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It was announced last week that the Wheeler Opera House received over $100,000 to supplement its programming budget. Executive director Gena Buhler said this new money will mean bigger acts, and steadier ticket prices for locals. Buhler spoke with arts reporter Patrick Fort about what this all means.

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explore. evolve. elevate. opens tonight at the Red Brick Center for the Arts.

 

Ceramic artist Michael Bonds is featured in the show, as well as Molly Peacock. The exhibition also includes a retrospective on the work of Betty Weiss, who passed away in November.

 

Weiss had a studio in the Red Brick for almost two decades. Red Brick executive director Angie Callen told Aspen Public Radio in November the 90-year-old artist was an institution in the building.

 

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ArtAspen opens at the Aspen Ice Garden tomorrow. Bernie Taupin — Elton John’s songwriter —  will display his art. Taupin is a mixed-media artist and uses paint, rope and other materials to create abstract pieces.

 

The show features art shown in galleries from New York, Santa Fe, Miami and Los Angeles.

 

Events also include a lecture from sculptor and University of Northern Colorado graduate, Gino Miles, called “From Greeley to Aspen and All of the Places in Between”.  

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A lawsuit that the town of Basalt filed against one of its citizens has been thrown out of court by a judge.

Judge dismisses Basalt lawsuit over open records request

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All week, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has been practicing his moves for his debut  dance performance on Friday at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s premiere fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars. Community members dance with ballet company members in competition against one another.

A winner is selected in an audience vote.

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Lynn Goldsmith’s “The Looking Glass” exhibit continues at the Art Base in Basalt. The show features wildly distorted self-portraits, in which Goldsmith contorts her body. Some photos look pastoral — others are straight out of a Tim Burton Film.

Art nonprofits up and down the valley are handling interns in different ways. The Aspen Art Museum typically tries to work with locals who might be staying with family or who are home from college for the summer.

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There was a red ribbon to be cut at the Aspen Music Festival and School and Aspen Country Day School’s Bucksbaum campus yesterday.

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This year’s festival starts on Aug. 24 at the Wheeler Opera House. The event features over 40 films including, “Almost Sunrise”, the story of two Iraq war veterans who walk across the United States.

 

“I think our lineup is as stellar as it has ever been,” said Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler.

The festival ends on Sunday, July 30, with the film “Million Dollar Duck”.

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This year, we are celebrating the 4th of July by reading the Declaration of Independence. APR staff as well as community members have teamed up to bring you this special piece.


Kelly Murphy is the Executive Director of the Aspen Historical Society. She discusses the challenges and marks of success of the organization, as well as the future. Nina Gabianelli, vice president of education and programs, also contributes. 

To learn more about the Aspen Historical Society, visit www.aspenhistory.org, and to visit the archives, go to www.archiveaspen.org

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ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” just finished its second season. It’s based off of the memoir of the same name by Eddie Huang.

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Diana Ross is one of the most highly regarded singers of the last century. She was a member of The Supremes. As she performs tomorrow night at the Benedict music tent in Aspen, she’ll have a very special guest opening the show for her — daughter Rhonda.

The Heritage Fire and Grand Cochon events were held this past weekend, at the same time as the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen. It might seem like a challenge to be up against this big event, but the Cochon took a mission and made it its brand.

Our reporters were out in the field for one of the biggest foodie weekends of the summer. Find out where they were, what they were doing and who they met.   

Nina Gabianelli is the Vice President of Education and Programs at the Aspen Historical Society. You may have seen her sporting a Victorian-era costume at one of the historical society's properties or giving a walking tour around town. 

Gabianelli describes the summer programs and tours offered by the historical society, and discusses the organization's archives, which is comprised of over 50,000 objects, photographs, documents, and records. 

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One of the biggest trends in the restaurant industry right now isn’t some new flavor or technique. It’s the practice of tipping —  or for that matter — taking away the tip.

Jimmy Yeager, the owner of Jimmy’s and Jimmy’s Bodega, is changing the way his business works.

 

“What we’re planning on doing is moving towards the more European model where the service is included into your check,” said Yeager

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The Aspen Institute announced its artists-in-residence yesterday. Opera singer Renée Fleming and sculptor Theaster Gates will come to Aspen this summer for the Aspen Ideas Festival, as well as to participate in other Aspen Institute events nationally.

  Tony Vagneur is a past president and current board member of the Aspen Historical Society. He shares the history of the historical society and the organization's role in Aspen's evolution. Executive Director Kelly Murphy also contributes. 

Learn more about the Aspen Historical Society at www.AspenHistory.org and access the archives at www.archiveaspen.org

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This weekend, snowboarder Chris Klug, and Starwood developer Edgar Stern  are being inducted into the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of fame. Though the actual hall is in Michigan, the ceremony is happening in Aspen - Klug’s hometown.

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