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Value exists at restaurants in Aspen hotels, so why don’t locals go?

August 16, 2018 — Food kept coming. Four dishes, standard, to start: a fat rectangle of fluffy focaccia topped with creamy mozzarella and ribbon-thin slices of La Quercia smoked ham; grilled octopus and olive oil-basted vegetables in a small, enamel-coated Staub casserole dish; zucchini with runner beans, basil and

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Wine vessels: Wood is good

August 16, 2018 — Walk into almost any wine-tasting room on the planet and they will be there. Wine barrels. They may be stacked over there by a wall, or set on their tails with a piece of glass across the top making for a tasting table. They might

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From the Vault: Hidden gem

August 16, 2018 — "Few people realize the varied resources of even Pitkin county let alone that of the New Empire," proclaimed the Aspen Evening Chronicle on March 5, 1890. "Aspen has a worldwide fame as a mining camp but few people think of praising its virtues as a

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Book Review: ‘The Line That Held Us’

August 16, 2018 — David Joy's unflinching look at those who live in the Appalachian area of western North Carolina takes another unconventional spin in "The Line That Held Us." Joy's mysteries aren't about cops or private detectives or amateur sleuths. Instead, Joy writes about rough-hewn men and women

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River Rendezvous

August 16, 2018 — It's been a successful summer for the Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) with their 19th annual River Rendezvous benefit on July 11 and the ribbon cutting for their new River Center in Basalt on Aug. 10. Since 1996, the RFC has inspired people to explore, value

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Solving Conundrum: U.S. Forest Service efforts to wipe up after party poopers seem to be working

August 16, 2018 — It was a dark and stormy night. No, really. The rain had finally let up sometime around 9 and I stopped frantically searching for a bear silhouette against my tent with every lightning strike. I think I was breaking the rules, slumped over and sipping

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Millennials in the gig economy

August 16, 2018 — A "gig" is no longer just a cool thing that your musician friend says when he or she has a show. These days, the word can mean any kind of job from driving for Uber to photographing a wedding. Gigs are seen as anyone doing

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Libations: Backyard Barbeque Michelada

August 16, 2018 — One of my favorite summertime sips is an ice-cold Michelada. In its simplest form (which can be purchased in a can), a Michelada is a light beer with spicy tomato juice — a sort of glorified Red Eye. But taken to the next level, a

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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats to play another sold-out show at Belly Up Aspen

August 16, 2018 — There was a time, not so terribly long ago, when Nathaniel Rateliff was a relative unknown from Denver who would regularly roll into town to play free concerts and regional showcases at Belly Up. But those days are done. Over the past four years with

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Book Review: ‘Under a Dark Sky’

August 9, 2018 — A dark sky park where even the slightest glimmer of light is blocked out provides a fascinating backdrop for Lori Rader-Day's inventive fourth novel. The darkness that permeates the park's environs also works as an imaginative metaphor for murky emotions and concealing secrets, even from

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Eyes on the skies: Stars Above Aspen event highlights the world above our heads

August 9, 2018 — Aspenites and visitors often tout the bluebird skies we are accustomed to enjoying essentially year-round. It affords us so many things — amazing days for hiking and skiing, clear nights for strolling the downtown malls or stargazing in the surrounding backcountry. But what other magical

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Cosmic Utopia at ArtCrush

August 9, 2018 — Every year, the themes for the Aspen Art Museum's (AAM) summer benefit events are drawn from inspiration by works created by the recipient for the Aspen Award for Art. This year, Rashid Johnson was recognized with the esteemed award for his work as an American

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A whole food outlook

August 9, 2018 — If the age-old saying "You are what you eat," is true, then I'm currently a grilled organic chicken breast strewn across a cooked bed of leafy kale. Sexy, right? Since I was in my early teens, I've always loved trying different kinds of diets. This

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Vision of Paradise

August 9, 2018 — Summer ain't over 'til the snow flies, and until that happens, you may find me posted on the patio or nestled inside one of my favorite local restaurants — the Crêperie — slurping on my "Vision of Paradise." Specifically: An incredibly refreshing, sweet but not-too-sweet

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Lunch and a show for $10? Weekly Art Auctions feed creativity at Anderson Ranch

August 9, 2018 — A line has gathered at the outdoor lunch buffet, and it's only 11:45 a.m. Guests are loading paper plates with as much barbecue sauce-glazed chicken, hand-shaped black bean burgers, cabbage slaw, green salad and sliced watermelon that they're able to carry. Iced tea and lemonade

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Emoji madness: Drink what you type

August 9, 2018 — It may seem silly to you, but a mid-summer tussle has riled the world of wine marketing. All the folks of my ilk, that is to say wine writers, have their keyboards in a twist trying to come up with clever words to either suggest

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From the Vault: Bowling business

August 9, 2018 — "Ren F. Read announces bowling alley for Aspen," noted The Aspen Times on Aug. 12, 1954. "An announcement was made last week by Ren F. Read, president of Aspen Enterprises that his company would begin construction immediately of a 6 lane bowling alley and restaurant

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Cannabis Calling: Ryan Sterling’s Rise From Bartender to Budtender to CEO

August 9, 2018 — For regulars of the Hotel Jerome's J-Bar, you're probably wondering why one of Aspen's most beloved bartenders isn't there anymore to extend one of the warmest welcomes in town. After six years at the historic watering hole, Ryan Sterling packed his bags for Boulder last

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Sleigh Bells returns to Belly Up Aspen

August 9, 2018 — The juxtaposition of Alexis Krauss' sweet vocals against harsh, gritty beats, synths and guitar from Derek Miller has been Sleigh Bells' signature since the band's debut album eight years ago. The duo established its novel noise-pop formula early on in songs like "Crown on the

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Book Review: ‘The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump’

August 2, 2018 — There's a fierce battle going on in the United States and it's more crucial than the rivalry between rich and poor, liberals and conservatives, and Democrats and Republicans. It's the struggle to preserve the truth. Michiko Kakutani writes in "The Death of Truth" that the

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