Meet Jessica Cabe, new entertainment editor |

Meet Jessica Cabe, new entertainment editor

Appreciating art and entertainment is among the unique aspects of the human experience. We need science to survive, but without art, mere survival is all we can ever hope for. To really live, we need to be entertained.

Garfield County offers a variety of art and entertainment opportunities, and the Post Independent is making moves to highlight them every week with a brand new A&E pullout, Scene, which will appear each Friday and debuts today. It’s my job to find and share the stories that matter to you and, hopefully, give you some ideas for how to spend your weekend.

My path to arts journalism came from the mentality of “those who can’t do, write.” I’ve been a musician, actress, singer and poet since childhood, but I never mastered any of those crafts well enough to make a career out of them. Instead, I write about all those things and more, doing my best to keep art alive by spreading the word about it.

I’ve written about the arts in northern Illinois, where I’m from; Syracuse, N.Y., where I went to graduate school; and Charleston, S.C., where I covered Spoleto Festival USA, an international arts festival.

In June, I accepted a summer position with the Aspen Music Festival and School. Although I was living in Aspen while working for the music festival, I spent at least one day every weekend in Glenwood Springs. I window shopped during Strawberry Days, went horseback riding up Sunlight Mountain, enjoyed Music in the Park and just generally fell in love with this town.

And now my job is to get to know the area even more and share what I discover in Scene and on the entertainment channel of

The physical version of this new entertainment section will feature a calendar, my picks for the best upcoming events, feature stories, profiles of interesting members of the art and entertainment community, , reviews and more. April Clark’s column that used to appear on Wednesday’s opinion page moves to this section.

Online, we’ll spice up our content with multimedia, including videos and photo galleries.

We’ll also rely heavily on social media to turn the topics we cover into a conversation. Gone are the days when you are merely the reader. I want you to be my tour guide. I’ve done a fair share of exploring during my time here, but I want you to tell me what else I need to see.

If you know of a great local band playing a show, invite me to come out and see them.

If you’re wary of trying out that restaurant that just opened up, tell me you want to read a review.

If your friend is starting a business or working on a cool project, I want you to put us in touch.

Although your suggestions will surely fuel the content in Scene, I don’t want you to stop there. I want you to create content, too.

The entertainment section will serve as your platform to share projects you’ve been working on. Contests like the Post Independent’s Summer Fun photo contest will also exist in Scene. But instead of just photos, you’ll have the opportunity to submit paintings and other fine art, as well as videos of performances to be shared on our website. We plan to create live events where the community can enjoy these works of art and performances in person.

Scene can be anything you want it to be, from a simple guide to the weekend to a platform for your own projects. At the end of the day, if it paints a picture of what the region has to offer for entertainment, it’s done its job.

Jessica Cabe is the Post Independent’s arts and entertainment editor.

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