m.
The 12th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, set for Sept. 16-18 in Telluride Town Park, will feature headliners the Black Crowes, Maceo Parker and Susan Tedeschi.Sept. 16 will feature a lineup of rock band the Black Crowes and blues singer-guitarist Tedeschi, as well as roots musician Corey Harris and soul-rock band the subdudes. Sept. 17 will have performances by funk saxophonist Parker, plus Southern rock band Mofro and Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory. The festival closes Sept. 18 with a lineup featuring guitarist Sonny Landreth, gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds and New Orleans pianist Henry Butler.Late-night Juke Joint shows will feature the subdudes, Colorado hard-rock band Rose Hill Drive, Mofro, r & b singer Hazel Miller and more. Also featured on Sunday night is the Fais Do Do jam, with Landreth, Butler and Hart.The Saturday Grand Tasting will feature over 100 microbrewed beers. The festival also features the Telluride Acoustic Blues Camp and Competition, the Acoustic Artist series, a children’s area and more.For tickets and further information, go to http://www.tellurideblues.com or call 1-866-515-6166.
The Hudson Reed Ensemble is offering a year-round scene-study workshop program designed to develop, educate and nurture local acting talent. The workshops will be led by local actor-director Kent Reed, founder of Theatre Under the Jerome (now Theatre Aspen) and director of last winter’s production of “The Crucible.”The first workshop is set for June 19 through Aug. 22 at the Mountain Chalet. The session is divided into two separate sections, one meeting Sunday evenings and the other Monday evenings. Both sections are set for 6-9 p.m.Interested persons should contact Reed at 319-6867.
Author Kirven Blount will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, June 17. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Blount will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his new book, “Pick Your Poison,” a cultural look at the history of America’s bad habits through the lens of postwar advertising. Blount will describe his picture of a nation hooked on the promised benefits of cigarettes and alcohol, a situation he maintains persists today.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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