Music: Skico gets Hi with concert seriesThe Aspen Skiing Companys Hi-Fi Concert series continues with free events in January, February and March. The series opened earlier this month with rock band Blues Traveler playing at the base of Aspen Mountain.Rock trio Dinosaur Jr., led by guitarist J Mascis, is set to perform Jan. 24, during Winter X Games, at the base of Aspen Mountain. The band, which emerged from Massachusetts in the late 80s, returned this year with Beyond, their first CD in a decade.On Feb. 17, the North Mississippi Allstars will play in Snowmass Village. The blues-rock trio, led by brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson, is set to release its fifth studio album, Hernando, on Jan. 22.The series closes March 28 with the Core Party in downtown Aspen, featuring the Neil Diamond tribute band, Super Diamond.For further information on Aspen Skico events, go to http://www.aspensnowmass.com.Film: New year, new films at the WheelerThe Wheeler Film Series will present four films in January at the Wheeler Opera House.The schedule opens Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 1-2, with The Walker. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, Auto Focus), the drama stars Woody Harrelson as a Washington, D.C. male escort who becomes involved in a murder case. The supporting cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Ned Beatty and Willem Dafoe.The Indian film Vanaja, about class boundaries in rural south India, is set for Jan. 6-7. The film, featuring a cast of non-professional actors, earned writer-director Rajnesh Domalpalli the best debut film award at the Berlin International Film Festival.Aspen musical film expert Bob Klineman will introduce Singin in the Rain on Jan. 13. The 1952 classic, directed by and starring Gene Kelly, will be screened from a digitally restored print. Klineman will participate in a Q&A session following the film.The schedule closes Jan. 20-21 with The Willow Tree, Iranian director Majid Majidis film about a blind university professor diagnosed with a fatal disease.All films in the Wheeler Film Series start at 7:30 p.m. Films showing on Saturday and Sunday have an additional 4:30 p.m. matinee presentation.Gastronomy: Start salivating 26th Food & Wine Classic is comingTickets are now on sale for the 26th Annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen. The event is set for June 13-15 with cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, seminars and the Grand Tasting Tent in various locations in Aspen.Chefs scheduled to attend include Bobby Flay, Jacques & Claudine Ppin, Jos Andrs, Tom Colicchio, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Padma Lakshmi. Also participating is former David Chang, chef-owner of New York Citys Momofuku and one of Food & Wines 2006 Best New Chefs. Among those leading wine tastings is Joshua Wesson. Seminars include Sake for Wine Lovers and Whole Hog: Belly, Buns & Butt.Discounted tickets for the Classic are available before March 15. To register, call 1-877-900-WINE (9463) or go to http://www.foodandwine.com/classic.
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