October 26, 2006
Wheeler rolls out November filmsThe Wheeler Film Series will present six films in November at the Wheeler Opera House.The schedule opens Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 1-3, with “The U.S. vs. John Lennon.” David Lead and John Scheinfeld’s documentary focuses on the late Beatle’s antiwar activism, which resulted in his being investigated by the Nixon administration.”The Science of Sleep,” the latest from French-born filmmaker Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), will be screened Nov. 7-8. The film stars Gael García Bernal as a man who can’t distinguish between his dreams and waking life, and tries to share his existence with a French woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg).”Jesus Camp,” which was shown at Aspen Filmfest last month, is set for Nov. 12-13. The documentary, by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, examines a North Dakota summer camp for young evangelical Christians.”Shortbus,” a sexually explicit film by John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), will be shown Nov. 14-16. The film, set in post-9/11 New York City and featuring a soundtrack by Yo La Tengo, explores the lives of a variety of characters – a sex therapist, a dominatrix, a gay couple and more – as they experience sex and love.Director Kirby Dick’s “This Film Is Not Yet Rated,” an exposé documentary of the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating system, shows Nov. 17-18.The month concludes Nov. 27 and 29-30 with director Laurie Collyer’s “Sherrybaby.” The film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a former heroin addict and convict who leaves prison determined to clean up and to raise her young daughter.All Wheeler Films begin at 7:30 p.m. Biennial, Part II, at art museumThe Aspen Art Museum’s Colorado Biennial, Part II opens with a reception Nov. 9. The second half of the 2006 Biennial runs through Nov. 26.Part II of the Biennial features the work of two Roaring Fork Valley photographers: Woody Creeker George Stranahan, who will show intimate, introspective images; and Basaltine Karl Wolfgang, who will show images from the tails of 35mm film, and a series of nighttime images of residential neighborhoods, taken from a car.Also in the show are urban design images by Evan Hecox; landscape installations by Senga Nengudi; black-and-white photographs by Kevin O’Connell; and works from psychology student Jenna Wilson’s “Extraordinary Science” series.Part I of the Colorado Biennial, featuring works by an additional six artists from around the state, shows through Sunday, Oct. 29.Thunder River celebrates Day of Dead with live theaterCarbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company will hold a Day of the Dead Celebration Thursday, Nov. 2. The event, presented in conjunction with Colorado Rocky Mountain School, is free and open to the public.The Day of the Dead festivities begin with participants gathering at 5:30 p.m. at the Thunder River Theatre for a parade through downtown Carbondale. Costumes and flashlights are encouraged. The event continues at 6:45 p.m. with readings by Thunder River company members, a short play by CRMS students, and a performance by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Ballet Folklórico. The celebration concludes with an informal reception.For further information, call Thunder River at 963-8200, or go to http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com.