The Wheeler Opera House will continue its recently announced Sunset Sessions performances with FREE performance of The Salon, sponsored by Justice Snow’s, on Sunday, June 18The Wheeler Lobby Bar opens at 7:00 p.m. with the performance beginning at 8:00 p.m. More information is available at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office (970.920.5770/ aspenshowtix.com). The Wheeler Opera House is located at 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO.

Curated by Alya Howe, The Salon has for the past five years made its home at Justice Snow’s (which also sponsors this event) and is modeled after the award-winning performance series in Philadelphia which itself is modeled after the 19th Century European salons. These events feature a broad spectrum of artistic performance, including all types of music, spoken word, dance and multimedia works. Many of the pieces and ensembles are experimental and created specifically to suit the intimate atmosphere. Previous events have sold out multiple times and earned rave reviews from both audiences and performers. Performances include poet Alyssa Szczelina, drummer Zack Ritchie, cellist Sarah Graf, humorist Harry Baber and Stefano Da Fre’s film “Tu Me Manques/You Are Missing From Me,” presented by Krysia Carter Giez.

Alya Howe is an award-winning UK born performance artist. She has been a part of the tradition of Salons since childhood and was a member of the famous London Salon “The 606”. Relocating from teaching at the State Ballet School in Greece to Philadelphia to join Danceteller and to teach at the Laban Institution in NYC. Later, she moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to raise her daughter and transition from a hectic performing career.

Currently, Howe is the Performance Arts Programmer at Justice Snow’s, founding the Poetry Brothel, curator and director of Aspen’s Writ Large–a storytelling slam and developing The Salon with Andrea Clearfield. Howe is artist-in-residence at The Launchpad, Carbondale where she had sell-out performances at her commissioned work “Vacuum” which will be performed again on September 16 at Dance Spectrum’s Festival. She presented dance, storytelling and poetry at the recent Colorado Creative Industries Summit. She performed in an improvisational dance work at The Launchpad in early June and was a featured poet at local 5 Point Film Festival, WildFest and Mountain Fair. Just back from India where she worked with a women group in sharing the work “Vacuum” inspired at how through the arts we can bridge cultural differences.

Other upcoming performances in the Sunset Sessions series include:

Writ Large | Monday, July 3

Aspen’s Only Storyslam! True Stories told to a live audience, no scripts no notes.


Here I Am: An Evening of Song with Nina Gabianelli
Tuesday, July 25

A one-woman cabaret act with arrangements and accompaniment by David Dyer.


Poetry Brothel
 | Friday, August 4

Aspen’s premiere poetry slam for amateurs and veterans.


Lydia Bain
 | Wednesday, August 16

Lydia is a rock violinist who is most notable as half of the self-described “first Afro-Country band in America,” Wink & the Signal.