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Let’s face it: When you get someone a holiday gift, there’s no better way to say, “I didn’t put much thought into this,” than a box from Amazon. That’s tacit admission that you did a quick search on the Internet on Dec. 21 and then spent roughly two minutes thinking about the gift’s recipien…

first published this recipe five years ago around this time of year. 

Whether you like his music or not, you must admit that Michael Franti had an interesting childhood.

The Library Book,” Susan Orlean’s newest work, is an ode to books, to libraries and to public spaces; it is immersion journalism at its best. Orlean is a master of narrative non-fiction. “The Library Book” weaves together many interconnecting threads: it portrays the fascinating history of a…

Thankfully, the folks down in Carbondale appreciate what is one of Mexico’s most popular holidays and plan to give it its proper due this Friday evening with an altar viewing and procession followed by a celebration at a handful of downtown locations.

To say the least, these wines are lovingly and wisely handcrafted, sleek and sexy with restrained depth, impeccable fruit, balanced acidity and well-versed varietal character.

Yes, trick or treating is fun, but we all know the highlight of the night is coming home, turning the bag or pumpkin-shaped bucket upside down, dumping all of the candy on the floor and beginning the ultimate sorting process.

Compared with its succeeding winter relative, Halloween is a bit left out of the music scene.

No disrespect to Christmas, but there’s no denying that Halloween is Aspen’s favorite holiday. In the offseason, when things are slow and everyone has had a chance to reboot after a busy summer, when it’s all about the locals, this is when Aspen lets its hair down – and then paints its hair …

This is sort of an interesting weekend for me at the Wheeler Opera House, should I choose to go to either Saturday’s or Sunday’s events, because if there are two things I love, they happen to be dogs and magic. As luck would have it, that’s just what the Wheeler has programmed. So, for compa…

Last week, I talked with Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket while he strung and tuned his guitars, preparing to head out on tour. Usually, with Jacket, there are people who perform this task for him. 

Last week I got busy with one of my favorite white wines the world over: Marco Felluga Mongris Collio pinot grigio. This soft yet spicy wine from the hills of northeastern Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia is so much more than that. Beyond the pleasing afternoon buzz, the complexities are otherw…

We’ve been living with my parents in Carbondale for several months while we wait to move back into Aspen. They relocated here four years ago from Washington state when I tempted them with an eventual grandchild (and delivered on that threat this summer). So, yes, all of us are under one roof…

With what’s left of the local crowd gearing up for Halloween and not that much on the calendar in the depths of the offseason, I’d like to highlight some low-key community events in each town in the valley this coming week, plus one stay-at-home option to help mobilize voters for the upcomin…

In 1989 an American DJ moved to Berlin. Immersed in the counter-culture music scene, he witnessed firsthand the peaceful revolution that brought down the wall and marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Years later Tim Mohr recounts the youth-led movement at its point of critical ma…

OK, full disclosure here: I’ve never actually been to a live football game. That’s any football game of any description. It’s probably because I didn’t grow up with American football in Europe, and although now I like a good halftime show at the Super Bowl, I’ve never really gunned hard for …

As a parent, I’m overjoyed with the Targhee because it seems like it’s always been a struggle in the past to get Griffin to wear boots when we go hiking.

Thursday’s “Our Response” Survivor Stories spoken-word event in the Wheeler Opera House bar lobby is $25.

While the first snow is a thrill for the promise of turns to come, it’s also a false tease.

A dusky grouse, a species of forest-dwelling grouse native to the Rocky Mountains, crosses Owl Creek Road Tuesday morning. In winter, grouse feed primarily on fir and Douglas-fir needles.

I can’t think this is not a terrific family gift. It cuts down on the purchase of commercial soda, eliminating the cost and schlepp.

Get more information and tickets – if there are any left – at aspennature.org.

I recently had the opportunity to spend a day at Garden Creek Vineyards with Karin and Justin Warnelius-Miller under crystalline blue skies, as they prepared for their annual members-only harvest gathering.

I got an email this week that said, “The ditch is dry. The water is done for the year.”

Essentially a group of friends who got around to jamming together while they were off the mountain, Easy Giant used connections with the snowboard industry to jumpstart their popularity and fanbase. 

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