Arts and culture

First Draft - Anna Solomon

Jul 25, 2016

Anna Solomon is the author of The Little Bride and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, One Story, Ploughshares, Slate, The Boston Globe, and MORE, and she is co-editor with Eleanor Henderson of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers. Previously, Anna worked as an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio’s Living On Earth.  

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The famed playwright and author David Sedaris is set to perform at the Wheeler Opera House in November.


Sedaris is the author of multiple books including, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”. He’s also known for his appearances on the radio show “This American Life”.

Sedaris sold out the venue when he performed here last.

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Sam Harvey is an artist and co-owner of Harvey/Meadows Gallery in Aspen. Since coming to Anderson Ranch as a college student in the 1980s, he has done many things. He taught at the ranch, he opened his gallery and now sits on the Board of Trustees at the arts center.

   This week on Audio Canvas I meet with Doug Casebeer, Associate Director & Artistic Director of Ceramics, and Betsy Chaffin, honorary board trustee about the 50th anniversary celebration week beginning July 17th.


First Draft - Charles Bock

Jul 18, 2016

Charles Bock is the author of the novels Alice & Oliver and Beautiful Children, which was a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, and which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Slate, as well as in numerous anthologies. He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Yaddo, UCross, and the Vermont Studio Center.

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Radha Garcia grew up dancing and playing music. When she was just five years old, her mother put her in a flamenco class.

Aspen Film screens the movie “He Named Me Malala” on Monday. The film details the life of  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai … a girl who was targeted by the Taliban in Pakistan.

Buckethead performs at the Belly Up on Tuesday.

Vid Weatherwax plays the Sunset Sounds series at Glenwood Hot Springs.

Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ summer of music continues on Wednesday. Andy Frasco and the U.N. performs at Two Rivers Park.

This Week on Audio Canvas I meet with Tom Sachs  internationally acclaimed contemporary artist. 

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Lynn Goldsmith’s “The Looking Glass” exhibit continues at the Art Base in Basalt. The show features wildly distorted self-portraits, in which Goldsmith contorts her body. Some photos look pastoral — others are straight out of a Tim Burton Film.

Art nonprofits up and down the valley are handling interns in different ways. The Aspen Art Museum typically tries to work with locals who might be staying with family or who are home from college for the summer.

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Jonathan Moore is a three-time Aspen Music Festival and School student. The 23-year-old viola player plays his instrument in one of the new practice facilities at the Bucksbaum Campus up Castle Creek.

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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and Aspen Junior Hockey each won a $7,000 grant last week from First Western Trust.

Curated - July 11th

Jul 11, 2016
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There was a red ribbon to be cut at the Aspen Music Festival and School and Aspen Country Day School’s Bucksbaum campus yesterday.

Curated - July 4th

Jul 11, 2016

  The Aspen Music Festival and School is holding a dedication of the Bucksbaum campus on Monday.


Tuesday at the Aspen Institute Campus, is the McCloskey Speaker Series. Steve Case, the founder of AOL, will be in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.


Attend a Skype book club meeting at Explore Booksellers on Tuesday.


Paper Bird plays in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.


Maurice LaMee was always a theatre guy. Even from his childhood, he was able to express himself on stage better than he could as himself.

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The book, “Life’s Little Instruction Book”, is a strong point of motivation for Tony Lewis. It’s also a strong area of contention. Lewis found the book in his mother’s bathroom.

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This year’s festival starts on Aug. 24 at the Wheeler Opera House. The event features over 40 films including, “Almost Sunrise”, the story of two Iraq war veterans who walk across the United States.


“I think our lineup is as stellar as it has ever been,” said Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler.

The festival ends on Sunday, July 30, with the film “Million Dollar Duck”.

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Alejandro Cerrudo is a Chicago-based ballet dancer and choreographer. This summer he is bringing yet another composition to the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. “Little Moral Jump” is a ballet that is very much one of Cerrudo’s. It allows dancers to break out of ballet standards, and achieve Cerrudo’s goal of surprising the audience. It’s not the first time he’s worked in Aspen though.