Shakespeare in the
Hudson Reed Ensemble’s annual Shakespeare in the Park series has been among the highlights of Aspen’s jam-packed summer arts offerings over the last eight years.
This weekend, some of Aspen’s favorite local musicians are helping keep the free summer performances going with a benefit concert at Aspen Community Church.
Title “Mélange,” the benefit features headline performances by Bobby Mason and Dan Sadowsky, along with singers Franz Alderfer, Jennica Deely, Julia Foran, Harriet Pryor, Kimberly Rehfuss, Luke Seamans, Anna and Sarah Stevens. The program includes a variety of music, from New Orleans jazz to pop and rock’n’roll.
“Mélange” is French for “a collection of wonderful things,” and Reed says that’s just what you can expect at this show Friday night.
Interspersed with the 13 musical numbers, the ensemble will perform seven short Shakespearian monologues, ranging from “Taming of the Shrew” to “Romeo and Juliet,” by valley actors Candice Alderfer, Nikki Boxer, Ed Foran, Nick Garay, Kim Nuzzo, Kimberly Rehfuss and Chris Wheatley.
“I’m always for showcasing the amazing quality and depth of talent in this valley,” Reed says. “So, aside from raising money for Shakespeare in the Park, this benefit is an opportunity to present these gifted performers in a fantastic venue.”
The group is adding staging, light and sound equipment to the Bleeker Street church for the show.
“Mélange” is Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Aspen Community Church. It’s $25 at the door. More info at email@example.com  and 970-429-8175
Anderson Ranch Spring Open House and Studio Tours
The idyllic Snowmass Village campus of Anderson Ranch opens to the public this week, for a look into its studios and what its artists have been up to lately.
Fourteen artists-in-residence have been working there over the last 10 weeks, and will show off — and sell — their work to the general public on Tuesday.
“If you’ve thought about visiting the Ranch and haven’t yet done so, this is a wonderful opportunity to stop in, tour
our studios and view some outstanding works,” says Anderson Ranch executive director Barbara Bloemink.
The Ranch open house hosts children’s crafts as well, offering kids the opportunity to paint, paste and make an art project.
Anderson Ranch’s spring open house coincides with the opening reception for “Beautiful X,” by Sean Healy.
Hanging in the Ranch’s Patton Malott Gallery and Gideon Gartner Gallery, Healy’s work will be on display through May 17. The Portland Ore. native and Anderson Ranch are collaborating with the Aspen Writers’ Foundation for an upcoming reading, where writers will create short stories based on Healy’s art. The selected writers are doing a public reading of their projects in the gallery next month.
Free studio tours and Healy’s opening reception run Tuesday, April 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. Children’s activities from 5 to 6 p.m. Dinner in the Ranch Cafe afterward is $18.
More information at www.andersonranch.org  and 970-923-3181.