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Banjoist Noam Pikelny to play the Wheeler

Mar 6, 2017

Award-winning banjoist Noam Pikelny plays the Wheeler on Friday. Claire Woodcock spoke with him about his new solo album.

First Draft - Katie Kitamura

Mar 6, 2017

Katie Kitamura is a critic and novelist living in New York City. She is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and is a regular contributor to Frieze.

The annual iPhone Photography Awards (IPP Awards)  is now accepting entries for consideration.

Elephant Revival returns to Aspen

Mar 2, 2017
Lisa Siciliano

On Saturday, the Wheeler Opera House and Belly Up Aspen will co-present Colorado folk band Elephant Revival for their return to the valley.

Courtesy of Carbondale Clay Center

Carbondale Clay Center’s annual event, Pairings, returns to its home base Friday night. The event celebrates the art of finding the right beverage for the right cup.

Pilobolus presents ‘Shadowland’ at ASFB

Feb 28, 2017
Courtesy of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

On Thursday March 2, Pilobolus dance company will bring their U.S. tour of “Shadowland” to the Aspen District Theatre.

Photo courtesy of Wendy Moore

The choreographer behind one of Hollywood’s most successful films is a Colorado girl at heart. Mandy Moore drew from her parents’ passion for performance. And it turns out they’ve been key players in the Roaring Fork Valley’s theater community for decades.

Winter Words welcomes novelist Yaa Gyasi

Feb 24, 2017
Michael Lionstar

Acclaimed novelist Yaa Gyasi will be in Aspen as part of the Winter Words series on Tuesday. Her first novel, Homegoing, came out last year and was NPR’s Debut Novel of the Year.

Mobile mountain food truck hits the slopes

Feb 23, 2017
Aspen Skiing Company

Street food has reached new heights courtesy of the Aspen Skiing Company. The Sled Mobile Kitchen parks on a new slope each day.

Big changes are happening over at Theatre Aspen.

The theater’s executive artistic director Paige Price is leaving in the spring. She’s going to be the new producing artistic director for the Philadelphia Theatre Company.

 

After a decade of leadership, Price was foundational in launching Aspen Theatre Fest, the company’s professional Apprentice Program. She also helped establish the Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park.

 

Valley teens use poetry to tackle tough topics

Feb 21, 2017
Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

On Friday night, dozens of area high school students took part in Aspen Words’ 4th annual Youth Poetry Slam in Carbondale.

After two weeks of work, students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley gave an auditorium full of adults a clue into their secret lives. There were 24 students who spoke with honest authority on topics that most teenagers keep to themselves. Topics like confidence and anxiety; puberty and relationships; drugs and alcohol; depression and suicide.

“The truth is, when I talk to people, I can’t breathe,” one student proclaimed.

First Draft - Sarah Manguso

Feb 20, 2017

Sarah Manguso is the author of seven books including 300 Arguments, a genre-defying work of nonfiction; Ongoingness, a meditation on motherhood and time; The Guardians, an investigation of friendship and suicide; The Two Kinds of Decay, a memoir of her experience with a chronic autoimmune disease, and Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, a collection of very short stories.

Laugh Fest brings big comics to Aspen

Feb 19, 2017

Aspen Laugh Fest kicks off Tuesday night with local and national comedians stepping up to the mic throughout the week.

Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg returning to Aspen

Feb 16, 2017
NPR

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg returns to The Aspen Institute this weekend as part of the Hurst Lecture Series.

On Sunday, the philanthropist and founder of Bloomberg L.P. will join business executive and institute emeritus chairman Robert Steel onstage.

The discussion will include a new initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Aspen Institute. It involves experts and major cities worldwide preparing for the future of autonomous vehicles.

Anderson Ranch student wins World Press Photo Contest

Feb 16, 2017
Amber Bracken

A student of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center has won the 60th annual World Press Photo Contest.

ASFB premieres 'Eudaemonia' this weekend

Feb 14, 2017
Courtesy of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is in its 20th season, and Saturday marks the world premiere of a new ballet from commercial choreographer Cherice Barton.

Matthew Morrison performs in Aspen

Feb 14, 2017

The Wheeler Opera House and Theatre Aspen are co-presenting “An Evening with Matthew Morrison” tonight. Aspen Public Radio’s Claire Woodcock spoke with the onstage and onscreen actor about this evening’s presentation.

Expert promotes ‘Art as Medicine’

Feb 14, 2017

An expert on the relationship between the arts and medicine is in town to discuss how families can introduce art therapy into their own communities.

For those living with a chronic illness, or who have a friend or family member who struggles with one, Elizabeth Auer has an easy prescription to fill: art.

Auer is the assistant director of performing arts for the University of Florida. She will be in Aspen making the case for caregivers to incorporate music, dance or the visual arts into a patient’s every day treatment plan.

 

First Draft - Anuk Arudpragasam

Feb 13, 2017

Anuk Arudpragasam is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and graduated with a BA from Stanford University in 2010. His first novel is called The Story of a Brief Marriage.  He is also working on his PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University about the theorization and idealization of the individual in the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, and John Dewey.

Latest Art Base exhibition explores outer space

Feb 9, 2017

Three artists, all with connections to the Roaring Fork Valley, will launch Basalt’s Art Base into space with a unique group exhibit.

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