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  • Ahmed, left, and Jose Gonzalez

Talk, piano performance

Historian and pianist Jay Stryker will present a talk on “The Industrial History of Western Massachusetts” as well as a piano performance Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Amherst Woman’s Club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst. The event is free; refreshments will be served. For information, call 549-6865.

Song & Story Swap

World music guitar and flute duo Jose and Ahmed Gonzalez will perform Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Song & Story Swap at the Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst.

Ahmed Gonzalez has been a flutist for over 15 years, focusing on Latin-American musical styles, classical music and American Jazz. Ahmed’s father, guitarist, composer, virtuoso cuatro player Jose Gonzalez, is a top performer of contemporary Latin music and is known for his original compositions featuring the cuatro (Puerto Rico’s national instrument). The father and son duo have performed with the Hartford and Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra’s, The Bronx Arts Ensemble and various other groups.

The Song & Story and swap is an event where people of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. This month’s theme is immigration. For information, call Paul Kaplan at 687-5002 or Jeff Lee at 636-1687.

Carle on film

The Northampton International Film Festival will screen the new autobiographic documentary “Eric Carle: Picture Writer, The Art of the Picture Book” Oct. 7 at 3:40 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

The documentary tells how artist/illustrator Carle creates a picture book from the inception of an idea to the final work. The film culminates with the creation of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary starting in November.

Carle, 83, is the creator of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and over 70 books for children. He is still at work in his studio, making books for children.

In the film “we see the man reflected in his work — an artist who loves color and the simple collage imagery of animals and insects,” says the film’s director, Kate Geis of Northampton. “Eric is a warm and encouraging artist. He creates to satisfy his own desire to make art but he wants his audience, whether they are 4 or 40 or 80 years old, to be artists, too.”

For information, contact Rachel Hess rachel@eric-carle.com, Sandy Soderberg sandys@carlemuseum.org or Kate Geis tvgeis@mac.com.

Music at UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst music faculty will present a saxophone recital, “UMass Composers, Past & Present,” Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall on UMass campus.

The recital will feature music by Salvatore Macchia and a premiere by Robert Stern, “Three Ballads & A Gymnopedie.” Performers include Lynn Klock on saxophone and horn; Salvatore Macchia on contrabass; Estela Olevsky and Nadine Shank on piano; and Michael Sussman on clarinet.

Tickets cost $3 for UMass Amherst students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18; and $10 for the general public. To reserve, visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance or call the Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511.

Musical Emily

Israeli actress and singer Efrat Ben Zur and her band will sing from her new album, “Robin,” music set to the poems of Emily Dickinson, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. Ben Zur composed and co-produced the music which blends sounds from acoustic and alternative genres. The concert in Amherst links Israeli arts and culture with a local American icon, Emily Dickinson

Tickets cost $18; $12 for students; and $36 for preferred seating, which includes admission to a reception following the performance. To purchase, visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org/efrat or call the Springfield JCC at 739-4715.

Grant proposals

The Amherst Cultural Council is seeking funding proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs. Organizations, schools and individuals are invited to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artistic residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. The application deadline is Oct. 15.

For application guidelines, call Ellen Kosmer at 253-7690 or send an email to kosmer@aya.yale.edu, or call Honore David at 253-5896 or send an email to honores@comcast.net. Application forms are available online at www.mass-culture.org/Amherst or at the Jones Library in Amherst.

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