5 Things to Do This Weekend: August 23–25, 2019

Aspen Mountain Film Festival debuts, a cemetery comes alive, the circus comes to town, and more.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff August 21, 2019

Through Sunday, August 25

Qualified, about Indy car racer and Aspen resident Janet Guthrie, screens Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Aspen Mountain Film Festival.

Aspen Mountain Film Festival
Various times, Wheeler Opera House
This newly branded festival grows out of the 10-year legacy of Mountainfilm in Aspen and continues to highlight documentary shorts and features about outdoor adventure, environmental issues, and mountain culture, along with filmmaker appearances, a lunchtime speaker series at the Limelight Hotel Aspen, and free community events like a nature walk at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (Thursday, 2:30 p.m.) and a fun run starting from Koch Park (Sunday, 8 a.m.). The line-up includes an evening of short films hosted by National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis; Qualified, a documentary about pioneering Indy car driver (and Aspen resident) Janet Guthrie; the Colorado premiere of Mr. Jimmy, a biopic about a Japanese guitarist who reveres Led Zeppelin, along with a closing-night performance by the film’s subject at Belly Up; and more. Tickets from $25,

Friday, August 23

Twilight Cemetery Tour
7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8, or 8:15 p.m. (sign up for a time slot), Red Butte Cemetery
What better time to stroll through a cemetery? As the full moon rises, learn about the lives of prominent Aspen citizens who are buried in the cemetery through character reenactments by Aspen Historical Society guides on this hour-long tour. Tickets $10 advance (through Thursday), $15 graveside,

Friday through Sunday, August 23–25

Circus Bella
4 & 7 p.m., Friday; 1, 4 & 7 p.m., Saturday; and 1 & 4 p.m., Sunday; Snowmass Base Village
This one-ring circus from San Francisco fuses classic traditions with a modern sensibility for its show Kaleidoscope, all performed to original music played live by a six-piece band. Tickets $20–$65, kids 2 and under, free,

The circus comes to town this weekend in Snowmass Base Village.

Saturday, August 24

Book Signing and Talk with Scott Hylbert
5:30 p.m., Explore Booksellers
Hear debut author Hylbert read from his new book Task Lyst, a gripping thriller set in Silicon Valley that explores the dark side of our app economy through the lens of a startup company. Free,

Saturday & Sunday, August 24–25

All Is True
4 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday; 7:30 p.m., Sunday; Pitkin County Library
In this critically lauded film, an all-star cast that includes Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, and Ian McKellen explores Shakespeare’s later years, after the Globe Theatre has burned down and the Bard must face a haunting past. Tickets $10 (popcorn included),



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