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This Week in Aspen: July 27- August 3, 2018

Here are some highlights to start planning your weekly itinerary in Aspen. For more information, visit our partners (see links below):


Friday, July 27


Wheeler Sunset Sessions: Alex Guthrie (7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House). Atlanta based singer-songwriter Alex Guthrie will play a free show at the Wheeler Opera House Friday night as a part of their new free series, Sunset Sessions. Limited advance seating reservations will be accepted one week prior to event date. Call or stop by the box office. Advance reservation seats must be claimed by 7:30 p.m. or will be released.


Saturday, July 28

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents: Pilobolus (8 p.m., Aspen District Theatre). Continually testing the limits of human physicality, Pilobolus brings an evening of diverse and surprising repertoire to Aspen. Tickets can be purchased online for this performance here.


Sunday, July 29

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Artist Talk: Abraham Cruzvillegas (5 p.m., Aspen Art Museum). Abraham Cruzvillegas was born in Mexico City, in 1968, where he continues to live and work. Since 2007, he has created a body of sculptures and installations that investigate what he calls autoconstruccion ("self-construction"), working with found materials and assemblage in reference to everyday practices also found in urban landscapes. Don’t miss this free lecture at the Aspen Art Museum Sunday evening. 


Monday, July 30


Walt Disney Animation Studios: “A Decade in Concert” (8 p.m., Benedict Music Tent).“Do you want to build a snowman”… with the Aspen Music Festival and School in July? Don’t miss the world premiere of a new Disney presentation on July 30 with unforgettable film clips and scores performed live by a symphony orchestra! Conducted by Richard Kaufman, the performance will include music from Frozen, Moana, Tangled, Zootopia, and more! Note: This special performance is for ages 3 and up; the screen will not be viewable from the Lawn. For tickets click here.


Tuesday, July 31

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A Recital by Alisa Weilerstein (7:30 p.m., Harris Concert Hall). Don’t miss this unique and powerful sequence of the enchanting Alisa Weilerstein playing all six of Bach’s cello suites. Tickets can be purchased online in advance here.

Wednesday, August 1

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Holst’s The Planets by the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra (6 p.m., Benedict Music Tent). The Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra plays Holst’s alluring and captivating work, The Planets, which consists of seven movements named after each planet. Tickets are available on Aspen Music Festival & School’s website here.

Thursday, August 2


Anderson Ranch Summer Series: Vik Muniz in Conversation with Renaud Proch (12:30 p.m., Schermer Meeting Hall at Anderson Ranch Arts Center). Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Vik Muniz lives and works in New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Renaud Proch is Independent Curators International (ICI)’s Executive Director, and from 2009 to 2013, he served as ICI’s Deputy Director. Prior to this he was Senior Director at the Project in New York, where he worked on developing the careers of a roster of 21 artists, as well as Director of MC, a Los Angeles gallery dedicated to the production and presentation of new solo projects by internationally established artists. This event is free.

Gallery at the Red Brick Opening: Beyond the Square (5-7 p.m., Gallery at the Red Brick). Enjoy wine and appetizers at the gallery opening while experiencing the art created by local artists and view the open studios of our current Resident Artists. This event is free and open to the public.


Friday, August 3


ACES Annual Mushroom Fair (1-4 p.m., Hallam Lake). Join visiting fungi experts for the ACES Annual Mushroom Fair. Learn all you ever wanted to know about mushrooms: a wide variety of specimens will be exhibited, identified and examined up close. Come prepared to look at various mushrooms under a microscope, make spore prints, learn about their intricate ways and how important they are to the whole ecosystem - you're welcome to bring your own mushrooms to share and learn about.



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.