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First Draft - Randa Jarrar

Dec 6, 2016

Randa Jarrar’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, Five Chapters , and others. Her first novel, A Map of Home was published in half a dozen languages & won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes and Noble Review. Her new book is called Him, Me, Muhammad Ali . In 2010 she was named one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin...

First Draft - Emily Witt

Nov 28, 2016
Noah Kalina

Emily Witt is a writer in New York City. She has written for n+1, The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ , the London Review of Books , and many other places. She has degrees from Brown, Columbia, and Cambridge, and was a Fulbright scholar in Mozambique. Her first book, Future Sex , was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

The public has spoken - they want high-profile acts at the Wheeler Opera House and they are willing to pay for it.

Theatre Aspen announced Monday that the organization’s big summer production will be the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray.

First Draft - Teddy Wayne

Nov 21, 2016
Kate Greathead

Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels Loner , The Love Song of Jonny Valentine , and Kapitoil . He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A columnist for the New York Times , he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker , Vanity Fair , and McSweeney’s and has taught at Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in...

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The nonprofit organization Carbondale Arts is trekking ahead with their mobile maker space, a yellow school bus that will travel to schools from Aspen to Parachute to provide art education.

First Draft - Robert Bausch

Nov 14, 2016

Robert Bausch was born in Georgia, at the end of World War II, and was raised in the Washington, D.C., area. He has worked as a salesman--of automobiles, appliances, and hardware--a taxi driver, waiter, production planner, and library assistant. He was educated at George Mason University, earning a BA, an MA and an MFA, and he says he has been a writer all his life. He has written eight novels, the most recent is called The Legend of Jesse Smoke. www.robertbausch.org

First Draft - Patrick Ryan

Nov 11, 2016
Denver Butson

Patrick Ryan is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts and Send Me , as well as three novels for young adults: S aints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust , and Gemini Bites . His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, One Story, Catapult, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, The Yale Review and elsewhere. His nonfiction has been published by Granta and has appeared in T ales of Two Cities and other anthologies.

This weekend, the curtains will rise on the Aspen Community Theatre (ACT) stage for the 40th year. The production is a retrospective of the many songs performed by valley amateurs, and their stories of how the organization allowed them to become - at least for a weekend - a star.

Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler said the Aspen community has enjoyed the Laff Festival over the last 6 years, but they’ve been itching for more. So she appealed to Aspen City Council to increase the budget for the winter event.

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Aspen Noise meets at the Aspen Chapel each week. They sing lots of songs you know, and probably some others you don’t. And for two years, each meeting of Aspen Noise starts with a quick bit of meditation.

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Seasonal beers have been all the rage in the craft beer world. One fall variation is the pumpkin beer. But that flavor seems to be on the decline. Dan Scesnewicz is the general manager of HOPS Culture in Aspen. Right now, some of the biggest sellers are fall seasonal beers. That’s stuff like Oktoberfests and Marzens . The pumpkin beer is one of the most divisive beers around. There are people who love their beer tasting like pumpkin pie. Or maybe they love when it tastes like real pumpkin. Or...

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Aspen Words’ Winter Words series starts in January, and the lineup was released yesterday. Azar Nafisi begins the annual festival on Jan. 17. She’s the author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran”. The lineup also includes novelist Kevin Fedarko , Aspen native Pete McBride and Aspen Summer Words alum Anna Noyes . It’s the 20th year of Winter Words. Executive director Adrienne Brodeur said the lineup focused on bringing in diverse perspectives.

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Nick Lenio is one of 25 semifinalists for the National Grammy in the Schools Music Educator Award. To reach this point he had to make several videos showing the work he does at the school.

Nick Lenio, the band director at Basalt middle and high schools, is one of 290 teachers nationwide being considered for the Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. He is one of two teachers in Colorado in that group.

First Draft - Nicole Dennis-Benn

Oct 24, 2016

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel, Here Comes the Sun , a New York Times Editors' Choice, which has received a starred Kirkus Review and is deemed one of the best books to read this summer and beyond by New York Times , NPR, BBC, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, Bookish, Miami Herald, Elle, O Magazine, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Flavorwire, After Ellen, BookPage, Cosmopolitan, Brooklyn Magazine , among others. Dennis-Benn has also been shortlisted for the 2016...

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue

The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue typically performs sketch comedy and small songs. This fall, they are trying something a little darker. On Friday, they opened up their production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort spoke with director John Goss about how his theatre company is changing what they do.

A polish food tasting event at Dancing Bear General Store in Glenwood Springs is on Monday.
Aspen Noise meets at the Aspen Chapel on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, The Basalt Regional Library is screening the documentary, “Sreenagers”.
Make halloween-themed crafts at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village on Wednesday.
The seventh annual Rock n roast halloween Bash is on Friday at The Orchard in Carbondale.
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is being...

The Arts Campus at Willits in Basalt had a summer full of ups and downs. The group hired its first managing director, Ryan Honey, but also faced lots of drama surrounding its budget and future funding.

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An increased budget for programming allowed the venue to bring in bigger names, and right now, it looks like that may have been achieved. The Beach Boys and comedian Kevin Smith both perform in December.

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