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Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

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When you walk into a room full of people you don’t know, you may pull out your phone and avoid eye contact. If you’re at a contra dance, you might as well smile, because the odds are good that you’ll have do-see-doed with most of the room by the night’s end. Contra is a traditional community dance. It's social, done with both big groups and partners. Its modern followers in the Roaring Fork Valley see it as an antidote for an increasingly isolated world.

Snowmass resident Renee Linnell’s new memoir, "The Burn Zone," explores why a worldly, well-educated person would join a cult.

First Draft: Ben Marcus

Oct 8, 2018

Ben Marcus is the author of five books of fiction: The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Flame Alphabet, Leaving the Sea, and Notes from the Fog. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories and New American Stories. Since 2000 he has taught on the faculty at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

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Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Individual snowflakes are the tiny building blocks of Aspen’s winter sports industry. Jeremy Swanson, a photographer for Aspen Snowmass, has documented how vulnerable they are to warm, dry temperatures. Swanson spent the last two winters taking close-up shots of individual snowflakes. He says his photos capture the toll last year’s warm, dry weather took on the snowflakes that did fall.

The U.S.-North Korean summit this summer was unprecedented. But did it lead to North Korea winding down their nuclear program? Chris Hill, a former ambassador to South Korea, says no; even though North Korea isn’t in the headlines right now, the regime is still a threat.

First Draft: Bernice McFadden

Oct 1, 2018

Bernice McFadden is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), Glorious, and The Book of Harlan (winner of a 2017 American Book Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction). She is a four-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA. Praise Song for the Butterflies is her latest novel.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

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Almost 45 years ago, a small plane carrying a family to Aspen crashed outside of Glenwood. Mark and Andy Godfrey, 11 and 8-years-old at the time, were the only survivors. They were stranded for three days and two nights in the frigid mountains.  After their rescue, they rarely discussed the crash.

Thunder River Theatre Company

“Equus” is the story of Alan Strang, a teenage boy who cuts the eyes from six horses. The provocative play opens Friday at Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company.

Tom Hacker

Carbondale artists say they need affordable housing and studio space to help them stay in town. Nonprofit Artspace is working with the town and the creative district to buy land and build units. They’ve surveyed local artists on their housing needs. On Tuesday, Artspace presented the results to the town’s board of trustees.

 

 

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A new exhibit opening Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College’s Aspen campus looks back at 30 years of photography by Derek Johnston.

First Draft: Amitava Kumar

Sep 24, 2018

Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist. He was born in Ara, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty and delicious mangoes. Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and two novels. He lives in Poughkeepsie, in upstate New York, where he is the Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. His latest novel is called Immigrant, Montana.

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Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley. This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Garfield County Libraries has named Brett Lear as their new executive director.  

Aspen Filmfest kicks off Tuesday with the documentary “Howard.”  It’s the story of Howard Ashman, the lyricist for Disney classics like "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast." Ashman died of AIDS when he was 39 years old.

 

Glenwood Springs’ arts and culture board has made the first round of selections for a new public art project. The six semi-finalists will now be narrowed down to three.

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The music lineup for the 2019 X Games has been announced.  

Erin Rigney

The artwork around the doctor's office might actually calm patients, and even help heal them. Dr. Brooke Allen is a neurologist at Roaring Fork Neurology. She recently commissioned local artist Erin Rigney to create a series of works for her office.

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