'BABETTE'S FEAST' - SEE IT AND EAT IT
One of the great movies about food, the 1987 film "Babette's Feast" is the story of a 19th-century Parisian political refugee who seeks shelter in a rough Danish coastal town. Years later, she wins the lottery and, in gratitude, spends it all on an amazing feast for the townspeople.
Now people can enjoy appetizers and drinks during a showing, and then enjoy a Bellingham-style version of the feast itself, catered by Ciao Thyme and served family-style in the lobby at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. Tickets: $85 for Pickford members, $100 general. Reservations required. Details: pickfordfilmcenter.org.
CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT
"Christmas with the Celts," onstage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., features The Celts, a combination of Irish-born and Nashville-based Irish-American musicians. They've been performing around the world for 15 years with a repertoire of fiery traditional tunes from Scotland and Ireland, along with hits from such contemporary artists as Van Morrison and The Chieftains. Tickets are $20 to $42. Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.
MUSICAL BUDDIES REUNITE
The Bellingham Festival of Music hosts its third annual "Welcome Home" concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive. Longtime friends Jon Hansen, tuba, a graduate of Sehome High School; and Albert Diaz, guitar, a graduate of Squalicum High, both graduated from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. They will perform solo works and give a taste of their "jamming" from their years in Bellingham. Suggested donation: $15, free for students. Proceeds support the festival. Details: bellinghamfestival.org.
VAN CLIBURN WINNER COMING TO WWU
At age 22, pianist Haochen Zhang has won numerous international accolades, including the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He will perform as part of the 10th anniversary season of Western Washington University's Sanford-Hill Piano Series, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Western's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. He'll also present a free master class from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at the hall. Tickets: $24. Details: wwu.edu/sanfordhill.
Rhythm and blues singer Aaron Neville presents a solo concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Neville has had three No. 1 Billboard hits, four platinum albums and a place in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and has collaborated with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett and Linda Ronstadt. From solo chart-toppers like "Tell It Like It Is" and "Everybody Plays the Fool" to soulful duets like "Don't Know Much," Neville thrives on a blend of American soul and the Cajun and Creole influences of New Orleans. Tickets: $20 to $59. Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.