The Wheeler Film Series will present seven films in October.The month opens Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 2-4, with “A Prairie Home Companion.” Robert Altman’s fictionalized, backstage account of the final broadcast of the radio program stars Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and real-life “Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor.”The Fallen Idol,” director Carol Reed’s and screenwriter Graham Greene’s 1948 follow-up to the classic “The Third Man,” will be screened Oct. 9-10. “Heading South,” a French film about three women on a sexual adventure in 1980s Haiti, is set for Oct. 16-18. The British comedy “Keeping Mum,” starring Rowan Atkinson as a preoccupied priest overlooking the collapse of his family, shows Oct. 20-22.The Chinese film “Mongolian Ping Pong,” about how a mysterious ball changes the lives of three boys in remote Mongolia, is scheduled for Oct. 23-24. “The Proposition,” a rural Australian drama starring Guy Pearce and written by rock musician Nick Cave, will be screened Oct. 25-26. The schedule ends Oct. 30-31 with “Quinceañera,” a Sundance Festival award-winner about a Latino family in Los Angeles.All Wheeler Films begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Aspen Writers’ Foundation will present Land of Kisses and Volcanoes, an evening of Latin-American poetry, Oct. 12. The event, part of the group’s Poetry Reading Series, is set for the Pitkin County Library, at 6:30 p.m.Land of Kisses and Volcanoes features the writings of 19 Latin American poets, representing Mexico, South America and the Caribbean, including Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda. The reading is curated by Karen Glenn and Carlos Herrera. Herrera will read in Spanish, while fellow local actor Valerie Haugen reads the English translation.The reading will be preceded by Spanish-style guitar by local musician John Harrison.For further information, call Karen Glenn at 925-8266.
The Aspen Dance Connection is inviting choreographers to apply for commissions to create original, new work based on the theme, Elementals. The application date has been extended; applications and support materials must be received by the Aspen Dance Connection office no later than Wednesday, Oct. 4.The new dances will be performed at the organization’s 29th annual juried showcase, Elementals, to be presented Feb. 1-2 at the Wheeler Opera House. Two $1,000 stipends will be awarded to create a 7-12 minute dance, and six $500 stipends will be given for 5-8 minute works.Application forms and additional information are available at http://www.aspendanceconnection.org. For further information on applying, volunteering and donating, contact Fran Page at email@example.com or 927-0641.
The fourth annual Moab Folk Festival is set for Nov. 3-6 in Moab, Utah. Performances are held in indoor and outdoor venues, all in downtown Moab, and include the Moab Ball Field, Grand County High School and Star Hall.Headliners for the festival include Darrell Scott, the John Cowan Band, Lucy Kaplansky, Trout Fishing in America, David Wilcox, and Jim Hurst & Missy Raines. The festival opens Nov. 3 with a free Local’s Showcase, and also includes artist workshops the mornings of Nov. 5-6.For a full schedule or further information, go to http://www.moabfolkfestival.com.