French films make me want to go the grocery store. The sumptuous rounds of fine cheese, fresh baguettes on the counter and a carafe of red wine, haphazardly placed on the wooden table in the doorway which looks out on the garden and the warm countryside. I’m hard pressed to find the warm garden but fortunately, City Market is one of the few places in Aspen still open a week this time of year.
By and large, literary festivals do not enjoy the same sex appeal as music festivals. Very few readers expect or can imagine an erudite and inkhorn author who pens substantial and weighty bestsellers to possess Keith Richard’s mercurial swagger, the tattoos and hubris of Tommy Lee, or the anarchic drug-fueled frenzies of Sid Vicious.
The 2011/2012 season is well on its way at Aspen/Snowmass, and there are very few things in this world that get me more excited than shredding my favorite mountains. What could possibly top my list you ask? How about shredding my favorite mountains while being a part of the 2012 ESPN X Games frenzy and rocking out to free music? That's right, it's that time of year again. The Winter X Games are soon to be upon us, and this year the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series is bringing in AWOLNATION to perform at the base of Aspen Mountain Saturday, January 28th at 5:30pm, for FREE!
Keystone, CO- Marissa D'Orazio- Fly high this weekend in Snowmass village for the annual Snowmass Balloon Festival. A celebration of kaleidoscopic colors will fill the wild blue yonder as dozens of hot air balloons take to the sky with the Elk Mountain Range as their back drop. This years three day festival marks the 35th year of the colorful celebration.
If you’ve just arrived in Aspen, and you’ve never been on skis before, Buttermilk is far and away your best choice to learn how to ski. Though it’s home to ESPN’s Winter X Games and has one of the most fearsome terrain parks to be found anywhere, Buttermilk is still, at its heart, an exceptional beginner’s mountain.
Aspen, CO - This Friday, head out to downtown Aspen for a star lit blockparty, the annual CORE Party. The event will take place on the corner of Galena Street and Cooper Avenue, is free and open to the public. So whether you're visiting for the weekend, or live the Aspen dream year round, come out and celebrate the resurgence of Spring. The festivities will include a thirst quenching beer garden, an exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum and an 8 pm performance by headliners, Railroad Earth. This New Jersey based bluegrass sextet is sure to have you dancing in the streets.
Aspen,CO -- Whether you’re visiting for the Holidays or you live in Aspen year round, everyone can appreciate an outstanding artistic performance. What’s better? How about an outstanding artistic performance for a good cause? This holiday season, check out Cirque d’Aspen, running December 28th, 29th and 30th benefiting the Aspen Youth Center.
Some spent the evening sequestered in the splendor of the Viceroy, swilling champagne, savoring the flavor of Eight K’s menu samplings and cheering Jeff Bridges at Aspen Film’s Oscar Party in Snowmass; some friends and I opted for a quiet, cozy night at Markham’s Bar at the Hotel Lenado, where we kept the bartender company and rearranged the potted plants for better viewing of the bed and breakfas
If you saw J.J. Abraham’s stomach-churning camcorder blockbuster Cloverfield, you’re already familiar with the Brooklyn-based electronic post-techno duo Ratatat. Before the monster emerged from the Hudson River with Godzilla-like rage and began bashing iconic Manhattan landmarks into smithereens, Ratatat’s post-techno instrumental grooves reverberated through the background of a fashionable loft party in gentrified Greenwich Village.
Ratatat’s Evan Mast, aka E*vax, laughed when asked about the song being worked into the soundtrack of the doomsday movie: “There was so much secrecy around the entire project. They just told us who the director was. They wouldn’t show us clips or give us a brief description. It was a real leap of faith for us.” Mast continued, “It was cool how the song echoed through the scene, like it was recorded in that room. But the movie sucked.”
I talked to Mast before the group’s free March 27th gig at the base of Ajax, next to the Snow Queen Gondola.
Walk the walk, raise the funds and hike to the top of Mt. Everest for the world's highest rock concert: 20-year Aspen local Julie Lampton is always doing something rather exotic during off-season. Most recently, Lampton found a way to blend two of her greatest passions – music and exercise – and raise money for cancer research in a creative, high-altitude fashion.