Arts and culture


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. 


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.



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.


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.

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

Wheeler Opera House

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.



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.


“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.

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


The second annual Compassion Film Festival and Symposium gets underway in Carbondale Friday. 

The Way of Compassion Foundation, which organizes the festival, says its film lineup celebrates stories of positive change around the world.

Elle Logan


An innovative opera program debuts at the Aspen Music Festival and School next year.  Opera stars Renee Fleming and Patrick Summers will lead Aspen Opera Theatre and VocalARTS. 


Aspen Opera Theatre and VocalARTS will offer instruction and mentoring to burgeoning singers and accompanying pianists. It will also coach them on other aspects of life as a performer, such as PR, financial planning and mental health care.


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

Columbia University

An expert on the Bauhaus visits Aspen Monday to separate myth from reality when it comes to the German design school.

The event follows an announcement that a center honoring one of the Bauhaus’ most famous students, Herbert Bayer, will be built on the Aspen Institute campus.

Jill Scher

At Carbondale’s August First Friday celebration, people can learn to fold origami cranes, which will become part of a new installation that commemorates lives lost in the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. 

Artist Jill Scher says she’s already folded more than 500 cranes for the installation, which will be hung in Carbondale’s Third Street Center.  She wants 1,000 cranes total.



The real-life inspiration for characters in the films “The Sandlot” and “Radio Flyer” comes to Aspen this week to discuss his new memoir. 


Scott Evans really did jump over a fence to rescue a baseball from a huge dog, like Mike in “The Sandlot.”  And, like Bobby in “Radio Flyer,” he survived an abusive childhood.


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

The Basalt Public Arts Commission, or BPAC, has awarded its first two grants in a new program that doles out money to support public art.

The Arts Campus At Willits, or TACAW, is one of the first beneficiaries of BPAC’s new grant program.  The arts organization requested $15,000 for a new event in October called Pumpkin Jazz, which will bring jazz musicians to perform in various places around Basalt.  


Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Margaret Wilson Reckling moved to a ranch in Woody Creek in 2012. In her late fifties, she taught herself how to irrigate, cut hay and raise cattle, with the help of family and friends.  Struck by the beauty around her, she also learned photography. Her new book, “Woody Creek: Views From A Homestead,” weaves together her pictures and the history of the area.  

Carbondale Arts

Carbondale’s 48th Mountain Fair starts Friday.  The festival, which includes art vendors and live music, also aims to emphasize diversity and inclusion.  


Mountain Fair’s theme this year is “Rainbow Connection.”  Nonprofit Carbondale Arts organizes the three-day festival, and partnered with three LGBTQ advocacy groups: AspenOUT, Gay For Good and One Colorado. 


Red Brick Center For The Arts

Three local artists come together for a mixed media show opening tonight at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. “Odyssey Collective” celebrates artistic collaboration.  

John Cohorst, Chris Erickson and Andrew Roberts-Gray have worked in close proximity at SAW Studios in Carbondale for the last few years. They’ve shared ideas about art and techniques as well as science fiction and film.