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First Draft: Hannah Pittard

Jul 30, 2018

Hannah Pittard is the author of four novels.  Her most recent,Visible Empire,was an Amazon Editors' Pick for Summer Fiction, an IndieNext List Pick, and a New York Times "New and Noteworthy" Selection among others.  Her previous novels include Listen to me, The Fates will Find Their Way and Reunion. She directs the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

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Bestselling author Michael Pollan speaks Monday night at the Aspen Institute. He’s known for writing books like "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food," about how plants can benefit our bodies. His newest book explores how a specific kind of plant- those with psychedelic properties- can benefit our minds, too.  

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

This summer, the Aspen Art Museum commissioned its first fashion line from multimedia artist Cheryl Donegan, who calls her work “re-fashioned readymades.” She takes a garment, then dyes, prints, cuts and re-sews it to create something new. She also uses pre-made items in her paintings, on display in the new exhibit GRLZ+VEILS.  Donegan’s collection debuted via fashion show earlier this month. Her art challenges viewers to look beyond its surface.   

Olive & West Photography

Carbondale musician Jackson Emmer is an Americana singer/songwriter. He’s been touring nationally, but he comes home Friday night for Mountain Fair.

Author Kevin Fedarko is Aspen Words’ Writer-in-Residence for the month of July. Fedarko’s first book “The Emerald Mile” came out in 2015. It was a bestseller about three river guides who made the fastest trip in history on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He’ll discuss his writing in Aspen Wednesday evening.

On this week's Canvas, we explore The Andrson Ranch's Friday auctionettes -- from an intern receiving a record high bid, to blasting Michael Jackson's jams.     

The Temporary

Meta Sarmiento is a Filipino poet and rapper.  He’ll be a guest judge at a poetry slam at the Temporary on Wednesday.

First Draft: Chuck Palahniuk

Jul 23, 2018
Allan Amato

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of novels, novellas, graphic novels, journalism, essays, and even a coloring book.  He is best known for his 1996 novel Fight Club.  His new novel is called Adjustment Day.

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Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Chinese dissident and artist Ai Wei Wei became famous for works criticizing the Chinese government. He paid a high price for standing up to the authoritarian regime; he was imprisoned, and now lives in exile in Berlin. He continues to use his art to address issues ranging from freedom of expression to the refugee crisis.  

Ai Wei Wei spoke with Alexandra Munroe, a curator of Asian art at the Guggenheim museum, last week at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

Ai Wei Wei Studio

Artist Ai Wei Wei became famous for works criticizing the Chinese government. He paid a high price for standing up to the authoritarian regime; he was imprisoned, and now lives in exile in Berlin. He continues to use his art to address global issues, ranging from freedom of expression to the refugee crisis.  Ai Wei Wei spoke at Anderson Ranch Arts Center recently and said human connection and communication are central to his work.

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.

Jeremy Swanson

The annual Deaf Camp benefit returns to Snowmass on Saturday. The event raises funds to bring children who are deaf and hard of hearing to the Roaring Fork Valley for outdoor adventures.

Aspen Art Museum

The Aspen Art Museum is marking the third iteration of its yearlong exhibit "Ritual" Tuesday night with an event called a "sound bath." It’s part concert, part meditation.

This week on Audio Canvas we speak with the Ladd Brothers about their experience as visiting artists for the Anderson Ranch. 

First Draft: Lydia Millet

Jul 16, 2018
J Beale

Lydia Millet is an American novelist and conservationist. She has written twelve works of fiction and four books for young adults.  Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as well as a Guggenheim fellow, among other honors. Her latest work is a short story collection called Fight No More.  

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Jane Parnell was the first woman to climb the 100 highest peaks in Colorado, an experience she details in her memoir. As Christin Kay reports, she’ll be discussing the book in the Roaring Fork Valley this week.

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.

Walker Art Center

On Sunday, attendees are invited to bring their appetites to a performance art installation at the Aspen Art Museum.  

From Ai Weiwei to Charles and Bunny Burson, Deputy Director Ashley Todey takes us through the dynamic lineup in the Summer Series: Artists and Conversations. Open to the public, more information can be found at AndersonRanch.org

First Draft: James Wood

Jul 9, 2018
Hans Glave

James Wood has been a staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker since 2007.  His critical essays are collected in three books.  He is also the author of the novels, The Book Against God and Upstate, and a study of technique in the novel,  How Fiction Works.

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