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raffiti. For some, it’s a scourge on the face of Worcester. For others, it’s an opportunity to showcase some mad skillz. Whatever you’re feeling on the subject, Jeremy Shulkin’s in- depth look at the graffiti in our city and the resulting reverberations that can be felt throughout the community is worth a read. Why? Because you may just learn a lot about what it takes to create the art on those random walls, how the city works to prevent vandalism, and a bit about those who are inspired to create a better urban environment through the random art that surrounds us. For me, the best WoMag covers are those that inspire, educate and entertain – and this one does all three in one nice package. Now kick the snow off your boots and check it out. —Doreen Manning | Editor

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February 3 - 9, 2011 ■ Volume 36, Number 22

A taxing discussion Concerns over changing tax status on residential buildings Jeremy Shulkin

Following a national trend, Ben Franklin Bookstore to close. Worcester misses out on a great used book collection and one pretty cool cat. -2 New plans in place for Goddard School MCAS testing. But of more concern now, still not a word on what happened to the MCAS tests at Belmont Community school last spring. -2 Worcester looks into greening city-owned street lights – “green” as in environmentally friendly, not, like, tinting them green. +2 Shooting on Rice Lane is the second murder of the year. It wasn’t even February yet. -4 Celtics beat Lakers. A win’s a win, even if it would’ve been sweeter last June. +1 Worcester Mag wins 9 New England Newspaper Association awards for work between 2009 and 2010. Next year: the Pulitzer. +3

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s the discussion over how to classify residential properties with four or more units continues to move through local government, Worcester’s assessor’s office has issued a report with more details of the potential changes, which gave critics their first opportunity to address the city council. In a 33-page report to City Manager Michael O’Brien and the city council, city assessor William Ford explained the history of splitting tax classifications between residential, commercial, industrial and open space, how properties are classified and how they divide Worcester’s property tax levy. The idea, pushed by city councilor Paul Clancy to Mayor Joseph O’Brien’s Task Force on Job Growth and Business Retention report from last summer, came after he noticed that banks issue commercial mortgages to residential complexes that have four or more units.

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The Associated Press reports that lobbying on Beacon Hill has increased from $1 million in 2009 to $1.4 million in 2010. Massachusetts residents ask, “So what else is new?” -2

But it would also spur a daunting cost increase to large residential property owners. A number of local landlords relayed their fears to councilors on January 25. “Shifting the tax burden from commercial to residential is going to do more harm than good,” said George Valeri, manager of K&G Residential. “To bring that $16 (per $1,000 valuation) and bring it to $34 is going to hurt the small players in the city…that property is going to be devalued because nobody’s going to want to buy it.” Stephen Teasdale of the Main South Community Development Corporation and Stephen Patton of Worcester Common Ground warned that they wouldn’t be able to absorb the tax increases. Teasdale pointed out that since many of Main South CDC’s buildings have affordable housing thresholds, the cost increase couldn’t be passed on to their tenants. “We really don’t think this is the right avenue to pursue,” said Patton.

Pointing out a map in the assessor’s report that displayed where these 4-plus residential complexes are in the city, councilor Barbara Haller called attention to the cluster of dots ranging from Cambridge Street to Elm Street. “This is a seriously anti-inner city effort to shift a tax burden from business properties to those providing housing.” Haller points out that the idea isn’t to increase revenue for the city, but rather to shift tax classifications so that more tax revenue comes in on the commercial side, which proponents say will provide business owners with a tax break. According to the assessor’s report, depending how the new tax money is split, home owners could also see their tax rate drop to $13.50 while commercial owner’s rates could drop from the current $34.65 to as low as $28.87. “This is a response to business owners in Worcester saying (they) need relief on (their) tax rate.”

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{ citydesk } But she says it’s little more than showmanship, a way for the council to look like they’re appeasing the business owners without actually having to do anything. If the council decides to go in this direction – and that still is a big if – the city would need the state legislature to allow this exemption for Worcester. “I think it’s a dead end in that regard,” said Haller. There are still a lot of details to be worked out. The number of units needed to change the classification could move to significantly higher than four (the assessor’s report provides statistics for buildings that have four as well eight residential units), there could be an exemption for CDCs. The idea still has to work through discussion in the city’s Economic Development subcommittee as well. Clancy, O’Brien and a number of other councilors believe the idea warrants further review. “I think the key piece here is that the commercial rate would drop significantly if enacted,” says Clancy


who joins into a chorus of councilors adding they’re only exploring this option. “This is just an initial report. We have to look into it more in-depth. We don’t want it to be something that will be a burden to people who rent property,” he said. O’Brien echoes his caution. “I’m not necessarily endorsing it as it is,” he offered. “We need to be careful that we don’t impact low income and poor families.” In response to fears that building owners would hike up rents to make up for the money lost in new taxes, O’Brien suggested that rents aren’t as closely aligned to taxes and market conditions as one would think. He estimates that in the previous few years as both the taxes and valuations declined local landlords also didn’t lower their tenants’ rents. He also pointed out that 3 deckers could even see their taxes go down due to this, and that many low income residents already live in rent-controlled housing, be it through section 8 vouchers or deed-restricted affordable housing.


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In a simulation done by the mayor’s office, they also found that individual units in the inner city wouldn’t be impacted much by tax increases, generally because their assessments are already low. The Albion Hotel at 765 Main Street would only see a per unit rise of $12.63 if their classification rose to $28.87. Other higher-assessed buildings would obviously see a larger increase. The Willows retirement community on Barry Road, due to the building’s $18 million valuation, would see its monthly per room rate increase $90. “We need the data and we need to




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{ worcesteria } DAZED: It’s looking like school committee members Dianna Biancheria, Tracy Novick and Brian O’Connell will not be able to pull together a fourth vote in favor of prying deeper into the MCAS testing irregularities at the Goddard School of Science and Technology. Worcester Public Schools superintendent Melinda Boone has insinuated that the state’s investigation is done, as is any further action from the district aside from the statemandated MCAS training for the school… What should be cause for alarm, however, was the mention in a recent Telegram article that revealed the department and the state knew about testing irregularities at the Belmont Street Community School earlier this year as well. This was news to some – if not all – the school committee members, who had to find out eight months later via the newspaper.

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AND CONFUSED: It looks like the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the district don’t want too much to come out about Belmont Street Community School either. After it was put on the agenda by school committee members, the district slated the discussion for executive session, meaning no public comments. The DESE has ignored Worcester Mag inquiries about the investigation as well. As for contacting the local school department, well, our track record receiving a return phone call from them is about as good as a three-legged horse running at Churchill Downs.

WORCESTER REPRESENT: The local House delegation can claim some additional clout this legislative session. Representative Vincent Pedone (D-Worcester) returned as chair of the House Committee on Bills in the 3rd Reading along with Rep. Jim O’Day (D-West Boylston), a small but influential committee that every bill must pass through for constitutional validity and compliance checks. The third member in the group is Grafton Republican George Peterson. “The central region has made great strides in cracking the 128 belt in leadership positions – both Democratic and Republican,” said Pedone… John Binienda was reappointed chair of the Committee on Rules, another influential spot since all bills filed after the January 21 deadline have to work their way through his group before they can be debated in the legislature, while Rep. John Fresolo is the only Central Massachusetts House member on Ways and Means, the committee that allocates funding for the next year’s budget. Freshman State Rep. John Mahone wound up on the joint committees for public health; telecommunications, utilities and energy; and transportation. Committee appointments are chosen by Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.


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CLEAR CHANNEL CLEAR CUTS: A January round of nationwide layoffs at megamedia company Clear Channel has impacted Worcester radio station WTAG’s news department with the dismissal of longtime news guy Sherman Whitman. “It had nothing to do with performance,” said a source at WTAG, pointing out that Springfield’s station lost their news staffer as well. Spokespeople from WTAG and Clear Channel did not return a phone call asking for comment. Whitman did not return a request for comment either, but did post to well-wishers on his Facebook wall that he’d been with the company for eleven years.

PRESIDENTIAL SECRET: The deadline for applicants to succeed Worcester State University president Janelle Ashley came and went this past weekend, but the search committee is remaining mum on most details. Trustee John Brissette offered that over 50 applications arrived from all over the country, but the committee is keeping names confidential until the final round of applicants arrive on campus for interviews which, according to their timetable, should happen later this month. Got a tip? Call 749-3166 x243 or email it to If you like your news and political gossip 140 characters at a time, then follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter.

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slants rants& Ourturn What is art? Art can be interpreted by many people in so many different ways. Yet in my mind, there can be no mistaking the positive effects of public art in a city – especially one that changes a blank wall into a work of public art.


Let Us Now Praise These Gems Now, I am no James Agee but I feel compelled to walk in his footsteps in appreciating the following people: Norm, Jeff, Takis, Wally, Brett, Paul, Alexandra, Howard and Khiet aka Kelly. Purposefully I am not giving their last names as I don’t have their permission but if anyone wants a reference please contact me. I live in a very old house in an ‘vintage’ neighborhood. I drive an ‘older‘ car. I myself am not that young. Everything about my life needs upkeep. ‘Everything’ includes the roof (Brett and Wally), my hair (Alexandra), the car (Takis), the sidewalks and yard (Jeff), the paint inside and outside this house, the ceilings, the walls (Paul), my cuticles (Khiet/ Kelly) and every appliance (Norm) that abides with me. If the computer, TV or phone talk back at me I call Howard. To all the Gems mentioned in the first paragraph I have referred friends and acquaintances. If I were a

wealthy person I’d rent a billboard with their beautiful faces. As it is I can only write to this paper. All the Gems ring me back when I call them, arrive in a timely manner, find space in their lives for my appointments, make me laugh, do great work, and fix it when it goes wrong. They recognize my limitations and keep them in mind while patching. They find ‘ways around’ expensive fixes. When I reflect on why I live in this Winter Forsaken Land I nod to those on whom I can depend. Mostly I say it’s because of my grandchildren and that is true but imagine living with no Gems. And I have not even begun to mention the instructors at the Y, my friends and my city counselor, Barbara, who unlike those named above can’t always fix things but never fails to listen and respond. S TACY AMARAL Worcester

The Worcester Arts Council’s plan to appropriate funds and talent toward naked walls that often lure taggers with unconstructive intent will provide the city with innovative ideas that both support local artists and beautify our city – one wall at a time. Our only wish is that city government approaches the project on the same page as the Worcester Arts Council, and collaborates with them to create spaces of vibrant art that will provide a message of hope. Miscommunication between city officials and those on the streets could slam the brakes on this creative project, and we hope our cover article helps shed some light on all the good work being done to turn random vandalism into purposeful works of art. Perhaps you feel that taking an unused space that could be used as a troublesome hangout and transforming it into a place of art isn’t worth the time and energy. For those naysayers, I remind you that art inspires. Art breeds respect. Art has the power of optimism, faith and hope. And for Worcester, art in neglected urban areas could start a chrysalis-like metamorphosis in areas where it emerges. It is our hope that art through murals and commissioned graffiti will transform corners of the city one spray can at a time, so that everywhere you look, respect for ourselves and the city we live in burgeons through creativity. If the Worcester Arts Council has its way, we’re on the right path.

Letter Silent Partnership Dear Editor, Thank you very much for including the article about the Deaf Community (by C. Kelleher Harris) in the January 27-Feb 2, 2011 printing. It was a wonderful, positive article describing several different connections that Deaf people have within the Worcester area. Some people asked me if The Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is affiliated with Holy Cross. They seem to have misinterpreted the fact that each organization noted in the article is independent of the others, yet understanding that all are welcoming and inclusive of Deaf people and non-deaf people together. I just want to clarify that The College of the Holy Cross is a Catholic College in the Jesuit tradition. The College does celebrate Mass in ASL (with Father Jeremy St. Martin and Fr. Shawn Carey, a Deaf priest) on February 17th, March 24th , and May 3rd at 7:00 PM in Mary Chapel, located on the Holy Cross campus. ALL are welcome to attend these signed masses. J U DY FR EED M AN FAS K Director, Deaf Studies program College of the Holy Cross, Worcester



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Worcester’s school superintendent is evasive and tight-lipped Gary Rosen

Two years ago, Dr. Melinda Boone, from Norfolk, VA, became the superintendent of schools. She was the personal choice of then mayor and school committee chair, Konnie Lukes. Dr. Boone survived a contentious and flawed superintendent search, the main goal of which was to make sure that in-house candidate and then deputy superintendent, Stephen Mills, had no chance of getting the job.

Before arriving in Worcester, Dr. Boone had no experience as a superintendent and had never worked with an elected school committee. And unfortunately it shows. The honeymoon period for this department head surely is over. By all accounts a book-smart and caring woman, Dr. Boone has been evasive, uncommunicative and unresponsive to the information requests of schoolcommittee members, parents and the public at large. Such an administrative style hinders the school committee’s ability to set policy and to do constituent service. That’s disrespectful and inexcusable. As an outsider, Dr. Boone was expected to bring more transparency to the school system, which spends almost 60 percent of the entire city budget. However, she will continue the longtime practice of presenting the school committee with a budget document so incomplete that finding waste of tax-payers’ dollars is close to impossible. Rife with patronage and cronyism and a haven for overpaid administrators and staff at the Durkin Administration Building, the school department remains secretive under Dr. Boone’s leadership. Recently the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts, Mitchell Chester, informed Dr. Boone that all of the 2010 MCAS test results for students in grades 3-6 at the Goddard School had to be invalidated — not only the scores on the English language arts test, but also the scores on both the mathematics


and the science and technology/engineering tests. How embarrassing and painful for that magnet school, which attracts students from outside the neighborhood with its emphasis on science and technology education. Dr. Boone has made nothing but excuses as to why the scores were thrown out. She’d have us believe that lax test administration and supervision by a few staff members at the Goddard School were responsible. She joins Mayor Joe O’Brien in assuring the school committee and the public that no cheating took place. However, the school is one of only four schools whose scores the state has invalidated in the past eight years. Unfortunately, one of the other three schools punished for cheating was Worcester’s Chandler Elementary Community School. On this issue, Dr. Boone’s attitude of move along, folks, there’s nothing to see here is just plain insulting to city residents and taxpayers. Unfortunately, it’s becoming the norm for her administration. She has refused to answer questions dealing with last fall’s costly mercury spill at Grafton Street School. Also questions still abound on why a teacher at the Quinsigamond Elementary School was allowed to continue teaching while she had an active case of tuberculosis. And were there MCAS testing irregularities at the Belmont Community School? Who knows, because Dr. Boone isn’t talking. Dr. Boone also is contributing to deep divisions on the Worcester School Committee. Through private conversations, she keeps a few of her supporters on the committee informed on issues, while choosing to alienate others like new members Tracy Novick and Dianna Biancheria. Thankfully, these two have been relentless in trying to get this superintendent to be more forthcoming. Dr. Boone is using the Worcester Public Schools as a resume builder and stepping stone. I predict that she will serve her final contract year and, by the summer of 2012, return to Virginia for a top administrative job surrounded by family, friends and former colleagues. But prior to her departure, this fall, we must elect a few new school-committee members who will demand information, honesty and accountability from our next superintendent. Dr. Boone’s silence-is-golden administrative style must not be allowed to continue.

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It depends. Graffiti could be considered art in certain areas. On buses and other public property, I consider it destruction because it causes trouble and disrespect to tax payers.

Desmond FitzGerald STERLING Destruction, because you are defacing something that is not yours. It is an infringement on other peoples personal rights.

Jeff Kiger MURRYSVILLE, MICHIGAN It depends on how nice it looks. You know what I mean. If it’s portrayed as art it should look nice. If its just graffiti it should be scribbling. Scribbling is not nice. Art is.

Mike Durham WORCESTER If its art its nice. If it’s just spray-paint on signs, no. Its destruction.

Connie Gallow WORCESTER

Destruction. Because there’s nothing nice about writing on personal property.

Judy Clinton WORCESTER



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A slice of the Abe Lincoln graffiti found next to the Hotel Vernon in Kelley Square




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When University Park Lofts was built, hopes were high that the condominium development would revitalize the Crystal Park area of Main South and convert it into a young and vibrant place to live. But those hopes were thrown out with the trash — so to speak — considering the accumulation of four-year’s worth of junk and debris behind the complex, which is piled almost as high as those first expectations.

The land between the outer wall of the University Park Lofts and a wall owned by railroad giant CSX with train tracks running in between never saw any clean-up crews from the freight company. Garbage piled up: 50 tires, eight couches, nearly a dozen mattresses. Teens made it a hang-out spot, breaking windows and tagging the CSX wall with gang signs and graffiti. Neil Foisy, a resident of the lofts, seemed like the only one who cared enough to do anything about it. He’d spend time behind his building scrubbing out or painting over the tags. But once the three-feet-high, 15-feet-wide message, “A GOOD COP IS A DEAD COP” appeared spraypainted in black in early 2009, Foisy knew he needed more than a scrub brush.

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Foisy contacted Caleb Neelon, better known as “Sonik,” a Cambridge-based artist with ties to Juxtapoz Magazine; Shephard Fairey, the artist whose OBEY and Obama HOPE prints are plastered onto buildings and T-shirts around the country; and the curator of a 2010 exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to help create a permanent installation behind the lofts. Neelon recruited two more artists and together they spray-painted a bright, boastful, Sesame Street-themed mural on the back of the lofts. Foisy says the effect was immediate. From when the mural went up in 2009 to today, there’s been no more graffiti, no broken windows, no gang tags—no attempts by novice spray-paint-wielding “artisans” to cover over


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the art. Foisy says there’s been only one “minor” incident that required a touch up – it took him less than 20 minutes to fix. “It was something that you can tell the neighborhood thought was refreshing, certainly more enjoyable to look at than either a blank wall or random gang tags that would appear on this wall if this mural were to be removed,” he wrote on his Flickr page under photos of the mural. But on January 12, 2011, the University Park Lofts received a notice from the City of Worcester that by hosting graffiti on their property they were in violation of its “nuisance ordinance.” They had seven days to remove the graffiti or risk fines of $25 per day for every day

afterward that they failed to comply. For Foisy, who has constantly complained about the piling up of garbage on CSX’s land, he expected this to come from the city at this point – even if it took them 500 days to do it. “It’s indicative of what I’ve seen in my four years living in Worcester,” he says. “It seems the city is trying to dish out the broken-windows theory without understanding it. It’s just comical to me.” Foisy took to Twitter and Flickr to spread awareness, posting pictures of the mural and the illegal dumping behind his building, writing, “Trash and graffiti on CSX Corporation land within 100 yards of the graffiti mural that Worcester, MA is attempting to ban. So billion dollar FEBRUARY 3, 2011 • WORCESTERMAG.COM



{ coverstory } companies can become dumping grounds and feature poorly executed graffiti on their walls and that is 100% fine.� Within two weeks, the city retracted its complaint over the mural without fining the building. But this epitomizes the issue that many see the city mishandling: what is art and what is graffiti in an urban landscape. University Park Lofts isn’t the only recent example of the city enforcing code on a building for commissioned graffiti work, and as a quasi-city group tries to broaden the scope of public art in Worcester, it seems there’s a lot more discussion needed to define the line between artistic freedom and vandalism.


In December of 2007, Worcester’s city government started the Keep Worcester Clean Nuisance Enforcement Team, a three-member unit (since expanded to four) overseen by the Department of Public Works and Parks (DPW&P) that beefed-

Above: Artist Eamon Gillen working on his devil mural behind Beatnik’s Bar on Park Avenue. Right: Inset of Sonik’s “Yip Yip� mural behind University Park Lofts.

up the enforcement of a 1996 nuisance ordinance. At an initial start-up cost of nearly $80,000, the Nuisance Enforcement


Team went after properties that piled trash bags on their sidewalks, housed abandoned vehicles, were tagged with graffiti, or wallowed in unsanitary or unsafe conditions. “Time and time again, nuisance properties prove costly, negatively affecting the surrounding neighborhood and the City as a whole,� wrote City Manager Michael O’Brien in a December 3, 2007, report to the city council. “I am confident that through the combined efforts of this three-person operational team we can further effectuate a cleaner, safer and healthier community by and through enhance [sic] enforcement of the City’s new Nuisance and Graffiti Ordinances and existing rules and regulations.� According to Amanda Wilson, the city’s director of housing and health inspection, what they use to define “graffiti� is the

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owner.” “That is the definition we use when we are faced with a complaint about graffiti on private property,” she explains. But what trumps the ordinance seems to only be whether or not the graffiti appears on the building with the owner’s consent. In reference to the University Park Lofts, Wilson says, “Because it’s already been determined it’s been done with owner’s consent then we wouldn’t enforce the ordinance. We’re not looking to violate free speech.” But, the team admits, sometimes it’s not clear what’s been commissioned and what’s just graffiti. “It is difficult,” says Dan Cahill, a sanitary inspector from the city’s Inspectional Services department. “It boils down to communication (between property owners and the city).” This was the case at the University Park Lofts. “It was tough to tell from our end,” says Cahill, explaining that it looked like a series of tags. Sonik and his co-artists Monk and Ich all left their tags as part of the mural. Procedurally, the chain of events goes like this: the city, normally through members of DPW&P or the Nuisance Enforcement Team, spots graffiti on private property. That address is forwarded to Cahill, who attempts to get a hold of the property owner, giving them a week to remove the offending tag. If that attempt is unsuccessful or the owner is unwilling, a court injunction is brought. If it’s still not erased then the property owner is fined $25 for every day the graffiti stays up. Cahill says they try to avoid that. “We don’t want to victimize the victim again,” explaining that they were already a victim by the tagger. If graffiti is found on public property – mailboxes, parks, tunnels – Ron Brown, the Graffiti Task Force’s working foreman, cleans it up. Brown says, between May of 2008 to January 2009, he recorded 2,600 tags. But since the city “aggressively”

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started enforcing the ordinance in May of 2008, he’s seen a decline: 1,800 tags last year and just 360 over the past four months. “Absolutely, it’s well worth it,” he says. In Worcester “you don’t see anything unless you look for it.” A fast response is key, he believes. “They don’t come back if you clean it up quickly.”


Along with the painting behind University Park Lofts, murals on other properties to combat graffiti have been popping up, most notably behind Beatnik’s bar on Park

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Avenue and behind the Hotel Vernon in Kelley Square. In these cases, the owners commissioned local artist Eamon Gillen for the large-scale paintings. As was proven by the University Park Lofts, the work has cut down on graffiti behind the buildings. “Fight art with art, that was my strategy,” says Bob Largess, the owner of the Hotel Vernon and McGovern’s.

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Eamon Gillen’s fantastic work of art alongside The Hotel Vernon


Soon though, Worcesterites could be seeing more murals around the city – all of them commissioned and

paid for with state money. “It’s part of a much bigger initiative, nationally,” says Joshua Winer, a Bostonbased artist who specializes in murals. In Waltham, a city rife with graffiti hot spots – railroad tracks, bridges, old buildings – he was approached by a city councilor to create a mural project for area youth. After the idea appeared in the paper, even state-level politicians jumped on board. But the idea fizzled out before it could be realized. “A lot of people are interested in this kind of thing, but they don’t always get instituted,” he says, adding Peabody’s idea had a similar trajectory. “The idea of public money being spent on art is uncomfortable for some people.” The gold standard for this type of program – one that deters graffiti, beautifies a city and is popular with the residents – is Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program. Started in 1984 by Mayor Wilson Goode who saw the city’s rising graffiti as a social problem, he looked toward a small group of city employees to find an innovative way to turn the trend. What started out a small summer arts program 27 years ago has blossomed into a worldwide model for stemming graffiti and urban revitalization. In 1996 the city entity transformed itself into part-city, part 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with the city paying 50 percent of the program costs for infrastructure, vehicles, a quarter of staff positions and other assorted grants for its art education aspect. The other half of the budget comes from fundraising. With a total budget of $7 million, the group provides art education for 1,500 youth ages 10 to 21 years old— some referred by schools, police or courts, others because of the program’s reputation—and paints between 80 and 100 murals a year. “The city sees us as an effective

department because we take every dollar they give us and we leverage it,” says Amy Johnston, the group’s publicengagement associate. The group set out to cover faces of buildings with large and bold murals, especially ones in blighted areas. “It was tough going at first, there was a fair degree of skepticism,” says Johnston, admitting people were wary of city government controlling this. But now, it’s a point of pride for the city. Murals are used as landmarks for the locals, property owners apply to the group for a spot on the list, and the city has seen examples of how a mural can help the commercial viability of a neighborhood. It’s also served its original purpose – graffiti has gone down and the murals remain intact. “Graffiti in Philadelphia is just not the same,” she says, noting the huge graffiti walls of the 1980s no longer exist. “The artwork, once it’s been created, is respected.” Locally, the Worcester Arts Council would like to enact a similar program, and has already started the preliminary work. The group has already received a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has 18 properties volunteering up their walls for murals. The first mural is slated for the

southwestern-facing wall of Water Street’s Weintraub’s Deli. Gillen has already been chosen as one of the artists. “Blank walls just beg to be tagged,” says Helen Beaumont, chair of the Worcester Arts Council. “The purpose of this is to battle crime with art. It’s not cool to stand in front of a mural that everyone looks at and deal drugs,” she says. The mural project has the same goals as Philadelphia’s, eradicating blight while incorporating area teens attracted to art and graffiti. WAC


Tags have appeared again on his properties, but not to the same extent as before. He’s told the city’s Nuisance Enforcement Team that Gillen will come back to expand the murals and cover the unwanted graffiti. “It’s a beneficial way of deterring graffiti,” says Gillen, who’s known around Worcester for his art and tattooing. “If it’s already painted then [taggers] go to a different spot.” Gillen’s definition of what is graffiti versus what is a mural aligns with the city’s. “I see it as a matter of permission from the building owner,” he explains. “If you don’t go through the process of getting permission then it can be termed vandalism or graffiti.” Skill or content has nothing to do with it. “I’ve seen stuff that’s commissioned that isn’t the greatest, and I’ve seen stuff that [wasn’t commissioned] that’s really good,” Gillen admits. Even Wilson and Brown admit some of the graffiti they see has more value than just scribbles on a wall. “There are some very talented people who do this illegally,” says Wilson. “There are some out there who could probably work in the art system. They’re very talented,” Brown adds, referencing a series of faces that have popped up around the Canal District. “That kid has a lot of talent,” Brown admits. “[But] you have to cover it, obviously. That’s my job.”


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plans to involve the Worcester Youth Center in finding artists. But there’s some worry that WAC, the city’s DPW&P and cultural development may not be on the same page when it comes to muraling. Beaumont was concerned when she heard about the citation behind University Park Lofts. She’s been working with the city’s cultural-development officer Erin Williams over this. “Who is deciding what is art and what is graffiti?” she wondered. Beaumont says there are no ordinances, standards or commissions in the city for painting buildings. “Anyone who owns a building can put a mural up. They don’t have to get anyone’s approval,” she says. “It shouldn’t fall under DPW’s decision making,” she notes. “This particular medium needs a little more education,” says Beaumont, adding that to many, spray paint seems less legitimate than using a paintbrush. “The city’s not about trying to put any blocks up about beautifying the city,” says Williams, who oversees WAC. “We are working and encouraging the creation of public art.” Williams says she’s excited about the mural project, especially because she believes it will “raise the awareness of respecting our environment.” But,

A slice of random graffiti found at the renegade Worcide skate park

she adds that any public space that has a mural on it should go through a permitting process. Cahill and Brown seem interested in a local version of the mural project too. “Ronnie and I could probably give them places that are chronically hit,” laughs


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neighborhoods,” she says, echoing a common line provided by politicians and residents about Worcester. “There are different styles and stories on each side of the city.” A painting in east Philadelphia will evoke different themes than one on the north side. “Really, it’s become a point of pride.” Recently, Philadelphia has started to position economic development around its murals after a recent study found that Mural Arts Project works ranked within the top-five factors that influence the health and growth of the city’s commercial corridors. Now walking, biking and eating tours revolve around the paintings, attracting 10,000 visitors per year. But if the main goal with all of the task forces, ordinances and nuisance teams is to eradicate blight and graffiti, then supporting a local mural project seems like the obvious first step. “What deters tag artists from a blank canvas is beautiful art,” says Beaumont.

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Magnificent Mosaics and Murals

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Braving a slow slog through slush and snow at Assumption College, warmth sought is found by standing before a sunny mosaic created by Joshua Winer, as several of his works light the walls of the Fuller Wing in the d’Alzon Library during the Joshua Winer: Public Murals, Historical Paintings and Community Mosaics exhibit, running now through February 16.

Despite the paucity of pieces displayed, one can readily discern the creative genius of Winer, as many posters provide commentary on his sundry talents. From public murals to historical paintings and intricate mosaics, Winer has established himself nonpareil in his field. Sedate in appearance, the library is brought to brilliance by the faceted facades of Winer’s works. The staid and rather pedestrian interior allows the vibrancy of his creations to explode in a welcoming array of colors and composition. Immediately on view is a poster with pictures and graphics that explains a mosaic produced at the Claypit Hill School in Wayland. Standing sentry to the school’s entrance, three pillars provide a rainbow of varying designs that utilize many elements, including Venetian glass, mirrors, cracked tile, handmade clay, and colored grout. These towering dominoes of design are spectacularly vivid and enchanting. Simple words embedded in the design incorporate the core values of the community and the school. Five-hundred students were immersed in this ancient craft, as they helped Winer create this masterpiece over the course of three semesters. “The experience of working with younger artists in their school communities is rewarding and highly

creative,” Winer mentions on his Web site. One of the most intriguing displays is an assortment of posters and graphics in the library that describe the Chateau Picomtal project. An ongoing labor of love, Winer has been working for more than a decade to renew a Renaissance castle: here the dazzling diversity of Winer’s talents is most radiant. From historical restoration to extensive stenciling, and murals using the trompe l’oeil effect, this castle is slowly returning to its former luster. Working with a childhood friend, who bought the fixer-upper castle with her husband, Winer has added his own peerless repertoire of expertise to the chateau, allowing it to become resplendent once more. On the back wall of the library, there are more examples of the intensive labor involved in recreating the splendor of the castle’s original designs. An expanse

posters depicting Winer’s many school, residential and commercial murals, the exhibit ends with four lovely and vibrant mosaics, each adding their own spectrum of polished beauty. In one, two birds swoop in a swirl of sky, movement of form and color that echoes Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” The motif of another is of five fish swimming amongst the cool currents of an undulant stream, and one can imagine what Ophelia saw as she slowly drifted along the river’s hypnotic flow. To epitomize this artist’s exceptional talent, one need only see the framed drawing of his early masterpiece, that of the Newbury Street Mural. He won this prestigious commission in 1991, and embarked upon a five-story mural that harbored many famous Bostonians. Unfortunately, this incredible façade no longer exists, but through Winer’s informative and extensive Web pages,

of cloth is testament to the painstaking effort needed to duplicate one remarkable facet of the interior: handstencils of “Les Lions Rampant” along with “Fleur de Lys” cover the entire surface of fabric, a project that recaptures the block-printing pattern on burlap that was destroyed from centuries of use and sunlight. Throughout the castle, Winer has painted trick-of-the eye techniques, or trompe l’oeil, to enhance the magnificence of the original rooms. Also in the library, in a glass display case, four small and brilliant mosaics composed of glass smalti brighten the solemn interior with their colorfully detailed designs. After strolling about and perusing the numerous

this wonderfully creative endeavor lives on. This exhibit cannot possibly do justice to the prolific output of this extraordinary artist. But through his Web site, one can spend countless hours witnessing the work of an artistic genius. As the banner on his now lost Newbury Street mural stated, Winer has definitively practiced the art he knows. “Joshua Winer: Public Murals, Historical Paintings and Community Mosaics” at the Emmanuel d’Alzon Library, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester. Exhibit runs through February 16. For more info, call 508-767-7272. The artist can be reached at FEBRUARY 3, 2011 • WORCESTERMAG.COM


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Pennie started performing comedy five years ago in the trenches of Boston’s notoriously tough open mics, which he began as a result of his constant complaining. “Every time I would complain about things that really bothered me, the people I was talking to would always be laughing by the time I was done. It was never on purpose, but I

with Chris Pennie Nicole Luparelli realized that I should do something with it.� Pennie, who grew up in Wilmington, is a lifelong confirmed bachelor, although not in the professor Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady kind of way (not that there’s anything wrong with that), who recently made the change from parttime dad to full-time dad. He’s also a Volvo technician, so you know he’s safe. In the past year, Pennie has been a finalist in the Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival and Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Riots, as well as an invitee to the Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta. We caught up with Chris Pennie while he was feeling up oranges in the produce aisle and asked him the tough questions.

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for about seven years, so he can tell a particular joke. Do you have any articles of clothing like that, or anything like a lucky pair of socks or good luck charm that you wear or bring to every gig? CP: I actually just cut my hair for the simple fact that I got bored of needing to talk about it. My hair is very, very curly when it grows out, so that led to a lot of strangers trying to touch it or asking who permed it.


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Menace in Motion Paul Grignon

Carcharodon carcharias meets Andrew Warhol can summarize the latest installment of art at the Dark World Gallery. Actually, this show highlights the work of Sam Johnson, an artist who plunges his artistic muse into the fury of fauna, most notably in the form of wolves and sharks. One can almost hear the first strains of John Williams’ score of Jaws whilst viewing a few of Johnson’s frenetic works. In one piece, a breaching great white emerges from the foam and spray of the sea in full ferocity, its gigantic maw agape, exposing rows of jagged, razor-sharp teeth. The work is reminiscent of Copley’s “Watson and the Shark,” but Johnson’s take is more terrifying, knowing that it could be you, the viewer, ready to be impaled upon these thrashing teeth of death and destruction.

somewhat anamorphic concept,” Johnson says. “Sometimes I just like to paint something brutal and attack the canvas like a wolf or shark would attack its prey,” he adds. This certainly is a recurring motif in his

Another painting appears to be the same lunging great white, but this composition reminds one, as alluded to earlier, of Warhol’s many silk-screens. But instead of Monroe in repetition, here Johnson composes a single shark amidst a grid of squares, a color scheme of red, white and black signifying utter horror and an imminent ghastly demise. The shark emerges from the multitude of shapes, overlapping the dripping squares and forces its presence upon the viewer. A monstrous, looming behemoth thrusts itself out from the picture plane, threatening to devour all who gaze into its gaping jaws, a primordial living nightmare rising from the depths. “In creating these works, my aim is to incorporate the inherent beauty and violence of these creatures in their habitat, depicting them in an abstract,

body of work, and is exemplified by a piece simply titled “Wolf.” Here, the subject showcases Johnson’s intuitive and perhaps unconscious desire to produce these fearful yet majestic animals just prior to an attack. A lone wolf lunges with its mouth fully extended, displaying a vast arsenal of dagger-like teeth, seemingly caught in a blur of motion right before its frightening clamp of bone-crunching jaws is felt. Touches of Marshall Arisman and Francis Bacon are apparent, both in the disturbing imagery, as well as by the concept of motion experienced in these portrayals of marauding and malevolent beasts. Johnson’s repertoire of work is an amalgam of mediums, from spray paint to acrylic, and oils, inks and washes to printmaking. “Working with various materials allows me to better understand how these different mediums fuse together or fight each other. All of the artwork presented here are mixed media, and even the prints I painted on them as well,” he explains. An example of these disparate materials working seamlessly can be found in the piece titled “Crow at Sunset,” where the tone of the painting is rather serene—a calming, quiet moment amidst the rage and turmoil of other creatures in such close proximity. A single crow, silhouetted against the backdrop of brilliant red clouds, sits upon a fence, its unseen stare possibly lamenting the loss of the sun. But even within this canvas, the threat of injury is revealed by the random thorns of barbed wire that stand in sharp contrast to the crepuscular skies. Varied in medium is the humorously titled “A Day in the Park,” where nothing light and airy is visible. A hint of Bosch resonates, as writhing, subhuman creatures wrestle in torment, a woodcut relief print that illuminates Johnson’s dexterity. With such a body of work, Johnson’s career will certainly last longer than the allotted 15 minutes of fame. “The Art of Sammy Johnson” at the Dark World Gallery, 179 Grafton Street, Worcester. Opening Reception: February 5 at 7 p.m. For more info, contact or the artist directly at

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Hunger is a strange thing in the hip-hop world. It can be something that drives you to reach unparalleled heights, or it can be something that ultimately consumes you. In the city of Wor, hiphop is a serious affair and Dizzy Dizasta understands this but wants you to also understand he is not just hungry…he is STARVING!! What’s good my brother? Introduce yourself. What up y’all, it’s ya boy Dizzy Dizasta of Str8 Up Ent. & Dirty Clanzmen General/Wu town representer. The Official Dizasta!

How long have you been rhyming for? Since sixth grade, but I really started going in with the writing in middle school. I’ve always been a fan of REAL hip-hop since birth.

What artists have you worked with or plan to work with in the future? Well I just did a track with Termanology

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and another with Sean Price, but I’ve worked/opened up for many other legendary artists such as Krumbsnatcha, Redman, Eric Sermon, Keith Murray, Saigon, Blaq Poet, Canibus, Cappadona, Buddha Monk, Lord Jamar, Tony Touch, PF Cuttin, Armageddon, Prospect, Special Teamz, Peter Parker, Dungeon Masta, and many more. I’m all about getting that stamp of approval from the legends in the game first, before really going in.

How would you describe your style?

I know you are down with Wu-Tang Management, but how did that come about?

Well I’m ’bout to release my debut mix tape “The Official Dizasta VOL.1” real soon. I’m also working on the Dirty Clanzmen album along with Dungeon Masta. Also Matt Bastardo and I got something in the works as well as me and Killa T.

Basically I’ve been down with my fam, Jimmy Kang of Str8 Up Ent. since day one, grinding and building our brand. So CEO of Wu Tang Management made my dude Jimmy Kang VP of Wu Tang Management, therefore blessing me into the fam to become an affiliate. But at the end of the day, I rep Dirty Clanzmen, Str8 Up Ent. and myself. I go hard for mine. I’m not just gonna ride off their already built brand. I’m trying to build my own empire. They def my fam, though. I got mad love for them, as they do me.

You have been putting in a lot of work; do you feel you get the respect you deserve? I mean yes and no because at the end of the day I know where I’m headed and what I’m doing. A lot of people would love to have the opportunities that I have, but they don’t try to join the movement. I’ve spread mad love amongst Worcester and nothing has been done with it. So at the end of the day, as long as I have my health, my music and my fam, all that other stuff is irrelevant. I show love to everyone; if I don’t get it in return, hey, it’s all good. I wish nothing but success and greatness for every artist from my city.

I would describe my style as something you can think about. I write nothing but realness and stuff people can relate to. I ain’t rapping ’bout cars and jewels I ain’t got. Nah, I’m spitting about those dudes who be faking it and how perseverance is key to success in this game. I write music that you can learn from. Music that’s captivating.

What projects are you currently working on or have planned?

You told me in one of our meetings that you feel people don’t take you serious at times, why do you feel like that?

Honestly I feel this way because one main reason... This music game is so corrupted nowadays that when I drop all the names of these legends I’m working with, people seem to think that the onehit wonders on the radio out now are bigger, so they think my moves ain’t that major. Trust I’ve heard lots of hate now. But like I said, it’s all good because at the end of the day legends never die and that’s why I fucks with the legends before I ever sell out.

Anything you want to get off your chest? Yeah. If you ain’t got no real content to rap about, then stop please, because music is already saturated enough. We don’t need another song about girls, money, cars, clothes or jewels. I want to hear about real-life events. Real everyday shit. That’s the essence of hiphop. Let’s keep it alive ya’ll.

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Pronounced musician Nate Newton has always been a successful part of great music; he’s played guitar in the band Converge since 1997. But that never stopped him from wanting to increase his level of talent and reach his goal to front a music project of his own; hence, the creation of Doomriders.

The idea started when Newton began to collaborate with Chris Pupecki, who he has known now for close to 15 years. They met early on, both deeply involved in the hardcore scene during the 1990s. “We would play shows together from time to time. I was living in Virginia and Chris in Mass., so whenever one of us came through the other’s town, we would go see each other’s bands. We always had pretty similar tastes in music,” Newton shares.

Bass player and vocalist, Jebb Riley, found himself working alongside Pupecki at the same record shop, while frequenting many of the same music venues and sharing similar interests. These are the combined creative forces that have become Doomriders. Doomriders practically defies physics, bringing together multiple different influences and styles from several different genres. “If I was to name a few direct influences on Doomriders’ sound, I would have to mention Danzig, Entombed, The Stooges, The Groundhogs, The Obsessed, Discharge, Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Budgie ... the list could go on for days.” What is so incredible is how well the group harnesses a multitude of influences into a more focused and textured compound. Newton’s vocals rip the mic with vigor and intensity while frequent breaks into dual-harmonized guitar licks escalate the sound to greater heights. The band has fine-tuned its music between its two full-length albums, Black Thunder (2005) and Darkness Come Alive


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working together with Deathwish saying, “It’s great. They are good friends who have supported what we do since day one. It’s a family. We support each other.” With plans for touring later on this year in the works, the band will be announcing dates soon. The group has also started writing new material. The most recent footnote is new addition and drummer, Q. With a name so brief and mysterious, Newton says, “He is a man that cannot be explained nor understood. His real name cannot be uttered. Q stepped up to the plate and things are going great.” Q will debut as the band’s new drummer this upcoming Saturday at Ralph’s Diner. Finding a balanced sound between elements of thrash, metal, hard-core and rock, Boston-based band Doomriders pronounces itself as a force to be reckoned with and sound that is sure to get everyone moving. With songs that ride close to the edge, you’ll surely want to strap on the seatbelt and head down to Ralph’s this Saturday. Learn more about Doomriders at myspace. com/doomriders or find them on Facebook.

(2009). Newton shares his thoughts on the two albums, saying, “I feel that Black Thunder is the sound of a band learning how to make music together and Darkness Come Alive is the sound of that band coming into their own.” In regards to lyrical content, it’s really up for grabs and varies moment to moment, Newton explains. “You could get a song about skateboarding, or a song about the way history is handed down in America, or a song about hating work, or a song about black holes.” Doomriders has released both of its full-length albums on the Deathwish Inc. label. Newton shares his thoughts on


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The Terribles Cowboy Punk Time Travelers

Patrick Scully

Worcester Massachusetts has had a wild underground music scene for a long time. Back before the internet and cell phones and all that malarkey, basement shows ruled everything. Every night was spent in the basements of my friends’ houses watching local bands going nuts. Everyone was starting bands, and it seemed that there were shows every night. My favorite band that is still playing Worcester basement shows after all these years is the Terribles.

complements the equally unique guitar and bass. These guys are a riot. Yes, very funny individuals indeed. They make jokes that you might not hear or fully understand, but they don’t care. The joke is kind of on you. I get hyped to see them every time they play and they play often. It doesn’t really get old because they have so many songs that you hear something new every time they play.

The Terribles has been a band since it’s members were in the 9th grade and has been playing with the same line up since 1997. It’s hard to categorize its sound exactly, because every song sounds different. But I’d describe them as tight, on point, calculated and synchronized scientist rock. Each member of the band has a diverse background and brings his own style to the group. Guitarist Jamie Buckmaster has a wide vocal range and wailing riffs that flail around a room, and brings a contagious energy and showmanship to the band. Mike Leslie keeps the punk beat on bass, reminiscent of Mike Watt from the Minutemen. Fast pickens and groovin’ riffs, like a Punk Rock Pee Wee Herman, Leslie keeps a smile and brings a laid-back carefree demeanor to the band. Matt Carroll, the lazy genius, brings solid, powerful drums. Blast beat-free, Carroll enforces a style of drumming that

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The Terribles performs songs on a variety of subjects. One of my favorites is Meat Ensemble. In the song, there’s a cool chorus where everyone screams “HOT DOG”! “It’s about being in Shakespeare class, having a cold and wanting hamburgers and stuff like that,” explains Buckmaster. When they aren’t playing as the Terribles, chances are they are playing in one of their other bands, Dungeoneers, Talchemist, and Styk. They also do a really amazing set with Jacob the Terrible, where they play with Jacob Brenendez who sings some Terribles songs plus some of his own. I highly recommend checking them out if you get the opportunity. The band’s musical influences include most early SST bands (Black Flag, Minutemen, etc.) and rock bands like Queen and RUSH. “I went all the way to Canada to see RUSH, so take that punkers,” jokes Buckmaster. Over the past 15 years they have released 7 albums. Their first album, Out of the Hand and into the MUG in 1999, Doomsday Device in 2000, Inspired by a larger than Life Abraham Lincoln in 2004, Future as seen from the Future / There’s too Much Everything in 2006, In Congress in 2008, and Double Downer a split 7” with Bone Zone in 2010. Bands come and go, but the Terribles has stood the test of time and still kills it to this day. Timeless skateboarder /amateur plastic surgeon Mike Leslie, local artist /time traveler Jamie Buckmaster, and world famous explorer/ veteran conquistador Matt Carroll are the Terribles. Check them out at

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Just Plain Wrong The Rite Grade: D

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When young actor Colin O’Donoghue was plucked from near obscurity to star next to the great Anthony Hopkins he must have thought his ship had just come up, loaded with riches. If you were him, how would you not take a gig like this? Well for starters, you might read the script, and realize that the thing is a muddled mess of sophomoric clichés. You might also give a thought to the likely reason the role is being offered to a nobody: there weren’t any name actors interested. For Hopkins this is just a light snack on the way to the next feast. For O’Donoghue this thing is a last supper. The Rite reminds me of a film that I wouldn’t know a thing about except that it was filmed in my hometown when I was a kid: The Reincarnation of Peter Proud. It was another ghost/demon drama and it starred a similarly handsome young actor with soulful, searching eyes: Michael Sarrazin, as a guy who becomes overwhelmed by his past life. It was a high profile flick, but a piece of crap, and instead of launching Sarrazin to the big time as a serious leading man type it led directly to fare like Gumball Rally, and Deep Space 9. Of course it didn’t help that Sarrazin was an ass-awful actor. O’Donoghue is probably not much better, although the script for The Rite is so lame it’s hard to tell. As Michael Kovak, O’Donoghue is a photogenic but troubled son growing up in a family of undertakers (like Six Feet Under, but you wouldn’t see a class act like Peter Krause going near this thing). His obsessive, slightly weird dad is played by another master just picking up a paycheck, Rutger Hauer. The son chooses to rebel by going to seminary school, but his heart isn’t in it, so he tries to drop out, until he witnesses a car accident and is called on to bless one of the dying victims. So of course he sticks with it. Even though he’s a lousy priest and a total non-believer, they shuffle him off to The Vatican for a crash course in learning to be; wait for it: an Exorcist! Cue the Tubular Bells!

Even though he’s late for his Exorcist class, and mouths off constantly, he is sent off to assist Father Lucas Trevant, who is out there in the trenches, fighting off the devil on a daily basis. This, of course, is Hopkins, who goes on to shred the scenery with the efficiency of a human woodchipper. He knows the film is going straight to the post-Oscar boneyard so he has him some fun here as a dedicated modern footsoldier in God’s army who interrupts an exorcism to take a call on his cellphone, and who says to Kovak: “What did you expect, pea soup and spinning heads?” Later as a possessed priest, he pulls out his dinner party impression of Hannibal Lecter and we all have a right good laugh. Once Hopkins enters we stop caring completely about whatever it is dashing young Kovak is on about, something to do with finding his faith by doubting everything that goes on directly in front of him and trying to foolishly argue that these people who are obviously possessed by some evil foulmouthed, bile-spewing demon are really all just mentally ill. Eventually he faces up to the ghost of his father who apparently went to hell for some unspecified rotten stuff he did, or something like that, but again, we don’t care. There’s also the fetching Alice Braga, an effectively enigmatic presence in I Am Legend, here stuck in as obligatory eye candy playing the babe from Kovak’s class who turns out to be a journalist. Since our hero is oh so celibate, she only wants to pump him for info as he falls deeply into intrigue involving a possessed pregnant teen raped by her father (Marta Gastini – doing the perfunctory “your mother darns socks that smell” routine), as well as the appearance of mysterious red-eyed mules and other such mystical stuff. Inevitably the whole thing ends up in a dramatically scored cage match to the death between old Beezlebub (or actually one of his assistants – like Santa having an elf sit in) and Kovak, now a powerful believer and throwing around holy words like they were punches from the fists of God. And of course everyone lives happily ever after. Except for O’Donoghue, whose career is toast.

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An entertaining Asian experience Michael Brazell

“There is a gradual improvement. Feelings are sweet and tender.” While I am usually plagued by cryptic and irrelevant fortune-cookie messages, the prediction for the future hidden within my cookie at Tenka Asian Bistro was actually a surprisingly accurate review of my dining experience. Tucked in next to a Bikram Hot Yoga studio and saddled behind the wellknown dine-out joint Harry’s Restaurant on Route 9 in Westboro, Tenka can be easy to miss. Nevertheless it is an Asian dining experience that shouldn’t be missed – if not for

the mostly average hibachistyle food, than for the rousing and entertaining staff. Our meal started out rocky at Tenka. While our party of three was seated immediately at one of its six hibachi grill tables, it took more than 10 minutes for our server to greet us and take our drink orders. From then, we waited longer for the drinks to arrive, but were pleased by the sizes and potency of our mostly standard fruity cocktails. An ice cream-dish-sized bowl of fruity-tasting mixed booze called “The Tidal Wave” ran about $6, and it was more than enough to satiate any drinker’s appetite (although I promised myself that I would not say that it swept me away). While the potent drinks were a distraction, we probably waited 30-minutes before our orders were in and our hibachi chef emerged to step behind our grill. Thankfully, once the food started to come out and our chef – who oddly only referred to himself as “Spiderman” – our experience quickly improved. While the Worcester area has had several Hibachi-style restaurants for some

time, for those unaware, diners sit around one or two large grills, orders are placed, and a chef prepares your meal in front of you – usually throwing a few tricks into the preparation and entertaining the crowd. Spiderman was, without a doubt, the most entertaining server/chef that I have ever had in my entire life. While he casually berated one of the members of our group (all in good jest), he came prepared with a handful of gags and practical jokes that had us on edge for the entire meal. While the entertainment was great, fortunately, Tenka also served up good Hibachi-style meals at a reasonable price. Two of us ordered surf and turf, with six well-sized shrimp and perfectly prepared filet mignon, served over a tangy and delightfully eggy fried rice. While the

mixed-greens salad was a rather disappointing start to the meal, the hot miso soup that accompanied it was a stark improvement over the bland and unfulfilling salt-water soup that is sometimes served at other hibachi restaurants. While the surf and turf went for about $25, this meal could really be enough for two people, as all of us had plenty of leftovers. Our third diner ordered a sweet-potato sushi and reported that it was better than you would come to expect for $4 sushi. While the food and drink at Tenka was good, it was not overly remarkable, but the entertainment provided by the Hibachi chef made the visit standout – we were eager to plan a return with more friends. Tenka is decorated well and also had a large, full menu for a traditional dinein experience, but we were left asking ourselves, after having such a great time at our hibachi grill, why would you ever experience it any other way?

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On Saturday February 5, join ME Productions, The Pike 100 FM and Oldies 98.9 FM as they present the 2nd Annual Legends of Rock n Blues. Featuring The Edgar Winter Band, The Rick Derringer Band, The James Montgomery Band starring Brad Whitford of Aerosmith & Graham Whitford, plus other special guests. Mechanics Hall in Worcester hosts this triple bill of classic rock you won’t want to miss. $59, $45, $35. 7:30-10 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Call 508-752-0888 or check out

Chinese new year

The Mulan Performing Arts Ensemble is coming to the Worcester Public Library on Saturday, February 5, at 2 p.m. This special performance will celebrate the Chinese New Year and offer a chance to enjoy Chinese music featuring special instruments accompanied by traditional dances. Listen to choral songs by the Mulan Chorus and Men’s Chorus Groups. Free to all ages, so come by and drop in. Main Library at 3 Salem Square, Worcester, in the Saxe Room. 508-799-1655,

Tuesday, February 8th Salsa • 6:30pm



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On Thursday, February 10 at 6 p.m., the historic Union Station will host a fundraiser fashion show to benefit The

Park Spirit will be hosting Family Ice Skating Days at Elm Park in Worcester on Saturdays, February 5, 12, and 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children.

The boat house will be open with a warm wood fire and benches to sit and dress. Hot chocolate will be available to sip and heat up with. The event is free and open to all. Safety of the ice will be determined by the Worcester Parks Department. For more information visit

This organization provides pro bono legal and social services for the thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children as they navigate the U.S. Immigration Courts. The center has helped more than 3,300 children find their way through the system. Featuring a Pret-a-Porte style fashion show highlighting the best styles and fashions of local and regional designers and boutiques, with Mistress of Ceremony Karon Shea, Owner of Karon Shea Model Management. uscri.refugees. org. For tickets contact Victor Sornosa at 774-239-5520 or

sip & sketch

Art and libations go together so well they decided to combine them into a cocktail called Sip and Sketch! A night for those who like to doodle and drink. Come, have a beer, meet other artists and create. Mixes up on Tuesday, February 8. Inspired by in San Fran, artists are welcomed to create pieces and sell them at the end of the night. If you are not an artist, don’t worry, you’re welcome to come too! Buy some art or color. No Cover. 8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543.

Enjoy two hours of interactive beer education taught by Joe Santos, WineNation’s official Beer Guru, during Beer 101 on Thursday, February 3. The class will cover topics including what beer is, how beer is made, the history of beer, and tasting the difference between Ales and Lagers. $10 per person. 6:30-8:30 p.m. WineNation, 70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Millbury. Call 508-917-0400 or find them on Facebook.

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Thursday, February 10th Capoeira-Brazilian Martial Arts • 6:30pm

The Seventh Annual Colleges of Worcester Consortium Show is a juried group exhibition culled from more than 100 emerging student artists from the colleges of the Worcester Consortium and includes works in mixed media, photography, works on paper, sculpture, computer art, and painting. This exhibition, which began in 2005, highlights the wealth of artistic talent existing within the local college community. Check it out from February 4 through March 4. Free and open to the public. 1-4 p.m. ARTSWorcester, Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St. 508-755-5142.

rhythm circle

Drummers of all beats, stop by Union Music on Saturday, February 5, as they present a Drum Circle with Ed Oluokun. All skill levels are encouraged to join in. Bring your instrument and enjoy the grooves. Admission is FREE. Call Union Music at 508-753-3702 with questions. 2-4 p.m. Union Music, 142 Southbridge St.,

The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. is proud to present A Prelude to Mardi Gras on Friday, February 4. Worcester Public Schools’ Art Teachers and Artists from the greater Worcester area are collaborating to produce Mardi Gras masks to be sold at silent auction. The event includes a cocktail reception with complimentary hors d’ oeuvres, and the music of local music teacher and blues artist, Jon Short, as well as the opportunity to buy your Mardi Gras mask for WEDF’s “Mardi Gras” on March 5. $10. 5-8 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-751-7625.

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dance madness

Don’t miss out on free workshops during the Free Dance Workshop Madness Week. Beghinning on Tuesday, Feb. 8: Salsa, 6:30 p.m; Belly Dance, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9: Tango, 6:30 p.m.; Flamenco, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.10: Capoeira, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb.12: SalsAerobics, 10 a.m. All free at Salsa Storm Dance Studio, 9 Harrison St. 508854-8489,

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With Julianne Fahey

What’s wrong with starting your weekend early? Absolutely nothing! How about starting it at a local pub/restaurant seeing a band play or performing yourself at karaoke? With the varied events this weekend has going on, everyone will be out and about! This is the perfect opportunity to try something new and meet some great people! Starting on Thursday, February 3 at The Palladium, Eluveitie will be playing Folk Metal. If you are in a Karaoke mood, go on down to Marty’s Pub to see DJ Tooch working the turntables. Ed Sheridan is gong to be at Blue Plate Lounge for Open Mic night and get your smile on over at Beatnik’s for the Smile Makers. For the usual Thursday night heaviness, don’t’ miss Metal Thursday CXVI with Nachzehrer, Fires of Old, Katahdin, Engraved in Bone. If none of these events caught your eye, there is always Mulligan’s where Irish Music will be performed. Friday, February 4 don’t miss out on seeing Dirigo with special guest Sun Jones at Tammany Hall. This can be your night of funk with The Chicken Slacks and The Funky Knights at Ralph’s Diner. Taking the short road trip to JJ’s Sports Bar and Grille in Northboro will be worth it to see The Visionaries rock out! Choosing to stick around the area will lead you to see Fungus Amungus jamming the night away at Beatnik’s. Six Star General is a trio with guitar, bass and drums that can play twenty songs in 40 minutes (whew) and who are joining Truth Ending Cycle, Potsy and No Intention at The Raven tonight. Although it’s the last night of the weekend, there is still plenty to see on Saturday, February 5. Try Breakaway Billiards tonight for DJ Suarez as he mixes it up at Latino Night. Over at the ever lovely Hotel Vernon you’ll find Dusty Cobb and The Millbury St. Band. Plus two bands who have been featured in WoMag these past two weeks are heading to the stage at Ralph’s and they would be Doomriders and Bovachevo who are along for the ride with Unearthly Trance (pictured) and Panzerbastard. If you want to experience something knew, check out 1 Ought 9 at Beatnik’s. Don’t forget that the first Saturday of every month, Jubilee Gardens perform at Sahara Café and Restaurant. So don’t just sit around another weekend bundled up from the cold, get out there and check out these events. It will definitely be worth it!



DJ Roberta. Dance to your favorite rock, classic rock, top 40 and country hits! 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. Eluveitie @ The Palladium (upstairs). with 3 Inches Of Blood / Holy Grail / System Divide Tickets $15.50 adv., $18 door. 7-11 p.m. Palladium, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. open mic night w/ Ed Sheridan. 7-10 p.m. Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Speaker Kevin O’Hara. Kevin O’Hara, author of “The Donkey Pilgrim” and “A Lucky Irish Lad” returns for a fun filled evening recounting his 30 year journey from Pittsfield to Vietnam to Ireland to a life as a successful nurse and author. $5 Donation gratefully accepted. 7-8:30 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or Irish Music Session. Each week, a traditional Irish music session is held at Mulligan’s Taverne. The public is welcome to join in music, song, and camaraderie. No cover charge, all ages and talent levels welcome. No Charge.. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligan’s Taverneon-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or Open Night with Bill McCarthy Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Junior’s Pizza Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-5800. Brian and Captain. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Glenn Pettit Plays the Blues at Harvest Cafe. Glenn is a self proclaimed “Delta-Punk/Egyptian Reggae Fingerpicker.” Dinner is served until 5-9pm. harvestcafeonline. com 978-567-0948 No cover, pass the hat for the performers. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Jazz Depot. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Open Mic Jam. All players and singers are welcome! Free 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Flock Of A-holes, w/ Hoodless and more. $5 Throwback. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888. The Smile Makers. 8:3011:30 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Alan Evans & The Play On Brother Band. Alan Evans Play on Brother ........ soul funk syndicate featuring Jeff Lockhart, Chris Loftlin, Brian “BT” Thomas, Ryan “Zwad” Zoidis, Sam “Huff” Kininger, Alecia Chakour and Nigel Hall. $10 at the door $7 online purchase. 9 p.m.-midnight The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150 or Art Trouble! A night of Music, Drinks, & Fiction featuring music by Joshua English and Sarah Borges and original fiction read by Chuck Young and Mal Coppenrath!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Metal Thursday CXVI: Nachzehrer, Fires of Old, Katahdin, Engraved in Bone. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092.

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James Keyes. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 4 X-Cess Fridays. DJ Patrick Allen BLU Ultralounge & Nightclub, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or Dan Kirouac. free. 7-11 p.m. Twohey’s Tavern at King Phillip Restaurant, 35 State Road, Athol. 978-249-6300. Ed & Da Ve. Free. 7 p.m.-midnight Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Jazzed Up Trio At Luciano’s @ Union Station. Every Friday. Dine, swing, dance, mingle, enjoy ! Great American Songbook classics featuring Joe D’Angelo on bass and vocals, John Murzycki on Drums, Mauro DePasquale, on Piano and vocals. JAZZED UP pays tribute to the makers of the finest and most romantic music ever while celebrating such artist as Gershwin brothers, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong, ArtTatum, Charlie Parker, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Lennon and McCarthy, and others. No Cover. 7-10 p.m. Luciano’s Cotton Club, 2 Washington Square. 508-755-6408. Julia L’esperance & Friends. Julia is a fun and lively young woman with a passion for Jesus and music. Her witty and magnetic personality is such a delight! You will be blessed! Free. 7-10 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658 or . Chris Reddy. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Flip Flops, 680 Main St., Holden. Day One God-Illa, Local RAGE tribute Gorilla Radio, Only At Night, the Riff Raffs more!. $6. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook. com/rageagainstthegorilla. Dirigo w/ Special Guest Sun jones. 18+ $7 at the door. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tammany Hall, 43 Pleasant St. 508-753-7001 or Singer/Songwriters Adrienne Fawkes and Sean Fullerton Performing at Harvest Cafe. Dinner is served 5-9pm. Reservations accepted. After Dark menu, desserts and cocktails until closing. 978-5670948 No cover, pass the hat for the performers. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Tall Heights. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Town Green Coffee House. This month featuring Grammy nominated, folk legend Bill Morrissey. $12. 8-10 p.m. First Congregational Church of Princeton, United Church of Christ, Fellowship Hall, 14 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-5414. A night of funk w The Chicken Slacks!! and The Funky Knights!!!!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Auntie Trainwreck. Classic Rock, Blues, New Country and Alt Rock tunes. 9 p.m.-midnight Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock!. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Admiral T. J. O’Briens, 407 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-2838. DJ Pete the Polock. Classic rock to the Blues. Large dance floor to shake it. Come see this Worcester legend. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508754-3516. DJ T Rich. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. I Love Fridays At Fusion with DJ B-LO. Spinning your favorite Dance, Hip Hop and top 40 tracks. Lounge opens at 9pm - Dance Club opens at 10:30 pm. Coat Room available with attendant. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston st. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. Our Top 40 Ladies Night Dance Party returns to Speakers! Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or Live Bands Every Friday. Every week its another great band

and a good excuse to get out of the house Free! 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Squire Whites Pub & Restaurant, 347 Greenwood St. 508-7527544 or Synergy. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. The Bobby Gadoury Trio featuring Trina Vargas!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. The Visionaries. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Windfall, Worcester’s Premier Classic Rock Band. Windfall will be performing at Sakura Tokyo February 4th and 5th, from 9:30PM-1:00AM No Cover Charge. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Online Fungus Amungus. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877.

>Saturday 5 Cascadence, Brodie, Levity, American Verse, Jonestown, Dark City Drive. $8. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. New England Concerts Presents Taproot @ The Palladium (upstairs). Tickets $18 adv., $22 door. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Dusty Cobb & The Millbury St Band. 9-2 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. Bret Talbert - Live Solo Acoustic!!. Free!. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tavern on the Common, 249 Main St., Rutland. 508-886-4600. Chris Smither. Great music sounds easy - as inexorable and inevitable as the change of seasons or sunrise and sunset. The bluesmen on the Delta and the Appalachian mountaineers made timeless art with just voice, guitar and a stomping foot. And that is the root of the art of Chris Smither. $26 advance; $30 day of show. 8-11:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or Dead & The Damned, 18 Wheels Of Justice, 7 Minute Stagger, InAeona, End Of Eian. $7. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or facebook. com/TheDeadandTheDamned. Harvest Cafe’ presents Kate and the Finn-tones. The Finn-tones play a fusion of acoustic rock, blues and jazz with Kate Finn guitars, vocals, harmonica Diane Heffner Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax Richard Gates electric bass. Julie McKenzie Violin Performances are held in dining room of restaurant with full bar. Dinner is served 5-9pm. Reservations accepted. After Dark menu, desserts and cocktails until closing. 978-567-0948 No cover, pass the hat for the performers. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Jon Lacouture. Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Brook’s Pub, Lincoln st. Live Music in the Pub: Brennan Brothers. With a mixture of Irish, Folk, Rock, Soft Rock and Country, not to mention a touch of Reggae, Comedy and of course some original songs, The Brennan Bros. offer something to please everyone. No Cover. 8 p.m.-midnight Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or New Orleans Jazz Rhythm & Blues with Henri Smith & the Workingman’s Band. no cover. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. Stovall Brown Band. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Dana Lewis Live!. Playing Acoustic top 40 Classic Rock of the 50’s to the 80’s FREE!. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, 85 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3087 or 2/5 The Kings @ Cindy’s Palmer. The Kings @ Cindy’s Sports Bar Originals and Covers 1618 N. Main Street Palmer, 9 p.m. No Cover. Free Live Music. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cindy’s Sports Bar, 1618 North Main St., Palmer. 413-271-0609 or FindNEWentertainment. com. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock!.

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Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Lakeside Bar & Grille, 97 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. 508-425-3543. Butch Bazillion. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Campfire Boogie. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Dirty Deeds. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Doomriders!!! w/ Unearthly Trance, Panzerbastard, and Bovachevo!!!!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Girl Spot Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166 or Head First.$5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Latino Night with DJ Suarez. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. Ned Lucas Band. No Cover. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wong Dynasty, Holden, MA, 176 Reservior Road (Route31), Holden. 508-8292188. Seductive Saturdays with DJ Hydro & DJ Savas- Top 40. Spinning your favorite Dance, Mash Ups & Top 40 Tracks. Fusion’s Lounge opens at 9:00 pm and Dance Club opens at 10:30pm. Coat room with attendant available. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Sound in Stone. $5 cover charge. 9 p.m.-noon Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Synergy. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. The Guild. Three G’s starts off it’s 2011 live music season with the Guild. Playing danceable rock covers. This new ensemble is cranking up for it’s summer assault on the music scene. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508754-3516. The Obsession Band. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mill Towne Tavern, 49 Elm St., Millbury. 508-581-8845. Time Bandits. $3 after 9:30pm (subject to change). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-4808222 Tantrum Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. BLU Ultralounge & Nightclub, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or Eric Grant Band. This awesome country group! $5 cover / VIP Pass = FREE Admission. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287

Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. 1 Ought 9. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508926-8877. Jubilee Gardens. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181 or

>Sunday 6 Acoustic Brunch with Peter Paulouski. Peter Paulousky, master guitarist, is joining us at the Café share his magical guitar skills. Brunch is served until 2pm. Reservations accepted. http:// 978-567-0948 No cover, pass the hat for performer. 10 a.m.-noon Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Pipes Alive! presents Jen McPherson. A regular feature of Music Alive! is monthly, half-hour Pipes Alive! concerts, featuring master organists from the Greater Worcester area, as well as nationally and internationally known artists, on Wesley’s 73-rank, 1927 E. M. Skinner pipe organ. Jen McPherson, appearing for the second time on the series, is the Organ Scholar the College of the Holy Cross, class of 2013. Free and open to the public. 12:30-1 p.m. Wesley United Methodist Church, Sanctuary, 114 Main St. 508-799-4191, ext. 107. Italian bassist Viz Mauragiovanni 3pm, The Bobby Gadoury Trio 5pm, Andy Cummings 9pm!. No Cover!. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508753-4030. Blue Grass Jam Session. A true “Bluegrass” jam, this allacoustic jam features the traditional bluegrass instrumentation of banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, upright bass, and vocals. No Cover (Worcester students earn WOO Points). 4-8 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or Sean Fullerton. No cover. 4-6 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Featured artists weekly Donations. 5-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Vincent’s presents: Big Jon Short. Armed with a suitcase kick-drum, National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues. 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.


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Swanky Sundays w/ LoriAnn At the Lucky Dog. Big City drinks all night from the master! Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on facebook. Dancing with DJ Cisco. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mirabar, 35 Richmond St., Providence. 401-331-6761 or Live At Amsterdam Sunday’s. Musicians and poets welcome! 21+ Hookah and Bar! Free!. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Amsterdam Lounge, 27 Pleasant St. 508-615-1735 or find them on facebook. Live Piano Night Monthly. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. MB Lounge, 40 Grafton St. 508-799-4521. Sunday Theme Party 18+. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166 or find them on facebook. Reggae Fusion Sundays with DJ Nick. Worcester’s longest running REGGAE night hosted by DJ Nick and Guest DJ’s spinning the HOTTTEST Reggae, Hip Hop and Top 40 every Sunday. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Sabrina Sundays at ENVY. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. ENVY Nightclub, 241 Southbridge St.

>Monday 7 Drftin’ Sam Politz at 7pm; Karaoke 9pm to Close!. No Cover!. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

>Tuesday 8 Organ Music with Elliott Lockwood. Music from 1910 through 1980 played on Briarwood’s beautiful Hammond Organ no cost. 2-3 p.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community, Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle. 508-852-9007 or Earth and Spirit Singers - A Community Chorus (weekly rehearsal). The Worcester Community Chorus Open

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Open Mic Night hosted by Sax Player Joe Ferreira. Open Mic hosted by Sax player Joe Ferreira Performances are held in dining room of restaurant with full bar. Dinner is served until 5-9pm. Reservations accepted. After Dark menu, desserts and cocktails until closing. 978-567-0948 No Cover, Pass the hat for the host. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy To check the schedules and open slots visit: Free!. 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Acoustic Rock with Johnny R. Free. 8 p.m.-noon Brook’s Pub, 251 Lincoln St., Lincoln st. 508-612-8128. Vincent’s Presents: Tiki Night with Frank & Eric!. Frank and Eric will help you get over the hump every Wednesday with all of your favorite tropical drinks while soaking in special musical guests and movies. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. FLASH - 16+ Electro-Dance Party!. Umbrella Gallery & Free Idea Clothing bring you FLASH 16+ Electro-Pop/Hip-Hop Dance Parties every Wednesday night from 8:30-12:00! $7. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Umbrella Gallery, 639 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-7079684. Clayton Willoughby’s Traveling Vaudeville Show 9 to Close!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.


ARTSWorcester, Opening Reception for College Consortium Art Exhibition 2011, Friday. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or Asa Waters Mansion, Admission: $3 for guided tour $7-10 for tea. 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-0855 or Booklovers’ Gourmet, “Hearts & Flowers” Group Art Show & Sale, Through Feb. 28. 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. 508949-6232 or College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Art of Africa: Objects from the Collection of Warren Robbins, through March 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508-7933356 or Dark World Gallery, Opening Reception of Sammy Johnson at Dark World Gallery, Saturday. Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 179 Grafton St. EcoTarium, Budding Scientists - Shadow Play, Thursday;

GIG POSTER OF THE WEEK Oh Look! A free place to run your next band/gig/event flyer! Don’t let this sweet spot get away - send your high resolution file to at least 10 days before your show. Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays, Wednesdays, through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12 adults; $8 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 Fitchburg State University: Hammond Campus Center, CenterStage at Fitchburg State University presents ARTeries 2011, Through Feb. 23; 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. Higgins Armory Museum, Exhibit: Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell, Through June 20; 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: $10 for Adults, $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or


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Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Beauty In Excess on Display, Through Aug. 31. 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 Museum of Russian Icons, Treasures from Moscow: Icons from the Andrey Rublev Museum, Oct. 23 - July 25. 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 free. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or Old Sturbridge Village, Antique Sleigh Rally, Saturday; Dinner in a Country Village, Saturdays, through March 26. Admission: $7 $20 charged by age. Children under 3 free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or Westboro Gallery, “Transformations”-Westboro Gallery Opening by Shari Fox, Through Feb. 7. 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<P Worcester Art Museum, Edouard Manet’s The Dead Toreador, Through March 31; Goya and the Bullfight, Through April 17; Place as Idea, Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Oct. 9 - Feb. 13; Sunday Public Tour, Sundays, Sept. 12 - May 22. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $10 adults, $8 seniors, free for youth 17 and under. Free for all Saturdays, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or Worcester Public Library, Faces & Places, Through Feb. 27. 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

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Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape Friday Feb 4th Dick Doherty Taylor Connelly and Chris Pennie. Sat Feb 5th Dick Doherty Taylor Connelly and Chris Pennie. Friday Feb 11th Dom Fig Coleen Galvin and Julie K. Sat Feb 12th Dom Fig Coleen Galvin and Julie K. $20 per person except Special Events. 8 p.m.noon Biagio’s Grille, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call 800-4012221 or visit Open Mike Comedy Saturdays. 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 sympathetic crowd. 7-9 p.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. Call 508-754-3516. The Sexiest Show in Town Mondays. Come laugh with some of the best comics from the Worcester and New England area. Hosted by Shaun Connolly. Buy a pitcher, get a free pizza! Every 2nd and 4th Monday! 8-10 p.m. The Center Bar and Grille, 102 Green St. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Wong Dynasty Wisecracks is Worcester County’s newest and hottest comedy club franchise - this location is in Wong Dynasty in Holden, Ma. every Thursday night. There’s a full bar and food menu in the showroom! $12. 8-10 p.m. Wong Dynasty, 176 Reservoir St., Holden. Call 508-829-2188 or visit Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Jose Murphy’s Wisecracks is Worcester County’s newest and hottest comedy

club franchise - this location is in Jose Murphy’s (2nd floor) every Saturday night. There’s a full bar and food menu in the showroom! During the show, get a pitcher and a large pizza for just $10. $12. 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 2nd Floor, 97-103 Water St. Call 508792-0900 or visit Algonkuin Theatre Project presents Jerome Bixby’s The Man from Earth Through February 12. Jerome Bixby’s The Man from Earth was adapted for the stage by Richard Schenkman and directed by Marty Blackeagle-Carl. $15; $10 for Seniors and Students. 8-10 p.m. Alternatives’ GB and Lexi Singh Performance Center, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. 508-2720111. Inherit the Wind - Fridays, Saturdays, Friday, February 4 Saturday, February 19. 8 p.m.-10:30 a.m. Worcester County Light Opera Company, 21 Grandview Ave. Call 508-753-4383 or visit Auditions - The Wiz - Saturday, February 5. Theatre at the Mount, Gardner announces auditions for the children’s musical The Wiz (TYA - theatre for youth version). Looking for a large cast of children and teens (age 8 - 18) with singing, dancing and acting ability. Auditions will be held by appointment only on Saturday, February 5 at 10AM or 11AM for ages 8 - 12 and 12:00 Noon or 1:30pm for ages 13 - 18. To schedule an appointment call the Theatre at the Mount Box-office at 978 632-2403, or e-mail your appointment request to theatre. none. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mount Wachusett Community College: Main building, Room 182, 444 Green St., Gardner. Call 978-630-9162 or visit Inherit the Wind Sunday, February 6 - Sunday, February 20. 2-4:30 p.m. Worcester County Light Opera Company, 21 Grandview Ave. Call 508-753-4383 or visit Atticus - A One Man Show - Wednesday, February 9. Atticus Finch, portrayed by character actor Richard Clark, steps from the pages of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and brings to life the

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tragedy and triumph of Harper Lee’s classic novel in a one man show. To reserve a spot, please register at the front desk or call 508-634-2209 by Monday, February 7th. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hopedale Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 7-8 p.m. Hopedale Public Library, Downstairs Program Room, 50 Hopedale St., Hopedale. Call 508634-2209 or visit .

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Mini Astrological Tarot Readings with Symboline Dai. Mini Astrological Tarot Readings by Symboline Dai (Boston Phoenix columnist and Llewellyn Worldwide astrology author). Just $10 a session (10-12 minutes)! Starting at 6 pm. $10 per participant.. 6-8 p.m. Design at 639, 639 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-407-6482. Beer 101. Enjoy two hours of interactive beer education taught by Joe Santos, WineNation’s official Beer Guru. The class will cover topics including what beer is, how beer is made, the history of beer, and tasting the difference between Ales and Lagers. $10 per person. 6:30-8:30 p.m. WineNation, 70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Millbury. 508-917-0400.

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>Saturday 5 Ocean Sojourn. Cleanse and re-energize your spirit with a soothing journey to the ocean. Guided Meditation - please wear comfortable clothing. $12. 9-10 a.m. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3310. Electrolytic Salt Water Etching. In this workshop students will learn the low-tech method of saltwater etching. Unlike other methods, which use harsh chemicals, saltwater etching is safer and accomplishes the same results. Electro-etching is when the etching bath is electrically charged. During this workshop students will learn how to make their own saltwater etching baths and have the knowledge to create their own setup at home. Preparation of metal, etching solution and various kinds of resists will be discussed during this workshop. $69 Materials Fee: $25. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Free Yoga discussion Group. Learn to take yoga off the mat and into our daily lives. Join us as we explore, discuss, and question important issues, enabling us to begin a yoga practice or take our practice to the next level. This workshop is free and open to the community. 12:30-2 p.m. Sunbird Yoga Studio, 126 June St. 508-756-5813. Learn to Use the Potter’s Wheel. Have fun, while learning how to use the potter’s wheel to throw pots, bowls, and pitchers. You’ll practice on the wheel, under the instructor’s guidance, and

decorate and fire your successful “first works”. Finished works will be available for pickup two weeks after the workshop. Limited to 10 students. To register visit our website worcestercraftcenter. org or call 508-753-8183. Student Fee: $45 Materials Fee: $10 (Required). 1-4 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Beating Your Sugar Addiction. Beating Your Sugar Addiction Are you concerned about the negative affects of sugar on your body? Are you tired of the crash and burn after effects of sugar consumption? Reclaim your energy, your health and your sanity around sugar with April, and free yourself! donation. 2-3 p.m. Artichoke Food Co-op, 800 Main St. 508-752-3533 or Introduction to Glassblowing Intensive. Learn the fundamentals of glassblowing in three weeks. Gathering, forming simple paper-weights using color, and blowing simple shapes like cups and vases will be covered in this intensive introductory course. Demonstrations and hands on instruction will accompany plenty of bench time for each student. No experience necessary, all materials included. $225. 2-5 p.m. New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St. 508-753-8183 or

>Sunday 6 Core Flow Vinyasa with Cheryl Ross!. Yoga can make your life happier, healthier, and more productive. This is an opportunity to better understand what yoga is and a chance to meet one or more of our instructors! FREE. 11 a.m.-noon Causeway Mall Professional Building, 45 Sterling St., West Boylston. 508-835-1176.

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images of your work are an important and a fun resource allowing it to be easily seen and appreciated. With today’s digital technology, and the understanding of basic techniques, high quality images of your work are much more easily made. This workshop will cover basic digital camera use, basic lighting and the formatting of images for web, and portfolio use. $45 Materials Fee: $5 (Required). 6:30-9:30 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Personal Care Assistant. Students in this 24-hour program will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe personal care services for the elderly, sick or disabled in their homes or continuing care settings. The training provided in this course is based on the curriculum outlined in the “Standards of Practice for Homemaker and Personal Care Homemaker Services” in Massachusetts, published by the Massachusetts Council. 249. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston St. 508-751-7900 or

consecutive weeks. For additional information or to reserve your spot, please call us at 508.797.4325 or email us at wbic1@ $175. 6:30-8 p.m. Whole Body Improvement Center, 61A Milton St. 508-797-4325 or wholebodyimprovementcenter. com.

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Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers (CPR/AED). The BLS Healthcare Provider Course teaches CPR skills for helping adults, children and infants, (including doing ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen); use of an automated external defibrillator (AED); and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO). *This course is required for all students entering QCC Nursing and Allied Health programs. 75. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston St. 508-751-7900 or Crystal Singing Bowl Journey Meditation. Bindy began her spiritual journey at a young age when her mother shared ancient Persian medicine with her and taught her hypnosis and meditation to release pain in her body. For the past 17 years she has been helping people live healthier lives through full body and spirit wellness. She is a Usui Reiki Master and Teacher, Shamanic Energy Healer, Magnified Healer, Sound Healer and Wholistic Fitness Coach. $15. 6:30-7:30 p.m. First Church of Christ Unitarian, 725 Main St., Lancaster. 978-365-2427 or Reiki Share. Open to practitioners and those who would like to receive. 7-9 p.m. Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, 333 Shrewsbury St. 508-757-7923. Cleanse Class. “Healing Comes From Within” Kick off 2011 with a healthy, new you. Join us for our Cleanse Class beginning on February 8 from 6:30 to 8:00pm. This class will meet for four

Ballroom & Latin Dance Lounge. singles/couples. Dance to Latin, Swing & Hustle music. All-levels Foxtrot Lesson, Dance, Cash Bar & Refreshments, Proper Dress - Upper Lev. $15pp. 7-11 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or . Ballroom Dance Beginner Rumba. Learn Rumba, sometimes called the dance of love, in Worcester’s largest Ballroom Dance Studio! No partner required! Stay for our dance party from 8- 10 p.m. for an additional $10. Light refreshments offered. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 7:16-8 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or Ballroom Dance Advanced Swing. Learn Advanced Swing in Worcester’s largest Ballroom Dance Studio! Poise Style and Motion’s professionally trained instructors specialize in American Style Ballroom and Rhythm dance instruction for adults. No partner required! Light refreshments offered. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 7:15-8 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or

dance >Thursday 3 Ballroom Dance Rumba/Waltz Full Bronze. Learn with other couples and singles every Thursday in February. Waltz has an elegant gracefulness with a romantic and sometimes sad feel. Sometimes called the dance of love, Rumba has a romantic feel and sensual hip action. No Partner required. $10 drop in. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 7-8 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or

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Merengue is a fun, easy party dance and Salsa is one of the most fun and popular Latin dances today. $10 drop in. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 11 a.m.-noon Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or Ballroom Dance Intermediate Salsa. Come learn Salsa with other couples and singles every Saturday in February. Salsa is one of the most fun and popular Latin dances today. No partner required. $10.00 drop in. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. noon-10 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or Master Class: Latin Technique Classes. Singles and couples welcomed. Polish and spice up on technique on the Latin dances for 6 consecutive weeks. Introduces some new patterns but will mainly focus on the technical aspect of it. $50pp. noon-1 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or

>Sunday 6 Dance2Swing / Black & White Band / Dance & Lesson. 6:30pm Beginner Friendly Group Swing Dance Lesson 7:30pm The Black & White Band & DJ AlanHep2theJive All Dance2Swing Dances Feature a total mix of Crossover Swing: Jitterbug, Boogie Woogie, East & West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, & Rock n Roll and a mixture of Singles and Couples. About Black & White Since 1990, the band has adorned the stages of venues throughout New England, bringing forth their unique blend of high energy swing-blues and roots rock & roll. Come with or with-out a partner $12. 6:30-11 p.m. Leominster Elks Lodge 1237, 134 N. Main St., Leominster. 978-263-7220 or

>Monday 7 Ballroom Dance Advanced Tango. Learn with other couples and singles every Monday in February. Tango is characterized by a close hold, low center of gravity and an emphasis on contra body movement. Movement in Tango is stealthy, almost cat like and has an unmistakable staccato feel. No partner required. $10 drop in. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 8-9 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or Ballroom Dance Beginner Tango/Cha Cha. Learn with other couples and singles every Monday in February. Cha Cha

is a fun and lively dance which emphasizes Cuban Motion and rhythm expressed through the body. Tango is characterized by a close hold, low center of gravity and an emphasis on contra body movement. Movement in Tango is stealthy, almost cat like and has an unmistakable staccato feel. No partner or experience required. $10 drop in. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 7-8 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508752-4910 or

>Wednesday 9 Salsa for Salsa Food Drive and Salsa Passions Extravaganza. For the third annual Salsa for Salsa food drive, we have teamed up with Salsa Passions and Destare to offer an evening of music, dance, raffles and more, all while benefiting the food pantry at the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center. Join us for an evening of fun while helping the hungry! Admission is $10 plus a bag of non-perishable groceries. $15 or $10 plus a bag of nonperishable items for Cleghorn Neighborhood Center. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734 or facebook. com/salsapassions. WC Swing Classes (Int-Adv). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. The West Coast Swing originated from the Savoy Style Lindy dance. Brought to Hollywood by Dean Collins, a famous movie dancer and choreographer, this dance soon became popular in California nightclubs during the 1930s and 1940s. The West Coast Swing is known for its “dancing in a slot” appearance where the man dances in place while the woman travels back and forth. Singles & Couples welcome. $50pp. 7-8 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or .

poetry >Sunday 6 The Poets’ Asylum. Join Worcester’s longest running poetry series every Sunday night for an open mic reading followed by a featured poet and/or poetry slam. This week we hold the next open qualifying slam of the 2011 Worcester Slam season. Slam poetry can be moving, funny and deadly serious, sometimes all in the same poem. A poet comes up and perform their original work for the audience. Five people randomly chosen from the audience before the bout will give each poem a score. We do some math,

more poets perform and at the end of the night a winner (or three) is declared. No cover; donations accepted.. 7-10 p.m. WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, 910 Main St. 508-753-1012.

>Mondays The Dirty Gerund Poetry & Variety Show. Spoken Word Poetry & Music & Surprise Ruckus blend together to create an eclectic, dynamic show that ain’t your grandma’s poetry reading. Open Mic, Comedy Shtick, Special Featured Performers, Visual Artists, Snack Time and prizes for demented variations on poetry challenges! Hosted by Nicholas Earl Davis & Alex Charalambides. Music by Worcester Favorites, Shane Hall & the Ticklebomb Orchestra!! $2 Suggested Donation. 9-11:30 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or

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fairs/ festivals >Saturday 5 Commerford Zoo Kids Fun Fair. The Commerford Zoo Kids Fun Fair features rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with exotic animals. HOURS: Saturday: 10AM-7PM Sunday: 10AM-6PM Visit for more information. DCU Center- Arena and Convention Center, Exhibition Hall, 50 Foster St. 508-755-6800 or

Going Global: Challenges and Opportunities. Should early stage companies spend time and money developing global markets? Keynote speaker Ryan Moore will answer this question and more as he discusses how and why early stage companies should take advantage of global markets, both for labor and customers. Moore will use his fifteen years of experience advising and financing growing technology companies to explore best practices related to global labor sourcing and customer acquisition. Free: members, sponsors, students, WPI employees; $15 WPI alumni, past case presenters; $30 - general public.. 5:30-8:30 p.m. WPI Campus Center - 3rd Floor, 100 Institute Road. 508-8315761 or Religious Identity in a Pluralistic Age: Liberal, Conservative, Or Just Catholic? Paul Baumann, editor of Commonweal. Co-sponsored by the Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture and the College Honors Program. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. College of the Holy Cross: Smith Hall, Rehm Library, 1 College St. 508-793-3869.

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We are now accepting applications for children born in 2006/2007. Parents of children with disabilities are encouraged to consider our preschool program as an alternative placement for their children. Must meet eligibility requirements. Catherine Kortz 508.865.5037


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4-way rack, holds clothes, stainless steel and good condition. $30. 774-239-3101.

Humidifier, warm mist, 12-hour, quiet operation, almost new, $18, in Leominster, 978-840-4345

Send Flowers to your Valentine! Starting at just $19.99. Go to Cherish to receive an extra 20% off your order or Call 1-888-587-0771\\

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Fireplace Screen 38â&#x20AC;? W x 31â&#x20AC;? H Brass Frame, Mesh Screen, Ornate Bottom and legs. $50.00 508-754-1827



Found - Orange Long Haired Cat, Maple Street, Millbury area. Please call (508) 8653603 or (508) 414-9618


EDGE fitness Programmable Recumbent Magnetic Cycle in excellent conditon. Asking $135. 978-728-4460

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CLARINET, FLUTE, VIOLIN, TRUMPET, Trombone, Amplifier, Fender Guitar, $69 each. Cello, Upright Bass, Saxophone, French Horn, Drums, $185 ea. Tuba, Baritone Horn, Hammond Organ, Others 4 sale. 1-516377-7907 *

FOUND CAT Jan 20, orange tiger w/ white bib & white paws. Stoneleigh Rd, Holden. Call 508-853-1654.


Clothes rounder, stainless steel and in good condition. $40. 774-239-3099


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Vermont Castings wood stove w/cat con 35K BTU w/ coal conver kit. Exc cond $400 Firm 508-865-7493

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ITEMS UNDER $2011 Snowman coffee mugs earthenware by Lang. Pd $70, still in box $55 or B/O. 978343-3073.

Ice skating leotard. New. Long sleeve, velour in periwinkle. Womens XS. $20 978422-9924. Maple Bedroom set/ double bed, chest, dresser, mirror, lamps $300 508-8523225. Radiator Cover 43Wx 28â&#x20AC;?Hx 11â&#x20AC;?D Metal, Ivory color, ornate full grill, mint con. $60.00 508-791-0531 Sterling Silver ladies watch with second hand and new battery. Excellent condition. Asking $20. 508-829-9240.

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LAND FOR SALE ARIZONA BUILDING LOTS FULL ACRES AND MORE! Guaranteed Owner Financing No credit check $0 down - 0 interest Starting @ just $99/mo. Close to Tucsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Intl. Airport. Hear free recording at 800-631-8164 Code 4001 or visit\\ Own 20 Acres $129/mo. $13,900 Near Growing El Paso, Texas (safest city in America!) Low down, no credit checks, owner financing. Free Map/Pictures. 866-2547755 www.sunsetranches. com\\


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Upstate New York LAND BARGAINS ATV & Snowmobile Trails. State Game lands. 19 Acres Valley Views $29,995. 5 Acres Camp Lot $15,995. Adirondack River WAS:$119,995. NOW: $69,995. 24 Acres Tug-Hill $17,995. Scheduling land tours 7 days/ week. Call 800-229-7843 Or Visit

NY/MA/VT BORDER 3 BR LOG CABIN 16 Acres Movein Condition. Quiet Country Setting Only $249,900. Tremendous value! Pond, fields, woods, 1000? along quiet dead-end road. Garage & Workshop. Nearby State Forest/Lakes. Owner must sell! Call owner 617-480-4650*

Keep your driveway/walkway snow-free this winter! Sit back, relax, and let the snow-removal experts do what we do best. Plowing/Sanding/Snow Blowing from a small walkway to a large parking lot...we do it all! Residential & Commercial. We also offer full winter enrollment to our Plow and Snow Removal Services, which means ALL SEASON SERVICES will automatically be there clearing the snow from your property. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have to pick up the phone. In cases where you just need help with the bigger blizzards and storms, there is individual snow removal and plowing available. The best thing about our services is our LOW RATE!

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT Causeway Mall Rts. 12 & 110, West Boylston. Professional Office Suites, 1100 sq. ft. & 775 sq. ft. Great location. Ample parking. Handicap access. Avail. immediately. Also, shared office space avail. Call 508-835-6613

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WARM WEATHER IS YEAR ROUND in Aruba. The water is safe and the dining is fantastic. Rent a condo for a week or more in May or October. Walk out to the beach. Sleeps 8. $3,000. Call Carol at 978-371-2442 or email:*

FOR RENT: One week at the largest timeshare in the world. Orange Lake is right next to Disney and has many amenities including golf, tennis, and a water park. Weeks available are in February, March, and April. Cost for a Sunday week is $850 inclusive. Call Carol at 978-3712442 for more information.*





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AUTO/SUV 2008 Chevy Tahoe LT 5 drs. 8cyl. Silver ext., gray cloth int. 39k mi. 4wd. Exc. cond. Auto trans, extras. $24,950.00 508-829-9315

AUTO/RV 1999 Wilderness 28â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Single slide 5th wheel travel trailer. Rear kitchen. Queen bed. Sleeps 6. Awning. 1 owner. Exc. cond. Asking $8500.00 508-886-8820

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2007 Haulmark enclosed trailer, 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;5â&#x20AC;? long X 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;8â&#x20AC;? wide X 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;9â&#x20AC;? high. Interior lights, tie down rings, side door, rear ramp, 15â&#x20AC;? radials w/ spare. Exc. cond. $2500 firm. 508835-6979. 2008 Fleetwood Niagara pop-up camp, exc cond, 2 kings, flush toilet, shower, 3-way fridge, stove, micro. Pop out din area to bed. 508-395-1558 $12,500.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 831-2200

The Worcester Housing Authority, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from HVAC Contractors for the Replacement of Boilers and Water Heaters of Housing for the Worcester Housing Authority in Worcester, Massachusetts, in accordance with the documents prepared by Reinhardt Associates, Inc..

NOTICE OF EXECUTOR/ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT Docket WO07P230BEP1 To all persons interested in the estate of: George H. Chabot Late of Sutton, MA 01590 You are hereby notified pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 72 that the First and Final account(s) of Charles A Polachi Jr. as Executor/trix of said estate has/have been presented to said Court for allowance. If you desire to preserve your right to file an objection to said account(s), you or your attorney must file a written appearance in said court at Worcester on or before the 02/22/2011, the return day of this citation. You may upon written request by registered or certified mail to the fiduciary, or to the attorney for the fiduciary, obtain without cost a copy of said account(s). If you desire to object to any item of said account(s), you must, in addition to filing a written appearance as aforesaid, file within thirty (30) days after said return day or within such other time as the Court upon motion may order a written statement of each such item together with the grounds for each objection thereto, a copy to be served upon the fiduciary pursuant to Mass. R. Civ. P. Rule 5. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: January 24, 2011 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 2/3/2011

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provision of M.G.L. c.255, sec. 39A that on February 12, 2011 at 10:00 am, the following vehicles will be sold at private sale to satisfy our garage keeper lien thereon for towing and storage charges and expenses of sale and notices.

In accordance with the Sutton Earth Removal By-law, Section 5.7 (d) you are hereby notiďŹ ed that:


Aggregate Industries (B.N.T.) Map Nos. 5, 6, 11 Parcel Nos. 1, 2, 18, 19, 24, 25, 39, 97, 99, 100, 142, 202

Vehicle 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE VIN# 1Z37J3S430528

Aggregate Industries (T & T) Map Nos. 2, 5, 6, 10 Parcel Nos. 4, 10, 25, 87, 88, 89, 97, 98

Vehicle 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE VIN# 1Z37J3S412202

Aggregate Industries (Dusak) Map No 5 Parcel No. 94

To be sold at Belsito Towing, 245 SW Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604 1/20, 1/27, 2/3/11

has applied for an earth removal permit renewal for the above-stated parcel of land. The Earth Removal Board will continue the Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:05PM in the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA


The Project consists of: Removal and Replacement of Indirect Water heaters and Boilers The work is estimated to cost $ 247,393. Bids are subject to M.G.L. c.149 §44AJ and to minimum wage rates as required by M.G.L. c.l49 §§26 to 27H inclusive and to Davis-Bacon wage rates. Section 1606 of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) requires all laborers and mechanics employed by contractors and subcontractors on projects funded directly by or assisted in whole or in part by and through the Federal Government pursuant to the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing rates on projects of a character similar in the locality as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with subchapter IV of chapter 31of title 40, United States Code. General bidders must be certified by the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) in the following category of work â&#x20AC;&#x201C; HVAC and must submit a current DCAM Certificate of Eligibility and a signed Update Statement (CQ3). General Bids will be received until Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. and publicly opened, forthwith. Filed sub-bids for the trades listed below will be received until Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. and opened forthwith. Filed sub-bidders must be DCAM certified for the trades listed below and bidders must include a current DCAM Sub-Bidder Certificate of Eligibility and a signed DCAM SubBidderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Update Statement. SUBTRADES

Division 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Plumbing Division 26 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Electrical

All Bids should be delivered to: Worcester Housing Authority, Facilities Management and Planning, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA 01605, Attn: Fred Paris and received no later than the date & time specified above. General bids and sub-bids shall be accompanied by a bid deposit that is not less than five (5%) of the greatest possible bid amount (considering all alternates), and made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority Bid Forms and Contract Documents will be available for pick-up at www.biddocsonline. com (may be viewed online and hard copy requested) or at Nashoba Blue, Inc., at 433 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749 (978) 568-1167 on or after Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

Town of Sutton Earth Removal Board Notice of Public Hearing To all interested inhabitants of the Town of Sutton:

John Slocum, Chair Earth Removal Board

(508) 749-3166 ext. 430

There is a plan deposit of $ 50.00 per set (maximum of 2 sets) payable to the Awarding Authority. Deposits may be electronically paid or must be a certified or cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check. This deposit will be refunded for up to two sets for general bidders and for one set for subbidders upon return of the sets in good condition within thirty days of receipt of general bids. Otherwise the deposit shall be the property of the Awarding Authority. Additional sets may be purchased for $ 50.00 Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for $ 40.00 per set for UPS Ground (or $ 65.00 per set for UPS Overnight), payable to BidDocs ONLINE, Inc., to cover mail handling costs. General bidders must agree to contract with minority and women-owned businesses as certified by the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA). The amount of participation which shall be reserved for such enterprises shall not be less than seventeen (17%) percent of the final contract price, including accepted alternates, of which at least twelve (12%) percent shall be for minority business enterprises and five (5%) percent shall be reserved for women-owned business enterprises. The buildings will be available for inspection on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 9:00 A.M. starting at 149 Lincoln Street and then to 204 Beacon Street.


The Contract Documents may be seen in person or by electronic media at: Project Dog 18 Graf Road Suite #8 Newburyport, MA 01950 (978) 499-9014

MHC/Joseph Merritt & Co 17 Everberg Road â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Unit C Woburn, MA 01801 (781) 430-2008

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Nashoba Blue, Inc. 433 Main Street Hudson, MA 01749 P: (978) 568-1167 www.nashobablue. com

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Shabana Basij-Rasikh Shabana Basij-Rasikh has done more in 20 years than many of us will do in a lifetime. After dressing as a boy to receive an education as a child in Afghanistan, she’s helping build a girls’ school in Qalatik Village, her hometown, through fundraising and plenty of hands-on work. The president of a non-profit organization, HELA, which translates to “hope” in her native tongue, she is working to further Afghan women through education, sports, and building community. Plus, Basij-Rasikh was named one of Glamour Magazine’s “Top 10 College Women of 2010.” As if that isn’t enough, she’s taking a break from her classes at Middlebury College to speak at Worcester Academy later this month.

What was it like going to school in Afghanistan? Growing up under Taliban

regime was an experience that today’s city girls in Afghanistan cannot relate to for the most part. I received my first six years of education in secret schooling because the Taliban banned girls’ education. I attended a public school for the very first time in 2002.

Did a lot of Afghan girls go to “secret schools” back then? It’s hard to say, but

within cities like Kabul some people took the risk to attend them.

What was the biggest culture shock you had when you first came to America?

People eat macaroni with cheese in the U.S.; in Afghanistan we eat Macaroni with plain yoghurt and meat or vegetarian sauce. I like both.

Can you tell us about the girls’ school you helped start back in Afghanistan?

In 2006, elders from my village approached my family to help build a school. I had recently returned from a high-school exchange program in Wisconsin. After hearing about the need for a school in my ancestral village, I visited the piece of land that had been donated for the school. There I saw 13 volunteers from the village teaching children, letting the shade of the few trees delineate the classroom areas. The entire school of about 700 students owned three half-broken blackboards. First-grade children used small rocks to practice counting in math class. One of the elders told me, “Our sons can walk 4 kilometers to go to high school. But our daughters, this [middle school] is all they get. As a father, I cannot look into my daughter’s eyes to tell her there is no more education for her. We want a high school for our daughters.” So far the school has six

classrooms and a deep drinking well, thanks to an anonymous donor. My hope is to turn this school into the first girls’ high school in Qalatik village.

What’s HELA? HELA is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Afghan women through education. HELA, Inc., aims to build girls’ schools, womens’ centers, and high-school athletic fields for girls around the country. HELA is also committed to building bridges for Afghan youth to connect with American youth through education. What are you up to when you’re not busy with all your activism? I socialize with friends; I enjoy listening to music—I listen to a mix of Afghan, American, Arabic and Bollywood songs.

Tell us a little bit about your upcoming lecture at Worcester Academy.

My lecture will focus on my personal experience receiving an education in Afghanistan and my journey to the U.S. I will also talk about my activism. I hope that it will be a learning experience for all of us, and I hope to see many of you there!

What are your plans for when you graduate from Middlebury? I am hoping to raise enough money by May, 2011 to build the first girls’ high school in my ancestral village this summer. I aim to get my MA before I attend law school. I will continue with my efforts to build more schools and increase female literacy in Afghanistan. Due to this week’s snowstorm, BasijRasikh’s lecture, “Afghanistan, Women, and Education,” originally scheduled for February 3, has been postponed. To learn of the new date, contact John Murnane, Director of Open Gates, at 508-754-5302 x169.

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