Arts and culture

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.

CCAH opens the 36th year of Valley Visual Arts

Jan 14, 2016
Launa Eddy

There are many art shows in the Roaring Fork Valley. One opening in Carbondale is in its third decade and still growing.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

After an additional month of delays, the Wheeler Opera House opened it’s doors for its first show last weekend.


Creating artist spaces in barns

Jan 14, 2016
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Cedar Ridge Ranch is situated next to a few other ranches in Carbondale. There’s horses, and pigs. Some other small animals too. The ranch belongs to the Johnson family, who came here from Chicago about two decades ago. They were content there, but something was missing.

65th Winterskol kicks off in Aspen

Jan 14, 2016
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Ice carving, fat bikes and fireworks are all part of the Winterskol 65th year of festivities that kick into high gear today.


The free events starts at 4 p.m. with Wintersculpt, hosted by Anderson Ranch arts center. Three teams are selected to carve 8 square feet of ice in two days. Sculptures are judged on Sunday.

The Aspen Chamber of Commerce hosts the Winterskol events. A representative said Wednesday the next few days of activities are a good example of how Aspen comes together during the winter.

Aspen Words starts with Juan Felipe Herrera

Jan 11, 2016

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera speaks tonight (Tuesday) at Paepcke Auditorium as the first speaker in a high-profile lineup.

Herrera is the first Latino to hold the position. In an interview with Aspen Public Radio, he said coming to Aspen was a bit of a homecoming. Herrera’s father came to Denver when he first moved to the United States.


Curated - January 11th

Jan 11, 2016

Juan Felipe Herrera on being a U.S. Poet Laureate.

Jan 11, 2016
Carlos Puma / University of California, Riverside

Juan Felipe Herrera is a renowned poet from California. In 2015 he was selected to be the Poet Laureate of the United States.

Week in the Arts - January 11th

Jan 8, 2016

  Aspen Words’ annual Winter Words series kicks off on Tuesday with a bang. U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera speaks on Tuesday night. The lineup also includes Alison Bechdel, author of the graphic novel Fun Home, which debuted as a musical last year.


Wednesday at the Basalt Regional Library, the University of Colorado’s Flatiron Camareta singers perform. The show also features Aspen Music Festival and School resident artists.


The 66th annual Warren Miller film is premiering in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House this weekend. “Chasing Shadows” follows groups of skiers as they travel around the world. The common theme they all share, though, is an effort to keep the history and tradition of skiing alive.

At a walkthrough of the building on Thursday, community members are seeing what all of the buzz is about. The final upgrades and renovations to the historic Wheeler Opera House are complete, and the venue will begin hosting performances right away.


The Wheeler was originally supposed to open last month, but a planned upgrade caused some other problems and structural changes had to be made.

Gena Buhler, executive director of the Wheeler, says it’s a relief to finally have the venue open again.


Charles Ross takes a trilogy and does it himself

Jan 7, 2016


Charles Ross has been taking the original Star Wars trilogy to the stage for over a decade. He writes and performs the show all by himself. Playing all of the characters. Making all of the sound effects and humming all of the music.

"Beyond Words" opens at Aspen Chapel Gallery

Jan 5, 2016

“Beyond Words” is a ceramic show that features the work of local artists including Molly Peacock who curated it.


The show also includes the work of prolific ceramic artist, Michael Bonds. The artists use the titles and the final pieces’ shapes to give the viewer a subtle hint at what they’re trying to express. It’s up to the observer to gain the rest of the meaning, through words and visuals.

Curated - January 4th

Jan 5, 2016
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The film documenting the life of Janis Joplin is being screened tomorrow.


AspenFilm and Metropolitan Theaters are co-presenting the film “Janis: Little Girl Blue” on Wednesday night.


The film tells the story of rock and roll’s most interesting characters before her untimely death at the age of 27.


Her life story is told through archival footage and her own voice. It also features concert footage that has rarely been seen before.

Week in the Arts - January 4th

Jan 4, 2016

  Bradman’s One Man Band plays at Turks in Snowmass on Tuesday.


On Thursday,  a two day event kicks off at the R2 Gallery in Carbondale. Lego Day starts at 2 p.m.. On Day one, build legos and have them displayed in the gallery the next day. Bricks will be provided, but you can also bring your own.


The One Man Star Wars Trilogy comes to the revamped Wheeler Opera House on Friday. Charles Ross performs all of the characters. All of the creatures. All of the spaceships.


A secret performance in the Aspen Art Museum

Jan 1, 2016

The Aspen Art Museum is a popular stop for tourists as they vacation here. The contemporary gallery has brought in well-known, international artists. One element of a current exhibit has to be seen to be believed.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

A group of friends in Carbondale spent the summer building a place to rest and relax. The trick was to build it with the smallest carbon footprint possible. But the hard part was getting all of the tools up the mountain.


Aspen Art Museum fundraiser clears house

Dec 30, 2015

The Aspen Art Museum held its first edition of The Now event in its new building. The event was previously held in the St. Regis hotel. It is the second of two major fundraisers for the museum each calendar year. ArtCrush happens each year in the summer.


Governor John Hickenlooper attended the event and congratulated the museum on tripling its attendance over last year.