Isa Catto Shaw's Woody Creek garden is one of four to visit during the Garden Conservancy's Aspen Area Open Day. 

Friday, July 13

Aspen Antiques, Jewelry, Automobile & Fine Arts Fair
10 a.m.–6 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden
Come find that one special thing you can't live without at this fair showcasing estate jewelry, fine art, furniture, silver, and new and classic automobiles from world-class dealers. $10, aspenartfairs.com

Godspell preview by Theatre Aspen 
11:00 am, Hurst Theatre
The 1971 musical based on biblical parables, now a classic for songs like "Day by Day" and "By My Side," still inspires. Get ready for an energetic morning of singing along. $30-$45, theatreaspen.org

Lunchtime Auctionette
11:45 p.m., Anderson Ranch Arts Center

This is your chance to buy original pieces of art by Anderson Ranch faculty, visiting artists, students, and staff, while also supporting the ranch’s educational programs. There is a BBQ lunch from 11:45 a.m.– 12:15 p.m. The Auctionette is from 12:15–1 p.m. Lunch $10/Auctionette free, andersonranch.org

Listener’s Master Class
12:30 p.m., Crossroads Church
Listening to complex music can be enjoyable but also challenging if you don’t know much about it. Gain listening tips and insight to enhance your enjoyment Aspen Music Festival and School programs. Free, aspenmusicfestival.com 

In Retrospect: The Last 15 Years Opening Reception
5–7 p.m., The Art Base, Basalt
Local impressionist painter David Notor opens his first solo show. The exhibit will be on display in the Charles J. Wyly Gallery until August 3. Free, theartbase.org

Aspen Chamber Symphony 
6 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
Expect a powerful program with Robert Spano as conductor and Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano playing Berstein's Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety and Beethoven's Symphony No.3 Eroica. $82 (Local tip: The dress rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. is a more casual experience and only costs $20!), aspenmusicfestival.com  

JAS Café: Scott Tixier Quintet
7 and 9:15 p.m., Aspen Art Museum 
Canadian-born, New York City–based Tixier has made a name for himself as a violinist-composer and jazz violinist. He's played around the world, and now he's in Aspen. $45–$120 ($120 includes dinner at the 7 p.m. show), jazzaspensnowmass.org  

Consensual Improv!
8 p.m., Thunder River Theatre Company, Carbondale
Be ready for the unexpected at a riotous night of improvisational theatre. The performance is "unrated" and may include adult language and situations. $15, www.thunderrivertheatre.com

Island Reggae with Niceness
9 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Get down with the feel-good sounds of authentic island reggae, peppered with elements of soul, funk, latin, and hip-hop. $12 in advance/$16 day of, tacaw.org

ZZ Ward with Blake Brown and the American Dust Choir
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
This evening of blues rock will sooth your soul, with new material from Ward's most recent album, The Storm, which made it to number one on Billboard's blues album chart. $35, bellyupaspen.com

Saturday, July 14

Aspen Valley Marathon
6:30 a.m., Wagner Park, Aspen
It's official—the race is on! Lace up to show Basalt some love at this point-to-point race . If 26.2 miles sounds like more than you want to tackle, there is a half-marathon from Woody Creek to Basalt and a 5K in Basalt. The route takes you from Aspen to Basalt over 26.2 scenic miles in this Boston Marathon qualifier; or run the half-marathon from Woody Creek to Basalt, or a 5K in Basalt. Registration is still open. $60–$250, aspenvalleymarathon.com 

Aspen Parkrun 
8 a.m., Aspen Recreation Center
Every Saturday, the Aspen Recreation department hosts weekly 5K timed runs. The course will follow the High School Trail through the school district to the Marolt Open Space, continue over the Castle Creek foot bridge, and then return. Parkrun is an international movement that encourages communities to sponsor free runs open to all. Free, parkrun.us/aspen 

Aspen Brain Lab 
9 a.m.–4 p.m., St. Regis Aspen
This annual gathering is a heady affair, with a dozen experts in brain studies sharing the latest findings on the creative, healthy, impaired, and future brain. Speakers include investigative journalist Scott Carney, sleep specialist Dr. Charles Gzeisler, Alzheimer's advocate Goerge Vradenburg, and ParaYoga founder Rod Stryker. $590-$990, aspenbrainlab.com

Opera Scenes Master Class
10 a.m., Wheeler Opera House
Enjoy Aspen Opera Center director Ed Berkeley's brilliant and witty coaching as he teaches promising young singers. $40, aspenmusicfestival.com

Roaring Fork Valley Garden Conservancy Open Day 
10 a.m.–4 p.m., Aspen, Woody Creek, and El Jebel
With scorching sun, plant-leveling winds and long winters, high country gardening isn't for the faint of heart. This is your chance to visit four valley gardens sure to inspire with their lushness and artful designs. $7 per garden (discounted rates for tickets purchased in advance), gardenconservancy.org

Aspen Antiques, Jewelry, Automobile & Fine Arts Fair
10 a.m.–6 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden
Come find that one special thing you can't live without at this fair showcasing estate jewelry, fine art, furniture, silver, and new and classic automobiles from world-class dealers. $10, aspenartfairs.com

A Briefly Complete History of Aspen 
10:30 a.m., Wheeler/Stallard Museum
Three professionally trained actors perform a 45-minute crash course in Aspen history featuring song, dance, and character presentations that will leave you laughing and breathless. Free, aspenhistory.org

Music on the Mountain
1 p.m., top of Aspen Mountain
AMFS music students play light chamber music with the stunning Elk Mountain Range as a backdrop. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch at the Sundeck restaurant. Free for music (gondola ticket or hike required to get to music, aspenmusicfestival.com

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

Special Session of: Art, Healing & HOPE  
3:30-5:30 p.m., The Art Base
Taught by Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist Sheri Gaynor, participants will have an opportunity to process emotions in response to the Lake Christine fire. The event will focus on resilience and the power of community with an opportunity for questions and discussion. Designed as a family healing event, all ages and levels of experience are welcome. Please note that parental participation is requested. The focus will be on process, rather than end result, in this fun and cathartic class. Free, theartbase.org

Hurst Lecture Series: Designing the Next Energy Economy
5 p.m., Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Institute
Come for a "reality-based discussion on the future of energy" in collaboration with the Energy and Environment Program, featuring Ernest Moniz, Energy Futures Initiative CEO and former Secretary of Energy; Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board chair; and Andy Karsner, Emerson Collective managing partner and space cowboy at X–The Moonshot Factory. $25, www.aspeninstitute.org

New Moon Stargazer
7–10:30 p.m., Aspen Center for Physics
Hosted by the Aspen Science Center, the Stargazer event, slated to happen at Crown Mountain Park, has been relocated to the Aspen Center for Physics due to the Lake Christine Fire. Currently the weather looks good for stargazing. Free (registration required), aspensciencecenter.org

Rossini's The Barber of Seville
7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House
Presented by Aspen Music Festival and School, this timeless comic opera is sure to delight. $75/$25 for obstructed, wheeleroperahouse.com

JAS Café: Igor Butman & Fantine
7 and 9:15 p.m., Aspen Art Museum 
Butman leads the Moscow Jazz Orchestra and his eponymous quintet, Russia's best touring hardcore jazz unit. He's also played for Bill Clinton and Vladmir Putin. Tonight is your turn. There is a preconcert talk at 5:30 for those holding tickets for the 7 p.m. show. $40–$120 ($120 includes dinner at the 7 p.m. show), jazzaspensnowmass.org  

Godspell Opening Night
7:30 pm (party), 8:30 p.m. (show), Hurst Theatre
The 1971 musical based on biblical parables, now a classic for songs like "Day by Day" and "By My Side," still inspires. A motley crew bands together to teach and practice lessons from iconic parables. This fun, modern take on classic stories will have audiences of all ages singing along. $110, includes admission to the opening night party from 7:30-8:30.  theatreaspen.org

A Recital by Orli Shaham
8 p.m., Harris Concert Hall
This evening of magical music, with Orli Shaham on the piano, includes pieces by Reich, Stravinsky, J.S. Bach, Ravel, and Schoenfield. $55, aspenmusicfestival.com 

Comedian Caleb Synan
8:30 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Join together and forget your troubles for a while with a night of laughter courtesy of a comic who's performed on Conan and Last Comic Standing, as well as in two Comedy Central series, Deadliest Chef and Wise Words, both of which he also wrote. $24 in advance/$29 day of, tacaw.org

Two Feet
10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Experience a night of indy pop music with an up-and-coming musician who already has more than 100 million streams on Spotify. $35 GA, bellyupaspen.com

Sunday, July 15

The Benedict Music Tent will be filled with the mesmerizing sounds of world class music this weekend. 

Aspen Antiques, Jewelry, Automobile & Fine Arts Fair
10 a.m.–4 p.m., Aspen Ice Garden
Come find that one special thing you can't live without at this fair showcasing estate jewelry, fine art, furniture, silver, and new and classic automobiles from world-class dealers. $10, aspenartfairs.com

Alison Knowles: Proposition #2: Make a Salad (Plein air variation)
2 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
While some of your salads may be Insta-worthy, are they art? The answer is "yes" at this participatory event. Afterwards, Nicole Woods, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss Knowles’s practice and the historical context of this performance. Free, aspenartmuseum.org

Walking Tour to the Tent
2 p.m., Hotel Jerome
Knowledgeable guides lead the way from the Hotel Jerome to the Benedict Music Tent, sharing interesting local stories along the way. Tours are timed to arrive at the tent 30 minutes prior to concerts. Free, aspenmusicfestival.com

Aspen Festival Orchestra
4 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
Explore the power of instruments in an evening of moving music by Debussy, Trifonov, Musorgsky, and Ravel, with Daniil Trifonov on piano and conducted by Ludovic Morlot. $85, aspenmusicfestival.com

An Evening with Ann Wilson of Heart
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Ann Wilson is set to tantalize the audience with her vocal magic and vast collection of heady music. $80 GA, bellyupaspen.com

Updated July 13, 2018

 

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