Arts and culture

65th Winterskol kicks off in Aspen

Jan 14, 2016
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Ice carving, fat bikes and fireworks are all part of the Winterskol 65th year of festivities that kick into high gear today.


The free events starts at 4 p.m. with Wintersculpt, hosted by Anderson Ranch arts center. Three teams are selected to carve 8 square feet of ice in two days. Sculptures are judged on Sunday.

The Aspen Chamber of Commerce hosts the Winterskol events. A representative said Wednesday the next few days of activities are a good example of how Aspen comes together during the winter.

Aspen Words starts with Juan Felipe Herrera

Jan 11, 2016

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera speaks tonight (Tuesday) at Paepcke Auditorium as the first speaker in a high-profile lineup.

Herrera is the first Latino to hold the position. In an interview with Aspen Public Radio, he said coming to Aspen was a bit of a homecoming. Herrera’s father came to Denver when he first moved to the United States.


Curated - January 11th

Jan 11, 2016

Juan Felipe Herrera on being a U.S. Poet Laureate.

Jan 11, 2016
Carlos Puma / University of California, Riverside

Juan Felipe Herrera is a renowned poet from California. In 2015 he was selected to be the Poet Laureate of the United States.

Week in the Arts - January 11th

Jan 8, 2016

  Aspen Words’ annual Winter Words series kicks off on Tuesday with a bang. U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera speaks on Tuesday night. The lineup also includes Alison Bechdel, author of the graphic novel Fun Home, which debuted as a musical last year.


Wednesday at the Basalt Regional Library, the University of Colorado’s Flatiron Camareta singers perform. The show also features Aspen Music Festival and School resident artists.


The 66th annual Warren Miller film is premiering in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House this weekend. “Chasing Shadows” follows groups of skiers as they travel around the world. The common theme they all share, though, is an effort to keep the history and tradition of skiing alive.

At a walkthrough of the building on Thursday, community members are seeing what all of the buzz is about. The final upgrades and renovations to the historic Wheeler Opera House are complete, and the venue will begin hosting performances right away.


The Wheeler was originally supposed to open last month, but a planned upgrade caused some other problems and structural changes had to be made.

Gena Buhler, executive director of the Wheeler, says it’s a relief to finally have the venue open again.


Charles Ross takes a trilogy and does it himself

Jan 7, 2016


Charles Ross has been taking the original Star Wars trilogy to the stage for over a decade. He writes and performs the show all by himself. Playing all of the characters. Making all of the sound effects and humming all of the music.

"Beyond Words" opens at Aspen Chapel Gallery

Jan 5, 2016

“Beyond Words” is a ceramic show that features the work of local artists including Molly Peacock who curated it.


The show also includes the work of prolific ceramic artist, Michael Bonds. The artists use the titles and the final pieces’ shapes to give the viewer a subtle hint at what they’re trying to express. It’s up to the observer to gain the rest of the meaning, through words and visuals.

Curated - January 4th

Jan 5, 2016
Courtesy, FilmRise

The film documenting the life of Janis Joplin is being screened tomorrow.


AspenFilm and Metropolitan Theaters are co-presenting the film “Janis: Little Girl Blue” on Wednesday night.


The film tells the story of rock and roll’s most interesting characters before her untimely death at the age of 27.


Her life story is told through archival footage and her own voice. It also features concert footage that has rarely been seen before.

Week in the Arts - January 4th

Jan 4, 2016

  Bradman’s One Man Band plays at Turks in Snowmass on Tuesday.


On Thursday,  a two day event kicks off at the R2 Gallery in Carbondale. Lego Day starts at 2 p.m.. On Day one, build legos and have them displayed in the gallery the next day. Bricks will be provided, but you can also bring your own.


The One Man Star Wars Trilogy comes to the revamped Wheeler Opera House on Friday. Charles Ross performs all of the characters. All of the creatures. All of the spaceships.


A secret performance in the Aspen Art Museum

Jan 1, 2016

The Aspen Art Museum is a popular stop for tourists as they vacation here. The contemporary gallery has brought in well-known, international artists. One element of a current exhibit has to be seen to be believed.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

A group of friends in Carbondale spent the summer building a place to rest and relax. The trick was to build it with the smallest carbon footprint possible. But the hard part was getting all of the tools up the mountain.


Aspen Art Museum fundraiser clears house

Dec 30, 2015

The Aspen Art Museum held its first edition of The Now event in its new building. The event was previously held in the St. Regis hotel. It is the second of two major fundraisers for the museum each calendar year. ArtCrush happens each year in the summer.


Governor John Hickenlooper attended the event and congratulated the museum on tripling its attendance over last year.


JAS June Experience lineup released

Dec 29, 2015
Courtesy, The Aspen Institute.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass has revealed the lineup for the 2016 concert series at the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen.

Diana Ross kicks off the festival on Friday, June 24. She is one of the foremost female singers in R&B, and was part of The Supremes.

Sheryl Crow closes out the first weekend of the series on Saturday. She is one of the biggest names in pop and country music.


The third night, Sunday, June 26, is still open. JAS is still trying to book another artist.

Curated - December 28th

Dec 28, 2015

Week in the Arts - December 28th

Dec 28, 2015

  It’s a huge week for music in the valley.


First, the indie band The National play two sold-out nights at the Belly Up on Tuesday and Wednesday. The band’s 2013 release, “Trouble WIll Find Me” earned them a Grammy nomination.


On Thursday, Chromeo will come to Aspen to play a New Year’s Eve show. Pitchfork has called them an “80s plundering of synths and funk.”


Tuesday at Explore Booksellers, Natasha Sinel reads from her book “The Fix”.

First Draft - Lauren Groff

Dec 28, 2015

  Lauren Groff is the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award.  Her latest novel is Fates and Furies, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.


Ticket sales high for Aspen Film Academy Screenings

Dec 28, 2015

Aspen Film kicked off its 24th year of Academy Screenings last week, and about half of the tickets have been sold.


Executive Director John Thew said he was concerned about attendance after the Wheeler Opera House had to delay its opening. The screenings were moved as a result.


“You know I thought we might experience a little bit of a downtick after we moved it from the Wheeler over to Harris Hall, and we’re actually at almost the identical place that we were last year.