Pianist Joyce Yang performs in concert with dancers from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet this Friday and Saturday. 

Friday, August 10

Godspell
11 a.m., 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-$65, theatreaspen.org  

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at The River Center
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m
., 22800 Two Rivers Road, Basalt
Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) is thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of The River Center, a unique facility dedicated to watershed health, research, preservation, and education. Governor Hickenlooper will kick off the festivities on Friday, August 10, with a special visit and presentation with staff, board, National Council members, and special guests: John Stulp, special policy advisor to the governor for water and chairman of the IBCC at the state of Colorado, and Bill Ritter, 41st governor of Colorado. Free, roaringfork.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   
 
Books and Style with Katharine McGee
1-3:30 p.m., Club Monaco
Katherine McGee, New York Times–bestselling author of the Thousandth Floor series will be at the Club Monaco store for a fashion discussion and book signing, which also includes cocktails and desserts. Thousandth Floor, Dazzling Heights, and newest unreleased book in the series, Towering Heights, will be available for purchase. Free, explorebooksellers.com

McCloskey Speaker Series: Democratic Governors Panel: Uniting a Divided Nation
3 p.m., Greenwald Pavilion 
A panel of Democratic governors, featuring Steve Bullock of Montana, John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Jay Inslee of Washington, and Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, will discuss how their innovative solutions to issues like job creation, health care, and immigration are serving each one of their constituents and helping move the collective forward. $25, aspenshowtix.com

ARTB2F 2nd Friday in Basalt
5–7 p.m., downtown Basalt
On the second Friday of every month, art lovers of all ages celebrate our community’s vibrant arts and culture scene and come together for an artwalk in Basalt’s historic downtown gallery and restaurant district. Participating galleries include Ann Korologos Gallery, Art of Hair Gallery/Salon, and the Art Base.Visit the Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base for Colorado-based student, emerging, and established artists openings. Free, theartbase.org

Aspen Chamber Symphony 
6 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
Be swept away for the evening by the magical performance of conductor Johannes Debus, tenor Ben Bliss, Andrew Bain on the horn, and Sarah Chang, recognized as of one of the world's greatest violinists, as they perform music by Britten, Sarasate, and R. Strauss. (Local tip: The dress rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. is a more casual experience and only costs $20!), $82, aspenmusicfestival.com    

Ragtime
7:30 p.m., Hurst Theatre
Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, Ragtime reminds us that everyone’s voice is vital in defining our American experience. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $30-$110, theatreaspen.org

An Evening with Pianist Joyce Yang
8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre
Acclaimed pianist Yang and noted Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo reprise Half/Cut/Split, their interpretation of Schumann’s Carnaval that premiered to a full house last winter. Also on the program: Jiří Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land and Nicolo Fonte’s Where We Left Off, set to music by Philip Glass. $36–$94, aspensantafeballet.com  

Sunset Sessions: Julian McCullough
8 p.m., Wheeler Bar Lobby 
McCullough has appeared on MTV, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and NPR’s This American Life, and has an upcoming Comedy Central special later this year. Here’s a rare chance to see a national touring comedian up close and personal on the Wheeler’s lobby bar stage. Free, wheeleroperahouse.com

Trevor Green brings his deeply spirited music to The Temporary on Friday night. 

Trevor Green
9 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Surrounded by five guitars, three didgeridoos, an array of percussion instruments, Green's stage is a musical playground from which he connects the audience to the sounds of the ancients. $10 in advance, $15 day of, tacaw.org

JAS Cafe: Nicki Parrott Tribute to Peggy Lee
9:15 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress, whose career spanned over six decades. Australian Nicki Parrott, known for her sultry sound, started her musical training at the age of 4 and has since performed with an impressive list of musicians as well as on Broadway. Don't wait to buy your tickets—the early show is already sold out! $45, jazzaspensnowmass.org 

Berkel Beats and DJ Lo_G
10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
Local Nate Berkel manufactures beats that always get crowds on their feet and in a dancing mood. No cover, bellyupaspen.com

Saturday, August 11

Runners at the start of the 2017 Aspen Backcountry Marathon

Aspen Backcountry Marathon and Half Marathon
6:30 a.m., Pedestrian Mall and Rio Grande Park
Both the marathon and “heavy” half-marathon (14.1 miles) courses provide a tour of the high-country trails in and above the Hunter Creek Valley, starting and ending at Rio Grande Park in Aspen. Each race is capped at 250 entrants. $100 (for the marathon, the half is sold out), aspenspecialevents.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 

Family Workshop
10 a.m., Aspen Art Museum
Monthly workshops are designed to provide children and adults the opportunity to explore the galleries and create works of art on their own. Free, aspenartmuseum.org

The wetlands and new boardwalk at the River Center

RFC River Center Open House
10 a.m.–3pm., 22800 Two Rivers Road, Basalt
RFC staff will offer tours and family-friendly programming including a closer look at aquatic macroinvertebrates, water quality demonstrations, State of the Local Rivers Update, and Lake Christine Fire Watershed Health information. At noon, the public will have an opportunity for an up-close and personal tour with Stephen Ellsperman, DHM Principal and Director of Ecology, as he guides people through the restored area while explaining the multiple modifications that were made. Free, roaringfork.org
 
Rotary Club of Aspen's 27th Annual Ducky Derby
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rio Grande Park
This annual event includes a silent auction, live music, Invitational Skateboard Jam, food court, beer garden, and the much anticipated duck drop at 2:18 p.m. from No Problem Bridge. Be sure to buy your ducks this week for a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize or the special lucky duck that's worth a million bucks, plus other prizes. Free, aspenchamber.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

Ajax Wine Dinner: The New South America and Peruvian Cuisine
6:30 p.m., Ajax Tavern
Enhance your Saturday evening plans by attending The Little Nell Wine Academy's weekly dinner, where you'll enjoy a delicious Peruvian meal while also getting to know more about the wines of South America. The prix fixe dinner is designed for up to ten guests at a community table where you'll enjoy up to five courses, paired with different selections of wine presented by Little Nell sommeliers. $100 + tax and tip, ajaxtavern@thelittlenell.com

Ragtime
7:30 p.m., Hurst Theatre
Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, Ragtime reminds us that everyone’s voice is vital in defining our American experience. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $30-$110, theatreaspen.org

An Evening with Pianist Joyce Yang
8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre
Close out the summer season of dance with a special two-night encore evening presented in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival & School, of live piano by Joyce Yang, a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist, and dance by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, that was a hit with sold-out audiences at the winter premiere. $36–$94, aspensantafeballet.com

Comedian Chris Carpentier
8:30 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt
Fresh off his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the L.A.-based Carpentier is sure to bring the laughs. $25 in advance/$30 day of, tacaw.org

JAS Cafe: Allan Harris with the H2 Big Band and special guests Carolyn Leonhart & Shirazette Tinnin
9:15 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
Over the past 20 years Allan Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. Also a gifted guitarist and composer, Harris' eleven albums, cover a broad range of contexts, all netted together within the rich territory of the jazz tradition. Don't wait to buy your tickets, the early show is already sold out! $55, jazzaspensnowmass.org

The Decemberists will perform at Belly Up Aspen on Saturday night. 

The Decemberists
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
This popular indie band is touring for their eighth studio album, 2018's I'll Be Your Girl.$85 GA, bellyupaspen.com

Sunday, August 12

Chukkers, Champagne, and Caviar
10:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Aspen Valley Polo Club, Carbondale
Cheer on polo players and their ponies during this très-swank benefit for the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation that also includes silent and live auctions. From $300, aspenvalleyhospital.org

New Belgium Ranger Station 5K Beer Run
11 a.m., Snowmass Mall

The Colorado Brewery Running Series puts a new spin on the beer run by hosting not-so-serious 5Ks that begin and end at local breweries, with part of the proceeds going to local nonprofits. Today’s run, the first series event in the mountains, starts at the Ranger Station on the Snowmass Mall and ends, of course, with a party at the bar. You don’t have to be 21 to run, but you do have to be of age to celebrate in proper form afterward. $30–$40, breweryrunningseries.com

Walking Tour to the Tent
2 p.m., Hotel Jerome Lobby
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 

Ice Cream Social
2:30, David Karetsky Music Lawn
Enjoy ice cream before the afternoon concert. Free 

Expect a music and ice cream-filled afternoon at the Benedict Music Tent on Sunday afternoon.

Aspen Festival Orchestra
4 p.m., Benedict Music Tent
With Jun Märkl as conductor and Vladimir Feltsman on piano, audiences will enjoy a rich program of Romantic and modern masterworks by Grieg, Ravel, and Debussy. $85, aspenmusicfestival.com 

I Wish
7 p.m., Hurst Theatre
Presented by the Theatre Aspen Apprentice Class of 2018, I Wish showcases the talents and wishes of the 17 apprentice artists as the culmination of their experience in Aspen. Be prepared for a personal evening of singing, dancing, and stories. $25 for adults/$15 for students, theatreaspen.org

JAS Cafe: The Bronx Horns: Tribute to Dizzie's 100th
7 & 9:15 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
The Bronx Horns have established themselves as one of the best Latin Jazz and Salsa bands on the scene today. Comprised by former members of the Tito Puente Orchestra, their experience and talent is rivaled by few musicians on the scene today. $120 with dinner/$45 without, jazzaspensnowmass.org

Library Cinema: The Cakemaker
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library
Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem, seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover's widow, who owns a small café. $10 (includes popcorn), 

Aaron Lee Tasjan
8:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
A singer and song writer, Tasjan's new record, Karma for Cheap, explores his Southern California childhood spent listening to The Beatles with his mom and to when he first picked up a six-string to start figuring out the chords. No cover, bellyupaspen.com