Aspen’s arts and culture scene is never dull in the thick of a winter or summer season (and for those counting, Hump Day, the midpoint of the ski season, is Saturday, Feb. 2). But it’s rare for a non-holiday spate of time to include a multitude of intriguing events in the middle of the week. No rest for the weary, weekend warriors — here are a few cultural events that caught our eye.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Aspen Historical Society launches its Time Travel Tuesdays series with an appropriate ode to Bauhaus 100: Aspen, the community-wide centennial celebrations of the Bauhaus design school. At “Paint ‘Bayer’ Number,” participants are invited to re-create the work of Herbert Bayer, Aspen’s original resident Bauhaus master, whose designs, fine art and commercial work helped shape Aspen into what it is today.
Similar to the Red Brick’s Masterpiece Mine programs, participants will choose one of two Bayer pieces — an Aspen promotional poster with an aspen leaf and skiers making figure 8s, or a more abstract work with geometrical shapes — and then draw and paint their own version, all the while learning about this important component of Aspen’s cultural history. All supplies are provided by the Historical Society, and the Wheeler Opera House bar (where the art session takes place from 5:30-7 p.m.) will be serving. Note that this event is limited to 24 participants, so buy your $10 ticket in advance at aspenshowtix.com.
Alternately, if you’re more artistic observer than participant, Aspen Words is hosting “An Evening of Performance Poetry” at Hooch that same evening, Feb. 5. Four of today’s hottest spoken-word artists are performing: hip-hop artist and poet Myrlin Hepworth, National Poetry Slam Group champion Mercedez Holtry, Denver’s inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Toluwanimi Obiwole and National Poetry Slam semifinalist and award-winning rapper Meta Sarmiento. These rock stars of slam poetry are also leading Aspen Words’ Poetry Project in Roaring Fork Valley schools this month. The event, from 5:30-7 p.m., is free and open to all.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, brings two additional options. For its Potbelly Perspectives speaker series, ACES welcomes local photographer Devin Pool. While showing his breathtaking images of adventuring throughout the Elk Mountains, Pool will share his lessons learned about “Finding Strength in Wild Places: A Photographer’s Guide to Resilience.” It should be a thoughtful and inspiring talk. The event takes place at ACES’ Hallam Lake facility at 7 p.m.
Also on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., Aspen Film presents the film “Cold War” as part of its Indie Showcase, in partnership with Metropolitan Theatres. Settle into a plush seat at the Isis Theatre and lose yourself in this love story set against the backdrop of the Cold War in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris. Shot in stunning black and white, the critically acclaimed film has three Academy Award nominations, including in cinematography and for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.
Finally, on Thursday, Feb. 7, the Aspen Music Festival’s Winter Music Series continues with “Bridge to Beethoven,” featuring violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner. Beethoven fans, as well as those who simply like to explore classical music in depth, will delight in hearing Beethoven’s violin sonatas paired with more recent works that were inspired by them. The concert takes place at Harris Hall at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 and are available through aspenmusicfestival.com.