By Damien Williamson | January 21, 2016 | Lifestyle
Hip-hop superstar Nas, a death-defying climbing route, and the final weekend of Gay Ski Week top our list of can’t-miss events in Aspen for the next week.
Poet, agitator, metaphor master, political firebrand and hip-hop superstar Nas returns to Belly Up for what assuredly will be another sold-out show. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and sold more than 25 million records worldwide since 1994. He takes the stage on January 27 at 9:30 p.m.
On the eve of its 40th anniversary, Aspen’s Gay Ski Week has truly stepped up its game with the addition of new partner, Logo. And the always swinging second weekend of the event proves to be its most raucous. Join the women of GSW for cocktails and nibbles from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Casa Tua on January 21. Then the main event kicks off at 8 p.m. as Bianca del Rio hosts a comedy cabaret and dance party at Belly Up Aspen. On January 22, don’t miss the highly anticipated Downhill Costume Competition at the base of Aspen Mountain from 12-3 p.m., with the evening capped off by the dance party at 11,000 feet at the top of Ajax that goes all night. The weekend wraps up with the infamous pool party at the Aspen Recreation Center on January 23 from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Hosted in conjunction with Telluride Mountainfilm, the Wheeler Opera House presents “Line Across the Sky” for this week’s Monday Night Doc on January 25. The “line” in the film refers to the Fitz Roy Massif, the mother of all climbing traverses. The film is a work in progress that follows Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold on their five-day push to complete the epic route during a rare window of good weather in February 2014.