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The Aspen Institute’s summer became a little bit clearer yesterday, as the group announced speakers for the Hurst Lecture Series, McCloskey Speaker Series and the Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit series.

The speaker comes to town July 7. Joel Kotkin, a professor at Chapman University, will talk about how urban planning has changed the way we live.

The next week, AOL founder Steve Case will talk about what he believes the next innovations in the tech fields will be.

First Draft - Idra Novey

Jun 6, 2016

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in Chile, Brazil and New York. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected by Patri­cia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Coun­try, a final­ist for the 2008 Fore­word Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum.

  Summer classes begin at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The programs last for eight weeks.

 

It’s a big week for music at the Belly Up...First Ziggy Marley plays on Tuesday. Then on Thursday, Stephen Marley plays the venue. On Saturday, Denver-based band DeVotchKa takes the stage.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play on Sunday. The jazz trombonist takes standards and original songs and puts a rock-edge to normal jazz music.

 

  Tony Vagneur is a past president and current board member of the Aspen Historical Society. He shares the history of the historical society and the organization's role in Aspen's evolution. Executive Director Kelly Murphy also contributes. 

Learn more about the Aspen Historical Society at www.AspenHistory.org and access the archives at www.archiveaspen.org

Ballots were dropped in the mail on Monday for this month’s primary election. In Pitkin County, the local race is between three candidates for county commissioner. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Voters can only choose one candidate. The two with the most votes advance to the November election, according to the Home Rule Charter. Greg Poschman, Scott Writer and Hawk Greenway, all longtime valley residents, are vying for the seat. It is currently held by Michael Owsley, who has to step down because of term limits.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

As the craft brewing scene gets more crowded, entrepreneurs are getting into the distilling business. Last year, Connie Baker and her husband got into the act.

First Draft- Dana Spiotta

Jun 5, 2016

Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others (2016); Stone Arabia (2011), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field (2001). Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.

Elise Thatcher

  The town of Basalt wants to end a lawsuit that was filed over an open records request.

Speedtest.net

  An Aspen-based business group now hopes to rally more private sector interest in improving internet speed in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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