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This week Helen explains the history and importance of Black Mountain College.  

First Draft - Leila Aboulela

Jul 10, 2017

Leila Aboulela is a Sudanese-born writer whose work, written in English, has received critical acclaim and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. Highlighting the challenges facing Muslims in Europe and “telling the stories of flawed complex characters who struggle to make choices using Muslim logic”, Aboulela’s work explores significant political issues.  Her novels include Minaret, Lyrics Alley, The Translator, and The Kindness of Enemies.

Aspen Institute

Damian Woetzel’s tenure as director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program is slowly coming to a close. He was named president of the Juilliard School in May. Arts reporter Claire Woodcock caught up with Woetzel during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival to talk about his overarching mission with both institutions.

 

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

Monday, Theatre Aspen’s production of the musical “Hairspray” will continue its run in the Hurst Theatre at 7:30 p.m. this week, with additional performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit theatreaspen.org.

 

Joakim Roos

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) will premiere a new work this weekend from a returning choreographer.

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Starting Thursday, the play “Sex with Strangers” will begin its run in repertory with Theatre Aspen’s mainstage production of the musical “Hairspray.”

Courtesy of Aspen Real Life

The fireworks display in Glenwood Springs is still on this evening in Two Rivers Park.

This week Wallace and Bell discuss the importance of the scholarship program that brings high school students from downtown Chicago to the Rocky Mountains. 

 

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

Monday, the Wheeler Opera House’s Sunset Sessions continues with Writ Large, a spoken-word story event told in front of a live audience. That starts at 8 p.m.

 

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.

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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.

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