Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival princess Tinsley Wilkinson, 5, participates in the Soda Pop Slalom on Friday at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival princess Tinsley Wilkinson, 5, participates in the Soda Pop Slalom on Friday at the Steamboat Ski Area.

What to do in Steamboat for Feb. 5 to 11

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The 97th annual Winter Carnival begins tonight!  Molly Killien from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association talks about this amazing event.

The 97th annual Winter Carnival begins tonight! Molly Killien from the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association talks about this amazing event.

❱❱ 97th annual Winter Carnival — Steamboat Ski Area and downtown Steamboat Springs, all day

Today’s Winter Carnival events focus on competition and fun, with the Soda Pop Slalom starting things off at 10 a.m. at Steamboat Ski Area. At Howelsen Hill, junior skiing events are from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; a tubing party is from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Nordic jumping is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn more about the annual event in the Winter Carnival festival guide inside today’s Steamboat Today. The events require a Winter Carnival button, available for $7 at local businesses and at event gates.

❱❱ Sam Ayer — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Djate — 3 Saddles at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 4 to 8 p.m.

Djate is set to play live music on Friday afternoons through the end of March. FREE. Call 879-2220. 2200 Village Inn Court.

❱❱ First Friday Artwalk — Downtown Steamboat Springs, 5 to 8 p.m.

Downtown galleries, restaurants and retailers showcase work by local, national and international artists. All receptions are free; some events go later than 8 p.m. FREE.

❱❱ Paul Potyen — The Steamboat Grand, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz pianist Paul Potyen plays solo piano in The Steamboat Grand lobby. FREE. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

❱❱ Counterfeit — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 5:30 p.m.

Free happy hour music. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Olympic Send-off & Community Celebration — Routt County Courthouse lawn, 6:30 p.m.

This event includes Olympic stars, fireworks and an aerial show. It is part of the 97th annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival. Spectators should have a Winter Carnival button for the event; buttons are available for $7 at several local businesses.

❱❱ Organstein Jazz Trio — Three Peaks Grill, 7 to 10 p.m.

Local jazz musicians play a weekly set. FREE. Call 879-3399. 2165 Pine Grove Road.

❱❱ Snowmobile stunt show — Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 7:30 p.m.

Warrior Freestyle presents its Xtreme Stunt Show. Advance tickets are available at Extreme Power Sports starting at $10; tickets start at $12 at the gate. Learn more about the stunt show at www.warriorshows.com. The rodeo grounds are south of Lincoln Avenue at Fifth Street and Howelsen Parkway.

❱❱ Dave Gerard — Hahn’s Peak Café, 9 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Dave Gerard returns to Colorado with his acoustic, soulful act, touring in support of his summer 2009 release, “The Zoomy Trail.” Learn more about the New England-based musician or listen to his music at www.gerardtruffle.com. Call 871-1495 for more information. 61070 Routt County Road 129.

❱❱ Trevor Hall, w/Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Songwriter Trevor Hall delivers good feelings and easy living from the stage. Listen to Hall at www.myspace.com/trevorhall. Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds are also from Los Angeles; they play reggae and rock music. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/tomorrowsbadseeds1. Tickets are $10 on the day of the show. Call 879-9898 or go to www.ghostranchsaloon.com for more information. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ The Luv Brothers — Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Summit County group The Luv Brothers plays bluegrass and Americana music. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/theluvbrotherscolorado. Cover to be determined. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Highwater — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Highwater’s self-billed “plethora of vibe” crosses the lines between mountain-bred bluegrass and Southern-fried rock ’n’ roll. The group includes members of Front Range bands Mumbouli and Shanti Groove. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

❱❱ DJ Also Starring — The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Let the week go at Tap House’s Friday night dance party. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ The Rowdy Shadehouse Funk Band — The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Denver funk and soul group The Rowdy Shadehouse Funk Band plays raw-edged music with no reservations. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/therowdyshadehousefunkban. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Saturday

❱❱ 97th annual Winter Carnival — Steamboat Ski Area and downtown Steamboat Springs, all day

Saturday’s Winter Carnival events are all about showmanship and tradition, with the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast starting the day from 8 to 11 a.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church. Street events including skijoring are from 9 a.m. to noon on Lincoln Avenue; Alpine ski flying is at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Howelsen Hill; the muzzle loading biathlon is from noon to 2 p.m. at Howelsen; and the Night Extravaganza featuring The Lighted Man and a fireworks display is at 6:30 p.m. at Howelsen. Events require a Winter Carnival button, available for $7 at local businesses and at event gates.

❱❱ Valentine card event — The Hayden Artisans’ Marketplace, 2 to 4 p.m.

Supplies and refreshments will be provided for this valentine-card-making event. FREE. Call 276-2019. 144 Walnut St. in downtown Hayden.

❱❱ Dave Harlan — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Paul Potyen — The Steamboat Grand, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz pianist Paul Potyen plays solo piano in The Steamboat Grand lobby. FREE. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

❱❱ “The Real Inspector Hound” auditions — Depot Art Center, 6 to 9 p.m.

Men and women ages 16 and older are needed to act in this rendition of Tom Stoppard’s one-act spoof on murder mysteries, “The Real Inspector Hound.” Actors will be asked to read from a script at the audition. Planned performance dates are from March 25 to 28; rehearsals are planned for three nights a week. Actors will be paid a small stipend. Auditions also will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday; actors need to come to only one audition night. Call director Michael Brumbaugh at 870-4533 for more information. The Depot is at 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Cosmic Night and free karaoke — Snow Bowl, 7 p.m.

FREE admission. Call 879-9840. 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, off U.S. Highway 40 in west Steamboat.

❱❱ Bob Marley Birthday Bash Reggae Festival — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Several acts come together to celebrate reggae legend Bob Marley. Learn more at www.ghostranchsaloon.com. Pay $8 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Kirk Martenson — The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Local musician Kirk Martenson plays rock ’n’ roll and variations thereof. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ Highwater — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Highwater’s self-billed “plethora of vibe” crosses the lines between mountain-bred bluegrass and Southern-fried rock ’n’ roll. The group includes members of Front Range bands Mumbouli and Shanti Groove. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

❱❱ Interstate Stash Express — Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Interstate Stash Express is a spacey power rock trio from Lyons. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/interstatestashexpress. Cover to be determined. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ “Jersey Shore” dance party — The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

DJ Also Starring, DJ Ricky Prime and DJ Pretty Ninja spin for a dance party with a “Jersey Shore” theme. Listen to Also Starring at www.myspace.com/djalsostarring and the Pretty Ninja/Ricky Prime duo at www.myspace.com/ninjaprime_mobiledisco. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

Sunday

❱❱ 97th annual Winter Carnival — Steamboat Ski Area and downtown Steamboat Springs, all day

Winter Carnival wraps up Sunday, with a second round of street events starting the day from 9 to 11 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue. The Diamond-Hitch Parade starts at about 11:30 a.m. on Lincoln; Alpine ski flying finals are at 1 p.m. at Howelsen; and the festival finishes with a parent-child downhill event from 1 to 2 p.m. at Howelsen. Events require a Winter Carnival button, available for $7 at local businesses and at event gates.

❱❱ Paul Geppert — Steaming Bean Coffee, 9 to 11 a.m.

Paul Geppert is a local folk, bluegrass and acoustic musician who performs regularly with the groups Cornbread and 3Wire. FREE. Call 879-3393. 635 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Paul Potyen — The Steamboat Grand, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz pianist Paul Potyen plays solo piano in The Steamboat Grand lobby. FREE. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

❱❱ “The Real Inspector Hound” auditions — Depot Art Center, 6 to 9 p.m.

Men and women ages 16 and older are needed to act in this rendition of Tom Stoppard’s one-act spoof on murder mysteries, “The Real Inspector Hound.” Actors will be asked to read from a script at the audition. Planned performance dates are from March 25 to 28; rehearsals are planned for three nights a week. Actors will be paid a small stipend. Auditions also will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday; actors need to come to only one audition night. Call director Michael Brumbaugh at 870-4533 for more information. The Depot is at 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Live trivia — Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 p.m.

Test your nonessential knowledge in four rounds of questions, with categories including sports, history, food and music. Call 871-6277. 628 Lincoln Ave. FREE.

❱❱ Trouble Andrew — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Trouble Andrew serves up a concoction of his favorite kinds of music, a mash-up of hip-hop, punk rock, surf sounds and miscellaneous he’s dubbed “crunk rock.” Listen to him at www.myspace.com/troubleandrew. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ SCAM — Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Rock and Americana musicians Sam Holt, Eric Martinez and Eric Berry join up for this all-star show. Cover to be determined. Call 879-2101. 56 Seventh St.

Monday

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Edible Valentines with Nicolette Powell — Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, 3:45 to 5:30 p.m.

Local caterer and artist Nicolette Powell leads a children’s session in making edible valentines. Children younger than 5 must be with a caregiver. The workshop is $15. Call 870-0384. 1280 13th St.

❱❱ Acoustic open mic night — The Boathouse Pub, 7 p.m.

Local musicians Paul Geppert and Jay Roemer host an open mic night for acoustic music setups. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Tuesday

❱❱ Writing and publishing lecture — Epilogue Book Co., noon to 1 p.m.

Local author and writing instructor Jill Murphy Long offers a series of writing lectures through the ski season on various topics. Bring a lunch, and stay around for a Q-and-A session. Learn more about Jill Murphy Long at www.thewritersanctuary.com. Cost is $10. Call 846-1428. 837 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Expressions of the Spirit — 465 Anglers Drive, Suite C, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Local writer and life coach Susan de Wardt leads a weekly writing workshop. Call 846-6562 or go to www.mindworkscoaching.com for more information.

❱❱ Sam Ayer — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ DJ Also Starring — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Local musician DJ Also Starring spins music in a variety of styles. Listen to samples at www.myspace.com/djalsostarring. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

Wednesday

❱❱ Olympic Heritage Walking Tour — Tread of Pioneers Museum, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

This tour starts at Tread of Pioneers and ends at Howelsen Hill. FREE. Call 879-2214. Tread of Pioneers Museum is at Eighth and Oak streets.

❱❱ Journaling workshop — 465 Anglers Drive, Suite C, noon and evening

Local resident Susan de Wardt leads a six-week journaling workshop. Call 846-6562 or go to www.mindworkscoaching.com for more information.

❱❱ Dave Harlan — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Live trivia — The Tap House Sports Grill, 6:30 p.m.

Answer questions on a variety of topics for a chance at Tap House gift cards. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Talent show — United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m.

The church’s youth group hosts a talent show to help fund a mission trip to Costa Rica. There’s no cost to get in, but donations are encouraged. Call 879-1290. 736 Oak St.

❱❱ “Bring Your Pages!” Writing workshop — Epilogue Book Co., 7 p.m.

Local author and writing instructor Jill Murphy Long will lead a weekly writing and publishing workshop for aspiring authors through the end of ski season. Writers are asked to bring their work to read aloud. Cost is $10 per class. Call 846-1428.

❱❱ The Easy Peaces — Depot Art Center, 7:30 p.m.

The Easy Peaces play their favorite songs from the 1960s and ’70s with a heavy emphasis on the music of Neil Young. The concert is part of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s occasional singer-songwriter concert series featuring local musicians. Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for SSAC members. There will be a cash bar. Call 879-9008. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 9 p.m.

Local musician Trevor G. Potter plays acoustic Americana music in the singer-songwriter tradition. Listen to his original songs at www.trevorgpotter.com/music.html. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Goodman Band — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Live music. Call 879-9898 for more information. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ The Strange — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

The Strange plays rock and funk music. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

Thursday

❱❱ Steamboat Springs Writer’s Group — Depot Art Center, noon

Local writers gather for weekly readings of their work; visitors are welcome. FREE. Call 879-9008. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Jon Gibbs and Randy Kelley — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 5:30 p.m.

Longtime local musicians play music for happy hour. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Live entertainment — Cantina, 6 p.m.

Cantina offers live entertainment every Thursday evening through the season. FREE. Call 879-0826. 818 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Rocky Mountain Campfire Show — Masonic Lodge, 7 p.m.

Local musician and storyteller David Moran gives a weekly campfire music performance at the Masonic Lodge above Wild Horse Gallery off Lincoln Avenue. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Grand Lodge’s child identification program; the program is an effort to provide an identification system for children to use if a child is abducted. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Masonic Lodge is at Lincoln Avenue and Eighth Street.

"The Eyes of Me" movie trailer

❱❱ Community Cinema: “The Eyes of Me” — Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 6:30 p.m.

“The Eyes of Me” is a documentary following four students at The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Local organizations Access Anything and Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports will give presentations at the event. Learn more about the presenting organizations at www.steamboatlibrary.org/events.html. FREE. Call 879-0240. 1289 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Pat Waters — Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 9 p.m.

Local musician Pat Waters brings multi-instrumental talents to his solo set. Listen to recordings at www.patrickwaters.com. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

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❱❱ The Fox Street All Stars w/ Frogs Gone Fishin’ — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

With three main members and an ever-rotating cast of backing players, Denver’s Fox Street All Stars put every side of rock they can think of into their live set, with live highlights including Aretha Franklin tunes and Fats Domino selections. Listen to the band at www.foxstreetallstars.com/live. Frogs Gone Fishin’ is a Colorado funk rock act. Learn more at www.myspace.com/frogsgonefishin. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Jay Roemer — Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Local guitarist Jay Roemer gives a solo show. Cover to be determined. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Karaoke — The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Sing your heart out on the Tap House stage. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ The Strange — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

The Strange plays rock and funk music. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

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