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This Week in Aspen: February 19-25

Start planning your weekly itinerary with the many options below:

Tuesday, February 19

Pakistan and Western China: An Islamic Mountain Oasis (6 p.m., Pitkin County Library). Matthew Cull will be presenting photography and narrative of his three month journey through this beautiful, misunderstood, and contentious region at the intersection of empires. Enjoy images and stories of friendly outgoing folks, colorful markets, and green oasis villages surrounded by huge dry glaciated mountains.

Aspen’s Characters: Stories from Strong and “Scandalous” Women (5:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House). Join the Aspen Historical Society in this researched museum theatre presentation that sheds light on the two women who survived and thrived independently in the masculine world of early Colorado.

Wednesday, February 20

Aspen Laugh Festival: The Power of Laughter (through February 23, Wheeler Opera House). Spend your week with nonstop laughter as some of the best comics come to Aspen for this three-day festival. Click here for more event details and ticket purchasing information.

ACES: Potbelly Perspectives (7 p.m., Hallam Lake). Wednesday’s Potbelly Perspective will feature an eye-opening journey as local ER doctor Kimberly Levin discuses Ethiopia delving into modern medicine in ancient lands.

Thursday, February 21

Snowscrew Demonstrations at Buttermilk (4:00 p.m., base of Buttermilk Mountain). Experience a first-generation snow machine in action during kids’ après at Buttermilk! Aspen Historical Society partnered with Aspen Skiing Company to restore a 1930s-era snow screw that was commissioned by Aspenite DRC Brown in 1938 and donated to the AHS Collection by Steve Knowlton in 1991. Thanks to Aspen/Snowmass mechanics, the vehicle runs again, moving across the snow on giant pontoon-shaped “screws.” Gear-heads of all ages will enjoy seeing this wild ride!

Friday, February 22

Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club (8:45 am, Cliffhouse Restaurant on Buttermilk Mountain). Earn your breakfast in this Uphill Social. Uphill skiers are invited each Friday morning to enjoy breakfast in the Cliffhouse restaurant after hiking up the mountain. Breakfast is available until 10:45 a.m. and is $12.

History Ski Tour: Aspen Mountain (11 a.m. and 1 p.m., meet at guest service cabin below the Sundeck). Learn about the amazing mining and ski history lying literally beneath your feet as you tour Aspen Mountain with a long-time local historian.  

Saturday, February 23

Guided Tour at the Aspen Art Museum (1:00 p.m., Aspen Art Museum). Spend your afternoon at the Aspen Art Museum in this free spotlight tour led by museum staff.

The Flaming Lips at Belly Up (8:00 p.m., Belly Up). Rock out at Belly Up on your Saturday night with The Flaming Lips, acclaimed for their elaborate live shows featuring costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, and more! Purchase tickets at the box office or online here.

Sunday, February 24

An Evening with Lettuce at Belly Up (8:00 p.m., Belly Up). Spend your night with Lettuce, a band who has brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. Purchase tickets at the box office or online here.

Monday, February 25

History Ski Tour: Aspen Highlands (11 a.m. and 1 p.m., guest service cabin outside Merry Go Round). Ski with a local historian to learn about Aspen Highlands’ “maverick”, innovative, and unique past. These tours meet every Monday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The tours are free, but a lift ticket is required to get to the meeting location.


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