Arts and culture

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The Snowmass Concert series finishes tonight on Fanny Hill. This summer, most of the shows have avoided the anecdotally present rain that seems to have interfered in previous seasons. The series featured music industry veterans like Taj Mahal and newcomers like Jamestown Revival.

This week at Anderson Ranch I talk to Jessica Cerise and Liz Ferrill to talk about the ArtWorks Store. The ArtWorks Store is open year-round. Summer hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm and Sunday 12 noon - 6 pm. Non-summer hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.  

 The Aspen Art Museum held its annual ArtCrush fundraising event on Friday. The museum netted $2.5 million, and was exactly what was expected, according to Aspen Art Museum CEO Heidi Zuckerman. That number is the same compared to last year’s event.

First Draft - Kim Addonizio

Aug 8, 2016

Kim Addonizio is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. Her latest books are Mortal Trash: Poems (W.W. Norton) and a memoir-in-essays, Bukowski in a Sundress (Penguin). 

The “Wheeler Wins” program was launched in November by the Wheeler Opera House as a way to make shows more affordable and provide other benefits. There are more than 400 members so far.


Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler said the membership numbers are encouraging.


That’s especially important to her because last week, the City of Aspen gave the Wheeler Opera House over $100,000 to help bring in bigger acts. The money came from the real estate transfer tax.

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It was announced last week that the Wheeler Opera House received over $100,000 to supplement its programming budget. Executive director Gena Buhler said this new money will mean bigger acts, and steadier ticket prices for locals. Buhler spoke with arts reporter Patrick Fort about what this all means.

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There’s a bridge in Rifle that runs over a stream. On the two main support columns are two very different visual elements. On one side, mud smeared everywhere — graffiti style. On the other side? Rifle’s latest piece of public art.

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explore. evolve. elevate. opens tonight at the Red Brick Center for the Arts.


Ceramic artist Michael Bonds is featured in the show, as well as Molly Peacock. The exhibition also includes a retrospective on the work of Betty Weiss, who passed away in November.


Weiss had a studio in the Red Brick for almost two decades. Red Brick executive director Angie Callen told Aspen Public Radio in November the 90-year-old artist was an institution in the building.


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ArtAspen opens at the Aspen Ice Garden tomorrow. Bernie Taupin — Elton John’s songwriter —  will display his art. Taupin is a mixed-media artist and uses paint, rope and other materials to create abstract pieces.


The show features art shown in galleries from New York, Santa Fe, Miami and Los Angeles.


Events also include a lecture from sculptor and University of Northern Colorado graduate, Gino Miles, called “From Greeley to Aspen and All of the Places in Between”.  

First Draft - Anna Noyes

Aug 1, 2016

Anna Noyes is the author of the debut story collection, Goodnight, Beautiful Women, which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice (Grove Atlantic 2016). She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in Vice, A Public Space, and Guernica, among others. Goodnight, Beautiful Women is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an Indie Next Great Reads pick for June. Noyes was raised in Downeast Maine.  

Curated - Aug. 22

Aug 1, 2016

Curated features Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, Jeff Feuerzig, Anna Noyes and Jess Worley. 

  JT LeRoy penned two bestselling novels before it was discovered that he didn’t exist. LeRoy was a pen name used by Laura Albert - that became a little too real. Albert’s relative even went out in public as LeRoy. Jeff Feuerzeig heard about the story and decided to make a film about it. “Author: The JT LeRoy Story”, documents the creation and eventual breakdown of the JT LeRoy personality.


Chris Isaak performs at the Belly Up on Monday as part of his “First Comes the Night Tour”.


Tuesday night is the next event in the McCloskey Speaker Series from the Aspen Institute. Experts will discuss the presidential race as it looks after the conventions.


Aspen Film is screening the film “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You on Wednesday.


Nigel Hall plays in Glenwood Springs as part of the Summer of Music.


Jess Worley is a Carbondale resident who grew up going to Mountain Fair. As she grew up, she learned to play bluegrass guitar. In 2010, her father, Bill “Willy” Worley, disappeared in the mountains near Redstone, and he was never seen again.

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is now Carbondale Arts. The name change comes along with rebranding of social media accounts and an upcoming new website.


Carbondale Arts came about after the town became a certified Colorado Creative District which entitled it for state funding for the arts. The group’s executive director, Amy Kimberly, was at the helm for this achievement.


The group will also be forming a governance council in September, with members being chosen by Carbondale Arts.


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All week, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has been practicing his moves for his debut  dance performance on Friday at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s premiere fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars. Community members dance with ballet company members in competition against one another.

A winner is selected in an audience vote.

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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts gathered over 1000 signatures to show support for a request to allow the group to move into an empty library space in downtown.


Multiple groups are vying for the space including at one point, the Frontier Historical Society.

The society’s executive director Bill Kight said at a city council meeting last week that he had retracted his proposal.


This week I meet with Katherine Bell to see what the summer and fall have in store for the children at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. 

Curated - July 25th

Jul 25, 2016

  Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness performs at the Belly Up on Monday. McMahon is known for his work in Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate.


The film, “Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise” is being shown on Monday by Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute.


Hairspray is being screened at the Aspen Art Museum on Wednesday.


Gipsy Moon plays at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs as the summer of music continues.