The Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village announced it has selected Hunter O’Hanian to be its new president. O’Hanian’s hiring becomes effective in January.O’Hanian replaces Jim Baker as head of Anderson Ranch, an internationally recognized arts institution that offers workshops, residencies and seminars in a variety of visual arts disciplines. Baker resigned last winter after an 11-year tenure as Anderson Ranch’s executive director.O’Hanian has served since 1997 as executive director of the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, Mass. Prior to taking that position, O’Hanian had been a partner with the Boston law firm of Morrison, Mahoney & Miller. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a law degree from Suffolk University of Law, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston. O’Hanian has been a regular instructor in Boston University’s Graduate Arts Administration Program, and is a former chair of the board of trustees at the Art Institute of Boston.O’Hanian was the unanimous choice of a search committee comprising current and former Anderson Ranch board members and senior staff members.
“Bobby,” a drama of the last hours of Robert F. Kennedy; “Shut Up and Sing,” winner of the Audience Favorite Documentary award at last month’s Aspen Filmfest; and the latest films by directors Steven Soderbergh and Pedro Almodóvar will be featured in Aspen Filmfest’s 16th annual Academy Screenings. The series, featuring one-night-only presentations of approximately 25 films up for Academy Award consideration, runs Dec. 18-Jan. 1. All screenings are at Harris Hall.”Bobby,” directed by and co-starring Emilio Estevez, features an ensemble cast including William H. Macy, Sharon Stone, Anthony Hopkins and Laurence Fishburn. “Shut Up and Sing” is a documentary of the country music trio the Dixie Chicks, co-directed by Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County, U.S.A.”), and Cecilia Peck. Almodóvar’s “Volver” earned the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for its female ensemble cast, headed by Penélope Cruz. Soderbergh’s “The Good German” is a post-World War II murder mystery starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett. Also scheduled to be screened is “The Painted Veil,” adapted from the W. Somerset Maugham novel. Last year’s series featured 21 films, including “Crash,” which won Oscars for best picture and best original screenplay; “Memoirs of a Geisha,” which earned Oscars for art direction, cinematography and costume design; and “Tsotsi,” winner of the best foreign language picture Oscar. Other Academy Award nominees in last year’s series included “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” “The New World,” “Murderball,” “Transamerica,” “Joyeux Noël” and “Paradise Now.”The full program for the 2006 Academy Screenings will be announced after Thanksgiving, and tickets will go on sale Dec. 13. For further information on Aspen Filmfest, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
British ska band the English Beat will perform in the first Hi-Fi Concert this ski season, Nov. 25 at the base of Aspen Mountain. The Aspen Skiing Co.’s annual Hi-Fi series will present a total of five free concerts through the season.The English Beat were a smash with their 1980 debut album, “I Just Can’t Stop It,” which featured the hits “Mirror in the Bathroom” and a cover of “Tears of a Clown.” The group disbanded in 1983, when leader Dave Wakeling formed General Public, but was reformed by Wakeling in 2003.Additional events in the series are scheduled for Dec. 28 and Jan. 25 in Aspen, and Feb. 18 in Snowmass Village. A fifth date, and artists for the later concerts, have yet to be announced.For further information, go to http://www.aspensnowmass.com.
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