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Aspen’s artsiest weekend of the summer on the streets of downtown Aspen will feature everything from life-size sculptures and photography, to glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more.

Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

This summer, the Aspen Music Festival and School has 169 pianos being moved from venue to venue, all of which need tuning.

Gediyon Kifle, courtesy of the Aspen Art Museum

The Aspen Art Museum accepted the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service this week. The institution is one of 10 in the nation to receive this award.

This week on Curated, explore the Aspen Art Museum’s latest exhibition through the opening reception. Hear the story of a Cuban who recently created on American soil for the first time. And two art accumulators explain where the impulse to collect comes from, and what it means to let go.

Meet the Greenbergs, Anderson Ranch's Service to the Arts Honorees. 

First Draft - Maile Meloy

Jul 17, 2017

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and Amazon.com. She has also written a trilogy for young readers, beginning with The Apothecary, which was a New York Times bestseller.

 

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

 

Monday, the 14th annual opera gala will feature an exclusive dinner at the Caribou Club and a full performance the Aspen Music Festival and School’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. This event starts at 5 p.m. with the performance beginning at 8 p.m. at The Wheeler Opera House. La traviata will also run the 18th at 7 p.m. at The Wheeler Opera House.

Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

After a million dollar fundraising campaign, the Aspen Historical Society is celebrating its grand opening of a new archive building. With it, Aspen’s rich history has an extra layer of protection.

Courtesy of The Juilliard School

Edward Berkeley is director of the Aspen Opera Center. He’s been with the Aspen Music Festival and School for well over three decades. He spoke with arts reporter Claire Woodcock about the Aspen Music Festival and School’s operatic production, Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata at The Wheeler Opera House.

This week on Curated, we go behind-the-scenes of The Wheeler Opera House for the Aspen Music Festival and School’s first summer operatic production, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. From the designers to the technicians, to the director and young performers, staging an opera is a collaborative effort.

Courtesy of English In Action

International performing and visual artist Fernando Allende has returned to the valley. He’ll be performing Wednesday at the Belly Up on behalf of the local nonprofit English In Action.

This week Helen explains the history and importance of Black Mountain College.  

First Draft - Leila Aboulela

Jul 10, 2017

Leila Aboulela is a Sudanese-born writer whose work, written in English, has received critical acclaim and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. Highlighting the challenges facing Muslims in Europe and “telling the stories of flawed complex characters who struggle to make choices using Muslim logic”, Aboulela’s work explores significant political issues.  Her novels include Minaret, Lyrics Alley, The Translator, and The Kindness of Enemies.

Aspen Institute

Damian Woetzel’s tenure as director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program is slowly coming to a close. He was named president of the Juilliard School in May. Arts reporter Claire Woodcock caught up with Woetzel during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival to talk about his overarching mission with both institutions.

 

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

Monday, Theatre Aspen’s production of the musical “Hairspray” will continue its run in the Hurst Theatre at 7:30 p.m. this week, with additional performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit theatreaspen.org.

 

Joakim Roos

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) will premiere a new work this weekend from a returning choreographer.

Courtesy of Theatre Aspen

Starting Thursday, the play “Sex with Strangers” will begin its run in repertory with Theatre Aspen’s mainstage production of the musical “Hairspray.”

Courtesy of Aspen Real Life

The fireworks display in Glenwood Springs is still on this evening in Two Rivers Park.

This week Wallace and Bell discuss the importance of the scholarship program that brings high school students from downtown Chicago to the Rocky Mountains. 

 

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

Monday, the Wheeler Opera House’s Sunset Sessions continues with Writ Large, a spoken-word story event told in front of a live audience. That starts at 8 p.m.

 

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