Arts and culture

Courtesy, The Artist

Alex Blau is a painter whose bright, geometric pieces are on display at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

Blau’s work can be seen at the center, located in Snowmass, through early April. The show, called “Rainbowhead”, is Blau’s first solo exhibition here.

Blau has been a painter for more than 20 years. She puts together jagged geometric patterns with softer shapes, like circles. In other pieces, triangles are planted in what seem to be random places on the canvas.

Curated - March 7

Mar 7, 2016

Week in the Arts - March 7th

Mar 4, 2016

Tuesday in Snowmass, Alex Blau’s exhibit “Rainbowhead” opens at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She uses geometric shapes to talk about consumerism and its visibility in culture.


Jack Brendlinger speaks at Explore Booksellers on Wednesday. He is the author of “Don’t Get Mad...Get Even: Stories of the Aspen Practical Joke Years”.


The All-Valley Middle School Honor Band will be performing at Harris Concert on Wednesday. The group includes the top sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the Valley.

Courtesy, Regen Projects

Liz Larner is a sculptor from California. She works with everything from steel and wood to clay. Some of her ceramic works are currently on display at the Aspen Art Museum. They are rolled slabs that might have cracks or bends.

Rob Ittner / Cooking School of Aspen

After some construction delays, the Cooking School of Aspen has a few classes under its belt. Rob Ittner, the owner of Rustique Bistro and the school, said the feedback he’s receiving is great.

Courtesy, Shawn Benton

Painter Shawn Benton will display his latest works at Forre and Co. this evening.

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.