New year, new music, new food |

New year, new music, new food

Each new year brings possibility in all realms of life, from love and relationships to politics and the economy.

But there’s nothing I look forward to more in the calendar change than new adventures in entertainment. There are of course the many movies that Hollywood is busy preparing to release in theaters. Those movies based on comic books, including Spider-Man and Captain America, will of course be big blockbusters. Personally, I’m looking forward to see the sequel to the “21 Jump Street” movie. “22 Jump Street,” starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. I saw the preview when I caught “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” at the theater last month. I’m a big fan of Will Ferrell so I enjoyed seeing his Ron Burgundy character make a comeback. Along with all the great spots he did in character to promote the movie before the holidays.

I do have fun pronouncing Dodge as Yodge.

I’m also anticipating album releases in 2014, including a lost ’80s album from Johnny Cash called “Out Among the Stars” and new ones by The Fray and the Drive-By Truckers. I love a lost album.

So much intrigue how it became lost in the first place.

New shows on TV have me excited as well, including a Denis Leary and Bob Fisher-created comedy called “Sirens” on USA centered on a bunch of EMTs. I’m also a huge fan of all that is “Downton Abbey,” so this Sunday I will be snuggled up on my couch watching Britain’s big Masterpiece Theatre hit. The last episode was a shocker, with one of the lead characters, Matthew Crawley, involved in a fatal car accident. There will be plenty of intrigue, as Lady Mary Crawley will have new suitors and plenty of changes in 2014 so I can fully get my Downton geek on.

It’s going to be an entertaining year.


Year after year, First Friday in Carbondale is never a letdown. This Friday’s event will feature plenty of revelry and rock ’n’ roll. The Black Nugget, Steve’s Guitars and Carbondale Beer Works will all have live music with local bands from the Roaring Fork Valley. And True Nature Healing Arts will once again host its First Friday Gong and Singing Bowl Meditation. Start the new year right with music of all types for the ears.


All I needed to hear was that Willie Nelson’s favorite female singer would be at Steve’s Guitars Saturday, and I instantly perked up to the possibilities such a small, intimate show could bring. Pauline Reese, out of Austin — immediately cool in my book — is the first woman to win Entertainer of the Year at the Texas Music Awards. She plays alt-outlaw country, rock, western swing, honky-tonk, folk and Tejano genres. She plays at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, so get there early, or better yet call 963-3304 or email to reserve a seat. Bring some wine or brews and hunker down for a fun Saturday night follow-up to First Friday in Carbondale.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

I love pie. And I love tapas. Judging by the name of Heather’s Savory Pies and Tapas Bar, this place has everything I enjoy in a restaurant, and more. I have yet to visit, but I have been noticing the amount of talent that’s coming through the doors lately and playing live music in this Basalt eatery. On Friday, the Uptown Strutters will play live R&B, classic rock and jazz music. Saturday features jazz standards by Josefina Mendez — an incredibly talented songstress — with musical accompaniment by the valley’s Tim Fox and Mike Facey. Sunday brunch — yes, brunch, the breakfast/lunch of champions — features classical music by Chris Phillips. Sounds divine. I also hear there will be a comedy show coming up this month with my favorite comics, so stay tuned.

April E. Clark is hoping to eating more tapas in 2014. She can be reached at

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