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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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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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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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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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On the ice: Curling is awesome and deserves respect

February 15, 2018 — If you've been watching the Pyeongchang Olympics and laughing off curling as a weird quadrennial pseudo-sport oddity of brooms and questionable athletic ability, I understand where you're coming from. I used to scoff, too. Then I got sucked into this weird and wonderful world. Three

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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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Eric Johnson revisits the classic ‘Ah Via Musicom’ in Aspen

February 9, 2018 — The guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson is revisiting his Grammy-winning 1990 classic album "Ah Via Musicom" on a tour that comes to Belly Up on Sunday. The Texan, frequently called one of the greatest living guitarists, has put the band back together from the original "Musicom"

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Artist Lara Whitley transforms antique Aspen trash at the Art Base

February 8, 2018 — At some point during the mining era or the early Quiet Years, someone tossed their dinner plates into a ravine in the Maroon Creek Valley, somebody trashed several old, wood barrels and others dropped hundreds of bottles from a tavern and window panes from a

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‘PostSecret’ brings a global confessional movement to Aspen

February 8, 2018 — So much of online discourse is toxic. Cloaked in anonymity, trolls and bullies and liars have made much of the web a hell-scape. But it doesn't have to be that way. PostSecret is proof. The community art project that became a blog and then an

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Keys N Krates bring ‘Cura’ world tour to Belly Up Aspen

February 8, 2018 — The Toronto-based electronic hip-hop trio Keys N Krates have been at it for a decade, but finally broke big with 2015's "Dum Dee Dum." It's the kind of undeniably catchy, club-ready EDM track that makes global superstars out of mere mortals (a clever, viral-leaning music

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Ai Weiwei to be honored by Anderson Ranch Arts Center

February 6, 2018 — Anderson Ranch Arts Center will honor the prominent Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei with its International Artist Award this summer, the nonprofit announced today. Ai will accept the prize at the Ranch's Annual Recognition Dinner on July 19 in Aspen, bringing one of the

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Aspen Music Festival announces Paris-themed summer season

February 6, 2018 — The Aspen Music Festival and School's 70th season will host more then 400 concerts and events with guest performers and 600 students from around the world. The festival announced season details today. The festival's theme for 2018 is "Paris, City of Light." Themed concerts include

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Poets-in-schools program returns to Aspen and Roaring Fork Valley

February 3, 2018 — February is poetry season in the Roaring Fork Valley's schools as a team of four teaching poets hustle and flow between 16 local middle and high schools and work with 3,000 local students. The annual program, part of Aspen Words' Writers in Schools initiative, includes

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Pianist Holly Bowling adapts Phish and Grateful Dead jams for solo piano in Aspen

February 1, 2018 — Most of us in Colorado know somebody who claims that seeing a Phish concert changed their life. But for Holly Bowling, the statement is undeniably true. In late July 2013, Bowling road-tripped from San Francsico to Lake Tahoe to see Phish at Harveys Outdoor Arena.

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Ranking Aspen’s Artsy Lift Tickets

February 1, 2018 — The Aspen Art Museum quietly ended its lift ticket partnership with the Aspen Skiing Company this ski season, after 12 winters of curating artists and artwork for passes to the slopes. They're continuing their joint "Art in Unexpected Places" program, the phenomenal initiative that gives

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