Arts and culture

Red Brick art auction returns on a high note

Jan 21, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The results are in from the Red Brick Center for the Art’s Valley Art Auction fundraiser.


Though the official numbers aren’t out yet, the fundraiser attracted what Red Brick Executive Director Angie Callen says was the biggest crowd for any event they’ve held. Ever.


She estimates around 300 people came to the event on Tuesday night in Aspen.


Theatre Aspen releases 2016 schedule

Jan 21, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio


Theatre Aspen announced its 2016 season yesterday. Three shows will be coming to The Hurst Theatre this summer. “Buyer and Cellar” by Jonathan Tolins. “Buyer and Cellar” opens on July 7, and runs through august.

Last month the company announced they’d be performing “Mamma Mia!” Theatre Aspen is one of only a few groups in the country to be performing the show. “Mamma Mia!” opens on June 24


5Point Film Festival Aspen brings changes

Jan 20, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

When Julie Kennedy started the 5 Point Film festival almost a decade ago, she created something that she loved and cared for. It was her baby. But the event tonight in Aspen will be her last. She’s handing the reigns to Sarah Wood, the festival’s executive director.


Locals reflect on Glenn Frey

Jan 20, 2016
Steve Alexander / Flickr

Glenn Frey, guitarist in the rock group, The Eagles, passed away on Monday He was 67. Now the Aspen community is reflecting on his influence and presence in the town.  Barry Mason has been an icon in the Aspen music scene for decades. He came to the Aspen Public Radio studios on Tuesday to talk about Glenn Frey and his influence on the area.

Courtesy, the artist.

Who’s Bad, a Michael Jackson tribute band, performs at the Belly Up tonight. Joseph Bell is one of two members of the group that sings as the man himself. He goes by Jobel, so he'll be referred to as such from now on.

First Draft - Sunil Yapa

Jan 18, 2016

Sunil Yapa holds a BA in economic geography from Penn State University, and received his MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in New York City in 2010, where he worked with two-time Booker Prize winning author Peter Carey, and the 2009 National Book Award winner (Let the Great World Spin) Colum McCann.

Glenn Frey, co-founder of The Eagles, dies at 67

Jan 18, 2016
Steve Alexander / Flickr

Glenn Frey passed away Monday at the age of 67.


He helped to create on of the most-loved rock bands of all time, The Eagles.


Frey passed away in New York from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.


Frey and Eagles co-founder Don Henley had homes in the Aspen area for a while. The group got their start during a month-long stint at Aspen’s Gallery Club in 1971.


Curated - January 18th

Jan 18, 2016

Week in the Arts - January 18th

Jan 18, 2016

  Aspen Gay Ski Week kicked off over the weekend. The 39-year-old event raises money for the Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund.


Tuesday, the Red Brick Center for the arts holds the Valley Art Auction. The event raises funds for the non-profit.


David Hiser and Paul Andersen speak at Explore Booksellers on tuesday. Their books explain the birth of Aspen by way of Independence Pass.


Gonzo journalist's son talks about his memoir

Jan 18, 2016

Juan F. Thompson is the son of Hunter S. Thompson, a man hailed by some as the creator of gonzo journalism. Hunter lived in Woody Creek until his suicide about eleven years ago. Juan released his memoir “Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up With Hunter S. Thompson” earlier this month. The book details his life as the son of the famed writer.

CCAH opens the 36th year of Valley Visual Arts

Jan 14, 2016
Launa Eddy

There are many art shows in the Roaring Fork Valley. One opening in Carbondale is in its third decade and still growing.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

After an additional month of delays, the Wheeler Opera House opened it’s doors for its first show last weekend.


Creating artist spaces in barns

Jan 14, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Cedar Ridge Ranch is situated next to a few other ranches in Carbondale. There’s horses, and pigs. Some other small animals too. The ranch belongs to the Johnson family, who came here from Chicago about two decades ago. They were content there, but something was missing.

65th Winterskol kicks off in Aspen

Jan 14, 2016
Jim Kravitz / Flickr

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.