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Corinne Bailey Rae was added to the list of performers at Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Labor Day Experience. The singer is known for her 2006 song “Put Your Records On”.

 

The rest of the September festival lineup includes Train, The Killers, Thievery Corporation and another act that has yet to be announced.

 

 

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Off-season is down time for a lot of places in the upper valley. Many restaurants are open less frequently, or close down all together. It’s also harder to go to see a show, band or play. It isn’t just hard on patrons though. Venues have trouble bringing performers in as well.

There are only a few more items left on the list of renovations to the Wheeler Opera House. The roofing updates need to be completed as well as fixes to the building’s HVAC systems. A snow melting system is also going to be added in front of the building for winter months.

 

Executive director Gena Buhler says the updates were only slightly delayed because of the venue’s late opening last year.

 

Screenshot, "Being Here"

Carbondale’s 5Point Adventure Film Festival is a big one for the group. It’s the first time attendees will interact with their outdoor heroes. And it’s also a year in which the festival has the most films by, or about women, that it’s ever had.

First Draft - Rob Spillman

Apr 18, 2016

Rob Spillman is editor of Tin House magazine and editorial advisor of Tin House Books. He was previously the monthly book columnist for Details magazine and is a contributor of book reviews and essays to Salon and Bookforum.

Curated - April 18th

Apr 18, 2016

Today on Curated, we hear about a student-curated art show. We speak with author Rob Spillman, take a look at the Rio Grande ArtWay and hear about taking the perfect photo on your iPhone.

  On Monday, the Aspen Institute hosts the event “Athens to Aspen: Journeys of Meaning”. The seminar is completed through three meetings anchored by the work of Shakespeare and ancient and contemporary texts.

The Basalt Regional Library is hosting the CU Boulder Graduate Brass Quintet on Tuesday. The performance is being named “Brass with Class”.

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The Art Base hosts regular art classes. This past weekend, they hosted a class on how to take perfect pictures on your iPhone. What sort of apps do you use? How do you use lighting? Summers Moore is a photographer based in the Valley who taught the class.

“Uncle Vanya” is a play by Anton Chekhov . It opens at the Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus tonight.

 

“Uncle Vanya” was first published in 1897, and was performed two years later in Moscow.

 

The play follows the lives of a family living in the Russian countryside. Vanya and his niece, Sonya, live their lives frugally. They keep their emotions close to their chest. But when a relative shows up with his beautiful, younger wife, things start to fall apart.

 

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A section of the Rio Grande Trail in Carbondale is getting a bit of a makeover. Flowers and hops have been planted. Invasive tree species removed … And now art is being added. That’s part of the new Rio Grande ArtWay plan that was unveiled last night. It’s part of a project to update a section of the trail with art and signage that help point users toward businesses and art centers.

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Over the weekend, the work of a few dozen high school students went on display at the Aspen Art Museum. There is painting, sculpture and mixed media pieces.

Aspen Words’ Winter Words series closed last week with a talk by Sandra Cisneros. The series had its highest attendance figures yet, according to the group.

 

About twenty percent more people came to the five events, compared to last year. Around 200-250 people came to see writers like Juan Felipe Herrera and Alison Bechdel.

 

Aspen Words Executive Director Mo LeMee says that because of the list of writers that have come to the series, he has become a more complete person.

 

James Hannaham is the author of God Says No and Delicious Foods.

Curated - April 11th

Apr 11, 2016

On Today's episode of Curated, we speak with  author Dan Dunn about his latest book, "American Wino". We go inside an upcoming piece of art development in the Valley. We hear what it takes to be a good film critic, and we talk with author James Hannaham.

The band Deer Tick plays an acoustic set at the Belly Up on Tuesday. Through the course of their latest album, the mix blues, country soul and punk. Ryley Walker opens the performance.

Rock Bottom Ranch is hosting a cooking class in Basalt on Tuesday. This event will teach attendees how to make a pizza using locally sourced and sustainably obtained ingredients.

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Dan Dunn is a former Aspen Daily News columnist. He has since gone on to a successful journalism career, writing for Playboy and GQ. He is also the author of “American Wino,” which documents his time spent driving across the country to explore the world of wine, and cast away his demons.

Courtesy, Lisa Kennedy.

David Ansen and Lisa Kennedy are two of the jurors at Aspen Film’s ShortsFest this year. They are veteran critics who will be helping to decide the winners of this year’s festival. Winners become eligible for the Academy Awards.

The spot where the Arts Campus at Willits, or “TACAW”, is going to be built is currently a vacant lot. There’s some construction equipment and fences, but other than that...nothing. This patch of land is just a few blocks away from the new Element hotel. It was zoned for a space like TACAW in the early nineties, so this has been a long time coming.  The plan is to have the building completed by 2018. And it’s big. The plans are for the space to have a kitchen, some performance space…

Curated - April 4

Apr 6, 2016

Judges will start watching films during the 25th year of Aspen Film’s ShortsFest tonight.

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