The Aspen Laugh Festival takes over the Wheeler this week.

Welcome to our new edition of Aspen Weekend Agenda. With so much going on in the Roaring Fork Valley—it can be overwhelming, frankly—we've chosen to tighten up our listings and share five editor's picks of what we consider must-sees and must-dos for the upcoming Friday/Saturday/Sunday. For a more comprehensive calendar, please refer to Datebook in the print edition of Aspen Sojourner, where we highlight offerings throughout the week for several months at a time. And this week, we're including a bonus sixth event.

Friday and Saturday, February 22–23

Aspen Laugh Festival 
Find the funny this weekend at Aspen’s annual comedy fest. Friday features a free performance at Silver City Saloon by the Roaring Fork Valley’s own Consensual Improv group, a show at the Limelight Hotel by Alex Edelman, and a triple bill with Rachel Feinstein, Moshe Kasher, and Julian McCullough at the Wheeler, followed by Tig Notaro later that night. On Saturday, check out another free show with Becky Robinson, Ismo Leikola, and McCullough, plus Gary Gulman at the Limelight and Jo Koy at the Wheeler. For more details, check out Your Guide to Aspen Laughfest 2019. aspenlaugh.com

JAS Café: Shelly Berg Trio with Veronica Swift and Billy Valentine
5 & 8 p.m. (Friday), 7 & 9:15 p.m. (Saturday), Cooking School of Aspen
Five-time Grammy nominee Berg plays piano accompaniment for Swift, who’s being touted as one of the country’s top young jazz singers, and Valentine, the veteran who’s opened for the likes of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, and performed as part of the Valentine Brothers duo for almost 15 years. Come at 7:15 p.m. for Friday’s show to hear the pre-concert Listen Up talk with Berg. A light food menu will be available both evenings from 6–10 p.m. Tickets $45, jazzaspensnowmass.org

Saturday, February 23

Lynn Britt Cabin Specialty Uphill Dinner
5–8:30 p.m., Snowmass ski area
As fun as the full moon uphill dinners at Buttermilk’s Cliffhouse are, this once-a-season event ups the ante with a three-course chef-driven dinner and an optional wine pairing. Skin, hike, or snowshoe for one mile up the slopes to Snowmass’s charming mid-mountain log cabin, dry off by the fireplace, and settle in for a special evening that includes skiing or hiking back down after dinner. The Ute Mountaineer offers discounted snowshoe rentals, while Four Mountain Sports rents alpine touring gear. Dinner, $100 per person; wine pairing, $35, for reservations call 970-923-8715 or email ascconcierge@aspensnowmass.com

Dinner at the Lynn Britt Cabin is no ordinary affair.

AVSC Hall of Fame dinner
6–9 p.m., T-Lazy-7 Ranch Lodge
If celebrating is more your style than exercising your way to dinner, join the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club in honoring three locals and organizations who have significantly contributed to its goal of providing top-notch winter sports training to local youth: Aspen Gymnastics coach John Bakken, the Oates family, and the Aspen Elks Lodge. The evening features dinner, drinks, and live music at T-Lazy-7’s lodge. Note that shuttles will run from Aspen High School throughout the evening; no parking will be available at the ranch. Tickets $100 adults, $50 kids, teamavsc.org

Sunday, February 24

Here I Am Cabaret Show
7:30–8:30 p.m., The Collective, Snowmass Base Village
Prolific performer and stage veteran Nina Gabianelli brings her acclaimed one-woman show to this new performance venue in Snowmass. Through storytelling and song, she shares her personal journey of becoming an actress and singer—from St. Louis to New York to Aspen— including her battle with addiction and subsequent recovery. Pianist David Dyer accompanies her. $20, the collectivesnowmass.com

Lettuce
9 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
You know the Belly Up is going to be a happy mix of sweaty fans grooving to this sextet’s signature mash-up of jazz fusion, funky beats, and inspired jams. The band’s most recent album, recorded live, pays tribute to one of its main influencers, Miles Davis, both with the music and the title—Witches Stew. This current winter tour leads up to Lettuce’s annual Rage Rocks show at Red Rocks in early June; don’t miss the chance to catch the vibes now in Belly Up’s intimate setting. Can’t make it on Sunday? The band will play Monday night, too. $36 GA, $56 reserved, bellyupaspen.com

Lettuce will play the Belly Up

Image: Alex Varsa

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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