Around Aspen: Theatre Aspen
“Wanted: Dead or Alive” was a thoroughly Western costume party benefiting Theatre Aspen and held Feb. 20 at the Hotel Jerome. The party included cocktails, roulette, dancing to the Ute City Ramblers, both silent and live auctions, dinner, a performance by high school students from the cast of “13” and then, to wind up the evening, a performance by Kate Shindle, a former Miss America, novelist and Broadway singer.All kinds of newsy notes about Aspenites.Celebrating its first anniversary at the Pour House in Carbondale on Feb. 18 was the area’s newest newspaper, The Sopris Sun. Allyn Harvey, a former reporter and managing editor of The Aspen Times, is a volunteer board member for the Sun, along with Colin Laird, Peggy DeVilbiss and Liz Phillips. Running the paper day-to-day are Editor Terray Sylvester, sales person Anne Goldberg, designer Terri Ritchie and about two dozen volunteers. The Sun is a nonprofit weekly paper distributed in the midvalley.Photographer Lynn Goldsmith spoke last weekend at the Photo Imaging Education Association “Evening with an Artist” sponsored by Nikon Inc. at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. Lynn was also recently named in PDN magazines as one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade. And a solo show of Lynn’s self-portrait series, “The Looking Glass,” will open at the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art next month. The show will be up from March through May.The February issue of Ski Magazine includes an article about Ryan Hardy, the chef at Montagna at The Little Nell hotel, telling about his walk-in refrigerator where he ages his custom charcuterie and stores hams, salamis and slabs of prosciutto. Ryan is a leader in the farm-to-table cooking movement, which seeks to create a more healthy and sustainable food supply by emphasizing local meats and produce. Ryan sources the majority of the Nell’s produce from Western Colorado and his own 15-acre Rendezvous Farm.The February-March issue also features Carbondale’s six89 and chef Mark Fischer, who was one of the first in the Roaring Fork Valley to use locally raised meats, poultry and vegetables. Aspen restaurants featured in that issue of the magazine are Il Mulino, Elevation, and Zocalito Latin Bistro.The March 2010 issue of Colorado Homes & Lifestyle magazine features the charming restoration of an old farmhouse in Carbondale owned by Nancy Deering and her husband. Architect was Michael Hassig of A4 Architects in Carbondale. Also featured in that issue of the magazine is the remodel of a condo in The Villager by architects John Rowland and Sarah Broughton to be their own home. Doing a lot of writing lately is Jay Cowan, editor in chief of Aspen Sojourner magazine. Jay will receive another Harold Hirsch award for magazine feature writing in Sun Valley. It’s Jay’s fifth such award. A story of Jay’s that Ski magazine published last year titled “Tracking James Bond” was included in The Best American Travel Writing for 2009. The same story has been picked up by Reader’s Digest in Australia, and it was one of the three stories submitted for the Harold Hirsch award. The paperback version of Jay’s Hunter Thompson book came out on the first of January.The Red Brick Council for the Arts will hold its fourth annual Arts Tribute and benefit dinner on March 18 at the Hotel Jerome. To be honored this year are Charmaine Locke and James Surls. Hosting the event will be Sara Ransford and Betty Weiss. Undercurrent … Spring skiing will soon start.
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