Kenyan troupe Cirque Zuma Zuma brings its high-spirited show to the Wheeler Opera House for two performances on Sunday.

Friday, February 14

Youth Poetry Slam
6:30 p.m., Third Street Center, Carbondale

Hear student poets from our local middle and high schools share their original works. Hosted by Aspen Words, this seventh annual event caps off the two-week-long poets in the schools program, facilitated by award-winning poets and teaching artists Yolanda Wisher, Mercedez Holtry, Toluwanimi Obiwole, and Meta Sarmiento. Free, aspenwords.org 

JAS Café: Curtis Stigers          
9:15 p.m., Velvet Buck at the St. Regis

Don’t have Valentine’s Day plans yet? Snap up a pair of tickets for this singer/songwriter/saxophonist’s late concert (the 7 p.m. show is sold out; he also appears at 8 p.m. on Thursday). Per Jazz Times, “If voices, like wines, had noses, Curtis Stigers’ would be dusky oak with hints of Willie Nelson, Harry Nilsson, Ray Charles, and Matt Dennis.” Sounds like the perfect vintage for a romantic evening. Tickets $55, jazzaspensnowmass.org

Saturday, February 15

Opening Reception: Lisa Yuskavage, Wilderness
5:30 p.m., Aspen Art Museum

The museum's newest exhibit features American artist Yuskavage’s paintings of erotic female figures depicted within fantastical landscapes. The reception includes complimentary snacks plus beer and wine from So Café and an all-ages art-making activity. Free, aspenartmuseum.org

Lisa Yuskavage, Sweet Thing, 1993, is among the artist's works that will be exhibited at the Aspen Art Museum.

Sunday, February 16

Ski for the Pass
10 a.m., Independence Pass road

Help raise funds for the Independence Pass Foundation at this 7K race/tour that begins at the pass’s winter closure gate east of Aspen—it’s the only time this stretch is groomed for Nordic kick and glide. Registration $30 (family), $15 (adult), $7 (under 18), utemountaineer.com

Cirque Zuma Zuma
4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House

This celebration of African music, dance, and rituals features professional acrobats from Nairobi, Kenya. Expect wow-worthy feats of limbo, juggling, contortion, and more. Tickets $45 (adults) and $28 (children), wheeleroperahouse.com

 

 

 

 

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