This Week in Aspen

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Monday, November 28

Shining Stars Holiday Toy Drive (10:00 am, through December 19th) Help make the holidays shine a little brighter for children, and their families, facing cancer or another life-threatening illness! Learn more here. 

Aspen Past to Present Tour (1:00 pm Monday & Wednesday, Downtown Aspen) This classic historical walking tour of Aspen tells its history from humble mining camp to world famous resort. A casual 12 block stroll through historic downtown Aspen acclimatizes you to Aspen's energy and possibility. A great experience for both the first-time visitor and the regular. Reservations are required, click here for more information. 

 

Tuesday, November 29

Decade by Decade (11:00 am Tuesday – Saturday, Wheeler Stallard Museum) 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. 

Glimpse of Aspen Highlights Tour (1:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday, Downtown Aspen) This fun Aspen orientation is the perfect snapshot of this great mountain town. This hour long walk highlights Aspen’s culture found around the downtown core district. A perfect activity to help acclimate to Aspen’s altitude and free spirit. Reservations are required, click here for more information.

Aspen’s Dark Side Ghost Tour (6:00 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturday, Downtown Aspen) True stories of Aspen's tarnished past of Ghosts, Murder & Mayhem from 1879 to today on an entertaining evening walk. Reservations are required. Call (970) 948-4349 or click here for more information.

 

Wednesday, November 30

Maps through the Decades (9:00 am, Monday - Friday, Wheeler Stallard Museum) On display in the Archive Building's Community Gallery 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 ass the Hayden Geological Survey and illustrating how maps shaped the evolution of the area from wild lands to mining camp to modern mountain town. 

Seeing Silence with Peter McBride (6:00 pm, Wheeler Opera House) Valley native, National Geographic photographer, filmmaker and author Pete McBride will explore the importance of our wild places for not just our wild friends, but our own mental health. Nature, natural sounds and silence can be vital to our wellbeing, and for many in our valley, the pathway to bridging the gap with our neighbors and community. Sharing tales from McBride’s acclaimed book Seeing Silence which combines two decades documenting remote regions around the world to our own most loved and litigated Colorado River, this evening will show us what nature has to offer — and say — if we allow ourselves to listen. Reserve your tickets here.

 

Thursday, December 1

Ceramics Club of Aspen Holiday Sale (9:00 am, CMC Aspen) Join the Ceramics Club of Aspen for their annual Holiday Sale, featuring new handmade work by CMC faculty and students. Talented local ceramic artists make holiday shopping easy! A lively reception with the artists will be held Thursday, December 1, 4:00pm - 8:00pm, this event is free for all who would like to attend.

Winter Words Tickets and Season Passes (5:00pm, Red Brick Center for the Arts) Join Aspen Words at The Red Brick Center for the Arts on Thursday, December 1st to celebrate the season and purchase your Winter Words tickets and season passes the first day they go on sale. The Red Brick Center for the Arts will be unveiling a gallery featuring resident artists and serving festive drinks and light bites. Explore Booksellers will be onsite selling Winter Words author’s books. Aspen Showtix will be available to assist with ticket purchases and season pass sales. 

Anderson Ranch Visiting Artist Maggie Jensen (5:30 pm, Anderson Ranch Arts Center) Join Anderson Ranch for a conversation with Visiting Artist Maggie Jensen who will be visiting Anderson Ranch from November 20 – December 17, 2022. Visiting Artist Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is required for attendance. 

 

Friday, December 2

Red Brick Center for the Arts l Tamara Susa: Disturbance (9:00 am, Red Brick Center for the Arts) In Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, snow supports ecosystems, and at the core of it, life. The region doesn’t get much precipitation in the summer, so it highly depends on the snowmelt to feed the rivers, keep soils moist, and protect against wildfires. Colorado’s snowpack has declined in recent decades due to climate change, and with less snow to act as a frozen reservoir throughout the year, fighting the forest fires will be more difficult. Tamara Susa is a documentary photographer that focuses on environmental issues and the impacts human choices have on the natural world.

History Ski Tour: Aspen Mountain (11:00 am & 1:00 pm, Aspen Mountain) Learn about the amazing mining and ski history lying literally beneath your boots as you tour Aspen Mountain with Tony Vagneur, an Aspen/Snowmass Ambassador, Aspen native, and volunteer historian. Learn more here.

The Immediate Family Film (7:30 pm, Wheeler Opera House) Directed by Danny Tedesco, The Immediate Family documentary follows the work and lives of legendary 1970s session musicians who were featured on some of the most iconic recordings of the era.  Tedesco’s first documentary The Wrecking Crew, chronicled the story of the session players of 1960 Los Angeles, and paid tribute to his dad, guitarist and studio musician, Tommy Tedesco. Film run time 90 minutes, followed by Q& A with the filmmaker and the band.

Seven Lions at Belly Up (9:00 pm, Belly Up Aspen) Producer Seven Lions has never had a problem breaking rules and transcending musical boundaries to satisfy his creative vision. Catching his break after winning a Beatport remix contest in 2012 with his dubstep-focused version of Above & Beyond’s “You Got to Go”, Seven Lions, born Jeff Montalvo, garnered early support from the likes of Skrillex and his OWSLA label. 2013 tour dates with Porter Robinson and Krewella pushed Montalvo and his genre-bending production style to the forefront of the modern electronic music scene. Purchase tickets here.

 

Saturday, December 3

Summit for Life (5:30 pm, Aspen Mountain) The 17th Annual Summit for Life Uphill Race will now offer an in person and virtual race for 2022. The Chris Klug Foundation invites local enthusiasts and regional sports junkies to strap on a headlamp and race up 3,000 vertical feet to the top of Aspen Mountain. Click here to register for the Summit for Life race.

The Immediate Family: Live in Concert (7:30 pm, Wheeler Opera House) The Immediate Family (the modern iteration of a legendary studio ensemble known as “The Section”) is a rock and roll band composed of four of the most recorded, respected, and sought-after players in modern music: Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and the addition of prominent touring, session guitarist and songwriter Steve Postell (guitar and vocals). Purchase tickets here.

Mountain Rose at Belly Up (8:00 pm, Belly Up Aspen) From the lush musical landscape on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Mountain Rose is a 5-piece Cosmic Funk-Rock ensemble that has been taking audiences by storm since its inception in 2019. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Samantha Nimerov, the band fuses melodic hooks with energy to create an experience that pulls the listener in, engaging them in ways usually attributed to much more experienced acts.  Combining elements of blues, rock, funk, jazz, Americana, psychedelic rock, and reggae, Mountain Rose offers a fresh perspective on the music that inspired generations, with a sound that is as much a familiar tribute to their musical forefathers as it is relevant, unique, and forward-thinking. Purchase tickets here.

 

Sunday, December 4

Author Kate Manning at Explore Booksellers (4:30 pm, Explore Booksellers) Emmy-award-winning author of *My Notorious Life* Kate Manning talks about her new novel, *Gilded Mountain*. A young woman faces the consequences of speaking out against injustice in early 1900s Pitkin/Gunnison counties. Drawn from true stories of Colorado history, *Gilded Mountain* is a tale of a bygone American West seized by robber barons and settled by immigrants, and is a story infused with longing—for self-expression and equality, freedom and adventure.

Jazz Nights at Element 47 (6:00 pm Sunday & Thursdays, The Little Nell) Jazz Aspen Snowmass is partnering with Element 47 at The Little Nell to bring you a new music and dining experience. Wine, dine and unwind with live jazz music every Thursday and Sunday from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Enjoy sensational local duos in Element 47’s intimate dining room, including JAS In-Schools Director Chris Bank, alongside some of the best jazz musicians from the Valley and beyond. Experience Element 47’s innovative cocktails and award-winning wine program, paired with seasonally inspired dishes. To make reservations and learn more about performances click here.

 

Monday, December 5

Shining Stars Holiday Toy Drive (10:00 am, through December 19th) Help make the holidays shine a little brighter for children, and their families, facing cancer or another life-threatening illness! Learn more here. 

Maps through the Decades (9:00 am, Monday - Friday, Wheeler Stallard Museum) On display in the Archive Building's Community Gallery 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 ass the Hayden Geological Survey and illustrating how maps shaped the evolution of the area from wild lands to mining camp to modern mountain town. 

Aspen Past to Present Tour (1:00 pm, Downtown Aspen) This classic historical walking tour of Aspen tells its history from humble mining camp to world famous resort. As casual 12 block stroll through historic downtown Aspen acclimatizes you to Aspen's energy and possibility. A great experience for both the first-time visitor and the regular. Reservations are required, click here for more information. 

 

 

 

 

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.

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 or their 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.

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