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Chuck Wagner

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 10:30pm

First there is Ford and then Mercedes Benz. The same can said about wine. First there are hundreds of well made wines throughout California but there is on one Caymus.Join Al this week as he travels to Napa California to speak with owner/winemaker Chuck Wagner of Caymus vineyards. Their "Special Selection" Cabernet is considered by many to be the best. Tune in to hear how this iconic winery has been on the forefront for over 30 years.

Chris O'Brien, Chelsea Lee opens

At 21 Chris O'Brien's passion for performing pushed him to join the renowned Boston music scene, where he met and befriended musicians such as Ellis Paul, Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson. He made quite a name for himself in Boston’s competitive music scene and it didn’t take long for the rest of New England to catch on. Within three years O’Brien made a splash nationally after being chosen from a pool of nearly 1,000 contestants to appear on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion". The following week, Lighthouse became a bestselling singer/songwriter album on iTunes, peaking at #5.

Event Date: 
Wed, 11/16/2011 - 20:00

Toots Thielemans And Kenny Werner At The Kennedy Center

Friday, November 4, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us as we showcase the live musical collaboration of Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner, which has been described by critics as "Effortless Mastery." The harmonica - piano duo has been making waves in the Jazz world since they recorded an album together back in 2002. The romantic melodicism and nimble fills in Thielemans’s playing matched his equally by Werner's marvelous accompaniment. This is definetly not a one to miss, so tune in on Friday at 6pm!

Poets' Asylum - Home for the Holidays Slam

Oh, there's no place like Home for the Holidays! That's right kids. We're inviting everyone over for a variety slam, and to help you get your Holiday shopping done. At the end of each round the winner will take home a fabulous prize! Once you've finally woken up from your turkey nap, come on down to the Poets' Asylum for a Holiday themed evening of delight. We're thinking holiday songs, decorations and leftovers. Each round has a theme and a task. Complete the task to move on to the next round.

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/27/2011 - 19:00

Poets' Asylum - Lucifury

The feature this evening will be Lucifury from Denver Slam Nuba, winners of 2011 National Poetry Slam! Lucifury started competing in slam in 2003. He has competed at NPS with Slam Nuba in 2009 and 2011, and ranked 5th at 2009 iWPS

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/20/2011 - 19:00

Poets' Asylum - The NorthBeast Competition

Worcester’s newly inaugurated SlamMasters, Sarah Sapienza and Liz Heath, will operate as hosts for the sixth annual NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam.

On Saturday, November 12, eight teams will slam off in two Nationals-style “four-by-four” bouts, where four teams go four rounds to see who comes out on top! Doors open at 6:30, the first set will kick off at 7:00 and the second one at 9:00 sharp. The top team from each bout will be guaranteed entry to the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, N.C.

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/12/2011 - 19:00
Sun, 11/13/2011 - 19:00

Poets' Asylum - Poker Slam!

It's time to put your poker faces on and leave your tells at the door. We're having a Poker Slam! Buy in for the low low cost of $10. Winner takes the initial pot. There will be a 10 person cap. After the first round, we'll knock the amount of slammers down to half. If you've been knocked out, you still have a chance to go for the prize! You can buy back in for only $5! (if you buy back in, that doesn't go into the initial pot) The order for the rounds will be determined by an on stage battle of five card stud! Come on down and being your game face.

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/06/2011 - 19:00

Advanced Percussion Ensemble

Bezanson Recital Hall

DIRECTOR: Ayano Kataoka

REPERTOIRE: Eric Ewazen: “Mosaics” for flute, bassoon, and marimba, Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango (excerpts), Rich O'Meara: Wooden Music, Works by Viñao, Hurel, Kagel, others

TICKET INFORMATION: This event is free and open to the public.

Event Date: 
Thu, 11/24/2011 - 16:00

Jazz Ensemble I, Jeffrey W. Holmes, director

Bowker Auditorium

GUEST ARTISTS: Stephen Walt, bassoon; Christopher Krueger, flute; Bruce Krasin, bass clarinet

REPERTOIRE: Featuring a premiere by Paul Ferguson, commissioned for Jazz Ensemble I

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are available online at or at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 413-545-2511.

Tickets are $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, senior citizens, and children under 18 years of age; $10 for the general public.

Event Date: 
Mon, 11/21/2011 - 20:00

UMass Marimba Bands & Ensembles

Bowker Auditorium

DIRECTOR: Thomas Hannum


Marimba Ensembles: Perform Classical transcriptions and contemporary selections designed especially for marimba choir.

Marimba Bands: With the addition of other instruments such as bass and drums, these ensembles deliver an appealing mix of Latin, jazz and contemporary arrangements.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are available online at or at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 413-545-2511.

Event Date: 
Tue, 11/22/2011 - 20:00


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