Arts and culture

Launchpad opens "Crosscurrents" show

Oct 2, 2015

Carbondale’s Launchpad gallery will be opening its latest show tonight. “Crosscurrents” explores how daily parts of life, like water and the sky can help to interpret life in a greater sense.


The piece “Crossing Longitudes” is a visceral composition. A string of barbed wire makes a fence, with bronze tumbleweeds are stuck in the edges - stopped in their tracks. This installation by Meris Baretto is just one of the pieces being shown at the Launchpad.


Winners crowned in AspenFilmFest

Oct 1, 2015

The winners have been crowned for the 2015 AspenFilm Festival.


“Room” won the audience award for best feature film, while “Romeo is Bleeding” won the award for best documentary film.

“Room” stars Brie Larson and explores the bond between mother and daughter in a tale of captivity and one’s willingness to help children experience the world.


“Romeo is Bleeding” follows Donte Clark as he tries to combat gang violence with the poetry of William Shakespeare.

AspenFilm Festival a success in Thew’s first year

Sep 30, 2015

When John Thew took over as the executive director of AspenFilm last year, he still was waiting for full control as veterans George Eldred and Laura Thielen transitioned out and helped him through FilmFest.


Now, after putting the festival together himself for the first time, Thew says the opening night of the festival was a great experience for him.


“We thought maybe 50 people would show up for the reception because it was at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and we had over 200 people show up.”

Level 1 Productions

Ahead of ski season, The Meeting is returning to to Aspen for its 11th year. The event starts tomorrow and features the latest ski and snowboard films as well as big-picture discussions around the winter sports industry.


First Draft - Elissa Schappell

Sep 28, 2015

Elissa Schappell is an American novelist, short story writer, editor and essayist. Her first book of fiction, Use Me a collection of ten linked short stories, was published in 2000 by William Morrow, and was runner up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. A second book of fiction, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2011. It was chosen as a "Best Book of the Year" by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal.

Courtesy, Carbondale Annual Potato Day

On Saturday, the 106th edition of the Carbondale event offers locals a celebration of the town’s history as not only a potato producer, but also the birthplace of the Red McClure potato.

"The Mineola Twins" is a dramedy. Political satire. Cultural commentary. A pair of twins. Played by the same person. One leading lady plays both Myra and Myrna Mineola. One more straight-laced, the other is a little more wild and crazy.


The Cannabist covers Colorado’s marijuana industry from a legal and cultural perspective for the Denver Post. Mitch Dickman filmed the staff as they did their reporting and put it together into a documentary. The film will be shown as part of the Aspen Film Festival this weekend. The film brings a local element to the festival that is critical to help keep the festival going.

Five Pitkin County groups receive CCI art grants

Sep 22, 2015
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado Creative Industries announced the recipients of its 2015-2016 grants. Six organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley were part of this years awards.

First Draft - Jim Shepard

Sep 21, 2015

  Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, and four story collections, including most recently the forthcoming You Think That’s Bad.   His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize.  Project X won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association.  His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’sMcSweeney’sThe Paris