Patrick Fort

Arts & Culture Reporter

Patrick Fort grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, nurturing a love for ice hockey and deli sandwiches. After moving to Colorado in 2010 to attend the University of Colorado to study music, Patrick discovered his love for journalism. In 2013, Patrick created and hosted the award-winning radio program Colorado Stories, a news program that covered CU and the surrounding community. An avid mountain and road cyclist, Patrick also referees youth ice hockey. He loves '60s pop bands and and trying new recipes ranging from milk-braised carnitas to flourless cakes.

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Aspen Noise meets at the Aspen Chapel each week. They sing lots of songs you know, and probably some others you don’t. And for two years, each meeting of Aspen Noise starts with a quick bit of meditation.

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Seasonal beers have been all the rage in the craft beer world. One fall variation is the pumpkin beer. But that flavor seems to be on the decline.

Dan Scesnewicz is the general manager of HOPS Culture in Aspen. Right now, some of the biggest sellers are fall seasonal beers. That’s stuff like Oktoberfests and Marzens.

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Aspen Words’ Winter Words series starts in January, and the lineup was released yesterday.


Azar Nafisi begins the annual festival on Jan. 17. She’s the author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran”. The lineup also includes novelist Kevin Fedarko, Aspen native Pete McBride and Aspen Summer Words alum Anna Noyes.


It’s the 20th year of Winter Words. Executive director Adrienne Brodeur said the lineup focused on bringing in diverse perspectives.  

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Owner Bill Dinsmoor sat at the community table Wednesday, taking in the sights and sounds of his last week in business. The Main Street Bakery and Cafe closes today after 27 years in business.

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Nick Lenio is one of 25 semifinalists for the National Grammy in the Schools Music Educator Award. To reach this point he had to make several videos showing the work he does at the school.


Nick Lenio, the band director at Basalt middle and high schools, is one of 290 teachers nationwide being considered for the Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. He is one of two teachers in Colorado in that group.

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue

The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue typically performs sketch comedy and small songs. This fall, they are trying something a little darker. On Friday, they opened up their production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”. Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort spoke with director John Goss about how his theatre company is changing what they do.

A polish food tasting event at Dancing Bear General Store in Glenwood Springs is on Monday.

Aspen Noise meets at the Aspen Chapel on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, The Basalt Regional Library is screening the documentary, “Sreenagers”.

Make halloween-themed crafts at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village on Wednesday.

The seventh annual Rock n roast halloween Bash is on Friday at The Orchard in Carbondale.

The Arts Campus at Willits in Basalt had a summer full of ups and downs. The group hired its first managing director, Ryan Honey, but also faced lots of drama surrounding its budget and future funding.

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An increased budget for programming allowed the venue to bring in bigger names, and right now, it looks like that may have been achieved. The Beach Boys and comedian Kevin Smith both perform in December.

This year’s ski passes are decorated again in collaboration between the Aspen Art Museum and the Aspen Skiing Company.

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About an hour north of Telluride is the town of Ridgway, Colo. — population 932. On one of the main streets is a shop called Billings Artworks.

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According to a Conde Nast Traveler reader poll, Aspen is the second best small city in the United States. Charleston, South Carolina, took the top spot.

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According to a Conde Nast Traveler reader poll, Aspen is the second best small city in the United States. Charleston, South Carolina, took the top spot.

Three information kiosks will be stationed at the Launchpad, The Third Street Center, and later at The Village Smithy today. More will be installed next year.


The stations will provide information about creative businesses and hotels, as well as local events. It’s part of an effort to promote Carbondale’s Creative District. It’s a state designation that helps fund and support creative economies.

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Celia Gregory is an artist and fan of all things oceanic. She’s known for her underwater installations used to rehabilitate coral reefs. Gregory did her work from Indonesia, and England, but now she lives in Aspen. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort about a life-changing event on an airplane that helped her combine her two passions. Art and the ocean.

Sarah McKenzie and Laurie Doctor’s exhibitions at the Art Base continue this week.  

On Tuesday, Lesly Nneka Arimah finishes Aspen Words’ Writers in Residence series. She speaks at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar in Aspen.


The Helio Sequence plays at the Belly Up in Aspen on Wednesday.


Friday in Glenwood Springs is a ghost walk in Linwood Cemetery.


Friday and Saturday is a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue Theatre.

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Heidi Zuckerman saw the value of going outside of the valley when she became the chief curator at Aspen Art Museum over a decade ago. At the time, the largest donation in the museum’s history was $75,000. Now, more than two dozen individuals have handed over at least $1 million, according to the Denver Post.

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Gary Hume’s “Front of Snowman” is a 10-foot-tall abstraction. It has the traditional three-snowball shape, each one painted a soft blue. The piece is formally on display today.

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Thursday's 37th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Jalapeno Eating Competition is one of the biggest years for the event yet. There will be 34 teams competing in the cook-off.