Arts and culture

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Heidi Zuckerman saw the value of going outside of the valley when she became the chief curator at Aspen Art Museum over a decade ago. At the time, the largest donation in the museum’s history was $75,000. Now, more than two dozen individuals have handed over at least $1 million, according to the Denver Post.

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Gary Hume’s “Front of Snowman” is a 10-foot-tall abstraction. It has the traditional three-snowball shape, each one painted a soft blue. The piece is formally on display today.

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Thursday's 37th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Jalapeno Eating Competition is one of the biggest years for the event yet. There will be 34 teams competing in the cook-off.

First Draft - Leigh Stein

Oct 11, 2016

Leigh Stein is the author of three books, and the co-founder and Executive Director of Out of the Binders, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender non-conforming writers.

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The Meeting happens in early October each year in Aspen. The three-day event started yesterday, and concludes tomorrow. One Friday event discusses how virtual reality is changing the action sports film industry.

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The Meeting happens in early October each year in Aspen. The three-day event started yesterday, and concludes tomorrow. One Friday event discusses how virtual reality is changing the action sports film industry.

First Draft - Lev Grossman

Oct 3, 2016

Lev Grossman is the author of the novels Warp and Codex and the trilogy that includes The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land.  He is also the book critic for Time magazine.

First Draft - Ramona Ausubel

Oct 3, 2016

Ramona Ausubel grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of a new novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, as well as the novel No One is Here Except All of Us, and a collection of short stories A Guide to Being Born.

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The Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax, and the multiple questions in Basalt about the Pan and Fork land parcel, will both have effects on art-focused nonprofits. Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort spoke with Gena Buhler from the Wheeler Opera House and Genna Moe from The Art Base to see how each would be affected by November’s votes.

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After a month of interviewing candidates over the last month, Carbondale’s Creative District Governance Council has been formed.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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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”


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.

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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.