5 Things to Do This Weekend: January 17–19, 2020

Gay Ski Week, adventure films, music, and movies energize these three days.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff January 15, 2020

Climber Nina Williams will be a special guest at 5Point Film at the Wheeler this weekend.

Friday and Saturday, January 17–18

5Point Film in Aspen
7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House

Carbondale’s much-lauded 5Point Film Festival brings a program of adventure shorts upvalley, along with emcee Paddy O’Connell, a silent auction, and special guests including Olympic and X Games skier Alex Ferreira (The Scenic Route profiles his freeskiing career) and climber Nina Williams (The High Road documents the challenges this up-and-coming bouldering star tackles on the rock). Other films range from night skiing in Canada and a trail running pastor in the Faroe Islands to paddling in Idaho, ice climbing in Kentucky, and heli-ski pioneer Mike Wiegele. Tickets $28 ($20 for students),

Friday, January 17

The Snowmass Tourism team always puts on a great show at the Gay Ski Week Costume Competition, like last year's Madonna-themed extravaganza.

Gay Ski Week Costume Competition and Party
12–3 p.m., Gondola Plaza

This not-to-be-missed annual happening, hosted by the legendary Sister Helen Holy, has long been a highlight of Gay Ski Week. Teams of high-spirited, costumed skiers and boarders—locals and visitors—descend Little Nell run in their most outrageous best, maybe breaking out into a dance routine on the plaza right after. No matter what, the energetic vibe is infectious. Free to spectate but get there early for a good viewing spot,

Saturday and Sunday, January 18 & 19

Library Cinema: Where’s My Roy Cohn?
7: 30 p.m. both days and 4 p.m. Sunday, Pitkin County Library, Aspen

At the heart of this acclaimed documentary: a ruthless and unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker whose 28-year career ranged from acting as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy's Communist-hunting subcommittee to molding the career of a young Queens real estate developer named Donald Trump. Tickets $10 (includes popcorn),

Saturday, January 18

Floodgate Operators
9:30 p.m., Silver City Mountain Saloon

This up-and-coming, five-piece bluegrass band from Crested Butte comes over the Elks to perform both flat-picking traditionals and original songs in a winningly upbeat show. Free,

Catch the Floodgate Operators at Silver City on Saturday night.

Sunday, January 19

History on Stage: Aspen’s Ski Pioneers
7 p.m., The Collective Snowmass, Base Village

Local actor and Aspen Historical Society staffer Mike Monroney portrays legendary skier and adventurer Billy Fiske in the first show of this monthly series, which features first-person accounts of those who helped create Aspen’s ski-town legacy. $10 suggested donation,





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