Tuesday, Feb. 5th – Paint "Bayer" Number
Herbert Bayer a Bauhaus artist in many mediums, created prolific works during his time in Aspen, CO. In honor of the new “bayer & bauhaus” exhibit at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and the Bauhaus 100: Aspen celebrations, this special Time Travel Tuesday program will allow you to discover the history of Bayer’s Bauhaus-influenced style by re-creating one of his works of art. AHS will provide everything participants need to paint their own “Bayer,” and the Wheeler bar will be open for an animated evening in the Bauhaus tradition. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy this special program pairing history, cocktails and creativity.
Tuesday, February 12th – Aspen's Characters: Conversations with Herbert Bayer & Fabi Benedict
History scholars and performers Mike Monroney and Jane Click will present Chautauqua-style character performances of siblings in-law, Herbert Bayer and Fabi Benedict. Bauhaus artist Hebert Bayer came to Aspen in 1945 with his wife Joella. Joella’s sister Fabi soon followed and married Fritz Benedict. In honor of the new AHS “bayer & bauhaus” exhibit, the conversation-style museum theatre performance will explore Bayer’s fascination with and relationship in Aspen. Fabi, a force in her own right, displays the spirit of individualism and creativity that are the very essence of the Bauhaus. The special program is part of Bauhaus100Aspen, the community-wide centennial celebrations of the Bauhaus school.
Tuesday, February 19th - Aspen's Characters: Stories from Strong and "Scandalous" Women
Meet two of Aspen’s noteworthy former citizens in Chautauqua-style character presentations performed by Kimberly Rehfuss and Nina Gabianelli. Molly Ross, one of the area’s finest mining-era Madames, will share her trade secrets about the oldest profession in the world (and Aspen’s first “tax-paying” industry). Ellen E. “Captain” Jack, either insane or a shrewd entrepreneur, will offer a window into the vivid imagination and great exaggerations of arguably the most unusual woman of her day. These researched museum theatre presentations will shed light on two women who survived and thrived independently in the masculine world of early Colorado.
Tuesday, March 5th - Aspen ♥ Dogs
Across Aspen’s history, its people have both relied on and treasured dogs. A fascination that originated with the Native Ute tribe, hounds have supported the mines, 10th mountain military trainings, ski resorts, and beyond for over a century in the Roaring Fork Valley. Join Aspen Historical Society and friends to celebrate the storied history of Aspen’s love affair with dogs in a multi-dimensional program at the Wheeler Opera House. Opening with clips from the 1970s film “Dog Days in Aspen” and photos of Aspen’s historic four-legged friends, the program will share stories of some of the courageous canines that have made Aspen the dog-friendly community we know today. History scholar and performer Ed Foran will portray Stuart Mace, owner of a dog sled operation at Toklat near Ashcroft in a Chautauqua-style character performance. To close, we’ll meet rescue dogs from Aspen Animal Shelter, avalanche dogs from Aspen Skiing Company, and other “famous” pups. All humans are welcome, but please leave your pooches at home.
Tickets are required for all attendees: available at aspenshowtix.com
Wheeler Opera House
320 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611
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