Arts and culture

Credit, Sue Kwon.

Though Aspen Words’ Winter Words series only ended last month, the lineup for Summer Words is already out.

First Draft- Dana Spiotta

May 23, 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.

Curated - May 23rd

May 23, 2016

This week on Curated, we speak with artist Sam Durant, author Dana Spiotta and we explore the Valley's cycling culture.

  It’s the age of digital media, and artists have to learn about how to use it too! The Red Brick Center for the Arts is hosting a workshop for artists to learn how to market themselves using Facebook.


It’s foreign film night at the Basalt Regional Library on Wednesday. They’re showing "The Intouchables".


The ArtBase in Basalt is opening the first exhibit from the Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program. The program is for high school juniors who are considering a career in the arts.


Courtesy, the artist.

Over the past few weeks, the Aspen Art Museum has been hosting what it calls “crit sessions.” Local artists come to the museum with a piece of their art and have it critiqued by their peers in a constructive and safe environment. Last week, Sam Durant spoke to artists about the proper way to have one of these sessions.

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  The City of Aspen is awaiting applications for grant money that can go to art and community nonprofits.


For the last few years, around $750,000 have been given to groups like Aspen Film, Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Art Museum alongside other community organizations. Usually, a little more than half of that money goes to those community groups, while the other money goes towards the arts.


Courtesy, the artist

The Nomad Gallery opens next month in its first location. For each show the gallery has, a new location is chosen, as well as new artists. That’s where the name comes from.


The first show will open next month at 809 Grand Ave., in Glenwood Springs, the former location of Gallery 809.


Nomad is currently holding an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the June show.

It features work by Jay Phillips and Matthew Eames.

Curated - May 16th

May 16, 2016
Courtesy, Renee Ramge

Over a dozen acts will be performing at July’s Mountain Fair in Carbondale.

First Draft - Dominic Smith

May 16, 2016

Dominic grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Austin, Texas. He is the author, most recently, of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, a New York Times Bestseller and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice selection.

Friday is Bike to Work Day and to celebrate, it’s Bonedale Bike Week in Carbondale.


It’s Glenwood High School’s Fine Arts Week. The 27th year of the event features visual art every day of the week, and performances by choirs, bands and theatre groups.


Sunil Yapa talks about his book, “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist” at Hooch Bar in Aspen on Tuesday. It’s Yapa’s first novel and it’s been received very well by critics. He’s currently working as a writer in residence for Aspen Words.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

When Sunil Yapa was writing the first draft of his first novel, “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist,” he was living in Chile. Unfortunately, he hadn’t backed up his manuscript anywhere and his laptop was stolen. He lost 600 pages of writing and had reached a critical juncture in his young career.

 There are many video series on sites like YouTube and Vimeo: The “Takeaway Shows” series, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Each has its own style, but they all feature musicians playing intimate sets with acoustic instruments in a stripped down or unusual setting. Aspen has its own low-key music venue: the Silver Queen gondola on Aspen Mountain.

Carbondale hosted the 2016 Colorado Creative Industries Summit last week. The annual event brought more than 300 people from creative fields to the town. Last year’s event was held in Fort Collins.

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The Aspen Art Museum’s application to hold its ArtCrush fundraiser in Rio Grande Park was denied for a second time last week. The permit would have allowed the museum to close the park between July 29 and Aug. 7. Last year, the event used the park from July 24 to Aug. 2.


The museum’s first application was denied by a city committee. The museum then appealed and was denied in a letter written by City Manager Steve Barwick.


Curated - May 9th

May 9, 2016

Curated this week features photographs from Ground Zero, a look at how the Colorado Creative Industries Summit affects the host city, and author Antonya Nelson.

Sunil Yapa will be the first resident. He will arrive in May. Yapa’s debut novel “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of A Fist” has received high acclaim. The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Buzzfeed all listed it as one of their most anticipated books of the year.


See the Transit of Mercury on Monday at 9 a.m. The Three Rivers Astronomy Club will be on the lawn of the Village Smithy Restaurant in Carbondale. Mercury will pass between Earth and the Sun. The planet will appear as a black dot on the sun’s surface.


The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is holding their Pages, Pints and Pizzas event at the Rocky Mountain Pizza Company in Glenwood on Tuesday. Talk about the books you’ve been reading with other adults in the community. The event happens on the second Tuesday of every month.


Andrea Booher is a photojournalist who calls Aspen her home. Fifteen years ago she saw first hand the effects of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. The pictures she took there will be on display at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Booher spoke with Aspen Public Radio arts reporter about her experiences at Ground Zero…

Andrea Booher’s first observation when she got to Ground Zero was how dark it was.


“They didn’t have any lighting set up and it was like we were looking into this abyss,” said Booher.