Academy Screenings are set
Aspen Film has announced the lineup for its annual Academy Screenings event, where it screens for local audiences both new releases and top films from the previous year contending for Oscar consideration.
Academy Screenings, now in its 21st year, will take place at the Wheeler Opera House Dec. 25 through Jan. 1. The complete schedule with film descriptions and trailers is available now at www.aspenfilm.org . Tickets go on sale Dec. 14.
Highlights from this year’s lineup include new releases such as Kathryn Bigelow’s geopolitical thriller “Zero Dark Thirty,” Gus Van Sant’s gas drilling drama “Promised Land” starring Matt Damon and Frances McDormand, and Walter Salles’ adaptation of the Jack Kerorac classic, “On the Road.”
Movies to be screened that were released earlier in the year — which will be in the running for statues on Oscar night — include “Argo,” “Lincoln,” “The Intouchables,” and “The Master.”
Calvin Harris will play at X Games’ Buttermilk venue
Electronic acts Calvin Harris and Major Lazer will perform free afternoon concerts on X Games weekend at the action sports venue at Buttermilk.
ESPN, the cable network that produces X Games, announced the concerts on its website Tuesday.
Calvin Harris is well known for his hit “Feel So Close” and Major Lazer — a project by DJs/producers Diplo and Jillionaire — is the artist behind the track “Get Free.”
Both Harris and Major Lazer will appear on the X Fest stage at the base of Buttermilk, in the heart of the X Games action. Harris will perform at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, and Major Lazer will go on at the same time on Sunday, Jan. 27.
Aspen Skiing Co. is also planning a free concert at the gondola plaza in Aspen for Jan. 26, but the artist has yet to be announced.
Holiday art show at Aspen Chapel
The Aspen Chapel will open a new show and host a reception tonight featuring the work of 27 local artists. Stop by to find a unique holiday gift.
Sandy Johnson is curating the “Small Wonders” holiday art show. The reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Aspen Chapel Gallery is located inside the Aspen Chapel and features year-round changing exhibitions of Roaring Fork Valley artists. In the 22 years of its existence, it has shown artwork of more than 600 valley artists and more than 800 art students of Aspen High School. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
To get to the Aspen Chapel use the Castle Creek Road exit from the roundabout to Meadowood Drive. For more information please call Carol Loewenstern at 925-1919 or the Aspen Chapel at 925-7184.