Arts and culture

Friday is Bike to Work Day and to celebrate, it’s Bonedale Bike Week in Carbondale.


It’s Glenwood High School’s Fine Arts Week. The 27th year of the event features visual art every day of the week, and performances by choirs, bands and theatre groups.


Sunil Yapa talks about his book, “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist” at Hooch Bar in Aspen on Tuesday. It’s Yapa’s first novel and it’s been received very well by critics. He’s currently working as a writer in residence for Aspen Words.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

When Sunil Yapa was writing the first draft of his first novel, “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist,” he was living in Chile. Unfortunately, he hadn’t backed up his manuscript anywhere and his laptop was stolen. He lost 600 pages of writing and had reached a critical juncture in his young career.

 There are many video series on sites like YouTube and Vimeo: The “Takeaway Shows” series, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Each has its own style, but they all feature musicians playing intimate sets with acoustic instruments in a stripped down or unusual setting. Aspen has its own low-key music venue: the Silver Queen gondola on Aspen Mountain.

Carbondale hosted the 2016 Colorado Creative Industries Summit last week. The annual event brought more than 300 people from creative fields to the town. Last year’s event was held in Fort Collins.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Aspen Art Museum’s application to hold its ArtCrush fundraiser in Rio Grande Park was denied for a second time last week. The permit would have allowed the museum to close the park between July 29 and Aug. 7. Last year, the event used the park from July 24 to Aug. 2.


The museum’s first application was denied by a city committee. The museum then appealed and was denied in a letter written by City Manager Steve Barwick.


Curated - May 9th

May 9, 2016

Curated this week features photographs from Ground Zero, a look at how the Colorado Creative Industries Summit affects the host city, and author Antonya Nelson.

Sunil Yapa will be the first resident. He will arrive in May. Yapa’s debut novel “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of A Fist” has received high acclaim. The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Buzzfeed all listed it as one of their most anticipated books of the year.


See the Transit of Mercury on Monday at 9 a.m. The Three Rivers Astronomy Club will be on the lawn of the Village Smithy Restaurant in Carbondale. Mercury will pass between Earth and the Sun. The planet will appear as a black dot on the sun’s surface.


The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is holding their Pages, Pints and Pizzas event at the Rocky Mountain Pizza Company in Glenwood on Tuesday. Talk about the books you’ve been reading with other adults in the community. The event happens on the second Tuesday of every month.


Andrea Booher is a photojournalist who calls Aspen her home. Fifteen years ago she saw first hand the effects of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. The pictures she took there will be on display at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Booher spoke with Aspen Public Radio arts reporter about her experiences at Ground Zero…

Andrea Booher’s first observation when she got to Ground Zero was how dark it was.


“They didn’t have any lighting set up and it was like we were looking into this abyss,” said Booher.

Carbondale is getting a little more creative this week. The town’s application to become a certified creative district is in the hands of Colorado Creative Industries, the state organization in charge of the program.

As Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot plans to step down on May 11, mayor pro tem Dan Richardson will take her seat.

But with the political upheaval happening right as Carbondale hosts the Colorado Creative Industries Summit on Thursday, the change could affect the town’s effort to become a certified creative district.


Amy Kimberly, with the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, said there is no concern about how this change might affect her efforts to reach the certification.


Curated - May 2nd

May 2, 2016

Today on Curated, we hear from photographer, Kate Lapides, film director James Brundige, and we learn what it's like to work in an independent book store. 

First Draft - Garth Greenwell

May 2, 2016

Garth Greenwell is an American poet, author, literary critic, and educator. His debut novel is What Belongs to You. In 2013, Greenwell returned to the United States after living in Bulgaria to attend the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop as an Arts Fellow. He has published stories in The Paris Review and A Public Space and writes criticism for The New Yorker and The Atlantic.  

Courtesy, Kate Lapides.

Kate Lapides traveled to Kenya as a member of For the Good Period. The nonprofit organization provides educational resources and materials manage menstruation. When the group went on this mission, Lapides photographed her experiences. Now the pictures she took are on display at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen.

Colorado Mountain College announced last week that it received a $175,000 grant from Denver-based Boettcher Foundation. The money is going to be used to upgrade Cooper Commons  — home to the school’s ArtShare programs, as well as regular arts shows.


The Boettcher grant is the first component of the school’s efforts to match money received from the Garfield Federal Mineral Lease District.


Miles Ahead is being screen by Aspen film at the Isis Theater on Wednesday. Don Cheadle plays Miles Davis in this biopic that follows the jazz great through his rise from the days of blues to his acid jazz period.


Wednesday at the Glenwood Railroad Museum, get a bit of history on “Laundry Trains.” In the late 19th century, trains would bring people from camps and ranches all over the state to Glenwood Springs. The presentation is being led by a man who has studied the history of Colorado’s railroads.


In an email to city officials last week, Theatre Aspen executive director Paige Price came out in opposition of the Power Plant proposal, but so far the group hasn’t received any blowback.


The Power Plant proposal includes space for Aspen Brewing Company, Aspen 82 and a non-profit incubator workspace. The proposal has been an issues since last year. Many residents in the Oklahoma Flats neighborhood oppose the plan because of potential noise issues.


Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Carol O’Brien was a lawyer, but had reached a point where she couldn’t deal with the moral pressure of the job. She felt like she couldn’t be a good lawyer, and a good person at the same time. She also wanted more time to take care of her kids.


She found a job at a Waldenbooks. Then, she made the jump to the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver — the Cherry Creek location.

The Colorado Creative Industries Summit is coming to Carbondale next week and business are already adapting.


Hotels are filling up and businesses are putting up signs, as well as using social media as a tool to hopefully gain some extra business before people come to town.


“There is a great energy in the air regarding the upcoming creative summit, especially in the arts community,” said Andrea Stewart, executive director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.