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Aspen Words director Adrienne Brodeur to publish memoir

October 14, 2017 — Adrienne Brodeur, executive director of the literary nonprofit Aspen Words, will publish her memoir "Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me" with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As first reported by Publisher's Weekly, the book drew bids from 14 publishers and earned Brodeur an unspecified seven-figure

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Denver Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland to perform at The Temporary in advance of his Comedy Central special

October 13, 2017 — Comedy Central will broadcast a half-hour special by Denver-based comedian Adam Cayton-Holland as part of this fall's season of "Comedy Central Standup Presents." But you can get a preview of the comic's new material this weekend at The Temporary in Willits. On comedy club stages,

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Aspen Institute president Walter Isaacson’s ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’

October 13, 2017 — As he was choosing his latest subject, the biographer and outgoing Aspen Institute president Walter Isaacson looked for a pattern in his previous books. He decided to write about Leonardo da Vinci after realizing that the figures he was interested in most — Albert Einstein,

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Aspen Filmfest: ‘The Upside’ and ‘Wasted’ win audience awards

October 10, 2017 — The Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston dramedy "The Upside" and "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" were the crowd favorites at the 39th annual Aspen Filmfest. Based on ballots from festival-goers, the Audience Award for Best Feature went to "The Upside" and the prize for Best Documentary

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Aspen Filmfest: ‘Waru’

October 7, 2017 — Eight women directors from New Zealand offer perspectives on the death of a young boy in "Waru," which screens Sunday evening at Aspen Filmfest. The innovative film, by and about Maori women, aims to shine a light on child abuse in the Maori community. The

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Aspen Filmfest: ‘Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait’

October 7, 2017 — A year after the Aspen Art Museum hosted a monumental exhibition of Julian Schnabel's iconic "plate paintings," Aspen Filmfest is screening a documentary that attempts to find the man and myth behind the massive canvases. "Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait," by the Italian director Pappi

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Matchstick Productions’ ‘Drop Everything’ makes ski movies fun again

October 5, 2017 — Skiing is fun and pro skiers are funny, "Drop Everything" — the much-anticipated new movie from Matchstick Productions — reminds us. Many ski flicks in recent years have gotten wrapped up in capital "E" extreme travelogues, sober athlete profiles and self-serious avant-garde filmmaking. "Drop Everything"

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Aspen Filmfest: Sean Baker drops the iPhone for ‘The Florida Project’

October 5, 2017 — Director Sean Baker became the first iPhone auteur with his acclaimed, visually sumptuous 2015 feature "Tangerine." He's moved on from smartphone cinematography to 35-millimeter cameras for his follow-up, "The Florida Project," which screens Friday night at Aspen Filmfest and emerged as a leading Oscar contender

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Aspen Filmfest: ‘Whose Streets?’

October 5, 2017 — You've seen and read the news reports, you've listened to the politicians and the commentators, but you haven't seen the citizen uprising in Ferguson, Missouri from the street-level view of the documentary "Whose Streets?" This raw and vital new film, by Sabaah Folayan and Damon

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Colorado poet Jodie Hollander on ‘My Dark Horses’

October 5, 2017 — Jodie Hollander loves powder days. But the Avon-based poet isn't rushing to the chairlift line with the crowds when snow dumps on the mountains. Powder days, she finds, are the best days for writing poetry in a ski town. "I'm not a skier," she said

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Aspen Times Weekly: Belly Up branches out into fashion

October 5, 2017 — The Goldberg brothers unfolded and laid an assortment of T-shirts and hoodies onto a couch in the office above Belly Up Aspen on a recent afternoon. "This is the Belly Up Collection," David Goldberg said proudly, stepping back. He and his brother Danny, who manage

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Aspen Filmfest: A farewell from Harry Dean Stanton in ‘Lucky’

October 4, 2017 — The late, legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton didn't have many lead roles in his career, which spanned more than five decades. But in his final film, "Lucky," which screens today at Aspen Filmfest, Stanton is a leading man. As his last performance, and one

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Aspen Filmfest: ‘Letters from Baghdad’

October 3, 2017 — With the voice of the inimitable Tilda Swinton, reams of archival material and thousands of personal letters, the documentary "Letters from Baghdad" paints a vivid picture of British spy, explorer and diplomat Gertrude Bell and her role in the formation of Iraq a century ago.

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Aspen Filmfest: ‘All the Wild Horses’

October 2, 2017 — The Mongol Derby is the world's longest and most grueling horse race. It challenges riders to mount wild, bucking Mongolian horses over 1,000 kilometers of the rugged Mongolian steppe. It sounds insane because, well, it is. The documentary "All the Wild Horses," having its North

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‘Zuzana: Music is Life’ to open 2017 Aspen Filmfest

October 2, 2017 — Zuzana Ruzickova survived Nazi concentration camps as a child and endured adulthood under a totalitarian communist regime. She then rose to the heights of classical music to become a Czech national treasure and the first person to record Bach's complete works for keyboard. When she

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Conor Oberst’s ‘Ruminations’ and ‘Salutations’ at Belly Up Aspen

September 28, 2017 — Twelve years ago, Conor Oberst's band Bright Eyes released two albums on top of each other that defined the cultural moment — the bombastic and emo-tinged folk record "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning" and the electro-pop disc "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn." He punctuated

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For Atlas Genius, ’63 Days’ is a song and a movement

September 28, 2017 — The life of a rock star isn't always all its cracked up to be. At least that's what the Australian rock duo Atlas Genius says on its new song "63 Days." The track — the duo's first new music release in two years — is

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Ones to Watch at Aspen Filmfest

September 28, 2017 — From some of the most anticipated American films of the year to discoveries from around the globe, in documentaries on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and the rugged backcountry of Mongolia, the 20 films and six days of the 2017 Aspen Filmfest cover a lot

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The Temporary hosts comedian Troy Walker and Nora Ephron’s ‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’

September 22, 2017 — A local contractor in my neighborhood recently told me about his experience painting the newly constructed Movieland in El Jebel 24 years ago. At the time, there was little more than a stoplight in this no-man's land of a midvalley outpost. "Who would ever come

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Aspen Times Weekly: All mashed up with DJ Z-Trip

September 21, 2017 — Fans may not have heard much new recorded music from DJ Z-Trip in the past few years, but he has been busy. Along with his unrelenting solo tours and runs with LL Cool J, the DJ has been at work on what he calls "some

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