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Critic’s Picks

by Andrew Travers

ART

Alison Knowles: "Proposition #2: Make a Salad" July 15, Aspen Art Museum

The museum is celebrating the third iteration of its ongoing "Ritual" exhibition with a performance of one of contemporary art's most influential and historic participatory events. Knowles debuted the work in 1962, asking participants to literally make a massive salad together. It has been performed (and eaten) in recent years at the Tate Modern in London, on the High Line in Manhattan and at Art Basel in Miami. The Aspen event will be a "plein air variation" on the original concept.

Larry Bell rooftop sculptures at Aspen Art Museum, June 1-Dec. 16

Nina Katchadourian's "Twitchers and Cheaters" at Aspen Art Museum, June 1-May 2019

Chris Erickson at The Art Base, June 8-July 6

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"Freak Power: Hunter Thompson's Campaign for Sheriff" at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, opening June 20

Jay DeFeo's "The Ripple Effect" at Aspen Art Museum, June 29-Oct. 28

Cheryl Donegan's "GRLZ + VEILS" at Aspen Art Museum, June 29-Dec. 16

Tara Donovan at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, July 12

David Notor at The Art Base, July 13-Aug. 3

Ajax Philips' "The Palace of the Beast" at Bird's Nest Gallery, opening July 13

Francis Alÿs, Sophie Calle, David Hammons, and Ana Mendieta in "Ritual" at Aspen Art Museum, opening July 17

International Artist Award Honoree Ai Weiwei at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, July 18-19

ArtAspen at Aspen Ice Garden July 27-29

"Name Unseen" silent auction at The Art Base, Aug. 10-18

Brad Reed Nelson at The Art Base, Sept. 14-Oct. 5

 

DANCE

An Evening with Joyce Yang and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: Aspen District Theatre, Aug. 10 and 11

This astounding program was the cultural high-water mark of last winter in Aspen, featuring Yang on live piano with the dancers of Aspen Santa Fe performing Jorma Elo's "Half/Cut/Split," Jirí Kylián's "Return to a Strange Land" and Nicolo Fonte's "Where We Left Off." A revelatory marriage of music and movement, this encore performance is a can't-miss for Yang's passionate local following in the classical music crowd and for dance enthusiasts.

"Readymade" by ka·nei·see collective at Aspen Fringe Festival, Aspen District Theatre, June 8

World premiere by Bryan Arias at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Aspen District Theatre, July 7

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at Aspen District Theatre, July 21

Pilobolus at Aspen District Theatre, July 28

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC

"A Decade in Concert" Presented by Disney Animation and the Aspen Music Festival and School: Benedict Music Tent, July 30

An opportunity for kids as young as 3 to see their first orchestral concert, and for symphony regulars to loosen up with some popular entertainment, this world premiere concert event will showcase clips from nine Disney movies from the past decade – "Frozen" among them – with live music conducted by Disney's Richard Kaufman. It is expected to tour the globe after the Aspen premiere.

Yeethoven at Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27

Jupiter String at Harris Concert Hall, June 28

Pianist Conrad Tao with the Aspen Chamber Symphony at Benedict Music Tent, June 29

Pianist Yuja Wang with the Aspen Festival Orchestra at Benedict Music Tent, July 1

Daniil Trifonov piano recital at Harris Concert Hall, July 10, and with the Aspen Festival Orchestra at Benedict Music Tent, July 15

"The Barber of Seville" at the Wheeler Opera House, July 12-16

Premiere of Anders Hillborg's "Homage to Stravinsky" by the Aspen Festival Orchestra at Benedict Music Tent July 22

Premiere of Stephen Hartke's cello concerto by the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra at Benedict Music Tent, July 25

Harris Concert Hall 25th Anniversary with violinist Robert

McDuffie, July 28

"Trouble in Tahiti" and Charlie Chaplin's "A Dog's Life" at Harris Concert Hall, Aug. 2

"An American in Paris," Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra at Benedict Music Tent, Aug. 15

Seraphic Fire at Benedict Music Tent, Aug. 17 and Harris Concert Hall, Aug. 20 and 22

Vocalists Tamara Wilson and Ryan McKinny with the Aspen Festival Orchestra at Benedict Music Tent, Aug. 19

 

MUSIC

Leslie Odom Jr.: The Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience, Benedict Music Tent, June 22

The Tony- and Grammy-wining vocalist, who originated the role of Aaron Burr in the groundbreaking Broadway musical "Hamilton," also has two solo jazz albums to his name (and those ubiquitous Nationwide insurance commercials, though it's doubtful he'll sing the jingle as he headlines Junefest). The concert marks Odom's Aspen debut in a post-"Hamilton" moment when he is red-hot and in-demand around the world. A bonus: he'll perform with student singers from the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Xavier Rudd at Belly Up, June 3

The Flaming Lips at Belly Up, June 8

The Drunken Hearts at Snowmass Summer Concert Series, Fanny Hill, June 9

Ziggy Marley at Belly Up, June 18

Gomez "Bring It On" 20th-anniversary tour at Belly Up, June 19

Brother's Keeper with Jeff Pevar at American Renewable Energy Day, Fanny Hill, June 21

Grace Kelly at the JAS Café, Aspen Art Museum, June 21

A-Trak at Belly Up, June 21

Leslie Odom at the Jazz Aspen June Experience, Benedict Music Tent, June 22

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience, Benedict Music Tent, June 23

Mary Chapin Carpenter at Belly Up, June 24

Laila Biali at the JAS Café, Little Nell, June 28 and 29

Kiari "Offset" Cephus at Aspen Ideas Festival, June 28

Ray Charles Tribute with Take 6 and special guests at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience, Benedict Music Tent, June 30

Thievery Corporation at Belly Up, July 4 and 5

Glen David Andrews at Snowmass Summer Concert Series, Fanny Hill, July 5

The Hot Sardines at the JAS Café, Cooking School of Aspen, July 6 and 7

moe. at Belly Up, July 11

ZZ Ward at Belly Up, July 13

Scott Tixier Quintet at the JAS Café, Aspen Art Museum, July 13

Igor Butman and Fantine at the JAS Café, Aspen Art Museum, July 14

Ann Wilson at Belly Up, July 15

Michael McDonald at Belly Up, July 19

Django Festival All-Stars at The Temporary, July 21

The Spin Doctors at the Aspen Deaf Camp Benefit, Fanny Hill, July 21

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening at Belly Up, July 23

Beats Antique at Belly Up, July 25

Melissa Etheridge at Belly Up, July 26

Chris Isaak at Belly Up, July 28

Muskateer Gripweed at Snowmass Summer Concert Series, Fanny Hill, Aug. 2

Sammy Miller and the Congregation at The Temporary, Aug. 4

Nicki Parrot Tribute to Peggy Lee at the JAS Café, Aspen Art Museum, Aug. 10

Allan Harris with the H2 Big Band and special guests Carolyn Leonhart and Shirazette Tinnin at the JAS Café, Aspen Art Museum, Aug. 11

The Bronx Horns: Tribute to Dizzie’s 100th at the JAS Café, Aspen Art Museum, Aug 16

The Kills at Belly Up, Aug. 16

Dianne Reeves at the JAS Café, Aspen Art Museum, Aug. 18

Matt and Kim at Belly Up, Aug. 18

Christian McBride, Benny Green and Russell Malone at the JAS Café, Aspen Art Museum, Aug. 18

The Temporary's First Birthday Party with Davina & The Vagabonds at The Temporary, Aug. 18

Lionel Richie at Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience, Snowmass Town Park, Aug. 31

Boz Scaggs at Belly Up, Aug. 31

Jack Johnson at Jazz Aspen Labor Day Experience, Snowmass Town Park, Sept. 1

Gary Clark, Jr. at Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience, Snowmass Town Park, Sept. 2

California Honey Drops at Belly Up, Sept. 19

 

BOOKS

Mohsin Hamid: At Aspen Words, June 19

The author of "Exit West" and the winner of the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize will speak about his work and its social impact with new Aspen Institute President Dan Porterfield at the Aspen Words Summer Benefit. “‘Exit West’ is a novel about migration and how our world is changing and could change, how we are all migrants and how we might find an optimistic future together,” the Pakistani novelist said in April upon winning the prize.

Novelist Tom Perotta at Aspen Summer Words, June 17-22

Novelist Anthony Marra at Aspen Summer Words, June 17-22

"Hidden Figures" author Margot Lee Shetterly at Aspen Summer Words, June 17-22

Memoirist Bich Minh "Beth" Nguyen at Aspen Summer Words, June 17-22

Environmentalist and author Paul Hawken at Aspen Ideas Festival, June 26

 

THEATER

"Ragtime": Presented by Theatre Aspen, at the Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park, June 26-Aug. 18

The largest summer cast in the company's 35-year history brings this epic, Tony-winning musical to the tent stage. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, the musical captures 20th-century New York with the intersecting stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a Harlem musician.

"A Doll's House, Part 2" at Aspen Fringe Festival, Black Box Theatre, June 9 and 10

"Flight of Fancy" at The Temporary, June 23

"The Christians" at Aspen Chapel, July 5 and 8

Consensual Improv at Thunder River Theatre Co., July 13

"Godspell" at Theatre Aspen, July 14-Aug. 18

"Our Town" at Theatre Aspen, July 20-Aug. 4