September 13, 2007
Perry Farrell’s moment as the godfather of alternative rock is a few years behind him. But it’s clear Farrell hasn’t run out of ideas, either within or beyond the musical realm. Earlier this year, the singer launched a new project, Satellite Party. The band’s stated goal is to ignite a movement to solve the world’s problems, from poverty to global warming to the shortage of musicians and worthy music. There are at least two prongs to Farrell’s attack: He has conceived the notion of “The Solutionists,” a group of activists and artists focused on global improvements. (“The Solutionists” is also the title of a song on Satellite Party’s debut CD, “Ultra Payloaded.”) And the band’s concerts are designed to remind people of the potential of the world and their place in enhancing it. There are, however, hints of disunity within the group; already, two members have parted ways. But Satellite Party, which made its live debut in Aspen during the X Games, lands here again, with a show on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Belly Up. Rock band Mink, which released its self-titled, debut CD two weeks ago, opens.
As a performer, Frank Oz is known best for occupying a sweet spot. The British-born Oz provided voices for the Muppets characters Miss Piggy and Grover and the equally fuzzy Yoda from the “Star Wars” series. As a director, Oz had tended to mix darker tones into a comic sensibility. His most successful films are “Little Shop of Horrors,” the merry musical about a malevolent plant, and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” the hilarious story of a pair of con artists working the French Riviera. Oz is behind the camera for “Death at a Funeral.” The film is a comedy – but one where the action kicks off with the revelation of a dark secret about the recently deceased patriarch of a terribly dysfunctional British family. The Audience Award winner at this year’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, “Death at a Funeral,” shows this week in Aspen.
Works on Paper, the new exhibit at the Aspen Chapel Gallery, is packed with color, composition and ideas, ranging from pop art to the human figure to abstracted landscapes. The show features work from 10 local artists, representing the well-known and newcomers: Curt Carpenter, Jennifer Dolecki-Smith, Katalin Domoszlay, Dick Fallin, Jennifer Ghormley, Nicole Kinsler, Carol Loewenstern, Michael Raaum, Melanie Roschko, and Ellen Woods, who coordinated the exhibit. Works on Paper opens with a reception for the artists on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and runs through Nov. 11.