Arts and culture

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Lyrics Born is a Berkeley, California-based rapper whose latest album “Real People” came out earlier this year. He will be playing at Aspen’s Belly Up tonight. “Real People” was crowdfunded, and relied on the donations of his fans to help him produce his album. But his big goals for his album had him coming back to his roots as an independent artist.

Aspen Snowmass

The insides of the Wheeler Opera House will look completely different to those who step inside after mid-December.


The $3-4 million renovations include new restrooms, HVAC infrastructure and a bar with a better service area.The current layout becomes crowded easily and is often difficult to move around in.


The first floor of the building will become a true lobby area, while the second floor will have the bar, and a portable stage for small performances to happen.


First Draft - Jesse Goolsby

Oct 12, 2015

  Jesse Goolsby is an Air Force officer and the author of the novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them . His fiction and essays have appeared widely, to include Narrative, The Kenyon Review, Epoch, The Literary Review, Salon, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, and Redivider.

Week in the Arts - October 12th

Oct 12, 2015

Your weekly preview of events in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The John Denver Celebration has been a tradition in Aspen since the musician died 18 years ago. People from all over the world have come here this weekend to pay their respects and relive the music that they love so much. The event is more than just a concert for the people attending.

Nas, deadmau5 headline X Games music performances

Oct 8, 2015
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When he was only 20 years old, Nas put out what is arguably one of the greatest rap albums of all time. “Illmatic”.

Now he will be coming to perform at the X Games in January at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. deadmau5 and KYGO join the lineup, as well as Run The Jewels, Twenty One Pilots and DJ Snake.

The musicians will also play smaller shows at the Belly Up.


This year’s lineup continues on the rap and electronic track. Last year, rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa made appearances alongside Skrillex and Chromeo.

Faux Reel Films

Hamilton Pevec is the director of “Hanuman Airlines” and “Before the Last Drop”. He was a Carbondale resident until he moved to Nepal full-time a few years ago. Now, he’s back trying to raise money to help rebuild the country’s infrastructure after it was struck by an earthquake earlier this year. The struggle to help others as you change yourself can be a difficult road.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company released its winter schedule yesterday. A third consecutive record-breaking fundraising event won’t change the way the company operates artistically.

The “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser in July was the most profitable fundraiser that the group has had yet. That is the third year in a row that it has broken its own record, but the group does not release the numbers publicly.

Public documents show that the organization raised $700,000 through fundraising in 2013.


First Draft - George Hodgman

Oct 5, 2015

George Hodgman is the author of the memoir, Bettyville.  He has also worked as an editor at Simon and Schuster, Henry Holt, Houghton Mifflin and Vanity Fair.  He graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in English and Magazine Journalism.  He lives in Missouri and New York.

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Jill Sheeley is a children’s author and has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for many years. She is the author of the series, “Adventures of Fraser the Yellow Dog”. Now, one of her books has found itself on the best-seller list at Explore Booksellers in Aspen. More than a decade after its release.