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If you had to guess who holds the record for No. 1 singles in Jamaica — we all know who you would guess, but … you would be wrong. And that’s because Toots & the Maytals hold that record with a total of 31.

When friends ask me what the key is to having a pleasant camping experience, the first thing I tell them is to fine-tune their sleeping system. From car camping to backpacking, if you don't get a good night's sleep, misery is bound to follow like a pebble in your hiking boot. The system star…

This Friday’s Chamber Symphony concert includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. While perhaps not as well-known as his third, fifth, seventh, and ninth symphonies (all odd numbers!), the second is a masterpiece nevertheless. Indeed, if Beethoven had written only the second, fourth, and eighth sy…

Last week I had a chance to sit down and have a few bites and sips with founder, co-owner and winemaker Dan Panella, his wife, Heather, and assistant winemaker Sierra Zeiter of Lodi’s Oak Farm Vineyards. We discussed their wines and gave some context to Lodi’s rising tide of newer producers.

Some words are fun to say: serendipity, onomatopoeia, mozzarella. Mozzarella of course has to be said with the proper Italian accent — mozz-ahh-rell-a. The words roll off the tongue, while others get stuck and thud out. Does anyone else struggle with dachshund?

Randy Ribay’s “Patron Saints of Nothing” is a powerful coming-of-age story about a Filipino-American teenager trying to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder. It takes place in the present day Philippines. Since taking office in June of 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has instated a ze…

Not only is Theatre Aspen kicking off its season, there are a few more options for theater lovers this weekend and going into the summer.

Death Valley is not the most of enticing of names when you are pondering vacation spots for getaways. Their marketing team must not have been trying to improve the ambiance with forbidding names like Devil’s Gold Course, Badwater basin, Dante’s Point, Devil's Cornfield, Furnace Creek, Funera…

With summer finally in full swing, hopefully we’re all giving our feet that respite from ski boots that they deserve. However, between navigating avalanche debris fields on the way to 14ers, dodging rocks in loose dirt on trail runs and battling obstacles at numerous festivals where fashion …

When we think of the greatest bands of all time, who comes to mind? The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin — without a doubt, some of the most reputable music acts of our time. It seems everyone born before the year 2000 has some connection to those artists, even if it was listening t…

Our 2019 American theme is beautifully served on this week’s Aspen Chamber Symphony concert. Alan Hovhaness was an Armenian/American composer of enormous productivity. His “Prayer of St. Gregory” sounds American by being exceptionally direct, emotional, and winning. Then our recent alumnus, …

Far from the grand cru sites in the north and central areas of Italy, the diminutive Italian winegrowing region of Abruzzo has experienced a resurgence in the past two decades. Farmers and wine makers use the slow-placed, Old World lifestyle as a template for wines that gently express a part…

Ben Parsons, perhaps best known locally for heading up the Wine at the Mine party — town’s most sought-after Food and Wine soiree — has announced his departure as CEO of the Infinite Monkey Theorem. We caught up with Parsons off of the Food & Wine high about making wine in Colorado, cann…

Today’s Aspen Chamber Symphony concert is long on substance and beauty, if perhaps short on the season’s Americana. (We don’t aim to have everything, every concert, be part of the theme!) The Aspen Music Festival and School’s 2019 season theme of “Being American” is represented by a British …

My neighbor’s lilac bush is blooming. The rose bush in our yard might burst open this week, if it’s warm enough. And it’s the Fourth of July, but that’s just the kind of weather year we’re having.

America’s birthday is here once again, and with it comes all of the celebrations we associate with the Fourth of July.

Ocean Vuong, who emigrated from Ho Chi Minh City to Hartford, Conn. as a child, sprang into mainstream literary consciousness in 2016 with Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a remarkable collection of poems on immigration, intergenerational trauma, and queerness. The work is one of the highest rega…

This week, I’m sending out summer solstice vibes for the winter that didn’t want to quit. Winter vibin.’ Sites not too far afield reported up to two feet of snow up high last week. As if we needed a reminder of our own mortality. You can run, but you can’t hide. Just like the old notion, “It…

In hopes of gleaning some new or otherwise interesting facts about food and nutrition and expand the conversation beyond the Aspen-centric avocado toast and kale salad, I sat in on a session last week titled Food, Elixir of Life at Aspen Ideas: Health.

Reyr Gear looked at traveling with a fly rod and realized what a hassle it can be. Four pieces, to the rod, a reed, the line through the eyelets — there are a lot of components to handle. So they designed a rod with the line routed through the center, enabling it to telescope to full length …

The Aspen Food & Wine Classic is over and without even a moment to pause and breathe the Aspen Ideas Festival is upon us.

These days, with paved or graded roads leading up most of the state’s valleys and robust search-and-rescue operations in nearly every county ready to assist in the event of an emergency, Colorado’s backcountry ain’t what it used to be. It’s been largely tamed and made more easily accessible …

Most know of John Wesley Powell as an iconic and historic western figure. An explorer, river-man and scientist, Powell and his team of intrepid adventurers were the first to descend the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. There have been many books and histories written about Powell and…

My son turns one year old this week and it hit me that it’s more than a nominal event. This emotion crept in while I was chopping finger foods for his lunch. As I tediously minced a baked sweet potato, sautéed baby broccoli and scooped applesauce into his miniature bento box, it dawned on me…

Off-piste parties were the name of my Food & Wine Classic in Aspen this year. It made for a super interesting smorgasbord of exposure to new things, all of which piqued interest. In fact, the only thing I didn’t do was go to a Grand Tasting, but from everywhere else, the fashion flag flew big.

If your dad is anything like mine, he’s not the best at giving gift ideas. “Don’t spend your money on me!” is his standard reply. As a result, he’s gotten some weird and random gifts over the years such as Superman socks with capes attached and a “World’s Greatest Farter, I mean Father” mug.…

If you belong to the contingent of people who pride themselves on never passing the roundabout, you will be missing out on Saturday.

Chefs Club, in the St Regis, has hosted chefs from every corner of the globe in its rotating-cuisine concept. This summer, head chef Tom Coohill has a much shorter commute. He is the executive chef and owner of Coohills, the only restaurant directly on Cherry Creek, in Denver. Tom and his wi…

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