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This Week in Aspen: July 20-27, 2018

There are so many events in Aspen during the summer season that it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some highlights to start planning your weekly itinerary in Aspen. For more information, visit our partners (see links below):

Friday, July 20


Artist Talk: Anicka Yi (5 p.m., Aspen Art Museum). Anicki Yi was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1971, and currently lives and works in New York. Her work uses unconventional materials and, at times, methods to engage the senses of the human body to reconfigure biological, political, and personal perceptions. She is the recipient of the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize, and her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, Kunsthalle Basle, List Visual Arts Center, MIT, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. This event is free and open to the public.

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (July 20-21, 8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre). One of only a few, select stops on a tour celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago lands in Aspen with a specially curated program of highlights from the world’s leading dancemakers including a reimagining of master contemporary choreographer Ohad Naharin’s eclectic signature, Minus 16. For tickets and more information click here.


Saturday, July 21

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Aspen Art Museum: Mandala Sand Painting: Guided Meditation (9 a.m., Aspen Art Museum). From July 18–22, Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a temporary mandala sand painting on Level 3 of the Aspen Art Museum as part of their annual visit to Aspen. Visitors are invited to watch the creation of this temporal artwork during regular museum hours. 


Aspen Arts Festival (July 21-22, Rio Grande Park). Aspen Chamber Resort Association is proud to join Howard Alan Events in hosting the 16th Annual Aspen Arts Festival.  The Aspen Arts Festival will provide guests an exclusive opportunity to experience a broad range of phenomenal creations ranging from life-size sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and mixed media. The annual event will be taking place at a new venue this year now at Rio Grande Park.

Sunday, July 22


Wheeler Sunset Sessions: The Poetry Market (7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House). Check out Aspen's premiere poetry slam where amateurs and veterans are encouraged to share a consistent platform to sharpen their skills and express themselves before a supportive live audience.

Monday, July 23


Jason Bonham (8p.m. Belly Up). Jason Bonham will play Monday night at Belly Up. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $165 for reserved and can be purchased in advance online here.

Tuesday, July 24

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Wild Yoga (5:15 p.m., Hallam Lake). Join Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) for outdoor yoga by Hallam Lake.  Bring your own mat to this donation-based yoga class.

Wednesday, July 25


Theatre Aspen presents: Mary Poppins Jr. (July 25-Aug. 5, 11 a.m or 6 p.m depending on the day., Hurst Theatre). Mary Poppins arrives to administer a healthy dose of common sense mixed with more than a little magic. Parents and children alike rediscover the endless possibilities of imagination and play in this musical for young audiences. Recommended for ages four and up. Tickets can be purchased online here.

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Aspen Words Writer in Residence: Kevin Fedarko (5:30 p.m., Hooch). Kevin Fedarko has written for Esquire, National Geographic, The New York Times, and other publications. His first book, "The Emerald Mile", which was a New York Times bestseller, won the National Outdoor Book Award and the Reading the West Award, and was a finalist for both the PEN literary Sports Writing Award and the Banff Mountain Book Award. Join Kevin and Aspen Words for a free public talk and reading Wednesday evening.

Thursday, July 26

Theatre Aspen presents: Our Town (7 p.m., Hurst Theatre). This iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning play presents life in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. The Stage Manager--part tour guide, part omniscient orchestrator--ushers the audience through the past, present, and future while illuminating life’s precious details. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Purchase tickets online here. (Also, July 20, 21, 23, 24, 25 and 27)

Friday, July 27

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Aspen Music Festival presents: The Aspen Chamber Symphony (6 p.m., Benedict Music Tent).  Aspen Music Festival presents: The Aspen Chamber Symphony with a program of Beethoven, Mozart, and Canteloube with renowned soprano Golda Schultz and Inon Barnatan—whom The New York Times called “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor.  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is one of his most thrilling works to experience live. For information and tickets, click here.


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.