November 11, 2005
Here’s Buckethead’s story, and he’s sticking to it. The bizarro musician was raised in a chicken coup and, to keep the chickens entertained, he learned to play guitar. (How he decided that chickens would favor the acid rock riffs Buckethead plays, over some nice acoustic picking, is not part of the biography.) Abusive acts by the chicken’s owners forced Buckethead to burn down the coup and relocate to a theme park, Bucketheadland. Buckethead, with his trademark bucket over the head – usually from KFC, for obvious reasons – and mask, has played with Primus and Guns N’ Roses. His new CD “Enter the Chicken,” however, bears the name Buckethead & Friends, and those friends are led by System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, who produced and sings. The album tours through the unusual, from the surprisingly placid and pretty “Coma” to the ultra-hardcore “Funbus.” Buckethead’s current trip is the Disney World to Disneyland Tour, so named because it launched in Orlando and concludes in Anaheim, and maybe also because of his fascination with theme parks. (Those sharing the interest should definitely check out the website, bucketheadland.com.) The tour hits Aspen Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Belly Up.
As anyone who lives in Aspen for more than one year is well aware, change is constant, dramatic and often abrupt. Now, picture the changes over not a few years, but 130 years. Esteemed Colorado photographer John Fielder documented that alteration in the landscape in “Colorado, 1870-2000,” which paired W.H. Jackson’s extensive images with Fielder’s own photographs, taken from precisely the same spots, 13 decades later. At times the contrast is amazing, and counterintuitive: Aspen, for instance, is now greener and less densely built than it was circa 1890, at the height of the silver rush. The book, originally released in 1999, became Colorado’s best-selling regional title ever. Westcliffe Publishers has released a sequel, featuring 108 pairs of images not included in the original. Fielder presents a slide lecture and book-signing about the project Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Wheeler Opera House.
Filmmaker Robert Greenwald has not only staked out political terrain, with his left-leaning films “Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election” and “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism.” Greenwald has also carved a niche for spreading his views, responding to right-dominated talk radio with a strategy heavy on DVD distribution. His latest polemic, “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price,” is available on DVD. But interest is running so high that some 7,000 community screenings have been organized by colleges, activist groups and individuals during Premiere Week. Valley resident Bob Schultz, who led the opposition to the proposed Crystal River Marketplace in Carbondale a few years ago, has arranged a screening Monday, Nov. 14, at Carbondale Town Hall. Several reviews have noted that the film’s footage of formerly devoted, now disillusioned, employees gives “Wal-Mart” an uncommonly persuasive tone.