Arts and culture

An old Rifle icon turns town into a cultural center

Mar 2, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Rifle isn’t exactly a place that you would think of as a cultural center, but through the work of a group of residents, that’s about to change. Nearly two years after the reopening of the Ute Theater, the town is coming back to life, and it’s becoming a cultural center.

First Draft - Christopher Castellani

Feb 29, 2016
Michael Joseph

  Christopher Castellani is the son of Italian immigrants and a native of Wilmington, Delaware. He resides in Boston, where he is the artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country's leading non-profit creative writing centers. He is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels, A Kiss from Maddalena—winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004— The Saint of Lost Things, a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book; and All This Talk of Love , a New York Times Editors' Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award.

Curated - February 29

Feb 29, 2016

On today's episode of Curated, we speak with Aspen author, Mark Tompkins, about his book "The Last Days of Magic". We hear about how people remember Ralph Melville of the Mountain Chalet. Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis meet in Carbondale, and we celebrate what feels like Spring, with the song of the week!

For the longest time, Aspen resident Mark Tompkins wanted to write a novel. Though his money came from real estate, he had creative pursuits as well. He wrote poetry. He was a professional photographer. But in 2013, he finished the first draft of his book. “The Last Days of Magic” will be released next week, and a release party is being held on Thursday at Explore Booksellers.

Week in the Arts - February 29

Feb 29, 2016

  The exhibit “Dreaming About Thinking” closes at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs today. The artists uses ceramics and mixed media to create surreal pieces.


The film “Skiing Everest” is being shown at the Wheeler Opera House on Tuesday. Mike Marolt and his twin brother Steve documented their accomplishment of being the first skiers to descend from above 8,000 meters.


Week in the Arts - February 29

Feb 26, 2016

  The exhibit “Dreaming About Thinking” closes at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs today. The artists uses ceramics and mixed media to create surreal pieces.

All women at Aspen Art Museum’s new exhibits

Feb 25, 2016
Courtesy, Regen Projects

For what might be the first time ever, the Aspen Art Museum will feature work done entirely by women. Liz Larner opens her collection of wall-based ceramic pieces on Saturday.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center announced artist Carrie Mae Weems as the winner of the 2016 National Artist Award. The award is given to artists who are innovators in art education and have set a path for other artists.

Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Aspen

Feb 22, 2016

The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Aspen tonight. It features films about everything from skiing and mountain biking, to scuba diving.


The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to the Wheeler Opera House tonight. The Ute Mountaineer has been hosting the event every year since 1997.

Curated - February 22

Feb 22, 2016

Today on Curated we go into Latino history, building guitars and getting a call from a Nobel Prize-winning poet asking to translate his work.

Check out the links below to find each story featured on today's episode!

First Draft - Rachel Cantor

Feb 22, 2016

  Rachel Cantor's stories have appeared in magazines such as the Paris Review, One Story, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Fence, and Volume 1 Brooklyn. They have been anthologized, nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, short-listed by both the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories, and awarded runner-up Bridport and Graywolf/SLS Prizes.  She lives in New York, city of her heart, in the writerly borough of Brooklyn, but have at various points made her home in most U.S. states between Virginia and Vermont.

Week in the Arts - February 22

Feb 22, 2016

The Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is probably the most well-known outdoor film festival.


Wednesday at The Art Base in Basalt is an art talk with Judy Hill Lovins and Amory Lovins. They will discuss their experiences in photography.


Thursday, The Aspen Art Museum is holding an opening reception for a new exhibit by Liz Larner. The event includes a full tour of the museum.


Exploring Latino history through documentary

Feb 22, 2016

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” is a 2013 documentary film series produced by PBS. The six-part film is being screened at the New Castle branch of the Garfield County Public Library. Colleen Goodrich is a history instructor at Colorado Mountain College and has been leading discussions with viewers after each screening.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis could not have been further apart on the ideological spectrum. But in the play “Freud’s Last Session”, performed in Carbondale next week, the two minds come together to discuss some of life’s biggest questions.

Broadway, Disney great coming to Aspen

Feb 18, 2016
Courtesy photo

If you have seen a Disney movie or a Broadway show in the last two decades, you’ve probably heard Susan Egan.

Custom guitars by a man who did it his own way

Feb 17, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

It’s cleaning week in Miles Phillips’ workshop. The scent of wood wafts through the air, and sawdust floats through the room. Phillips says that his shop is a bit dirtier than usual. It's important to keep his space clean because any speck of dust could scratch a very expensive instrument.

Aspen Laff Festival opens with wide-reaching lineup

Feb 17, 2016

The 2016 edition of the Aspen Laff Festival comes to the Wheeler Opera House this week.

A space for kids to learn science and explore

Feb 15, 2016

Arts are now making an appearance in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as “STEM” fields. STEAM adds an “a” for arts.

Curated - February 15th

Feb 15, 2016

Gilbert Gottfried speaks on his expanding interests

Feb 15, 2016
Courtesy, Gilbert Gottfried

You might recognize Gilbert Gottfried as the former voice of the Aflac duck and Iago, the loud-mouth bird in Aladdin. He has been out of the spotlight in recent years after a series of controversial remarks over September 11, and the tsunami in Japan. He is performing on Friday as part of the Laff Festival at the Wheeler Opera House.