PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE
The UMass Marimba Band
William Rathbun's neon art is on view at Leverett Crafts and Arts
PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS DEPT. OF MUSIC AND DANCE
The UMass Brass Quintet
Theater at Amherst
“Yes,” Reilly Horan’s senior thesis in playwriting and performance, will be performed Nov. 8-10 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater at Amherst College.
At the tender age of 6, a girl forced her parents to make a morbid yet charming promise: Should she die before they did, she wanted a big, loud, spirited gospel choir to sing at her funeral. Fifteen years later, she imagines a world where her parents have already made that wish come true. Free, but reservations recommended. Call 542-2277.
‘Bach to Bach’
“Bach to Bach” will be presented by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate Brass Quintet Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall in the UMass Fine Arts Center.
The concert will feature a variety of styles and includes J.S. Bach’s “Contrapunctus I” and Bach’s “Rounds and Dances.” The instruments of a brass quintet are two trumpets, a French horn, trombone and tuba. The concert is free. For information, visit www.umassgradbrass.org.
At Barnes Gallery
Leverett Crafts and Arts opens its winter season Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. with a reception for a new exhibit of the neon sculptures of William Rathbun, the recently appointed administrator of the Barnes Art Gallery, located at LC&A, Montague Road, Leverett. The exhibit will be on view through Dec. 1.
In addition, the newly renovated gallery is looking for art and craft artists or art groups who are ready to show their work. The space is available for long- and short-term rental. For information, call Rathbun at 687-3271.
The Carle turns 10
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road., Amherst, celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.
On Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.: “Starry Night,” a members-only event to view the 100-plus illustrations in the museum’s first major permanent collection exhibition, “Iconic Images: 10 Years of Collecting for the Carle.” Many iconic characters will be represented in the exhibition, including Babar, Shrek, Frog and Toad, and Madeline. Many of the featured artists will be there to talk about their art.
On Nov. 11: The museum hosts a Book Signing Bash as well as a “Doodles for Dollars” fundraiser, which are open to the public.
The book signing features artists from the “Iconic Images” exhibit. The fundraiser consists of signed doodles by either picture book artists Eric Carle or Tony DiTerlizzi, or comic book artist Peter Laird being, sold for $10 each. Each artist will draw 100 doodles.
In addition to the main events, there will be performances, tours, readings and special commemorative art featured at the museum.
The Nov. 10 event is free for members, with reservations required. All Nov. 11 events are open to the public and are included with admission to the museum. For information, visit www.carlemuseum.org.
Music at UMass
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Marimba Bands and Ensembles Concert will take place on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium on the university’s campus.
Directed by Thomas Hannum, the concert will include classical transcriptions and contemporary selections, plus a mix of Latin, jazz, and pop arrangements for marimba band.
Tickets cost $10; $5 for seniors, children, and students; $3 for UMass Amherst students. To reserve, visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance or call the Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511.
At Amherst Cinema
The “Reinventing Tokyo” Film Series at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst, will show encore screenings of “When a Woman Ascends the Stairs” on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. and “Tokyo Story,” on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
“When a Woman Ascends the Stairs,” directed by Mikio Naruse, follows the story of a young widow struggling for independence in a male-dominated society. “Tokyo Story,” directed by Yasujiro Ozu, tells the tale of an aging young couple who journey from a rural village to visit their married, self-absorbed children in bustling post-war Tokyo. For information call 253-2547, or visit www.amherstcinema.org.
∎ “Barrymore,” a live-capture stage production starring Christopher Plummer, will be presented Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Amherst Cinema, with an additional showing Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. The screening will also include a documentary “how it all came together” feature.
Academy Award-winner Plummer portrays legendary Shakespearean actor John Barrymore. Set in 1942, the final year of his life, “Barrymore” follows the actor’s attempt to revive his 1920 Broadway triumph as Richard III. Behind the stage lights, Barrymore reflects on the highs and lows of his stunning career and remarkable life. Tickets for “Barrymore” cost $18.
The 3rd String Trio will perform Nov. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Esselon Café, 99 Russell St., Hadley.
The trio, Peter Barnes (guitar), Aldo Fabrizi (mandolin) and Karen Axelrod (accordion), plays musettes of France, Italian folk songs, waltzes and tangos of Central and South America, as well as country dances of the British Isles. Between their music and Esselon Café’s atmosphere, Axelrod said, “Many fans have said they feel as though they are at a Paris café.”