Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets
If you want to learn about world cultures, but you can’t go gallivanting across the globe, I’ve got just the ticket for you: The Multicultural Film Festival at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with weekly screenings of films from France, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, German, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United States. First up, on Wednesday: “Elza,” about a young Parisian woman of Caribbean descent who returns to her native Guadeloupe in search of the father she has never known. 7:30 p.m., Flavin Family Auditorium, 137 Isenberg School of Management. For a full schedule, visit www.umass.edu/film.
ANOTHER GOOD BET
Smith College’s Noon Hour Concert Series begins again Tuesday with Ronald Carbone, viola, and Judith Gordon, piano, performing Paul Hindemith’s “Trauermusik” and J.S. Bach’s Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028. 12:30-1 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall at the college. Free. www.smith.edu/smitharts