Picks of the Week: Post-spring break concerts, trivia and a film premiere

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While spring break might be over, the variety of local events never lets up. Music and movies are a match made in arts heaven, and that’s exactly what this week brings — UC Jazz, the UC Alumni Chorus and Cal Performances present a number of concert experiences, while a “Harry Potter” trivia night and the premiere of “A Quiet Place” offer film-related fun.  

Tuesday, April 3 | UC Jazz Ensembles’ ‘50 Years of Swing’ concert

If you’ve missed the swanky melodies of UC Jazz’s noon concerts at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, then you might consider, ahem, swinging over to the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse for a night of smooth mochas and even smoother tunes. Three of UC Jazz’s most advanced ensembles will perform jazz music from a variety of genres and decades, all in celebration of the longstanding organization’s 50th anniversary.

Wednesday, April 4 | University of California Alumni Chorus’ ‘VOICES OF CHANGE II: We Must Have a Dream

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hertz Hall, the UC Alumni Chorus will perform choral tributes in observance of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. The event will feature guest soloists Michele Kennedy, Crystal Philippi and Alex Taite, who will join local civil rights leaders and activists such as Noah Griffin in offering reflections  — both spoken and sung — on the lasting legacy left by Dr. King.  

Thursday, April 5 | Release of ‘A Quiet Place

What’s scarier than the impending threat of finals? The answer — the new horror film “A Quiet Place,” co-written and directed by “The Office” alumnus John Krasinski. Krasinski also stars in the film alongside his wife Emily Blunt, suggesting that the film, if nothing else, will feature strong performances from the real-life power couple. Boasting a rave critical reception, “A Quiet Place” is one must-watch this weekend. Just be sure to bring a few friends — and maybe a pillow to hide behind.

Thursday, April 5 | SUPERB Presents: Harry Potter Trivia Night

Want to prove you deserve that Deathly Hallows tattoo? Ever wanted to be a house prefect? From 7 to 9 p.m. at Anna Head Alumnae Hall, flex your “Harry Potter” knowledge and try to get that house cup. It seems like you won’t need to cast a spell to have a good time — but bring your wands (and copious amounts of house pride gear) to this trivia night!

Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8 | Seattle Symphony performs “Become Ocean” and “Become Desert”

On Saturday and Sunday, Cal Performances presents the Seattle Symphony, which will come to Zellerbach Hall to perform John Luther Adams’ latest orchestral works, “Become Ocean” and “Become Desert.” The former offers a vital, compelling message about climate change — one that won it a Grammy and a Pulitzer Prize. The latter provides a sequel work to “Become Ocean,” suggesting that the issue of climate change is a persistent, essential one.

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