Arts and culture

CCAH opens the 36th year of Valley Visual Arts

Jan 14, 2016
Launa Eddy

There are many art shows in the Roaring Fork Valley. One opening in Carbondale is in its third decade and still growing.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

After an additional month of delays, the Wheeler Opera House opened it’s doors for its first show last weekend.


Creating artist spaces in barns

Jan 14, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Cedar Ridge Ranch is situated next to a few other ranches in Carbondale. There’s horses, and pigs. Some other small animals too. The ranch belongs to the Johnson family, who came here from Chicago about two decades ago. They were content there, but something was missing.

65th Winterskol kicks off in Aspen

Jan 14, 2016
Jim Kravitz / Flickr

Ice carving, fat bikes and fireworks are all part of the Winterskol 65th year of festivities that kick into high gear today.


The free events starts at 4 p.m. with Wintersculpt, hosted by Anderson Ranch arts center. Three teams are selected to carve 8 square feet of ice in two days. Sculptures are judged on Sunday.

The Aspen Chamber of Commerce hosts the Winterskol events. A representative said Wednesday the next few days of activities are a good example of how Aspen comes together during the winter.

Aspen Words starts with Juan Felipe Herrera

Jan 11, 2016

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera speaks tonight (Tuesday) at Paepcke Auditorium as the first speaker in a high-profile lineup.

Herrera is the first Latino to hold the position. In an interview with Aspen Public Radio, he said coming to Aspen was a bit of a homecoming. Herrera’s father came to Denver when he first moved to the United States.


Curated - January 11th

Jan 11, 2016

Juan Felipe Herrera on being a U.S. Poet Laureate.

Jan 11, 2016
Carlos Puma / University of California, Riverside

Juan Felipe Herrera is a renowned poet from California. In 2015 he was selected to be the Poet Laureate of the United States.

Week in the Arts - January 11th

Jan 8, 2016

  Aspen Words’ annual Winter Words series kicks off on Tuesday with a bang. U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera speaks on Tuesday night. The lineup also includes Alison Bechdel, author of the graphic novel Fun Home, which debuted as a musical last year.


Wednesday at the Basalt Regional Library, the University of Colorado’s Flatiron Camareta singers perform. The show also features Aspen Music Festival and School resident artists.


The 66th annual Warren Miller film is premiering in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House this weekend. “Chasing Shadows” follows groups of skiers as they travel around the world. The common theme they all share, though, is an effort to keep the history and tradition of skiing alive.

At a walkthrough of the building on Thursday, community members are seeing what all of the buzz is about. The final upgrades and renovations to the historic Wheeler Opera House are complete, and the venue will begin hosting performances right away.


The Wheeler was originally supposed to open last month, but a planned upgrade caused some other problems and structural changes had to be made.

Gena Buhler, executive director of the Wheeler, says it’s a relief to finally have the venue open again.