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This weekend, the Snowmass Wine Festival is continuing the early fall energy that last weekend’s festivities brought to the village. The event is a fundraiser for the Rotary of Snowmass Village and it brings, unsurprisingly, a whole lot of wine to the valley for two days of revelry.

After more than 55 years in the music industry, David Crosby is still actively touring and creating music. He’s put out three albums in the last four years, and the tour he is currently on will land him in Aspen at the Belly Up this Sunday, Sept. 15.

Dapper Dan is one cool-ass haberdasher. This memoir tells Dapper’s story from street hustler to becoming one of the top and most innovative clothing designers and manufacturers in the business. Dapper Dan was the go-to clothier in Harlem in the late ’90s, and after a rough period, has re-asc…

We’re getting down to the last few weekends of summer, but that doesn’t mean that wine events slow down. In fact, they are ramping up.

While most of the attention at the base of Aspen Mountain has been on the opening of the W Hotel, next door, the Ajax Tavern, inside The Little Nell, saw some recent upgrades too. Local firm Rowland + Broughton has been busy this year; they were the conceptual design architects and architect…

South African dance-music sensation GoldFish returns to Belly Up Aspen Friday, Sept. 20, for their third set at the intimate mountain venue. Cape Town locals Dom Peters and David Poole have influenced the house music scene over the past decade with their unique instrument-rooted sound. After…

Ramona Blue is a well-crafted coming-of-age romance that fills readers with the warm fuzzies of a healthy relationship without establishing unhealthy expectations for love to magically resolve challenging circumstances and personal identity struggles. Author Julie Murphy's writing style remi…

Your friend’s mom scored weekend passes to the Jazz Aspen Labor Day festival for the three-day event, but stayed out too late last night after Weezer. She was still at 7908 when the lights came on, banking on the rumor that Rivers Cuomo was going to show up, so she is staying in tonight, Sat…

Today kicks off the unofficial closing weekend of summer and we here in Aspen and Snowmass like to go out with a bang (or some bass). The Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day festival has been one of my favorite events every year for some time now. The high caliber of bands that rock out in that be…

This week I spent time with Jeff Meisel, director of marketing and communications for the Long Meadow Ranch brand, the all-encompassing organic, sustainable food-and-wine farming operation based out of three properties in Napa, with one further out in Mendocino’s Anderson Valley.

The first time I saw runners in the Leadville 100, it was on accident. We had driven over Independence Pass to hike Mount Massive, and pitched a campsite on the side of the road in the dark. Shortly after settling in, a bedraggled person hobbled by with a headlamp. And then another shuffled …

Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying, “The circus is the only fun you can buy that is good for you.”

This week I spoke with native Coloradan Tracy Nielsen, owner and assistant winemaker of Sonoma County winery La Pitchoune, on the sacred subject of pinot noir (chardonnay and chenin blanc too).

One of Reggae music's most prolific icons, Stephan "Raggamuffin" Marley, will make a triumphant return to the Belly Up stage tomorrow.

Once again Gabriel Allon takes to the dangerous streets and back alleys of Europe and the Middle East, amid social unrest and political turmoil, in an effort to keep the world and his beloved Israel safe. Once again, Daniel Silva has delivered another suspense-filled installment of the dark,…

For those who miss the beloved Taka Sushi, maybe the ‘purple haze’ nickname I’ve given the new Oakley sunglasses that I’m crushing on will be reminiscent of the Chambord blackberry-liquor infused sake with the luminescent purple hue. It was the first thing I thought of when I opened up the b…

We’re now a little past the halfway point of summer, and moving toward its eventual, inevitable fade. This week I’m tuning in to an Aspen native who likes to run — a lot, as well as the return of the legendary “Purple Foot” and a wine he brought to an impromptu summer gathering, illuminating…

Once you leave the Roaring Fork Valley on a road trip to Jackson, Wyoming, it appears the only places to stop for food are a brand new Wendy’s in Rifle, and a couple of fast-food joints and a Mexican restaurant in Rock Springs, Wyoming, before reaching our ski resort sister to the north.

The manager of the Maple Leaf, a prominent New Orleans music venue known all over the world, was looking for a group to fill his empty Wednesday nights circa 2009. The Maple Leaf is a staple in New Orleans, with George Porter Jr. (from the Meters) on Mondays, the Rebirth Brass Band on Tuesda…

The considerably cooler weather, from rain to shine with wind as a buffer, posed certain fashion challenges for the scene-seekers and supporters of Sunday’s Chukkers, Champagne and Caviar Fundraiser.

Midsummer is a time to hold your position and take stock; the sun is high, but waning, the creeks are still churgling along at peak level, wildflowers are six feet tall, maybe double-overhead in places. Mushroom lovers are delighting in this year’s bounty, from boletes to chanterelles, take …

I’ve been eating Thai food since I was a very young girl. At the time I think other families congratulated my parents for having such an adventurous, culturally curious eater, but in reality, what kid wouldn't dip chicken fingers into peanut butter?

Daniela Niederer, better known by her stage name Nora En Pure may well be the hardest working woman in Electronic Dance Music today. The South African-Swiss DJ/producer has taken the house music scene by storm over the past half-decade and is showing no signs of slowing.

Happily, Mercury had just moved out of its retrograde the day before ArtCrush and not a moment too soon with the event’s style theme “Heavenly Rapture.”

When rappers who influence other rappers are discussed, there is one name that seems to rise to the surface every time. And while no one is more important than his or her predecessors, since his 1995 introduction to the industry, Talib Kweli has put his lyrical style into the proverbial “gam…

Acouple of weeks ago, I made it up to Chapman Campground for a friend's annual birthday campout. The planning starts in January with reserving four to five sites to house family and friends for a weekend of top-notch, Colorado-style car camping.

"Italy,” wrote E.M. Forster, “is only a euphemism for fate.” So it is in Christina Lych’s sun-drenched debut novel. Mixing the glamour of Italy and the nostalgia of post-war American aesthetics, the Italian Party balances Aperolic fun with cultural and historical thoughtfulness.

I’m staying on French time this week. In honoring the greatest bike race on the planet, I’m taking a look at a French-born grape that made a rigorous yet graceful journey of its own.

Al fresco eating is all the summer rage in Aspen as people try to savor the long days during the short summer season. Currently, we are losing two minutes of sunlight daily, so maximizing time spent soaking up vitamin D is essential to powering through the darker days of winter. Plus, you do…

Although Aspen is the silver mining town that managed to survive and thrive once folks figured out you can slide down the mountain on slabs of wood, there are several other towns in the surrounding hills that can’t say the same.

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