Arts and culture

Courtesy, Carbondale Annual Potato Day

On Saturday, the 106th edition of the Carbondale event offers locals a celebration of the town’s history as not only a potato producer, but also the birthplace of the Red McClure potato.

"The Mineola Twins" is a dramedy. Political satire. Cultural commentary. A pair of twins. Played by the same person. One leading lady plays both Myra and Myrna Mineola. One more straight-laced, the other is a little more wild and crazy.


The Cannabist covers Colorado’s marijuana industry from a legal and cultural perspective for the Denver Post. Mitch Dickman filmed the staff as they did their reporting and put it together into a documentary. The film will be shown as part of the Aspen Film Festival this weekend. The film brings a local element to the festival that is critical to help keep the festival going.

Five Pitkin County groups receive CCI art grants

Sep 22, 2015
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado Creative Industries announced the recipients of its 2015-2016 grants. Six organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley were part of this years awards.

First Draft - Jim Shepard

Sep 21, 2015

  Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, and four story collections, including most recently the forthcoming You Think That’s Bad.   His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize.  Project X won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association.  His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’sMcSweeney’sThe Paris

Soaring in the Snowmass Balloon Festival

Sep 21, 2015
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

The 40th edition of the Snowmass Balloon Festival wrapped up this past weekend. Balloonists from across the country come to the Roaring Fork Valley to float above the the peaks of the Rockies. The accompanying wine festival has allowed the weekend to become one of the most popular ones of the summer.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The 40th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival kicked off this morning.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

While the Aspen Food and Wine Classic might be the biggest food event of the summer, local chef Susie Jimenez is trying to create a smaller event designed to bring the community together.


There are a lot of film festivals that stuff their billing with outdoor-centric films. MountainFilm, and the ubiquitous Banff Mountain Film Festival come to mind.

But 5Point Film is trying to make a name for itself, nationally and locally. It goes on tour throughout the year to places like New York and Salt Lake City.


This weekend, organizers will be holding a special event for the hometown crowd.

Courtesy of The Hollander Family

Gino Hollander passed away last weekend at the age of 91. Gino was a renowned painter who spent 20 years of his long life living in Aspen. His daughter, Siri, now runs a gallery of his work along with some of her own in Santa Fe. Siri's two brothers are photographers and her mother is a writer.


On being in an artistic family...