Arts

Arts and culture

Community theater isn’t known for having high budgets, let alone taking a show on the road. Secret Identity Productions took its performance of “Tarzan: The Broadway Musical” on tour, and it finishes in Aspen Saturday.

Curated - May 30th

May 31, 2016

  Carbondale’s Marble Distilling Company starts to celebrate its first anniversary on Tuesday. The Distillery will be screening “The Big Lebowski” and serving their drink “The Dude.”

 

“Spring into Summer” opens at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. The show features the watercolor paintings of ten local artists.

 

 "Spring into Summer” is the latest show at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. The exhibition features work by 10 local artists, including three who have never displayed their work in the gallery before.

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Market Street Kitchen opens, continuing new development in midvalley.

Basalt’s newest restaurant is located in its newest hotel, Element. It’s run by Mawa McQueen, who owns another eatery in Aspen.

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After months of construction, the $70 million update to the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Bucksbaum Campus is nearly complete. Next week, staff will be returning to newly renovated administrative offices. Thirty six of 38 staff members will be moving back in. The other two are based at Harris Concert Hall.

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The Aspen Art Museum formally withdrew their appeal to City Council yesterday. The Museum’s proposal to use Rio Grande Park to host its ArtCrush fundraiser for the second year in a row was denied - first by a special events committee, and then by city manager Steve Barwick.

In a letter sent in late April, Barwick said the impact on the community was too strong, however, would allow use of a smaller space near the park. The Museum requested use of the Rio Grande Park for 10 days in late July and early August.

Credit, Sue Kwon.

Though Aspen Words’ Winter Words series only ended last month, the lineup for Summer Words is already out.

Curated - May 23rd

May 23, 2016

This week on Curated, we speak with artist Sam Durant, author Dana Spiotta and we explore the Valley's cycling culture.

  It’s the age of digital media, and artists have to learn about how to use it too! The Red Brick Center for the Arts is hosting a workshop for artists to learn how to market themselves using Facebook.

 

It’s foreign film night at the Basalt Regional Library on Wednesday. They’re showing "The Intouchables".

 

The ArtBase in Basalt is opening the first exhibit from the Claudette Carter ARTmentors Program. The program is for high school juniors who are considering a career in the arts.

 

Courtesy, the artist.

Over the past few weeks, the Aspen Art Museum has been hosting what it calls “crit sessions.” Local artists come to the museum with a piece of their art and have it critiqued by their peers in a constructive and safe environment. Last week, Sam Durant spoke to artists about the proper way to have one of these sessions.

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  The City of Aspen is awaiting applications for grant money that can go to art and community nonprofits.

 

For the last few years, around $750,000 have been given to groups like Aspen Film, Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Art Museum alongside other community organizations. Usually, a little more than half of that money goes to those community groups, while the other money goes towards the arts.

 

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The Nomad Gallery opens next month in its first location. For each show the gallery has, a new location is chosen, as well as new artists. That’s where the name comes from.

 

The first show will open next month at 809 Grand Ave., in Glenwood Springs, the former location of Gallery 809.

 

Nomad is currently holding an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the June show.

It features work by Jay Phillips and Matthew Eames.

Curated - May 16th

May 16, 2016
Courtesy, Renee Ramge

Over a dozen acts will be performing at July’s Mountain Fair in Carbondale.

First Draft - Dominic Smith

May 16, 2016

Dominic grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Austin, Texas. He is the author, most recently, of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, a New York Times Bestseller and a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice selection.

Friday is Bike to Work Day and to celebrate, it’s Bonedale Bike Week in Carbondale.

 

It’s Glenwood High School’s Fine Arts Week. The 27th year of the event features visual art every day of the week, and performances by choirs, bands and theatre groups.

 

Sunil Yapa talks about his book, “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist” at Hooch Bar in Aspen on Tuesday. It’s Yapa’s first novel and it’s been received very well by critics. He’s currently working as a writer in residence for Aspen Words.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

When Sunil Yapa was writing the first draft of his first novel, “Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist,” he was living in Chile. Unfortunately, he hadn’t backed up his manuscript anywhere and his laptop was stolen. He lost 600 pages of writing and had reached a critical juncture in his young career.

 There are many video series on sites like YouTube and Vimeo: The “Takeaway Shows” series, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Each has its own style, but they all feature musicians playing intimate sets with acoustic instruments in a stripped down or unusual setting. Aspen has its own low-key music venue: the Silver Queen gondola on Aspen Mountain.

Carbondale hosted the 2016 Colorado Creative Industries Summit last week. The annual event brought more than 300 people from creative fields to the town. Last year’s event was held in Fort Collins.

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