By Daniel Strawhun, A&E Editor
This weekend, the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center will host the annual Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival. The festival will take place Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. The April 21 performance is titled “A Tribute to Louis Armstrong” and will feature guest musicians Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Terell Stafford, trumpet; Chris Vadala, saxophone. The April 22 performance is titled “Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Dizzy Gillespie” and will feature guest musician Jon Faddis, a renowned trumpet player who studied under Gillespie in his (Faddis’) youth. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. A weekend pass is available for $60; otherwise, each performance costs $35 to attend. Student tickets are available for $15.
The Italian Film Festival of St. Louis, an annual, monthlong film festival celebrating the language and culture of Italy through modern cinema, continues this week with a second screening of the lauded 2016 Italian comedy “La Pazza Gioia” (“Like Crazy”). Directed by Paolo Virzì, the film tells the story of an unlikely friendship that forms between two psychiatric patients, whose friendship leads them on an adventure out of the mental institution and into the world of “sane” people. “La Pazza Gioia” won Best Film and Best Director at the David di Donatello Awards ceremony. Admission to the event is free; the screening will be held at 8 p.m. in Lab Sciences 300 on Washington University’s Danforth campus.
Help the Pierre Laclede Honors College begin its summer countdown on April 20 at 8 p.m. “Get Crunk!” will have “kickin’ music, strobe lights, a nacho bar, a photobooth, volleyball, music, glow sticks, root beer pong, beach balls, mocktails, dancing, prize, and much much more,” according to PLHCSA’s Facebook event page. All UMSL students, honors or not, are invited to this free event, which will be held in the Provincial House courtyard on South Campus. For more information, contact Nicole Gevers at nmgtzc@ mail.umsl.edu or visit PLHCSA’s Twitter @umslplhcsa.