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If you love poetry, you’re going to love next week’s Winter Words event.

For the past 10 years, Alessandro Lindblad — better known as Alesso — has crafted his one-of-a-kind pop-infused electronic dance music for some of the world’s biggest crowds.

The X Games in Aspen, from the perspective of an over-aged local, is all about memories. Gone are the marquee names that started this whole pre-February frolic. Skiing stalwarts Jon Olsson, Tanner Hall and Simon Dumont have moved on to greener pastures. (Or white ones?) Dumont is taking his …

I moved to Aspen in January 2006. I didn’t have a place to live and I didn’t have any friends, but I had a job — at this very newspaper as a reporter. One week into the gig, I stood at the bottom of the Winter X Games superpipe in disbelief that I was getting paid to be there.

Started in 2007 by the former owner of Climbing Magazine, Julie Kennedy, 5Point Adventure Film Festival is dedicated to the kinds of short films that tell stories about amazing people and amazing places. The four-day flagship film festival takes place every spring in Carbondale, but the Aspe…

Some might argue that the electronic music scene is not what “live” should be, or that there is no reason for the performer to even be present when he or she is simply pressing play on a stage, or that electronic music is just a fad that these kids will get over…

While taking one of my first vacations in sunny San Diego, I popped into the corner bookstore in Ocean Beach to pick out my next “Beach Read,” which apparently is its own genre now. In an effort to read more books by authors different from myself, I picked up “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernadin…

I was working on a restaurant staff about 18 years ago and we had an eager young wine rep show up for an informal tasting, toting a bottle of sparkling pink wine. After popping the cork and letting loose the contents into our flutes, in the opening lines of her sales pitch she said something…

I love reading international newspapers and especially the papers printed in the U.K. since my family lives there. This week I was in shock and awe at how everyone from corporate entities to people across nearly 180 countries have embraced VEGANUARY, a U.K.-based nonprofit push for vegan eat…

For the past 20 years, The New Mastersounds have spread their funky jazz and blues-infused tunes around the globe. Frontman Eddie Roberts and drummer Simon Allen formed the group while hosting a club night in Leeds, England in the late 90s. Going on to recruit Pete Shand (bass) and Bob Birch…

The Basalt Regional Library is having a party to celebrate 10 years in our current home. The Legends of the Library festivities are tonight and include a scavenger hunt of notable literary figures. One of them is J.D. Salinger.

Cook’s Illustrated may be the best cooking magazine of which you’ve never heard. Or perhaps you have. Apparently, more than 1 million people do know about it, because they’re print subscribers. I wasn’t aware of it until I received a gift subscription last year, and this endearing publicatio…

Many years ago when my lovely, always beautifully dressed paternal grandmother passed away, my cousin and I—her only granddaughters—sat at a kitchen counter with our mothers to divide up her treasured accessories. There were antique rings, Art Deco bracelets and perfectly preserved purses, s…

Some people like to pretend that the current techno movement is the original techno movement renamed electronic dance music. But back in the days of raves, if you couldn’t tell the difference between jungle, house and trance, you just weren’t paying close enough attention.

I woke up last week — on the last day of the year, and the last day of the decade — to some dour news on my internet morning scroll.

Since I was raised in England, Christmas Day is always marked by the Queen’s Speech. It’s always a sober, reflective and solemn speech, part ‘stiff-upper-lip’ British-ness, part kind and unifying message, as if our head of state is giving a soothing pep talk. The whole thing takes about 10 m…

Harley Streten — the 28-year-old producer from Sydney who is better known as Flume — will take over Belly Up for two nights on Monday and Tuesday.

What a week this has been. Fresh on the heels of the winter solstice, we crammed Christmas Eve, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years Eve and New Years Day. Beyond

In honor of the holiday season, I decided to pick up Jon Clinch’s gorgeous new pastiche of Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol.” This is the story of a younger Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge: The former with a gift for forgery, chicanery and the confidence game and the latter with a pret…

What are the holidays except for tradition? This is not to disregard the religious ceremonies that take place this time of year, but to also honor them as ritual, too. Everyone seems to crave, and set, rites that establish some consistency every year, and when it comes to food, they’re often…

In case you haven’t heard, this Saturday is the shortest day of the year, which means plenty of nighttime and nightlife to enjoy.

Cedric Gervais has been playing dark and sexy house music in Aspen during the holiday season for the last few years. I know because I sold him a pair of ski boots a couple years ago. He always stays in Aspen for a few days when he plays and he spends a good amount of time on the slopes.

It’s that time of year when all the “best of” lists emerge from a plethora of literary sources. This year, there are also the best of the decade lists. Sifting through them all, below are our suggestions (with a brief review summary) in adult fiction and non-fiction, and one graphic novel. “…

Dark times indeed will pass. Sunday is the first day of winter, but it also is the first day of the lengthening day. Soon we will be skiing powder in the afternoon glowing golden sunbeams. True though, this happens slowly. In the meantime, winter abides. British poet and literary critic Edit…

I strayed from my normal vegan fare while exploring the southern Irish countryside this past offseason. And I’m still reminiscing about almost every breakfast and dinner. It was a series of insanely good meals in restaurants at the historic and charming Blue Book Ireland hotels where a frien…

Designer sunglasses, matching outfits, neon accessories, purebred dogs in strollers, bizarre art installations, pop-up performances and duct-taped bananas everywhere were a common theme on Miami Beach streets last week. Every December, art enthusiasts turn their heads to South Florida, the h…

For the better part of a decade, American indie-folk band The Head and the Heart have blessed listeners with some of the best music to come out of Seattle since Nirvana. The band goes beyond just a group of longtime friends. The Head and the Heart is defined by six like-minded individuals wh…

As we begin the rise to holiday peak season, it’s time to hone in on gifts for the gear lovers in your life. Here are some picks that will be tied up with strings for my friends and family this year.

The same day last week that I received a really nice carton of Tuscan red wine in the mail I also happened to be going through a pile of notes and mementos from a trip to Italy where I visited that same winery. In my hand was the bill of fare from the inn, which the innkeeper mentioned that …

Nutritional yeast and vegan cream cheese combine for an incredible taste, likely said no one ever. But this dairy-free, gluten-free version of a sinful party favorite—cheesy artichoke dip—is incredibly memorable. (However, it’s not quite guilt-free in its calorie count; vegan does not always…

Sturdy, subtle and lyrically impressive, you won’t find a more humble man in show business than Gregory Alan Isakov. His songs are exceptionally heartfelt and he is somehow able to deliver them in a laidback manner. Many of his songs take the form of ideas that most people can relate to — th…

William Kreuger’s newest book has been favorably compared to works ranging from “The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn” to the more contemporary “Where The Crawdads Sing,” and it is a fair comparison. “This Tender Land” takes us to the banks of the Gilead River in Minnesota and to the Lincoln I…

Beginning this week with a follow-up on last week’s timely topic of humor, life, death and wine. I received a nice note from the staff at Toad Hollow Vineyards, on behalf of Frankie Williams, widow of the winery’s founder Todd Williams, sister-in-law to the late comedian Robin Williams. They…

When Thanksgiving arrived, I had the perfect cheat sheet at hand: My new Instagram friend Kirsten Kaminski @TheTastyK had just released a cookbook titled “Vegan Holiday Cooking,” and at first glance, I felt sure it would be a huge help. When I got down to list-making, there were all my favor…

When Matisyahu first broke onto the scene in 2004 with his debut album, “Shake Off The Dust... Arise,” the world was not quite sure what to make of him. Donning a wide-brimmed hat, full unkempt beard and traditional yarmulke, Matisyahu was officially the world's first mainstream Jewish rapper.

Ten years ago I wrote a humorous piece entitled “Thinking Sex For Thanksgiving.” I began the racy-yet-thoughtful content therein with a question posed by late comedian and actor George Carlin. Check out the link at the bottom to get back to that. Not only was Carlin a comic genius, but he lo…

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