Arts and culture

Delta Rae plays at the Belly Up in Aspen on Tuesday.

Aspen Film is screening the film “Little Men” at the Isis Theatre on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Beer Brats and Bluegrass event is at the Aspen Art Museum. Buffalo Joe will be performing.

The show “Journeys Abroad” opens at the Red Brick Center for the Arts on Thursday.

The Meeting begins in Aspen on Thursday and runs through Saturday.

A showcase featuring entrepreneurs in the marijuana industry is on Thursday at Justice Snow’s.

Curated - Oct. 3

Sep 30, 2016

Today on Curated we talk with two arts leaders about upcoming ballot issues, we profile poet Wade Newsom and talk with author Lev Grossman.


The annual John Denver Celebration begins on Tuesday.

On Wednesday is an Indian cooking class to support Aspen Words.

On Thursday in Rifle is the 37th annual Chili cook-off and jalapeno eating contest.

Laurie Doctor and Sarah McKenzie open shows at The Art Base in Basalt on Friday.

On Saturday in Glenwood Springs is the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest.  

Trout Steak Revival plays at the Belly Up on Saturday. Westword Magazine calls them “Colorado’s Next Great Bluegrass Band.

Courtesy Photo

Wade Newsom grew up in Oklahoma. He was a fan of the Def Poetry Jam specials on HBO. He loved hip-hop. The Beastie Boys. Run DMC. He started to write like the musicians he listened to. But through high school, he kind of lost that passion. In college, he played basketball. It was there that he sort of rediscovered writing. He needed a way to express the stress he was feeling. After graduating, he moved to Colorado.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Since Monday, 10 local photographers including Seth Beckton and David Clifford have been exploring Aspen, trying to take the best picture.

Courtesy Photo

AspenFilm’s Filmfest series finished Sunday. Here are the winners of the audience awards:

Best Feature Film (TIE)

“My Blind Brother” and “11:55”


Best Documentary Film

“Mr. Gaga”


A documentary is being screened at the Wheeler Opera House at 7:30 p.m. today to support multiple nonprofits — Windwalkers, the Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council and the Snowman Rescue Fund. The movie being shown is called “Harry and Snowman”.

The highlight of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s season comes in March, with a one-night-only performance of “Shadowland” by Pilobolus. The piece features projected videos and shadowplay.

Courtesy Photo

Matt Miazgowicz is one of the actors in the play, “Rock the Presidents”. It’s a show designed to teach children up to middle school age about American presidents. All of them are named at least once. Miazgowicz spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about the show before it’s performed at the Wheeler Opera House Tuesday.

  Author Jenny Price is speaking at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar as part of Aspen Words Writers in residence on Tuesday.


The Oh Hellos play at the Belly Up on Wednesday.


Frank Martin plays in Glenwood Springs at the Cardiff Schoolhouse.


The film “Harry and Snowman” is being screened at the Wheeler Opera House.


The movie “Before Night Falls” is being screened at the Aspen Art Museum on Friday.


Curated - Sept 19.

Sep 23, 2016

Today on Curated, we speak with Joe Seo from the film "Spa Night". We go to Ruggerfest, and profile the executive director of The Art Base.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Corey Simpson became the executive artistic director of Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company this past summer. Since then he’s had to wear many hats. The group is producing their first play of the season, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.

Carbondale Clay Center

 The Carbondale Clay Center was awarded a grant from Colorado Creative Industries Wednesday.

The $6,500 grant will be used for operational expenses for year round programming.

The center’s executive director Angela Bruno said the nonprofit hopes to expand programming in Carbondale’s Creative District.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

An overcast afternoon didn’t stop visitors from going to the Maroon Bells Tuesday. Many were hiking and taking pictures, but a small assembly of photographers were present waiting for the right light to capture Aspen’s changing leaves.

Courtesy Photo

The 38th year of Filmfest starts today at the Wheeler Opera House. Films will also be screened at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.


New to the festival this year are panels discussing everything from film about social change, to the history of physical celluloid film.


John Thew said programmer Rachel Chanoff did a great job of putting together this year’s festival.


The festival runs through Sunday.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The search for members of a governance council that will lead Carbondale’s Creative District is continuing this week.

First Draft - Debra Spark

Sep 19, 2016
NIcole Wolf

Debra Spark is the author of five books of fiction, including Unknown Caller, The Pretty Girl, and Good for the Jews. Other books include Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing, the anthology Twenty Under Thirty, and the recently reissued novel, Coconuts for the Saint.

Courtesy Photo

Joe Seo is an Asian-American actor whose latest role in “Spa Night”, as David —  a gay man growing up in a conservative, Korean household — has won him multiple awards. It’s his big break in the North American film market after years of working in Asia. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about his experience before the film is screened this week as part of AspenFilm’s Filmfest.

The 38th Annual Aspen Film Filmfest starts on Wednesday. The festival runs through the weekend and screens movies in Carbondale and Aspen.


The classic film “Mr. Mom” is being screened at the Basalt Regional Library on Wednesday.


MarchFourth Marching Band plays at the BellyUp on Thursday.


Valley Comedy All-Stars perform at Loyal Brothers Lounge in Glenwood Springs on Friday.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

  Genna Moe has been a mainstay in the Roaring Fork Valley arts community for almost ten years. She ran children’s programs at the Aspen Art Museum. She worked at the Wheeler Opera House.

Courtesy Photo

The Center’s floors were ruined when the building near Interstate 70 flooded this summer.

Construction is finally complete on the flood-damaged floors. Tomorrow afternoon, the organization will officially reopen its space. The $11,000 repair was included in the first stage of upgrades to the building.

Dance instruction was hindered due to the damage. Dancing is one of the largest parts of the art group’s programming. Those classes were being held in the Masonic Lodge in Glenwood springs.