The Aspen Writers’ Foundation has announced the program for the 2006 Aspen Summer Words events. Aspen Summer Words includes the Writing Retreat and the Literary Festival, both of which run June 25-29.The Writing Retreat features four-day workshops, two-day symposia and a two-day literature appreciation class. Workshop leaders include Amy Bloom (Fiction: The Novel), Ron Carlson (Advanced Fiction), Ted Conover (Creative Nonfiction) and Pam Houston (Fiction: The Short Story). Leading the symposia are Laura Fraser (Travel Writing) and Gary Ferguson (Magazine Writing). The Literature Appreciation courses will be led by Patricia Limerick (Literature of the West) and Luis Torres (Chicana/o Literature).Deadline for applications for the workshops is April 3.New this year is a three-day River Writing Journey for Women, a literary rafting trip on the Colorado River with writer Page Lambert, and guided by Sherri Griffith Expeditions.The Literary Festival, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, is themed Voices of the West: Crossing the Great Divide. Speakers participating in readings, talks and more include Denise Chavez, Gretel Ehrlich, Tony Hillerman and Stewart Udall, with more to be added. New this year is the Local Writers Round-Up on June 24, celebrating Aspen area authors.For further information, call 925-3122 or go to http://www.aspenwriters.org.
Boulder-based festival producer Planet Bluegrass has announced dates and partial lineups for its 2006 summer festivals.The 33rd annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival is set for June 15-18, with a mainstage in Town Park and music in various other Telluride venues. Scheduled to perform on the main stage are such regulars as Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Jerry Douglas and Nickel Creek, along with headliners Bonnie Raitt, Barenaked Ladies, John Prine and the Drive-By Truckers.RockyGrass, set for July 28-30 in Lyons, will include performances by Yonder Mountain String Band; Blue Highway; the Tony Trischka Bluegrass Band, featuring Roland White; Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings; and the trio of Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg and Edgar Meyer.The Folks Festival, set for Aug. 18-20, also in Lyons, will feature Ani DiFranco, Kathleen Edwards, Martin Sexton and Billy Jonas, with many more acts to be added.Four-day passes for Telluride Bluegrass and three-day passes for RockyGrass are currently on sale. Single-day tickets for both festivals will be available beginning Feb. 21. Three-day passes and single-day tickets for Folks Festival are on sale now.For tickets and further information, call 1-800-624-2422 or go to http://www.bluegrass.com.
Business professor Steven Stralser will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review Friday, Feb. 10. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 6:30 p.m. on KJAX-Aspen Public Radio.Stralser, a University of Arizona business professor, will join Aspen Media Review host John C. Noonan in discussing his book, “MBA in a Day.” Stralser contends that many professional people are lacking a basic management education, and he will outline his graduate courses, known as “leadership boot camps.”KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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A ski season surrounded with uncertainty kicks off on Wednesday. The six inches of new snowfall Tuesday will allow opening of an additional 62 acres on Aspen Mountain, bringing opening-day total to about 160 acres.