The documentary film “The Light at Point Arena” will have its local premiere on July 4 on GrassRoots TV. The film was produced and directed by Corby Anderson and produced and written by Ben Gagnon through their Woody Creek-based Curious Productions.”The Light at Point Arena” documents the history of the tallest lighthouse on the California coast, 135 miles north of San Francisco. First built in 1870, the 155-foot smokehouse-style tower was rebuilt after its destruction in the 1906 earthquake. The film tells how Point Arena residents united to reopen the light station to the public in 1984, added a museum, and are currently trying to restore the historic 4,000-pound Fresnel lens.The film, which had its world premiere last year at the Arena Theatre, will have additional showings on GrassRoots TV, and will also be shown on KIXE, a PBS station in Redding, Calif.
Aspen Community Theatre will present a series of free Musical Theatre Dance Workshops at the Black Box Theatre at Aspen High School. The series – on Monday evenings from June 20 through July 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. – is in preparation for ACT’s fall musical, “Pippin.””Pippin” will be presented Nov. 3-6 and Nov. 10-13 at the Aspen District Theatre, with Wendy Moore directing.The workshops will be led by John Goss, choreographer for “Pippin” as well as the recent ACT productions of “The Sound of Music” and “Mame.” The class will introduce participants to the various styles of dance – soft-shoe, waltz, Latin and more – used in the musical comedy.To register or for further information, call Beth Odén at 925-2621.
The Aspen Art Museum earned a first prize Smythe Award for Publishing Excellence in the book category for its publication, “Art of the Ancestors: Antique North American Indian Art,” written by Aspenite George Shaw. The Smythe Award, presented to the museum in April, is given through the American Association of Museums’ Museum Publication Design Competition.The museum previously earned an honorable mention award for the 2000 exhibition catalog “Art of Grace and Passion: Antique Indian Art,” also written by Shaw. David Marlowe was the photographer for both publications.
Aspen Filmfest’s 27th annual Filmfest is set for Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, the organization announced. Programs will be presented at the Wheeler Opera House, the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale and the Springs Theatre in Glenwood Springs.The festival will include features, documentaries, foreign films and special presentations, including the Independent by Nature Award. The complete program will be announced around Labor Day and tickets will go on sale Sept. 21. Last year’s program included screenings of “Being Julia,” “The Best of Youth” and “Tarnation,” and the presentation of the Independent by Nature Award to Michael Douglas.For further information on Aspen Filmfest, including Aspen Shortsfest and Academy Screenings, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
A special hour-long edition of Aspen Media Review will look at the upcoming 49th season of Aspen’s Crystal Palace dinner theater. The locally produced show can be heard every Friday at 11:30 a.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Crystal Palace impresario Mead Metcalf will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Cara Daniel in unveiling the highlights of the 2005 summer season. Metcalf will also showcase bits from the winter show, including “Boys Band,” “Arnold and the Kennedys,” “Dubya Rides Again” and “Another Song About Paris.” Joining in will be performers Michael Monroney and Nina Gabianelli.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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