Aspen Times Weekly: Current Events
The Wheeler Opera House is pulling out the seats and opening up the dance floor Saturday night for what they’re billing as a “Locals Party” — a celebration coming at the ski season’s midpoint, just as most Aspenites need to blow off some steam and turn the corner toward the second half of a busy winter.
Boulder’s Technicolor Tone Factory will be providing the soundtrack for the evening. The band has become a Front Range favorite over the past four years, staking their claim with a dance-friendly mix of long prog-rock jams, funk, and folk that’s reminiscent at times of Umphrey’s McGee and Daft Punk. They’ve built a sizeable reputation based on their unpredictable live shows of original tunes, peppered with inspired covers that range from Michael Jackson to Screaming Jay Hawkins, from Queen to Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Tickets for the Feb. 7 party are $19.50 and available at http://www.aspenshowtix.com, with a complimentary drink included in the price of admission. The show is scheduled to start at 9 p.m.
Doors will open an hour early for a decidedly local-centric show in the Wheeler’s second floor lobby gallery. The show features work by Aspen city employees, including the Canary Initiative’s Ada Christensen, utilities director David Hornbacher and the Wheeler’s Genna Moe.
In what has become an annual showcase of local orthographic skill (or, sometimes, a lack thereof), the Aspen Youth Center stages its annual Spell What?! Celebrity Spelldown on Thursday, Feb. 5. The fundraiser and gala for the youth center this year pits six spellers against one another, including Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, Aspen Times columnist May Selby and defending champion Robin Smith.
Tickets and more info at http://www.aspenyouthcenter.org
Nobody else sounds quite like the Denver gypsy rock stalwarts DeVotchKa, who return to Belly Up Aspen on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The quartet has improbably grown a devoted international following over the years with its frenetic brand of cabaret, punk and gypsy music, propelled by a mix of instruments including theremin, bouzouki, accordion and Nick Urata’s feverish vocals.
Tickets for the show are $25-$35 and available at the Belly Up box office or http://www.bellyupaspen.com. Read more about DeVotchKa in the Feb. 10 issue of The Aspen Times.