Ted Conover has proved himself a stalwart journalist, looking closely inside big topics of the day (American prisons in the much-honored “Newjack,” and immigration in “Coyotes”) and not so grand subjects (Aspen, in “Whiteout”). With his latest book, Conover goes bigger than ever. “The Routes of Man” takes readers on trips over various highways and byways – along a Peruvian river, over a frozen riverbed in northern India, on the chaotic roads of Lagos, Nigeria. Conover describes the history of road-building, but more important, he tells us where those roads are leading to – for the most part, further environmental and spiritual degradation. Personal and colorful, “The Routes of Man” gives us a road map to our future. Conover will be at Explore Booksellers on Saturday, March 20 for a talk about the book.
Making some sense of the fashion world seems to be the job description of Douglas Keeve. A filmmaker, Keeve has specialized in stories from the runway and design shops since 1995’s “Unzipped,” a funny, Sundance award-winning documentary about designer Isaac Mizrahi. Since then he has made the TV film “FashionKingdom,” about a group of supermodels putting on a charity fashion show in South Africa, and “Seamless,” about struggling young designers. All three films will be screened at the Wheeler Opera House during the second annual Aspen Fashion Week, and should provide context to the rest of the event, which runs March 14-19 with runway shows, in-store presentations, parties and more in various venues.
The Aspen Skiing Co. may have seemed unfriendly to music after the fiasco with Dan Sheridan, the local singer-songwriter who was dismissed (and quickly offered his job back) for playing his finger-pointing “Big Money.” But give Skico big credit for the lineup of imported talent they have brought this winter, a group of surprisingly contemporary and interesting acts. Following a sensational performance by rock duo Ghostland Observatory last month, Vampire Weekend, the celebrated young New York group with African influences, makes its Aspen debut on Saturday, March 20, with a free show at the Aspen Core Party in downtown Aspen. Also coming up: soul-rockers Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (March 21 in Snowmass), and the groove group Greyboy Allstars (March 26, base of Aspen Mountain).
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