1. Virtually immerse yourself in contemporary art with Intersect Aspen. Art Aspen, the show that usually takes over the Aspen Ice Garden around this time, transforming it into a sophisticated gallery, has morphed into a virtual event, with a variety of programming anchored by an online viewing room that spotlights 110 exhibitors from 28 countries. A silent auction known as One Thing will feature a single artist or piece of art each day (4 p.m.) and a specific focus (e.g., one thing to celebrate, one thing to be thankful for, etc.), with proceeds going to the Art Base, Carbondale Arts, Aspen Film, Valley Settlement, and the Center for African American Health. In conjunction, critic and curator Paul Laster will present Five Artists, Five Mediums, Five Days—A Curated Selection for One Thing, which showcases drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and film/video, along with a series of artist talks by Fred Tomaselli (July 22), Sanford Biggers (July 24), and Kelly Akashi (July 26; all talks at 1 p.m.). Intersect Aspen will also be viewable on Artsy through August 22. Wednesday, July 22, to Sunday, July 26
2. Keep Carbondale’s legendary eclectic spirit going with Mountain Fair 2020. Since 1971, Carbondale’s signature event has been going strong, and this year’s no different—but the format has been creatively tweaked to reflect our current Covid times. The traditional drum circle still opens the fair on Friday, but this time you can bang your drum from wherever you are in town (a small group of drummers will walk down Main St.). For music, there’s the Confluence Jamboree, a mobile stage on a flatbed that will ferry musicians and performers through Carbondale neighborhoods on Friday and Saturday. The weekend also features yoga, a mountain makers’ market (preregister for a 30-minute shopping slot), a scavenger hunt, and, our favorite, the “Worstminster” Dog Show at the Carbondale Rodeo Grounds for all those mountain mutts. Registration is already full for some of these events, so if you’re thinking of going, sign up now. Friday, July 24, to Sunday, July 26
3. Help restore the landscape around Lake Christine with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. It’s been more than two years since the devastating Lake Christine fire started, and the scarred ground and charred vegetation are still very much recovering. Join others in preventing the spread of invasive weeds, slowing erosion, and removing old fencing during this workday in the Basalt State Wildlife Area. Register and sign the required waiver beforehand; because of pandemic restrictions, group sizes will be small and only 16 volunteer spots remain as of Wednesday morning. Saturday, June 25, meet at the parking lot below the gun range, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
4. Keep your mountain bike stoke going with Teton Gravity Research’s latest movie, Accomplice. It’s not quite time for TGR’s annual ski flick, but there’s plenty of action and inspiration in this new ode to two-wheeled thrills, directed by MTB auteur Jeremy Grant. Featured riders include Kurt Sorge, Graham Agassiz, Nico Vink, Cameron Zink, Andreu Lacondeguy, and Hannah Bergemann, and more. View the film at this summer’s pop-up drive-in theater at the base of Buttermilk. Make sure you read all of the rules and regs before you go. Saturday, June 25, Buttermilk parking lot, 9 p.m., $40 per car
5. Honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment through the Aspen Institute’s McCloskey Speaker Series online. We all know how important it is to vote right now, especially as an election that will influence the direction and tone of the United States looms this fall. And it may be hard to envision a time when women were not allowed to vote, but such was the case until the US Constitution was amended a century ago. What further advances have women made toward gender equality since that time and what obstacles still block the way of additional progress? Discussing these topics will be Katherine Grainger, adjunct professor at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU and partner at Civitas Public Affairs Group; Ai-jen Poo, co-founder of Supermajority and co-founder and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; and Cecile Richards, co-founder of Supermajority and former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in conversation with Peggy Clark, vice president of Policy Programs and executive director of Aspen Global Innovators Group at the Aspen Institute. Tuesday, July 28, 3–4 p.m., free, register in advance here