Here we go again! The Fourth of July madness continued through the week with the epitome of summer family fun at the Snowmass Rodeo on Wednesday and the Buddy Program's annual Bash for the Buddies on Thursday. There's no rest for the wicked during high season in high country, so we know you have some steam left. Here, we arm you with an agenda for this weekend to help you navigate the sea of schedules—unparalleled among any other mountain town.
Friday, July 8
Art Walk Basalt
5—7 p.m., Historic Downtown Basalt
Missed First Friday in Carbondale? Basalt does it differently with its “ARTB2F,” a.k.a. Second Friday, with eight participating galleries: Ann Korologos Gallery, The Art Base, The Art Base Annex Gallery, Basalt Regional Gallery, Colori, One of a Kind Jewelry, Tania Dibbs Studio and Gallery, and Toklat Gallery. And don’t miss The Art Base’s opening reception for “Crazy Mix and the Love Child,” featuring the mixed-media works of Andrew Roberts-Gray in the Charles J. Wyly Gallery (through August 6).
Info: korologosgallery.com & theartbase.org
JAS Cafè: Monty Alexander, Jeff Hamilton & John Clayton
7:15 p.m. & 9 p.m., Aspen Art Museum
This trio is still going strong, having celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. The live album the group recorded in 1976 at the Montreux Jazz Festival is considered one of the classics of the genre. Come witness the joy these virtuouso musicians continue to take in playing together.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre
The 20th anniversary season of the beloved contemporary ballet company starts tonight with a performance choreographed for a journey into a dream-like world. Program A features the company premiere of Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Little mortal jump” and the return of two ASFB-commissioned works: Fernando Melo’s thought-provoking "Re:play" and Nicolo Fonte’s jubilant "The Heart(s)pace."
Saturday, July 9
Hike Hunter Creek
One of the favorite in-town trailheads is happening Saturday with two local nonprofit events:
Volunteer Weed Pull
8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Join ACES, Wilderness Workshop, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, Pitkin County, City of Aspen, and the U.S. Forest Service to help restore wildlife habitat and reduce the spread of noxious weeds growing throughout the 4,681 acres of federal land in the Hunter Creek Valley and on Smuggler Mountain. Fuel up on complimentary coffee and muffins before you hit the trails and celebrate your work at the end of the day with a community meal.
9 a.m.—12 p.m.
Every Saturday throughout the summer, the Aspen Historical Society guides hikers through the backstory of our most noted trails. This week, learn about the familiar structures that pepper the Hunter Creek Valley, starting at the trailhead near Hunter Creek Longhouse on Lone Pine Road.
1 p.m., Aspen Mountain
Beyond the Benedict Music Tent, the Aspen Music Festival and School students perform a repertoire of their own choosing every Saturday through August at 11,000 feet. Pack a blanket and hit the Butcher’s Block before you go for supplies to picnic in the gorgeous meadow—a short walk out Richmond Ridge at the top of Aspen Mountain.
Free with the purchase of a gondola ticket ($22)
Theatre Aspen Presents “Buyer & Cellar”
8 p.m., Hurst Theatre
Catch the official opening night performance (runs through August 19) of this outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs—working in Barbara Streisand's infamous Malibu mansion.
Sunday, July 10
A Dog Day Afternoon
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Aspen Animal Shelter
What is now one of the best Sundays of the year has arrived! This second annual community carnival is all about helping the less fortunate of our furry friends with food, drink, live music, a dunk tank, dog wash, and much more. You can even B.Y.O.D. (if he or her is friendly and kept on a leash) with a canine-friendly shuttle departing from Gondola Plaza.
New England Clam Bake
6–9 p.m., Ajax Tavern
The first of the Nell's new "BBQ Series" kicks off with a festive summer feast on the patio that includes favorites from the kettle like steamed clams, Italian sausage, corn on the cob, and lobster. The smoker will serve up mini hot dogs, baked beans, and chicken. It ends the all-American way with blueberry cobbler, mint-chocolate-chip cookies, and peach-blackberry brownies. Don't worry: you can burn off all those calories by dancing to live music from the Good Hearted Sinners.
$89 (includes unlimted food, drink, taxes, and gratuity)