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A look at what’s upcoming this month at the Vilar Center

Staff Reports

Things are in full swing up at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Center this January with everything from movies to musicals gracing the stage.Here’s a breakdown of what’s coming to the stage: The Vail Symposium continues its Film Festival with three films: “Soft Shell Man,” “Enduring Love,” and “In this world.” The films play at 7 p.m. each Monday, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, and Jan. 24.The films are all from the collection of “The Film Circuit,” a division of the heralded Toronto International Film Festival.In “Soft Shell Man&quot (“Un Crabe Dans La Tete&quot), the lead character is a successful 31-year-old underwater photographer, named Alex, who returns home after a near-death experience. Worldly, handsome and loaded with charm, recently divorced Alex has a fatal flaw: he wants to please everyone, all the time. Film insights provided by Denver Film Critic Walter Chaw. Starring: David La Haye and Isabelle Blais. Director: Andre Turpin.On Jan. 17, “Enduring Love” comes to the screen. The movie is based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McEwan. It’s a psychological suspense thriller about how fate shapes our relationships, how accidents can change our lives and how meaning is unraveled from sheer chaos.On Jan. 24, “In This World,” plays the last film in the series for January. The movie follows Enayat and Jamal, Afghan refugees who live in a camp in Peshawar and try to escape to Great Britain by the help of “people smugglers.” Their dangerous journey leads them along the “silk road” through Pakistan, Iran and Turkey towards London.Tickets: All three films: $15; individual films: $8. Films may contain adult content. Cirkus InfernoThis is family entertainment with an explosive, messy edge.Lucky and Lady play the world’s most dangerous clowns … so what happens when they show up at the Daredevil Opera Company’s “Cirkus Inferno?”Nothing you’d expect. The big show of thrills gets cancelled and a whole new one is put on by this loveable pair of troublemakers. This slapstick adventure is a live action cartoon with outrageous props and lots of silly situations. Amy Gordon (Lady), has most recently been seen on Broadway in Antigravity’s “Crash Test Dummies,” where she worked as a clown with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, NYC variety clubs, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Circus Minimus and as half of the duo Matlock & Gordon in “A Tale of Two Sillies.” She has been seen on television, film and numerous stages around the world. Amy has also directed and choreographed many original and classic works.Johah Logan (Lucky) has worked as a thrill clown and creative support for Antigravity’s “Crash Test Dummies” on Broadway, Cirque du Soleil and various shows worldwide. He is an accomplished designer and stunt performer and has worked extensively as a licensed pyrotechnician. Johah is also the creator of the Daredevil Opera Company.When: Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m.Tickets: $18 for children, $24 for adults Vinca String QuartetFormed in 2002, the members of the Vinca String Quartet received their Master of Music Degrees at the Yale School of Music, where they worked with members of the Tokyo String Quartet, Syoko Aki, Aldo Parisot and Wendy Sharp. The Vinca Quartet has performed in various venues around New Haven, Connecticut, including the Yale Center for British Art, Sprague Memorial Hall and Trinity Church. In the summer of 2003 the Quartet participated in the Banff Center Summer Arts Festival in Canada. In fall 2004, the Quartet began a graduate quartet residency at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where they study with the acclaimed Takacs String Quartet while pursuing their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. The Quartet derives its name from the Vinca Vine, a tenaciously sturdy trailing vine that produces delicate purple flowers.When: Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m.Tickets are $10 for children / $20 for adults Crazy for youThe music for this spectacular musical comes from none other than George Gershwin and the lyrics from Ira Gershwin. It has earned three Tony Awards, two Drama Desk Awards and five Outer Critics Circle Awards.It’s a classic tale of boy meets girl in the Wild West, which combines romance, mistaken identity, ribald humor, and the glorious music of two of America’s most prolific composer/lyricists.”Crazy For You” opened at the Shubert Theatre, February 1992 and ran for four years with much critical acclaim.Adapted from George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930 hit “Girl Crazy,” “Crazy For You” is crammed with all the standards like “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” George and Ira Gershwin were an incomparable team, responsible for some of the most beloved American standards from stage, screen and Tin Pan Alley. Even George’s classical compositions, which include the hauntingly lush “Porgy and Bess,”* resonating with jazz and African-American influences, can be hummed, whistled or sung by us all.The Gershwins and their compositions are part of the collective American consciousness. “Crazy for You” uses seven great Gershwin songs from “Girl Crazy” including “Bidin’ My Time” and “But Not for Me.” Thirteen other Gershwin hits were added from Broadway shows like “Treasure Girl,” “Oh! Kay, Show Girl” and “Ladies First” and from Hollywood films like “Shall We Dance and “Damsel In Distress.”*”Porgy & Bess” plays the Vilar Center for the Arts 2/2/05.When: Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $60 $70. Glenn Yarbrough and the Folk ReunionGlenn Yarbrough and the Folk Reunion, a celebration of the music made famous by some of America’s best-known folk groups, presents a fresh arrangement of great folk songs gathered from all corners of this great country. Yarbrough, one of the best known folk singers of all time, was instrumental in forming The Limeliters in 1959 before returning to a solo career that produced best-selling hits like “Baby the Rain Must Fall,” “The Honey Wind Blows,” “Stanyan Street,” “The Whistlin’ Gypsy” and “I Didn’t See the Time Go By.”Folk music is still a vibrant and captivating art form and has come back to the forefront lately with repeated showings of two great specials on PBS, “This Land is Your Land” and “This Land is My Land” as well as the big-screen success of “The Mighty Wind,” a spoof that focused on several of folk music’s innovators.When: Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $40 The New Shanghai Circus: “Incredible! Acrobats of China”The first Chinese acrobatic show to perform on Broadway, the New Shanghai Circus presents a program for all ages with incredible dexterity, refined skills and magnificent stunts in “Incredible! Acrobats of China.”Acrobatics have more than 2,500 years of history in China. Developing from everyday life and work, the early skills presented in village harvest festivals have now evolved into one of China’s national treasures.When: Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $30 for children / $36 for adults– VT staff report

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