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Worcester Music Awards rock city By Josh Lyford


Main Street was awash with light from the Palladium billboard April 10, heralding Pulse Magazine’s Worcester Music Awards throughout the city’s downtown. DJ Reckless took the stage to kick things off, tearing through his provided a perfect backdrop as people began to step up to the bar and prepare for an evening of music appreciation, enjoyment and fun.

Pulse’s 2013 Sexiest Bartenders, did a fantastic job spicing up the ceremony. After the welcoming address, Massachusetts country artist Ashley Jordan took the stage. Jordan and company did an incredible job performing their hometown brand of folksy pop-country. When she took the stage, the house was packed and everyone ready to soak in some live music. Jordan herself has

For years, the Worcester Music Awards have been a great way for area musicians and talent to garner recognition for their hard work and dedication. This year was no different, and The Palladium added a certain rock ’n’ roll sensibility, giving a rock-club vibe to the evening.

cello and a violin being shredded at the Palladium, and their too-short set was appreciated.

After DJ Reckless’ set, Mark Veau, of WXLO and WORC-FM, stepped up to the podium to welcome attendees to the Worcester Music Awards. Veau did a standout job presenting throughout the night, obviously enjoying himself. He utilized a perfect combination of humor and class, which was exactly what the event called for. Not to say that he didn’t have any help ~ Amanda Curry, one of

jazz, swing and rock. A bit later, Day One stepped up to keep the tempo and certainly did not disappoint. A hip-hop collective of sorts, the group had the energy of a wild tiger, rendering it impossible to take your eyes off of the stage. The MCs were lively, and the lyricism was second to none. It’s always a treat to see hip-hop backed with a talented live band; the guitar leads throughout were

In fact, the entire selection of musicians was superb. Andy Cummings and his


certainly appreciated. Kung Fu Grip rounded out the night and made perfect sense for the tail end of the evening. Its blend of pop-punk, rock and alternative covers, including a great Jimmy Eat World cover, suits them well, and the band did a great job of making sure no one will soon forget the festivities. With categories ranging from Best Musical Act to Best Live Venue and Sexiest Musician, everything was covered here. There were plenty of repeat winners and some new surprises, as well. A Ton of Blues, for instance, took the Best Blues/R&B Act award for the third year running. “It was just as cool the third time around as it Scott Leblanc on the award trifecta. “It really just hard and has a fan base and they know how to One of the evening’s performers, Ashley Jordan, said. “Shocked and amazed. I mean, there was so much talent! I came back from the performance and there was one [award], and I couldn’t believe

of Tester, and his colorful on-stage commentary. It was certainly a sight to see the room cheer as he declared, “We aren’t here to go home yet people. Perhaps the most important award of the night was the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to a member of the community who has shown a lifetime dedicated to growing the central Massachusetts music scene and who has put the year, the award was bestowed posthumously to Scott Ricciuti, who tragically passed away in April 2012. The award was accepted by Ricciuti’s best friend, Roger Lavallee, who said, “I can’t even begin to describe what Scott has given us. He Ricciuti was a great musician and beloved friend to many, playing a huge part in the Worcester music scene, performing with Huck and Pistol Whipped, as well as performing solo. He has been described as the type of person who would respect from local musicians. The entire evening was something special and will certainly be remembered by all of those in attendance, unless a few too many Pabst Blue Ribbons were enjoyed, and it held something for everyone. The ideals of the Worcester community were a running theme, and there is something about seeing such a diverse group of people come together for one night, relating over music and togetherness, that seems to put everything in perspective. The Worcester Music Awards captured that with an awards ceremony that sets out to bring the community together for something we can all appreciate ~ great music that comes from our own backyard. The Worcester Music Awards were sponsored by Budwiser, The Palladium, Immedia, Union Music, Celestial Effects, Vero Concepts, JLS Design, Music ZGo Round, Kurlan Music Center, City Music, Perry Studios, 104.5 WXLO, 100 FM The Pike and 98 WORC-FM. THEPULSEMAG.COM||May May2013 2013 8 8 THEPULSEMAG.COM

... I came back from the performance and there was one [award], and I couldn’t believe it. Two? I am blown away.” ~ Ashley Jordan

“I can’t even begin to describe what Scott has given us. He was a beautiful human being.” ~ Roger Lavallee


2013 Worcester Music Awards Winners

Best Blues R&B Act A Ton of Blues

Best Jazz Act Jesse Fontaine Trio

Best CD

Best Live Act Tester

by Andy Cummings Best Club DJ DJ Reckless Best Country/ Americana Act Ashley Jordan Best Cover/ Tribute Band Flock of Assholes Best Female Vocalist Ashley Jordan Best Male Vocalist Sam James Best Hardcore/ Metal Act Thurkills Vision Best Jam & Groove Act Soulstice


Best Live Venue Tammany Hall Best Up and Comers Act The Feather Merchants Best Pop Act The Cosby Sweaters Best Punk/ Pop-Punk Act The Numbskulls

Local Band You’d Most Like to See Reunite

Sexiest Musician Niki Luparelli of The Gold Diggers Music Station Most Supportive of Local Acts WICN Band with Best Groupies Flock of Assholes Best Cover Art by Scarecrow Hill.

Best Radio DJ Carmalita of WAAF Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act Jebedia Best Rock Act Tester Best Solo Act Andy Cummings

Best Local Music Festival Music Fest at Wachusett Mountain Lifetime Achievement Award Scott Riccutti

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Central Mass Film Fest goes steampunk By Alana Gordon

Bringing steampunk to Worcester feels like a dream come true for me; doing it as part of the Central Mass Film Festival feels like winning the lottery. I’m Alana Gordon, and as a local photographer in the Worcester community, I’ve always found myself gravitating toward the arts. Film, music or photography ~ they’ve all grabbed my attention. That’s why I’m so proud that we’ve found a way to fuse them all together in a three-day festival.

Angela Faneuf, co-creator of 11th Hour Farming Artist said, “[We] are very excited to be part of such a distinguished event. We feel that the intriguing world of steampunk culture perfectly complements this eclectic celebration, which blends local Worcester history with a collective, creative expression of modern-day life

The Central Mass Film Festival was established more than a year ago by Future Focus Media directors, Dee Wells and Matt Feinstein. They have since been joined by Kristen Lucas, Surya Saraswathi, James Lewis, Scott Fair and myself. the audience for their works and to broaden the access point for consumers to movies and documentaries ~ all from local movie-makers. The weekend of May 31-June 2, we will be doing just that by holding the June edition of the Central Mass Film Festival in the Canal District in Worcester. While steampunk theme and teaming up with 11th Hour Farming Artists and Schmeldt Productions.

So, feel free to don your best steampunk attire and come join us for the festivities!

What’s steampunk, you ask?

out or

by steam-powered storm. It melds the stylings of Victorian-era fashion with the

PHOTOS: All photos by Alana Gordon.

starring Will Smith.


The making of

‘FADING AWAY’ ~ the music video By Ashley Jordan The following week, we completed the location shots in Haverhill. We literally took over the house for an entire day ~ there was a full makeup/hair staff, four

year ago because I was feeling sad and helpless as I watched a friend battle an eating disorder and depression. I wanted to share how it felt through the eyes of a friend or family member who simply doesn’t know what to do, seeing their loved one fade away. After I wrote the song, it made me feel very emotional to play it, so I tucked it away for a few months. One night, I played it for a friend, and she asked me to perform it at my next show. So I did … and the reaction I got was overwhelming. So many people came up to me and shared their own personal stories and told me how much the song had resonated with them. So, I decided I needed to record this song and do my

I saw in my mind how I wanted the video to look. But I knew I needed

Caddigan, who has a video company called Dark White Media in Westford. I shared my song and vision with Anthony, and we immediately connected and

crew and other support people. I had never realized how involved it is to complete a music video. Typically, the video company will audition and hire actors to play different roles. But in my case, I was totally set on who I wanted to perform in my music video. by my best friend MacKenzie Klem (from my hometown of Harvard), who is an amazing actor and currently studying theater at Keene State. I have always I would have Kenzie be the key actor because I have always admired her work. Also, when I envisioned the family sitting around the table, I knew who those actors should be, as well. We have some lifelong family friends who have a lot of acting and theater experience, and I knew they’d be perfect for the roles of family members. Since they really are a family, it would feel and look like a real family. So Maura, Jon and Molli Wallace, of Westminster, took on the tough role of being the family in crisis. I personally had some acting scenes during the shoot ~ when I visit my friend

in my head, and then, he added his creative ideas. For instance, when I played my guitar for the video, I envisioned candles with a family sitting awkwardly around a dining room table (and the elephant in the room is the fact that no one can talk about the problems going on around them). I could see the father and mother arguing, the girl alone in her room in despair, the parents banging on the door. Anthony shared his expertise about camera angles and lighting and other details that would best convey the feeling and timing within the song. Location, time of day, objects in the room, wardrobe … everything needed to be considered. After a lot of talking and collaborating, it was up to Anthony to produce a script pulling all our ideas together. Making a script is a very detailed process that to happen for the video in terms of cameras, lighting, actors, timing, etc. From

about whether or not I would be comfortable once the cameras were rolling. I discovered that I just needed to be myself and stay in the moment ~ I actually really enjoyed it!

was so heavy, we had a lot of tears, arguing and stress that had to be portrayed for the song. To get into their roles, everyone had to take things seriously. And not only that, some scenes had to be done over and over again to accomplish what we wanted, which can be emotionally exhausting. Let’s just say after

Anthony had such a great eye for capturing the emotion behind the song … and also for being able to tell the story in such a limited amount of time. I was in awe of how smoothly everything went and how comfortable we all felt working together. If it’s a good working relationship, I think you end up feeling

scouting out homes that matched our vision (and a homeowner who was willing needed. generously agreed to let us to use her home, which had the look and feel we wanted for the video. We were excited and set to go! video. Typically, it can take weeks, even months, to edit through all the footage song, when I’m playing my guitar and singing. It was freezing cold that day… and we were doing the shoot in a barn-type setting with no heat. So we had some room heaters plugged in, along with camera and lighting equipment all

how valuable Anthony’s team was. They helped with everything from keeping hundreds of candles lit to operating and moving camera equipment.

time, we were in tears. It is completely amazing as an artist to have a song that means so much to you come to life exactly the way you saw it in your mind’s eye. Now, I am getting ready to embark on recording some new songs, and then, I will be looking at doing another video in the near future. Good things are coming…and I can’t wait! May 2013 | THEPULSEMAG.COM 13

Alcoa: Derek Archambault of Defeater’s new(ish) side project By Alex Kantarelis

Hardcore music tends to have very close-minded fans. They like their songs aggressive, with mosh pits, sing-alongs and screaming vocals. When Defeater burst onto the scene in 2008, vocalist Derek Archambault was well aware of what hardcore was supposed to sound like, having been a lifelong fan. But his approach to being the front man was different. It started with the storyline the lyrics told, which stood apart from the “you stabbed me in the back, and now, I’m going to scream about

While Defeater’s style has its own unique qualities, it is still a hardcore band writing hardcore songs. As the writing process developed, the band added one acoustic song to the mix. As the band began touring relentlessly, that song became one of its most requested songs; halfway Massachusetts band Energy, Archambault started bringing an acoustic guitar on stage, and the

shelved for years. When it was time to write the acoustic side of Empty Days and Sleepless Nights, Archambault resurrected some of those older ideas. Defeater’s guitarist and studio engineer, Jay LP.

when the band set up to record Empty Days and Sleepless Nights, it decided to break the mold of hardcore with a record of half hardcore, half acoustic songs. Again, the reaction was positive, and those songs started making their way onto the Defeater set list.

Archambault said. That motivated him to write songs that were far beyond anything he had ever written, giving Alcoa a sound that strays far from the Bright Eyes sound he once had. He displays an unbelievable vocal range with

So with Defeater cementing itself as one of Massachusetts’ biggest and best bands, and with the addition of those new songs, Archambault was gaining

Defeater has found itself on the Warped Tour this summer, and while Alcoa is a full band, with full instrumentation, Archambault will be solo, with just his guitar, playing the Alcoa songs on the Warped Tour’s acoustic stage, along with Kevin Seconds, of 7 Seconds fame, and Vinnie Caruana, of The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche.

beginning, I was just writing a riff and singing over it, but now, I’ve really started

Taking the name Alcoa, Archambault released an 11-song LP on Boston’s Bridge 9 Records, the same label Defeater is on. “I’m very lucky to be working actually started before Defeater was even a band, but the project never really left the writing process. Archambault would write a few songs here and there but never really did much with them, and he compared those songs to earlier Bright Eyes and Dashboard Confessional. As Defeater became his main band, many of those old Alcoa songs were


the exception of Warped Tour, Alcoa will mostly play locally, since Archambault is so busy with Defeater’s touring schedule. If you’re looking for something mellow, just in time for the warm weather, look no further than Alcoa. The new LP, Bone and Marrow, is available now from Bridge 9 Records. For more information, visit

ON CD Intronaut ~ Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words with Tones) By Jennifer Russo There is a low and soft continual hum, like thousands of drones working in their hive, which underlies Intronaut’s fourth full-length album. The sound invokes suspense, as the listener awaits the inevitable explosive burst of energy and full-out metal madness, but it doesn’t happen that way. Instead, we remain sitting on a roller coaster that has reached the apex before the drop … and then, lingers there … and then, stops completely. We are left with a heightened heartbeat, wondering what to do next. It’s a dream come true for the daredevil. Habitual Levitations, which was released March 19, has received nothing but good feedback ~ and with good reason. It is completely unexpected, especially if you have heard any of Intronaut’s previous albums. This record takes an unconventional approach to discovering the music at its core ~ an art form that can be experimented with,

Interesting breaks and change-ups are in places you wouldn’t think they would be Just when you think you have a hold of revelation. It’s like a song, within a song, within another song. The nine-track album feels like 20. Harmonies are haunting and dead-on, reminding me of Alice in Chains’ delivery a bit, and the general sound seems to bring you back to past eras that you can’t quite pinpoint on a timeline. It has the spirit of rock with a jazz soul. It isn’t meant to be repetitive or have a

Intronaut will be performing at Great Scott in Allston on June 20. Tickets can be purchased at ticketweb.

Love & Death ~ Between Here & Lost By Jason Savio The debut album, Between Here And Lost rollercoaster of a listen for any old-school, nu-metal headbanger who was brought up on the down-tuned guitars of the ’90 s sub-genre. With former Korn guitarist Welch as the band leader and singer, Between Here And Lost is a Frankenstein of new and old.

many of the songs a melodic and anthemic quality that makes them more accessible. Both the opening track, “The deliver the expected crunch in the verses before taking an unexpected turn to grand, swelling choruses that make them memorable and ~ surprise, surprise ~ uplifting. Welch comes into his own

Welch’s vocals are also eerily similar to those of Korn’s Jonathan Davis, with an impressive ability to go from fragile whisper to Buffalo Bill growl while balancing a steady sanity in between. Between Here And Lost offers plenty for those already familiar with Welch’s previous work and enough of a fresh edge to attract new listeners. Although many artists struggle when they begin anew, Welch shows his chops and steps into the spotlight convincingly. For more information, visit

With The Punches ~ Seams & Stitches By Katey Khaos With the Punches, as a band, is nothing new to the music scene. The band has been kicking around since ’09 and Seams & Stitches, which shows off this band’s full potential.

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both spellbinding lyrics and gorgeous guitar leads. The chorus rings out, “I’m losing interest in all your promises/It’s

Seams & Stitches than most bands in that genre would. Once again, With the Punches is proving that it’s not how long something is, but how you utilize it.




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The latest installment of this series is, once that’s chock full ‘o plot. Your goal this time around? Your name is Booker DeWitt, a former

of guns and ignoring the rest, but be advised: There are quite a few options to choose from! is hands down one of the best titles to be released this year, and yes, it was

rescue a young girl by the name of Elizabeth. Sounds pretty easy, right? There’s also this ~

slightly repetitive, which is more than most titles can say. Columbia is always changing, so it’s rare to feel like you’re visiting the same place twice. The A.I. is clever enough to keep you interested and, in Elizabeth’s case, even help you appreciate it. (You’ll see what I mean, but trust me when I tell you she’s a much better companion than Navi!)

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Wormtown 35 th anniversary show celebrates Worcester music scene


PULSE Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia by Andrew Wilson By Stephanie Monahan Sylvia Plath was only 30 when she committed suicide in 1963. Her story has been told in movies and books. A gifted writer who seemed to have it all ~ a successful literary career, a husband and two kids ~ was, in fact, haunted by her own dark thoughts. Andrew Wilson’s new biography takes a look at Plath’s life before she was any of those things, at her life before she met her husband, the poet Ted Hughes.

On May 11, celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Worcester music scene founded in 1978 that became known as Wormtown. Five bands, whose members are all key players in this important piece of local history, will convene at Ralph’s Diner on Grove Street for a night of rock ’n’ reminiscing. The Commandos got their start as teenagers in the late ’70s and will be kicking off the night. Formed by Brian Hopper and Jeff Crane in the suburbs of Worcester, they ran their own underage club in a basement for themselves and their friends who were too young to enter the city’s nightspots. The Performers, another early contributor to local music lore, will bring brothers Doug and Sibley Geer back to the stage. Heavy radio airplay on WCUW 91.3 made them stars early on, and they continue to be a part of what is happening regionally. Musclecah continues the tradition of honest, hard-driving music that the music scene was known for back when all the rules changed. On bass

Many people blamed Hughes for Sylvia Plath’s spiral into suicide. They had a volatile relationship, and he left her for another woman a few months before her death. However, Wilson explores the troubles that had tormented her since her childhood, growing up in Shirley, then in Wellesley. When she is 8, her father dies. At 14, she begins to cut herself and battle with bouts of depression. She keeps a diary and writes poetry, much of which explores the dark themes for which she later becomes famous. Wilson reveals a young Plath that is anxious, a perfectionist and already using sleeping pills at 17. Plath also struggles with a fact she can’t change: She is a woman in the 1950s, and this comes with certain expectations. She’s supposed to get married and have kids, a life she dreads even as a teen. She craves freedom in all aspects of her life; she wants to go to college and be a writer. In 1950, she becomes a freshman at Smith. But living her dream isn’t enough to calm the

founding member of The Blue Moon Band. Along with her husband, Chris ‘Cah’ Lillyman, Cathy also rocks out with bands The McGunks and Meat Depressed.

thoughts of suicide rattle their chains.

The Time Beings, known as the Kings of Garage Rock, will lend their talents to the party. Formed in western Massachusetts by Jay Matorano in the ’80s and featuring Preston Wayne and his signature guitar sounds, this is one of the many bands Matorano been involved with in Worcester,

Years later, Plath undergoes electroshock therapy in an attempt to cure her depression. It seems to work, but only for a short time. She is manic one minute, completely checked out the next. Her classmates begin to believe she has a split personality or is schizophrenic. Though no one knows exactly what is wrong, she suffers throughout her college years and after she is married and becomes a mother. A few days before her suicide, she writes a poem that opens: “The woman

The Numbskulls, one of the area’s top award-winning punk bands, round out the bill. Alex and Lysie Nagorski and their bandmates, including singer/ songwriter James Keyes, have won just about every award offered during their tenure on the streets. They show no signs of slowing down, having played at this year’s First Night Worcester, as well as several shows Ralph’s and Beatnik’s. If you want to celebrate the Worcester music scene and enjoy swag from Narragansett Beer, plan to be at Ralph’s Diner at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at


Wilson’s book dives deep into these topics ~ a great read for fans of Sylvia Plath. her novel, The Bell Jar, which chronicles a college-aged girl’s decent into mental illness and has one of my favorite opening lines of all time: “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I

For more information, visit You can read “Mad Girl’s Love Song,” which appeared in Mademoiselle in 1953 and inspired the title of this book at

50 Shades of Grey? Kind of. By Tine Roycroft

On the hunt for a delectable night out with coworkers or the perfect bachelorette party event? Stop the search! Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody is coming to the Hanover Theatre on May 12 and 13 and promises to have audiences rolling in the aisles with its hilarious script and talented cast. If you were one of the few who escaped the lightning-fast popularity of the 50 Shades of Grey books, we’ll bring you up to speed. In 2011, British author E. L. James began writing this best-selling trilogy, which traces the relationship between an innocent young college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business tycoon, Christian Grey. The books are possibly most well-known for being packed with erotic scenes that involve bondage, dominance and submission. Mixed with naughty humor and great musical numbers, the parody of this tantalizing story is ready to be enjoyed by theater-goers. Actress Michelle based on Anastasia Steele, and she can’t wait to hit the Worcester stage. “Spank! follows the plot of [50 Shades of Grey] some of the things that happen in the book, then we, as actors, take that and heighten it even more. It’s a show for people who have read the book, but it’s also for people who just want to enjoy a good

show. According to Vezilj, the cast recently played to a sold-out house at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre and the the stage, the women screamed with delight. And the thrill doesn’t end when the curtain drops! The show’s characters are all available for pictures in the lobby at the end of each performance. Vezilj is perfect as Tasha Woode, but at the time

of her audition, she was unfamiliar with the book. Having just gone through a break-up, the former gymnast-turned-singer/actress was not emotionally called back for the part, Vezilj devoured the storyline in a matter of two days.

“But I went to the audition and was just willing to play and to try anything. The director saw something in me and said he

Apart from acting, Vezilj’s character has her own song ~ a parody of Little Red Riding Hood’s song from Into the Woods. “I was trained in musical theater, so anytime I get to sing is laugh. “We use songs from other shows and make parodies of them. I don’t want to spoil anything, but my favorite song to watch is at the end of Act 1. The audience loves it;

Vezilj will perform with the show until June, with the possibility of an extension until August. From there, she’ll take her fond Spank! memories with her as she embarks on her dream of making it on Broadway. For more information on the show or to purchase tickets, go to



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Barbers Crossing (North) 175 Leominster Road, Sterling 978-422-8438 Thursdays: Karaoke and Karaoke Singing Contest with $500 prize

Bull Run Restaurant 215 Great Road, Shirley 978-425-4311, 877-536-7190 May 3: Primo Cubano Cinco de Mayo Party May 9: The Carl Palmer Band May 30: Dave Davies of The Kinks

Beatnik’s 433 Park Ave., Worc. 508-926-8877 Through Jan 1: Brendan Kelley May 3: Ten Foot Polecats CD Release Union Players and The Roadkill Orchestra May 4: Rare Breed, The Barnstormers May 7: Indie Art Market May 9: Ukulele May Edition with Rich “Amazing May 10: WHAT May 11: Arthur Dent Foundation Reunion May 15: The Old Edison, Down To The Well May 16: The Not So Late Show with Shaun May 17: May 18: Danny Pease and the Regulators (DPR), The Hornitz May 22: Brendan Kelley May 24: Big Eyed Rabbit May 25: Little Sugar & The Big Spoonful May 29: Brendan Kelley May 30: Zack Slik Old-Time Style Music May 31: Satellite Rockers, Big Mama Lu June 1: The Alchemystics Beemer’s Pub 114 River St., Fitchburg 978-343-3148 Black Sheep Tavern 261 Leominster Road, Sterling 978-422-8484 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 31: Live bands Sundays through May 26: Bah Jam Open Mic with A Ton of Blues Tuesdays thru May 28” Tuesday Trivia Night Blackstone Tap 81 Water St., Worc. 508-797-4827 Blue Plate Lounge 661 Main St., Holden 508-829-4566 May 18: Shakedown Street May 24: The Ric Porter Band May 25: Cosmic Slim & His Intergalactic Plowboys May 31: The Satch Casey Band feat. Shirley McAfee

Cafe Destare 320 Main St., Fitchburg 978-345-5734 The Cannery 12 Crane St., Southbridge 508-764-1100 Cantina Bar & Grill 385 Main St., Worc. 508-459-5325 Thursdays: Havana Night Live Latin Jazz Thursdays: Havana Night Salsa Thursday with Joselito y su Combo Celtic Tavern 45 Belmont St., Northborough 508-366-6277 Center Bar & Grill 102 Green St., Worc. 508-438-0597 Wednesdays: Ladies Night with DJ Blackout Thursdays: Thirsty Thursday with DJ Matty J Fridays: Friday Night Dance Party with DJ Blackout Sundays: Sunday Funday Karaoke with DJ Matty J Mondays: Trivia Night hosted by Mike Ricardi Centerfolds 2000 139 Southbridge St., N. Oxford 508-987-5222 Chooch’s Food & Spirits 508-867-2494 Chopstick’s Restaurant & Lounge 21 Commercial Road, Leominster 978-534-0020 May 10 and 11: Doctor Robert May 31: Windfall Classic Rock Cover Band June 1: Windfall Classic Rock Cover Band Christopher’s Pub 7 Pleasant St., Leominster 978-534-8250


Cicero’s Cafe 17 Suffolk St., Worc. 508-767-9728 images/ciceros.jpg Classic’s Pub 285 Central St., Leominster 978-537-7750 Club Caliente 816 Main St., Worc. 508-826-9305 Club Instyle 41 Pleasant St., Worc. Club KasBar 234 Southwest Cutoff, Worc. 508-798-8385 The Columbia Tavern 11 Merriam Ave., Leominster 978-227-5874 Cornerstone’s Restaurant 616 Central St., Leominster 978-537-1991


Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill 305 Shrewsbury St., Worc. 508-753-2995 Fusion 109 Water St., Worc. 508-756-2100 Galway Bay Irish Pub 186 Stafford St., Worc. 508-753-8909 Gardner Ale House 74 Parker St., Gardner 978-669-0122 Fridays and Saturdays through May 31: Live Music Sundays through May 26: Jazz Brunch with Chet Williamson Mondays through May 27: Blue Mondays ~ live blues bands May 2: Frank Vielle May 9: Girls Guns and Glory May 16: Little Wolf

Cosmopolitan Club 96 Hamilton St., Worc. 508-752-0482

Gilrein’s 802 Main St., Worc. 508-791-2583

Creegan’s Pub 65 Green St., Worc. 508-754-3550

Greendale’s Pub 404 W. Boylston St., Worc. 508-853-1350 Tuesdays: Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy Wednesdays: Open Jam w/Sean Ryan Sundays: Blues Jam w/Jim Perry and Meat

Dance Ranch & Saloon 70 James St., Worc. 508-757-6977 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

Fat Tony’s Pub 1102 Main St., Worc. 508-798-8908 Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant 19 Temple St., Worc. 508-792-3700 Thursdays: Pitch League June 1: Trivia Night

350 E. Main St., Marlborough 508-357-8883

Flip Flops 680 Main St., Holden 508-829-3008

Flying Rhino Cafe 278 Shrewsbury St., Worc.

May 3: Blow it up Johnny! May 4: Time Machine May 10: The Invaders May 11: Clam Diggers May 17: Wildcat O’Halloran May 18: 9Teen May 24: Brett Brumbie May 25: Valvatross May 31: SOUP Canal Bar & Grille 65 Water St., Worc. 508-926-8353 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 Ixtapa Cantina 308 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg 978-582-9701 Jak’s Pub 536 Main St., Worc. JC Fenwick’s 37 Mechanic St., Leominster 978-840-4845 Jillian’s - Worcester 315 Grove St., Worc. Continued on pg. 29



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Worcester Music Awards at The e Palladium ~ Worcester

Ritual ~ Worcester


Flying Rhino ~ Worcester

Mezcal ~ Worcester

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Brew City ~ Worcester

GazBar ~ Leominster

Black Sheep Tavern ~ Sterling

The Mill ~ West Boylston


Continued from pg. 24 508-793-0900 Mondays: Wise Guys Trivia May 3: Getaway May 4: PPW Mayweather Fight May 10: Salty Johnson May 11: Probable Cause May 24: DJ Karaoke with DJ Bobby J May 25: UFC May 31: The Flock June 1: Bittersuite JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough 508-842-8420 Wednesdays: Wacky Wednesday Night Jam May 3: The Groove Street Band May 4: Aerochix May 10: How Bizarre! May 11: 9-Teen May 17: Jokers Wild May 18: Nibot May 24: The Flock of Assholes May 25: No Reply-Boston’s Premier Beatles Tribute May 31: Rico Moon Band Featuring Tony Soul LaScala Restaurant 183 Shrewsbury St, Worc. 508-753-9912 The Lazy Dog 31 Main St., Marlborough 508-229-2264 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: Game Show Live Trivia London Billiards / Club Oasis 70 James St., Worc. 508-799-7655 Mondays: Karaoke Lucky Dog Music Hall 89 Green St., Worc. 508-363-1888 Sundays: The new ‘90s party band How Bizarre, featuring members of The Flock, Squeezer, The Vig and Neon Alley. May 3: The Mighty Mystic with The Raft and Shanty Man and The Speakeasies May 4: Theory 13, Minka, Josh Briggs & Friends and Next 2 Nothing May 8: Woo Town Wednesdays. Free show with Sky Captains of Industry and Killiney Woods May 9: ‘80s party every Thursday with The Flock Of A-Holes with D.C. Wonder and Rich People Food May 10: The Fear Nuttin Band returns with May 11: American Hellbilly, the Rob Zombie tribute band, with ShadowBomb and a Chili Cook-Off Contest May 15: Woo Town Wednesdays. Free show with Forward Motion May 16: ‘80s party every Thursday with The Flock Of A-Holes. More TBA May 18: Kung Fu Grip, Opening Night and more May 19: Fundraiser for the Survivors and Families of the Boston Marathon Attack. May 22: Woo Town Wednesdays. Free show with Killiney Woods May 23: ‘ 80s party every Thursday with The Flock Of A-Holes with Ways To Fall and Stephanie Forryan May 24: Mullethead, with Fox Force Five and The Genre Whores May 25 Clutch Grabwell May 29 Woo Town Wednesdays. Free show; bands TBA Jun 1 The Issues

Jun 2 The Teseracte Players of Boston present The Rocky Horror Picture Show, followed by a performance by How Bizzare Mahoney’s Pub 413 Park Ave., Worc. 508-277-1073 May 11: Erica & Justin Acoustic Duo 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 Mickey Sheas 324 Electric Ave., Lunenburg 978-342-5825 The Mill 185 W. Boylston St., W. Boylston 774-261-8585 May 2: Mike Brennan May 3: Jay Graham May 4: Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell May 10: Josh Briggs May 11: Joe Macey May 17: Brian Chaffee May 18: Belit May 23: Tom Revane May 24: Steve Foley May 25: Chad Clements May 30: Ken Macy May 31: Dave Obrien 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 Friday It’s Dr. Nat The Nines Neighborhood Bar 136 Millbury St., Worc. 508-340-0318 May 5: The Bubbleheads with Ned Lucas

1 Ray St., N. Grafton 508-839-6106 On The Rocks Sports Bar & Grill 96 Lakefront Ave., Lunenburg 978-342-6692 The Outlook Restaurant 79 Powers Road, Westford 978-692-5700 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.

May 16: Franco & Sam May 17: Brian & Captain May 18: Now and Then May 23: Jon Short May 24: The City Boys May 25: Jay Graham May 30: Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell May 31: Brian & Captain

508-757-1070 Partner’s Pub 970 South St., Fitchburg 978-345-5051 Patsie Dugan’s 49 Millbury St., Worc. 508-755-4155 Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge 64 Water St., Worc. 508-792-4263 Wednesdays: Game Show Live Trivia Thursdays through May 30: Karaoke Fridays through May 31: DJ One-3 Saturdays through May 25: DJ Reckless Sundays: Open Mic with Bill McCarthy May 17 and 24: Drunken Uncles at 7 p.m. Pho Dakao 593 Park Ave., Worc. 508-756-7555

Sakura Tokyo 640 Park Ave., Worc. 508-792-1078, 508-792-1068 May 3-4: Flock Of A-Holes and Sakura Tokyo Salty Dog Saloon 1 Kelley Square, Worc. 508-752-6600 Smoky Joe’s/Rumors 371 Park Ave., Worc. 508-755-5542 South Side Grille & Margarita Factory 242 W. Broadway, Gardner 978-632-1057

Point Breeze On the Lake 114 Point Breeze Road, Webster 508-943-0404 Tuesdays: Open Mic The Pumphouse 340 Main St., Southbridge 508-765-5473!/pages/The-PumpHouse/374917818127?sk=info Rage 105 Water St., Worc. 508-756-2223 Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner 148 Grove St., Worc. 508-753-9543 Sundays: Sunday Night Cinemageddon ~ movies every Sunday night Tuesdays: See You Next Tuesday with DJ Poke Smot downstairs.Guest DJ and bands each week. No cover. May 4: Deb’s Birthday Party with The Fleshtones!

Speakers Night Club 19 Weed St., Marlborough 508-480-8222 Thursdays: DJ Top 40 Dance Party Fridays: Top 40 Dance Party 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 Tal’s Place 138 Lake St., Webster 508-949-6559 Tammany Hall 43 Pleasant St., Worc. 508-753-7001 May 4: Cats Under the Stars, Sunlea Tuesdays through May 28: VII Dubstep May 10: Don’t Let Go May 17: Jeff Bujak & Aqueous May 18: Fennario May 24: Swede & Grand Evolution

The Raven 258 Pleasant St., Worc. 508-304-8133 Red Onion - Otter River Hotel 29 Main St., Baldwinville 978-939-7373, 978-939-8321 Rivalry’s Sports Bar 274 Shrewsbury St., Worc. 774-243-1100 Thursdays: Blues Jam May 3, 24 and 31: Dezi Garcia May 4: Bill McCarthy May 5: Clamdigger at 4 p.m. May 10: The Drunken Uncles May 11: The Cosby Sweaters May 17: Randy & Dave Show May 18: Tom Revane May 19: Bo & The Highlanders at 4 p.m. June 1: Bill McCarthy Rose Garden Restaurant and Pub 16 Milford St., Upton 508-529-7776

Three G’s Sports Bar 152 Millbury St., Worc. 508-754-3516 May 18: Redd Maxx Band Tweed’s 231 Grove St., Worc. 508-755-8047 Union Music 142 Southbridge St., Worc. 508-753-3702 Victory Bar & Cigar 56 Shrewsbury St., Worc. 508-756-4747

Rye & Thyme 14 Monument Square, Leominster 978-534-5900 Wednesdays through May 29: Karaoke May 3: Brian & Captain May 4: Caves on Mars May 9: Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell May 10: Scott Babineau May 11: JCDC

Vincent’s Bar 49 Suffolk St., Worc. 508-752-9439 Tuesdays: Jon Bonner Sundays: Big Jon Short ~ solo acoustic country blues May 11: Second Saturday Spectacular (or Meatballs and Mayhem)



Can you have it all? By Tine Roycroft This year, 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) went from the crazed world of television to being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). Seeking community, she hit the Internet message boards and found herself hilariously assaulted by two warring sides ~ angry SAHMs, who believed they’re correct in leaving the workforce, and irate working moms, who think they’re correct for staying employed. of work until 6 or 7 p.m., that’s not ideal. So much goes on with kids during those one mother at a nearby playground for a brawl. It’s hilarious; it’s hyperbole. But underneath the laughs, the question lurks: Do women need to choose between

The Atlantic, June, 2012), the Princeton professor wrote that having both kids and a high-powered career can only be achieved if a woman is rich, self-employed or superhuman. Greater societal changes are needed, she argued, for women are

Meg Fox-Kelly, assistant chaplain and director of retreats at Holy Cross and mother to three children, recently participated with Slaughter and Fidelity Investments’ former Senior Vice President Sheila Cavanaugh in a panel, “Measuring Success:

Fox-Kelly was happy to see that the event, which was part of a series celebrating Holy Cross’s 40th anniversary of co-education, was well-attended and that several men were present for the discussion.

For now, there appear to be no simple answers to these wide-arching issues, but there are leads. Flexibility and creativity are two words that come to mind for Fox-Kelly when she thinks of achieving balance.

said. “And workplaces need to be supportive of women having families. Luckily, I have the support and understanding of my director. I don’t have all the answers;

In the search for work/life balance, an extremely helpful component is a supportive partner ~ one who is willing to do the same amount housework and child care. But according to a recent Pew Research Center study, fathers are not immune to feeling the stress of both a career and a family. About 53 percent of all balance the responsibilities of their job with the responsibilities of their family, the survey indicated. In addition, 56 percent of mothers and 50 percent of fathers say

challenging the situation can be, as well as what workplaces can do to be

A number of concerns came to light during the discussion, according to Fox-Kelly. Access to affordable, dependable child care; the need for a better connection between school and work hours; and supportive workplaces were among the common themes of the night.

are open to speaking about the challenges they face, people like Fox-Kelly are looking to the future with optimism.

be a lot of changes that need to take place, but I feel those changes will take

Cool Careers: Self-published author takes on A Family Affair By Alyssa LaMana It was Col. Mustard, in the conservatory, with a candlestick. We’ve all shared the excitement of decoding a mystery, whether it’s watching Law and Order or solving board-game murders created by Parker Brothers. Now, Amber Rochelle Gillet introduces The PMS Private Investigator Series ~ a hilarious and playful spin on mystery that is anything but Sherlock Holmes. Gillet, a Rutland native and mother of four, is a jack of all trades. As a full-time analyst by day, Gillet can now add self-publisher and author to her list of talents. “I never went to school for writing, but I’ve always loved to read. I remember in high school, Amber laughed, as she recalled where this all began. A Family Affair

instead of obsessing over bills that need to be paid or

Writing a book can stretch over of months, even years for some authors. Gillet, on the other hand, didn’t follow any rules when writing her books. “I do what works best for me; I’m more likely to sit down and write three-quarters of a book in one sitting

With multi-tasking as her superpower, Gillet was sure to take advantage of her motivation. “I just sat down and thought, ‘OK, I’m not going to put too much thought into this and just do it.’ I didn’t

A Family Affair is a short, but entertaining, story ~ 76 pages, to be exact ~ that will leave you wanting more. “When I’m done with a book, I want

A Family Affair is available in print and as a digital download on and the Apple Store. Keep an eye out (magnifying glass and pipe optional) for her second book in the series, which is scheduled to launch this summer. Gillet doesn’t plan on wrapping up the series anytime soon. “I intend on writing

While juggling a successful career, four boys and the busy buzz of life, writing is a perfect distraction for Gillet.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide Father’s Day is coming (June 16!), and it’s time to get shopping! We’ve got great gift suggestions that are sure to make any dad happy, from those with a few days to those with a few decades of experience under their belts.


distressed Scout Tag and the distressed Men’s Initial Dog Tag. Daddy Swag Give dad some swag with the Daddy Swag Gift Set from Daddyscrubs. Packed in a festive I’m the Daddy gift box, help the new dad say it loud and proud with this fun gift set, which includes a pair I’m the Daddy scrubs, so he can participate in labor and delivery (and later wear them around the house for daddy duty). Also included are I’m the Daddy hat, T-shirt, stickers, pens, coffee mug and even sunglasses to wear while he’s pushing the stroller.

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GOING TRADITIONAL WITH TIES Ties (and tees) that multitask Any man who owns a touchscreen gadget or smartphone will be excited to have Swipe Apparel this year. The T-shirts and ties come in a variety of styles and combine fashion with functionality. How many times has dad tried cleaning off his touchscreen

For more information, visit makes it easy to wipe off grease and dirt without scratching the surface. I’m The Daddy Bag O’ Books The Bag O’ Books from Daddyscrubs makes the perfect Father’s Day Gift for any expectant or new dad. A tote full of books specially selected for “daddy and

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daddy books, plus a parenting guide ~ perfect for new daddies.

Tie Society Now there’s an affordable way for men to have designer neckwear mailed right

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and menswear accessories.

I’m The Daddy water bottle and travel mug For the Daddy-on-the-go, make sure his thirst for water or coffee is quenched with the I’m The Daddy water bottle or travel mug. Handy for the busy dad who is running out for diapers and taking baby to playgroups.

With Tie Society, members pay a fee for the month, choose a tie, and when they’re done, just mail it back, and Tie Society will send the next tie in their queue. Members can keep the ties for a day, a week, a month … as long as they want. There are no due dates or late fees. All the ties are professionally cleaned and disinfected after every use.

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Buy dad a membership … it’s like giving him unlimited ties!

I’m The Daddy tees, hoodies and hats Let Daddy say it loud and proud with this fun and comfy apparel line of hoodies,

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FEED DAD’S HOBBY goes, he can sport his fatherhood status! All apparel comes in a variety of colors and sizes.

Buffer Bit tool The Buffer Bit is a uniquely designed product that turns any handdrill into a top of the line polishing tool. The Buffer Bit is equipped with three

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drill bit and a particle-resistant storage tube. The pads safely clean and polish almost anything but are especially ideal for shoe shines, cars, trucks, motorcycles, chrome and more.

Best Dad and Super Dad key chains There’s no better way to show dad that he’s your hero than with Isabelle Grace Jewelry Best Dad and Super Dad Key Chains. He loves usable gifts, and an irreplaceable message from his loved ones will keep him from losing his keys when he’s trying to get everything done at once! Messages force to be reckoned with. Always there in time of need. Super Hero. Defender

For more information, visit Daddy dog tags Isabelle Grace Jewelry has the Best Dad and Super Dad awards covered with its line of Daddy Dog Tags. Customize each piece with baby’s initials, date of birth or a heartfelt message. Options include the silver Shield Initial Tag, the


For more information, visit DennyMike’s sauces DennyMike’s is a line of Maine-made, award-winning sauces and seasonings. With names like Chick Magnet, Mosquito Madness, Cow Bell Hell and Hot n’ Nasty, these all-natural sauces and seasonings will make your dad king of the grill. Pick one or put together your own gift pack. For more information, visit

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offers up casual, quality Italian By Bernard Whitmore

Peppercorns Grille & Tavern 455 Park Ave, Worcester (508) 752-7711

a brew as black as Satan’s raven; it left just a thin that exploded with every sip ~ whiskey, blackstrap chocolate. Unforgettable!

In recent years, choosing a draft beer in the Worcester area has become much easier … just ask if they have anything Wormtown on tap. Wormtown Brewery’s IPAs are spicier and pack a bitter kick that’s always a delight. Knowing that the product is local makes the experience all the better, but really, Wormtown’s wide range of recipes hold their own anywhere. So when someone mentioned dinner at Peppercorns Grille, I had something to anticipate for the rest of the workday ~ after all, this is the very home of Wormtown Brewery! When we arrived, I went right into the lounge area to view the brewery’s gleaming tanks through a large window.

An advantage of center seating is that one is able to view several tables at a glance. When my companion noticed that we were the only table without bread, he asked Josh why. The reasoning for this couldn’t be simpler: Only ask yourself wishing for a crust to sop up that last trace of tasty marinara. Our meal soon moved on to its entree course. My Grilled Salmon harkened back to the school of Architectural Cuisine, that golden age of foodstacking. A generous portion of golden-tinged salmon was nestled on a salad of mesclun greens

Moments later, I was called back to the foyer because we were being seated at one of the dining by booths, but when you’re seated in the center, it feels as if you’re on display. On this mid-week evening, the place was packed with parties of all ages: families with energized children and older folk regaling each other with stories of dining experiences past. Josh, our server, introduced himself and presented menus. When it came time to choose one of their beers, I decided to go for the darkest end of Wormtown’s spectrum and ordered a glass of Tennessee Tat’s. After a scan of Peppercorns’ appetizers, we considered the Risotto Balls; Josh assured us that, with four pieces, they were ideal for sharing.

it certainly earned credibility with the Risotto Balls. Generous in size, they were fried to a golden-brown, just

and moist on the inside. For an additional taste dimension, it was schmeared with a vinaigrette of roasted Roma tomatoes. Over this was tossed a handful of fried onion rings. In recent years, I’ve lost my fondness for them, so I was keen to foist ~ I mean, share ~ my rings. Unfortunately, my friend reported them uncrunchy and uninspired. No problem, the salmon really didn’t require a deep-fried topping. My companion made his evening an all-rice event by following up the arancini appetizer with Seafood Risotto. roasted tomato broth that provided the primary layer of depth and lavish complexity. He reported an abundance of seafood ~ scallops, shrimp and lobster. The forkful of rice that I managed to snag was delicious. When it was time for dessert, Josh returned with a tray

from the fryer. Inside, they were stuffed with a blend of in-house, and I was intrigued by the one with chocolate served standing in a pool of zesty, fresh marinara sauce and topped with a scattering of shredded Parmesan. Future dining note: Peppercorns’ marinara was so tasty, I wouldn’t hesitate to order any entree made with it. Meanwhile, Josh returned with my Tennessee Tat’s. It’s percent ABV) that it’s served in a dessert glass. This is


my glass of Tennessee Tats; I’d already had my rich dessert! When it comes to Worcester dining, Peppercorns Grille & Tavern is part of the very bedrock. Quality, value and service are always delivered. But with Wormtown Brewery, Peppercorns has added excitement to the menu.

Hot & Now By Paul Giorgio

Mari e Monti opens. Mari e Monti, which means “Sea and Street. We’re very impressed with what the owners have done to the space. For those who have fond memories of the Italian restaurant that was here previously, let’s just say you won’t believe the transformation. The owners have created a hip, urban dining spot, using brick walls and a pleasing color palette. Try it out More Piccolo. It appears that John Piccolo, owner/chef at Piccolo’s on Shrewsbury Street, will be opening another venture soon. This time, Piccolo is opening a small sandwich shop on lower Belmont Street. The site was formerly a D’Angelo’s before becoming an Asian restaurant ~ Lava Rock ~ for about one month last year. Name change. The Piccadilly Bar & Grill on Shrewsbury Street has changed its name to Paparizzi Restaurant. The new menu will feature more Italian dishes and keep some of the old favorites. This is a great location on Shrewsbury Street with plenty of parking and reasonable prices. The restaurant will also be opening an outdoor dining area. You design the menu. Worcester’s award-winning uber-chef, Albert Maykel of EVO, is redoing his menu and is asking for help from his customers. Maykel’s will release his new menu at the end of the summer. Before he completes it, he is asking Worcester diners what dishes or foods they wish he would make for them. Some may even make the new menu. To weigh in, send your comments to Better yet, stop in at the Chandler Street eatery, enjoy a meal and offer your opinions. Opening Day. The Flying Rhino on Worcester’s Shrewsbury Street recently opened its outdoor deck and at the same time, celebrated its 14th year in business. So how do Paul Barber and his wife Melina, owners of the Rhino, celebrate? They unveiled their new seasonal menu. Chef Chris O’Harra, who took over the range at the Rhino at the end of last year, has created a summer menu that emphasizes light, fresh and seasonal foods. Use the Wayback Machine, Mr. Peabody. A new burger franchise, Jake’s Wayback Burgers, recently opened in the Walmart Plaza on Route 146 in Worcester. This is the third franchise in Massachusetts. Local owner is Dario DiPieratino, of Grafton. Another reason to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Ole Mexican restaurant on Worcester’s Water Street was given a liquor license recently. We hear that this place makes the best Margarita in town, but we will let you know for sure. It doesn’t get more perfect than this. The Perfect Game, also on Water Street, will be expanding and adding an additional 2,300 square feet of space. The Erlich bothers will open the Harding Street side of the building, calling it One Fifty Seven. They will be using lots of glass and a garage door to bring the outside in. Hey, someday there may be a water view.


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Smokey Joe’s is Worcester’s next big scene By Benjamin McNeil

If you’ve recently traveled down Park Avenue after sundown, you may have noticed Smokey Joe’s ~ a cigar house and imminent Worcester hotspot, marked by a marble façade and a protruding lit-cigar prop. Smokey Joe’s Cigar House, driven by 23-year-old owner Bobby Iwanow and a motivated

100 types of cigars stored in a humidor ~ everything from Toros to Presidentes. Iwanow does not smoke regularly, but he’s studied cigars extensively over the past year and said, “We work with a distributor, so we can get anyone anything they want. That, and we guarantee we’ll match or beat any

gem for long. Many may notice that Rumors, the popular Worcester nightclub, once occupied that entire corner of Park Ave. While both Smokey Joe’s and Rumors are owned by the same group, the cigar house took half of the club’s space.

quality cigar house.

So what exactly is a cigar house? Before you imagine an overwhelming aroma of stale smoke that knits itself into your clothing, know that Iwanow strives to differentiate Smokey Joe’s from the competition.

said. While all other hookah bars and cigar houses in Worcester have one HVAC system, Smokey Joe’s is equipped with two. “We have two, so you don’t leave here smelling like smoke. The only other place around with this set-up is WPI’s

The Smokey Joe’s staff strives to construct an inclusive community, Iwanow said. “We don’t want to alienate any demographic. We want to meld everyone’s experience together … the 19- to 21-year-old college crowd a welcoming and attentive staff, help encourage this comfort and togetherness. Smokey Joe’s is open seven days a week, often until 2 a.m., but its grand opening is scheduled for May.

Iwanow said. Soon, the cigar house will feature live acoustic and three-piece jazz sets, charity initiatives and an outdoor patio. But Smokey Joe’s is more than a cigar house ~ it serves an inventive array of drinks, ranging from your everyday on-tap domestics to an extensive wine list and a chocolate espresso martini. Of the latter, Iwanow said with a smile, “We’ve had rugged 20-somethings refuse to order martinis. After suggesting they try the

Smokey Joe’s is poised to make a permanent mark on Worcester’s cultural scene. For additional information, visit


Narragansett Imperial Bohemian Pilsner By Kerry Cyganiewicz

When thinking of a pilsner, most people think of a mass-market American beer. A few think of a more premium European offering. Pilsner is generally a clear, light-colored lager with little hop character ~ low in alcohol and easy to drink. Narragansett’s Imperial Bohemian Pilsner is easy to drink, but the similarities to a typical pilsner end there. Narragansett recently released its Imperial Bohemian Pilsner, part of its limited-edition Private Stock series. This beer will weigh in at 8.6 percent ABV (alcohol by volume), about twice that of a normal pilsner beer, hence the Imperial designation. This brew is made with pale malt, pilsner malt, wheat malt and Cara Blonde malt from Belgium. It’s then bittered with Northern Brewer hops and Hallerteau hops and is also double-dry hopped with Hallerteau. Much like the 122nd Anniversary Imperial IPA, this will be available for a limited time in 22-ounce bomber bottles and on draft. Here is my take on it: Appearance: It has a copper hue, darker than a regular pilsner and is cloudy

Aroma: Some light, bready, malty tones mixed with some fruit from the hops. Taste:

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavier than a pilsner but creamy smooth with perfect carbonation. Overall: I enjoyed this very much, as did some friends that tend to gravitate toward mass-market beers. It paired well with the barbecue we were eating. This is the most drinkable beer I have sampled to date with an ABV of 8.6 percent. Well done! 36 THEPULSEMAG.COM | May 2013


Sports and Fitness

A simple kind of life Near-death experience taught Worcester native Reed Powell how to really live By Kimberly Dunbar Reed Powell takes note of the vibrant colors in the room he’s sitting in. It brings him back to a time ~ less than two years ago ~ when all he could see was green and blue and sometimes nothing at all.

Powell fought hard and was home in time to celebrate his 23rd birthday two months later. He kept his promise to his mother and returned to school, enrolling in Clark’s he’d probably never run again, when he suited up for

effects of the motorcycle accident that nearly killed him. “I

collegiate eligibility. “It was a huge accomplishment for me to be back out there

It was a day in June 2011 that started out like any other. Powell, a 2010 Clark University graduate and member of the basketball team during his time there, and his cousin decided to take their motorcycles for a ride. Powell wasn’t speeding, but when he took a turn, the wheels slipped on sand and out from underneath him ~ he lost control and crashed into a telephone pole. Powell tried to get up but couldn’t move. His right side was basically shattered ~ his ribs, shoulder and clavicle were all broken; both lungs were punctured; and his spleen was lacerated. He couldn’t breathe.

Powell also kept his promise to himself and started giving back to those who had given so much to him. “As soon as I was able to get around, I started coaching a [recreation] mornings at St. Peter’s Church in Worcester, coaching youth basketball. He also speaks to kids at his alma mater, University Park Campus

he said. Powell, who is one of the youngest refs on International

He told his cousin to tell his family that he loved them and his mother ~ who was against Powell getting a motorcycle ~ that he was sorry.

Central Massachusetts), was recently honored with the Joe Lane Award for Outstanding Achievement for overcoming adversity.

he said. medicallyinduced coma for six weeks. “I had a lot of time to think when I would do everything I said I’d do. I didn’t want to put things off or


Powell will graduate in May, and other than sitting for the CPA exam before starting his accounting job in the fall, he doesn’t have a plan for

Central Mass Multisport: A new way to work out By Kimberly Dunbar The more the merrier. At least, that’s what Kathleen Wanat and her colleagues believe, and it’s one of the driving principles behind Central Mass Multisport.

organization dedicated to promoting a healthy and a seasoned runner and triathlete who is also a USA coach. “We are in it because we love the lifestyle and we want to include others who are interested in participating. There are some people who might not know anyone else in the area and are interested in training ~ we wanted to bring

The number of active Americans is growing rapidly. According to Running USA’s report, more than 50 million runners hit the pavement at least once a week in 2011 ~ a 7.3 percent increase from the previous year. A report released in 2011 by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association showed that participation in triathlons increased 55 percent in just one year. And it’s still growing. “We offered a biking class last year, and we had such a huge response “There are a lot of local clubs, but for some reason or another, people

Central Mass Multisport, based out of Central Mass Physical Therapy in 50 members of all athletic abilities, ranging from 16- to 75-year-olds. The club has been having monthly meetings but plans to host weekly bike rides, swims and runs for members when the weather warms up. Wanat said the group also plans to arrange outings like hiking and kayaking for those who don’t run or swim. “There will be something for

While the club is currently looking for a race to participate in as a team, it has already sent members to a snowshoe event this winter and TRIMANIA in March, a triathlon and symposium event in New England, in which one of the Central Mass Multisport teams placed third overall. “We want to compete together, get better together and just enjoy each just a great environment and a great group to be a part of. It’s a lot of

For membership information, event schedule and additional details, visit PHOTO: From left, Kathleen Wanat; 2010 Ironman World Champion Miranda Carfare; and Colleen Sands.

But don’t worry if you’re new to a sport ~ one of the foundations of Central Mass Multisport is drawing upon the collective experience and knowledge of other athletes. “It can be intimidating to get into a new

Central Mass Multisport also has partnered with other local clubs like Central Mass Striders and Bicycle Alley to enhance the experience. “We




Saving on essential expenses in college By Allyn Hebner Common expenditures, even for essentials, can become overwhelming, especially on a college student’s budget. To help shave meaningful dollars off your spending, the money-saving experts at Solavei have put together simple tips for reducing common bills. Every dollar counts for college students on a tight budget. Hidden fees, unnecessary features, unwillingness to shop around and surprise fees can add

Reducing output can be simple if you know the right steps to take. Check out these money-saving tips. Credit cards

credit cards. If used responsibly and not seen as free money, credit cards can be an excellent way to build a credit score for young people. Just remember: Pay on time and pay more than the minimum balance. Rewards cards can have appealing incentives for spending, but only use those cards if you pay your balance in full each month to avoid accruing high interest charges. Once you’ve established a good payment history with your credit card issuer, ask for an interest rate reduction. Companies like to keep quality cardholders, so they will be receptive to lowering your interest rate and saving you money. Phone plan We all need to have a phone ~ they are lifelines in our connected world today. Most people have already dropped landline phones to save money, but we are all still calling, texting and using data on wireless phones. Traditional mobile phone plans typically lock you into a contract for two years and charge exorbitant monthly rates, often with surprise overage charges. To decrease monthly phone expenses, consider a pre-paid, contract-free plan such as Solavei. For $49 per month, Solavei Mobile Service offers unlimited calling, texting and data, as well as the opportunity to earn monthly recurring income by sharing your Solavei experience with family and friends through Solavei’s social sharing outreach platform.


Book purchases Books are one of the most essential, and often most expensive, purchases of the semester. Many students head straight to the school bookstore, spending an unnecessary fortune. In order to increase your savings, check out the web’s famed discount sites, including Amazon, Chegg, and eBay. These sites allow for both purchase and rent. After the semester’s over, you can also sell your books back on these sites, earning income to pay for the upcoming year’s books. Extra-curricular activities When looking to save a few dollars on food, clothes or entertainment, search no further than that student ID you have hidden in your wallet. Restaurants and retail stores often reward college students with discounts just for attending school. Plus, many universities have predetermined deals with establishments in the community that allow you to use your student ID for various purchases. Cable bill

entertainment need. Cable and satellite TV bills can get extremely high, especially after introductory prices expire. Premium television alternatives like and offer movies and television from most networks. Using Roku, a Wi-Fienabled Blu-Ray player or almost any gaming console, these videos services can be streamed directly to your TV.

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The Style List.

beauty & style

Camouflage offers grit & flair By Stacia Kindler

Photo By Chaz Bautzer- Hair, Makeup & Modeling by Lindsay Marie

Editor’s note: Stacia Kindler is Pulse Magazine’s new fashion columnist. Catch her each month as she discusses the latest styles to keep your look fresh.

Stacia Kindler

I’ve been a fashion enthusiast since before I can really remember ~ wearing mother’s heels as a toddler and saving every penny for a Seventeen subscription during my grade-school years. It wasn’t until after the small-time, shallow dreams of high school’s Best Dressed, however, that the burning

garb seen throughout the decades to land safely in a store near you via the ever-spinning fashion cycle. The print has always had a foot in the door of the industry, most memorably during the uprising of ’90s hip-hop and again glimmering through the cracks of the spotlight in recent seasons.

observed as an add-on of the army green color palette and surplus silhouettes of the recurring military trends appearing and re-appearing on the runway and in retail ever since the early 2000s. Lucky for all of you trendy readers ~ pull out those old cargos and you’re halfway there. If the rough-around-the-edges military jacket and cargo pants look is too

thinking. Who would have thought you could major in such a kick-ass subject and call it a business degree? That was the moment I began to take my wideeyed starvation for all things fashion seriously. So, after a lifetime of intrigue, years of schooling and a sprouting career in the industry, here I am ~ proud owner of a fashion design and retailing degree with a concentration in merchandising ~ here to offer my insight to the readers of Pulse. The topic: trends ~ how to wear them, fun, impromptu topics along the way. Now after my (hopefully) most brief, yet charming, elevator pitch, I would love to start talking up the latest and most relevant trend this season that is being anything but inconspicuous: the warm weather, camo has been standing out front and center in all of its green and brown glory to reveal a laid-back, urban look that does anything but blend in. Camo is one of the more matter-of-fact trends adopted by the fashion industry, motivated directly by military and hunting


or even project your inner Riot Grrrl.

can be used as your fashion weapon to brought on by the warmer weather. Don’t be shy, mix your prints! Make a springtime dress a bit more interesting with a jacket and boots or edge out a simple jeans and T-shirt day with this spring’s favorite pattern. Take chances with this fearless trend while shopping and don’t hesitate to get creative. There are a lot of options out there, with basic jacket and denim pieces and various accessories for a more subtle approach. Or, for those of you who don’t fancy the traditional color palette, keep your eyes open for alternative color schemes of the print, such as different blues or grays, which have also been experimented with this season. Shop smart, have fun!

Beauty buys under $75 By Merilee Kern

more affordable items that’ll keep you well-coiffed and help you put your best foot forward: Ambiance Volumizing Dry Shampoo

The Braun Satin Hair Brush ($65-$75)

($20) Elegant in design, Ambiance Volumizing Dry Shampoo is an innovative alternative to other dry shampoos on the market. Its 100 hair colors (brunette, blonde, black, red and gray) and is safe and gentle enough to use every day. Beyond making hair look, feel and smell freshly shampooed without the need for water, it does an equally outstanding job of concealing roots between hair colorings. It can

This brilliant, battery-powered brush combines Braun’s breakthrough Active Ion Technology with its innovative Seamless Bristle Technology to give hair incredible smoothness and shine. Braun’s Active Ion Technology, delivered through uniquely designed jet action, is designed to instantly deliver visibly more silkiness and radiance to hair with Seamless Bristle Technology is designed for anti-damage brushing, featuring a super-smooth surface to glide gently and effortlessly through hair to prevent breakage and damage to the scalp. It also has a removable brush head for effortless cleaning. The easy-to-use Braun Satin Hair brush is a portable beauty

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Boo-Boo Cover-Up ($20) Cool Care Curling/Flat Iron Holder ($30-$35)

on and realized it hours later in a complete panic? Do you long for more countertop space in your bathroom? If so, consider Cool Care Heat Protectors ~ 100 percent stainless steel receptacles ~ to help safely store and cool down your hair tools while keeping your bathroom organized. Cool Care offers both wall-mount and tabletop options. The wallmounted unit is particularly useful in bathroom and vanity areas where space is at a premium. The countertop model has a sleek, sexy appeal for individuals who have bathroom countertops and vanities

Have a boo-boo? Conceal while you heal! Skip the bandage and the shiny ointment and look your best while on the mend with Boo-Boo Cover-Up. This innovative formula offers effective for skin imperfections. With ingredients like aloe, chamomile, green tea, tea tree oil and vitamin E, you probably won’t have to wear Boo-Boo Cover-Up for long. Each ingredient was selected for its help in curing common, minor blemishes like acne, burns, bites, bruises and more. Happy healing! For more information, visit

will not tip over, even with heavier hair-styling accessories. Both designs serve to protect users from burns, providing peace of mind should they inadvertently leave any appliance on.

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Sprays ($19-$39) Put your best face forward! These

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handles large and small curling needs at home or on the go.

wear of makeup for up to 16-plus hours. The brand has been used on Hollywood sets for years and recently was utilized on tour with Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. Moisture Lock is a unique and easily absorbed superhydrating setting spray that keeps the makeup surface moist and dewy. It goes beyond keeping your makeup on to actually reviving dull makeup. Its counterpart, Moisture Lock Makeup Finish, uses a proprietary blend of four moisturizers that are delivered through a patent-pending encapsulation technology. This unique technology is time released, so moisturizers work throughout the day, providing consistent hydration levels to the makeup surface.

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Cool Care Mini Flat Iron ($20) This adorable miniaturized hair appliance is ideal for daily use and so compact and lightweight that traveling stylish case makes this mini even more mobile. But don’t let its small size fool It heats up in one minute, has ceramic plates so you do not burn your hair and comes with a 2-foot, 6-inch cable and PSE plug. As an added assurance, the


Sugaring Wax ($10-$20) Sugaring wax is not just a salon intervention; it’s also great for home use ~ like the specially formulated line of sugaring wax sold at the San Diego-based Beauty by Dolly Salon. Sugaring is which lasts much longer ~ from three to six weeks! Similar to waxing, the sugar wax is applied to the skin and emoved with linen strips. But sugar wax is applied at room temperature and adheres only to the hair, resulting in less discomfort or skin irritation during and after the process. Compatible with any skin and hair type and able to remove even the tiniest of hairs, sugar wax is also made of only sugar, water, lemon juice and glycerin. With this product, you’ll be compelled to toss the tweezers, shelve the shaving cream and say good riddance to that rashinducing razor. For more information, visit

Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System ($20) Considered even more effective than its professional counterpart, this Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System is a simple, convenient, athome solution that features single-use puffs and the microdermabrasion applicator. Each puff is pre-dosed

gentle exfoliation. What’s more, the massaging micro-vibrations boost younger-looking skin. Your skin will glow with appreciation! For more information, visit

Fog-Free Shower Mirror ($10) This fog-free shower mirror by The Shave Well Company is a great beauty solution for makeup removal, as well as for exfoliating and product application. It also offers a warm, relaxing place for eyebrow shaping and precision shaving. The mirror is also helpful for men who shave in the shower to get a closer, smoother and more to any shower surface, holding it solidly in place. For more information, visit

Joy Mangano 900-Watt My Little Steamer Go Mini ($20) Whether traveling on business or taking a vacation, no one wants to be out and about in wrinkled clothes. Enter the My Little Steamer Go Mini. This super-compact ready to blast wrinkles away with steam whenever and wherever you need it. Just on, and in just two minutes, it’s ready to tackle even the most stubborn creases. Think of it as

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Stories in motion Tales of today’s issues told through dance By Maxine Giza

Art & Culture It’s a quiet Sunday morning on a side street in Worcester, and while many others are sleeping, a dozen dancers are practicing to tell the tales of issues that affect people today. Far away from the glitz and glamour portrayed on shows like Dance Moms and So You Think You Can Dance, dancers come from studios across central Massachusetts to make up Twisted Techniques Dance Company. While some of the dancers are as young as 12, many of them are adults who juggle a career with their passion for dance, said Twisted Techniques founder, Kristy Fitzpatrick. “The majority of [dancers in] this company are people who have have danced throughout high school and college, and now, they are grown up and they still want to dance seriously. There aren’t a lot of

For some of the company’s participants, returning to the craft as an adult has made dancing more fun. “When I was little, I think I cared more about what people thought around me, and now, I totally dance for myself and don’t really care about other people. It’s more after college. Unlike the screaming and belittlement often heard on popular dance shows, the atmosphere during a Twisted Techniques’ rehearsal smiles and collaboration. In fact, it’s the combination of different backgrounds that unites the group and is helping it thrive. “We have hip-hop dancers; we have ballerinas en pointe; we have a lot of contemporary dancers, jazz dancers and musical theater

Some may think meshing so many different styles would present a headache, but that isn’t necessarily the case. For Melissa Cruz, choreographing and dancing is a beautiful art form that combines music and movement to tell a powerful story. “There are so many different songs out there and so many different interpretations of

might be intimidated to start dancing, but just get out there and move your body. It’s a lot of fun and it makes you feel good about

The company draws its inspiration from current events and issues and has performed at Worcester’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and

For more information, visit To see a video with dancer interviews, visit our website at

performance, Life: Light and Dark (at Anna Maria College on May 5) features routines on topics such as love, war, mental illness and hope ~ topics that affect people today.

PHOTOS Top: Twisted Techniques perform during the intermission of a Boston Celtics basketball game at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. (Courtesy.)

Through members’ diverse backgrounds and hot topics, the company hopes to engage and entertain audiences while giving back to the community.

Bottom: Dancers audition for Twisted Techniques performance, Life: Light and Dark. (Courtesy.)


An art gallery for the 21st century By Jason Savio Art galleries often get an unfair rap. They’re usually stereotyped as being stuffy ~ strict places of minimal adventure, where everyone is expected to conform to the uncomfortable suit-and-tie wardrobe. A Worcester native and Mass Art alumnus, Matthew Foster, wants to change that. The owner of The Foster Gallery, 51 Union St., Worcester, Foster is bringing the art gallery into the 21st century by combining art and technology. Through his own series of self-produced podcasts on and his posting of Foster Gallery showings online, Foster hopes to expand interest and reach a new audience for the artists in a laid-back approach that is welcoming to all. “One of my pet peeves for the last couple of years is that when you search for an art podcast, there seems to be two versions that are extreme from each comic book art, but more about comics in general, and then on the far other end, there’s the National Gallery of Art that puts up a professor who talks for two hours straight about tombstones in France. The average person is not

“One of my favorite things is the handful of sketches and drawings that led to Foster. “I always encourage any of the painters we work with that if they are

weekly podcasts he and his colleagues host. They cover every aspect of the art world, from analysis of popular artists and their work to the legalities involved with protecting one’s own art. In conjunction with the audio podcasts, art showings at The Foster Gallery will be available for viewing online on the gallery’s website as well as on YouTube.

While the focus of art in the Foster Gallery is mainly on paintings, drawing

The Foster Gallery is truly an artist’s art gallery. Run by an educated artist himself, the gallery is the product of Foster’s excitement and unique approach to self-expression.

“How we can invigorate some of these artists to really get involved is what I’m

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