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Virtual exercise, wellness, entertainment and shopping in Aspen

A recent group lesson for 4th graders from Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork, through the Aspen Music Festival's AfterWorks program, led by Beginning Strings teacher and ArtistYear Fellow Jeanette Adams.
Courtesy Aspen Music Festival
AT HOME IN ASPEN Aspen Times stories and guides on virtual resources for wellness and entertainment
  • An interview with artist Tom Sachs about working at home and hosting a Virtual Art Salon with Anderson Ranch HERE
  • Our guide to Aspen area art gallery online viewing rooms and exhibitions HERE
  • The Aspen Times Weekly story about local artist Emily Chaplin's online art auction for COVID-19 relief HERE
  • Read an interview with Aspen filmmaker Dennis Scholl about his new documentary about artist Clyfford Still streaming online HERE
  • Our feature on Carbondale First Friday's virtual presentations HERE
  • Our story on Anderson Ranch Arts Center moving its summer workshops and lectures online HERE
  • Go inside the making of the virtual '5Point Unlocked' film festival HERE
  • Activities and ideas for kids from the Aspen Youth Center HERE
  • Big mountain skier Chris Davenport's recommended ski and adventure films to watch at home HERE
  • Our feature on virtual concerts by DJ Naka G, Jackson Emmer and other Aspen area musicians HERE
  • A guide to the voluminous online archives at the Aspen Historical Society HERE
  • Info on Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's Emergency Relief Fund and video excerpts of the company's work HERE
  • Pantry-ready recipes recommended by 'Tastes of Aspen' cookbook author Jill Sheeley HERE
  • Videos of coronavirus-relevant and escapist content from Aspen Ideas Fest HERE
  • Details on Aspen Shorstfest 2020 going virtual HERE
  • An Aspen Words e-book reading list HERE
  • A guide to the Pitkin County Library’s vast (and free) online resources HERE
  • A calming playlist from Aspen Music Festival CEO Alan Fletcher HERE
  • Art Kits-to-Go from the The Art Base HERE
  • Coronavirus canceled an Aspen High School musical, but the show goes on online HERE
  • Spafford, the first band to cancel at Belly Up during the coronavirus outbreak, on postponing their tour and how to support musicians HERE

These are some of the local virtual offerings available during the coronavirus restrictions on gatherings. If you or your organization are planning virtual experiences or live-streamed events, The Aspen Times wants to spread the word. Please contact Andrew Travers at

Updated Friday, May 22

  • Thunder River Theatre Company will produce its production of “The Pink Unicorn” online in two live performances June 12 and 13. Ticketholders can view anytime through June 27. Tickets are $10-$20, available HERE
  • Registration is open for Aspen Summer Words’ virtual public events beginning June 4 and running through June 22. Conducted via Zoom webinar, the talks are free and open to the public. This year’s events lineup features Summer Words faculty, including best-selling essayist and “Dear Sugars” podcaster Steve Almond, critically acclaimed novelist Christopher Castellani, author and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and memoirist Gregory Pardlo and former poet laureate of Philadelphia Yolanda Wisher, along with literary agents and editors. Moderators for the discussions include Petra Mayer, an editor at NPR Books, and Jenna Blum, a novelist and cofounder of A Mighty Blaze. Register HERE
  • The Aspen Institute hosted a virtual event with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, in the first of its series “Leading on the Frontlines” about mayors and governors leading through the pandemic. Watch HERE.
  • Mawa’s Kitchen is hosting virtual cooking classes on Fridays at 5 p.m. through June 12. Each class includes a special guest. Participants can watch or can purchase spices and ingredients in advance to cook along with Chef Mawa McQueen. Details HERE
  • Local filmmaker Pete McBride’s documentary “Into the Canyon,” about his 750-mile hike through the Grand Canyon with Pete Fedarko, will stream in an online presentation by the Vancouver International Film Festival May 29-31. Details HERE
  • Carbondale Arts is hosting a Nature Crafts class every Thursday from 3-4 p.m. on Zoom HERE. Participants make art from natural, recycled or everyday repurposed materials.
  • The Opera Gallery’s online viewing room includes the exhibitions “American Icons” (May 9-19), Manolo Valdes (May 5-15) and Marc Chagall (May 1-10) HERE
  • Jazz Aspen Snowmass will livestream a performance by the Emmet Cohen Trio HERE
  • The Aspen Brain Institute is hosting a free “Expert Series” on Zoom featuring brain experts discussing ideas, research and perspective on brain health. Events are scheduled May 11, May 18, May 26 and June 1. Register at
  • Aspen Film has partnered with the independent film distributor Neon to present the new film “Spaceship Earth” online. The online event includes a pre-taped conversation with director Matt Wolf that views can watch after streaming the film. They are also hosting four live virtual Q&As with Wolf and Biosphere 2 crewmembers Linda Leigh and Mark Nelson. Tickets are $3.99. Once purchased, viewers have 72 hours to watch the film on Neon’s virtual platform. More info HERE
  • Aspen Shakhti is hosting an online survey to determine local interest in in-person experiences and what level of precautions people want the studio to take. The survey is open to the public HERE
  • Steve’s Guitars has launched its “Streamin’ Steve’s” concert series with live-streamed concerts from the Carbondale guitar shop. Live shows will run Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. HERE and you can watch a recording of the opening concert HERE.
  • The Aspen Art Museum is hosted a “Slow. Look. Live” Instagram Live program with artist Sahra Motalebi HERE
  • 5Point Film is posting recordings of its live virtual ‘5Point Unlocked’ film presentations HERE
  • Theatre Aspen has launched online theater classes on dance (grades 4-6), acting (grades K-4) and directing, while extending its Broadway Methods dance classes through May.
  • Carbondale Arts is hosting a free weekly virtual art class for kids on Zoom, Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Details HERE.
  • Jimmy’s, An American Restaurant and Bar, is now offering live virtual tequila tastings and taped mezcal tastings, with tasting kits available for purchase. Details and kits HERE
  • Thunder River Theatre Company will host a virtual ExtravaGala! to raise funds to support theater performances and programs including the theater’s virtual online entertainment channel, ThunderStream,is online HERE.
  • The Aspen Art Museum has launched “Slow.Look.Live.,” is a new initiative offering an occasion to slow down and reflect with deeper intention about artistic process and dialogue. It will feature regional, national, and international participants on Fridays at 4 p.m. with Rachel Ropeik, AAM Learning Director, on Instagram Live and Instagram Stories HERE and on the website HERE.
  • Local band Let Them Roar is hosting Zoom Song Circles every Tuesday evening, featuring the band and guest musicians. Details HERE and concerts HERE, more info at
  • The Michael Warren Contemporary art gallery in Denver is hosting “Fluid Dynamics,” an online exhibition of work by Aspen-based artist Teresa Booth Brown HERE.
  • The Red Brick Center for the Arts has launched online art classes and a virtual tour of its current art exhibition HERE. The Red Brick and other city of Aspen entities have launched an #AspenTogether remote engagement initiative with social media posts from the Red Brick, Wheeler Opera House and Aspen Recreation Department.
  • Jazz Aspen Snowmass is keeping a regularly updated daily schedule of live and recorded virtual concerts HERE. The list covers a wide variety of genres, with an emphasis on Jazz Aspen artists including Shelly Berg, Jacob Collier, The Roots, Leslie Odom Jr. and H.E.R.
  • Aspen Snowmass Pilates instructor Vicki Tobia is teaching private classes via Zoom, Skype and Facetime. Find details HERE or call Vicki at 970-230-1864 to schedule a session.
  • The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies has posted a virtual version of its Morning Birding lessons HERE. It includes a lesson on rosy-finches from guide Rebecca Weiss and video gathered by local birders.
  • The Aspen Art Museum has launched an “Art Anywhere” initiative which spotlights its online Open Studio prompts designed by past exhibiting artists. One by Huma Babha is online HERE and one by Adam Pendelton is HERE. The museum is sharing opportunities through its Instagram feed and its bi-weekly e-newsletter HERE. The museum is hosting regularly scheduled Art Studio workshops online at 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
  • Bonedale Flashmob is planning a live flashmob dance at Carbondale First Friday “once the ban on social gatherings has been lifted.” Choreography will be taught remotely. To participate, contact Alexandra at 970-379-2187,
  • Carbondale hosted its first Virtual First Friday Celebration on April 3 and has the live Zoom recording HERE as well as the May edition.
  • Aspen-based children’s musician Miss Tammy is regularly posting new video singalongs and quarantine-friendly misc lessons for toddlers and young children on the Aspen Music Together Facebook page HERE.
  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center is hosting a virtual Artist Salons via Zoom. Details HERE.
  • Endless Pawsibilities Dog Training is offering virtual dog training sessions HERE
  • Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company has launched “TRTC ThunderStream” HERE. It is a free series of online performances and virtual hangouts. The first entry is a Zoom-made performance by members of the Consensual Improv troupe. Cabaret, theater, readings and a “virtual playwriting camp” are expected to follow in the coming days.
  • The Aspen Recreation Department is offering free virtual activistis for kids and adults, ranging from bathtub swimming lessons to HIIT classes HERE
  • Ritual Aspen is offering free Lagree Method, and HIIT online workouts via instagram HERE. Lagree workouts mimic movements performed on Ritual’s Megaformers but instead will require: 2 small towels (if on hardood floor), or 2 paper plates (if on carpeted floor); a set of 2-5 lbs weights (you can substitute with can of food or bottled water), a band, and a Pilates or Yoga Mat. HIIT workouts are body weight-based.
  • Flex Pilates Aspen is offering virtual Reformer classes, and virtual private Pilates sessions via Zoom. For more information email or follow on Instagram HERE.
  • Carbondale Arts has created a comprehensive list of creative resources for coping with quarantine HERE. The nonprofit also put out a cal for live performances and art-sharing, asking participants to take CarbondaleArts on social media.
  • Local singer-songwriter Jackson Emmer is performing weekly “Quarantunes” concerts on Facebook HERE. Emmer is collecting donations for the Community Resource Center in Nashville, providing relief for musicians affected by the coronavirus economic fallout.
  • Rocky Mountain Pet Shop is taking phone and online orders for pet supplies, with curbside pick-up available as well as limited delivery in the Aspen area, at 970-925-2010 and here.
  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center has launched the home art project, “Mandala Mondays.” For the next four weeks on Mondays, the Ranch will email downloads of mandalas for coloring. Sign up for the weekly downloads by emailing
  • The Snowmass Club is hosting live 30-minute fitness classes via Facebook here. They include 10 a.m. Barre (Monday), HIIT (Wednesday) and “Ultimate Workout” (Friday).
  • Thug Yoga in Aspen is offering free classes via Instagram Live (@thugyoga) here on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
  • Longtime local musician Brad Manosevitz has released a new song and video, “Even the Bad Days (Are Pretty Good)” via YouTube here. He wrote, produced, performed, recorded, mixed, shot and edited the music and video since local restrictions on public gatherings began.
  • DJ Naka G, lifelong Aspenite and X Games DJ, has been hosting a nightly live performance on his Facebook page here around 8 p.m.
  • The Aspen- and Miami-based filmmaker Dennis Scholl has released his feature-length documentary “Lifeline: Clyfford Still” for streaming via Kino Lorber here. The film’s world premiere in Denver was canceled this month. Many of the featured interviews with artists, critics and curators were filmed in Aspen and Snowmass Village.
  • Aspen Strong is keeping an updated list of local virtual resources for wellness here, ranging from government resources to crisis support, financial and family support, food and fitness.
  • The Aspen Youth Center is hosting a social media challenge for kids at home, more info on Instagram @aspenyouthcenter or submit to It has also compiled a list of online resources “from educational to semi-educational to just plain fun” and is sharing them here and through a e-newsletter (sign up by emailing
  • Tonic Method’s Aspen studio is offering free live workouts on Instagram daily at noon here. The workouts mimic those on Tonic machines but instead require only: two small towels (if you are on hard floors) or 2 paper plates (if you re on carpet); two 3-5 pound weights (subsititute cans of food or water bottles); a yoga or Pilates mat.
  • Local behavioral therapist Kathleen Callaghan, affiliated with the nonprofit Hospitality Matters, is producing a weekly podcast for practical and mental health advice here. She is also making herself available to the community by phone at 970-618-2044
  • The Aspen Brain Institute presented a virtual Fantastic Fungi Day on March 26. Presenters have made the documentary “Fantastic Fungi,” an Aspen Filmfest 2019 selection, available for digital download here.
  • CycleBar Aspen has launched a social distancing-friendly 30-day bike rental program. It includes delivery, set-up & pick-up to/from your house (pickup available at the studio Thursdays 8 a.m.- 10 a.m.), 4-6 weekly streaming classes, access to CycleBarGO online streaming classes, access to Pure Barre GO & Club Pilates GO, a CycleBar Aspen shirt and up to four pairs of bike shoes for a family to use. The price is $249. Call or text for reservations: 970-710-1501
  • Elliott Yeary Gallery is open for virtual shopping. Contact Marie to schedule an appointment at 970-429-1111 or Customers can also DM the gallery via Instagram: eygaspen or shop online at
  • The social impact nonprofit Lead With Love is hosting regular “Mind Over Matter” medication sessions on Mondays at noon on Facebook Live here. Lead With Love has also begun hosting a “Community Connection” call via Zoom every Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Details are online here.
  • TAC Fitness in Basalt is offering live “HIIT@Home” and other exercise classes. The full schedule (with links) is online here. Instructors are also recording those classes and posting them on the TAC Fitness YouTube channel here.
  • Aspen Shakti’s online yoga classes and Alchemy Spa are online here
  • 02 Aspen is hosting free yoga classes through its “O2 Live” series on YouTube here
  • Connect to Aspen Chapel and Christ Episcopal church services on Sunday mornings here. The Aspen Chapel’s daily meditations are on Zoom here, yoga is here, the Aspen Noise singing group is here. Updated schedules at
  • Crossroads Church is broadcasting its Sunday services online at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. here
  • Pathfinders, the nonprofit,supporting the chronically ill and grieving, has hosted three online workshops though Zoom. More info here.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous is hosting some Aspen area meetings on Zoom. Info at
  • Explore Booksellers is offering book sales by phone at 970-925-5336 and via email at, with pick-ups on the shop porch. Audio downloads from the shop are also available at When you start a membership on the site with the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW, 100% of your payment will go to Explore. It also gets you two books for the price of one.
  • LIV Aspen is offering virtual shopping. More info at and by contacting store manager Robin Sloan at 970-618-7564 or email

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