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Colin Jost (left) and Jeff Ross (right) perform on Friday night at the Wheeler Opera House for Laugh Fest.

Friday, February 23 

 
 
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

Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open
 
9:05 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Base of Buttermilk 

Some 200 amateur and pro-level athletes will jump, spin, and flip on Buttermilk’s slopestyle course, in the superpipe, and over the big-air jump in this long-running comp. It’s like the X Games—without the hype. Free, 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

Aspen Laugh Festival
 
4 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., Silver City Mountain Saloon, Wheeler Opera House

The increasingly popular comedy fest features a mix of established comics and up-and-comers, including the Second City sketch comedy troupe, Paula Poundstone (who recently released the book The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness), SNL “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost, notorious roaster Jeff Ross, Comedy Central regular and storyteller extraordinaire Mike Birbiglia, and recent Showtime comedy special performer Tiffany Haddish (who also recently hosted SNL). New this year: free après comedy hours at Silver City Mountain Saloon. $40–$75, wheeleroperahouse.com

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 bonfire. aspensnowmass.com  

Colorado Art Beat Film Series + Art Exhibition Opening Reception
 
6-8 p.m., Carbondale Art’s R2 Gallery in The Launchpad

This documentary film series and art exhibit recognizes five Colorado-based artists – Gregory Block, Robert Burch, Linda Girvin, Joshua Goss, and Sara Ransford. Presented by Carbondale Arts and produced by Chris and Heather Macdonald of FuseMedia, Colorado ArtBeat Film Series + Art Exhibition hosts its opening reception this evening. The exhibit runs through March 23. Free, Carbondalearts.com

Red
 
7 p.m., Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College

The six-time 2010 Tony Award–winning play Red comes to Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus. The play is based off a true story about Mark Rothko, the abstract expressionist who struggled to commercialize his art in a series of murals he was commissioned to paint for a New York City restaurant in the 1950s. $13-$18, coloradomtn.edu

JAS Café: The Pedrito Martinez Group
 
7 & 9:15 p.m., Cooking School of Aspen

Afro-Latin hand percussionist Pedro Pablo Martinez (a.k.a. Pedrito) has won a Thelonius Monk Award and performed with the likes of Paul Simon, Bruce Springstein, Sting, and Wynton Marsalis. In 2005, he formed the New York-based the Pedrito Martinez Group. Since then, the band has come out with two albums that have gained major recognition from critics and fans. $45 show only, $110 show with dinner, jazzaspensnowmass.org

Arthur Miller’s The Price
 
7:30 p.m.,Thunder River Theatre Company

Miller’s 1968 drama explores universal themes of loss, regret, and the cost of sacrificing for one’s family. Thunder River Executive Artistic Director Corey Simpson directs. $15–$30, thunderrivertheatre.com

Library Cinema: The Insult
 
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library

A 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, The Insult is a powerful story about an argument that leads to a court battle between Tony, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee. The case and the media attention that surrounds it leads both men to rethink their beliefs and values as their community grows divided over the issue. $10 (free popcorn included!), pitcolib.org

Flamenco Underground
 
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt

Authentic flamenco in Basalt? Believe it when this Denver-based combo takes to the stage for a spirited night of music and dance. $19, tacaw.org

An Evening with Lotus
 
10 p.m., Belly Up

Expect the dance floor to buzz to the grooves of this long-time instrumental electronic jam band. $45, bellyupaspen.com 

 

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Arthur Miller’s The Price plays at the Thunder River Theatre Company this weekend.

Saturday, Feb. 24

 
 
Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open
 
9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Base of Buttermilk

Some 200 amateur and pro-level athletes will jump, spin, and flip on Buttermilk’s slopestyle course, in the superpipe, and over the big-air jump in this long-running comp. It’s like the X Games—without the hype. Free, aspensnowmass.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  

Aprés Ski with the Band
 
2:30 p.m., Shlomo's Deli & Grill Patio

Learn more about JAS Music Education Initiatives at a lively après party at the base of Aspen Mountain, with music from DJ Kai and JAS Beat Lab students, beer and speciality cocktails from Woody Creek Distillers, and light bites. $30 for band members, $40 for non-band members, jazzaspensnowmass.org

Aspen Laugh Festival
 
4 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., Silver City Mountain Saloon, Wheeler Opera House

The increasingly popular comedy fest features a mix of established comics and up-and-comers, including the Second City sketch comedy troupe, Paula Poundstone (who recently released the book The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness), SNL “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost, notorious roaster Jeff Ross, Comedy Central regular and storyteller extraordinaire Mike Birbiglia, and recent Showtime comedy special performer Tiffany Haddish (who also recently hosted SNL). New this year: free après comedy hours at Silver City Mountain Saloon. $40–$75, wheeleroperahouse.com

Crowlin’ Ferlies
 
7 p.m., Marble Bar Aspen

An classic Aspen group, this local big ol’ Celtic/Irish band includes longtime local musicians Sandy Munro, Steve Johnson, Don Paine, April Moon, Tammie Lane, and Trevor Mountjoy. Free, marbledistilling.com

Red
 
7 p.m., Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College

The six-time 2010 Tony Award–winning play Red comes to Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus. The play is based off a true story about Mark Rothko, the abstract expressionist who struggled to commercialize his art in a series of murals he was commissioned to paint for a New York City restaurant in the 1950s$13-$18, coloradomtn.edu

JAS Café: The Pedrito Martinez Group
 
7 & 9:15 p.m., Cooking School of Aspen

Afro-Latin hand percussionist Pedro Pablo Martinez (a.k.a. Pedrito) has won a Thelonius Monk Award and performed with the likes of Paul Simon, Bruce Springstein, Sting, and Wynton Marsalis. In 2005, he formed the New York-based the Pedrito Martinez Group. Since then, the band has come out with two albums that have gained major recognition from critics and fans. $45 show only, $110 show with dinner, jazzaspensnowmass.org

Arthur Miller’s The Price
 
7:30 p.m.,Thunder River Theatre Company

Miller’s 1968 drama explores universal themes of loss, regret, and the cost of sacrificing for one’s family. Thunder River Executive Artistic Director Corey Simpson directs. $15–$30, thunderrivertheatre.com

Library Cinema: The Insult
 
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library

A 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, The Insult is a powerful story about an argument that leads to a court battle between Tony, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee. The case and the media attention that surrounds it leads both men to rethink their beliefs and values as their community grows divided over the issue. $10 (free popcorn included!), pitcolib.org

 
Thunder River Theatre Company’s Consensual Improv!
 
8 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt

In the same style as Who’s Line Is It Anyway? and Chicago’s Second City, Consensual Improv! performances include a plenty of audience interaction and improv games. $15 in advance, $19 day of, tacaw.org

G Jones w/EPROM and Ana Sia
 
9:30 p.m., Belly Up

These three notable EDM acts bring their whomping beats to the stage. $25, bellyupaspen.com

  

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The Insult is screening this weekend as part of Pitkin County Library's cinema series.

Sunday, Feb. 25

 
 
Red
 
2 p.m., Sopris Theatre Company at Colorado Mountain College

The six-time 2010 Tony Award–winning play Red comes to Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus. The play is based off a true story about Mark Rothko, the abstract expressionist who struggled to commercialize his art in a series of murals he was commissioned to paint for a New York City restaurant in the 1950s$13-$18, coloradomtn.edu

Alliance Film Series: Saturday Church
 
4 p.m., The Temporary, Basalt

The film relates the story of a 14-year-old boy named Ulysses who's struggling with both his father’s death and his gender identity. He finds a community that understands through Saturday Church, a program for LGBTQ youth. He begins to live a double life, leading him to question what he cares about most and the best way to be truthful about who he is. Following the screening will be a live Skype discussion with director Damon Cardasis and actor Luka Kain, led by Aspen Film’s Executive Director Susan Wrubel. Free for students, $10 adults, tacaw.org

Library Cinema: The Insult
 
7:30 p.m., Pitkin County Library

A 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, The Insult is a powerful story about an argument that leads to a court battle between Tony, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee. The case and the media attention that surrounds it leads both men to rethink their beliefs and values as their community grows divided over the issue. $10 (free popcorn included!), pitcolib.org

KRANE w/Slumberjack
 
9:30 p.m., Belly Up

The electronic dance music continues with KRANE, who is is also considered part of the trap genre, and Australian duo Slumberjack opening. $18, bellyupaspen.com

 

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