DSQ (Dallas String Quartet) Electric at the Vilar, Jan. 9

Thursday

 

Oakley Week

Jan. 9-12, Vail Village

Join the folks from Oakley eyewear for the inaugural Oakley Week in Vail. With plenty of activities including demos of the brand’s Prizm goggles, a scavenger hunt, an elusive Oakley Golden Ticket, giveaways and more. vail.com

 

Vail Symposium Lecture: Jonathan M. Metzl

Jan. 9, 6 p.m., Four Seasons Resort Vail, Vail Village

Vail Symposium hosts physician Jonathan M. Metzl, whose quest to understand the health implications of “backlash governance” led him on a journey across America’s heartland. Through interviews, Metzl examines how negative perceptions of race have impacted public health across the nation, fueling pro-gun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. vailsymposium.org

 

DSQ Electric

Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Don’t let the name fool you—this is string quartet, not a public utility. Accompanied by drums, guitar and piano, DSQ (Dallas String Quartet)’s shows are a fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings. You’ve never heard Guns n’ Roses, Katy Perry, Journey and Maroon 5 quite like this. From$48. Vilarpac.org

 

Friday

 

Skiing Book Club

Jan. 10, 11 a.m., Eagle’s Nest, Vail Mountain

Love books? Love to ski? Combine the two and meet up with fellow bibliophiles and ski enthusiasts at Vail Public Library’s monthly skiing book club. A winter version of the Walking Book Club, participants will meet at Eagle’s Nest to discuss January’s book: “The Girl with the Pearl Earing” by Tracy Chevalier, before adjourning to carve some turns. Free, but you’ll need a lift ticket to access the mountain. vaillibrary.com

 

Teton Gravity Research Film Double Feature: “Fire on the Mountain” and “Winterland”

Jan. 10, 7 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Seize the stoke and enjoy not one but two epic TGR films in one night at the Vilar. Featuring skiers and riders at the top of their games, these films will you take you around the country and the world. “Fire on the Mountain” combines the music of the Grateful Dead with visual effects, artwork and – of course – jaw-dropping feats on snow and water. “Winterland” celebrates ski and snowboard culture with some of the industry’s up-and-comers. $10. vilarpac.org

 

Full Moon Snowshoe

Jan. 10, 7:30 -10 p.m., Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon

Make nature your Friday night date as the outdoors experts at Walking Mountains (a naturalist and a forest bathing guide) lead a guided moonlight snowshoe hike up the Buck Creek trail. Start with a social half-hour to meet the group and enjoy light refreshments before embarking on a one-mile hike to a backcountry fire. There, forest therapy guide Kayla Weber will lead the group through a 30-minute forest bathing experience (as in soaking in the sounds and sights of nature, not taking a polar plunge in the creak). $40. walkingmoutnains.org

 

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue

Jan. 10, Doors 9:30 p.m.; show at 10 p.m., Agave, Avon

Featuring the top players of the foremost Grateful Dead tribute bands in the Rocky Mountain region, the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue promises an evening of the jammiest music around. The band's forte lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material, both originals and covers, and the Grateful Dead’s trademark style of improvisation. Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra will be a featured musician. agaveavon.com

 

Saturday

 

Women’s Demo Day

Jan. 11, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lionshead Village

Reps from female-centric local ski outfitter Outdoor Divas will demo a curated selection of women’s skis (Elan, Kastle, Scott, Blizzard, Volkl, Black Crows, Dynastar and more) to all comers at the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. By swapping out skis after each run, you can clomp away knowing which boards you’d like to see yourself on come Valentines Day. Participants will also have the opportunity to ski a run with a Vail Resorts ski instructor for free. Free, but RSVPs encouraged. outdoordivas.com

 

Comedy Night

Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., Vail Brewing Company, Eagle-Vail

Part of the Fresh Track Comedy Tour, join host Mark Masters at Vail Brewing Company for a night of laughs featuring headliner Nathan Lund, Kate Strobel and the ever-present possibility of drop-in guest performers (the more you drink, the funnier they are). Lineup is subject to change. Free. vailcomedyshow.com

 

Sunday

 

Chris Smither, Live from the May Gallery

Jan. 12, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

For more than 50 years, Chris Smithers has been writing songs and singing about the big things in life—love, loss and everything in between—with his signature style. With 18 records and collaborations with some of the biggest names in Americana music and the blues, Smithers is known for his enduring, singular guitar sound: a beat-driven fingerpicking layered over the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet (always mic’d in performance). The chance to hear him in an intimate space like the May Gallery is a can’t-miss experience. (Tickets are $35) vilarpac.org

 

Swing Dance Sunday

Jan. 12, 5-7 p.m., Mountain Art Collective (1310 Westhaven Dr.), West Vail

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that…well, you know. Spend Sunday evenings in January at the valley’s newest arts incubator (headquartered in the former Cascade Village Theater across from West Vail’s Grand Hyatt Vail) learning this iconic dance style. The first hour is intro to swing and drop-in dancing; instruction follows, compounding on what you learn the previous week. $20 (drop-in), $68 (entire series). mountainartcollective.com

 

 

 

 

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