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July 2014


Swimsuit 2014

14 GrandEvolution is still going strong


15 Pulse Miller taps Into Boston’s beer history with new book the summer

15 Palladium teases Rock

with Goblin

and Shock


17 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ~ the good, the bad and the spandex 18 Club, Pub & Bar Listings 20

Pulse Shots


26 Spreading hope Dan Marold tells what he knows

EVENT: Cars of Summer is here ON CD: The Krebs ON CD: Framing Hadley ON CD: Disclosure

Everyday Science



27 Know your sunscreen

style & Beauty


HAIR: Harness the power of salt SKIN: The sunscreen you need for summer

DINING review

28 Mezé offers up delightful surprises on

small plates


TRIVIA: Fun facts about the toothbrush HEALTH: Sunburn help

29 HOT AND NOW Health & Fitness 32

All the right moves

Worcester’s first-ever night run doubles as cancer fundraiser

Art & Culture 36 Artful Expectations: New public art initiative

aims to revitalize downtown


DRINKS: Make your iced coffee the all-purpose drink MORE ONLINE!

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Kimberly Dunbar, Erin Cornell, Alex Kantarelis, Jennifer Russo, Jason Savio, Bernie Whitmore, Michael Wood, Paul Giorgio, R.J. Linton, Stacia Kindler, Kevin Swenson, Maxine Giza, Susan Bodack, Kerry Cyganiewicz Writers



Summer is finally here, and that means Pulse’s annual swimsuit edition! But this year, we’ve got more than just swimsuits. Read on for tips on how to have a great summer, from cookouts and hair trends to swim accessories. But, yeah, it really is about the swimsuits.

Here’s to summer! Special thanks to Indian Ranch for hosting our annual swimsuit photo shoot! Photos by Justin Mayotte of Flash House Studios. Hair and makeup by Lilly C.


Model: Allie Lamontagne Worcester, MA

Swim with style

Model: Deanna Regis Worcester, MA

By Susan Bodack With summer here, you’ve got to make sure you’re on your (swimsuit) game. Below, check out five of the hottest trends that will be dominating the sand this summer. 1. Flutter Few things are sexier than a fluttery bathing suit that moves oh-so-delicately in a warm summer breeze. Go for a relaxed look, with a crop top-like bandeau that floats tantalizingly above the midriff, or go full-on va-va-voom, with a plunging V-neck onepiece outlined in flutter ruffle detailing. 2. Crochet & Macramé This season, designers are upping the ante on the boho-chic look by incorporating crochet and macramé accents on gauzy tops and billowing maxi dresses begging to be worn oceanside. This trend is also dominating the swimwear scene in the form of crochet paneling and macramé racerbacks. Regardless of what style you choose, this trend will give you the kind of effortless, flower-child vibe that keeps things flirty and fun. 3. Denim This year’s resort looks have been all about head-to-toe denim, utilizing chambray and other lightweight blends to capture the unique texture of this utilitarian material without any of the bulk. In addition, deniminspired fabrics are being used for swimsuits to create a casual-chic look on and off the beach. Our favorite styles even manage to incorporate all the extra details, like grommets and jean-like stitching, making this look feel cheekily authentic. 4. Cutouts Without a doubt, this is the year of cutouts, and with warmer weather fast-approaching, there’s no better time to try out this trend! Suits with straps crisscrossing all over the midriff and/or sides are guaranteed to be a favorite, while tops and bottoms with slices cut out in cleverly-placed spots are perfect for those who love to stand out. 5. Athletic Don’t think girly, itty-bitty beach things are your only options this season. Athletic-inspired looks are making a huge comeback, with neoprene in all sorts of amazing cuts, prints and colors being the fabric du jour on the runways. When translated into swimwear, these looks are not only bold, they’re also extremely supportive ~ no wardrobe malfunctions here! Susan Bodack is a blogger for, an online retailer of swimwear for women. In addition to swimsuits, also has a wide selection of cover-ups, flip-flops and accessories. July 2014 | THEPULSEMAG.COM 7


steps to a great barbecue By Kevin Swenson The United States gained its independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, after drafting and adopting the Declaration of Independence. What better way to celebrate your Independence Day than with one of greatest pastimes the U.S. has: a cookout! Here are five essential things you need to barbecue with the best of them. 1. You need meat! What will really make your barbecue are some solid, American-made hamburgers and hot dogs. Without these staples, your guests will go from great to irate in a matter of minutes. And worry not vegans and vegetarians ~ grab some veggie burgers or tofu substitutes for the grill. 2. Drinks, drinks, drinks! What makes a cookout better than its choice in food? It’s choice in drinks! Make sure you’ve got soda, water and ~ what’s more American? ~ various beers! Be sure to grab an Americanmade beer, seeing as it is Independence Day. 3. Grill games! You ever play a sweet game of KanJam? How about Ladder Ball? Maybe Cornhole? If you haven’t, then grab yourself a set of these games (or all three) and set them up in your yard, because nothing screams cookout more than a good, old-fashioned grill game! 4. A good grill. This might seem obvious, but let’s be realistic: If your grill stinks, then your meat will stink, which means the cookout will stink. Make sure you are using a charcoal grill if you want to add just the right amount of smoked taste to your meat. 5. Red, white and blue everything! There is such a thing as overdoing right? Wrong! It’s the Fourth of July, and you need as much red, white and blue as possible. Actually, you could probably keep this theme going all month long!


Models: Jeramie Burgos & Allie Lamontagne Worcester, MA

Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize! Summer is about more than great swimsuits. You want to get a whole look going on ~ from the hat on your head to the shoes on your feet. Here are five accessories to get your summer moving in the right direction. Add a little bling. The Beloved Bangle by Nelle & Lizzy is a simple way to show your love. The versatility of the metals allows you to mix and match to create the perfect stack of bracelets that can be personalized with up to 12 characters. Don’t forget your bag. No beach outfit is complete without the perfect beach bag. Jessica London’s rope-handle beach bag with nautical details is exactly right for carrying the essentials. Grab a hat! Roaman’s wide-brim straw hat has a stylish simplicity that makes it the perfect accessory. Available in red and blue, you can match it to your swimsuit or pair it with a sundress. Be ready for the wind. It can get chilly and windy at the beach, so it’s always handy to have a windbreaker! Free Country offers all women a variety of lightweight spring jackets that are constructed from highperformance fabrics with rugged charm, smart styling and classic authenticity. And, of course, the perfect shoes. Having the fashion accessories to complement every look from beach-chic to comfort casual is key for summer attire. Versatile footwear from Alegria makes the choice easy, with embellished sandals and classic wedge styles that mix and match with beachwear, sportswear and your casual ensemble.

Model: Audra Miller Boston, MA Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz n’ Blues Festival


The Style List.

By Stacia Kindler

Get the right swimsuit for your shape It’s official: Swimsuit weather is here, and you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible in yours for the next few months. From weekends at the beach to happy hour by the pool, the only problem here is finding a suit that does your body justice. After all, strutting your stuff takes some getting used to for most of us, so feeling just OK in your suit isn’t good enough!


Your waistline is the largest part of your body. Create elongating shapes using a deep V or plunging neckline. Exaggerated halter tops can also be a good choice for your shape.


Busty girls know who they are, and the one thing that you need in a suit is support. Look for sturdy straps and an underwire if you can find it, but keep the rest of you in mind while you look. Balance out the bottom with a larger waistband to round out your look.


Luckily for you, flowing bikini tops have been trending for a while now, so an overstated top won’t be hard to find. Try ruffles or a fringe on top to create the flattering silhouette you want without being too obvious.


Look for seams fitting at the smallest part of your waist to complement your shape and play with color-blocking to do your body proud. A sweetheart neckline is also a great way to accentuate your shoulders, bringing all of the attention up towards your face.


Let your body do most of the work and go with simpler shapes and cuts. Lines created from strapless or pinup-style tops will balance out your generous bottom while still bringing attention to your better half.


You can give Kim K. a run for her money this summer in pretty much any style of suit. Try to highlight your favorite body part with a cutout swimsuit or go for interesting cuts and designs to switch it up a bit. After all, you can pull anything off, so why not try something different.


A baggy suit doesn’t look good on anyone, particularly if you’re pint-sized. Combat those too-big suits with adjustable straps, especially on the sides of a bikini bottom. Plus, a properly tailored suit slung high will lengthen those legs.


Play with creating curves on your body with ruffles or a daring one-piece. An interesting all-over print will keep attention on your whole frame, rather than just one area, and a sweetheart neckline is always your friend. Whether you’ve got the right swimsuit for your body type all figured out or are still trying to put the pieces together, the most important thing to have with you this swimsuit season is confidence ~ it looks good on everyone.

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Models: Allie Lamontagne & Jeramie Burgos Worcester, MA

Keep your moves smooth Say hello to silky smooth skin this summer with a hassle-free solution to hair removal and messy at-home waxing, razor burn and more. Silk’n has introduced the Flash&Go 5k, an upgraded version of the dermatologist-recommended, cult-favorite Flash&Go. The 5k boasts an updated protocol for quicker permanent results. The Silk’n Flash&Go 5k uses Home Pulsed Light Technology to deliver light-based energy down the shaft of each hair strand and destroys its root, disabling it permanently. Featuring 5,000 pulses and a large treatment spot size of 4 square centimeters, this device allows men and women to get rid of unwanted hair. For the first two months, use every other week and then, use it once a month to maintain beach-ready results. Here’s how it works: •

Shave the area you’re treating to ensure the energy of the Flash&Go 5k goes directly to the root of the problem.

Flash&Go 5k emits a pulse of energy, which is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft.

Hairs that are in the anagen growth cycle are targeted by the energy and disabled, preventing future hair growth.

After a series of treatment, users report less hair growth in the treatment area, and eventually, the hair will cease to grow.

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Summer hair can still be cute By Josue Perez Want to get your hair looking as good as your tan? It’s not that hard if you keep your hair healthy and go with simple dos that are easy and look great. Here are five tips for your summer hair: 1. Go with a beachy look. For effortless overnight DIY beach waves, spray in a light leave-in conditioner and then make a loose braid. Twist and pin it into a bun, and in the morning, remove the pins, shake out the braid, and there you have it ~ effortless beach waves! You can also do this in the morning after a shower and shake it out after the workday. 2. Use the right serum. It’s important to find the right serum, which is key for taming fly-aways and frizz. Serums hydrate the strands and slightly weigh down the cuticle, which typically breaks, resulting in frizz, during the humidity-filled summer months. Just make sure you find the right serum ~ use one too strong and your hair will look greasy; use one too light and it won’t hold down the strays. 3. Try a sleek ponytail. For a look that keeps the hair off your neck, a super-sleek ponytail looks great day and night. To start, run your hair through a flatiron. Comb back your hair from the top of your head and gather into a ponytail in the middle of the head. 4. Nourish your hair. If you spent a lot of time in the pool, a nourishing DIY hair mask will work wonders and restore some hydration the chlorine has stripped from your hair. A great DIY option is to mash up an avocado ~ or anything with fatty oils ~ and run it through your hair from root to tip. Put it up in a shower cap for an hour and then rinse with warm water. 5. Keep the pH balanced. Oil production in the scalp ramps up in the warmer months, so your hair is more prone to looking greasy. Start using a pH balanced shampoo. Josue Perez is responsible for some of the hottest heads in Hollywood, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Sarah Jessica Parker. His work has been seen on the pages of international magazines, including InStyle (US and Germany), Maxim, Marie Claire, Latina and Harper’s Bazaar. For more information, visit Model: Audra Miller Boston, MA

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GrandEvolution is still going strong By Alex Kantarelis

“Going into the studio, we really didn’t know how the songs were going to turn out...” Hopes and Dreams, the latest release from Worcester rock band GrandEvolution is one of the band’s strongest albums yet and adds another piece to its already impressive resume. The sound is a collision of alternative rock, punk and indie that is unapologetically ’90s sounding, with a pop feel that is catchy and original. The band is led by vocalist/guitarist Sarah Kenyon, whose infectious voice beautifully complements the distorted guitar-based tunes and gives the band a pop sound that never gets soft. For 12 years, GrandEvolution has been getting attention all over Worcester, Boston and New England and has toured nationally. The band first started way back in 2002, releasing its first EP, a six-song selftitled album that got it positive feedback and plenty of shows. Following up with another EP in 2004 before putting out its first full length in 2006, GrandEvolution was just beginning. Most bands are content with a few EPs and one full-length under their belts, but GrandEvolution was far from finished. The band brought us a new LP every two years, leaving its discography at an unbelievable seven releases. Hopes and Dreams is the band’s most ambitious project and was the culmination of more than a year of songwriting. Kenyon recorded her guitar and vocals in Los Angeles with producer Will Kennedy (O.A.R.). The new songs are very polished, yet maintain that alternative ’90s sound that is so catchy.

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“Going into the studio, we really didn’t know how the songs were going to turn out. It’s cool to see where the songs end up after everyone contributes, and we are all very happy with how Hopes and Dreams turned out,” Kenyon said. The last couple years have seen the band play some huge shows in New England and open for some iconic bands like Soul Asylum, Everclear and VAST. It also played shows at Six Flags, the Hard Rock Cafe, Mohegan Sun and landed a spot on the SocksStock Festival in Sturbridge. “Our biggest show for 2013 was the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament Portuguese Festival in New Bedford. Fourteen thousand people were in attendance at the time we took the stage,” Kenyon said. With Hopes and Dreams released in April, the trio is looking to tour more and has a string of shows set up for the second half of summer. The members are also hard at work on three music videos for the new album, which will be available online. So 2014 can continue with another great local band to make Massachusetts proud. For more information, visit, GrandEvolution or


Miller taps Into Boston’s beer history with new book By Kimberly Dunbar Before Paul Revere set out on his infamous ride, he was probably drinking a pint at the Green Dragon Tavern. In the recently released book, Boston Beer: a History of Brewing in the Hub, author Norman Miller recounts Boston’s long and storied history with beer ~ including the story of how the Green Dragon Tavern became the birthplace of the Revolutionary War, thanks to Samuel Adams (the man, not the beer). Here are ten other things we learned: 1. According to Miller, around the time the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, beer wasn’t just a social lubricant but a way of life. People knew that the drinking water could make them deathly ill and those who drank beer were spared. They did not realize that the boiling of the water made the ale safe. 2.

In the 1800s, Boston had the most breweries per capita in the U.S. Thanks to prohibition, they all disappeared.


Haffenreffer Brewery, which closed its doors in 1964, is “the only Boston brewery from the 1800s to survive completely intact,” Miller writes. It is owned by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and is now home to the Boston Beer Company, a.k.a. Sam Adams.


The real Samuel Adams was not a brewer but came from a family of maltsters.


According to Miller, Boston Beer Company founder Jim Koch originally leased 800-square-feet of the old Haffenreffer Brewery for $1 a year. Koch spent $11 million turning it into his brewery.


Koch picked the name Sam Adams in order to connect his beer with the city. When he started out, Koch received a lot of flak (and still does) for using a contract brewer in Pittsburgh to properly brew his Boston Lager (breweries, equipment and space were limited, and the Pittsburgh Brewing Company had the space to do it right). While most of Sam Adams beer is still brewed outside the city ~ Boston Beer Company owns breweries in Cincinnati and Pennsylvania ~ the Jamaica Plain brewery is used for “research and development,” according to Miller.


Harpoon Brewery was started by a group of friends who were essentially sick of drinking the crappy beer in Boston. “If you look in the state books to see who has Massachusetts Brewers License #1, you will find the name of the largest craft brewery in New England: The Mass. Bay Brewing Company, or as it is better known, Harpoon Brewery,” writes Miller.

s e s a e t m u i d a l l Pa k c o h S & k c o R with Goblin By Mike Wood

As you’re just beginning to bask in the summer that seemed would never come, few of us are likely beckoning for fall’s return. That is, unless you’re preplanning for the 11th annual Rock and Shock convention and concert combo that kicks terror and good times up a notch in October. The three-day festival of “monsters, music and mayhem” may be three months off, but the folks behind the event have a pre-party of sorts to get all you ghoulish guys and gals in Central Massachusetts in the mood. With the heat, the horror also rises when the Italian progressive rockers of Goblin perform their timeless and eerie score from the George A. Romero horror classic Dawn of the Dead. Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin is also known for soundtracks for Dario Argento’s Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) and Suspiria. Special guests for the live concert include Stolen Babies and Hate Eternal. “Fans can expect nothing less than a great show from Claudio and crew. Goblin will be playing their famed Dawn of the Dead soundtrack in its entirety, which will be such a treat for film- and music-lovers alike,” said Jillian Miller, marketing director for Rock and Shock and The Palladium. The July 16 show will get fans in the mood for the festival in the fall, which Miller said isn’t just for diehard horror fans, but is a family-friendly event for all to enjoy. “We always look for ways to incorporate our fans into the event, which I think sets us apart from other conventions,” Miller said. “The past 10 years have brought in some incredible stars from both the horror and rock genres, culminating in last year’s extravaganza, which featured Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, True Blood), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Slither) and many more.”


In 1993, Harpoon released the first IPA on the East Coast.


Brewers are wicked smaht: According to Miller, “the three most successful beer businesses in Boston ~ Samuel Adams, Harpoon Brewery, and Boston Beer Works ~ were all started by people who had MBAs.”

Check out for all the latest updates about the fall event or keep an eye on Rock and Shock’s Facebook and Instagram to find out just who will be scaring up fun for you this October!

10. Boston Beer Works stakes claim to brewing the first blueberry beer in New England ~ an idea that wasn’t very popular at the time, one some called “ruining beer.” Thankfully, the Beer Works brewers didn’t listen.

Get stoked for the fall event and get your tickets for some experimental rock with Goblin at The Palladium box office, which is open from noon4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and during shows. Tickets are $25 in advance and $27 the day of the show. For complete show details, visit palladium. net.

Boston Beer: a History of Brewing in the Hub can be found at and

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ~ the good, the bad and the spandex By Jason Savio With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swinging into theaters this summer, naturally there’s an Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game to coincide with it. But does the game have as much spark as the film, or does it fizzle out like Electro? With a game market that is becoming as populated with superheroes as Hollywood, Spidey has some stiff competition. Whether you enjoyed the new movie or not, TASM2 the game is not a carbon copy. In fact, it’s a unique, stand-alone story that lives within the same universe as the current film series. You’ll see characters that look similar to their onscreen counterparts, as well as the same Oscorp tower casting its shadow over the city, but the introduction of different villains and plot points expands the story and makes it feel more like The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Classic heavies like Kraven the Hunter, Kingpin, Shocker and Carnage all make their presence felt, as if they’re auditioning for a role in the next film. You’re also given the opportunity to play not just as Spider-Man but also as Peter Parker, making the game feel more rooted in reality. TASM2 is similar to other superhero games, particularly the Batman Arkham series. Like Batman’s Detective Mode in Arkham, Spider-Man has his SpiderSense, which changes his vision and alerts him to nearby enemies and danger. And like the free-roaming environment of Gotham, New York City also gets the same treatment in TASM2 (free-falling off skyscrapers and web-swinging through New York City is an absolute blast), with a map to direct you to the main storyline missions and side missions. And therein lies the major bummer of TASM2: the side missions. It may seem trivial, but the side missions you are pressured to complete are a major headache and throw off the entire flow of the game. You have a Heroic Level meter that deciphers the public’s perception of Spider-Man, and if you successfully complete the side missions ~ which are all redundant fire rescues and car hijackings ~ then you’ll be safe and viewed as a help to the community, increasing your Hero Level. But if you fail these missions, or just flat out choose to ignore them and pursue the main story instead, your Heroic Level steadily decreases and will end up in the Menace Level, meaning Oscorp’s Task Force will come hunt you down. It’s a pesky annoyance that distracts from the meat of the game and ends up becoming a chore. Why would you want to have to keep fighting with no-name street thugs when you can be butting heads with real Marvel menaces? TASM2 may not reach the same level as other superhero games, but it does go beyond being a forgettable movie tie-in. There’s something for fans of the new film to enjoy, and there’s clearly an effort made to connect with longtime readers of the comics, as well. (A special someone is the proprietor of a comic shop in the game.) TASM2 may not be amazing, but it will give your web shooters a workout. For more, visit July 2014 | THEPULSEMAG.COM 17

Club & Pub Listings Entertainment at clubs, bars, pubs,

American Graffiti 113 Summer St., Lunenburg 978-345-1010

B-Man’s 140 Tavern 348 Redemption Rock Trail, Sterling 978-422-9763 Backstreets Pub 14 Mill St., Fitchburg 978-345-0758 The Banner Bar & Grille 112 Green St., Worc. 508-755-0879 Barber’s Crossing Road House 861 Main St., Leicester 508-892-7575 Barbers Crossing (North) 175 Leominster Road, Sterling 978-422-8438 Thursdays: Karaoke Beatnik’s 433 Park Ave., Worc. 508-926-8877 Beemer’s Pub 114 River St., Fitchburg 978-343-3148 Billy’s Pub 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury 508-425-3353 Black Sheep Tavern 261 Leominster Road, Sterling 978-422-8484 July 13: Sabrina Jones & Johnny Romance Blackstone Tap 81 Water St., Worc. 508-797-4827 Blue Plate Lounge 661 Main St., Holden 508-829-4566 July 11: Moonshine July 19: Cosmic Slim & His Intergalactic Plowboys Blueprint New American Bar & Grill 9 Village Square, Westminster 978-668-5580 Boulder Cafe 880 Main St., Fitchburg 978-345-0008 Breakaway Billiards 104 Sterling St., Clinton 978-365-6105 Brew City 104 Shrewsbury St., Worc. 508-752-3862 Bull Run Restaurant 215 Great Road, Shirley 978-425-4311, 877-536-7190

Cafe Destare 320 Main St., Fitchburg 978-345-5734

Canal Restaurant & Bar 65 Water St., Worc. 508-926-8353 Saturdays: StageTime Comedy Club July 11: Rob Adams July 12: Tom Revane July 18: Babatunde Thomas Blues July 19: Jim Perry July 25: Lisa Marie July 26: Sage Project Center Bar & Grill 102 Green St., Worc. 508-438-0597 Fridays: Friday Night Dance Party with DJ Blackout Sundays: Sunday Funday Karaoke with DJ Matty J July 16: Tony Soul Project Centerfolds 2000 139 Southbridge St., N. Oxford 508-987-5222 Chooch’s Food & Spirits 31 E. Brookfield Road, N. Brookfield 508-867-2494 Fridays: Karaoke Chopstick’s Restaurant & Lounge 21 Commercial Road, Leominster 978-534-0020

& other select venues

Dar Bah 29 Canal St., Millbury 508-865-8441 Days End Tavern 287 Main St., Oxford 508-987-1006

Devens Grill 4 Ryans Way, Devens 978-862-0060 Dunnys Tavern 291 E. Main St., E. Brookfield Electric Haze 26 Millbury St, Worc. 508-799-0629 Tuesdays: Hip Hop Tuesdays Sundays: Funky Jazz Sundays July 3: Virginia Rubino Band July 4: Elijah Divine CD Release Party July 5: Super Jam July 9: Mizz Kitsunes Electro Swing Fusion July 10: Dub Apocalypse ThursDaze July 11: Ryan Montbleau and The Mike Dillion Band July 13: Bellas Bartok, Tipsy Oxcart July 16: Magic Island July 17: Rocky and the Pressers July 18: Airspray July 19 Fennario (Grateful Dead Tribute) July 23: Hear Now Productions July 24: Christa Renee Band/Full Spectrum Dominance/Planet Mannequin July 25: Trails/Outer Stylie/Bobby Plaunuff July 26: Thought Bomb ~ comedy monthly July 27: Watts Closet

Christopher’s Pub 7 Pleasant St., Leominster 978-534-8250

Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant 19 Temple St., Worc. 508-792-3700 July 19: Murph’s Comedy Production Comedy Joint

Cicero’s Cafe 17 Suffolk St., Worc. 508-767-9728 ciceros.jpg

Firefly’s / Dante’s 350 E. Main St., Marlborough 508-357-8883

Classic’s Pub 285 Central St., Leominster 978-537-7750 Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: Karaoke Club KasBar 234 Southwest Cutoff, Worc. 508-798-8385 July 18: Auntie Trainwreck The Columbia Tavern 11 Merriam Ave., Leominster 978-227-5874 Cornerstone’s Restaurant 616 Central St., Leominster 978-537-1991 Cosmopolitan Club 96 Hamilton St., Worc. 508-752-0482 Dance Ranch & Saloon 70 James St., Worc. 508-757-6977

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Flip Flops 680 Main St., Holden 508-829-3008 July 10: Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell Flying Rhino Cafe 278 Shrewsbury St., Worc. 508-757-1450 Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill 305 Shrewsbury St., Worc. 508-753-2995 Galway Bay Irish Pub 186 Stafford St., Worc. 508-753-8909 Gardner Ale House 74 Parker St., Gardner 978-669-0122 Sundays: Jazz Brunch Mondays: Blue Monday ~ live blues Thursdays: Audio Wasabi Fridays, Saturdays: Live music

Gilrein’s 802 Main St., Worc. 508-791-2583 Greendale’s Pub 404 W. Boylston St., Worc. 508-853-1350 Sundays: Jim’s Blues Jam Tuesdays: Tuesday Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy; Local Musicians Showcase Wednesdays: Wacky Wednesdays Open Mic Jam with Mark July 11: Mayhem July 12: 9Teen July 18: Clam Diggers July 19: Ed & Da Ve July 25: Chittlen Brothers July 26: Mama Love The Grey Hound Pub 139 Water St., Worc. 508-754-6100 Halligan’s Sports Bar and More 889 Southbridge St., Auburn 508-832-6793 Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club 1 Millbury St., Worc. Indian Ranch 200 Gore Road, Webster 508-943-3871 July 13: Blues at the Beach July 19: Marshall Tucker Band July 20: Bare Naked Ladies July 27: Happy Together Tour Ixtapa Cantina 308 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg 978-582-9701 JC Fenwick’s 37 Mechanic St., Leominster 978-840-4845 Jillian’s - Worcester 315 Grove St., Worc. 508-793-0900 Wednesdays: Karaoke JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough 508-842-8420 July 11: Soul Express July 12: The Brit Wits July 18: Throwback to the ‘60s July 19: The Issues July 25: Boombox July 26: 9Teen Aug 1: Tribute This! (GnR/Billy Idol tribute) Aug 2: Audio Nation La Scala Restaurant 183 Shrewsbury St, Worc. 508-753-9912 Thursdays: Live music July 17: Walk & Rock with Chris Reddy The Lazy Dog 31 Main St., Marlborough 508-229-2264

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Shots Photos by Justin Perry

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Continued from Page 18 Legends Airport Road, Fitchburg 978-342-6500 Leitrim’s Pub 265 Park Ave., Worc. 508-798-2447 Loft 266 Bar & Lounge 266 Park Ave., Worc. 508-796-5177 Tuesdays: Karaoke London Billiards / Club Oasis 70 James St., Worc. 508-799-7655 Lucky Dog Music Hall 89 Green St., Worc. 508-363-1888 Tuesdays: Tantra Tuesdays “Fetish Night” with Master Squirrel July 3: Pre-Fourth of July bash with The Flock of A-Holes and Hot Letter. July 5: Summer Sizzler, featuring Line 131, It Destroys And Kills, Darkitecht and Vultures open the night. Mahoney’s Pub 413 Park Ave., Worc. 508-277-1073 Marty’s Pub 225 Cantebury St., Worc. 508-754-0033 MB Lounge 40 Grafton St., Worc. 508-799-4521 McNally’s Grille & Pub 88 Sargent Road, Westminster 978-874-1444 Michael’s Cigar Bar 1 Exchange Place, Worc. 508-459-9035 July 5: Hit the Bus July 9: Michael Brennan July 10: Dave B and the Hotshots July 11: Brett Brumby and his Better Half July 12: Tequila Sunrise July 16: Dan Dicristofaro July 17: Mystic River Band July 18: Andy Cummings & Swingabilly Lounge July 23: Brett Brumby July 24: Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell July 25: Blue Light Bandits July 30: Dan Dicristofaro Mickey O’Neil’s 377 Park Ave., Worc. Mickey Sheas 324 Electric Ave., Lunenburg 978-342-5825 The Mill 185 W. Boylston St., W. Boylston 774-261-8585 Wednesdays: Karaoke July 5: Andy Cummings July 11: Chad Clements July 12: Sean Ryan July 18: Joe Macey July 19: James Keyes July 25: Jay Graham July 26: Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell

Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex) 18 Mill St., Southbridge 508-764-6900 Moonstruck Café 19 Worcester Road, Charlton 508-248-4558 Moynihan’s Pub 897 Main St., Worc. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant 124 Millbury St., Worc. 508-753-4030 Fridays: Thank Fridays It’s Dr. Nat The Nines Neighborhood Bar 136 Millbury St., Worc. 508-340-0318 Olde Post Office Pub 1 Ray St., N. Grafton 508-839-6106 On The Rocks Sports Bar & Grill 96 Lakefront Ave., Lunenburg 978-342-6692 Oxford Tavern 314 Main St., Oxford 508-987-5397 Paisanos Pizza & Spirits 450 Lancaster St., Leominster 978-534-7117 The Palladium 261 Main St., Worc. 508-797-9696 Pampas Churrascaria Restaurant 145 E. Central St., Worc. 508-757-1070 Partner’s Pub 970 South St., Fitchburg 978-345-5051 Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays: Karaoke Saturdays: Live music Patsie Dugan’s 49 Millbury St., Worc. 508-755-4155 Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge 64 Water St., Worc. 508-792-4263 Thursdays: DJ Cuz’N Kev Fridays: DJ One-3 Saturdays: DJ Reckless Pho Dakao 593 Park Ave., Worc. 508-756-7555 Point Breeze On the Lake 114 Point Breeze Road, Webster 508-943-0404 Press Box 536 Lincoln St., Worc. 508-856-9255 Primetime Pub 5 Summer St., Lunenburg 978-400-7727 Wednesdays: Open Mic Night Fridays, Saturdays: Live music

July 11: Bunny & The Nihilist July 12: The Classics July 13: Car & Bike Show with music by Dianne Redstone & Art Caponi July 18: John & Chickie Nickerson July 20: Car & Bike Show with music by Dianne Redstone & Art Caponi July 26: The Classics

Speakers Night Club 19 Weed St., Marlborough 508-480-8222 Fridays: Karaoke July 5: DJ Norm July 12: Brazilian Dance Band July 19: Tigerlilly

Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner 148 Grove St., Worc. 508-753-9543 Sundays: Sunday Nigh Cinemageddon Mondays: Dirty Gerund Poetry & Variety Show Tuesdays: C.U. Next Tuesday with DJ Poke Smot and special guests July 11: A Wilhelm Scream, The Flatliners, Smartbomb and Foxfires

Spruce Street Tavern 68 Spruce St., Clinton 978-368-1255 Stagecoach Inn and Tavern 128 Main St., Groton 978-448-5614, 877-782-4346 Sunset Tiki Bar 79 Powers Road, Westford 978-692-5700 Wednesdays: Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell sponsored by Narragansett

The Raven 258 Pleasant St., Worc. 508-304-8133 Red Onion - Otter River Hotel 29 Main St., Baldwinville 978-939-7373, 978-939-8321

Tal’s Place 138 Lake St., Webster 508-949-6559

RG Scooters Pub 84 Lakefront St., Lunenburg 978-348-2453

Three G’s Sports Bar 152 Millbury St., Worc. 508-754-3516 Saturdays: Open mic with Old School Band

Rivalry’s Sports Bar 274 Shrewsbury St., Worc. 774-243-1100 July 11: The Office Party Band July 12: Babe Pino July 13: Clamdigger July 18: Take Two July 20: The Nudie Suits July 26: Norm Tonelli

Trumbull Bar & Grill 117 Main St., Spencer 508-885-6901 Tweed’s 231 Grove St., Worc. 508-755-8047 Union Tavern 65 Green St., Worc.

Rose Garden Restaurant and Pub 16 Milford St., Upton 508-529-7776

Upper Deck Sports Bar & Grille 377 Stetson Road, Barre 978-355-2224

Rumors 371 Park Ave., Worc. 508-755-5542

Victory Bar & Cigar 56 Shrewsbury St., Worc. 508-756-4747

Rye & Thyme 14 Monument Square, Leominster 978-534-5900 July 19: Doctor Robert

Vincent’s Bar 49 Suffolk St., Worc. 508-752-9439 Sundays: Big John Short July 12: The Lester Rawson Band July 14: Hip Swayers Deluxe

Sakura Tokyo 640 Park Ave., Worc. 508-792-1078, 508-792-1068 July 18: Windfall July 25: Auntie Trainwreck July 26: Auntie Trainwreck

Whistle Stop Bar & Grill 85 Main St., Oxford 508-987-3087

Scorz 58 Shrewsbury St., Worc.

William’s Restaurant & Tavern 184 Pearson Blvd., Gardner 978-632-7794

Sean Patrick’s Family Restaurant 494 Electric Ave., Lunenburg 888-824-3924, 978-345-2000 South Side Grille & Margarita Factory 242 W. Broadway, Gardner 978-632-1057 Fridays, Saturdays: Live music July 5: Lizzy Marquis July 11: TC Polk July 12: Carl Ayotte Trio July 18: Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell July 26: Go Gadget Go

Ye Olde Tavern 7 E. Main St., W. Brookfield 508-867-9709, 508-867-4139

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Spreading hope Dan Marold tells what he knows By Maxine Giza When you look at Dan Marold, you see a strong, confident man. As a fitness model and athlete, the man who has dated glamorous women like Miss Bikini Universe seems to have a life most men would envy. But when you hear Marold give one of his educational talks, it becomes clear that his life has not always been so enviable.  “I had never had a day of depression, and then, at 24-years-old, one day at work, I had a panic attack and went into this major suicidal depression,” Marold, of West Boylston, recalled. “I was suicidal for years and years. I couldn’t even function.” After being hospitalized and receiving treatment, Marold was faced with the long road to recovery and learning how to live with depression. In fact, it changed his life’s path. “I learned so much from the depression; I learned how to live,” he said. “It taught me so much, I am grateful I had it. I still struggle with it at times.”   When Marold was relatively new to modeling, Shane Thomas, of the sports nutrition company EAS, read an article that described how Marold returned to playing football in his late 20s. Thomas commented that it is unusual for a man of that age to pick up the sport again. It was then that Marold shared his story of dealing with depression. As it became clear to Marold that many people would benefit from learning how to overcome the obstacles of such a devastating illness, he agreed to a speaking engagement. Attendees lauded his talk about living with depression, commenting that the fitness model is also a gifted speaker. Things snowballed from there, and now Marold talks to people of all ages and backgrounds all over the country.  Sometimes during his speaking engagements, audience members pose questions that are so deep, Marold said, he struggles to answer them with the necessary depth. He does, however, have a formula he uses when he is trying to help others. “Validate, empathize and give a little dash of pity,” Marold said. “Most people don’t validate, and that’s what people want; that’s what people really need.”   The reason Marold has been so open about his struggle is that he hopes people can take something valuable away from his story. When Marold was struggling with his severe depression, more than anything, he wanted to hear from someone who had come out on top after a similar experience. Marold said he wants people dealing with depression to know those feelings of hopelessness and negativity are real and normal because of the illness. “I tell them it’s normal to feel that way, but that they must understand that it’s not going to last,” he said. “You have to trust people like me who have walked through hell and right out the other side, and so can you.” For more information, visit

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Everyday Science By R.J. Linton

Know your sunscreen With the summer upon us, it’s time to get into the sunshine spirit of things. We tend to love our time in the sun, but we may not always protect ourselves. Some of us want a fresh glow on our skin; others just want to get out of the house after the long winter. However, we have to be aware of how the sun affects us. While there is the positive benefit of the vitamin D that our bodies produce because of sun exposure, the ultra violet (UV) rays that aren’t scattered by the earth’s atmosphere have negative effects on our skin. We classify three categories of UV light that hit our earth’s atmosphere: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC is the least of our concerns, as it is scattered by the earth’s atmosphere. The important thing to know about the other two categories of UV light is the effect each has on our skin. The easiest way to remember the difference between the two categories of UV light is to recall that UVA causes wrinkles, and UVB causes cancer. This, of course, is a generalization and the details are more complicated, but it’s a good rule of thumb. So how do we protect ourselves from UV light? Well, there is an enormous amount of information about sunburn protection on the Internet, but from a scientific point of view, the most important questions may be: Are the protection methods effective against skin damage? Will the sun protection prevent our bodies from producing enough vitamin D? Are the protection methods more dangerous to our skin than the sun itself? I’ll leave out the vitamin D deficiency question and let you discuss your nutrition with a specialist. With respect to the other two questions, we must consider the most commonly used methods of sun protection ~ the first being stay out of UV light! That means staying covered when going out in the sun, and it means staying out of tanning beds. The main danger of staying covered is, of course, dehydration in the hot sun. So wear clothing that keeps you cool and drink plenty of water. The other most common protection method is sunscreen. Sunscreen is generally rated with an FDA-approved Sun Protection Factor (SPF). The SPF number is a ratio of two measures. That is, you divide the amount of UV exposure required to cause a superficial reddening of the skin with the sunscreen, by the amount of UV exposure required to cause a superficial reddening of the skin without the sunscreen. The result of this division is the SPF of the sunscreen. Manufacturers determine this measure with standard accepted scales from scientific research. Sunscreen is generally made from with two types of particles to block or absorb the UV light, ~ zinc or titanium. There are a number of studies which say our bodies do not suffer ill effects from the zinc and titanium exposure, so the products are likely safe, according to the FDA and a number of researchers. The important thing to keep in mind here is that SPF doesn’t have anything to do with how long you can stay in the sun. The bottom line is follow the advice on the label of your sunscreen with regard to application, and according to most of the sources I checked, SPF 15 is the minimum SPF you should wear, with SPF 30 providing slightly more protection. July 2014 | THEPULSEMAG.COM 27


DINING & Entertaining

Mezé offers up delightful surprises on small plates By Bernie Whitmore Mezé Greek Tapas Bar & Grill 156 Shrewsbury St., Worcester ​(508) 926-8115 ‎

Considering the large number of people in the area who identify themselves as Americans of Greek descent, it surprises me that we have such a scant choice of venues for Greek cuisine. This is all the more surprising because it’s such good food. How many cuisines can you easily describe as “love at first bite”? Actually, quite a few, and if you were to try to list them, a good approach would be to draw an arc of the countries along the Mediterranean Sea. Unfortunately, too many people get as far as Italy and think they’re finished. But to omit Greek cuisine would be as much a crime as to dismiss Greece’s literature, classical sculpture, philosophers and, well, the Parthenon. Greek cuisine really is as significant as all other things Greek. Now, there’s a new place in town that’s taken over the Portobello Restaurant location. Mezé Greek Tapas Bar has settled into a neat little space that feels as if you’re at a friend’s house, with both intimate and more public dining areas. The setting would prove appropriate, for as I journeyed through a range of mezé dishes, I encountered one family recipe after another. Regarding the tapas format, perhaps Mezé’s website explains it best: “Mezé is not a meal course, like an appetizer, but rather a dish, hot or cold, spicy or savory, often salty, that is served alone or with other mezéthes as a separate eating experience.” On the evening I joined my friend for dinner, we did a quick scan of the menu and devised a plan of attack. Sana, our server, was helpful in guiding us through the process. Let me start with what proved to be my favorite, Fasolia Fournou. It sounds exotic, but it could be Mezé’s most basic offering ~ a dish of white beans baked in a sauce of tomato, with bits of carrot and a trace of onion flavor. The fasolia were so tasty, I wanted to bring a whole pot of them home! There must be something else in that sauce; I pleaded with the owner to divulge, but he just smiled and proudly replied, “Family secret.”

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Another surprising favorite was the Grilled Calamari. Whole squid had been sliced lengthwise, flattened out, seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice and grilled until firm and incredibly tasty. A scattering of grated Romano cheese melted into little pools of olive oil. If you’re of the belief that calamari exists as O-rings and tentacles washing up out of deepfryers, try Mezé’s calamari for a very new taste experience. Two more fish mezes were a study in contrast. Fried Smelts were lightly battered and quickfried ~ ample, crunchy and plentiful. Shrimp Saganaki, on the other hand, was one of the more complicated dishes we sampled. Medium-sized shrimp were baked in a casserole dish slathered in rich tomato sauce, with bits of feta cheese and chopped chili peppers to lend sharp flavor. Each forkful snagged strands of stretchy mozzarella cheese. Most dishes came with triangles of grilled pita bread, still soft inside. Which leads me to an over-arching comment regarding the food at Mezé: This is a kitchen of grill masters. Not content to lay down pallid, cross-hatch lines, Mezé’s grilled items have a rich char flavor that excites. Realizing we hadn’t sampled a meat meze, we took the owner’s recommendation of Panseta ~ Greek Grilled Pork Strips. The name yields a clue about this cut of meat; imagine really thick strips of meaty bacon grilled until crisp. Consider it pancetta’s Greek cousin; one of the richest meat experiences going. Tzatziki sauce, a refreshing blend of yogurt and cucumber, contributed a cool and cleansing contrast. We finished with Portokalopita, Orange Pie, made of shredded filo dough mixed with Greek yogurt, eggs and orange zest. The result resembled rich custard with a sweet-and-tart citrus topping. It was an ideal way to conclude this new dining experience. The dishes at Mezé Greek Tapas Bar & Grill are elegantly simple affairs of fresh ingredients, skillfully prepared, that blossom with honest flavor. It’s as if you were welcomed off a street in Thira and into a Greek kitchen for dinner, which could be the best dining experience you’d have in Greece.

Hot & Now By Paul Giorgio

Taste of Shrewsbury St. The judges have voted for the best food at the 14th annual Taste of Shrewsbury St. Bragging rights for the Best Food at the Taste goes to newcomer, Meze Greek Tapas. Runner-up was Vintage Grille. Summer of Fun. The annual Walk & Rock on Shrewsbury Street will take place on Thursday, July 17, and Thursday, July 24. There will be music at about 15 places on the street each night with no cover charges. For a listing of participants and musicians, visit The event is sponsored by Worcester’s Wormtown Brewery (which will be moving to Shrewsbury Street) and Cantiani Insurance. Speaking of food. Get your appetite on for the annual summer edition of Worcester Restaurant Week, which will be held from Aug. 4-16. will have a full list of participating restaurants. Get a three-course meal for $23.14! George’s Green Island Diner. George’s Green Island Diner on Millbury Street will be reopen shortly under new owner Pino Ritacco. Webster House closes. The venerable Webster House, which has been in operation for more than 40 years in Worcester’s Webster Square, has closed its doors. It was owned by Chris Liacos for about 35 years, and for the last few by Jo-Ann Gadbury. Webster House was famous for its great pies and did a bang-up business at the holidays. Acoustic Java buys Webster House. The owners of Acoustic Java, also in Webster Square, are buying the Webster House property and converting it into a vegetarian restaurant and farmers’ market. We will keep you posted. Chloe closes. It appears that one of the best restaurants in the MetroWest area ~ Chloe ~ will close its doors this month after 13 years in operation. Mathew Landry, the owner and chef, announced the closing in an email to customers. Chloe was located in the center of Hudson at 23 Main St. Padavano’s Place to open. The owners of Rosalie’s Kitchen on Hamilton Street will open a second restaurant, this time on Shrewsbury Street. Padavano’s Place will replace the Corapi Lounge. The beauty of this spot is that there’s large patio for outdoor dining. They expect to renovate and open shortly. Travel to Barre. There is more going on in the hinterlands than you can imagine. The Jenkins Inn in Barre Center is offering a three-course meal special during July and August for $22. How can you beat that? Take a nice drive out in the country; visit the Jenkins Inn, with its beautiful gardens, and enjoy a three-course dinner. If you are in the traveling mood. Also worth a trip is a visit to the Thirsty Lab in Princeton. This liquor store next to Sonoma offers wine tastings every Friday night. The store has partnered with the Boston Wine School for classes and hosts local authors and poets. Also, it sells locally grown and sourced food and soaps. July 2014 | THEPULSEMAG.COM 29

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Sports & Fitness

All the right moves

Worcester’s first-ever night run doubles as cancer fundraiser By Kimberly Dunbar

Erin Coonan Schmidt (center)

The Beatles said it best: I get by with a little help from my friends. Erin Coonan Schmidt had to learn that the hard way. In December 2008, one month after her wedding, 27-year-old Schmidt was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. For the next five years, she received monthly treatments and did everything right. But when she went in for her five-year MRI, doctors found that the cancer had metastasized to her liver and bones, putting her at Stage 4. “That was really hard to hear,” said Schmidt, now 33. “After five years of being cancer-free, I suddenly found myself in a place of never being rid of it. Unfortunately, the disease is now chronic, which means that it will never be gone. But I think it’s important to know that Stage 4 doesn’t mean end of life. It is a medical definition that says there is cancer in a major organ. The disease is incurable but treatable, and that’s the part we need to focus on.” Upon hearing the news, Schmidt’s family and friends mobilized to help. Her father, Jim Coonan; brother, Brian Coonan; and good friend, Matt Gray; collaborated to create the Worcester Night Run ~ the first and only night run in the city. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the run will go toward Schmidt’s treatment, and she will also make a donation to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

bring the community together, and I loved the idea of doing an event that wasn’t completely cancer-centric,” she said. “With this being the Worcester Night Run, it feels like it has a farther reach.” While Brian worked with the city of Worcester to obtain the necessary permits, Gray, owner of Gray Matter Marketing in Newport, R.I. (where Schmidt and Gray live), worked on the other details. Gray’s company has helped put on many 5Ks, including the hugely successful Newport Night Run. “It seemed like a natural fit for Worcester, which does not have anything else like it,” he said. The fact that the race, which takes place Aug. 8, is in Schmidt’s hometown has special meaning. “Worcester will always be my home,” she said, adding that the race will start behind her alma mater (Burncoat High School), follow Burncoat Street to the Summit and back to BHS. “Pit stops at Benny’s are encouraged,” she joked. According to Brian, the race has been well-supported by both the community and the city. “Ever since we first pitched the idea for a run, the support from the community has been overwhelming,” he said. “It seems like a new offer to contribute comes in every day from people in Worcester and around the country. It’s humbling, but I can’t say I’m surprised.”

“Going through a cancer diagnosis doesn’t just affect the patient,” Schmidt said, adding that friends and family are left feeling helpless. “This 5K was put together out of the need to do something ~ anything ~ to try to take back a little control.”

Schmidt also isn’t surprised by the reaction of her “amazing family and friends,” but she is continuously amazed at the outpouring of love and support.

Schmidt said the 5K was Brian’s idea. “He wanted to do something that would

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“If only I could bottle it all up, that would be the cure,” she said.

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Art & Culture

Artful Expectations: New public art initiative aims to revitalize downtown Worcester By Kimberly Dunbar

Great cities deserve great art, and Worcester is about to get its share. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a giant mural of the Blackstone Canal in Kelley Square (pictured above). Come fall, another large-scale mural will pop up, this time on the side of 20 Franklin St., the old Telegram & Gazette building and future home of Quinsigamond Community College’s downtown campus. “This is part of a public art initiative from the city’s Public Art Working Group (PAWG) plan,” said Erin Williams, Worcester’s cultural development officer. “PAWG is a group that believes art deserves to be prominent in Worcester.” In an effort to increase the amount of publicly accessible art in the city, Worcester’s Executive Office of Economic Development created PAWG. PAWG is a group of local citizens and art-lovers who are committed to supporting public art initiatives in the city. A year-and-a-half ago, the group met to catalogue the existing public art, as well as identify locations and opportunities for new public art. “Art is extremely critical to the city’s future,” said Lisa Drexhage, project manager for the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC). “Public art projects create unique destination points for visitors and residents alike. Through this project and others happening throughout Worcester, our hope is that people will continue to live, work, play and study in the city.” New Garden Park, Inc., a nonprofit subsidiary of the WBDC dedicated to the environmental cleanup and renovation of

18-20 Franklin St. (known as Allen Court Alley), has donated the wall space for the temporary mural. In collaboration with Worcester’s Office of Cultural Development, PAWG and the Worcester Arts Council ~ which is sponsoring the public projects ~ the team is working to improve the downtown area.

Worcester Arts Alley in Allen Court ~ site rendering

“I believe this mural is an important component to jumpstart the transformation of Allen Court from a drab alley to a more welcoming place,” Drexhage said. Earlier this year, the group sent a call to local artists for proposals. Susan Champeny, a local artist serving as the advisor on the Allen Court project, said it was a very open theme. “We want art of quality,” she said, adding that the only rule was no commercial advertising. “We want art that celebrates community and connectivity. We left the subject up to the artists because we want their response to our environment.” According to Williams, the community has been very responsive to the project. “We are getting a lot of inquiries from people who are really enthused or want their building decorated with public art,” she said. “We see this as a catalyst, the spark to ignite other projects.”

Worcester Arts Alley in Allen Court ~ aerial view of downtown

At press time, the artists for the Allen Court mural were still being vetted. The chosen artists will begin work on the building in August, with a grand opening of the first installation slated for early September. The goal is to change the mural twice a year. For more information, visit

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Worcester Arts Alley in Allen Court ~ site rendering

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