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The Glenwood Springs City Council postponed a decision last night to terminate its contract with an arts nonprofit suspected of misappropriating funds.

Myriam Santos

Melissa Etheridge will be in Aspen electrifying the Belly Up Wednesday. The evolution of the singer-songwriter’s sound over the years has brought her back to her roots.

This week on Audio Canvas, Sarah Thornton discusses a panel she will lead called Sisters on Top: Art-world professionals talk about Islam, Immigration and Ingenuity. The panel features Diana Al-Hadid, Hume Bhabha, and Leila Heller.   

This week on Curated, the school’s female composition students share their insights into the current landscape for women composers. The music festival’s piano technicians find the right key. Also, the president and CEO of AMFS has written a new concerto that’s getting its world premiere in Aspen this weekend.

  

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

Monday, The Aspen Institute and Aspen Film presents the documentary “Step,” at 7:00 p.m. in the Paepcke Auditorium, as part of the New Views Documentaries and Dialogue series.

 

First Draft - Claire Dederer

Jul 24, 2017

Claire Dederer is the author of two critically acclaimed memoirs: Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning and Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which was a New York Times bestseller.

Dederer is a long-time contributor to The New York Times. Her essays, criticism, and reviews have also appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Nation, Vogue, Chicago Tribune, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly, New York magazine, Yoga Journal, Newsday, Slate, Salon, and many other publications.

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Aspen’s artsiest weekend of the summer on the streets of downtown Aspen will feature everything from life-size sculptures and photography, to glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more.

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This summer, the Aspen Music Festival and School has 169 pianos being moved from venue to venue, all of which need tuning.

Gediyon Kifle, courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum

The Aspen Art Museum accepted the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service this week. The institution is one of 10 in the nation to receive this award.

This week on Curated, explore the Aspen Art Museum’s latest exhibition through the opening reception. Hear the story of a Cuban who recently created on American soil for the first time. And two art accumulators explain where the impulse to collect comes from, and what it means to let go.

Meet the Greenbergs, Anderson Ranch's Service to the Arts Honorees. 

First Draft - Maile Meloy

Jul 17, 2017

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and Amazon.com. She has also written a trilogy for young readers, beginning with The Apothecary, which was a New York Times bestseller.

 

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

Monday, the 14th annual opera gala will feature an exclusive dinner at the Caribou Club and a full performance the Aspen Music Festival and School’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. This event starts at 5 p.m. with the performance beginning at 8 p.m. at The Wheeler Opera House. La traviata will also run the 18th at 7 p.m. at The Wheeler Opera House.

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After a million dollar fundraising campaign, the Aspen Historical Society is celebrating its grand opening of a new archive building. With it, Aspen’s rich history has an extra layer of protection.

Courtesy of The Juilliard School

Edward Berkeley is director of the Aspen Opera Center. He’s been with the Aspen Music Festival and School for well over three decades. He spoke with arts reporter Claire Woodcock about the Aspen Music Festival and School’s operatic production, Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata at The Wheeler Opera House.

This week on Curated, we go behind-the-scenes of The Wheeler Opera House for the Aspen Music Festival and School’s first summer operatic production, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. From the designers to the technicians, to the director and young performers, staging an opera is a collaborative effort.

Courtesy of English In Action

International performing and visual artist Fernando Allende has returned to the valley. He’ll be performing Wednesday at the Belly Up on behalf of the local nonprofit English In Action.

This week Helen explains the history and importance of Black Mountain College.  

First Draft - Leila Aboulela

Jul 10, 2017

Leila Aboulela is a Sudanese-born writer whose work, written in English, has received critical acclaim and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. Highlighting the challenges facing Muslims in Europe and “telling the stories of flawed complex characters who struggle to make choices using Muslim logic”, Aboulela’s work explores significant political issues.  Her novels include Minaret, Lyrics Alley, The Translator, and The Kindness of Enemies.

Aspen Institute

Damian Woetzel’s tenure as director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program is slowly coming to a close. He was named president of the Juilliard School in May. Arts reporter Claire Woodcock caught up with Woetzel during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival to talk about his overarching mission with both institutions.

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