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Brenda Himelfarb | Culture in the Vail Valley | July 13, 2019

We have a unique gem in the area. It shines. Is engaging. Filled with life. No, it’s not hidden. But, rather, it’s out there — ready for all to share in its delight. What’s more, the only thing you need is a ticket to capture the joy it creates. It’s easy to find. Its name […]

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Brenda Himelfarb | Culture in the Vail Valley | July 12, 2019

Innovative performances. World premieres. Extraordinary debuts. More than 150 dancers, musicians, composers and choreographers creating 11 performances. Numerous public events celebrating dance and music. This is what we can expect from the 31st season of the Vail Dance Festival (VDF). A spectacular event, under the artistic direction of Damian Woetzel, that is world-renowned. A retired […]

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Brenda Himelfarb | Culture in the Vail Valley |

Eighteenth-century German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, best-known for his poetic drama, Faust, described string quartet music as “four rational people conversing.” Essentially, the “conversation” begins when one instrument introduces a melody or motif and then the other instruments subsequently “respond” with a similar motif. It’s a thread that, over the years, has been woven […]

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Katie Coakley | Culture in the Vail Valley |

Head toward the covered bridge in Vail Village and you inevitably pass a white-clad soldier, frozen mid-step with skis over one shoulder and goggles covering his eyes. The 13-feet-tall bronze statue with his Army-issued gear honors those 10th Mountain Division ski soldiers, both alive and dead, who trained at Camp Hale, south of Vail, during […]

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For 25 years the Vail Jazz Foundation (VJF) led by founder Howard Stone and his wife, Cathy, has brought those “sudden smiles” and a stream of of exceptional music to our valley. And this summer is no exception — with more than 85 concerts in the course of 65 days, almost every jazz genre will […]

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Katie Coakley | Culture in the Vail Valley | December 11, 2018

Part of the Vail Symposium’s Geopolitical Series, the program on the Middle East was just one of the 2018 summer series programs. Other topics included discussions on China, North Korea and Africa—and that’s just one series, with other avenues including health and wellness, community issues and the environment. Founded in 1971 by then-Town of Vail […]

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Author | Culture in the Vail Valley | July 2, 2018

Singletree had just opened. There weren’t really homes in Homestead just yet. There was no Arrowhead, no Cordillera, no Eagle Springs,” Irons remembers. There was just something about the vacant, circa 1940s service station that spoke to Irons, her former husband and their friends, Katie and Bucko Clark. The two couples began renovating the restaurant […]

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Author | Culture in the Vail Valley | July 1, 2018

Sometimes a person gives voice to his or her life calling before a plan even registers within one’s brain. Such was the case for Vail Jazz Festival Founder Howard Stone. Stone, a lifelong music fan who had attended numerous jazz parties organized by the late Dick Gibson, decided on a whim to throw his own […]

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Author | Culture in the Vail Valley | July 5, 2017

I was born 17 years ago in Kabul, Afghanistan, in an open-minded family. My dad works for the Ministry of Defense, my mom is a homemaker and I have one older brother who is finishing law in University of Kabul and two younger sisters. I was fortunate to start school in one of the greatest […]

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Brenda Himelfarb | Culture in the Vail Valley |

This story is about how things are sometimes meant to be. Perhaps it was about destiny or, maybe, karma, the “spirit that infuses or vitaliz- es someone or something” that played a part. Certainly, we’ll never know. What we do know is whatever it was, and why it came to pass changed one boy’s life […]

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