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A weekly quality of life check-in of Worcester

Worcesterites head to the polls. Election turnout isn’t as dismal as expected, but it’s still pretty terrible. -1

November 10 - 16, 2011 ■ Volume 37, Number 10

The development of an occupation Twenty-two arrests just part of a long Saturday for Occupy Worcester Jeremy Shulkin

22 arrested during an Occupy t took police only 30 minutes to arrest nearly 20 Occupy Worcester members Worcester protest on the Common. on the Worcester Common; but that Police and protesters responded to was just a fraction of Occupy Worcester’s each other peacefully. “They did the busy Saturday. dance,” said one observer. +1


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9:30 a.m. More than a dozen protesters had already lined up on Park Avenue outside of Bank of America to create awareness about Move Your Money Day, a call to bank customers to take their finances out of large and bailout-accepting banks and open accounts in local institutions or credit unions. Many of these protestors brought Occupy Worcester signage or have been fixtures at Lake Park or Occupy general assemblies on common. “The Move Your Money movement is not per se part of the Occupy Movement,” explains Stone Riley, an Occupy member who said he and his wife are in the process of switching to a credit union. “[But] Occupy Worcester is very interested in Move Your Money.” “One of my main issues with big banks and Bank of America is that they are foreclosing people…but not following the legal process…They don’t own the mortgages they claim they do.”

10:30 a.m. The crowd had grown to more than 30 activists; at least two actually went into the branch to close accounts. One, who goes by the name “Cook,” went through the motions but couldn’t completely close out because of one pending transaction, but he did take out all the money he could. “It was a combination of things for me,” he explains, noting that the bank took bailout money and the now-scrapped

monthly debit-card fee that the bank had intended to charge debit-card users—that is until it starting losing customers in droves over the new charge. He says that he doesn’t plan to use a bank. Joe Scully was actually able to close his account, and says the process “went very smoothly.” “They seemed to be ready for it.”

2:30 p.m. Occupy Worcester’s general assembly on the Worcester Common began at 2 p.m., with the main proposal asking if Occupiers should relocate from Lake Park to the common. Occupy Worcester’s media group sent out a release earlier in the day explaining the rationale as “Lake Park has been an excellent boot camp in preparation for taking the Common. However, the Lake Ave. location has significant challenges of visibility and accessibility which have prevented more Worcesterites from joining the movement.” Mayor Joe O’Brien attended the assembly and spoke to the crowd, thanking them for their activism, said he would like them to find ways to “dialogue with the broader community” and offered them help in securing public space for forums and tabling with literature. At the same time, he warned that the city’s executives had made the decision to arrest anyone on the common after 10 p.m. that night when city parks close. “I feel obligated to communicate that fact,” the mayor said. Fifteen minutes later, O’Brien addressed the crowd again, reiterating that his appearance shouldn’t be seen as support for them occupying the common.

2:55 p.m. Occupiers at the general assembly reach

consensus on occupying the common. “People at the encampment are becoming too complacent. If we’re here it will give us more morale,” explained one occupier who goes by the name of “Cowboy.” “I’ve been pushing it, I don’t like the park.” Tovia Shapiro (who would later be one of the 22 arrested by the Worcester Police Department that night) told the group they would need a number of protestors willing to be arrested “to make a statement.” “If we’re going to practice civil disobedience tonight, we’re going to do it right and do it big.” This includes resisting in “only legal ways,” like going limp when officers come, sitting in tents, and going through arraignments to create paperwork.

8 Protestors p.m. had already gathered tents from Lake Park and reconvened at the common hours before, but by 8 p.m. the group had swelled to nearly 100 people going into details about what would happen when police come. A group of medics gathered outside the group and did their own prep work, including obtaining pre-existing medical information from those who expected to get arrested, such as allergies to latex gloves. They also made sure to have on-hand materials for draining eyes of pepper spray or mace, in case the situation deteriorated into that. While in some cities officers were pouring out antacid solution carried by medics, medics could still use the not-as-effective saline solution. “It’s better than a hug and a kiss if you get pepper sprayed,” said Michael, a former college volunteer EMT. “As medics, we are all volunteers, and we are here as neutral parties,” says Terry, a licensed EMT in Massachusetts. She claims to have helped a mountedpolice officer in Boston the night police raided




Number of Americans who have joined a credit union since September 29, the date that Bank of America announced it’s (now-scrapped) plan to charge a $5 monthly debit fee. It’s more than the number of Americans who joined credit unions in all of 2010 combined.

{ citydesk } Occupy Boston’s second encampment – he cut his finger rearranging the bit in his horse’s mouth. Both have also done PTSD work in Boston after that raid and Terry worked in Portland, Maine, after a homemade chemical bomb was thrown into their encampment. Other issues popping up include cold-and-flu symptoms and cuts on hands and feet. In Boston, Terry treated transients who were not a part of the movement, but came there for medical care. “It’s tough to be an occupier, especially now when the weather has turned this bitterly cold,” Michael says. As for their roles that night, they were to look for people falling, tripping or at-risk of head wounds.

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night, Leila Counihan has taken on the role of police liaison. “This is my way of helping and supporting from the sidelines,” she says as occupiers set up their tents. Counihan has been in touch with police already that day, introducing herself as the point person for communication between the WPD and Occupy Worcester and reiterating that while Occupy Worcester is aware of the repercussions of staying on the common after 10 p.m., they will still keep their demonstration peaceful. “It gives [the WPD] a single contact person and keeps us safe…keeps us organized,” she says. Until the police arrive, her job is “keeping up morale.” One police cruiser parked on Front Street and called for any members of the media, announcing that his supervisors “have requested that media stay on the Franklin Street side” of the common— thereby making photography all but impossible. The request is ignored.


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Front Street side of the common, across from the Commercial Street intersection. National Lawyers Guild-trained legal observers wearing bright-green hats go around and make themselves known to occupiers. “I’m not allowed to be involved,” said Ryan, one of the four observers. “Once it’s 10 o’clock, I’m going to be on the outside [of the common] watching.” Note-taking is probably a better word

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rom a small room rented out of a three decker on Home Street, Fight for the Future has already appeared on the music industry’s radar – but its goal isn’t to get a record contract. This group of Worcesterites and exWorcesterites now living in Baltimore recently created the website FreeBieber. org, featuring photoshopped images of teen pop star Justin Bieber behind bars. The awareness campaign drew attention to stopping Senate Bill 978, a federal act that would bump up the penalty of providing access to online streamed copyrighted content, such as licensed songs or TV shows, to match penalties for copying and or distributing physical copies (think of those FBI warnings you see before you watch a movie at home). Since Bieber’s career caught fire after he posted videos of him singing along to background tracks of licensed songs, the group thought of him as an apt “spokesmanâ€? for their campaign. “In some ways the darling of the industry that’s pushing these laws‌he’d definitely qualify as a felon,â€? says Holmes Wilson, one of the remaining Worcester residents of Fight for the Future. Word of the campaign spread to Bieber’s lawyers, who sent Fight for the Future a cease-and-desist letter in October for the unlicensed use of their client’s image. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit dedicated to defending free speech and privacy online, sent a rejoinder defending the campaign as humor and satire, and for now Bieber’s lawyers have seemed to back down. (It probably helps Fight for the Future’s cause that days later Bieber himself came out as a critic of SB 978.) “We used to illustrate


how crazy the law was,� says Wilson. “It was very successful in making the point that these laws were broad.� SB 978 and SB 968 are just two of a trio of proposed bills in both the House and Senate sides of Congress aimed at cracking down on unlicensed use of copyrighted material online. In the House of Representatives, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) rolls both Senate bills into one broader act. In general terms, these bills would expand the attorney general’s and private corporations’ authority to take before a judge a website they say streams or encourages the sharing of copyrighted material. If the judge agrees, they could order search engines to block the site’s address from internet users as well as force payment processors like Visa, MasterCard or PayPal to shut off service to the site in question. Proponents say the bills target foreign off-shore sites that share licensed content or sell counterfeit goods and make money from subscribers or advertising content. From there though, clear dividing lines have formed over the bills’ language, with industry names like the Recording Industry Association of America and big businesses like Nike, Walmart and drug companies showing their support, while activists like the EFF, Fight for the Future and internet entrepreneurs who think they have the next YouTube or Twitter worry about giving these expanded powers to entities against their interests. “It’s all about the old established players trying to set the laws in their favor,� says Wilson. For him, these powers expand beyond the World Wide Web. “The internet’s so central to our lives those things aren’t just internet issues anymore,� he says, adding

“restrictions on free speech online equal restrictions on free speech anywhere.� In 1998 the Digital Millennium Copyright Act laid out rules regarding the legality and punishments relating to copyright infringement. Critics of SOPA say this current law already protects businesses from piracy. “What’s so troubling about SOPA is it comes in and blows up the DMCA,� says Julie Samuels, a staff attorney with the EFF. “It’s completely reasonable to say had this bill been around five years ago we would not have YouTube,� because, she says, it would hold these sites liable for hosting users content that features popular songs or movie clips. “There is already legislation in place that handles this.� Others say these are overreactions. A young(er) Bieber wouldn’t go to jail for singing along to copyrighted songs and social networking sites like YouTube still wouldn’t be liable for user’s content. “The Free Bieber campaign is full of exaggerations,� says Sandra Astars, executive director of the Copyright Alliance. “It doesn’t expand copyright law, it deals with enforcing copyright law,� Astars says “It creates new tools for the attorney general to go after rogue websites.� She says the bills’ messages have gotten lost in “hype� from Washington, D.C., and assures that safeguards are in place, like requiring that sites would have to clearly be motivated by “criminal intent� or be “primarily designed for infringement� in order to be shutdown or blocked out from access to internet users. “It has a huge impact on small businesses around the country,� she adds, including unexpected victims like church-music publishers, who met with her last week.

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Terry Hart, publisher of popular copyright and digital media blog, also doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy allegations that SOPA will infringe on internet users rights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is geared toward these sites that have every TV show episode,â&#x20AC;? while making money from ads or subscribers, and reiterates that the only broadening of powers would now allow copyright holders to go after infringers in other countries. As for the DMCA, Hart believes SOPA enhances it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The consensus is kind of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;[DCMA] has been working,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? but the current laws donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address â&#x20AC;&#x153;whole sale piracy from foreign sites or sites that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comply with DCMA.â&#x20AC;? And, he points out, if a company or the government shuts down a site illicitly, then theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re responsible for damages. But Fight for the Future has concerns about what this means for the future. While YouTube, Facebook and Twitter may not be targeted, smaller and lesser known or potential sites could get axed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even see 90 percent of the damage this does,â&#x20AC;? says Wilson, lamenting that creativity, expression and ideas could be stifled. Not only that, he says thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of proof that when given the power to litigate, the government and corporations have never been shy to use it, whether that heavy hand is warranted or not. Universal Music Corporation had YouTube take down a popular 29-second video of a baby dancing to Princeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Go Crazy,â&#x20AC;? citing copyright violation (a judge ruled Universal was out of line, pursuant to the DMCA). The RIAA has also filed hundreds of lawsuits against teenagers for downloading copyrighted songs from file sharing sites. It points to Wilson and EFFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument that broadening powers against large-scale off-shore infringers will eventually lead to broadened powers against small-scale individual internet users. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no stretch of the imagination at allâ&#x20AC;Śthat it ends up getting picked up years later and used against ordinary people. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a question of when.â&#x20AC;? And as Wilson points out, if SOPA had already been in place, Bieberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyers wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had an easier time shutting down, with or without the pop starâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval.





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Medics announced that anyone wearing contact lenses should swap them out for glasses, and those who plan on being arrested gather one more time to write down phone numbers of Occupy Worcester contacts and a lawyer sympathetic to their cause.

10â&#x20AC;&#x153;It p.m. is now 10 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock. We are still here!â&#x20AC;?

shouted one Occupier. A crowd of more than 100 has gathered on Front Street, including those sympathetic to the movement, those curious to see what happens and Overtime Tap patrons wondering whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on.

10:10 p.m. Police cruisers blocked off all points of

vehicular traffic to Front Street. Two police wagons arrived and parked on Commercial Street with their rears facing the Occupiers. An officer uses his cruiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s megaphone to tell the protesters that â&#x20AC;&#x153;if you would like to leave now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help you out.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s met with chants of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the people united will never be divided.â&#x20AC;? The cop responded with, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please take your debris with you. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property being trampled.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s returned with, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the 99 percent and so are you.â&#x20AC;? A protester turned up a boom box playing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steal this Albumâ&#x20AC;? by Bay-area hip-hop group The Coup, who have been a mainstay at Occupy Oakland. This provides a soundtrack as more and more officers gathered on Front Street.




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10:16 to 10:37 p.m. Police move into the common and make

arrests. Protestors go limp or interlock arms, but arrests occur peacefully. Seventeen protestors are loaded into two wagons, as well as one legal observer arrested on Front Street, and a man Occupy Worcester said was a curious spectator but not a member of their group. They are all charged with trespassing. After the last wagon pulls away, some remaining protesters march to WPD headquarters at 9-11 Lincoln Square.

10:55 p.m. According to the WPD, on the march

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Looks like Worcester voters, by and large, like the way the city’s headed – at least that was the assessment of City Hall observers after the six at-large councilors all won re-election. This would be a clear signal to City Manager Michael O’Brien to doing what he’s doing…Others pointed to seventh-placefinisher-for-the-second-time-in-a-row Stephen Buchalter and Michael Monfredo, who finished in eighth place (even though campaign records show he only spent about $500), as candidates whose campaigns resonated with voters. In the end, the incumbents had the advantage of a solid base of supporters, something challengers had problems finding for themselves…Those who were itching for change shouldn’t be too disappointed: of the 17 elected positions in city government, (with changes from a potential recount in the School Committee race) up to four new faces could be elected – that’s nearly one fourth of the total pool of elected officials, and three of them would get there by beating an incumbent. Also worth a mention, voters handily chose someone with no mayoral experience over a former mayor.

Jeremy Shulkin


Committee race was going to be a barometer of the public’s evaluation of superintendent Melinda Boone, then either voters like the job she’s done so far or didn’t factor individual committee members’ relationships with her when they went to vote. Brian O’Connell – someone who’s been more critical of the Worcester Public Schools administration and voted not to renew Boone’s contract – continued his dominance at the polls by finishing first, but Jack Foley, an ardent supporter of Boone, did exceedingly well citywide, finishing only nine votes behind O’Connell. John Monfredo, another supporter of the superintendent, placed well also, coming in fourth with plenty of space between third-place candidate Dianna Biancheria and fifth-place Tracy Novick. But what about Boone supporter Mary Mullaney’s dead heat with challenger Donna Colorio? Colorio’s campaign made little noise over supporting or opposing the superintendent, and by the time she finally publicly said she wouldn’t vote to renew Boone’s contract on the radio, polls had already closed. As of press time the City Clerk’s office has reported that in counting ballots added manually after a card reader’s technical error Tuesday night, Mullaney has a two vote lead. Tossing matters up in the air even more, the city still has to count any provisional ballots cast by voters who registered at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. A full recount is sure to follow

48 HOURS IN DISTRICT 3: How much can a race change in 48 hours? Take a look at District 3, where popular incumbent Paul Clancy planned on staying out until challenger George Russell’s campaign approached him over the weekend with an Arthur Ellis campaign flyer that they thought portrayed their candidate in a negative light. Clancy agreed to record a robo-call that went out Monday night. As Clancy put it, the motivation was to affirm Russell’s character.

AND HE WASN’T EVEN ON THE BALLOT: Mayor-to-be Joe Petty’s commanding win was the talk of his victory party at El Basha on Park Avenue (it also served as a defacto victory party for a host of district and at-large candidates), but the side conversations all revolved around what Tuesday’s returns meant for Congressman Jim McGovern, who threw his hat into the ring for both Petty and District 4 incumbent Barbara Haller by endorsing and sign-holding for both on Election Day. Many Sarai Rivera supporters were angered that McGovern didn’t stay out of the race, and some higher up pols were surprised by his entrance as well, but a number of McGovern staffers and allies said the decision was simple: Haller and McGovern worked well together, citing the GardnerKilby-Hammond revitalization project over and over again as an important piece in both of their careers…Petty’s win also calmed the McGovern camp, who now goes into the 2012 elections with an ally as head of his home city’s government. “Imagine running a campaign for Congress when the mayor of your hometown openly badmouths you,” was the paraphrase of the night, in reference to the frigid public relationship between McGovern and Konnie Lukes, important especially now that McGovern’s new district picks up a significant amount of red areas in Worcester County. For more Worcesteria items, check out and follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter. Email tips to

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Maybe it’s time to occupy Irving Street Gary Rosen


have written this week’s column prior to the municipal election so I have no idea if any of the six incumbent Worcester School Committee members have been voted out of office. In any case, it will be up to the new mayor-elect to unite a divided school board and to see that the current climate of deception and deceit is replaced by openness and honesty. Unfortunately, our once-proud school committee has split into two factions - the cheerleaders and the watchdogs. Mayor Joe O’Brien, Jack Foley, John Monfredo and Mary Mullaney have been the cheerleaders. They accept shabby treatment from superintendent Melinda Boone, who they see as the savior of the school system. Even when she misleads them, withholds information or covers up, the gullible cheerleaders bury their heads in the sand and tell the public to move along, there’s nothing to see here. Just last week, without notifying the public,

the four school-committee cheerleaders had the chutzpah to renew the superintendent’s contract for three more years. Fearing that one or more of them might lose their seat, they couldn’t even wait until after the election to take this cowardly action. Dianna Biancheria, Tracy Novick and Brian O’Connell have been the watchdogs on this school committee. In endorsing only these three incumbents for re-election, the Educational Association of Worcester (the teachers union) and the Worcester Telegram agreed for one of the few times ever. These watchdogs have asked tough questions of the administration, demanded transparency and respected the public’s right to know. Incredibly, that offends some people to the point that, at the last school-committee meeting, a member of the public and a Boone supporter suggested that these three were responsible for “some of the nastiest school-committee dynamics ever.” However, it’s been the school superintendent

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On-line comments 1001 words - 2011 As I was out early Sunday morning, being the first one on our beautiful street to view the splendor and the horror that Mother Nature had wrought, the photographer happened by. While we were chatting and wondering if our eyes were deceiving us, right above my head a snow laden branch began to crack with a might roar. Hence, the upward gaze. Though it would have been much wiser to not stand there about to be decapitated, the photographer said “that’s the shot I want not move”. Vanity being much stronger than discretion, I held my ground and watched and waited as the limb came down only a few feet in front of where were planted. Submitted by K E NNETH

Arrests of Occupy Worcester members made on the Common I saw some picture someone posted on Google. That was the most nightlife Worcester has seen in years and the police broke it up. I think they’re just unaccustomed to seeing anyone downtown after 8:00pm who isn’t waiting for a bus. Submitted online by J IM GO NY EA

Janice Harvey Surviving Snoctober Thanks so much for this article! That day was so crazy! I’m glad I could be of service and trust me it was very hard to be that patient that day, but I made it haha! :) Submitted online by RYAN


No shelter here I feel that all of the comments made regarding this young lady are irrelevant. The point is that as a city we have to come to grips with problems. This isn’t the story of every youth. The youth that our organizations deal with on a regular basis are dealing with lots of issues. Not everyone has the support network that perhaps this young lady may have had. The everyday youth that are dealing with homelessness have diverse issues and a myriad of challenges. Such as drug abuse, physical abuse, mental health and unwilling family members that do not want to be help. Not all who are poor are taking advantage of the system. Wake up...this is a real problem. We have to be a part of the solution. Submitted by V E RITAS continued on page 10




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who has been the wedge between school committee members. A smart, capable, caring woman, Boone is a needed role model for all the children in the public schools. She deserves high marks for taking on such tough issues as the achievement gap and the dropout rate, for demanding that teachers raise their expectations of all students, and for articulating an exciting vision for our school system. But her disregard for transparency, failure to communicate, and circle the wagons mentality have tarnished her otherwise good record of progress and achievement during her first contract years here in Worcester. By refusing to be open, honest and forthright, she’s angered and alienated so many people who genuinely care about the students in the Worcester Public Schools. Boone has been obstinate in her refusal to provide details about possible MCAS testing irregularities at the Belmont Community School, last fall’s costly mercury spill at Grafton Street School, and why a teacher at the Quinsigamond Elementary School was allowed to continue teaching while she had an active case of tuberculosis. But her refusal to provide the school committee, the public and the media with the details of last year’s MCAS cheating scandal at the Goddard School is inexcusable. Had she been open and honest from the beginning, this festering scandal would have gone away in days. Instead she and the Goddard School principal hoodwinked the mayor and the three other school-committee cheerleaders into thinking that stonewalling and evading were the right way to handle the situation. Boone’s new contract will have her lead the school system through June 2015. During that time, we can only hope that the watchdogs outnumber the cheerleaders on the school committee and transparency will return to the Worcester Public Schools.

On-line comments continued I too have a daughter that has chosen to live homeless, when in fact she is not. She has a home but had chosen a long time ago that she would not live in a house that had rules. We tried aimlessly to get her help, even through the courts. She always had a knack of turning on the tears for sympathy to manipulate people to get what she wanted. She hasn’t talked to her grandparents for several years, and they were her biggest support system. They always were there to take on the sympathy and hand her money. My parents are totally heartbroken. Not one phone call. She lies and makes up stories about her “horrific” family life, in which none of it is true. This could very well be my daughter in the article. Next time do an article about parents struggles to get their rebelious children help before they run off and become homeless. Believe me it is a never ending long struggle.

Are you a pet person? AS K E D O N M A I N ST R E E T

I am. I have Cockatiels, birds, a Cocker spaniel for a dog and I’m not exactly sure what my cat is.

James Kennedy WORCESTER

I am, I have a turtle.


Submitted anonymously online You will make it and be a better person for it in the end because you have the desire and the goals. Trust me, I know, been there and done that. I haven’t lived at home since I was 13 years old and was part of the system until my uncle took me in at 16. By 17 I was out on my own. Today I am just about to turn 39 and I am a successful married mom of two that has a wonderful job. I wouldn’t trade my experiences in life for anything and it’s true that they do make you stronger and wiser. You are in control of your destination and things that happen to you in life are for a reason and are not future excuses. Today my children are 13 and 17. My spare room belongs to a “statistic”. She’s 18 and a senior that is pulling all A’s and B’s plus working. She is not part of the foster system but would be considered homeless otherwise. I mentor other people your age and younger as well. Would I do these things if I hadn’t lived it? I don’t know but I wish more people would do the same.

No. I’m allergic to so many animals I cant have pets. I love animals; I just can’t breath around them.

Diane Rodriguez-Smith WORCESTER

No. The place I live won’t let me have them.

Edwin Cartagena WORCESTER

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Last weekend, Worcester’s fashionable and civic-minded dogs and cats were invited to a benefit at Fuzzy Pants Pet Shop on Shrewsbury Street. For $30, pets could have their portraits done by Kit Cat Photography with a share of the proceeds going to the Broken Tail Rescue, a Worcester-based foster care and adoption service for abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats. continued on page 12


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“We do all sorts of different fundraisers and events,” says owner Jean-Louis Cormier who also features paintings by Worcester pet artist John Tartaglia in his shop. But pet portraits and fundraisers are just the start the services, products and events available for pets and animals in Worcester. Shops like Fuzzy Pants offer gourmet lines of dog food that feature pheasant, duck, rabbit and buffalo meat dinners. Pet bakeries like Bark About Town sell fresh woofie pies and barking biscotti at local farmers’ markets; and Pet Goodies and Such has a fall line of pet biscuits and cookies shaped like leaves and pumpkins. Grooming salons like Dog Dayz on Pleasant Street offer manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and hairstyling along with the usual baths and flea treatments. Hundreds of individual pet sitters and daycare services are available to walk dogs, enroll them in play groups or to visit animals for a few minutes or a few days if owners are at work or out of town. Local vets treat animals for heart problems, eye diseases, allergies and cancer and nearby at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, faculty members are researching problems like postsurgical pain management for rabbits and medications for animals that have obsessive-compulsive disorders like nonstop tail chasing. Above: Ten year old Nick Girard feeds a few of his 32 chickens, which he raises and sells their eggs. Below: Girard hugs his Silkie named Peeps.

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well-cared for and pampered pets. Animal welfare groups estimate there may be as many as 35,000 feral cats in neighborhoods throughout the city.



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Neglect, abuse and abandonment are common problems. Worcester also has a network of animal shelters, rescue networks, foster-care services and spay and nurturing programs. And the city is home to the Pet Rock Festival, an annual event that showcases animal welfare organizations. While all of that suggests people in and around

Worcester genuinely appreciate animals, some suggest that’s only half true. “The community cares about animals,” says Jodi LaFleur, a master groomer who owns Dog Dayz with her sister, Danielle Lane. “The city doesn’t.” Like a lot of dog owners and lovers, LaFleur and Lane say the city’s new Pit Bull Ordinance that requires special licenses, muzzles, and warning signs posted on homes is unfair and ineffective. And they didn’t appreciate the way the city council dismissed the large group of dog owners and animal advocates who opposed the ordinance and passed it anyway. They figure the city council will also sidestep the public opinion with the proposed ordinance that would allow backyard hen houses, and they’re not happy with a few other laws on the books like the one that bans leashed dogs from downtown Worcester. But city councilors and other elected officials are in the tough spot of having to make the call on where to draw the line between animals-owners’ rights and the public’s health, safety and security. And what makes it even more complicated are the conflicts between animal lovers and advocates themselves. Earlier this year, editors for the Journal for Animal Ethics made the case that the word “pet” is a derogatory term that should be replaced by “companion animal,” and the term owner should just be dropped. Adjusting language, they argued, is a fundamental step in ensuring ethical treatment and basic rights for animals which should be on par with the rights humans enjoy. Some animal advocates and groups in Worcester agree that animals have natural rights that humans continually ignore. They not only feel it’s immoral and unethical to use animals for food, clothing and research, their message that animals should not be seen as property is slowly gaining ground. But most of Worcester isn’t there yet. There are different ideas about the best ways to live alongside of animals, but a lot of people share a commitment to a responsible and humane relationship with animals.

IMPECCABLE TIMING The hot animal issue in Worcester today is a proposal to let residents keep hens in their backyards. And it’s no surprise that opinions on the subject are all over the board.

Ruth Houlden sells fresh eggs at her farm stand in Grafton. A small flock of about 30 chickens works the supply chain. Houlden says managing a small coop with the five hens, which would be allowed under Worcester’s proposed chicken ordinance, isn’t hard. Her 10-year-old grandson is in charge of the chickens on her farm. “If you can take care of a dog or a cat, then you can take care of few chickens,” says Houlden. And people from New York City to Spokane, Wash., already are. Worcester is coming late to the urban chicken party. Other communities have already embraced the trend that lets people raise their own fresh, proteinpacked eggs that connoisseurs say have a rich, buttery taste that puts supermarket eggs to shame. “Once you have a fresh egg, you’ll never go back,” says Houlden. The Artichoke Food Coop on Main Street stocks organic free-range eggs, but member John Provost, who helps run the storefront, says they sell out fast. “We just can’t get enough,” says Provost who adds that coop members not only appreciate the quality and taste, they also value the ethics. “The conditions in the big hen houses are inhumane,” says Provost. “Raising hens in small coops and pens would give the animals a better quality of life.” Liz Sheehan Casto of Worcester’s Hunger-free and Healthy initiative says it would also boost the quality of life for residents. “It’s important for people to become reconnected with their own food,” says Sheehan. “There are so many diet-related diseases, and people want to have some control over their food supply.” And Sheehan says backyard chickens may even help foster some stronger ties within city neighborhoods. “We have a large immigrant population with a lot of agricultural knowledge and experience,” says Sheehan Castro. “A chicken ordinance would let them share their knowledge and practices with us.” Colin Novick, director of the Greater Worcester Land Trust, says there are already chickens being raised in Worcester. But the coops are managed so quietly and competently, nobody notices. And the new group of people who have a strong interest in raising chickens probably won’t cause much of a stir. “People who want to do this tend to be backyard gardeners or people who have

{ coverstory } an interest in sustainability,” says Novick. Still, Novick says the pro-chicken lobby, or as he calls it, Worcester’s chicken underground, sensed there would be opposition to the idea. So Christi Chadwick, the “mother hen” of the local backyard chicken movement and District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller drafted a four-page ordinance that includes property set-backs for hen houses, rules and requirements for storing feed and disposing waste and a ban on roosters. “We worked pretty hard at addressing all the issues,” says Haller. “We think it’s a responsible chicken ordinance.” Still, the reception to the idea of backyard chickens among some residents and elected officials has been tepid. At last month’s Public Health Committee hearing on backyard chickens, District 5 Councilor William Eddy said a backyard hen house in the Tatnuck Square neighborhood had attracted foxes and coyotes. Other councilors raised questions about odors, noise and chicken slaughtering. One woman who opposes the chicken ordinance worries the birds will attract rats that could potentially bring a wave of plague-like disease to Worcester. “Some people think having chickens is like moving back into the third world,” says Provost. Other people say chickens are out of sync with the vision some elected officials have for Worcester as a center of high-tech industry, higher education and prosperity. “They want Worcester to be like Cambridge,” says Jodi LeFleur. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Cambridge is a great city where residents are allowed to keep chickens. And people who live nearby in Newton, which also has plenty of money and Ph.D.’s, can also have hen houses and backyard flocks of up to 30 chickens depending on the space. John McNally, a senior environmental health specialist for Newton says there really haven’t been any problems. “It’s been a double phase,” says McNally. “Originally, there was a certain group of old timers who wanted chickens for the eggs. They also used the manure efficiently for their vegetable gardens.” McNally says more recently Newton residents have been requesting permits to keep three or four chickens as pets. A lot of the chickens at Green Hill Farm in Shrewsbury are former egg layers who now have pet status. Owner Beth Hook says chickens have a lot of personality and make very pleasant pets. “They don’t cuddle but they peck at your earring and jewelry,” she says. Hook feels some of the resistance to Worcester’s chicken ordinance is part of an overall anti-farm, anti-animal attitude that views farm life as backward. “Why does modern mean tasteless food that comes from a grocery story?” she asks adding that Worcester’s interest in backyard chickens should be celebrated. Hook says caring for a small flock of

chickens is similar to caring for a rabbit. She also doesn’t think the birds will cause any trouble in an urban environment. “They do make some noise. When they lay an egg, they like to announce it,” says Hook. “But I guarantee they are less noisy than most neighborhood dogs.” Although some low-key clucking might not trigger a stream of complaints, Haller says the city’s animal-control officer has said he doesn’t have the manpower to inspect backyard chicken coops or to respond to a wave of phone calls about chickens.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;That gives the opposition some ground,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But really, the city has a number of ordinances we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the resources to enforce.â&#x20AC;?



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abiding by Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s animal ordinances can be a problem because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always easy to find a copy of the laws. So, last March, Kurt Schatzl, president of the New England Herpetological Society, a network of reptile and amphibian enthusiasts, heard some rumbling that pet snakes and lizards were unwelcomed in Worcester. Schatzl wrote a couple letters to City Clerk David Rushford asking for a copy of any city ordinance, bylaw, rule or restriction on keeping reptiles. Schatzl says his letters went unanswered and it ultimately took a complaint to the Massachusetts Secretary








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of Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to get Worcester City Hall to dig up a copy of its animal ordinance. According to the rules Schatzl received from acting building commissioner John Kelly, Worcester residents are not allowed to keep any livestock, pigeon, reptile, wild animal, bee or arachnid without first getting a permit from the commissioner of public health. Permits are also required for any kennels, shops, breeding operations and animal exhibits. There is a two-dog-per-household limit, and residents canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep more than three domesticated rodents such as guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice or rats. The ordinance does allow four birds per household. Permit applications are supposed to be available at the Health Department, and each permit is required to be renewed each year. The ordinance also calls for random inspections by the police departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Animal Control Unit and permits can be revoked if any violations are found. The problem with Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s animal ordinance isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too lax or stringent; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that nobody seems to know much about it. At the Health Department office on Meade Street, there are no files of permits that have been granted, no application forms, no reports on surprise inspections of hamster cages. Health Department staff had a vague recollection of some type of rules but said everything is now handled by the animal-control division at the Worcester Police. Over at police headquarters, the officer at the front desk takes a couple minutes to look around for some information on animal permits, but all he eventually comes up with is the phone number for animal control. But while waiting at the

window itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard not to notice that a couple hundred people who have stood there before you have carved their names into the wood and metal window frames. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equally hard not to wonder how all those people managed to pull out a sharp object and do some quick-scratch graffiti with a cop standing behind the glass just a few feet away. And it suddenly becomes a lot less surprising that people almost universally agree that many of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s animal laws arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enforced. And that leaves pet shops, animal breeders, owners and organizations like the New England Herpetological Society to create their own communities of responsible owners. Schatzl says a lot of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work involved education and outreach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reptiles donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need people but people need reptiles,â&#x20AC;? says Schatzl who believes that keeping a snake or lizard can help people forge a genuine connection with the cold-blooded realm of nature. Schatzl says reptiles arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pets in the traditional sense, and the relationship between the animals and the humans that keep them isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the bond people have with their cats and dogs. As long as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fed, warm and comfortable, most reptiles are indifferent to the people around them. On the other hand, reptile enthusiasts are often captivated by the beauty and behavior of the animals. Grafton resident Patty Rux has a house full of reptiles. Rux, a kennel technician at Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Animal Rescue League shelter and a private nurse, has a degree in turtle and tortoise biology and husbandry. Ruxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven corn snakes were all rescue animals that were surrendered or abandoned. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same story with her

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five leopard geckos and her 42-pound tortoise, Piggy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of work,â&#x20AC;? says Rux. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Setting up a natural habitat with enough heat is the biggest thing.â&#x20AC;? Rux shares her animals with kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; groups, and she offers advice about caring for reptiles to those who need help. She says people who keep expensive and exotic reptiles often donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize the care they require. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respect and appreciate the animals. Kaylee LaVallee, a student at Quinsigamond Community College has been trying to find a new home for her bearded dragon, Mooshu. It was a tough choice, but LaVallee knows she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough time to care for the foot-long lizard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love him, I love the way he looks and his attitude, which is appropriate,â&#x20AC;? says Lavallee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I think he should be with someone who can give him more attention.â&#x20AC;? Debbie Maruca Hoak who owns Tatnuck Square Pet Shop says bearded dragons are one of the most popular reptile pets in the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have physical traits that can be construed as friendly and affectionate,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll perk up when you come into a room and they enjoy being touched.â&#x20AC;? Although much has been written about the abuses of the exotic reptile trade, Schatzl says many of the animals now being sold have been bred in captivity under far more humane conditions. Maruca Hoak says the demand for animals such as geckos and bearded dragons has triggered a breeding industry. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not sure whether we can tell if a

Kaylee LaVallee with her Bearded Dragon, Mooshu.

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{ coverstory } Stock feels low-cost dog training and education would be more effective in solving the problem of aggressive dogs than muzzles, signs and fees. She says pit bulls are motivated, intelligent and easy to train. And some of them that have gotten a bad start can be rehabilitated. Stock says that some of the dogs that survived football star Michael Vick’s dog-fighting horror story are now working as therapy dogs. “That speaks to the resiliency of the breed,” she says. Rather than a specific ordinance for a class of dog, Stock suggests enforcing the leash and license laws. “What about harsher penalties for irresponsible owners who let their dogs run loose?” she asks. In Worcester, it’s kind of an honor to introduce a

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words pit bull. “I’m the Doberman guy in Worcester,” laughs Byfield. “That’s how a lot of people know me.” Byfield says Dobermans are strong, intelligent and alert dogs that make great family pets. Dobermans can also be trained as effective guard dogs, but Byfield says he would never encourage that use. He keeps two dogs that he breeds every few years, and he says would never sell a pup to someone he thought would train it to be aggressive. “I’ve seen some of the pit-bull owners around here,” he says. “Those dogs are inbred and their owners teach them all sorts of strange stuff.” Byfield keeps his dogs leashed and away from neighborhood pit bulls. He agrees the pit-bull ordinance is tough, but he stills sees pit bulls walking around without a leash or a muzzle. And that’s something Byfield, who fusses over his dogs like they were children, doesn’t get. “I’ve seen pit bulls without a leash run out into the street and get hit by a car right here on Park Ave.,” he says. “If that was my dog, it would hurt me so bad.” The majority of pit-bull owners feel the same way. Since the ordinance went into effect last spring, there has been a run on muzzles at pet supply shops, the number of pit-bulls licenses issued by the city has dropped and the number of abandoned pit-bull puppies and dogs is up. But there are still pit bulls walking through neighborhoods, without a leash or a muzzle. Cassie-Leigh Stock, who runs the Hopkinton-based group New England Bully Breeds, says she saw it all coming.



Deb Young takes care of feral cats along Canterbury Street “Breed-specific legislation doesn’t work,” says Stock who is also a professional dog trainer. “It punishes responsible owners and does nothing to end irresponsible ownership.”

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Eat, drink & be merry â&#x20AC;˘ Shop till you drop Take a city tour â&#x20AC;˘ Catch a broadway show Owner of Tatnuck Pet Deb Maruca-Hoak holds two popular ďŹ sh, a standard and lion head goldďŹ sh dog as a rescue dog. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how Maruca Hoak introduces Bailey, a chocolatecolored puppy with some strong beaglelike features that helps her run Tatnuck Square Pet Shop. Since 2010, the Worcester Animal Rescue league has placed 1,191 stray and surrendered dogs in new homes. Other rescue groups and shelters have also placed hundreds of animals. But there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many pit bulls being introduced as rescue dogs these days. After the ordinance went into effect, the Worcester Animal Rescue League stopped accepting pit bull strays picked up by the city. And any pit bulls taken in from individuals who surrender them arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t placed in Worcester homes. The rescue league staff doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to take the chance that the dog will be returned to the shelter. The struggle with pit bulls is tough, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nowhere near the type of misery endured by Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge population of stray cats. At least pit bulls have an alliance to owners and fans that continually go to bat for the breed. Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feral cats have the shelters and Deb Young. For years, Young, a lifelong animal lover, has been feeding and caring for families of stray cats in Worcester. But in the fall of 2010, Young learned that two adult cats and three kittens had been shot on Canterbury Street. Young rescued the injured animals, named them and tried to save them. Despite all her effort, only one of the kittens survived. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still out looking for whoeverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsible,â&#x20AC;? says Young. And while she might never know exactly what happened to the Canterbury Street cats, the incident inspired her to launch a new animal welfare group in their memory. Private Citizens for Pets in Peril has zeroed in on

animal cruelty in Worcester. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really about power over these helpless animals,â&#x20AC;? says Young. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a task force; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just me doing it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just trying to get people to respect animals.â&#x20AC;? And Young seems to be making some progress. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s noticed that on cold nights, a guy on Grafton Street will keep a door open for homeless cats. Other people have come up to tell her she doing an awesome job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of caring people who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to step up,â&#x20AC;? says Young, adding that she understand their fears. Last Fourth of July, she says she fed her cats in the middle of gunfire. Young says she sometimes admits she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how she still does what she does. But the memory of the Canterbury Street cats seems to keep her going. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a lot of nice things,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At least those cats died with a name.â&#x20AC;?

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It’s the battle that many New England slam poets look forward too. Each year, teams of poets from the Northeast region gather to perform original pieces in the NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam. The competition travels to a different city each year and for 2011, Worcester will have the honor of hosting at the WCUW Radio Station on Main Street in Worcester.

Poetry roars at the NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam

The NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam provides a time, place and forum for adult slam poets to get to know each other and enjoy each other’s creative work. It’s not all just fun and games for these poets though – this competition is all in the name of preparation for the 2012 National Poetry Slam, held this year in Charlotte, N.C. The winner of the NorthBEAST will be automatically guaranteed a spot in the larger national competition. While the National Slam is a journey for many – the NorthBEAST competition draws in poets from all over the Northeast area just to have their voice heard. Confirmed teams are: Cantab Lounge, Cambridge; Lizard Lounge, Cambridge; Mill City Slam, Lowell; Slam Free or Die, Manchester, N.H.; Providence Poetry Slam, Providence, R.I.; Port Veritas Poetry Slam, Portland, Maine; Jersey City Slam, Jersey City, N.J. Co-host Sarah Sapienza revels in the NorthBEAST bringing in a variety of poets that do not always

have such an opportunity. “I want to hear those voices and I want those voices more integrated into the Worcester scene – NorthBEAST allows that to happen,” says Sapienza. Co-host of the NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam Elizabeth Heath sees those participating in the event as more welcoming than a fierce, competitive nature. “I have had the pleasure of reading at almost all of the venues in New England and have found nothing but love and support from all of them,” she explains. Both co-host Heath and Sapienza, who also cohost the Poets’ Asylum’s weekly Sunday readings, are organizing the event along with the Poet Asylum’s Bob Gill, though Gill will be stepping down from his duties after this year. Sapienza says hosting the event is a fun role: “My job is to keep the evening moving in a fun, fast and, as I’d like to think, snappy kind of way. I get to put on my host shoes and play with the audience, which I find incredibly rewarding.” Yet beyond the playfulness is an ostensible responsibility. “We plan every detail. We’re kind of parents to the reading,” explains Heath. As “parents” or leaders to the event, Heath and Sapienza will have to ensure that Saturday and Sunday’s events go as smoothly as possible. On Saturday, two bouts consisting of four teams will occur. Each bout is a four-round slam with each team competing. Poems will then be scored on a scale of one to 10. To find an average, the highest and lowest scores are thrown out and the remaining three scores will result in the team’s final score for the round. The four rounds of scores will then be added to determine who wins the competition. Each topscoring team from the two bouts move forward to the National Poetry Slam. On Sunday, the Poets’ Asylum’s weekly show will have an individual competition where the top poets from each competing team will go three rounds and only one will be crowned the 2011 NorthBEAST Champion. Both Saturday and Sunday’s events will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. (the second bout on Saturday will start promptly at 9 p.m.) There is a sliding cover charge of $5 to $10, all proceeds benefiting the WCUW Radio Station. With a thriving community of poets, The Poets’ Asylum provides a harmoniously appropriate venue as it is a staple to the greater poetry community. Heath says she was welcomed with open arms when she began going to the Poets’ Asylum in Worcester several years ago. “It’s become my life and some of my best friends, most of my friends actually, are part of the scene here. People have said it before, and I will say it again-poetry saved my life.” Attend the NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam on Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13, and relish in the creative gift of poetry. For more info, visit or find them on Facebook.




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Don’t call Carol O’Shaughnessy the Queen of Cabaret. Not because she hasn’t more than earned the title, but put quite simply, it doesn’t do her justice. Part song, part dance, part comedy and all of it whip-crack wit, O’Shaughnessy has earned her well-deserved place in local entertainment. “I am an entertainer,” O’Shaughnessy says, describing her act. “You can call it Cabaret or swing if you’d like, but I am an entertainer.” She got her start in the late ’70s and early ’80s in Worcester working at The Mailbox. She has worked hard for her position and in her years of performing she has never skipped a beat. She has worked with RSVP travel performing her unique act on cruise liners all over the world. She has had steady gigs and remains consistently active, talented and hilarious since those early days at The Mailbox. “That was my first gig. From that first show, I have somehow turned this into an extraordinary career,” shares O’Shaughnessy, although admitting that she thinks she “came out singing, even as a little girl.” O’Shaughnessy balances her talent as an entertainer with family life and a career, which she loves. She has raised three children and six grandchildren. She also works as the activity director for a Brighton assisted-living community. Along with her favorite release, “Live at Scullers,” which featured her amazing blend of humor, music and entertainment on a personal level alongside a 17-piece

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orchestra and her performance with Joan Rivers at the North Shore Music Theatre, O’Shaughnessy says that the thing she is most proud of in the world is her children and family. She says, “I’ve got it all. Love is amazing; it comes in all different colors, and I’ve been through the rainbow.” “I have always had a great connection

with Worcester, I love it,” O’Shaughnessy says in reference to playing generally once a month at Nick’s on Millbury Street. While she has played all over the northeast and the world, including shows, gigs at clubs and private events, she still has a place in her heart for

Worcester saying that she expects the upcoming show at Nicks to be “absolutely wonderful.” No two shows are exactly the same with O’Shaughnessy at the helm and with good reason; she has too much personality to duplicate the magic. “I am consistently inconsistent,” O’Shaughnessy says. While great characters, great music and a good time are the constant at her shows, you can always expect some surprises. She is also a flexible entertainer, able to mix acts up between a piano accompaniment by way of Tom LaMark, or with her full band, comprised of John Repucci, Jim Guinn, Mike Monecan and Dave Burdett. She has also worked with full orchestral accompaniment. When asked how she got the title, “The Queen of Cabaret,” she wryly replies, “I’m the oldest lady in Cabaret.” She adds that she has no intention of ever calling it quits, joking that she will “continue to do it with a walker if I have to!” It doesn’t take long to realize that O’Shaughnessy is equal parts lightningwit, intelligent wisdom and grade-A talent. While Joan Rivers may have described O’Shaughnessy as the “best singer in her price range,” it is obvious that she is skilled far beyond those humble words. Be sure to catch Carol O’Shaughnessy at Nick’s on Millbury Street on Saturday, Nov. 12. You’ll be guaranteed a great time, whether you’re laughing or singing along. You can also check her out on Facebook or at OCarolO. com, where you can find out more about upcoming performances, pick up her records or check out booking information.




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On the streets that snake among the drab, industrial buildings walk a group of young and middle-aged heroin addicts on a perpetual hunt for a fix. Their nominal leader is Checkie (Zura Begalishvili), a calm, almost serene family man whose addiction has left his wife and son on the verge of financial ruin. Checkie is the only one in his gang with a connection to the local pusher, so all transactions run through him, which makes Checkie an important man but also leaves him vulnerable when things go badly. And they inevitably do. Checkie’s financial straits force him to pay for his son’s schoolbooks with a portion of the money his cohorts had given him to

make a drug buy. That incident, on top of a couple of other botched deals (one involving the suicide of his pusher’s father), has left him a target of scorn and potential violence. Things truly disintegrate when Checkie is accosted by a corrupt cop who demands that he help frame the teenage son of a local politician with heroin use and possession. If he doesn’t comply, the police threaten, then Checkie will get 10 years in prison on a trumped-up charge. Ordinarily such an act would not be outside the realm of possibility for Checkie (for one thing, the kid is panting to shoot up), but the boy’s father is an old friend, and introducing him to heroin while simultaneously setting him up for arrest is an act of betrayal that even a judgment-impaired addict has to think twice about. I was surprised to learn that Zura Begalishvili has only eight film titles to his credit. Like the best character actors, he’s got a natural ease in front of the camera and resists going for the “big moment.” Playing a drug addict can be a tricky thing — oh, the temptation to be twitchy and frantic — and Begalishvili makes sure his character’s pain is quiet, which is a logical reason why Checkie has been able to operate under the radar for so long. He’s so even-keeled that when he confesses to his wife that he’s high, it’s impossible to know if he’s telling the truth. Addiction apparently is a widespread problem in the Republic of Georgia thanks to persistent unemployment, political and social disruption, and the elimination of the state-run drug-abuse control system. Indeed, “Street Days” is a little disarming in its very normalcy. The guys on the corner — many of them white haired and paunchy — do a lot of talking about heroin, but the film contains no scenes of anyone actually using it; we don’t even see a hypodermic. They may as well be hanging around a local pub. If this is Georgia’s version of panic in Needle Park, get me Al Pacino. ”Street Days” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday and 1 and 2:50 p.m. on Sunday in the Jefferson Academic Center at Clark University. The film is part of the Cinema 320 series.

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When it comes to a film where the main tenants include actors doing lengthy impersonations of famous people whose faces and voices I know well or are at least somewhat familiar with, the bar is for me set very high. An actor, generally one as famous as their subject matter, needs to transform themselves into someone completely different. When it works, as it did with Sean Penn in “Milk” and Dustin Hoffman in “Lenny,” it can be incredible. When it doesn’t, far more often the case, you have something painful to behold. In the 1959 film “The FBI Story” the actual J. Edgar Hoover addresses a roomful of recruits. The voice is unmistakable, something in the cadence is subtly powerful, mesmerizingly selfconvinced and weirdly frightening. Clint Eastwood’s latest opens with that voice as a V.O. narrator, and there is something immediately awkward about Leonardo DiCaprio’s rendering of it. He strains to reproduce the portentous southern twang, with words sometimes bitten off too heavy and nasal, like a bad Boston accent, other times sounding almost British. This is not a promising way to start. Then we are treated to the visual spectacle of the actor carefully made up to resemble the familiar diminutive bulldog figure and, like with the voice, there is something missing. You see that familiar handsome face desperately submerged under makeup and a stern expression. I immediately find it more distracting then it is convincing. It will take a great script and amazing acting to pull me through this thing. This at least seems promising since



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the screenplay is by Dustin Lance Black, the mastermind writer behind “Milk.” The framing is similar: our main character is telling his story. In “Milk” it was being recited into a tape recorder, and here the FBI chief is dictating to an underling. We go back in time to the sepia-toned Twenties when J. Edgar was a young and enthusiastic anticommunist crusader rising up through the Washington bureaucracy and living with his bizarre domineering mother (Judi Dench). He hits on a cute girl from the typing pool (Naomi Watts), makes a fool of himself and then makes her his personal secretary for life. He uses the Lindbergh kidnapping case to expand his powers. He makes a show of arresting criminals. He gets horny for Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer) a young dude with few qualifications, hires him as right-hand man/ boytoy, and starts to explore his own homosexuality. It comes off as silly but I’m thinking it probably wasn’t initially meant that way as this is a subject Black is usually pretty serious about. But wait a minute: is Edward confessing these thoughts to the biographer? This seems unlikely. Meanwhile the story in the present is progressing and Edgar is locking horns with Jeffery Donovan from “Burn Notice” doing an inappropriately hilarious, smirking impression of Bobby Kennedy. Then JFK is killed and Edgar and his partner go on a horse racing holiday, as if to celebrate. Things progress and his partner now looks years older than him with a really over the top makeup job. Still, Edgar dies first. Oh well. There is a lot that happens, far too much to cover in a short review, but also more than the film itself can contain, as it jumps all over the place without any sense of a story arc or narrative focus. Ultimately we never feel like we understand Hoover at all, nor do we actually experience his fearsome power. We get cross-dressing and gay hissy fits, but it’s all just a patchwork of tendencies, none of it adds up to a complete person. It makes it seem like the filmmakers couldn’t decide whether they wanted to celebrate or humiliate their subject, and makes me wonder how Black could have penned this muddled mess, and why Eastwood didn’t notice immediately that DiCaprio was entirely the wrong actor to place at its center.


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FOOD ★★★1/2 DRINK ★★★★ AMBIENCE ★★★ SERVICE ★★★★ VALUE ★★★1/2 29 South St., Hudson • 978-568-1265 • below. We were on a date, but our hunger was too intense to request another table with the fun crowd downstairs. With 80 beers rotating weekly, Horseshoe’s draft selection is impressive. Also noteworthy is its wine list with reasonable bottle (starting at $18) and by-the-glass (starting at $4.75) prices, including Pinot Noir from both Oregon and California, Pinot Grigio from Italy, a Chilean Malbec and an Australian Cabernet/Shiraz and Chardonnay. My Magic Hat Circus Boy in hand and Patrick’s Stella Artois in his, we had two menus in front of us. One was special for Oktoberfest. The other, an expansive regular menu with traditional pub fare and motley items like Edamame, Jambalaya and something called “General Gao Chicken.” Several of these offerings are noted as “New!” I considered the Cheese Board (New!) as an appetizer and, as the menu instructs, asked our server which “three unique seasonal cheeses” the selection included that night. “Blue Cheese, Swiss Cheese and Provolone Cheese,” she told us, straightfaced. I paused; then ordered the German Potato Pancakes off the Oktoberfest menu and the Pub Veggies (New!) off the regular

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You might think parenting twin toddlers increases one’s desire to explore central Massachusetts’s best bar-food options. You’d be correct. On a recent Friday, I demanded a kid-free night of bad-for-me-food and icy beer. My husband Patrick complied, and we went to Hudson’s Horseshoe Pub near the end of its annual month-long Oktoberfest celebration. Even without a reservation, we didn’t wait long in the foyer, along with several small parties arriving every few minutes. The pub’s main level had a convivial vibe, featuring servers in festive, unfortunate-looking Oktoberfest aprons, hustling beer from the bar and piping-hot food through the kitchen doors. Our hostess led us upstairs to the banquet room, where families and parties of six, eight and 10 are typically seated. A steamy and crowded room, the top floor has more of a cafeteria setting than the jovial pub

menu, per our server’s insightful suggestion. What the pancakes lacked in presentation, they redeemed in flavor. These aren’t potato pancakes in the latke form you might expect, but rather a moretraditional hotcake in shape, thickness and texture. They have a smoky flavor with unexpected finely-chopped bacon and apples within each bite. Accompanying the three generous cakes are applesauce and sour cream (in packaging). I’d love to see these pancakes, beautified, on the regular menu. The Pub Veggies helped me discover a hidden taste for fried pickles, broccoli and green beans. Don’t let Horseshoe’s “deepfried” description fool you. The tempura batter is light and crisp and doesn’t deter from the natural flavor of the vegetables. Complementing the veggies is a tangy light-mustard dipping sauce. The French dip ($9.29) has ample slices of prime rib with melted Swiss and warm au jus, and a liberal side of sweet-potato fries. Dijon horseradish on the bun enhances, without overpowering, the beef.

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FALL SEAS: For the month of November, Mezcal Cantina is offering daily specials of Yellowfin Tuna Nachos, Baked Stuffed Salmon, and Coconut & Almond Bread Pudding. Located on 166 Shrewsbury St., the restaurant of Southwestern plates are popularly known for its made-to-order guacamole and lengthy tequila menu. Prices range from $11 to $25. For more information, call 508-926-8308 or find them on Facebook.

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Fried Haddock Sandwich

With bacon, cheese and lettuce ...........................................7.99 On a bulkie roll with tartar sauce and cheese ......................7.99

Grilled Cajun Chicken


With bacon, cheese and ranch sauce on a blukie roll ............7.99

Turkey Bacon Wrap Caesar Salad

With mayo, cheese, lettuce and tomato ................................7.99

With fresh crisp romaine ad our own homemade dressing Topped with fresh baked croutons

Garden Burger With provolone cheese and lemon mayo with

Side Caesar Salad..........................................................3.95 Caesar Salad With grilled, buffalo or crispy chicken ...............................11.99 With grilled shrimp, marinated sirloin tips or seas scallops wrapped in bacon ..........................................................13.99

Fresh Crisp Garden Salad

sweet potato french fries.....................................................8.99

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Wrap

With grilled shrimp, marinated sirloin tips or sea scallops wrapped in bacon .........................................13.99

SANDWICHES and WRAPS Served with French Fries or Onion Rings

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sky citrus cosmopolitan lime &&cranberry sky citrus vodka, triple sec, fresh limes cranberryjuice juice

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With pineapple and teriyaki sauce .....................................7.99

Buffalo Chicken Served on a pretzle roll with blue cheese and lettuce ..............7.99

Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap

Garden salad with grilled, buffalo or crispy chicken..............9.99


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sky green apple martini sky vodka, apple pucker, garnished with an apple jolly rancher

sky cran-grape martini grape sky vodka, cranberry juice, garnished with a grape jolly rancher

With onion, mushrooms, bacon, peppers, American, Swiss or provolone ...............................................................7.99

Ladd's French Dip Roasted prime rib on a bulkie roll with au jus for dipping.....9.99

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Lobster Pie en Casserole Tender lobster in creamy lobster sauce topped with cracker crumbs .............................................................. 17.99

Soup du Jour Our own homemade soups ........................ cup 2.99 bowl 3.99

New England Clam Chowder............ cup 3.50 bowl 4.50 Seafood Chowder Served on Saturday and Sunday ................cup 3.99 bowl 4.99

Crock of French Onion Soup...................................4.99 Fresh Salad ............................................................. 3.50 Baked Stuffed Mushrooms Fresh mushrooms with our own special stuffing ...................6.99

Broiled Filet of Haddock Almondine Filet of haddock topped with almonds and racker crumbs .... 14.99

Baked seafood combo Stuffed haddock, scallops, lobster, shrimp, and salmon...................................................................17.99

Broiled filet of Salmon Served with dill or cream of mustard sauce .......................... 16.99

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Baked stuffed shrimp Jumbo shrimp with a subtle tasting stuffing

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Sautéed veal with lemon, white wine and capers ................16.99

Broiled Filet Mignon

Four large, tender shrimp with tangy cocktail sauce............... 7.99

Basket of Onion Rings...................................................... 4.99 Basket of French Fries ...................................................... 3.99 Sea Scallops Wrapped in Bacon .................................. 8.99 Wing Zings

Teriyaki Steak Delmonico steak served with french fries and onion rings ....17.99

Sirloin Steak au Poivre Grilled with a pepper coating...........................................17.99 Medium cut of Delmonico steak with two jumbo stuffed shrimp......................................................18.99 Add a side of Baked Stuffed Shrimp to any Steak Dinner for 4.99

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Prime Rib of Beef au Jus

Served with Soup or Salad, Potato, Vegetable

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Lazy Lobster Tender lobster pieces in butter topped w/cracker crumbs ...... 17.99

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Chicken Parmesan .....................................................13.99 Veal Parmesan .............................................................16.99 Eggplant Parmesan .......................................................... 12.99 Scallops & Broccoli Shrimp Scampi Jumbo shrimp sautéed with garlic butter served on rice or pasta..............................................................16.99

Served with Soup or Salad, Potato, Vegetable

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Fried Chicken Served with potato and cole slaw......................................10.99

Broiled Pork Chops Duck a l’Orange With orange sauce .........................................................18.99

Duck Hunter’s Style With wine, shallots, mushrooms, and tomato ....................18.99

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Sautéed Sea scallops over angel hair pasta with garlic sauce ..16.99

Chicken fingers, jalapeño poppers, chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, and onion rings ...................................................12.99

Sautéed chicken with lemon, white wine and capers............13.99

Chicken Brazil

Choice of herb marinade, teriyaki or barbecue.....................13.99

Broiled and topped w/shredded cheese and gratin potatoes .. 16.99

and french fries ..................................................................... 19.99

Sautéed chicken with lemon, marsala wine and mushrooms ...13.99

pineapple ......................................................................13.99

Fried seafood platter*

Fried scallops* ..................................................... 15.99 Fried shrimp* ...................................................................... 15.99

and Rolls (or as indicated)

Chicken Picatta

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Whole belly clams, haddock, scallops, shrimp, onion rings

Salad Potato, Potato Vegetable Served with Soup or Salad,

Chicken Marsala

Cooked to order with onions and mushrooms .....................15.99

Scallops Gratinee

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With mushroom sauce ....................................................19.99

Sirloin Tips

Surf & Turf

Broiled with lemon butter and a sprinkle of bread crumbs.... 16.99

Grilled Cajun Chicken Quesadilla

Veal Picatta

Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo Sautéed chicken and broccoli in a creamy Alfredo sauce over fettuccine................................................................14.99

Chicken Tenders ................................................... 4.99 Hamburger ............................................................................. 4.99 Pasta with Sauce Served with rolls ..............................................................3.99

Hot Dog.................................................................................... 3.99 Grilled Cheese Sandwich ................................................ 3.99

Blackened Chicken Alfredo Blackened chicken in a creamy Alfredo sauce over fettuccine................................................................14.99

Fettuccine Alfredo.................................................... 11.99 Seafood Alfredo Lobster, scallops and shrimp in a creamy Alfredo sauce over fettuccine................................................................18.99

Prime Rib with oven roasted potatoes and mushrooms in a sauvignon sauce ............................................................16.99

Baked Stuffed Haddock With seafood stuffing with or without lobster sauce .............. 15.99

Veal Marsala With mushrooms and Marsala wine ................................16.99

Broiled Filet of Haddock With or without lobster sauce ................................................ 14.99

Veal Brazil Sautéed veal with bananas, coconut, pineapple, oranges and

Grilled Swordfish Steak With lemon butter or Cajun style .......................................... 16.99

almonds .......................................................................16.99

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>Thursday 10 Once again Beatnik’s is home to Ukulele Thursdays with Rich “Amazing Dick” Leufstedt. If you don’t think Ukulele’s are cool, stop by tonight and you’ll become the latest convert. 7-10 p.m. 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. WCUW Presents: The FrontRoom LIVE! with Sarah Blacker with Denis Coughlin, featuring Sarah Blacker. Free and over the airwaves at WCUW 91.3 FM: Community Radio for a Global Community, 910 Main St. Worcester. 508-753-1012,,

Assassins: the Musical lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish rollercoaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and in an intense final scene inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream. Thursday, November 10 - Saturday, November 12; free; 7-9 p.m. Clark University: Atwood Hall, Daniels Theater, 950 Main St. 626-437-6563.

The Return of Dan Burke! We’re not sure where he’s been

or from what he’s returning – we just heard he’s back at Nick’s, so go check out dapper Dan tonight at 9 p.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. The 4th Annual Girls Night Out fundraising event—Bubbles and Baubles—promises an evening of cocktails, edibles, raffles, shopping and fun. All proceeds benefit the programs and services of Rainbow Child Development Center. $35 per person or $120 for a four-person table; 6-9 p.m. Manor Restaurant Lounge & Banquet Facility, 42 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Visit or call 508-791-6849 for reservations.



>Friday 11 The Worcester Sharks honor those who serve with a Veterans Day Hockey Game. Come cheer on the Sharks as they take on Bridgeport at 1 p.m. Free military ticket with proper ID; $2 for hotdog, popcorn or soda. Regular admission is $15-$35. 1-4 p.m. DCU Center- Arena and Convention Center, 50 Foster St. 508-9290500, 11-11-11 Veterans Day Program at the Asa Waters Mansion. Noted author and authority on early American

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militaria George C. Neumann presents “General George Washington: How He Won the Unwinnable War.” Light refreshments served following the program. $15 per guest; veterans attending in uniform will be presented with a complimentary admission ticket; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-757-0578 for reservations and tickets, Back in the ’90s these bands were the height of popular metal, and they’re back on tour with a stop at The Palladium tonight: Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel. $30; 7-11 p.m. The Palladium, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696.

Jon Bowser performs at Cigar Masters tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. The lovely and talented Trina Vargas sings along with The Bobby Gadoury Trio tonight with no cover charge; 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-7534030.

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Turn it to eleven during the Spinal Tap Tribute Show! All

Dusty Cobb & The Millbury St. Band take over the Hotel Vernon shiproom tonight from 9p.m.- 2 a.m. The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St.

your favorite songs from Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, maybe even a few surprises from Waiting for Guffman performed live, plus four beautiful ladies of Burlesque Big Bottoms, starring Niki Luparelli and the Gold Diggers, Why Are Those Girls So Loud, Fingercuff, The Rich Ad Leufstedt trio, Burlesque! Machete, Mary Widow, BettySioux Tailor, and Serendipity Galore! Comedy by Kevin Harrington plus surprise special guests and a screening of the Spinal Tap deleted scenes at midnight on the big screen. 21+ $10; 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-7539543 or find them on facebook.

The New England Alpaca Classic Show brings together outstanding alpacas from throughout New England and beyond for a professionally judged show ring competition. The Alpaca Classic also hosts a wide assortment of alpaca-product vendors offering alpaca clothing, accessories, yarns, toys and home-wares. In addition, a variety of educational seminars are available to exhibitors and spectators alike, covering topics related to alpaca farming, as well as alpaca fiber production and marketing. The public is invited to join in this fun-filled event. Meet and learn about alpacas, and start your holiday shopping with unique alpaca

picks If You Love Your Freedom ... Thank A Veteran! A Celebration of the Buffalo Soldiers. In honor of Veteran’s Day 2011, celebrate our brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces. Learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers with Trooper Joe Glover. Taste the food that the Buffalo Soldiers ate on the plains. Hear the songs they have sung, or music they may have heard traveling back in the late 1800s. In addition, soldiers from the past and present will tell about their experiences on the front line. 1-5 p.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square. 508-410-1209. Stop The Bleeding Metalfest 2 is a homeless benefit show, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the Lighthouse Mission soup kitchen and food pantry in Worcester, featuring Soul Annihilation, My Missing Half, Gut Bucket, Demoralizer, Dead Languages, Seax, Excrecor, Synthetic Mindset, and Iron Maiden tribute Beast Over Boston $10; 2 p.m.-1 a.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 781-480-4152, Boston posthardcore band Vanna (pictured)comes to the Palladium to film a new video for their “Bring Me Your Bones”. Be immortalized on the band’s upcoming DVD and also catch bands Oceano, MyChildren MyBride, Within The Ruins, Lionheart, I Declare War, The Crimson Armada, The Plot In You, Former Thieves and Listener. Plus, upstairs will be Armor For The Broken, Mountain Man Manners, Actor Observer, Longshot Gone Astray, Challenges, Sleepwalkers. Tickets $10. 3-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. Call 508-797-9696. This year’s Torathon 2011, an evening of classes including musical events from the Jewish community for the central Massachusetts area will be held at Temple Emanuel, 280 May Street, Worcester starting at 5:30 p.m. (registration followed by Havdalah). There will be three sets of classes starting at 6:40 p.m., 7:40 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. New this year, for those who love to sing, there will be a session called “Torathon Choir” led by Ellen Allard, which will culminate in a short concert at the end of the three sessions. Presenters: Derek Shulman from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Larry Lowenthal of the JDC (Joint Distribution Committee), Ben Marchette of AIPAC, Professor Everett Fox, Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox, Rabbi Lev Ba’esh from, Carol Sarafconn from Temple Agudat Achim in Leominster, EJ Dotts from Beth Tikvah Synagogue, and Ellyn Shriber from Congregation B’nai Shalom. Tickets sold at the door—$23 general admission; $10 for high school and college students; 5:30-11 p.m. Temple Emanuel, 280 May St. 508-756-1543, Old Sturbridge Village presents An Evening of Illumination. Experience the charms of a New England evening in much the same way as early New Englanders did. Enjoy a guided tour around the common, with shops and homes lit only by the glow of candles, oil lamps, and firelight. Samples of Village-period food and drink will be served at the Bullard Tavern, where music and entertainment await to top off the evening. 6-9 p.m. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 508-347-3362, The internationally acclaimed and fiercely talented super group Frankie Gavin & De Dannan is universally recognized as a forerunner in the traditional Irish music world, and it’s leader, Frankie Gavin, as the world’s best Irish fiddle player. Tickets are $27 and $32, 10% discount available for members, groups of 15

or more, corporate partners, kids and students; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469, The Salisbury Singers present With One Voice: Songs of Struggle, Patriotism & Renewal to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, remembering victims and paying tribute to the heroes who struggled to respond on the fateful day. This night is also a celebration of the renewal of democratic ideals and spirit as the sacrifices of our veterans are honored, as well as those of our men and women in uniform who each day preserve, protect and defend us as a nation. $22 adults, $18 seniors, $10 tickets available at the door for students with college ID; 7:30-9:30 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St. 508-799-3949, Go Gadget Go! performing party and dance hits from the past three decades with Next To Nothing and Miranda. $6; 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on Facebook. Hat On Drinking Wine! This is the last show for these guys so be sure to come on out! Also playing: Blit and Mocha Java. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508753-9543. Come hear music of the Near East and Middle East with The Ed Melikian Ensemble at Sahara Cafe & Restaurant. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181.

>Sunday 13 Tower Hill Botanic Garden Winter Open House: Always in Season. Stop by and see the newest holiday merchandise on display in the Gift Shop. In the Milton Gallery, visit information booths about membership, private rentals, educational programs, youth programs, volunteering, horticulture, and the future development of Tower Hill. Enjoy free food samplings, an exciting drawing with prizes, and take in a guided tour of the garden at 2 p.m. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., members of the Bay State African Violet Society will be on hand to re-pot your ailing African violets! For just $1 per plant, your African violets will receive a new home, with fresh new soil, and tender loving care. Bring friends you’ve always wanted to introduce to Tower Hill. If you’d like to know more about Tower Hill’s offerings, this is the opportunity. Free and open to the public; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111, Our Veterans Tell Their Stories. The Grafton Historical Society hosts a panel of World War II veterans who will describe their experiences while serving their country in the war. Free; 2-3:30 p.m. South Grafton Community House, 25 Main St., South Grafton. 508-839-0000,

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>Tuesday 15 Richard Hughes Plays the Silent Movie Piano from 2-3 p.m. at the Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium 65 Briarwood Circle. 508-852-9007, In the 18th century, lavishly illustrated travel narratives quickly became one of the most popular book genres for American


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readers. These books told the tales of daring explorers and adventurers whose experiences were so dramatic that they seemed better than fiction. Learn more at Grandeurs which I had heard of: “Books and the Imagined World of Travel in the Eighteenth Century” by Carolyn Eastman. This lecture is based upon Eastman’s current research project at the American Antiquarian Society that explores the changing views of gender and sexuality in the 18th-century Atlantic world. Free; 7:30-9 p.m. American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St. 508-755-5221, A special Tuesday show upstairs at Ralph’s tonight features alt/ progressive rock bands The Electric Sheep, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, Miranda and The Nero Complex 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508753-9543.

>Wednesday 16 Sample delicious beers and wines and socialize with friends at Wormtown Brewing Company during the Girl’s Inc. Fall Wine and Beer Tasting to benefit Girls Incorporated of Worcester. Enjoy light appetizers, a silent auction, networking, live music, and a tour of brewery. Complimentary valet parking available. $30; 5-7 p.m. Wormtown Brewing Company, 455 Park Avenue. During the Holiday Appetizer Workshop #1 get together over the stove and around the oven to prepare tidbits of all sorts, many of which can be made ahead, tucked into the freezer, and quickly assembled for holiday gatherings. The menu has an international influence and ideas will be provided for stocking the bar so you’ll be prepared for impromptu partying. Among the offerings: caramelized plantain and chorizo empanada, Finnish chicken meatballs with lingonberry jam, and bento balls with smoked salmon. $75 per person; 6:30-9 p.m. Culinary

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night day Underground School for Home Cooks, 21 Turnpike Road, Southborough. 508-904-6589. Bring a uke and sign up early for the Uke Can Too workshop and concert. The workshop is for all levels and includes teaching “tunes, tricks and techniques” and runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Lil Rev is the author of the “Hal Leonard Ukulele Method” book series and other uke books and was a grade-school music teacher and college lecturer with extensive experience working with both kids and adults. His approach is fun, educational and enthusiastic. The workshop will be followed by a Lil Rev concert from 8:15-9:15 p.m. Union Music Performance Space, 142 Southbridge St. 508-753-3702, A poetry reading with Susurrus Din and live illustration by Brett Herloz with live music to follow begins at 7:30 p.m. over at Nick’s Bar and Restaurant. 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

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Worcester Art Museum welcomes Bostonian Lori Diamond and New Yorker Fred Abatelli, who have been creating and performing music together in New England since their destined meeting on Myspace in 2007. Lori, an award-winning vocalist and songwriter (Pulse Magazine’s BEST Female Vocalist 2011, and a finalist in the Great American Songwriting Contest 2010), combines alluring, soulful vocals and seasoned piano playing that are a perfect match for Fred’s solid finger work and clever phrasing on both bass and guitar. $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students with ID, free for museum members and kids 17 and younger; 5:308 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. 978-365-2043,

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music >Thursday 10 Good Times with Your Friend DJ Steve. Featured in the main bar area every Thursday, DJ Steve, friend to all, spins rock and roll nuggets from the 1950s to an hour ago. He will also rip phone books in half upon advanced request. But please, don’t touch his moustache. 9-2 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/ Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. Mind Motion. featuring the series Behind the Dreams by Rochelle Shicoff Examining the fluidity of thought processes as they become an expressive gateway to dreams, reflections, and surfaces is the journey artists Rochelle Shicoff, Denise Riggs, and Kim Carlino take in the first exhibit of the 2011 - 2012 spaces and Alsop Gallery season. Mind Movement, featuring the series Behind the Dreams by Rochelle Shicoff, presents mixed media painting, photography, and watercolor pieces. Free and open to the public. 3-5 p.m. Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick. 413-477-6746 or Bill McCarthy. FREE. 7-10 p.m. Route 56 Roadhouse, 24 Leicester St. (Route 56), North Oxford. 508-987-8669. Open Mic Night. 7-11 p.m. Blueplate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Open Mic Night at The Rabbit Hole. Stand Up & Speak Community 7pm Open-mics are back at The Rabbit Hole! Bring your original poetry, short story, vignette, stand-up routine, or song to an appreciative and lively audience. FREE. 7-10 p.m. Rabbit Hole (bookstore and more), 805 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-0040 or Ukulele Thursdays with Rich “Amazing Dick” Leufstedt. 7-10 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Irish Music Session. Each week, a traditional Irish music session is held at Mulligan’s Taverne. The public are welcome to join in music, song, and camaraderie. No cover charge, all ages and talent levels welcome. Listeners welcome, too! No Charge.. 7:30-10 p.m. Mulligans Taverne-on-the-Green, 121 West Main St., Westborough. 508-344-4932 or Ani DiFranco with Melissa Ferrick. Ani DiFranco has written hundreds of songs, played thousands of shows, captured the imaginations of legions of followers, and jammed with folkies, orchestras, rappers, rock and roll hall-of-famers, jazz musicians, poets, pop superstars, storytellers and a martial arts legend. She’s “fixed up a few old buildings” and minimized her carbon footprint before it was trendy - from installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in the renovated church that her label calls home to using organic inks on all the t-shirts she sells. $39. 8-11 p.m. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000 or Celtic Idol Thursdays!. $500 Grand Prize and weekly Patriots Tickets 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 8-11:30 p.m. Flip Flops, 680 Main St., Holden. Flock Of Assholes, the ultimate 80’s tribute band with guests Day One and Light up Nancy $5. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on facebook. Live Jazz. 8-11 p.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Red Carpet Thursdays - DJ’s. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Overtime Tap, 50 Front St. 508-757-0600. Ricky Duran. 8-11 p.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508755-0879. WCUW Pesents: The FrontRoom LIVE! with Sarah Blacker. with Denis Coughlin, featuring Sarah Blacker. Free and over the airwaves! 8-10 p.m. WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester’s Community Radio Station, The Front Room, 910 Main St. 508-7531012 or Andy Cummings. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Audio Wasabe. Audio Wasabe is professional musicians

coming together with a differant musical them each week Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-6690122. DJ Brian Spinnin’ & Scratchin’ The Hottest Dance Music. No Cover Charge!. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. Metal Thursday!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. The Return of Dan Burke!!!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Jay Graham Live!. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995. Holy Cross Night. Holy Cross takes over the Hound ! Draft beer specials every week. 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. The Grey Hound Pub, 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100.

>Friday 11 Top 40 Dance Night w/ DJ Fast Track. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166. J.S. Bach: The Complete Solo String Works, Part One. Peter Sulski, Solo Bach Recital Peter Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in England he served on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama, as well as being Artistic Director of Chapel Royal Concerts, which he founded in 1993. He gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999. He is currently on the faculty as teacher of violin/viola/chamber music at Clark University. All information is subject to change. Please call the Visual & Performing Arts Events Office at 508-793-7356 or email noon-1 p.m. John and Kay Basset Vistors Center, 1 Maywood St. Weekend is here! “Vinyl-Ly Friday Party”. We have the turntables, you love Vinyl! FREE. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel @ The Palladium. Tickets $26 adv., $30 door. 7-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. BBQ & Blues Fridays with Big Jon Short. Come out to enjoy some of the area’s best BBQ and some Delta and Hill Country Blues. no cover. 7-10 p.m. Smokestack Urban Barbecue, 90 Harding St. Desert Rain. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Arizona Doug & Scott Marshall - Rock Music. Free admission. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Verona Grille, 81 Clinton St., Shrewsbury. 508-853-9091. Raging Grace. Raging Grace is committed to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through music. Working the coffeehouse circuit as well as numerous outdoor festivals, they tour steadily in New England and outlying states. Their music is guitar driven rock steeped in the blues; the message is pure gospel. Free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 8-11 p.m. The Outlook Restaurant, 79 Powers Road, Westford. Friday Night DJ’s. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Overtime Tap, 50 Front St. 508-757-0600. Godsmack’d- The ultimate Godsmack Tribute with the Stone Temple Pilots Tribute “Stone Temple Aviators”, In Vain and all girl group Fox Force 5. This is a whopper! Celebrate the “elevens” with some pretty damn amazing bands! $7. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on facebook. Hip Hop Night - 4 Acts. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. Musicians of the Old Post Road present: Riddle Me This!. This award winning early music chamber ensemble will offer clever musical puzzles, circles, and labyrinths to challenge and delight. Selections from J.S. Bach’s Musical Offering, a musical circle by Kirnberger, and Marin Marais’ masterwork, La gamme, performed in its rarely heard expanded orchestration. Mozart’s Musical Dice Game during intermission! With Suzanne Stumpf, traverso, Sarah Darling and Jesse Irons, violins, Daniel Ryan, cello, and Michael Bahmann, harpsichord. $30 General Admission; $25

Seniors/Students; children 7 to 17 FREE with adult. 8-10 p.m. First Parish Sudbury, 327 Concord Road, Sudbury. 781-466-6694 or New Orleans Jazz Rhythm & Blues with Henri Smith & the Workingman’s Band. no cover. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. Pockets & Keys. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Monument Grill & Down Under Pub, 14 Monument Square, Leominster. 978-537-4466. Roy Book Binder. Back in the early 1960s, Roy Book Binder learned his craft from the legendary blind street singer, Reverend Gary Davis. After two years of traveling the folk-blues circuit with his mentor, Roy struck out on his own. Along the way, he befriended Pink Anderson, an old Carolina medicine show performer (who, by the way, was the “Pink” in Pink Floyd). Pink’s stories and songs will forever be kept alive as long as Roy has a stage to perform on. Roy has toured with Bonnie Raitt, Hot Tuna and J.J. Cale. He is certainly a national treasure and one of the finest fingerpickers working today. $15 advance; $20 day of show plus ticket fee.. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets.bullrunrestaurant. com. WCUW Jazz Series Presents: Garrison Fewell/ Charlie Kohlhase/Jerry Sabatini. The concert will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Alden Hall in the Spaulding Recital Hall. Doors open at 7 PM; shows start at 8 PM. Tickets are: $10, general public; $8, students and WCUW members. Tickets are available at, and at the door. Garrison Fewell, a professor at Berklee College of Music since 1977, has toured the globe for more than 30 years as one of the jazz world’s premier performer/educators. Fewell’s music showcases the melodic accessibility and sturdy framework of his compositions as well as the unbridled freedom of free improvisation. Jerry Sabatini earned a Masters Degree in Contemporary Improvisation as a trumpet performance major from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2009. A jazz clinic, free and open to the public, will be conducted by composer and trumpeter Jerry Sabatini at 5PM at Alden Hall. $10, general public; $8, students and WCUW members. 8-11 p.m. WPI: Alden Memorial, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Alden Hall in the Spaulding Recital Hall, 100 Institute Road. 508-753-1012 or Wildcat O’Halloran. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. The Pumphouse, 340 Main St., Southbridge. 508-765-5473. Live Music. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker

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St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Live Music in the Pub - Mick Carr. Mick Carr’s at it again....In 1991, Mick left home for Boston where he played with the Donegal Cords until 2006. During that time they played on live radio WRKO and appeared on Boston TV’s “Ireland on the Move” and played back up for bands such as Bagatelle and the Dublin City Ramblers. In that time he has developed a dedicated following. Known as a hard working guy who has a great time each and every time he performs and he influences his audience positively. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or Bill McCarthy 9 p.m.-midnight Admiral T. J. O’Briens, 407 Main St., Sturbridge. 508-347-2838. DC Afterdark Fridays | DC Lounge Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Downcity Diner, 50 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-331-9217 or DJ Pete the Polock. Classic rock to the Blues. Large dance floor to shake it. Come see this Worcester legend. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508754-3516. DJ Susan Esthera. $5 cover after 9:00 pm. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Mixers Cocktail Lounge, 105 Water St. 508-762-9499. DJ’s Friday & Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. >Electric Barrelhouse. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Frirday Frenzy with Blurry Nights & DJ Soup - DJ B-Lo. Dance, Hip Hop and top 40 tracks. Lounge opens at 9:00 pm - Dance Club opens at 10:30 pm. Coat Room available with attendant. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Hurricane. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Jon Bowser. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Jon Lacouture. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Art’s Diner, West Boylston st. 352-895-8355. Ladies Night - Top 40 Dance Party. Our Top 40 Ladies Night Dance Party returns to

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Speakers! Ladies (and Gent’s) come in and dance the night away with the hottest DJ in the MetroWest Area DJ Norm!!! FREE. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508480-8222 or No Alibi. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Trina Vargas and The Bobby Gadoury Trio!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508753-4030. Turn it up to Eleven!! -11/11/11 - A Night of Spinal Tap! w/ Niki Luparelli and special guests!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Where’s Tom-Classic Rock from 70’s & 80’s. No Cover. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Gas Light Cafe, 59 Schofield Ave., Dudley. 508-461-9981 or Gainsville Road Band. 5. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Firefly’s Marlborough, 350 East Main St., Marlborough. 508-357-8883 or DPR (Danny Pease & The Regulators). 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877.

>Saturday 12 Dusty Cobb & The Millbury St Band. 9-2 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. Little Big Wheel Rock n’ Soul. Original Rock n’ Roll tunes delivered with a Soul Shakedown! 9:30-1 a.m. Simple Man Saloon, High St., Clinton. Jubilee Gardens at Vincent’s. we had a blast last time we played at Vincent’s, looking forward to more fun! 10-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439 or Pakachoag Music School Student Performances. Here’s a special opportunity to enjoy musical performances by students from the Worcester area performing their favorite selections for family and friends. Saturday’s program includes performances by students age 8 to 18 singing and playing violin and piano. Free and open to the public. Free. 2-4 p.m. Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, The Great Hall, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn. 508-791-8159 or Stop The Bleeding Metalfest 2. This is a homeless benefit show, 100% of the proceeds from which will be donated to the Lighthouse Mission soup kitchen and food pantry in Worcester. Featuring: Soul Annihilation, My Missing Half, Gut Bucket, Demoralizer, Dead Languages, Seax, Excrecor, Synthetic Mindset, and Iron Maiden tribute Beast Over Boston. $10. 2 p.m.-1 a.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 781-480-4152 or Vanna Bring Me Your Bones DVD Shoot @ The Palladium. Oceano MyChildren MyBride / Within The Ruins Lionheart / I Declare War The Crimson Armada / The Plot In You Former Thieves / Listener Upstairs: Armor For The Broken / Mountain Man Manners / Actor Observer / Longshot Gone Astray / Challenges / Sleepwalkers Tickets $10., 100 Tix @ $50 each. 3-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Acoustic Saturdays. 7-11 p.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Don Prange. Acoustic fingerpicker, singer/songwriter. Tasteful, gorgeous folk songs. Pass The Hat. 7-9 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Guitar Concert. “500 Years of Music for Guitar” - Music from the Renaissance to the Contemporary, featuring guitarist Peter Griggs. Free will donation ($10/person suggested). 7-8:30 p.m. Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale, Sanctuary, 8 Maple St., Sturbridge. 508-347-3915. Tower of Power. $35-$65. 7-9 p.m. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000 or Clark University Sinfonia. A dynamic program for string orchestra. Peter Sulski, Director All information is subject to change. Please call the Visual & Performing Arts Events Office at 508-793-7356 or email Become our friend



on Facebook: 7:30-9 p.m. Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall, 92 Downing St. Grass Roots welcomes Chuck and Mud. Chuck and Mud have been a Worcester tradition since they played their first gig at the Paddock Lounge in February, 1979. Since that time, they have played hundreds of coffeehouses, park gazebos, childrens concerts, schools, and basically, wherever anyone will listen! They’ll be playing with their wonderful band, The Hole in the Dam Band with Walter Crockett, Sten Gustavson, and Mark Manuel. The concert is Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 PM doors open at 6:45. Hot food, beverages and dessert available! Admission: $12/$10 seniors 60+ & members/$5 students/under 5 free. aplandbob@ or call 617-429-0347, or visit Rockdale Congregational Church, 42 Fowler Road, Northbridge. 508-234-8484 or With One Voice: Songs of Struggle, Patriotism & Renewal. With this concert we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11,remembering victims and paying tribute to the heroes who struggled to respond on the fateful day.We also celebrate the renewal of our democratic ideals and spirit as we honor the sacrifices of our veterans as well as those of our men and women in uniform who each day preserve, protect and defend us as a nation. $22 adults, $18 seniors, $10 tickets available at the door for students with college ID. 7:30-9:30 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St. 508-799-3949 or Charlie Dee. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. The Pumphouse, 340 Main St., Southbridge. 508-765-5473. Crush Nova. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Go Gadget Go! performing party and dance hits from the past 3 decades with Next to Nothing and Miranda. $6. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on facebook. Mud Soup. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. Bret Talbert: 6-String Time Machine!. Singer / Guitarist for local legends Public Works and Hothead, Bret travels through decades of various rock, pop & country favorites (including a few of his own) - Acoustified! Free!. 8:30 p.m.-midnight Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, 85 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3087. Audio Nation. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Auntie Trainwreck. $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Bill McCarthy Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock! 9 p.m.-midnight The Mill at 185 West Boylston Street, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Boston’s Queen of Cabaret Carol O’Shaughnessy!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. DC Afterdark Fridays | DC Lounge Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Downcity Diner, 50 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-331-9217 or Dirty Deeds. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. DJ TONY T. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Mixers Cocktail Lounge, 105 Water St. 508-762-9499. DJ’s Friday & Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Dubble D & The Khaos Junkies. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mill Towne Tavern, 49 Elm St., Millbury. 508-581-8845 or Girl Spot Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Club X, 681 Valley St., Providence. Hat On Drinking Wine! Last show for these guys so be sure to come on out! w/ Blit, and Mocha Java. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Hat Trick. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. Jediah & Aaron. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Live bands Every Sat. Night - See below. Live bands perform every Saturday night. The area’s hottest spot for the best

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bands. Blues to Rock. $3 after 9:30pm (subject to change). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Spinsuite Saturdays - Top 40. Dance, Mash Ups & Top 40 Tracks. Fusion’s Lounge opens at 9:00 pm and Dance Club opens at 10:30pm. Coat room with attendant available. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. The Silence, 99 Moon. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Transmission. Live Band Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Fat City Band. 10. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Firefly’s Marlborough, 350 East Main St., Marlborough. 508-357-8883 or Hip Hop Dance Party with DJ HappyDaze Sat. Nights!. Dance the night away upstairs in the Den with DJ HappyDaze! Playing a great mix of Top 40, Old school and hip hop! 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. Randy & Dave show. Check out the Randy & Dave show for good music and outrageous comedy by a fantastically fun duo! $5 cover. No Charge for VIP cardholders. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Days End Tavern, 287 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-1006. The Ed Melikian Ensemble at Sahara!. No cover/ No minimum. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181. TigerLILY. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900.

>Sunday 13 Live Jazz Brunch with Chet Williamson. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Ton of Blues Bah Jam. 2-6 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Medwin Tribute Concert. The Medwin String Ensemble Honors Quartet and WPI Orchestra will perform in the ‘Medwin Tribute Concert’ WPI Senior Aaron Na will perform Sarasate’s Zigunerweisen. Featured guest artisits will be The QX String Quartet. free admission. 3-4 p.m. WPI: Alden Memorial, 100 Institute Road. Unitarian Universalist Church Music Committee. The Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church Music Committee presents Animal Farm Band Children’s Concert Sunday, November 13th, 3PM ANIMAL FARM is a Boston-based trio of musicians and educators whose lively performances entertain and engage children ages 5 to 105! $10. 3-5 p.m. Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Upper River St., Brookfield. 508-867-5145 or Glorious Sounds of France. The newly discovered late 19th century “Messe Chorale” of Charles-Francois Gounod and the energetic and popular “Gloria” of Francis Poulenc will be directed by Artistic Director and Founder of Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Dr. Robert P. Eaton. In addition to the Mastersingers chorus, participants will include organist Brett Maguire and soprano Maria Ferrante. $20; $15 students/srs.; advance discount $5. 3:30-5:30 p.m. St. Mark’s School, Class of 1945 Hall, 25 Marlboro Road, Southborough. 978-562-9838 or Faculty Jazz Quintet Recital:. Jerry Sabatini, trumpet; Rich Ardizzone, trombone; Kallin Johnson, piano; Peter Lewis, double bass; Mike Connors, drums performing jazz standards, original compositions and world jazz. $10 suggested donation; $7 seniors and students. 4-5:30 p.m. Joy of Music Program, JOMP’s Recital Hall, 1 Gorham St. 508-856-9541. Traditional Irish Seisiun. Authentic Irish Seisiun held the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month. Area regional musicians come from far & wide to “jam” in the age-old Irish version of a pick-up band. Fiddlers, in whistles, flutes, banjos, pipes, singers & more stop in to just enjoy making music. An old world tradition suitable for the entire family. Free (Worcester College Students Earn WOO Points). 4-8 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. With One Voice: Songs of Struggle, Patriotism & Renewal. With this concert we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, remembering the victims and paying tribute to the heroes

who struggled to respond on that fateful day. We also celebrate the renewal of our democratic ideals and spirit as we honor the sacrifices of our veterans as well as those of our men and women in uniform who each day preserve, protect and defend us as a nation. $22 adults, $18 seniors, $10 tickets available at the door for students with college ID. 4-5:30 p.m. Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 16 East Main St., Webster. 508-799-3949 or “Lucky Eye Happy Heart” Solo show by Rose Lebeau. “Lucky Eye Happy Heart” Solo show by Rose Lebeau. Stories of love, loss, faith, hope and humor. FREE. 5-8 p.m. secret society, 116 Water St. 774-253-2270 or find them on facebook. Bobby Gadoury 5pm, then Andy “The Human Jukebox” Cummings 9pm to Close!. No Cover. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Hollywood Undead / Asking Alexandria @ The Palladium. Borgore We Came As Romans Drugs Tickets $30 adv., $33 door. 5-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-7979696. Vincent’s presents: Big Jon Short. Armed with a suitcase kick-drum, National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues. 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. John Waite. “I Ain’t Missing You” From the time he first hit the stage with his first band, The Babys, in the late 70’s and cranked out hits like ‘If You’ve Got The Time,’ ‘Back On My Feet Again,’ ‘Every Time I Look At You,’ ‘Head First,’ and ‘Isn’t It Time,’ it wasn’t hard to tell that John Waite was headed for stardom. Then as a solo artist, he continued to release a string of all-time classics like “Change” and “I Ain’t Missing You” throughout the 80’s. After that, he teamed up with famed Journey members Neil Schon and Deen Castronovo as well as Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips (from The Babys) to form the super-group Bad English in the late 80’s - early 90’s and released even more hits like “Price of Love,” “Straight To Your Heart,” and “When I See You Smile.” Finally, he once again embraced his solo career and continued his success through the 90’s and up until today, which included the release of chart-breakers “In Dreams” and “How Did I Get By Without You.”. Turn the page to 2010 and we find the ever-evolving British singer/ songwriter releasing “In Real Time”, an electrifying live album $30 advance; $35 day of show plus ticket fee.. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-4254311 or Piano Night. Great evening of great music on the piano each week a different artist. Watch Facebook for who’s gonna be here each week.... NO COVER CHARGE. 8-11:30 p.m. Mixers Cocktail Lounge, 105 Water St. 508-762-9499. Dancing with DJ Cisco. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mirabar, 35 Richmond St., Providence. 401-331-6761 or Sunday Theme Party 18+. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166 or DJ White Boi 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Mixers Cocktail Lounge, 105 Water St. 508-762-9499. Reggae Fusion Sundays with DJ Nick. Worcester’s longest running REGGAE night hosted by DJ Nick and Guest DJ’s spinning the HOTTTEST Reggae, Hip Hop and Top 40 every Sunday. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100.

>Monday 14 Driftin’ Sam Politz 7pm, then Karaoke w/Audra 9pm till Close!. No Cover. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Worcester American Guild of Organists Members’ Recital. Join American Guild of Organists members Kurt Blomstrom, Randolph Bloom, Ronna Davis, Carolyn Graham, Malcolm Halliday, Peter Krasinski, Kevin Murphy, Deborah Page, and Lois Toeppner for a lively evening of solo and duet organ performances. The recital will be preceded by a pre-concert talk. Free & open to the public. 7-9 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St. 508-757-2708 or Blue Mondays - Live Blues. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.


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Richard Hughes Plays the Silent Movie Piano. 2-3 p.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle. 508-852-9007 or Open Mic Night w /Bill McCarthy Open Mike!. Free. 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. The Earth and Spirit Singers (weekly rehearsal). Join the chorus! Be a part of the Earth and Spirit Singers. Lend your voice to our community chorus, celebrating peace, earth and nature., call: 508-755-0995, or email: $7 per rehearsal. 7-9 p.m. First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main St. 508-755-0995 or Northboro Area Community Chorus. The Northborough Area Community Chorus is a non-profit 4-part chorus, representing 15 local communities. Currently in its’ 40th year, the chorus performs 2 concerts per year, one in December & one in May. NACC awards multiple scholarships each year to high school graduates persuing further education. $10 per year dues. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Algonquin Regional High School, Bartlett St., Northborough. 508-393-8943. Rehearsals. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Algonquin Regional High School, Bartlett St., Northborough. nacc/net. “Totally Tuesdazed!!!!!” Tunes in the Diner every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Big Jon Short. Armed with a suitcase kick-drum, National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues. no cover. 8-11 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-795-1012 or jon-short. Open Mic. open mic plus poetry comdy the the clubs kitchen is open free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. English Social Club, 29 Camp St. 508791-4149. T.J. Peavey. A veteran, accomplished and eclectic singer, songwriter and guitarist. Pass The Hat. 8-10 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Terry Brennan / LIVE. 8 p.m.-midnight Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879 or A Special Tuesday Show Upstairs. Alt/Progressive Rock Bands: The Electric Sheep, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, Miranda, and The Nero Complex!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508753-9543. Bobby Gadoury American Songbook Sing-a-long! Come take the stage and sing a song, LIVE!!!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

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Brown Bag Concert: John Stein & Trio. The Fall 2011 Brown Bag Concerts Series continues with John Stein and his Trio. “John Stein is one of the finest jazz guitarists you’ll ever hear, with beautiful touch, tone, swing, detail, and emotion. He is what you might call deep mainstream, surprising at every turn with familiar material.” (The Boston Phoenix) Brown Bag Concerts are free and open to all; bring your lunch or buy one at the Hall while they last! Concerts are broadcast live on WICN at 90.5 FM and around the world on Free Admission. noon-1 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-5608 or brownbag.html. Girls Night Out Free Billiards & Gamecards & Appetizers & Desserts. Girls Night Out Every Wednesday All Females (ages 2-92) Receive: Free Billiards All Night $5 GameCard Complimentary Appetizer Buffet Chocolate Covered Fruit ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM! After 9PM, 18+. Free. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Jillian’s -



Worcester, 315 Grove St. 508-793-0900. “A Night Of Barnburning Blues” Acoustic Blues Open Mic, Every Wednesday, hosted by Sean Fullerton. 7-10 p.m. South Side Grille & Margarita Factory, 242 West Broadway, Gardner. 508-479-2309 or Open Mic. Acoustic open mic beginning Nov. 2. Sign up at 7:00 pm, Performers start at 7:30. Feature act starts at 8:45, Drop-in performers start again at 9:30. Nice stage and lighting. Good sound system and room acoustics. Select videos will be posted online at Professional videographer will be on site as well offering nice audio/video packages. 0. 7-11 p.m. Rte 56 Roadside Bar & Grill, 24 Leicester St (Route56), North Oxford. 508-987-8669. Open Mike Wednesday - Hosted by Phil and Trisha Knudsen. Come enjoy the best in local live music. You can come to watch or come to perform and watch. But whatever your choice is come down for dinner and drinks and stay for the music!! Performers sign up after 7pm, bring your appetite and stay the evening. Join the facebook group “Friends of Harvest Cafe Open Mike” for more information. No cover, pass the hat for the hosts. 7-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-5670948. Jo Jo & Patch Industry Night. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cafe Destare, 320 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5734. Patty Keough. Multi-talented singer songwriter, folk and acoustic rock Pass The Hat. 8-10 p.m. Jak’s Pub, 536 Main St. 508-757-5257. Sam James. 8-11 p.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508755-0879. Vincent’s Presents: Tiki Night with Frank & Eric!. Frank and Eric will help you get over the hump every Wednesday with all of your favorite tropical drinks while soaking in special musical guests and movies. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Wednesday Open Mic Night @ The Hotel Belfont with Bill McCarthy 8 p.m.midnight The Hotel Belfont, 11 South Main St., Millbury. 508-9178128.


Booklovers’ Gourmet, Do You Hear the Sirens’ Call, Through Dec. 3. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232 or er3. com/book Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts, KINDRED SPIRITS Ongoing Gallery Show, Through Dec. 12. 92 Downing St. College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Viewpoint: Holy Cross’ Visual Arts Faculty, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec. 8. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508-793-3356 or departments/cantor/website Dark World Gallery, Worcester At Work: New artwork by Carrie Nixon, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Nov. 30. Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 179 Grafton St. EcoTarium, Arctic Adventure, Through Dec. 31; Super-Cold Science and The Arctic Next Door: Mount Washington, Friday; The Arctic Next Door: Mount Washington -- Opening Celebration, Saturday - Sunday; Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays, Wednesdays, through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12.00 adults; $8.00 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members free. Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or Higgins Armory Museum, WOO Card good at Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission:

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General Admission: $10 for Adults, $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or Museum of Russian Icons, Sacred Russian Castings, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jan. 7; Lecture by Russian Historian, Anna Winestein: How Iconography Influenced the Avant Garde Staging of the Ballets Russes, 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 fre. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978-5985005 or Old Sturbridge Village, Ride the Stagecoach at Old Sturbridge Village, Through Nov. 24. Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 fre. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or The Sprinkler Factory, New England Fiber Collective Presents: Kindembo - A Mixture of Things, Sundays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Nov. 15. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 38 Harlow St. sprinklerfactory. com. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Macro/Close Up Photography, Saturday; Moss Topiary Trees for Winter Celebrations, Saturday; One Writer’s Garden: A Slide Lecture with co-author Jane Roy Brown, Sunday; Winter Open House: Always in Season, Sunday. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $10 Adults, $7 Seniors & $5 Youth, FREE to Members & Children under . 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111 or Worcester Art Museum, Art Since the Mid-20th Century, Through Dec. 31, 2012; Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady: 10 Years of Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Through Nov. 13; Wall at WAM: Charline von Heyl, Through Jan. 31, 2012; Zip Tour: The Art of Andrea Del Sarto, Saturday; Friends of the Library Annual Meeting with Ken Gloss, Tuesday; November Tour of the Month: Ladies of Leisure, Wednesday. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $14 adults, $12 seniors, free for youth 17 and under. Free for all first Saturdays of each month, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or Worcester Center for Crafts, The Art of Dining, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Nov. 11. Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday. 25 Sagamore Road. 508753-8183 or Worcester Historical Museum, The Cakemaker’s Portrait, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through March 31; To Arms! Worcester County Answers the Call, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Nov. 11. 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. 508-753-8278 or worcesterhistory. org.

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Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape Worcester Fri and Sat Nov 11th & 12th Chris Clarke Greg Howell and Wes Hazard. $20 per person except Special Events. 8 p.m.-midnight Biagio’s Grille, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call 800-401-2221 or visit . Open Mike Comedy - Saturdays. Hosted by a variety of local comedians under the leadership of Andy Paquette. Worcester’s longest running open mic attracts regional talent and newcomers. 7-9 p.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. Call 508-754-3516. Frank’s Comedy Safari show every Sat night, call 1-800-71-laugh for reservations or buy tickets at the door $20. 8-9:30 p.m. Viva Bene Italian Ristorante, 144 Commercial St. Call 508-799-9999 or visit

Lily Tomlin. Friday, November 11. Lily Tomlin, one of America’s foremost comediennes, continues to venture across an everwidening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation, and video. Throughout her extraordinary entertainment career, Tomlin has received numerous awards, including: six Emmys; a Tony for her one woman Broadway show, Appearing Nitely; a second Tony as Best Actress, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics’ Circle Award for her one woman performance in Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a CableAce Award for Executive Producing the film adaptation of The Search; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording as well as nominations for her subsequent albums Modern Scream, And That’s the Truth, and On Stage; and two Peabody Awards--the first for the ABC television special, Edith Ann’s Christmas: Just Say Noël and the second for narrating and executive producing the HBO film, The Celluloid Closet. Lily’s entire career in art, text, photos and videos can be found at lilytomlin. com. Full price tickets are $42, $52 and $62. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877571-7469 or Rehearsals - Tuesdays, Tuesday, September 13 - Sunday, December 11. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Algonquin Regional High School, Bartlett St., Northborough. Visit nacc/net. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Jose Murphy’s This location is in Jose Murphy’s (2nd floor) every Saturday night. $12 (All Woo card holders and active duty military is 2 for 1). 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 2nd Floor, 97-103 Water St. Call 508-792-0900 or visit Serenading Louie presented by Pilgrim Soul Productions Fridays, Saturdays, Saturday, November 5 Saturday, November 12. Serenading Louie by Lanford Wilson, directed by Neal Martel. Featuring: Derek Broszeit, Christie Console, Seth Leary and Michelle England. This powerful, eloquent and imaginatively structured play deals with two young suburban couples who have come to crisis points in their lives-and marriages. Ultimately, out of the fascinating mosaic of conversations, confessions and reminiscences, a sense of deeper understanding begins to emerge, and with it, the liberating knowledge of the loneliness that must exist within marriage and of the crucial commitment that individuals must make if they are truly and effectively to share their lives with others. $15 per person / $12 groups of 10 or more. 8-10 p.m. Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. & Whitin Mill Complex, Singh Performance Center, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. Call 508-296-0797 or visit Doris Kearns Goodwin - Thursday, November 10. Generously sponsored by UMASS Medical School, Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned historian, has been reporting on politics and baseball for over two decades. Goodwin appears regularly on network television programs and was an on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy Family, Franklin Roosevelt and Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball. Serving as an assistant under Lyndon Johnson, Goodwin was inspired to write the New York Times bestseller, Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream. She went on to write a number of New York Times bestsellers; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, No Ordinary Time and Team of Rivals, establishing herself as the leading female historian and biographer in the world. 7-10 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-571-7469 or visit The Drowsy Chaperone - Sundays, Fridays, Saturdays, Friday, November 11 - Saturday, November 19. Delightful musical within a play reminiscent of the golden age of musical theatre! 6 performances: Nov 11,12,18 & 19 at 7:30p.m. and Nov 13 & 19 at 2p.m. $15 at door- $14 or $12 Seniors/Students in Advance. 2-4 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Milford Performing Arts Center, 150 Main St., Milford. Call 508-473-1684 or visit Frankie Gavin & De Dannan - Saturday, November 12. This internationally acclaimed and fiercely talented super group is universally recognized as a forerunner in the traditional Irish music world, and it’s leader, Frankie Gavin, as the world’s best Irish fiddle player. Frankie Gavin & De Dannan has performed to sold-out crowds across the western world, in Dubai and in China, and has been described as nothing short of electrifying! Full

Worcester Mag does not assume responsibility for typographical/ gramatical errors or incorrect dates in the listings, as all listings are reader submitted. Price tickets are $27 and $32 depending on seat location;10% discount available for members, groups of 15 or more, corporate partners, kids, students.. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469 or visit Bobby Vinton - Sunday, November 13. His is a name that has been synonymous with superstardom for the past twenty years and today he continues to enjoy success as a top-rated performer. Bobby has established himself as one of America’s top cabaret performers and most versatile entertainers, with hits such as Roses Are Red, My Melody of Love, Mr. Lonely, and many more. See him perform live, for one night only, at The Hanover Theatre. Full price tickets are $25, $35 and $45, depending on seating location. 10% discount available for members, groups of 15 or more, corporate partners, kids, students and WOO card holders.. 3-6 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Call 877-5717469 or visit Fitchburg State University presents “Romeo and Juliet” - Tuesday, November 15. Students in the Fitchburg State theatre program passionately dive into the play that defines our image of love: “Star-crossed lovers ...” “O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art though, Romeo?” “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I’ll say good night, ‘til it be morrow.” Underscored by the great Russian composer Prokoviev’s breathtaking ballet score. Directed by Richard McElvain, professor of English/Theater. $5 for public; free for Fitchburg State University students, faculty and staff. 6-9 p.m. McKay Campus School, McKay Auditorium, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg. Call 978-665-3189. Todd Rundren’s Utopia - Tuesday, November 15. Todd Rundgren’s best-known songs -- the Carole King pastiche “I Saw the Light,” the ballads “Hello, It’s Me” and “Can We Still Be Friends,” and the goofy novelty “Bang on the Drum All Day” -- suggest that he is a talented pop craftsman, but nothing more than that. On one level, that perception is true since he is undoubtedly a gifted pop songwriter, but at his core Rundgren is a rock & roll maverick. Once he had a taste of success with his 1972 masterwork, Something/ Anything?, Rundgren chose to abandon stardom and, with it, conventional pop music. He began a course through uncharted musical territory, becoming a pioneer not only in electronic music and prog rock, but in music video, computer software, and Internet music delivery as well. $35-$45. 8-10 p.m. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. Call 800-745-3000 or visit Fitchburg State University presents “Romeo and Juliet” - Wednesday, November 16. Students in the Fitchburg State theatre program passionately dive into the play that defines our image of love: “Star-crossed lovers ...” “O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art though, Romeo?” “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I’ll say good night, ‘til it be morrow.” Underscored by the great Russian composer Prokoviev’s breathtaking ballet score. Directed by Richard McElvain, professor of English/Theater. $5 for public; free for Fitchburg State University students, faculty and staff. 6-9 p.m. McKay Campus School, McKay Auditorium, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg. Call 978-665-3189. Auditions for Bizet’s opera “Carmen” - Wednesday, November 16. Auditions for Carmen, to be performed on June 8-10 (Zecco Theatre at Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA) and June 20 (Eagle Hill Cultural Center), will be held on 11/16/11 (7:00 PM) and 11/20/11 November 20, 2011 (1:00 PM). To be considered for an audition, please email a current resume to auditions@ If given an audition slot, prepare two arias, one in English. You may bring your own accompanist, or use our in-house accompanist for a fee of $10. Rehearsals will begin during mid-April in Worcester, on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings with a couple of Mondays. Lead roles will be double-cast, with 2 performances for each cast. In cases of equal talent, casting preference will be given to singers residing in the Central and Western Mass. area. Still, we encourage all interested singers to submit an audition request. Stage director-Graham Christian, music director- Jeanne Drumm. 7-9 p.m. Briarwood Community Center, Briarwood Circle. Call 508-930-7062 or visit

classes/ workshops >Thursday 10 A Culinary Medley with Chef Michael Schlow. This is your opportunity to learn cooking secrets and techniques from the Executive Chef and Owner of Radius, Via Matta, Alta Strada, and Tico restaurants. Chef Schlow is recognized as one of the leading chefs in the United States. Since moving to Boston from New York City in 1995, he has been at the culinary forefront, helping define and shape the city’s restaurant landscape. Registration required by calling phone or online. $85 per person. 6-8 p.m. The Clarke Culinary Center, 393 Fortune Blvd., Milford. 800-842-5275, ext. 206 or FREE Home Winterization & Weatherization Class. Home Winterization With The Worcester Energy Barn Raisers! Winter is coming, apparently early this year, and it’s time to weatherize! Protect your home, non-profit, or business from the cold, and protect your wallet from high heating costs! The Barn Raisers, partnering with Community Realty, will show you how to get it done, and what local resources can help. This workshop will be hands on learning friendly! All welcome. FREE. 6-8 p.m. Community Realty, 131 Highland St. 509-735-1527. Keychain for Adult Self Defense. This is part of our giving back to the community program at New Horizon Karate. Stopping bullying and understanding true self defense is a skill everyone should have. You can’t fake a sound defense. Master Alty has been teaching free self defense classes for almost 30 years. He received a Massachusetts State Citation for designing and teaching a program for Senior Citizens in the late 80’s. New Horizon Karate has done food drives, clothing, and other events for the community. We teach our student to do what is right for no other reason than it is right! Personal and character development program are important parts of the martial arts. FREE. 6:30-7:30 p.m. New Horizon Karate & JuJitsu, 360 West Boylston St., West Boylston. 508-852-3333. Thanksgiving 101 for the Fearful. Culinary Underground offers its annual workshop for the biggest holiday meal of the year. If this is your first year as Thanksgiving host and you are not sure where to begin, let us guide you. We’ll be gentle! This holiday is all about logistics. You’ll learn how to plan the menu, how to shop (reserve that turkey!), and how make a plan of operation based on your time and equipment. Then relax - it’ll be great! Our menu: Roasting the Perfect Bird and Homemade Turkey Gravy Old-Fashioned Bread Stuffing Real Mashed Potatoes - No Lumps! Pumpkin Tarts $75per person. 6:30-9 p.m. Culinary Underground School for Home Cooks, 21 Turnpike Road, Southborough. 508904-6589.

>Friday 11 Free Acupuncture for New Patients. New patients can receive one free acupuncture treatment on this day only. Appointments are strongly recommended, walk-ins will be taken on a space-available basis. To make an appointment, call the office or go to our website. Free. 3:30-6:30 p.m. River Valley Acupuncture, 65 James St. 508-890-8899 or Together - A Mediumship Experience. Join together with Diane as she brings forth messages from your loved ones. In this extraordinary event Diane bridges the gap and gently delivers messages from those on the other side. As she opens the door connecting to Spirit to share information both recent and past, you will be engaged in a truly remarkable experience. You are invited to bring objects of loved ones if desired, but Diane assures you it’s not necessary. So come together and unite for an evening, and together we’ll open our hearts for those on the other side. Please note: Bringing an object is no guarantee the individual will come through. Objects will be held at Diane’s discretion and not everyone will have the opportunity to have an object held or to receive a message. The event begins promptly at 7:00 pm - there will be time following the conclusion at 9:00 pm for questions and discussion. Diane Lewis, a gifted psychic medium, is a frequent guest on radio, makes public appearances,

and reads for individuals throughout the United States. Tickets $50 Seating is limited to 14 individuals, advance registration with full payment is required. For more information or to register online visit or $50. 7-9 p.m. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3310.

>Saturday 12 Learn to Use the Potter’s Wheel. Have fun, while learning how to use the potter’s wheel to throw pots, bowls, and pitchers. You’ll practice on the wheel, under the instructor’s guidance, and decorate and fire your successful “first works”. Finished works will be available for pickup two weeks after the workshop. Limited to 10 students. Student Fee: $45 Materials Fee: $10 (Required). 1-4 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Couples Night: Impress Yourselves!. Couples cook again in this festive seasonal menu - you will amaze yourselves. In this class, each couple prepares a three-course meal; that way, everyone gets a chance to make all of the recipes. It’s simple but elegant and, when we pair the meal with a great red wine, you’ll be breakin’ you arm pattin’ yourself on the back. Clams Casino Individual Beef Wellingtons Profiteroles au Chocolat Note: Tuition price is per couple. $150 per couple. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Culinary Underground School for Home Cooks, 21 Turnpike Road, Southborough. 508-904-6589.

>Sunday 13 Readings by Diane Lewis - Tarot & Medium. Tarot readings half or one hour appointments available. Medium Readings one hour appointments only. Walk in welcome. Advance booking recommended. To set up your appointment call or email: Alternatives - 508-347-2111 or Diane 617-545-6415 noon-4 p.m. Alternatives For Health Herbal Apothecary, 426 Main St., Sturbridge. 617-645-6415 or

>Monday 14 Build Your Business: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Negotiations. This experiential-learning workshop introduces participants to the theory and practice of negotiation. The workshop uses participants- experience in simulated negotiations as a vehicle for considering the following topics: * The nature of conflict * Integrative and distributive bargaining * Ways to overcome barriers to agreement * Founder-client relationships * The role of culture, gender and race in negotiation * Using third party neutrals * Negotiation skills such as listening, communication, and persuasion $35, Partial Scholarships Available. 6-8 p.m. Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) Central Massachusetts, 2nd Floor, 50 Elm St. 508-363-2300 or

>Tuesday 15 Worcester Family Partnership Full Council Meeting. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-3136. Adult Women’s Self Defense - JuJitsu & Judo. This is part of our giving back to the community program at New Horizon Karate. Stopping bullying and understanding true self defense is a skill everyone should have. You can’t fake a sound defense. Master Alty has been teaching free self defense classes for almost 30 years. He received a Massachusetts State Citation for designing and teaching a program for Senior Citizens in the late 80’s. New Horizon Karate has done food drives, clothing, and other events for the community. We teach our student to do what is right for no other reason than it is right! Personal and character development program are important parts of the martial arts. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. New Horizon Karate & JuJitsu, 360 West Boylston St., West Boylston. 508-852-3333. Worcester National Stuttering Association Meeting. The Worcester, MA, Chapter of the National Stuttering Association at Worcester State University, provides a safe and inviting environment for adults who stutter. By allowing ourselves the opportunity to talk with other people who stutter, and engage in pertinent issues, we allow ourselves the room to grow! For

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>Wednesday 16 The Pastel Art of Georgia OKeeffe. Become inspired to create beautiful pastel paintings by exploring Americas foremost modernist pastel painter of flowers. Focusing on the calla lily, participants work in tamden with the artist. Also, topics such as her landscapes, shells and more will be covered. From sheer beginners with no experience to advanced students, all will experiment with hundreds of my pastels learning pastel handling techniques O’Keeffe used in her pastel art. Scumbling, feathering, blending, slurring, edges, and layering will be mastered in this direct tactile medium of pure and nuanced color. This event is presented Free of Charge thanks to the financial support of the Southbridge Cultural Council. Free. 2-4 p.m. Jacob Edwards Library, Pioppi Room lower level, 236 Main St., Southbridge. 508-764-5426. Yoga by Nature - Fall Session 2, Class 3. Instructor: Lynsey Smith, Fruition, Auburn MA Come experience the practice of Yoga in the gardens at Tower Hill! Yoga by Nature classes place emphasis on the integration of breath and movement in a gentle to moderate flow. Through this practice of bringing awareness to our bodies, we cultivate clarity of mind and inner peace. Each class will be guided to fit individual student’s needs. Member $13, NonMember $15, Per Class. 6-7:15 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111, ext. 124. Whisk(e)y Wednesday - A visit from David Blackmore. Mr. Blackmore will present various whiskies from the Moet Hennessy portfolio! FREE. 7-8 p.m. Julio’s Liquors, 140 Turnpike Road, Westborough. 508-366-1942.

dance >Thursday 10 Ballroom Dance Beg/Int Bolero Progressive. This 6 week progressive class will explore Bolero. Bolero is a slow romantic dance characterized by gliding movement and dramatic arm styling. No partner or experience required. Come have fun exploring new steps that you can take out on the floor on a Friday night. $50 per person. 8-9 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or

>Saturday 12 Square Dance. Square Dance. Mike Petitbon calling and Kathy Reardon cueing. Mainstream & Plus. 8-10:30 pm. Sutton Country Squares, Sutton High School, Boston Road, Sutton, MA. 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sutton High School, 383 Boston Road, Sutton. 508-835-4560. Contra Dance Worcester. Beginner’s lessons at 7:00. Music by Free Raisins with Paul Wilde calling. general $8; family $18; student $6. 8-11 p.m. Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main St. 508-799-4191 or Ballroom Dance Beg/Int Foxtrot Progressive. This 6 week progressive class will explore one of the most popular social dances, Foxtrot is a fun all purpose dance that can be performed to many different styles of music. No Partner or experience required. $50 per person. 1-2 p.m. Poise Style & Motion Ballroom Studio, 97 Webster St. 508-752-4910 or








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Stately 10 room, 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath Victorian features corner lot, enclosed front three season porch, large spacious rooms with beautiful woodwork, high ceilings, large new windows, newer roof, furnace, and hot water tank. Hardwood floors throughout, 2 fireplaces, second floor office, full basement all in a great location. Aberman Assoc Inc. Anna Mary Kraemer 978-537-4971 x25

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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES TOWN OF SUTTON Conservation Commission The Sutton Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 7:30PM, at the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA. The purpose of this hearing is to review a Notice of Intent submitted to the Conservation Commission by Marie & Richard Ovian, Sunrise, FL. The project consists of replacing the existing failed septic system, to be replaced with a new Title V system, the leach field is within the buffer zone to a BVW and riverfront area, on Map 23, Parcels 13, on 44 Putnam Hill Road, Sutton MA. This notice is publicized in accordance with the provisions of General Law Chapter 131, Section 40 commonly known as the Wetlands Protection Act, and the Sutton Wetlands and Riverfront District Administration Bylaw. 11/11/2011

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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS LAND COURT DEPARTMENT OF THE TRIAL COUR (SEAL) 454190 ORDER OF NOTICE TO: David C. Hoyle and to all persons entitled to the benefit of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:, 50 U.S.C. App. § 501 et seq.: Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage covering real property in 81 Elmwood Street, Millbury, given by David C. Hoyle to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated January 26, 2007, recorded with the Worcester County (Worcester District) Registry of Deeds at Book 40564, Page 325, and now held by plaintiff by assignment, has/have filed with this court a complaint for determination of Defendant’s/Defendants’ Servicemembers status. If you now are, or recently have been, in the active military service of the United States of America, then you may be entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. If you object to a foreclosure of the above-mentioned property on that basis, then you or your attorney must file a written appearance and answer in this court at Three Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 on or before December 12, 2011 or you will be forever barred from claiming that you are entitled to the benefits of said Act. Witness, KARYN F. SCHEIER Chief Justice of this Court on October 26, 2011 Attest: Deborah J. Patterson Recorder 11/10/2011

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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES KITCHEN MODERNIZATION AND MISCELLANEOUS IMPROVEMENTS ADDISON STREET APARTMENTS, 12-2 ADVERTISEMENT The Worcester Housing Authority, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids for the Kitchen Modernization and Miscellaneous Improvements Addison Street Apartments, 12-2, for the Worcester Housing Authority in Worcester, Massachusetts, in accordance with the documents prepared by Arnold Jacobson Associates, Inc., Architects, 12 Walnut Hill Park, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801. Modernization of (50) units within six (6) low rise brick veneer buildings including new kitchen cabinets with solid surface countertops, plastic laminate wall covering, pre-finished aluminum wall guard, sink and faucet, asbestos abatement, resilient flooring, painting, appliances, plumbing and electrical work; removal/ disposal of existing kitchen cabinets and other related work. Alternate No. 1: HCP Conversion of four units of Building No. 2 (see Alternates 01030). Alternate No. 2: Modernization of Community Kitchen and Resilient Flooring in Community Building (see Alternates 01030). The work including Alternate No. 1 and No. 2 is estimated to cost approximately $1,100,000.00 Bids are subject to M.G.L. c149 §44A-J and to Federal Minimum wage rates as well as other applicable laws. General bidders must be certified by the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) in the following category of work. General Building Construction and must submit a current DCAM Certificate of Eligibility and a signed Update Statement (CQ3). General Bids will be received until 2:00 p.m., on Friday December 16, 2011 and publicly opened forthwith at the Worcester Housing Authority Office, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605. Filed Sub-Bids for the trades listed below will be received until 2:00 p.m., on Friday December 2, 2011 and publicly opened forthwith at the Worcester Housing Authority Office, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605. Filed sub-bidders must be DCAM certified for the trades listed below and bidders must include a current DCAM Sub-Bidder Certificate of Eligibility and a signed DCAM Sub-Bidder’s Update Statement. SUBTRADES Section 09200 – BLUEBOARD AND PLASTER Section 09625 – RESILIENT FLOORING Section 09910 – PAINTING Section 15400 – PLUMBING Section 16000 – ELECTRICAL All Bids should be delivered to the Worcester Housing Authority Office, 81 Tacoma Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605 and received no later than the date and time specified above. General Bids and Sub-Bids must be accompanied by a bid deposit which shall not be less than five (5%) of the greatest possible bid amount, (considering any alternates), and made payable to the Worcester Housing Authority. Bidders must submit as part of their bid a completed form HUD-5369-A, “Representations, Certifications, and Other Statements of Bidders”. Bid forms and Contract Documents will be available on November 9, 2011 at (may be viewed electronically and hardcopy requested) or at Nashoba Blue, Inc., 433 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749 (telephone 978-568-1167). There is a plan deposit of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) per set, payable to BidDocs Online, Inc. Deposits may be electronically paid or must be a certified or cashier’s check. This deposit will be refunded upon return of the sets in good condition within thirty (30) days of receipt of General Bids. Otherwise the deposit shall be the property of the Awarding Authority. Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate non-refundable check for Forty Dollars ($40.00) per set, payable to BidDocs Online, Inc., to cover mail handling costs. A pre-bid conference is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 16, 2011 at the Addison Street Community Room, Addison Street, Worcester, MA. Immediately following the conference, the job site will be available for inspection. It is strongly recommended that prospective bidders attend. Questions which are received after the Pre-Bid Conference will be received in writing until, Monday November 28, 2011 at 10:00 P.M. for Filed Sub-bids and Monday December 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. for General Bids unless bid dates are extended. The Contract Documents may be seen, but not removed at: Reed Construction Data Nashoba Blue, Inc. 30 Technology Parkway South, Suite 500 433 Main Street Norcross, GA 30092 Hudson, MA 01749 Phone: 800-910-6383 Phone: 978-568-1167 Project Dog 18 Graf Road-Unit 8 Newburyport, MA 01950 Phone: 978-499-9014 The Worcester Housing Authority reserves the right to waive any informality in or reject any and all bids or to waive any informalities in the bidding. No bid shall be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays excluded, after approval of the award by the Worcester Housing Authority without written consent of the Worcester Housing Authority. The contact Person for the Authority is Stanley Miknaitis, Senior Projects Manager. Telephone Number: (508) 635-3311 1. Worcester Housing Authority Raymond V. Mariano Executive Director DATE: November 9, 2011 11/10 & 11/17/2011

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 Docket No. WO11P3306GD CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN FOR INCAPACITATED PERSON PURSUANT TO G.L. c. 190B §5-304 In the matter of: Rigoberto Pacheco RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person Of: Worcester, MA To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Saint Francis Home of Worcester, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Rigoberto Pacheco is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Jewish Family Service of Worcester, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve Without Surety on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, and that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 11/22/2011. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the abovenamed person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: October 26, 2011 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 11/10/2011


The Millbury Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 7:15 P.M. at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street to act on a Notice of Intent from Joseph Miller for construction of a storage yard at 337 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester (Millbury Assessor’s Map 9, Lot 93). Said work falls under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act M.G.L. Chapter 131, Section 40. Donald Flynn Chairman 11-10-2011


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LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 508-831-2200 Docket No. WO11P3342EA NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL In the Estate of: Catherine Giguere Late of: Worcester, MA 01602 Date of Death: 05/28/2011 to all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Carol A Giguere of Worcester, MA be appointed executor/ trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT: Worcester ON OR BEFORE TEN Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM ON: 11/22/2011 In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16 WITNESS, Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court Date: November 1, 2011 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 11/10/2011


TOWN OF SUTTON Conservation Commission The Sutton Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 7:30PM, at the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton, MA. The purpose of this hearing is to review a Notice of Intent submitted to the Conservation Commission by Marie & Richard Ovian, Sunrise, FL. The project consists of replacing the existing failed septic system, to be replaced with a new Title V system, the leach field is within the buffer zone to a BVW and riverfront area, on Map 23, Parcels 13, on 44 Putnam Hill Road, Sutton MA. This notice is publicized in accordance with the provisions of General Law Chapter 131, Section 40 commonly known as the Wetlands Protection Act, and the Sutton Wetlands and Riverfront District Administration Bylaw. 11/11/2011

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Notice is hereby given by Boulevard Towing of 550 Franklin Street Worcester, MA, pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L c. 255, Section 39A, that they will sell the following vehicles on or after November 11, 2011 by private sale to satisfy their garage keeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lien for towing, storage, and notices of sale: 1. 2004 Ford F-150 PU VIN# 1FTRF14W04NB71320 2. 2001 Ford Ranger VIN# 1FTZR15E91TA20710 3. 1999 Honda Civic VIN# 2HGEJ6612XH585631 4. 2000 Ford Ecovan VIN# 1FTNE2421YHA70702 5. 2005 Mercury Sable VIN# 1MEFM50U75A623954 Signed, Pat Assad, owner Boulevard Towing 10/27, 11/3, 11/10

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 Docket No. WO11P3328PM CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR OR OTHER PROTECTIVE ORDER PURSUANT TO G.L. c. 190B §5-304 & §5-405 In the matter of: Wesley M Dykstra RESPONDENT (Person to be Protected/Minor) Of: Sutton, MA To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been ďŹ led by Tammy E Dykstra of Sutton, MA, in the above captioned matter alleging that Wesley M Dykstra is in need of a Conservator or other protective order and requesting that Tammy Dykstra of Sutton, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Conservator to serve Without Surety on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is disabled, that a protective order or appointment of a Conservator is necessary, and that the proposed Conservator is appropriate. The petition is on ďŹ le with this court. You have the right to object to this proceeding If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must ďŹ le a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 11/22/2011. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to ďŹ le the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to ďŹ le the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to ďŹ ling the written appearance you or your attorney must ďŹ le a written afďŹ davit stating the speciďŹ c facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to make decisions about personal affairs or ďŹ nancial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the abovenamed person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Denise L. Meagher, First Justice of this Court. Date: October 28, 2011 Stephen G. Abraham Register of Probate 11/10/2011


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Matthias Waschek

THE WORCESTER ART MUSEUM’S NEW DIRECTOR, MATTHIAS WASCHEK, Ph.D., will officially begin his appointment this month. The German born Waschek comes to Worcester with 20 years of experience, most notably as the former director of academic programs at the Musée du Louvre in Paris and more recently as the director the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. With an impressive track record, the Worcester Art Museum heralds his arrival as an evolutionary step for the museum. With all that hype, we just had to take two minutes to find out for ourselves just how impressive Waschek is – and we were not disappointed. Following in the footsteps of the successful former director Jim Welu, how do you think your fresh perspective will benefit the Worcester Art Museum (WAM)? Every generation of museum

directors has to ask afresh, without complacency, how to make his or her institution relevant. I’m honored to follow in and build on Jim’s footsteps, and look forward to capitalizing on my initial role as an outsider to not take everything–good and bad–for granted.

With your academic background, what will you bring to WAM’s educational side? My combined experience in both education and curating helped shape the identity of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, my previous institution. Every exhibition that I or my collaborators conceived had a strong programmatic component, and increasingly the public programs became as important as the exhibitions. I am particularly proud of a project I set up with the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where we co-appointed a social worker to connect with communities not typically associated with museums and their activities. For example, for an exhibition of old masters, we invited a group of former prisoners and homeless vets to participate in a six-week theater project staging personal narratives around the stories of the paintings, alongside a job training and placement program with professional service agencies for support. I believe that education is really about empowering visitors to have a personal connection with the art works, whatever their backgrounds and interests. This doesn’t have to be channeled through academic knowledge.



For many fans of WAM, it is frustrating to have such a quality museum within our reach that many in the area hardly visit. How do you hope to change this? I think that the tried-and-tested combination of strategic acquisition of art and creative programming will always help raise an institutional profile and motivate visitors to cross the threshold again and again. But even the boldest acquisition, the most brilliant and ambitious program will remain irrelevant, if not accompanied by focused communication, building on the Web, social media, and traditional outlets. Also, I think that it is important to not focus on Worcester alone but on the population of the region, which is extraordinarily dense and rich in offerings and opportunities.

The WAM board speaks of you as “the right person to shepherd the museum into the next phase of growth.” Can you define that level of growth? Growth can mean many things for a museum. Collecting institutions grow naturally over time–that is part of their DNA. Museum staff drive that growth, adding works to the collection, growing the range of activities, expanding facilities etc. At the same time, institutions can only continue to operate if their finances remain sound, for example by growing the endowment, diversifying and expanding revenue streams. I first plan to work with stakeholders to gain an understanding of our current and future priorities, consolidate our base, and develop a plan that makes sense for WAM and the region. Ultimately, my vision for the museum is that it becomes a go-to institution for how we communicate about art, engage diversified audiences, and generate exciting and ambitious exhibitions


and programs that makes sense for Worcester, the region, and the global community of museums.

Do you have plans to make WAM’s collection more accessible and relevant to the city’s youth? The question of relevance is central. However, there is no such thing as selective relevance for me: museums have to aspire to be part of the social glue, young and old included. If they don’t, they don’t serve the art or their communities well.

What was the one key component that sealed the deal when accepting this position? In other words – why Worcester? Over the last decade, I have left Paris (France, not Texas!) for St. Louis, Mo., and now St. Louis for Worcester. Each of these moves was motivated by the opportunity to give a bigger personal impact to what I believe in: art museums as a vital part of life. The way things evolved, Worcester coincided with other job offers, but I accepted this position as this was without any doubt the most compelling opportunity. My past has

involved working for the Louvre, an institution with centuries of history and tradition, and for a completely new institution, the Pulitzer, where I had to invent everything from scratch. Worcester provides a combination of both tradition and creativity that resonates strongly with me.

We’ve read a lot about your impressive background but not much about the person behind the title. If you could describe yourself in three sentences, how would you? 1. I am moving to Worcester with my partner of 11 years, who made me love food (he is a fabulous cook), listen more carefully to music (he is an accomplished pianist and has degrees in musicology), and thinks about social impact (he has a master’s in social work from Washington University in St. Louis). 2. Thanks to dear friends in St. Louis, I am now hooked on the Y and NPR (though I hate driving, I love Car Talk!) 3. I have a weakness for garden gnomes (not that I collect them, though!)



December 15, 2011

You hear it all the time . . . “There’s nothing to do in Worcester” or “Worcester has no nightlife/social scene/places to eat/places to go.” In our Grinch issue, we debunk the myths of Worcester’s cultural scene and show our readers all that the city has to offer. From the hottest nightspots or best places to catch a cozy dinner for two. We’ll take the small hearted Grinch like complaints to task and show you there is a heart of wooville, if you just know where to look.

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