October 23, 2009
The Aspen Art Museum’s biannual Roaring Fork Open is its own breed of blockbuster exhibition. The Open features one piece each by a huge number of local artists – this year’s show has 125 participants – and who can resist such confirmation of the valley’s talent, from the established to people displaying their art for the first time? The works were selected by the artists in consultation with museum director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, and Christopher Heinrich, deputy director of the Denver Art Museum. This year’s show adds a new dimension – several new dimensions, actually – as local comedians, poets, dancers and more are invited to present Tuesday evening performances throughout the exhibit. Roaring Fork Open 2009 opens with a public reception on Thursday, Oct. 29, and runs through Nov. 29.
The Halloween scene in “To Kill a Mockingbird” is truly scary, with the two Finch children, Jem and Scout, attacked in the dark, and their attacker ending up dead from a knife wound. (It also features perhaps the funniest part of Harper Lee’s novel: Scout dressed as a ham.) The “Boo” Bash should be slightly less frightening. The party, the closing event of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s celebration of The Big Read, features a haunted house, apple-bobbing, a costume contest, a penny hunt, stories, pies and more. The “Boo” Bash is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. Also this week in the Big Read: screenings of the Oscar-winning film version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” on Sunday, Oct. 25 at Glenwood Springs High School, and on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Limelight Lodge in Aspen.