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Jon Batiste’s ‘Late Show’ gig has Aspen roots

June 22, 2017 — Jon Batiste will open the Jazz Aspen June Experience this evening with Stay Human — his jazz-rock outfit that America has gotten to know well over the past two years as the house band on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." While their on-air duties […]

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AREDAY brings solution-oriented documentaries to Snowmass Village

June 22, 2017 — There are now 7.4 billion people on Earth. More than a billion of them don't have any electricity. Many don't have enough to meet basic needs like educating children and feeding families. The documentary "Power," which screens Saturday at 2 p.m. at American Renewable Energy […]

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Michael McDonald’s Millennial Moment: Resurgent rock icon headlines Jazz Aspen on Friday

June 22, 2017 — Michael McDonald is having a moment. The 65-year old former Doobie Brother and Steely Dan member with the silky smooth voice may be a white-haired elder statesman of soft rock, but — quite suddenly and much to his surprise — McDonald also is being hailed […]

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Review: ‘The Memory of Water’ at Thunder River Theatre

June 22, 2017 — As the stage lights come up on "The Memory of Water," we see the baby blue walls of a bedroom that has cracks running from the ceiling and exposed wood beams at its ragged edges. Mary is getting out of bed wearing sunglasses after sleeping […]

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Artist Tom Sachs and poet Tom Healy are back at Anderson Ranch

June 22, 2017 — When artist Tom Sachs and poet Tom Healy teamed up for a two-day workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center last July, they had one simple criterion for students to get in: give your entire life to your art. "You don't have to be a world-famous […]

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Cut Copy pastes together genres at Belly Up Aspen

June 21, 2017 — Equal parts synth-pop and guitar-based rock band, the Australian four-piece Cut Copy returns to Belly Up Aspen on Wednesday night. The Grammy-nominated dance-rock outfit began as front man Dan Whitford's solo project in 2001, as the DJ started putting together tracks on his laptop (cutting […]

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Aspen Summer Words: Memoirist George Hodgman

June 20, 2017 — When George Hodgman left Manhattan for a very small town in Missouri to help care for his aging mother, writing a book about it wasn't the first thing on his mind. He was fearful of reckoning with the hometown he'd fled, unsure whether he could […]

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Aspen Summer Words: Novelist Jess Walter

June 20, 2017 — Nothing is so terrifying as poverty, novelist Jess Walter has found. The author of the 2012 critical favorite and runaway bestseller, "Beautiful Ruins," followed that blockbuster with a collection of short stories, "We Live in Water," about the underclass in Spokane, Washington. Walter realized, while […]

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Aspen Summer Words: ‘Hourglass’ author Dani Shapiro

June 19, 2017 — As her new memoir began to take shape, Dani Shapiro didn't know what she had on her hands. A slim and potent book that unflinchingly examines her marriage, Shapiro's "Hourglass" abandons chronology — instead, it assembles short bursts of memories from an 18-year union and […]

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Shakey Graves is recording an album at Kevin Costner’s house in Aspen

June 19, 2017 — Among the advantages of being a DIY band and making albums without producers and engineers and a studio is that you can record any place you want. Like, say, Kevin Costner's house in Aspen. Most of the scrappy DIY set doesn't end up here, of […]

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Aspen Summer Words: Hannah Tinti returns with new novel ‘The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley’

June 18, 2017 — During her month-long stay in Woody Creek as an Aspen Writers' Foundation writer-in-residence in August 2014, Hannah Tinti told locals about the book she was trying to finish here, a contemporary father-daughter story based in part on the 12 labors of Hercules, telling the dad's […]

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Unlikely Candidates return to Belly Up Aspen

June 16, 2017 — The Unlikely Candidates want the world and they want it now. This Fort Worth, Texas, rock band started as a modest acoustic duo nearly a decade ago. But in recent years — and especially on the band's new EP, "Bed of Liars" — the five-piece […]

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The Struts to headline Belly Up Aspen during Food & Wine Classic

June 15, 2017 — If you're still standing by nightfall on the Friday of the Food & Wine Classic, you might as well strut. The first day of the culinary world's bacchanal in Aspen concludes with a nightcap concert from the fearsome British rock band The Struts. They're making […]

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Director Sue Lavin reflects on Thunder River Theatre’s ‘The Memory of Water’

June 15, 2017 — I love theater and I hate theater. I love the energy, the exploration of the inner life, the bond that cast and crew create with each other; I love the moment when our creation explodes on the stage for the audience. I love working with […]

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Author and photographer Robert Castellino finds ‘Life and Light’ in Colorado

June 15, 2017 — "What will our legacy be for life to come? The one our children inherit," writes photographer Robert Castellino in the introduction to his new book, "Colorado: Life and Light on the Land," his collection of nature photos from across the state. Castellino will discuss the […]

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Guster celebrates 25th anniversary at Belly Up Aspen

June 14, 2017 — Guster isn't big on nostalgia. But, the band must admit, making it to 25 years together as an indie rock band is a big deal. The band formed in 1992, when Tufts University students Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller and Brian Rosenworcel were students. A quarter […]

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Artist Nikolai Haas returns to teach at Anderson Ranch Arts Center

June 12, 2017 — On the tail end of a monthlong residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center early last summer, The Haas Brothers declared they would return. Nikolai and Simon Haas, the trickster twin brothers and art world darlings known for their clever and off-kilter take on sculpture and […]

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Basalt to celebrate ‘Motio 2.0’ sculpture unveilings with Public Art Day

June 9, 2017 — Basalt will commemorate the installation of Wynn Earl Buzzell Jr.'s "Motio 2.0" sculptures with an official "Public Art Day" on Saturday. Premiering Friday during the Basalt Art Walk, the aluminum grid sculptures are beginning a two-year stay at five locations spread across the town — […]

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Free Snowmass concert series starts Saturday

June 8, 2017 — Progressive bluegrass band Hot Buttered Rum will kick off the Snowmass Village free summer concert series on Saturday. Starting at 5 p.m. on fanny Hill, the concert is being presented in conjunction with the Snowmass Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival. The concert series — running since […]

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All The Donald’s Men: ‘The Trump Card’ and ‘Angry Alan’ at Aspen Fringe Festival

June 8, 2017 — Wearing a spray tan, a suit, a big red tie and a jaundice-colored wig while walking through downtown on a recent afternoon, actor and Aspen Fringe Festival founder David Ledingham drew a crowd. Passersby raised their phones to snap pictures and videos of this man […]

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