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This WEEK 1.9.13
Calling all cougar lovers
Join mountain lion researcher and author Dr. John Laundre to learn more about the evasive cougar. Laundre will be showing photos, discussing the ecological role of cougars as top predators, and reading excerpts from his book “Phantoms of the Prairie.”
An evening with John Laudre, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, at the American Legion Hall. Free. 733-0709; [email protected].
Bootlegger mash mixer
The Jackson Bootlegger is giving away $225 in free gift cards at this week’s chamber mixer to go along with a mashed potato bar and Ortega chocolates.
Chamber Mixer, 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, at Jackson Bootlegger. Free. 733-3316; jacksonholechamber.com.
Share your energy
Come share some of your “Universal Life Force Energy” at this month’s Teton Reiki Circle. All are invited to join the circle for the energy exchange followed by refreshments and socializing.
Teton Reiki Circle, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, at 430 S. Jackson St. Donations appreciated. 690-5308; attunedhealing.com.
To understand the past sometimes you need to study the present. That is just what Todd Surovell has done by spending time with Dukha reindeer herders in northern Mongolia. Join Dr. Surovell for a presentation on his results.
Armchair Adventures, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at the Rec Center. Free. 739-9025; tetonparksandrec.org.
Sick of the same old thing on Friday nights? Get out your dancing shoes for a South American-themed night at Eleanor’s. Come early for dinner while sipping on caipirinhas and pisco sours.
South American Dance Night, 10 p.m., Friday, at Eleanor’s Bar and Grill. $3. eleanorsagain.com.
Making audiences laugh for over 50 years, the Second City is bringing Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy right here to Jackson Hole. Put your worries aside for an evening for some of the funniest sketches, songs and improvisations in the country.
The Second City: Laughing Matters, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Center for the Arts. $30 orchestra, $25/$20, 733-4900; jhcenterforthearts.com.
Ice it down
Help turn Town Square into a winter wonderland by joining in stomping down the foundation of the Square’s upcoming skating rink. Free cocoa and hotdogs will be provided.
Stomping the Pond, noon, Saturday, on the Town Square. Free. 733-0066; jhwinterwonderland.org.
Moonshine Mary open mic
Every Tuesday this winter pack your guitar along with your skis for a day at Grand Targhee. After hitting the slopes enjoy live music at the Trap Bar’s open mic night.
Open Mic, 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Trap Bar in Alta, WY. Free. grandtarghee.com.
Give to help folks live
Ann Curry started 26 Acts of Kindness to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Show your kindness by giving blood this week.
Jackson Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, at the Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. Free. bloodhero.com.
Rat Pack opera
Inspired by the antics of the Rat Pack, director Michael Mayer’s version of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” is set in 1960s Las Vegas. Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke of Mantua, and Zeljko Lucic is Rigoletto.
The Met, Live in HD: “Rigoletto,” 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Walk Festival Hall. $18; $5 students. 733-1128; gtmf.org.