with Susie Jimenez
Good food, a great cause, and the valley’s own Food Network star Susie Jiminez. Sounds like a can’t miss evening in Carbondale.
Jiminez is hosting her first annual “Imagine” fundraiser for three children’s’ organizations — River Bridge Regional Center, Cooking Matters and Early Childhood Network — on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Gathering Center at the Orchard in Carbondale. The event runs from 6 - 10 p.m. and includes music by the Starletts, drinks, a silent auction and, of course, food by Jiminez — who was runner up in season 7 of “Next Food Network Star.”
Her menu includes lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, pork carnitas, chicken canapes with chimichurri sauce, shrimp ceviche on wonton crisps with avocado mousse, goat cheese and grilled vegetable bruchetta, chocolate fondue and more.
River Bridge is a Glenwood Springs-based center assisting kids that have been victims of assault or neglect. Cooking Matters is a nationwide campaign to fight child hunger and provide cooking classes for youngsters. Early Childhood Network helps families get appropriate child care, pairing families with caregivers.
Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door. For more info, call 970-945-5195 or visit imaginefundraiser.eventbrite.com
Gretel Ehrlich at Winter Words
Gretel Ehrlich writes like a poet but understands the environment like a naturalist.
The great Wyoming-based novelist and essayist, and author of the classic “The Solace of Open Spaces” comes to town this week as part of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Winter Words author series.
Ehrlich is a master of creative non-fiction who merges deep reportage with her vivid descriptive powers. Her latest book, “Facing the Wave,” is an inspirational tale of grief, loss and hope focused on survivors of the 2011 tsunami that tore apart Japan’s Tohoku Coast. Ehrlich will tell of her journey to Japan to uncover stories in the wake of the disaster.
Ehrlich will speak at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Paepcke Auditorium.
Two Nights of Silversun Pickups
These Los Angeles-based indie rockers have been called heirs to the Smashing Pumpkins. 2009 Grammy nominees for Best New Artist, they blend a lo-fi alternative aesthetic with exhilarating, high-energy rock’n’roll anthems.
Their songs can explode from head-bobbing melodies into huge, cathartic moments that make ambitious use of guitar, electronica and psychadelia sounds.
They’re coming to town for a two-night run, playing Belly Up Aspen on Saturday Feb. 16 at 10 p.m. and Sunday Feb. 17 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 on the day of the show, available at the Belly Up box office and www.bellyupaspen.com