The Aspen Weekend Agenda: July 22-24, 2016

Editor’s Picks to help you navigate the sea of summer schedules.

By Katie Shapiro July 22, 2016

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Ugo Rondinone's painted stone sculptures: Yellow green pink mountain; Violet white blue mountain; Black yellow red mountain (2016) are now on view at Performance Ski. 

With a weekend like this ahead, it’s just another reminder of why we live in (and visit) the Roaring Fork Valley. From world-class artists on view—including an appearance from an Academy Award–winning actor—and the finale of Anderson Ranch's 50th Anniversary festivities to live jazz and piano performances with a brain-science symposium in between, there's no shortage of inspiration to take in. Here, we arm you with an agenda to help you navigate the sea of arts and activity schedules—unparalleled among any other mountain town.

Friday, July 22

Mount Analogue
9 a.m.–
6 p.m., Performance Ski
Haven’t made it to the desert in Nevada for “Seven Magic Mountains” yet? Three of Ugo Rondinone’s DayGlo-like totems are now on view in Aspen as part of Darrow Contemporary’s pop-up exhibition at Performance Ski (through Aug. 14). Among curator Neville Wakefield’s choice works are also pieces from Paula Crown, Richard Prince, Damien Hirst, and many more.

Artistic Excellence in Snowmass Village: 50 Years of Art Making & Anderson Ranch's 50th Anniversary Community Concert Featuring Jamestown Revival
12–8 p.m., Snowmass Village
As the culmination of its weeklong 50th anniversary celebration, Anderson Ranch takes over Snowmass Village with a live mural painting designed by artist Joshua Davis that's open for public participation (Snowmass Village Mall). Additional Anderson Ranch artists will exhibit work in various locations throughout Snowmass Village (on view through Aug. 12), with the Los Angeles–based band Jamestown Revival rocking the stage on Fanny Hill (6:15 p.m.) for a community concert to end the evening.

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This weekend's four performances mark Pancho Sanchez's third year in a row at JAS Café.

JAS Café: Poncho Sanchez
7 & 9:15 p.m., Cooking School of Aspen
Jazz Aspen Snowmass is taking the term “café” to heart, adding yet another location to its rotating roster of venues this summer (additional shows take place at The Little Nell and the Aspen Art Museum). The Grammy award–winning Latin jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez—who just so happens to be a cookbook author, too—takes over the Cooking School with his eight-piece band; for the ultimate evening, pair the performance with a three-course dinner brought down from Rustique upstairs. Repeats Saturday, July 23.  
$45 (concert); $100 (dinner & concert)

Saturday, July 23

8:30 a.m.–
12:30 p.m.; 2–5:30 p.m., Doerr-Hosier Center, Aspen Meadows
Expand your mind at this fourth annual conference focused on the latest breakthroughs in brain science. Two sessions will cover four specific areas of the brain—creative, impaired, healthy, and future—led by 15 thought leaders, including Dr. Susan Greenfield ("The 21st Century Mind"), Dr. Neal Barnard ("Power Foods for the Brain"), Dr. Norman Doidge ("The Brain that Heals Itself"), and Dr. Alan Altman ("Sex in the Brain"). The full-day intensive culminates with a gong bath sound meditation.
$250 per session

Downtown Aspen Art Festival
10 a.m.–
5 p.m., Monarch Street & Durant Ave., Aspen (adjacent to Wagner Park on Monarch St.)
Think a farmer’s market, but for fine art. The 14th annual traveling festival kicks off its road show in Aspen for two days of visual inspiration ranging from sculpture, photography, glass, painting, mixed media, and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Repeats Sunday, July 24.

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Sir Anthony Hopkins' Steelworkers, 2009

Sir Anthony Hopkins “The Painter” Opening
6:30—8:30 p.m., Cha Cha Gallery
The St. Tropez–based contemporary gallery opened its second location in Aspen in December and this weekend will introduce the legendary actor of stage and screen as “The Painter.” Sir Anthony Hopkins will be there in person to present his gentle landscape scenes and dark portraits at this opening reception; the works will be on view through August 25. 

Pianos: A Recital by Misha and Cipa Dichter
8 p.m., Harris Concert Hall
The husband-and-wife piano duo, who have played together since 1972, return to Aspen for their 42nd summer to play this program of pieces from Schubert, Dvorak, Brahms, and Infante to celebrate the Aspen Music Festival’s season theme, “Invitation to Dance.” The Dichters been lauded by the New York Times for both “the synchronism of their musical impulses [and their] vigor and elegance.”
From $55

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Basalt Sunday Market

Sunday, July 24

Basalt Sunday Market
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Downtown Basalt
We love the community and family-friendly vibe at this weekly farmer’s market filled with local produce, unique art, handmade crafts, and freshly prepared foods. Plus, there’s live music. Living or staying upvalley? We recommend biking down the Rio Grande Trail in the morning to get there (the bike rack–outfitted RFTA bus can bring you back).

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