Arts and culture

“postlandscape” opens at Aspen Chapel Gallery

Feb 9, 2016

The Aspen Chapel Gallery opens its latest show today.


The show is called “postlandscape”. What you see at the show isn’t just blobs of color that are incoherent or nondescript. They are landscapes. But of course, with the postmodern title, they are more than that.

Mercedez Holtry is a 22-year-old poet from New Mexico. Her writing talks about her identity as a woman and her race. She is currently teaching poetry workshops for youth around the valley ahead of Aspen Words’ Youth Poetry Slam this weekend.

First Draft - Adam Johnson

Feb 8, 2016

Adam Johnson was born in South Dakota and raised in Arizona. He earned a BA in Journalism from Arizona State University in 1992; a MFA from the writing program at McNeese State University, and a PhD in English from Florida State University in 2000.

Jane Bachrach

For four years now, Aspen Words has been sending poets into local schools to teach kids about the art.


That trend of putting poets in schools is continuing this year, with the third annual Youth Poetry Slam.

Curated - Feburary 8th

Feb 8, 2016

Week in the Arts - February 8th

Feb 8, 2016

  On Monday night, Emancipator comes to the Belly Up. The group sits on the more chill side of the electronic spectrum.


Tuesday in Snowmass is an annual celebration of Mardi Gras. It’s the 34th year of celebration.


Aspen Words has a big weekend. On Friday is the 3rd annual Youth Poetry Slam. Kids from all over the valley compete. On Saturday, author Adam Johnson continues the Winter Words series. He is the author of the short story collection, “Fortune Smiles”.


Bud Light Hi-Fi lineup completed

Feb 5, 2016
Seth Beckton

The Aspen Skiing Company released the rest the full lineup of artists for the Bud Light Hi-Fi concert series. The series started in November with a concert by Jamestown Revival.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Cooking School of Aspen is making a comeback. Local restaurateur Rob Ittner is rebuilding it and hopes to make the school a destination, more than a decade after it closed.

Winter-themed show opens at the Red Brick

Feb 3, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

En Hiver” opens this evening at the Red Brick Center for the Arts.


Hiver” means winter in French. At the Red Brick Center for the Arts, pieces ranging from painting to sculpture are on display trying to reflect that.

There isn’t just a shortage of housing for teachers and low-income families. Artists are finding it difficult to find an affordable place to live. How to address that will be discussed at a forum tonight in Carbondale.


As Carbondale’s quest to become a creative district continues, housing for the arts community remains a concern.


AMFS releases summer schedule

Feb 2, 2016
Courtesy, The Aspen Institute

The 68th year of the Aspen Music Festival and School will start in late June and run through August 21st.


This year, the school is adding a new element to its summer schedule. Performances of 20th century American classical music. According to Festival CEO Alan Fletcher, it’s a group of composers and pieces that are rarely performed.


Wes Magyar and his cast of painted characters

Feb 1, 2016
Courtesy, the artist.

Wes Magyar paints in a really realistic style. He uses people he knows as models. In his show, “Remnants”, he cast two photographers he knew. They have long beards, wear suits and carry spears and a saw.

Curated - February 1

Feb 1, 2016

Week in the Arts - February 1

Feb 1, 2016

The Aspen Music Festival and School starts its Winter Recital Series on Tuesday. Cellist David Finckel and Cellist Wu Han will play pieces by Mendelssohn and Chopin at Harris Concert Hall.


Wes Magyar opens his show at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass on Tuesday.


En Hiver opens at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. The collection features pieces that represent the winter landscape, and abstract the colors and feel of the season.

Documenting Aspen's skiing history

Feb 1, 2016

The Aspen Historical Society is currently screening films from decades past to show how Aspen has grown as both a town and a ski resort. Films date back from as early as the 1940s. Anna Scott is an archivist at the Aspen Historical Society.

Snowboarding photos raise money for breast cancer

Jan 27, 2016
Andy Wright

Boarding 4 Breast Cancer will be at the X Games opening event tonight. The group is celebrating its 20th year in 2016. To pull out all the stops, the group’s executive director wanted something big.

Alison Bechdel on her rising fame

Jan 25, 2016

Alison Bechdel wrote “Fun Home” for almost ten years. It is an autobiography that tells the story of growing up with a difficult father who turns out to be gay. He dies in a car accident that seems like a suicide. A few years ago, “Fun Home” was adapted into a musical. The show made it to Broadway last year. Alison Bechdel speaks at Aspen Words Winter Words series on Wednesday.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Gay Ski Week had many elements it had in the past. Lots of hotel reservations. Lots of people in town. Organizers from Aspen OUT, the group that puts on Aspen Gay Ski Week, estimate that, collectively, attendees spend almost a million dollars on hotels.

Red Brick art auction returns on a high note

Jan 21, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The results are in from the Red Brick Center for the Art’s Valley Art Auction fundraiser.


Though the official numbers aren’t out yet, the fundraiser attracted what Red Brick Executive Director Angie Callen says was the biggest crowd for any event they’ve held. Ever.


She estimates around 300 people came to the event on Tuesday night in Aspen.


Theatre Aspen releases 2016 schedule

Jan 21, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio


Theatre Aspen announced its 2016 season yesterday. Three shows will be coming to The Hurst Theatre this summer. “Buyer and Cellar” by Jonathan Tolins. “Buyer and Cellar” opens on July 7, and runs through august.

Last month the company announced they’d be performing “Mamma Mia!” Theatre Aspen is one of only a few groups in the country to be performing the show. “Mamma Mia!” opens on June 24