Arts and culture

First Draft - Idra Novey

Jun 6, 2016

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in Chile, Brazil and New York. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected by Patri­cia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Coun­try, a final­ist for the 2008 Fore­word Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum.

  Summer classes begin at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The programs last for eight weeks.


It’s a big week for music at the Belly Up...First Ziggy Marley plays on Tuesday. Then on Thursday, Stephen Marley plays the venue. On Saturday, Denver-based band DeVotchKa takes the stage.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play on Sunday. The jazz trombonist takes standards and original songs and puts a rock-edge to normal jazz music.


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As the craft brewing scene gets more crowded, entrepreneurs are getting into the distilling business. Last year, Connie Baker and her husband got into the act.

First Draft- Dana Spiotta

Jun 5, 2016

Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others (2016); Stone Arabia (2011), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field (2001). Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.

Public art is becoming more popular in communities throughout the country. And in the next two weeks, more than a dozen pieces are going up in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Community theater isn’t known for having high budgets, let alone taking a show on the road. Secret Identity Productions took its performance of “Tarzan: The Broadway Musical” on tour, and it finishes in Aspen Saturday.

Curated - May 30th

May 31, 2016

  Carbondale’s Marble Distilling Company starts to celebrate its first anniversary on Tuesday. The Distillery will be screening “The Big Lebowski” and serving their drink “The Dude.”


“Spring into Summer” opens at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. The show features the watercolor paintings of ten local artists.


 "Spring into Summer” is the latest show at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. The exhibition features work by 10 local artists, including three who have never displayed their work in the gallery before.

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Market Street Kitchen opens, continuing new development in midvalley.

Basalt’s newest restaurant is located in its newest hotel, Element. It’s run by Mawa McQueen, who owns another eatery in Aspen.

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After months of construction, the $70 million update to the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Bucksbaum Campus is nearly complete. Next week, staff will be returning to newly renovated administrative offices. Thirty six of 38 staff members will be moving back in. The other two are based at Harris Concert Hall.

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The Aspen Art Museum formally withdrew their appeal to City Council yesterday. The Museum’s proposal to use Rio Grande Park to host its ArtCrush fundraiser for the second year in a row was denied - first by a special events committee, and then by city manager Steve Barwick.

In a letter sent in late April, Barwick said the impact on the community was too strong, however, would allow use of a smaller space near the park. The Museum requested use of the Rio Grande Park for 10 days in late July and early August.

Credit, Sue Kwon.

Though Aspen Words’ Winter Words series only ended last month, the lineup for Summer Words is already out.

Curated - May 23rd

May 23, 2016

This week on Curated, we speak with artist Sam Durant, author Dana Spiotta and we explore the Valley's cycling culture.

  It’s the age of digital media, and artists have to learn about how to use it too! The Red Brick Center for the Arts is hosting a workshop for artists to learn how to market themselves using Facebook.


It’s foreign film night at the Basalt Regional Library on Wednesday. They’re showing "The Intouchables".


The ArtBase in Basalt is opening the first exhibit from the Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program. The program is for high school juniors who are considering a career in the arts.


Courtesy, the artist.

Over the past few weeks, the Aspen Art Museum has been hosting what it calls “crit sessions.” Local artists come to the museum with a piece of their art and have it critiqued by their peers in a constructive and safe environment. Last week, Sam Durant spoke to artists about the proper way to have one of these sessions.

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  The City of Aspen is awaiting applications for grant money that can go to art and community nonprofits.


For the last few years, around $750,000 have been given to groups like Aspen Film, Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Art Museum alongside other community organizations. Usually, a little more than half of that money goes to those community groups, while the other money goes towards the arts.


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The Nomad Gallery opens next month in its first location. For each show the gallery has, a new location is chosen, as well as new artists. That’s where the name comes from.


The first show will open next month at 809 Grand Ave., in Glenwood Springs, the former location of Gallery 809.


Nomad is currently holding an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the June show.

It features work by Jay Phillips and Matthew Eames.

Curated - May 16th

May 16, 2016
Courtesy, Renee Ramge

Over a dozen acts will be performing at July’s Mountain Fair in Carbondale.