1. Attend Aspen Shortsfest … from your family room. It’s time for the movies—after all, there’s only so much Tiger King you can take at one time, right? The popular annual fest from Aspen Film celebrates its 29th showing with a first—virtual screenings of the films via online platform Festival Scope. The way it works: buy a “ticket” online; you’ll then be emailed a unique link(s) for the program(s) you’ve selected. Each link provides one-time viewing. Though it’s not the same as the communal experience of Shortsfest IRL, there are a couple of benefits: you can watch any of the nine programs—including a special family-oriented one—at the time of your choosing (up until 11:59 p.m. on April 5). And anyone can view the films from anywhere in the US, expanding the fest’s scope way beyond the Roaring Fork Valley. One caveat: only 500 virtual tickets will be sold for each program. A full festival pass is $75; individual programs cost $10 each to view. The popcorn’s up to you.
2. Listen to a live set by DJ Naka G … from your kitchen. Aspen’s own Michael Nakagawa often travels for gigs, spinning for huge crowds at events like the Olympics, the X Games (winter and summer), tennis’ US Open, and more. But what’s a DJ to do when he’s grounded at home for the foreseeable future? Stream sets from his house on Facebook Live (disco ball and colored lights included). Over the past couple of weeks, Naka’s been entertaining listeners with themed sets on many evenings, providing the soundtrack to our quarantine and funking up tasks like cooking dinner or doing the laundry. Check out his FB page to see when the next set is (there's one tonight, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.). Missed a session? You can still listen to it recorded on FB.
3. Learn with ACES … from your backyard. Exploring nature—within our socially distanced parameters—is more important than ever right now. Here to help: the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies has started offering thrice-weekly Nature Challenges that encourage you to discover what’s living and thriving right outside your house. Go to ACES’ Facebook page, Instagram, or Twitter account on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to find out each day’s challenge.
4. Watch Thunder River Theatre Company … from your bedroom. Carbondale’s resident theater launched free YouTube streaming of live mini-performances this week. Dubbed ThunderStream, the slate includes appearances by members of Consensual Improv! (all videoing in from their respective homes), a selection of songs by participants in the theater’s Diva Cabaret series, play readings, a virtual playwriting camp, and more. Coming up this Thursday, April 2, singer/songwriter Bob Moore shares some tunes, while on Friday, April 3, a virtual rendition of Carbondale’s always popular First Fridays will air. Missed a performance? Watch the recorded video on the theater’s YouTube channel.
5. Take classes with Aspen Shakti … from your living room. All of the Roaring Fork Valley’s yoga community, it seems, has gone online over the past couple of weeks. And it’s no wonder, as stress relief, breath work, stretching, and self-care should all be top physical and mental health priorities right now. One to check out: popular studio Aspen Shakti has recreated itself virtually on its YouTube channel. Tune in for free Vinyasa Flow classes, restorative yoga, and meditation sessions, available to watch at your convenience.