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U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith brings rural tour to Aspen’s Winter Words

January 22, 2018 — Since her inauguration as U.S. poet laureate in September, Tracy K. Smith has been on a mission to meet Americans in small towns and rural areas around the country and discuss the role poetry plays in their lives. The author of three poetry collections, including

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Nappy Roots is back at Belly Up

January 14, 2018 — When Nappy Roots formed at Western Kentucky University in 1996, they were an independent Southern rap sextet. They released "Country Fried Cess" in 1998 and instantly attracted attention from major labels. By 2002, they were signed to Atlantic Records and released the best-selling hip-hop album

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Weekend Minute for Jan. 5

January 5, 2018 — From comics to DJs to ski films, It only takes a minute to plan your weekend in Aspen.

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Watch: Top arts and entertainment picks this weekend

December 22, 2017 — It only takes a minute to plan your weekend. Watch as our arts editor runs down this weekend’s top picks in arts and entertainment.

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VIDEO: What’s happening in the Aspen area this weekend

December 8, 2017 — Take a minute and let Arts Editor Andrew Travers guide you through what arts and entertainment events are going on this weekend in the Aspen-Snowmass area.

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Single-day passes on sale for WinterWonderGrass

December 6, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A music festival that attracts visitors from across the country and is establishing Steamboat Springs as its new home has begun selling single-day passes for this year's WinterWonderGrass Festival. This bluegrass festival is going into its sixth year in Colorado, and it

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Bobby Layman: What I’ve learned from a life-altering ski injury

November 16, 2017 — Two days before Christmas 2003, my friend Mike and I were skiing at Snowmass. On the last run of the day, I did a 360-degree jump off a 25-foot tabletop. I was flying through the air when I realized I was off axis. Soon I

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Dia de los Muertos invites all attendees to celebrate those who have died

November 3, 2017 — Altars have been erected, food prepared. Friday night, communities will come together to celebrate the memories of loved ones who have died, and invite their souls back for a day. Dia de los Muertos is a tradition with roots in southern Mexico, and the local

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Lead with Love event in Aspen brings together wellness greats

October 23, 2017 — Lead with Love, a four-day immersive wellness event in Aspen, wasn't developed from years of intense planning or dreamt up by some big-wigs in a conference room. Instead it was born from plans for a 40th birthday celebration. Gina Murdock, founder and co-director of Aspen

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Aspen Words director Adrienne Brodeur to publish memoir

October 14, 2017 — Adrienne Brodeur, executive director of the literary nonprofit Aspen Words, will publish her memoir "Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover and Me" with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As first reported by Publisher's Weekly, the book drew bids from 14 publishers and earned Brodeur an unspecified seven-figure

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Denver Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland to perform at The Temporary in advance of his Comedy Central special

October 13, 2017 — Comedy Central will broadcast a half-hour special by Denver-based comedian Adam Cayton-Holland as part of this fall's season of "Comedy Central Standup Presents." But you can get a preview of the comic's new material this weekend at The Temporary in Willits. On comedy club stages,

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Aspen Institute president Walter Isaacson’s ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’

October 13, 2017 — As he was choosing his latest subject, the biographer and outgoing Aspen Institute president Walter Isaacson looked for a pattern in his previous books. He decided to write about Leonardo da Vinci after realizing that the figures he was interested in most — Albert Einstein,

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Fiesta de Tamales on tap for English in Action

October 12, 2017 — English In Action, which seeks to build community and intercultural relationships by helping newcomers improve their English, hosts its annual Fiesta de Tamales from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel. Now in its seventh year, the fiesta

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2018 WinterWonderGrass Festival lineup announced; tickets now on sale

October 12, 2017 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The wait is over. The 2018 WinterWonderGrass Festival lineup for Steamboat Springs was released Thursday morning and it features 25 bands performing on four stages over three days — Feb. 23 to 25. Headlining artists at the sixth annual festival include Greensky

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Aspen Filmfest: ‘Waru’

October 7, 2017 — Eight women directors from New Zealand offer perspectives on the death of a young boy in "Waru," which screens Sunday evening at Aspen Filmfest. The innovative film, by and about Maori women, aims to shine a light on child abuse in the Maori community. The

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Aspen Filmfest: ‘Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait’

October 7, 2017 — A year after the Aspen Art Museum hosted a monumental exhibition of Julian Schnabel's iconic "plate paintings," Aspen Filmfest is screening a documentary that attempts to find the man and myth behind the massive canvases. "Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait," by the Italian director Pappi

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet winter season includes premiere by choreographer Jorma Elo and pianist Joyce Yang

October 6, 2017 — Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will host the world premiere of a collaboration between noted choreographer Jorma Elo and superstar pianist Joyce Yang in March, the company announced Friday. The new piece by Elo and Yang will be part of a five-program Aspen winter season that

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Matchstick Productions’ ‘Drop Everything’ makes ski movies fun again

October 5, 2017 — Skiing is fun and pro skiers are funny, "Drop Everything" — the much-anticipated new movie from Matchstick Productions — reminds us. Many ski flicks in recent years have gotten wrapped up in capital "E" extreme travelogues, sober athlete profiles and self-serious avant-garde filmmaking. "Drop Everything"

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Aspen Filmfest: ‘Whose Streets?’

October 5, 2017 — You've seen and read the news reports, you've listened to the politicians and the commentators, but you haven't seen the citizen uprising in Ferguson, Missouri from the street-level view of the documentary "Whose Streets?" This raw and vital new film, by Sabaah Folayan and Damon

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Colorado poet Jodie Hollander on ‘My Dark Horses’

October 5, 2017 — Jodie Hollander loves powder days. But the Avon-based poet isn't rushing to the chairlift line with the crowds when snow dumps on the mountains. Powder days, she finds, are the best days for writing poetry in a ski town. "I'm not a skier," she said

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