The Theatre Aspen 2007 Teen Company will present the world premiere of “Something Stew” Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Wheeler Opera House. The performances, which include original satire, sketch comedy, music and dance, has two free presentations, at 4:30 and 8 p.m.”Something Stew” is directed by Marisa Post, director of education for the local professional company, Theatre Aspen. The cast of young performers features Annie Schwener, Andy MacCracken, Dominic Franklin, Paul Jung, Whitney Iris Mufson, Jennie Mclellan, Bryan Harper, Taylor Christ, Tim Beirne, Cynthia Whitman and Gina Nuzzo.”Something Stew” is sponsored by the Wheeler Opera House, and is presented in the Wheeler’s Community Events series. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.For further information, call 925-9313, ext. 3, or go to http://www.theatreaspen.org.
The Wheeler Film Series has announced four titles on its January calendar.The schedule opens with “For Your Consideration,” showing Sunday, Dec. 31, through Wednesday, Jan. 3. The film is the latest mockumentary by director Christopher Guest (“Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman”), and stars Catherine O’Hara, Harry Shearer and Eugene Levy as film actors reacting to the awards buzz generated by their film, “Home for Purim.””Snow Blind,” Christopher J. Scott’s documentary about the history, evolution and culture of snowboarding, shows Jan. 14. The film features a segment on 93-year-old shredder Banana George, and music by the Prodigy, the Donnas, Orbital and Ronnie Size.Director Ramón Salazar’s “20 Centimeters,” a European film about a narcoleptic transvestite who dreams up elaborate musical numbers, is set for Jan. 17, with an 8 p.m. start.The January calendar ends with “The History Boys,” director Nicholas Hynter’s adaptation of Alan Bennett’s Broadway hit about a class of British teenage scholars.All Wheeler Films are at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village is calling for artists to participate in Wintersculpt 2007. Wintersculpt is an annual event in Wintersköl, the upper valley’s celebration of midwinter.Wintersculpt participants will have 48 hours, spanning Jan. 11-13, to create a snow sculpture from an 8-foot cube, on the Hyman Avenue mall in downtown Aspen. A panel of judges will critique the creations on originality, creativity and technical excellence, with the winning team earning a $1,500 cash prize. Six teams will be selected to compete by a committee of Anderson Ranch volunteers.Entries must be received by Wednesday, Jan. 3.Applications and further information are available at http://www.andersonranch.org; or by contacting Valerie Carlin at 923-3181, ext. 208, or at email@example.com.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Winter Jazz series will present three concerts this winter at the Wheeler Opera House. All three performances are co-presented with the Wheeler Opera House.Singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli will play his tribute show, “Dear Mr. Sinatra,” Jan. 24. Jane Monheit is scheduled to perform Feb. 15; the 20-something vocalist’s latest CD is the Christmas recording, “The Season.” The series concludes March 16 with the duo of guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Brad Mehldau, who collaborated on the recent CD, “Metheny Mehldau.”For tickets or further information, go to http://www.jazzaspen.org, or http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com.
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