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Christin Kay

Arts and Culture Reporter

Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio her whole life.

 

Born in Denver, she attended Kansas State University as an undergraduate and Regis University for her masters degree in Education, Learning and Teaching. She was in the classroom for 14 years as an English teacher, working to show students that their voices mattered. A teaching opportunity at Aspen High School brought her to the Roaring Fork Valley for the first time in 2011. It was love at first sight, and she’s still in a bit of awe that she can call this place home.  

 

She came to Aspen Public Radio as a programming and content producer, planning community dialogues and town halls, and hosting and/or producing local shows Cross Currents, Mountain Edition and Valley Roundup. 

 

Christin refuels by skiing, biking, hiking and just breathing in the mountains. Her newest adventure is becoming a mom. She lives in Carbondale with her husband Jeremy, her son Weston and her dog Yalla. She loves to talk books and podcasts, so if you have a recommendation for her, let her know!   

Interesting stories, and how they are crafted, are at the heart of what Christin loves about public radio. A well-told story can inspire, open and connect like nothing else. She is honored to be a part of Aspen Public Radio and to have the opportunity to bring stories from the Roaring Fork Valley to life every day.

City of Glenwood Springs

The 27th Street Bridge in Glenwood Springs is expected to remain closed through Friday.  

 Portions of S. Grand Avenue and Atkinson Trail will also be closed this week, due to delays as crews take down the old 27th Street Bridge.    The old bridge must be deconstructed before the new traffic bridge is installed. More construction will be required to connect the new bridge to existing roads before it’s officially opened to traffic.  

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This week, Theatre Aspen hosts the one-person-show festival “Solo Flights,” which includes four productions, talkbacks and panel discussions. 

 

Theatre Aspen’s executive director Jed Bernstein has some advice for attendees.

 

 

“You undoubtedly are going to hate at least one, you’ll feel okay about one or two and you’ll love one. That’s the point of a festival, to explore and be surprised,” he said. 

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

Thursday, comedian Demetri Martin performs at the Wheeler Opera House. He works his guitar, cartoons and drawings into his deadpan routine. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Controversial surgeon J. Marion Sims, sometimes called the father of gynecology, experimented on enslaved women in the South during the 19th century. Aspen Words’ current writer-in-residence wants to tell the story of one of those women for the very first time. 

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"Metamorphosis" is an apt name for a new exhibit in Basalt that honors murdered and abused Native American women with portraits created from real butterfly wings.

 

Artist Benjamin Timpson sourced the wings from sustainable butterfly pavilions.

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Thursday in Basalt, a local teacher will share photos and discuss her recent trip to the Arctic on a research expedition.

Basalt High School’s Leticia Guzman Ingram was selected by National Geographic to spend eleven days in the Arctic, studying the ecosystem alongside researchers. 

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The Wheeler Opera House once again looks to bring new musicians to a local audience with its fall "On The Rise" series.

Alex Guthrie kicks off the series Thursday night. He brought his blend of soul, folk and rock to the Wheeler for the first time earlier this year. 

 

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

Thursday, two new shows open at Carbondale’s R2 Gallery: a textile exhibition called Etar's Fashionable Life and a retrospective of Jack Brendlinger’s bronze sculptures. An opening reception begins at 6 p.m. 

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis was in Aspen last Friday, the same day it was announced that an effort to recall him in his first year of office failed.

 

 

Gov. Polis says he'll still closely watch the recall efforts against other Democratic lawmakers, and hopes those recalls will fail as well.  Then, he says, he wants to re-focus on issues like transportation, education and healthcare costs. 

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Saturday in Snowmass, the Cidermass festival brings together cider breweries from all over the county.  They’ll be joined by new Roaring Fork Valley limoncello maker Tall Fello. 

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Every summer, artists from all over the world visit the Crystal River Valley to sculpt stone quarried from the small town of Marble. Naturally, the gathering is called the MARBLE/marble Symposium. Started by local artist Madeline Wiener 30 years ago, it’s part art school and part summer camp.

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Three Democratic governors speak in Aspen on Friday about their approaches to jobs, health care and immigration. 

Colorado governor Jared Polis will be joined by Kate Brown of Oregon and Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico at the Aspen Institute.

Holy Cross Energy

Holy Cross Energy announced plans to develop a wind farm in Eastern Colorado that will nearly double the electric co-op’s supply of renewable energy. 

Holy Cross will buy wind energy from the soon-to-be-constructed Arriba Wind Farm in Lincoln County. That energy will be enough to supply about 30 percent of Holy Cross’ annual energy requirements.

 

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

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

A wildland fire started outside of Glenwood Springs and forced evacuations Wednesday.   The cause is under investigation. 

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The annual Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience runs Friday through Sunday.  The weather looks clear, but last year, intense lightning forced concertgoers to wait in long lines and stormy weather to evacuate Town Park.

JAS CEO Jim Horowitz says the organization re-evaluated its communication and emergency procedures for this weekend.


Over the past forty years, author-photographers Carol Beckwith and Andrea Fisher have created the largest visual archive on Africa in the world.  They discuss their work, including their newest book, “African Twilight,” in Aspen on Wednesday.

 

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26 local governments in the U.S., and over 900 worldwide, have declared a climate emergency. Tuesday, Basalt votes on whether to become the first place in the Roaring Fork Valley to do so. 

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

  

Aspen Film hosts a screening of the dark comedy “Being Frank” on Monday.

The film stars comedian Jim Gaffigan as a father with a secret family. It’s a situation that the film’s director, Miranda Bailey, says isn’t that uncommon. 

 

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents its first-ever evening length ballet this weekend.  “Beautiful Decay” explores the transition of aging, and features two guest dancers in their seventies. 

 

76-year-old Hilary Cartwright is a teacher and former soloist with London’s Royal Ballet. She takes the stage this weekend in “Beautiful Decay,” alongside fellow septuagenarian Gregg Bielemeier and dancers that are more than five decades younger.

 

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The Aspen Mountain Film Fest runs at the Wheeler Opera House this week.  The five-day festival includes films and events about everything from conservation to sports to community advocates.

 

The film "Ernie & Joe" sees its Colorado premiere this week.

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Janet Guthrie was the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. She placed ninth in 1978, but that wasn’t enough to sustain a lifetime career in racing.  The documentary “Qualified” looks at Guthrie’s career, and how she was forced out of the sport because of the lack of sponsors for a woman.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, or COGCC, wants public input as it creates new rules for oil and gas drilling. Locals have their chance to weigh in Wednesday at a hearing in Glenwood Springs. 

A federal program that helps small businesses in Garfield County says more companies are asking it for help.  Last week, Garfield County granted the Small Business Development Center, or SBDC, five thousand dollars to help them continue their work. 

Northwest Colorado SBDC provides training and workshops to small businesses on things like management and finance. 

Welcome to 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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Aspen Film is looking for volunteers to help decide what ends up on the big screen for Shortsfest next year. 

Volunteer screeners can expect to spend about ten hours a week watching films that have been submitted for the 29th annual Shortsfest, which is slated to start at the end of March.

 

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Palisade artist Julia March Crocetto looks at the conflict between perception and reality when it comes to the American West.

Many of Crocetto’s quilts and textiles in the new show, “Post-Frontier Landscapes,” on display at Carbondales' R2 Gallery, focus on water, portraying streambeds and rivers.

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“Today more than ever, journalism should spur political and social action.”  That’s according to Richard Tofel, president of independent news organization ProPublica.

Tofel helped found the nonprofit in 2007 to fill the gap in investigative reporting created when news organizations started to cut their budgets. 

Tofel is in Aspen Tuesday. He'll discuss the press’s role in a democracy, as well as the challenges of today’s news market, with Aspen Journalism’s Brent Gardner-Smith.

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