Arts and culture

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The John Denver Celebration has been a tradition in Aspen since the musician died 18 years ago. People from all over the world have come here this weekend to pay their respects and relive the music that they love so much. The event is more than just a concert for the people attending.

Nas, deadmau5 headline X Games music performances

Oct 8, 2015
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When he was only 20 years old, Nas put out what is arguably one of the greatest rap albums of all time. “Illmatic”.

Now he will be coming to perform at the X Games in January at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. deadmau5 and KYGO join the lineup, as well as Run The Jewels, Twenty One Pilots and DJ Snake.

The musicians will also play smaller shows at the Belly Up.


This year’s lineup continues on the rap and electronic track. Last year, rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa made appearances alongside Skrillex and Chromeo.

Faux Reel Films

Hamilton Pevec is the director of “Hanuman Airlines” and “Before the Last Drop”. He was a Carbondale resident until he moved to Nepal full-time a few years ago. Now, he’s back trying to raise money to help rebuild the country’s infrastructure after it was struck by an earthquake earlier this year. The struggle to help others as you change yourself can be a difficult road.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company released its winter schedule yesterday. A third consecutive record-breaking fundraising event won’t change the way the company operates artistically.

The “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser in July was the most profitable fundraiser that the group has had yet. That is the third year in a row that it has broken its own record, but the group does not release the numbers publicly.

Public documents show that the organization raised $700,000 through fundraising in 2013.


First Draft - George Hodgman

Oct 5, 2015

George Hodgman is the author of the memoir, Bettyville.  He has also worked as an editor at Simon and Schuster, Henry Holt, Houghton Mifflin and Vanity Fair.  He graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in English and Magazine Journalism.  He lives in Missouri and New York.

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Jill Sheeley is a children’s author and has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for many years. She is the author of the series, “Adventures of Fraser the Yellow Dog”. Now, one of her books has found itself on the best-seller list at Explore Booksellers in Aspen. More than a decade after its release.


Launchpad opens "Crosscurrents" show

Oct 2, 2015

Carbondale’s Launchpad gallery will be opening its latest show tonight. “Crosscurrents” explores how daily parts of life, like water and the sky can help to interpret life in a greater sense.


The piece “Crossing Longitudes” is a visceral composition. A string of barbed wire makes a fence, with bronze tumbleweeds are stuck in the edges - stopped in their tracks. This installation by Meris Baretto is just one of the pieces being shown at the Launchpad.


Winners crowned in AspenFilmFest

Oct 1, 2015

The winners have been crowned for the 2015 AspenFilm Festival.


“Room” won the audience award for best feature film, while “Romeo is Bleeding” won the award for best documentary film.

“Room” stars Brie Larson and explores the bond between mother and daughter in a tale of captivity and one’s willingness to help children experience the world.


“Romeo is Bleeding” follows Donte Clark as he tries to combat gang violence with the poetry of William Shakespeare.

AspenFilm Festival a success in Thew’s first year

Sep 30, 2015

When John Thew took over as the executive director of AspenFilm last year, he still was waiting for full control as veterans George Eldred and Laura Thielen transitioned out and helped him through FilmFest.


Now, after putting the festival together himself for the first time, Thew says the opening night of the festival was a great experience for him.


“We thought maybe 50 people would show up for the reception because it was at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and we had over 200 people show up.”

Level 1 Productions

Ahead of ski season, The Meeting is returning to to Aspen for its 11th year. The event starts tomorrow and features the latest ski and snowboard films as well as big-picture discussions around the winter sports industry.