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Offseason Culture: 20 reasons to stick around Aspen this autumn

Aaron Behrens, singer-guitarist of the electronica duo Ghostland Observatory, photographed at a previous Belly Up show. The band is returning to the club this weekend on a tour supporting "See You Later, Simulator," its first full-length album since 2010.
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The summer crowds are gone, the construction crews are back to work and we’ve got two-and-a-half months until the ski lifts start spinning again.

But the stages and screens of Aspen are staying busy this offseason, with theater, comedy, film, top-tier pop music from legends new and old and, yes, of course, some new ski movies on the bill.

The offseason entertainment lineup has plenty of reasons to stick around this fall. Here are 20:

THE GONZO GALLERY RETURNS

Through September

The itinerant gallery is back on Hyman Avenue for the month, with benefit shows for worthy causes featuring works by Brendan Missett (opening Sept. 13) and Ajax Axe (Sept. 26). In the shadow of the Aspen Art Museum, it joins pop-ups the R. Carter Gallery and Merrill Steiger Gallery for what promises to be a lively September.

DAVID CROSBY

Sunday, Sept. 15, Belly Up Aspen

Before he headlines Red Rocks, the music legend returns to Aspen for the first time in more than a decade with his Sky Trails band.

GARY CLARK JR.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, Belly Up Aspen

The can’t-miss Texas blues guitarist is, somehow, only getting better with each of his regular tour stops in Aspen.

SOLO FLIGHTS

Wednesday, Sept. 18-21, Hurst Theater

Four days, four new one-person shows, 11 performances and Beau Bridges onstage at the Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park in Theatre Aspen’s rebranded fall festival.

DEMITRI MARTIN

Thursday, Sept. 19, Wheeler Opera House

The self-proclaimed “overthinker” brings puns, graphs and, yes, laughs to the Wheeler as the historic theater continues its run of top-tier standup comedy bookings.

‘TO BEHOLD’

Sept. 19 – Oct. 31, Red Brick Center for the Arts

Photographers Neal Beidleman, Tamara Susa, Jeremy Swanson and Kristin Braga Wright team up for a nature-centric group show at the Red Brick.

‘PARASITE’ AT ASPEN FILMFEST

Tuesday, Sept. 23, Wheeler Opera House

Director Bon Joon-Ho’s latest won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and has critics using words like “masterpiece,” so it’s a can’t miss as Aspen Film ushers in prestige film season at the 40th annual Aspen Filmfest filled with the year’s most anticipated titles.

RISING APPALACHIA

Friday, Sept. 27, Belly Up Aspen

Southern-accented folk from sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, local favorites who will fill Belly Up for this one.

MIKE DOUGHTY

Sunday, Oct. 6, Belly Up Aspen

The former Soul Coughing frontman is celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Ruby Vroom” by playing it in full.

ROBERT BRINKER

Oct. 11 – Nov. 11, The Art Base (Basalt)

The locally based multimedia artist unveils the latest in his innovative paper collages.

SHINING MOUNTAINS FILM FESTIVAL

Sept. 13-14, Wheeler Opera House

The second annual festival showcasing new and eye-opening films by and about indigenous Americans, produced in partnership with the Aspen Ute Foundation.

AJA GABEL

Tuesday, Oct. 15, Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar

The Aspen Words writer-in-residence for October is here working on a follow-up to her debut “The Ensemble” and will read and discuss her work at this free event.

ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES

Wednesday, Oct. 16, Belly Up Aspen

This energetic throwback soul band, led by the indefatigable Paul Janeway, returns to sweat and strut at Belly Up.

ABRAHAM CRUZVILLEGAS

Opening Oct. 18, Aspen Art Museum

An interactive installation, organized in partnership with the Contemporary Austin, aimed at bringing the community into the museum galleries to play.

‘WINTERLAND’

Friday, Oct. 18, Wheeler Opera House

The ski porn flick from Teton Gravity Research on the big screen to spread the stoke as we count down the days to until the lifts open. (Look for more from the snowsports titles at The Meeting, Oct. 3-5, also at the Wheeler).

LYNX

Thursday, Oct. 24, Wheeler Opera House

A one-woman band combining multiple instruments, loops, dance beats and beat-boxing at the Wheeler’s On the Rise series.

LOTUS

Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, Belly Up Aspen

The jam band set will descend on Aspen for this two-night Halloween run, sure to be ground zero of the town-wide Halloween party.

ASPEN COMMUNITY THEATRE’S ‘9 TO 5’

Nov 8-16, Aspen District Theatre

Dolly Parton’s Broadway musical, based on the 1980 film, with infectious songs and a message more relevant than ever for the “Lean In” and #MeToo era.

RAINBOW GIRLS

Friday, Nov. 8, Wheeler Opera House

Expect enchanting three-part harmonies, folk originals and gorgeous covers of folk classics like “Angel From Montgomery” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” from this California-based trio at the On the Rise Series.

GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY

Friday, Nov. 22, Belly Up Aspen

The electro-funk duo will soundtrack the last hurrah of offseason, just before Thanksgiving and the opening of ski season.

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