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Claire Woodcock

Arts and Culture Reporter

Claire Woodcock is an award-winning multimedia journalist from Upstate New York. She got her start at North Country Public Radio, where she spent nearly two years producing news and feature stories for the station's broadcast and digital platforms.

In 2015, she graduated from The State University of New York at Fredonia, earning her bachelor's degree in English with concentrations in Journalism, Audio/Radio Production and Gender Studies. That year she also worked as a congressional correspondent on Capitol Hill with Talk Radio News Service in Washington D.C., traveled through eight European countries with a Zoom H2N before relocating to Colorado in the fall of that year. 

Claire spent a year freelancing for podcasts and stations across the country and produced stories for KGNU Community Radio, Boulder Weekly and BolderBeat in Boulder, Colorado. She joined Aspen Public Radio and moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in early 2017 as the Edlis Neeson Arts and Culture Reporter and has since been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and featured on NPR's "All Things Considered."

Her stories can be heard on "Morning Edition" from Aspen Public Radio and the station's arts and culture show "Curated."

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International performing and visual artist Fernando Allende has returned to the valley. He’ll be performing Wednesday at the Belly Up on behalf of the local nonprofit English In Action.

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Damian Woetzel’s tenure as director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program is slowly coming to a close. He was named president of the Juilliard School in May. Arts reporter Claire Woodcock caught up with Woetzel during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival to talk about his overarching mission with both institutions.

 

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

Monday, Theatre Aspen’s production of the musical “Hairspray” will continue its run in the Hurst Theatre at 7:30 p.m. this week, with additional performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit theatreaspen.org.

 

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) will premiere a new work this weekend from a returning choreographer.

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Starting Thursday, the play “Sex with Strangers” will begin its run in repertory with Theatre Aspen’s mainstage production of the musical “Hairspray.”

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The fireworks display in Glenwood Springs is still on this evening in Two Rivers Park.

 

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

Monday, the Wheeler Opera House’s Sunset Sessions continues with Writ Large, a spoken-word story event told in front of a live audience. That starts at 8 p.m.

 

On this week’s Curated, the visionary behind the new dystopian play “Building The Wall,” Robert Schenkkan discusses his motive and intention behind its rapid worldwide roll out. Then, journalist and podcast co-host of “In The Thick” Julio Ricardo Varela joins in analyzing the play’s impact on today’s society.

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This summer’s theater season has seen an influx in politically themed performances. Conversations with the valley’s main players this month have affirmed the trend, and the plays and musicals being produced are inciting conversations community-wide.

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A marimba playing robot will perform Friday as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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The Aspen Art Museum has unveiled a colossal exhibition that plays with the public’s perceptions of space and objects.

Elle Logan

The Aspen Music Festival and School’s summer season has officially begun.

During this factious time in history, the founder of StoryCorps shares what he's learned from the 400,000 participants in the StoryCorps archive, the largest collection of human voices ever gathered. 

This week on Curated, jazz musician and band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert talks social music, his Aspen performance this past weekend and election night 2016. A back up singer gets her own backing band that she considers her community and two directors of arts organizations in Aspen reflect on Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Lecture. 

Brynn Tucker (left) and John Jurcheck in Robert Schenkkan's "Building the Wall." Courtesy of Curious Theatre Company

The new politically charged play “Building the Wall” is getting its Aspen debut Tuesday at the Ideas Festival.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

The 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival kicked off last week. The lectures, panel presentations and discussions will continue throughout the week. For the complete events schedule, visit aspenideas.org

 

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Jon Batiste is a renowned jazz musician and has been the band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert since 2015. He was in Aspen over the weekend for multiple performances and interviews. Arts and culture reporter Claire Woodcock caught up with him backstage after his Friday night show with his band Stay Human under the Benedict Music Tent.

Tonight, Theatre Aspen’s mainstage production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” begins its run with a series of previews before the season’s official opening on Tuesday.

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Nominees for the 2017 Henry Award from the Colorado Theater Guild were announced Tuesday. The local results are as follows:

This week, Curated explores the influences literature can have on music and that music can have on literature, with an interview with editor and vice president of Viking Penguin, stories from Americana roots rocker Shakey Graves and information on new programming from Jazz Aspen Snowmass.

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