Arts & Culture

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

Courtesy Shining Mountains Film Festival

The Shining Mountains Film Festival comes to Aspen this weekend, bringing stories from, and about, Native Americans.


The festival is put on by the Wheeler Opera House, Aspen Film and the Aspen Ute Foundation.  Deanne Vitrac-Kessler, the executive director of the Aspen Ute Foundation, says the mission is to give a voice to indigenous filmmakers and performers. 

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio


Murals are perhaps the most public of public art, available to anyone who happens to be walking by.  Creating murals is pretty public, too.  L.A. artist Bunnie Reiss was in Carbondale last week to paint a forty-five-foot-tall wall on the side of Batch above the Third Street Plaza.


Since Reiss’ canvas is a towering wall, her studio is a hydraulic lift. It shuttles her up and down and side to side as she paints a forty-foot-tall deer, surrounded by purple columbines and other native Colorado flowers.   

Courtesy of Colorado Mountain College

Wednesday, Dr. Edith Eva Eger speaks at Colorado Mountain College about healing from trauma.

Dr. Eger is a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and is one of a dwindling number of Holocaust survivors alive today. 

 She was a teenager in Hungary in 1944 when Nazi soldiers broke into the home she shared with her sister Magda and their parents and took them to Auschwitz in Poland.  

Her book “The Choice: Embrace the Possible,” tells her story of recovery and forgiveness.

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


Ten bands play ten different venues in Basalt Saturday for the inaugural Pumpkin Jazz festival.  The Arts Campus At Willits received a grant from Basalt to put on the event.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

If you notice teams of people taking photos of Victorian houses in Aspen in the coming days, it’s all part of an update to the city’s inventory of historic properties. 

Aspen is one of 64 places in Colorado with Certified Local Government status; that means it meets national and state standards for historic preservation. 


Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Glenwood Springs wants a common vision to guide the city’s art and events, and it’s looking to hire consultants to help. 


The city’s arts and culture board wants a public art plan to provide direction for new art acquisitions.  


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

Michael Schneiter

Glenwood Springs ten-year-old Selah Schneiter became the youngest person on record to climb El Capitan earlier this summer, scaling the 3,000 foot peak in Yosemite National Park with her father Michael in June. She's now a fifth-grader at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. She says, that's harder.


Comedian Darrell Hammond performed on "Saturday Night Live" for thirteen years, impersonating people like Sean Connery and President Bill Clinton. 


Behind the scenes, he struggled with addiction and self-harm. After surviving a suicide attempt, one psychiatrist told him that his issues were caused by childhood trauma. Director Michelle Esrick’s documentary “Cracked Up” explores Hammond’s story. The film is part of this week’s Aspen FilmFest lineup.  

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The town of Basalt approved construction of the mid-valley performing arts center The Contemporary on Tuesday, removing the final public hurdle for the venue. 

The Arts Campus at Willits, or TACAW, which will operate the space, changed the building plans after receiving pushback from council earlier this month.  

Aspen Film courtesy image

LGBTQ advocacy group AspenOUT is sponsoring two films at this week’s Aspen FilmFest.  

Aspen Film executive director Susan Wrubel says the organization aims to highlight social issues through film. 

Michael Barnett’s “Changing the Game” looks at transgender civil rights through the story of four high school athletes.  They negotiate inconsistent laws and regulations when it comes to competing and face slurs yelled by spectators in the stands.



The 40th annual Aspen FilmFest starts Monday. This year’s lineup includes films and discussions about everything from Judy Garland, to underwater photography, to mushrooms. 

Aspen Film executive director Susan Wrubel says the week-long festival is all about quality.  


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



Aspen Filmfest starts today and runs all this week.  The event includes screenings of feature-length films and documentaries, as well as panel discussions. Films are shown in Aspen and Carbondale.  

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Powerful fans blow fresh air into The Collective, a new community space in Snowmass' Base Village, but there are still enough fumes from dozens of cans of spray paint to make you a little dizzy.

Inside, artists with names like Taste are transforming the white walls. There are kaleidoscopes of geometric shapes and interactive pieces.

Under Alya's Umbrella

A salon in Carbondale this weekend brings together a variety of artists and speakers for short performances. 

Alya Howe has been organizing salons in the Roaring Fork Valley for several years now.  She can’t pick a favorite act from Saturday's lineup, which she calls "knock-your-socks-off."

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Long-time Roaring Fork Valley fabric artist Etar owned a high-end clothing store in Aspen for over thirty years. Now, in her eighties, she works out of her Carbondale home.

Her new exhibition at the R2 Gallery, “Transcultural Bonding,” highlights the role clothing plays in cultures around the world. 


She says the title of this show refers to the time she spent in places like Bolivia, Uzbekistan and Dubai, learning from locals about traditional weaving and fabrics.

Theatre Aspen

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.