Around Aspen: Here and there
December 20, 2007
Autumn in Aspen and elsewhere is a great time for holding events.
During fall the Aspen Community Theatre holds its annual musical production and this year it was “She Loves Me,” which was held at the Wheeler Opera House. Aspenites always love the community theater because so many locals are onstage and in the orchestra. The production this year was set in the 1930s in Budapest, Hungary, and gives a fond, fleeting glance at a charming and elegant Old World culture in the final years before the horrors of World War II and the Cold War changed the region and its people forever. The music was unfamiliar to many in the audience but by the time the show was over, many were humming the melodies.
In Washington, D.C., many Aspenites attended the opening gala for the Harman Center for the Arts. The center comprises the existing Lansburgh Theatre and the new Sidney Harman Hall, creating a 21st-century expanded stage for the resident Shakespeare Theatre Company and Washington’s performing arts community. The gala, which was chaired by Ann Nitze of Aspen and Washington, raised $2.8 million for the new center for the arts. The evening began with a performance featuring theater, classical music, jazz, ballet and modern dance. Following the performance was a fireworks show and a parade to the National Building Museum for dinner and dancing. Some of the Aspen residents and visitors who attended included Lowell Leberman Jr., Huda and Samia Farouki, Cathy and Walter Isaacson and Eliot Gerson of the Aspen Institute, Ambassador Richard and Shannon Fairbanks, Diane Morris, Joan and Maurice Tobin, Fred and Marlene Malek, Ambassador Stuart and Wilma Bernstein, Peter Wolff, Candy and Bill Hamm, Patricia Patterson, Ken and Carol Adelman, Joan Fabry and Michael Klein, Melvin and Suellen Estrin, Jackie and Rod Drake, Dr. Murray Gell-Mann, Chris Phillips, David Gergen, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Shirley and Albert Small, Justice and Mrs. Stephen Breyer, Ambassador and Mrs. John Negroponte, and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Schorr
Photographer David Marlow is just back from photographing a house in Carmel, Calif., for Architectural Digest magazine, and he told me an interesting story. The house belongs to Tom Fitzgerald, who, according to Dave, is a big deal in the ski industry. “It’s a huge contemporary house,” relates Dave, “and the walls are covered with black- and-white photographs by famous photographers. But the most interesting thing ” Fitzgerald had an album of ski songs by Bob Gibson.” Gibson lived in Aspen during the 1950s and ’60s and sang at the Christian Endeavor bar at Highlands. Dave remembers hearing the songs on the radio when he was a kid living in Denver. “They are fabulous,” he says. Dave also photographed a house in Mexico and is now off to photograph homes in Hawaii.
Undercurrent … Living on East Bleeker Street in Aspen presents a problem for people who are trying to find us because East and West Aspen are divided by Garmisch Street (it used to be named First Street). So people either go down West Bleeker Street, vainly trying to find us, or they get down on the Rio Grande and Obermeyer Place, which is East Bleeker Street, where they go round and round looking for us at 209 East Bleeker. That’s because when Bleeker crosses Mill Street, it doesn’t make a clean crossing ” it jogs up the hill a block, becoming East Bleeker for just two blocks before becoming West Bleeker. Confused?