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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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Even for a small-scale operation, the amount of grain and other materials needed to make a spirit at the Marble Distilling Co. is huge. Connie Baker is the founder of the distillery. Later, she’ll be shoveling grain from a one ton bag.

The 5Point Film Festival announced the festivities for the April festival


This year, there is a larger amount of films directed by women. About ten women are showing their films at the event, when typically that number is about two or three.


5Point Film executive director Sarah Wood says that it is a good sign for the outdoor film industry.

Michael Franti and Spearhead start of the week with a show at the Belly Up. The singer has brought us hits like “Sound of Sunshine”. He is touring in support of his latest album.


Rocky Mountain Stomp plays at the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue on Wednesday.


Los Lonely Boys play at the Wheeler Opera House on Tuesday. The group has been going strong after their breakout hit, “Heaven”.


 Under the Streetlamp is a vocal group made up of musical theater veterans. In fact, the singers all performed in the musical “Jersey Boys”, which tells the story of the famous group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This week, the group performs at the Wheeler Opera House. Group member Christopher Kale Jones spoke with Aspen Public Radio ahead of their performance.

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Signs directing people to places like galleries, breweries and restaurants are being posted along the Rio Grande Trail and in Carbondale over the next month to direct people to the arts in town. That’s part of an effort to bolster the Carbondale art’s community while the town tries to become a certified Colorado Creative District.

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If you ask Manik Sakya, the owner of Nepal Restaurant in Glenwood Springs, what he values the most, he’ll tell that it’s culture, cuisine and nature.

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D.J. Watkins heads up the Gonzo Gallery in downtown Aspen. The gallery shows the work of Hunter S. Thompson, Paul Pascarella and Tom Benton. For Watkins, it isn’t just a place to display art. It’s a space to celebrate what has become known as “gonzo art”.

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The Aspen Music Festival and School received a large financial gift on Monday. Allison and Warren Kanders gave the institution an endowment gift of $2.5 million.

Curated - March 21

Mar 21, 2016

Today's episode of Curated features film director Gayle Embrey, author Emily St. John Mandel and the band Nahko and Medicine for the people. 

  The Oscar-nominated documentary “Cartel Land” is being screened at the Wheeler Opera House on Monday.


Citizen Cope plays the first of two acoustic shows at the Belly Up starting on Tuesday. He grew up listening to folk and soul records and has blended them on his four studio albums.


Artists in residence at Anderson Ranch will be speaking in Carbondale on Wednesday. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is presenting the work of this group of artists.


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"God Willing” is a documentary short film following the life of Palestinian woman, Mais Rosol Abu Saa. The film was selected to be screened during Aspen Film’s ShortsFest film festival. Aspen Public Radio Arts reporter Patrick Fort spoke with director Gayle Embrey about how she found Mais and how cultural differences allowed Embrey to learn about this woman.

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The St. Regis is trying to beef up its entertainment lineup with a concerted effort to book big musical acts. This weekend, members of Blind Melon and Fuel will perform at the hotel. It is the second time in recent weeks where a high-profile act has played at the Shadow Mountain Lounge.


Nahko and Medicine for the People don’t call themselves a band. Instead, they are a music collective. The group is playing tomorrow in Snowmass as part of the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert series.

Clint Black's performance on March 19 at the Wheeler Opera House has been canceled due to an unforeseen family emergency. 

The country music star has won multiple awards from the Country Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music. 

The show will be rescheduled, though no dates have been looked into yet.  Ticket purchases will be refunded. 

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The Aspen Film ShortsFest lineup was announced by the art organization yesterday. The festival includes 78 films (only about 60 are competing) including everything from animation to dramas and comedies.

Curated - March 14th

Mar 14, 2016

 Today's episode of Curated features authors Geraldine Brooks and Ada Limon, as well as stories from the Battle of the Walls, and the Green is the New Black fashion show.


Beth White

The Green is the New Black Fashion show closed over the weekend. The clothes worn on Friday and Saturday were then sold to raise money for art programs that will be brought to schools.

  Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz continue Aspen Words’ Winter Words series. They are considered to be a modern-day literature power couple.


The first of two benefit concerts for the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is on Tuesday. The Glenwood High School Jazz band will open for the local group, The Confluents.


Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage plays the first two nights at the JAS Cafe on Thursday.


“The Secret Chord” is the latest novel by Geraldine Brooks. Her husband Tony Horwitz joins her tomorrow night during Aspen Words’ Winter Words series. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio Arts reporter Patrick Fort about her experience as a journalist and novelist, and being one half of a writing couple.



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Jazz Aspen Snowmass has just released their 26th Annual Labor Day Experience line-up, once again raising the bar with the level of talent the non-profit organization is bringing to the Roaring Fork Valley, including performances from 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder, American rockers The Killers, veteran pop-rockers Duran Duran, widely popular Train, electronic duo Thievery Corporation and pop artist Andy Grammer. 

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The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ “Battle of the Walls” arts show opens tonight. The exhibition features the work of some of the best high school artists from Basalt to Parachute.

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The Green is the New Black fashion show in Carbondale is in its eighth year. The two-day event starts tomorrow. For first-time and experienced models alike, the event is one that means a lot for community members. Marcia Flaks has been a fan of the event since she moved to Carbondale from New York a few years ago, but she got a little bit more involved after a visit from her daughter.

Jessica Cabe used to cover art for the Post Independent in Glenwood Springs. After seeing and working in the arts community, she wanted to be a part of it. So in the fall she decided to create her own traveling art gallery - “Nomad”.

Mountain Edition - March 3rd, 2016

Mar 3, 2016

  Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Democrats in the Roaring Fork Valley vote for Bernie Sanders as their early presidential pick.

A Pitkin County Commissioner is trying to figure out who left a wad of cash in front of her house.

Mountain Edition - February 18th, 2016

Feb 19, 2016

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

CDOT aims to reopen I-70 in Glenwood Canyon this afternoon.

Officials say delays will continue for at least a month, after the interstate opens back up.

Mountain Edition - January 16, 2016

Jan 14, 2016

  It’s opening week for the Colorado Legislature, we check in with party leaders about their predictions for the session.

Mountain Edition - December 31st, 2015

Dec 31, 2015

  Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition. I’m Elise Thatcher.

A man from Carbondale has died while ice climbing.

During this holiday week, Aspen is bursting at the seams, and the airport is barely keeping up.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Battlement Mesa residents hope to convince Garfield county commissioners that drilling in a residential area is a bad idea.

Get-out-the-vote efforts fell flat in getting young people to the polls for the fall election.

Finishing touches are wrapping up on a World Cup race course at Aspen Mountain.

And, we talk to the head of alpine racing for the U.S. Ski Team about who he thinks will win.

While many people will be feasting this Thanksgiving, others struggle to put food on the table. One nonprofit is helping.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A developer behind a campaign in Aspen is infusing tens of thousands of dollars into an effort to build a hotel.

Base2 lodge is at the center of a ballot question. It was the theme of an Aspen Public Radio town hall meeting this week.

Voters in Snowmass Village recall a councilman who went to jail for drunk driving.

The fire departments in Carbondale and Basalt are asking voters for money in the fall election.

Construction on a new school in Carbondale is nearing completion.