Aspen Times Weekly: Current Events |

Aspen Times Weekly: Current Events

with Andrew Travers
Tom Bianchi's "Fire Island Pines" photo show will be at the Nugget Gallery during Gay Ski Week.
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On Saturday, Jan. 10, Gay Ski Week begins its eight days of events, with seemingly round-the-clock festivities on the mountains and around Aspen and Snowmass, including pool parties, dance parties, dance pool parties, a masquerade ball, a group drag ski in Highland Bowl and the always entertaining costume contest on Aspen Mountain.

On the arts side, Aspen’s annual convocation of queer culture includes some noteworthy events that are worth marking on your calendar, whether you’re gay or straight, local or visitor. Gay Ski Week will host, for example, a screening of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Wheeler Opera House on Wednesday, Jan. 13 and a comedy night at Belly Up — featuring the Lezberados — on Jan. 16.

The arts highlight may be photographer Tom Bianchi’s show, “Fire Island Pines,” at Nugget Gallery. It features Polaroid photos that Bianchi took during the New York beach community’s wild gay heyday from 1975 to 1983 and gives an iconic portrait of the free-spirited enclave. Last year, Bianchi collected the photos in his acclaimed book, “Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines.”

The gallery hosts three events during Gay Ski Week: a sneak peak of the show on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.; Fashion & Art Night Out on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. and a reception and book-signing with Bianchi on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

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Aspen’s annual toast to winter, Wintersköl, kicks off Thursday, Jan. 8 with the Mad Hatter’s Ball at the Wheeler Opera House and the party keeps rolling through Sunday. Some can’t-miss highlights include snow-sculpting on the Mill Street Mall all day Friday and Saturday, the 12th annual Soupsköl cook-off Friday evening on Cooper Ave., free stand-up comedy with Marz Timms at the Square Grouper Saturday night, the Fat Cycle Challenge in Rio Grande Park on Saturday and the torchlight descent and fireworks on Aspen Mountain Saturday night.

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Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller’s “Faces” was one of the most popular and acclaimed hip-hop albums of 2014, and continued the run of club-bumping free mixtapes and studio albums he’s released over the last four years. Miller will play Belly Up Aspen on Sunday, Jan. 11.

His rhymes swerve from bass-heavy dance tracks to thoughtful rhymes and smart wordplay. With a booming national following, Miller is on the cusp of break-out stardom. Seeing him in a small club like Belly Up at this moment might be the kind of thing you brag about years down the line.

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