Aspen Times Weekly: Your Guide to the Most Anticipated Arts Events of Winter 2016-17 |

Aspen Times Weekly: Your Guide to the Most Anticipated Arts Events of Winter 2016-17

by Andrew Travers
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's season includes a premiere of a new work by choreographer Cherice Barton.
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Most Anticipated: Art

Adam McEwen

at the Aspen Art Museum

Jan. 13-May 28

In his first solo museum show in the U.S., the British artist is tackling life, death and the funny stuff in-between. McEwen is the museum’s 2016-17 Garza Distinguished Artist in Residence. A one-time obituary writer for the London Daily Telegraph, McEwen is planning a show that produces fictional obituaries of living subjects, and playful, death-themed sculptural works.

And don’t forget: Julian Schnabel and Mary Ramsden’s shows at the Aspen Art Museum (through Feb. 19) … Mountain Trails Aspen Fine Art grand opening (Dec. 16) … Philip Taaffe at Baldwin Gallery (Dec. 26-Feb. 12, 2017) … “Small Wonders” at Aspen Chapel Gallery (through Jan. 8) … Burhham Arndt at the Art Base, Basalt, Jan. 13-Feb. 4 … Red Brick Center for the Arts art auction (Jan. 17) … Gary Hume’s “Front of Snowman” at the Aspen Art Museum (through May 21).

Most Anticipated: Books

Kevin Fedarko & Pete McBride

at Aspen Winter Words

Feb. 7, Paepcke Auditorium

Two of the Grand Canyon’s great contemporary storytellers take the stage together to discuss their historic recent trek across the length of the canyon. Fedarko, the author of “The Emerald Mile,” and McBride, the Aspen native photographer/filmmaker, documented their journey in the September issue of National Geographic. They completed the journey in October.

And don’t forget: Thomas Friedman at Thunder River Theatre (Dec. 28) … Azar Nafisi at Aspen Winter Words (Jan. 17) … Alana Salierno Readers Retreat with Aspen Words (Feb. 22-24) … Adam Gopnik at Aspen Winter Words (March 21) … Stephanie Danler, Molly Prentiss and Anna Noyes at Winter Words (April 4) … John Oates’ memoir “Change of Seasons” (April 4).

Most Anticipated: Comedy

Kevin Smith

at the Wheeler Opera House

Dec. 17

Anticipation’s been building for this one for more than a year, as Silent Bob himself, the filmmaker behind “Clerks,” “Mallrats” and “Chasing Amy,” the Smodcast host and master of the Q-and-A, Kevin Smith canceled his December appearance at the Wheeler last year when he got snowed out. Smith’s hilarious on-stage storytelling has been fodder for film releases like “An Evening with Kevin Smith” and “Burn in Hell,” and a sold out Carnegie Hall.

And don’t forget: Tommy Johnigan at the Wheeler Opera House (Jan. 13) … Jane Lynch at Belly Up Aspen (Jan. 20) … Whitney Cummings at the Aspen Laugh Festival (Feb. 22) … Margaret Cho at the Aspen Laugh Festival (Feb. 23) … Adam Devine at Aspen Laugh Festival (Feb. 24) … Kevin Nealon at Aspen Laugh Festival (Feb. 25).

Most Anticipated: Dance

Cherice Barton premiere

by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Feb. 18 & April 1, Aspen District Theatre

The acclaimed locally based dance company unveils a new work by this Los Angeles choreographer on the rise, best known for crafting Katy Perry’s Grammy Awards performance in 2015. The program also includes Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Little mortal jump” and Jiří Kylián’s “Sleepless.”

And don’t forget: “The Nutcracker” by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at Aspen District Theatre (Dec. 10-11) … “Shadowland” by Pilobolus at Aspen District Theatre (March 2) … Rhythmic Circus at the Wheeler Opera House (March 24).

Most Anticipated: Film


at Monday Docs

March 5, Wheeler Opera HousE

The United Nations says that eating bugs could cure global famine. So three guys set out around the world eating insects and exploring the brave new world of bug cuisine. Directed by Andreas Johnsen, the film’s Monday Docs screening will be accompanied by an all-insect dinner.

And don’t forget: Oscar frontrunners at Aspen Film Academy Screenings including “La La Land (Dec. 21), “Jackie” (Dec. 23), “Moonlight” (Dec. 26), “Fences (Dec. 29), “Manchester By the Sea (Dec. 30) and “The Founder” (Jan. 1) … Warren Miller’s “Here, There & Everywhere” at the Wheeler Opera House (Jan. 7) … 5 Point Film Festival in Aspen (Jan. 21) … “Do Not Resist” at Monday Docs (Feb. 6)… Banff Mountain Film Festival (Feb. 27) … Wild & Scenic Film Festival (March 9) … Aspen Shortsfest (April 4-9).

Most Anticipated: Music

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

Jan. 28, Winter X Games

Jan. 29, Belly Up Aspen

The rapper, singer-songwriter and drummer behind “Malibu,” the breakout hip-hop album of 2016 (and the soundtrack to recently ubiquitous commercials for the Google Pixel and the NBA) is performing two concerts in Aspen over X Games weekend. He and his band are playing for the masses at Buttermilk on Saturday and an intimate club show at Belly Up on Sunday.

And don’t forget: Michael Franti Trio at Belly Up Aspen (Dec. 8) … The Wood Brothers at Belly Up (Dec. 10) … The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Wheeler Opera House (Dec. 16) … Lupe Fiasco at Belly Up (Dec. 16) … Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Belly Up (Dec. 17) … Chris Cornell at Belly Up (Dec. 23 & 27) … The Ten Tenors at the Wheeler (Dec. 25) … Lisa Fischer at the JAS Café (Dec. 29-30) … Chromeo at Belly Up (Dec. 30-31) … The Doo Wop Project at the Wheeler Opera House (Dec. 31) … Nahko & Medicine for the People at Belly Up (Jan. 2) … Squirrel Nut Zippers at the JAS Café (Jan. 13-14) … Bassnectar at Winter X Games (Jan. 27) … The Chainsmokers at Belly Up Aspen (Jan. 27) & Winter X Games (Jan. 28) … G–Eazy at Belly Up Aspen & Winter X Games (Jan. 29) … Diego Figereido at the JAS Café (Feb. 3-4) … Concert for Stewy at the Wheeler (Feb. 4) … Conrad Tao at Harris Concert Hall (Feb. 9) … Dawes at Belly Up (Feb. 11) … Vocalosity at the Wheeler (Feb. 17) … Marcos Valle at the JAS Café (Feb. 17-18) … Simone Porter at Harris Concert Hall (March 2) … Halie Loren at the JAS Café (March 3-4) … Elephant Revival at the Wheeler (March 4) … Noam Pikelny at Wheeler (March 10) … Robert McDuffie at Harris Concert Hall (March 11) … Donavon Frankenreiter at Belly Up (March 11) … Etienne Charles at the JAS Café (March 17-18) … Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at the Wheeler (March 22) … Clint Black at the Wheeler (March 25) … Piano Battle at the Wheeler (March 31) … Cory Henry at the JAS Café (March 31-April 1) … Grouplove at Belly Up (March 31) … Masters of Soul at the Wheeler (April 4) … Lori McKenna at the Wheeler (April 15).

Most Anticipated: Theater

‘Broadway’s Next H!t Musical’

March 2, Wheeler Opera House

The groundbreaking New York-based show combines improv and musical theater, crafting an entirely improvised musical production — all based on an audience song suggestion.

And don’t forget: “The Last Romance” at Thunder River Theatre, Carbondale (Dec. 9-24) … “Big Fish,” Theatre Aspen Winter Conservatory at the Black Box Theatre (Dec. 15-17) … “A Christmas Carol” at the Wheeler Opera House (Dec. 23) … Adam Trent at the Wheeler Opera House (Dec. 29) … Matthew Morrison at the Wheeler Opera House (Feb. 14) … Popovich Pet Theater at the Wheeler Opera House (Feb. 19) … “The Tempest” at Thunder River Theatre, Carbondale (Feb. 24-March 11) … Shaolin Warriors at the Wheeler Opera House (Feb. 28) … “Let It Be” at the Wheeler Opera House (March 28).

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