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Pianist Matthew Whitaker defied early odds to become a jazz pianist prodigy.
Pianist Joyce Yang will perform onstage with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet—the first evening of live music for the dance company.
Celebrating its 20th year, the Grand Traverse from Crested Butte to Aspen has become a rite of passage for ski-mountaineer athletes.
"Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life" by William Finnegan has become the modern-day surfer’s Bible. I’ve seen it tucked under arms in Venice Beach, Calif., and stashed in board bags in Costa Rica. Anywhere there are surfers, there is also this book. It gave a literary voice to a sport known for “gnarly tubes” and other unbearable cliches. It explored the solitude, the complexity and primal exuberance that one feels catching a wave. And as a surfer and writer myself, it’s hard to think anyone will ever do it better than Finnegan. He did, after all, win the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 2016 for it. Finnegan will be in Aspen this March as part of Aspen Words’ Winter Words series to share his story—live. March 20, 6pm, tickets $25, Paepcke Auditorium, 1000 N. Third St.,
Cutting-edge ensembles, talented dancers and fabulous designers will take over Belly Up on March 22nd for a charitable evening of fashion and fun. Aspen Magazine highlights why the Aspen Cares Theatrical Fashion Show is a must-see.