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Rachel Chanoff, Aspen Filmfest Director of Programming on Opening Night of the 39th Aspen Filmfest

The first day of autumn has arrived, but the forecast for this weekend isn't as prime for leaf-peeping again. It's a quieter weekend with film, poetry, and a book reading ahead. Here’s an agenda to help you navigate the arts and activity schedules, which while winding down, are still unparalleled among any other mountain town.

Friday, September 23

Aspen Filmfest
Times vary through Sunday, Wheeler Opera House
Aspen Film returns from a quiet summer for its 39th annual Aspen Filmfest with an abbreviated program featuring 20 narrative and documentary films from the international festival circuit. Walk-up to most screenings over the weekend, but grab tickets in advance for the always anticipated Surprise Film (Sunday, 8:15 p.m.).
$20
Program: aspenfilm.org; tickets: aspenshowtix.com

Saturday, September 24

Sustainable Buildings Bike Ride 
10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Rocky Mountain Institute
The U.S. Green Building Council's Roaring Fork Branch hosts their annual fall tour through the RMI Innovation Center, the Element Hotel, community gardens, and Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. featuring guest speakers along the way. Bikes are provided if you don't have your own. 
Price: Free
Info: usgbc.org

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A favorite on the festival circuit in 2015, Karin Reid Offield's film traces the bond between one of the most successful riders in the country and his Amish plow horse. 

Karin Reid Offield Presents: Snowman 
5 p.m., Explore Booksellers
Join Aspen native and executive producer of Harry & Snowman Karin Reid Offield, which screens at the Wheeler Opera House on September 28, for a reading and discussion from the book the award-winning documentary was based on.

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No Man's Land Film Festival
5 p.m., Carbondale Community School
All genders are welcome at this celebration of all-female adventure films. After a year on the road, No Man's Land launches a new tour with an action-packed night of babes, beer, and breaking boundaries. 
$20
Tickets: nomanslandfilmfestival.org 

The Wailers 
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Start channeling those off season beach vacation vibes early with the best of Bob Marley's music. 
From $28
Tickets: bellyupaspen.com

Sunday, September 25

Live Poetry Night
6:30 p.m., Victoria’s Espresso & Wine Bar

The Aspen Poets’ Society's open mic event also features live music from John Hatanaka and a special performance from the River City Nomads, a poetry troupe from Salida, Colorado.
Free
Info: aspenpoetssociety.com

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