Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock wailed on Fast Food Nation (not the book, the metaphoric nation) in his documentary, “Super Size Me,” and did quite a job on his innards too. One imagines he’ll go easier on the underbiting inhabitants of Springfield, U.S.A. In honor of “The Simpsons”‘ hitting 20 – making it the longest-running sitcom ever – Spurlock has created a tribute, “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice.” Spurlock reportedly tried to watch all 440 or so episodes in one sitting to prepare, but fell way short. Perhaps more appropriate, he should have watched every episode while consuming only Krusty Burgers, Lard Lad donuts and Duff beer. The documentary airs at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10 on Fox, and will be preceded by episode No. 450, “Once Upon a Time in Springfield,” with a guest appearance by Anne Hathaway as Krusty the Klown’s new sidekick, Princess Penelope.
Wintersköl is typically marked by events falling just short of serious: the canine fashion show; ice sculptures of frogs and monsters; a beer garden. This year’s bash, though, opens on with a high-minded Aspen Institute dinner discussion about the Goethe Bicentennial celebration that launched modern Aspen, entitled “Why Goethe? Why 1949? Why Aspen?” OK, that’s on Wednesday, Jan. 13 – the day before the official opening of Wintersköl. The real thing kicks off Thursday, Jan. 14 with the appropriately silly “Surfing 50 States,” a hilarious documentary about two young Australians and their clueless but determined effort to surf – or a reasonable facsimile thereof – from the shores of Iowa to the swells of Tennessee. Wintersköl continues through Sunday, Jan. 17 with downhill and uphill races, outdoor concerts, a skating exhibition, and the mother of all things Sköl, Soupsköl. And, of course, fireworks, because it’s been what, almost two weeks? Eliminated this year: the parade through downtown Aspen.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Oral family history provides context that textbooks lack. Tying personal experience to collective events renders them relevant. Most of us have family oral history going back only a few generations, but that spans more history than you might think.