This Week in Aspen

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Experience Aspen in-person or online. Start planning your weekly Aspen itinerary with these options below:

 

Monday, January 11

Aspen Historical Society Tours (Daily, Aspen Historical Society Holden/Marolt Museum) AHS has created several NEW outdoor tours to offer during these uncertain times! However, we will not be able to offer a few of our “usual” tours, including the Hotel Jerome Tour, the Wheeler Opera House Tour, the Historic Pub Crawl, and the History Coach Tour. Private tours and guided experiences will be offered based on guide availability, call 970.925.3721 to book.

 

Tuesday, January 12

All Day FREE! Aspen Skiers on Parade Scavenger Hunt | City of Aspen (all day, downtown Aspen) The City of Aspen has partnered with a Denver based company, Let’s Roam, to host a free scavenger hunt through downtown Aspen called Aspen Skiers on Parade. The adventure begins with downloading a free app and then following clues and gathering points as participants move from various points of interest downtown. Working alone or as a team, players will learn unique facts about Aspen and will likely visit a few overlooked destinations. More information here

 

Wednesday, January 13

Aspen Art Museum: Art Studio Live! Map your Journey (2:30 PM, virtual). In this week’s Art Studio Live!, you'll be making your own thank you notesThere will be a different class taught each Wednesday throughout the winter with easy-to-follow, step-by-step methods to expand learning and create with materials found at home. Watch live on their Instagram @aspenartmuseum. Click here for more information. 

Winter Words Author Series: Ayad Akhtar (6pm, virtual) Join Aspen Words for a conversation with Ayad Akhtar, author of “Homeland Elegies” dubbed “book of the year” by O Magazine, who will dicuss this deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams with the Washington Post’s book critic Ron Charles. Register online here

Join the Aspen Institute for Virtual discussions and online events, located online here

 

Thursday, January 14

Wintersköl (January 14-17, Aspen) Aspen’s annual “toast to winter,” dates to a quiet January in 1951 when locals decided to celebrate Aspen’s unique alpine lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. This year’s Wintersköl celebration will maintain the spirit of Wintersköl, but it will look a bit different than past year’s due to COVID-19 restrictions. Click here for a schedule of events. 

Winter Art Sale (9am-5pm, Anderson Ranch) Join Anderson Ranch for a winter art sale and help raise money for Anderson Ranch scholarships! More than 30% of their students and residents receive financial support and your purchase at our scholARTship event goes to that program.

Gallery openings at the Red Brick (through January 4th, Red Brick Aspen). Head over to the Red Brick and enjoy two new exhibits from now until January 4th. Alaprimas: Living Locally, the Art of Life in the Roaring Fork Valley and a Resident Artist Exhibition will be open by appointment only for your viewing. More information here

 

Friday, January 15

Stream, The Reason I Jump (virtual through Aspen Film) Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world.Each stream is $12 and will be available for purchase January 8th at 8:00 am CST. After purchasing you’ll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you’ll have 24 hours to finish watching. Stream online here

 

Saturday, January 16

A Virtual Taste of The Little Nell Wine Academy (1pm, virtual) In partnership with Verve Wine, The Little Nell is excited to offer a virtual wine tasting this winter as a preview of The Little Nell Wine Academy in Aspen this spring with the theme of Old World Classics vs. American Rivals. Registration information can be found online here

Winterfest: An Exhibition of Arts and Crafts (through February 21, Aspen Art Museum) The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) is exhibiting Winterfest: An Exhibition of Arts and Crafts, a new, seasonal, selling exhibition launching on December 17, 2020 through Feb 21. Winterfest will consist of handmade artworks displayed within an exhibition design by US-based, German artist Veit Laurent Kurz based on a configuration of representations of a cabin, mountains, and a lake. Click here for more information. 

Take a virtual class with Aspen Recreation Center. Their virtual offerings can be found here and include yoga, hockey workouts, sewing classes, and dance to name a few.

 

Sunday, January 17

Aspen Gay Ski Week (through January 23) After monitoring the current state of COVID-19, AGSW will have monitored programming for Aspen Gay Ski Week 2021. Click here for an updated schedule of activities to participate in this week. 

Aspen Film: Stream Good Trouble (Virtual) Using interviews and rare archival footage, JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Stream online here

5Point Adventure Film Festival has been posting recordings of their virtual ‘5Point Unlocked’ film presentations, found on their YouTube channel here

 

Monday, January 18

Aspen Historical Society Tours (Daily, Aspen Historical Society Holden/Marolt Museum) AHS has created several NEW outdoor tours to offer during these uncertain times! However, we will not be able to offer a few of our “usual” tours, including the Hotel Jerome Tour, the Wheeler Opera House Tour, the Historic Pub Crawl, and the History Coach Tour. Private tours and guided experiences will be offered based on guide availability, call 970.925.3721 to book.

 

Experience Aspen Virtually with these Ongoing Online Events!

Learn about the history of Aspen with Aspen Historical Society. They post daily images to social media from their archive of more than 12,000 historical images. Visit archiveaspen.org or follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a daily dose of Aspen history.

Aspen Shakti has released virtual courses available online here

Each week Aspen Institute curates timely conversations from across Aspen Institute programming. They seek to elevate formidable leaders, inspiring thinkers, and remarkable stories. Subscribe to receive weekly emails from Aspen Ideas Now here

Join Theatre Aspen’s Director of Education Graham Northrup for his series on their YouTube channel called “From The Director’s Chair.”

Subscribe to the Aspen Institute’s weekly podcast, “Aspen Ideas To Go” which gives listeners front-row access to events presented at the Aspen Institute including the Aspen Ideas Festival. New episodes come out every Tuesday.

If you missed Aspen Center for Environmental Studies' Naturalist Nights, you can watch videos of previous presentations available online here

The Red Brick Center for the Arts is offering virtual adult and kids online arts classes; Check out their blog, Creative Connections, for updates on current offerings.

Bring Aspen to life with our coloring book pages, download them here.

City of Aspen Events, Wheeler Opera House and Red Brick Center for the Arts are working to create new ways to remotely engage our community through wellness, recreation, arts and culture.  A range of activities will be shared across each organization’s website and social media platforms and tagged #AspenTogether. Join them to celebrate and connect with our local community at #AspenTogether.

 

Connect with Aspen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

For all COVID-19 resources click here.

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