Wheeler Opera House

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Off-season is down time for a lot of places in the upper valley. Many restaurants are open less frequently, or close down all together. It’s also harder to go to see a show, band or play. It isn’t just hard on patrons though. Venues have trouble bringing performers in as well.

There are only a few more items left on the list of renovations to the Wheeler Opera House. The roofing updates need to be completed as well as fixes to the building’s HVAC systems. A snow melting system is also going to be added in front of the building for winter months.

 

Executive director Gena Buhler says the updates were only slightly delayed because of the venue’s late opening last year.

 

Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Aspen

Feb 22, 2016

The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to Aspen tonight. It features films about everything from skiing and mountain biking, to scuba diving.

 

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to the Wheeler Opera House tonight. The Ute Mountaineer has been hosting the event every year since 1997.

Gilbert Gottfried speaks on his expanding interests

Feb 15, 2016
Courtesy, Gilbert Gottfried

You might recognize Gilbert Gottfried as the former voice of the Aflac duck and Iago, the loud-mouth bird in Aladdin. He has been out of the spotlight in recent years after a series of controversial remarks over September 11, and the tsunami in Japan. He is performing on Friday as part of the Laff Festival at the Wheeler Opera House.

Valley Roundup 2-12-16

Feb 12, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The federal government’s review of 65 oil and gas leases includes recommendations for the ones situated in the Thompson Divide.

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Meanwhile, the effects of the Grand Avenue Bridge are starting to really become clear.

Valley Roundup 1-22-16

Jan 22, 2016

  Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason

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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.

 

  An uptick in real estate sales in Aspen also means additional sales taxes are going to the Wheeler Opera House, and there is talk of spending that money in other ways.

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.

 

Aspen Snowmass

The Wheeler Opera House will be delaying its opening until early January. The venue was originally scheduled to reopen its doors on Dec. 18, but an unforeseen repair issue forced the schedule to be pushed back a month.

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The insides of the Wheeler Opera House will look completely different to those who step inside after mid-December.

 

The $3-4 million renovations include new restrooms, HVAC infrastructure and a bar with a better service area.The current layout becomes crowded easily and is often difficult to move around in.

 

The first floor of the building will become a true lobby area, while the second floor will have the bar, and a portable stage for small performances to happen.

 

Rochelle Schoppert

Part time Snowmass Village resident Beth Malone was onstage at the Tony Awards Sunday, with the rest of the cast of “Fun Home.” The Broadway play won Best Musical. In it, Malone plays Alison Bechdel, a middle-aged cartoonist who sets out to uncover the story of her father - a funeral home operator who was secretly gay. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Malone who says Sunday’s awards held meaning for personal reasons.

The City of Aspen is finding itself with an extra $2 million every year from what’s called the real estate transfer tax, or RETT. And Aspen residents will have an opportunity in the coming months to weigh in on how to spend it. Then next year they’ll be asked to vote to renew the revenue stream and where it should be spent. Right now it’s dedicated to the Wheeler Opera House. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason talked with City Manager Steve Barwick about the possibilities.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

Glenwood Springs has two new council members.

It looks like the Thompson Divide will be safe from oil and gas drilling. But, what about other areas and how do residents there feel about that sort of activity in their backyards?

There’s movement and millions of dollars in play in getting a base village built at the base of Snowmass ski area.

Meanwhile, a new executive director has been hired at the Wheeler Opera House.

And, an Aspen City Council candidate is being scrutinized for something he did 10 years ago.

Joining me this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Jill Bethard, editor of the Snowmass Sun, Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent and Michael Miracle, editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

The Aspen City Council this week chose a brewery/business incubator/TV station to be the new tenant at the old art museum.

The long dormant Buffalo Valley property outside of Glenwood Springs looks like it will become an apartment complex.

A new aerial fire center is coming to the Rifle airport. And the citizens of that town may just get a dose of fluoride in their water.

Film fest features protected rivers and oil boom towns

Mar 18, 2015
YouTube/River of Eden

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is holding its first-ever film festival on Wednesday. The thirteen films featured are meant to connect people with their environment and inspire advocacy. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

“River of Eden” is one of the films in the festival. Basalt-based photographer Pete McBride traveled to Fiji for the film.

Jon Anderson

Mar 15, 2015
Jon Anderson Website

When Jon Anderson and some of his fellow Brits formed Yes some 45 years ago, they helped launch the genre of music that would become known as progressive rock. King Crimson, Genesis, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rush, and others would soon follow, and all of these bands helped raise the level of musicianship in rock across the board. Yes went on to sell tens of millions of records—elaborate works filled with Anderson’s epic lyrical tales of mysterious worlds and forces, all backed by complex yet often melodic arrangements that the rock world had never before experienced. From 1969 to 1979 Yes released an incredible string of 11 albums, and Anderson fronted the band until 2008.

As a solo artist, Anderson has found the time and energy to release 13 albums over the years. Jon’s solo music is quieter and more spiritual than his work with Yes but no less powerful in its own way. He’ll be playing plenty of both at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday night.

More info on the show: http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/jon-anderson

More info on Jon Anderson: http://www.jonanderson.com/

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