for the Week of August 23, 2002
to the Whole Show
Fields Forever by Martin Stott
Every year, thousands of people from around the world gather in Liverpool for the Beatles Festival and convention. The festival brings together sound-alike Beatles bands from across the globe to rock the city to the sound of the "Mersey Beat." It's a chance to get out your John Lennon glasses, put on your '60s suit, and "Twist And Shout" in the home of the Fab Four. We sent The Savvy Traveler's Martin Stott to spend a Hard Day's Night checking out the sights and sounds.
Piper of Pop Tarts by Rico Gagliano
summer around Labor Day, some twenty thousand representatives
of the world's subcultures gather in the Nevada desert. They call
it the Burning Man Festival, named after a forty-foot humanoid
sculpture that gets torched at the festival's climax. For one
week, the barren Black Rock dry lakebed, or playa, is transformed
into the fourth largest city in the state, populated entirely
with artists, pranksters, pyromaniacs, geeks and gearheads. Rico
Gagliano has attended the event since 1996. He sends us this postcard.
Me Your Riffs!
We know, you're probably full of regrets for having missed this festival: The 7th Annual Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland. The "guitarists," including returning champ Zac "Mr. Magnet" Monro from London, tune their imaginary instruments, blow kisses to their imaginary roadies, and "get down" to some of the best really bad rock tunes. What's the point? It's supposed to be fun. So, how do the judges score an air guitar performance? We called Marika Lamberg, producer of the event, to find out.
Art of Travel
Alain de Botton is the author of several books, including The
Consolations of Philosophy and How Proust Can Change Your
Life. In both, he takes a consoling look at our modern problems
through the prism of time’s greatest philosophers. This time, he
turns those insights toward travel in his latest book, The Art
of Travel, where famous writers and artist become our travel
Stories of Getting Away
In their most recent book, Escape: Stories of Getting Away,
Savvy Traveler contributors Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker have put
together a collection of short stories, novel excerpts, and narrative
nonfiction pieces from prominent writers about travel escapes. Savvy
Traveler host Diana Nyad chats with Gideon and Lena about some of
their favorite stories of escape.
Aid: Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways
Savvy Traveler host Diana Nyad gives us some great last-minute ideas for a Labor Day getaway in Los Angeles, and also gets tips from people around the country. She talks with Janet Reno for ideas around Miami, Hall of Fame broadcaster and "Voice of the Tigers" Ernie Harwell for his take on Detroit, Marketplace Morning Report host Tess Vigeland for Portland possibilities, and our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, for trips in and around Philadelphia. Each person offers up fabulous last-minute weekend getaways that'll fit your budget.