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76 ASPENPEAK-MAGAZINE.COM PHOTOGRAPHY BY REBECCA STUMPF (BUHLER); COURTESY OF WHEELER OPERA HOUSE (PERFORMERS) Headliners: Director Gena Buhler (TOP RIGHT) has the Wheeler Opera House's winter performance calendar booked with topshelf acts, including (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) a cappella all-stars The Doo Wop Project, comedian Adam Devine, The Beach Boys, and Crystal Bowersox. "WE ARE REALLY EXCITED TO UP THE ANTE A BIT ON WHAT THE COMMUNITY WILL SEE MOVING FORWARD." —GENA BUHLER expanding Wheeler's program- ming to include everything from more family-friendly shows to an "On the Rise" band series. Major headliners litter the calendar. Last year, Wheeler Wins, a membership rewards program for loyal concertgoers, rolled out, and this winter promises to see a new website. But one of the opera house's most high-profile programs is the production of its own four-day comedy festival—a move to fill the void created when the HBO Comedy Festival pulled out of Aspen nearly a decade ago. Cue Whitney Cummings, Margaret Cho, Adam Devine, and Kevin Nealon to dole out the giggles from February 22 through February 25. And if it seems like this all means more competition for Belly Up, Aspen's 450-person nightclub and music venue, it's quite the opposite. Belly Up staff has been contracted to run the Wheeler's concession and bar area, and the two have even partnered to lure those better- known bands to town. It all translates into a win for the Wheeler—and its fans. 320 E. Hyman Ave., 970-920-5770; . 76 ASPENPEAK-MAGAZINE.COM SCENE ENTERTAIN

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