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This Week in Aspen: August 10-17, 2018

Start planning your weekly itinerary in Aspen with the many options below:

Friday, August 10

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents Joyce Yang (8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre). Presented in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival & School, this two-night encore performance features live piano with Joyce Yang and dance. Also on the program are Jiří Kylián’s seminal Return to a Strange Land set to the music of Leoš Janáček, and Nicolo Fonte’s touching Where We Left Off with music by Philip Glass. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Saturday, August 11

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Aspen Backcountry Marathon and Half Marathon. (7:30 a.m., race starts and finishes in Rio Grande Park). Boasting spectacular views of the Elk Mountains and the city of Aspen, Colorado, the Aspen Backcountry Marathon & Half Marathon is run almost exclusively on high country dirt trails. Challenging ascents, exciting descents and wide diversity in terrain will challenge even the most well-trained athlete.

Sunday, August 12


JAS Café: The Bronx Horns: Tribute to Dizzie’s 100th (7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m., Aspen Art Museum). The Bronx Horns have established themselves as one of the best Latin Jazz and Salsa bands on the scene today. With the capability to perform Latin Jazz, all forms of Salsa (Mambo, Cha Cha, Megengue, Boogaloo, Bolero etc.) or a combination of the two styles, they serve up a dynamic performance every time they walk on stage. Comprised of former members of the Tito Puente Orchestra, their experience and talent is rivaled by few musicians on the scene today. Purchase tickets online here.


Monday, August 13


Stars Above Aspen: Astronomy Night (6 p.m., Aspen Mountain). Explore the cosmos atop Ajax this August! ACES and Aspen Skiing Company are thrilled to present the second annual Stars Above Aspen, a community event all about astronomy. Head up the Silver Queen Gondola for: sunset yoga, interactive presentation, telescope stations & STARLAB Planetarium, presentation by Dr. David Brain and more. In addition, the Sundeck Restaurant will be open for drinks and dinner. The event is open to all ages. Tickets cost $15 and include the gondola ride. Children three and under are free. Season passes are not accepted for this special event. 


Tuesday, August 14

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Aspen Music Festival and School: Aspen Opera Center Performs Offenbach’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann (7:30 p.m., Harris Concert Hall). According to one Washington Post critic, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe….the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.” Prepare for more excitement with Lise de la Salle’s return to Aspen. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online here.

Wednesday, August 15

Earth Works and Land art of Herbert Bayer art and walking tour. (11 a.m., Resnick Gallery at the Aspen Institute). This guided walking tour will be led by landscape architect Ann Mullins. All tours meet at Resnick Gallery inside the Doerr-Hosier Center. No tickets or RSVP necessary.


Aspen Film Presents: Beatles Yellow Submarine (5:30 p.m., Isis Theatre). Once upon a time or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying Glove to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humour, songs, and of course, their yellow submarine, The Beatles tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom. The animated classic fantasy film has been digitally restored for 4k digital cinemas frame by frame, all by hand. Purchase tickets online in advance here.

Thursday, August 16

Aspen Music Festival and School: Aspen Opera Center performs Offenbach's Les contes d’Hoffmann (7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House). An eccentric writer’s fanciful stories of failed love take center stage in this darkly comedic adventure. Offenbach’s journey though lost love creates a combination of emotional depth and musical brilliance. Conducted by George Manahan and directed by Edward Berkeley.


Friday, August 17


History Coach Tour (10:30 a.m., Wheeler Opera House). Enjoy a guided tour of historic downtown Aspen in Aspen Historical Society’s unique electric vehicle – complete with a visit to both the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. Guests gain a totally new understanding of Aspen’s transformations from a mining town to ski town to year-round, world-famous resort! Starts at Wheeler Opera House. Reservations required. Price for this tour is $25 adult, $20 senior, children 12 and under free.


For more information, visit our events calendar, or visit the following for detailed information: Aspen Music Festival’s calendar, Aspen Institute’s calendarTheatre AspenAspen FilmAspen WordsJazz Aspen SnowmassAspen Art Museum, and Anderson Ranch, as well as the Aspen Historical Society and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, all of which offer enticing activities for visitors and locals.