Arts and culture

Curated - Aug. 22

Aug 1, 2016

Curated features Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, Jeff Feuerzig, Anna Noyes and Jess Worley. 

  JT LeRoy penned two bestselling novels before it was discovered that he didn’t exist. LeRoy was a pen name used by Laura Albert - that became a little too real. Albert’s relative even went out in public as LeRoy. Jeff Feuerzeig heard about the story and decided to make a film about it. “Author: The JT LeRoy Story”, documents the creation and eventual breakdown of the JT LeRoy personality.


Chris Isaak performs at the Belly Up on Monday as part of his “First Comes the Night Tour”.


Tuesday night is the next event in the McCloskey Speaker Series from the Aspen Institute. Experts will discuss the presidential race as it looks after the conventions.


Aspen Film is screening the film “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You on Wednesday.


Nigel Hall plays in Glenwood Springs as part of the Summer of Music.


Jess Worley is a Carbondale resident who grew up going to Mountain Fair. As she grew up, she learned to play bluegrass guitar. In 2010, her father, Bill “Willy” Worley, disappeared in the mountains near Redstone, and he was never seen again.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is now Carbondale Arts. The name change comes along with rebranding of social media accounts and an upcoming new website.


Carbondale Arts came about after the town became a certified Colorado Creative District which entitled it for state funding for the arts. The group’s executive director, Amy Kimberly, was at the helm for this achievement.


The group will also be forming a governance council in September, with members being chosen by Carbondale Arts.


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All week, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has been practicing his moves for his debut  dance performance on Friday at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s premiere fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars. Community members dance with ballet company members in competition against one another.

A winner is selected in an audience vote.

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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts gathered over 1000 signatures to show support for a request to allow the group to move into an empty library space in downtown.


Multiple groups are vying for the space including at one point, the Frontier Historical Society.

The society’s executive director Bill Kight said at a city council meeting last week that he had retracted his proposal.


This week I meet with Katherine Bell to see what the summer and fall have in store for the children at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. 

Curated - July 25th

Jul 25, 2016

  Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness performs at the Belly Up on Monday. McMahon is known for his work in Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate.


The film, “Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise” is being shown on Monday by Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute.


Hairspray is being screened at the Aspen Art Museum on Wednesday.


Gipsy Moon plays at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs as the summer of music continues.


First Draft - Anna Solomon

Jul 25, 2016

Anna Solomon is the author of The Little Bride and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, One Story, Ploughshares, Slate, The Boston Globe, and MORE, and she is co-editor with Eleanor Henderson of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers. Previously, Anna worked as an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio’s Living On Earth.  

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The famed playwright and author David Sedaris is set to perform at the Wheeler Opera House in November.


Sedaris is the author of multiple books including, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”. He’s also known for his appearances on the radio show “This American Life”.

Sedaris sold out the venue when he performed here last.

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Sam Harvey is an artist and co-owner of Harvey/Meadows Gallery in Aspen. Since coming to Anderson Ranch as a college student in the 1980s, he has done many things. He taught at the ranch, he opened his gallery and now sits on the Board of Trustees at the arts center.

   This week on Audio Canvas I meet with Doug Casebeer, Associate Director & Artistic Director of Ceramics, and Betsy Chaffin, honorary board trustee about the 50th anniversary celebration week beginning July 17th.

First Draft - Charles Bock

Jul 18, 2016

Charles Bock is the author of the novels Alice & Oliver and Beautiful Children, which was a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, and which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Slate, as well as in numerous anthologies. He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Yaddo, UCross, and the Vermont Studio Center.

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Radha Garcia grew up dancing and playing music. When she was just five years old, her mother put her in a flamenco class.

Aspen Film screens the movie “He Named Me Malala” on Monday. The film details the life of  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai … a girl who was targeted by the Taliban in Pakistan.

Buckethead performs at the Belly Up on Tuesday.

Vid Weatherwax plays the Sunset Sounds series at Glenwood Hot Springs.

Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ summer of music continues on Wednesday. Andy Frasco and the U.N. performs at Two Rivers Park.

This Week on Audio Canvas I meet with Tom Sachs  internationally acclaimed contemporary artist. 

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Lynn Goldsmith’s “The Looking Glass” exhibit continues at the Art Base in Basalt. The show features wildly distorted self-portraits, in which Goldsmith contorts her body. Some photos look pastoral — others are straight out of a Tim Burton Film.

Art nonprofits up and down the valley are handling interns in different ways. The Aspen Art Museum typically tries to work with locals who might be staying with family or who are home from college for the summer.