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This Week in Aspen: July 6-13, 2018

Each week in Aspen, there are dozens of amazing events with several each evening. All of them are wonderful options, but this week we are showcasing highlights to help you plan the weekend and week ahead and take advantage of some of the wonderful options. Start planning your weekly itinerary in Aspen with the many options below:

Friday, July 6

JAS Café: The Hot Sardines (7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 7, Cooking School of Aspen). The witty-retro swing band, The Hot Sardines will play two shoes at the Cooking School of Aspen as part of the JAS Café series. While the early performance is sold out on Friday night, the late show still has tickets available as well as both shows on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online here.


Saturday, July 7 (and July 9 – 13)

Theatre Aspen presents Ragtime (Hurst Theatre). Don’t miss Theatre Aspen’s production of Ragtime at their intimate theatre in the Rio Grande Park.  Winner of four Tony Awards®, including Best Book and Best Original Score, Ragtime reminds us that everyone’s voice is vital in defining our American experience. Recommended for ages 10 and up. For tickets, click here.


Sunday, July 8

The Wailers (8 p.m., Belly Up). End the weekend at Belly Up with The Wailers with Mikey Thunder. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make musical history. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $55 for reserved seating and can be purchased at the box office or online here.


Monday, July 9

Astronomy Night with ACES (8:30 p.m., Hallam Lake). Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) invites guests to Hallam Lake to look up and learn about the night sky. The evening will start with a 15-minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts. After the mini-lecture, guests will gather outside for the stargazing portion of the evening. Aspen High School Astronomy Club member Tyler Greene or other local astronomy enthusiasts will be on-hand to guide through the phenomena of the mountain night sky.

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Tuesday, July 10

Sandra Day O’Connor Conversation Series: A Conversation with Evan Thomas (5:30 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium). To honor Aspen Institute Lifetime Trustee and retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the Justice & Society Program created the Sandra Day O’Connor Conversation series. The 2018 O’Connor Conversation will feature journalist, historian, and author Evan Thomas, who is currently working on a biography of Justice O’Connor. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance online here.

Wednesday, July 11

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Aspen Music Festival’s presents Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra with guest artists: Ludovic Morlot and Efflam Bavouzet (6 p.m., Benedict Music Tent). Conductor Ludovic Morlot and pianist Efflam Bavouzet will play the following pieces: DEBUSSY: Gigues from Images, RAVEL: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major, and PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, op. 100. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here or at the Harris Hall Ticket Office.


Thursday, July 12


Murdock Mind, Body, Spirit SeriesThinking Like a Child – What Children Can Teach Adults About Creativity (5:30 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium).  Featuring Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, and author of The Philosophical Baby and The Scientist in the Crib. Gopnik will draw upon the study of human evolution and her research into how children learn, to show that children are designed to be messy and unpredictable, playful and imaginative, and why they’re more creative than adults. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance online here.


Friday, July 13


JAS Café: Scott Tixier Quintet (7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m., Aspen Art Museum). French violinist and composer Scott Tixier will play two JAS Café shows Friday evening on the rooftop of the Aspen Art Museum. Tickets are $45 for the late show and $120 for the 7 p.m. show which includes dinner. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online here.



For more information, visit our events calendar, or visit the following for detailed information: Aspen Music Festival’s calendar, Aspen Institute’s calendarTheatre Aspen, Aspen Film, Aspen Words, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Aspen 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.