Aspen Filmfest has announced the winners of the 2006 Local Filmmakers Showcase, presented by Filmfest and Plum TV. The showcase, which played April 1 at the Wheeler Opera House, featured 15 short films selected from 28 entries. More than $3,500 in cash and prizes was awarded.”Labels,” by Brandon McDuffey, earned best overall film honors and a $500 cash prize. He was also awarded a $1,500 Plum TV production package toward the making of a movie about the Roaring Fork Valley, to air on Plum TV.Best student film went to Rachel Mueller, Jesse Riley and René Cousineau, for “Anaesthetic.”Special jury prizes, with $200 cash awards, were given to “Growing Up” by Daniel Alvarez, Brett and Brittany Gugliemo, Hanna Kelly and Christina Mazeika; “Hurt” by Margaret Fay Seldeen; “Penguin Paradise” by André Wille; and “The Quite Depressing, Unreliable Story of Erwin Longshanks,” by Aaron Roberts-Gray and Van Wampler.Honorable mention, and cash prizes of $100, were given to: “Por una Vida Mejor” (For a Better Life) by Brianna Rhodes, Mario Loya and Adrian Hermosillo; and “Informal Wallop,” by Nicolas Scher.For further information, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
Basalt High School will present a production of the musical “Guys & Dolls” April 21-23 at the Basalt Middle School auditorium. It is the fifth fully staged musical produced by Basalt High, and follows last year’s production of “Oklahoma.”John Goss will direct and choreograph; the crew also includes music director Marie Gassau, producers Julia Lang and Lizzie Klein, costume designer Valerie Thompson and set designer and Shae Ross.”Guys & Dolls,” adapted by composer Frank Loesser from characters created by Damon Runyan, opened on Broadway in 1950. The story of gamblers Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson and their girlfriends was adapted for the screen in 1955, and starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. The score includes “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.”Performances are April 21-22 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. April 23, with tickets available at the door.
Snowmass Village’s Chili Pepper & Brew Fest will feature headliners Medeski, Martin & Wood and Jonny Lang. The third annual festival is set for June 9-11 on Fanny Hill.Avant-garde jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, comprising keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Chris Wood and drummer Billy Martin, scheduled for June 9, will make its first area appearance since the 2004 Jazz Aspen June Festival. The trio released this week “Note Bleu: The Best of the Blue Note Years,” a collection spotlighting their five-CD relationship with the Blue Note label.Opening for MM&W will be the Wood Brothers, a folk-blues group featuring MM&W’s Wood and his brother, singer-guitarist Oliver Wood, and Colorado funk band Little Hercules.Twenty-five year-old blues-rock singer-guitarist Lang is scheduled for June 10, his first local gig since he played an acoustic show at the Wheeler Opera House in January 2005. Opening for Lang are bluesman Sean Costello and 19-year-old singer-songwriter Trevor Hall.June 11 will feature local funk band Waste Deep.The festival also includes International Chili Society competitions and tastings, tastings from more than 40 microbreweries, late-night music at the Blue Door club and, new this year, the Locals’ Home Brew competition.For tickets or further information, go to http://www.snowmassvillage.com or call 1-800-SNOWMASS (766-9627).
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