Wheeler Opera House

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Local photographer and filmmaker Peter McBride will be featured tonight as part of the MountainSummit: Mountainfilm festival.

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ASPEN SNOWMASS, Colo.—Aug. 18, 2016 – For over a decade, The Meeting has marked the approaching winter season for snow sports enthusiasts, filmmakers, athletes, industry insiders, media and fans.

The “Wheeler Wins” program was launched in November by the Wheeler Opera House as a way to make shows more affordable and provide other benefits. There are more than 400 members so far.

 

Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler said the membership numbers are encouraging.

 

That’s especially important to her because last week, the City of Aspen gave the Wheeler Opera House over $100,000 to help bring in bigger acts. The money came from the real estate transfer tax.

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It was announced last week that the Wheeler Opera House received over $100,000 to supplement its programming budget. Executive director Gena Buhler said this new money will mean bigger acts, and steadier ticket prices for locals. Buhler spoke with arts reporter Patrick Fort about what this all means.

  Live from the Wheeler! On Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, Aspen Public Radio will be offering a live broadcast of the Aspen Music Festival and School's production of William Bolcom's opera A Wedding, based on the 1978 Robert Altman movie of the same name. The clashes of New Money and Old Money at a wedding became material for this classic movie starring Desi Arnaz, Jr., Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Vittorio Gassman, Mia Farrow, Lillian Gish and others. William Bolcom's opera libretto comes from Robert Altman himself! Sung in English.

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The famed playwright and author David Sedaris is set to perform at the Wheeler Opera House in November.

 

Sedaris is the author of multiple books including, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”. He’s also known for his appearances on the radio show “This American Life”.

Sedaris sold out the venue when he performed here last.

 Puccini's La Boheme is the tragic story of bohemian artists and lovers in  turn-of-the-century Paris, robed in some of the most beautiful music ever written. At times funny, tragic and heart-opening but always melodious, no opera has caught the affection and devotion of opera lovers as universally as Puccini's La Boheme

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This year’s festival starts on Aug. 24 at the Wheeler Opera House. The event features over 40 films including, “Almost Sunrise”, the story of two Iraq war veterans who walk across the United States.

 

“I think our lineup is as stellar as it has ever been,” said Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler.

The festival ends on Sunday, July 30, with the film “Million Dollar Duck”.

Community theater isn’t known for having high budgets, let alone taking a show on the road. Secret Identity Productions took its performance of “Tarzan: The Broadway Musical” on tour, and it finishes in Aspen Saturday.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Off-season is down time for a lot of places in the upper valley. Many restaurants are open less frequently, or close down all together. It’s also harder to go to see a show, band or play. It isn’t just hard on patrons though. Venues have trouble bringing performers in as well.

There are only a few more items left on the list of renovations to the Wheeler Opera House. The roofing updates need to be completed as well as fixes to the building’s HVAC systems. A snow melting system is also going to be added in front of the building for winter months.

 

Executive director Gena Buhler says the updates were only slightly delayed because of the venue’s late opening last year.

 

Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Aspen

Feb 22, 2016

The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Aspen tonight. It features films about everything from skiing and mountain biking, to scuba diving.

 

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to the Wheeler Opera House tonight. The Ute Mountaineer has been hosting the event every year since 1997.

Gilbert Gottfried speaks on his expanding interests

Feb 15, 2016
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You might recognize Gilbert Gottfried as the former voice of the Aflac duck and Iago, the loud-mouth bird in Aladdin. He has been out of the spotlight in recent years after a series of controversial remarks over September 11, and the tsunami in Japan. He is performing on Friday as part of the Laff Festival at the Wheeler Opera House.

Valley Roundup 2-12-16

Feb 12, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The federal government’s review of 65 oil and gas leases includes recommendations for the ones situated in the Thompson Divide.

http://www.postindependent.com/news/20584103-113/blm-aims-to-cancel-divide-leases-outright

 

Meanwhile, the effects of the Grand Avenue Bridge are starting to really become clear.

Valley Roundup 1-22-16

Jan 22, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

Law enforcement are investigating why a skier pushed a snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands.

Authorities have a lead in chair lift assault case

Police may have suspect in chairlift incident

After 30 years, McDonalds has closed its doors in Aspen.

  It’s opening week for the Colorado Legislature, we check in with party leaders about their predictions for the session.

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After an additional month of delays, the Wheeler Opera House opened it’s doors for its first show last weekend.

 

  An uptick in real estate sales in Aspen also means additional sales taxes are going to the Wheeler Opera House, and there is talk of spending that money in other ways.

The 66th annual Warren Miller film is premiering in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House this weekend. “Chasing Shadows” follows groups of skiers as they travel around the world. The common theme they all share, though, is an effort to keep the history and tradition of skiing alive.

At a walkthrough of the building on Thursday, community members are seeing what all of the buzz is about. The final upgrades and renovations to the historic Wheeler Opera House are complete, and the venue will begin hosting performances right away.

 

The Wheeler was originally supposed to open last month, but a planned upgrade caused some other problems and structural changes had to be made.

Gena Buhler, executive director of the Wheeler, says it’s a relief to finally have the venue open again.

 

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