January 19, 2007
Perry Farrell – singer for Jane’s Addiction, founder of Lollapalooza, and leading light of the alternative rock movement – has played Aspen before. Some five years ago, Farrell appeared alone in his guise as DJ Peretz, and spun records for a reasonably enthused crowd at the old Double Diamond. His next Aspen appearance promises to be on a far grander scale. Farrell is bringing his new band, Satellite Party, to town for the Après X concert series, a free gig in Wagner Park for the X Games masses, Friday, Jan. 26. Satellite Party, conceived by Farrell not only as music but also as a love-filled force for positive change, actually has played two previous concerts, including one at Lollapalooza 2005. However, the Aspen show is being billed as the live debut for the band’s touring lineup. The group’s debut CD, “Ultra Payloaded,” is set for release in May, so Aspenites get a rare chance to see a band before its name is established. The second night of the Après X series isn’t half bad either. Rapper Common, whose soul-fueled sound is an alternative to hip-hop’s more tried and tired ways, plays Saturday, Jan. 27. He too has a new album, “Finding Forever,” rumored for release this year.
Extreme sports would never have taken hold as they have without appropriate documentation. Extreme photography has grown up alongside extreme sport; for every athlete we’ve seen shredding backcountry powder or ascending the highest terrain, there has been a photographer there to record the event. The Illume Image Quest, presented by Red Bull, presents the best work to come out of an international competition of action and adventure sports photography. The images – of snowboarders and skiers, cyclists and surfers – reveal that those behind the lens are often as bold and creative as those in front of it. Fifty images, from 45 photographers, are among the finalists competing for the top honor. The Illume exhibit opens Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the base of Aspen Mountain, and runs through Feb. 4.
Six years ago, Eric Schlosser published “Fast Food Nation,” a nonfiction book by a failed novelist and playwright, and a respected, but hardly well-known writer. The exposé on the fast-food industry was levelheaded, stomach-turning, fascinating – and became a hit. But the fact that “Fast Food Nation” remains in the nation’s conscience – it was adapted into a recent narrative feature film by director Richard Linklater – says much about how many nerves Schlosser touched. The book examined the mysteries behind Big Macs and McNuggets, and also other topics that have proved to be of enduring interest: immigration, wages, suburban sprawl and the origins and well-being of our food. Schlosser, who has since written “Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market” and has been at work at a book on America’s prisons, makes a free appearance Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. at Town Center Booksellers in Basalt.