Arts and culture

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

Soaring in the Snowmass Balloon Festival

Sep 21, 2015
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The 40th edition of the Snowmass Balloon Festival wrapped up this past weekend. Balloonists from across the country come to the Roaring Fork Valley to float above the the peaks of the Rockies. The accompanying wine festival has allowed the weekend to become one of the most popular ones of the summer.

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The 40th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival kicked off this morning.

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While the Aspen Food and Wine Classic might be the biggest food event of the summer, local chef Susie Jimenez is trying to create a smaller event designed to bring the community together.


There are a lot of film festivals that stuff their billing with outdoor-centric films. MountainFilm, and the ubiquitous Banff Mountain Film Festival come to mind.

But 5Point Film is trying to make a name for itself, nationally and locally. It goes on tour throughout the year to places like New York and Salt Lake City.


This weekend, organizers will be holding a special event for the hometown crowd.

Courtesy of The Hollander Family

Gino Hollander passed away last weekend at the age of 91. Gino was a renowned painter who spent 20 years of his long life living in Aspen. His daughter, Siri, now runs a gallery of his work along with some of her own in Santa Fe. Siri's two brothers are photographers and her mother is a writer.


On being in an artistic family...

Cache Cache crowned the top mac and cheese in town

Sep 13, 2015
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Cache Cache Restaurant, walked away from the festival with victories in all four food categories, including the people’s and chef’s choice awards.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Aspen Mac and Cheese Fest is this Saturday, September 12th.

Renowned dancer comes to Carbondale for residency

Sep 7, 2015

Molissa Fenley is a dancer decades into her career. She has been written about in the New York Times and the New Yorker. This week, she comes to the Launchpad in Carbondale for a residency at the Dance Initiative.

JAS attendance steady despite weather

Sep 7, 2015

After a short weather delay and evacuation on Friday, nearly 6000 people stuck around to watch Hozier and Fitz and the Tantrums play the festival in Snowmass.

On Saturday, No Doubt played what Jazz Aspen Snowmass founder JIm Horowitz says was one of the best moments in the history of the festival. Lenny Kravitz and The Fray closed out the festival Sunday night.