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Jazz Aspen announces artists, venues, details for new downtown June Experience

February 19, 2019 — Jazz Aspen Snowmass on Tuesday announced the initial lineup of nine musicians and six venues for its reformatted June Experience, which moves the festival to multiple venues in downtown Aspen from its longtime home at the Benedict Music Tent. Running from Thursday, June 20 to

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Comedian Julian McCullough returns for two Aspen Laugh Fest sets

February 19, 2019 — The Aspen Laugh Festival returns to Aspen this week for five days of stand-up shows, including seven headliners at the Wheeler Opera House, shows at a newly converted ballroom venue at the Limelight Hotel and intimate, free apres-ski sets at Silver City Saloon. The week

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Aspen filmmakers’ ‘Colorado Artbeat’ to be broadcast on PBS

February 19, 2019 — A husband-and-wife pair of Aspen filmmakers are taking statewide viewers inside the creative process of artists across Colorado in a new documentary airing Tuesday night on Rocky Mountain PBS. Aspen's Chris Macdonald directed and edited the film and co-produced it with his wife, Heather Macdonald,

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Aspen Art Gallery hosts solo show by rising painter Tyler Sean

February 14, 2019 — The young pop artist Tyler Sean is taking over the Aspen Art Gallery this weekend with 25 new pieces. Sean, 24, won the Art Basel Miami 2017 Best Rising Artist prize and had his debut solo exhibition at the Aspen Art Gallery in June. He

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Jim Gaffigan: ‘Skiing was obviously a rich person’s idea’

February 14, 2019 — In advance of his much-anticipated Aspen stand-up shows, comedian Jim Gaffigan posted a video on social media poking fun at the concept of skiing.

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An Aspen performance, then an ambitious tour for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

February 14, 2019 — Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will give its only local contemporary dance performance of the winter season Saturday night, bringing back three recent audience favorites to the stage of the Aspen District Theatre. But the locally based company isn't resting on its laurels in a season

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Aspen’s Shakespeare in the Park series aims for rebirth in Basalt

February 14, 2019 — The Hudson Reed Ensemble is scouting for local actors as it prepares to revive its popular Shakespeare in the Park series that has been dormant since 2016 and move the show downvalley to Basalt. The nonprofit theater company will hold auditions March 2 and 3

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After 10 years of digging, Aspen gallerist unveils collection of historic maps and photographs

February 14, 2019 — Mia Valley has spent the past 10 years digging for rare visual representations of her hometown's rich history. The gallerist and lifelong Aspenite is now unveiling what she's found, with an exhibition at her downtown art gallery that transports viewers to Aspen's mining days. Opening

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John McEuen and former Nitty Gritty Dirt Band members to revisit ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’ in Aspen

February 14, 2019 — The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band soundtracked Aspen's hippie heyday in the 1970s and it's hard to imagine the town without the country rockers. But as the Dirt Band's John McEuen recalled during a recent trip back here, the Dirt Band almost never made it to

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Drew Emmitt looks back on thirty years of Leftover Salmon

February 13, 2019 — As Leftover Salmon celebrates its 30th anniversary, music luminaries have been toasting the legendary Colorado band and a historian has devoted a new book to the titanic influence it's had on bluegrass and jam music. But in the beginning, all this scrappy Boulder-based outfit aimed

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Novelist Colson Whitehead on his creative life after ‘The Underground Railroad’

February 11, 2019 — Colson Whitehead had been mulling the concept for his novel "The Underground Railroad" for more than a decade before he sat down to write it. Since around 2000, he'd been thinking about this surreal alternative history that would imagine the network of safe houses that

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Wheeler Opera House drops partnership with Mountainfilm, launches Aspen Mountain Film Festival

February 9, 2019 — The Wheeler Opera House has ended its 10-year partnership with Telluride Mountainfilm on its summertime documentary film festival, and the historic theater is relaunching the August event as the Aspen Mountain Film Festival. It was formerly known as "MountainSummit: Mountainfilm in Aspen" from 2009 to

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DJ Z-Trip back at Belly Up on Friday

February 7, 2019 — "I love Colorado," DJ Z-Trip told The Aspen Times during a recent tour stop here. "And I'm not just saying that because I'm in Colorado. If you know me, you know that I come up here a lot and I love playing these towns." It's

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New Aspen gallery tours aim to demystify contemporary art

February 7, 2019 — Friends and friends of friends have often asked Agustina Mistretta for a crash course on Aspen's famed contemporary art scene. "Everybody would ask me: 'What are the good shows? What are the good galleries? Can you give me a walk-through?'" she recalled. So she's now

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Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner invite Aspen across ‘Bridge to Beethoven’

February 6, 2019 — The violinist Jennifer Koh and the pianist Shai Wosner are moderating a conversation across the centuries between Beethoven and today's composers. Their four-part "Bridge to Beethoven" series links their interpretation of Beethoven's 10 violin sonatas with new works by contemporary composers. The pair brings the

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Aspen Music Festival announces American-themed 2019 season

February 5, 2019 — The Aspen Music Festival and School's eight-week, 400-event summer 2019 season will explore questions of American identity under the theme "Being American." Themed orchestral performances and recitals will include Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" (Aug. 15), George Gershwin's "Catfish Row" suite from "Porgy and Bess" (June

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Aspen on the hill: First Tracks

February 5, 2019 — Kids in ski towns actually do learn to ski before they can walk, it turns out. My daughter is a year-and-a-half-old and she can't quite navigate a flight of stairs yet or pee in a toilet, but she's already racking up days on her new

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JD Martin and Jan Garrett release new album ‘Better Angels’

February 2, 2019 — On their ninth album, the local folk music duo of Jan Garrett and J.D. Martin are searching for hope to combat our troubling times. "We are offering this to people as an inspiring, uplifting velvet-hammer wake-up call," Garrett said this week. The album's title song,

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‘Take Ten’ showcases short plays from new voices in Aspen

January 31, 2019 — Six of the newest voices in American theater are taking over the Black Box Theatre in Aspen this weekend as the annual "Take Ten" festival returns. The annual festival selects 10-minute plays from graduate students, stages them here for three nights with local casts and

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Playwright Craig Lucas on his Broadway career and mentoring the next generation

January 31, 2019 — The Pulitzer- and Tony-nominated playwright Craig Lucas is in Aspen this weekend mentoring the next generation of writers at Theater Masters' annual "Take Ten" festival, working with graduate students and local high-schoolers on their 10-minute plays. When Lucas was in their position, moving to New

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