Arts and culture

The show “In The Year 2525” opens this week at the Carbondale Clay Center. It features collaborative works from local husband-and-wife artists Andrew and Annette Roberts-Gray. They were inspired by the idea of dystopia, and by a 1960s pop song.

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

Aspen Film’s Academy Screenings close out Sunday with the film "Ben Is Back." It tells the story of a teenage heroin addict who leaves rehab to spend Christmas with his wary family.


Aspen audiences can see death-defying stunts from the “Acrobats of Cirque-tacular” at the Wheeler Thursday evening.

Aspen Film’s Academy Screenings begin Wednesday. The event screens films that are generating Oscar buzz for the both the general public and members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The festival kicks off with “Amazing Grace,” a documentary about a legendary gospel performance by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Beatles tribute band The Fab Four performs at the Wheeler Tuesday evening.

Ron McNeil is the bandleader and founder of The Fab Four. He says that the group is fanatical about copying the smallest details when it comes to the Beatles.



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

The Aspen Art Museum opens two new exhibits Thursday.  

The exhibition “Zombies: Pay Attention!” takes up the entire lower level of the art museum.  It features works by 24 artists, all tied in some way to the idea of a zombie apocalypse.


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Organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley will come together in 2019 for "bauhaus 100," a celebration of the centennial of the German design school. One of its students, Herbert Bayer, was instrumental in shaping the Aspen we know today. His architecture, images and design philosophy put Aspen on the map as a cultural destination. Bayer pushed boundaries while honoring Aspen’s natural beauty and history.

The Jazz Aspen Snowmass Cafe’s Winter Series kicks off Friday.  Once again, it brings jazz artists from around the world to Aspen.

Lutalo Olutosin, or "Sweet Lu," is the first artist in this year’s lineup. His sound, a blend of gospel, blues and jazz, is rooted in his childhood.



The 2019 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience headliners have been announced. As in years before, male artists dominate the lineup; there are no female headliners. 


First Draft: Tom Barbash

Dec 17, 2018

Tom Barbash is an American writer of fiction and nonfiction, educator and critic. He is the author of the novels The Dakota Winters and The Last Good Chance, a collection of short stories Stay Up With Me, and the bestselling nonfiction work On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal.

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

Gary He / Eleven Madison Park

New York’s Eleven Madison Park, often cited as one of the of the best restaurants in the country, opens a pop-up in Aspen this weekend.  

EMP Winter House will take over the Chefs Club space at the St. Regis starting Saturday.  Diners can eat in the restaurant or in a collection of outdoor yurts.


Local chef Chris Randall wants to highlight the issues of addiction and mental health struggles in the restaurant industry with an event, "Proofless," that pairs seven gourmet courses with non-alcoholic drinks, or “mocktails.”

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats bring their neo-soul to Aspen this weekend.

Their new album, "Tearing at the Seams," once again pairs Rateliff's melancholy lyrics with blues-y tunes.

Anderson Ranch has named Peter Waanders as their new president and CEO.  

Waanders comes to Anderson Ranch from the Aspen Institute, where he’s currently the Director for the Society of Fellows. He managed that program’s expansion to year-round events in cities around the U.S.  Before joining the Institute, he ran independent bookstores and was a partner in David Floria Gallery in Aspen.




The current artists-in-residence at Anderson Ranch present their work at the Launchpad in Carbondale Tuesday evening.  

First Draft: Leif Enger

Dec 10, 2018

Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for nearly twenty years. His novels include Virgil Wander, Peace Like A River, and So Brave, Young, and Handsome.

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Jamie Kravitz is stepping down as Aspen Words’ director. She’s been with the organization for 15 years.