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A book-signing for “Finding Balance,” a new art book focused on artists of the Roaring Fork Valley, will be held Dec. 16, from 4-6 p.m., at Explore Booksellers.The book – the full title is “Finding Balance: Reconciling the Masculine/Feminine in Contemporary Art and Culture” – was published by the University of Texas Press in conjunction with the current exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The exhibit was curated by Missouri Heights artist James Surls.”Finding Balance” features an introduction by Missouri Heights artist Charmaine Locke, and essays by Surls and Leonard Shlain. It also includes plates of works in the exhibit by local artists Robert Brinker, Brad Miller, Jody Guralnick, Linda Girvin, Pamela Joseph, Monica Chau, Barbara Sorensen, Brian Reid and Jim Baker, as well as by Surls and Locke. Several of the artists are expected to attend the book-signing.

The Wheeler Film Society will present seven films in December.The schedule opens with the Chinese drama “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles,” about a father trying to connect with his estranged son. Directed by Yimou Zhang (“House of Flying Daggers,” “Hero”), it shows Sunday and Tuesday, Dec. 3 and 5.”Keeping Mum,” a British comedy starring Rowan Atkinson as a small-town pastor and Maggie Smith as the nanny who restores his family to order, has encore screenings Sunday, Dec. 10, and Dec. 12.”The Russian Dolls,” a pan-European romantic comedy and a follow-up to 2002’s “L’auberge Espagnol,” shows Dec. 13-14. “Fast Food Nation,” director Richard Linklater’s fictional adaptation of Eric Schlosser’s 2001 exposé of the fast-food industry, will be screened Dec. 16-17 and 19.The hit comedy “Little Miss Sunshine,” a road comedy about a dysfunctional family’s trip to a prepubescent beauty pageant, returns Dec. 20-21. “Old Joy,” about two friends reuniting on a camping trip, shows Dec. 22-23.The calendar closes Dec. 24 with a restored version of Frank Capra’s 1937 classic, “Lost Horizon.”All Wheeler Films begin at 7:30 p.m.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village will hold its annual Holiday Open House Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5-7 p.m.The Open House includes studio tours, refreshments and the opening of the Winter Resident Artist Exhibition. The exhibition will continue through Feb. 2.For further information, call 923-3181.