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Friday, January 26

 
 
X Games
Dates and times vary through Sunday, Buttermilk 

They're b-a-a-a-c-k! Four days of high flying action sports in 17 disciplines take place at the base of Buttermilk Mountain, including the brand-new best snowbike trick (performed on modified dirt bikes) and the return of snowmobile speed and style. Join the thousands on teh ground to watch for free or splurge on a Platinum Tower pass (from $375) and spetate from a hospitality suite overlooking the superpipe. Don't miss this year's post-competition concert lineup including Martin Garrix, Marshmello, Method Man & Red Man, and LCD Soundsystem. Free to spectate, concerts from $25, xgames.espn.com

Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club
8:45–10 a.m., Cliffhouse Restaurant, Buttermilk

New this year, uphill skiers are able to enjoy breakfast in the restaurant after hiking up the mountain every Friday. The Cliffhouse breakfast will be available for purchase with coffee, tea and hot chocolate, an oatmeal and yogurt station featuring dry quick oats in a mason jar and a toppings bar filled with healthy add-ons. Two hot breakfast options will also be available. $12 (hot items), $8 (oatmeal bar), aspensnowmass.com

History Ski Tour
11 a.m. & 1 p.m., Aspen Mountain

Learn about the amazing mining and ski history lying literally beneath your feet as you tour Aspen Mountain with a long time local historian. Meets at Guest Services cabin below the gondola at the top. Free with lift ticket ($94), aspenhistory.org 

Ullr Nights
5–9 p.m., Snowmass

Bundle up and ride the Snowmass gondola ($10) to some family-friendly snow play, including the new Breathtaker mountain coaster and lift-served tubing ($49 for a two-hour activities pass to access both; reserve in advance), free ice skating, free snowshoe tours with a guide from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (6 and 7:30 p.m.), snowbiking ($72 guided rides for ages 12 and up, free minibikes for younger kids), and climbing and sliding on a massive snow sculpture. Elk Camp restaurant serves dinner with live music, followed by s’mores and hot cocoa by the bonfireaspensnowmass.com  

Library Cinema: Faces Places
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library

Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open air photography galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities, during a trip in JR's photographic (and magical) truck. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters. This film also tells the story of Agnès and JR's friendship, which grew stronger throughout the film shoot, between surprises and teasing, and while laughing about their differences. $10 (free popcorn included!), pitcolib.org

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt

The hit play depicting the life of Molly Ivins, the brassy Texan reporter whose liberal journalism skyrocketed her to the national stage comes to the local stage. From writing Elvis Presley’s New York Times obituary to becoming the most widely-read self-proclaimed “pain in the ass to whatever powers come to be,” Ivins, often described as a modern-day Mark Twain, made rabid fans and enemies alike with her sharp-tongued humor and unabashed political criticism. This acclaimed show captures the redheaded reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics. $22 (advance), $27 (door), tacaw.org

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Rio de Janeiro's Thomas Troisgros returns for a special guest chef dinner at Element 47 at The Little Nell on Saturday. 

Saturday, January 27

 
 
X Games
Dates and times vary through Sunday, Buttermilk 

They're b-a-a-a-c-k! Four days of high flying action sports in 17 disciplines take place at the base of Buttermilk Mountain, including the brand-new best snowbike trick (performed on modified dirt bikes) and the return of snowmobile speed and style. Join the thousands on teh ground to watch for free or splurge on a Platinum Tower pass (from $375) and spetate from a hospitality suite overlooking the superpipe. Don't miss this year's post-competition concert lineup including Martin Garrix, Marshmello, Method Man & Red Man, and LCD Soundsystem. Free to spectate, concerts from $25, xgames.espn.com 

Guided Tour
1 p.m., Aspen Art Museum

Drop-in for a spotlight tour of the latest exhibitions led by museum staff. Free, aspenartmuseum.org

Thomas Troisgros Guest Chef Dinner
6–10 p.m., Element 47

Chef Thomas Troisgros, of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympe, a 1 Michelin-star restaurant named one of the Top 100 World’s Best Restaurants and 17th on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, will take over element 47 at The Little Nell for a one-night only, five-course dinner. Thomas is a fourth generation chef in the Troisgros family, a revolutionary name in contemporary gastronomy from France to Brazil. When he was just ten years old, he spent a season in France with his grandfather Pierre. During his formation in renowned restaurants, he learned the importance of scents and texture of fresh ingredients. $165 (add a wine pairing option for $85), thelittlenell.com 

Library Cinema: Faces Places
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library

Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open air photography galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities, during a trip in JR's photographic (and magical) truck. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters. This film also tells the story of Agnès and JR's friendship, which grew stronger throughout the film shoot, between surprises and teasing, and while laughing about their differences. $10 (free popcorn included!), pitcolib.org

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt

The hit play depicting the life of Molly Ivins, the brassy Texan reporter whose liberal journalism skyrocketed her to the national stage comes to the local stage. From writing Elvis Presley’s New York Times obituary to becoming the most widely-read self-proclaimed “pain in the ass to whatever powers come to be,” Ivins, often described as a modern-day Mark Twain, made rabid fans and enemies alike with her sharp-tongued humor and unabashed political criticism. This acclaimed show captures the redheaded reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics. $22 (advance), $27 (door), tacaw.org

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The French documentary Faces Places won the Golden Eye Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. 

Sunday, January 28

 
 
X Games
Dates and times vary, Buttermilk 

They're b-a-a-a-c-k! Four days of high flying action sports in 17 disciplines take place at the base of Buttermilk Mountain, including the brand-new best snowbike trick (performed on modified dirt bikes) and the return of snowmobile speed and style. Join the thousands on teh ground to watch for free or splurge on a Platinum Tower pass (from $375) and spetate from a hospitality suite overlooking the superpipe. Don't miss this year's post-competition concert lineup including Martin Garrix, Marshmello, Method Man & Red Man, and LCD Soundsystem. Free to spectate, concerts from $25, xgames.espn.com 

Winter Jazz Party
4 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt 

A night of classic jazz with some of Colorado's best jazz artists including: Walt Smith on piano, Kathy Morrow singing, Mark Gray on bass, Tim Fox on horn, and Chris Goplerud on drums. During the evening, donations will be accepted to raise funds for the Erik D. Newbury Scholarship which goes to a student in Basalt every year who life is touched by music. $14 (advance), $18 (door), tacaw.org

Live Poetry Night
6:30 p.m., Mountain Chalet

Hosted monthly by the Aspen Poets’ Society, enjoy live music with singer/songwriter Dan Sheridan, an open mic for local poets with featured guest Claudia Putnam. Free, aspenpoetsociety.com

Library Cinema: Faces Places
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library

Agnès Varda and JR have things in common: a passion for and the exploration of images in general, and more precisely, for places and for ways of showing, sharing, and exhibiting them. Agnès chose cinema. JR chose to create open air photography galleries. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities, during a trip in JR's photographic (and magical) truck. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters. This film also tells the story of Agnès and JR's friendship, which grew stronger throughout the film shoot, between surprises and teasing, and while laughing about their differences. $10 (free popcorn included!), pitcolib.org

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