The Aspen Art Museum has announced its program of events through the fall.The new video and film series Four Thursday Nights: Group Dynamics features four contemporary video works, presented one per week each Thursday evening beginning April 27. The series, linked by the theme of crowds and group interaction, opens with Diana Thater and T. Kelly Madison’s “Jump,” with 20 synchronized jump-ropers performing to varying versions of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”The Young Curators of the Roaring Fork will host an opening reception for their inaugural exhibit, “Unspoken ______,” on Friday, April 28, at 4 p.m., in the Hines Room of the Aspen Meadows Kresge Building. The exhibit showcases works by local artists, age 13-21, and the curatorial skills of nine young curators who created the show.The museum’s new Distinguished Artist in Residence program will have Javier Téllez converting the upper gallery into a film production studio, April 24-May 21. The Venezuelan-born New York-based artist will use the residency to work with Colorado mental patients to make a Western that will show at the museum beginning in August. The public is invited to visit the studio and interact with Téllez.For further information, including the Art Museum’s events schedule through November, go to http://www.aspenartmuseum.org.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced that singer-guitarist Trey Anastasio will close the 2006 June Festival, with a headlining performance June 25. The 16th annual June Festival is set for June 22-25, under a tent in Aspen’s Rio Grande Park.Anastasio is best known for his work in Phish, the Vermont-based jam band that took a two-year hiatus in 2000, and then broke up in 2004. Anastasio, who will perform as part of his seven-piece band, last year released “Shine,” the latest in his string of solo projects. The concert marks Anastasio’s Jazz Aspen debut, and his first Aspen appearance since Phish played the Wheeler Opera House in 1991.Previously announced June Festival acts include British singer-pianist Jamie Cullum, with vocalist Lizz Wright opening, June 22; jazz singer-pianist Diana Krall, June 23; and Elvis Costello and special guest Allen Toussaint performing a tribute to New Orleans, with Delbert McClinton opening, June 24. Funk saxophonist Maceo Parker will open for Anastasio, June 25.Still to be announced are JAS After Dark concerts at the Belly Up, and the Wagner Free Stage lineup of acts on the Cooper Avenue mall.For tickets and further information, go to http://www.jazzaspen.org. Tickets are also available at the Wheeler Opera House box office.Jazz Aspen’s Labor Day Festival is scheduled for Sept. 1-4 in Snowmass Town Park, with acts still to be announced. The JAS Crescent City Swing, a fund-raiser for Jazz Aspen’s education programs, is set for July 22 at Aspen Highlands, with the program to be announced.
The Wheeler Film Series will present the five nominees for the Best Picture Academy Award over the last two weeks of April at the Wheeler Opera House.The series opens Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18-19, with “Brokeback Mountain,” director Ang Lee’s film of the decades-long affair between two Wyoming ranch hands. “Good Night, and Good Luck,” George Clooney’s account of ’50s newsman Edward R. Murrow standing up to Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s communist witch hunt, is set for Thursday and Friday, April 20-21. The Best Picture winner “Crash,” Paul Haggis’ multinarrative tale of racism and tolerance in Los Angeles, screens Sunday through Tuesday, April 23-25.Steven Spielberg’s thriller “Munich,” following the aftermath of the assassinations of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, is scheduled for April 26-27. The series concludes April 28-29 with “Capote,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as writer Truman Capote during his research for the book, “In Cold Blood.”All Wheeler Films begin at 7:30 p.m.
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