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Aspen Laugh Fest: Mike Birbiglia recalls the story that changed his life

February 23, 2018 — Mike Birbiglia was 24 years old and mostly unknown when he landed a spot at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen in 2003. The experience was a creative breakthrough for the comic, who has since established himself as one of the great contemporary storytellers

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Arthur Miller’s ‘The Price’ opens at Thunder River

February 22, 2018 — Carbondale's Thunder River Theatre Co. will open its production of Arthur Miller's "The Price" today. The play features a cast of four Roaring Fork Valley actors: Bob Moore; Trary Maddalone; Jeff Carlson and Owen O'Farrell. "The Price" first appeared on Broadway in 1968 and was

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Alliance Film Series: ‘Saturday Church’ at The Temporary

February 22, 2018 — Aspen Film's Alliance Film Series will host a screening of "Saturday Chuch" on Sunday at The Temporary at Willits. The film tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses, a shy and effeminate boy, who finds himself coping with new responsibilities as "man of the house" after

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From fact to fiction with novelist John DeDakis, who is making swing through Aspen

February 22, 2018 — After a long career in journalism, John DeDakis turned to writing fiction. But he hasn't given up on covering the most pressing issues of our times. A White House correspondent for CBN News during the Reagan era, DeDakis then spent 25 years behind the scenes

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Aspen Laugh Fest: Jeff Ross on roasting the world to save it

February 22, 2018 — Few would have predicted that Jeff Ross, the "Roastmaster General" who spent years lambasting celebrities onstage and who made an immortal joke about what he wouldn't do with Bea Arthur's penis, would become arguably the most socially relevant comedian of our time. Nobody would have

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Paula Poundstone discusses her Colorado billboard campaign and headlining Aspen Laugh Fest

February 21, 2018 — Comedy legend Paula Poundstone has played Aspen a handful of times over her decades doing stand-up, but no show was as memorable as a 1992 set at the Wheeler Opera House. This was during the backlash against Amendment 2, the state legislation that sought to

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An ascendant Aspen Laugh Festival opens Tuesday

February 20, 2018 — After eight years, the Aspen Laugh Festival appears to be hitting its stride. The 2018 edition of the comedy festival, hosted by the Wheeler Opera House, opens tonight and runs through Saturday. It features some of the biggest names in comedy alongside rising stars, harkening

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Aspen Chapel Gallery to open mixed media show

February 20, 2018 — "Still/Life," an exhibition of mixed media works by local artists, will open at the Aspen Chapel Gallery on Wednesday. A reception for the artists will run from 5 to 7 p.m. It will run through April 8. Participating artists include Curt Carpenter, David Floria, Reina

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The painter, the muse and the novelist Christina Baker Kline

February 19, 2018 — Christina Baker Kline's latest novel opens with one of the great teasers in contemporary literature. In the prologue to "A Piece of the World," the artist Andrew Wyeth asks the book's narrator, Christina Olson, who she is and she responds: "(W)e'll have to start with

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LP brings ‘Lost on You’ tour to Belly Up Aspen

February 19, 2018 — LP is getting her moment in the spotlight. The singer and songwriter — who was born Laura Pergolizzi but performs as LP — went through the wringer in the music business with two record deals that didn't produce records. And she's been behind the scenes

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The Lique’s hip-hop for jazz heads at The Temporary

February 17, 2018 — The hottest band in Las Vegas is making its first trip through the Rocky Mountains and making its Colorado debut this weekend in Basalt. The Lique (pronounced "leak") is a jazz-powered hip-hop act, or a rap-driven jazz ensemble, depending on your perspective. The band will

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Elephant Revival cancels Belly Up Aspen show, WinterWonderGrass in Steamboat one of its last shows

February 16, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Elephant Revival, the Nederland-based group known for their mystical harmonies, has announced it will be taking a hiatus after a few festival appearances and a Red Rock performance on May 20. The band also announced 18 concerts between January and May 2018

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Lyle Lovett, Leslie Odom Jr., Lizz Wright to headline Jazz Aspen June Experience

February 16, 2018 — Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, "Hamilton" star Leslie Odom Jr. and vocalist Lizz Wright will headline the 2018 Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience at the Benedict Music Tent, festival organizers announced Friday. The annual concert series also will feature the return of the free

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Jazz Aspen to revive summer academy

February 15, 2018 — Jazz Aspen Snowmass is bringing back its summer education program for gifted college students this summer, the nonprofit announced recently. Formerly known as the JAS Academy Summer Sessions, the new format will be called JAS Academy Big Band Sessions. It will be led by former

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Cold War Kids to headline Aspen Mountain and Belly Up

February 15, 2018 — The new album "L.A. Divine" completes what has been a gradual evolution for Cold War Kids, from gritty post-punk indie heroes to masters of all-out anthem rock. "I feel like (on) this record I had a clearer idea of what I was setting out to

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Carrying on the Alvin Ailey legacy at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

February 15, 2018 — Troy Powell is carrying on the legacy of legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey with Ailey II, the young, 12-member dance company that will perform tonight at the Aspen District Theatre. Powell, the artistic director of Ailey II, has spent nearly his entire life exploring and performing

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Walt Whitman play ‘Multitudes’ at The Temporary

February 15, 2018 — Two stalwarts of Roaring Fork Valley theater and poetry have brought Walt Whitman to life in a new play. "Multitudes," written by Valerie Haugen Nuzzo and Kim Nuzzo, has made the rounds on the Western Slope over the last year – in Fruita, Aspen, Carbondale,

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Folk legend Bruce Cockburn returns to Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House

February 15, 2018 — Bruce Cockburn has married his art with activism for more than 50 years as a musician, holding up a mirror to the ills of society and holding nothing back. This singing poet of outrage and wry humor's best-known songs — 1984's "If I Had a

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Rob Schneider has an opinion about that

February 13, 2018 — Rob Schneider broke into show business as a stand-up comedian but gave it up for more than 20 years after "Saturday Night Live" made him a star and got him a foothold in television and film. Now he's back onstage, courting controversy in a rhetorical

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Deadmau5 to premiere new cube at Belly Up Aspen

February 13, 2018 — The technical marvel that is the Deadmau5 "cube" has long been the visual signature of the mouse-head-wearing DJ's shows. On Thursday, when the EDM superstar and Aspen regular returns to Belly Up, his new high-definition video stage setup – dubbed the "Other Cube" (following the

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