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On this week’s Curated, the visionary behind the new dystopian play “Building The Wall,” Robert Schenkkan discusses his motive and intention behind its rapid worldwide roll out. Then, journalist and podcast co-host of “In The Thick” Julio Ricardo Varela joins in analyzing the play’s impact on today’s society.

Courtesy of Theatre Aspen

This summer’s theater season has seen an influx in politically themed performances. Conversations with the valley’s main players this month have affirmed the trend, and the plays and musicals being produced are inciting conversations community-wide.

Courtesy of Gil Weinberg

A marimba playing robot will perform Friday as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

The Aspen Art Museum has unveiled a colossal exhibition that plays with the public’s perceptions of space and objects.

Elle Logan

The Aspen Music Festival and School’s summer season has officially begun.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Featured Artists in Conversation series gives attendees a deeper understanding of contemporary art and art making. This week on Audio canvas, we meet one such artist - William J. O'Brien. 

This week on Curated, jazz musician and band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert talks social music, his Aspen performance this past weekend and election night 2016. A back up singer gets her own backing band that she considers her community and two directors of arts organizations in Aspen reflect on Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Lecture. 

Brynn Tucker (left) and John Jurcheck in Robert Schenkkan's "Building the Wall." Courtesy of Curious Theatre Company

The new politically charged play “Building the Wall” is getting its Aspen debut Tuesday at the Ideas Festival.

First Draft - Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Jun 26, 2017

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, named an Indie Next Pick; one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, BookRiot, and the Huffington Post; a must-read for May by Goodreads, Audible.com, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple and People; and one of the 10 best books of the year so far by Entertainment Weekly.

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

 

The 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival kicked off last week. The lectures, panel presentations and discussions will continue throughout the week. For the complete events schedule, visit aspenideas.org

 

Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

Jon Batiste is a renowned jazz musician and has been the band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert since 2015. He was in Aspen over the weekend for multiple performances and interviews. Arts and culture reporter Claire Woodcock caught up with him backstage after his Friday night show with his band Stay Human under the Benedict Music Tent.

Tonight, Theatre Aspen’s mainstage production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” begins its run with a series of previews before the season’s official opening on Tuesday.

Courtesy of Corey Simpson

Nominees for the 2017 Henry Award from the Colorado Theater Guild were announced Tuesday. The local results are as follows:

This week, Curated explores the influences literature can have on music and that music can have on literature, with an interview with editor and vice president of Viking Penguin, stories from Americana roots rocker Shakey Graves and information on new programming from Jazz Aspen Snowmass.

Glen Brown

Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Americana musician behind Shakey Graves, is back in Colorado playing Belly Up Aspen Tuesday. He said last week he was on his way to Kevin Costner’s Aspen home to record part of his forthcoming album.

This week on audio canvas we learn all that that the Ranch has to offer for some of arts youngest enthusiasts. 

First Draft - Dani Shapiro

Jun 19, 2017

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still WritingDevotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life”.  Her newest memoir is called Hourglass

Sigrid Estrada

Carole DeSanti is vice president and executive editor with Viking Penguin publishing company and the author of the novel “The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R.” She shares with arts and culture reporter Claire Woodcock what she looks for when selecting a manuscript to publish.

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

 

 

Aspen Words’ Summer Words program kicked off yesterday, with a Reader’s Retreat with Viking Penguins Executive Director Carole DeSanti and panel discussions starting today and running through Friday. For more details, visit aspenwords.org.

Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

Last week, the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue hosted a benefit gala for the Glenwood Center for the Arts that raised roughly one-third of the funds owed to the center's part time teachers.

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