So Many Activities! There’s lots to do in the Hole this week, so prepare yourselves for some fun

By on January 24, 2018

CREDIT: David J Swift

Jackson is rife with badass events this week — events we think you can’t, or don’t, want to miss. Here are three of those events, which we think you should look into for the betterment of your social life. You can thank us later.

The Moth
There is no greater demonstration of the power of words than listening to the Moth, a live storytelling event. The Moth features true stories told live and without notes and often feature a range of emotions that capture the human experience.

On Friday, the Moth returns to Jackson for the third time. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. Tickets are $45 to $75.

“There is a really powerful thing that happens during live storytelling where people feel connected with a complete stranger telling them a story,” said Anne Bradley, marketing director for the Center for the Arts.

The show theme is “Flirting with Disaster.” The five storytellers will share experiences that follow that thread of close calls and living on the edge, Bradley said.

The Moth adds to the diversity of entertainment the Center tries to bring to Jackson, Bradley said.

Storytelling also continues to grow in popularity with podcasts that fuel people’s interest and local live events where people share their own experiences, she said.

The Moth has presented more than 20,000 stories in events worldwide and produces more than 500 live shows a year. Stories are recorded and shared on the Moth Radio Hour.

All ages are welcome to the show, but some tellers might share raw and explicit stories meant for mature audiences. Stories might also include profanity.

King/Queen of Corbet’s
You get a glimpse of the famous Corbet’s Couloir as you ride the Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to the top of Rendezvous Mountain.

“It’s almost saying ‘I dare you to jump in,’” said Eric Seymour, content manager at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Twenty-five top big mountain snowboarders and skiers will drop-in and showcase their skills at the first King and Queens of Corbet’s competition. The field includes X-game medalists and ski and snowboard film stars.

The event is meant to showcase the famous ski run, and also elite level athletes, Seymour said. The contest will take place on yet-to-be-determined day between Jan. 31 and Feb. 4 based on optimal conditions. The resort will close the run before the competition to help build better conditions.

“We don’t envision it as a just a hucks competition,” Seymour said. “We want to show progressive the sport is. The entire couloir from top to bottom is in play. Its skiers vs snowboarders. Skiers can go a little bigger into the couloir, but it’s a natural playground down there.”

Each athlete gets three runs, but they don’t have to take all of them if they don’t want to. Everything is filmed. The athletes will watch the film and judge the best run to decide a winner.

The resort is creating a spectator area at the bottom of the run for people to watch. Follow the resort’s social media accounts to find out what day the competition will run.

Madame X
Find the best costume that will still allow you to dance the can-can and prepare to party to support Off Square Theatre.

The Madame X gala fundraiser runs 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Center the Arts. Tickets are $175. This year’s theme is “Moulin Rouge,” said Clare Payne Symmons, executive director of Off Square.

The event, hosted by the Madame X society, an all women secret society formed to support the theater company, starts at 6 p.m. with cocktails in the lobby and entertainment modeled after the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. Guests will then move into the theater for a performance that includes students from Off Square’s upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” production. A French-themed dinner provided by Bistro Catering is served on the stage. There will be several contests, including a costume competition.

“And then we dance the night away,” Symmons said.

The Madame X Society formed in 2002 to raise money for the Off Square production of “The male intellect: An oxymoron.” What began as a one-time fundraiser became an annual event, Symmons said. The Madame X society, through its fundraiser and dues the members pay, now contributes about 20 percent of Off Square’s operating budget, Symmons said. The organization has raised more than $500,000 for the theater company. That money underwrites productions, but also provides scholarships for those wishing to participate in theater education programs.

Each year the madams choose a theme. They wanted something romantic and fun this year, Symmons said.

“There are slightly naughty elements to the Moulin Rouge, but there are also beautiful costumes and a great story line,” she said. PJH

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