Arts and culture

Carbondale is getting a little more creative this week. The town’s application to become a certified creative district is in the hands of Colorado Creative Industries, the state organization in charge of the program.

As Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot plans to step down on May 11, mayor pro tem Dan Richardson will take her seat.

But with the political upheaval happening right as Carbondale hosts the Colorado Creative Industries Summit on Thursday, the change could affect the town’s effort to become a certified creative district.


Amy Kimberly, with the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, said there is no concern about how this change might affect her efforts to reach the certification.


Curated - May 2nd

May 2, 2016

Today on Curated, we hear from photographer, Kate Lapides, film director James Brundige, and we learn what it's like to work in an independent book store. 

First Draft - Garth Greenwell

May 2, 2016

Garth Greenwell is an American poet, author, literary critic, and educator. His debut novel is What Belongs to You. In 2013, Greenwell returned to the United States after living in Bulgaria to attend the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop as an Arts Fellow. He has published stories in The Paris Review and A Public Space and writes criticism for The New Yorker and The Atlantic.  

Courtesy, Kate Lapides.

Kate Lapides traveled to Kenya as a member of For the Good Period. The nonprofit organization provides educational resources and materials manage menstruation. When the group went on this mission, Lapides photographed her experiences. Now the pictures she took are on display at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen.

Colorado Mountain College announced last week that it received a $175,000 grant from Denver-based Boettcher Foundation. The money is going to be used to upgrade Cooper Commons  — home to the school’s ArtShare programs, as well as regular arts shows.


The Boettcher grant is the first component of the school’s efforts to match money received from the Garfield Federal Mineral Lease District.


Miles Ahead is being screen by Aspen film at the Isis Theater on Wednesday. Don Cheadle plays Miles Davis in this biopic that follows the jazz great through his rise from the days of blues to his acid jazz period.


Wednesday at the Glenwood Railroad Museum, get a bit of history on “Laundry Trains.” In the late 19th century, trains would bring people from camps and ranches all over the state to Glenwood Springs. The presentation is being led by a man who has studied the history of Colorado’s railroads.


In an email to city officials last week, Theatre Aspen executive director Paige Price came out in opposition of the Power Plant proposal, but so far the group hasn’t received any blowback.


The Power Plant proposal includes space for Aspen Brewing Company, Aspen 82 and a non-profit incubator workspace. The proposal has been an issues since last year. Many residents in the Oklahoma Flats neighborhood oppose the plan because of potential noise issues.


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Carol O’Brien was a lawyer, but had reached a point where she couldn’t deal with the moral pressure of the job. She felt like she couldn’t be a good lawyer, and a good person at the same time. She also wanted more time to take care of her kids.


She found a job at a Waldenbooks. Then, she made the jump to the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver — the Cherry Creek location.

The Colorado Creative Industries Summit is coming to Carbondale next week and business are already adapting.


Hotels are filling up and businesses are putting up signs, as well as using social media as a tool to hopefully gain some extra business before people come to town.


“There is a great energy in the air regarding the upcoming creative summit, especially in the arts community,” said Andrea Stewart, executive director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.


Courtesy Photo

James Brundige felt that the time was right to film his documentary “Wild Ways: Corridors to Life”, when he realized that the National Park System wasn’t sufficient to maintain wild species.

First Draft - Igoni Barrett

Apr 25, 2016
Jerry Riley

A. Igoni Barrett was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 1979. He is the author of Blackass, as well as a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short story competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. His short stories have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Nigeria.  

Curated - April 25th

Apr 25, 2016

 An informational meeting about the Miss Strawberry Days Scholarship is being held at Bighorn Toyota in Glenwood Springs on Monday. It’s the 119th year of the festival, which gives out a total of $8,000 in scholarships to four local women.


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Antonio Rocha faces the challenge of trying to appease everyone in the room. As a storyteller, he has to make sure that what he is saying works for the young and old, men and women, and people from different cultures and backgrounds. One time, in India, he started telling a story in which a cow is killed. In India, of course, the cow is sacred.

Kok Chih & Sarah Gan

Corinne Bailey Rae was added to the list of performers at Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Labor Day Experience. The singer is known for her 2006 song “Put Your Records On”.


The rest of the September festival lineup includes Train, The Killers, Thievery Corporation and another act that has yet to be announced.



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Off-season is down time for a lot of places in the upper valley. Many restaurants are open less frequently, or close down all together. It’s also harder to go to see a show, band or play. It isn’t just hard on patrons though. Venues have trouble bringing performers in as well.

There are only a few more items left on the list of renovations to the Wheeler Opera House. The roofing updates need to be completed as well as fixes to the building’s HVAC systems. A snow melting system is also going to be added in front of the building for winter months.


Executive director Gena Buhler says the updates were only slightly delayed because of the venue’s late opening last year.


Screenshot, "Being Here"

Carbondale’s 5Point Adventure Film Festival is a big one for the group. It’s the first time attendees will interact with their outdoor heroes. And it’s also a year in which the festival has the most films by, or about women, that it’s ever had.

First Draft - Rob Spillman

Apr 18, 2016

Rob Spillman is editor of Tin House magazine and editorial advisor of Tin House Books. He was previously the monthly book columnist for Details magazine and is a contributor of book reviews and essays to Salon and Bookforum.