Arts and culture

Collaboration brings Carbondale artists to Red Brick

Aug 31, 2015
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Just like any other month, the Red Brick Center for the Arts is opening a new gallery in the former school building. But instead of artists banding together under one creative theme, these artists all have studios at the Third Street center in Carbondale.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

Giovanni Zoppé is kind of in charge of everything. The permits. The booking. The logisticky, boring of stuff.


But in his 49 years - all spent in his family’s circus - he says that he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.


“I joke now...I’m 49 years old and I still never left home. I’m still here with my family and I have zero intention of going anywhere.”


Young director a focal point in Mountainfilm

Aug 27, 2015

James Marcus Haney is only 27 yet he has two feature films under his belt, both of which will be shown as part of this weekend’s Mountainfilm festival. But his road to success was not a traditional one. The selection of two music films at the festival wasn't either.


Marcus Haney was a senior in college at the University of Southern California. The lineup for Coachella in 2010 was full of big names. She and Him. Atoms for Peace. Jay-Z. Marcus was a broke college student. All of his friends were going, and so was his crush. He had to go.

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats

Denver-based singer Nathaniel Rateliff released his first album with his band The Night Sweats last week. Known more for his contemplative folk songs, his new LP is a shout out to the soul records of the ‘60s and ‘70s. He will be playing at the Belly Up this weekend as a part of the Mountain Summit: Mountainfilm festival.

UPDATE: AMFS students killed in car crash

Aug 25, 2015
Aspen Music Festival and School


23-year old Alex Greene was driving a 2011 Ford Escape, Ben Darneille -his bandmate in the  Rendezvous Brass quartet - rode in the passenger seat, he was 21. Both men were killed when Greene’s Escape crossed the center line on Highway 191 just north of Farson Wyoming, and struck a Volvo tractor pulling two trailers.

The tractor driver, 55 year old Brent Hawkes said he tried to avoid the head-on collision. Hawkes was treated and released from nearby Memorial Hospital in Rock Springs Wyoming. All three victims were wearing seatbelts.

New work readings at Theatre Aspen this week

Aug 24, 2015

The repertory season of Theatre Aspen came to an end last week, but the group will now try out new works.


The first reading of the play “The Agent” by Scott Martin will debut tonight as part of Theatre Aspen’s festival of new works.

First Draft - Shulem Deen

Aug 24, 2015

  Shulem Deen is the author of All Who Go Do Not Return, a memoir about growing up in and then leaving the Hasidic Jewish world. He is also the founding editor of Unpious, an online journal for voices on the Hasidic fringe. His work has appeared in The New Republic, Salon, Tablet Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward, and elsewhere. He serves as a board member at Footsteps, a New York City-based organization that offers assistance and support to those who have left the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Hudson Reed Ensemble

You might see Todd Hartley's name on a marquee when he does stand-up comedy, or at the top of a column in the Aspen Times. But now you can see Hartley's name at the top of a program. His play, "The Generations of Tantalus" is a Shakespeare in the Park presentation by the Hudson Reed Ensemble. Hartley spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Patrick Fort.

Festival Las Americas

An event aimed at showing the Carbondale community its diversity will come to Sopris Park this weekend. The 13th year of Festival Las Americas is what has been called a “cultural mixer” by some of its organizers.

Ballet ends season with new dancers, program

Aug 20, 2015
Courtesy Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The last performance for the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company is tomorrow. With new dances and dancers making their debuts this summer, representatives say the season was a successful one.


With three new dancers and a company learning new choreography, there were a few things that could have gone wrong, but the opposite happened.


As the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet closes its 2015 season, they end a summer with another schedule full of sellout crowds.