This Week’s Planet Picks

By on February 3, 2015

Please sir, I want some… more?

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(Photo: Sam Dowd)

Poor Oliver Twist. He might have been requesting more gruel but what he really wanted was soup, glorious soup. Yes, the wintertime in Jackson stirs our soup cravings. This week warm your weary bones while nourishing your appetite for art at Art Association’s Art for the Soul, Soup for the Bowl, where you can eat soup, sip libations, listen to live music and preview pottery from more than 18 local artists.

Twenty-five bucks gets you in the door for this fundraiser, benefitting Art Association’s ceramics department and Jackson Hole Food Cupboard, along with a spiffy handmade soup bowl and a soup buffet of beef chili, corn chowdah, cream of salsify and fennel and minestrone. “Soup has many positive qualities,” mused potter and event co-organizer Sam Dowd. “For one, it is most likely made in large quantities and soup usually can be a meal in itself. With regards to colder climates, soup is warm and inviting, a comforting food that warms one physically and mentally. It says, ‘Everything’s gonna be alright.’”

5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jackson Room inside Wort Hotel, $25. www.artassociation.org

Murderous Madame

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(Photo: Off Square Theatre)

The long-running Madame X Gala will plunge patrons into the realms of a murder mystery complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing. Conceived by six philanthropic madams of secrecy that have grown to a group of more than 40 ladies, Madame X is Off Square Theatre’s sole fundraiser. From Chicago jazz and Mardi Gras to Venetian splendor, themes for this event have always been shrouded in theatrics inviting patrons to dress for the occasion. This year is decidedly no different. Suit up in “Jackson formal wear” to attend the Snow Ball at the “Old Fateful Lodge,” where patrons will witness foul play. But don’t worry; you needn’t implicate yourself in the crime. “Guests do not have to play a character role in the murder mystery,” explained Clare Payne Symmons, Off Square’s executive director. “It is exactly as it seems: while you are enjoying yourself at this lovely event, someone gets murdered!”

Gala goers will then employ their wits (and cash) to solve the murder. Guesses are submitted, and a winner is drawn from correct guesses. The winner receives a certificate for a two-night stay at Turpin Meadow Ranch, complete with meals and a winter excursion, Symmons explained.

Adapted by Andew Munz and directed by Jill Callaway and Kathleen Godines, the murder mystery’s cast includes Alice Bever, Munz, Brian Lenz and Mark Nowlin, to name a few.

6 p.m., Saturday, Center for the Arts, $150. www.offsquare.org.

Happy trails

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(Photo: Bridger-Teton National Forest)

Furry friends rollicking on winter trails, particularly Cache Creek, have become a bit of a hot-button topic these days. Bridger Teton National Forest officials are working to educate the public about un/leashed companions and how they affect winter wildlife. So to provide important info and activities for dog owners and the gamut of trail users, forest officials dreamt up a day of free fun, with various events throughout the valley.

“Cache Creek is a very popular location, especially during the winter months as we have our winter closures in effect reducing the location where visitors can partake in activities,” explained Angelica Cacho of BTNF. “This rise in visitors to Cache Creek tends to cause inconveniences with regular users that are not used to the increase in multi-use traffic.”

While enjoying hot cocoa and snacks, learn methods for controlling canine companions via dog trainers, glean avalanche education, improve your Nordic skiing technique, embark on a ranger-led snowshoe hike or demo a fat bike.

Where and when: Avy education booths at Teton Pass trailhead with Friends of Pathways, Teton County Search and Rescue and Forest Service reps from 9 to 11 a.m.; Grand Teton National Park ranger-led snowshoe hike to Taggart Lake from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wilson Centennial Trail/Stilson Ranch Nordic ski tips from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 12:30 to 2 p.m., and Cache Creek Trailhead events with Bridger-Teton personnel, noon to 4 p.m., providing tips for dog owners and trails users, fat bike demos, hot chocolate and snacks.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, various locations, free. www.fs.usda.gov/btnf

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About Robyn Vincent

Robyn is the editor of Jackson Hole Snowboarder Magazine and former editor of Planet Jackson Hole. When she's not sweating deadlines, she likes to travel the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow her on Twitter @TheNomadicHeart

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