Arts in Abundance

The June 2018 Guide to Aspen's Cultural Calendar

The season kicks off with the Flaming Lips, Aspen Fringe Fest, Summer Words, JAS June Experience, and more.

By Andrew Travers June 5, 2018 Published in the Summer 2018 issue of Aspen Sojourner

8–July 6 Chris Erickson, The Art Base
The Carbondale-based artist/activist has previously turned his sharp eye on gun culture, presidential politics, and Big Pharma. Now the painter and sculptor unveils a new body of work for the Trump Era., 970-927-4123

8 The Flaming Lips, Belly Up Aspen
Singer Wayne Coyne and his merry band of freak-rockers don’t often perform at small music clubs. But when they do, they play Belly Up, squeezing their human hamster ball–rolling, laser-shooting mash-up of rock and participatory theater into the 450-capacity venue. As the last stop on the band’s US tour, expect a blowout., 970-544-9800

9–10 A Doll’s House, Part 2, Aspen Fringe Fest
Playwright Lucas Hnath’s 2017 Broadway sensation, nominated for eight Tony Awards, imagines what might have happened after the conclusion of Henrik Ibsen’s 19th-century stage classic and foundational feminist text. Also slated: Hnath’s religious satire The Christians (July 5 & 8) and a reading of his play-in-progress (June 11). 

17–22 Margot Lee Shetterly, Aspen Summer Words
The bestselling author of Hidden Figures—which inspired the movie of the same name—teaches a new narrative nonfiction workshop and appears on panels at this annual writing retreat/literary festival. Other faculty members include Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena), Heather Harpham (Happiness), and Peter Ho Davies (The Fortunes)., 970-925-3122

Starting 21 The Great K&A Train Robbery, Glenwood Vaudeville Revue
Hollywood descended on Glenwood Springs in 1926 to make this silent film–era blockbuster starring cinematic gunslinger Tom Mix. Vaudeville Revue owner John Goss shares behind-the-scenes stories from the production in character as Mix, whom he calls “the Clint Eastwood of his day.” Another vintage touch: the sound effects produced by Goss’s 1918-built photoplayer. The film screens Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons, in addition to the Revue’s main summer show (Fri–Sun, June 15–Sept 2). gvrshow.com970-945-9699

21 Brother’s Keeper with Jeff Pevar, AREDAY Summit
One of pop music’s most sought-after hired guns (Pevar has played with Crosby, Stills and Nash; Ray Charles; and Phil Lesh, among others) joins forces with local trio Brother’s Keeper, one of ski country’s best rock bands, for this free American Renewable Energy Day Summit concert on Fanny Hill in Snowmass Village. areday.net970-930-8002

Leslie Odom, Jr.

22 Leslie Odom, Jr., Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience
It’s Aaron Burr, sir. Odom, who won a Tony for originating the role of Burr in Hamilton, makes his Aspen debut in the Benedict Music Tent, joined by students from the Aspen Music Festival and School. The June fest also features Lyle Lovett (June 23), the return of the Sunday morning gospel brunch (June 24), and a tribute to Ray Charles by a cappella group Take 6 and special guests (June 30). jazzaspensnowmass.org970-920-4996

26–August 18 Ragtime, Theatre Aspen
Based on E.L. Doctorow’s sprawling novel, this Tony-winning musical probes the great American melting pot through the intersecting lives of a wealthy white family, Jewish immigrants, and an African-American ragtime musician in turn-of-the-20th-century New York. Shrink-wrapping it for Theatre Aspen’s tent is director Mark Martino, back for his 10th summer. Also slated: the Gospels-based 1971 musical Godspell (July 14–Aug 18), Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town (July 20–Aug 4), and the kid-friendly Mary Poppins, Jr. (July 25-Aug 5)., 970-925-9313

Cheryl Donegan, untitled_track_resist_double_different_reds, 2017. Hand-dyed digitally printed cotton. See the exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum. 

28 Offset with Drew Findling, Aspen Ideas Festival
Offset, of the chart-topping hip-hop trio Migos, joins Atlanta criminal defense attorney Findling to discuss rap and the criminal justice system at the Aspen Institute’s annual confab (June 21–30). The talk is among the festival’s many open-to-the-public sessions, which have continued to expand., 970-544-7916

29 Conrad Tao and Beethoven’s Fifth, Aspen Music Festival and School
The festival’s opening Aspen Chamber Symphony concert, at the Benedict Music Tent, showcases Aspen alum and superstar pianist Tao performing Schumann’s virtuosic Piano Concerto in A minor along with a new orchestral work composed by legendary bassist Edgar Meyer and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5. aspenmusicfestival.com970-925-9042

29 Cheryl Donegan’s Grlz and Veils, Aspen Art Museum 
The conceptual and video artist, and current artist-in-residence here, opens the first US museum exhibit (through Dec 16) devoted to her paintings. Among the 40-some abstract works are paintings on garments, which the museum presents in a fashion show (July 2). Other summer shows feature Nina Katchadourian, Larry Bell, Yto Barrada, and Jay DeFeo., 970-925-8050


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