The 34th annual Sardy House Christmas Tree Lighting happens this Sunday. 

November 30

Ceramics Club Holiday Sale
10 a.m., CMC Aspen Art Gallery Room
It's time for the Ceramics Club of Aspen's annual holiday sale, hosted by Colorado Mountain College's Aspen Campus in the Art Gallery. Today, shoppers will also be served refreshments (10 a.m.–3 p.m.). A portion of sale proceeds will go toward the CMC Aspen Campus Art Fund. Free, facebook.com

Redstone Castle Tours
10:30 a.m., Redstone
Built in 1902 by robber baron, industrialist, and coal magnate John Cleveland Osgood, the castle was originally a hunting retreat and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. On this 90-minute tour of the 42-room estate, experience the social culture of America's 1 percent at the turn of the 20th century. $25 adults/$20 seniors/$10 youth, theredstonecastle.com     

Book Bingo!
4 p.m., Carbondale Branch Library
Kids and teens are invited to join in this fun-filled afternoon. For every bingo, they'll win a book. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Free, gcpld.org 

The Art of Decision Making with Jerry Murdock
5 p.m, Mountain Chalet Aspen
Co-hosted with the Aspen Business Luncheon, this is an amazing opportunity to hone your decision-making skills with one of the best in the business, as well as celebrate the kick-off to Lead with Love's Conscious Capitalism Aspen Valley Chapter. Everyone gets a free glass of wine of or beer. $20, eventbrite.com

Parents, teachers, and generous and fun-loving members of the community with be donning "Diamonds and Denim" at The Flamingo on Friday evening. 

The Flamingo, Presented by AEF
5:30 p.m., St Regis Aspen
Now on an earlier date, the Aspen Education Foundation’s annual fundraising gala kicks off the social season with dinner, live and silent auctions, live music, and dancing aplenty. It's sold out—email aef@aspenk12.net to be added to the wait list. $210, aspenaef.org

Music at the Library: Fanny Mendelssohn–the Other Mendelssohn
5:30 p.m., Basalt Library
Discover details of the life of Fanny Mendelssohn, sister of Felix Mendelssohn, through this character reenactment/concert performed by pianist Karolina Syrovatkova. Fanny Mendelssohn's reputation as a composer of songs, solo piano pieces, a piano trio, and opera represents female musical creativity of the highest order in the early-19th century. Free, basaltlibrary.org

6th Annual Family Science Night
6 p.m., Basalt Middle School
Co-hosted by the Aspen Science Center, this always-entertaining evening features interactive exhibits and demos that highlight outer space. Also on hand: telescopes, rockets, gyroscopes, vacuum chambers, and more. As a bonus, the award-winning documentary Science Fair will be screened in the auditorium. $10, eventbrite.com  

Kimberly Akimbo Opening Night
7:30 p.m., Thunder River Theatre Company, Carbondale
In this black comedy by Pulitzer-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, teenaged Kimberly has a rare genetic disorder that causes her body to age faster than others, including her hypochondriac mother, alcoholic father, ex-con aunt, and her first crush, the wacky kid who works at the drive-through. Tonight's show includes a complimentary champagne reception. Adult (40+) $30/ages 20–39 $20/full-time student with ID $15, thunderrivertheatre.com

Kevin Joyal–Electronic Dance Party
9 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Joyal uses music as a tool to shift vibrational frequencies from fear to love. Join in for the ride. $9 members/$10 in advance/$14 day of show, tacaw.org

This two-time winner of a citation as Denver's best psych rock band performs Friday at the Belly Up. 

Eldren
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen 
This genre-bending band has played shows with the likes of the Black Angels, Imagine Dragons, Dr. Dog, Cold War Kids, Mother Mother, and more. No cover until 10 p.m./$5 GA after 10 p.m., bellyupaspen.com

December 1

Opening Day, Aspen Highlands
9 a.m.
Thanks to the abundant early-season snow, Highlands opens a week earlier than scheduled with 700 acres of terrain, including the G-Zones in Highland Bowl. The Merry-Go-Round restaurant will be open, too. Lift tickets $149 adults/$99children, teens and seniors/free for kids six and under, aspensnowmass.com

Drawing & Creative Flow Workshop with Nicolette Toussaint
10 a.m.–1 p.m., Basalt Regional Library
Chances are it's been years since you took pencil to paper to draw. Not only is drawing good for right-brain thinking, it's a great launching pad for other art forms. Come learn the basics in this workshop for teens and adults. Art supplies will be provided. Free, basaltlibrary.org

CrafterDay
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Basalt Regional Library
Drop in for a fun craft project. Free, basaltlibrary.org  

Redstone Castle Tours
10:30 a.m., Redstone
Built in 1902 by robber baron, industrialist, and coal magnate John Cleveland Osgood, the castle was originally a hunting retreat and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. On this 90-minute tour of the 42-room estate, experience the social culture of America's 1 percent at the turn of the 20th century. $25 adults/$20 seniors/$10 youth, theredstonecastle.com     

Winter Landscape Watercolor with Amy Beidleman
12:30–4:30 p.m., The Art Base, Basalt
Learn to use the moodiness of winter landscapes as inspiration to create perspective and atmosphere as you explore various techniques, materials, and tools of transparent watercolor painting. No prior drawing or painting skills necessary. $60 members/$75 non-members, theartbase.org

Guided Tour
1 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
Drop in for a spotlight tour of the latest exhibitions led by museum staff. Free, aspenartmuseum.org  

Kids Flicks Two is the perfect way to après with your family on Saturday afternoon. 

Kid Flicks Two: Best of the New York International Children's Film Fest
3 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt  
Recommended for ages 8 and older, the 79-minute compilation features audience favorites and award-winning films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival. $8 in advance/$12 day of the show, tacaw.org  

Library Cinema: Tea with the Dames
7:30pm, Pitkin County Library
You've seen them on the stage and screen for years, but did you know that Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are also longtime friends?  Join them for a weekend in the country as they discuss everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. $10 (includes free popcorn while supplies last), pitcolib.org

Lucas Wolf will be at the Wheeler Opera House this Saturday. 

On the Rise: Lucas Wolf
7:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
The singer-songwriter used to busk his way from town to town; now he sings heartfelt songs on real stages and guests with the likes of Robert Randolph and Leftover Salmon. $28, aspenshowtix.com

Tommy Castro & Mike Zito Six Strings Down
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Something new and fresh happens when these acclaimed guitarists combine their individual styles, backed by Castro’s band the Painkillers. $24 members/$27 in advance/$32 day of show, tacaw.org

Eminence Ensemble
9:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
This six-piece band treats audiences to playful lyrics and soulful vocals with influences from 80s hard rock, 70s soul and funk and 00s R&B. No cover until 10 p.m./$5 GA after 10 p.m., bellyupaspen.com

December 2

Redstone Castle Tours
10:30 a.m., Redstone
Built in 1902 by robber baron, industrialist, and coal magnate John Cleveland Osgood, the castle was originally a hunting retreat and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. On this 90-minute tour of the 42-room estate, experience the social culture of America's 1 percent at the turn of the 20th century. $25 adults/$20 seniors/$10 youth, theredstonecastle.com     

Holiday Wreath Making with Liz Waters
12:30–4:30 p.m., The Art Base Basalt

Using a variety of materials, create a unique wreath to decorate your holiday table or door. $60 members/$75 non-members, theartbase.org

The family-favorite Nightmare Before Christmas is an entertaining intro to the holiday season. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas
2:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
Aspen Film co-presents this screening of the Tim Burton 1993 classic. Free, wheeleroperahouse.com

Alliance Film Series: They
4 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt

This film follows 14-year-old J, who goes by the pronoun ‘They” and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. They explores their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. This film is part of the Alliance Film Series, c0-presentedwith Aspen Film and AspenOUT. Following the film will be a social hour with complimentary pizza and soda. Free, tacaw.org

Library Cinema: Tea with the Dames
4 & 7:30pm, Pitkin County Library
You've seen them on the stage and screen for years, but did you know Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are also longtime friends? Join them for a weekend in the country as they discuss everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. $10 (includes free popcorn while supplies last), pitcolib.org

34th Annual Sardy House Christmas Tree Lighting
6 p.m., 128 E. Main Street, Aspen
With 10,000 LED lights, cookies and hot cocoa, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, live music, and snow in the forecast, this promises to be a not-to-be-missed festive evening for the community. Free

Sunday Night Football 
6:20 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Watch the Los Angeles Chargers play the Pittsburgh Steelers on a 16-foot screen, with sliders, wings, beer, and more served right to your table. Talk about easy. No cover, bellyupaspen.com   

 

 

 

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