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The Wheeler Film Series has added two titles to its March schedule.”Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story,” English director Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of the Laurence Sterne novel, “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman,” is set for March 21-23. “Why We Fight,” Eugene Jarecki’s documentary examination of American military involvement over the last 60 years, will be screened March 26-27.Previously announced screenings are: “Caché” (March 14-15); “What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole” (March 28-29); and “Neil Young: Heart of Gold” (March 30-31).All Wheeler Films begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Aspen Music Festival’s Aspen Opera Theater Center has announced its program for the 2006 summer season.The opera season is highlighted by a production of “Our Town,” composed by Ned Rorem and based on Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1938 small-town drama. “Our Town,” co-commissioned by the Aspen Music Festival, has its Western U.S. premiere July 29 and 31 and Aug. 2, with Music Festival music director David Zinman conducting, and Edward Berkeley, director of the Opera Theater Center, directing.Verdi’s noted romantic tragedy “La traviata,” last presented in Aspen a decade ago, returns July 13, 15 and 16, with Julius Rudel conducting. A benefit event, La traviata in Aspen, including a private performance and a gala dinner at the Caribou Club, is set for July 17.Rounding out the season is Britten’s satirical comic opera “Albert Herring,” Aug. 15 and 17, conducted by Robert Spano.All opera performances are at the Wheeler Opera House.The 2006 Aspen Music Festival, featuring orchestral concerts, chamber music, mini-festivals, lectures and more, runs June 21 to Aug. 20. For tickets and further information, call 925-9042, or go to http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com.

Theatre Aspen’s spring benefit, Shakespeare in Love, is set for March 18 at the Hotel Jerome. Renaissance attire is suggested for the Shakespeare-themed event.Shakespeare in Love includes hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and dinner, jousting and dancing. A live auction by Sotheby’s auctioneer Philip Jelley will feature a haute couture gown, a private Caribbean vacation, a Time magazine Person of the Year party for 20, artwork and more.For tickets or further information, call 925-9313, ext. 2, or e-mail denise@theatreaspen.org.Also, Theatre Aspen has posted the program of shows for its 2006 summer season. The season runs June 29 through Sept. 2.”Love, Janis,” a music theater piece based around the songs and letters of Janis Joplin, opens June 29. The divorce drama “Dinner with Friends,” which earned playwright Donal Margulies the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, opens July 20. Aspenite Andrew Kole’s comedy “Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time,” which was given a reading last summer by Theatre Aspen, opens its world premiere run Aug. 17. The season will also feature a world premiere children’s play, still to be announced.For further information, go to http://www.theatreaspen.org.

Radio correspondent Mike Shuster will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review Friday, March 10. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 6:30 p.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Shuster, NPR’s diplomatic correspondent, will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brent Gardner-Smith in discussing his career as a foreign reporter covering Iraq, Iran and Israel. Shuster has covered the collapse of the Soviet Union from Moscow, the fall of the Berlin Wall from Germany and the Gulf War from Saudi Arabia.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.


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