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eroin has always seemed like a drug only for shadowy alleys and condemned buildings, and the people who frequented such places. The type of people who had family, friends or acquainances who were addicts as well. Someone who didn’t have a house, or a car, or a steady job. That’s simply not the case. Heroin is prevalent all over the state in so many parts of society, especially in Worcester, and it’s rising. Users are younger and coming to the drug in untraditional ways. The city has seen the rising trend and tried to stem it, yet because heroin doesn’t receive the same recognition as alcohol, marijuana or cocaine, we’ve found that more could be done in Worcester to help those who need not only treatment, but understanding from their community.


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March 3 - 9, 2011 ■ Volume 36, Number 26

Worcester East Larger issues loom beyond the quick fixes C. Kelleher Harris

Seven Hills Charter School placed on probation for not meeting improvement benchmarks. Looks like they’re waiting for Superman, too. -2 Pizza delivery man shot in botched robbery. Not even desperate times call for those desperate of measures. -2 Increasing fines for pot smoking goes before the city council. The 1990s called, they want their ordinance back. -1 Clark University hosts Spanish playwright via Skype. Talk about learning without boundaries. +1 Ted Kennedy arranged to stay at a Chilean brothel in 1961. Slow news day. 0 Desmond Tutu to speak at St. Johns High School. That’s a collegelevel speaking score. +2 Boston to Worcester train makes trip in just under 3 hours on Monday. Worcester and the MBTA: an abusive relationship, and they’re the abuser. -2 This week: -5 Last week: -6 Year to date: -14



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Another arbitrator rules in favor of reinstating embattled WPD officer David Rawlston. It might be time to invest some of the city’s legal money into shoring up the budget. -1

hen Worcester East Middle School originally opened in 1924, it was the first school east of the Mississippi to be designated specifically for use as a junior-high school. Almost 90 years later, the East Middle is among some two dozen schools that are in line to receive funds for much needed repairs. “Like any school that’s been steadily used for nearly a hundred years, Worcester East Middle School is due for internal upgrades and repairs; the bathrooms need attention, the paint needs work in some rooms, and there are places where floors and ceilings need work,” says Worcester School Committee member Tracy Novick. Teachers there agree too. “Our school’s always been overlooked,”

says art teacher Stacy Lord, calling the needed repairs safety issues and a matter of pride. “Much of the interior work depends on the roof being fixed,” Novick says. According to the school’s principal, Rose Dawkins, the roof has needed replacement for about six years. “If you drive by our school on the outside it looks awful,” Lord says defeatedly. The school has had work done before, recently $30,000 was spent to fix the gym’s roof, but the repairs leaked, rending half of one hallway “demolished.” “Our concern is for the safety of the kids,” says Lord. In April 2010, the city identified $70 million in needed repairs in Worcester Public Schools. City Manager Michael O’Brien announced that the city would


give Worcester Public Schools $6 million during 2010-2011 in building rehabilitation funds. This is a 50 percent increase over previous annual allocations. An additional $3 million will be allocated every year for the next four years, totaling $18 million over five years. In addition to the $18 million, funds have also been allocated for projects including assistance from energyservice company, Honeywell. The city will work with Honeywell to make their schools more energy efficient, then bond the money they’ll save to pay for these capitol improvements. “I found out that what was a $1 million project by Honeywell is now a $3 million project,” Clancy said. “I want to know what the initial bids were and who made the initial bids.” Clancy went on to say that Honeywell

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had given an initial estimate on the window replacement that was “not even in the ball park” of the present estimate. And that’s raised questions about the scope of the repairs. Not only does the roof need replacing, Dawkins is also concerned about the school’s windows. The school still contains the original frames and panes, which are almost 90 years old. “We need windows,” says Dawkins. “It’s very cold and drafty. And the windows rattle.” Dawkins initially thought that the windows would be replaced this year as well,

but apparently some confusion has developed. During a recent visit to Worcester East Middle School, District Three Councilor Paul P. Clancy said that windows could not possibly be replaced this year because of the excessive costs. At the Feb. 8 Worcester City Council meeting, Clancy raised questions about the cost and initial estimates. “Obviously East Middle isn’t going to get new windows,” Clancy said. “They are not happy, and I don’t blame them.” continued on page 7



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V E R BATI M There is a lot of good going on in our school and we would like to see the city hold up their end with the funding to address some of the major safety issues that currently plague our Worcester East Middle.�

— Stacy Lord, art teacher at Worcester East Middle School


With two categories (youth & adult) and a spread in our issue dedicated to the winners, this is a great opportunity for our community to celebrate the excellent work of our local word artists during National Poetry Month. First, second and third place winners will be showcased in the April 7th issue of Worcester Mag. Winners will be invited to read their winning entries during a Worcester Mag sponsored live showcase event at the WCUW 91.3 FM’s Front Room on April 22.


Rules • Submissions must be made electronically, sent via email as a Word attachment or pasted in an email. Send submissions to Please put POETRY CONTEST in the subject headline. No paper submissions will be accepted. • Be sure to mark which category you are applying for: Adult (18+) or Youth (-18). • Entries due by March 25 • Word count: no more than 500 words. 2011 Judges: Alex Charalambides, 2011 Worcester Arts Council Fellowship Recipient Heather Macpherson of Ballard Street Poetry Journal John Hodgen, English professor at Assumption College and published poet

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Mayor Joseph O’Brien pointed out that while the decisions had already been set for the $18 million five-year plan, the planning and designation with Honeywell’s projects was “still being worked on.� “They are going to get a lot of great work,� O’Brien told Clancy. According to Dawkins other repairs that are slated for East Middle School this year are bathroom upgrades, a new science lab and replacing the cafeteria floor. Novick said that despite finished budgeting details, the window replacement had already been decided on. “I would certainly hope that the commitment to the capital spending would hold firm,� Novick said. “I know that the school committee and the school administration remain committed to these projects; I would hope that such would hold true for the city administration and the city council as well.� Dawkins remains hopeful that the money necessary to improve and enhance her school will eventually come through. “[The school] needs a lot of repairs, but it has good bones,� Dawkins said.

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THE NEWS ON THE SHREWS: It’ll be interesting to see if Shrewsbury Street buzzes with political intrigue next week, as long-time district 2 city councilor Phil Palmieri will find out as early as this Friday if he will have a challenger in the November election. While we can’t say who the potential candidate is yet, we will say that he does not have an Italian name in one part of the city where the ethnic vote still has some sway. Palmieri hasn’t had competition for his seat since the 2007 election … Speaking of rumors, as we’ve been listing names of potential candidates for council, unconfirmed rumors are that the School Committee will have at least three new challengers this year, including one that didn’t finish in the top six in 2009.

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ALMOST IN THE PUBLIC EYE: Last year’s Republican candidate for the district 13 state representative seat Paul Franco has been appointed to the Conservation Commission. Franco made it known during his concession speech to supporters last November that he’s still got the drive for politics, so this may be a way for him to stay in the public eye – even the minimal exposure that the Conservation Commission will offer.

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councilors have started to think about their re-election campaigns? A discussion that would have lent itself to joking around ended up drier than, well, cottonmouth. On Tuesday night the council heard from Main South Alliance member William Breault about increasing fines and forcing offenders to properly ID themselves to police officers writing marijuana possession tickets. With plenty of opportunities for councilors to throw in a pun or innuendo about the drug, motions stayed pretty straight-forward. Konnie Lukes brought up drug sales supporting cartels in Mexico and wanted information from the police department regarding drug-related violence. Mayor Joe O’Brien asked for the number of possession citations written by local police, while Barbara Haller asked for the number of complaints called into the WPD regarding public smoking of marijuana. Rick Rushton, noting that the decriminalization proposition passed in 2008 with 62 percent of the vote in Worcester, while a public policy question last November asking d-13 voters if medicinal marijuana should be legalized passed with 59 percent in favor, moved to file the motion immediately. Despite the council filing a similar measure in 2009, they changed course this year, voting 6 to 3 in favor of continuing discussion and sending it to subcommittee.


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inspired more debate than local pot laws? Whether or not Kelley Square should be reengineered. In reference to the demolition of the Bumper to Bumper building that has opened up an area flush with Harding and Green streets. Lukes wondered if the time was right for some eminent domain “to reconstruct some of that confusion.” “What is Worcester without the madness of Kelley Square?” O’Brien then asked. City Manager Michael O’Brien called it a national landmark, but said his office could respond with a report. After Rushton pointed out the economic development potential of rebuilding on that parcel, O’Brien also added that earlier in the decade proposals were for a gas station to pop up there, which was “clearly not our vision for the community.”

USED AND ABUSED: Boston news outlets finally came out to Worcester this week for something that wasn’t a fire, a grisly murder or a story on snow removal. Unfortunately, it was about how Worcester-Framingham commuter line riders received the shaft from the MBTA twice in one day, with huge delays Monday morning and evening, including a 5p.m. express from Boston to Worcester that didn’t arrive to Union Station until well after 8p.m. The MBTA apologized, blaming the delays on old and faulty engines noted that new trains are on the way. A summer 2010 $114 million dollar deal for 20 new locomotives with Boise, Idaho company Motive Power, Inc. is a good start but they’re not slated to arrive here until 2013, presumably because if it takes 3.5 hours to get an MBTA train from South Station to Worcester, imagine how long it takes them to get a train from Boise to Boston. Follow Worcester Mag news daily and digitally at the Daily Worcesteria blog at Got a tip? Call 749-3166 x243 or email it to jshulkin@ If you like your news and political gossip 140 characters at a time then follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter.

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It’s time to fold ’em, Chief Gemme

vidently Worcester police chief, Gary Gemme, is unfamiliar with the song “The Gambler.” Kenny Rogers sings, “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” Well, chief, it’s long past the time for you to fold ’em. Even the Worcester School Committee wouldn’t give you a standing ovation for your work on the Rawlston case. It’s been almost four years since former Worcester patrolman, David Rawlston, while on injured-on-duty status, made the decision to confront three teenagers who were trespassing on his property and peering into the windows of his home in Tatnuck Square. Officer Rawlston’s actions that night have been branded by the chief of police and City Manager Mike O’Brien as police misconduct. Ten months later, Rawlston was fired with loss of pay and benefits. A 14-year veteran, Rawlston basically was accused of overreacting to the threat and danger posed to him, his family and neighbors by three young male prowlers under the cover of darkness. Evidently he had forgotten that some of his Quinn Bill pay-incentive classes had stressed the liberal way of cajoling, coaxing and coddling our youth who are just starting out on a life of crime. So much for tough love. Although understandable to many homeowners, Rawlston’s behavior that night appears to have been reckless. When the criminal element that he was so used to dealing with on Worcester’s streets came calling on his home and castle, his anger and resentment got the best of him. He ran out the door, pointed his loaded semiautomatic Glock handgun at the young unarmed intruders, pushed them to the ground and allegedly whacked one of them on the side of the head with his pistol. Officer Rawlston’s behavior warranted a reprimand, an extended cool-down period without

pay, some retraining and a reassignment of duties. However, the response of the police chief has been more unreasonable and unacceptable than Rawlston’s actions were on that April night before Easter in 2007. Chief Gemme is a smart, educated, tough cop and a capable administrator. He’s been good for the police department and good for the city. His emphasis on crime prevention and community policing, even while short-staffed, have kept Worcester residents safer. On the other hand, many police officers and union activists accuse the chief of being unyielding, hypocritical and vindictive. That has led to much anger, resentment and turmoil on the force. In the Rawlston case, City Manager O’Brien agreed with Gemme and concluded that Rawlston was a bad cop. However, according to the several avenues of due process and appeal used to date by Rawlston’s legal counsel, the city did not have just cause to fire him. The police chief’s own detective bureau and the district attorney’s office have both said that Officer Rawlston’s behavior was not criminal. Two experienced arbitrators and a Suffolk Superior Court judge have ruled against the city and demanded that Rawlston be reinstated with back-pay and benefits. One of the arbitrators even said that he did not find the three youths to be credible. In spite of these investigations and rulings, Gemme and O’Brien remain in denial. They continue to ignore all independent findings in this case while costing Worcester taxpayers well over $100,000 in outside legal fees. It’s time for the Rawlston saga to end. Chief Gemme and City Manager O’Brien must take off their blinders and immediately cut the city’s and taxpayers’ losses. To continue on their present path is sheer folly. Give patrolman Rawlston back his gun and his job.

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His hair tangled around my fingers, my other hand traces the outline of his chest tattoo. The rest of the house is quiet but neither Levi nor I have any interest in the solidarity that comes with sleep. He shares college soccer-team stories that make me laugh; stories of adventures filled with risk that make me whip my head back in shock. I’m overcome with anticipation; my mind swirls with inspiration to have similar stories of my own. How could I have become jaded to the simple realization that we all have the time and opportunity to live a life of heart-pounding tales? I leave the bed that morning ready enjoy myself, ready to live. In that same room, months later, Levi is found dead on the floor, the needle in his arm telling the last story of his life. Even through the constant use of drugs and alcohol, Levi was still the most cognizant person I knew. At 24 years old, he knew what it was like to grab life and marvel in all its greatness, rather than simply getting by in it. Whether snapping his head of long black hair up and down while pounding out rock-and-roll power chords, or dancing to every song in the middle of a bar floor until closing time, Levi was always on a mission for the highest happiness possible. It was Levi’s death that brought the realization that from time to time, emotions and pain challenge our sense of being; sometimes it’s so intense that a hole forms, leaving us subconsciously searching for a filler. Some spend hours with alcohol, searching for liquid courage to overcome hardships. Some use food and often its expulsion to gain a sense of control over their disorderly situation. Heroin and other opiates rush physical and mental substitutes powerful enough to give a feeling of fulfillment, at least for a couple hours. For those who may feel a void within their lives, Worcester is a city of provoking people and movements, ready to rush into that space with inspiration and fulfillment. This community needs to recognize the vast amount and types of outlets it offers individuals to fill their hallow hearts. To be naive is to say early-drug-prevention discussions and addict therapy are the only answers. While both are necessary, let’s also embrace the alternatives available that don’t sacrifice the high or fulfillment that drugs can offer. Go to a Dirty Gerund show on Monday night and let your heart and mind pulsate with intimacy as your neighbors share their most personal thoughts through rhyme. See a live show at the Raven and hear an undiscovered local band playing music that turns your body into a spastic, sparking fuse. Walk the hall of any gallery with wall to wall art that shares thoughts on life just as motivating as those spoken to me by a man who didn’t have these opportunities. He didn’t have a city made of passionate people awakening the power to feel in all of us. We do. Jump into the city and watch it flow within you.




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woke up at 5:30 a.m. and prepared for my daily commute. I take the 6:55 a.m. P508 train from Union Station in Worcester all the way in to South Station in Boston. If the train runs on schedule, I’m sitting at my desk by 8:30 a.m. This is a rare occurrence. We left Union Station on time. After we reached Grafton, the first stop on our journey, we sat there for what seemed like forever. Finally, a conductor announced over the loudspeaker something that was inaudible in the car I was in. The speaker system seems to only work well in a select few cars. After another 15 minutes or so, a conductor came to our car and announced that we were having engine problems and were waiting for repairs. The repair took forever. People were frantically calling their places of employment, canceling meetings and trying to explain to their supervisors why they were going to be late once again. Finally, the train started moving, and I arrived at work at approximately 10:15 a.m. — nearly two hours late. I thought to myself, “This has to be as bad as it gets.” I was wrong. Later in the day, I went to South Station to take the 5:00PM P523 train home. If the train runs on schedule, I arrive at Union Station in Worcester around 6:20 p.m. and I’m home with my wife by around 6:30 p.m. The train left as scheduled, but promptly broke down not even four miles from South Station as we coasted near Newton. Here I sit at 6:50 p.m. Still in Newton. Still stranded. The last time I checked the MBTA web site, it said our train was delayed “25-30 minutes.” That would be great if it was true. Instead, here I sit in commuter rail hell as other outbound trains zip by us. My

laptop battery is almost dead and my cell phone battery died long ago, a casualty of the morning commute, so I’ll have to find my story when I get home…whenever that will be. Another train finally hooks on to us at the front of the train and pulls us on our way after 7:00 p.m. We have to make “double stops” at each station because the platforms aren’t long enough to accommodate a double-length train. This further delays the commute, and we roll into Union Station in Worcester at approximately 9:20 p.m. — three hours late. Upset passengers rushed to their cars, knowing that dinner is ice cold, the kids are in bed, and it’s nearly time get some sleep. Who knows what it in store for the morning commute? It could be another very long day. Unfortunately, delays like this are becoming more and more common on the Worcester-Framingham commuter rail line. If the executives at my professional services company ran their company like this, they would have been out of business long, long ago. Every transportation official I see on the television or in the paper these days cites the problem as “lack of communication.” They would have everyone believe that, as long as they are better about informing commuter rail passengers of delays, everything will be fine. That’s rubbish. They will also have you believe that these types of delays are rare. More rubbish. There is no money to fix the trains, so common sense would tell any somewhat intelligent individual that the trains will keep getting worse and more delays are eminent. Better communication is good, but until the mechanical issues are fixed the delays will continue to occur—and much more frequently as the machinery continues to deteriorate with each passing day. How many days can workers like me be late for work while employers look the other way? How many delays are commuters expected to bear?

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Inside of a black leather bag Gino (not his real name) carries a syringe, a needle, the bottom of a Coke can, and a spoon. Despite standing in the rain with two relative strangers, he’s talkative and open to sharing details about his heroin use.

“I had to work my way up to this,” he says, when asked if the half-gram baggie of white and brown-flecked powder is the amount he normally shoots. He puts it in a spoon, mixes in some Worcester rainwater and heats it up. Gino, in his 50s, has always battled drug addiction, but a daily craving for heroin started relatively recently. He’s been using for five or six years, but as he turns the syringe to his arm he points out that he still has the veins to inject into. (Long-time users’ veins often collapse.) It’s 9 a.m. and Gino, has done the equivalent of three bags. It cost him $50 (a “value pack,” he calls it). In an earlier conversation, he says sometimes he does as much as 1.5 grams per day. Heroin had an early hold over Baxter. He remembers as a kid on his way to school having to step over a neighbor strung out on the steps of his housing unit in Main South. That same neighbor made a habit of spraying his own bloody initials on the wall with recently used syringes. Years of physical and sexual abuse, compounded with depression and stress disorders increased his dependency on drugs. His daughter started using heroin 10 years before he did. A ruptured disc in his back led him to pain

pills, and he self-medicated with heroin in lieu of surgery. “I never thought of myself that I’d become an addict.” In a twist that shows the psyche of drug addicts and the strength of an addiction, as drugs distanced him from his family he decided to prove his worth: “I set out to be the best junkie I could be.” “They think of me like this,” he says, “well, I’m going to fucking show them.”

A RISE IN THOSE SEEKING TREATMENT “Worcester’s kind of known for its heroin use,” says Rodney Witkos, an UMass Memorial EMT with 20 years of experience. Witkos also runs a blog called Wormtown Medic. He says Worcester’s heroin use has remained steady over the years, and statistics from the past decade reiterate the city’s ups and downs. After huge decreases in heroin use, the number of users has ticked back up recently. In the past decade, admissions to treatment centers who reported their residence as Worcester peaked in 2001 with 4,369 referrals for heroin (compared to 4,066 for alcohol and 1,951 for cocaine), but that number decreased sharply to 2,275 by FY 2007. But in FY 2010, the number rose to 2,608. While the numbers have significantly decreased since the beginning of the decade, the percentages show the drug’s

comeback. Of the 4,460 admissions into substance abuse programs in Worcester in fiscal year 2007, 35 percent sought treatment for alcohol, while 47 percent arrived for heroin addictions – 11 percent higher than the state average in that same time-span. With nearly 500 more referrals in FY 2010, alcohol dropped to 32 percent, but heroin treatment rose to 54 percent. As the state average rose only 2 percent, in Worcester it jumped up by 7. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. Kristin Nolan, director of outpatient services at Spectrum Health Systems, a substance-abuse and mental-health treatment center that on average treats 1,100 users between two Worcester outpatient clinics, says outpatient care for opiate addiction has risen 10 percent within the last year. She also points out that only a fraction – about 1/10 – of those with an addiction seek treatment.

NEW ADDICTIONS One hypothesis for the increase in opiate users comes from the availability of prescription pain pills. In other words, doctors prescribe them so often and at such high quantities that they’re easy to find in medicine cabinets or from family members and acquaintances. Edward W. Boyer, a medical toxicologist at UMass Memorial Hospital who recently won a grant to research

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prescribed opioid abuse and dependence, puts it this way: “You talk to enough people in drug treatment who see patients who were formerly on Percocet, then OxyContin, then heroin.� “If you take four Percocet four times a day, day after day, at some point if you then tried to stop that medication, you’d find out you get sick,� says Jay Broadhurst, an assistant professor at UMass Medical School and physician at UMass Memorial and Spectrum Health

Services. It’s a feeling – called “dope sick� – that heroin addicts know well. That sickness underlies the craving for another dose of the drug. “Klonopin, OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet,� Baxter lists, “people who have them legitimately in their medicine cabinets don’t realize what they’ve got in there.� “It’s a good starter kit,� he adds. “Heroin has the same effect,� says Boyer of the pharmaceuticals. But heroin has two advantages over the prescription

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Vice squad officers like O’Connor prided themselves on their connections, counting repeat arrestees as acquaintances and knowing who did what and went where. Generally, with addicts in their 30s, 40s and 50s officers had an easier time relating with them. Younger addicts, however, generally still rebel against arresting officers.

CHEAP AND POTENT Like any other business, the drug trade follows the free-market economy: supply versus demand determines the prices, and as heroin use rises statewide and citywide, prices have dropped. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Massachusetts ranks 15th in population but 5th in number of people treated for opiate addiction. The state is also one of 16 where opiate-related deaths have eclipsed motor-vehicle fatalities.

According to Early, not only have dealer arrests risen in Worcester County, but as purity levels rise, so have overdoses. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has quantified the trend. While statistics since 2008 aren’t available, Worcester has been among the top four cities in the state for fatal opioid-related overdoses, with 21 in 2006, 33 in 2007 and 25 in 2008. In that three-year period only Boston, with 224 fatal overdoses, outranks Worcester (87). Boston, however, has seen significant declines each year, dropping from 90 fatal overdoses in 2006 to 82 in 2007 and 52 in 2008. According to a recent Boston Herald article, the numbers continued to drop, slipping to 16 in 2009 and 21 in 2010. There have already been five this year. The Worcester Police Department counted 117 overdoses in 2010, seven of them fatal. So far in 2011 the WPD has responded to 15 overdoses, but did not say whether or not they’ve resulted in any deaths. “It’s very significant, very frightening,� says acting deputy director of Substance Abuse Services at the Department of Public Health, Hilary Jacobs, who notes that this reflects a national trend. “We’ve known basically since the late 1990s that very cheap, low-cost heroin has been available in Massachusetts,� says Michael Botticelli, the director of Substance Abuse Services at the

{ coverstory } Department of Public Health. Instead of buying bags, users have started buying by the gram. Today local law enforcement has seen an entire gram fetch $80, enough for 50 bags of heroin, and that’s before that amount is more than doubled when it’s cut with other chemicals. A kilogram, the Drug Enforcement Agency estimates, sells for

“I can tell certain things, but I can’t label them,” when asked if he knows what his heroin is cut with. Sometimes the high can vary. Cocaine has a “speedier” effect, while Valium is “mellow.” Methadone makes the high last longer, but it often just tricks users into thinking they’ve found great dope. “They think it’s great so they’ll go get


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between $50,000 and $80,000. That’s 50,000 bags of heroin before it’s cut. While relatively new heroin users want their drug purer as it’s easier to inhale, addicts whose craving for the drug requires direct injection into veins look for less pure batches. “Heroin is always cut with something,” says Boyer. He remembers a few years ago, thousands of deaths in the Midwest related back to a batch of heroin cut with fentanyl, a powerful drug used in pain management and cancer treatment. “What it’s cut with changes from time to time, place to place,” he adds. Cutting agents run from household items like flour, baking soda, powdered milk to baby powder. Sometimes suppliers or dealers use cocaine. More often than not, cringe-worthy chemicals find their way in. In Worcester alone, police and EMTs have seen mannitol, a baby laxative and glaucoma treatment in veterinary medicine; scopolamine, a drug for treating motion sickness and intestinal cramping; ketamine – or Special K – a recreational rave drug that doubles as an emergency surgery anesthetic in war zones; and strychnine, more commonly known as rat poison. The batch Gino had was cut with vitamin B. “Sometimes a lighter color means more cut,” Gino says, confidently estimating his most recent buy at 30 percent pure.

their friends and bring them to a [dealer] who has a bottle of methadone powder.” Purity levels in Worcester vary from anywhere between 23 percent to slightly less than 40 percent. The Worcester Police Department, at the behest of O’Connor years ago, began running monthly Quality and Quantity (called Q and Qs) tests on seized heroin to determine what other chemicals found their way in. Recent Q and Qs, have varied between 9 and 30 percent purity. According to law enforcement, this puts Worcester’s heroin on the purer side of the spectrum – a dangerous development for users from other areas accustomed to dirtier drugs, or addicts who have stopped using (normally due to jail time) and pick up their habit at the rate they used before. Those purity levels have an impact on the community. “Every couple of months to half a year [there’s] a spurt of serious overdoses,” says Witkos, who thinks one bad batch came to Worcester about two months ago. Another UMass EMT, who didn’t want his named used, agreed with that time frame. The length of time that it’s on the streets, however, depends on how much came in and when the dealers caught wind of how powerful it was. “If they package an entire kilo, all that goes out with the same toxicity,” he says. But once they hear it’s strong, then they may take what’s left and re-cut it.

FOLLOWING THE TRAIL Heroin in Worcester isn’t just a part of the “war on drugs” in the United States, it’s also part of the actual drug war – the one that’s raging in parts of South America. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, 95 percent of heroin comes into the United States mainly from Colombia and over the Mexican border, either by car or by plane. The same groups that grow, harvest, cut and package cocaine – leftist Colombian rebels, FARC may be the most well-known – use the same routes for shipping heroin north. The drugs arrive in U.S. hub cities like New York and Atlanta already in blocks and ready for distribution (state-side suppliers and dealers often opt to cut the heroin even more, however). At that point, it makes its way up through New York state or Rhode Island, traveling over the Mass Pike, I-290, or even via FedEx into Worcester. “We’ve gotten good at detecting hides,” says Early. “What they (state-police detectives) have been doing is they just try and stay smarter than the guys who are dealing.” Recent busts on I-290 have come from state police using K-9 units to detect heroin in false bottoms in trunks, or welded underneath the car’s chassis. Sometimes it comes through in “fingers” – literally fingers of rubber gloves cut off, filled with five to ten grams of heroin, tied off at the end, lubed up and swallowed by a drug mule. When local dealers receive their product it’s normally cut again and divided up into smaller bags. Little coinshop stamps are used to identify which dealer has what, normally just a common symbol like a heart or a crown. Based on the batch, users tell each other which symbols to look for and which ones to avoid.


with a morning dose of a drinkable, opiate copycat, which limits their cravings for heroin. Massachusetts has 36 methadone clinics, with three—AdCare, Spectrum, and Community Healthlink—in Worcester. (Community Healthlink opened a 23-bed residential co-ed treatment center in 2006 just for adolescents.) But methadone clinics still pose problems for addicts. Visitors often go there for a morning dose – to “get straight” – then, once among other heroin users end up with a craving for the actual drug. Three and a half years ago, the state funded 14 clinics in high-incident areas (including Worcester) that have treated 3,500 people with opiate addictions using a drug called Suboxone. Like methadone, but with an even stronger block on the nerve receptors that heroin and other opiates stimulate, users can hold off their addiction for up to eight days on only one pill. Since the drug covers over the receptor, the body doesn’t crave heroin, knowing there’s nowhere for it to reach the nervous system. Since Suboxone blocks receptors for a longer period of time, the drug’s secondary benefit takes users out of daily visits to methadone clinics – something the state has clued into. The state has started to look into integrating Suboxone into primary-care centers and doctors’ offices. Calling it office-based opiate treatment, the idea gives those seeking help with their addiction a closed-door office and personal visit with a physician. “If you walk into a community-health center, it’s not clear if you’re there for primary care or drug treatment,” says Botticelli. “In some ways, that’s how it should be.” But Suboxone has also continued on page 15


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made its way to the streets. Despite heavy safeguards and monitoring of Suboxone pills by prescribing doctors, users often sell theirs to others with expensive habits, who then use the pills to bring down their body’s tolerance. But even with those drawbacks, studies by the Department of Public Health show that methadone works. The state’s latest Methadone Quality Assurance Report from July 1 to September 30, 2010, showed that of 2,096 opiate addicts in methadone treatment for less than 12 months, 73 percent remained opiate-free since. For the 5,153 people who remained in treatment longer than 12 months, random drug testing found that 87 percent stayed opiate-free. Nolan says Spectrum Health Services has an 85 percent success rate, which means no toxins found in their patients’ systems (with an exception made for methadone) and they display “proper social behaviors.” At the state level, the Department of Public Health has turned to treatment and re-entry services for heroin addicts. “There’s been too much focus on supply-side issues. We have to pay equal attention to demand reduction,” says Botticelli. “How do we make sure those with addictions get adequate treatment?” The penal system is one starting point. “It’s much less expensive to provide addiction treatment than to incarcerate,” says Botticelli, and with treatment “you seriously reduce the rate of recidivism.” Botticelli estimates that nationwide, 70 to 90 percent of prisoners have some kind of substance-abuse issue. According to statistics from Derek Brindisi, director of public health for the city of Worcester, 13 percent of inmates will have an opiaterelated overdose within 72 hours of their release from the Worcester County Jail. The city has begun working with the jail to create a program that educates inmates on the danger of picking up a drug habit after months or years away from it and various treatment programs postrelease. “Since many are coming back to the community, how do we make sure they have re-entry services?” asks Botticelli. The first step is to get them there. Both at the state and local level there’s been a push to encourage users to call 911. According to Brindisi, 50 percent of Worcester’s fatal overdoses didn’t call 911 for fear of police involvement – a stat that leads him to believe there are actually a higher number of deaths than what’s been reported. This has led to coordination between health departments working with local police forces through a grant called Mass Call 2, which asks for federal funding to articulate to the community that users who call 911 for an overdose will not be arrested for possession of drugs or paraphernalia. Other charges, such as trafficking or any outstanding warrants, though, aren’t exempt. The WPD follows

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these guidelines, and a similar “limited immunity” law may come through the state house.

WHAT MORE COULD BE DONE? Despite Worcester’s efforts that screen emergencyroom admissions for drug abuse and collect used needles, other communities in the Commonwealth have added more resources to cut down on drug abuse and overdoses. Nascent state and local programs have shown promise in cutting down on death and the transmission of disease, but public opinion regarding needle sharing and overdose treatment has been difficult to overcome. Outcry over installing needle deposit boxes in four locations in Worcester led to delays in the initiative’s debut, and even to this day local officials point out that it’s not a “needle exchange,” understanding the loaded terminology. While Brindisi says the bulk of used syringes deposited into the Yellow Boxes come from diabetics and not illegal drug users (Gino concurs), Joe McKee, executive

director of AID Project Worcester (APW) says a significant number of sharps collected at their drop-off point come from illegal drug users. McKee remembers the controversy the program stirred, rendering its success even more rewarding. “People argued about it, people said they would never be responsible.” Jesse Pack, director of prevention and education at APW hails the state’s 2006 syringe access law, allowing those over 18 years old to legally purchase clean needles from pharmacies. There’s been a marked reduction in new exposures to HIV/AIDS in Worcester via drug use. “[That] pharmacy bill is a huge public health success,” McKee praises. The Boston Public Health Department began distributing a powerful anti-opiate nasal spray naloxone (called Narcan) to addicts and their family members in 2006. When administered to an individual who has overdosed, the drug blocks opiate

receptors in the nervous system and helps them breathe again. UMass EMS carry Narcan, and Brinidisi says that despite data that shows distributing it to users and family members lowers rates of death related to overdose, local anti-Narcan sentiment has kept that from happening in Worcester. “There’s not enough readiness in the community right now,” Brindisi says diplomatically. EMTs have their own stories about administering Narcan. “We use it with an alarming frequency,” says Witkos. Witkos recites images from overdose scenes. EMTs will come in and find a user drenched in ice water or with ice cubes packed into their crotches, their company hoping the cold would be enough to wake them up. (It’s not.) Watching someone wake up from an overdose because of Narcan brings to mind the scene from “Pulp Fiction” where John Travolta and Eric Stoltz seemingly bring Uma Thurman back from the dead. Witkos calls it a “dramatic recovery,” but because the half-life of Narcan is shorter than the amount of time heroin stays in a person body trying to bind to their opiate receptors, the patient still needs further medical attention. This is often a challenge. Despite likely having just cheated death, users generally wake up raging that they’ve lost their high, leading to attacks against first responders. But Witkos doesn’t mind that Worcester hasn’t modeled a Narcan distribution system after Boston. continued on page 16

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Citing quick EMT and fire-department response times, he says, “I don’t think anyone’s going to be hurt by not having Narcan.” He does suggest that addicts who shoot up alone do put themselves at more of a risk, though. The other EMT disagrees though. He’s working on creating safe needle exchanges that go beyond the already installed city Yellow Box needle drop-offs and other harm reduction programs. Gino admits he’s overdosed before and been saved by Narcan – he remembers one particularly bad batch that was cut with a horse tranquilizer. “It came with a warning from the dealer. I didn’t listen.”


As unemployment remains high and the heroin junkie stigma fades away with younger users, these are not optimistic times for treatment centers and those suffering from addiction. Public misunderstanding about opiate-

Derek Brindisi, director of public health for the city addiction treatment has also held back the city’s effort to lower overdose rates. “There are some truly sick people out there who need help, but no one gives a fuck about them,” says one EMT.

While APW hails the gains made by the yellow boxes, the pharmacy act and local groups working with the city’s DPH to curb drug addiction and refer to treatment as “filling the gap,” personally, Pack

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believes the city should have a full-blown needle exchange program. “A properly designed needle exchange in Worcester would be a major public health boon,” he says. Boston has had one for over a decade. “It’s a cruel stereotype we have of drug users, that they can’t take care of themselves,” says Pack, who argues that if the right tools are provided, addicts have better odds than people think. “I battle my addiction daily, but I’m not giving up on myself,” says Gino. He’s ready to overcome his addiction to heroin like he’s done previously with other drugs. He’s obtained two Suboxone pills and has a friend in a remote Massachusetts town willing to put him up for two months to get sober. He plans on going over the weekend. “It’s killing me. I’m literally sick of it.” But by 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning, he’s already shot up a bag. He might do it again two more times before he goes to bed. “I’ve never done a regimen before other than the heroin,” he says. “There’s always room for more education,” notes Nolan. “You don’t want to turn a blind eye to your community.”

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On March 5, The Dark World Gallery at 179 Grafton St. once again plays host to yet another playful and precocious young artist, Keenan Cassidy. An exhibit of his wealth of techniques will be on display during the On Fire and Out of Control II show, a sequel to an earlier exhibit Keenan had at the Dark World in 2008.

This show will contain about 25 mixed-media pieces as the artist delves into a myriad of ideas from symbolism and the surreal, to the experimental side, and collage. Keenan incorporates a vast array of influences into his craft, notably contemporary artists such as Warhol, Rauschenberg and Basquiat, as well as a nod to Banksy, the more recent enfant terrible of the British underground. “I

Keenan has also silkscreened double anchors on the brim of the tricorne, a variation of the wellknown skull and crossbones. In the distance, a ghostly galleon plows the waters, reminiscent of the Flying Dutchman. In all, a superb commingling of disparate techniques highlighting the diverse talents of this confident young

admire the guerilla and street artists, as their collective force and energy in art is unparalleled,” Keenan observes. At the tender age of 16, Keenan has proved to be a force to be reckoned with, displaying both showmanship and marketing skills that rival those twice his senior. Combining savvy business acumen with sheer exuberance has allowed him to showcase his varied talents in numerous shows across Worcester and in Boston, as well as exhibiting his craft in publicart projects, and work in film. “I’ve been creating art forever!” he exclaims, and his enthusiasm is instantly contagious. “This show is a culmination of current and older work and functions as a crossroads of situations, characters and miscellany,” Keenan adds. “Shipwreck Zombie” is just such a hybrid creation, perhaps a macabre take on Hillenberg’s “Painty the Pirate.” With a combination of acrylic, gouache, and felt-tip marker, Keenan deftly utilizes this medley of mediums to portray this ghastly creature of the undead. Painted on canvas,

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artist. In “Wheat Paste City,” Keenan attached Xeroxed pen sketches onto stretched canvas and collaged pages of a book denoting city themes. Here the influence of Raushcenberg’s “Combine” series is evident, as Keenan melds together multiple images, some found while spatters of paint cover text woven within the design. As cranes strain to construct, a raging caninelike creature wreaks havoc upon the urban scene, while billboards flash comfort foods along rooftops. The gargantuan and menacing dog, with the made-in-China insignia on its spine, possibly reveals the extent of that country’s immense control and influence over consumerism within the United States, a huge presence felt yet blithely ignored. “Sleepyhead,” an 18-by-22-inch painting, reveals a hint toward Chagall, as a winged and hooded gnome or dwarf peers out with a cryptic smile, perhaps enticing the viewer to partake in the bounty of herbs found cradled in a basket. In the distance, a goat-like silhouette cavorts, a harbinger of the effects of this mind-bending medicinal flora. Drips and splatters of ink, acrylic and spray paint punctuate the canvas, a diffusion of haze that echoes a dream-like state. The bewitching smile, coupled with a hypnotic stare, compels one to stand and stare, swallowed by the allure of some strange and exotic soporific. Keenan propels himself further with his 3-D designs, as an army of plastic monsters march in unison, their tiny yet troubling grins terrifying, a phalanx of plastic and mayhem on the move. “The real reason I’m doing this show is to bring the community together. Hopefully, my artwork will engage and entertain,” Keenan says. After one peruses his offerings, his mission is most certainly accomplished. “On Fire and Out of Control II” at the Dark World Gallery, 179 Grafton Street, Worcester. Opening Reception: March 5 from 7-10 p.m. For more info, contact or the artist directly at

to the beholder, and how a particular toy relates to one’s life as the person gradually becomes an adult. As a child, one tends to dwell in make-believe, where entire worlds and characters are created and where sense and control can be attained. But what happens after a child has left the house to venture into the world as a grown-up? What becomes of that once-cherished toy, that threadbare lump destined to the dust heap, that still yearns to be touched once more? Twenty works are showcased here, an eclectic gathering of inventive bibelots and tchotchkes that speak to the respective artist in sundry ways. From painting to sewing, to photography and sculpture, to jewelry and animation, the art exudes a delight at recalling such bygone riches. Kidd Schall, with her “Blind Monster,”

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recalls vivid memories of giving equal time to her multitude of stuffed animals, this piece representing that companionship. Here though, a plush, cuddly animal has been transmogrified into a leathery-winged and sightless creature, juxtaposing the soft lushness with something perhaps dredged from a childhood nightmare. The effect is startling, making one pause to ponder his or her own blind foray into adulthood. “I wanted to explore the relationship of childhood and creatures from myth and fairytales,” Kidd Schall says. “It’s a reflection of emotions, an attempt to identify with conflicts of youth and adulthood.” Richardson’s piece, “Hello Dolly,” is equally jarring, for she has employed a photograph of a simple doll, naked and exposed against the rough exterior of a wall. Skyclad and vulnerable,

Burman says, adding, “I now see her as a wizened old lady who came to college with me.” The black-and-white photo shows her beloved animal lying tattered and torn but comfortably upon a bedspread, one black-buttoned eye beseeching the viewer to stroke her ragged fur. “Re-Creation,” by Nathaniel Noton-Freeman, is an amazingly complex contraption that attempts to mimic movement in nature and how, ultimately, mankind fails to imitate such innate and internal machinery. “This piece serves to show how extraordinary and unique life on Earth is,” NotonFreeman says. Made of wood, metal and assorted wires, a crank is turned and with each revolution a suspended inanimate serpent rhythmically sways, an uncanny resemblance to a sidewinder. With childlike footfalls, one needs to wend their way slowly to fully appreciate and absorb these imaginative and re-invented toys in their entirety. “The Show About Toys” at the Clark University Gallery, 2nd Floor, 92 Downing Street, Worcester. Through March 25; Gallery hours: Mon-Thu: 9-8 p.m.; Fri: 9-4 p.m.; Sat-Sun: noon-5 p.m. Note: The gallery will be closed March 5-13. For more info, contact Amanda at 631413-2817 or Stephanie at 508-4514225.

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Amanda Kidd Schall and Stephanie Richardson, both seniors at Clark, curated this exhibit, along with a bevy of other students. The show brings together art work from students and professors at the university, and artisans from the Worcester environs. The theme of the exhibit is to explore the nature of toys, of their individual meaning



Who cannot remember a particular toy from their childhood that did not allow one to feel safe and sound? Fleeting memories of playthings of the past conjure images of comfort, and the Clark University Gallery showcases such nostalgia with their latest exhibit, The Show About Toys, where a wistful smile or two can be elicited after glimpsing such treasured objects of youth.

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the little girl represents the Feminine and how, even in prepubescence, girls can be objectified. As Richardson explains, “What’s her story? Where did she come from? Was she loved or replaced and given to Goodwill?” Ingeniously, she used a Holga, a cheap toy camera to produce this enigmatic image, arresting in its stark portrayal of an unclothed child, altering perceptions of girls and dolls and how they relate in the construct of society. “Ruffles,” by Molly Burman, is perhaps the quintessential toy, a bedraggled stuffed dog that has been clutched and clasped for decades. “She’s been living STURBRIDGE with me since I was born,”

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Fans of live music of all beats and rhythms often agree on one thing – the atmosphere and setting for a live gig can make or break a show. Comfort, sound, the buzz of a room, and solid tunes you can sink your teeth into all converge into the perfect musical experience. The same can be said for the mindset of a musician or band. Feeling the music flow in the right state of mind, connecting with your audience, letting the sounds envelop you and your listeners – when it’s right, it can be like jamming for the simple pleasure of playing music you love. For Worcester’s Andy and Linda Levy, this is what their Our Burncoat Living Room house concerts are all about; sweet music in a low-key setting: their living room.

Fans of local music but not of the late, crowded nights, the Levys learned of the myth of a home-grown concert through a fan newsletter of Boston singer songwriter Les Sampou. “The idea of listening to a musician perform up close in someone’s living room seemed incredible,” recalls Andy Levy. What set the stage for the first show was back in November 2009, when their


friend, Stu Esty of Dr. Gonzo’s All-Natural Condiments, who claims to have been playing the living-room circuit since he was performing piano recitals as a kid, set up stage in their living room for about 20 or so friends. “It’s just you and some friends sharing a few giggles, music and some delicious food,” explains Esty. STEVEN KING

Plus, “folks actually listening to and appreciating the lyrics with no distractions.” The idea blossomed after checking out local bluesman Jon Short’s summertime gigs at Vincent’s backyard space. “We got to hear live blues, up close, in a venue that was more like someone’s backyard than the space outside the back door of a bar. The fact that Jon’s performances began at five or six o’clock was big plus. Most of the decent music in Worcester seems to begin at 9 or ten o’clock at night. That’s about the time we think about going to

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bed,” admits Levy. After chatting with Short after one of the Vincent’s gigs, the suggestion of a house concert came into the conversation, and before they knew it, another Our Burncoat Living Room performance was scheduled. That evening, Short played two longs sets, each close to two hours a piece. “I might have told more stories than usual but the people and the room seemed responsive, and I was having a good time,” recalls Short. With a handful of

guitars that normally don’t make it out of the house, Short found those in attendance – about 30 – attentive and supportive to the blues songs that came forth that weekend, unscripted and impromptu. “There was a

good energy in the room.” Levy, who admits he gets quite the thrill from a live music performance, says it is he and his wife’s pure love of music that initiates the now monthly series. “It’s great having people over who share a love of the music, and it’s great getting to know new people … The pot luck dinner that goes along with our house concerts always provides an interesting and delicious dinner.” Plus, when you have access to the musicians before and after the concert, the performance is what Levy explains as up close and personal as you can get to the music at its source. The costs are minimal for the Levys – they pass the hat for performers and ask for a minimum donation of $10-15 per person (all proceeds go directly to the artist). They typically provide coffee, tea and soft drinks, prepare one dish and invite others to join in a pot luck of edible options. So far privacy hasn’t been a problem. “We don’t disclose our address until someone contacts us to RSVP,” explains Levy. Coming up next in the Levy living room on March 27 will be Joe’s Truck Stop, whom Levy describes as a group of Berklee School of Music Students who play authentic old-time Appalachian music with incredible skill and energy. Sound like a show you’d dig? Then RSVP at, cook up a dish, pull up a chair and let the music take the floor.

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A town like no other Jim Keogh

Thank goodness for documentary filmmaking, because without it the story of Mark Hogancamp may never have made it to a screen — his saga is simply too strange for fiction.

What screenwriter would have the stones to pitch this to a studio exec: 10 years ago Hogancamp was beaten so viciously by five men outside of a bar that he wound up in a coma. When he awoke he’d lost his long-term memory, the ability to speak, walk and write ... but he’d been cured of his alcoholism. His recovery was painful and slow. Since he couldn’t afford a therapy regimen, he fashioned his own by constructing a miniature World War IIera “town” in his backyard, populated by U.S. soldiers, Nazis and femme fatales – all dolls at a one-sixth scale. An artmagazine editor heard of his work and helped land him an exhibit in a tiny Greenwich Village gallery. I’d also mention the cross-dressing, but then you’d never believe me. What a tale is Marwencol, told with love and patience by director Jeff Malmberg, and with courage by

Hogancamp, who opens himself up to a camera like few ever had. Marwencol, the name of the town that Hogancamp invents, is the only place that makes sense to him; it’s both a sanctuary and an ever-evolving piece of art by an artist so obsessive that he “walks” his miniature Army jeep for miles to roughen up the tires so they don’t look new. Hogancamp’s obsession becomes viable once you begin to get a handle on how thoroughly his life was interrupted by the beating. Malmberg peels the story back delicately, letting us learn about Hogancamp through his own narration (he was married, but can’t recall anything about his ex; he was a gifted illustrator with R. Crumb-like talent, but drank it away) and through the voices of his friends in the small town of Kingston, N.Y. Each of them is represented by a doll in Marwencol, and they “participate” in the various WWII tableaux he devises with painstaking detail and then photographs for posterity. Hogancamp’s own bomberjacketed avatar is the hero, of course, falling in love, getting into scrapes with the Nazis, even being subjected to torture. The disturbing visual detail in some of these scenarios, and the rescue fantasies associated with them, are clearly Hogancamp’s postfacto effort to exert the control over his personal journey that he lost outside that bar 10 years earlier. Marwencol is reminiscent of Lars and the Real Girl, the 2007 film about a troubled young man who believes that a blow-up doll is his girlfriend. His fellow townies not only indulge his delusion, they enhance it by treating the doll as a flesh-and-blood person. Here too, Hogancamp gets little push-back from the local community, save for one woman who is understandably creeped out by the attention he lavishes on her doll and his fumbling attempt to establish an emotional connection with her. Marwencol is one of the most unusual, affecting movies you’ll see this year. In retrospect, the pitch is easy: man plays with dolls; man finds a life. Marwencol will be shown Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 2:45 p.m. in the Jefferson Academic Center at Clark University. The film is part of the Cinema 320 series.

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period of time he cranked out a stream of numerous amphetamine-fired short stories and novels that long after his death have helped shape modern cinema. The reason Dick’s stories have been so popular for movies is that a lot of what he wrote was based around inspired gimmicks, weird and unusual but clever and pithy plot ideas in the sci-fi realm. This sort of thing is candy to Hollywood. Each of his stories can be described in a sentence or two, basically an elevator pitch. Tragically, he didn’t make much on these stories at the time and was relegated to underground publications, but that’s another rant entirely. This latest film takes the idea from his short story “The Adjustment Team,” where a hierarchy of bureaucratic angels who are running things on earth slip up and reveal themselves to a regular Joe who, it turns out, is supposed to have an important role in stopping World War III or something like that. This movie takes parts of that premise, dumps the whole dire world-changing theme and attempts to make us care about the fortunes of these two people



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who meet, but weren’t supposed to meet again because it wasn’t in “the plan” that the peculiar men in suits running around Manhattan are trying to adhere to. Matt Damon is the guy, but he isn’t such a regular Joe, he’s a “bad boy” senatorial candidate media star whose antics are catching up with him. Emily Blunt is the love interest, a ballet dancer that he meets in the men’s room after he’s just lost an election. She’s hiding there because the cops are chasing her for crashing a wedding. Apparently this is a serious crime. Anyhoo, there is instant attraction, he is energized, goes out and makes a great speech, and she disappears. The rest of the film is a battle between Damon and the Adjustment Bureau suits for control of his life and to win back his love. They’ve got nifty gadgets and the ability to buzz all around Manhattan by walking through magical doors, as long as they wear silly hats. The filmmaker/writer George Nolfi tries to make it all seem real by including the obligatory identifiable luminaries like John Stewart on the TV making comments about Damon’s career, but once they start with the Wings of Desire-gone-corporate stuff feasibility goes out the window. It was truly a gamble to put the whole thing on the shoulders of Damon and Blunt, and their interactions are very much romcom material. But it could have been much worse. Thank god (or “The Chairman” as he’s called in this case) that nobody like Shia LaBeouf or Nicholas Cage was at the center of this, because that would have rendered it unwatchable. Damon is likeable, and there is just enough chemistry between him and Blunt that I actually found myself caring what happened to the couple, despite all the feelgood Men In Black hoo ha surrounding them. It’s a thin string to hang an implausible plot on, but Nolfi has gambled well in this case (unlike his script for Oceans 12 which was inexcusable). The actors in the angels incorporated roles do a decent, pleasant job, sometimes warm, other times ominous, but they are all pretty one dimensional parts (even though they operate in another dimension). Bottom line: low expectations and star quality combine for a surprisingly enjoyable romantic sci-fi comedy thriller.

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We have all been there: you and your two great friends Amy and Steve are cruising Shrewsbury Street after a long week of work, depressed by ceaseless winter, in dire need of a comfortable table and a warm plate. You pass by a handful of Italian haunts, you know the menus by heart, and, sadly, also know what sort of wait you can expect without a reservation. Shrewsbury Street soon runs out of real estate and you’re left aimlessly billowing down Plantation and Franklin streets. The three of you are filled with such dolor and regret that you almost pack it home, but suddenly, one of you makes a chance

discovery of Chioda’s Trattoria, a cozy Italian restaurant barely a half-mile from the strip. Chioda’s may be just off the beaten path, but the restaurant delights with a large menu of reasonably-priced Italian dishes, prompt service and nary any wait. Seated and greeted immediately, our group began with wine after noticing a limited beer menu. The wine lists had about a dozen reds and whites, priced slightly higher than we were expecting, with a Californian Pinot Noir at $8, and Shiraz at $7.50. Our appetizer of Bruschetta arrived quickly and looked delicious. Six hefty slices of baked Italian bread, smothered in garlic and olive oil, were adorned with chunks of ripe tomatoes and Romano cheese. The appetizer proved too large for the three of us, and held us over until our entrées arrived. In need of something greasy, I ordered one of the specials: Broccoli Rabe with Sausage, although I was given Broccoli Rabe with Chicken ($16). The wine must have done the trick because I had completely forgotten that I received the wrong meal until I was reminded midway

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prepared as well as our meals were prepared, would be a good value. Even without the opportunity to order a mid-week special, the total for three of us, each ordering a glass of wine, sharing an appetizer, and entrées, was just about $80. Service at Chioda’s was prompt and thorough, despite the mistake of bringing out an entrée that wasn’t the one that had been ordered. While the exterior was unimpressive, the décor inside is warm and inviting, with plenty of tables to accommodate large groups or an intimate couple. A strong asset for our group was the ability to walk in on a Friday night and be taken care of immediately, something that would be a near impossibility at a restaurant just over the tracks on Shrewsbury Street, proving that diners do not need to be in one of Worcester’s typical dining neighborhoods to experience a good meal.

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Bordeaux Wine Event: If you love wine, then you will love being at KJ Barron’s on Saturday, March 5, where the highly regarded 2009 Bordeaux vintage will be featured. Up to 30 Bordeauxs will be tasted. Don’t miss out! KJ Barron’s, 220 Summer St, Worcester. 508-753-3400.

FAT Tuesday Party: Dig through your dresser and break out the Mardi Gras beads and be sure to head to The Citizen on March 8 to celebrate. They have been gearing up since their trip to New Orleans last summer. They are excited to showcase a true New Orleansstyle party featuring the very best cocktails and punches. They will do it FAT Tuesday style all night! Quick tip: Take Wednesday OFF! The Speakeasy at The Citizen, One Exchange Place, Worcester. 508-459-9090. Good Eats: Worcester vegetarians rejoice! The city will be welcoming another great vegan restaurant this March: Duck Yao. Duck Yao was formerly an underground vegan Chinese restaurant that sold affordable hot lunches at the Artichoke Food Co-Op, but they’re finally going official. The operation will be setting up as a take-out restaurant on Main Street in the Clark University area across from the Vietnamese sandwich shop. The menu will include everything from traditional rice cakes to sesame “chicken” to mochi. The owners are looking for input for the menu and décor, as well as volunteers to help out. Contact for more information.

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Boynton Restaurant and Spirits 117 Highland St., Worcester 508-756-8458 It’s still a beautiful day in the neighborhood at this Highland Street classic. Despite modernizing, The Boynton still serves up home-style favorites - steaks, burgers, chicken, pasta, a decent selection of shellfish, plus comfort foods - in a friendly, bustling atmosphere. Lots of plasma TVs in the bar offer drinking or dining with ample views of the Sox or Patriots.

Brew City Grill and Brew House 104 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-752-3862 The menu covers all the brew-pub bases: steaks, ribs, fajitas, chicken, home-style favorites like meatloaf, pasta and seafood - with many recipes based on beers from Brew City’s world-class selection. In other cases, such as on the specials, beer pairings are offered. The atmosphere is an engaging faux-urban décor of industrial street lamps, brick and tin, wavy lines and ramps, and brushed steel skylines; and sports memorabilia that lines the walls throughout the dining room and adjacent bar. Credit cards accepted. Off-street parking in rear.

Bocado Tapas Wine Bar 86 Winter St., Worcester 508-797-1011 Bocado’s is Worcester’s first, and best, tapas restaurant, a five-star

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tour through Spain’s appetizer-crazed cuisine. The food is varied, creative, fresh and refreshing; the all-Spanish wine list smart and equally creative; the service professional and attentive; the atmosphere is urbane and, yes, sexy. It’s trendy, but substantial. Credit cards accepted. Off-street parking. Full liquor bar. Moderate pricing. The Texas BBQ Company 309 Main St., Northboro 508-393-4742 Worth the trip for just the barbecue meats alone. Though the atmosphere is basic, the food quality, preparation and recipes are outstanding. The best meats, wood-smoked for 16 hours, produces the best barbecue ribs (pork, beef and baby back), chicken, pulled pork, brisket and Texas Hill Country sausage to be had in Central Massachusetts. Credit cards accepted. Full liquor bar. Off-street parking. Take-out available. Via Italian Table 89 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-754-4842 To the venerable Sole Proprietor and its cross-town companion, The 111 Chop House, the Ahlquists have added Via Italian Table, a Tuscan-inspired Mediterranean restaurant. The renovation is substantial and sophisticated, and the rear terrace adds a new dimension to Worcester fair-weather dining: a gorgeous space to eat, drink, see, and be seen. Via runs the gamut of Mediterranean classics, like “Three Meatballs on No. 8 Spaghetti,” lasagna (Bolognese or three cheeses), shrimp scampi and salmon to spit-

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roasted chicken or pork loin chops to ragouts to gnocchi pie, pork shank osso buco, paella, and six varieties of grilled pizza. Free valet and off-street parking. Full liquor, beer and wine. Credit cards accepted.

Eighty Ates Bar & Grille 8 Airport Road, Dudley 508-949-8888 Wind your way through Webster and Dudley to Eighty Ates Bar & Grille, where trendy meets rural suburbia. Breeze past the tinted windows, and the décor is spare and slick, punctuated by vividly colored abstract paintings. Whether dressed up or dressed down, diners will find a creative and tasty spin on chicken, steaks, seafood and pasta, with fresh ingredients like feta and goat cheeses, sundried tomatoes, Portobello mushrooms and couscous. The same goes for desserts, like the homemade chocolate brownie sundae and raspberry white chocolate cheese brule. Open for lunch and dinner, all the prices end in “88 cents.” There’s even a kids’ menu. The bar sports flat-screens, a wine list with just enough variety and a fun martini menu.

Chuck’s Steak House 10 Prospect St. (Rte. 20), Auburn 508-832-2553 Diners who look more than skin deep at Chuck’s will be rewarded with sumptuous, hand-carved steaks, a clean, varied soup-andsalad bar, seafood, and home-style sides. The building is dark, dated and funky, but the food and service are good. Moderate to expensive. Credit cards accepted. Off-street parking. Full liquor bar.

J.P.’s Restaurant and Pub Westmeadow Plaza, Rte. 9 Westboro 508-366-0627 A classic bar and grille type, J.P.’s serves possibly the best lobster roll around, a gargantuan portion at a meager price. For everyone else, they offer the usual complement of home-style dinners, steaks, chops, ribs, fried and broiled seafood, etc. Cash only. Plaza parking.

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will feature New Orleans cuisine and music with the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. This band has been a fixture on the international jazz scene since 1971, and will bring the sounds of traditional New Orleans Jazz to Worcester’s Beechwood Hotel on Saturday, March 5. Please note that reservations cannot be accepted after Thursday, March 3. $55; Nonmembers $60; and Patrons $100 each. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation St. 508-754-8760,

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Help plan Worcester Arts Council’s 2011 mural project by attending the Worcester Mural Project planning meeting on Thursday, March 3. It’s free, and a great way to get involved in this new wave of public art in Worcester. From 6-8 p.m. Worcester City Hall, Room 310B, 3rd Floor, 455 Main St.

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The Annual St. Patrick’s Irish Festival held on Saturday, March 5 features music and dancing, corned beef from Buggy Whip, imported Irish and American goods, beer and wine, face painting, hot dogs, soda, games, raffles and much more! Continuous Irish Music and dancing all day long. $5, under 13 free. Noon-11 p.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Recreation Center, 28 Mulberry St.

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Saturday, March 5. Students from the Seven Hills Charter Public School will be celebrating the weather through a wide variety of art displays. Students will also present songs about the weather, instrument presentations and dance performances. 1-3 p.m. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way. 508-799-7500,

Cela, flute; William Kirkely, clarinet; Peter Sulski, violin; Rebecca Thornblade, cello; Ian Watson, piano; Jeffrey Means, percussion; with Rohan Gregory, narrator. Free. 3-4 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Call 508-7520888.

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, Greater Worcester Humanists invite you to join actress Lynne McKenney as she brings Clara Barton, the Founder of the American Red Cross and the Angel of the Battlefield, to life in a one-woman presentation on Tuesday, March 8. Clara H. Barton, (1821-1912), North Oxford native, earned the name Angel of the Battlefield for her limitless courageous and unfailing spirit in bringing supplies to the front lines of the Civil War. Lynne McKenney brings this inspirational woman to life in Follow

nosh and nibble education ball The Mardi Gras Ball, sponsored by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc., will be held on Saturday, March 5 and promises to keep your booty shimmying – all for a great cause – Worcester schools. Held at Wachusett Country Club, come dance the night away listening to the famous Zydeco Band “The Boogaloo Swamis,” enjoy delicious New Orleans cuisine, and support the WEDF at a silent auction of “must have” items. Tickets available by e-mailing Sandra.mayrand@ or at any Worcester Credit Union. $50 donation. 6-11 p.m. Wachusett Country Club, 187 Prospect St., West Boylston. 508-799-3660.

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Michael Gandolfis Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland is a retelling of a few of the many adventures of Carlo Collodi’s manic marionette. The piece is designed to entertain and educate young audiences by introducing them to the riches of classical music. An adventure for the young and young at heart held on Sunday, March 6. Featuring Orlando

The Worcester Wine & Food Festival brings people together from the entire greater Worcester community and beyond to taste fine wines from both domestic and international winemakers and to sample signature dishes from some of the finest local restaurants, caterers and specialty food purveyors. Held on

the Cannon: A Reading of Clara Barton’s Civil War Letters. Free to public, donations welcome. 7-9 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, 90 Holden St. 774-314-1494,

Monday, March 7. For the ninth year, Austin Liquors is the Presenting Sponsor for the event. Proceeds of the Worcester Wine & Food Festival fund scholarships for youth programming at the Worcester JCC. 21+. $45 per person; four-pack of tickets, $170; block of 10 tickets, $400; young professional, $30 (must be 21-30 years old and show photo I.D. at purchase). 5:30-9 p.m. DCU Center Arena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508-756-7109,

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The Annual Women in Print is presented by Worcester Women’s History Project and held on Wednesday, March 9. Featuring local authors Eve Rifkah, Janette Greenwood, and Jessica Bane Robert. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square. 508-767-1852.

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Musician Craig Harris will celebrate the music and rhythms of the Emerald Isle during Drum Away the Global Blues - Emerald Isle a multimedia, interactive program using songs, stories and video and held on Wednesday, March 9. Audience participation is encouraged. This program is perfect for teens and adults of all ages. Reserve your spot by stopping in at the front desk or calling the library at 508-634-2209. The Bancroft Memorial Library, 50 Bancroft St., Hopedale. Free. 7-8:30 p.m.

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The first weekend of March is upon us, which might not seem like a reason to celebrate. Allow me to disagree. We all need a healthy dose of revelry in our lives, and there’s no better time than right now. On Thursday, March 3 experimental indie/folk band The Smile Makers will be helping you celebrate at Beatnik’s with sweet, mellow tunes to lift your spirits. Half of the talented duo, Eric Donaldson, says the band’s name comes from a Shel Silverstein poem of the same name. “The poem ends with: ‘It sure can be hard work to make somebody smile,’” Donaldson says. “That statement resonated with us, and Shel’s distorted-creepy but emotionally honest illustration style fit the personality of our music.” Joining them will be Dusty Cobb. Check out Jediah at Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge for some laidback rock tunes, and James Keyes will be playing a great set at Vincent’s Bar at 10 pm sharp. If high-energy pop/ punk is what you’re looking for, though, head upstairs at The Palladium for an incredible show, as The Wonder Years (pictured) will be ready to get you up and dancing, along with Man Overboard and Handguns. Friday, March 4 will be another excellent night of live performances, starting with Big Jon Short at Smokestack Urban Barbeque. In addition to some fantastic Delta and Hill Country blues, there will be delicious food to fill up on. Catch AC/DC tribute band Touch 2 Much at Mill Street Brews in Southbridge for a rockin’ good time. Shows at the Lucky Dog Music Hall never disappoint, so check out The Riff Raffs with Merrick Section, Sheez Late and The Genre Whores. Each band will playing their own kind of rock ’n’ roll, with influences ranging from punk to folk. For something a little more low-key, check out the acoustic styling of Chris Reddy over at Flip Flops. If you’re one of the people that think you can never go wrong with Celtic music and a tall mug of beer, you’re in luck tonight: Songs for Ceilidh will be playing Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant long into the evening. Last but not least, make the trip to Ralph’s for a rowdy show with 7 Minute Stagger, Truth Ending Cycle, Army of None, Next to Nothing and InAeona. On Saturday, March 5 do it all over again, starting with another great lineup at the Lucky Dog Music Hall with Danny Pease & The Regulators, Doctor Doom Orchestra, Satellite Rockers and Rising Tribe. The featured bands have some pretty eclectic influences, making this a show for every music lover. There’s reggae, hip hop, rock, ska and soul in this mix, making it a truly unique show. Probable Cause claims to be Central Mass’s most popular rock cover band on their website, so check out their show at JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill to see if you agree. Blues lovers might want to go grab their seats at Vincent’s for the John Cate concert. Speaking of blues, the Cool Hand Blues Band will be playing into the wee hours of the morning at Beatnik’s. We only live once, right? Venture out and enjoy it!



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The Wonder Years with Man Overboard / Mountain Man @ The Palladium (upstairs). $10 adv., $12 door. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. DJ Roberta. DJ Roberta plays the music YOU want to hear! 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. Good Times with Your Friend DJ Steve. Featured in the main bar area every Thursday, DJ Steve, friend to all, spins rock and roll nuggets from the 1950s to an hour ago. 9-2 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. Irish Music Session. Each week, a traditional Irish music session is held at Mulligan’s Taverne. The public are welcome to join in music, song, and camaraderie. No cover charge, all ages and talent levels welcome. Listeners welcome, too! 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or Open Mic Night W/ Bill McCarthy Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Junior’s Pizza Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-5800. MITCH WOJCIK Tom Bianchi Concert. Tom always puts on a great show. One of the very few “Singer/Songwriter/ Solo Bassists” in the country, Look for great songs improv, humor and bass guitar skills like you’ve never seen. $15. 7:30-10 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 1089 Stafford St., Rochdale. 617-480-0388 or Acoustic Thursday w/ Johnny MAC. Just announced and back by popular demand, Johnny MAC will be performing at Halligan’s Sports Bar. Free. 8 p.m.-midnight Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. 508-832-6793. Flock Of A-Holes w/ Neon Alley and Chatty Maddie!. $5. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888 or find them facebook. 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. Sean Fullerton. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or The Jazz Depot. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. The Smile Makers with Dusty Cobb. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Audio Wasabi hosted by Brian Chaffee. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Bobby Gadoury and a Happy B-Day Celebration for

Jeff Hubacz. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Metal Thursday!. 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. James Keyes. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 4 Shit Outta Luck, She Rides, Heelan Powers, Letterday, RAM. $5. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-3048133. X-Cess Fridays. DJ Patrick Allen BLU Ultralounge & Nightclub, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or Brian Chaffee. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. BBQ & Blues Fridays with Big Jon Short. Come out to enjoy some of the area’s best BBQ and some Delta and Hill Country Blues. no cover. 7-10 p.m. Smokestack Urban Barbecue, 90 Harding St. Ed & Da Ve. Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Jazzed Up Trio At Lucianos Union Station. No Cover, 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. 7-10 p.m. Luciano’s Cotton Club, 2 Washington Square. 508-7556408. The Jonas Woods Band. Jonas is a full time touring recording artist based in New England. He is committed to full time ministry through the vehicle of music. Jonas is the former lead singer for the nationally signed band Farewell June and now tours leading worship and holding concerts coast to coast and overseas. 7-10 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658 or Cradle Of Filth @ The Palladium. with Nachmystium / Turisas / Daniel Lioneye Upstairs Stage: Fate Worse Than Death Naegleria Necronomichrist Nemecide Scalpel Tickets $25 adv., $25 door. 7:30-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. AC/DC Tribute. Tribute band “Touch 2 Much” performs all of your favorite AC/DC tunes all night long!!! $10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Boogaloo Swamis. Formed by Mickey Bones in 1984, this four time Boston Music Award winner “Rocks The House” with it’s Americana Roots, Swamp Rock, Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, and high energy Rock and Roll. One of the Northeast region’s favorite dance


bands, the Boston-based Boogaloo Swamis have been playing their unique blend of New Orleans influenced Rhythm and Blues for the past twenty-three years with five recordings and four Boston Music Awards to their credit. $14 advance; $20 day of show. 8-11:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or Pilgrim Soul Productions Presents Shirley Valentine. Pilgrim Soul Productions Presents Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, directed by Matthew J. Carr. Information and reservations call 508-752-0224. $15. 8-10 p.m. Alternatives’ GB and Lexi Singh Performance Center, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. 508752-0224. Riff Raffs w/ Merrick Section, Sheez Late, and The Genre Whores!. $6. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888. The Town Green. Singer, and renowned songwriter, David Mallett is this month’s performer. Doors open at 7:15, reservations recommended. Fair trade coffee and unique deserts are also for sale. 8-10:30 p.m. First Congregational Church of Princeton, United Church of Christ, 14 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-5414 or The Wandas. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Bill McCarthy & His Guitar BadClownProductions Free. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Pepe’s Brick Oven, 274 Franklin St. 508-755-1978. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Flip Flops, 680 Main St., Holden. Live Music in The Pub with ‘Songs for Ceilidh’. No Cover. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or The Chris Piquette Band Live Music. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cindy’s Sports Bar, 1618 North Main St., Palmer. 413-271-0609 or 7 Minute Stagger, Truth Ending Cycle, Army of None, Next To Nothing, and InAeona!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Auntie Trainwreck. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Squire Whites Pub & Restaurant, 347 Greenwood St. 508-752-7544 or find them on facebook. DJ Pete the Polock. Yeh, he’s still here playing whatever he wants. The girls flash him for requests, sit on his lap, and listen to his same old jokes but still love him. He only plays to get out of the house away from his queen. 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. 508-754-3516. DJ T Rich. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. DJs & Dance Bands. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Flock of Assholes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380

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Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. I Love Fridays At Fusion With DJ B-Lo. Lounge opens at 9:00 pm - Dance Club opens at 10:30 pm. Coat Room available with attendant. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-7562100. Jon Bowser. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. 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! Ladies (and Gent’s) come in and dance the night away with the hottest DJ in the MetroWest Area DJ Norm!!! 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 Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Ric Porter and the Sons of the Soil $5. 9-11:59 p.m. Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566 or find them on facebook. The Obsession Band. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Belfont Hotel, 11 South Main St., Millbury. 508-917-8128. Trina Vargas with The Bobby Gadoury Trio!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508753-4030. Koliba. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-9268877. Scott Ricciuti and Friends. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Saturday 5 From Here To Zanzibar, Only At Night, Soundoff, Alongside A War, Speaker For The Dead. $8. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or find them on facebook. A Celtic Celebration. Come join the Worcester Children’s Chorus for an afternoon of Celtic music featuring The Parcel of Rogues! In addition to the festive music, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a basket raffle, and enjoy some tasty treats. $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors $10 general admission,$5 seniors and children. 4-6 p.m. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St. 508-753-2989 or find them on facebook. A Celtic Celebration with the Worcester Children’s Chorus. A Celtic Celebration with the Worcester Children’s Chorus and The Parcel of Rogues - Trinity Lutheran Church (73 Lancaster Street, Worcester) in Jepson Hall. $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.   $10 Adults $5 Seniors & Children 12 and under. 4-6 p.m. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jepson Hall, 73 Lancaster St. 508-767-7077 or Classical Guitar Concert / Recital. Pakachoag faculty member Jeremy Milligan presents a classical guitar recital including music by J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Leo Brouwer, and Maximo Diego Pujol. Free. 4-5 p.m. Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, The Great Hall at Pakachoag, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn. 508-791-8159. Rock Your Face Off Festival!!! Ten Bands from 5pm till Close! Revocation, The Breathing Process , Widow Sunday, Burning Human, Orwell, Hivesmasher, Sirens, Tight Rope, Nemecide, and Pathogenic! for more information. Facebook keywords: The Rock Your Face Off Fest 2. Email: for ticket information. $15 at Door. $13 in Advance.. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Dale LePage “Swinging & Singing” with The Bobby

Gadoury Trio. Free. No cover charge. 7-10 p.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030 or Manowar with HolyHell @ The Palladium. Tickets $75. 7-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. An Evening with Eilen Jewell. “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition....She’s mighty good.” (LA Daily News) $19 adults; $15 seniors, students, teachers. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, Abby Theater, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick. 413-477-6746 or Brian and Captain. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Concord Band Winter Concert. The Concord Band’s Winter Concert, “New & Blue,” will be a mix of recent pieces for concert band and jazz-influenced selections. The featured piece will be the Massachusetts premiere of “Twilight of the Gods” by Andrew Boysen, Jr. Twilight of the Gods depicts the story of Ragnarok, the end-of-the-world myth from Scandinavian mythology. The Concord Band joined with 26 university and community bands to commission this new composition. Other pieces on the program include Three Jazz Moods, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Songs, and selections from “Porgy and Bess.” $15 each ($5 for students and seniors). 8-10 p.m. Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden, 51 Walden St., Concord. 978-897-9969 or Danny Pease & The Regulators w/ Doctor Doom Orchestra, Satellite Rockers, and Rising Tribe!. $8. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Jon Lacouture. Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Brook’s Pub, Lincon st. Kung Fu. With special guests.. SuperSwank, Wolfman Conspiracy & SEED. 18+ $10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), Showcase Club, 18 Mill St.,

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Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Liatino Night with DJ Pedro. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar BadClownProductions 8:30 p.m.-midnight Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, 85 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3087. Chris Reddy. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Windfall, Worcester Finest Classic Rock Band. No Cover Charge. 8:30 p.m.-noon Wong Dynasty, 176 Reservior Road (Route31), Holden. 508-414-6362 or Auntie Trainwreck. We’ll be playing all the Classic Rock, Blues, New Country and Alt Rock tunes you love, and maybe some songs you have not heard from us before! Plus, Auntie Trainwreck T-Shirts will be available for only $10 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Admiral T. J. O’Briens, 407 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-2838. Crazy Eighties (80s Cover). $3 after 9:30pm (subject to change). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. DJs & Dance Bands. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Dubble D & The Khaos Junkies-LIVE. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Wheelock Inn, 82 Wheelock Ave., Millbury. Girl Spot Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166 or Intolerance & Blame it on Clay. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373 Probable Cause. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Ric Porter & The Sons of the Soil 9-11:59 p.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St.


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or find them on facebook. Ricky Booth Live Acoustic show. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight The Nines Neighborhood Bar, 136 Millbury St. 508-340-0318. Sean Fullerton. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Seductive Saturdays with DJ Hydro & DJ Savas- Top 40. 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. Trantrum Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. BLU Ultralounge & Nightclub, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or VALVATROSS. BAND $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Willie Smith and the T Bone Blues Band. T-Bone with his All-Star Blues Band returns to 3G’s for his monthly commune with the neighborhood. Why settle for hamburg when you can have T-Bone. Free. 9-1, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. DJ HappyDaze & FamilyBusiness508. HappyDaze will be turning the heat up! Hittin’ the Top 40 Playlist,Mixing and Mashing it up with ALL the Old Skool Hip Hop Beats! Familybusiness508. com Robert Mental aka X2 will be opening for Familybusiness $200 in cash prizes to the winners of the dance off at Midnight! 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. John Cate. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Cool Hand Blues Band. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Jubilee Gardens. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181 or

>Sunday 6 Jazz Brunch Sundays. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Blue Grass Jam Session. No Cover (Worcester students earn WOO Points). 4-8 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or Kicking Daisies @ The Palladium (upstairs). Tickets $10 adv.. 4-10 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Ryan LaPearle. 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. Open Mic with Jesse Garcia. Everyone gets 5-6 songs then followed with a jam session! Sign up by showing early or email Free. 5-9 p.m. Belfont Hotel, 11 South Main St., Millbury. 508-917-8128. The Bobby Gadoury Trio, then Andy Cummings No Cover!. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.



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>Monday 7 Driftin’ Sam Politz at 7pm; then NEW!!! “Cocktails and Karaoke” w/ Anita!! 9pm to Close! Every Monday Night!. No Cover!. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Blue Mondays - Live Blues. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122.

>Tuesday 8 Sam James Live. 9-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. Open Mic Night w /Bill McCarthy Open Mike!. OPENMCC@VERIZON.NET 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party w/ The Black Sheep Dixieland Band!. No Cover!. 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Lou Borelli’s Black Sheep Jazz Band Dixieland


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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. Dr. John & the Lower 911. $75 advance: $80 day of show. 8-10:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or Jojo & Patch. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Tangents w/ Peyote Radio Theatre, Transient & Ashpark!. $10. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on facebook. The 70’s hits band Heavy Horses. The band’s members include Craig Rawding, Tom Hurley, Dawn Sweet, Ed Barnett, John Donovan, Roger Lavallee, Mike Warren, Ron Mominee and more! This is a FREE ‘open’ rehearsal. and it’s pretty interesting to see the ‘behind the scenes’ of one of these shows. Come on down! Free. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or 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. 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. 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.

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Celebration. Looking for something exciting to do this Mardi Gras? Come on down to Nick’s for an authentic Dixieland celebration! The Lou Borelli Black Sheep Jazz band will be playing a set of Dixieland ballads featuring the best local jazz musicians. There will be a New Orleans style fashion parade, so be sure to bring your best 1920’s outfit, or simply come on in jeans and mardi gras beads. Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-207-3788. Northboro Area Community Chorus. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Algonquin Regional High School, Bartlett St., Northborough. “Totally Tuesdazed!!!!!” Tunes in the Diner every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. 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. no cover. 8-11 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-795-1012 or . Scott Riccuiti, Michael Thibodeau & John Donovan. 8-11 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Terry Brennan. 8 p.m.-midnight Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879 or Bass Embassy & Rebirth Tuesdays. Every Tuesday Bass Embassy & ReBirth bring you the best Dubstep ,Jungle and Drum & Bass music in Central Mass. Doors open at 10 PM. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100 or

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Open Mic Night hosted by Sax Player Joe Ferreira. Dinner is served until 5-9pm. Reservations accepted. After Dark menu, desserts and cocktails until closing. http:// 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. OpenMicWorld. Free!. 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508926-8877 or Acoustic Rock with Johnny R. Free. 8 p.m.-noon Brook’s Pub, 251 Lincoln St., Lincon st. 508-612-8128. Free Jukebox Night. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 5 Summer

St., Lunenburg. 978-400-7524. 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. Wednesday night free concert series w/ Eric French & Mr. Hyde, Working the Corner, and Fighting the Influence!. Free!!!. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or 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 or find them on facebook. Clayton Willoughby’s Traveling Vaudeville Show!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.


Asa Waters Mansion, Admission: $3 for guided tour $7-10 for tea. 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-0855 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, On Fire and Out of Control II: The Art of Keenan Cassidy, Saturday. Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 179 Grafton St. EcoTarium, Budding Scientists - Sense of Touch, Thursday; Turtle Travels, Through June 5; 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, Landscapes, Wednesday. 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. fsc. edu Higgins Armory Museum, Exhibit: Beyond Belief: The



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Upload your listings at our redesigned website Click the Night & Day toolbar, then choose Calendar to place your event listing in both our print and online weekly calendar. 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 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, through 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, Dinner in a Country Village, Saturdays, through March 26; Maple Days and Maple Sugaring Weekends in March, Sundays, Saturdays, March 5 - March 27. Admission: $7 $20 charged by age. Children under 3 free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or Tower Hill Botanic Garden: Stoddard Education and Visitors Center, At Home in the 365-Day Garden - A Lecture and Book Signing with Margaret Roach, Saturday. 11 French Drive, Boylston. Worcester Art Museum, Edouard Manet’s The Dead Toreador, Sept. 25 - March 31; Goya and the Bullfight, Dec. 18 - April 17; Zip Tour: Two Paintings in the Donnelly Gallery--Art Since the Mid-20th Century, Saturday; 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 Center for Crafts, Center Yourself: A Juried Photographic Exhibition through March 12. Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday. 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or WPI: George C. Gordon Library, A Celebration of Art and Writing, Through March 4; A Well-Documented Life : The Theo Brown Diaries, Through June 15. 100 Institute Road.

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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. We will also have a spotlight performance by Kim Johnson before the slam. One of the best things about

poetry slam is the range of poets it attracts. You’ll find a diverse range of work within slam, including heartfelt love poetry, searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines, and bittersweet personal confessional pieces. The qualifiers will consist of 2 3-minute rounds. The top finishers in each qualifier will take part in the Spring Semi-final Slam, tentatively scheduled for April 3rd. No cover; donations accepted.. 7-10 p.m. WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, 910 Main St. 508-753-1012.

>Monday 7 Worcester Women Poets, Fifth Annual Reading. The fifth annual Worcester Women Poets reading - in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month -featuring Patricia Youngblood, Eve Rifkah, Jina Ortiz, Judy Ferrara, Sarah Sapienza, and Kat O’Connor. Featured readers followed by an open mic. Snacks will be provided - featured poets will have books, etc. for sale. Free and Open to the Public. 7-9 p.m. Quinsigamond Community College: Harrington Learning Center, 109A & B, 670 West Boylston St.

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Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape Friday March 4th Corey Rodrigues Jono Zalay and Friends. March 5th Corey Rodrigues Jono Zalay and Friends. $20 pp. 8 p.m.-noon Biagio’s Grille, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call 800-401-2221 or visit Open Mike Comedy - Saturdays, Saturday, July 24 - Sunday, November 11. Hosted by a variety of local comedians under the leadership of Andy Paquette. Worcester’s longest running open mic attracts regional talent and newcomers. 100’s of aspiring comedians have bared their wares in front of this supportive and 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! FREE. 8-10 p.m. The Center Bar and Grille, 102 Green St. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Jose Murphy’s This location is in Jose Murphy’s (2nd floor) every Saturday night.. $12 (All Woo card holders and active duty military is 2 for 1). 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 2nd Floor, 97-103 Water St. Call 508-792-0900 or visit Shirley Valentine Through Saturday, March 5. Pilgrim Soul Productions presents Shirley Valentine with Betty Kristan. Directed by MAtthew J. Carr $15 Discount available for groups of 10+. 8-10:30 p.m. Alternatives Unlimited, Inc., Singh Performance Center, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. Call 508-752-0224. Urinetown The Musical Thursday, March 3 - Saturday, March 5. Bancroft School presents Urinetown - a Broadway award winning

performance with plenty of exuberant musical moments, fun, and potty humor to go around. A hilarious satirical musical-comedy performed by a cast of 24 Bancroft actors, with an assortment of carefully choreographed singing and dancing scenes. In a city where all private toilets have been outlawed due to a water shortage, the masses are forced to pay to use public toilets that are controlled by a corrupt corporation. Urinetown explores real social issues of corporate control, corruption, environmental conservation, and eventually a public revolution all while making audiences laugh uncontrollably. $5. 7-9 p.m. Bancroft School: Harrington Theatre, 110 Shore Drive. Call 508-853-2640. “A Night in Elsinore”, by Richard Nathan - Friday, March 4. auditions Will be held at Barre Players Theater for A Night In Elsinore. The cast consist of 2 women and 14 men with an age range of 20 to 60. A copy of the script for perusal can be found at the Woods Memorial Library in Barre, MA. If further information is needed, please call the theater at 978-355-2096 and leave a message for the director, Charles Tower. 7-9 p.m. Barre Players Theater, 64 Common St., Barre. Call 978-355-2096 or visit Wisecracks Comedy Club @ The Old Groton Inn This location is in the Old Groton Inn in Groton, Ma the FIRST Friday of EVERY month. There’s a full bar and food menu in the showroom! Doors open at 8pm - show starts at 9pm. $12. 9-11 p.m. The Old Groton Inn, 128 Main St., Groton. Call 978-448-5614 or visit The Drowsy Chaperone - Friday, March 4 - Saturday, March 5. A modern day musical theatre addict drops the needle on his favorite LP - the 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorine, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs. $20 for evenings; $15 for matinees; $10 for children. 8-10:30 p.m. Mount Wachusett Community College: Theatre, 444 Green St., Gardner. Call 978-632-2403 or visit All That Jazz benefiting Preservation Worcester Saturday, March 5. New Orleans Cuisine and Music Featuring the New Black Eagle Jazz Band Members $55, Non-members $60 and Patrons $100 each. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation St. Call 508-754-8760 or visit Skinnygirl Night Out...A Conversation with Bethenny Frankel - Saturday, March 5. Join Bethenny Frankel, bestselling author and star of The Real Housewives of New York and Skating with the Stars for an evening of sass and fabulous fun at The Hanover Theatre! Full price tickets are $28.50 and $35.50, depending on seating location. Limited VIP tickets available for $75, which includes a post-show meet & greet. $5 discount available for members, groups of 15 or more, kids, students and WOO card holders.. 8-9:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-571-7469 or visit

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An Evening with Garrison Keillor - Sunday, March 6. True to his radio form, humorist celebrity speaker Garrison Keillor shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and “late-life fatherhood.” With a wonderful, dry sense of humor, he captivates audiences and delivers with class, charisma, and wisdom. The UMASS Medical School Speakers Series features three acclaimed speakers - David Sedaris, Mitch Albom and Garrison Keillor; ticket buyers are eligible to receive a 10% discount when buying all three performances. $38-$68. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-571-7469 or visit

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Ballroom Dance Foxtrot/Swing (full bronze). Learn with other couples and singles every Thursday in March. Foxtrot is one of the most popular social dances. It is a fun all purpose dance that can be performed to many different styles of music. No Partner or experience required. $10.00 drop in. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 7-8 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or Argentine Tango Classes (Beg). Join other singles and couples. Argentine Tango is a social dance expressed through melodic instruments. Originated in the suburbs of Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th century. $50pp. 7-8 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or

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Ballroom & Latin Dance Lounge - 50’s BEE BOP ! Dance Ballroom, Latin, Swing & Hustle, 50’s Style! All-levels EC SWING Lesson, Dance, Cash Bar & Refreshments, Door Prizes-Best Costume! $15pp. 7-11 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or Hustle Classes (Beg). The Hustle is a fast moving, energetic dance characterized by its many turns. The lady spins almost constantly while her partner draws her close and sends her away. Although disco has come and gone, if you enjoy the nightlife, then Hustle is a must! $50pp. 6-7 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or

>Saturday 5 Ballroom Dance Beginner Foxtrot/Swing. Foxtrot is one of the most popular social dances. It is a fun all purpose dance that can be performed to many different styles of music. No Partner or experience required. $10.00 drop in. $50 monthly membership includes all classes. 11 a.m.-noon Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or

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MAJOR ABSOLUTE SECURED CREDITOR’S PUBLIC SEALED BID AUCTION ON MARCH 12TH OF ALLCARE DENTAL ASSETS. We have been commissioned to sell by sealed bid Allcare Dental offices in your town! Sealed bid offers must be sent to Anderson Auction & Realty, 1843 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216 or faxed to 716.838.8228. Offers are for BULK, AS IS purchases of any complete office ready to open or be removed. Visit our website at for a listing of offices in your area! Bids must be received no later than 5:00 PM on March 12th. Highest bid will be approved on March 12th and must be paid for within 48 hours. Contact us at 716.838.8484. Sale by Anderson Auction & Realty

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The Central Mass Classifieds would like to feature members of our Armed Forces on a regular basis. If you have a special service person in your life, please email with some information, photo, brief summary of his/her service, and we will be happy to recognize them in the Central Mass Classifieds. The brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces should be remembered all year long. Call June at 508-755-1199 X430 or email for more information. God bless our troops.




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If you have a problem with opiates like heroin, Oxycontin or Percocets, you may be eligible to participate in a 3-month Suboxone research study to test medications for opioid abuse. This study is being conducted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. We are currently seeking volunteers ages 18 to 25. If you are interested, please call Chelsea or leave a message at (508) 856-4566. All calls are confidential. Docket #13261.

HOME IMPROVEMENT CLEARVIEW HOME IMPROVEMENT does it all! Additions, windows, doors, siding, painting, finish basements. Fully Insured. HIC#286433. Call Paul 508-581-7803 HAS YOUR BUILDING SHIFTED OR SETTLED? Contact Woodford Brothers Inc, for straightening, leveling, foundation and wood frame repairs at 1-800-OLD-BARN w w w.wood fo r d b r os . com// Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Remodeling. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Basements & Decks. Finish Carpentry. Repairs & Painting. Windows & Doors. Quality Workmanship Guaranteed. Lic#165875/Insured 508882-5265


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Director of Pathology (Palmer, MA) sought by UMass Memorial Medical Group, Inc. to provide leadership over technology, oversight, medical practices, and the performance of testing personnel in laboratories. Requires MD and a 5 year residency in Pathology. Ref. #9846P and apply to Katherine Pryor, Sr. Physician Recruiter, UMMMG, 295 Lincoln Street, Suite 206, Worcester, MA 01605. No phone calls. DRIVERS NEEDED to deliver packages for FED EX home delivery. Min of 1 yr exp delivering in a cargo van in past 3 yrs is needed. Please contact me at or call 508-733-9726 Hospitalist (Worcester, MA). UMass Memorial Medical Group, Inc. seeks Hospitalist to cover non-ICU adult admissions at the UMass Memorial campuses in Worcester and ICU and adult admissions at Marlborough and Clinton Hospitals. Requires Mass license. Ref. #10516P and apply to Katherine Pryor, Sr. Physician Recruiter, UMMMG, 295 Lincoln Street, Suite 206, Worcester, MA 01605. No phone calls




The Town of Millbury is seeking applicants interested in the position of Head Clerk in the ofďŹ ce of the Town Clerk. Duties include: performing a variety of clerical work, processing, maintaining, and preparing vital records, conducting elections, voter registrations and related customer service. This is a 19-hour position covered under a collective bargaining by and between the Town of Millbury and GEU Local #5. Copies of the job description and applications are available in the ofďŹ ce of the Town Manager 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA 01527 or online at


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We have an immediate opening for a driven multi-media advertising sales exec based in Worcester. You will inherit some active accounts, land lots of new ones! Work hard, play hard entrepreneurial culture.

Radiologist (Worcester, MA) sought by UMass Memorial Medical Group, Inc. Provide clinical service and coverage in Division of Body Imaging. Requires Mass license. Ref. #10332P and apply to Katherine Pryor, Sr. Physician Recruiter, UMMMG, 295 Lincoln Street, Suite 206, Worcester, MA 01605. No phone calls. Research Scientist (Chemistry) Worcester, MA. needed to synthesize chem. compounds for biological screening. Will maintain safe and organized laboratory environment, maintain detailed records of the research, and communicate with supervising Sr. Research Chemist. Requires BS Deg. in Org. Chem. or Med. Chem. & 5yrs rel. exp. or M.S. + 2 yrs exp. To apply Reference requ 10218G & res & cvr ltr to Kim Kapteyn, Admin. Asst., Microbiotix, Inc., One Innovation Drive, Worcester, MA 01605. No calls.


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CHERRY BEDROOM SET Solid Wood, never used, brand new in factory boxes. English Dovetail. Original cost $4500. Sell for $795. Can deliver. Call Tom 617-3950373 // *\\ LEATHER LIVING ROOM SET in original plastic, never used. Original price $3,000, sacrifice $975. Call Bill 857453-7764* // \\ PRIVACY HEDGES Blowout Sale 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Arborvitae (cedar) Regular $129 now $59 Beautiful, Nursery Grown. Free Installation 518-536-1367 Walk In Bathtubs with Jets $1495 ITEMS UNDER $2011 19â&#x20AC;? Dell flat screen monitor. Barely used. Retails for $169. Sell for $85. 508-8292674.

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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Millbury Planning Board In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Bylaws, the Millbury Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA, on the application of Herb Chambers Latti Farm Road, LLC, property located at 2 Latti Farm Road, Millbury, MA, for a Modification to a Site Plan Review Special Permit under Article 1, Section 12.4 and 14.11 (l) of the Millbury Zoning Bylaw, originally granted by the Planning Board on November 13, 1995, and recorded with the Worcester District Registry of Deeds in Book 18158, Page 283. Applicant desires to modify the decision by modifying the parking plan and pavement striping. Plan is available for inspection in the Planning Department during normal business hours. Anyone wishing to be heard on this application should appear at the time and place designated above. Richard Gosselin Chairman 2/24 &3/3/2011







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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL Docket No WO11P0447EA In the Estate of: Paul K Burrows Late of Sutton, MA 01590 Date of Death: 12/30/2008 To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the copy of the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Lorin Burrows of Princeton, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON: 03/22/2011 In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: February 22, 2011 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 3/3/11

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL Docket No WO11P0441EA In the Estate of: Vincent M Stellman Late of Sutton, MA 01590 Date of Death: 01/07/2011 To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Janice M Berthiaume of Sutton, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON: 03/15/11 In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: February 17, 2011 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 3/3/11 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Worcester, ss Superior Court Department of the Trial Court Civil Action No. 11-0237 To: Carrie L. Alward of the Town of Millbury, County of Worcester AND TO ALL PERSONS ENTITLED TO THE BENEFIT OF THE SOLDIERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; AND SAILORSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; CIVIL RELIEF ACT OF 1940 AS AMENDED: Webster First Federal Credit Union, a banking institution with a usual place of business in Worcester, Worcester County, MA, claiming to be the holder of a mortgage covering property situated: 13 Middleton Street, Millbury, Worcester County, MA, given by Carrie L. Alward to Webster First Federal Credit Union dated January 4, 2007 and recorded in Worcester District Registry of Deeds, Book 40461, Page 170, has filed with said court a Complaint for authority to foreclose said mortgage in the manner following: by entry on and possession of the premises therein described and by exercise of the power of sale contained in said mortgage. If you are entitled to the benefits of the Soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Sailorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Civil Relief Act of 1940 as amended, and you object to such foreclosure, you or your attorney should file a written appearance and answer in said court at Worcester in said County on or before the twenty-eighth day of March next or you may be forever barred from claiming that such foreclosure is invalid under said Act. Witness, Barbara J. Rouse, Esquire, Administrative Justice of said Court, this fourteenth day of February, 2011 Dennis P. McManus, Clerk 3/3/11

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Cupcakes are in. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the perfect portable, adorable sugar rush â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that over the past few years there has been an explosion of specialty cupcake shops and dessert bars in cities across the country. Worcester is lucky enough to have a few of its own, and Sweet Pastry Shop & Dessert Bar is just one of them. Owner Alina Eisenhauer has gotten a pretty sweet gig as of recently: she will be appearing on Season 2 of Food Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cupcake Wars, a confectionary competition that pits chef against chef for a $100,000 prize and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at a swanky event. Will Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own take the cake? How old are you and where are you from? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m 39. I was born in New York and spent half of my childhood there before my parents moved to The Berkshires, where I learned to cook.

How long have you been baking? I have been cooking and baking since I was about eight years old.

What inspired you to open Sweet? I began baking in a restaurant when I was 16 but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until after I became pregnant with my son nine years ago that I decided to open my first pastry business.

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created so many cool cakes: whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your all-time favorite design? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to pick just one! Recently I really had fun making a replica of a water skiing/wake boarding boat with the owner driving it. Generally speaking, my favorite cakes and the ones I think turn out the best are the

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite Sweet cupcake ďŹ&#x201A;avor?  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to say our Margarita cupcake, which is loaded with key lime juice and tequila and has a sprinkle of sea salt and sugar on the top.

Tell us a bit about the process of getting a spot on Food Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cupcake Wars. The producers knew of me and my work and I was asked to submit a video and pictures. I was then called and interviewed on the phone and finally received a call telling me I had been selected to compete on the show. The whole process took about three weeks.

What do you think gives your cupcakes and your team an edge on the competition? We have a few things going for us: we make great-tasting cupcakes, use only the best ingredients, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always thinking outside the box when coming up with new and


Two minutes with... different flavors. I also have the advantage of having a Marine (Shayla Vander Vliet) for my assistant. We both love competition and see it as a really crazy, really fun game that we want to win.

Did you have any crazy mishaps on set? We didâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even harder and crazier than it looks on TV, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to watch to see what happens as we are sworn to secrecy. Even my staff doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what happened.

Who was your favorite of the judges? My favorite was Candice Nelson, the founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes.

I hear youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a viewing party for the episode â&#x20AC;&#x201D; tell us about that. We are having a viewing party at our store on Tuesday March 8, which is the night our episode will premiere. We are charging $10 per person, which includes a cupcake tasting of what


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