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Bronwen Sharp

The 9th annual Aspen Fringe Festival kicks off this weekend. For the festival’s artistic directors, politics play a major role in this year’s presentations.

Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center, sat down to preview all that the ranch has to offer this summer. From the Critical Dialogue series to Children's Workshops, the ranch is a whirlwind of activity. 

Curated - June 5, 2017

Jun 7, 2017

This week on Curated, the Aspen Fringe Festival returns to the valley after a divisive election season. While mainstream entertainment hides behind feel-good themes, the festival connects the dots through to the current state of Trump’s America by featuring its first female playwright.

Harriet Levin Millan’s first book, How Fast Can You Run is based on the true story of a South Sudanese refugee. She spoke this week at Explore Booksellers.

First Draft - Chavisa Woods

Jun 5, 2017

Chavisa Woods is the author of Love Does Not Make me Gentle or Kind, The Albino Album, and Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country.  Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind was a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction. Woods was the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation Award for emerging writers.

Week in the Arts - June 5, 2017

Jun 5, 2017

 

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

Tuesday, Explore Booksellers presents Harriet Levin Millan, the author of the novel How Fast Can You Run, published last year on the story of a South Sudanese refugee. Millan will read from and sign copies of the book starting at 5:30 p.m.

Aspen Fringe Festival

Aspen Fringe Festival begins Friday. Arts reporter Claire Woodcock spoke with the festival’s artistic director David Ledingham who  says that the recent election cycle has become the festival’s focal point.

Public valley art gets the roundabout treatment

May 31, 2017
Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

In the valley, people are passionate about their roundabouts. Along with improving safety and traffic flow, roundabouts are also used as defacto gallery spaces. But with new public art popping up in these places so are questions and complaints.

Joan Valentine

Esteemed jazz musician Ron Carter is conducting a residency at the Aspen Middle School this week.

Week in the Arts - May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

  

 

Wednesday, there is a Bow Wow Film Festival at The Wheeler Opera House. 90 minutes of award-winning films for dog lovers in the valley. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 6:30 p.m.

Curated - May 29

May 29, 2017

This week on Curated, a sculpture was installed in Carbondale’s roundabout. The artist looks back and gives insight into the process for other sculptors. Plus, Basalt unveils a new series of temporary public art installations as a symbol of unity to the community.

Big news on the status of Willits Center for the Arts came out of a town council meeting. Plus, a new series of public art installations has people wondering: Is Basalt becoming the valley’s new mecca for the arts?

Summer Words programming announced

May 23, 2017
Courtesy of Aspen Words

Last week, Aspen Words announced its anticipated public events schedule for Summer Words.

Curated - May 22

May 22, 2017

This week on Curated, an improv troupe masters the art of long form storytelling, a writer and comedian finds humor in Aspen living and a professor from the University of Colorado at Boulder breaks down the behavioral psychology of humor across cultures.

First Draft - Max Winter

May 22, 2017
Olivia Sauerwein

Max Winter is the author of the novel Exes.  He is a graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA program, and a recipient of two Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Fiction. He has been published in Day One and Diner Journal. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife and son.

Week in the Arts - May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

 

Roaring Fork High School’s annual art exhibition will be on display Monday through Wednesday from 8am to 8pm in the school’s main gym.

Dance Initiative welcomes Marielis Garcia of NYC and David Norsworthy of Toronto as Artists in Residence at The Launchpad. The dancers will give workshops Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6:15.

The dancers will also give a performance of a new work in progress Saturday, May 27 at 7:30pm.

 

CU Boulder professor talks humor

May 22, 2017
colorado.edu

Dr. Peter McGraw is a professor in the business department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His most recent research examines what makes things funny. Claire Woodcock spoke with him on the big secret behind humor.

Call for local artists for the 46th annual Mountain Fair

May 17, 2017
Riley Hutchens

Applications for this year’s Valley Artists’ Booth at the annual Mountain Fair in Carbondale are being accepted through Friday.

Curated - May 15

May 15, 2017

Today on Curated, we cover Colorado Creative Industries, from work-live space installation programs to the NEA keynote speech at this year's summit, to an interview with CCI's executive director Margaret Hunt. 

First Draft - Peter Heller

May 15, 2017

Peter Heller is the author of the novels The Dog Stars, The Painter, and Celine.  He is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a contributing editor at Outside MagazineMen’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure.

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