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Matthew Morrison performs in Aspen

Feb 14, 2017

The Wheeler Opera House and Theatre Aspen are co-presenting “An Evening with Matthew Morrison” tonight. Aspen Public Radio’s Claire Woodcock spoke with the onstage and onscreen actor about this evening’s presentation.

Expert promotes ‘Art as Medicine’

Feb 14, 2017

An expert on the relationship between the arts and medicine is in town to discuss how families can introduce art therapy into their own communities.

For those living with a chronic illness, or who have a friend or family member who struggles with one, Elizabeth Auer has an easy prescription to fill: art.

Auer is the assistant director of performing arts for the University of Florida. She will be in Aspen making the case for caregivers to incorporate music, dance or the visual arts into a patient’s every day treatment plan.

 

First Draft - Anuk Arudpragasam

Feb 13, 2017

Anuk Arudpragasam is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and graduated with a BA from Stanford University in 2010. His first novel is called The Story of a Brief Marriage.  He is also working on his PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University about the theorization and idealization of the individual in the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, and John Dewey.

Latest Art Base exhibition explores outer space

Feb 9, 2017

Three artists, all with connections to the Roaring Fork Valley, will launch Basalt’s Art Base into space with a unique group exhibit.

Rifle rejects professional cuddling business

Feb 8, 2017

A professional cuddling business closed its doors in Rifle last month after dealing with harassment from clients and the community.

 

Aspen Art Museum awarded for architecture

Feb 7, 2017

The Aspen Art Museum has received one of the highest honors in the world of architecture.

First Draft - David Szalay

Feb 6, 2017

David Szalay's first novel, London and the South-East, won the Betty Trask Award along with the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Since then he has written three other novels: Innocent, Spring and All That Man Is, which was was short listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2016 and won the 2016 Gordon Burn Prize.

Theatre Aspen announces local auditions

Feb 3, 2017
Theatre Aspen's Executive Artistic Director Paige Price

Theatre Aspen has announced its call for regional actors to audition for its summer performances.

The program is set to open the summer with its biggest production yet, the Tony Award-winning musical "Hairspray."

“There are a lot of talented people in Aspen and the valley and we love for them to audition," said Paige Price, Theatre Aspen's executive artistic director. "It’s really swell when we can hire people that are from town.”

 

Concert for Stewy features 30 local musicians

Feb 2, 2017

One of the largest gatherings of local musicians will take place at the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday.

Aspen Music Festival and School

The Aspen Music Festival and School has announced its lineup for the summer season.

 

First Draft - Marcy Dermansky

Jan 30, 2017

Marcy Dermansky is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Red Car, Bad Marie and Twins. 

Marcy has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Edward Albee Foundation.  She is the winner of the Smallmouth Press Andre Dubus Novella Award and Story Magazine Carson McCuller short story prize.  Marcy received her Bachelor of Arts at Haverford College and her Master of Arts at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern, Mississippi. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her daughter Nina.

First Draft - Melanie Finn

Jan 24, 2017

Melanie Finn was born in Kenya in 1964. When she was 11, she moved to Connecticut with her mother and stepfather, and later attended New York University, graduating with a BA in journalism. 

For a decade, she worked as a freelance journalist in Asia, Australia, the US and Africa, writing about a wide variety of subjects including the Grateful Dead, child soldiers and scuba diving.  Her novels include Away From You and The Gloaming

First Draft - Joshua Mohr

Jan 16, 2017

Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as "Termite Parade," an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times.  His novel "All This Life" won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial. 

First Draft - Peter Orner

Jan 9, 2017

Chicago-born Peter Orner has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for the past sixteen years. He is the author of two novels The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love and two story collections, Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge as well as the editor of two oral histories Voice of Witness/ McSweeney's/ Verso. Orner's fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Southern Review, and many other publications.  Orner's latest book, Am I Alone Here?

The Wheeler’s Monday Night Documentary Series kicks off this evening.

First Draft - Garrard Conley

Jan 2, 2017

Garrard (pronounced without the final 'r;' a family oddity) Conley is the author of the memoir, Boy Erased. His work can be found in TIME, VICE, CNN, Buzzfeed Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Writers' Conferences and has facilitated craft classes for Catapult, Grub Street, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown. 

Aspen Film’s Academy Screenings are in their 25th year. The series was originally a way for local members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to experience nominated films on the big screen before casting their vote.

First Draft - Benjamin Percy

Dec 19, 2016

Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, The Dead Lands, a post apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, Red Moon and The Wilding as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His craft book is called Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction.

As the snow finally flies, local writers are preparing for summer workshops. Aspen Words has announced the faculty lineup for its Summer Words programs.

First Draft - Anuradha Roy

Dec 12, 2016

Anuradha Roy's latest book, Sleeping on Jupiter,  won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016 and was nominated for the Man Booker prize 2015. She won the Economist Crossword Prize for her second novel, The Folded Earth. Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, has been widely translated and was picked as one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and the Seattle Times. It has been named by World Literature Today as one of the 60 most essential books on modern India and was shortlisted for the Crossword Prize.

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