Arts

Young director a focal point in Mountainfilm

Aug 27, 2015

James Marcus Haney is only 27 yet he has two feature films under his belt, both of which will be shown as part of this weekend’s Mountainfilm festival. But his road to success was not a traditional one. The selection of two music films at the festival wasn't either.

 

Marcus Haney was a senior in college at the University of Southern California. The lineup for Coachella in 2010 was full of big names. She and Him. Atoms for Peace. Jay-Z. Marcus was a broke college student. All of his friends were going, and so was his crush. He had to go.

Hudson Reed Ensemble

You might see Todd Hartley's name on a marquee when he does stand-up comedy, or at the top of a column in the Aspen Times. But now you can see Hartley's name at the top of a program. His play, "The Generations of Tantalus" is a Shakespeare in the Park presentation by the Hudson Reed Ensemble. Hartley spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Patrick Fort.

Festival Las Americas

An event aimed at showing the Carbondale community its diversity will come to Sopris Park this weekend. The 13th year of Festival Las Americas is what has been called a “cultural mixer” by some of its organizers.

Ballet ends season with new dancers, program

Aug 20, 2015
Courtesy Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The last performance for the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company is tomorrow. With new dances and dancers making their debuts this summer, representatives say the season was a successful one.

 

With three new dancers and a company learning new choreography, there were a few things that could have gone wrong, but the opposite happened.

 

As the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet closes its 2015 season, they end a summer with another schedule full of sellout crowds.

Jalen Lee is a recent graduate of The University of Cincinnati where she studied viola performance. She’ll be going back there this fall to get her masters.

 

AMFS ends season with "Prairie Home"

Aug 18, 2015

On the last tour of the Benedict Music Tent and Harris Hall this summer, about two dozen people got to go into the depths of the venue.

Elton John lyricist shows off art at ArtAspen

Aug 17, 2015
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The man behind Elton John’s pipes and odd lyrical flare is still very much active, but now instead of being behind the scenes, he is putting his work on stage. A collection of his work hung in the Aspen Ice Garden this past weekend as one of the first set of works visitors saw when they came to ArtAspen.

For a young person, Felicity James has achieved a lot in the music world. She’s just 19 but she’s about to complete her fourth year at the school. This year, she is a concert master - a prestigious position in the music community. She is a first chair player and gets to take her own bow. Her position also places the responsibility of queuing her fellow players for entrances. She calls Seattle home and currently goes to the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

 

Courtesy Aspen Historical Society

The Aspen Historical Society will be releasing the first images from the estate of local newspaper legend Mary Eshbaugh Hayes on Monday.

When Mary Eshbaugh Hayes passed away in January, a collection of her more than 65,000 photographs were donated to the Aspen Historical Society.

 

Since then, the images have been tagged, processed and a starting Monday, one thousand of them will be available on the Society’s online database.

Snowmass concert series ends sunny Summer season

Aug 13, 2015
Courtesy, Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal grew up listening to Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus. After he moved to California in the ‘60s, he started playing his own version of the blues.

Courtesy Pacific Mambo Orchestra

The Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s Music is a large ensemble. Trumpets, congas, pianos and make up the nearly two dozen players. The complex rhythms of Latin jazz weave in and out of soaring horns, polyrhythms in tow.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Alex McKissick is a singer from Connecticut. He’s twenty-three years old and is currently getting his masters at Juliard in New York, where he got his undergrad.

Bill Browder talks about his book, "Red Notice"

Aug 4, 2015

  Bill Browder’s book, “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice” details his experience getting expelled from Russia after discovering government corruption. The lawyer that he hired to investigate was murdered. Now he is trying to get justice. Browder will be discussing his experience this week at the Chabad Jewish Community Center. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort.

Inside Marc Bennett's new show, opening Tuesday

Aug 3, 2015

Marc is a New Yorker. Cut from the streets of Brooklyn eight years ago, he came to Aspen to pursue his art career.


The Aurelius Quartet plays together at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. They also play at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

 

They are currently working on a piece composed by one of the composition students at the school. Mary Grace Johnson, Alex Krew, Daniel Moore and Nathan Lowry pluck and bow their violins, violas and cellos.

Carbondale’s effort to become a creative district could give it access to a new state-sponsored housing program.

An exploration of the Valley's deep film history

Jul 28, 2015

Colorado has a rich film history. From Woody Allen’s Sleeper to Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, The Hateful Eight, directors have been coming to the Centennial State for over a century to film westerns, ski films and action movies alike. And the Roaring Fork Valley has a deep and storied history of its own.

AMFS branches out, brings in Kishi Bashi

Jul 27, 2015

K. Ishisbashi is an indie rock musician known for his looped and sampled music led by his violin. Ishibashi, who puts his first and last names together to create his performance name, Kishi Bashi, is somewhat of an outlier in his genre.

Mountain Fair set to open 44th annual event

Jul 24, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Kimberly, the executive director of the Carbondale Council for the Arts and Humanities says that she expects somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people to attend Mountain fair. The festival features artists, music, food and poetry.

Artists bringing local flair to events this weekend

Jul 24, 2015

Two festivals this weekend attract proprietors from all over the country, but two valley residents are bringing their local style to the scene.

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