By Damien Williamson | January 15, 2016 | Lifestyle
Looking for the best-of-the-best social plans in Aspen? We rounded up the three must-attend events this week including Swedish superstar guitarist Andreas Oberg, Gay Ski Week, and more from the month-long Crystal Palace takeover.
Swedish guitarist and platinum-selling songwriter Andreas Oberg leads a trio at Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Jazz Café Downstairs at The Little Nell series this Friday and Saturday, January 15-16. The intimate setting in the dimly lit subterranean lounge offers the perfect venue to indulge in the blend of contemporary and gypsy jazz, R&B, pop, folk, and Django swing that has led the three to independently top charts around the globe. Shows are at 7 and 9:15 p.m. both nights, and Ajax Tavern—also located at the Little Nell—will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for $37 before and after the show. 675 E. Durant Ave., 970-920-4600
Aspen is going to be a little bit happier and, well, gay next week as thousands ascend upon this snowy mountain hamlet for the 2016 Gay Ski Week. And while the week, which runs January 17-24, certainly has its fair share of fancy soirees and dance parties, what truly sets Aspen apart from many similar ski weeks around the country is that people really come here to ski. Highlights of this year's event include the benefit party at the Caribou Club on January 20 at 9:30 p.m., Bianca del Rio Comedy Cabaret & Dance Party at Belly Up Aspen on January 21, and the downhill costume competition and party at the base of Aspen Mountain on January 22 at 2 p.m.
The Gravity Productions month-long takeover of the Crystal Palace continues this weekend with a dynamic mix of art, culture, education, and entertainment. The production crew hosted an art opening with artist and curator Max Kauffman on January 14, which will be on display all week. On Friday, electronic music producer Nas-Ja returns to Aspen to play a special opening set for singer, rapper, and producer Lafa Taylor. Saturday, Leah Song of Rising Appalachia opens the stage for Dirtwire, an electro-acoustic duo including David Satori from Beats Antique. The Elevated Café and the market place are open everyday. 300 E. Hyman Ave.