Filmfest, Music Fest team up for SummerFilmsAspen Filmfest and the Aspen Music Festival have announced the schedule for SummerFilms, the film program co-presented by the two arts organizations. All films in the series are at 8 p.m., at Paepcke Auditorium.The series opens June 25-26 with Robert Altman’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” The film, starring Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep and “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor, is a fictional account of the scenes behind the show’s final live broadcast.Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof’s “Iron Island,” set on a crumbling oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, is set for July 9. “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man,” Lian Lunson’s documentary of the Canadian singer-songwriter, and featuring performances of Cohen’s work by Rufus Wainwright and Beth Orton, will be screened July 16-17.”Water,” set in 1938 India and focused on a group of abandoned widows living in a temple, is set for July 23-24. “Wordplay,” a documentary of New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz, featuring Bill Clinton, the Indigo Girls and Jon Stewart, shows July 30-31.”Wah-Wah,” the writing and directing debut by actor Richard E. Grant, will be screened Aug. 6-7. The semi-autobiographical drama, set in 1960s Swaziland, features Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson. SummerFilms concludes Aug. 13-14 with “The Road to Guantánamo,” British director Michael Winterbottom’s docu-drama of four British Muslims incarcerated at the U.S. prison camp. The film earned the Silver Bear, for best director, at the Berlin Film Festival.Acts picked for Bluegrass SundaysThe lineup of acts for the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Bluegrass Sundays series has been announced. The series features acoustic groups on top of Aspen Mountain each Sunday, July 2-Sept. 3. The concerts are free, though concertgoers must arrive by their own power or via the Silver Queen Gondola.The series opens July 2 with Colorado band the Wayward Sons, headed by singer-bassist Benny Galloway. North Carolina’s Chatham County Line, touring behind the new release “Speed of the Whippoorwill,” is set for July 9. Front Range band the Slipstream performs July 16.Local Celtic band the Crowlin Ferlies plays July 23. The Frying Pan Bluegrass Band appears July 30, with another local act, the Lone Pine Bluegrass Band, following Aug. 6. Valley act the Flying Dog Bluegrass Band is set for Aug. 13, with Paonia quartet Sweet Sunny South on Aug. 20.Local band the Coyote Gospel performs Aug. 27. The series concludes Sept. 3 with Colorado trio, the Blue Canyon Boys.All concerts in the Bluegrass Sundays series run from noon to 3 p.m.Thunder River Theatre has full plateCarbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company concludes the first season in its new theater space with “An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf.” Michael Hollinger’s comic tragedy, set in 1961 in Paris’ greatest restaurant, shows at the Thunder River Theatre Friday through Sunday, June 16-18, June 23-25 and June 30-July 1. The play is directed by Thunder River associate artist Valerie Haugen.Thunder River will also present encore performances of the Bruce Graham comedy “Desperate Affection,” Aug. 11-13. The two-person play, starring Valerie Haugen and Thunder River artistic director Lon Winston, and directed by Winston, opened in March.Also at the theater: a concert with Paonia bluegrass band Sweet Sunny South, July 29, presented by the Carbondale Council on Art and Humanities and Carbondale Mountain Fair; and “Life Upon the Wicked Stage,” featuring local actor Joyce Bulifant, and presented by the Carbondale/Aspen Glen Rotary Club.For further information on all events at Thunder River Theatre, go to http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com.
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