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Crazy For YouThe Aspen Community Theater is smack dab in the middle of their annual fall musical.  This year’s show, Crazy For You wowed audiences last week and has been causing quite a stir.  Letters to the Editor of the local newspapers can’t hardly believe they aren’t in New York!

Aspen, and the Roaring Fork Valley, are full of talented actors, singers and dancers so if you’re looking for something different while you’re in town, look no further.

‘Crazy for You’ is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930’s playboy, whose dream in life is to dance. And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancee, Bobby achieves his dream!  It’s a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.

G’head, buy tickets and go!  The final week of performances starts tomorrow November 15th and runs evenings at 7pm thru Saturday and concludes with a Sunday matinee at 2pm.  Tickets are available at the Wheeler Box Office or at aspenshowtix.com.

 

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Fall PartyHere’s the skinny.  Aspen‘s Wheeler Opera House and Radio Boardshop are hosting a party and fashion show happening tomorrow night, Monday, November 12th. This fun fall party includes art, drinks, music and apparently a pretty sweet photobooth with fun props.  What else were you going to do on a Monday?

The only deal is that you have to “like” the Wheeler Opera House, which you do anyway, so that’s easy.  After RSVPing on their page the first 200 guests are invited to kick their week off on the right foot.  You must RSVP here and “like” the Wheeler Opera House Facebook page as the party is limited to first 200 guests. Doors at 8, fashion show at 9.  And the RSVP list is at 157 last we checked, so get moving!

Get excited to see what Radio is stocking the shelves with this Winter! They are showcasing Streetwear, Outerwear, Footwear, and Accessories.

Check out some favorite local artist’s and what they’ve been working on.  Also, the Wheeler will have fun minute to win-it games and free Aspen Brewing Company beer until the keg is gone!

Without further delay, we’ll see you there!

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John Denver WeekAspen welcomes all John Denver fans this week for the 15th Annual John Denver Week. John Denver was an Aspenite once upon a time and has many beloved fans who descend upon our happy mountain town to pay tribute to him every October.

The musical accolade kicks off tonight, October 11, 2012, at 7:30pm at The Wheeler Opera House with John Denver: Stories and Songs. Tonight is being described as an intimate evening of John’s music and personal stories as told by members of his bands and close associates, featuring Mack Bailey, Kenn Roberts, Denny Brooks, Bill Danoff, Alan Deremo, Richie Garcia, Jim Horn, Pete Huttlinger, Gary Mule Deer, Chris Nole, Jim Salestrom, Mollie Weaver, Steve Weisberg.  According to those in the know, this is as close to knowing John personally that one will ever get, and a great way to lead into the 15th annual John Denver Tribute Weekend.  Tickets are just $35.

Friday and Saturday nights continue the musical tribute to the life and legacy of John Denver featuring former members of John’s bands and special guests with a connection to John. Showtime is 7:30 both nights.  VIP Tickets include a private after concert gathering at the Limelight Hotel with the band with food and wine included. Click here for tickets.

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Maroon Bells SunriseAspen: A charming small town nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding with big city amenities to boot!

We love our little town and even like to shout it from the mountain tops every now and then.  I guess you could say that we think Aspen is a Cool Small Town.

Insert Coolest Small Town Nomination here.  Budget Travel is on a mission to find America’s coolest small towns for the seventh year running.  The rules are simple.  The town must have a population under 10,000.  It also needs that indescribable something: independent shops, a sense of energy, an epic backyard, culture, delicious coffee.  In other words, cool doesn’t necessarily mean quaint: We want towns with an edge and a heart.

Hmmm, ready to vote for Aspen yet?

We don’t mean to toot our 4th of Julyown horn, but Aspen really does have something for everyone.  We could go on about Aspen being one of the best ski towns around, but then of course, there’s the summer.  And the fall.  And the spring.  What’s isn’t there to do?  Skiing, hiking, biking, rafting – the list goes on!  And we’d be remiss if we didn’t include the arts and culture that reside here year round or the special events that we host year after year too.  I think you get the idea.

So voteVote nowVote often Vote daily.  You have until October 15th.  Let’s show folks why Aspen is one of the coolest small towns around!

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Aspen Art MuseumThis weekend is the last call for two amazing exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum. So while you’re gleaning the last of the fall colors here in Aspen, stop by the Aspen Art Museum where the admission is always FREE!

Lucio FontanaLucio Fontana: Ceramics is one of two current exhibitions that will wrap up Sunday, October 7th.  Although the Argentine-Italian artist was best known for his Concetti Spaziale, the spatial environments and slashed canvases he created in the 1950s and 1960s, clay modeling and ceramics have always been central to his process. Comprising work from the 1940s through the 1960s, Lucio Fontana: Ceramics is the first museum exhibition dedicated solely to the artist’s groundbreaking ceramic work and is rarely exhibited in the US.

Amelie von Wulffen is the 2012 Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence.  Her exhibition at the Aspen Art MuseumAmelie von Wulffen is her first solo exhibition in an American museum and includes a new body of paintings created during her time as Artist in Residence. In her most recent works, von Wulffen deploys host of painterly techniques to create works that, although they depart from the photographic collage practice for which she is best known, remain deeply referential.

Do something different this weekend and go see for yourself!

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Aspen Filmfest is in full swing now through Sunday October 7th, 2012 for its 34th year. This feast of film features full length feature films and documentaries from around the world along with post screening dialogues, premieres, surprise films, sneak previews and parties to enjoy the full festival experience.

This evening’s 8:15 pm film, G-Dog, includes a conversation and book signing with Father Greg Boyle following the 92 minute film.  Father Greg Boyle, is a real life hero running a Los Angeles based Homeboy Industries, the country’s largest and most successful gang intervention and rehab program.  G-Dog will certainly be one of the festival’s most talked about films.

The films don’t stop there.  Starting eachAspen Filmfest day at noon (Sat. 11am) the schedule is brimming with film to stimulate your brain and conversations.  Check out Friday night’s special presentation, The Secrets of The Simpsons with Comedy Writer Mike Reiss.  His presentation will include rare clips, as well as his cult cartoon creations The Critic and Queer Duck.  You’re guaranteed a hilarious good time!

If sinking your teeth into some drama is more your thing then check out Saturday night’s film, Argo.  Director and star, Ben Affleck, takes viewers into the 1979 Iran hostage crisis based on true events.

Filmfest venues are the Wheeler Opera House, the Isis Theatre and The Crystal Theater in Carbondale.  For a complete schedule of films click here.

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Maroon Bells SunriseAspen: A charming small town nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding with big city amenities to boot!

We love our little town and even like to shout it from the mountain tops every now and then.  I guess you could say that we think Aspen is a Cool Small Town.

Insert Coolest Small Town Nomination here.  Budget Travel is on a mission to find America’s coolest small towns for the seventh year running.  The rules are simple.  The town must have a population under 10,000.  It also needs that indescribable something: independent shops, a sense of energy, an epic backyard, culture, delicious coffee.  In other words, cool doesn’t necessarily mean quaint: We want towns with an edge and a heart.

Hmmm, ready to vote for Aspen yet?

We don’t mean to toot our 4th of Julyown horn, but Aspen really does have something for everyone.  We could go on about Aspen being one of the best ski towns around, but then of course, there’s the summer.  And the fall.  And the spring.  What’s isn’t there to do?  Skiing, hiking, biking, rafting – the list goes on!  And we’d be remiss if we didn’t include the arts and culture that reside here year round or the special events that we host year after year too.  I think you get the idea.

So voteVote nowVote often Vote daily.  You have until October 15th.  Let’s show folks why Aspen is one of the coolest small towns around!

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