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This Week in Aspen: January 14-21, 2019

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

In addition to these events, our most colorful week of the year is here! Aspen Gay Ski Week celebrates all week in various locations around town. Click here for more event information and a link to the full schedule. 

Monday, January 14

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, January 15

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody (7:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House). Be prepared to laugh in FRIENDS! The Musical Parody that lovingly lampoons TV’s Friends- celebrating the misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. Recommended for mature audiences. Tickets can be purchased here.

History on Tap: Highest, Fastest, Longest: Lift One (5:30 p.m., Hotel Jerome Antler Bar/Ballroom). Join the Aspen Historical Society as you learn the history behind Aspen Mountain and its landmark lift through a screening of “Aspen Before Lifts”, character performances, recollections from people who have experienced the lift, and historical photos. Aspen Brewing Company beers will be provided.

Wednesday, January 16

ACES: Potbelly Perspectives with Brandon Jones, “Bikepacking the American Southwest: A Journey for our National Monuments” (7 p.m., Hallam Lake). ACES invites you to Hallam Lake to listen to speaker Brandon Jones recount his adventures on his 600-mile bike ride through Las Vegas, Moab, Great Basin Deserts, Mojave, and the Colorado Plateau. RSVP for the event here.

Thursday, January 17

Red Brick Opening Reception: Landscapes (5 p.m., Red Brick Center for the Arts) Sponsored by Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Red Brick Arts will be hosting an opening reception with artists this Thursday. The exhibit will last until February 28 and feature interpretations of landscape.

Art and Empathy: Kaywin Feldman (5 p.m., Aspen Art Museum). Spend your Thursday night with the AAM in this new lecture series where thinkers explore the importance and nuances of empathy. Kaywin Feldman has been the Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art since 2008.

Friday, January 18

Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club (8:45 a.m., Cliffhouse Restaurant on Buttermilk Mountain). Earn your breakfast in this Uphill Social. Uphill skiers are invited each Friday morning to enjoy breakfast in the Cliffhouse restaurant after hiking up the mountain. Breakfast is available until 10:45 a.m. and is $12. The Ute Mountaineer is now offering free uphill rentals for Friday Uphill Socials. More information here.

5Point Adventure Film Festival (through January 19, Wheeler Opera House). Join 5Point Adventure Film Festival as they bring two nights of programming and an additional program on Saturday afternoon for the young and young at heart. Ski and snow films intertwined with 5Point's classic mix of non-ski adventure films are sure to leave you on the edge of your seat and ready to live your best story in 2019. Hosted with special guests attending. More information & ticket purchasing here.

Saturday, January 19

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (7:30 p.m., Aspen District Theater). Spend your evening full of dancing in this internationally beloved ballet that has delighted audiences around the world for four decades. This hilarious all-male troupe parodies dance classics, from Swan Lake to Martha Graham; ensured to keep everyone from dance aficionados to complete novices entertained throughout the night. Purchase tickets online here.


Sunday, January 20

Cliffhouse Full Moon Uphill Dinner (5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Cliffhouse Restaurant). Skin or hike up Tiehack on Buttermilk to dinner at Cliffhouse under the full moon. Get there early to enjoy free hot chocolate from 5-6 pm around the Cowboy Cauldron over a roaring fire. À la carte dinner options, snacks and a cash bar will be offered inside Cliffhouse.

Who’s Bad (8:30 p.m., Belly Up). Calling all Michael Jackson fans! Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true king. Purchase tickets for this all-age show here.

Monday, January 21

Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics (8:30 p.m., Belly Up). Dance the night away with this EDM/Funk band lead by co-producer of Pretty Lights chart topping album Taking Up Your Precious Time + sound designer for Dead & Co’s tours, Michal Menert. Purchase your tickets here.


For more information, visit our events calendar and follow us on social media @AspenCO.