Arts and culture

An exploration of the Valley's deep film history

Jul 28, 2015

Colorado has a rich film history. From Woody Allen’s Sleeper to Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, The Hateful Eight, directors have been coming to the Centennial State for over a century to film westerns, ski films and action movies alike. And the Roaring Fork Valley has a deep and storied history of its own.

First Draft - Amina Gautier

Jul 27, 2015

  Amina Gautier is the author of two short story collections: Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Gautier has published a record number of short stories. More than eighty-five of her short stories have been published.

AMFS branches out, brings in Kishi Bashi

Jul 27, 2015

K. Ishisbashi is an indie rock musician known for his looped and sampled music led by his violin. Ishibashi, who puts his first and last names together to create his performance name, Kishi Bashi, is somewhat of an outlier in his genre.

Artists bringing local flair to events this weekend

Jul 24, 2015

Two festivals this weekend attract proprietors from all over the country, but two valley residents are bringing their local style to the scene.

First Draft - Skip Horack

Jul 20, 2015

Skip Horack is the author of The Other Joseph , as well as two previous books: the novel The Eden Hunter, which was a 2010 New York Times Editors’ Choice; and the story collection The Southern Cross, winner of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 2008 Bakeless Fiction Prize. His work has appeared in Oxford American, Epoch, The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere. He is a former Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where he was also a Wallace Stegner Fellow.

Crystal Theatre owners reflect after 30 years

Jul 14, 2015

The Crystal Theatre in Carbondale has been a staple of the Roaring Fork Valley for three decades. Bob and Kathy Ezra have owned the theatre since the beginning. It made it through tough economic times and a changing movie industry by showing the films they like and without any previews.

  Telling a story through photographs...that's the objective of the Visual Storytelling and Documentary Photography workshop at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. The workshop is co-taught by James Estrin, The New York Times Senior Staff Photographer, and Ed Kashi, photojournalist and filmmaker whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, TIME, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. 

Estrin and Kashi discuss their workshop at the Ranch, the developments they've seen in the field of photographer, and their careers. 

Mandala opening ceremony highlights monks’ visit

Jul 10, 2015


Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery area heading to the Aspen Art Museum tomorrow to begin the ancient art of mandala.


The monks create sand for the Mandala sand paintings by rubbing dyed stones on metal scrapers...they then aim the sand into a large pre-designed pattern atop a table.

The pieces can take weeks to complete.

When they’re finished, a special ceremony is held where the sand is collected in a jar and emptied near running water.


Gangstagrass brings unique mashup-style to Snowmass

Jul 9, 2015

The band Gangstagrass will be playing in Snowmass tonight as part of the free summer concert series. The band mixes bluegrass and hip-hop, and you may have heard their music during FX’s Justified. Rench, the lead producer of the group spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort.

Highlights from their conversation...

"There's no drums in bluegrass  so I could hear how easily you could add those as samples on top of a beat."

"I think they think it's going to be a novelty when they first hear the idea."

First Draft - Leslie Jamison

Jul 6, 2015

Leslie Jamison was born in Washington DC and grew up in Los Angeles. Since then, she's lived in Iowa, Nicaragua, New Haven, and New York and worked as a baker, an office temp, an innkeeper, a tutor, and a medical actor. Every one of these was a world; they're still in her. Her novel is called The Gin Closet and her collection of essays is called The Empathy Exams. Leslie Jamison a columnist for the New York Times Book Review, and is currently finishing a doctoral dissertation at Yale about addiction narratives.