Producers of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival have announced that Goldie Hawn will be the recipient of the AFI Star Award at the 2006 festival. Hawn, a part-time Old Snowmass resident, will receive the award at a March 11 event. The 2006 USCAF runs March 8-12 at various Aspen venues.Also, James Burrows, who has directed “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Will & Grace,” and who co-created “Cheers,” will be honored with a USCAF Career Tribute. The festival will also feature the world premiere of Damon Wayans’ “Behind the Smile,” a drama set in the world of stand-up comedy.Hawn came to prominence on the sketch comedy TV show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” She launched a film career with 1969’s “Cactus Flower,” for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. Her notable films include “Foul Play,” “Seems Like Old Times” and “Protocol,” and “Private Benjamin,” for which she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Hawn has also served as executive producer for several of her films, and for the TV dramas “When Billie Beat Bobby” and “The Matthew Shepard Story.”Hawn joins past AFI Star Award honorees Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal and others.Burrows has been nominated for 41 Emmy Awards, including one every year since 1980, and has won 10 – five for directing, five for producing. The Career Tribute Award will be presented to Burrows by Chris Albrecht, chairman and CEO of HBO, which produces the USCAF.”Behind the Smile,” financed, written, directed and produced by Wayans, stars the filmmaker as Danny Styles, a comic who has quick success in Los Angeles but is soon brought down by the fast-lane lifestyle. Co-stars include Jim Belushi, Marlon Wayans and Camryn Manheim.Previously announced events at the 2006 USCAF include a salute to “The Larry Sanders Show,” with creator and star Garry Shandling and co-star Jeffrey Tambor; a 15th anniversary celebration of “Def Comedy Jam” with Russell Simmons; “Jim Henson’s Puppet Improv”; and a live presentation of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” along with a special screening of Robert Altman’s feature film based on Keillor’s show.Ticket packages for the 2006 USCAF are available at 1-866-350-3369, or at http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.
The complete program for the 2006 Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen has been announced. The Classic takes place June 16-18.Among the chefs scheduled to give cooking demonstration are José Andrés (Two Ingredients, Ten Ways), Mario Batali (Del Posto Favorites), Daniel Boulud (Cooking with Spices) and Wolfgang Puck (Spago Classics). Leading wine and spirits tasting seminars are Danny Meyer (Go Ask Alsace), Steven Olsen (Mezcal: The Spirit of Mexico), Dan Phillips (Simply Shiraz) and Jeff Morgan (America’s Top Zinfandels).The Classic will also have TV personality Sissy Biggers hosting the Classic Cook-Off, the Grand Testing Tent, reserve tastings, the restaurant trade program and more.Consumer tickets to the Food & Wine Classic are $875 before March 15, and $975 after. To register, call 1-877-900-WINE (9463), or go to http://www.foodandwine.com/classic.
Playwright and performer Gareth Armstrong will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review Friday, Jan. 20. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 6:30 p.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Armstrong, a member of the Royal Shakespeare Academy, joins Aspen Media Review host John C. Noonan in discussing his upcoming one-man play, “Shylock,” and anti-Semitism in Shakespeare. “Shylock” will be presented by Theatre Masters at the Aspen High School Black Box Theatre beginning Monday, Jan. 23.Joining in will be Theatre Masters director Julia Hansen, who will outline the group’s program for the 2006 winter season.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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