Arts and culture

If you compare the great chefs of 30 years ago to today, what is the difference? For one, there are the tattoos. In addition to that, the competitive nature of the culinary world is even more transparent today than ever before. Nowadays, chefs have to be more than just their food. They have to be personalities as well.

“A person could be a very skillful chef, but if they don’t have the personality … they’re not going to be a very good cooking show host at all,” said Kathleen Collins. She wrote a book called “Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows”.

In addition to high-profile speakers, the artistic components of the Aspen Institute has upped its game.

This week on Audio Canvas we  meet with the executive director of Anderson Ranch,  Wilhelms  to understand just how embedded the center is in the Snowmass community and history. Nancy explains what to expect this summer.

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First Draft - Lauren Holmes

Jun 13, 2016
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Lauren Holmes grew up in upstate New York. She received a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow and a teaching fellow. Her work has appeared in Granta, where she was a 2014 New Voice, and in Guernica. Holmes lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.  Her short story collection is called Barbara the Slut.

  Aspen Words Writer in Residence, Tom Bouman, speaks on Tuesday.


Ozomatli plays at the Belly Up on Wednesday. The group takes cues from nearly every genre possible...including salsa, cumbia, rock and funk.


Vid Weatherwax plays at K Seas in Glenwood Springs.


The Food and Wine Classic starts on Thursday. The event includes tastings, demonstrations and conversations on every culinary topic imaginable. It’s the unofficial kickoff to summer in Aspen.


Rowan Ricardo Phillips’ first collection of poetry, “The Ground”, came out in 2012 — more than a decade after he started seriously writing.

Curated - June 6th

Jun 10, 2016


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One of the biggest trends in the restaurant industry right now isn’t some new flavor or technique. It’s the practice of tipping —  or for that matter — taking away the tip.

Jimmy Yeager, the owner of Jimmy’s and Jimmy’s Bodega, is changing the way his business works.


“What we’re planning on doing is moving towards the more European model where the service is included into your check,” said Yeager

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Multiple art galleries are opening this summer as visitors return to the Roaring Fork Valley. Last week Art of Hair opened in Basalt. Later this summer, Marianne Boesky will be opening a gallery in Aspen, to go along with her space in New York.


Drawing isn’t necessarily the flashiest of the visual arts, but a new show at The Art Base in Basalt is looking to change the opinions of people who see it.

Richard Carter, James Surls, Chris Hassig and Jody Guralnick are part of the show simply  called, Drawings.

It’s a show that takes the four artists out of their regular media. None of them are drawers by trade.

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The Aspen Institute announced its artists-in-residence yesterday. Opera singer Renée Fleming and sculptor Theaster Gates will come to Aspen this summer for the Aspen Ideas Festival, as well as to participate in other Aspen Institute events nationally.

Courtesy, Steve Case Foundation

The Aspen Institute’s summer became a little bit clearer yesterday, as the group announced speakers for the Hurst Lecture Series, McCloskey Speaker Series and the Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit series.

The speaker comes to town July 7. Joel Kotkin, a professor at Chapman University, will talk about how urban planning has changed the way we live.

The next week, AOL founder Steve Case will talk about what he believes the next innovations in the tech fields will be.

First Draft - Idra Novey

Jun 6, 2016

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in Chile, Brazil and New York. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected by Patri­cia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Coun­try, a final­ist for the 2008 Fore­word Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum.

  Summer classes begin at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The programs last for eight weeks.


It’s a big week for music at the Belly Up...First Ziggy Marley plays on Tuesday. Then on Thursday, Stephen Marley plays the venue. On Saturday, Denver-based band DeVotchKa takes the stage.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue play on Sunday. The jazz trombonist takes standards and original songs and puts a rock-edge to normal jazz music.


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As the craft brewing scene gets more crowded, entrepreneurs are getting into the distilling business. Last year, Connie Baker and her husband got into the act.

First Draft- Dana Spiotta

Jun 5, 2016

Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others (2016); Stone Arabia (2011), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field (2001). Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.

Public art is becoming more popular in communities throughout the country. And in the next two weeks, more than a dozen pieces are going up in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Community theater isn’t known for having high budgets, let alone taking a show on the road. Secret Identity Productions took its performance of “Tarzan: The Broadway Musical” on tour, and it finishes in Aspen Saturday.

Curated - May 30th

May 31, 2016

  Carbondale’s Marble Distilling Company starts to celebrate its first anniversary on Tuesday. The Distillery will be screening “The Big Lebowski” and serving their drink “The Dude.”


“Spring into Summer” opens at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. The show features the watercolor paintings of ten local artists.