Arts and culture

Ticket sales high for Aspen Film Academy Screenings

Dec 28, 2015

Aspen Film kicked off its 24th year of Academy Screenings last week, and about half of the tickets have been sold.


Executive Director John Thew said he was concerned about attendance after the Wheeler Opera House had to delay its opening. The screenings were moved as a result.


“You know I thought we might experience a little bit of a downtick after we moved it from the Wheeler over to Harris Hall, and we’re actually at almost the identical place that we were last year.

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue

The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue hosts its holiday show this weekend, and among all of the things going on this weekend, one of the hottest tickets in town is its holiday show.

Mark Townsend on religion and magic

Dec 24, 2015

Mark Townsend is a former episcopal priest, who now teaches spiritual lessons through magic. His ultimate goal is to help people learn more about themselves and his own mind at the same time. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Patrick Fort earlier this week.

Carolers sing at the Hotel Jerome

Dec 23, 2015
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The 12 Days of Christmas are alive and well in Aspen. The snow is falling, and the carolers are out. Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort brings you a glimpse at one of the events at the Hotel Jerome, yesterday.

A local couple plays the part at Christmas

Dec 23, 2015
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  Editor’s Note: This story has sensitive Santa information; if you have children reading over your shoulder, navigate away now!

All across the country, kids are sending letters to Santa. They're sitting on his lap telling him what they want. Santa is hearing those requests at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

Towns share advice on building art scene

Dec 22, 2015

Snowmass Village Art Advisory Board members heard about how they could improve the town’s presence in the Roaring Fork Valley’s art scene


Amy Kimberly, executive director of the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities met with art-minded community members last week.


Snowmass Village residents are currently trying to increase the presence of the arts in town.


Aspen Film's 2015 edition of its Academy Screenings kick off Tuesday. The lineup includes "Room", "Spotlight" and "Trumbo" as well as indie hit "Tangerine."

Howie Movshovitz is a film critic for KUNC in Greeley, CO. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Patrick Fort about the top films of this year and what to expect out of the festival.

First Draft - Geraldine Brooks

Dec 21, 2015

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks grew up in Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Mideast, Africa and the Balkans. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her second novel, March. Her  novels Caleb’s Crossing and People of the Book were  New York Times best sellers.

Curated - December 21st

Dec 21, 2015



Week in the Arts - December 21st

Dec 21, 2015

Creating a modern classic on a digital platform

Dec 17, 2015
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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is a YouTube sensation.  Bradlee grew up in New Jersey listening to jazz while his friends listened to rap and grunge. He wanted to be a jazz musician, but after his career as piano player didn’t pan out, he decided that he would do something different. He was going to turn pop songs into jazz songs.

Jan Garrett and JD Martin have been playing music together for two decades. They’re both seasoned musicians who’ve toured around the world, but the one constant for the last 25 years has been the Winter Solstice concert they put on. It is one event that doesn’t need the Christmas holiday to bring people in.

Curated - December 14th

Dec 16, 2015


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“Finding Place” is a show about being able to put things in order. To find that one space where you can feel comfortable with life and your place in it.

Week in the Arts - December 14th

Dec 14, 2015

  Monday at the Aspen Institute is “Athens to Aspen, Journeys of Meaning”. It’s a course that uses the words of Shakespeare and other classic writers to help people find direction in their lives.


“Finding Place” opens at Anderson Ranch on Tuesday. The show features the work of two local artists, Sara Ransford and Alleghany Meadows.


6x6 kickoff in Glenwood Springs

Dec 10, 2015

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is kicking off one of its favorite exhibits this weekend


Rather than having artists submit work to the center and have it be sold by the group to take a cut, people from the community come make art on canvases provided by the center. The pieces are gathered and then sold in a few months.


That’s the basis of the 6x6 Kickoff, the start of a run towards the February exhibit and fundraiser. Each canvas will sell for $20.

The event kicks off on Saturday.

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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.