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Through Sunday, January 26

ESPN Winter X Games
various, Buttermilk

These four days of high-flying action sports in 17 disciplines make their annual return to the base of Buttermilk. New competitions this year: Snowboard SuperPipe Best Trick, Snowboard Rail Jam, Ski Knuckle Huck, and a Special Olympics Unified Skiing event. Join the thousands on the ground and watch for free, or splurge on the XIP Pass ($375–$1,860) and spectate from a heated hospitality suite overlooking the superpipe, plus get admission to the concerts. Get a different take on the action via a free photo walk with two National Geographic photographers and get some inside tips on capturing the athletes in motion. The X Games Athlete Experience (Friday, 2:30–3:30 p.m., $100) is essentially a fan press conference with X Games stars Danny Davis, Mark McMorris, Tom Wallisch, and David Wise, moderated by snowboarding legend Barrett Christy.  Or avoid the crowds, stay on your couch, and watch from home. xgames.com

X Games puts on some of the year's biggest concerts in Aspen.

X Games Music
Various, Buttermilk and Belly Up Aspen

Get a double dose of music with outdoor concerts at the X Games venue and club shows from each artist at Belly Up Aspen. As of today, general admission tickets are still available for Rae Sremmurd (Friday, 10 p.m.), Alesso (Saturday, 9:30 p.m.), and Bazzi (Sunday, 4:30 p.m.), all at Buttermilk, and Rae Sremmurd (Saturday, 10 p.m.) and Bazzi (Sunday, 9:30 p.m.) at Belly Up. Buttermilk tickets from $35, a Diamond Club Pass ($150–$675) includes perks like a heated viewing tent and a private cash bar, xgamesaspen.frontgatetickets.com; Belly Up tickets $85–$295, bellyupaspen.com

Friday and Saturday, January 24 & 25

Take Ten 2020: First Look Festival
7:30 p.m., Black Box Theater, Aspen High School

The nonprofit Theater Masters’ annual event features three 10-minute plays selected from its Aspiring Playwrights High School program as well as a staged reading of a commissioned play—inspired by a topic from the Aspen Ideas Festival—from the Visionary Playwright program, all performed by a local cast. Keeping it local, too: Four aspiring playwrights from Glenwood High School wrote the shorter plays. Also on Saturday, Theater Masters hosts a live-storytelling activation (1:30–3 p.m.) at the Aspen Art Museum’s Abraham Cruzvillegas exhibit. Tickets $24 ($12 students), theatermasters.org

Saturday, January 25

St. Lucia
4 p.m., Snow Lodge, Aspen

This winter pop-up at the base of Aspen Mountain, sibling to Montauk’s buzzy Surf Lodge, regularly hosts music après-ski. The Brooklyn-based St. Lucia, known for ’80s-influenced synth-pop, promises to get the party going. Free admission (or go big and reserve a table for 10, including all food and drink, for $2,500), thesnowlodge.com

Sunday, January 26

Live in Snowmass: Stand-Up Comedy
7 p.m., The Collective Snowmass, Base Village

Popular local comedians Todd Hartley, Beth Brandon, Chad Abraham, Ryan Honey, Don Chaney, Miller Ford, and Michael Robinson will tickle your funny bone. The crew includes former members of the original local stand-up group Laugh Your Aspen Off and current members of Thunder River Theatre’s Consensual Improv troupe. Tickets $10, thecollectivesnowmass.com

 

 

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