Arts and culture

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An outdoor dance project out of Carbondale called “Letter to Congress: A WILD Sanity” advocates for the protection of public lands through movement. Now the group of artists intend on getting the film in the hands of our elected officials in Washington.

Week in the Arts: Oct. 2, 2017

Oct 2, 2017


Welcome to the beginning of the first week of snow in the Roaring Fork Valley!

The 39th annual Aspen Filmfest kicks off Tuesday at The Wheeler Opera House, with screenings and panel discussions also occurring at the ISIS Theatre in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale through Sunday. For the complete schedule, visit aspenfilm.org.


Curated: Oct. 2, 2017

Oct 2, 2017

This week's episode of Curated marks the 39th annual Aspen Filmfest. We’ll hear from an independent filmmaker trying to reach Congress through film and dance. We’ll also talk to Aspen Film’s director of programming for this week’s Aspen Filmfest. And we’ll hear from Susan Wrubel, Aspen Film’s new executive director.

First Draft: Brendan Mathews

Oct 2, 2017
Tricia McCormack

Brendan Mathews is the author of The World of Tomorrow. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, where he taught in the graduate creative writing program at University College Cork.

His fiction has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories and in Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, Salon, Cincinnati Review, and other publications in the US and UK. He lives with his wife and their four children in Lenox, Massachusetts, and teaches at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.


Courtesy of Aspen Film

Jane Schoettle first came to Aspen in 2016 for the Academy Screenings. She is an international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and served as the director of programming for the 39th annual Aspen Filmfest, which starts Tuesday. Arts reporter Claire Woodcock spoke with her about her role as curator in a digital world.

Musical storyteller Spencer Bohren has been sharing the roots of American history - and music - with over 600 students this week from Carbondale to Aspen, and he's doing so through song.

Graphic: Aspen Art Museum

On Thursday, the Aspen Art Museum will host The Great Debate, a forum where presenters will confront one of the most fundamental questions of contemporary art.

Courtesy of Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar

Last Wednesday, Lindze Letherman noticed the first letter “O” on the sign of the bar she manages - Hooch - was missing. She said this isn’t the first time letters from the sign have been stolen.

Curated: Sept. 25, 2017

Sep 25, 2017

This week on Curated, we take a tour of Owl Farm, longtime home of the late gonzo writer Hunter S. Thompson, in Woody Creek, Colorado. His widow Anita Thompson shares her plans to turn his home into a museum, and his friends recall the time he ran for Pitkin County Sheriff in 1970. 

First Draft: Josh Weil

Sep 25, 2017

Josh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea and the novella collection The New Valley, both New York Times Editor’s Choices. A Fulbright Fellow and National Book Foundation 5-under-35 honoree, he has been awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the GrubStreet National Book Prize, the Library of Virginia’s Award in Fiction, the New Writers Award from the GLCA, and a Pushcart Prize. His new short story collection is called The Age of Perpetual Light.


Week in the Arts: Sept. 25, 2017

Sep 24, 2017


Welcome to the beginning of a new fall in the Roaring Fork Valley!


Wednesday, blues funk band Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears will play Belly Up, Aspen with Lightnin Malcolm at 8:30 p.m.


Thursday in Carbondale, Studio for Arts and Works or SAW will have an open house starting at 5 p.m.


Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

Last week, Colorado Creative Industries, a state division in the governor's Office of Economic Development, announced it's going with Paonia over Carbondale for the region’s Space to Create initiative.

Susan Wrubel: Aspen Film's new executive director

Sep 24, 2017
Courtesy of Aspen Film

Aspen Film has named Susan Wrubel its new permanent executive director.

Jon Stahl

On Thursday, a big announcement was made regarding a statewide effort to bring more affordable housing to artists in rural mountain towns. Colorado Creative Industries has selected Paonia over Carbondale to receive money for the northwest region's initiative.

Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

On Wednesday, the Carbondale Chamber’s Annual Business Conference brought roughly 60 locals together to discuss issues facing the region’s workforce.

Elle Logan

A new partnership between the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) and the AmeriCorps program has brought five music teachers to the valley.

Week in the Arts: Sept. 18, 2017

Sep 18, 2017


Welcome to the beginning of the first official week of fall in the Roaring Fork Valley!


Tuesday at Hooch Cocktail Bar, this month’s Aspen Words writer-in-residence Tatjana Soli, a L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist and New York Times Notable Author, will be giving a talk and reading at 5:30 p.m.


Curated: Sept. 18, 2017

Sep 18, 2017

This week on Curated, a local artist creates a sculpture out of found materials with a rich history. Plus, The New Yorker's writer Adam Gopnik talks his latest book and the art of storytelling. 

Courtesy of Garfield County Libraries

Garfield County Libraries reduced their hours across all branches this month for the second time since last December.

Josue Rivas

The Los Angeles based Latin alternative band Chicano Batman is coming to Belly Up-Aspen Saturday.