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Coming up in Aspen: ‘The Legend of Aahhh’s’

Stewart OksenhornAspen Times WeeklyAspen, CO Colorado

Bruce Benedict"The Legend of Aahhh's," Greg Stump's film about the history of ski films, has its first public screening on Friday, Nov. 26, at Aspen's Wheeler Opera House.

ASPEN – In 1988, Greg Stump made “The Blizzard of Aahhh’s,” and everything changed – not just the world of ski films, but skiing itself.The film introduced such radical innovations as extreme skiing and Glen Plake, and instantly, getting your skis into powder wasn’t enough – there had to be cliffs, out of bounds terrain, and a ski-at-all-costs lifestyle away from the slopes.Stump took the last decade off from ski films, which has given him time to reflect on the art. He returns with “The Legend of Aahhh’s,” which documents the entire history of ski films, and just how “The Blizzard of Aahhh’s” contributed to mountain culture. The film shows Friday, Nov. 26 at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House.

ASPEN – The people at the Aspen Art Museum who man the front desk, install the exhibitions and manage the children’s programs gravitated to the museum for a reason: Most of them are artists themselves.In the final exhibition in the museum’s 970.org, the galleries are given over to the staff, in a show curated by the museum’s curatorial assistant, Nicole Kinsler (an artist herself, but not included in the upcoming exhibition). Also included are two of the museum’s founders: painter Richard Carter and sculptor Laura Thorne. An opening reception is set for Thursday, Nov. 24.

ASPEN – There is a slight familiarity to Lukas Nelson’s voice, a higher-pitched version of his dad Willie’s earthy, country drawl. Otherwise, the younger Nelson puts plenty of distance between himself and his father.On a recent five-song EP with his band, Promise of the Real, Lukas emphasizes his own electric guitar playing, making for a sound that is more rock than country. The music is reminiscent of another prominent redhead – but it’s not Willie; it’s Brett Dennen, who is, like Lukas, a 20-something Southern California singer-songwriter with a reggae influence.Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real play Saturday, Nov. 27 at Belly Up Aspen.stewart@aspentimes.com