Arts and culture

Week in the Arts - February 29

Feb 26, 2016

  The exhibit “Dreaming About Thinking” closes at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs today. The artists uses ceramics and mixed media to create surreal pieces.

All women at Aspen Art Museum’s new exhibits

Feb 25, 2016
Courtesy, Regen Projects

For what might be the first time ever, the Aspen Art Museum will feature work done entirely by women. Liz Larner opens her collection of wall-based ceramic pieces on Saturday.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center announced artist Carrie Mae Weems as the winner of the 2016 National Artist Award. The award is given to artists who are innovators in art education and have set a path for other artists.

Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Aspen

Feb 22, 2016

The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Aspen tonight. It features films about everything from skiing and mountain biking, to scuba diving.


The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to the Wheeler Opera House tonight. The Ute Mountaineer has been hosting the event every year since 1997.

Curated - February 22

Feb 22, 2016

Today on Curated we go into Latino history, building guitars and getting a call from a Nobel Prize-winning poet asking to translate his work.

Check out the links below to find each story featured on today's episode!

First Draft - Rachel Cantor

Feb 22, 2016

  Rachel Cantor's stories have appeared in magazines such as the Paris Review, One Story, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Fence, and Volume 1 Brooklyn. They have been anthologized, nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, short-listed by both the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories, and awarded runner-up Bridport and Graywolf/SLS Prizes.  She lives in New York, city of her heart, in the writerly borough of Brooklyn, but have at various points made her home in most U.S. states between Virginia and Vermont.

Week in the Arts - February 22

Feb 22, 2016

The Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is probably the most well-known outdoor film festival.


Wednesday at The Art Base in Basalt is an art talk with Judy Hill Lovins and Amory Lovins. They will discuss their experiences in photography.


Thursday, The Aspen Art Museum is holding an opening reception for a new exhibit by Liz Larner. The event includes a full tour of the museum.


Exploring Latino history through documentary

Feb 22, 2016

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” is a 2013 documentary film series produced by PBS. The six-part film is being screened at the New Castle branch of the Garfield County Public Library. Colleen Goodrich is a history instructor at Colorado Mountain College and has been leading discussions with viewers after each screening.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis could not have been further apart on the ideological spectrum. But in the play “Freud’s Last Session”, performed in Carbondale next week, the two minds come together to discuss some of life’s biggest questions.

Broadway, Disney great coming to Aspen

Feb 18, 2016
Courtesy photo

If you have seen a Disney movie or a Broadway show in the last two decades, you’ve probably heard Susan Egan.

Custom guitars by a man who did it his own way

Feb 17, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

It’s cleaning week in Miles Phillips’ workshop. The scent of wood wafts through the air, and sawdust floats through the room. Phillips says that his shop is a bit dirtier than usual. It's important to keep his space clean because any speck of dust could scratch a very expensive instrument.

Aspen Laff Festival opens with wide-reaching lineup

Feb 17, 2016

The 2016 edition of the Aspen Laff Festival comes to the Wheeler Opera House this week.

A space for kids to learn science and explore

Feb 15, 2016

Arts are now making an appearance in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as “STEM” fields. STEAM adds an “a” for arts.

Curated - February 15th

Feb 15, 2016

Gilbert Gottfried speaks on his expanding interests

Feb 15, 2016
Courtesy, Gilbert Gottfried

You might recognize Gilbert Gottfried as the former voice of the Aflac duck and Iago, the loud-mouth bird in Aladdin. He has been out of the spotlight in recent years after a series of controversial remarks over September 11, and the tsunami in Japan. He is performing on Friday as part of the Laff Festival at the Wheeler Opera House.

Week in the Arts - February 15

Feb 15, 2016

 It is your last week to see Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ Valley Visual Arts Show. The 36th year of the event is on display at the R2 Gallery and at Bonfire Coffee.

First Draft - Sarah Gerard

Feb 15, 2016

  Sarah Gerard is the author of the novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio), the forthcoming essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial), and two chapbooks, most recently BFF (Guillotine). Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesNew York Magazine‘s “The Cut”, The Paris Review DailyThe Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, JoylandViceBOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies for Joyland and The Saturday Evening Post.

World Cup-themed art on display at the airport.

Feb 15, 2016

Right when you step off the tarmac at Aspen Airport, and into the terminal. You’ll see a few things including ads and TSA warnings. But recently, art has been added to the walls.

Nowhere to go but up for Vaudeville Revue

Feb 11, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue was founded in 2009. Almost seven years later, its founder is reflecting on what’s been done so far and ambitions for the coming years. Tonight is the Revue’s spring opening.

Celebrating 20 years of ASFB

Feb 10, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is kicking off its 20th season this weekend. For the group’s founders it has been a wild ride. Through it all, they are still handling details you wouldn’t expect someone with “director” in their title to do.