For those of you who are trying to do it all …
The old Aspen truism – “You can’t do it all” – seems truer than ever these days, what with X Games activities, the immense snow year and those crazy folks at the Belly Up. So, no, you can’t do it all. But here are the things, one in every category I could think of, that should take precedence these next few months.Theater: “Parallel Lives”Locals Peggy Mundinger and Wendy Perkins portray 27 characters, all of them offbeat in some lovable way, in this sketch comedy. “Parallel Lives” was a hit off-Broadway, and has found an audience here, too; the upcoming run – Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, and Feb. 10-12 at Aspen High School’s Black Box Theatre – is a return engagement after last summer’s debut.Film: “Paradise Now” Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad’s drama about terrorism is a powerful call for peace. The winner of the Golden Globe for best foreign language film shows at the Wheeler Opera House Feb. 6-7.
Written word: Ann Patchett “Truth & Beauty,” a memoir about friendship, proves Patchett is as good with real life as with fiction (the Pen/Faulkner Award-winning “Bel Canto). Patchett appears in an Aspen Writers’ Foundation Winter Words appearance (Feb. 15, Given Institute), and word is, she’s as good in person as on the page.Visual art: Yutaka Sone, “Mt. 66” Yutaka Sone has dropped dice in odd places: the Texas desert, the stairs of a German museum. This time he goes for broke, rolling ’em via helicopter down the Buttermilk halfpipe Feb. 19. The video, along with Sone’s other ski-related creations, shows in the Aspen Art Museum exhibit X-Art, opening Feb. 17.CD: Wilco’s “Kicking Television” Rock’s best studio band releases its first live recording, and yes, the magic transfers to the stage.
Food: D19Finally, an addition to Aspen’s restaurant lineup worth drooling over. OK, it’s another Italian. But with dishes like gnocchi with a wild boar and root vegetable ragu, it’s not like chef Dena Marino is duplicating what’s already out there.Popular music: Greyboy AllstarsA dozen years ago, San Diego’s Greyboy Allstars kicked off the latest groove-jazz era. The Greyboys have retired several times since; fortunately, their reunion tours always include an Aspen stop. The latest is March 5 at the Belly Up.Comedy: Salute to “The Larry Sanders Show”The best of what has been announced so far for the 12th annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival (March 8-12) is a tribute to the groundbreaking look behind a late-night talk show. Stars Garry Shandling and Jeffrey Tambor will reminisce.Jazz: Chick Corea & TouchstoneIn 1973, pianist Corea and his fusion band Return to Forever scored with his best composition, “Spain.” Finally, Corea returns to Latin territory; Touchstone features members from Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia’s band. (March 16 at Belly Up, presented by Jazz Aspen)
Acoustic music: Tim O’BrienThe former Colorado-based string and singing wiz plays in a quartet March 19. Kill two birds with one stone; check out the new Thunder River Theatre in downtown Carbondale, site of the show.Multimedia: Michael Franti The singer (aka Spearhead) presents “I Know That I Am Not Alone,” his documentary about war and peace shot in the Middle East and Iraq; answers questions about the film; and plays a solo set (March 25, Wheeler).Dance: Diavolo The L.A. dance company was founded by Jacques Heim, choreographer of the latest Cirque de Soleil piece. So expect some theatrics. (March 28-29 at the Aspen District Theatre, presented by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet).Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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