Arts and culture

Winter-themed show opens at the Red Brick

Feb 3, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

En Hiver” opens this evening at the Red Brick Center for the Arts.


Hiver” means winter in French. At the Red Brick Center for the Arts, pieces ranging from painting to sculpture are on display trying to reflect that.

There isn’t just a shortage of housing for teachers and low-income families. Artists are finding it difficult to find an affordable place to live. How to address that will be discussed at a forum tonight in Carbondale.


As Carbondale’s quest to become a creative district continues, housing for the arts community remains a concern.


AMFS releases summer schedule

Feb 2, 2016
Courtesy, The Aspen Institute

The 68th year of the Aspen Music Festival and School will start in late June and run through August 21st.


This year, the school is adding a new element to its summer schedule. Performances of 20th century American classical music. According to Festival CEO Alan Fletcher, it’s a group of composers and pieces that are rarely performed.


Wes Magyar and his cast of painted characters

Feb 1, 2016
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Wes Magyar paints in a really realistic style. He uses people he knows as models. In his show, “Remnants”, he cast two photographers he knew. They have long beards, wear suits and carry spears and a saw.

Curated - February 1

Feb 1, 2016

Week in the Arts - February 1

Feb 1, 2016

The Aspen Music Festival and School starts its Winter Recital Series on Tuesday. Cellist David Finckel and Cellist Wu Han will play pieces by Mendelssohn and Chopin at Harris Concert Hall.


Wes Magyar opens his show at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass on Tuesday.


En Hiver opens at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. The collection features pieces that represent the winter landscape, and abstract the colors and feel of the season.

Documenting Aspen's skiing history

Feb 1, 2016

The Aspen Historical Society is currently screening films from decades past to show how Aspen has grown as both a town and a ski resort. Films date back from as early as the 1940s. Anna Scott is an archivist at the Aspen Historical Society.

Snowboarding photos raise money for breast cancer

Jan 27, 2016
Andy Wright

Boarding 4 Breast Cancer will be at the X Games opening event tonight. The group is celebrating its 20th year in 2016. To pull out all the stops, the group’s executive director wanted something big.

Alison Bechdel on her rising fame

Jan 25, 2016

Alison Bechdel wrote “Fun Home” for almost ten years. It is an autobiography that tells the story of growing up with a difficult father who turns out to be gay. He dies in a car accident that seems like a suicide. A few years ago, “Fun Home” was adapted into a musical. The show made it to Broadway last year. Alison Bechdel speaks at Aspen Words Winter Words series on Wednesday.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Gay Ski Week had many elements it had in the past. Lots of hotel reservations. Lots of people in town. Organizers from Aspen OUT, the group that puts on Aspen Gay Ski Week, estimate that, collectively, attendees spend almost a million dollars on hotels.

Red Brick art auction returns on a high note

Jan 21, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The results are in from the Red Brick Center for the Art’s Valley Art Auction fundraiser.


Though the official numbers aren’t out yet, the fundraiser attracted what Red Brick Executive Director Angie Callen says was the biggest crowd for any event they’ve held. Ever.


She estimates around 300 people came to the event on Tuesday night in Aspen.


Theatre Aspen releases 2016 schedule

Jan 21, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio


Theatre Aspen announced its 2016 season yesterday. Three shows will be coming to The Hurst Theatre this summer. “Buyer and Cellar” by Jonathan Tolins. “Buyer and Cellar” opens on July 7, and runs through august.

Last month the company announced they’d be performing “Mamma Mia!” Theatre Aspen is one of only a few groups in the country to be performing the show. “Mamma Mia!” opens on June 24


5Point Film Festival Aspen brings changes

Jan 20, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

When Julie Kennedy started the 5 Point Film festival almost a decade ago, she created something that she loved and cared for. It was her baby. But the event tonight in Aspen will be her last. She’s handing the reigns to Sarah Wood, the festival’s executive director.


Locals reflect on Glenn Frey

Jan 20, 2016
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Glenn Frey, guitarist in the rock group, The Eagles, passed away on Monday He was 67. Now the Aspen community is reflecting on his influence and presence in the town.  Barry Mason has been an icon in the Aspen music scene for decades. He came to the Aspen Public Radio studios on Tuesday to talk about Glenn Frey and his influence on the area.

Courtesy, the artist.

Who’s Bad, a Michael Jackson tribute band, performs at the Belly Up tonight. Joseph Bell is one of two members of the group that sings as the man himself. He goes by Jobel, so he'll be referred to as such from now on.

First Draft - Sunil Yapa

Jan 18, 2016

Sunil Yapa holds a BA in economic geography from Penn State University, and received his MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in New York City in 2010, where he worked with two-time Booker Prize winning author Peter Carey, and the 2009 National Book Award winner (Let the Great World Spin) Colum McCann.

Glenn Frey, co-founder of The Eagles, dies at 67

Jan 18, 2016
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Glenn Frey passed away Monday at the age of 67.


He helped to create on of the most-loved rock bands of all time, The Eagles.


Frey passed away in New York from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.


Frey and Eagles co-founder Don Henley had homes in the Aspen area for a while. The group got their start during a month-long stint at Aspen’s Gallery Club in 1971.


Curated - January 18th

Jan 18, 2016

Week in the Arts - January 18th

Jan 18, 2016

  Aspen Gay Ski Week kicked off over the weekend. The 39-year-old event raises money for the Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund.


Tuesday, the Red Brick Center for the arts holds the Valley Art Auction. The event raises funds for the non-profit.


David Hiser and Paul Andersen speak at Explore Booksellers on tuesday. Their books explain the birth of Aspen by way of Independence Pass.


Gonzo journalist's son talks about his memoir

Jan 18, 2016

Juan F. Thompson is the son of Hunter S. Thompson, a man hailed by some as the creator of gonzo journalism. Hunter lived in Woody Creek until his suicide about eleven years ago. Juan released his memoir “Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up With Hunter S. Thompson” earlier this month. The book details his life as the son of the famed writer.