Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Improvised music

Former UI music Professor Ray Sasaki, now at the University of Texas, is back in town. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Center for the Arts (C4A), he and other Tone Road Ramblers will perform and discuss improvised music. Free but donations will be accepted for C4A. From 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sasaki, a fine trumpeter and longtime member of the St. Louis Brass Quintet, performs with the Jazz Sextet at The Iron Post, Urbana. Howie Smith, Morgan Powell, Chip Stephens, Larry Gray and Joel Spencer round out the ensemble.

'The Pooka' at Art Theater

Luke Boyce's short film, "The Pooka," will premiere at 7 p.m. Monday at the Art Theater and be followed by the 1950 classic "Harvey," starring Jimmy Stewart. "This Is Us" star Chris Sullivan stars in "The Pooka," about a benevolent oversized rabbit who finds himself at a mysteriously empty, grim house where he uncovers a solitary woman — played by Lily Rains of "Masters of Sex" — in a dark place. Now on the festival circuit, "The Pooka" played at the Chicago Underground Film Festival and Palm Springs International ShortFest.

Bluegrass at Allerton

Two of the biggest names in bluegrass — Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas — will perform at the Prairie Sky Music Festival on Friday and Saturday at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center, Monticello. This will be Allerton's first multi-day festival, with local, regional and national acts. Other performers: The Leadfoot Band, Chatham County Line, Dennis Stroughmatt and l'Esprit Creole, Phillip Michael Scales, Hobnob String Band and the Hot Iron String Band. Allerton also will permit camping. Look for more in Thursday's On the Go.

Topics (2):Film, Music