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John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” and recently penned the novel Bullet In The Chamber. He’s speaking tonight at Explore Booksellers about how the book deals with the loss of his son.

It was around when DeDakis became an editor at CNN that he started experimenting with other forms of writing, like biography, before moving to fiction.

“That’s not easy when it’s ground into you that making stuff up is a firing offense," he said.

 

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Paula Poundstone is a stand-up comic and a longtime panelist on NPR’s quiz show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!” She performs in Aspen tonight as part of the Aspen Laugh Festival.

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The week-long Aspen Laugh Festival starts today and it features local and national talent.

On Tuesday, there will be a book talk and signing with novelist Christina Baker Kline starting at 6 pm at Paepcke Auditorium as part of Aspen Words Winter Words series.

 

Wednesday at the Aspen Chapel Gallery, STILL/LIFE, a mixed media show, opens starting at 5 pm.

 

Courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine

The 36th annual Food & Wine Classic has released its talent lineup.

Dan Monnick

This weekend, indie-rock band Cold War Kids will play two shows in Aspen.

Courtesy of Billy Wayne Davis and Erin Dewey Lennox

Comedians Erin Dewey Lennox and Billy Wayne Davis are partners onstage and in real life. Davis has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Lennox has written for ESPN and MTV.

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Gary Daniel is known for his roles in local productions like Daddy Warbucks in “Annie” and the King of Siam in “The King and I.” He suffered a stroke shortly after portraying King Arthur in the Aspen Community Theatre production of “Spamalot” last year.

 

Monday and Tuesday the Take Ten Festival from Theater Masters continues its run at the Aspen Black Box Theatre. Those shows start at 7:30 p.m.

 

Courtesy of Jazz Aspen Snowmass

The 2018 Artist List for the JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience has been released and it features valley favorites.

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Saturday, The Wheeler Opera House will host "PostSecret: The Show." The play navigates the personal stories people often keep to themselves.

Claire Woodcock / Aspen Public Radio

Lynn Goldsmith is a conceptual artist, best known for her work photographing celebrities. For almost twenty years, she’s been a part-time resident in Old Snowmass, and she’s had her personal collection of rock photography on display at The Lynn Goldsmith Gallery in Basalt.

Next year, she’s packing it all in and heading to Nashville.

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The Aspen Music Festival and School has released details on its 70th summer program. There will be more than 400 events to choose from.

Tuesday, there will be a screening of the documentary film “Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste” at The Temporary in Basalt beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aspen Public Radio is hosting a second town hall forum at Belly Up Aspen. The conversation starts at 6 p.m.

 

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Theater Masters and the Aspen Institute are hosting a panel discussion on theater and politics this week. The Aspen Institute and Theater Masters will discuss theater’s role in the current cultural moment.

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The Carbondale Public Arts Commission is seeking fifteen new outdoor street sculptures for the annual “Art Around Town” program.

Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth is a German artist who began as a painter and musician before transitioning into photography. His series on Israel and Palestine is currently on display in full for the first time at the Aspen Art Museum. As he tells arts and culture reporter Claire Woodcock, the collection is the result of six trips he made to the area between 2009 and 2014.

Wednesday, Aspen Snowmass will be celebrating the local athletes heading to PyeongChang to compete in the 2018 winter Olympics. This event will take place at the Gondola Plaza in Aspen at 3:30.

 

First Draft: Elliot Ackerman

Jan 22, 2018

Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. A former White House Fellow, his essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Ecotone, among others. His novels include Green on Blue and Dark at the Crossing.

Subscribe to the First Draft podcast on iTunes: http://apple.co/1HCVfjA

 

Tonight at 5, Colorado Mountain College in Aspen presents a reception for the group exhibition “Open Book: The Book as Object and Image,” featuring work from over 30 artists.

 

Tuesday, there will be an author talk and book signing with 2017 U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith at Paepcke Auditorium at 6. She is the second speaker in this season’s Aspen Words lineup.

 

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