Aspen Weekend Agenda: November 17-19, 2017

Deck the Walls opens at The Launchpad, Marble Distilling Co. throws down, SHEL plays the Wheeler Opera House, Snowmass hosts a Thanksgiving potluck, and more.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff November 14, 2017

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Now in its 7th year and presented by Carbondale Arts, Deck The Walls is carefully juried and open to artists and craftspeople all over the Roaring Fork Valley and the state of Colorado.

Friday, November 17

“I’m A Weirdo, Are You A Weirdo Too?”
5 6 p.m., Liimelight Hotel  

In addition to their concert on Saturday at the Wheeler Opera House (see below), SHEL makes a special appearance in the Limelight Hotel Lounge for cocktails and conversation hosted by Aspen local Shirley Tipton. Free,  

Deck the Walls Holiday Artisanal Market Opening Reception
6–8 p.m., The Launchpad, Carbondale

For the holiday season, Carbondale Arts transforms the R2 Gallery into a shop filled with artisanal goods created by local and regional artists. This year’s goods include candles, handmade scarves, glass ornaments, skateboard decks, jewelry, bird houses, herbal salves, maple syrup, felted animals, and more. Seasonal shopping hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Nov. 17 through Dec. 30. Receive a complimentary glass of bubbly during Champagne Shopping events from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays Dec. 9, 16, 23. Free admission,

Consensual Improv
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt 

Consensual Improv!, Thunder River Theatre Company's hit comedy improv troupe, comes to The Temporary for one night only. Find out why audiences continually pack the house for their hilarious improv games, audience interaction and good times in the style of "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" and Second City in Chicago. $12 (advance), $17 (door),

The White Buffalo
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen

Working under the apt nameplate The White Buffalo, singer/songwriter Jake Smith has resolutely charted his own single-minded course for more than a decade. An imposing figure with a voice to match, a resonant, roughhewn baritone, Smith writes about rebels, outsiders and troubled souls battling their way through the obstacles life throws in their paths, telling timeless tales generally set against recognizably contemporary backdrops. $18,  

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Saturday, November 18

Jane Austen Fair
11 a.m.–2 p.m., Pitkin County Library

It's an afternoon of tea, scones, and finger sandwiches but of course as readers immerse themselves in everything Austen. Listen to regency era music while learning to play Whist, paint your own silhouette tote bag, and compete in an Austen trivia game. Free,

Guided Tour
1 p.m., Aspen Art Museum

Drop-in for a spotlight tour of the latest exhibitions led by museum staff. Free, aspenartmuseum 

Marble Throwdown
4:30–6 p.m., Marble Distilling Co.

This third annual off-season, off-menu cocktail competition takes tasters on a tour through downtown Carbondale as local bartenders from Phat Thai, Allegria, Batch, Peppino's, Mi Casita, and Carbondale Beer Works create signature cocktails up for popular vote and a spot on Marble Distilling Co.’s winter menu. Registration for a punch pass and ballot begins on Thursday at The Marble Bar. $20,

Turkey Tram-a-Ganza & Winter on the Mountain Kick-off Party
12–4 p.m. & 5–9 p.m., Glenwood Caverns

Bring a frozen turkey to the Glenwood Caverns tram base and receive up to four free tram rides per donated turkey, or bring a can of food (or non-perishable) for a single tram pass. Glenwood Springs' community food pantry, LIFT-UP will distribute turkeys and other Thanksgiving fixings to area families in need. Stay for the festivities at this annual party that celebrates the start of the holidays with live music, a tree lighting, and appearances by Santa and the Coca-Cola polar bear. The Alpine Coaster and Haunted Mine Drop will be open, as well as several other attractions. $42 (adults), $37 (kids), 

2nd Annual Harvest Ball
6:30 p.m., Third Street Center

Wear your fall finery and join Wild Bill for a free one hour dance lesson (6:30 p.m.) to learn some new dance moves in preparation for the rest of the evening where you'll swirl around the dance floor to live music by the Desert Flyer Band and enjoy tasty treats. No partner needed. $15, 

On the Rise: SHEL
7:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House 

Marking the debut series final concert of the season, the Wheeler Opera House welcomes the return of this Fort Collins-based quartet sister act. Aspen audiences might remember SHEL from their celebrated performances at last year’s Mountainfilm in Aspen. $25, 

Here I Am With Nina Gabianelli
8 p..m., The Temporary, Basalt

Here I Am is a beautifully crafted musical storytelling of Nina Gabianelli’s theatrical life; from childhood, to New York City, and finally here to the Roaring Fork Valley, with arrangements and accompaniment by David Dyer. $19 (advance), $25 (door), 

Frank Walker
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen

This ground-breaking producer has rapidly gained notoriety as electronic music's next colossal player. At only 25 years old, he's on the heels of an unprecedented year with the release of the long-awaited debut EP “24.” $18 (advance), $22 (door),

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Catch Sunday Night Football on the big screen at Belly Up Aspen. 

Sunday, November 19

Lit Out Loud: Ocean Voyage
3 p.m., Pitkin County Library

Go on an "Ocean Voyage" with Nathalie Crick, who will be wading in with Rapture of the Deep by T.C. Boyle while John Keleher will shiver your timbers with Rounding the Horn in a Windjammer by Alan J. Villiers and an excerpt from Dead Wake by Erik Larson. Life jackets recommended. Free,

28th Annual John Bemis Community Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner
5–7:30 p.m., Westin Snowmass

Join family, friends, and neighbors in Snowmass for a special community Thanksgiving meal. They'll provide the turkey and fixings and guests bring a dish to share. A $100 prize, courtesy of Alpine Bank, will be awarded to the best salad, side dish, and dessert. As always, volunteers will be accepting non-perishable food items for Lift-Up to help families in need. Please bring items to donate and drop them off near the entrance. Free, 

Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
6:30 p.m., Belly Up Aspen 

Catch Sunday Night Football on the big screen with both bars open and the kitchen serving up wings and things. No cover,

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