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A timely production of ‘Ragtime’ opens at Theatre Aspen

June 23, 2018 — It had its original Broadway run in 1998. It's based on a novel published in 1975. And it's set in 1902. Yet the musical "Ragtime," which begins a summer run at Theatre Aspen this weekend, speaks directly to the most pressing social issues of 2018

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Mary Chapin Carpenter on her retrospective new album, headlining Belly Up Aspen

June 23, 2018 — Celebrating the 30th anniversary of her first album, Mary Chapin Carpenter got nostalgic and decided to take stock of her career. The country musician went into Peter Gabriel's studio in rural England — a compound of 400-year-old stone buildings converted into cutting-edge music production facilities

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Shakedown Street channels the Dead at Belly Up Aspen

June 21, 2018 — The Grateful Dead tribute band Shakedown Street has been at it for more than 30 years, meaning the Colorado outfit has been playing the Dead's songs longer than the original Dead lineup was between 1965 and Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. Over the decades since

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Andrew Solomon’s documentary “Far From the Tree” to screen at Aspen Ideas Festival

June 21, 2018 — Andrew Solomon has spent years studying parents, love and acceptance — asking a big question: What, in a child, should be changed? And what should be celebrated? In the new documentary "Far From the Tree" — based on Solomon's best-selling and award-winning 2012 book of

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‘Mountain’ plays Aspen and Carbondale movie theaters

June 21, 2018 — The acclaimed and groundbreaking new documentary "Mountain" will play in Aspen this weekend at the Library Cinema Series and at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale through June 28. Made by "Sherpa" director Jennifer Peedom, "Mountain" has been hailed as a monumental achievement in outdoor and

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Lizz Wright to open the Jazz Aspen June Experience

June 21, 2018 — Lizz Wright is an old friend of Jazz Aspen and a longtime favorite of Aspen audiences. The singer, who opens the Jazz Aspen June Experience today, has played the JAS Café, shared a bill with Jamie Cullum at the June festival back in 2006 and

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Exhibit on Hunter Thompson’s 1970 sheriff campaign begins tour at Aspen Historical Society

June 19, 2018 — The story of Hunter S. Thompson's watershed 1970 campaign to become Pitkin County's top cop is retold in the new Aspen Historical Society exhibition "Freak Power: Hunter Thompson's Campaign for Sheriff." The show – opening Wednesday – combines art collector and author Daniel Joseph Watkins'

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Gomez reunites for ‘Bring It On’ anniversary tour, coming to Belly Up Aspen

June 18, 2018 — Depending on your age, Gomez's 1998 album "Bring It On" likely means everything to you or means nothing at all. The Mercury Prize-winning, platinum-selling debut from the British rock band was a touchstone for a sizable segment of old millenials and Gen-Xers — a refuge

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Review: ‘The Rider,’ a cowboy drama that artfully blurs truth and fiction

June 18, 2018 — In the opening moments of "The Rider," we see Brady pop staples out of his skull with a Bowie knife. Strong, silent and tougher than nails, the rodeo champion has discharged himself early from a hospital after surgery, with a steel plate in his head

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Novelist Mohsin Hamid discusses Aspen Literary Prize-winning ‘Exit West’

June 18, 2018 — Mohsin Hamid, whose timely novel about global refugees "Exit West" won the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize in April, will address the Summer Words literary conference here Tuesday. The new prize from the locally based literary nonprofit is unique in that it seeks not only

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Aspen Summer Words: ‘Hidden Figures’ author Margot Lee Shetterly

June 17, 2018 — In her first book, Margot Lee Shetterly did what every nonfiction writer dreams of doing. With "Hidden Figures," she reshaped the understanding of American history by

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Aspen Summer Words: ‘This Beautiful Life’ author Helen Schulman

June 17, 2018 — A few years ago, a literary conference asked novelist Helen Schulman to speak on a panel about historical fiction. She hadn’t previously thought of her books about

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Food & Wine Classic: A cinematic pitch from farmers and surfer to promote sustainable aquaculture

June 16, 2018 — Big wave surfer and paddleboarder Jamie Mitchell is riding for sustainable fish farming in the oceans where he has spent his life and found fame. The Australia-born, Hawaii-based athlete — best known for winning the Molokai Paddle Race 10 times — is aiming to destigmatize

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Food & Wine Classic: Heritage Fire is the little piggy growing up

June 14, 2018 — "It's honest food from real farmers, put forth by passionate butchers and chefs using primal cooking techniques," says Brady Lowe, visionary founder of Cochon555's national competitive chef series, about Heritage Fire, the no-protein-barred, wood-fired event that's become the local darling of the Food & Wine

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Food & Wine Classic: Experts pour perfection from bubbles to rose

June 14, 2018 — One thing you can always be sure of at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is that the wine will flow like beer. Of course, there are a number of ways to take advantage of all that wine. You can simply make the rounds

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Food & Wine Classic: Seminars to amp up your cooking chops

June 14, 2018 — Picking favorites off the food & wine classic cooking seminar schedule is always tough. this year, four chefs helped tenderize the task. CHEF: ALEX GUARNASCHELLI Seminar: Sesame and Pink Peppercorns: Fun with Spices "Home cooks have great curiosity about spices," says Alex Guarnaschelli, about the

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Food & Wine Classic: Werlin, Oldman, Sbrocco on the art of presentation

June 14, 2018 — It is rare that the wine seminars at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen leave attendees wanting. I mean, how can you go wrong when there are six glasses of great wine in front of you? Not to mention info and laughs. But there

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Food & Wine Classic: Best New Chefs Class of 2018

June 14, 2018 — Most awards are given for excellence based on an extended body of work. But Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs (BNC) awards are a little different. They are designed to honor and encourage those who show potential; who, in their earliest forays into the

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Food & Wine Classic: Chefs’ 5k worth the early wakeup call

June 14, 2018 — You fly in from New York on the final flight, Thursday night before the Classic begins. You meet some friends for a few celebratory pops at the hotel. You're juiced because you've registered to run the Food & Wine Celebrity Chef 5K Charity Run the

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Food & Wine Classic: New magazine editor Hunter Lewis continuing his education

June 14, 2018 — Shortly after the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen wrapped last year, Food & Wine magazine made some bombshell announcements. The magazine was sold by Time Inc. to the Meredith Corp. (with an infusion of a cash contribution from the Koch brothers). It moved from

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