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Kirsten Dobroth

Edlis Neeson Arts & Culture Reporter

"I have six years of professional experience as a journalist in Vail, Colorado—both as a freelance writer, and as the Digital Editor for Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine where I oversaw overall digital strategy and vastly increased site traffic."

"During my two years with the magazine, I contributed all digital content to the site, and served in an assistant editor capacity within our small office; I've been a fact-checker, assisted with issue development, pitched ideas for different departments, developed photography assignment lists, and have attended events on behalf of the magazine."

The Arts & Culture Desk is generously supported by the Edlis Neeson Foundation.

Courtesy Julieta Cervantes/Theatre Aspen



Carolee Carmello is a Broadway star and a three-time Tony Award nominee. Monday evening (August 3), she headlines Theatre Aspen’s Celebrity Concert Series. It’s her first time back in front of a live audience since COVID-19 shut down performances around the country, including her tour of “Hello, Dolly!” She spoke to Aspen Public Radio about Monday's show.

Courtesy The Arts Campus at Willits

The Arts Campus at Willits, also known as TACAW, is adding family-friendly mini-performances by Carbondale-based theatre company Voices to its weekly Wednesday Night Live events (July 29 and August 5, 12 and 19).

Each 15-minute vignette features the characters Cloud, Rowdy and Gidget. They play in a backyard fort, and practice social distancing to keep each other safe, although they still find ways to go on imaginative adventures. 

Courtesy Reina Katzenberger

Artists and cultural organizations were financially hit especially hard early on during the pandemic. Their lost revenue is still piling up due to cancellations of in-person exhibitions, concerts and shows.

Reina Katzenberger isn’t immune from that trend. She’s a mixed media artist who grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 2014, she opened The Project Shop in Carbondale.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

LIFT-UP Food Pantry Continues Distribution Into August

LIFT-UP will continue to distribute food via mobile distribution using drive-thru sites in Carbondale, Glenwood, New Castle, Parachute, DeBeque and Rifle.  Some sites will be moving locations as schools begin to re-open.  The schedule will continue as one-day-a-week per community, with longer distribution times while rotating each week between mid-afternoon and early evening.

Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Skiing Company



This is Week in the Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibits and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Theatre Aspen kicks off its summer season at the Hurst Theatre in Aspen’s John Denver Sanctuary this week, with Broadway star Beth Malone on Monday, and the theatre company’s cabaret series on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. 

Courtesy Skye Gallery/Intersect Aspen

Despite COVID-19, the art fair formerly known as Art Aspen is returning this year—that is, with a new name and a virtual platform. The annual event is now called Intersect Aspen (July 22-26), and will be hosted entirely online due to ongoing public health protocols. Participants who log in for the event, however, can still expect to see a huge mix of galleries, and featured artists and their work.

Courtesy Peter Grannis/Basalt Public Art Commission

The Basalt Public Arts Commission has been assisting artists financially throughout the pandemic. Now, the organization is providing a creative outlet for local artists, too.


Alex Hager/Aspen Public Radio

Eagle County May Be Forced To Forfeit Public Health Variance

Friday, July 25 - Trends in the local spread of COVID-19 may threaten Eagle County’s ability to maintain its public health order variance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Last week, the state health department notified the county that local disease rates were outside the levels allowed by the variance. 

Courtesy Carbondale Arts/Eric Allen

This is Week in the Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibits and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Buttermilk Drive-In movies continue evenings (9 p.m.) this week. Films include “Grease” on Wednesday and Teton Gravity Research’s mountain bike flick, “Accomplice,” on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased on Snowmass’s website.

Kirsten Dobroth / Aspen Public Radio

During a normal summer, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is buzzing with workshops, classes and artists-in-residence. Like most other local arts venues, the Snowmass Village facility has pivoted its programming to meet public health orders, but social distancing has brought about a new wave of creativity—namely a new sculpture garden and a reconcepted on-site café.

Courtesy Aspen Historical Society/Ross Daniels

Aspen Historical Society has been slowly reopening its museums since social distancing guidelines started easing in late spring. The Wheeler/Stallard Museum opened in late June, and on Tuesday, July 14, the museum unveils its newest exhibit "Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed."

Glenwood Springs Fire Department

Monday, July 13 - 4:30 A.M.

The Glenwood Springs Fire Department, with the help of other local crews, was able to control a two-acre wildfire in the Three Mile area around 11 p.m. Sunday evening. 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Eagle County Updates Public Health Order

Friday, July 17 - Eagle County updated its public health order effective immediately Friday due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Under the new order, only ten people are allowed at private gastherings, indoor public gatherings are reduced to 100 people and indoor public gatherings will allow 175 people or less. 

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

This is Week in the Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibits and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Courtesy Aspen Film

Congressman, Freedom Rider, and the conscience of Congress—those are some of the descriptors given to John Lewis by past and present political leaders interviewed as part of the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble.” The film premiered July 3, and Aspen Film is currently streaming the documentary on its site.

Courtesy Aspen Words

Aspen Words kicks off its Community Read Wednesday, July 8. This year’s pick is “The Beekeeper of Aleppo” by Christy Lefteri; the 2019 novel won the literary organization’s annual Literary Prize this spring for a work of literature that illuminates a contemporary issue. The book discusses the Syrian civil war through the eyes of two refugees fleeing to Europe. 

Courtesy Carbondale Arts

During the early months of the pandemic, local artist Wewer Keohane sent invitations to 75 artists, mostly living within the Roaring Fork Valley, to accept a randomly chosen flash card. The cards served as prompts to create work inspired by their time in isolation during COVID-19 shutdowns. 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Eagle County Adds Demographic Data To COVID-19 Statistics

Friday, July 10 - Eagle County has added demographic data to its publicly viewable COVID-19 monitoring dashboard. New data includes the age, gender and ethnicity of confirmed cases. The county said it is including this information to "better inform the public of the impact of the disease in particular on the local workforce, Latino community, older adults, and youth and young adults."

This is Week in the Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibits and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Courtesy Vaudeville Revue

After shutting down all productions due to COVID-19, Glenwood Springs's Vaudeville Revue is returning to the stage with a new variety show—a production they're aptly calling the "COVID Revue." The troupe said the goal is to bring some light—and laughter—to the current situation.

Alex Hager

Aspen Valley Hospital is now testing over 16 people per day for COVID-19, and as a result, has bumped its status to "Cautious" on the hospital's Capacity Matrix. That means the hospital is concerned about rising numbers of COVID-19 cases locally and its capacity to handle an influx in patients.

Tamara Susa/Snowmass Village



This is Week in the Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibits and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Caito Foster


You can find an English-language version of this story here.


Cuando Iliana Rentería Bernal se mudó al valle Roaring Fork hace casi tres años, solamente soñaba con el escenario.   

“Antes trabajé en el Instituto Nacional de la Salud de México” dijo ella. “No tengo experiencia con el teatro, pero me encanta escribir y leer literatura y poesía”.

Courtesy Aspen Ideas

Aspen Ideas enters its 16th year this week (Sunday, June 28 through Thursday, July 2) with some major changes to this year's event; the festival will be held entirely online due to COVID-19, and all live content will be free for virtual audiences. 

Caito Foster


Pueden encontrar la versión en español aqui.

When Iliana Rentería Bernal moved to the Roaring Fork Valley almost three years ago, dreams of the stage were just that.  

Courtesy The Arts Campus at Willits


Buskers are taking over corners of Willits and downtown Basalt as part of Wednesday Night Live, which kicks off Wednesday, June 24 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.). The Arts Center at Willits, or TACAW, Town of Basalt, and the Basalt Chamber of Commerce is putting on the series, which is set to run each week until mid-August. The event takes the place of the town's normal weekly concert series, which was cancelled—along with other TACAW programming—due to public health concerns over COVID-19.

Courtesy The Aspen Chapel Gallery


The Aspen Chapel Gallery's upcoming exhibition, "Art From the Heart," (June 24 through July 12) benefits local artists and organizations helping in the Roaring Fork Valley’s COVID-19 response. The Aspen Chapel Gallery’s co-director Tom Ward said the impetus behind the exhibition was simple.

Courtesy Jazz Aspen Snowmass

This is Week in the Arts—a curation of virtual events, exhibitions and reopenings around the Roaring Fork Valley.

Christin Kay

LIFT-UP Releases July Food Distribution Plan

Friday, June 26- Next month, LIFT-UP Food Pantries will continue to distribute food throughout the Roaring Fork Valley via drive-through and walk-up format. LIFT-UP pantries are not open for food pick up or donations at this time.