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Wheeler Opera House’s ‘On the Rise’ series goes Upstate

October 18, 2018 — Allison Olender knows from experience just how exhilarating and seductive an Upstate concert can be. After she saw the band for the first time last year at the Homegrown Music Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, she joined them as their seventh member. "I saw them play

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Mark Stevens’ latest Colorado wilderness thriller unravels a marijuana mystery

October 18, 2018 — You can take the reporter out of the newsroom, but you can't take the newsroom out of the reporter. Though the former Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post reporter Mark Stevens has turned his pen toward writing fiction, the books are still packed with some

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Aspen on the Hill: A stitch in time

October 16, 2018 — My head is full of holes. As a kid I got stitches early, as a toddler, and then often as I managed to bust my head open in a variety of clumsy ways: I took a baseball bat to the forehead during a backyard baseball

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Chris Collins, Jim Salestrom and the 2018 John Denver Celebration in Aspen

October 11, 2018 — It's John Denver week in Aspen and as the man in the granny glasses himself put it, "Hey, it's good to be back home again." The 21st annual tribute to the Aspen icon, folk singer, environmentalist and peace activist brings together fans and friends from

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Rapper Tech N9ne to headline Belly Up Aspen

October 11, 2018 — The rapper Tech N9ne was too busy making music and touring to notice that he'd made 20 albums, until reporters started asking the independent hip-hop pioneer about the milestone. "I don't count," Tech said this week from a tour stop in Des Moines, Iowa. "I

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Best of offseason entertainment: 8 free or $5 shows at Belly Up this fall

October 11, 2018 — It gets awfully quiet around here this time of year. Once the leaf-peeping tourists leave and Filmfest and The Meeting wrap up, Aspen's still got a month to go before the lifts start spinning and the international crowds return along with a glittering glut of

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In memoir ‘The Burn Zone,’ former cult member tells all

October 8, 2018 — Late in her new memoir, "The Burn Zone," Renee Linnell recounts a night out where she dances on a bar, meets a guy and tells him immediately that she had been in a cult for the past seven years. He responds, "You are the most

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Shining Mountains Film Festival to close with ‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’

October 6, 2018 — A roadtrip movie, a journey through Native American history and a powerful final statement by the late Dave Bald Eagle, "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" will close the first annual Shining Mountains Film Festival in Aspen on Monday evening. Based on the beloved book of the

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Carbondale-made documentary ‘Whitewashed’ to premiere at Shining Mountains Film Festival

October 4, 2018 — A new documentary digs into the U.S. government's disenfranchisement and abuse of indigenous peoples and how those traumas have reverberated through generations. It looks at historical events like the so-called "boarding school era" — which forced hundreds of thousands of children off of reservations and

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Denver comedian Andrew Overdahl headlines The Temporary

October 4, 2018 — The Temporary at Willits continues to solidify its status as a requisite stop for prominent Denver comedians, as Andrew Overdahl headlines the midvalley nightclub on Saturday. Overdahl's stand-up set follows recent appearances by Adam Cayton-Holland and Ben Roy, his co-founders of the Denver comedy troupe

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Artwork by Hank Willis Thomas to be featured on Aspen lift tickets this ski season

October 4, 2018 — Six text-based artworks by artist Hank Willis Thomas will be featured on Aspen's lift tickets this winter, the Aspen Skiing Co. announced Wednesday. The ticket designs are derived from Thomas' series titled "Fair Warning," which borrow slogans from cigarette advertisements from 1960 to '80. Thomas

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Director Matt Tyrnauer on making ‘Studio 54,’ finding the story beyond the sex, drugs and disco

October 4, 2018 — Before the surprising and illuminating documentary "Studio 54" screened to a sold-out audience at Aspen Filmfest last weekend, Aspen Film Executive Director Susan Wrubel took the stage and asked if anyone in the crowd had actually been to the fabled Manhattan nightclub during its brief

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Best of offseason entertainment: 20 reasons to stick around Aspen this fall

October 4, 2018 — During some autumn offseasons in Aspen, the long stretch between Aspen Filmfest and opening day of the ski season can seem like a cultural wasteland. We cling to the stand-outs on the Belly Up concert calendar and a handful of offseason bar and restaurant specials

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Documentary ‘This Mountain Life’ has U.S. premiere in Aspen

September 30, 2018 — Filmmaker Grant Baldwin aimed to capture the wild-hearted and meditative spirit of high-country communities in "This Mountain Life," his group portrait of extraordinary mountain folk in British Columbia, Canada. In its U.S. premiere, the film screened Friday to an enthusiastic and sold-out crowd Aspen Filmfest

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Director Felix Van Groeningen on making ‘Beautiful Boy,’ winning Aspen Film’s Independent By Nature Award

September 27, 2018 — Felix Van Groeningen had no choice but to make "Beautiful Boy." "I had to," the Belgian filmmaker said in a recent phone interview. "I couldn't not make it. I tried to pass on it, but it kept coming back. It was meant to be." His

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Aspen’s Dean Stapleton produces and acts in post-apocalyptic thriller ‘The Outer Wild’

September 27, 2018 — Aspen's Dean Stapleton is back on-screen and behind the camera in the new post-apocalpytic science fiction thriller "The Outer Wild." The film, Stapleton's first in more than a decade, will be released through video-on-demand platforms today. Stapleton said he's working on putting together a screening

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After releasing first album in 8 years, Ghostland Observatory to headline Belly Up Aspen

September 27, 2018 — After an eight-year break from releasing music and a hiatus from the road, Ghostland Observatory is back with a new album and a fall tour that comes to Belly Up Aspen on Sunday, Sept. 30, during the opening weekend of the concert run. "This is

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Aspen Filmfest: Novelist Peter Rock on seeing his novel adapted as ‘Leave No Trace’

September 27, 2018 — Novelist Peter Rock previously had his books optioned by filmmakers; he'd written screenplay adaptations and worked with directors. But he'd never seen any of those projects actually make it onto the big screen. So when he sold film rights to his 2009 novel "My Abandonment,"

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‘Howard,’ about the genius life and tragic death of Disney lyricist Howard Ashman, to open Aspen Filmfest

September 24, 2018 — You may not know the name Howard Ashman. But you certainly know his work, which includes the iconic songs from "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin." A genius of song and storytelling, Ashman won Oscars, Grammy Awards and Golden Globes and launched

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Decades after Aspen-bound plane crash, surviving brothers reckon with trauma in documentary ‘3 Days 2 Nights’

September 23, 2018 — As boys, Mark and Andy Godfrey survived a horrific 1974 plane crash that killed their parents, brother and sister on their way to an Aspen ski vacation. The pair stayed alive in the wreckage for three days on a snow-covered mountainside outside of Glenwood Springs

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