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Earlier this week, Aspen City Council approved a request from the Wheeler Opera House to formalize the venue’s focus on the environment.

The venue has already eliminated disposable straws and single-use plastics for both audiences and visiting artists, and has a robust composting and recycling program.  


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Restaurateur and performer Mead Metcalfe started singing and playing the piano at his fine-dining restaurant, the Crystal Palace, in 1960. From there, the Crystal Palace Review grew, with more performers and an eye for take-no-prisoners satire until its end in 2008.


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

A study has determined a proposed expansion of a Colorado opera house is not feasible.

The Aspen Daily News reports the study commissioned by the city of Aspen concluded the Wheeler Opera House project would be too costly and cause unacceptable interference with programming.

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The Wheeler Opera House once again looks to bring new musicians to a local audience with its fall "On The Rise" series.

Alex Guthrie kicks off the series Thursday night. He brought his blend of soul, folk and rock to the Wheeler for the first time earlier this year. 


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Aspen City Council wants to know if there’s a need for the Wheeler Opera House to build additional space in the next 20 years. The community can give their input at a meeting Thursday.

Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler says she’s torn about whether bigger is better for the venue.  It might sell out when town is busy, but the off-season is a different story.

In a new documentary, “The River and the Wall,” filmmaker Ben Masters is joined by a small group of scientists and conservationists on a nearly three-month-long journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. The project aims to show the beauty and variety of landscapes in the borderlands.

A classical pianist plays the works of Schumann in Aspen on Tuesday night.  No, not Robert Schumann: his wife, Clara. Pianist Karolina Syrovatkova will perform Clara’s work as Clara herself.

Sopris Theatre Company performs its award-winning production of “The Other Place” in Aspen on Friday. It's a fundraiser to take the show to a national community theater competition.


Comedian Sal Vulcano comes to the Wheeler on Saturday.  The reality TV star sees stand-up as a way to get personal.  

The Australian group The TEN Tenors returns to the Wheeler Opera House for a holiday performance this evening.

The TEN Tenors blend pop tunes with opera in their vocal performances.  Thursday night in their holiday show, they’ll perform Christmas classics like “Joy to the World” alongside newer songs like John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”  

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The Wheeler Opera House was constructed nearly 130 years ago, built by dozens of craftsman out of sandstone quarried from the Frying Pan River. Today, preserving its historic character takes science and a little bit of detective work.  

The Wheeler Opera House’s winter lineup features musicians, theater, family friendly shows, films and the Aspen Laugh Fest.

Vienna Teng takes the stage at the Wheeler on Saturday night. The songwriter and pianist takes an experimental approach in her music, but her approach to songwriting is all about stories and connection.

Comedian and writer Matt Bellassai performs at the Wheeler in Aspen Thursday night.  He’s known for viral videos featuring his no-holds-barred take on pop culture.

The 10th annual Mountainfilm kicks off Wednesday. The film festival aims to make audiences feel they’re a part of a local and a global community.  


Cellist Ben Sollee bucks tradition by blending bluegrass, R&B, jazz and folk music.  He’ll play two shows in the Roaring Fork Valley this week.


The Wheeler Opera House kicks off its summer season with the show "NU-TOPIA: Tour the Mystery!" It uses dance, a light show and the music of The Beatles to spread a message of love. It’s also part of a new effort by the Wheeler to showcase productions headed up by locals.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

On Tuesday, Aspen City Council will discuss how to spend the Wheeler Opera House’s surplus revenue. The extra funds come partially from a voter-approved real estate transfer tax (RETT).

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Wheeler Opera House is preparing for a busy season with a month-long closure for improvements.

Red Brick Center for the Arts

This summer, famous artists and professional performers will grace Aspen’s galleries and stages. But right now, it’s time for area youth to take the spotlight.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen City Council meets with the Wheeler Board of Directors on Tuesday to discuss the future focus of the board. 

Banff Film Festival heads to Aspen

Feb 26, 2018
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The Banff Mountain Film Festival is stopping in Aspen this week as it makes its way around the world.

Week in the Arts: February 26, 2017

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On Monday, SIRO A: A Techno Circus will perform at the Wheeler Opera House starting at 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday and Wednesday, the Banff Mountain Film Festival will make a two-day stop at the Wheeler. Screenings start at 7 p.m.


Also on Tuesday, singer-songwriter Miguel will perform at the Belly Up. That show starts at 9 p.m.


How comedian Mike Birbiglia got his start in radio

Feb 25, 2018
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Mike Birbiglia loves telling jokes, as he says in his new Netflix special “Thank God For Jokes.” He was in town this weekend for the Aspen Laugh Festival. But he’s also a longtime storyteller for “The Moth” and “This American Life.” He talks about working with public radio figure Ira Glass.

Paula Poundstone headlines Aspen Laugh Festival

Feb 22, 2018
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Paula Poundstone is a stand-up comic and a longtime panelist on NPR’s quiz show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!” She performs in Aspen tonight as part of the Aspen Laugh Festival.

Aspen Laugh Festival begins Tuesday

Feb 20, 2018
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The week-long Aspen Laugh Festival starts today and it features local and national talent.

Week in the Arts: February 19, 2018

Feb 19, 2018

On Tuesday, there will be a book talk and signing with novelist Christina Baker Kline starting at 6 pm at Paepcke Auditorium as part of Aspen Words Winter Words series.


Wednesday at the Aspen Chapel Gallery, STILL/LIFE, a mixed media show, opens starting at 5 pm.


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After a lengthy selection process, City of Aspen staff will recommend the Aspen Public House to rent the restaurant space in the Wheeler Opera House.

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Saturday, The Wheeler Opera House will host "PostSecret: The Show." The play navigates the personal stories people often keep to themselves.