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or this week’s cover, “Notes on the Rise: Up & coming local music,” I was inspired by the incredible amount of local music that I hear and see every week in Worcester’s many venues. With so many newer bands playing around the city every weekend, I’ve been hearing the buzz about many of these acts, and I’ve been curious how Members of these new sounds…well, sound! Pro Re Nata So I asked local musician and WoMag contributor Matt Robert to root out some of the bands creating a murmur around the city, and fill in our readers on the rising talent that has been filling clubs and entertainment venues each night. What we found was quite a diversity of sounds and talent, and Matt did a great job dissecting each one so you can catch a glimpse of what each band and/or musician has to offer. Take a spin through our pages and see if any of our up-and-coming acts capture your fancy – then get OUT of the house and go see them perform!

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Worcester becomes the focus of the senate race as Scott Brown announces his campaign at Mechanics Hall and Elizabeth Warren visits twice in one week. Let’s get ready to rumble. +3 The Patriots rely on a good defensive play and a little bit of luck to face the Giants in the Super Bowl. Time to avenge the 2007 season. +3

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Fight for the Future goes viral Worcester group helps take down anti-piracy legislation Jeremy Shulkin

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fter a significant mobilization of internet users led to the dismantling of two anti-piracy bills filed in the US House of Representatives and Senate, Worcester advocacy group Power outage on Grafton Street Fight for the Future suddenly found itself cuts the power to Canal District, Shrewsbury Street and Vernon Hill right pressed for media requests. The group, which features Worcesterites before the game. Angry Pats fans spill and Worcester ex-pats, had quotes in into the streets. -1 POLITICO, the San Francisco Chronicle, Talking Points Memo and op-eds Former Mayor Tim Murray continues published on the Huffington Post and a to work overtime to salvage his political number of TV interviews in the run-up career after a Sunday Globe story to and aftershock of Wednesday, January 18. That’s the date when over 115,000 ties his car crash to alleged illegal websites – including major players like fundraising by Michael McLaughlin, the disgraced former Chelsea housing Mozilla, Wikipedia, Google and Boing

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One man is beaten to death on Main Street. Another shot on Benefit Street, but survives. -6 Online site CareerBliss.com lists Worcester as the second-happiest city in which to work, a stat later published in Forbes Magazine. Miami took the top spot, but as Mayor Petty’s office tweeted: “They have a beach.” +2 DCU Center to receive a much needed $20 million renovation, financed through taxes collected by area hotels and the Major Taylor Boulevard parking garage. +2 Worcester Fire Department rescues two from two separate fires this week. +2 State aid for funding the public school districts remains level this year and the WPS claims no structural deficit. Still, administrators say the city needs to chip in more. 0 This week: -1 Last week: +10 Year to date: -7

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Boing – all drew attention to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP ACT (PIPA). The media blitz forced scores of senators and representatives to change positions or come out against bills that once looked like they would breeze through the capital. Fight for the Future started their campaign months ago, creating FreeBieber.org, a website sensationalizing the power of these bills. Fight for the Future maintained that they would allow copyright holders such as the Motion Picture Association of America or the Recording Industry Association of America to shut down websites they believed were infringing on their licenses. Back in November, Fight for the Future’s Holmes Wilson pointed out the irony of

the website to Worcester Mag: if SOPA and PIPA passed, these companies would have the authority to shut down their site. SOPA and PIPA supporters said the bills were necessary to decrease theft and only broadened the Attorney General’s reach to shut down domestic and foreign sites that profited off pirated material. Detractors, like Wilson and Fight for the Future cofounder Tiffiniy Cheng, worry that free speech on the internet could be censored by corporations willing to shoot first – then ask questions later. After FreeBieber.org, Wilson and his coworkers turned their advocacy from the virtual world to the real world, mobilizing internet users to call their representatives and facilitating face-to-face meetings.

major backers include the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality, as well as companies like AAA. The Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative, supported by the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance and the ACLU, seeks to provide marijuana for patients with severe illnesses like cancer and AIDS. The drug would be available to licensed individuals at regulated nonprofit treatment centers. Without regulation, some patients acquire marijuana illegally, risking arrest and other dangers. A legal source could be beneficial for both patients and citizens concerned about the street trade of drugs. Marijuana has been shown to help with pain, nausea and appetite loss, and many patients prefer it to addictive opioids. For advocates, the medical marijuana issue is one of optimum, humane treatment for suffering. “Patients deserve the same access to necessary medical resources to fight debilitating diseases that are available in 16 other states across the country,” said Whitney Taylor, a spokesman for the

Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance. An Act to Promote Excellence in Public Schools is a measure that aims to revamp standards for teachers to improve education. Teachers would be hired, assessed and retained based upon performance rather than seniority. Some educators are apprehensive, voicing concerns about using standardized test scores as barometers for success, but proponents say that this has been taken that into account and that the MCAS be one of many determinants. The Massachusetts Teachers Association plans a lawsuit to keep this referendum off the ballot, saying the Attorney General’s office should not have certified it as constitutional. In a recent UMass Amherst poll, 84 percent of voters supported the proposal. Perhaps the most controversial measure that voters may see in 2012 is the Death with Dignity Act, which would give terminally ill patients with six months or less to live access to medication that would “end his or her life in a humane and dignified manner.”

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Potential 2012 ballot questions announced

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ast week, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Bill Galvin, announced the four questions that voters might see on the ballot in 2012. Decisions on these initiatives will determine auto-maintenance shops’ access to information, the legal status of medical marijuana, how public-school teachers are assessed, and the “right to die.” The Right to Repair Act aims to “require automakers to provide the same service information and tools to independent auto and maintenance shops, as well as to consumers, that the automaker dealership service centers receive,” according to the Right to Repair Coalition. Today’s cars are operated by computer systems which often “lock out” owners and mechanics; many later model cars are only serviceable at dealerships. The Right to Repair Act would foster competitive pricing and restore owners’ choice in how they service their cars. The aftermarket and independent repair industry would likely receive major benefits from this legislation and

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“They deďŹ nitely played a large role in making that happen,â€? says Electronic Frontier Foundation Staff Attorney Julie Samuels, whose organization defended Fight for the Future when Justin Bieber’s lawyers threatened with a lawsuit. (They backed down after receiving a letter from the EEF.) “They were on the forefront of this,â€? she adds. “They helped represent and rally internet users all over the world.â€? “It’s been an amazing ďŹ ght. Up until two weeks ago we thought we would have to go down ďŹ ghting,â€? says Cheng. “It’s amazing to see Congress respond to public pressure.â€? Cheng explains that when Fight for the Future ďŹ rst began organizing, representatives had little time to discuss the bills with internet users. Then Fight for the Future made a video explaining the proposals. It went viral, collecting over 3 million views online. In midNovember they organized American Censorship Day, timed to coincide with the House’s hearing on SOPA. Over 5,000 sites participated, including Mozilla, popular micro-blog site Tumblr and one member of congress. “What started in November as a protest got everyone’s attention, snowballed and

got pretty big,� Wilson says. By January 18, the shift was clear. News organization ProPublica saw support for the bills drop from 80 to 65 representatives between January 18 and January 19, while the number who came out against it rose from 31 to 101 (Among those were Senator Scott Brown and Congressman Jim McGovern). On January 20 SOPA was tabled and a vote on PIPA was postponed. “This was a whole new different game all of a sudden,� former Senator Chris Dodd, now head of the MPAA, told the New York Times afterward. “This thing was considered by many to be a slam dunk.� It’s fully expected that congress will draft new anti-piracy legislation, and Wilson says Fight for the Future wants to make sure Hollywood doesn’t choose new targets to go after, like search engines. Cheng says “it’s a little bit too early to tell� regarding future plans, but Wilson mentions Fight for the Future still has some campaigns left to unleash. “It wasn’t a surprise that people fought to keep the internet open,� Cheng says. “These are issues that really resonated with people.�

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Globe went to a pay wall model for their website last year, perhaps you missed their Sunday investigative report that tied together Lt. Governor Tim Murray’s car accident with a host of alleged illegal fundraising by disgraced Chelsea housing director and political ally Michael McLaughlin (Dagger line: “More than two dozen politicians, housing authority employees, and Murray campaign workers say that McLaughlin was a key fund-raiser and organizer for the lieutenant governor even though, as a federally funded employee, McLaughlin was barred from most political activity, especially at work.”). So it was a little curious that save for Boston media, the other Tim’s (Thomas, of the Boston Bruins) story gained more statewide traction. In fact, the only local mention of Murray’s connection to McLaughlin on Sunday was a glowing column in the T&G with the headline “Tim Murray Will Prevail” (not written in response to the latest Globe report) and a Monday article on Murray’s insistence that the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance investigate McLaughlin as well….A spokesperson for the New England Media Group explained that despite the family ties between them, the T&G and the Globe “operate independently,” occasionally picking up stories “after one or the other has published it online or in print.”

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OTHER IDEAS: Of course, those close to Murray suggest other factors come into play, notably the Globe’s heavy reliance on unnamed sources and a former mayoral candidate from Lawrence who, like Murray, had McLaughlin as a political ally and like McLaughlin, allegedly shared a penchant for campaign fundraising violations. “That’s part of the reason you’re not seeing a lot of people picking up on it,” said a (sigh) unnamed source close to the Murray camp. “The story’s about a real bad guy by the name of Mike McLaughlin who’s doing some real bad things.”…And on Beacon Hill, legislators used Governor Deval Patrick’s State of the Commonwealth address as an opportunity to celebrate Murray, who received a loud ovation from attendees.

PROMOTION: Worcester Senator Harriette Chandler’s promotion to Majority Whip on Tuesday provides the region with some political sway the city lost after 20 year veteran Representative Vincent Pedone stepped down last week from his duties at the statehouse. Chandler said she was delighted and humbled by the promotion, which will see her building support for legislation before it comes to a vote. “It can only be an asset to Worcester,” adding, “We need as much support as we can get.” She also noted the fortuitous timing: just last week Dominick King filed papers with the state to look at running as a Republican against Chandler. King served two tours of duty in Iraq between 2002 and 2006 and recently graduated from Assumption College with a degree in political science. He says they’ll start gathering signatures in the next couple weeks and gauge support before making an official decision about a campaign. WORCESTER: THE HEART OF THE SENATE RACE: It’s no secret that Central

Massachusetts propelled Senator Scott Brown to victory in 2010 as all but Worcester and Harvard went red on the electoral map, so it’s no surprise that Brown came back to Mechanics Hall last week to kick off his 2012 campaign. That same day, Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren appeared in town along side Mayor Joe Petty (with Councilor Rick Rushton making an appearance as well) talking to voters at Nu Café. As if not to be outdone by the other, Warren returned on Monday to tour the CitySquare development and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy with Congressman Jim McGovern, who later endorsed her. Two days later, Brown came back, at press time he planned to shake hands with voters at the Kenmore Diner, among other campaign stops.

MADE AWARE: City residents could start seeing some changes to what they see when their house gets assessed. Due to the diligence of Joan Crowell and her AWARE Coalition members, the city council has seen a flurry of suggestions that include sorting out whether it’s the city or the property owner who bears the burden of proof when contesting property values and a requirement that the city provide a letter of explanation when a property valuation goes up over 10 percent in one year. To illustrate that this wouldn’t take much time to perform, Crowell passed out a sheet showing each one of the councilor’s property valuation changes between 2010 and 2011, noting that all of their properties went down except for Phil Palmieri’s, who’s house’s worth increased 2.5 percent. All were under the ten percent fluctuation. Want more Worcesteria? Check out worcestermag.com/blogs/dailyworcesteria and follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter. Email tips to jshulkin@worcestermag.com.


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he assignment was a simple one. As we prepared to read Robert Cormier’s young adult novel “Heroes” and Homer’s “The Odyssey,” we would investigate the meaning of the word “hero” – what does it take to be one? What does it take to fall short of the mark? The first draft of a short essay defining the word and identifying a person who fits the description – preferably someone from everyday life – would be due by week’s end. Among those first drafts were papers about single moms, grandparents, friends, and firefighters. Many were heart-felt, others were hastily pasted together to avoid the BIG SIGH I’ve perfected when work is turned in after deadline. Toward the bottom of the stack, I pulled out the carefully printed-in-pencil composition written by a young Iraqi student who I will call “Haya.” In Arabic, the name means “humble and modest,” which is why I’ve chosen it – she is too shy to allow me to use her real name. Haya rarely speaks in class; having arrived in America only two years ago, she works diligently to hone her grasp of the English language. Conversationally, she can hold her own, but reading and writing are a struggle. Her goal to attend college and eventually become a pharmacist is certainly attainable given her drive, but she worries constantly about the ever-baffling, everchanging language we call English. Reading Haya’s essay brought about one of those moments in teaching when the air is literally knocked from the lungs. I suddenly went from slouching over my desk to sitting ramrod-straight, red pencil poised in mid-air: “My hero is my uncle. Since I was young, I’ve loved him. He lived near us in Iraq. He was married, and he had no children. He was a very good doctor and many sick people went to him for treatment. And because it was not safe in Iraq, he didn’t charge the people a lot of money. He would take only $6.00 from a sick person. I was young when I witnessed these painful events,

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I write in response to last week’s article, “A Thin Green Line,” about the role of the Worcester Conservation Commission. Particularly, I’d like to address some confusion on the part of a former commissioner. Peter McKone, once the Commission’s chairman, is quoted saying, “you can’t tell someone they can’t build on a property if they own buildable property.” This begs the question. The question—and between 15 and 100 feet from a wetland, the question is for the Conservation Commission to decide—is whether a property is buildable. As the woman from the Conservation Law Foundation

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but I can remember them like yesterday. When my uncle’s wife went to the market to buy some stuff, she didn’t come back. We went looking for her, but we did not find her. After two or three days, somebody called my uncle. They wanted a lot of money. He didn’t have it, but my other uncles in Europe sent money for the return of his wife. They told him to go somewhere in Iraq and to bring the money with him. He went where he told them to go, but they came and killed him and took the money. After one week, they sent his dead body, and his wife’s dead body too. That is why my uncle is my hero. He sacrificed his own life in order to save his wife, even if he didn’t succeed and died. And this is one of the reasons for coming to America.” The gods of MCAS would surely take points off for the lack of sentence variation and some of the minor grammatical errors, but I have altered very little. Its power lies in its simplicity, in the purity of Haya’s voice, in the innocence lost through senseless violence. I write this column on a day when Americans are filling bowls with Chex mix and toasting the likes of Tom Brady, when the newspapers are crammed with stories of serial cheat Newt Gingrich’s South Carolina victory, and the sensational headlines that reveal the captain of a sinking cruise ship to be a sniveling coward. The meaning of the word “hero” is often buried beneath a mountain of hype. Since September, I’ve watched Haya put pencil to paper, ignoring the chirping of other girls her age, steering clear of the cliques and the gossip and the socializing that are ever-present. Day after day, she asks for permission to use the Arabic-to-English translator website to help her write what she means to say. In this world, there exists what can be called the “little hero” – the brave, sometimes scared individual who plugs along, follows the rules, faces adversities big and small every day, and gets back up when knocked down. The little heroes among us are humble and modest. They are Haya.

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points out, in many towns (with substantively identical wetlands ordinances), the Con. Comm. will simply deny this kind of project. It is entirely within their legal discretion to do so. It is not a question of authority; it is a question of will. The bottom line is this: Does the Worcester Conservation Commission truly care about protecting wetlands—which is, plainly, their legal purpose? The answer, sadly, is “no.” J A M ES P. VA N DE R SA LM , E S Q. Holden

A preview of what you’ll find online at worcestermag.com this week Win tickets - Enter to win a four pack of tickets to Bach’s B-Minor Mass at Mechanics Hall on Feb. 18 in Contests Photos - See images from local live performances, a local comedy show and both Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren’s visits to Worcester in Photo Galleries Music - Hear something new by the band Sunlea and find out when and where to catch them live in Woo Town Sounds Vincent’s hosts music video - Watch Josh Briggs’ new music video for the song “What I’m Drinking,” which was filmed entirely at local bar Vincent’s

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Notes on the Rise UP & COMING LOCAL MUSIC

Matt Robert

A new year can bring inventive resolutions and fresh beginnings. This year, while you resolve to lose 10 pounds, clean out your garage, write your memoir, or get that fractured relationship together, you can also vow to get out and enrich your life by taking in one of Worcester’s emerging musical acts, who, like the new year, bring fresh life to the cultural scene

with new sounds, some spun from traditional mores put into new contexts, and some with a conscious abandonment of tradition. We’ve spent the past few weeks seeking out these new groups, visiting local clubs, scouring the web, and consulting club owners as well as the public at large in an attempt to bring you at least part of the emerging picture of where Worcester’s scene is headed and what new zeitgeist is springing up in the form of the area’s performing

THE LOCALS On a recent Friday night, a text from my friend

Jim, an aficionado of folk music of the U.K., alerted me that he’d be over at The Greyhound at Kelley Square seeing a new band. I decided to join up with him, and by the end of the evening, I knew that this 14-month-old duo from Brighton was one I’d want to write about.

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On first appearances The Locals (Cormac Marnell and Brian Mooney) might seem like nothing special: an acoustic duet playing mostly Irish songs. The impression that quickly emerges, though, is that of a tight, confident pair of performers with a deep and interesting repertoire that will please fans of barroom drinking songs (“Wild Irish Rover,” “Molly Malone”) as well as those preferring quieter, perhaps lesser known tunes (“Fields of Athenry,” “The Wild Mountain Thyme”). Armed with the barest essentials (Mooney on vocals and guitar, Marnell on banjo, harmonica, and tin whistle) they craft a serious, authentic vibe that lovers of any roots music will enjoy. Marnell is a powerful and passionate singer in the Irish tradition with a rich tenor voice and brogue. And his tin whistle and harmonica playing, despite his self-deprecation—the tin whistle, he says, is “the bane of [his] existence,” adding, “maybe one day I’ll actually learn to play it”—is refined, with a clear, clean pitch and complex melodic style. Mooney’s acoustic strumming on his pretty and rich-sounding Gibson J-45, which he chose because it was “Woody Guthrie’s guitar of choice” (Jorma Kaukonen’s, too!), is understated, but serves as the critical rhythmic underpinning of their tight sound. And though he prefers to steer clear of the microphone, he too can sing, as evidenced by his spot-on, spontaneous rendition of Ray La Montagne’s “Jolene” to fulfill a request. The Locals had The Greyhound’s patrons stomping and singing along to “Black Velvet Band,” “Dirty Old Town,” “Town I Knew So Well,” and “The Rising of the Moon.” Both profess themselves servants to the rich traditions of the music they perform, finding the audience’s “collective knowledge of…Irish music…far greater” than their own, and exuding a humility in performance that extends to their musical origins. Marnell says that he “began learning songs in October 2008 with the desire to simply play a few songs on Paddy’s Day,” but after losing his job in 2009, he decided that he “wanted to pursue music further and so hatched a plan to become an Irish folk group.”

artists. What follows is a list of some promising artists or acts, which, by no means represent the entire local scene, or even all of the up-and-coming artists, but, rather, a sampling of promising or interesting talent recognized by the Worcester Mag staff, local club owners, or readers. Take it as a primer or starter kit. Get out and see what others you can discover, and keep us in the loop. Your comments and letters really help us to keep abreast of the local happenings!

Meanwhile, like a train chugging along the opposite way on the same track, Mooney took a trip to Ireland, where he became enchanted with a music he had long heard, but felt he was hearing for the first time. “We spent more time in the pubs listening to sessions-style play and one-man bands than we did seeing the sights,” he recalls. Already a Boston-area performer of original music, when he came back to Boston and searched for that music locally, he met Marnell for the first time when he “was out having a listen and a few pints.” Soon after, they “crossed paths” again and, it just so happened, Marnell was losing his guitar player so he and Mooney joined up. “He said he was on a mission to revive this music because it is so relevant to the times of today,” says Mooney of Marnell’s zeal for Irish music. “Early on I was dead set on just doing old-style folk, but as a compromise…we incorporated more modern songs from The Pogues and The Saw Doctors,” explains Marnell. Finally, he says, he realized that “these modern songs were an important part of the Irish cultural narrative.” The Locals play regularly on the Boston scene and have begun forays into Central Mass., playing The Old Timer, in Clinton, and debuting at The Greyhound the night that Jim and I went to see them. They also have plans to appear at Fiddler’s Green. Check them out at the Greyhound on Feb. 3, The Olde Timer in Clinton, Mass., on Sunday, Feb. 12, and Sunday, March 11; look for their soon-tobe-released CD within the next few months; or friend them on Facebook or ReverbNation.com. JANUARY 26, 2012 • WORCESTERMAG.COM

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Worcester’s Miars, who, though formed in 2007, didn’t take on the current lineup until 2009, can be tough. Writers before me have heaped praise on them for their attractive, unique music as well as for their hard-to-pin-down concoction that sounds to me—if you squint a little—a bit like Macy Gray backed by Rush. The songs are rootsy at heart and warmed considerably by vocalist Kayla Daly’s mellifluous tone that cuts right through the hyper, synchronized, syncopated backing band.

Drummer and Open Road Festival producer Marcus Ohanesian says that Miar’s (Daly – vocals and guitar, Imer Diaz – bass, and Ohanesian – drums) aim is for audiences “to enjoy themselves,” which the band hopes to do by allowing each person to “find a groove or pocket that they can move to and feel something deeper than just one genre or vibe.” Miars is successful in their quest to produce a music that is “temporal in the sense that it moves and grooves in different ways.” Their eclectic, label-evading sound seems the result of diverse influences, which range among band members as disparately as Daly’s taste for Jeff Buckley, Motown, and soul singer Dorothy Moore; Ohanesian’s love of Lettuce, Soulive, Tycho and the Deftones; and Diaz’s jazz background with Tower of Power, Marcus Miller, and Herbie Hancock. Holy marketing niche problems, Batman! Miars speaks to the sensibilities of the late ’60s and early ’70s when breaking barriers and broadening listening tastes was common. Simon Cowell would have a conniption over these guys. Despite their possibly limited “X factor” potential, though, Miars intends to continue seeking open-minded music fans and to “move forward with touring, writing, recording new songs, and pushing our abilities and talents to new heights.” Check out Miars’ July 2011 foursong EP “Sound of Tremors” online at Myspace, Facebook, or Reverb Nation, where you can access free downloads, and live at Tammany Hall, in Worcester on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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MANITOBA This band, recently renamed from The

Silence, came recommended by Lucky Dog Music Hall owner and promoter Erick Godin, who has hired the group for his Wednesday-night new music series. Manitoba began with local guitarist/vocalist Matt Marcel, who had been teaching his original songs to bassist Andy Belanger in their “spare time.” As with most musicians, the “desire to play live” reared its head and the duo began seeking other players to get the band together, eventually hooking up with and playing a few preliminary gigs with guitarist Nick Van Someren, before eventually adding drummer Jay Contonio and cementing the present lineup. The tracks from Manitoba’s self-recorded new release “The Silence EP” (Alazair Studio) are a polished collection of tension-filled, high-energy

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hard-rock/prog-rock tunes, like “Remission,” with its frenetic pace, liquid-clean guitar tones and pounding drums, reminiscent of The Mars Volta, complete with a sophisticated harmonized guitar solo. This tune, like “A Lasting Cure,” reflect Manitoba’s solo songwriter origins, as, despite the big rock arrangements, at the core, sound like good songs that could be strummed out on an acoustic guitar. They’re melodic and vocal based, yet contain utterly modern elements of melody and structure, and detached, introspective lyrics and vocals, enhanced by tight harmony lines. Manitoba hopes to continue recording and release an eventual full-length recording, but mostly, says Marcel, they want to write music that pleases them and to have fun. Look for Manitoba at their CD release show at Ralph’s on March 2, on Facebook at facebook.com/ wearemanitoba, and check out their new EP at Bandcamp.com.


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PRO RE NATA Pro Re Nata, featured in these pages a few months ago, is a young postmodern band from south of Worcester, in Sutton, where they have been honing a sound in their transmissionshop turned practice space. In two short years (they began in January 2010), they have sharpened their approach and developed a sound that should put them right at home with the hordes of independent bands touring the United States and routinely filling The Palladium.

THE TWANGBUSTERS Like many of the artists that contribute to nightlife in Worcester, The Twangbusters are not from Worcester. They’re from Lee. But thanks to a small, devoted audience for good-quality roots-based music and a few clubs rife with suitable ambiance for it, bands from across the state like to perform here. 16

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Their sound – as heard on cuts like “Femme Fatale” and “Cages” – is a reckless cacophony of layered guitars, pounding drums, and yelled and growled vocals that brings to mind the post-punk, post-rave sound of early Hot Hot Heat, and, with its pastiche of heavily delayed electric guitar lines, even the psychedelic abandon of Jane’s Addiction. The band cites a few of its influences – Incubus, Brand New, Modest Mouse, Mobb Deep, and At the Drive-In –while its Facebook page also lists Radiohead and Michael Jackson. With guitarist Neal McLaughlin, bassist Justin Marion, drummer P.J. Guertin, and guitarist/vocalist Brian Montigny, the band has been busy, working up the local club ladder, with appearances at Club Oasis, Hotel Vernon and Leitrim Pub, among other places; completing an EP at Echo Room Studios in Uxbridge with another in the works for a March 2012 release; and beginning writing for a full-length release with a tentative release of January, 2013. Additionally, they plan to broaden their performance schedule, with shows beyond the Massachusetts’ border this spring. According to Montigny, the band hopes to continue to write and play shows and do short tours, and even tour nationally if the opportunity arises and circumstances are right. “As far as cross-country tours go, we need to make sure our families are taken care of before we spend their college fund on touring,” he says. “It’s a tough industry and [we’ve] seen so many amazing bands never get the recognition they deserve.” Asked about the prospects for a rock band in 2012, Montigny nevertheless remains optimistic. “The music around Worcester has been good for a lot of genres,” he says, adding that “a lot of places have started to host more live entertainment.” Pro Re Nata say they have what you need, though they comport the message with an air of humility. “We wouldn’t be doing much if we didn’t have all the support from everyone,” says Montigny. Look for Pro Re Nata on Facebook or at ReverbNation.com.

pianist, and ukuleleist, Paula Bradley. “We love playing there, and are so grateful that they support live music.” Bradley’s lightly rollicking, back-porch blues sound and Patsy Cline vocal twang make a perfect complement to Vincent’s dark, Depression-era rural feel. “And their meatballs are delish!” Bradley, of western Mass. honky-tonk group Girl Howdy, says that The Twangbusters, who have played at Vincent’s about three times, rose up out of a group of future Twangbusters—Peter Zarkadas, Billy Nadeau (drums), and Brian Rost (upright bass)—who already performed together in a group called Twin Guitar Swing that played monthly at Vincent’s over about a year. And when their steel player, Rose of Girl Howdy, left to pursue pedal-steel training in Austin,


{ coverstory } CARA BRINDISI Cara Brindisi earned her place on this list after I had

the opportunity to catch her Thursday-night residency at Vincent’s and an appearance as a guest soloist for Bobby Gadoury’s American Songbook at Nick’s, and after both Nicole Watson and Vincent Hemmeter—of their respective eponymous nightclubs—recommended her as an up-andcoming bright light on the local scene.

The two gigs provide some insight into this Shrewsbury native’s range. At Vincent’s, Brindisi is the young woman I saw on her website performing Talking Head’s “This Must Be the Place” in a video that could easily pass as an impressive “American Idol” audition tape: a confident and competent performer, singing in a pretty, controlled voice. During her multi-set show at Vincent’s, at which she is armed with only a microphone and an acoustic guitar that mostly provides little more than support for her voice—she is a singer, first and foremost—her repertoire, over three or so hours, darts in and out of the ’90s (Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason,” TLC’s “Waterfalls”) to the ’60s (Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from my Friends”), the ’70s (John Denver’s “Country Roads,” Neil Young’s “Old Man”) to the ’50s (Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight”). Like her guitar accompaniment, the songs become merely vehicles to showcase a classic pop voice that shows hints of Judy Garland, Norah Jones, Nancy Griffith, and, yes, Patsy Cline. In other words, a voice that feels at home in almost any popular American music, perhaps suggesting why the Vincent’s crowd so warmly receives her. Similarly, at Nick’s, when appearing as guest vocalist for Bobby Gadoury’s American Songbook show, by simply donning an elegant gown, she becomes the pre-rock chanteuse, performing elegant, skilled renditions of standards, like “All of Me,” “Moon

Texas, Bradley stepped in, bringing with her a batch of originals she was “itching to perform.” Bradley describes their approach as “blues-influenced,” but enthuses that they’re “willing to try a range of stuff,” and so a set can encompass “a Jimmy Yancey piano piece followed by a ukulele number followed by a Patsy Cline country song” or even Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man,” into what Bradley calls “a musical cocktail of blues, boogie and hillbilly bop – kinda ‘torch and twang!’” “We have a great time and the crowd seems to as well,” she says, as to why these seasoned players would drive all over southern Massachusetts to play. “Playing with these guys is supremely fun.” That the musicians are “versatile” and

River,” “Route 66,” and “Blue Skies.” Brindisi’s voice is the point. Like successful “American Idol” contestants, she makes each song a fitting piece in her own persona. She is a chameleon of sorts, who, because of a diverse range of exposure as a child—she cites Sinatra, The Beatles, CSN&Y (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), The Cars, Ella Fitzgerald, Bette Midler, Natalie Merchant, and Nat King Cole as some early influences—seems not to see the distinctions among artists and genres, but merely the entirety of it all. Brindisi says that “music has always been an integral part” of her life, as “music was constantly played throughout” her house. By senior year of high school, “after one campus tour, [Berklee School of Music] was the only thing [she] could think about [during her] senior year.” So, she spent four years at Berklee “soaking it all in” and “breathing, eating, and sleeping” music. Brindisi says that she loves “raw vocal talent” in her favorite singer-songwriters and catchy hooks with a beat when she’s out and looking to dance, and this is evident in her vocal-strong selections. But she has an appreciation for the practical part of the job, too: “Some gigs it’s more appropriate to showcase what I love to do vocally. Other nights, it’s more appropriate to play music so that an entire bar will sing along. Either way,” she says, “my hope is to evoke some sort of emotion for the listener, be it a moment of peace or a night of fun!” See Cara Brindisi Thursday nights at Vincent’s, or online at carabrindisi.com. STEVEN KING

“have such a great feel for the music,” and that the group tries “new and different material every time” makes “the drive out I-90…almost inconsequential,” she says. The spare, rhythm-and-blues chug of “Too Late to Cry,” with its cautionary tale of a love at risk, and its wonderful, authentic country-jazz guitar solo and bluesy piano, will have you staring down to the bottom of your glass, while “Cattin’ Around” evokes dreams of a ’50s dance with poodle-skirted girls being spun and thrown over shoulders. Check out the Twangbusters at Vincent’s on Feb. 15, or at ReverbNation.com. JANUARY 26, 2012 • WORCESTERMAG.COM

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“We want people to party like George Michael on hallucinogens,” says Herra Terra guitarist Gregg Kusumah-Atmadja. With an energetic and aggressive presence befitting a major arena act, Herra Terra, a self-described “space/ electronic/symphonic rock” band that calls both Massachusetts and Rhode Island home, is making waves with an introspective synth pop that consciously avoids traditions of blues, folk and jazz embraced by many alternative and mainstream acts today. They prefer, instead, moody rave rockers – metronome-rigid thumping drums and sixteenth-note bass, wildly fuzzed (and often synthed) guitar lines that seemingly jump right out of King Crimson, and, yes, layer upon layer of ambient and video-game synth, all topped by highly melodic lead vocals that, at times – it’s okay because Kusumah-Atmadja said it! – might evoke George Michael or Duran Duran. Not that these guys sound like Duran Duran. They’re more like a kinder, gentler Ministry. But there’s an undeniable self-consciousness and dignity that bears resemblance.

Herra Terra has been around as an electronic duo since 2008 when they released the threesong EP “Organs for the Afterlife,” but the band has only recently put together the act as it appears today. Founding members, John Paul Tonelli (vocals) and Kusumah-Atmadja (guitar) added drums (Brad Caetano) and, finally, bass (Adrian Bettencourt Andrade). In 2010, they released their first full-length LP, “Quiet Geist.” Their sound today results from those early days as a duo, according to Kusumah-Atmadja, who says, “Our beginnings were very experimental, especially because we lacked the element of live percussion.” And though the addition of a traditional rhythm section has “brought the energy level way up at shows” and “really helps everyone get into it, especially the crowd,” their “inspirations [still] come from free association jam sessions.” Kusumah-Atmadja says that “especially…with the new material we’ll be releasing this year…most of the material is born ‘off the cuff.’” The performances are tight and unified and deliver a sonic blow in concert that incites crowds to stomp and cheer and body surf, as a number of videos on their site (filmed at Ralph’s) attest. The band has begun to generate steam and a significant reputation, and enjoyed a busy 2011 performance schedule, being invited to the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, in the spring for which they organized a mini-tour that ran across the southeast, and appearing in Philadelphia, Providence, Boston, Worcester, western Massachusetts, and New Jersey; and as this article goes to print, an allnight show on Jan. 14 at Worcester’s Club Oasis, ending at 10 a.m. 2012 looks to be even busier, according to Kusumah-Atmadja. “We’re currently in the studio recording a six-track EP, which is due for a 2012 summer/fall release,” he says, adding that “booking has begun for a 30-day tour to SXSW during the month of March to promote said release.” And if that’s not enough, Herra Terra also has “a cover-song EP and a split 7” in the works that” they are “super stoked about.” Check out Herra Terra on Feb. 25, at the Lazy Dog in Marlboro and at herraterra.com.

Places to hear new bands:

If you’d like to get out and hear new talent for yourself, a number of opportunities exist. The challenge is that most new acts face the dilemma of proving themselves on off-nights before being given the shot at premiere weekend slots. To catch them, and help them get to the weekends, you’ve first got to take a shot on them during the week. The Lucky Dog Music Hall, on Green Street, hosts new bands “just about every week,” according to owner Erick

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Danny Fantom’s slo-jam raps are perhaps the most “local” of the local music covered here. His cerebral compositions, like “Reflections,” “More Reflections,” and “Longboards and Reefer (Remix),” teem with references to local streets and destinations. Fantom says that he is “born and raised” in Worcester and hopes to point out better options than hanging around to kids growing up today, though his tunes are also littered with happy memories of smoking weed, drinking beer and causing mischief. The solo songs listed on his Facebook page and on Sound Cloud—he’s also a member of local act The Grand Arkanum—are very cool, and professional, despite a casual playfulness that permeates them with trippy samples that ping-pong left and right in complex rhythmic patterns, and backing vocals that effect offmike conversations and small talk, often in hilarious, ironic call and response to crooning vocal samples. Fantom’s tracks are underpinned by deep clear beats and an array of unexpected samples: sped-up old ballads, jazz riffs, crystalclear piano and bouncy synth, as well as his friends chatting along. “Another Reflection” includes all the typical name dropping found in rap but also takes an unusually complex look at the dilemma of producing music for self-amusement—i.e., “I just want to meet the big faces, get beats from Kanye, and rap with Kweli, give daps with Common, and puff on Whizza’s weed”; and, of course, business—“But none of this comes free. If I don’t try for money, how do I pay the fee?” Fantom’s music is smart, compelling and self-deprecating at times (he calls his music “nerdcore”), all of which makes it a lot of fun to listen to, while not evading the big issues that made rap important in the first place and which is often lost in the mega-commercial hits that populate FM stations and MTV. Keep an eye out for Fantom or The Grand Arkanum in local listings, or find him on Facebook or SoundCloud.

Godin. Opening slots on Wednesdays, Thursdays (and sometimes even Fridays and Saturdays) often feature newer bands. Check out weeknight slots at places like Nick’s, Vincent’s, Ralph’s, Beatnik’s, The Greyhound, and The Hotel Vernon; and open-mike nights all over Central Mass. If weekends are your preference, established musicians often appear in new aggregates, which you can find on weekends at The Lucky Dog, Vincent’s, Ralph’s, and even JJ’s in Northboro. Bands like Happy Jack (covering The Who), Heavy Horses

(covering ’70s arena rock), Pony for my Birthday and The Pistol Whipped, are all recent groups made of staple musicians on the local scene, while others are made up of new and established talents, like the duo Dan and Dorette (Dan Kirouac and Dorette Weld). Plus Duncan Arsenault’s Thursday night shows at The Dive Bar, on the corner of Green Street and Temple, routinely feature prime-time musicians in a range of formats, performing all kinds of music. Tell us your favorite local band that we may have missed when you comment at worcestermag.com.


SMARTPHONE PICTURES FROM FLORA IN WINTER 2011: SUBMITTED BY KIRA BEAUDOIN

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Colors of the season Flora in Winter

violin, respectively. Saturday night, the art museum will host The New Black Eagle Jazz Band. Guests can pay for both Friday’s and Saturday’s events at the door; Thursday night’s event has limited In the midst of a New England winter, most space so reservations are strongly recommended. In addition to people crave the sweet smell and vivid color these festive nights, there is a Challenge Class, this year featuring of flowers in bloom. Unfortunately for those only male floral artists, who will interpret the same work of art braving the winter months, typically the wait using the same plant materials but adding their own unique flair. A lesson-demo will also be given by Scottish designer Ann is a long and chilly one until finally spring McDevitt, who once worked with Princess Diana. This year’s arrives. Fortunately for those residing in the anniversary exhibit features a talented group of experienced Worcester area, a taste of spring can be found and renowned arrangers: Ruth Crocker, president of the World at the Worcester Art Museum and Tower Hill Association of Flower Arranger show in Boston this past year; Botanic Garden at the annual Flora in Winter Susan Detjens, judge for several flower designs and shows; and Mary Ellen O’Brien, publisher of By Design, a floral-design exhibit. magazine. Flora in Winter is where art and nature come together as The experienced arrangers must still follow the strict rules of the art museum and botanic garden present scenes of spring in the museum. To protect the museum and its artwork, arrangers aesthetic floral arrangements. “[The exhibit] gives our visitors a and florists must test their containers in advance to ensure they wonderful mini escape and reminds us that the world will wakedo not leak. To protect the works of art on paper, no misters up again in April,” says Flora in Winter board member Kim are allowed in the galleries. All material must come from a Cutler. commercial florist Coordinator Nancy Jeppson admits, STEVEN KING where the plant though there are trials that can come material is treated from having the exhibit in the winter, so no insects are it’s worth it. “I don’t know of another brought into the museum that holds this event in the museum. winter, which is risky. We have thought Beyond the about moving it later in the winter, but initial process of it is growing and well attended so we the arrangements, will try our luck with Mother Nature. the ongoing care is I think flowers in the dead of winter just as important. brings a hint of spring and is a delight Escorted by staff to our senses,” says Jeppson. members early Flora in Winter originally began in the morning, as a Worcester Garden Club event an experienced back in 1985, inspired by the Art in I think flowers in the dead of winter brings a maintenance group Bloom exhibit created by the Museum hint of spring and is a delight to our senses,” waters and freshens of Fine Arts in Boston. That year, says Coordinator Nancy Jeppson. the plants each the Worcester Garden Club hosted morning, a routine the Garden Club of America annual that takes approximately three hours. Extra plant material is meeting and entertained 18 other local garden clubs with Flora kept in the cool basement of the museum to be available to the in Winter. Unlike the exhibit today, it was not held during the maintenance crew. winter. Though it was intended to be an annual event, the exhibit Despite the hard work, the event is well worth it. Flora in discontinued until it was revitalized in 2002. Since the reboot, the Winter is a huge event, bringing in the largest numbers of people exhibit has been going strong ever since with the help of Tower to the museum. “This event brings local people who might not Hill Botanic Garden. Marketing and public relations director otherwise come, as well as folks from outside the Worcester Michael Arnum explains, “We originally came together because County more and more, to both the museum and to the Tower the museum requested our assistance and expertise... it was a Hill,” explains board member Kathy Michie. natural fit for two of the region’s finest cultural institutions – Unlike a typical exhibit, the floral arrangements are not horticulture is, after all, the art and science of growing plants for placed in just one gallery. “For the museum, this is an exhibition food and/or pleasure, so art and gardens go way back.” that gets the visitor into every gallery – to connect with our To celebrate Flora in Winter’s 10th anniversary, special permanent collection,” Jeppson expounds. entertainment will be presented to visitors each night. The Be sure to get your taste of spring this winter. Visit the opening party will feature “living statues” for guests to marvel Flora in Winter exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum, taking at. On Thursday, productions and arrangers will be available to place Thursday, January 26, through Sunday, January 29. For speak to guests about the floral arrangements, giving them an information on all of the exhibit’s activities and events, visit inside look to the design and art. Friday night, musical guests worcesterart.com or towerhillbg.org. Peter Clemente and Mimi Rabson will play electric guitar and Taylor Nunez

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If readers in Central Mass are interested in local authors, then Tatnuck Booksellers is the place to be Sunday, January 29 from 1-5 p.m. The fabled bookstore, located at the intersection of Route 9 and Lyman Street in Westboro, is hosting an Authors Explosion event, which will feature 14 local authors.

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going to blow up. There will be a lot happening at Tatnuck on Sunday, though, including author readings, book signings, discussions and informal question and answer sessions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tatnuckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission has always been to promote the written word and to facilitate discussion among book lovers of all ages,â&#x20AC;? says Tatnuck Events Coordinator Tina Berthiaume. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe that our support of authors is in direct support of that mission and that is why we are delighted to host the WWC event.â&#x20AC;? WWC is the abbreviation for the Worcester Writers Collaborative, the organization of local writers that is sponsoring the Author Explosion. The ďŹ&#x201A;edging group began meeting in October and has already become an active force in the Central Massachusetts literary community. Their ďŹ rst two formal meetings were held in the Al Banx Room at the Worcester Public Library, but the WWC may be looking for larger quarters in the

not too distant future. The organization held its ďŹ rst book signing event at Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Stop on James Street in November. Not surprisingly when it comes to writers, the groupsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; origin dates back to a cup of coffee between a few friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A few of us were sitting around Starbucks and we were thinking how great it would be if we could get more writers together,â&#x20AC;? explains Cheryl Cory, one of the WWC founders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we came up with the idea of the collaborative, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really getting to be popular.â&#x20AC;? Cheryl Cory lives with her husband Matt Cory and cat Betsy. Both Cheryl Cory (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Done Something Goodâ&#x20AC;?) and Matt Cory (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snarky Responses to Yahoo! Answersâ&#x20AC;?) are published authors who will be at Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, but Betsy the cat has not been published and will not be at Tatnuck Booksellers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has had a musical written about her, though,â&#x20AC;? laughs Cheryl Cory. Some of the WWC authors who will join the Corys in Westboro are Jessie Olson, Trisha Woodridge, Tracy Cronk Vartanian, C.C. Beechum, Liz Steele, Rita Sawyer, Devin Mott, Dan Gordon, Michael Colbert, N.E. Castle, Jeff Cannon and Loree GrifďŹ n Burns. Burnsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; specialty is writing childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books that are mostly science themed. On her website (loreeburns.com) she notes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I write books about science for children ... and I love my job. From

an oceanographer who tracks plastic ducks through the world ocean to an entomologist who studied mason bees in his backyard to an astronomer who spent her life puzzling over ground drawings in the desert of Peru, the scientists I meet every day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in person or through my research â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are fascinating and passionate people. I love to share their stories through my books.â&#x20AC;? Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will provide book lovers with diverse topics as well as authors. The group has written books on ghost, poetry, happiness, love, and the Internet, just to name a few. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Done Something Goodâ&#x20AC;? is the tale of Sylvie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Rourke, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sound of Musicâ&#x20AC;? devotee who thinks sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about to die in a plane crash over Connecticut. Her sisters are on the ďŹ&#x201A;ight and she enlists them as witnesses when she pledges to God that if she gets off the plane alive she will do something good with her life. They land safely and Sylvie must now make good on her promise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to write about things that I love; and I wanted to write a book that I would want to read,â&#x20AC;? says Cheryl Cory. For more information about the event at Tatnuck or the WWC, check out their websites at worcesterwriters.org and tatnuck.com.

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history will tell.” As Wallace points out, the museum hopes to learn and showcase what was important to those in their 30s when it comes to the city that they work and/or live in. “What do they think were the significant moments in Worcester’s history during their lifetimes? Be it a person, an invention, a specific tragedy or success – what helped define their impression of Worcester in the past 30 years?” asks Wallace. “Every generation has a different idea of what is important and this is an age range we don’t hear from too often, so it should be pretty exciting,” shares Vanessa Bumpus, the museum’s exhibit coordinator. Bumpus is excited to see what ideas are brought forth for this exhibit by the community, and how she and the museum’s staff will be able to work with them to pull this communal exhibit together. “Objects don’t have to be hundreds

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ts story is one that warms the heart and touches the soul. The Joy of Music Program, a community music school in Worcester, was founded by piano teacher Wendy Ardizzone with a couple ďŹ&#x201A;yers posted in Worcester and 12 preschoolers enrolled in a few music and movement classes taught in space she rented at the First Unitarian Church. That was in 1987. Today, Joy of Music serves hundreds of students in the area, from preschoolers to senior citizens, and offers a variety of voice, instrumental and movement classes, private lessons, and musical ensembles including its own youth orchestra. In the beginning, Wendy Ardizzoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program focused on basic singing and movement working with rhythm, utilizing a method of teaching that she had been

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form a nonproďŹ t corporation.â&#x20AC;? exploring for some time. But word got out The school continued to grow, but in fast. By 1988, the program enrolled more 2000, just a week before the start of Joy of than 100 students. Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer program, a ďŹ re seriously â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many of the kids were coming damaged the First Unitarian Church back and getting older; they were ready leaving Joy of Music without a home; but for something else,â&#x20AC;? she remembers, not for long. According to Rich Ardizzone, responding to this need by hiring recorder The Methodist Church immediately teacher Madeline Browningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reached out to ďŹ rst faculty them, offering member. For classroom space in some time, its building. The just the two of church cleared out them ran the rooms that had been classes, but their used for storage, students craved and the summer more. Wendy program began only Ardizzone one week late. admits that her â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The Methodist intention was Church] was not to start a amazingly schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the accommodating and program took on a life of its â&#x20AC;&#x201D; recalls her husband, supportive. That is a perfect example own, no doubt associate director Rich Ardizzone. of the history of the nurtured by school. It wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a shared joy be the kind of of music. On school it is without January 28, the that support,â&#x20AC;? he says, also noting that school will celebrate its 25th anniversary they had never asked anyone for money, at its annual JOMPATHON, a 12-hour yet received $25,000 in contributions. The showcase of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical talent. Joy of Music community was touched â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to tell Wendy she had a school by the outpouring generosity it received on her hands; parents wanted her to hire during this trying time. more teachers and offer more,â&#x20AC;? recalls From its meager beginnings, today the her husband, associate director Rich school is operating with a full staff of Ardizzone, who says the program ďŹ lled a more than 40, made up of public school need in the community. Wendy Ardizzone teachers, former public school teachers, wanted to give back to the community those who teach or taught private lessons, through raising money for ďŹ nancial aid and freelance musicians. for students who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford the Joy of Music began celebrating its 25 classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For those reasons, we agreed to

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years this past November with the ďŹ rst of a series of anniversary eventsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;its annual donor thank-you event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time that we invite our donors to come to the school and hear some students play. Our donor community is such an important part of the school,â&#x20AC;? says Wendy Ardizzone. However, of all the events, JOMPATHON is one that truly represents the Joy of Music community, she says. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time for the community to reafďŹ rm its commitment to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to be accessible. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a major fundraiser for the school â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joy of Music hopes to raise $10,000 at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JOMPATHON through donations and studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pledges. Although there is no admission to the event, donations are certainly welcome, but not required. Last year the school raised more than $110,000 overall, which was awarded in ďŹ nancial aid; the goal this year is to raise $120,000. Over all the years, the Ardizzones calculate they have raised more than $1.1 million just for ďŹ nancial aid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole community of people who are responsible for the success of a nonproďŹ t like this,â&#x20AC;? says Rich Ardizzone of the school that was never supposed to be. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This mission [to foster community through accessible music education and performance] attracted a lot of talented people.â&#x20AC;? Witness this incredible community of talent at JOMPATHON at the Joy of Music Recital Hall at 1 Gorham Street in Worcester from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit jomp.org.

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They will call her fearless. They will sing her praises as an actress. Well, call me cynical, as many have and many will, but my discomfort level with this film seems to be in direct proportion to its perceived Oscar-worthyness among critics and industry deciders.

“Albert Nobbs” is based on a singular idea: Glenn Close can act so effectively that she can put on a bowler hat, tape up her breasts and pretend to be a man and that everyone will believe it. In those regards I say fine, consider Close’s case closed. But it has been done at the expense of entertainment, because the vehicle she has chosen to make her mark with rings false. When Hilary Swank came out of nowhere to find stardom in 1999 playing a woman playing a man in “Boys Don’t Cry” it was not just the cross-gender gimmick or unexpected nature of the role or the energy she put into it that made her stand out. It was the intensity of a story so powerful and heartbreaking that it jumped off the screen. In contrast, “Albert Nobbs” sits there like a green vegetable on your plate that you are being guilted into eating. Let’s get right down to it: this is a dreary, boring film masquerading as Oscar bait for an actress who is also co-screenwriter and producer, which means its all her project, baby. Her titular (and titless) character is a woman who, in 19th century Ireland, has had to pretend for over thirty years she’s a man in order to hold down a job as a servant in an upscale boarding house. One day she meets another woman doing a Mr. Doubtfire routine (Maria Doyle Kennedy). Nobbs is amazed to see that she’s gone all the way with the thing and has taken a wife. So our hero goes off on a quest to similarly buy into the very same system that has been oppressing her, initiating an awkward, robotic romance with one of the young bratty servant girls (Mia Wasikowska). At the risk of being crude, Close isn’t exactly an attractive woman anymore, and she makes for a hideous, freakishlooking man, but the cute servant girl goes along. Meanwhile her actual boyfriend schemes to take Nobbs for all he/she’s worth.

The problem with this is that for all the nuanced, subtle, well-intentioned characterization of Close’s performance, we never get the sense of whether she is actually out for pussy or if, as Robert Downey Jr. so eloquently put it to Ben Stiller in “Tropic Thunder” she’s gotten so immersed in her lifelong role she’s gone “full retard.” Is she portraying a closeted lesbian or a woman who has been so warped by the system that she no longer has her own values intact?

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A gigantic, fresh, cheeseďŹ lled cannoli, topped with a heaping scoop of chocolate chips, was the perfect ďŹ nish to a delicious lunch at Palmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery and the adjoining CafĂŠ Sorrento, located on 3B Rice Square in Worcester. Palmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is a Worcester staple on Grafton Hill, having opened in 1979 and making a name for itself as one of the best Italian bakeries in Worcester. And while Palmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is known around Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East and South sides, its location does not make it especially ideal for Northerners and West-siders.

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seeking sandwiches but harboring a hidden desire for dessert. The bakery and cafĂŠ is set back from the road on Acton Street, just adjacent to Rice Square, with a sign pointing the way to its off-street parking. When ďŹ rst entering, diners are greeted by a delicious-looking olive bar, around which is the counter to order. Scanning a moderately sized and lowpriced lunch menu, I opted for a sandwich described only as Palmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best ($5), and Emily chose a Caprese Salad ($7), while we both ordered large cannoli for dessert ($2 each). Taking a seat in the small cafĂŠ, which housed about eight tables with decorations and paintings typical to that of Calabria, Italy, our food arrived in only a few moments. Emilyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Caprese Salad was served over a large bed of greens, though disappointingly mostly shredded iceberg lettuce with a few garnishes. The buffalo mozzarella though, was garishly heaped upon thick red slices of tomato, both indelibly fresh, a testament to the gravity with which Palmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prepares its meals. My sandwich featured large cuts of succulent grilled chicken with tomatoes and provolone cheese served with a

garlic-basil spread and stuffed into some of the most freshly baked, doughy and warm Italian loaf that I have ever eaten with a sandwich. While our lunch entrĂŠes were delicious, we remembered to make room for the holy grail of Italian pastry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Palmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous large cannoli. Our cannolis arrived without much garnish or pizazz, but were large enough to even make Sonny Corleone blush. Neither Emily nor I were disappointed as they proved almost too big to ďŹ nish. During both of my visits to Palmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, service was what one might expect from a deli and bakery: Palmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and CafĂŠ Sorrento are certainly counter-order establishments, but this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily clear if you walk into the door for CafĂŠ Sorrento ďŹ rst. The staff was professional, but certainly expected you to know what you wanted and did little to guide your experience. Despite this, the sandwiches speak for themselves: on a return visit, my co-diner Taylor boasted about her delicious eggplant sandwich ($4.75), and

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Osaka Japanese Restaurant White City Plaza 20 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury 508-753-1144 Fresh, fun and a great value. For an enter taining and tasty meal, try communal dining at the teppanyaki tables. Combinations like calamari and teriyaki chicken, or the Osaka spe cial (filet mignon, lobster and shrimp) more than double the number of c hoices cooked before you on this Japanese grill. Sushi is also plentiful, including intriguing sushi rolls. The cool exotic drinks are served tall and the sake is served hot. Nashoba Winery 100 Wattaquadoc Hill Road, Bolton 978-779-5521 nashobawinery.com Nashoba Winery’s orchards, tour, retail shop, and restaurant make for a perfect New England experience — in any season. T he wonderful grounds and quaint atm osphere couple well with nic he wines, beers and spirits, and an equally renegade menu. F ree-range poultry and beef, as well as wild game, meet delicious seafood, and varied regional vegetables. Pricing is moderate to expensive. Plan to make a day of it. Harry’s Drive-in Restaurant and Dairy Bar 149 Turnpike Road (Route 9W), Westboro 508-366-8302 Harry’s Drive-in Restaurant and Dairy Bar is a quiet roadside attraction of vanishing Americana, and a venerable l ocal institution of 60 years (nearly 40 in its present l ocation) under the ownership of the original family. The menu is an endless list of entirely h omemade comfort foods: full breakfast, American diner standards, steaks, burgers, pasta,

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club and open-faced sandwiches, wraps and pockets, salads, soups, stir fry, platters, sundaes and frappes, a kids menu, and, of course, loads of seafood — fried and otherwise. Breakfast all day. Beer and wine available. Cash only. Prezo Grille and Bar 2291/2 Main St., Milford 508-634-0101 prezogrille.com Prezo Grille and Bar is a moderately upscale spot, well worth the trip to explore a bit of southeastern W orcester County. Prezo’s sizeable menu is fi lled with pizzazz — suc h ingredients as g orgonzola, goat and bleu cheeses; artichoke hearts, asparagus and sun dried tomatoes; and Madeira wine sauce and hoisin glaze. House favorites include chicken Sinatra, pot roast, and the seafood bomb. Check out weekly specials, or meet friends for designer drinks and fl at-screen TVs at Prezo’s “horseshoe” bar. The Monument Grill 14 Monument Sq., Leominster 978-537-4466 themonumentgrill.com The Monument Grill is a good bet for classy fare in northern Worcester County. Rich wine sele ction and new and traditi onal recipes for pasta, seafood, beef, pork, chicken, and veal are ser ved up in a spotless, comfortable room. Moderate to expensive. Bauhinia 271 Grafton St., Shrewsbury 508-842-0880 bauhiniarestaurant.com A one-stop Asian cuisine shop, Bauhinia is welcoming to the casual or well-heeled, not as chic and showy as PF Chang’s, but far beyond your local take-out joint. Making it’ s home in the immense former Golden Steakhouse building just off Route 9 West, Bauhinia’s morethan-200-item menu is as sprawling as the restaurant’s architecture. Find familiar, as well as not-so-typical dishes on the Chinese menu and a lifetime supply of sushi, sashimi and designer maki rolls on the Japanese menu — all fresh and well-prepared. Sofia’s Ristorante 158 Main St., Hudson 978-562-1221 Sofia’s is a bit like the restaurant in the Campbell Scott and S tanley Tucci-directed Big Night, in that it is quiet, but traditional Tuscan fare (pork, lamb, fi llet of beef, chicken, seafood, homemade ravioli and peppardelle, and other pastas), and n ot a red-sauce-and-meatballs kind of place. The room is comfortable and clean, if not a little dated, and several dishes really excel.

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Lucky’s Café 102 1/2 Grove St., Worcester 508-756-5092 Places like Lucky’s are a real fi nd (and this one is hard to fi nd — follow the stairwell and the corridor). T hey serve up modern bistro fare of excellent qualit y in a quaint, fa ctory atmosphere at belowaverage prices. BYOB will further the appeal to frugals. Appetizers and entrees of seafood, steak, pork, chicken, pasta, and vegetables; specialty soups; and an array of salads will please m ost tastes. Friday and Saturday, 5-9:30 p.m. V isa, Mastercard, American Express accepted.

Finders Pub 171 West Boylston St., West Boylston 508-835-3707 Finders is like a diner with out the inherent c haracter. A 20-page menu offers 172 choices, from burgers and wraps to seafo od and salads, soups and baked spe cialties, with n othing — n othing! costing more than $10. This place packs ’em in, either for the food, the free popcorn or the 43 TVs.

Takara 10 Millbury St., Worcester 508-791-1140 Takara, at the top of Millbur y Stret in Kelley Square, is cozy and comfortable, like your neighborhood sushi bar. Trained at Benihana, Chef Sonny Kao’s food is quality and the prices are affordable. There are enough entrees to tantalize smaller budgets or extra vagant tastes. The teppan yaki entrees are an excellent value, from hiba chi vegetable to fi let mignon, with soup, salad, vegetables, rice and dessert included. Squeeze into a spot at the sushi bar or live it up with friends at a teppan yaki table. Be sure to get the view of K elley Square — it takes on a different character from a seat inside Takara.

Baba Sushi 309 Park Ave. 508-752-8822 babasushi.com Winners of the 2007 Worcester Best Chef competition. The sushi at Baba is as fresh and creative — a wesome to behold, and delicious to eat — as any where in town. Ea ch item is a small masterpie ce of attention and design. T he menu is m ostly sushi, sashimi and dishes otherwise featuring ra w fish, plus a sh ort list of c hicken dishes. There’s no kobe beef or pork (with the excepti on of a pork dumpling and beef tartaki, a dish not unlike beef carpaccio). Finally, they provide a full complement of liquor and beer, including Sapporo in 22-ounce cans. Credit cards accepted.

Guiseppe’s Grille 35 Solomon Pond Road, Northboro 508-393-4405 guiseppesgrille.com For many, Guiseppe’s Grille may be an old fa vorite. The salads are big enough for two, from the creative — like insalata gorgonzola — to the traditional antipasto Guiseppe. The menu is otherwise populated with pasta classics and specialties, Mediterranean-inspired entrees, gourmet thin-crust pizzas and calzones. T op it off with sele ctions from the desser t tray, or Guiseppe’ s own fried dough, with y our choice of sweet topping. Armsby Abbey 144 Main St., Worcester 508-795-1012 If you want to start with a beer, y ou can’t go wrong, since Armsby Abbey offers 130 bottled varieties. The restaurant does it right, from the hefty portions to the welcoming throw pillows (in case you want to take a sn ooze between courses). A rela xing vibe all around, wonderful food, and, of course, the beer and wine, are sure to make Armsby Abbey a Main Street mainstay.


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Boston Printmakers Show Opening Reception at The Gallery at Worcester State will help viewers answer the question: “Please explain this technique.” Each print is accompanied by a “recipe card” that outlines the process and inspiration for the image. 5-7 p.m.; gallery hours after the opening reception on Jan. 26 are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 1-4 p.m. until Feb. 23. The Gallery at Worcester State, Ghosh Science and Tech Building, 486 Chandler St. 508-929-8651, worcester. edu/gallery. Artists, Carrie Crane, Lisa Barthelson, Rose LeBeau and Nina Fletcher will discuss their work and process that led to the exhibition Illuminations during Illuminations: Artist Talk . Free and open to the public; 5:30-8 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd. 508-753-8183, worcestercraftcenter.org. 3 Bands for $3 Bucks (Donation) downstairs at Ralph’s tonight., Featuring Crinkle Face, Cavegirls, and Big Mess! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Participate in a guided tour of the Flora in Winter arrangements located at Tower Hill Botanic Garden starting today through Sunday, Jan. 29, for an in-depth view of this beautiful annual festival. Included with regular admission: $12 Adults, $9 Seniors, $7 Youth, Children younger than 6 are free; 1-1:45 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden: Stoddard Education and Visitors Center, 11 French Dr., Boylston. One poem and... is a part of an open-reading series at Worcester State University. One Poem is an open-poetry reading series meant to provide a venue for writers to share their work as well as the work of established writers they admire. For every original poem a person reads, they will be asked to complement that poem by reading a poem of their choosing by another established and published writer: from Shakespeare to Stern, Bradstreet to Bukowski, Yeats to Young, Rumi to Rich and any and all in between. Even if you have no original work to read, attend to offer poems from writers you love. Sign up will occur at the beginning of each reading and the number of poems allowed each person will be determined by the number of willing participants. This hopes to foster a creative community of writers and readers and to become exposed to writers beyond our own circles of interest. Free; 3-5 p.m. Worcester State University, Sullivan Building, Room S-305, The A. Barbara Pilon Seminar Room, 486 Chandler St. 508-929-8078. M.W. Repertory Theatre Company, etc. presents: Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, directed by Lizzie Dawson and produced by Holly Fletcher. “Collected Stories” explores the relationship between Ruth, a renowned short-story author in the twilight of her career and her student Lisa, a young aspiring writer just starting out. Performances Thursday, Jan. 26 - Saturday, Jan. 28. wpi. edu/~theatre, 8-10 p.m. WPI: Little Theatre, 100 Institute Rd.

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The Country and Bluegrass Revival at Beatnik’s will feature special guests Cabinet, bringing their lively bluegrass sounds to New England. Banjos, fiddles, singing, hollerin’, knee-slapping good times! Plus Worcester’s own Farmers Union Players will light up the fire in your heart with some traditional string-band footstomping sounds. Iza Jane and the Greatwood Acoustics will bring blues and bluegrass and merge their country sounds to start the night. $7; 21 and older; show your Clark, Worcester State, Anna Maria, Quinsigamond, WPI, Assumption or Holy Cross student ID and get in for only $4. Enjoy Beatnik’s house-made food specials,

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and mixed-media works created by 16 artists in response to stories by Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges. According to curator Jorge J. E. Gracia, who teaches philosophy at the University of Buffalo, “Jorge Luis Borges is one of the most prominent literary figures whose work is also profoundly philosophical; his stories are filled with conceptual puzzles that prompt the reader to face the most fundamental questions concerning human existence.” College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, 1 College St. 508-7933356, holycross.edu/cantorartgallery or find them on Facebook.

featuring Dr. Gonzo’s Uncommon Condiments and Wormtown Brews. 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877, beatniksbeyou.com.

The Raven will feature Brodie, East Coast Runaways, Alongside A War and Leon Legacy tonight. 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. Pottery + 1 = Girls Night Out. Take a break with your girlfriends and give the Potter’s Wheel a spin together. In a fun, relaxed atmosphere begin to learn to use the potter’s wheel to throw pots such as bowls and mugs. You’ll practice on the wheel, under the instructor’s guidance, and decorate and fire your first works. Your evening at the Craft Center will end with a cup of coffee and sweets, before you brush off the mud and head out on the town. Limited to 10 students. Finished works will be available for pickup about two weeks after the workshop. $45, plus $10 required materials fee; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd. 508-753-8183, worcestercraftcenter.org. It’s party time! Come practice your steps, catch up with old friends, meet new people and have fun dancing to contemporary ballroom music during Ballroom Dance Friday Night Dance Party with professionally trained instructors, classmates and new friends. The evening starts with an all-level Bolero lesson at 7:15 p.m. General dancing from 8 - 11 p.m. Also enjoy a cash bar, social dance mixers and performances. No experience or partner required. $15 per person; 7:15-11 p.m. Scandinavian Athletic Club (SAC PARK), 438 Lake St., Shrewsbury. 508-752-4910, psmdance.com. Terrific singer/songwriter Bob Moon performs acoustic originals at Jak’s Pub tonight. He is also one of the founders of local folk/ rock group Comanchero. While he plays, the hat will be passed. Be kind. 8-10 p.m. 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. You want to hear some amazing rock covers tonight? Come on down to the Lucky Dog Music Hall for local dynamite night featuring Wistah and Clamdiggers. Both bands comprised of seasoned pros. $5; 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on Facebook. Punk rock bands Bad Movies, Worm, Strangers with Knives, and The Skintights are at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 148 Grove St. 508753-9543. Ryan Flaherty’s new CD Hungry Moon is on the top-100 Amazon sellers! Check out his great style and percussive guitar playing with local players Dan Hunt, Ed Melikian & Joe Zupan. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181.

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Worcester County native, world traveler, and playwright, Meghan McNealy returns home from the Pacific Northwest with her guitar and a slew of uniquely quirky and poetic songs. No cover; 7-10 p.m. Espress Yourself Coffee, 2 Richmond Ave. 774545-0256. Influenced by the female blues and jazz pioneers of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, Keri Anderson & The Big Lonesome Band continues to carry on the legacy of the independent and powerful female vocals in both blues and jazz styles. Anderson’s whiskey growl and vocal tenderness will woo you into her original and timeless music. No cover, tips accepted; 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. It’s five-time, Tony Award®-nominated smash-hit musical Rock

of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good love story. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small-town girl met a big-city rocker, and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s. “Rock of Ages,” is an arena-rock love story told through the mindblowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, STYX, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more. $32, $42, $52 and $62; 2-4 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469, thehanovertheatre.org.

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Artist’s Talk by Carlos Estévez. Carlos Estévez was born in Havana, Cuba, but now resides in Miami. His work has been exhibited in many countries from North and South America, Europe, and the Middle and Far East. Among his many prizes is the Gran Premio, Primer Salón de Arte Cubano Contemporáneo in Havana. He has been very prolific, having produced hundreds of works. The range of the art extends from sculptures and installations to oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and paper, drawings on paper, assemblages, collages, and combinations of these. Estévez’s work is currently on view at the Cantor Art Gallery in the exhibition “Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature.” Visit the Cantor Gallery’s website at holycross.edu/cantorartgallery to learn more. 4:30-6 p.m. College of the Holy Cross: Stein Hall, Room 120, 1 College St. 508-793-3356.

Fire & Ice Days provide lots of winter weekend fun from Saturday, Jan. 28 Sunday, Jan. 29. Old Sturbridge Village embraces the joys of an old fashioned winter with a Fire and Ice celebration, complete with ice skating, sledding on vintage 1830s sleds, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Visitors can watch the Mill Pond ice harvested with vintage ice-cutting tools and learn how early New Englanders cut blocks of ice and shipped them around the world before the invention of electrical refrigeration (weather permitting). Afterwards, guests can warm up with hot cider, stories, songs and fireside tales at the Bullard Tavern. Free with museum admission; $20 Adult; $18 Senior; $7 youth; free for children younger than 3; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 800-733-1830, osv.org.

Dark Funeral darkens the stage at The Palladium (upstairs) tonight. Opening is Belphegor Abigail Williams and Gigan. $22 adv., $25 door, $55 VIP; 7-11 p.m. The Palladium, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696, enterthevault.com.

Felix Brown can be found at Beatnik’s tonight from 9 p.m.1:30 a.m. 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877.

Mister Smartass Theater 3000 Live Comedy/movie show presents its monthly live “MST3K”-type event. Free fun guys, c’mon down! 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888, facebook.com/mrsmartasstheatre.

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Audition for a chance to be selected as one of the 12 models who will participate in the 2012 Latina Runway Fashion Show and compete to win $1,000 cash and a variety of prizes. No cost; noon-2 p.m. Salsa Storm Dance Studio, 9 Harrison St. 774-535-4161, LatinaRunway.com.

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The Chinese Spring Festival Celebration will include performances from Massachusetts Beijing Chinese Language School’s students and adults, St. John’s Chinese classes, Bancroft’s Chinese classes and Family Kungfu Center as well as the Beijing Daxing Choir traveling here from Beijing, China. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Shrewsbury Oak Middle School, Auditorium, 45 Oak St., Shrewsbury. 508-841-1200.

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Opening Reception for Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature with opening remarks by the curator will be held tonight from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Cantor Art Gallery. Painting Borges is a collection of paintings, drawings, etchings

All the hip families know not to miss Dan Zanes and Friends at the Fitchburg State University: Weston Auditorium. Ten years and 10 albums have unfolded as the iconic Dan Zanes of Del Fuegos fame has blossomed into the leading man of the family-music genre. Rooted in his work are heartfelt initiatives, sharing songs from the rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking Americas and singing with youth choirs. That translates to the stage at Weston being filled with Dan, his friends, students from Memorial and Longsjo schools and the sounds of ¡Nueva York! Son jarocho, cumbia, Christmas holiday music of the aguinaldo, bailecito, nueva canción and merengue styles gathered from the neighborhoods in New York; they originate from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic and resonate in Fitchburg. Weston Auditorium Tickets: $25 Adults; $15 Seniors; $5 Students and 18 and younger; 7-9 p.m. 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. 978-665-3347, fitchburgstate.edu.

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KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 millbury St. 508-615-7311. Music Guild Musicale Annual Meeting & Concert. Title: Great Composers & Their Art Songs Performers: Darlene Patterson Dobisch & Sima Kustanovich Reception following the concert 5. 12:45-2 p.m. First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave. 508-373-2760. Open Mic Night with Ed Sheridan. A great sounding PA and a supportive audience of players and listeners makes this a wonderfully rewarding and informal way to share your music and meet new musical friends! 7-11 p.m. Blueplate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Irish Music Session. Each week, a traditional Irish music session is held at Mulligan’s Taverne. The public are welcome to join in music, song, and camaraderie. No cover charge, all ages and talent levels welcome. Listeners welcome, too! No Charge.. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or westboroughsession.com. FLOCK OF A-HOLES, the ultimate 80’s tribute band with guests BELIT and 1 more. $5. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or https://facebook.com. Grand National Championships. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. KARAOKE with Mike Rossi. free. 8-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Rob Orciuch. 8-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-9268877.

Dana Lewis Live!. Acoustic Classic Rock Hits of the 50’s to the 80’s From the Animals to Zevon “The sound track of your youth” Great Food, Full Bar, Lottery & ME! NO COVER. Come on out! 8:30-10:30 p.m. Grafton Inn, The, 25 Grafton Cmn, Grafton. 508-839-5931 or myspace.com/danalewismusic. “3 Bands, $3 Bucks” (Donation) Downstairs at Ralphs! Crinkle Face, Cavegirls, and Big Mess!. NO COVER. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. All request thirsty thursday with cj/dj. Come on down and dance to the hottest music around. I do all kinds of give aways so come down you could win tickets to patriots games or gas cards who knows! But all you have to do is come down. Hope to see you all there! No cover. 9 P.M.-2 A.M. Days end tavern, the downstairs, 287 main st., Oxford. 508-868-7382 Or soundzlikefun.com. Cara Brindisi. 9 p.m.-midnight Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. 9-1:45 p.m. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 millbury St. 508-615-7311. The Lovely Ladies of Worcester take the stage once again for Sirens of Song!. $4 cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Bill McCarthy @ The Halfway Cafe. BILL McCARTHY & HIS GUITAR - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock! MySpace. com/BadClownProductions Bill McCarthy and His Guitar Playing your favorites: Beatles, CCR, Stones, Dead, Petty, Dylan, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Zevon, Who, Pogues, Steely Dan, Squeeze, Springsteen, Van Morrison, Rock, Blues, Irish, Country, New Wave, and More! FREE!. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Halfway Café, 820 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-480-0688. Jay Graham Live!. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29

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Brodie,East Coast Runaways,Alongside A War,Leon Legacy. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 millbury St. 508-615-7311. Scott Marshall & Arizona Doug. Free admission. 7:3010:30 a.m. Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-8539091. Peter Sulski: Solo Bach part two. This is the second in a series of 12 programs over the next six concert seasons, cycling through the complete solo violoncello suites and violin partitas of Bach, performed on violin and viola. Free and open to the public. noon-2 p.m. John and Kay Basset Vistors Center, 1 MAywood St. Dana Lewis LIVE!. Acoustic Classic Rock Hits Every Friday. Music of the 50’s to the 80’s from the Animals to Zevon. “The sound track of your youth” Family dining, Home made desserts, Full Bar, Lottery & Me! NO COVER. Check it out! FREE!. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208 or myspace.com/danalewismusic. Flora in Winter Candlelight Concert featuring Dr. Elliot Steger and Friends. Doors open at 6:30pm, Concert starts at 7:30pm. Seating is limited and sells out early. Join us for a candlelight concert in the Great Hall featuring renowned Jazz Pianist, Elliot Steger and his talented friends. Come early and see the wonderful arrangements inspired by A Floral Feast while enjoying a complimentary light “mini” feast and cash bar. Tickets for Tower Hill or Worcester Art Museum Members $25, Nonmembers $30. 6:30-9 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston.

508-869-6111 or https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com. Live music at the 1790 Tavern. live music most friday nights in the tavern, blues, jazz, contemporary, call for more information. free. 6:30-10 p.m. 1790 Restaurant & Tavern, Tavern room, 206 Turnpike Road, Westborough. 508-366-1707. BYO Blues. BAND Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. The Alpine Treeline. A local based band with a heart for modern worship music. Free. 7-10 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658. Alumni Voice Recital. A gala evening of song and virtuosity Featuring four of Clark Universitys star alums who have gone on to careers as professional singers. Darlene Ann (Patterson) Dobisch 95 Zhanna Alkhazova 02 Thaddeus Bell 98 Tara Goodhue Alcorn 07 Accompanied by Sima Kustanovich The program will feature favorite arias, duets, and ensembles from the opera repertory, ranging from Handel and Mozart to Tchaikovsky and Verdi. Free and open to the public. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall, 92 Downing St. Bob Moon. Terrific singer/songwriter. Acoustic originals, very entertaining. Also one of the founders of local folk/rock group Comanchero Pass The Hat. 8-10 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Johnny Winter. For 40 years, Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Signed to Columbia records in 1969, he immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues. In ‘68 Rolling Stone called him “the hottest item outside Janis Joplin”. $45 advance; $50 day of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets. bullrunrestaurant.com. Local dynamite night! WISTAH and CLAMDIGGERS. Both bands comprised of seasoned pros. You want to hear some amazing rock covers tonight? Come on down! $5. 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

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funk infused rock with Tribe’s 1st Blue Plate appearance. No cover charge! Good friends, good tunes, good vibes, good cocktails. It’s all good!! Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Blueplate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-826-9927. Bill McCarthy - classic & contemporary acoustic rock! @ Cigarmasters. bill mccarthy & his guitar - classic & contemporary acoustic rock! Myspace.Com/badclownproductions bill mccarthy and his guitar playing your favorites: beatles, ccr, stones, dead, petty, dylan, elvis costello, paul simon, zevon, who, pogues, steely dan, squeeze, springsteen, van morrison, rock, blues, irish, country, new wave, and more! Bill mccarthy & his guitar free!. 9:30 P.M.-1 A.M. Cigarmasters of worcester, 1 exchange st. Spit Shine. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. Ryan Flaherty & the Hungry Moon Band. Ryan Flaherty’s new CD Hungry Moon is on the top 100 Amazon sellers!! check out his great style and percussive guitar playing with local players Dan Hunt, Ed Melikian & Joe Zupan. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181.

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Demons Alley,Vagora,The Erotics,The Allens. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 millbury St. 508-615-7311. JOMPATHON 2012. Students of all ages and levels will perform in this marathon student recital to help raise funds for JOMP’s Financial Aid Program. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring children to see and hear a wide variety of instruments. With performers and audience arriving throughout the day, feel free to drop by any time. Donations gratefully accepted. Free Admission. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Joy of Music Program, JOMP’s Recital Hall, 1 Gorham St. 508-856-9541. Meghan McNealy is a Storm. Worcester County native, world traveler, and playwright, Meghan McNealy, returns home from the Pacific Northwest with her guitar and a slew of uniquely quirky and poetic songs. FUN FOR EVERYONE! No Cover. 7-10 p.m. ESPRESS YOURSELF COFFEE, 2 Richmond Ave. 774-545-0256. Hoodoo Revelators. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett.com. The River Neva, The BLACK SABBATH tribute-

SUPERNAUT, Sweet Destruction, Swarm Of Eyes, and Ratchaburi.. $10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook.com. Vance Gilbert. “He is that rare performer for whom people lean forward in their seats as eagerly between songs as they do during them. These “Vance-heads” see him over and over again, always expecting to be surprised, never being disappointed.” - Boston Globe Open - Chelsea Berry $20 advance; $25 day of show plus ticket fee.. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets.bullrunrestaurant. com. Dan & Dorette. dankirouac.freeservers.com free. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Periwinkles Bar & Grille, 917 Southbridge St., Auburn. Auntie Trainwreck. It’s your favorite Auntie’s first Kas Bar appearance of 2012 on January 28th! Those of you who know and love the Kas know that the Trainwreck pulls in once a month to bring their own brand of music and mayhem to the Kas Bar stagewon’t you join us for Classic Rock, Blues..., New Country and Alt Rock to dance to all night long? Join Luke, Lee, Matt and the rest of the Kas Bar Staff as they party with us, and make sure you ask them for one of the Kas Bar’s famous Fishbowls! You can try to win a copy of our Demo Cd or buy an AT T-Shirt for only $10!!! When Auntie and the Kas get together it’s always a crazy good time- be there! 21+, No Cover 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club KasBar, 234 Southwest Cutoff. 508-798-8385 or facebook.com. Felix Brown. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508926-8877. KARAOKE 7 Nights a week. 9-1:45 p.m. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 millbury St. 508-615-7311. Keri Anderson & The Big Lonesome Band. Influenced by the female blues & jazz Pioneers of the 1920’s, 30’s & 40’s Keri Anderson continues to carry on the legacy of the independent & powerful female vocals in both blues and jazz styles. Her whiskey

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ADC Performance Center (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900 or adcmusic.com/Index.htm. Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton. 508-849-3300 or annamaria.edu. ARTSWorcester, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Fre. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or artsworcester.org. Asa Waters Mansion, Admission: $3 for guided tour $7-10


Upload your listings to worcestermag.com. Click the Night & Day toolbar, then choose Calendar to place your event listing in both our print and online weekly calendar. for tea. 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-0855 or asawaters.org. Assumption College: Emmanuel d’Alzon Library, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7272 or assumption.edu/dept/Library. Booklovers’ Gourmet, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232 or er3.com/book. Clark University: University Gallery, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, noon-5 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. 950 Main St. 508-793-7349 or 508-793-7113 or clarku.edu. Clark’s Cafe and Art On Rotation Gallery, Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday - Saturday. Admission: Free for galler. 310 High St., Clinton. 978-549-5822 or 978-365-7772 or aorgallery.com. College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints 1985 -2008, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Jan. 31 - April 13; Opening Reception for Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature, Tuesday; Opening Reception for the Exhibition Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints 1985-2008, Tuesday; Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Jan. 31 - March 21. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508-7933356 or holycross.edu/departments/cantor/website. Danforth Museum of Art, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, noon-5 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 123 Union Ave., Framingham. 508-620-0050 or danforthmuseum.org. Dark World Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 179 Grafton St. darkworldgallery.com. DZian Gallery, Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 65 Water St. 508-831-1106 or dzian.net. EcoTarium, Playing Together: Games, Through Sept. 9; Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays, Wednesdays, through Dec. 19. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12.00 adults; $8.00 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members free. Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or ecotarium.org. Fisher Museum Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main St., Petersham. 978-724-3302 or harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu. Fitchburg Art Museum, Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, noon-4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg. 978-345-4207 or fitchburgartmuseum.org. Fitchburg Historical Society, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m.-midnight Wednesday, closed Thursday - Saturday. 50 Grove St., Fitchburg. 978-345-1157 or fitchburghistory.fsc.edu. Fitchburg State University: Hammond Campus Center, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. fsc.edu. Framed in Tatnuck, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 1099 Pleasant St. 508-770-1270 or wwwframedintatnuck.com. Higgins Armory Museum, WOO Card good at Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: General Admission: $12 for Adults, $9 for Seniors (age 60+), $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or higgins.org. Highland Artist Group, 113 Highland St. highlandartistgroup. com. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Hours: 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 414 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087 or massaudubon.org. Museum of Russian Icons, Celebrating the Season: Icons of the Nativity, Through Jan. 28. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, senior voluntary contribution, student and children fre. 203 Union St., Clinton.

978-598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or museumofrussianicons.org. Old Sturbridge Village, Fire & Ice Days, Saturday - Sunday. Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 fre. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-3473362 or osv.org. Park Hill Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 387 Park Ave. 774-696-0909. Preservation Worcester, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 10 Cedar St. 508-7548760 or preservationworcester.org. Prints and Potter Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 10-5:30 a.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10-7 a.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10-5:30 a.m. Friday, 10-5 a.m. Saturday. 142 Highland St. 508-752-2170 or printsandpotter.com. Quinsigamond Community College: Administration Building, 670 West Boylston St. qcc.edu. Rollstone Studios, Hours: 11-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. Admission: fre. 633 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-348-2781 or rollstoneartists.com. Salisbury Mansion, Hours: closed Sunday - Wednesday, 1-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 40 Highland St. 508-753-8278 or worcesterhistory.org. SAORI Worcester Freestyle Weaving Studio, 18 Winslow St. 508-757-4646 or 508-757-0116 or saoriworcester.com. Taproot Bookstore, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 1200 West Boylston St. 508-853-5083 or TaprootBookstore.com. Tatnuck Bookseller & Cafe, Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 18 Lyman St., Westborough. 508-366-4959 or tatnuck.com. The Foster Gallery, 51 Union St. 508-397-7139 or thefostergallery.com. The Sprinkler Factory, Hours: noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 38 Harlow St. sprinklerfactory.com. Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, Hours: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 21 Prichard St., Fitchburg. 978-342-2809 or 978-297-4337 or topfunaviation.com. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, A Feast of Flowers, all in one hand!, Thursday; Flora in Winter: A Floral Feast, Thursday - Sunday; Guided Tour of Flora in Winter Arrangements, Thursday - Sunday; Guided Tour of the Flora in Winter Arrangements, Thursday Sunday; A Feast for the Senses: Sight, Smell Taste and Touch - Workshop Includes Take Home Crafts, Friday; A Feast for the Senses: Sight, Smell, Taste & Touch - Demonstration, Friday; Flora in Winter Candlelight Concert featuring Dr. Elliot Steger and Friends, Friday; A Progressive Floral Feast for the Eyes, Nose, and Soul, Saturday; Gardening Mixed Media - Growing Vegetables and Fruit in the Ornamental Landscape, Saturday; Tower Hill Library Book Group - 1st Meeting, Saturday; A Clean Approach to Floral Design, Sunday; A Floral Feast! Edible Flowers - A Kitchen Bouquet - 2pm Seating, Sunday; A Floral Feast! Edible Flowers - A Kitchen Bouquet - Noon Seating, Sunday; All-Ages Concert with Perry Desmond Davies, Sunday; Guided Garden Tour, Sundays, through Dec. 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $10 Adults, $7 Seniors & $5 Youth, FREE to Members & Children under . 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111 or towerhillbg.org. Tower Hill Botanic Garden: Stoddard Education and Visitors Center, Guided Tour of Flora in Winter Arrangements, Thursday - Sunday; Guided Tour of the Flora in Winter Arrangements, Thursday - Sunday; A Progressive Floral Feast for the Eyes, Nose, and Soul, Saturday. 11 French Drive, Boylston. towerhillbg. org. Westboro Gallery, Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 8 West Main St., Westborough. 508-870-0110 or westborogallery. com. Worcester Historical Museum, On The Rails, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Dec. 20 - Feb. 14; The Cakemaker’s Portrait, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays,

Saturdays, Oct. 25 - March 31. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-7538278 or worcesterhistory.org. Worcester Public Library, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday Saturday. 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655 or worcpublib.org.

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Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape - Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Friday, January 4 - Monday, December 31. Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape at Biagio’s Grille 257 Park Ave Worcester MA Biagio’s Grille, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call 800-401-2221 or visit laughstub.com. Open Mike Comedy - Saturdays, Saturday, July 24 - Sunday, November 11. Hosted by a variety of local comedians under the leadership of Andy Paquette. Worcester’s longest running open mic attracts regional talent and newcomers. 100’s of aspiring comedians have bared their wares in front of this supportive and simpathetic crowd. Well known as the breeding grounds for local talent it has produced many known and not to be known comedians. Fear not! Your Sense of Pride. 7-9 p.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. Call 508-754-3516. Frank’s Comedy Safari - Saturdays, Saturday, April 23 Monday, April 23. Show Every Sat Night ...Call 1-800-71-Laugh For Reservations Or Buy Tickets At The Door $20 A Ticket. 8-9:30 P.M. Viva Bene Italian Ristorante, 144 Commercial St. Call 508-7999999 Or Visit Frankscomedysafari@yahoo.com. Collected Stories - Thursday, January 26 - Saturday, January 28. M.W. Repertory Theatre Company, Etc. Presents: Collected

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One Poem And..... An Open Reading Series It is difficult To get the news from poems, Yet men die miserably every day For the lack Of what is found there ~William Carlos Williams~ One Poem is an open poetry reading series meant to provide a venue for writers to share their work as well as the work of established writers they admire. The series is open to the WSU community: students, staff, faculty and alumni: and to the community at large. ]\JOIN US. Come: read, listen, learn. FREE. 3-5 p.m. Worcester State University, Sullivan Building, Room S-305, The A. Barbara Pilon Seminar Room, 486 Chandler St. 508-929-8078.

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Barnes & Noble Poetry Reading. Please join us for this poetry venue every 4th Saturday of the month (except December) as we kick off the new year with a bang and welcome Eric Devenney, performance poet from Lexington, MA and by way of Clark University. Devenney co-chairs the CLark University Slam Club and facilitates its workshops weekly. Hosted by Carle Johnson. free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - MA/ Worcester, In the stacks, 541 D Lincoln St. 508-853-6994 or wcpa.homestead.com.

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December Realtor Market Index up for the Fifth Straight Month WALTHAM, Mass. – The Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) today announced that for the fifth straight month, Realtor confidence in the real estate market has gone up compared to the same time last year according to the December 2011 Realtor Market Index. The Realtor Price Index (RPI) in December was up from last year. Fifty-one percent of Realtors responded that the unseasonably warm weather in November and December had a positive impact on the market. “While there was some market uncertainty in the year, it was good to see 2011 close with our members’ confidence going up for the fifth straight month,” said 2012 MAR President Trisha McCarthy, broker at Keller Williams

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in November 2011. Measured on a 100-point scale, a score of 50 is the midpoint between a “strong” (100 points) and a “weak” (0 points) market condition. The Realtor Price Index was 48.51 in December, which was up 2 percent from the

“These indexes are a reflection of what Realtors are seeing and hearing from their clients on a day-to-day basis and their confidence level is moving in the right direction.” was up 45 percent from the December 2010 score of 19.54. This is the fifth straight month of year-over-year increases since January-May 2010. On a month-to-month basis, the December RMI was up 12 percent from the 25.24 score

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and dry weather in November and December had on the market. Fifty-one percent responded that the weather had a positive impact (47 percent) or significant impact (4 percent). Forty-eight percent reported there was no difference from past years, while only twopercent reported the warm weather had a significant negative impact. No Realtors who responded said there was just a negative impact from the weather. Year-End: The Realtor Market Index for 2011 was 43.66, which was down 8.9 percent from the 2010 RMI of 47.94. The Realtor Price Index was down 9.8 percent from the 2010 RPI (30.11 in 2010 to 27.13 in 2010).

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Leominster Realtor Elected Central Region Vice President of Massachusetts Association of Realtors

r WALTHAM, Mass. – January e1, 2012– Kurt Thompson, a tRealtor with RE/MAX Property dPromotions in Leominster, has rbeen elected Central Region vice .president for the Massachusetts dAssociation of Realtors (MAR) mfor 2012. - As vice president for the mCentral region, Thompson will tcoordinate association objectives sand activities within the sWorcester Regional Association eof Realtors and North Central

Massachusetts Association of Realtors, and also meet regularly with local and regional leadership to discuss real estate industry issues of statewide importance. He automatically becomes a member of the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a result of his election as a regional vice president. A member of the MAR Board of Directors, Thompson has served on the Government

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Here’s How to Insure a Great Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. To celebrate, you may want to present your loved ones with chocolates, flowers or any number of other traditional gifts. But if your valentine also happens to be your spouse or your life partner, you also might want to show your love in another way — by making sure you have adequate insurance. Just consider some of the things that life insurance can do for you and your family: • Pay off your mortgage — With sufficient life insurance, your family can remain in their home should anything happen to you. • Educate your children — College is expensive, and it seems to get more costly every year. If you were to die prematurely, your life insurance proceeds could help pay for your children’s education. /LVD0&DVLOOR • Help fund retirement — Term insurance consists of just a death benefit. But “permanent” insurance policies, such as whole life or universal life, a tax-advantaged savings component that could help pay for your retirement and help keep you financially independent — which means you won’t have to worry about being a “burden” to your grown children. Furthermore, proceeds from your life insurance policy could help your surviving spouse retire more comfortably. • Help protect your business — If you’re involved in a family-owned business enterprise, you can structure a life insurance policy to help preserve the business or transfer it to the next generation. • Pay for estate taxes — If your estate is sizable, it could generate estate taxes. Life insurance proceeds can help your heirs pay these taxes. Clearly, life insurance offers a variety of benefits. But how much do you need? And what type do you need? You might hear that your coverage should be worth around seven or eight times your annual salary. But there’s really no one-size-fitsall formula. In determining how much life insurance you require, you should consider your age, your income, the size of your family, the amount of your mortgage, whether your spouse has a retirement account, your financial goals and other factors. Your financial advisor can help you assess these variables to determine the appropriate level of coverage. One final word on life insurance: Don’t wait too long before purchasing a policy or upgrading your existing one. Your life insurance premium is based, in part, on your age, so the sooner you act, the better. Also, the time to buy life insurance is while you are healthy, because poor health could prevent you from obtaining coverage. As important as it is, life insurance isn’t the only protection you and your loved ones may need. During your working years, you are actually more likely to become temporarily disabled, due to injury or illness, than you are to die. If you weren’t able to work for a while, you could help your family maintain its lifestyle if you had an adequate disability income insurance policy. Your employer might offer you some coverage as a benefit, but it might not be sufficient, either in terms of income or the length of the disability covered. Consequently, you may want to explore an individual disability insurance policy. When you think of romantic Valentine’s Day presents, “insurance” probably doesn’t pop up right away. Yet, by making sure you’ve got all the coverage you need, you may actually be giving your loved ones the greatest gift they’ll ever receive. “This article was submitted by Lisa Casillo, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones, lisa.casillo@edwardjones.com, 325 Main St, Worcester, 508-363-3900”

Affairs, Professional Standards, and Form Content Advisory Committees. On the local level, Thompson is the Immediate Past President of the North Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors (NCMAR). He has also served as interim Treasurer and Chair of the Technology Committee. He is also a recent member of the Finance, Governance, Education, PR & Member Services, Strategic

Planning and Government Affairs Committees. He was also the President of the NCMAR Charitable Foundation. A Realtor since 1997, Thompson has earned his Certified Buyer Representative (CBR) and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) professional designations and his Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC). –Submitted Article

Massachusetts Pending Home Sales up for Eight Straight Months to Close out year in December WALTHAM, Mass. – The Massachusetts Association of Realtor (MAR) reported today that the number of single-family homes put under agreement in December went up again for the eighth straight month compared to the same time in 2010. Condominium pending sales were also up from the same time last year. For the entire year, however, the number of single-family homes put under agreement in 2011 was down 1.9 percent compared to 2010, while condominium pending home sales were down 20 percent compared to 2010. “The year ended on a positive note with eight straight months of pending sales increases,” said 2012 MAR President Trisha McCarthy, broker at Keller Williams Realty in Newburyport. “People who made the decision to buy in 2011 were able to take advantage of lower prices and historically low interest rates to get into a home. If this trend continues, then the market could be on its way back to more normal levels.” The number of single-family homes put under agreement in December was up 11.7 percent compared to the same time last year (2,888 homes in 2010 to 3,227 homes in 2011). This is the eighth straight month of year-over-year increases. On a month-to-month basis, singlefamily homes put under agreement were down 10 percent from 3,580

homes in November. The number of condos put under agreement in December was up 13 percent compared to December 2010 (1,046 units in 2010 to 1,179 units in 2011). On a month-tomonth basis, condos put under agreement were down 11.6 percent from 1,333 units in November. Year-End Pending Sales: There were a total of 46,477 single-family homes put under agreement in 2011, which was down 1.9 percent compared to 47,384 single-family homes put under agreement in 2010. The number of condominiums put under agreement in 2011 was down 19.7 percent compared to 2010 (20,460 units in 2010 compared to 16,434 units in 2011). About Pending Sales: The tracking of signed purchase and sales agreements (also called “pending sales”) provide reliable information about where the real estate market is heading in coming months. A pending sale or a sale “under agreement” is when the buyer and seller agree on the terms of the sale of a home and have a signed purchase and sale agreement, but have yet to close and be recorded as such. MAR is the only organization which compiles this statewide information from Multiple Listing Services each month. – Submitted Article

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HELP WANTED Service Tire Truck Centers, a leading provider of truck tires and services to the transportation industry with 38 locations in 8 states, is seeking a Commercial Tire Service Manager for our Auburn, Massachusetts location. • A minimum of 3 years commercial tire experience is preferred. Applicant must be driven to provide excellent customer service and have strong people and communication skills to take charge of a busy service department. We offer competitive salary, bonus program, comprehensive benefits and opportunity for advancement.. Pre-placement physical/drug screen required. • With an unyielding commitment to quality products like Michelin and Goodyear, great service, and the best people, STTC has become a leader in the commercial tire industry. Visit us at STTC.com. • To apply stop in at our location at 511 Washington Street, Auburn, Ma. Or fax your resume to 610-332-4812 or e-mail kpropsner@sttc.com

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1991 Ford F150 4.9 4x4 power window & locks , new clutch, alum wheels, cb radio 121,500 miles . Runs good, need a little T.L.C. $1,500 B/O 508-331 -2664

2008 Honda Metropolitan Scooter Black and gray. Mint cond. 469 miles. Asking $1650.00. Includes helmet. 207-289-9362 OR 207-4501492. 2008 Suzuki GSX 650/K8. All black with silver and red trim. Less than 850 miles. Cover, new battery, and lock. $5500.00 508-7926080

1999 Chevy S-10 Reg cab, long bed, 4x4, 4.3L, V6, New Michelin tires, Auto, C.C., after market speakers & CD player, rear sliding window, 77K, $2,500 508-885-9857 AUTOS

AUTO/RV 1999 Wilderness 28’ Single slide 5th wheel travel trailer. Rear kitchen. Queen bed. Sleeps 6. Awning. 1 owner. Exc. cond. Asking $6695.00 508-886-8820

1993 Honda Accord New rebuilt 3k engine, clutch, tires, batt, new glass, full power. Must Sell! $2500 978-874-0546 or cell 978602-6841.

4x6 Trailer Closed in, New tires, great condition $900 508-8564580

CAMPERS/TRAILERS 2008 Fleetwood Niagara Pop-up camp, exc cond, 2 kings, flush toilet, shower, 3way fridge, stove, micro. Pop out din area to bed. 508 -395-1558 $12,500.

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1995 Cadillac Limousine 52,800 original mileage, In good condition, black w/ silver trim $4,000 or B.O. 508-756-0687 2003 Acura 3.2 TL Excellent Condition, leather, moonroof, complete care record available, 105K miles, $7,490 508-7999347 and 508-754-6344 2006 Chevrolet Aveo LT 5sp. trans. 4 dr hatchback. Fully loaded. Cruise, sunroof, pwr windows, pwr locks, cd player, rare spoiler, alloy wheels. Low miles, 35k. $6,900.00 978-5346727 2006 Nissan Altima Sedan, special edition, low mileage. Silver ext/Black int $14,000 or BO. 508-826 -0197

2011 Chevrolet Malibu Low mileage. Never seen winter. Many options. Factory coverage. Must sell. $17,000.00 OR B/O 508-769-4546 Mercury Grand Marquis LS 2003 Silver, leather, 77k miles. Exc. cond. In/Out. Nonsmoking, well maintained. Recent tires/ brakes. $5900.00 508-757-4753

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 Docket No. Wo12P0022EA MUPC SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE In the Estate of: Charles A. Lindkvist Date of Death: 08/01/2011 to all persons who may have interest in the above-captioned estate, the Division of Medical Assistance and, if interested, to the Office of the Attorney General and the United Stated Department of Veterans Affairs; notice is being sent to you as you may have a legal interest in this case, in order to inform you of your rights. Under the new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code Inventory and Accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can Petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to Petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of the appointed Personal Representative. Petitioner requests to be permitted to file a MUPC Bond. 01/26/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 Docket No. WO11P3047PM CITATION GIVING NOTICE CONSERVATO’S ACCOUNT In the matter of: Theresa Kuchnicki RESPONDENT (Protected Person/Disabled Person) Of: Worcester, MA To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, you are hereby notified pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 72, that the First and Final Account(s) of Jewish Family Service of Worcester of, as Conservator of the property of said Respondent has or have been presented to the Court for allowance. You have the right to object to the account(s). If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 02/14/2012. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the account(s). If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you, including the allowance of the account(s). Additionally, within thirty daysa fter said return day (or within such other time as the Court upon motion may order), you must file a written affidavit of objections stating the specific facts and grounds upon which each objection is based a copy shall be served upon the Conservator pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. 5. You have the right to send to the Conservator, by registered or certified mail, a written request to receive a sopy of the account (s) at no cost to you. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the abovenamed person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: January 18, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 01/26/2012

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MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage given by David C. Hoyle to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated January 26, 2007 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 40564, Page 325 of which the Mortgage the undersigned is the present holder by assignment for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing same will be sold at Public Auction at 11:00 AM on February 6, 2012 at 81 Elmwood Street, Millbury, MA, all and singular the premises described in said Mortgage, to wit: The land with the buildings thereon, situated in Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts on the southwesterly side of the road leading from the Old Common in Millbury to Millbury Center and bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a drill hole in the southerly line of Elmwood Street, said drillhole being easterly of a stone highway bound #8 measured along the southerly line of Elmwood Street by these five (5) courses S. 79 degs. 33’ E 87.70 feet and N. 80 degs. 31’ E 110.75 feet and S. 85 degs. 07’ E 57.16 feet and S. 89 degs. 07’ E 93.87 feet and N. 87 degs. 26’ E. 13 feet plus or minus; Thence No. 87 degs. 26’ E along the southerly line of Elmwood Street one hundred thirty-six and 44/100 (136.44) feet to a drill hole; Thence S. 80 degs. 44’ E. along the southerly line of said Elmwood Street eighty-three and 90/100 (83.90) feet to an iron pin at a corner; Thence S. 17 degs. 40’ W. by land now or formerly of LeClaire one hundred forty-one and 90/100 (141.90) feet; Thence S. 16 degs. 56’ W. one hundred ninety-five and 77/100 (195.77) feet to a stone bound; Thence S. 10 degs. 03’ E. by land now or formerly of Clara Fortin sixty-one and 12/100 (61.12) feet; Thence S. 19 degs. 33’ E. by land of Fortin one hundred thirty-one and 12/100 (131.12) feet to a stone corner; Thence S. 14 degs. 14’ E. one hundred seventy-two and 93/100 (172.93) feet to a stone corner bound; Thence N. 79 degs. 32’ W. two hundred fifty-eight and 47/100 (258.47) feet to an iron pipe; Thence N. 69 degs. 30’ W. twenty-six and 05/100 (26.05) feet more or less to a point at land now or formerly of Grennon et ux; Thence N. 5 degs. E. six hundred thirty and 70/100 (630.70) feet more or less along land of said Grennon to the point of beginning. Containing 3.09 acres plus or minus, according to said plan. See plan recorded in Plan Book 227, Plan No 41. Being the same premises conveyed to the herein named mortgagor (s) by deed recorded with Worcester District Registry of Deeds herewith. Liber 40564 Page 323 The premises are to be sold subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, building and zoning laws, unpaid taxes, tax titles, water bills, municipal liens and assessments, rights of tenants and parties in possession. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00 CENTS ($5,000.00) in the form of a certified check or bank treasurer’s check will be required to be delivered at or before the time the bid is offered. The successful bidder will be required to execute a Foreclosure Sale Agreement immediately after the close of the bidding. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the sale date in the form of a certified check, bank treasurer’s check or other check satisfactory to Mortgagee’s attorney. The Mortgagee reserves the right to bid at the sale, to reject any and all bids, to continue the sale and to amend the terms of the sale by written or oral announcement made before or during the foreclosure sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. TIME WILL BE OF THE ESSENCE. Other terms if any, to be announced at the sale. Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency Present Holder of said Mortgage, By Its Attorneys, Orlans Moran PLLC P.O. Box 962169 Boston, MA 02196 Phone: (617) 502-4100 01/12/2012 01/19/2012 & 01/26/2012

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Town of Millbury Surplus Vehicle Disposal The Town of Millbury is seeking bids for disposal of surplus Police, Fire, and Highway vehicles. The vehicles will be made available for viewing on the premises of the Millbury Highway Garage, located at 137 Providence Street, Millbury, MA between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, on Monday February 6, 2012 only. Bidders are encouraged to inspect said vehicles before submitting a sealed bid. All vehicles will be sold as is. The indicated condition of each piece may not be complete. Sealed bids must be returned in person or by mail to the Director of Public Works office at 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. FAX bids will not be accepted. All bids must be received by the bid opening date of February 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM. All bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the Millbury Town Offices at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Each vehicle will be awarded to the highest bidder. High bidders may make payment by cash, check or money order made payable to the Town of Millbury. Vehicles must be paid for and removed from the premises no later than Friday, February 17, 2012. The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to waive any informality, or to accept any bid or part thereof, that is deemed to be in the best interest of the Town. Vehicles being disposed of are as follows: MAKE & MODEL 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, Black & White, VIN #2FAFP71W98X110766, Mileage 102,089

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2008 Ford Crown Victoria, Black & White, VIN #2FAFP71V68X179141, Mileage 110,952

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1981 Ford F700 Rescue, Yellow, VIN # AFDXC70K2BVJ13673, Mileage 17,316

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(978)728-4302 Town of Sutton Conservation Commission The Sutton Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7:30PM, at the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA. The purpose of this hearing is to review a Notice of Intent submitted to the Conservation Commission by Town of Sutton, Bedoian, Pyne Sand & Stone, Vecchione, Frost, Devries Corp., and Gilboa Properties, of the Towns or Sutton, Douglas, and Northbridge, MA. The project consists of construction of a 6,600 linear foot industrial roadway. Project includes site preparation, grading, installation of water, sewer, electrical and all associated appurtenances, with work within 100’ of a BVW and one wetland crossing propose, with wetland alterations and replication, on Map 51, Parcels 41 & 60, at 228 Whitins Road area, Sutton MA. This notice is publicized in accordance with the provisions of General Law Chapter 131, Section 40 commonly known as the Wetlands Protection Act, and the Sutton Wetlands and Riverfront District Administration Bylaw. 01/26/2012 TOWN OF SUTTON ZONING BOARD OF APPEAL TO ALL INTERESTED INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF SUTTON In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A, §11, the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall, on February 2, 2012 at 7:30pm on the petition of Mr. John Esler. The petitioner requests a variance from III(B) (3)( Table II) of the town’s zoning bylaws to permit a one (1) ft. front property line setback in order to construct an addition. The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 10 Point Way, Sutton MA on Assessors Map #9, Parcel #105. The property is located in the R-1 Zoning District. A copy of the petition may be inspected during normal office hours in the Town Clerk’s Office located in the Town Hall. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on this variance petition should appear at the time and place designated. Richard Deschenes Board of Appeals Clerk 01/19/2012, 01/26/2012


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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 Docket No. WO12P0111EA NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL In the Estate of: Sandra K Rembiszewski Late of: Millbury, MA 01527 Date of Death: 11/08/2011 to all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Thomas P Rembiszewski of Millbury, MA be appointed executor/ trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM ON: 02/21/2012 in addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16 WITNESS, Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: January 17, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 01/26/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 Docket No. WO12P0033EA NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL Charles A Lindkvist Late of: Sutton, MA 01590 Date of Death: 08/01/2011 to all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Ronald Gobeil of Sutton, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM ON: 02/07/2012. In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16 WITNESS, Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: January 13, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 01/26/2012

Town of Sutton Request for Proposals RFP 12-01 Request for Proposals are being solicited for the town of Sutton for a long-term telecommunications easement at the cell tower that exists at 194 Stone School Rd with the use commencing in 2024. Specifications may be obtained at the Town Administrator’s Office, Second Floor, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA 01590 starting January 11th, between 8:00am and 4:00pm each business day excluding Fridays when bids may be obtained between 9:00am and 12:00 noon, until scheduled opening of bid. Bids must be in duplicate and enclosed in a sealed envelope addressed to the Town Administrator, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA 01590 no later than 12noon Tuesday February 14th at which time they will be opened. The town of Sutton reserves the right to waive any informalities or irregularities in the bids received, or to reject any and all bids, or to accept proposals deemed to be in the best interest of the town of Sutton. The Town Administrator will award the contract on behalf of the Town of Sutton no later than thirty (30) working days after the date of the bid opening. James Smith Town Administrator 01/19/2012 01/26/2012

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WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS SEALED BIDS shall be received at the Purchasing Office, 69 Tacoma St., Worceseter, MA 01605 FBs maybe picked up at the location above or will be mailed/emailed to you . Please email purchasing@worcester-housing.com or call (508) 695-3203, TDD (508) 798-4530. Bidders are responsible for ensuring they have received any/all addenda prior to submitting a bid. Separate awards will be made for each IFB. WHA reserves the right to reject any all responses, in whole or in part, deemed to be in their best interest. Award of all contracts is subject to the approval of the WHA Executive Director or Board of Commissioners. The Operating Agency shall indemnify and hold harmless the WHA and its officers or agents from any and all third party claims arising from activities under these Agreements as set fort in MGL c.258, section 2 as amended. Bid No. Release Date 12-05 12-06 12-07 Re Cappoli Chief Procurement Officer

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Town of Sutton Conservation Commission The Sutton Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 4, 2012 at 7:15PM, at the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA. The purpose of this hearing is to review a Notice of Intent submitted to the Conservation Commission by Sandra Marusa, Sutton, MA. The project consists of installation of upgrade sewage disposal system, on Map 31, Parcels 37, on 158 Uxbridge Road, Sutton MA. This notice is publicized in accordance with the provisions of General Law Chapter 131, Section 40 commonly known as the Wetlands Protection Act, and the Sutton Wetlands and Riverfront District Administration Bylaw. 01/26/2012

Town of Sutton Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that the Sutton Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing to discuss the Towns options under MGL Chapter 61A § 14, Tuesday February 21st, 2012 at 7:00p.m. The meeting will be held in the Sutton Town Hall regarding Chapter 61A property located at 15 Dewitt Road, Assessors Map 15, Parcel 97, This meeting will be held on the 3rd floor of the Sutton Municipal Center, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton MA 01590 Any citizen interested is invited to attend this public hearing. 01/26/12 Real Estate • Jobs • Auto • Services

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(978)728-4302 Town of Sutton Conservation Commission The Sutton Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7:45PM, at the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA. The purpose of this hearing is to review a Notice of Intent submitted to the Conservation Commission by Michael Dunne, Sutton, MA. The project consists of improvements of existing private roadway, including widening, regarding and drainage, some work has already occurred and other work remains to be completed, on Map 6, Parcels 143, on 72 Wilderness Drive, Sutton MA. This notice is publicized in accordance with the provisions of General Law Chapter 131, Section 40 commonly known as the Wetlands Protection Act, and the Sutton Wetlands and Riverfront District Administration Bylaw. 01/26/2012

NOTICE OF MORTGAGEE’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Michael A. Romano to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated June 3, 2005 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 36489, Page 1, of which mortgage The Bank of New York Mellon, fka The Bank of New York as Successor in interest to JP Morgan Chase Bank NA as Trustee for Structured Asset Mortgage Investments II Inc. Bear Stearns ALT-A Trust 2005-9, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-9 is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing, the same will be sold at Public Auction at 1:00 p.m. on February 8, 2012, on the mortgaged premises located at 20 Manor Road, Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, TO WIT: A certain tract of land with the buildings thereon located in Millsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts and being shown as Lots 179, 180, 181 and 182 on a plan of Dorothy Manor, Millbury, for sale by Bay State Land Company, Boston, Massachusetts, April 1915, Erneset W. Branch, CE and bounded and described as followse: NORTHWESTERLY by Manor Road, one hundred fifty (150) feet; EASTERLY by Lot 179 as shown on said plan, one hundred twenty-nine (129) feet; SOUTHEASTERLY by Lots 179, 171, 172 and 173 as shown on said plan one hundred (100) feet; SOUTHWESTERLY by Lot #18 as shown on said plan, one hundred sixty-five feet of land, more or less CONTAINING according to said plan, 14,492 square feet of land, more or less. Being the same premises conveyed to the Mortgagors by Deed dated May 24, 2005 and recroded prior hereto with the Worcester District Registry of Deeds at Book 36488, Page 388. For mortgagor’s(s’) title see deed recorded with Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds in Book 36488, Page 388. These premises will be sold and conveyed subject to and with the benefit of all rights, rights of way, restrictions, easements, covenants, liens or claims in the nature of liens, improvements, public assessments, any and all unpaid taxes, tax titles, tax liens, water and sewer liens and any other municipal assessments or liens or existing encumbrances of record which are in force and are applicable, having priority over said mortgage, whether or not reference to such restrictions, easements, improvements, liens or encumbrances is made in the deed. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of Five Thousand ($5,000.00 ) Dollars by certified or bank check will be required to be paid by the purchaser at the time and place of sale. The balance is to be paid by certified or bank check at Harmon Law Offices, P.C., 150 California Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02458, or by mail to P.O. Box 610389, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts 02461-0389, within thirty (30) days from the date of sale. Deed will be provided to purchaser for recording upon receipt in full of the purchase price. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. Other terms, if any, to be announced at the sale. The Bank of New York Mellon, fka The Bank of New York as Successor in interest to JP Morgan Chase Bank NA as Trustee for Structured Asset Mortgage Investments II Inc. Bear Stearns ALT-A Trust 2005-9, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2005-9 Present holder of said mortgage By its Attorneys, HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458 (617) 558-0500 201106-1145 – YEL 01/12/2012 01/19/2012 & 01/26/2012

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 DOCKET # W011E0124PP

To Fred Dusak of Worcester in the County of Worcester and to all other persons interested. A Petition has been presented to said Court by Clifford A. Vera of Northboro in the County of Worcester representing that he hold as tenant in common undivided part or share of certain land lying in Sutton in said County Worcester and breifly described as follows: See Attached Exhibit A setting forth that he desires that all the aforesaid described part of said land may be sold at private sold for not less than $150,000.00 dollars, and praying that partion may be made of all the land aforesaid according to law, and to that end that a commisioner be appointed to make such partition and be ordered to make sale and conveyance of all, or any part of said land which the Court finds cannot be advantageously divided either at private-sale of public auction, and be ordered to distribute the net proceeds thereof. If you desire to object thereto you or your attorney should file a written appearance in said Court at Worcester before ten o’clock in the forenoon on the 21st of February 2012, the return day of this citation. WITNESS, Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: January 12, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 01/26/2012, 02/02/2012 & 02/09/2012 Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 Docket No. WO12P0019GD CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN FOR INCAPACITATED PERSON PURSUANT TO G.L. c. 190B §5-304 In the matter of: Aldona Ambrose RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person Of: Worcester, MA To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Radius Healthcare of Worcester of Worcester, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Aldona Ambrose is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Jewish Family Service of Worcester, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve Without Surety on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, and that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 02/07/2012. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: January 9, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 01/26/2012

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NOTICE OF MORTGAGEE’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Edward J. Bishop to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated November 17, 2006 and recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 40184, Page 214, of which mortgage Wells Fargo Bank, NA is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing, the same will be sold at Public Auction at 1:00 p.m. on February 7, 2012, on the mortgaged premises located at 3 Alstead Path, Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, TO WIT: The land with buildings thereon, situated in the Town of Millbury, County of Worcester, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, consisting of Lots 298, 299 and 302 on Plan of Part 2, Dorothy Pond Heights, Millbury, owned by J.W. Wilbur Co., Inc. dated June 27, 1923, Ernest W. Branch, C.E. and recorded with the Worcester District Registry of Deeds in plan Book 39, Plan 56, to which a more particular description may be had. Being the same premises conveyed to Mortgagor by Deed recorded with said Registry of Deeds immediately prior hereto in Book 40184, Page 212. For mortgagor’s(s’) title see deed recorded with Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds in Book 40184, Page 212. These premises will be sold and conveyed subject to and with the benefit of all rights, rights of way, restrictions, easements, covenants, liens or claims in the nature of liens, improvements, public assessments, any and all unpaid taxes, tax titles, tax liens, water and sewer liens and any other municipal assessments or liens or existing encumbrances of record which are in force and are applicable, having priority over said mortgage, whether or not reference to such restrictions, easements, improvements, liens or encumbrances is made in the deed. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of Five Thousand ($5,000.00) Dollars by certified or bank check will be required to be paid by the purchaser at the time and place of sale. The balance is to be paid by certified or bank check at Harmon Law Offices, P.C., 150 California Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02458, or by mail to P.O. Box 610389, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts 02461-0389, within thirty (30) days from the date of sale. Deed will be provided to purchaser for recording upon receipt in full of the purchase price. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. Other terms, if any, to be announced at the sale. Wells Fargo Bank, NA Present holder of said mortgage By its Attorneys, HARMON LAW OFFICES, P.C. 150 California Street Newton, MA 02458 (617) 558-0500 201109-0390 – BLU 01/12/2012, 01/19/2012, 01/26/2012

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court Docket No. 11D3890DR Worcester, Division SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION Marcella Jimenez, Plaintiff v. Nicholas Adjei Twum, Defendant To the above named Defendant: A Complaint has been presented to this Court by the Plaintiff, Marcella Jimenez, seeking an Annulment. You are required to serve upon Marcella Jimenez plaintiff whose address is 34 Beacon Street B-L, Worcester, MA 01608 your answer on or before March 20, 2012. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer in the office of the Register of this Court at WORCESTER. Witness, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of said Court at Worcester, this 12th day of January, 2012 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 01/26/2012

Sutton Planning Board Public Hearing Notice In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A § 5, the Sutton Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider changes to the Town of Sutton Zoning Bylaw. The hearing will be held on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 7:15 P.M. at the Sutton Town Hall. The following is a summary of the proposed changes; a copy of the proposed changes may be inspected in the office of the Town Clerk during normal business hours. 1. To amend the Zoning Bylaw, Section III.A. Table 1 – Use Regulation Table, by allowing large photovoltaic installations (250kW+) in the residential districts (R-1, R-2 and V) if a parcel is 100 acres or larger. 2. To amend the Zoning Bylaw, Section VI.O. – Large Scale Solar Photovoltaic, by adding a new section that states no more than 30% of a parcel can be utilized for an entire installation in the residential districts (R-1, R-2 and V). Scott Paul, Chairman Sutton Planning Board 01/19/2012 and 01/26/2012

Town of Sutton Conservation Commission The Sutton Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at 7:00PM, at the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA. The purpose of this hearing is to review a Request for Determination of Applicability submitted to the Conservation Commission by Herbert Berg, Sutton, MA. The project consists of replacing/ repairing the existing failing septic system within the existing lawn. Due to the lot constraints, including both wetlands and well, the system has been placed at the optimum distance from wetlands. The existing system shall be abandoned according to title V requirements, on Map 22, Parcel 84, for 10 Eight Lots Road, in Sutton. This notice is publicized in accordance with the provisions of General Law Chapter 131, Section 40 commonly known as the Wetlands Protection Act, and the Sutton Wetlands and Riverfront District Administration Bylaw. 01/26/2012

(978)728-4302 Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Docket No. WO12P0111EA MUPC SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE In the Estate of: Sandra A Rembiszewski Date of Death: 11/08/2011 to all persons who may have interest in the abovecaptioned estate, the Division of Medical Assistance and, if interested, to the Office of the Attorney General and the United Stated Department of Veterans Affairs; notice is being sent to you as you may have a legal interest in this case, in order to inform you of your rights. Under the new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code Inventory and Accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can Petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to Petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of the appointed Personal Representative. Petitioner requests to be permitted to file a MUPC Bond. 01/26/2012 LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Notice is hereby given by Boulevard Towing of 550 Franklin Street Worcester, MA, pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L c. 255, Section 39A, that they will sell the following vehicles on or after January 27, 2012 by private sale to satisfy their garage keeper’s lien for towing, storage, and notices of sale: 1. 2003 GMC Sierra PU VIN#1GTHK24UX3E380946 2. 2004 Dodge Stratus VIN# 1B3AL36X74N223468 3. 2003 Volkswagen Passat VIN# WVWPD63B53P258464 4. 1998 Jeep Cherokee VIN# 1J4FJ68S0WL271030 5. 2005 Nissan Murano VIN# JN8AZ08WX5W415760 Signed, Pat Assad, owner Boulevard Towing 1/12, 1/19, 1/26


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Jon Hansen

STEVEN KING

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This month 35-year-old Jon Hansen will curate his last show at the Dark World Gallery, an alternative gallery that has made a name for itself by showcasing cutting-edge talent and artists in a space nuzzled into the belly of a local tattoo shop. This talented and inspiring artist, teacher, tattooist and now small business owner may be leaving behind his curator’s hat, but with so much more on the horizon, we simply had to spend a few minutes with him to find out what his next move will be.

How did you first become involved in the Dark World Gallery? I spent New Year’s after my move to Worcester in 2007 with my brother and his wife Sarah, and Ben and Amanda Mack. Ben Mack (owner of Dark World Tattoo) and I realized how similar we both were, as we discussed art and life throughout the night. In the next year, we hung out a lot to draw and paint, watch movies and collaborate on some skateboard artwork (one of which still hangs above the bar at the Hotel Vernon). Ben had always imagined having a gallery space in his shop, and when the opportunity came to move down to Grafton Street into a bigger location, we took that good fortune to plan on how we’d start to show work. The two of us, along with Don Hartmann for that first year, started finding artists that we knew or had heard of and asked them about showing in the space. In February 2009, the gallery launched with a show of my work, which featured a series of mixed-media paintings based on asylums and patient care in the mid-1900s. If you look through the history of the shows since then, you can really appreciate how the space has evolved and transformed into what it is today. Throughout 2010 and 2011, we discovered new artists as new artists discovered the gallery.

How many shows did you help produce?

As Ben and I started the gallery, we always wanted to have monthly art shows. I’ve personally overseen 36 shows including one satellite show at Worcester State College. Whew!

Your greatest achievement during your time as curator? Creating and organizing our annual Skate of the Art group art show. In the first year as a gallery, we had so many people submit original artwork on blank skateboard decks, it was a fantastic community

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outreach. And as a benefit show, we were able to raise more than $1,000 from sales to donate to Stone Soup. Look for the next one in August. A very close second would have to be the Antonio Fonseca show. I still can’t believe we were able to preview his amazing work before it went off to Puerto Rico.

Your day job is as a teacher, yes? Tell me about this... I teach visual art to 5th and 6th graders at Miscoe Hill Middle School in Mendon. I’ve taught there the past four years and before that I taught 9th through 12th grade art at Nipmuc Regional High School. After graduating from The Art Institute of Boston with a degree in Fine Arts, I went through a series of jobs including data checker, computer-supply purchaser and animal technician at a primate research center. I finally decided to go back to school part time to become certified to teach and thus began my first career. People ask me all the time what grade I prefer to teach; 10 and 11 year olds have a certain innocence where they haven’t been corrupted by what’s cool and can act silly without it being the end of the world. They have a lot of freedom to express themselves and that’s what I try to nurture in my classroom. I always tell my new classes that art is not a competition; that they each come in with different skills and as long as they progress, they’ll do well. They love that art doesn’t have to have a “right” answer.

I hear you’re getting your master’s? I actually have my Master of Education degree from Salem State, but as any teacher will tell you, there are many hoops to jump through to keep your certification up to date. I am starting a children’s book illustration class this spring to finish the grad credits that I need.

Are you still tattooing? After a year of part-time apprenticing with Ben and the boys, tattooing for me came to an end in June 2011. It was an amazing experience, but one that I knew would end some day. As I was cut to part time in my district (along with a few other teachers at my school), I needed to supplement my income, and Ben was willing to take me in.

So what’s up with Scallywag Ceramics – how did this blossom and what’s new with this venture? I’ve been a collector of tiki mugs since I first bought an exotic drink at a Chinese food restaurant in 1999, and it came in a skull or pineapple or surfing hula-girl mug. I wasn’t thinking about creating my own designs until this year, when it became an obsession for me. eBay on an iPhone is a dangerous thing! My own collection is well more than 70 mugs at this point. After visiting a friend in Hawaii in August and attending Tiki Oasis in San Diego, I knew I had to get in on this resurgence of American escapism. I have to give huge props to Holden Westland of Tiki Farm for creating one of the best and largest sellers of modern mugs and bringing exotica into the present day. It’s not something

you see in New England, so this would be something unique for the snowy Northeast. With Scallywag Ceramics, I’m working with my girlfriend/artist Grace Cherubino on creating some of our own original designs. Something I’m really excited about is our plan to feature our favorite Worcester landmarks through mugs or two-dimensional artwork. Local legend Turtleboy is already in the works. I seem to reinvent myself as an artist every few years, so this is just a continuing journey into a different medium. You can see what we’ve created so far on our Facebook fan page and purchase art and mugs through Etsy and at the next Indie Art Market at Beatnik’s on Feb. 7.

Plans for 2012 and beyond? I’ll always be a teacher, I love working with kids, and right now my passion lies with Exotica, and I hope to make it more of a full-time business with Grace this coming summer. We’re confident that we’ll make Scallywag Ceramics into something collectible by adding our own spin to this postPolynesian pop era.

-Doreen Manning


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