Top 5 weekend picks, July 21, 2017 |

Top 5 weekend picks, July 21, 2017

Staff report

Editor’s note: Arts Editor Andrew Travers is out for two weeks, meaning the Weekend Minute videos are on temporary hiatus till he gets back. In lieu of Weekend Minute, we will be giving you our top art and entertainment picks for the weekend in the valley in no particular order.

Downtown Aspen art festival 

This two-day art event celebrating its 15th year will take over Monarch Street on Saturday and Sunday in Aspen. With art available at all price points, there is “a little something for everyone,” show coordinator Helayne Stillings said.

“Everything in our event is handmade by the person selling it,” Stillings said. “In other words, the public gets to meet the creator of the art.”

Learn more and read the full story here.


Mary Chapin Carpenter at Belly Up Aspen

Belly Up Aspen goes a little country this weekend when five-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter takes the stage Sunday.

The all-ages concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance, $60 day of the show and $150 for reserved seats, and can be purchased at

Opening for Carpenter at the Belly Up is Emily Barker, whose has a new album out called “Sweet Kind of Blue.”

For more information, pick up a copy of the Aspen Times Weekly, on newsstands now, or check out the e-edition here.


New Views Documentaries & Dialogue Series

While this is technically not happening over the weekend, it still made it on the list.

The 2017 New Views series, an Aspen Institute Arts Program, is themed “A Lens on Strong and Resilient Girls and Women” and kicks off with a screening of “Step” on Monday.

“Step” is an entertaining documentary that is the true-life story of a girls’ high school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore.

Read the full story here.


Theatre Aspen

“The World According to Snoopy”

“The World According to Snoopy” and “Hairspray” are the two shows on deck this weekend at Theatre Aspen.

The shows take place in the Hurst Theatre at Rio Grande Park in Aspen. “Hairspray” performances are on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. “Snoopy” has one performance this weekend on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Click here to read Arts Editor Andrew Travers review of “Hairspray.”

Click here to read a preview of “The World According to Snoopy.”


Aspen Music Festival and School

There are a plethora of music festival events all weekend long. For a full schedule visit the Aspen Music Festival and School website.

In addition to its extensive list of performances in Aspen, the music festival and school just announced it is launching a new recital series in Carbondale starting this weekend.

The new Carbondale Library Recital starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday and will feature music school students performing chamber music masterworks.

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