A&E Agenda

Theatre Aspen presents Solo Flights, Sept. 8-14, Hurst Theatre

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Solo Flights is an annual, week-long developmental festival of one-person shows presented in the beginning stages of their making. In addition to the performances, Solo Flights features signature events including talkbacks, creative discussions and panels, and special receptions.

This year’s Solo Flights festival features works and performances starring Tony Award-nominee Bryce Pinkham, Jeff Hiller of HBO’s “Somebody Somewhere,” two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Ivey, principal American Ballet Theatre dancer James Whiteside, four-time Academy Award-nominated actress and director Marsha Mason, and Golden Globe and NAACP Award-winning playwright, actor, and director Regina Taylor.

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Mactoberfest!, Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Restaurant Row, East Hopkins Ave between Monarch and Mill St. 

The Ultimate Mac & Cheese Showdown is free and open to the public.
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All mac-and-cheese enthusiasts and aspiring culinary champs are invited to the thrilling highlight of Mactoberfest: The Ultimate Mac & Cheese Showdown. The competition will take place from 1-3 p.m. Culinary artists will go head-to-head to create the most mouthwatering and innovative mac-and-cheese dishes. This year, the mac-and-cheese adventure will be elevated to new heights by introducing a carefully-curated selection of adult beverages, perfectly paired to complement the cheesy goodness.

This is a free event and open to the public.

How It Works:

  1. Registration: Contestants must register in advance to secure their spot in the competition. Limited slots are available, so sign up early! Please email to secure your spot.
  2. Ingredients Unleashed: The City of Aspen Special Events department is offering a stipend for the competitors to use for purchasing the finest, high-quality ingredients to craft their masterpieces.
  3. Cook-Off: Armed with culinary skills and creativity, the competitors will have two hours to showcase their dish that wows our esteemed VIP judge, the one and only, “Cheese Lady” herself — Laura Werlin.
  4. Winner Announcement: Mactoberfest believes in the voice of the people. As the VIP judge deliberates, you — the enthusiastic crowd — will have the opportunity to cast your vote. Winners will be announced at the end of the competition. Categories to win are the Judge’s category and People’s choice.

M. John Fayhee author talk, Sunday, 4:30 p.m., Explore Booksellers

“A Long Tangent” author will appear at Explore on Sunday.
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M. John Fayhee is giving an author talk at Explore Booksellers on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. A former staff writer for the Aspen Daily News, The Aspen Times, Aspen Journalism, Aspen Sojourner, Aspen Magazine, and Aspen Peak, he has authored 10 previous titles and is a two-time finalist for the Colorado Book Awards. He served as editor of the Mountain Gazette for 12 years and has also been a longtime contributing editor at Backpacker magazine.

His book, “A Long Tangent: Musings by an old man and his young dog hiking everyday for a year” is about his dog and him hiking every day for a solid year. Hikes mostly took place in New Mexico, but there are ample mentions of Colorado. The book is not just a chronological narrative, but also a memoir and reminiscence of a long life spent on trails. It is edgy and has verbiage that will be considered controversial.

Yacht Rock Revue, Sunday, 8 p.m., Belly Up Aspen

Yacht Rock Review will perform at Belly Up on Sunday at 8 p.m.
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Embark on a nostalgic voyage through the shimmering seas of music with Yacht Rock Revue, the ultimate purveyors of the smooth, yacht rock sound — whom many reverently consider the godfathers of yacht rock. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, this sensational band has captivated audiences worldwide with their immaculate renditions of classic hits from the late ’70s and early ’80s.

Inspired by the golden era of soft rock, Yacht Rock Revue has mastered the art of recreating the breezy and laid-back tunes that defined a generation. From the sun-kissed melodies of Steely Dan and Michael McDonald to the velvety harmonies of Hall & Oates, their repertoire spans an ocean of beloved hits that evoke memories of palm trees, ocean breezes, and carefree summers.

Garden Music Series: Schubert Mini Festival, Thompson Barn in River Valley Ranch, 2-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

MinTze Wu, curator and violin.
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Don’t miss out on a lovely way to welcome autumn at the Garden Music Series: Schubert Mini Fest. The roster of musicians includes both local and visiting talent, curated by MinTze Wu. This unique event offers two afternoons filled with storytelling and Viennese chamber music written by acclaimed composer Franz Schubert.  Enjoy an extended intermission for a personally packed picnic to be enjoyed on the beautiful grounds of River Valley Ranch under the gaze of Mt. Sopris. Details and tickets available at

Carbondale Arts accepting applications for Deck the Walls Holiday Market

Applications for the Carbondale Holiday Market are due Oct. 1.
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Every holiday season, Carbondale Arts transforms the gallery into a shop filled with artisan goods created by local and regional artists from all over the Roaring Fork Valley and the state of Colorado. One of the best shops for quality, one-of-a-kind, locally-made gifts! Applications are available at and are due Oct. 1.

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