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This Week in Aspen: February 11-18

Start planning your weekly itinerary in Aspen with the many options below.


Monday, February 11

History Ski Tour: Aspen Highlands (11 a.m. and 1 p.m., guest service cabin outside Merry Go Round). Ski with a local historian to learn about Aspen Highlands’ “maverick”, innovative, and unique past. These tours meet every Monday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The tours are free, but a lift ticket is required to get to the meeting location.

Tuesday, February 12

Aspen Winter Words with Colson Whitehead (5:30 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen Institute Campus). Join Aspen Words in their 22nd Winter Words Series that celebrates some of America’s leading authors. Tuesday’s event will feature New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Colson Whitehead.

Aspen Characters: Conversations with Herbert Bayer & Fabi Benedict (5:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House). For this Time Travel Tuesday presented by the Aspen Historical Society, you’re invited to a conversation-style museum theater performance that will honor the new AHS “bayer & bauhaus” exhibit. The special program is part of Bauhaus100Aspen, the community-wide centennial celebration of the Bauhaus school.

Wednesday, February 13

ACES: Potbelly Perspectives (7 p.m., Hallam Lake). Wednesday’s Potbelly Perspective will spotlight Ken Ransford as he retraces an off-trail route he took more than 40 years ago from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney in California’s High Sierra. Potbelly Perspectives are presented by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

Thursday, February 14

Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open (through February 16, Buttermilk Mountain). One of the longest running independent open competitions in the nation, the freeskiing open opens up X Games Aspen Slopestyle, Superpipe, and Big Air courses to amateur and professional level athletes.

An Evening with Leftover Salmon: Stories from the Living Room (7:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House). Co-presented by Belly Up, spend your Valentine’s night at this special, intimate show that features one of the enduring bands of the Americana genre. Purchase tickets online here.

Friday, February 15

Aspen Laugh Festival: Jim Gaffigan (7:00 p.m., Wheeler Opera House). Spend your Friday night with Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, New York Times best-selling author and father- Jim Gaffigan. His unique brand of humor- largely revolved around fatherhood will keep you laughing all night.

Atmosphere at Belly Up (8:00 p.m., Belly Up). Dance the night away with hip-hop and rap band Atmosphere. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online here.

Saturday, February 16

JAS Café with Robin Mckelle (through February 17, The Cooking School of Aspen). Join JAS Café at the Cooking School of Aspen with a performance by Robin Mckelle as she takes listeners on a sonic trip mixing soul, jazz, gospel and more. Purchase tickets online here.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Repertoire (7:30 p.m., Aspen District Theatre). Just in time for the height of ski season, enjoy this special one-night-only performance of fan favorites from ASFB's repertoire. These audience-tested ballets have been performed the world over to rousing acclaim and now ASFB is bringing them back home to light up the winter! Purchase tickets online here.

Ascendigo Blue Autism Benefit (9:15 p.m., The Hotel Jerome). Enjoy an amazing evening of delectable food, a lively star-studded evening of fundraising, curated cocktails and dinner stations, a live auction, special guests, and concert with U2 Tribute Band, Joshua Tree. All donations directly support Ascendigo Autism Services, a local nonprofit providing services in the Roaring Fork Valley for individuals with autism. Ticket information can be found online here.

Sunday, February 17

7th Annual Ski for the Pass! (10 a.m., Winter Closure Gate on Independence Pass). Join the Independence Pass Foundation and the Ute Mountaineer this Sunday for a 7k classic ski tour beginning at the winter closure gate five miles east of Aspen up to the Lincoln Creek turnoff on Independence Pass.

Thievery Corporation at Belly Up (8:30 p.m., Belly Up). Dance with the Washington D.C. based duo that have spent two decades creating boundary-warping, complexly crafted electronic music. Purchase tickets online here or at the box office.

Monday, February 18

The Met live in HD: Puccin’s La Faniculla Del West (5:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House). Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts. Purchase tickets online here.

Poppy at Belly Up (7:30 p.m., Belly Up). Spend your President’s Day evening with Poppy, an American singer, songwriter, and proclaimed YouTuber. Purchase tickets online here or at the box office.


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