Arts and culture

First Draft - Ramona Ausubel

Oct 3, 2016

Ramona Ausubel grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of a new novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, as well as the novel No One is Here Except All of Us, and a collection of short stories A Guide to Being Born.

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The Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax, and the multiple questions in Basalt about the Pan and Fork land parcel, will both have effects on art-focused nonprofits. Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort spoke with Gena Buhler from the Wheeler Opera House and Genna Moe from The Art Base to see how each would be affected by November’s votes.

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After a month of interviewing candidates over the last month, Carbondale’s Creative District Governance Council has been formed.

Delta Rae plays at the Belly Up in Aspen on Tuesday.

Aspen Film is screening the film “Little Men” at the Isis Theatre on Wednesday.

Curated - Oct. 3

Sep 30, 2016

Today on Curated we talk with two arts leaders about upcoming ballot issues, we profile poet Wade Newsom and talk with author Lev Grossman.


The annual John Denver Celebration begins on Tuesday.

On Wednesday is an Indian cooking class to support Aspen Words.

On Thursday in Rifle is the 37th annual Chili cook-off and jalapeno eating contest.

Laurie Doctor and Sarah McKenzie open shows at The Art Base in Basalt on Friday.

On Saturday in Glenwood Springs is the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest.  

Trout Steak Revival plays at the Belly Up on Saturday. Westword Magazine calls them “Colorado’s Next Great Bluegrass Band.

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Wade Newsom grew up in Oklahoma. He was a fan of the Def Poetry Jam specials on HBO. He loved hip-hop. The Beastie Boys. Run DMC. He started to write like the musicians he listened to. But through high school, he kind of lost that passion. In college, he played basketball. It was there that he sort of rediscovered writing. He needed a way to express the stress he was feeling. After graduating, he moved to Colorado.

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Since Monday, 10 local photographers including Seth Beckton and David Clifford have been exploring Aspen, trying to take the best picture.

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AspenFilm’s Filmfest series finished Sunday. Here are the winners of the audience awards:

Best Feature Film (TIE)

“My Blind Brother” and “11:55”


Best Documentary Film

“Mr. Gaga”


The highlight of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s season comes in March, with a one-night-only performance of “Shadowland” by Pilobolus. The piece features projected videos and shadowplay.

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Matt Miazgowicz is one of the actors in the play, “Rock the Presidents”. It’s a show designed to teach children up to middle school age about American presidents. All of them are named at least once. Miazgowicz spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about the show before it’s performed at the Wheeler Opera House Tuesday.

  Author Jenny Price is speaking at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar as part of Aspen Words Writers in residence on Tuesday.


The Oh Hellos play at the Belly Up on Wednesday.


Frank Martin plays in Glenwood Springs at the Cardiff Schoolhouse.


The film “Harry and Snowman” is being screened at the Wheeler Opera House.


The movie “Before Night Falls” is being screened at the Aspen Art Museum on Friday.


Curated - Sept 19.

Sep 23, 2016

Today on Curated, we speak with Joe Seo from the film "Spa Night". We go to Ruggerfest, and profile the executive director of The Art Base.

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Corey Simpson became the executive artistic director of Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company this past summer. Since then he’s had to wear many hats. The group is producing their first play of the season, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.

Carbondale Clay Center

 The Carbondale Clay Center was awarded a grant from Colorado Creative Industries Wednesday.

The $6,500 grant will be used for operational expenses for year round programming.

The center’s executive director Angela Bruno said the nonprofit hopes to expand programming in Carbondale’s Creative District.

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An overcast afternoon didn’t stop visitors from going to the Maroon Bells Tuesday. Many were hiking and taking pictures, but a small assembly of photographers were present waiting for the right light to capture Aspen’s changing leaves.

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The 38th year of Filmfest starts today at the Wheeler Opera House. Films will also be screened at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.


New to the festival this year are panels discussing everything from film about social change, to the history of physical celluloid film.


John Thew said programmer Rachel Chanoff did a great job of putting together this year’s festival.


The festival runs through Sunday.

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The search for members of a governance council that will lead Carbondale’s Creative District is continuing this week.

First Draft - Debra Spark

Sep 19, 2016
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Debra Spark is the author of five books of fiction, including Unknown Caller, The Pretty Girl, and Good for the Jews. Other books include Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing, the anthology Twenty Under Thirty, and the recently reissued novel, Coconuts for the Saint.

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Joe Seo is an Asian-American actor whose latest role in “Spa Night”, as David —  a gay man growing up in a conservative, Korean household — has won him multiple awards. It’s his big break in the North American film market after years of working in Asia. He spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about his experience before the film is screened this week as part of AspenFilm’s Filmfest.