Arts and culture

Mandala opening ceremony highlights monks’ visit

Jul 10, 2015


Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery area heading to the Aspen Art Museum tomorrow to begin the ancient art of mandala.


The monks create sand for the Mandala sand paintings by rubbing dyed stones on metal scrapers...they then aim the sand into a large pre-designed pattern atop a table.

The pieces can take weeks to complete.

When they’re finished, a special ceremony is held where the sand is collected in a jar and emptied near running water.


Gangstagrass brings unique mashup-style to Snowmass

Jul 9, 2015

The band Gangstagrass will be playing in Snowmass tonight as part of the free summer concert series. The band mixes bluegrass and hip-hop, and you may have heard their music during FX’s Justified. Rench, the lead producer of the group spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort.

Highlights from their conversation...

"There's no drums in bluegrass  so I could hear how easily you could add those as samples on top of a beat."

"I think they think it's going to be a novelty when they first hear the idea."

First Draft - Leslie Jamison

Jul 6, 2015

Leslie Jamison was born in Washington DC and grew up in Los Angeles. Since then, she's lived in Iowa, Nicaragua, New Haven, and New York and worked as a baker, an office temp, an innkeeper, a tutor, and a medical actor. Every one of these was a world; they're still in her. Her novel is called The Gin Closet and her collection of essays is called The Empathy Exams. Leslie Jamison a columnist for the New York Times Book Review, and is currently finishing a doctoral dissertation at Yale about addiction narratives.

First Draft - Saeed Jones

Jun 29, 2015

Saeed Jones was born in Memphis, TN and raised in Lewisville, Texas. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University – Newark. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Kentucky University where he won the Jim Wayne Miller Award for Poetry. His collection Prelude to Bruise was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014 and the winner of the 2015 Pen Literary Award for Poetry. Jones is also the literary editor for BuzzFeed.

First Draft - Akhil Sharma

Jun 22, 2015
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  Akhil Sharma is the author of An Obedient Father, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Award Stories. A native of Delhi, he lives in New York City and is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark. His latest novel is Family Life, which won the 2015 Folio Prize for fiction.

Food and wine ready for serving up Aspen

Jun 18, 2015

  The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen comes to town this weekend. Aspen Public Radio’s arts and culture reporter Patrick Fort spoke to the publisher of Food and Wine Magazine, Christina Grdovic in the days leading up to the event.




That was Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort speaking with Food and Wine Magazine’s Christina Grdovic. You can hear more of the interview later today on

Audio Canvas is a weekly audio tour of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Executive Director, Nancy Wilhelms, shares the center's history and mission to bridge art, education, and inspiration. The Ranch will host a myriad of events this summer including a conversation series, workshops, kids camps, guest faculty lectures, and lunchtime Auctionettes. 

Learn more about the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and their upcoming events at

First Draft - Celeste Ng

Jun 8, 2015
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Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You, which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and Amazon's #1 Best Book of the Year 2014.  She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Shaker Height, Ohio, in a family of scientists.  Celeste attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award.

First Draft - Christopher Noxon

Jun 1, 2015

Christopher Noxon is an author, journalist and illustrator. He’s the author of the novel Plus One, which “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner called “well-observed, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny” andRejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes and the Reinvention of the American Grown Up, which Ira Glass, host of public radio’s This American Life, called “an eye opener.” As a journalist, he has written for The New Yorker, Details, The New York Times MagazineLos Angeles Magazine, and Salon.

Charles Baxter is the author of five novels, five short story collections, three collections of poetry and two essay collections on fiction.  His novel The Feast of Love was nominated for a National Book Award.  His most recent story collection is called There’s Something I Want You to Do.  Baxter lives in Minneapolis and teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.