Arts and culture

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Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis could not have been further apart on the ideological spectrum. But in the play “Freud’s Last Session”, performed in Carbondale next week, the two minds come together to discuss some of life’s biggest questions.

Broadway, Disney great coming to Aspen

Feb 18, 2016
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If you have seen a Disney movie or a Broadway show in the last two decades, you’ve probably heard Susan Egan.

Custom guitars by a man who did it his own way

Feb 17, 2016
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It’s cleaning week in Miles Phillips’ workshop. The scent of wood wafts through the air, and sawdust floats through the room. Phillips says that his shop is a bit dirtier than usual. It's important to keep his space clean because any speck of dust could scratch a very expensive instrument.

Aspen Laff Festival opens with wide-reaching lineup

Feb 17, 2016

The 2016 edition of the Aspen Laff Festival comes to the Wheeler Opera House this week.

A space for kids to learn science and explore

Feb 15, 2016

Arts are now making an appearance in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as “STEM” fields. STEAM adds an “a” for arts.

Curated - February 15th

Feb 15, 2016

Gilbert Gottfried speaks on his expanding interests

Feb 15, 2016
Courtesy, Gilbert Gottfried

You might recognize Gilbert Gottfried as the former voice of the Aflac duck and Iago, the loud-mouth bird in Aladdin. He has been out of the spotlight in recent years after a series of controversial remarks over September 11, and the tsunami in Japan. He is performing on Friday as part of the Laff Festival at the Wheeler Opera House.

Week in the Arts - February 15

Feb 15, 2016

 It is your last week to see Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ Valley Visual Arts Show. The 36th year of the event is on display at the R2 Gallery and at Bonfire Coffee.

First Draft - Sarah Gerard

Feb 15, 2016

  Sarah Gerard is the author of the novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio), the forthcoming essay collection Sunshine State (Harper Perennial), and two chapbooks, most recently BFF (Guillotine). Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesNew York Magazine‘s “The Cut”, The Paris Review DailyThe Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, JoylandViceBOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies for Joyland and The Saturday Evening Post.

World Cup-themed art on display at the airport.

Feb 15, 2016

Right when you step off the tarmac at Aspen Airport, and into the terminal. You’ll see a few things including ads and TSA warnings. But recently, art has been added to the walls.

Nowhere to go but up for Vaudeville Revue

Feb 11, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue was founded in 2009. Almost seven years later, its founder is reflecting on what’s been done so far and ambitions for the coming years. Tonight is the Revue’s spring opening.

Celebrating 20 years of ASFB

Feb 10, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is kicking off its 20th season this weekend. For the group’s founders it has been a wild ride. Through it all, they are still handling details you wouldn’t expect someone with “director” in their title to do.

“postlandscape” opens at Aspen Chapel Gallery

Feb 9, 2016

The Aspen Chapel Gallery opens its latest show today.


The show is called “postlandscape”. What you see at the show isn’t just blobs of color that are incoherent or nondescript. They are landscapes. But of course, with the postmodern title, they are more than that.

Mercedez Holtry is a 22-year-old poet from New Mexico. Her writing talks about her identity as a woman and her race. She is currently teaching poetry workshops for youth around the valley ahead of Aspen Words’ Youth Poetry Slam this weekend.

First Draft - Adam Johnson

Feb 8, 2016

Adam Johnson was born in South Dakota and raised in Arizona. He earned a BA in Journalism from Arizona State University in 1992; a MFA from the writing program at McNeese State University, and a PhD in English from Florida State University in 2000.

Jane Bachrach

For four years now, Aspen Words has been sending poets into local schools to teach kids about the art.


That trend of putting poets in schools is continuing this year, with the third annual Youth Poetry Slam.

Curated - Feburary 8th

Feb 8, 2016

Week in the Arts - February 8th

Feb 8, 2016

  On Monday night, Emancipator comes to the Belly Up. The group sits on the more chill side of the electronic spectrum.


Tuesday in Snowmass is an annual celebration of Mardi Gras. It’s the 34th year of celebration.


Aspen Words has a big weekend. On Friday is the 3rd annual Youth Poetry Slam. Kids from all over the valley compete. On Saturday, author Adam Johnson continues the Winter Words series. He is the author of the short story collection, “Fortune Smiles”.


Bud Light Hi-Fi lineup completed

Feb 5, 2016
Seth Beckton

The Aspen Skiing Company released the rest the full lineup of artists for the Bud Light Hi-Fi concert series. The series started in November with a concert by Jamestown Revival.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Cooking School of Aspen is making a comeback. Local restaurateur Rob Ittner is rebuilding it and hopes to make the school a destination, more than a decade after it closed.