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This Week in Aspen: July 2-8, 2018

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Monday, July 2

GODZ Grlz: A Cheryl Donegan Fashion Presentation ( 7 p.m., Aspen Art Museum). The AAM’s 2017–18 Gabriela and Ramiro Garza Distinguished Artist in Residence, Cheryl Donegan, is a pioneering figure in contemporary conceptual art. For the past two decades, her multidisciplinary practice has investigated the notion of surface—of the canvas, screen, fabric, or her own body. As part of her residency and solo exhibition, Donegan will premiere a new fashion line in a presentation at the museum. Directed and choreographed in collaboration with artist Alix Pearlstein, this free show features models from the Roaring Fork Valley wearing couture pieces.


Tuesday, July 3

Aspen Film + Metropolitan Theatre Presents: Indie Showcase featuring RBG (7:30 p.m., Isis Theatre). At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg's life and career.  Tickets are $10.75 (adults), $8.50 (AF members), $8 (seniors) and can be purchased online here.


Wednesday, July 4

Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration! There’s plenty of family fun during the Independence Day festivities – from the morning Boogie’s five-mile charity run, to kid’s bike decorating and carnival, the decorative floats during the annual parade through town, free concerts, and two new exciting events including a block party with Aspen Volunteer Fire Department and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) Fourth of July drone light show. For the most up-to-date schedule of events, visit the ACRA Old-Fashioned Fourth of July page.

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Thursday, July 5

ACES Raptor Fair (3-6 p.m., Hallam Lake). Join ACES at Hallam Lake for their fifth annual Raptor Fair, a free community event for all ages! This year, the event features new visiting birds, including a first-ever Bald Eagle, and opportunities for up-close interactions with several birds of prey including ACES resident Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, and Great-horned Owl. Learn about these creatures from ACES Naturalist Staff as well as visiting experts from Hawk Quest, an education organization from Denver. The Raptor Fair will include visiting opportunities with the birds, an owl pellet dissection station, a formal presentation from 4:40 - p.m., and other activities around the Hallam Lake Nature Preserve.

Opening Night: Horses of Iceland (6-9 p.m., Aspen Cottage). Meet the Artist behind the lens, Guadalupe Laiz. Guadalupe will share her experience photographing in Iceland for the past four years everything she learned about the land, their people, the majestic horses and how Iceland healed her heart from the distractions of everyday life. 

Friday, July 6

Wheeler Sunset Sessions: Ben Sollee (7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House). Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee likes to keep moving. He kicked off 2014 with the release of his score for the documentary film Maidentrip followed by performing at Carnegie Hall as part of a tribute to Paul Simon. He has supported song-writer William Fitzsimmons and toured in Europe and across the United States. If you’ve seen him perform, you know it’s not to be missed. For listeners just discovering Ben’s music, you’ll find that there’s a lot more to it than just songs. This event is free and open to the public.


Saturday, July 7

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (8 p.m.) Aspen District Theatre. Start your summer of dance off on the right foot with an unforgettable evening of contemporary ballet! Experience a world premiere by rising star choreographer Bryan Arias in his ASFB debut; the company premiere of Swedish phenom Alexander Ekman’s Tuplet; and master dancemaker Jiří Kylián’s stark and mysterious Sleepless. Tickets and additional information can be found online here.


Sunday, July 8

Bluegrass Sunday featuring Rapid Grass (12- 3 p.m., Aspen Mountain next to the Sundeck). A favorite among locals, Sundays feature top bluegrass musicians from around Colorado performing in this ideal Rocky Mountain setting. The free open-air concerts are held from noon to 3 pm on Sundays just outside the Sundeck (on top of Aspen Mountain).

Aspen Music Festival & School: Aspen Festival Orchestra (4 p.m., Benedict Music Tent). The talents of extraordinary young string players are showcased in an exquisite program of early- and late-Romantic masterworks. Augustin Hadelich, Musical America’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year, is one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation. He will perform one of the most beloved works in the violin repertoire, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Also on the program is the US premiere of Anders Hillborg's Homage to Stravinsky and R. Stauss's Don Quixote, Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character.


For a full calendar listing of events for the upcoming week and beyond click here.