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The Wheeler Film Series will present 10 film programs at the Wheeler Opera House in May.

The month opens Sunday and Monday, May 7-8, with an encore presentation of “Why We Fight,” Eugene Jarecki’s documentary about American militarism. The Academy Award-nominated “Sophie Scholl,” about a German resistance group during World War II, is set for May 9-11. “Genesis,” a French-language documentary about the evolution of the natural world by the director of “Microcosmos,” shows May 12-13.

The Canadian film “The Far Side of the Moon,” about a depressive dreamer, will be screened May 14-16. “Ballets Russes,” a documentary of the pioneers of modern ballet, is set for May 17-18. “Black Orpheus,” the 1959 Brazilian retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, will be screened from a new print May 19-20.

“Don’t Come Knocking,” a new film directed by Wim Wenders from a screenplay by Sam Shepard, shows May 21-23. A program of the 2005 Academy Award-nominated animated short films is set for May 26-27. “Riding Giants,” the 2004 documentary about the history of big-wave surfing, will be screened May 28-29. The month concludes with the Mexican comedy “Duck Season,” May 30-31.

All Wheeler Films begin at 7:30 p.m.

Opera singer Renee Fleming will perform at the Aspen Music Festival July 27. Accompanied by pianist Richard Bado, Fleming will perform works by Purcell, Handel, Schumann and George Crumb, and selected arias.

An alumnae of the Aspen Music School, Fleming earned a 1999 Grammy Award for “The Beautiful Voice,” a recording with Jeffrey Tate and the English Chamber Orchestra, and the 1997 Vocalist of the Year honor from Musical America. Fleming is featured in the current documentary film “In Search of Mozart,” in which she speaks about the composer and appears in a production of “Le Nozzi di Figaro.” Her latest CD is last year’s “Sacred Songs,” recorded with Andreas Delfs and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Also appearing in special events this summer are violinist Gil Shaham, the Emerson String Quartet, David Finckel and Wu Han, violinist Sarah Chang, cellist Lynn Harrell, pianist Lang Lang and pianist Vladimir Feltsman.

The 2006 Aspen Music Festival runs June 21-Aug. 20. For a complete calendar of events, go to http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center has announced that Brad Miller will serve as interim director of the Snowmass Village fine-arts center, effective May 22. Miller will serve until a replacement is found for current executive director James Baker, who announced his resignation last month, after leading Anderson Ranch since 1995.

Miller, a ceramist and printmaker, was executive director of the Ranch from 1984-92, after directing the ceramics program in the early 1980s. He has also served a term on the Ranch’s Board of Trustees, focusing on the building committee that oversaw renovations to the campus facilities. Miller has lived in California since 2000.

Basalt artist Michael Raaum earned the J. Lloyd Jones Memorial Award, along with a cash prize, for his painting, “Entwined.” The prize was awarded at the 15th National Art Exhibition in Ft. Collins earlier this month. He was selected for the award by juror Dean Sobel, project director of the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, and former director of the Aspen Art Museum.

The National Art Exhibit had over 600 entries from artists across the U.S., and featured 109 artists for the exhibit. Raaum’s painting will be on display at the Lincoln Center in Ft. Collins through May 13.

For further information, go to michaelraaum.com.


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