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Aspen Times Weekly: Most Anticipated Winter Arts Events

by Andrew Travers

Most Anticipated: Art

The Gonzo Gallery

THROUGH APRIL 15

The Gonzo Gallery lives. When it re-appeared in July on Hyman Ave. – in the new building next door to the Aspen Art Museum – it was on a short-term lease running only through mid-October. But, the gallery recently announced, it has been granted use of the space through ski season. If the summer is any indication, it'll be a lively arena for dialogue and free expression this winter. The series of summer Liberty Salons, held in conjunction with a massive show on Hunter Thompson's sheriff campaign, invigorated the local arts community and a diverse swath of Aspen.

And don't forget: The exhibition by Will Cotton, E.V. Day and Tony Feher at the Baldwin Gallery opening Dec. 27 … Five British Artists opening at Gallerie Maximillian Jan. 14 … The Red Brick's Local Art Auction Jan. 19 … Two playful shows at the Aspen Art Museum: a Ryan Gander retrospective and the group show "A Fragile But Marvelous Life" exhibiting through Feb. 7 … Diana Thater's video installation "gorillagorillagorilla" at the Aspen Art Museum through Feb. 21 … Anna Sew Hoy's "Magnetic Between" in the Aspen Art Museum's rooftop sculpture garden through April 3.

Most Anticipated: Literature

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Adam Johnson at Winter Words

FEB. 13

Last month, Johnson picked up the National Book Award for his short story collection "Fortune Smiles," the follow-up to "The Orphan Master's Sun,

his Pulitzer-winning 2012 novel of North Korea. Johnson's fiction is smart, surreal and filled with off-kilter humor in the Kurt Vonnegut tradition. Four books into his career, Johnson is becoming one of the great storytellers of our time.

And don't forget: The Aspen Poets' Society's newly published posthumous anthology of Catherine Garland's work, out Dec. 3 … The Aspen Historical Society's annual book-signing and bazaar on Dec. 19 … Juan Thompson's memoir "Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson," due out Jan. 5 … U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Herrera at Winter Words Jan. 12 … Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz at Winter Words Feb. 13 … "The House on Mango Street" author Sandra Cisneros at Winter Words April 5.

Most Anticipated: Comedy

Kevin Smith at the Wheeler Opera House

DEC. 19

Silent Bob himself, the filmmaker behind "Clerks," "Mallrats" and "Chasing Amy," the Smodcast host and master of the Q-and-A, Kevin Smith brings his dirty sensibility to town just in time for the holidays. Smith's hilarious on-stage story-telling has been fodder for film releases like "An Evening with Kevin Smith" and "Burn in Hell," and sold out Carnegie Hall.

And don't forget: Drag queen Blanca Del Rio's raunchy Gay Ski Week comedy showcase at Belly Up on Jan. 21 … The Aspen Laff Fest, running Feb. 18 to 20 at the Wheeler, featuring the Second City and headliners Heather McDonald, Gilbert Gottfried, Steve Byrne and Pete Holmes …. Dana Gould at the Wheeler March 11.

Most Anticipated: Dance

Fernando Melo's "Re:play" performed by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

FEB. 13

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is celebrating its 20th anniversary with two new commissions: Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo's "Re:play" and an as-yet unnamed new work by Spain's Cayetano Soto (his third for the local company). Aspen Santa Fe will premiere the new works in repertory with Alejandro Cerrudo's 2014 "Silent Ghost." An encore performance is scheduled for March 26.

And don't forget: "The Nutcracker" at the Aspen District Theatre Dec. 12 and 13, performed by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Most Anticipated: Film

Academy Screenings, presented by Aspen Film

DEC. 22-JAN 2

As the Oscar race heats up, 20 of 2015's top films screen at the Wheeler Opera House for voting Academy members and the public at large. Best bets include the journalism drama "Spotlight" (Dec. 22), Michael Moore's latest documentary "Where to Invade Next" (Dec. 27), Aspen Filmfest winner "Room" (Dec. 28), groundbreaking Amy Winehouse doc "Amy" (Dec. 29), the iPhone-shot "Tangerine" (Jan. 1) and Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion "Anomalisa" Jan. 2.

And don't forget: "Star Wars" fans can take a break from dissecting "The Force Awakens" to catch Charles Ross' tour de force "One Man Star Wars Trilogy" at the Wheeler Jan. 8 … "Sing-a-Long-a Grease" at the Wheeler Jan. 17 … "Very Semi-Serious," the documentary about New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, opening the Wheeler's 11-week Monday Docs series on Jan. 18 …. The Gay Ski Week screening of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" Jan. 19 … Aspen Shortsfest at the Wheeler Opera House April 4-10.

Most Anticipated: Popular Music

The National at Belly Up

DEC. 29 and 30

The National aren't on tour. Matt Berninger and his bandmates are working on a new album and doing some side projects. And they don't have any U.S. concert dates on the books, other than two at year's end in Aspen. They're coming to Belly Up for a two-night run, in what promise to be the shows of the ski season for rock fans.

And don't forget: The Wood Brothers at Belly Up Dec. 10 … Allan Harris opening the JAS Café at the Little Nell season Dec. 18 and 19 … Slambovian Circus of Dreams playing New Year's Eve at the Wheeler … Chromeo at Belly Up Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 … Take 6 at the JAS Café Jan. 2 and 3 … the legendary Todd Rundgren at Belly Up Jan. 17 … the Winter X Games music lineup includes Nas, Run the Jewels, Twenty One Polots and Deadmau5 playing Buttermilk Jan. 28 to 30 … And all the X Games acts are playing Belly Up shows, too – tickets are still available for Nas on Jan. 27 and Run the Jewels on Jan. 29 … Two nights of Grace Potter at Belly Up Feb. 5 and 6 … Yellowjackets at JAS Café Feb. 11 and 12 … Railroad Earth at Belly Up Feb. 14 and 15 … Clint Black at the Wheeler March 19 … Nahko and Medicine for the People slopeside in Snowmass Village at a free Hi-Fi Concert on March 19 … Aders Osbourne at Belly Up April 7.

Most Anticipated: Theater

"Fun Home" writer and star at Winter Words

JAN. 27

Snowmass Village actress Beth Malone got her big Broadway break earlier this year in the the Tony-winning adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir "Fun Home." Bechdel, the Macarthur genius grant winner who also inspired "The Bechdel Test," will join Malone for a talk about her work and the musical adaptation at Paepcke Auditorium.

And don't forget: The Theatre Aspen's Winter Teen Conservatory production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" at the District Theatre Dec. 17 to 19 … Theatre Masters' "Take Ten," presenting new work by emerging playwrights Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 … Broadway star Susan Egan, of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" fame, performing at the Wheeler Feb. 27 … "Freud's Last Session" at Thunder River Theater Feb. 26 through March 12 … Heather Henson's "Sing Along with the Muppet Movie" at the Wheeler March 15.

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