Arts and culture

Ruggerfest celebrates 50 years with 50 teams

Sep 14, 2017
Patrick Fort/Aspen Public Radio News

The 50th annual Ruggerfest charges into Aspen today, bringing with it a storm of international rugby players.

First Draft - Nathan Englander

Sep 12, 2017

Nathan Englander is the author of the novels Dinner at the Center of the Earth and The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank—finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Englander's play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, premiered at The Public Theater in 2012.

Week in the Arts: Sept. 11, 2017

Sep 12, 2017

Tuesday at 7 p.m., act 1 of The Mad Show runs at The Wheeler Opera House.


Tuesday writer Andrea Thome will sign copies of her second book in her Hesse Creek romance series, Seeds of Intention, set partially in Aspen at 5:30 p.m. at Explore Booksellers.


Wednesday Marble Distilling Co. presents “vodka and Van Gogh" with the Carbondale Creative District starting at 7 p.m.

Curated: Sept. 11, 2017

Sep 11, 2017

On this week's episode, "The Mad Show," a new musical from the minds behind Mad Magazine and Mad TV, tests its jokes on Aspen audiences this week. Former Key & Peele writer Rich Talarico and musical composer T.J. Shanoff discuss the project. 

Local printmaker Curt Carpenter’s exhibition “Woodcuts of the Roaring Fork River” went up Friday night at The Art Base in Basalt. This exhibition is a scavenger hunt of sorts.

Snowmass Balloon Festival takes flight this weekend

Sep 8, 2017
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

The 42nd annual Snowmass Balloon Festival launches Friday morning.

Courtesy of Aspen Art Gallery

Renowned sculptor Randy Cooper first cast his shadow in Aspen galleries more than two decades ago.

Found objects celebrate local history, get 'Homecoming'

Sep 6, 2017
Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

For two years, local artist Lara Whitley has been collecting and working with pieces of pottery and glass found on trails near her home. Now she’s assembled these pieces into a new work called “Homecoming.”

Week in the Arts: Sept. 4, 2017

Sep 4, 2017


Welcome to the beginning of September! Here's a list of some events for the week:


Wednesday, Bonobo returns to play Belly Up, Aspen. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.


The annual Snowmass Balloon Festival begins at 7 a.m. on Friday, with events happening throughout the weekend. For the full list, visit gosnowmass.com.


Curated: Jazz Aspen Snowmass Edition

Sep 4, 2017

On this week's Curated, Aspen Public Radio reflects on the 2017 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience from headliner and longtime valley resident John Oates. Also, resident JAS concert photographer Steve Mundinger stops by the studio to talk best practices.

First Draft - Lily Tuck

Sep 4, 2017
Julie Thayer

Lily Tuck is an American novelist and short story writer whose novel The News from Paraguay won the 2004 National Book Award for Fiction. Her novel Siam was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She has published five other novels including her most recent Sisters as well as a collection of short stories, and a biography of Italian novelist Elsa Morante.

Slideshow: Lake Street Dive at JAS Labor Day Fest

Sep 2, 2017

First day of JAS Labor Day Festival is in the books

Sep 2, 2017
Claire Woodcock

John Oates teases solo tunes at Aspen Public Radio

Sep 1, 2017
Laura Crow/Aspen Public Radio

John Oates of the musical partnership Daryl Hall and John Oates is headlining tonight’s Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience. Oates stopped by Aspen Public Radio this morning for our Tiny Couch video series. He played a few tunes and spoke with arts reporter Claire Woodcock about his solo work.

JAS Labor Day Experience kicks off Friday night

Aug 31, 2017
Brantley Gutierrez

Friday night, thousands will flock to Snowmass Town Park for the "experience." As Claire Woodcock reports, bands like The Revivalists are equally excited for the weekend.

Claire Woodcock

Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Labor Day Experience is coming up quick. Arts and culture reporter Claire Woodcock sat down with the festival’s founder and president Jim Horowitz to discuss this year’s line-up hierarchy.

Curated: August 28, 2017

Aug 28, 2017

This week on Curated, a celebration of the openers of Jazz Aspen Snowmass' Labor Day Experience. Founder and president Jim Horowitz stops by the studio to talk about this year's lineup, related to years past. St. Paul and the Broken Bones talks opening as a band typically billed as a headliner. Plus, Brooklyn band Darling Din discusses being recognized for their 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest submission.

Week in the Arts: August 28, 2017

Aug 28, 2017


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


Wednesday, the Aspen Chapel Gallery opens a new photography exhibition called “What’s Your Color?,” with an artists reception starting at 5 p.m.


The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue will host its dinner theatre Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m.


St. Paul and the Broken Bones bring soul to Aspen for JAS

Aug 28, 2017
David McClisten

This weekend, the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience will bring national acts to the stage at Snowmass Town Park. Claire Woodcock caught up with bassist Jesse Phillips from soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones, which plays Saturday.

Courtesy of Dance Initiative

Dance Initiative has choreographed an outdoor performance premiering this weekend. Now, local artists are turning the production, titled “Letter to Congress: A WILD Sanity” into a film to be presented to Congress.