This Week in Aspen

Cathedral Lake Aspen, Colorado

Monday, August 8

Mountaintop Yoga (10:30 am, Sundeck) Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit with a yoga class atop Aspen Mountain. The Hatha-style yoga is held outdoors and costs $20 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Caring for Community Fund, with emphasis on the mental health support program. All levels are welcome and participants must bring their own mat.

Know Your Trees at ACES (4:00 pm, Hallam Lake) Firs and spruces, aspens and cottonwoods… how many trees do you know? Come explore the ACES backyard with us and discover up to a dozen species of conifers and deciduous trees. And let’s not forget about the great variety of tall shrubs that are all around us! Register here.

Birds of Prey Demonstration (4:00 pm Monday - Saturday, Hallam Lake) This program will focus on educating around ACES' resident birds of prey and new training protocols. Flight demonstrations and/or feedings will be included in this program. Learn all about the important role raptors play as keystone predators! Advance registration required.

Aspen’s Past to Present Tour (10:00 am Mondays & Saturdays, Downtown Aspen) A fun guided walk through historic downtown Aspen full of local legend, lore and the history behind landmark buildings. Reservations required.

 

Tuesday, August 9

Bauhaus Architectural Walking Tour (10:30 am, Red Brick Center for the Arts) A guided walking tour through Aspen’s West End residential neighborhood that explores explore examples of bauhaus-influence and other modern design principles that continue to inspire local design. The tour ends on the grounds of the Aspen Institute. Registration is required, register here.

Hotel Jerome History Tour (1:30 pm, Hotel Jerome) Bask in the history of Aspen as you relax in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Jerome, which has been at the center of community life since its doors opened in 1889. Includes a brief tour of the lobby and first floor area as you experience the history of Aspen as seen through the eyes of the Hotel Jerome. All tours are limited to 12 people and require a reservation.

W Aspen Presents Taco Tuesday! (11:00 am, W Aspen) Remix your Tuesday with Taco Tuesday at W Aspen! Enjoy $5 tacos and sip on our fabulous $10 frozen margs + other drink specials on WET Deck. Hit repeat every Tuesday. 11AM-8PM. Learn more here.

Music with a View (6:00 pm, Aspen Art Museum) Presented in collaboration between the Aspen Art Museum and the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS), this free and inclusive chamber concert series features one-hour performances by the most advanced AMFS students and visiting musicians in Aspen.
 

 

Wednesday, August 10

Mountain / Time at Aspen Art Museum (May 27th - September 11th 10am, Aspen Art Museum) Mountain / Time is a major exhibition exploring ideas of re-mapping, migration, Black and Indigenous geographies, storytelling, and time, in themes inspired by the intertwined histories and geographies of the mountains and their ecological systems. The exhibition, drawn from two of the most significant collections of time-based media—the Rosenkranz Foundation and the Whitney Museum of American Art—brings together a group of moving image installations by Kahlil Joseph, Kandis Williams, Arthur Jafa, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Tourmaline, Anicka Yi, Ian Cheng, Maia Ruth Lee, Clarissa Tossin, Mark Leckey, Doug Aitken, and Alan Michelson.

Wheeler Opera House Tour (1:30, Wheeler Opera House) Enjoy a guided tour inside the Wheeler Opera House; the center of Aspen’s arts and cultural scene since it was built in 1889. This free tour in partnership with the City of Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House offers an insider’s look at the iconic building, including its recent renovations and storied past. All tours are limited to 12 people, first-come first-serve basis, no reservations necessary. 

High Notes (12:00 pm, Hotel Jerome) These free lunchtime discussions feature prominent performers, composers, and musicologists in lively discussions with AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher. Click here to view the panelist for each week.

The Texas Gentlemen at Belly Up Aspen (7:00 pm, Belly Up Aspen) Pop on Floor It!!!, the new and second full-length effort from the Texas Gentlemen, and prepare your eardrums to be hit with everything from woozy, brass-fueled Dixieland-style jazz (“Veal Cutlass”), to slinky, chicken-scratch country funk (“Bare Maximum”) to lushly orchestrated pop-soul balladry (“Ain’t Nothin’ New”)—and that’s all in just the first 10 minutes of play time. Purchase tickets here.

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song (7:30 pm, ISIS Theatre) HALLELUJAH: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song is a definitive exploration of singersongwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, "Hallelujah." This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song's dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom "Hallelujah" has become a personal touchstone. Purchase tickets here.

 

Thursday, August 11

Decade by Decade (11:00 am, Tuesdays – Saturdays, Wheeler Stallard Museum) The new exhibition Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed explores the stories that shaped the community’s distinct identity: from mining boom to dilapidated ranching town to today’s international recreational and cultural resort, Aspen forged a unique path. Featuring photographs and artifacts that represent Aspen’s connection to national events and trends, the exhibition reflects on the community’s place within the larger historical landscape of the nation – sometimes congruent, sometimes divergent – but always exciting.

Aspen’s Off the Beaten Path Tour (10:00 am Thursdays & Sundays, Downtown Aspen) A scenic guided walking tour through Aspen's West End neighborhood and trails along the Roaring Fork River. Participants will learn the stories behind Aspen's Victorian & Modern architecture stitched together with hidden gems of nature. This tour is a healthy walk lasting approximately 90 minutes.  It’s a great way to acclimatize to Aspen’s altitude during a visitors first few days in Aspen. Click here to make a reservation.

History Coach Tour (Wednesday & Thursday 1:30 pm, Wheeler Opera House) A guided tour of historic downtown Aspen in Aspen Historical Society's unique electric vehicle – complete with a visit to both the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. Guests gain a totally new understanding of Aspen’s transformations from a mining town to ski town to year-round, world-famous resort! Tour duration is 2 hours 15 minutes. Meets and ends in front of the Wheeler Opera House. Reservations are required, click here to make your reservation.

Vocal Arts Showcase (5:00 pm, Wheeler Opera House) The stellar young artists of the Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS program perform works they have polished with the AOTVA’s leading vocal coaches and pedagogues. This week’s repertoire focuses on The Great American Songbook. The premier training ground for hundreds of the worlds' most talented young musicians, the Aspen Music Festival and School presents hundreds of events during the Festival, which runs June 30 to August 21. To learn more and for a full season calendar, including daily free events, click here for more information.

An Evening of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Melissa White Violin and Conductor (7:30 pm, Benedict Music Tent) American violinist Melissa White has enchanted audiences and critics around the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Her February 2020 performance with the National Philharmonic was deemed “absolutely breathtaking” by the Maryland Theatre Guide for its “grace, precision, and warmth” in Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 1. As a founding member of the Harlem Quartet, her passion and artistry have contributed to performances that have been hailed for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent” (Cincinnati Enquirer). She is also a dedicated yoga practitioner, who has completed training in both Vinyasa and Ashtanga in Goa, India. She is the co-founder of Intermission, a ground-breaking program that unites body, mind, breath, and music-making through yoga and meditation.

 

Friday, August 12

Maps through the Decades (9:00 am Monday - Friday, Wheeler Stallard Museum) On display in the Archive Building’s Community Gallery this summer is a curated selection of maps from the extensive AHS Collection. From mining claims to trail maps, the AHS Archive is home to historical maps of many varieties. The display features maps as functional works of art from 1870 through 1970, celebrating the creation process of maps such as the Hayden Geological Survey and illustrating how maps shaped the evolution of the area from wild lands to mining camp to modern mountain town.

Historic Downtown Walking Tour (Wednesdays & Fridays 10:30 am, Wheeler Opera House) A guided walking tour of historical buildings in downtown Aspen, with interesting stories around every corner. This tour begins in front of the Wheeler Opera House and ends at the historic Hotel Jerome. This tour lasts 1.5 hours, register here.

Aspen Chamber Symphony (5:30 pm, Benedict Music Tent) After his breakthrough performance in the Metropolitan Opera 2021 premiere of Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Will Liverman returns to Aspen. He is an artist not to miss.

JAS Café: Dee Dee Bridgewater “Memphis Soulphony” (7:00 pm, Aspen Art Museum) Vocal jazz giant Bridgewater and her band honor her native city and roots, recapturing the magic and history of Memphis Blues, R&B, and Soul classics. Click here to purchase tickets.

Aspen’s DarkSide Ghost Tour (8:00 pm Tuesdays & Thursday - Sunday, Downtown Aspen) True stories of Aspen's tarnished past of Ghosts, Murder & Mayhem from 1879 to today on an entertaining evening walk. Reservations required, click here to learn more.

 

Saturday, August 13

Aspen Saturday Market (8:30 am, Downtown Aspen) Spend your Saturday morning at the Aspen Farmer’s Market. Since 1998 it has been a local’s tradition to stroll through the market buying Colorado-grown produce and Colorado-produced artisan products. Open on Saturdays from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM, the market offers Colorado-grown fruits, vegetables, bread, meats, jams, and more as well as a food court for lunch or a snack. 

Community Bike Ride Series (Tuesdays & Saturday 9:00 am, AspenX Store) ASPENX and Ventum are pleased to announce a community bike ride series this summer. Join every Saturday at 9:00 AM at the ASPENX store in gondola plaza. A ride leader will then take you on a ride of your choice, spirited or no drop, with a different route each day. This event is free to all who join. Ride duration is about 2 hours total. Routes will be posted each week on Instagram @ASPENX.

Opera Encounters (10:00 am, Wheeler Opera House) Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS faculty coach the program's major emerging talents in opera scenes. Enjoy excerpts from the repertoire, ravishing voices, and insightful coaching. Learn more here.

Sparking Saturday (Every Saturday 11:00 am, W Aspen) Ignite the weekend with Sparkling Saturday at W Aspen. Light up WET Deck with $6 all Bollocini canned sparkling wine, every Saturday from 11AM-8PM. Steal the scene, W style!

Saturday Classical Music atop Aspen Mountain (1:00 pm, Sundeck) Relax at 11,000 feet in a glorious meadow overlooking Mount Hayden and take in the beauty as students of the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival & School perform a repertoire of their own choosing. Bring a picnic (or build one at the Sundeck) and a lawn chair and enjoy. Located just a short walk out Richmond Ridge from the top of the gondola. 

JAS Café: Marcia Ball (7:00 pm, Aspen Art Museum) American blues singer, songwriter, and pianist described by Rolling Stone as “Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry…her songs ring with emotional depth.” Click here for more information.

 

Sunday, August 14

Gaetano Pesce My Dear Mountains (May 27th – October 9th 10:00 am, Aspen Art Museum) In Spring 2022, the Aspen Art Museum will present a new large-scale project by Gaetano Pesce (b. Italy, 1939. Lives and works in New York City), one of the world’s most influential living multidisciplinary artists and creative minds, celebrated worldwide for his provocative and experimental pursuit of material, technological as well as social innovation. Driven by risk-taking curiosity and radical thinking, Pesce’s work is renowned for blurring boundaries between art, design, and architecture.

Live Bluegrass Music (12:00 pm, Sundeck) Sunday's this summer season locals and tourists alike get down to some of Colorado's best bluegrass bands on the top of Aspen Mountain. With the Elk Mountain Range as a backdrop, great drinks and great food from the Sundeck and lots of activities for the kids, this is a perfect way to relax, unwind and spend an afternoon with friends and family.

Aspen Festival Orchestra (4:00 pm, Benedict Music Tent) Wherever Joyce Yang plays, there are rave reviews: “A knockout performance,” exclaimed The New York Times. Said BBC Music Magazine, “the precision of the fingerwork is astounding.” The Washington Post noted “her agility, balance and velocity.” AMFS alumna and pianist extraordinaire Joyce Yang returns to Aspen for a performance that is sure to exhilarate. Thrill to the pianistic pyrotechnics in Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto, which stands high on the list of virtuosic showpiece concertos.

Theatre Aspen Summer Cabaret Series (6:30 pm, Hotel Jerome) The show doesn’t stop at the tent!  Back by popular demand, the Theatre Aspen Cabaret Series returns this summer for a three-night engagement beginning July 10, August 7 & 14, in three distinct one-of-a-kind evenings. This week is May We Entertain You: Celebrating the music of Jule StyneClick here to purchase tickets.

Sunday Sunset Dance Party at AAM (5:00 pm, Aspen Art Museum) Join the Aspen Art Museum on Sundays from 5–9 PM for their new weekly Sunday Sunset Dance Party at the Aspen Art Museum’s Rooftop Café. They will be featuring cocktails from The Slippery Slope bar, snacks from the new Rooftop Café, and music by Golden, the resident DJ. Learn more.

 

Monday, August 15

Mountaintop Yoga (10:30 am Monday - Friday, Sundeck) Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit with a yoga class atop Aspen Mountain. The Hatha-style yoga is held outdoors and costs $20 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Caring for Community Fund, with emphasis on the mental health support program. All levels are welcome and participants must bring their own mat.

Know Your Trees at ACES (4:00 pm, Hallam Lake) Firs and spruces, aspens and cottonwoods… how many trees do you know? Come explore the ACES backyard with us and discover up to a dozen species of conifers and deciduous trees. And let’s not forget about the great variety of tall shrubs that are all around us! Register here.

Birds of Prey Demonstration (Mondays – Saturday 4:00 pm, Hallam Lake) This program will focus on educating around ACES' resident birds of prey and new training protocols. Flight demonstrations and/or feedings will be included in this program. Learn all about the important role raptors play as keystone predators! Advance registration required.

Aspen’s Past to Present Tour (10:00 am, Downtown Aspen) A fun guided walk through historic downtown Aspen full of local legend, lore and the history behind landmark buildings. Reservations required.

Jersey Boys The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Presented by Theatre Aspen (7:30 pm Mondays & Saturdays, Hurst Theatre) With phenomenal music, memorable characters, and great storytelling, Jersey Boys follows the fascinating evolution of four blue-collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop-music history. Directed by Hunter Foster, in his fifth consecutive summer at Theatre Aspen, and choreographed by Ray Mercer. Jersey Boys will run August 1st – 23rd for more information about show times and tickets click here.

 

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

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.

 

Connect with Aspen Chamber Resort Association on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For COVID-19 resources click here.

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