Arts and culture

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 The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company will perform “The Nutcracker” this weekend, and rather than sticking to a traditional style, the contemporary dance company puts their own spin on the classic ballet. But for the dancers, who have performed in the “Nutcracker” many times, keeping the excitement alive can be a challenge.

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The SOL Theatre Company performs the classics. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. They open their performance of “A Muppet Christmas Carol” on Thursday. So what’s so special about the company?

Theatre Aspen announces "Mamma Mia!"

Dec 7, 2015
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Theatre Aspen announced the first show of its 2016 summer season yesterday.


The company will be one of about 10 regional companies across the country to perform “Mamma Mia!” next year. It is the first time that the rights to the script have been released to smaller companies.


Week in the Arts - December 7th

Dec 7, 2015

Curated - December 7th

Dec 7, 2015

This week's episode of Curated takes us from the musical streets of Southern France, the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. 

First Draft - Liam Callanan

Dec 7, 2015

  Liam is the author of The Cloud Atlas , All Saints and Listen. He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing.

Community lifts its cups to Carbondale Clay auction

Dec 3, 2015

The Carbondale Clay Center is holding an auction to raise funds for the organization.

Building a giant gingerbread house

Dec 3, 2015
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Pastry chefs at the St. Regis hotel are unveiling a sweet model of their building this weekend.

Aspen Snowmass

The Wheeler Opera House will be delaying its opening until early January. The venue was originally scheduled to reopen its doors on Dec. 18, but an unforeseen repair issue forced the schedule to be pushed back a month.

"My Favorite Things" opens at Red Brick

Dec 3, 2015

 As is to be expected this time of year, the holiday shopping season has come to the art world.


The Red Brick is joining the Aspen Chapel Gallery and the pottery sale at Colorado Mountain College among others on the holiday art scene.


The show “My Favorite Things” officially opens tonight at the Red Brick in Aspen. It’s the location’s first wintery holiday show.


Aspen Film announces Academy Screenings

Dec 2, 2015
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Aspen Film announced its schedule for the 24th edition of the the Academy Screenings Program.



The lineup features movies that will surely be in the awards conversations later this year.

The first movie of the program is “Spotlight”, starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams. It follows the story of a journalist exposing an abuse scandal at a Catholic Church.


Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

  Theatre Aspen is putting on a performance of the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Now, you may know the movie that the musical is based on, which stars Michael Caine and Steve Martin. When the show hit Broadway, it kept the con men and added lots of crude humor and innuendo. So how do you make the show work for teenagers?

Curated - November 30

Nov 30, 2015

 The Aspen Chapel Gallery opens its most popular show of the year tomorrow.

First Draft - Julia Fierro

Nov 30, 2015

  Julia Fierro is the author of the novels Cutting Teeth and the forthcoming The Gypsy Moth Summer.

Week in the Arts - November 30th

Nov 30, 2015

Trout Steak Revival plays at the Belly Up on Wednesday. Denver’s Westword magazine has called them one of Colorado’s great bluegrass bands.


Thursday at the Red Onion, Damian Smith and Dennis Jung perform. They take the stage at 10 p.m..


The show “My Favorite Things” opens at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. The gallery plays off of the famous holiday-themed song.


Wheeler Opera House reaches out to other arts orgs

Nov 25, 2015
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The Wheeler Opera House unveiled its slate of events for the coming months last week. Film, music and comedy are all on the agenda, but also making appearances are more local arts groups than usual.

Anderson Ranch digs into archives for print sale

Nov 25, 2015
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The Anderson Ranch Arts center opens a sale of prints from its catalogue on Friday.

Local artists featured in World Cup

Nov 25, 2015
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The World Cup racers hit the slopes on Friday, but there’s more to the event than just skiing.

First Draft - Michelle Brafman

Nov 23, 2015

Michelle Brafman is the author of Washing the Dead.  She earned an MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University where she now teaches.  Her writing has appeared in Slate, The Washington Post, Tablet, Lilith Magazine and The Los Angeles Review of Books