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et’s face it, we all could use a little laughter in our lives. Humor lifts the spirits and helps one forget about the troubles in your day – at least for a few minutes. But is the backbone of comedy today, the stand-up comic, on the verge of extinction? With a history that dates back to minstrel shows of the 1840s and converges in the stand up boom of the ’80s, stand-up has been the epitome of comedy for ages. But with the recent closings and stage hopping of local stand-up acts here in the city, on top of low attendance and over-saturation of amateurs behind the mic after the Last Comic Standing inspired craze, is the pulse of stand-up at an all time low? Nicole Luparelli – herself a renaissance performer who entertains through voice, acting, writing and comedy – examines the genre of comedy and its current state today as it relates to Worcester. Is the state of funny business in the city in trouble? Or is stand-up here to stay? Read what some of the areas top comics and comedy entrepreneurs have to say in this week’s cover. — Doreen Manning | Editor

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A weekly quality of life check-in of Worcester

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July 22 - 28, 2010 ■ Volume 35, Number 46

A matter of degrees The minor tweak and major effects of Worcester State’s name change Sam Bonacci

Will MCAS really receive a failing grade from the Patrick administration? Like the last day of school, teachers and students will rejoice together. +2 Senate finally votes to extend jobless benefits, but that doesn’t include FMAP money that would plug the $684 million hole in the state’s budget. Say adios to the money, and a slew of services. -1 No one comes to City Council to speak publicly about a proposed pit bull ordinance. Y’all are waiting for the August 10 meeting, right? -1 More details made available in the Darlene Hayes case – the woman who was murdered and had her fetus removed. It’s more chilling than it was when the case came out last summer. -2 State unemployment dips from 9.1% to 8.8%, but was at 8.7% at this time last year. Still, we’ll give it a +1 Sutton’s James McKenna to stage a write-in campaign against Attorney General Martha Coakley. What’s a little competition among friends? +1 Alhuda Academy receives NEASC accredidation, just like 579 other member schools in New England and Canada. They also receive ignorant and hateful comments on Telegram.com. Stay classy, commenters. -2 Paulie’s NOLA festival brings a party to Chandler Street – an area of town desperately in need of one. +2 This week: 0 Last week: -1 Year to date: +21

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orcester State College may soon cease to exist — to be replaced by Worcester State University. What would change? No more than a name and perception say those favoring the new title, and nearly everything according to the opposition. The bill sitting on Governor Deval Patrick’s desk would change the title of nine state colleges to universities in one fell swoop. The move follows the trend of 45 other states who have made a similar switch in the name of increased prestige and funding. Among students, there is excitement for the added weight of the name. “People say what’s in a name, but it really does mean a lot,” says Worcester State junior Patrick McCauley. “It means a lot more to graduate from a university in terms of jobs and graduate schools.” Proponents say the benefits include the increased potential to attract outof-state students and the retention of Massachusetts students who often leave for nearby state universities in Connecticut and New Hampshire. But opponents point to increased costs to students and a diversion from the goal of educating undergraduates. Kristine Caveney, a senior studying psychology, says she would prefer to be judged on her own merits, not by the title of her alma mater. “Don’t look at whether I went to a college or university, look at my GPA,” she says. “Don’t judge me by the words ‘college’ or ‘university,’ but rather: Did I do well?” Caveney is also concerned with the possibility of cost increases associated with the name change. She chose Worcester State specifically because it was affordable. If that goes away, she asks, what’s the attraction? State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, representing Amherst, shares Caveney’s concern about rising expenses. If college faculty suddenly become university professors, he asks, what will keep them from requesting pay commensurate with their new title? Plenty, says Daniel Shartin, a professor at Worcester State and the

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vice president of the Worcester Chapter of Mass State College Association and chair of the bargaining committee for the state-wide union for state college professors and librarians. “This doesn’t mean all of a sudden our salaries will go up and we will teach fewer classes. We will be teaching under the same pay scale and same contracts,” says Shartin. The contracts for the MSCA are not up for re-negotiation for another three years, and even then they must be approved by Governor Patrick. In the most recent round of negotiations the governor asked for more concessions after bargaining was completed because of the poor economy. “Nobody should be concerned the faculty could somehow unilaterally make that happen,” says Shartin of a pay hike. “There would have to be the will to do it and the resources on the management side.” Another of Rosenberg’s concerns – and one that is near to his heart and the district of Amherst he represents – is that a new focus on research programs, which can come with a university system, would shift the emphasis away from student development. “I maintain that even if they do not have any independent doctoral programs, they will soon. It is in the DNA of the educational programs to aspire to the next level,” says Rosenberg. John Brisette, chair of the Worcester State College Board of Trustees, denies

the possibility of any shift in focus. “That’s not going to happen,” Brisette says. “The mission of our college isn’t going to change. We’re still going to offer the same courses in September whether we are Worcester State College or Worcester State University.” Says Shartin: “The very nature of Worcester State is geared towards teaching and interacting with students. There may be some professors who welcome the opportunity for a more research focus, but the very focus of the college is teaching students, and [that] will likely not change at all in the next ten years.” A major benefit of the name change is an increase in funding through government and research grants, says Brad Bryan, assistant professor of biology at Worcester State. “I assure you there will be enhanced funding opportunities that will equate to better opportunities for students and increased competitiveness on the job market,” he says. No one seems to argue that the state schools are excellent educational institutions across the board. Even Rosenberg says you would be hard pressed to discern a difference between Bridgewater State and UMass Dartmouth. “It’s not like we are trying to sound like something we are not,” says Bryan. “We are trying to sound like something we are.”


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You have to bring Jesus with you if you bike down Main Street.” -Mayor Joseph O’Brien

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here’s some irony in that Major Taylor Boulevard, a major arterial street downtown named for one of Worcester’s most famous residents and a turn-of-the-century cycling star, is a hazard to bikers. In fact, many of the city’s streets could be considered dangerous territory to those who would like to find ways to get around without relying on a car. Worcester is preparing to launch nearly $20 million in street and sidewalk repairs – the money raised through dipping into the tax levy, the airport transfer, the CSX rail yard agreement and plenty of borrowing – compounded with another $5.5 million in federal stimulus (now Massachusetts Department of Transportation) money secured for the Canal District by Congressman Jim McGovern. The city finds itself in the unique position of updating its roadways at a time when not much updating is going on anywhere else. “It’s been a tough city to bike in,” says Peter Howard, the owner of Barney’s Bicycle on Chandler Street and president of the Seven Hills Wheelmen, a recreational biking and outdoor adventure group. “You have to be pretty brave for the most part.” Howard, who notes that he’s seen more bikers riding in Worcester, agrees that investment is needed to make safety improvements for cyclists, which would include outfitting major arteries like Park Avenue with bike lanes. Currently, the city has few genuine bike lanes, and the bike routes designated by street signage are “one of the sillier things I’ve seen,” Howard says. “I don’t understand how they picked them.” But the Worcester resident says he wouldn’t know where else to put the lanes, which is perhaps the best way to imply that the city’s non-automobile infrastructure doesn’t need fixing up, but rather a complete overhaul. The question is how much updating will occur beyond simply repaving? David Watson, the executive director of MassBike, says that within the last 15 years, state and federal transportation policy has been written with the idea “that biking and walking should be considered equal in designing and building all transportation projects.” He also points out that in 2006 the Mass Department

of Transportation wrote an award-winning design guide for “complete streets” – roadways that “work well for all users and treat everyone equitably.” Massachusetts municipalities must follow these state and federal rules when state and federal funding is involved – such as with the Canal District’s upcoming streetscape work – but Watson points out this won’t be the case for other city areas. “The wrinkle is if it is a locally funded project, then the policies don’t apply. They’re not required,” he says. Watson adds MassDOT still strongly encourages that these policies be followed, but has no jurisdiction to enforce them. Mayor Joseph O’Brien, one of the most vocal supporters of the locally funded street and sidewalk repair project, says specific allocations for the monies and work sites will be determined by the Department of Public Works and the City Council’s Traffic and Parking subcommittee. As of now, the money will be divided in three general ways: a percentage will be set aside for arterial work, a pot will be divided equally for each of the five council districts, and a certain amount will be allocated to bring areas into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Construction isn’t slated to begin until next spring at the very earliest. O’Brien personally favors more “walking corridors” around Worcester. He cites the recent reworking of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Union Station and St. Vincent Hospital as an example of how a once “scary place to walk” now has wider sidewalks, better crosswalks and landscaping. He adds that he’d like to see better walkability between downtown and

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Elm Park as well. Department of Public Works Commission Robert Moylan offers that while “details are perhaps what we don’t have right now,” the city is looking at going two ways with the street and sidewalk improvements. One is to pick sections of sidewalks around the city and repairing those. The other is to target general areas where the entire right of way – that is both the street and sidewalks – would be repaired together, signage improved and trees planted. Moylan says that while any plans are in the preliminary stages right now, some street redesigns could happen. “We may look at [a certain] street and figure out how to make it more user-friendly,” he says. Watson suggests that with the opportunity Worcester has to improve its infrastructure, following the design guides would be in the city’s best interests. “There’s usually little additional cost associated with accommodating bicycles and pedestrians,” he says. “Sometimes as little as changing the striping on the road. “Are we just building more of the same or are we building the 21st century transportation system we want and need?” he asks. O’Brien says the roadwork will put Worcester in a “better position as the economy rebounds to attract families to come work and live here.” According to many who live and work in Worcester already, as well as those in transportation policy, one of the best ways to do so would be to rework the streets beyond what’s best for the cars.


{ worcesteria } THE SAUSAGE KING OF WORCESTER: Back in 1995, a Worcester Mag cover story broke the news about Marian Golemo’s defrauding of local PolishAmericans, but Golemo first appeared in our pages in 1992 for a story on Green Island. In the article, he said of the neighborhood “everybody helps each other out.” In their arrest report, the FBI specifically cites 1992 as one of the years Golemo engaged in his fraudulent investment scheme…The Charlotte Observer has more details about Golemo’s life in North Carolina. While living under the alias Andrzej Kurtyka, Golemo owned various properties and worked buying and selling used trucks, and wasn’t exactly living inconspicuously. Neighbors told the paper that when he first moved there “he invited his entire block to a party, complete with sausages imported from Chicago” and hosted a number of other big parties, “always with a bonfire.”

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YOUR AGENT ISN’T NAMED SCOTT BORAS, IS IT?: The Municipal Operations subcommittee, chaired by City Councilor Mike Germain, met in executive session on Tuesday, beginning talks to extend City Manager Michael O’Brien contract. Per usual, contract talks stay tight lipped and are closed off to the press, and Germain didn’t want to give away too many details, only saying the talks were “good.” Another city councilor, however, said the real question will be what kind of raise the manager will receive on his $185,000 salary (as of 2009), noting that people won’t be very happy if it’s perceived as too high. (Remember the outcry when schools CFO Brian Allen got that $12,000 raise in March?)

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PASS IT TO THE LEFT-HAND SIDE: William Breault of the Main South Alliance for Public Safety addressed the city council on Tuesday night about enacting an anti-smoking ordinance similar to one in Boston, which would prohibit health care and educational institutions from selling tobacco, as well as outright banning the sale of blunt wraps (cigar wrappers commonly used for smoking marijuana). Before speaking, Breault handed out examples of the product to the council members. Later on, he referenced Zig Zag cigarette papers, looked around the chamber, and said “I’m sure people have heard that name before. I see a smile or two.” WAITING IN THE WINGS?: City Councilor Joff Smith wanted to make sure we knew that 2009 city council candidate Kola Akindele was very much still engaged in Worcester politics (gee, it’s like we said he wasn’t, or something) and is aiding Smith’s campaign for the district 13 House of Representatives seat … Expect to see a lot more Smith signs popping up around the west side soon: he says he’s about to embark on a “high visibility campaign.”

TREASURER CHEST: As Worcester Mag contributor Gary Rosen writes this week, media man-about-town Brendan Melican has been hired by Steve Grossman, a Democratic challenger for state treasurer and former head of the state and national Democratic parties. The treasurer’s race has become strangely high profile this year (could anyone name the state’s current treasurer *cough* – Tim Cahill – *cough* before he defected from the Dems and ran for governor?) especially in the Worcester area. Republican Shrewsbury state rep. Karyn Polito is staging a strong bid, and Grossman faces Boston City Councilor Steve Murphy in the Dem. primary. In Worcester politics, the city council is split on whom to endorse. Mayor Joseph O’Brien has actively campaigned with Grossman, while city councilors Joe Petty and Mike Germain have thrown their support behind Murphy. A PERFECTLY GOOD WEEKEND FOR POLITICKING: With two festivals last weekend, you’d think the politicians would have been out in full force with stickers, signs and literature, but that didn’t seem to be the case. The Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream festival, located within the boundaries of the hotly contested district 13 state representative race, only saw a handful of candidates stand out, including Margot Barnet and Ronal Madnick. Sheriff candidate Lew Evangilidis also made an appearance scooping ice cream, as did Congressman Jim McGovern and Senator Scott Brown. McGovern and Brown made another appearance at Paulie’s Friday night and Saturday NOLA Jazz Festival. Of course, Senator Brown is still a while away from campaign season – unless you count trying to win back the group of 80 tea partiers protesting his decision to back the financial overhaul bill in Lincoln Square on Saturday…According to Worcester Tea Party head Kenneth Mandile, only one counter protestor showed up at their rally, and tried to burn an American flag in the middle of the street…Congressional candidates and state auditor candidate Kamal Jain took the opportunity to stump for themselves at the Tea Party protest. J U LY 2 2 , 2 0 1 0 • W O R C E S T E R M A G . C O M

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slants rants& Ourturn People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals confirmed this week what we here at Worcester Mag have known all along: that Worcester is a great place to be meat free. Voted No. 7 on PETA’s list of the top 10 large North American cities for vegans and vegetarians (Washington D.C topped the list and Los Angeles is at our back at No. 8), Worcester is ahead of the times when it comes to cruelty-free eating. The list mentions favorites like Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant (Belmont Street), Nancy Chang’s and Loving Hut (both located on Chandler) as examples of our fine vegetarian and vegan dining, but our staff – which includes several vegetarians – know of a few others. Da Lat on Park Avenue features Vietnamese food that won’t break your weekly budget; EVO on Chandler gives vegetarian flair an upscale feel; The Bean Counter on Highland creates some of the best vegan treats you’ll ever find; One Love Café at Main Street offers flavorful Jamaican food, and Udupi on Maple Avenue shows you how fantastic meat-free Indian dishes can be. A few of our veggie staffers can recall a time when going out to eat meant ordering from the appetizer portion of the menu, so living and working in a city that embraces an alternative dietary lifestyle is a refreshing trend. For those of us with vegetarian children, it’s a gift from the green gods. Don’t believe the hype? The 2009 Vegetarian Dining Guide, produced by local group Vegworcester.com, showcases almost 30 vegetarian and vegan restaurants, cafes, bakeries and grocery stores. That’s quite a selection for a city of our size. No wonder we made the list! To see what other cities made the list visit blog.peta.org.

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Puppets, Politics and Paxton Gary Rosen

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n Disney’s 1940 film, Pinocchio, the wooden puppet is told that he can become a real boy if he proves himself “brave, truthful and unselfish.” Sixty years later, the Tea Party is trying to reverse the process by making a real U.S. senator, Scott Brown, into its puppet. During his campaign for the seat held for decades by Ted Kennedy, Scott Brown courted the support of the Tea Party, but made it clear that if elected he would be an independent voice in Washington. In spite of that pledge, the Tea Party jumped on Brown’s truck, donated, campaigned and turned out at the polls in high numbers for him. He was their guy ... a Republican, at times a bit of a rebel, and NOT Martha Coakley. So Brown got elected and kept his campaign promise to vote his conscience, not his party. But his recent vote in favor of President Obama’s financial overhaul bill triggered the wrath of several Massachusetts Tea Party activists. Last week when Brown appeared in Worcester to participate in two local events, Tea Party members from across the state held an anti-Brown demonstration at Lincoln Square. Incredulous at this turn of events, I stopped by the demonstration. In 90-degree heat, Republican State Committee member Shari Worthington, Worcester Tea Party president Ken Mandile, and about 75 other patriots, were telling Sen. Scott Brown in absentia that the people’s seat is now the Tea Party seat. Their signs read, “Stop Voting Against the GOP,” “You Stole the People’s Seat,” “You Lied to Us” and “Benedict Brown.” Sorry Tea Party, but we can’t hold a new election every week. If a marionette with a Tea Party walk, wave and a bow is what you want for a U.S. senator, find one, support one and try to elect one. But don’t be sore losers after the votes are counted. *

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orcester’s own Brendan Melican, community activist, blogger, frequent radio guest, and regular panelist on WCCA TV’s Rosen’s Roundtable, just made the hotly contested race for Massachusetts treasurer even more interesting. The bright and politically insightful Melican has accepted the post of Worcester regional field coordinator for the Steve Grossman campaign. Grossman, a Princeton University and Harvard Business School grad, family business owner, and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will easily dispose of At-Large Boston City Councilor Stephen Murphy in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. Grossman then takes on popular and highly-respected State Representative Karyn Polito (Shrewsbury and Westborough), who is unopposed for the Republican nomination. The appointment of Melican shows that Grossman has no intention of conceding the Worcester area to Polito. This treasurer’s race between two smart, organized and well-funded candidates might be just the impetus that Melican needs to run for Worcester City Council next year. * * * * * *

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n setting rules for the placement of political lawn signs, the Paxton Board of Selectmen has trampled on the First Amendment freedom of speech rights of that town’s residents and the nine candidates for the District 13 state representative seat being vacated by Bob Spellane. Ironically, one of these candidates is the executive director of the area ACLU. He and the others now will need the Paxton town administrator’s permission to place signs on the lawns of their supporters. And the selectboard, impressed by its own self-importance, also has decreed that such signs can’t be placed any earlier than four weeks before the upcoming elections. I hope that some Paxton residents, even at the risk of being fined, defy their town officials and assert their rights as citizens and property owners by placing candidate, ballot question and casino signs on their lawns whenever they want. I find no fault, however, with Paxton requiring political lawn signs to be removed within 72 hours of the close of the polls. Worcester School Committee member Dianna Biancheria, elected in early November 2009, still has a very durable campaign sign prominently displayed on a fence in the front yard of an occupied Columbus Park home. I sure wish that family lived in Paxton. WORCESTERMAG.COM

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Posted by “Sean Dacey” on UNFASHIONABLESENTIMENTS.BLOGSPOT.COM: My only hope for that section of the Canal District (Green Island to all you grrrls out there) is a green space. I nominate the whole section of property from the Smokehouse Urban Barbecue to Fiddler’s Green as a future green space. It would be a hell of a lot prettier than the bombed out parking lot view we have now. The two that caught my eye was the first question which will give the voters the chance to repeal the alcohol tax. And the third question which gives passionately about this, here’s what you voters a chance to lower the sales tax need to do: from 6.25% to 3%... After this is assigned to committee, It’s time for the people of this state write to city councilors. You should to make a stand for themselves and not focus on the members of Public Health have these corrupt politicians dictate (Palmieri, Haller, Lukes). If this gets Posted by “Chris” on WORCESTERIN365. what is good for us. killed in Public Health, it will not come Wake up Massachusetts. This may be BLOGSPOT.COM: With November back to the City Council for review. our best chance to let these politicians just around the corner, with it brings Focus on those councilors. know that enough is enough. Don’t let the mid term elections and as reported Remember that at the Council this chance pass you by. Again. in the telegram another round of ballot meeting in February where this was Get out there and vote. questions. IN TRUE BLOG FASHION, THE SPELLING, GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION OF THESE SE LECTIONS ARE TO THE INDIVIDUAL POSTER’S TASTES.

Posted by “Nicole” ON NICOLECOMMAWOO.WORDPRESS. COM: Pit Bull Ordinance — if you care

originally discussed, Phil Palmieri had a much better idea for a responsible owner ordinance. I think it would be fair to ask him why we’re going to target a certain type of dog, versus irresponsible owners. He was on the right track, and now we’re taking a step back.

Letter Refreshing as lemonade Dear Worc. Magazine, I enjoy reading the Worcester Magazine and the wide range of stories, events etc. happening in or around Worcester. I’m hoping that (once again) Worcester Magazine will cover Worcester’s Gay Pride celebration block party in September. In

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When was the last time you saw a live stand-up comic? AS K E D O N M A I N ST R E E T

Never. I haven’t seen any advertised comedians coming around and I don’t even know where they have a stand-up comedy place around here.

Cebelis Crespo WORCESTER Years, about 10 years. There’s nothing really good around here, you have to go to Boston and that’s too much travel.

Michelle Ramm WHITINSVILLE It’s been years, too many to remember. I think it was the hypnotist guy, Frank Santos. It was funny, entertaining.

Abe Cure PROVIDENCE, RI the past few years, Worcester’s Gay Pride celebration has been overlooked by the Worcester Telegram, however I have enjoyed reading about it in Worc. Magazine in previous years. The Worcester Magazine can be just as refreshing as a glass of lemonade – as it does not have that old Worcester conservative mindset.

April, when I saw Charlie Murphy in Boston. It was hilarious, I’d go again.

Noah Ligeti WORCESTER

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When I was out in LA visiting my daughter and I went to a comedy workshop on Sunset. That was about 4 years ago.

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Stand-up comedy went into a boom period in the 1980s and comedians were like rock stars. Most made a living doing shows a few nights a week and all was well that ends well at the

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Improv. But audiences have started dwindling. More people are going to see professional wrestling rather than live stand-up. Is stand-up comedy lying down to die, or is it merely evolving, like it has from minstrel shows and vaudeville? The need to laugh is always present in mankind. Perhaps now is when we need a laugh the most. Today, comedy spots in Worcester seem to open and close all around us. Pub 99 bought the Aku Aku Comedy Palace. Dick Doherty’s Beantown Escape at the Crowne Plaza amphitheater is now a dormitory for pharmacy students. Plans to open a comedy club next to the Hanover Theatre appear to be on hold. Frank’s Comedy Safari was forced to relocate from 5th Amendment to the Irish Times. On the plus side, Wisecracks Comedy Club is rumored to be opening at Jose Murphy’s on Water Street in the fall. The ups and downs of local comedy make one dizzy. Wanna-be comedians once viewed stand-up as a viable job option. Now, it’s a hobby, where the only thing you have to lose is your self-esteem and the most you can gain is gas money. With the jobless rate at an all-time high, more and more of the laid off and unemployed are saying, “Hmmm, maybe I should try stand-up.” The TV reality show Last Comic Standing has done to comedy what American Idol has done for singing. But the joke’s on those poor souls on stage, for in real life, being funny once at an office party makes you no more a comedian then a good night singing

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” at karaoke makes you a real singer. We set out to interview players within the comedy scenes of Worcester, Boston and beyond to find the pulse of stand-up today. We interviewed a cross-section of the comedy industry: newbies, and veterans, bookers and performers, working and retired. Some blame the economy and the summer months for empty seats; some say comedy classes are part of the problem, clogging up shows with wannabe comedians looking for an easy answer and a fast route to fame. Others think contests ruin comedy, forcing performers to work on a 5-minute set as opposed to a “middling” (30 minute) or “headlining” (45-60 minute) set, and turns audiences into jeering judge and jury instead of folks looking to laugh and have a good time.

So is comedy in a slump? Is the recession having an effect? Or are the crowds just lazy? Auburn resident James Dorsey, 35, has been a comedian for four years, (you may remember him from the Irish Times commercials: “Irish Times…Brilliant!”). “I think in general the stand-up industry is not broken or in decline,” he says. “I am the busiest I have ever been.” Dorsey ran an open mic at Mahoney’s until about a year ago when

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he took a break to spend more time with family. His take on the Last Comic Standing (LCS) effect? “The thing people do not understand about LCS, is most of the comics are national headliners with television and movie credits to begin with. Many of the auditions are set up through agents.” At 31, Myq Kaplan has been a comedian for eight years, has appeared on The Tonight Show and is currently a finalist on LCS. Having entered the comedic scene after the boom and bust of the ’80s and early ’90s, Kaplan has “only heard tell of how it used to be, when the streets were paved with comedy clubs, restaurants and bowling alleys that all had paying shows, and comedian was a job someone could choose as a career just as reasonably as accountant or teacher or lawyer or what have you – though it’s still hard to make a living being a ‘what-have-you.’ I think only Dr. Seuss really made it work.” He entered comedy knowing “it might be a difficult road, but there was a road, and if someone had talent and worked at it, they could follow those yellow bricks to at least a respectable living, traveling, doing cruise ships, colleges, corporates, clubs, anything starting with a ‘C’ – no more bowling alleys,” Kaplan quips. As far as the comedy-class route that many aspiring comics are signing up for, Kaplan believes the only way to learn comedy is to actually stand up and do comedy. Still, he allows that some training doesn’t hurt one’s chances either. “I think that if people are charging inordinate amounts of money [for classes], that is reprehensible. But there are some classes

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that don’t make ridiculous promises, don’t cost an arm and a leg, and mainly just provide people with basic concepts, workshopping potential, and connections to other comedy newcomers that can help start one off in the right direction.” Orlando Baxter, a Worcester resident in his 30s, has been a comedian for five years and currently hosts at Frank’s Comedy Safari Thursday evenings over at the Irish Times on Main Street. Baxter used to host his own open mic at Bender’s on Park Avenue and knows firsthand how fast things can change. “I sent out a Facebook ‘Show today at Bender’s.’ Someone wrote back ‘Oh, it’s closed.’ [Benders] didn’t even tell me.” (Beatnik’s has since opened at that location, and also hosts stand-up open mics.) He also knows how the recession and summer can cut into audience numbers. “We’ll go a couple of weeks and have 20-40 people [in the audience], then we’ll have four people and have to cancel the show,” he says. Baxter insists that bad comedy is a wrecking ball. “Some kid will go, ‘Hey, I’ve been doing comedy for two weeks. I wanna open a room.’ It hurts the overall scene of comedy.” Frank Foley, 51, a DJ at 100 FM and comedian for 15 years, is going back to basics. One of the most respected club owners in Boston, Foley also manages Frank’s Comedy Safari in Worcester, where the comedians always get paid and only acts that are experienced and can entertain are hired. No crappy open mics here. “I would rather make a few hundred less than have people leave saying how bad it was,” he says. continued on page 12

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His methods seem to be keeping the genre alive in Worcester. His club just moved from 5th Amendment, where Foley says “it was selling out shows left and right,” to the second floor of Irish Times, which boasts a bigger room and stage, and now offers food during shows. Foley is also very sympathetic to the unemployment explosion. Anyone laid off or without a job can get free admission to any of the Comedy Safari shows (it’s on the honor system, so please don’t take advantage). Frank’s Comedy Safari will be up and running this Saturday at 8 p.m. and every Saturday this summer. Worcester born Doug Stanhope (The Man Show, Comedy Central, Showtime), a fulltime professional comedian, has performed at Ralph’s Diner a few times on his recent tours. He has strong feelings about comedy classes. “One thing though that I’ve hated since even my youngest, hope-filled days as a comic – worse than bad comedy, hack comedy or even joke thieves – are people who teach stand-up comedy classes,” Stanhope recently posted on his blog at dougstanhope.com. He continues, “Keep in mind that before I started comedy, most of my young adult life was spent working in low-level fraud – from toner scams and ad-specs to inventor/patent hoaxes. But

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comedy classes fall into that gray area of deceit – like Jesus or psychics or chakra healing – where you can’t prove that it’s a con.” Reverend Tim McIntire, 40, is a Melrose comedian with over 17 years behind the mic and Co-owner of Mottley’s Comedy Club in Boston. A former teacher of comedy, McIntire has come to believe that true comedy is learned from both experience and through watching others. “Speaking as someone who taught a comedy class for a couple years, I personally agree with Stanhope just about 100%. I can’t think of a thing you can teach that a motivated person couldn’t learn by doing open mikes. The only thing a comedy class might do is make that first time a bit less scary and more accessible, and I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing,” McIntire explains. “The need to overcome the terror of your first time on stage is a pretty good built-in gatekeeper, and getting your ass kicked by open mikes is a pretty good built in weed out system.” McIntire continues, “Not to get all grumpy old man, but once upon a time, young comics would actually get gigs with more experienced comics instead of confining themselves to an ‘alternative’ scene, and learn from those experienced comics, both by example and by conversations ... If the experienced comic


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really liked you, he’d get you more work and teach you even more things.” In his view, the evolution of being the last man standing has hurt comedy more than anything else. “There’s a lot to be said for the DIY nature of the current scene, but the fact that young comics are segregating themselves from comics with decades of experience in the ‘road’ rooms and missing out on that collective wisdom is, to me, a real downside,” says McIntire. Barry Crimmins, 56, a comedian for over 30 years and booker/creative director of the famous Ding Ho in Cambridge, recently retired from standup. His view is that stand up still has a pulse, albiet a weak one. “Thank goodness there are still some quality rooms out there but they have a real battle surviving in the age of the contest,” Crimmins says. Although the comedy contest itself is not new, the interest in comedy contests has risen with the popularity of LCS and other reality competition shows. The question is whether this is good for overall stand-up. “Contests are very damaging. Performers have to win to get paid and [the contests] divide and conquer comics.” Crimmins says, “Comedy’s demographic used to be much more hip and underground. A huge percentage of stand-up these days now appeals to the professional wrestling crowd. Fans are encouraged to be judgmental rather than encouraged to behave themselves and trust reliably excellent bills.” When Crimmins ran the Ding Ho, his goal was to help the comedian constantly improve his or her act, not to serve an audience that was rooting for people to lose. “Our goal wasn’t to turn the crowd into judgmental assholes. People with their arms crossed, defying you to make them laugh have a hard time breaking into spontaneous applause,” he says. As far as using comedy as a subject for Adult Education classes, Crimmins says, “I’d never teach a class. To do so would be to imply that

{ coverstory } there are hard and fast rules to pass along. Comedy relies on surprise. How surprising would comedy be if everyone was taught to hold to an arbitrary set of edicts? Stand-up classes are often taught by people who are not very successful. What real working and touring act is available every Thursday night to be at the Learning Annex?” For Crimmins, comedy is a profession no different than a musician or other entertainer. “I think if comics are original and capable, they should be paid. If comics are booked to do a show and included in advertising and/ or promotion for that show, pay them! It is only fair to the comic and it’s only fair to the audience. “In the ’80s, we weren’t rich, but we made a living. So when you walked on the stage you had some security and felt like a pro. Now too many acts work for free, for exposure. People die from exposure.” Twenty-nine-year-old Jon Lincoln of Auburn is co-owner of Mottley’s Comedy Club in Boston and formerly owner of the Comedy Lounge in Hyannis. When asked why one venue can be successful and another a dud in the stand-up arena, Lincoln responds, “It’s tough to say why one club works and another doesn’t. There are a lot of factors when opening a club. I remember when I was looking at spaces, I had a list I made of over 15 qualifications for a showroom. Things like acoustics, size, location, sight lines, etc. If the space didn’t meet one of my standards I crossed it off the list and even now I don’t think my Boston room is perfect.” Lincoln is optimistic about the future standup. “Stand-up comedy will last forever. Of course, the days of a comedy clubs opening their doors and being flooded are over. Comedy club owners have to work harder and be more creative now to get audiences out. Is the

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A serious history of stand-up comedy There are many legends about the beginnings of stand-up comedy. The UK lays claim to the concept beginning in the 18th century, where spoken-word acts were staged in small music halls and parlors. Legend has it Lord Chamberlain’s Office demanded all comedians submit their routines in writing for approval before they could be performed. Anything deemed unacceptable was underlined in blue pencil, possibly giving rise to the term “working blue,” slang for comedians overtly sexual or profanity-laden material. Here in the states, the roots of standup comedy can be found in the minstrel shows that began around the 1840s and continued through the emergence of vaudeville. In minstrel shows, white performers would darken their faces with soot and/or cork ash, exaggerating their lips and mannerisms to reflect commonly held (and utterly racist) views at the time. While we find these depictions offensive today, the shows were widely successful at the time and continued long after slavery was abolished. One of the main comedic characters was “Jim Crow,” named after the folk song of the time “Jump, Jim Crow” (and the namesake for local and state segregation laws in use from 1876 to 1965). These minstrel shows went beyond normal song and dance routines and gave rise to the short, comedic monologue, and many of the jokes we know today. With the beginnings of vaudeville at the end of the 19th century, minstrel shows became less popular. Vaudeville was a series of variety acts, with the first being the “dumb” act, to essentially kill time for people to find their seats. The last act typically was the weakest and served to empty the house so that the impresario could seat the next show.

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The microphone had not been invented yet; hence comedic acts were more reliant on slapstick comedy. Pratfalls, slipping on a banana peel, someone yelling “Make-up!” and a giant powder puff being slammed in their face. Ah, the good old days. Many comedians we recognize today as the “fathers” of comedy made their start in vaudeville: George Burns, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Jack Benny and Red Skelton among them. With the advent of the microphone and radio, vaudeville comedians were able to focus on spoken-word and conversational humor, literally changing the voice of comedy. As cinemas took over by the ’30s, vaudeville theaters – once heralded as one of the top three meeting places for Americans next to schools and churches – had died out. Enter the nightclubs and cabarets of the late ’40s and early ’50s. Funnymen like Alan King, Danny Thomas and Don Rickles all honed their craft in rooms like the Blue Angel in New York. The early sixties brought Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce playing in small folk clubs; the latter even performed in strip clubs between dances. The modern comedy club had yet to come into existence. The Oxford English Dictionary and Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary began defining the term “Stand-up comic” in 1966, and comedy garnered major attention in the ’70s with the likes of George Carlin and Steve Martin hosting Saturday Night Live and packing venues. Perhaps the pinnacle of comedy in this era came when Steven Wright was seen by a Tonight Show producer at the Ding Ho in Cambridge. The night he appeared on the Johnny Carson’s show, Boston comedy became hot, haute, hawt! As comedy exploded in the ’80s, a surge of Boston comedians filled the void. And much like when anything explodes, like the Seattle Grunge movement in the ’90s, everyone wanted a piece. Soon, any restaurant or bar with room for a tiny stage and a microphone was opening a comedy night. There weren’t nearly enough good comedians to fill every slot in every club, so inevitably crowds were bombarded with sub-par shows. Stand-up comedy was suddenly available on cable TV practically 24/7, and from this cross-media stew the alternative comedy movement was born. Comedians like David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Patton Oswalt and Sarah Silverman broke out just in time to catch the fancy of disaffected Gen-Xers who thought mainstream comedy was lame. The next time you see a lone comedian on stage, spotlight on and jokes ready to roll, remember the history behind him or her. Of course, it doesn’t mean you’ll laugh harder ... unless any of the above strikes you as particularly funny.


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industry broken? No. It’s just changing ... and I think for the better.” From the business side of the stand-up examination enters John Tobin. At 41, this Boston City Councilor - who steps down on July 30 to accept the VP of city affairs position at Northeastern University - and co-founder of the Boston Comedy Festival, has booked comedians for 18 years and is currently running Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston. Tobin created the Boston Comedy Festival in 2000,

which happened to coincide with the stream of reality shows that were appearing on mainstream television at the time. “It was supposed to be like Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival,” he says. The Montreal event features different themed shows and is the place to showcase up-andcomers, but it’s not a contest. Tobin started the Boston Comedy Festival with Jim McCue to give “a voice to comedians that were underrepresented, like females and people of color.” The festival has opened many doors for

women and minority comedians, but the comedy contest, based on tight five-minute sets, is what really gets butts in seats. As Tobin sums it up: “People love to see people lose.” On Saturday, Sept. 18, Tobin will be opening a new comedy room in the back of Viva Bene on Commercial Street in Worcester, an “intimate” 100-seat venue. Despite being in the comedy business for so long, Tobin has never attempted stand-up himself. His reasoning is sound.

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“I would like to play for the Red Sox, too, but I can’t hit a 95 mph fast ball, so I leave it to the professionals.” A veteran in the comedy scene, Dick Doherty has been entertaining for 46 years, booking shows since 1967. Doherty was working the Copacabana back when Sinatra was still calling the shots for Sammy Davis Jr. Doherty’s comedy resume is deep, and includes managing Worcester comedy rooms at the former Aku Aku, the former El Morocco on Wall Street, the Crowne Plaza, and even a comedy room on the site that is now the defunct Vinny T’s. In Boston, he ran the Improv at the Wilbur Theater, the Improper Bostonian at the original Comedy Connection site, and currently runs Dick’s Beantown Comedy Vault on Boylston Street. At one time Doherty ran up to 60 comedy nights a month. With the recent closing of his Worcester location of Dick Doherty’s

earlier this summer, Doherty is planning on opening another here this fall. As someone who has been involved with comedy from the moment it became a word in the dictionary, Doherty insists stand-up is alive and well, yet has noticed changes in the audience. He’s particularly noticed fewer ticket buyers at the collegiate level, where many students have access to free open mics and comedy shows on campus. Yet, he adds, “more people are going to comedy shows in Boston than ever.” He cites the Baby Boomer generation as a growing audience. “When I was 24, people over 40 stayed home and played cards. People in their 50s didn’t do anything.” Now he sees folks in their 50s and 60s coming out in groups to have dinner and see a show. “What they love is a night out and to be entertained,” he says. Doherty is not getting rich from having so many shows. “I drive a 12-year-old truck and my wife has a

16-year-old car.” He’s not joking. While stand-up-against-a-brick-wall comedy may never reach the ubiquitous popularity it enjoyed in the ’80s, the desire to laugh at another human being’s stories and experiences has withstood the invention of the radio, movies, television, and can hopefully survive reality TV. Much like how music evolves, perhaps stand-up is merely changing again. Is it still possible to make a full-time living doing stand-up? Unless you get that Catch-22 TV exposure, the odds are roughly the same as trying to make a living at being a rock musician – slim, and you’ll probably be sleeping on lots of couches. But there’s always a chance. Oh, and you have to be funny. No one can teach you that. (You’ve been a terrific audience. Thanks, and try the veal!) STEVEN KING

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Metaphysics, pop-culture narratives, mythological hybrids and art history references are integrated perfectly in Perfectionists: Three Worcester Artists exhibiting at The Davis Art Gallery now through September. This phenomenal exhibition unites three enigmatic Worcester artists — Howard B. Johnson Jr., Scott Boilard and Bryan Davagian. Although different in their perspectives, they are linked by their precision of form and attention to detail. The exhibition is a collaborative effort organized by artist Johnson, Karl Cole, curator of The Davis Art Gallery, and Erika Davis Wade, owner of Davis Publications.

Juxtaposing these artists creates an opportunity to examine how three different contemporary approaches are rendered. For Johnson Jr. the aesthetic is Visionary Art — an ironic blend of cultural esoterica with pop-art and cubism. Boilard unites expressive figurative realism, geometric abstraction and surrealism, while Davagian continues timehonored methods touching on hyperrealism with contemporary sensibility and capricious attitude. “All three are brilliant craftsmen, visionary in their outlook, imaginative but unique in how they express their ideas,” explains Cole. Presenting work from his vast portfolio including the Enpsychophilia Series among others, Johnson, a nationally recognized artist represented in the Worcester Art Museum collection, considers Perfectionists a mini-retrospective. “As I look

back at my artistic career I needed to present how I’ve developed by exhibiting my work together” he says. Johnson’s new work from The Humutation Series explores a figurative abstraction he describes as creating

Cornrow, Bryan Davagian “funky faces.” The painting Snorkel, a depiction of a mixed organic and machine-like form, demonstrates his progression. Specifically, he is exploring a new technique: small-scale paintings composed of textured paste mixed with acrylic, layered over his signature text

collage. He explains his rationale: “I had nothing more to say with my drawings, so it was time to develop my other interest — abstraction.” Exploring the expressive qualities of figurative realism is the hallmark of Scott Boilard. Boilard is appreciated for his unusual allegorical images in which he creates figures that are human-animal hybrids. But Boilard, like Johnson, is exploring other manners that have always interested him. “I’m moving more into geometric abstraction,” he says. “I want to explore light and color transitions while keeping with my goal of creating illusions, tension and expressing stream of consciousness in my imagemaking.” These concepts are skillfully blended in Hound, an innovative and remarkable painting, depicting the head and neck of a muzzled wild dog, with expressive speckled fur, contrasted boldly against a geometric transitional color grid. Davagian, a member of the Worcester Artists’ Group, paints in a super controlled manner, borrowing photo-realistic or trompe l’oeil conventions. “What inspires my imagery is contemporary life combined with my passion for art history and my focus on realistic painting technique,” he says. Davagian is exhibiting two groups of paintings split in concept within the series Gestures and Interiors. In one group he appropriates historicalart subjects such as a portrait taken from Piero della Francesca, and the assemblage boxes of Joseph Cornell, reworking them into contemporary settings in dream-like compositions. His other two paintings, including the spectacular portrait, Cornrow, are images that depict contemporary human figures in alternative perspectives within outdoor settings. Johnson Jr., Boilard and Davagian are exemplary artists, whose collaboration makes Perfectionists a flawless exhibition. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Davis Art Gallery, Printers Building, 44 Portland St., 3rd Floor, Worcester. Call 800-533-2847 or e-mail kcole@ davisart.com.

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“Do you like tubas, banjos and rock n’ roll?” is the question Sound in Stone guitarist and singer Mark Leighton usually asks when trying STEVEN KING to describe his band. If you also like beards, road trips and a whole lot of instruments, then Sound in Stone should be your new favorite band. The group is a fivepiece folk-rock band with an old-time, Americana feel that started playing shows in Worcester this past February. Their sound is cohesive but eclectic with a smattering of instruments that flow in and out of songs. In a single show you will probably hear upright bass, tuba, trumpet, harmonica, mandolin, ukulele and a melodica (a

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keyboard you play with your mouth). “We used to have an accordion, but then we had to pay the rent,” says Leighton. At the soul of Sound in Stone is the open road (or train tracks). Their upbeat banjo-infused anthems and odes with stirring harmonies beg to be played with the windows down on a spur-of-the moment road trip. This influence is not a coincidence: Leighton train-hopped for four years, riding the rails where folk sounds and instruments were imprinted into his music. “Half the songs have something to do with traveling around and the people met while traveling,” he says. The rest of the band is no stranger to traveling, either. While all are originally from the Worcester area, they were spread out across the country before they formed; guitarist /vocalist,

Chris McNamara in Boston, bassist Brian Sampson and drummer Derrick Meade in Worcester, and horns and keys player Larry Wilson in Eugene, Oregon. Leighton met up with them while traveling the country and convinced them to form a band in Philadelphia, where he was living at the time. “It was a pretty easy decision,” says Wilson. Band members also come from diverse musical genres. Wilson is a classically trained tuba player who played with the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra while McNamara played for several metal and punk bands. Their look, however, was cohesive from the start; every member except for McNamara sports a serious beard. Beard pride runs deep, as they give a $1 off discount at their shows if you have a beard – real or fake. Their album, Van Candy, released on June 25, is a true representation of “good-time rock” genre, containing enough high-energy infectious songs to replace your coffee on the way to work (the song “Rowdy” is like a shot of espresso). Sound in Stone departs Worcester at the end of July for a Midwest Tour to promote the album. Because McNamara will be unable to go, Shane Hall of The Ticklebomb Orchestra will be accompanying them until Chicago, then Taylor Benoit (or “Chicago On” as the band calls him) will take over. At every stop along the tour, the band also plans on “busking” – playing music on the streets before the show. What else would you expect from a rock n’ roll group of troubadours with tubas, banjos and beards? Catch Sound in Stone before it heads out on July 22 at the Hotel Vernon and on July 29 at The Raven. Listen to their music at soundinstone.com and at myspace.com/ soundinstone. Then grab your keys and go for a ride.

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Cultural knowledge and personal attributes take the stage Lauren McShane

From a yet-to-be-renovated basement in Worcester’s Canal District, high-energy Latin beats pour into the street. Follow the music, and the “Woops!� that accent it, and you’ll find 25 women and girls in feverish preparation for Worcester County’s first Miss Latina Pageant. The contestants range from 7- to 35-year-old Latina women, and during tonight’s rehearsal, each exudes confidence, poise and enthusiasm, traits that “show what a Latina woman really is,� exclaims contestant Gillian Lopez.

Lopez and other participants will be showcasing their hard work on July 24 at The Hanover Theater in hopes of becoming the 2010 Miss Latina Worcester County. They will not only compete for the title, but for college scholarships, gift certificates and other prizes. At first glance, the Miss Latina Pageant might look like any other beauty pageant, but don’t be fooled. “It’s really not a beauty pageant at all,� says organizer Annette Gonzalez. Instead, it is an opportunity for Latinas to enhance their cultural knowledge and showcase their personal attributes. Not to mention, Gonzalez continues, “We can’t do a straightforward beauty pageant, because Latinas come in all different shapes, sizes and flavors.� A major component of the pageant is cultural: each of the contestants must do research on her heritage to be presented in the oral cultural portion of the pageant. There is also a category for cultural costume where contestants model their country’s dress based on their own designs. Another major focus is personal development, Gonzalez says. For months, contestants have participated in a variety of workshops, from self-defense and nutrition, to college prep and modeling, all adjusted to suit the various age groups and taught by professional Latinos. According to Gonzales, these workshops are the “real idea� behind the pageant. “We wanted to build a personal development

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program,� she says, and provide an opportunity for each participant to develop as an individual. For Michelle’s Inoa’s sister, Leeshai, 8, a workshop teaching manners had the most impact. During the session, Leeshai and other contestants in the Little Miss Latina Worcester County category were taught table manners, which Leeshai said many of her friends don’t use. For contestants like Lily Romero, 32, who are competing in the Senora Latina Worcester County division, the workshops “taught a lot of things you thought you knew.� But the pageant is bigger than the contestants themselves. Gillian Lopez, who works for the Department of Children and Families, says the pageant gives her the opportunity to get to know others in the Latino community. Romero agrees,

and is excited that the pageant would showcase the “large community of Latinos in Worcester.� Saturday’s event will be hosted by The Hanover Theatre. “We’re so proud to be hosting the pageant. It’s such a great thing for our community, and we hope we can help to make it an ongoing success so that this year will be the first of many,� says Executive Director Tory Siebels. That’s the plan, Gonzales says, and preparations are already in the works for next year’s pageant. From the look of things at rehearsal, each of the women and girls is ready for the stage. Miss Latina Worcester County, July 24, 12 p.m. at the Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, $18. By tickets at thehanovertheatre.org and learn more at misslatinaworcester.com.

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Los Angeles metal band Black Veil Brides does a lot of uncalled-for bitching on its debut single, “Perfect Weapon.” Vocalist Andy Six crows about “lying awake at night” to “focus on everyone who’s hurt” him. This is coming from someone whose success is attributed to a single YouTube video (“Knives and Pens”) that was developed before his band was fully formed — it was only Six and drummer Sandra Alva at the time. And just two weeks after the final lineup was formed, they embarked on an extremely successful tour. So Six should be thankful he pulled success out of his ass. But at least it’s well-deserved success: Six and company’s Goth-tinged style of metal is top-shelf stuff. During an awesomely brutal section in “Weapon,” Six screams “Go,” then cackles with maniacal delight as guitarists Jake Pitts and Jinxx Tremolo pick their way over Alva’s double-bass-drum blitzkrieg. The next time Six is lying awake fretting, he should count his blessings (and his money). myspace.com/blackveilbrides. David Boffa

‘Cyrus’ geometry: One creepy triangle Jim Keogh

The most uncomfortable truism any child must face is that your parents have sex. Or, at the very least, they had sex. Or at the very, very least they had sex once — the night you were conceived.

Cyrus is 21 years old and is stranded on the idea that his mother’s love life should have ended the day he was born. He calls Mom by her first name, Molly. They are physically playful together and he will go into the bathroom while she’s toweling off after a shower. Sometimes they seem to share a secret language, the way some twins do. He has never entertained the notion of moving out. In Cyrus’ world view, Molly’s new boyfriend, John, is not just an intruder, he’s a marauding pirate. The very fact that John makes Molly happy rocks Cyrus to his core, and if he can sabotage the relationship to maintain the creepy status quo, he will. This off-kilter descent into dysfunction was crafted by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass in their film Cyrus, a mash-up of Oedipal horror show and romantic triangle that draws on the talents of three talented actors to pull it through.

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Live, local music can be found on stages all over the city both day and night, but the last place you’d expect to find local musicians belting out tunes would be at a hospital. Welcome to that place: St. Vincent Hospital, where every other Thursday musician Tom Beaudreau leads the Music in the Atrium program. Music in the Atrium is a way for musicians to reach a new audience, one that may not normally experience a traditional night of local performances. “It’s designed not only for the employees, patients and visitors of the hospital, but anyone who might like to stop in and relax in the air-conditioned comfort of the Atrium at St. Vincent Hospital in the early evening,” Beaudreau explains. Beaudreau performed at St. Vincent two years ago at a Lunchtime Music Series with his band Ordinary Heart, which also features Monica Hamilton on vocals/ guitar, and Jess Wilke on vocals/bass guitar. Lulled by the fantastic acoustics that the atrium provides, Beaudreau says, “I’m doing this to help keep my sanity

The Duplasses allow John C. Reilly (John), Marisa Tomei (Molly) and Jonah Hill (Cyrus) to hash out this story, largely using improvisation, while reining in some of the plot’s more outlandish possibilities. On the face of it, Cyrus could have followed the pathway of a thousand similar movies about the mingling of reluctant family partners (including Reilly’s own Step Brothers). Here, the goal is more complicated stuff, an attempt to delve into the DNA of this troubled domestic situation. It’s not always easy to watch. The ever engaging Reilly, he with the face resembling an arrangement of Russet potatoes, plays John as a wounded bird who has never recovered from his divorce seven years earlier (his soon-to-beremarried ex, played by indie queen Catherine Keener, remains a pal). When the lovely, slightly flaky, Molly shows interest — her introductory line to him when she catches him urinating in a bush at a party: “Nice penis” — he’s so overwhelmed that he’s willing to give Cyrus chance after chance, even as the kid wages a passive-

and hopefully help others to get through their day whether it be patients, visitors, staff, or people who just come in to relax and cool off in this gorgeous space. I really love performing because I love to see others enjoying themselves … I’m in it for the personal satisfaction of just playing music.” Kicking off the series on July 8 was Dan Chauvin, James Keyes, Dana Lewis and Beaudreau. “It went over very well … All in all, people really appreciate the free concerts.” While hospitals are often sites of stress and concern, Beaudreau hopes to alter that (un)popular perception. “I’m trying to create a more positive atmosphere so people can enjoy themselves while they’re here. People also come here to get better,” he reminds us. Alternative spaces generate new conversations, and Music in the Atrium could breed a buzz for local music. Stop by on Thursday, July 22, for the next session, where you’ll find Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli, (loridiamond. net/myspace.com/fredabatelli), Kim Jennings, (kimjenningsmusic.com), Joe Gadoury, and, of course, Tom Beaudreau (tomsmidis.com). Search out Beaudreau on facebook.com.

aggressive anti-John campaign. Hill underplays admirably here, avoiding his usual obnoxious tics to play Cyrus as quietly hostile rather than overtly annoying. Cyrus accepts his own flaws with an alarming selfawareness, which doesn’t make him any more endearing but does offer hope that reclamation may be possible. (Molly’s obliviousness to her kid’s troubles, on the other hand, is a grind.) Reilly and Hill share several scenes that are essentially showdowns between John and Cyrus, each man probing for the other’s weak point. These aren’t simply conversations, they’re emotional jiu-jitsu. The film is at its best here, when the threats are delivered in calm voices at room temperature. Cyrus has become something of a critical darling, with some reviewers strangely branding the movie as one the summer’s best comedies. This is more passion play than comedy. Yes, you’ll laugh at times, but more often you’ll be calculating the odds of whether these three people can ever survive each other.


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Films like this make me nostalgic for The Red Menace Back before Glasnost, spy thrillers were all about good guy Americans against bad guy Russians. The Cold War may not have provided much in the way of spectacular battles, but it brought us some great cinema, and ever since the Cuban Missile Crisis took the entire world to the brink of annihilation, the paranoid belief has been sewn deeply

into our national psyches that the Reds could be among us, infiltrating our society. Their successors in the bad guy department, Arab terrorists, while committing terrifying fanatical acts made all the more palpable by 9/11, lack the history, the complex organization, and arch sweeping ideological conflict of East versus West. Communism was always as dependable as John Wayne versus the Indians. And so we get Salt, by director Phillip Noyce (The Quiet American) and screenwriter Kurt Wimmer (Street Kings), a set-in-the-present spy thriller that risks looking silly and completely preposterous by basically pretending the Cold War never ended. The result is a surprisingly enjoyable movie-going experience. Angelina Jolie is at the center portraying CIA superagent Evelyn Salt, who may or may not be a Russian spy, and there’s enough teeth-clenching action and organic-to-the-plot twists to keep you guessing throughout. Sure it might as well be a cartoon in a lot of ways, but unlike, say Wanted, which also made use of Jolie’s considerable physical presence as a larger than life unstoppable force, if you buy into the premise that the Ruskies are indeed still out to get us and have set in motion a long-dormant plan that began with Lee Harvey Oswald, the film works hard to help you suspend your disbelief. And even though the concept is ridiculous,

they have some fun with it. Having a good supporting cast is a big plus, especially Liev Schreiber as Ted Winter, Salt’s confidant at the Agency, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peabody, a highly credulous FBI agent. And Noyce proves a formidable action director who manages to still keep the spotlight on Wimmer’s just interesting enough characters, despite all the visual histrionics and a relentless script that seems to be attempting some new kind of land speed record for unexpected turns and switching of loyalties. But the real reason the film succeeds, and I hesitate to say this because I’ve been far from a fan, is Jolie’s compelling, solid and slightly tonguein-cheek performance. With this film she almost redeems herself for Changeling. She manages to imbue her character with both a steelyeyed determination and a believable vulnerability while still keeping us constantly questioning her motives. This is a lot to ask for in a film that also has its protagonist pulling insane Indiana Jones moves that include leaping between speeding trucks and MacGyveresque maneuvers like dismantling a conference table on the fly and turning one of its legs into a rocket launcher. The plot is almost un-relatable since there are so many double crosses and triple crosses and characters not being what they seem. I don’t want to reveal anything other than what happens at the opening: a Russian would-be defector (Daniel Olbrychski) shows up at the CIA. In the course of being interviewed by Salt, he spins a tale about a master spy from his home country who has been abducting children and training them to be assassins as adults. He then informs them that one of these hidden agents will kill the president of Russia at a funeral for the American vice president. Then he adds the kicker: he claims that Salt is a Russian agent, and we’re off and running. The ending leaves open the possibility of a sequel, and I for one will look forward to Salt 2, where there will be no negotiations and those rotten Ruskies will get what’s coming to them.

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Want to go to a pizzeria, or are you more in the mood for chicken and ribs? Prefer a sit-down restaurant, or a place where you order at the counter? Looking for something in the Auburn area, or maybe more toward Oxford? Want some beer and wine, or do you prefer an alcohol-free environment? Well, sometimes you don’t need to make those tough decisions. Mia Mia and Chickshack is two restaurants in one – the former offering a wide range of appetizers, pizzas, pastas and sandwiches, and the latter focusing on rotisserie chicken and baby back ribs.

{ recommended} Cyprian’s Bistro 284 East Temple St., Boylston 508-869-9900 cypriankeyes.com Dinner at Cyprian Keyes is worth the drive to Boylston, as the food — wide-ranging fare suited to all tastes — is excellent. The veranda and

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Diners walk up to a counter to order and pay, after which meals are delivered into a nicely-appointed dining room. The building straddles the Auburn/Oxford line, resulting in an interesting division of the dining space, with no adult beverages allowed in the Auburn section due to an Oxford-only alcohol license. The greeting is friendly, both from the cashier/server and the cooks in the open kitchen. Although the ordering area is plain, the dining room tends toward the stylish, with interesting art and materials on the walls and a non-stop serenade from Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Bottled beers are available ($3.25 for a Heineken) as are Sutter Home wines by the glass ($4.50). Broccoli bites ($6.50) sound healthy enough, don’t they? The broccoli in question, though, has been mixed with plenty of cheese and deep-fried. Mmm, deep fried cheese. Beneath the crunchy crust, the nicely cooked bits of broccoli stand up to the melted cheddar. They’re pleasant little morsels, and the accompanying marinara sauce is a nice match. The pizza is “Greek style,” with a crisp

crust. Romeo ($9.50/$15) features chunks of tomato and grilled chicken atop the standard sauce and cheese. Unfortunately, the promised basil turns out to be flecks of the dried stuff, a disappointment in July, and the tomatoes aren’t anything special, either. Still, it’s a tasty pie, especially hot from the oven. There are a few ways to get tender ribs – these seem to have been boiled, then baked with barbecue sauce. They’re crunchy, meaty, and falling off the bone, but lacking the deep flavor that comes from slow cooking, tasting mostly of commercial barbecue sauce. A full rack ($16.99) comes with a sweet chopped cole slaw and a choice of starch. The French fries are homemade – cooked just once, they’re a touch mealy and lack crunch, but they’re hot and brown with a good potato taste. The rotisserie chicken is standard-

issue – the dark meat tender and moist, the breast a bit dry, the skin brown but not crisp. Three sauces are offered – the aforementioned barbecue, a hot sauce (Frank’s, I think), and a garlic sauce with the consistency of light mayonnaise. A whole bird with two sides costs $11.99; sadly, the mashed potatoes taste as if they’re out of a box. A side salad is large and fresh, composed of iceberg lettuce and the usual suspects. The house dressing is sweetly appealing. Mia Mia/Chickshack has a few wrinkles to iron out, and may want to consider not trying to do so much. Still, they offer a nice alternative to the numerous fast food franchises lining that part of Route 20. The prices are fair, and it’s hard to beat the range of choices, whether you’re up for ribs and beer in Oxford, or pizza and soda in Auburn.

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The Blue Cricket 372 Chandler St. Worcester 508-767-1123 Tasty homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches from a tastefully decorated American bistro. Owner Leon Saucier’s talents are deep, and The Blue Cricket — with its full catering services, gourmet meals to go, and homemade cakes for any occasion — makes a nice

Zorba’s Pizzeria Tavern 132 Sturbridge Road (Rte. 20), Charlton 508-248-0433 Zorba’s Pizzeria Tavern, on Route 20 in Charlton, serves the food that you wait to taste at the Greek Festival. Here, offered daily, are dishes like kreato pikilla (Greek sausage, chicken, lamb, and pork), spanakopita (spinach pie in fillo dough), dolmadakia (stuffed grape

leaves), horiatiki (a version of Greek salad), kabobs, beefteki (stuffed ground beef), and moussaka (sauteed eggplant, potatoes, and ground beef in a bechamel sauce.) For diners in search of more “American” flavors, Zorba’s also features homeland staples, like wings, salad, ribs, seafood and Italian fare. Drive-thru takeout and patio service are available.

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Funky Murphy’s 305 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-753-2995 While lacking in atmosphere, the restaurant at Funky Murphy’s has a lot to offer. Whether you’re grabbing some appetizers while watching sports on the big-screen TVs, or wishing to enjoy neo-diner fare, you’re in luck. The soups and salads are fresh and homemade, and the entrées are generous and delicious. Romantics may wish to skip this stop, but those in search of a moderately priced dining experience may want to give it a try. Kitchen open 7 days.

86 Winter 65 Water St., Worcester 508-459-5400 The restaurant 86 Winter serves up inventive, bistro-style comfort food in a warm, intimate and exciting setting. Reasonably priced fare includes artful versions of old standbys, as well as a few dressier dishes. Professional service and wonderful food round out this superb Worcester dining experience.

The Wexford House 503 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-757-8982 What are the secrets of The Wexford’s longevity? For close to 20 years, Chef Alan Erickson has continued to dish out some of the legendary fare he cooked at the El Morocco, undoubtedly attracting former patrons of the old El. The menu at The Wexford offers kibbe and stuffed grape leaves alongside traditional Italian “Shrewsbury Street Favorites.” In addition, The Wexford’s menu features predictable fare at very reasonable prices, “Shrewsbury Street Favorites” and a few signature twists.


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Honey Bee Orchards small tent offered canned black bean and corn salsa, a few types of barbecue sauce, preserves, and honey. On a third table was a good selection of pies, from the common seasonal favorites, like blueberry and cherry, to the farm’s much requested “Forest Berry.” Prices for the produce, baked goods, and canned goods were on par with what I’ve seen at other farm stands. The pies seemed higher priced, but were extra large and, upon inspection, very full and quite heavy. Everything had a perfectly fresh smell to them, especially the peas. The pods were so big, my husband first mistook them for lima beans. But they were sweet, even raw out of the pod. We took a pound of those home, along with some peaches, and Scott put together a light and refreshing pea salad.

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Location: 142 Worcester Road (Rt. 20), CVS parking lot, Charlton Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Specialty: Local & locally sourced produce; farm-canned salsa, sauce, preserves, relishes; baked goods; friendly staff Claim to Fame: Excellent customer service

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Chioda’s Trattoria 631 Franklin St., Worcester 508-459-6039 A short drive up Franklin Street from downtown Worcester, or down from Brown Square at Plantation Street, at Chioda’s Trattoria you’ll find all the Italian dishes you’ve come to love in a warm and intimate environment. Lots of pasta, seafood and chicken, as well as a few veal dishes and steaks. Chioda’s should be right at home in this Italian restaurant-happy city.

The Publick House On the Common, Rte. 131, Sturbridge 508-347-3313 or 1-800-PUBLICK publickhouse.com Visit The Publick House for Sturbridge’s world-famous colonial experience, and their “traditional favorites with a modern twist.”

A gorgeous, period inn and excellent food make it a perfect spot for a special dinner after a day’s visit to this Central Massachusetts destination. The Border Grille and Bar 246 Mill St., Leominster 978-840-0194 The Border Grille and Bar brings the ever-popular culinary specialties of the Southwest to the north — north of Worcester, that is, in Leominster. Loyalists to local establishments will enjoy the funky eclecticism of The Border; fans of barbecue and Tex-Mex will like the wide range of available chicken, beef, seafood and Mexican specialties. The 22 tequilas and a page of fun drinks add to the festive atmosphere.

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Brookfield will be hosting a historic bakeoff competition. The challenge? A good ol’ fashioned gingersnap. The contest will be held during the concert on the common featuring the Heritage Sting Band. Contestants should bring their entry to the tent on Brookfield Common between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Entries will be judged at 7 p.m. and prizes will be awarded. Brookfield Town Common, River Street and Common Street, Brookfield.

CSI New England Murder Mystery Dinner Theater:

Why have a TV dinner when you can live it? Salem Cross Inn’s CSI murder mystery dinner on July 23 features a CSI demonstration where scientists will demonstrate and explain their methods, but you might be murdered in the middle of it! The food, thankfully, is not a mystery and includes rustic boneless chicken with supreme sauce, seasonal potato and vegetable, homemade rolls and ice cream cakeballs with homemade hot fudge. 6:30 – 9 p.m., $52. Salem Cross Inn, 260 West Main St., West Brookfield, 508-867-2345.

St. Germain Liqueur Tasting: Have a taste of the French Alps on July 23. KJ Baarons will be hosting a tasting of St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, a sweet summer treat served on its own or with a splash of Champagne or club soda. We’re guessing you have never had an Elderflower

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Lidio’s Restaurant and Lounge 1045 Central St., Leominster 978-534-6600 Bridging old and new, Lidio’s offers diners some old standards (pasta, chicken, beef) as well as creative diet-conscious (an extensive low-carb menu) and nouveau entrees (including vegetarian dishes), all at very reasonable prices. The service and food preparations are quite dependable.

Tomasso’s Trattoria 154 Turnpike Road, Rte. 9, Southboro 508-481-8484 tomassotrattoria.com Tomasso’s Trattoria is tucked into a corner of The Crossings, a relatively new retail complex on Rte. 9 in Southboro. Inside, the décor could only be described as Tuscan. Chef Tony Bettencourt has come to Tomasso’s with an impressive resume. He earned the Julia Child Award for excellence while at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. If you have not been introduced to a genuine Italian menu, you might be a bit nonplussed. Take your time and do not fear. The Italian meal is an event to be enjoyed and shared. It is not all about tomato sauce, pasta and cheese. The menu is like a palate of colors used to paint

martini before, so don’t miss out on this chance. 5 – 8 p.m. KJ Baarons, 220 Summer St., Worcester, 508-753-3400.

Webster House Restaurant Wine Dinner: Join Webster House on July 28 for a wine dinner featuring sparkling wines from around the world. The six-course delectable dinner includes gougere puffs, oysters stuffed with cornbread and pancetta, prosciutto wrapped monk fish, mixed greens, a baked stuffed lobster and blueberry rhapsody for dessert. It’s all accompanied by delicious wine, of course! $75. Webster House Restaurant, One Webster St., Worcester, 508-757-7208.

Peppercorns is really taking it to the next level. Their new dining room shines with new furniture, carpet and lighting and the seating is also more handicap accessible. While you’re enjoying the fresh feel, check out their new menu, which features a “small pace” section – like a smaller appetizer to tide you over. Sample the edamame, warm tomato salad or Wormtown Beer glazed almonds. Peppercorn’s Grille & Tavern, 455 Park Ave., Worcester, 508-752-7711.

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Peppercorns Renovated Dining Room: Between a new menu and a renovated dining room, a meal. Tomasso’s offers a fine Italian dining experience that will transport you to a villa in the hills of the Veneto. Wonder Bar Restaurant 121 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-752-9909 Worcester’s Wonder Bar has been serving it up — pizza, beer and Italian specialties, that is — for more than 75 years, right on Shrewsbury Street. A hometown gem on the order of Coney Island Lunch, Wonder Bar is a laid-back, locally flavored parlor where you can feed your family good food for about the price of Chinese take-out.

Pampas Churrascaria Restaurant 145 E. Central St., Worcester 508-757-1070 pampas-restaurant.com Open seven days, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pampas Churrascaria Restaurant adds a fresh kick-in-the-pants to the usual Central Mass. suspects. Come with your best hearty carnivore appetite and prepare yourself for this casual, out-of-the-ordinary dining experience. Grab a plate, choose cuts of beef, pork, chicken an lamb from slowroasted skewers in an enormous iron rotisserie, help yourself to numerous (but not too many — you don’t want your hots to get cold!) sides and salads and then pit-stop at the counter to have your plate weighed. Pampas charges by the pound.

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Polish American Citizens Club (PACC) “Down Under” presents: The live Music Night 4th Year Anniversary Bash! (The longest continually running live music event in Webster) featuring, and honoring those folks and musicians who have helped keep this all going. Planned performers include the Matt Brodeur Trio, The “B&E” Band, Larry, Gerry Cullan, the PACC All Star Jam Band, and a bunch of others. Several raffle items include an acoustic guitar. No cover. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. PACC, 37 Harris St., Webster. 508943-6795.

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Out to Lunch: Concerts on the Common on July 23. 2nd Annual Summer Concert Series!

Take a break from your workday and head Out to Lunch on historic Worcester Common. This week’s featured band is The Red Riders, playing the vintage sounds of the 40’s and 50’s classics with renditions of hot energetic swing and smooth R&B ballads. The band consists of Tyra Penn vocalist, Dan Hunt guitarist, Ririka Masuda saxophonist, Gail Hunt bassist, Hiro Tokushige on trumpet, Neal McNanna on baritone sax, and Rick Petrilli on drums Joe Zupan on percussion and Kevin Aucoin on saxophone. Enjoy live music, grab a bite to eat, browse & buy the wares of area artisans and shop from area farmers in a mini-farmers market. Free. noon-1:30 p.m. Worcester City Hall Common, Front St. 508-799-1175.

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The best way to learn about any city is to see it on foot. Don’t believe us? Then step into the Walking Tour: Main Street Worcester,

From Mechanics Hall to City Hall on Wednesday, July 28. Meet in front of Mechanics Hall

and walk along Main Street in the heart of downtown Worcester, learn about the buildings and streetscape. Find out how Main Street and its architecture has changed over the years as one of the city’s oldest routes of travel was transformed from village street to urban thoroughfare. Bring lunch for a picnic on the Common afterward. Preservation Worcester members free; $5 for nonmembers. Noon-12:45 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Call 508-754-8760 or visit preservationworcester.org.

On Saturday, July 24 come learn about the

Twelve Essential Species Butterflies and their Food Plants at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. There are over 70 species of power line butterflies, including the sanctuary’s mascot, the spicebush swallowtail. Observe the butterfly sanctuary and butterfly garden. Look for garden, woodland, and meadow butterflies. $9 Mass Audubon Members, $13 Non-members. 1-4 p.m. 414 Massasoit Road.

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Lawn sale and baked goods galore can be discovered at Asa Waters Mansion’s Treasures, Trinkets, and Treats on Saturday, July 24. The Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion will be hosting a lawn sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Offerings include a selection of items old, new, and in-between including LP Record Albums, CDs, DVDs, books, ceramics, functional and decorative household items, curtains, linens, tools all very reasonably priced. In addition, the Millbury Women’s Club will be offering their extraordinary home baked goods including pastries, cakes, pies, fudge, cupcakes, breads, and more, all for sale to take home and enjoy. This event will take place rain or shine, and is cash and carry only. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Mansion’s Widow’s Walk. 508-8650855, watersmansion@aol.com. 123 Elm St., Millbury.

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A Tribute to Cole Porter: A Four Night Event! These evenings promise to be ones you’ll never forget. This group of talented singers will bring to life the atmosphere and creative culture of the day through the songs of Cole Porter. Thursday, July 22 through Sunday July 25. These evenings sell out, so call now for reservations! $10 Cover. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

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On Saturday, July 24 take in the first annual Christian Blues Festival. Even the Saints Hear the Blues: Annual Blues Festival features ministries playing such as RiseN, a local husband and wife duo with incredible backing tracks; Final Fire, a ministry with the sounds of the 60’s early blues bands; Driving Reign, from Ct. a high-powered

rockin’ blues band and Raging Grace, an all time favorite Christian blues band. This is an all day indoor event. Free. A love offering will be taken. 2-10 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St. Millbury. 508864-5658, millchurch.org.

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Have you always wanted to explore Worcester through the lens? Here’s your chance, at the World Wide Photo Walk’s Official Worcester Walk on Saturday, July 24. Meet at the Worcester Public Library parking lot at 8:15a.m. The Walk moves towards

Union Train Station and Washington Square, down Shrewsbury Street to the park area. Then take a right to explore the warehouses along the back roads of the Shrewsbury Area — basically walking a loop back to the Parkway Diner for breakfast, (aprox 10:45-11a.m.). Group leader, Donna Dufault, will lead the day’s intrepid photographers along the proposed trail. A great day of fun, photography, and forming new friendships behind the camera. Free. 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Parking lot, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655 or visit worldwidephotowalk.com.

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Just because you can’t make it to a festival this summer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some music in the park. On Thursday July 22 bring your blankets and chairs to Elm Park and watch the sun set behind tribute band Beatles for Sale, part of the Elm Park Concert Series. Or you can find some folk at Tower Hill Botanic Garden where rising stars of folk Dala, composed of Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, sing lush harmonies in an equally beautiful background. “Our music seems to come alive outdoors; some of our greatest shows from Newport to the Strawberry Festival have been inspired by our surroundings,” says Carabine. On Friday July 23 sevenpiece funk, soul and rock cover band Soulstice will crowd into the always hip Beatniks. They play funkinfused interpretations of classic and modern hits, and with their wide range of song choice, you’re guaranteed to recognize at least one and enjoy them all. Tammany Hall will be packed with power-punk provided by local(ish) bands I Hate Our Freedom, Organ Beats, (pictured) The Fake Boys and The Hotel Year. Female-fronted and Bostonbased Organ Beats say they are highly inspired by Weezer, the Foo Fighters and Letters to Cleo and their album Sleep When We Are Dead is a pretty good indication of what the show will be like. Alternative rockers Hollow Vixens will be stopping into The Cannery in Southbridge on Saturday July 24 as part of their tour promoting the recently released album, “Parallel to Paradise.” “From the crunching guitars of “B.O.B” (Battery Operated Boyfriend) that grabs you and shakes you like the Incredible Hulk to the soulful melodies of “Hologram,” to the funk and movement of “Fortune Tide,” to the tequila anthem “Toe to Toe,” Hollow Vixen brings a refreshing diversity to the table that strikes your musical appetite and leaves your ears yearning for more,” says Jeremy Engel. Well, then.

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Elm Park Concert 2010 Series. July 22 Beatles for Sale. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Elm Park, Highland St. and Park Ave. parkspirit.org. Crazy Dave and Farley! Downstairs Bar at Ralph’s. Twice a week, every week. Don’t miss it! 4-8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Music In The Atrium. Come join us for an early evening of great music from local performers in The Atrium at Saint Vincent Hospital. July 22’s show will feature Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli, Tom Beaudreau, and Joe Gadoury 5-7 p.m. 123 Summer St. 508-363-5000 or facebook.com/tombeaudreau. Mister Vic performs for families at Great Brook Farms.Every Thursday night this summer at Great Brook Farms! Singing, dancing, and lots of family fun! Dinner will be served if you’d like, $8 per family. Please pay online before the night of the. 6-7:30 p.m. 356 Main St., Bolton. 978-779-6680 or greatbrookfarms.com. Outdoor concert: blues/Americana with Jumpin’ Juba. Jumpin’ Juba plays a free outdoor concert at the gazebo in Northboro’s McAfee Park. The group mixes regional blues and rootsy rock styles from Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans. 6-8 p.m. Ellsworth McAfee Park, Route 135, Northborough. 508-393-5040. For more information check out stevehurl.com. Dala in Concert. Catch Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala is poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world, and to Tower Hill! $22 Adults, $20 Members, $16 Students. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-8696111, ext. 135 or dalagirls.com. Summer Concert Series on the Plaza. Join us for the summer concert series, featuring a different band every week! July 22: Blackstone Valley Blue Grass Band. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Alternatives Community Plaza, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. 508-266-6502 or alternativesnet.org. Thursday Night Music Series. 7-10 p.m. Devens Grill, 4 Ryans Way, Devens. 978-862-0060. Open Mic Night w/ Bill McCarthy 7:30-11:30 p.m. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 120 Charlton Road, Sturbridge. 508-347-0174. visit: myspace.com/openmicworld Bi-monthly music collective hosted by Perry Bakalos of the trio Smoke N Mirrors at Harvest Cafe. Great music, good food and a warm inviting atmosphere will make these Thursday nights worth repeating. Come on down to see for yourself. Dinner is served until 5-9pm. Reservations accepted. After Dark menu, desserts and cocktails until closing. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Check out: myspace. com/jblsmokenmirrors Open Mic Jam. All players and singers are welcome! 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Open Mic Night. Nice relaxed setting with friendly and helpful participants. So dust off that old guitar and check them out. 8

p.m.-midnight Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. 508-832-6793. The Smile Makers. 8-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508926-8877. Flock of A-Holes with Intermission & Mind Fish. The Ultimate 80’s tribute! $7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or search them on Facebook. Mantic Ritual, Armory, Rattlehead, Hexen 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Open Mic Blues Jam. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. Sean Ryan. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Victory Bar & Cigar, 56 Shrewsbury St. 508-756-4747. Sound In Stone. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Hotel Vernon-The Ship Room/ Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. Jay Graham Live! 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Funky Murphy’s, Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092. Shane Hall and The TickleBomb Trio. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 23 Out To Lunch: Summer Concert Series. Every Friday July 9th - August 27th Worcester Common 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This season’s series will include expanded food offerings as well as artisans & crafters, and a farmers’ market. This Friday will feature The Little Red and the Riders, playing jump blues and swing music since January 1999. Artists, crafters and farmers interested in participating are encouraged to apply by completing Oh Look! A free place to run your next band/gig/event flyer! the application at outtolunchworcester.org. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t let this sweet spot get away - send your high Worcester City Hall Common, Front St. 508-799-1400x 252 or resolution file to doreen@worcestermagazine.com outtolunchworcester.org. at least 10 days before your show. Peanut Butter & Jam in the Park - Pendragon. Rain location: Elm Draught House Cinema, 35 Elm Street. Free. noon-1 Sean Fullerton. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. p.m. Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-3477. 508-853-1350. Crazy Dave and Farley!. Downstairs Bar at Ralphs. Twice a week, every week. Don’t miss it! 4-8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Fourth Friday’s with Jean Mancini Gough and Friends - Jazz Vocalist. Performance is held in dining room Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. of restaurant with full bar. Dinner is served 5-9pm. Reservations “Jazzed Up” live American Songbook favorites. accepted. After Dark menu, desserts, and cocktails until closing. Featuring members of the Johnny Dollar Experiment play cool 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567jazz for these hot summer nights at Dillinger’s Cafe at Luciano’s 0948. located at Union Station- 6-10:30 p.m. Luciano’s Cotton Club, 2 Washington Square. 508-755-6408, myspace.com/jazzedupmusic Occidental Gypsy Jazz Quartet. Their well rehearsed and Dan Kirouac & Dorette Weld.6-10 p.m. Lidio’s Restaurant & lightning fast swing brings the Parisian jazz manouche of the 1930’s alive and the audience to its feet. $16 ($13 Members; $15 Lounge, 1045 Central St., Leominster. 978-534-6600. dankirouac. Students/Seniors). 8-11 p.m. Amazing Things Art Center, 160 freeservers.com Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787 or amazingthings.org. Ron Robuccio. 6-10 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Tony Yodice - Acoustic Fridays. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Jazz at Sunset Concert Series: Kenny Hadley Big Monsters of Rock III with Metallica Tribute Band with Amanda Carr. $18, $15 for EcoTarium, WICN members, and Commerce Bank debit cardholders. Free for children “Metalliham”, AC/DC tribute “Touch 2 Much”, Cougar Bait, and 1st Lone Wolf James. $8, 8:30 p.m.12 and under. $80 per four-person advanced reserved table. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundial Plaza, 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2703 2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or myspace.com/luckydogmusichall. or ecotarium.org/activities/jazz. Another Soldier Down, Stress Relief. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Hotel Our Last Night. The Bled / I Am Abomination / Veara. $13, Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 6:30 p.m.-midnight. The Palladium, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. 508-363-3507. Jazzed Up returns to the 1790 House. 7-10:30 p.m. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1790 House, 206 Boston Turnpike (Route 9), Westborough. 508Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. 366-1707 or bergsons1790house.com. Critical Condition, 5Star Heroes. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Raven, Covenant. 7-11 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 258 Pleasant St. 508-864-5658 or millchuch.org. Double Take. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Kevin White Tribute to Garth Brooks. 7-11 p.m. Indian Leominster. 978-537-7750. Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster. 508-943-3871. Live Music Night: Kendall Miller Band. Talented acoustic Gilmour’s Breakfast. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. duo performs classic, folk, and country spanning the 70’s to today. Jason James & The Bay State Houserockers. 9 p.m.-2 7-11 p.m. 420 Main Steakhouse & Martini Bar, On the Patio, 420 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978Main St., Sturbridge. 774-241-0386. 939-7373. Mark Robie. 7-9 p.m. Jumpin’ Juice & Java, 335 Chandler St. Johnny Nicholas & the Texas All-Stars. Texas and 508-926-8800. Louisiana blues. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Knickerbocker Cafe, 35 Railroad Outdoor Concert with Panache. If 20% or more chance of rain, event will be inside the VIP Lounge inside the Sturbridge Host, Ave, Westerly. 401-596-4225 or theknickerbockercafe.com. Last Call Band. Winner of the 2010 Worcester Music Awards 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM. Oxhead Tavern, 366 Main St., Sturbridge. for Best Rock Band 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gas Light Cafe, 59 Schofield 508-347-7393.

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Ave., Dudley. 508-461-9981 or thelastcallband.com. Pueblos Nuevo Band 9-11 p.m. Bocado Tapas Wine Bar, 82 Winter St. 508-797-1011 or pueblonuevoband.com. Live Music in the Pub: Celtic Misfortune with Our Own Steve Hair. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Scott Babineau performs. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122 or gardnerale.com. They Call Me Bruce, Stress Relief and Mack The Knife!. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507 or search them on Facebook. Touched - Classic Rock & 80’s Pop. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Chopstick’s Restaurant & Lounge, Commercial Road, Leominster. touchedband.com. Trigger. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Irish Times / Rehab, 244 Main St. 508797-9599. Drunken Uncles. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Allgo’s Sweets and Drinks, 58 Shrewsbury St. 508-304-7129. Little Red and The Riders. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Soulstice. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508926-8877.

>Saturday 24 Normal Function. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. Countryfest at Indian Ranch, with Keith Anderson, Joey and Rory, Jeff Bates.. Countryfest all day music festival featuring Keith Anderson, Joey and Rory, Jeff Bates, The Kelly Parker Band, Ted Painter, and The Eric Grant Band. Vendors, Food and more! Lifeguard and swimming for the kids. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster. 508-943-3871. Piano Under The Stars. Featuring Bobby Gadoury on the Piano outside under the stars. Mixer’s Cocktail Lounge, 90 Harding St. 508-762-9499 or search him on Facebook.

Motel 6 Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour Every Avenue Sing It Loud / The Secret Handshake / There For Tomorrow $13 adv. / $15 day . 7 p.m.-midnight, The Palladium, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Outdoor Concert with Big Time Band. If 20% or more chance of rain, event will be inside the VIP Lounge inside the Sturbridge Host, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM. FREE. 7-11 p.m. Oxhead Tavern, 366 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-7393. Sean Fullerton Live Acoustic 7-11 p.m. Guiseppe’s Grille, 35 Solomon Pond Road, Northborough. 508-393-4405 or seanfullertonmusic.net. Dana Lewis Live!. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-853-9091 or myspace.danalewismusic.com. Acoustic folk, ballads & rock with Wendy Sobel and Kathy Phipps Performances are held in dining room of restaurant with full bar. Dinner is served until 5-9pm. Reservations accepted. After Dark menu, desserts and cocktails until closing. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-5670948. Bob Franke with Hayley Reardon $18 ($15 Members; $17 Students/Seniors). 8-11 p.m. Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787 or amazingthings.org. Ken Macy. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Spruce Street Tavern, 68 Spruce St., Clinton. 978-368-1255. Seamus Kennedy. 8 p.m.-noon Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311. Hard Number 9, Ready Made Breakup, Lachi $6. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or myspace.com/luckydogmusichall. Double Take. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Esoteric Generation. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. Fourcast. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Go Gadget Go. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W

Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Hard Drive 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Gilrein’s, 802 Main St. 508-7912583. Hollow Vixen. 21+ $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Cannery, 12 Crane St., Southbridge. 508-764-1100. Hot Sauce. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Irish Times / Rehab, 244 Main St. 508-797-9599. MuscleCah, Pillow Man, Doom Buggy 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Radio Flyer & Cocaine Tongue. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. The Usual Suspects. $3 after 9:30pm (subject to change). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Touched - Classic Rock & 80’s Pop. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Chopstick’s Restaurant & Lounge, Commercial Road, Leominster. touchedband.com. Two Timers perform. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122 or gardnerale.com. Mood Disorder - Worcester’s hottest cover band!. 9:30-12:30 p.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. The Irregulars. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. The Phreaks-Phish Cover Band 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. The Rolling Pins. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Whalebone Farmhouse @ The Sahara Cafe and Restaurant.10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181.

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Worcester Chamber Music Society teams up with young musicians for Summer Festival Kathryn Waddell

If music is the universal language, the Worcester Chamber Music Society is on a mission to make their community fluent. In 2006, talented musicians merged to create the WCMS, recognizing that together, they could bring their genre of music to more people. While the musical group is committed to providing excellent chamber music performances to Worcester, they are equally dedicated to nurturing young musicians through educational outreach and training. “You can’t have one without the other,” explains Peter Sulski, the group’s Artistic Director. Their focus on community outreach led the WCMS to join forces with the QX String Quartet in leading the annual Summer Festival, an intensive chamber music program for dedicated young musicians and amateur adults. Students enjoy a camp-like environment where

they spend much of their day in small groups, playing together and being coached by members of WCMS and QX. “The boundaries of age and stereotypes are forgotten here because music is universal,” says Krista Buckland Reisner, Festival Director. Language connects people—and so does music. Noah Lawes, an 18-year-old celloist, has been inspired by the community he’s found at the Festival. “One of the things that I feel is so amazing,” he says, “is just that we’re all together, actually playing…and it’s so unusual.” This sense of community motivates not only the aspiring musicians, but also the coaches. “You can’t play music with people and have just a surface relationship,” points out Amy Rawstron, a violinist for WCMS. The members of WCMS recognize the importance of passing on an appreciation of music to new generations. In addition to providing intense coaching and support at Summer Festival, they are also working to bring music into public schools—where budgets have no room for music. During their performing season, the WCMS conducts “open rehearsals” of their concert repertoire for public school students. Rawstron explains, “Kids never hear music that’s complicated anymore. It’s important to go out into the community and teach them

to understand those sounds.” Commitment to community drives the WCMS members. It’s why these diverse musicians with worldwide experience have come together—to bring Worcester the gift of quality chamber music. Sulski, a Worcester native, says, “Yes, we need to revitalize downtown—but we are the ones who are revitalizing it.” Worcester seems to be enjoying the sweet sounds of that revitalization. Since its creation, the group has been encouraged by astounding support and steadilygrowing audiences. This year’s Summer Festival is wrapping up, with a record turnout under its belt. “We are so excited to see community support for these marvelous young musicians,” says Reisner. But don’t worry—if you’re anxious to get an earful of these inspiring sounds, you still have a chance. Members of the WCMS and QX String Quartet are performing tonight (Thursday, July 22) at 8 p.m., and the Summer Festival students will play tomorrow (Friday, July 23) at 3 p.m. You can catch both performances at Anna Maria College’s Miriam Hall. Tickets for faculty concert are $20 and can be purchased at the door; student concert is free. worcesterchambermusic.org. J U LY 2 2 , 2 0 1 0 • W O R C E S T E R M A G . C O M

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McCarthy 7:30-11:30 p.m. Chuck’s Steakhouse, 10 Prospect St., Auburn. 508-832-2553 or myspace.com/openmicworld. Paul Spiedel Trio on “Blue Monday” 7:30-11 p.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122 or gardnerale.com.

>Tuesday 27 Open Mic Night w/ Bill McCarthy 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. 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. 8-10 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-7951012 or bigjonshort.com. Open Mic with Shane Hall. 1 food or drink item purchase. 8-10 p.m. Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St. 508-479-8311. Vincent’s presents Scott Ricciuti, Michael Thibodeau and John Donovan every Tuesday night. 8-11 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. American Songbook Sing-along w Bobby Gadoury!. 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Open Mic. New Open Mic at the English Social Club in Worcester. All styles, genres and skill levels welcome. Spots are filling fast so email soon for a good time. Located right between Holy Cross and Clark. 8:30 p.m.-noon English Social Club, 29 Camp St. 508-754-3900 or myspace.com/briandolanmusic.

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Open Jam Sessions. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Canal Sports Pub, 177179 Millbury St. 508-304-7327. Shrewsbury Community Summer Concert Band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the concert. In case of rain the event will be moved inside to 45 Oak Street, Shrewsbury. 7-8:30 p.m. Dean Park, 785 Main St., Shrewsbury. 508-841-8503 23rd Annual Free Summer Concert Series at The Willows. Lively music presented by some of the area’s best loved music groups. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and families; no pets, please. In case of rain, inside seating will be exclusively for Willows residents and their guests. 7:15-8:30 p.m. The Willows Courtyard, 5 Lyman St., Westborough. 508-366-4730. Concord Band Concert Series at Fruitland’s! Summer Retrospective. Enjoy a sunset picnic with a spectacular view as the Concord Band, directed by James O’Dell, plays favorites from its summer concert series. Gates open at 5:30 for picnicking (Rain date, Thursday, 7/29). $10/car for non-members; Free for Fruitlands members. 7:15-8:30 p.m. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978-456-3924 or fruitlands.org/ calendar. Open Mic Night hosted by Sax Player Joe Ferreira. Performances are held in dining room of restaurant with full bar. Dinner is served until 5-9pm. Reservations accepted. After Dark menu, desserts and cocktails until closing. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Open Mic Night with Bill McCarthy 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877 or myspace.com/ openmicworld. Open Mic Night w/ Ned Lucas. 8-10:30 p.m. Hotel Vernon, The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-3633507 or myspace.com/hotelvernonshiproom. Wednesday night Concert series with Cheers Elephant, The Dead Nobodies, Bob’s Kitchen and Side Effect 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or myspace.com/luckydogmusichall. Open Mic Night The Raven Music Hall. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. 258 Pleasant Street Worcester, MA 01609 Hosted By John Franklin. 978-868-6340 or theravenrox.com. Clayton Willoughby 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Nick’s Bar and

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Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Starving Artist Open Mic- Hosted by Josh Briggs and Tony Yodice. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 97-103 Water St. 508-792-0900. Lisa Marie and All Shook Up. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

museum/ gallery

ARTSWorcester, ARTSWorcester presents Drawn to Life: Concept and Craft in Contemporary Art, July 23 - Aug. 20. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or artsworcester.org. Booklovers’ Gourmet, Retracing Roots: A Grecian Odyssey by Lesley Tonna, Through July 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232 or er3.com/book. Fruitlands Museum, Flights of Discovery Exhibition, Through Nov. 15; For the Birds: Art from the Mass Audubon Collection, Through Nov. 15; Sculptor Joseph Wheelwright’s Tree Figures Exhibition, Through Nov. 15. 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978-456-3924 or fruitlands.org Higgins Armory Museum, Exhibit: Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell, Through June 20, 2011; 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 higgins.org. Museum of Russian Icons, Grand Discovery: Icons Acquired from Private European Collections, Through July 30; Museum Docent Gallery Talks, Thursdays, through Aug. 26; Prosopon School of Iconology Icon Writing Workshop at the Museum of Russian Icons, Monday - Saturday. 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. 978598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or museumofrussianicons.org. Post Road Art Center, Call to Artists: Landscape Show 2010 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, July 26 - Aug. 5. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday, closed Sunday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-485-2580 or postroadartcenter.com Rollstone Studios, NatureWorks Art Exhibit, through Aug. 22. Hours: 11-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. 633 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-3482781 or rollstoneartists.com Worcester Art Museum, Adult Institute Works-in-Progress Exhibition, 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 worcesterart.org. Worcester Historical Museum, Exhibit: Elementary Worcester, Through Aug. 7. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-7538278 or worcesterhistory.org Worcester Public Library, Bottles, Bottles and More Bottles: Ceramic Process, Through July 30. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday Saturday. 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655 or worcpublib.org.

classes/ workshops >Thursday 22 Adult Sweep Rowing and Sculling. Rowers with some experience wanted to join our group. Sweep rowers and scullers

welcome! Membership is very reasonable. Join them on the water! 7-9:30 a.m. Quinsigamond State Park: Regatta Point, 10 North Lake Ave. 508-755-6880. Pole Fitness Class. Always wanted to take a pole fitness class? Yes, pole fitness is now in Worcester. Pole Classes are held Mondays 7pm, Wednesdays 7pm and Fridays 7pm. Space is limited in these classes so register now. 7-7:45 p.m. revolution dance & fitness compleX, 76 Webster St. 774-262-4629 or youdanze.com/polefitness.html. Zumba at SDAF Studio Northborough. A Fun high-energy class choreographed to whip your mind and body into amazing shape. Dance, sing, sweat and have an absolute blast without ever feeling like you’ve worked out. Visit website for class card options. Shake Dance & Fitness Studio, 369 W Main St., Northborough. 774-450-7474 or shakefitness.com. Adult Beginner Karate. Adults who practice martial arts have found a stress relieving, self-gratifying, holistic fitness activity that builds strength, confidence, balance, flexibility and focus. Adult students range in age from 18 to 73 and no one is ever forced to act beyond their own physical limits. For more information or to schedule your free trial private lesson visit us online. Drop-in prices and monthly rates available. Villari’s Martial Arts Center 196 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. 508-752-0091 or villarisshrewsbury. airset.com. Toastmasters - Public Speaking. Either get comfortable public speaking or improve your current skills in a friendly, receptive atmosphere. $39 per 6 months for members, visitors free. 7:45-9 a.m. Hanover Insurance Building, Wright Room, 440 Lincoln St. 508-756-5677 or toastmasters.org. Claytime College Night. Receive 50% off your studio fee with a college ID. 6-9 p.m. Claytime Studio, 124 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. 508-798-9950. Knit Night. Knit Night is for drop-in help. No R.S.V.P. required! Thursdays with Christina 5:30-7:00pm. Sheep Shack, 787 Main St., Holden. 508-829-5811 or thesheepshack.com. Summer Meditation Session. Sessions are drop-in so come to one or all. Join Bob Thursday nights and walk away relaxed while at the same time learning how to make meditation part of your life. $5. 7-8 p.m. Taproot Bookstore, 1200 West Boylston St. 508-853-5083.

>Friday 23 Business Basics: 10 Steps to Starting a Business. Ten Steps to Starting a Business is ideal for those in the early stages of starting a business, or those thinking about owning a business. This one time, two-hour workshop will include topics like: considering your legal structure, choosing a name and identity, obtaining an employer identification number, licenses and permits, insurance and much more. You will leave this session with an A to Z overview, as well as the specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly. $35, Partial Scholarships Available. 10 a.m.-noon Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) Central Massachusetts, 2nd Floor, 50 Elm St. 508-363-2300 or cweonline. org/content/view/406. Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery is a broad-based 12-step program. Some common issues people work on at CR - alcoholism, chemical dependency, codependency, anger, resentment, past abuse, SA, depression, anxiety, divorce recovery and family dysfunction. On the last Friday of the month we meet an hour early for a potluck dinner. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Charlton Baptist Church, 50 Hammond Hill Road, Charlton. 508-248-4488 or charltoncr.com. Healing Circle - Reiki/Shamballa Share. Join us in the sharing of energy healings. No experience is necessary. Come to learn, as student or teacher, how beneficial energy work can be. Please contact Cris for more information at 508-736-9647. No pre-registration necessary. $5. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Taproot Bookstore, 1200 West Boylston St. 508-853-5083 or Taprootbookstore.com. Teen Green Crafts. Every Friday in July for Teen Green Crafts! This year’s Summer Reading theme is Go Green, and teens can up-cycle materials into useful and fun items. Crafts include ear bud holders, recycled gift bows, floppy disk notebooks, and soda tab bracelets. Free. 2-3 p.m. Jacob Edwards Library, Teen Area, 236

Main St., Southbridge. 508-764-5426.

>Saturday 24 Reiki Classes. REIKI, Japanese stress reduction, relaxation and energy management classes for Reiki Masters too, Wellesley and Worcester. To Be Determined 508-792-2222 or HolisticNetwork. org. Qi gong/ Meditation. Enjoy an hour of relaxation, meditation and some Qi Gong exercises to improve your health. The ancient art of Qi Gong is good for heart, lung and overall health. Come and join our group. $6 drop in rate or $32 for 8 weeks. 1-2 p.m. Westborough Senior Center, 4 Rogers Road, Westborough. 508842-1100. Chair Yoga - Get Fit While You Sit. Chair yoga can reduce high blood pressure and anxiety, and alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, clinical depression, and chronic pain. Chairs will be provided. $5 per person/per class - free for anyone undergoing cancer treatments. 10-10:45 a.m. First Congregational Church of Dudley, 135 Center Road, Dudley. 508-943-7320. Chanting Meditation Class. Enjoy the unique sound and feeling of chanting OM and use your voice to bring about peace and relaxation in your life. Chanting improves the way you breathe. Class starts at 9:15 a.m. sharp please get there early or risk being locked out. 9:15-10 a.m. Taproot Bookstore, 1200 West Boylston St. 508-853-5083 or universalsourcehealing.com. Intuitive Life Tarot Readings and Medium Readings.10:30am - 2:30pm, half or one hour appointments available. Medium Readings - one hour appointments only, walk ins welcome! $35 - 30 minutes / $70 - 60 minutes. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3310.

>Sunday 25 Nature Drawing. Satisfy your inner artist! Come and learn basic drawing skills while exploring three different media: pencil, pen and ink, and colored pencil. We’ll be drawing natural objects and plants to learn the skill of accurate observation, which is essential for natural history illustration at all levels. In this session we’ll cover pencil drawing; pen and ink and colored pencils will be the focus of the subsequent classes. Drop ins welcome. $9 Adult Members, $13 Adult Non-members - per session. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mass Audubon: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. 978-464-2712.

>Monday 26 Free Meditation Instruction (mindfulness) and Group Meditation. Free class in mindfulness meditation and vipassana for deep relaxation and awareness every Monday except legal holidays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Begin with gentle movement, then silent meditation, then guided meditation. No prior experience needed. Built upon essential principles of authentic Buddhist meditation, but without any religious, sectarian, or ritual trappings. No fee, no charges, no ongoing commitments. free. 6:45-8 p.m. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 978 906-3299 or leominster-meditation.com.

>Tuesday 27 Watercolor Painting Classes. Ongoing weekly classes, sponsored by the town of Auburn recreation department, are held Tuesday mornings from 9:30 am until noon. The cost is fifteen dollars per week with a $10 material fee at the start of each new painting. No additional materials or art experience are required for these classes. For further information, or to register, call Beth Parys at 413 245-3295 Camp Gleason, Central St., Auburn. 413245-3295.

>Wednesday 28 Yoga - Gentle Stretch. A gentle and relaxing way to loosen and tone your muscles and gain flexibility, while refining your sense of balance. Especially helpful for those with arthritis. $7. 10-10:50 a.m. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3310. Working Moms Group. This free group is a casual group


Upload your listings at our newly redesigned website worcestermag.com. Click the Night & Day toolbar, then choose Calendar to place your event listing in both our print and online weekly calendar. of working moms who meet (bring baby or not, your choice) in the shop’s “living room” to chat about balancing work and motherhood as well as any other topics that come up about mothering and working. Free. 6-7:15 p.m. Mothers & Company, Shop, 140 Worcester St., West Boylston. 508-835-6666 or mothersandcompany.com. Flamenco Dance Classes. Explore the fundamental of the Flamenco Dance through Sevillanas Dance. Learn proper posture, footwork, turns, hands, arms and clapping exercises. No prior dance experience is necessary. Character shoes, or boots/shoes with a thick, wide heel are recommended. 100 (6 Week Session). 7-8 p.m. Salsa Storm Dance Studio, 9 Harrison St. 508-854-8489 or salsastorm.com.

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The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show. Every Monday Spoken Word Poetry & Music & Surprise Ruckus blend together to create an eclectic, dynamic show that ain’t your grandma’s poetry reading. Open Mic, Comedy Shtick, Special Featured Performers, Poets On Tour, Snack Time and prizes for demented variations on poetry challenges! Hosted by Alex Charalambides and Nick Davis. Music by Worcester Favorites, Shane Hall & the Ticklebomb Orchestra. July 26, 9-11 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or dirtygerund.com. The After 9 Poetry Series. Every Thursday open mic poetry then either a featured poet or a slam, 21+. July 22, 8:30-10 p.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507 or After9poetry.wordpress.com. Worcester Youth Poetry Slam - Free Teen Workshop Series The Worcester Youth Poetry Slam in conjunction with the Worcester Youth Center is proud to offer a new free poetry & performance workshops series for local teens who wish to develop their writing and build a community of poets who support, critique and cheer each other on. Workshops will be based on writing poetry and learning techniques to help present work at a poetry slam. All teens and educators who wish to come to these weekly workshops must sign up as members of the Worcester Youth Center. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler St. 508-791-4702 or worcesteryouthslam.com. The Little “a” Poetry Series. The Little “a” Poetry Series occurs every Thursday night and is hosted by Cowboy Matt Hopewell. We have an open mic followed by a featured poet. To book a feature, e-mail Matt at themadcowboy@gmail.com. 1 food or drink item purchase, donation to go to featured poet. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St.

>Saturday 24 Barnes & Noble Poetry Reading. This month Carle Johnson turns over the mic to guest host “Cowboy” Matt Hopewell. 7-9 p.m. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - MA/Worcester, 541 D Lincoln St. 508-853-6994 or wcpa.homestead.com. 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 a poetry slam. This week we welcome Trevor Byrne-Smith to our stage. 6-9 p.m. Java Hut Inc., 1073A Main St. 508-752-1678. Check out poetsasylum.org

lectures

Paul Macek Discusses His Book: Webster, Dudley, Oxford During the Nineteenth Century. Paul Macek will present a talk about his book Webster, Dudley, Oxford During the Nineteenth Century. Copies of the book will be available for sale. The event is free and everyone is welcome. July 22, 6:307:30 p.m. Jacob Edwards Library, Reading Room, 236 Main St. Southbridge. 508-764-5426. Kevin Scott, Author, to Read at The Rabbit Hole Bookstore. Ashburnham native to read at The Rabbit Hole in Fitchburg! Kevin Scott Hall, a singer, songwriter, performer, producer, director, journalist, and master teacher in New York for two decades, celebrates his new novel “Off the Charts!” and offers

it to the hometown crowd with a reading at The Rabbit Hole, 805 Main Street, Fitchburg on Thursday, July 22 at 7:00 pm. For more information contact 978-345-0040 or therabbitholeusa.com. Protecting Your Watershed Learn about the steps you can take toward watershed protection and water conservation. The program will also provide an overview of the primary function of each section of the DCR Watershed Management Division, a tour of the MWRA facility, and a water quality demonstration. Saturday July 24, 1-3 p.m. MWRA Shaft 1 Facility, River Road, West Boylston, West Boylston. Mystery of the Moon Lodge. Mystery of the Moon Lodge It is an ancient women’s ceremony. Modern society doesn’t look at things like the native woman did. You will learn about the lodge itself, the gathering of cedar by the women and other things associated with women’s teachings within the native tradition. $10 donation, Saturday July 24 from 3-5 p.m. Sweetwilliam Farm & Country Store, 153 North St., Upton. 508-529-2000 or sweetwilliamfarm.biz.

sports

Early Morning Open Rowing - Killer Bees Crew. Open Rowing. These early morning weekday rows are part of our club’s regular activities. Guests with rowing experience are welcome. If you are brand new to rowing, please check the schedule for other scheduled coached rows which state “Novices Welcome” We have Bee-ginner programs as well. See our web site for more info. 5:30-6:45 a.m. Quinsigamond State Park: Regatta Point, Main Boathouse, 10 North Lake Ave. 978-808-1102 or killerbeesrowingclub.org

theater/ comedy

CSI New England Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Friday, July 23. With all the popularity of the CSI television shows, it’s time to find out some of the methods used by famous forensic scientists. We’ve scheduled a CSI symposium where the scientists will demonstrate and explain their methods using weapons and some key body parts. Unfortunately, you never know who might be murdered in the midst of a forensic demonstration surrounded by police. Join us for a night of fun, and help us solve the crimes you witness. We’ll be serving tossed garden salad with creamy Italian dressing, rustic boneless breast of chicken with supreme sauce, seasonal potato and vegetable, homemade rolls and ice cream cake balls with homemade hot fudge. $52. 6:30-9 p.m. Salem Cross Inn, 260 W. Main St., West Brookfield. Call 508-867-2345 or visit salemcrossinn.com. Music and comedy in Templeton - Friday, July 23. Singersongwriter Howie Newman performs a free three-hour show at this great restaurant/bar. Well-known covers plus funny songs and short comedy bits. Dinner menu and full bar. Material is suitable for all ages. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Candlelite Cafe, 712 Patriots Road, Templeton. Call 978-939-2190 or visit howienewman.com. Worcester Shakespeare Festival - July 23, July 24 & July 25. The 7th annual Worcester Shakespeare Festival presents The Taming of the Shrew performed by the Worcester Shakespeare Company in two versions -- one featuring traditional (male/female) casting and one featuring Elizabethan (all-male) casting. For more information or to buy tickets online, visit worcestershakespearecompany.org. $15 (Student/Senior), $20 (General Admission). 6-8:30 p.m. Green Hill Park, Memorial Grove Amphitheater, Skyline Drive. Visit worcestershakespearecompany. org.

dance >Thursday 22 Free Zumba Thursdays at Worcester rdfX! Reserve your spot. 8:30-9:30 a.m. revolution dance & fitness compleX, 76 Webster St. 774-262-4629 or youdanze.com.

Intro to Ballroom Dancing Singles and Couples welcomed! Come learn the fundamentals of ballroom dancing. This class is a great introduction to the dances of Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, Cha Cha, and Rumba. The class will cover basic steps, timing, and connection. Perfect for people with little to no experience in ballroom dancing. $95 Per Person. Classes start Thursday July 22 6-7 p.m. Poise, Style, and Motion, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910. Advanced Silver Tango Singles and couple welcomed! A working knowledge of the basic steps in Tango is recommended. Silver patterns along with technique will be covered in the class. This class is for the experienced Tango dancer. $95 Per Person. Classes start Thursday July 22 8-9 p.m. Poise, Style, and Motion, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910.

>Friday 23 Samba Classes Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. Join other singles & couples at the Beginner level to learn the Samba. Classes start Friday July 23 and cost $50pp. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com.

>Saturday 24 Saturday night dances Live bands for ballroom dancing every Saturday night $8/person Members are free. 8-11:30 p.m. Frohsinn Club, 25 North Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508366-5820 or Dancenet.

>Tuesday 27 EC Swing Classes Learn with other singles & couples for 6 weeks. Back in the good old days of Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, the East Coast Swing originated as a simplified 6-count triple step dance. Classes start July 27 and cost $50pp. 6-7 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or americanballroomlatin.com.

fairs/ festivals

Indoor Weekend Flea Market on Route 12 in Dudley Do Right Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market, housed in the former Steven’s Linen Mill on Route 12, is now open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., each Saturday and Sunday - indoors year round! The exciting new market, with space for 240 dealers, has a variety of quality offerings ranging from antiques, collectibles, coins and jewelry to consumer electronics, musical instruments, household goods and more. 7 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. West Main St., Dudley. 800-551-7767 or dudleydorightfleamarket.com. Worcester flea market We are open to everyone, no admission. Something for everyone, Check out the website for more info. Saturdays & Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 106 Lafayette St. 508-793-9810 or worcflea.com. Cruise Night at the Candy Mansion Our 12th year! Admission to view vehicles is free. Come and enjoy a fun family oriented event every Thursday night. Cruise Nights are held weather permitting. 5-9 p.m. Hebert Candy Mansion, Front and Side Lawn, 575 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury. 508-845-8051x243. Wednesday Night Cruising for Charity Car Show These weekly classic car shows are a blast from the past! 5-8 p.m. Klem’s, Field next to the store, 117 W Main St. Spencer. 508-8852708 or klemsonline.com. Friday Night Cruizin’ at the Auburn/Webster Elks Lodge #2118 All makes and models of cars and motorcycles are invited. Asphalt and grass parking for over 500 cars. Awards, Trivia contest, 50/50 raffle, Food and Beverages, Music by DJ Dog, 6-9 p.m. 754 Southbridge St., Auburn. 508-277-5452. Worcester Chamber Music Society Summer Festival 2010 WCMS Summer Festival includes four concerts by members of Worcester Chamber Music Society and QX String Quartet. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance at

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worcesterchambermusic.org. $20 adults/$10 students/free for festival participants. July 22, 8-9:30 p.m. Anna Maria College: Miriam Hall, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton. 508-981-8880. Oxford Community Flea Market Come and find crafts, used household items, books, toys, clothing and more offered for sale by area families and vendors on Saturday July 24. Vendors are invited to reserve a space ($20) to sell their wares. First Congregational Church (UCC) of Oxford, 355 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-2211.

family

Free Family Board Game Night Rising Phoenix Games hosts their weekly Family Board Game Evenings every Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-5 p.m.. Rising Phoenix Games, 21-69 Main St., Cherry Valley. Contact 508-892-5190 or risingphoenixgames.com. Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays Enjoy story time, craft activities, live animals and more--all for little ones aged 3 and under. New themes every week! Please pick up a ticket for your session at the Information Desk when you arrive at the museum. Session one (story and animal): 10:30 a.m. Session two (same story and animal): 11:00 a.m. Drop-in craft time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Free with museum admission. 10:30-11:30 a.m. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or ecotarium.org. Children’s Story Time Friday, July 23 10:30-11:30 a.m. Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Millbury, 70 Worcester Providence Turnpike, Millbury. 508-865-2801 or store-locator.barnesandnoble. com/store/2206. Drop In Play Group M-F, 9:30-11 a.m. Worcester Family Community Partnership Playroom, 130 Leeds St. 508-799-3136. Babytime! Babytime! is a weekly drop-in series for babies through 16 months. Join the group on Thursdays for an hour and 15-minute program of rhymes, songs, and pictures. It will be followed by a playtime with the library’s toys and music. No registration is required for Babytime! Just drop in. Please call 508-799-1671 with any questions. 9:30-10:15 a.m. Worcester Public Library, Children’s Room - Main Library, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1671. Chess Pick-up Games Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. Acoustic Java, 932A Main St. 508-756-9446 or acousticjava.com.

fundraisers Orthodox Food Pantry Saturday July 24, 10 a.m.-noon. Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Food Pantry, 102 Russell St. 508-791-7326.

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Worcester’s own ‘immaculate’ contemporary split BY JOSH FARNSWORTH

The city of Worcester is chalk-full of young ones bursting with energy, warmth, and exuberance. Housing in certain areas of the city is no different. A 10-year-old sitting at 1 Matteo St. in the Burncoat section of the city has a youthful edge that makes it feel like a newborn. A split-level home, featuring three beds and two baths, is an ideal contemporary pick for potential homeowners. “It is in pristine condition,” said John Vaillancourt, a Realtor with Paula K. Aberman Associates Inc. “It is an immaculate contemporary that is 10 years old, but feels like brand new.” Walking into the house, the future residents will be greeted by a dynamic cathedral ceiling that extends from the dining room to the living room and

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Spotlight Continued from previous page of the living room makes the room easily be convertible - for a second master bedroom. “It is a very flexible space,” he said. The front of the house features oversized windows, while a slider and skylight off the dining room-kitchen area sends light pouring in to liven up the space. All spaces, sunfilled or not, are cooled off from the summer heat with an efficient central air system. This home’s lower level is not an average storage basement. The finished room includes a full bath that has a whirlpool jetted tub, a laundry area with washer and dryer, a full wet bar with access to the interior and garage. The space acts as a second family room, Vaillancourt said. The deck overlooks a roomy,

fenced-in backyard that contains a storage shed. Parking is made simple with two garage spots, two additional driveway spots, and plenty off street parking. The contemporary home sits right next to Route 190, and has easy access to Route 290 and Route 12 adjacent to the Worcester-West Boylston line. A nearby community pool, an easy walk to a grocery store, as well as local routes to shopping, tennis courts, golf courses, and public transportation – not to mention all that Worcester has to offer – makes the house on the corner close enough to the action, while in a nice neighborhood. The listed price for 1 Matteo St. has recently dropped to $269,700. This decade-old house has some new life to it. All it needs now is new life to occupy it. For more information on this listing, visit johnvaillancourt.com.

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MAR index down for June

The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS (MAR) announced last week that after 16 straight months of annual increases, the June REALTOR Market Index (RMI) is down for the first time since February 2009. Despite the drop, the June REALTOR Price Index was up compared to the same time last year. “The combination of the posttax credit lull and buyers who may have moved up their plans for a summertime purchase to take advantage of the tax credit which expired in April, is having an impact on how REALTORS are feeling about the current market as reflected in the low Market Index number,” said 2010 MAR President Kevin Sears. “Despite this combination of events, REALTORS do see home prices starting to move up over the next 12 months, which indicates to me that members believe the market will continue to improve.” In June 2010, the REALTOR Market Index was 28.36, which was 24.8 percent lower than the 37.70 score recorded in June 2009.  On a month-to-month basis, the June 2010 RMI was down 28.19 percent from the May 2010 score of 39.49.  Measured on a 100-point scale, a score of 50 is the midpoint between a “strong” (100 points) and a “weak” (0 points) market condition.     The REALTOR Price Index was up 6.34 percent in June 2010 compared to the same time last year

(44.06 in 2009 to 46.85 in 2010). On a month-to-month basis, the June index number was up 22.07 percent from the Home Sales Price Index number in May 2010 (38.38). The Massachusetts REALTOR Market Index (RMI) and Price Index (RPI) are based on monthly responses from a random sampling of Massachusetts Association of REALTORS members on the state of the housing market.  More specifically, the survey asks members two basic questions pertaining to the real estate business in their market area in Massachusetts: 1.  How would you describe the current housing market? 2.  What are your expectations of home prices over the next year? In addition to these standard questions, the survey each month includes one wildcard question that changes each month and is based on an industry hot topic. Respondents indicate whether conditions are, or are expected to be “strong” (100 points), “moderate” (50 points), and “weak” (0 points). The results are the average score for each question.  A score of 50 is the threshold between a “strong” and a “weak” condition.  Similarly, the question about home prices over the next year (REALTOR Price Index) is calculated using five categories: “Rise 0-5 percent” (75 points), “Rise 5 percent+” (100 points), “Level” (50 points), “Fall 0-5 percent” (25 points), and “Fall greater than 5 percent” (0 points).

Habitat for Humanity celebrates top sponsors

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester dedicated a house at 41 MacArthur Dr. in Millbury on Sunday to a deserving family. The effort included hundreds of sponsors/donors and nearly 500 volunteers to complete the project.

The organization also announced gold, silver, and bronze level Corporate Home Build sponsors for those who provided financial and in-kind donations of $250 or more. Gold Hammer Sponsor: Alteris Renewables Silver Hammer Sponsors: FIBA Technologies, Goretti’s, Niche Hospitality Group, Seagate Technology Bronze Hammer Sponsors: Enservio, Millbury Savings Bank, UniBank

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Mikasa Fine China â&#x20AC;&#x153;Classic Flair Greyâ&#x20AC;?, gray with white calla lillies. 12 complete 5 piece place settings + gravy boat, creamer, sugar bowl. Oven, dishwasher, and microwave safe. Exc. cond. $300 Medway, MA 508904-5231â&#x153;°

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CLARINET, FLUTE, VIOLIN, TRUMPET, Trombone, Amplifier, Fender Guitar, $69each. Cello, Upright Bass, Saxophone, French Horn, Drums, $185ea. Tuba, Baritone Horn, Hammond Organ, Others 4 sale. 1-516-377-7907 *

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Truck for sale 1989 Chevrolet 2500 (3/4 ton) 4WD, 116K, good winter tires, clean, used as camper with one repairable rust spot. $3,500 call 978-9441326 or 978-464-2978.

AUTOMOTIVE AUTO DETAILING HADDAD AUTO DETAIL Bring us your dirty car, work van, or truck...we’ll make it so clean, you’ll think it’s new! 2 locations-Worcester 508755-5250, Westboro 508366-6260 www.haddadautodetail. com. AUTO/RV 3 1999 Wilderness 28’ Single slide 5th wheel travel trailer. Rear kitchen. Queen bed. Sleeps 6. Awning. 1 owner. Exc. cond. Asking $9200.00 508-886-8820 2000 Class C Four Winds Chateau 23.5’ 350 Ford V10 Rear kitchen & bath w/ shower. New tires. Bilsteen shocks. Ball joints. Batteries. Reduced. Excellent condition. Clean! $13,000.00 or B/O 978-534-8117 TRAVEL READY! 2000 Rialta/Euro Van by Winnebago, 22’, 6 cyl, VW engine, 59K miles, 17 mpg, fully equipped, kitchen, bath, F.D. Twin, new A/C, tires, battery, winters in Cali, all records of service, repair and trips.$27,500. 508-3988729. AUTO/TRUCK 1997 Ford 250 3/4 ton, 4WD, rear electric lift gate lifts 1250 lbs, new tires, runs good, $6800.00 978-343-6546.

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TANK TRUCK INSPECTIONS The Millbury Fire Department will conduct tank truck inspections during the month of August. An inspection fee of $20.00 for each pick-up truck and $30.00 for each bulk delivery truck will be charged. The inspection sticker is good for two years and will expire in August 2012. This inspection is required by state law for all registered vehicles that transport combustible liquids and are parked overnight in the Town Of Millbury. If a tank vehicle tansports combustible liquids in a D.O.T. approved container, a certificate of exemption can be issued. To arrange an inspection or if you need more information please contact the office at 508-865-5328 between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Board of Fire Engineers July 2010

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In the matter of: Anthony Dominic Shippole of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts To all persons interested in petition described: A petition has been presented by Anthony Dominic Shippole requesting that Anthony Dominic Shippole be allowed to change his name as follows: Anthony Dominic Scirpoli. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: WORCESTER PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT ON OR BEFORE TEN O?CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON: JULY 27, 2010 WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 29, 2010 Stephen. Abraham Register of Probate Court

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TOWN OF MILLBURY A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 ElmStreet, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 At: 7:00 P.M. To act on a petition from: Francis R. Mercadante, 129 Parkhill Ave., Millbury, MA For a Variance in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: Park construction equipment and trucks for business use at Map 14, Lot 18, Aurilla St., Millbury, MA. All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals

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TOWN OF SUTTON ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS TO ALL INTERESTED INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF SUTTON In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A, §11, the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall, on August 5, 2010 at 7:30pm on the petition of Jason and Christina Tetreault for a variance from Sect. III(B)(3)(Table II) of the town’s bylaws for rear setback relief as well as a finding from MGL.ch40A.§6. The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 60 Boston Road, Sutton MA on Assessors Map # 11, Parcel # 164. The property is located in the R-1 Zoning District. A copy of the petition may be inspected during normal office hours in the Town Clerk’s Office located in the Town Hall. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on this variance petition should appear at the time and place designated. Richard Deschenes Board of Appeals Clerk

Worcester Housing Authority PUBLIC NOTICE Request for Proposals for Architects/Engineers Kitchen Renovations

The Worcester Housing Authority is requesting applications from Architects/Engineers registered in Massachusetts to prepare plans & specifications and construction supervision for the modernization of the kitchens and miscellaneous improvements at the Addison Apartments The construction budget is $800,000. The fee for designer services will be negotiated with the top ranked firm(s). The successful Architect/Engineer will be required to possess Professional Liability Insurance and Workman’s Compensation Insurance Policies with adequate thresholds. A pre-proposal meeting will be held 2:00 P.M. in the Community Room at 15 Addison Street, Worcester MA on August 4, 2010. Copies of the Application Packet including the complete RFP, may be obtained at the Worcester Housing Authority, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester MA or by contacting Tina Rivera at (508) 635-3302 July 28, 2010 after 10:00 a.m.

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TOWN OF SUTTON ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS TO ALL INTERESTED INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF SUTTON In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A, §11, the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall on August 5, 2010 at 7:35pm on the petition of Mary Lou Mulhane, for a finding from MGL ch.40A.§6 for the construction of a second floor addition on a pre-existing nonconforming structure and also the extension of the roof line into the side yard setback. The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 16 Sunrise Drive, Sutton MA on Assessors Map # 14, Parcel # 40. The property is located in the R-1 Zoning District. A copy of the petition may be inspected during normal office hours in the Town Clerk’s Office located in the Town Hall. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on this variance petition should appear at the time and place designated. Richard Deschenes Board of Appeals Clerk

TOWN OF SUTTON ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS TO ALL INTERESTED INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF SUTTON In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A, §11, the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall on August 5, 2010 at 7:45pm on the petition of Timothy and Maureen Britt for a rear line setback variance from §III(B)(3) (Table II) of the zoning bylaws and a finding from MGL ch.40A.§6 for the replacement and expansion of a non-conforming structure on a pre-existing non-conforming lot. The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 47 Carrier Lane, Manchaug MA on Assessors Map # 53, Parcel # 34. The property is located in the R-1 Zoning District. A copy of the petition may be inspected during normal office hours in the Town Clerk’s Office located in the Town Hall. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on this variance petition should appear at the time and place designated. Richard Deschenes Board of Appeals Clerk

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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Docket No. WO09P3335GD In the Interests of Claire Poirier of Millbury, MA RESPONDENT Incapacitated Person/Protected Person

CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR RESIGNATION OF A GUARDIAN OF AN INCAPACITATED PERSON To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Esther Elde of Worcester, MA in the above captioned matter requesting that the court Accept the Resignation of the Guardian. The petition asks the court to determine that the Guardian and/or Conservator should be allowed to resign; or should be removed for good cause; or that the Guardianship and/or Conservatorship is no longer necessary and therefore should be terminated. The original petition is on file with the court. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 08/04/2010. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date.

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TOWN OF MILLBURY Elmwood Street Drainage Improvements

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The town of Millbury is seeking bids for the purpose of performing drainage improvements on Elmwood Street in Millbury. 1. Furnish and install two (2) precast concrete drop inlet drain manholes Type â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DF with castings. 2. Furnish and install 1,525 LF of 12 inch HDPE shoulder subdrain. 3. Construct rip rap stone energy dissipater. Specifications and bid forms may be obtained from the Director of Public Works office at 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA. The DPW office is open between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Sealed bids should be returned in person or by mail to the Director of Public Works office at 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA 01527 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. FAX bids will not be accepted. Bids not submitted on original bid forms shall be deemed non-responsive. All bids must be received by the bid opening date of 10:00 AM on August 12, 2010. All bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;ELMWOOD STREET DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTSâ&#x20AC;?. Bids will be publicly opened and read at the Millbury Town Offices at 10:00 AM on Thursday August 12, 2010. This project is funded with MAHW Chapter 90 funding. Contractors intending to bid must first obtain â&#x20AC;&#x153;Request for Proposalâ&#x20AC;? forms from the Contract Engineer, Massachusetts Department of Public Works, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA in order to determine contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-qualification. On approval, and with the submission of approval forms to the Towns, the prospective bidder may request an Official Bid Document from the Town of Millbury. Each bidder will be bound by the conditions and specifications as set forth herein. Attention is called to prevailing wage rates to be paid on the work as determined by the Commission of Labor and Industries under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 149, Sections 26 to 27D. All bids for this project are subject to applicable public bidding laws of Massachusetts, including MGL Chapters 30 & 39 M. All construction will meet the Massachusetts Highway Department Standard Specifications for Highways and Bridges. A 5 % bid deposit, for the value of the bid, shall accompany every bid. The selected contractor must furnish a payment bond in an amount equal to fifty percent (50%) of the contract price. The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to waive any informality, to divide the award or to accept any bid or part thereof, which is deemed to be in the best interests of the Town of Millbury. The awarding authority for the Town of Millbury is the Town Manager. John J. McGarry, PE Director of Public Works Millbury

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Project File No. 605780 A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT - Highway Division to discuss the proposed Quinsigamond Village Bike Spur multi-use path construction project adjacent to the Blackstone River, between Blackstone River Road and McKeon Road Extension in the City of Worcester. WHERE: Worcester City Hall Levi Lincoln Chamber (3rd floor) 455 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608 WHEN: Thursday July 29, 2010 at 7:00 PM PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Multi-use Bike Path project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible. PROPOSAL: The proposed project consists of constructing a new 0.7 mile off-road Multi-Use Bike Path, connecting the northern end of the existing Blackstone River Bikeway - Segment 6 off-road section to McKeon Road Extension. The work will include a 10 foot wide paved surface with paved shoulders and a chain link fence to separate users from the river embankment. The path will be adjacent to the Blackstone River between the new shopping center parking lot and the river embankment for the southern portion. The path will cross the Blackstone River on an existing bridge structure as an independent path, separated from traffic by concrete barriers then continue to McKeon Road Extension. A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The City of Worcester is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing. Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below. Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Frank A. Tramontozzi, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Highway Division, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, ATTN: (Highway Division, Project File No. 605780). Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us The community has declared that this facility is accessible to all in compliance with the ADA / Title II. However, persons in need of ADA / Title II accommodations should contact Angela Rudikoff by phone at (617) 973-7005 or email to angela.rudikoff@state. ma.us. Requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the date of the public hearing. In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Highway/ LUISA PAIEWONSKY HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR FRANK A. TRAMONTOZZI, P.E. CHIEF ENGINEER Boston, Massachusetts

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Gerald Bellmore has splashed his own style on the shuttered building at two Southbridge Street across from the Hanover Theatre. The artwork – a mural painted over the bare plywood used to secure the front of the building – could be gone at any minute once the building changes hands, but that’s part of the charm of public artwork for Bellmore. Having studied at Montserrat College of Art, Bellmore enjoys creating large pieces for everyone to appreciate. His previous mural can be found at the Dark World Gallery on Grafton Street, and his self professed role as starving artist shines through his smaller work in group and solo shows throughout the area. How long have you been doing murals? Since my second year in college. Probably 2004. That is when I started doing larger murals and spray paint. I started out doing spray paint. I enjoy it a lot more though; painting bigger. On little canvases it is tight on detail but large canvases like this you can expand more and it is a lot easier for me.

Do you map this out ahead of time? I do a little sketch of the characters. I map it out a little bit but usually you just do it. It comes out better.

When did you get into art? I’ve always been into art since I was able to pick up a crayon. Since then, I’ve been through countless private and art school classes, so I guess it was just

fate. My parents always supported me with my passion of art, which helps in this starving artist world. So I never really doubted myself or my ability to be who I am today. I’m just going to keep doing what I do and see where it takes me. I enjoy watching my progression over the years with my art and I’m real eager to see where my art goes in the future.

When did you start developing your style? In college. I went to art school. In high school I used to be able to draw anything. You could give me a photo and I could draw it but I couldn’t think of anything in my head. So I dedicated four years of school just to doing my own characters and my own style that you don’t see anywhere else. I like

doing stuff original because you see people copy people all the time.

love people coming up to me and just talking. I just pass on the knowledge really. It is fun for me.

Where do you get your influence? I get influence in anything; every day life, music. If I see a billboard that has nice art on it or posters.

What was your inspiration for this piece? I wanted to do something with the Hanover; with the music and the dance. I wanted to combine those with my characters and my style. I came up with the theater scene and it goes well with the kids and community too. It is both an adult and kids space, so they can both appreciate it. There are a lot of characters on Worcester Main Street. Most of them like it, though. That is all I care about, because they are going to see it every day.

How do you feel doing art outdoors? I

You must have run into a lot of people while you were painting? Oh yeah.

I know all the homeless people and everyday walkers here. It was real nice. You get to know a lot of people in Worcester. A lot of people have recognized me in the past couple of weeks.

How long will it be up? Until someone buys the company or whatever is in there. It has been like this for two years. It could be gone in a month. It could be gone in two years, three years. That’s fine as long as I get it up for a little bit.

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