Tickets to Aspen Ideas Festival public events still available |

Tickets to Aspen Ideas Festival public events still available

Tickets for several Aspen Ideas Festival public events remain available.

Due to bigger venues this year, many events have not sold out as they have in previous years. There are more than 80 events open to the public for the festival this year.

All of the films are $12, with the highest public-event admission being $55. The standout film on the list is “The Secret Life of Pets” on Friday — the premier of the film directed by Chris Renaud of “Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2.”

The other not-to-miss public event is the discussion with acclaimed actress Anna Devere Smith on Tuesday from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Aspen District Theater ($25). After her presentation, she will be joined by Marcus Bullock (went from maximum-security-prison inmate to tech entrepreneur), Piper Kerman (author of “Orange Is The New Black”), Marsha Levick (co-founded Juvenile Law Center in 1975) and city of Tucson, Arizona, Chief of Police Roberto Villasenor.

More public events with availability remaining:


8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hotel Jerome: “How Obama Shook the Lame Duck Label” — White House press secretary Joshua Earnest.


7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at Hotel Jerome: “Thousands of New Worlds” — Newly discovered planets by Lisa Katlenegger from Carl Sagan Institute.

7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Paecpke Auditorium: “Sonita” (film and discussion).

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hotel Jerome: “How can we move forward to reduce gun violence?” — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.


7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at St. Regis: “Space Time Ripples & Eintstein’s Legacy” — Science Friday’s Ira Flatow moderating.

Noon to 1 p.m. at St. Regis: “Can Sustainable Food Production Scale?” — Ricardo Salvador from Union of Concerned Scientists.

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Hotel Jerome: “Preventing the Next Gun Tragedy” — “Newtown” filmmaker Maria Cuomo Cole.

7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Paecpke Auditorium: “Newtown” film and discussion — Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never-before-heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history.

8 to 9:30 p.m. at Aspen District Theater: “Excerpts from Notes from the Field Doing Time in Education” — Anna Deavere Smith.


7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at Hotel Jerome: “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs” — Connection between cosmos and life on Earth with physics professor Lisa Randall.

Noon to 1 p.m. at Hotel Jerome: “How Does Culture Define a City’s Identity?” —James Fallows.

7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Paecpke Auditorium: “Audrie & Daisy” film and discussion — “Audrie & Daisy” is an urgent, real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual crimes against them have been caught on camera.


7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at Hotel Jerome: “Myth or Reality” — If you want a college degree, you can get one.

Noon to 1 p.m. at Hotel Jerome: “Can Building Trails Pave the Way to Stronger Communities?” — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. As our country’s natural resources are squeezed, communities are finding that conservation solutions that make economic sense rule the road. Bike and trail systems are finding support through unexpected partnerships among conservationists, business and community interests.

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Hotel Jerome: “Beer and Politics Book Talk” — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Paecpke Auditorium: “Under the Gun” film and discussion — In the past few years, a drastic rise in mass shootings has ripped across the United States, compounding an epidemic of gun violence. Yet, despite the growing body count and the shock and outrage that comes with it, our nation has failed to respond with meaningful action.

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hotel Jerome: “Understanding the Podcast Explosion” — “Invisibilia” host Hanna Rosin. How did these obscure broadcasts that languished from their debut in 2004 suddenly turn into must-have, mainstream shows?

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Regis: “The Woman Card: Feminism and the 2016 Election” — New America foundation President Anna Marie Slaughter.


8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Hotel Jerome: “Women Who Lead” —Women driving change toward more inclusive, sustainable and fair societies.

7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Paecpke Auditorium: “The Secret Life of Pets” film screening — For their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present “The Secret Life of Pets,” a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in “The Secret Life of Pets,” which co-stars Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks.

7 to 8 p.m. at St Regis: “The Future of American National Security (and the Republican Party)” — U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton.

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St Regis: “Is the World Heading into a New Wave of Protectionism?” — U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman.

For a full list of session descriptions, visit

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