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November 18 -23, 2010


here are plenty of current events to flesh out a story on the Worcester Regional Transit Authority, but while doing my research it became clear that many people in Worcester not only don’t ride the bus, but it never even crosses their mind to do so. The WRTA, like MassPort, is kind of an oddity. It’s quasi-public, while receiving federal, state and local funding, but it’s wholly Worcester-centric. Like most government-run entities, it’s taken its share of knocks and criticisms over the years. But management at the Grove Street bus barn is optimistic about the organization’s future, despite an ongoing contract dispute and a lingering reputation for inefficiency. There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming years for bus riders, but if history repeats itself, the WRTA’s not going to be changing anyone’s minds about riding the bus. — Jeremy Shulkin | Senior Writer

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A scary scene on Grafton Street as a man shoots at Worcester police officers. Luckily the boys in blue are all safe and the shooter was apprehended. -2 But shootings trending upward this year, with multiple incidents over the past two weeks. -7 West Boylston Municipal Lighting Plant starts sending power to 3,400 consumers. A good way to go green. +2 Massachusetts conserving huge amounts of land from development. Going green, literally. +2 Courthouse going up for auction in December, but tours are starting now. Who’s ready for a local law school? +1 “Cooler heads prevail” as the WRTA and bus drivers and mechanics agree to a 15 day cooling off period. Stay levelheaded, and we may not see a strike at all. 0

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he Youth Philanthropy Council at Worcester South High Community School started eight years ago after the school received a grant from the Department of Education. South High students make up the council and spend an entire school year working to help fund community projects in and around South’s neighborhoods. South High students dedicate two hours of their time from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons to work on the group’s initiative to help improve the Worcester community in which they live. To become a member of the council, students must apply and meet in front of the existing council to be approved. Any student can become a member as long as they show that they will be dedicated to meeting weekly and motivated to become an active member in the community. The council brings along a good deal of responsibility, and students are expected to follow through on the commitments they make. “They have a curriculum where they learn some things from their English, math, science and social-studies classes relating to youth philanthropy. And then they meet after school every Wednesday,” says Maureen Binienda, principal of South High School. The students begin the year by going into the neighborhoods that South High students come from to isolate and weigh what problems affect the

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{ citydesk } and pick four things to focus on. After the council decides the types of initiatives it wants to fund, the students begin writing grants of their own to get funding for them. In the 2009-2010 school year, the council received $8,000 from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. The council’s corporate sponsor Unum - a corporate healthcare provider - matched the money raised, bringing the council’s total amount of funding to $16,000. Then the council sends out its applications for community agencies to apply for grant money. “The students then take two months developing a rubric to evaluate the grants coming back. This helps the students budget the money they received and decide who gets funding and how much,” says Binienda. The council hands out the grants in the spring and follows up on the progress of the projects, making sure the money they gave out goes towards the projects the group decided to fund. One of the projects the council funded last year is near completion and will be unveiled to the public on Tuesday, November 23, at 3 p.m. at 63 Oread Street. YouthGROW, a part of the

Food Justice program at the Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts (REC), has finished building a permanent tent structure at its Oread Street Garden to house classes on agriculture and give a place for its youth crew of summer employees a shelter from the elements. Over the summer, YouthGROW teaches teenagers from the ages of 14 to 16 how to grow an organic garden. The teenagers get paid for the eight weeks of work on the garden. With the $1,000 from South’s Philanthropy Council, YouthGROW has been able to purchase the building materials needed to support a permanent structure for the farm. “We have a three-quarter-acre farm that we’ve run for the last eight years. It’s not land we own; it’s land [that] we have a business agreement with business owners [to use]. But because we don’t own it, we don’t have any permanent infrastructure to run the program from there,” says YouthGROW program director Casey Burns. “We have 20 kids who work there, plus the staff, and rain or shine we have to rely on pop-out tents every day. And they break and something goes wrong. It’s




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BUS BOYS: What kept the great bus strike of ’10 at bay? A Friday afternoon letter from “friends of labor,” according to Amalgamated Transit Workers Union Local 22 president Christopher Bruce. That letter called for the 15 day “cooling off” period that, as of our deadline, is about halfway done. Those “friends” would be state rep. Vincent Pedone and mayor Joe O’Brien, and signed by a number of other city councilors and local legislators to the state delegation…Don’t read too much into what names weren’t attached to that letter, as councilor Joe Petty, who heads the transportation subcommittee said it was a last minute effort, so not everyone could be located for a signature – which is what happened to him. If anyone’s worried about where he stands on the issue though, Petty praised the letter and that effort in the council chambers on Tuesday night.

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MEDIATION NEEDED FOR THE MEDIATION?: So what’s next? According to Bruce and reiterated by City Manager Michael O’Brien on Tuesday night, both sides of the strike will return to negotiations with a federal mediator on Tuesday, November 23. This drew the ire of councilors Mike Germain and Rick Rushton who didn’t understand why talks will resume 11 days into the “cooling off” period. O’Brien contends that no extension to that time frame will be needed.

SILENCE IS GOLDEN: It’s been a rough week for the school on the hill, as Holy Cross has taken a beating by city officials and the press. Councilors were no doubt ready to pile on this week after Manager O’Brien’s rare editorial statements last week regarding the college, but he took the opportunity to speak first on Tuesday and effectively squash conversation regarding the partying on St. James Hill before anyone else could chime in. He said the school is working with the city on a zero tolerance plan and conversations with Father Michael McFarland have been “candid,” obviously feeling that any further harsh words would be a setback in any progress that’s been made. ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS: On Tuesday night the city council ratified CSX’s zoning changes on Putnam Lane, signifiing the beginning of the end of the most important little road in Massachusetts. If you don’t drive it regularly, take a drive on it one last time.

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LOCALS AWARDED: FILE PHOTO/STEVEN KING Local blogger Jeff Barnard (pictured), who’s been writing at since May of 2007, was paid a personal visit by Mayor O’Brien and Rick Rushton last Thursday and awarded a key to the city. On his blog, Barnard wrote, “We talked about the online conversation, and how it’s been building and building over the past three years. More people are joining in, and apparently this kind of activity really does get noticed at City Hall.” Spending most of his blogging time on what he sees and thinks about the city, recently Barnard’s writing has focused on the daily struggles of dealing with a terminal case of cancer…A more celebratory tone was struck Tuesday night in council as former city councilor Juan Gomez brought forth a proclamation for Dominican-via-Worcester boxer Edwin Rodriguez, who won a major fight last week to improve his record to 17-0 as a professional (13 by knock out). Like your political and news gossip 140 characters at a time? Follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter. Got a news tip? Contact him at or 508-749-3166 x243



Hurry up and wait Janice Harvey “


ISSMISSMISSMISSMISSMISS!” That’s what I hear, all day long, from the moment I cross the threshold of North High until the moment the dismissal bell rings. “Miss” is what kids today call all female teachers; male educators are “Mister.” It sounds polite, on the surface, but it’s really just an easy way of getting around the hassle of learning a teacher’s name. To put it in perspective, this would be like me calling all female students “Girl” and all males “Boy.” This probably would be frowned upon by administration and students alike. I mention this not because I’m offended by the word “Miss.” Actually, I find it preferable to the many other titles kids might use in lieu of it. It’s the insistence with which it is used that I object to– like a battering ram, really, to wedge the speaker in between any two people who might be engaged in conversation. Good manners, I’ve discovered, are a lost art. There is no such phrase as “excuse me” in the vocabulary of the modern teen. The loudest voice wins – that’s the way kids get their point across. That’s how they ask for help, or a pencil, or permission to use the lavatory: “MISSMISSMISSMISS! I don’t get it! Can you help me?” “MISSMISSMISSMISS! Can you sign this late slip?” “MISSMISSMISS! I’m talking to you!” I’ve been pondering the death of good manners for a while now. When did students stop raising their hands when they know the answer to a question? When did they stop raising their hands when the have a question? Was it around the same time that it became acceptable to belch in public, or wear pajama bottoms to school?

Lest I sound like I’m picking on teens exclusively, let me say that this appalling lack of manners is not confined to one group. No, the ill-mannered come in all shapes, sizes and sexes and ages. Just ask anyone who works in retail. Donna Ograbisz can vouch for this. She’s employed as a sales associate for Borders. She encounters rudeness on a daily basis – and this from people who read books! “They don’t care if I’m helping another customer find a title – they come right up and barge in – no ‘excuse me’ offered,” she laments. Now, as a teacher, I can stem this behavior with a curt “Do you see that I’m talking to someone?” should a student steam-roller my conversation. But a person in retail can’t very well admonish a potential customer – not without losing a sale and risking the wrath of management. I have no explanation other than ignorance for adults who engage in such behavior, but I do have a theory or two about kids. The first is obvious: manners are learned at home. It’s the “plant tomatoes, get tomatoes” logic, and it’s indisputable. If a kid is raised by wolves, he’ll tend to howl at the moon. My second theory involves the ADHD world we’ve created for kids. Instant gratification is the culprit here – these are the kids who have been weaned on the speedy delivery of every conceivable service and/or product. Our food is fast, our Internet connection has to be ramped up regularly and we fast-forward commercials. Hell – we fast-forward childhood. Why should we expect our kids to wait for anything when we won’t? We moan and groan when a slow driver keeps us from arriving at the next red light 10 seconds sooner. We squawk when we have to stand in a line to buy coffee, and crane our necks looking for the waitress who makes us wait for drinks. Yet, despite this rush to the finish line, some things don’t change: Christmas comes too soon, summer ends before it starts, and we’re never ready to leave this world. Go figure. And make it snappy, will ya? I haven’t got all day. Janice Harvey can be reached at

Letters Rebranding a neighborhood When I was a teen back in the 80s I lived in Upton (very small town at the time) I remember taking my high school friends to Piedmont street to show them the sign that stated the Aids / IV drug use were uncontrolled in the neighborhood and to use caution in area. We all thought it was crazy to have an area that would need that posting. Now I read that Piedmont might be the next up and coming area. Amazing, keep it up Worcester we have a ton of potential if we just stick to the goal. Submitted online by S E AN L IB B EY

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BYOB Dining is Alive and Well in Worcester

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The recent midterm elections have resulted in the Republicans gaining control of the house and making gains in The Senate. This new political landscape will undoubtedly result in some new policies. The Bush Era tax cuts are set to expire at the end of 2010 unless they are extended by Congress. While there is bipartisan support for many of the tax cuts, the tax cuts provided to individuals who earn $200,000 a year and families that earn $250,000 a year or more have been particularly contentious. In his first weekly address since the midterm elections, Obama stated that the US cannot afford to extend the tax cuts for wealthiest Americans, as they will lead to $700 Billion in lost tax revenue over the next ten years. Providing tax cuts to the richest 2% of Americans has contributed to higher levels of investment since people at higher income brackets are more likely to put the extra money into savings as opposed to using it for consuming goods and services. Higher levels of investment can certainly be beneficial to the economy, but providing incentives for investment has led to multiple asset bubbles over the last ten years, including stock market bubbles in 2000 and 2007 and the Real Estate Bubble which became unsustainable in 2006. Instead, Obama and Congress should expand the tax cuts to the lower and middle classes, since the corresponding increases in disposable income for people in those tax brackets are more likely to be used for consuming goods and services. Increasing consumption levels could make a significant contribution to jump starting the sluggish economy and improving the weak job market since consumption accounts for two thirds of all economic activity and is also a major contributor to employment. Charles Lloyd Bovaird II Worcester

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Lessons to learn from the failed Presidency of George Walker Bush Now that George W. Bush has published his memoir, Decision Points, in which he attempts to salvage the wreck of his presidency by rewriting history, it is time to remember what really happened. The former president learned almost nothing from his misdeeds, but perhaps we can in recalling that “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it�the famous wisdom of a far more thoughtful George, the philosopher Santayana. Numerous failures mar the Bush record, including his failure to respond decisively to Hurricane Katrina and his failure to manage the economy, but among his worst was the debacle of Iraq. Deceiving himself, Congress, and the American people, Bush used his claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction to justify an unprovoked invasion with no exit strategy. A vicious dictator was removed, but hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and over 4,000 Americans soldiers perished. Along with thousands of


others maimed, 300,000 veterans now suffer (PTSD) post traumatic stress or depression. At a cost of billions of dollars, George Bush managed to establish Iraq as a magnet for terrorists and to stain America’s reputation around the world. The lesson gained from this bloody

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who sanctioned torturous cruelty such as water boarding. In addition to being illegal and immoral, this dehumanizing brutality long ago proved to be useless in combating terrorism and obtaining any useful information. If ever again assigned to perform torture, the CIA and the U.S Army must be assured that they will have our full support if they refuse to carry out such unlawful and immoral orders. We are at last rid of a president deluded enough to think he departed with “a good solid record.� George W. Bush may have fooled himself, but, among his many other failings, he failed to deceive the American people. To recast the famous words of a truly magnificent American president, no one, certainly not George Walker Bush, could fool all the American people all of the time.

At the moment, it’s quite OK but I heard they’re about to go on strike.

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“ one, certainly not George Walker Bush, could fool all the American people all of the time.� undertaking is clear. We must be wary of any president who would use specious arguments to rationalize the invasion of a nation posing no clear threat to our national security. We can learn another lesson from the misjudgments and ethical failings of the former president

Yes I am. They’re always on time and they get me home.


Right now I am. If they go on strike it’s gonna suck because I’ll have to walk.


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Harvey Fenigsohn, now employed at the University of Massachusetts medical library, formerly taught English at the Bancroft School.

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“The WRTA isn’t what it was 30 years ago,” says O’Neil in his office at the Grove Street maintenance facility.

Friday afternoon on November 12, bus riders in the city breathed some relief when Worcester Regional Transit Authority executives, city administration, and the bus drivers and mechanics union (Amalgamated Transit Workers Local 22) agreed to a 15-day cooling-off period in lieu of what would be the second strike in the past six years.

To some riders, this is the same old WRTA – internal clashes between management and employees is old news. In the minds of many, this would-be essential city service runs so infrequently and sparsely that, if not for the space the buses take up in traffic, it’s irrelevant for most of greater Worcester’s citizens. But strange things are a foot at the WRTA. According to executive director Stephen O’Neil, the bus company has a balanced budget for the first time in the better part of a decade. Ridership is up. Innovations that will tie new fare boxes to the MBTA’s Charlie Card will further connect Worcester and Boston. Stimulus money has been spent on new hybrid buses, $39 million is coming its way to build a new operations center and plans are rolling to relocate the hub away from the front of City Hall to a build out at Union Station. But like every innovative movement in Worcester, lofty expectations are often tempered by harsh realities. Despite the WRTA’s newfound solvency, money and ridership, everyone – including the WRTA – seems to be standing in the way of progress.

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“The WRTA used to work in a vacuum, now it works with the city,” he says. They’ve improved their outreach to local colleges, providing free bus passes to students at Clark and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This winter, on Thursday nights specially chartered buses will run from Worcester to Wachusett Mountain, where discounted lift tickets await riders. Another benefit targeted at the college crowd. They’ve also worked with major regional employers, like UMass Medical School, and taken nameless lists of employee addresses and figured out what bus stops are within a quarter mile of their houses. UMass then sent out a mailing to employees showing them which stop was closest to where they lived. There’s also a sense of fiscal responsibility. “The place had been in red ink for a number of years,” admits O’Neil, who was appointed head of the quasipublic agency by city manager Michael O’Brien in March of 2007. “There were a lot of routes out there that should not have been running. Ad revenues down; not really looking for funding.” Through route cuts and realignments, furloughs for executives and a steady rise in ridership, the WRTA had a balanced budget in fiscal year 2010 (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010) for the first time in the better part of a decade. (Though they’re not sure yet about FY11. So much of their budget comes retroactively from the state that they’ll have to wait

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“These customer enhancements are going to be one of the biggest investments we’ve ever made to really strengthen our role in the communities we serve,” O’Neil proudly says.

Since 2007, ridership is trending upwards, but it’s not where it was as recently as 2000. According to figures provided by the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning

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Commission (CMRPC), an organization that serves as a consultant and has staff members on the Municipal Planning Organization which provides for the WRTA, 3,283,799 people rode a WRTA bus, an 8 percent increase since 2007. But in 2000 ridership was nearly 4.5 million. Back in 1990 it was estimated at 5 million. Mary Ellen Blunt, a transportation program manager at the CMRPC, calls that bump “impressive,” and credits it to new riders who take the bus to be more energy conscious and the WRTA’s own marketing efforts. Still, that doesn’t mean the WRTA has Worcester transportation sorted out. “Our system stops too early at night and there’s not enough service on the weekend,” says Blunt, who points out that other routes still have 40- to 50-minute waits between buses. “That’s not a desirable transit system,” she says, describing it more as “if you have to take it, (then) you take it.” Rider demographics haven’t changed much either, according to O’Neil. The

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WRTA still serves a mostly low- to moderate-income population, and as routes out to suburbs like Holden and Clinton are canceled, it makes it more difficult to attract suburban riders who might commute to Worcester for work. The WRTA has also taken flak for canceling its transfer system last year, where riders who take one bus would continue to ride a connecting bus on their first fare. But O’Neil says the month and day passes that replaced it have been popular. And, according to a December 2009 Massachusetts Department of Transportation scorecard done on 15 of the state’s regional transit systems, the WRTA ranked considerably low in areas pertaining to efficiency. The WRTA had a cost of $6.27 per mile, much higher than the larger Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, which came in at $4.83, and the Montachusett RTA, which runs a similar number of fixed routes as the WRTA, only cost $4.59/mile. Both the PVTA and MRTA run more demand response routes, which are more costefficient. The WRTA ranked below nine of the other RTAs in what percentage of their operating funds came from passenger fares. In 2009 12.7 percent of the WRTA’s budget came in from ridership, with local,

state and federal funds picking up the rest. Comparatively, the smaller Vineyard Transit Authority received 30.6 percent of its budget from fares, but even the larger Pioneer Valley Transit Authority outperformed Worcester, earning 14.5 percent of their budget from fares. Montachusett RTA scored 17.2 percent. The numbers for 2010 could not be obtained before press time, but the increase in ridership along with route cuts would boost the WRTA’s efficiency.

Those cost figures have just as much to do with employee expenses as vehicle maintenance. That, of course, has led to the showdown this year between management and the union – the third strike or near strike that the WRTA has suffered since 2004. It would be an understatement to say the WRTA’s management and the Amalgamated Transit Workers Local 22 don’t get along during contract negotiations. Relations soured so badly during the 60-day strike, which lasted from July to September of 2004,

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employees at other RTAs already pay 20 percent, and will go up to 25 percent this year. Most importantly for the future solvency of the WRTA, the savings from this new contract would allow them to kick $3.2 million into their underfunded pension system. “We think it’s a very fair package. No one’s losing their jobs, and we’re


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management side that the strike was inevitable) “friends of labor,” as Bruce put it, stepped in and all sides agreed to a city manager-offered “cooling off period.” Both sides will return to the bargaining table with a federal mediator leading the negotiations. Both sides have repeatedly said they don’t want to see a strike, citing the rise in ridership this year.

In a tough economic year, and amid warnings that the next will be even worse,

municipalities look for dough wherever they can. Some councilors have set their sites on the WRTA. Despite finally being a solvent group the WRTA’s new mega $39 million federal grant awarded last month for the building of a new garage, called a “bus barn,” has the city licking its chops. At a November 9 city-council meeting, councilors Phil Palmieri, Mike Germain and Paul Clancy filed an amendment looking at combining city garages with the WRTA’s new facility.

“We’re hopeful there might be another approach here for the $39 million. We have a whole host of maintenance facilities in the city of Worcester. Valuable land,” he said, addressing the chamber. “I’d like the administration to take a look at if there’s any possibility that those could be incorporated with the WRTA. “I think it’s a sensible approach to an enormous amount of money,” adding it wasn’t clear if the funds could be used for other areas outside the bus company. “This is the perfect opportunity to combine a lot of the resources that we have in this city,” Germain tacked on,

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{ coverstory } asking for clarification whether or not it could be pursued. “This could save the tax payers thousands upon thousands of dollars” with current city property being put up for sale for private use. Outside of council, councilor Konnie Lukes added her own assessment. “If they keep getting that kind of money they’re not going to take it seriously,” she said. “They don’t watch their books because people throw money at them.” Lukes has been a longtime and fierce critic of the bus company – splitting her ire with both its management, function in the city and contracts awarded to its laborers. “They are solvent, but how long are they going to stay solvent?” she asks, zeroing in on pension and health-care payments. “How healthy is the situation in the long run?” At the November 9 city-council meeting, Lukes filed for information on a 10-year plan that demonstrates the WRTA’s continued solvency. O’Neil visibly bristles at the idea that some of that $39 million could go somewhere else. For one, he says the money can only be specifically used for bus operations, but he does say that he’d certainly “work with the city” if that’s not the case. The council voted in favor of having

the city administration investigate if the money can be used outside of the WRTA.

WRTA management contends they’re on the right track. Duplicate bus routes have been removed. Lines readjusted to make the most of ridership. Management positions cut down. “We’re finding savings wherever we can,” says Carney. “There have been things done to the system that are making it more attractive – internal changes, not just external,” Blunt provides. And there’s no doubt in O’Neil’s eyes that the next three years could be the most innovative and productive the WRTA has seen in a long, long time. But for those in Worcester with long memories – which is all the decision makers and most of the citizenry – reputation is hard to shake. There’s a reflex that brings people back to the times of red budgets, strikes and general disorganization. No matter how much has changed since, the WRTA may still have a hard time getting where it needs to go, both literally and figuratively.

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From a small sketch to a mammoth mural, how does one find inspiration for such a daunting and monumental task? Internationally acclaimed artist, Charline von Heyl, embraced the idea and plunged her artistic muse into the project, the latest “Wall at WAM” installation. Von Heyl was inspired by Ellsworth Kelly’s work, “Orange White,” a piece within the Worcester Art Museum’s collection that triggered the idea for her massive painting. Von Heyl usually works in a vertical format but “…I like a challenge. I almost never work horizontally, and I have certainly never worked on such a scale,” she says. Translating an initial 48-inch drawing into a painting 17 feet high and 67 feet long certainly posed a challenge. Rather than thinking of how to transform her own work into a mural, von Heyl says, “I immediately

was thinking of making a mural that captures the feeling I get from my favorites,” notably cement drawings of Picasso and murals by Leger. A quote from Ellsworth Kelly exemplifies this project: “I am not interested in painting…to hang on walls of houses as pictures. To hell with pictures – they should be the wall.” With a phalanx of technicians and staff, von Heyl’s vision took shape in the Renaissance Court, a magnificently classically styled room that provided the expanse for her concept. Von Heyl’s adaptation incorporates six vertical orange ovals on a white background, their shape echoing the arches of the arcade, juxtaposing the ancient with the modern. Her intent was to infuse the mural with energy and tension, relying on instinct, experience and concentration to keep the entire image in mind. Along the length of this canvas she superimposed a black abstract design, jarring the observer from the static background to the undulating and indeterminate rhythms of her drawing, the contiguity of orange and white creating conflict with the torsional and explosive emotional response of the black. Foreground and background merge and recede, creating a startlingly ambivalent visual experience. The incongruous nature of her abstraction with the formality of the setting provides a conflict to the senses. One is immediately engulfed in torrents of orange brilliance that illuminates the solidity of the

architecture. Absorbing the entirety of the mural, other influences rush to the fore. Robert Motherwell’s “Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110” and Diego Rivera’s “Serpiente Emplumada Quetzalcoatl” come to mind, as well as the unconscious, action-painting of Franz Kline’s “Le Gros,” for example. Even a hint of Keith Haring is evident, with the energetic and vibrant line work, but overall the composition is uniquely von Heyl’s. She manipulates, transforms, deconstructs and defies description. “Every painting is a bit of a new world to be invented,” she states. Unidentifiable and contradictory, spontaneous and automatic, von Heyl’s intuitive mural resonates with kinetic dynamism. Von Heyl would, most assuredly, agree with this assessment from Kline: “The final test of a painting is: does the painter’s emotion come across?” As von Heyl applied brush to canvas one witnessed the creative process at work. The shift from sketch to mural allowed her to re-invent her drawing as she went along, each stroke unconscious, new, fresh and exhilarating. When asked if it was difficult to make the transition from a drawing to such an enormous scale, to keep that level of precision laced with free-flowing playfulness, and whether she thought it was successful, she asked in return, “Well, what do you think?” And with that five word response you too will decide for yourself.







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with Drozdowski at its heart and a rotating door of percussionists joining him throughout the years. That said, currently the drum stool is held by Matt Snow, formerly of Boston’s Cassavettes. Drozdowski’s career has always involved music—whether as editor at The Boston Phoenix and Musician, as writer for Rolling Stone or Billboard’s Jazz & Blues Encyclopedia or with the many rock and punk bands he fronted during his time earning his guitar chops in Boston. Yet his current love affair with the blues didn’t grab a hold until the early ’90s, as the blues slowly began to take over his musical direction – as did a move leaving Beantown behind for the lure of Nashville. The true turning point from delta-blues dipper to full-time blues swinger came in the fall of 1991, when Drozdowski found himself sitting on the porch of R.L. Burnside’s house in Chulahoma, Miss. It was his friendship with this living blues legend that truly opened the door to

this genre of music, and it was through Burnside’s constant support and urging that Drozdowski let the blues in. “That said, I didn’t dare play Mississippi-based blues with a band for another 14 years, and even at that I think it was only because R.L. began to literally make me sit in with him when we crossed paths,” admits Drozdowski. “He changed my life, but it took me a while to accept the idea of playing that music. I had to get pushed through the window he opened.” Drozdowski is quick to point out that his style of blues is rooted in tradition, but has taken on a life of its own. “We play more originals live than covers now. And that’s something I think is important,” emphasizes Drozdowski. “Playing blues covers is fun, but at this point, unless you’re radically rearranging those chestnuts, which we do, it is artistically irrelevant and doesn’t help keep the music vital or connected to contemporary culture — which, in my view, it is and



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always should be.” The Scissormen are indebted to the history of the blues, and therefore bring their music to its audience like a priest to a congregation, spreading the word one slide note at a time. “…I think it’s a responsibility to carry the blues into the future, where I think it may once again play an important role as a genre, judging by the interest in the music I see from people in their teens, 20s and early 30s on the road,” Drozdowski admits. Besides the buzz of four CDs and a live performance that has generated a strong following throughout the United States, The Scissormen are currently the subject of a new documentary from filmmaker Robert Mugge, whom LA Weekly called “the king of the American music documentary.” Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues is part road movie, part concert film, part history lesson and a take on the state of blues today. The film follows the

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In the tank for Lebanon Jim Keogh

Lebanon opens with an extended shot of a field of sunflowers. The plants have seen better days; they stand in neat rows, but they are wilted and bowed, like a ragtag army coming off the battlefield. Nothing is blooming here.

The story takes place on the first day of Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and except for the first and final shots, the entire movie is filmed from inside an Israeli tank. This is real Das Boot stuff: gritty, sweltering, claustrophobic, chaotic. The tank’s ceiling and walls drip with strange fluids (hydraulic?), and the interior is dark and primitive, giving it the appearance of a medieval dungeon or even a prehistoric cave. You can practically smell the sweat, oil and urine pooling into a noxious brew at the crew’s feet. Writer-director Samuel Moaz served as an Israeli tank gunner during the 1982 invasion, and his grunt’s-eye view of war is comparable to Oliver Stone’s in Platoon. The men inside are scared and confused as the tank becomes stranded in a village and is surrounded by Syrian gunmen. We come to know the crew in flashes: the commanding officer with a brittle grip on reality, the shell loader with only two weeks left in his hitch, the driver desperate to get word to his mother that he’s all right, and the gunner, a newly minted soldier whose reluctance to pull the trigger in one justified instance spurs him to be too

quick the next time around, with horrific results. At one point the crew is forced to share space with the corpse of a fellow soldier, whose body is lowered inside until it can be airlifted out, and later with a Syrian prisoner, who has been promised a torturous fate by a mercenary soldier. Otherwise, their only contact beyond the iron compartment is with a platoon leader who literally drops in now and then to issue orders and urge them

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More than any other of the Potter offerings, Hallows Part 1 reaches far out of the usual comfort zone, and I’m okay with that. Refreshingly, this is the first film so far not to start out with the whole gang headed to Hogwarts, and the opening twenty minutes or so is like Raiders of the Lost Ark on fast forward, going from a massive killer snake to an air battle to a high-speed freeway debacle to another air battle to a chase scene in the Ministry of Magic with Nazi allusions and so on. While this appeals to me, I can imagine kids being traumatized by the level of violence and horror dealt out here. This rush of activity is followed immediately by an overlong dull middle where the film nearly comes to a standstill. Unlike me, most moviegoers have read the books and know what to expect. But I hardly believe they can be expecting something this dark, dreary and disturbing, all previous warmth and fuzziness having been banished. This is as good a place as any I suppose to explain why I dislike magic as a plot device (go ahead, boo), and how that bias reflects on my critique of the Harry Potter movies. In one sense it almost seems like perhaps I should excuse myself, like say a critic who despises baseball unfairly giving a negative review to The Natural or Bull Durham. As a writer of fiction (my problem, I know) I can’t help but find most stories built around the concept of magic to be silly at best, and aggravating at worst. Navigating such a plot is for me like playing a game of football against an opponent allowed to move the goalposts back and change the rules at will. For instance: In the Deathly Hallows Harry and Hermione can hold hands and transport themselves from one location to another far away. Why? It’s magic! Okay then, so how come when the bad witches show up the two turn and run – Hermione stopping first to put a spell on Harry to disfigure his face – instead of simply holding hands and zapping themselves to another location like before? Could it be it’s because the author wants to put an exciting chase/ capture scene there? So much of what happens seems a series of labored setups like this, and of course the entire film is a setup for Part 2.

Maybe I missed something; the bad witches actually cast a spell on our heroes making them unable to use their powers when wearing the magic amulet or something. I’m sure there are hordes of twelve year olds out there ready to set me straight. Okay, so I’m no fun. I’m a curmudgeon. But I can’t help it. Others find it surprising and novel, this heavily detailed civilization built around a world of magic, but I see as a vast thematic gimmick, like with the Flintstones. What others find charming and inventive I see as a predictable hodge-podge of well-worn supernatural tropes. Where others willingly suspend their disbelief for stories they cherish and characters they love, I remain skeptical of house of cards-like internal logic and literary creations that exist only in service of the constant melodrama of good versus the forces of evil. It will be interesting to see whether the faithful of this film’s core audience will be prepared to go all the way with it. It does look great in places, with impressive set design especially in the Ministry of Magic, although Director David Yates goes in for a bit too much of the shaky cam in battle sequences, plus the will-they-or-won’t-they scenes with Harry and Hermione in the wilderness are interminable. You’ve likely read the book and already know the answer. For me the challenge was bringing myself to care about any of this, and it was a battle indeed.

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Why venture all the way to Framingham for Chinese food? I’ll tell you why: ma la, which translates more or less into “tingling and hot.” Sichuan cuisine combines the ma of tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorns and the la of fiery chilies with fresh ingredients, spices, preserves, and creative cooking techniques. The resulting dishes are complex and addictive—definitely not the Chinese food you grew up with, unless you grew up in Chengdu. Sichuan Gourmet is unpromisingly situated on the second floor of a small shopping center on Route 9 in Framingham, and at first looks much like any other suburban Chinese restaurant:

pleasantly lit and decorated, Chinese zodiac tablemats and chopsticks at the ready. The difference is that the tables are filled mostly by Chinese families and covered with a wide range of authentic dishes from Sichuan province in southwestern China. Dan dan noodles ($4.95) are a famous Sichuan snack, and they make a great appetizer. Beneath the innocuous-looking noodles flecked with crisp bits of beef lurks a bright, spicy sauce that vividly illustrates the ma la effect. Chengdu spicy dumplings ($5.95) feature chewy, fresh wrappers around spiced-pork filling in a chili-oil sauce, topped with sesame seeds— less memorable than the noodles, but satisfying nonetheless. Sichuan kung bao chicken ($9.95) is smokier and more complex than Americanized versions—the chunks of chicken are napped in a sweet, pungent, soy-based sauce and mixed with not much more than fresh peanuts. Another revelation is the Sichuan double-cooked bacon ($10.25): pork-belly chunks have been boiled, very thinly sliced, and then stir-fried in a fiery sauce with mild green chiles.

Ma po tofu with minced pork ($8.95) is another famous Sichuan dish – the homemade tofu is silkily tender and arrives swimming in a gelatinous sea of bright-red broth, alive with chili flavor but needing a bit of soy to balance its flavors. As with most these dishes, it’s at its best with plain steamed rice. Chengdu spicy sliced lamb ($13.95) is a stunning dish – the thinly sliced lamb has been generously dusted with dried chilies and cumin, and is served over a bed of carefully trimmed cilantro. The lamb is meltingly tender and blazingly hot – this dish takes your breath away, but you can’t help returning to it for another bite, and then another. Sautéed shredded duck, family style ($12.95), is a weekend special that shows off the chef’s cleaver skills. The slivers of

duck, bamboo, scallion, and other vegetables echo each other as they mingle in a sauce that’s savory, sweet and just a bit spicy. It’s a delight. Sichuan-style green beans ($8.95) add welcome balance to the spicy meat dishes – “dry-fried,” they arrive blistered but still bright green, with bits of fermented soybean. Broccoli with yu xiang sauce ($8.95) offers quite a kick, the vinegary sauce seemingly amplifying the chili, garlic and pepper flavors. Slithery wood ear mushrooms provide a nice visual contrast to the crisp, green florets and red chili flakes. A few token wines are on offer, but beer stands up better to this food – a variety is available in the $4 to $5 range, including Tsing Tao and Sam Adams. A satisfying dinner will cost around $25 per person, including tax, tip and drinks. Service is efficient and friendly; dishes arrive promptly but not all at once, as is appropriate for a fast-cooked cuisine that’s meant to be shared. Servings are generous, so bring some heat-seeking friends along to sample a wide variety. They’ll agree, it’s well worth the trip.

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Helen’s Bakery 246 Greenwood St., Worcester 508-755-0614

Food: **** Atmosphere:***1/2 Service: **** Value: ****

It’s easy to go by Helen’s Bakery, missing the small building as you speed up or down Greenwood Street. It’s been there a while. And if you haven’t stopped in to check it out, you should.

Scott and I had a sweet tooth we needed to take care of, so we picked up two bismarks, an éclair, a cream horn, a dozen hermits (something with which they do an exceptionally good job), a side of baked beans for dinner, and a coffee—all

for $15. The box holding all the pastries ended up quite heavy, a foreshadowing of the richness. What made both of us very happy was that none of the desserts were overly sugary; they all had more complex flavors. The bismarks smacked of berry jam and were filled with real cream—not just buttercream frosting. The éclair was also heavy with a custard filling that was not too eggy or frosting-like—but more like a thick, rich and creamy pudding. Dinner was definitely enhanced with the beans, which were clearly homemade and also a good mix of sweet and savory— as well as nicely soft. We hoarded the hermits over several days, where they kept their soft, molasses-spice flavor and texture. The coffee was only a mediocre brew, but it was brewed fresh for us during the afternoon just because we’d asked for it. Even if it means going a little out of your normal driving routine, definitely check out Helen’s next time you’re craving baked goods.

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special Ladies’ Night this week with the PINK Revolution Bra-grade. The evening will honor breast cancer survivors and include local comedians to give these women the good time they deserve. Bring a $10 donation to get free finger food and bring some extra cash for the bar. I mean, since you’re already here… The People’s Kitchen and The Citizen, 120 Commercial St., 508-459-9090.

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be presented by and for the Worcester community. It is looking for presenters (you or someone you know) who have a certain skill or knowledge to share that may or may not be food related. Do a good food deed and share your gift with others, or just a regular good deed. You will be reimbursed by a suggested donation from participants. Stop by the shop to share any suggestions. Artichoke Food Co-op, 800 Main St., 508-752-3533.

Family Style: The Manning family ventured out to the new Buca di Beppo in Shrewsbury last weekend to discover just what “family style” dining means. What it means is larger portions that the table can share in two sizes: Buca small and Buca

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had a veggie pizza and ate all but one piece, and my youngest three all had Mac n Cheese from the kid’s menu that they devoured. But the best part – the Colossal Brownie Sundae that arrived in an oversized martini glass. As you can see from the picture, we ate every last bite of it! – Doreen Manning

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Italia Immediately: You don’t have to wait for five o’clock to roll around to sit down to a freshly prepared generations-old Italian family recipe. You don’t have to take the morning off from work to make it, either. Chioda’s Trattoria is now serving lunch from 11:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. from Wednesdays to Fridays. Eggplant, chicken and veal parm in their own red sauce are among the selections that will fill you up for lunch and make fantastic leftovers for dinner. Chioda’s Trattoria, 631 Franklin St., 508-459-6035

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large. Sure, the restaurant is a chain – but what sets it apart is the freshly prepared meals are created on the spot – not simply reheated. The food was impressive, the portions massive, the service over the top friendly and the atmosphere was fun and festive (c’mon, we had a 3-D Pope at our backs). The only downfall is that picky eaters on a budget may be in trouble. In our family, we have five vegetarians and one carnivore. My husband is easy – his high metabolism allows him to eat an entire portion normally set for three in one sitting. But myself, I have to share. Sharing with four of the pickiest children at any dinner



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Bocado Tapas Wine Bar 86 Winter St. 508-797-1011 Bocado’s is Worcester’s ďŹ rst, and best, tapas restaurant, a ďŹ ve-star tour through Spain’s appetizer-crazed cuisine. The food is varied, creative, fresh and refreshing; the all-Spanish wine list smart and equally creative; the service professional and attentive; the atmosphere is urbane and, yes, sexy. It’s trendy, but substantial. Credit cards accepted. Off-street parking. Full liquor bar. Moderate pricing.

BullďŹ nch’s 730 Boston Post Road, Sudbury 978-443-4094 bullďŹ BullďŹ nch’s serves all-natural meats, including hormone-free, antibiotic-free natural beef, free-bird chicken and Aussie Premium all-natural lamb. Fine diners may choose between petite or larger entrees. Many traditional dishes are prepared with inventive twists and all are served with fresh, seasonal ingredients, each with a recommended wine selection. The respectable wine list, from a range of domestic and foreign regions, is rated from delicate to robust and offers such surprising varietals as prosecco, moscato and tempranillo. Special dishes and wines are showcased at monthly wine dinners. BullďŹ nch’s also offers live music, Sunday brunch, children’s and takeout menus, catering and function space.

The Texas BBQ Company 309 Main St., Northboro 508-393-4742 Worth the trip for just the barbecue meats alone. Though the atmosphere is basic, the food quality, preparation and recipes are outstanding. The best meats, wood-smoked for 16 hours, produces the best barbecue ribs (pork, beef and baby back), chicken, pulled pork, brisket and Texas Hill Country sausage to be had in Central Massachusetts. Credit cards accepted. Full liquor bar. Off-street parking. Take-out available.

Via Italian Table 89 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-754-4842 To the venerable Sole Proprietor and its cross-town companion, The 111 Chop House, the Ahlquists have added Via Italian Table, a Tuscaninspired Mediterranean restaurant. The renovation is substantial and sophisticated, and the rear terrace adds a new dimension to Worcester fair-weather dining: a gorgeous space to eat, drink, see, and be seen. Via runs the gamut of Mediterranean classics, like “Three Meatballs on No. 8 Spaghetti,â€? lasagna (Bolognese or three cheeses), shrimp scampi and salmon to spit-roasted chicken or pork loin chops to ragouts to gnocchi pie, pork shank osso buco, paella, and six varieties of grilled pizza. Free valet and off-street parking. Full liquor, beer and wine. Credit cards accepted. Eighty Ates Bar & Grille 8 Airport Road, Dudley 508-949-8888 Wind your way through Webster and Dudley to Eighty Ates Bar & Grille, where trendy meets rural suburbia. Breeze past the tinted windows, and the dĂŠcor is spare and slick, punctuated by vividly colored abstract paintings. Whether dressed up or dressed down, diners will ďŹ nd a creative and tasty spin on chicken, steaks, seafood and pasta, with fresh ingredients like feta and goat cheeses, sundried tomatoes, Portobello mushrooms and couscous. The same goes for desserts, like the homemade chocolate brownie sundae and raspberry white chocolate cheese brule. Open for lunch and dinner, all the prices end in “88 cents.â€? There’s even a kids’ menu. The bar sports at-screens, a wine list with just enough variety and a fun martini menu. Lazio Italian Grille and Bar 318 Main St., Northboro 508-393-5525 Strip-mall Italian, in the MetroWest spirit of Il Forno and Arturo’s, Lazio may not be unique, but it delivers good food, good service, and about as much atmosphere as such a space allows. The menu offers traditional red-sauce dishes (“Lazio Classicosâ€?), a few newer “classicsâ€? and evening specials, plus some burgers, a few salads, soups, pizzas and paninis. Full liquor bar. Moderate prices. Off-street parking. Credit cards accepted.

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J.P.’s Restaurant and Pub Westmeadow Plaza, Rte. 9, Westboro 508-366-0627 A classic bar and grille type, J.P.’s serves possibly the best lobster roll around, a gargantuan portion at a meager price. For everyone else, they offer the usual complement of home-style dinners, steaks, chops, ribs, fried and broiled seafood, etc. Cash only. Plaza parking. Oxford’s Casual Dining 2 Millbury Blvd., Oxford 508-987-1567 Oxford’s menu is chock full of good-looking options, like roast pork, meatloaf, beef tips, salmon, pasta, Italian specialties, several appetizers, soups and salads — all at below-city prices, with friendly, excellent service. (Plus, early-bird and bottled wine specials.) Try the Wednesday pasta special: choice of pasta and sauce, plus choice of beef tips, grilled chicken and shrimp. “Mark’s Calamariâ€? is one of the best recipes around. Offstreet parking. Credit cards accepted. Full liquor. Colonial Restaurant & Pub 290 Thompson Road, Webster 508-943-4040 The menu at the Colonial features seasonal specials, pasta (primavera, parmesan, scampi and Alfredo), traditional entrĂŠes (including lamb and weiner schnitzel), a few surprises (haddock Nantucket), and plenty of seafood. Right off of I-395, it is located near scenic Webster Lake. You’ll ďŹ nd good food and pleasant service in the spacious dining room or in the pub.

The Sole Proprietor 118 Highland St., Worcester 508-798-3474 The Sole has been a Worcester seafood lover’s dream for nearly 30 years. The menu is fresh, contemporary and comprehensive, including lots of fare for the seafood wary. The atmosphere is elegant and upscale in the dining rooms, lively and loud in the bar. From the most basic ďŹ sh to expedited kettle meals and sushi, The Sole does it right. Reservations encouraged. Credit cards accepted. Offstreet and valet parking available.

The Lazy Dog 31 Main St., Marlboro 508-229-2254 Lovers of a clean sports pub with some roadhouse vibe and shadowy corners will enjoy Marlboro’s Lazy Dog, where you can enjoy a beer and a good meal while watching your favorite sports team, or listening to the frequent live music. The menu includes a little of everything you expect in a pub. Prices are moderate. Off-street parking. Credit cards accepted. Full liquor license.

Nancy Chang 372 Chandler St., Worcester 508-752-8899 Nancy Chang boasts a number of awards — for best buffet, best Chinese, etc. It’s also renowned for its efforts to make healthy the infamous American Chinese fare, reducing carbs and lowering fat, and addressing the needs of the gluten-allergic and vegetarian. This they have done, all the while producing avorful, fresh meals in the traditions of this cuisine. Full liquor bar. Credit cards accepted. Offstreet parking. Lunch buffet: Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Sundays and holidays, noon-3 p.m.). Dinner buffet: Sunday through Thursday 5:30-8 p.m. (Friday, Sunday and holidays 5:308:30 p.m.).

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


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for, even if you’ve not ventured to Grafton before. Discover the lively mood and friendly staff at Cancúns, located at the fork of routes 122 and 140. The burritos are stuffed in artfully folded tortillas and topped with (not bathed in) mild enchilada sauce, crisp onions and shredded lettuce, refreshing sour cream, zesty guacamole, and a sprinkling of ranchero cheese. Go with the familiar enchiladas and fajitas, or go a little gourmet with a more sophisticated entrée. Alternative selections include a steak and shrimp platter (hold the guacamole), chicken Caesar salad, fajita melt, puerco adovado (grilled marinated pork loin) and a few other chicken and seafood entrées. William’s Restaurant & Tavern 184 Pearson Blvd., Gardner 978-632-7794 Conveniently located right off Rte. 2, William’s Restaurant & Tavern is a great place to catch up with friends over dinner — and be sure to check out their entertainment calendar. The regular menu is packed with plenty of signature selections and options. Salads are a slight cut above, with such ingredients as artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and homemade croutons. The Greek salad even comes with stuffed grape leaves. Next to deli sandwiches, wraps and Angus burgers are paninis, grilled and served on rustic focaccia. Pasta dishes are mostly standard fare (ravioli, veal parmesan), and other entrees include specialties, fried and baked seafood purchased daily, and Hunter’s Catch beef selections.

Allora Ristorante 139 Lakeside Ave., Marlboro 508-485-4300 Looking for good Italian near the Metrowest beltway? Allora is a step above its competitors, offering an interesting array of beef, pork, seafood and pasta both familiar and novel. Desserts are made fresh in-house, as is the complementary focaccia bread, both of which serve to elevate the experience. Moderate prices. Easy access to Rte. 495. Off-street, free parking. Credit cards accepted. Full bar.

Calabria Ristorante 7 South Main St., Millbury 508-581-9700 The Ritacco family have brought Calabria back and resettled in the center of Millbury. Consider exchanging long waits and massproduced chow for a fresher, more personal experience at this rustic Italian eatery. Seafood is here in abundance. If you can’t choose from swordfish, haddock, sole or salmon, try a medley in zuppa de pesce (shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels and haddock in red broth), or the seafood sampler (baked shrimp, grilled swordfish and broiled salmon). Everything comes with pasta, except Mario’s special, a carnivore’s feast of grilled sausage, pork chops and lamb chops. Other

interesting selections include stuffed beef braciole and spicy tripe. Enrico’s Brick Oven Pizzeria 500 Main St., Sturbridge 508-347-1740 Enrico’s Brick Oven Pizzeria is a great place to put down your bulging shopping bags, put up your feet, and warm the bones with a good meal. Serving up reasonably priced panini sandwiches, Italian entrees and the aforementioned pizzas, along with a full liquor complement, Enrico’s makes a nice place to pause from the early Americana or to watch the big game. Off-street parking. Credit cards accepted. Lunch and dinner (and extended bar hours) every day except Monday. Gardner Ale House 74 Parker St., Gardner 978-669-0122 The Gardner Ale House just might be the most appealing spot for a night out in Worcester County, or it could just be the beer talking. The house-brewed beer at the “home of rhythm and blues in North Central Mass.” is definitely worth talking about. Combine that with trans-fat-free appetizers, soups, salads (like Thai Chicken, taco, or steak), “Pub Offerings,” (a variety of burgers, including black bean; or mahi-mahi, grilled or blackened), brick oven grinders and pizza (“Kitchen Sink” for the carnivores or “Through the Gahden” for veggies). A cut above ordinary pub fare, the menu also includes pasta and excellent entrees (from chicken pesto to fabulous Naked Stout Teriyaki steak tips,) for a night of fine dining. Sorento’s Italian Gourmet 128 Main St., Marlboro 508-486-0090 The menu, as the name implies, features Italian gourmet, and many dishes, in categories like vegetarian pasta, (classic Italian) entrees and (coming soon) pizzas and calzones. There’s also a page of house specialties, loaded with dishes of lamb, kabobs, seafood and steaks, providing a welcome respite from the overworked recipes that comprise other Mediterranean menus. The wine list offers seven reds and eight whites by the glass and 35 reds and whites by the bottle. Curbside meter parking. Moderate pricing. Credit cards accepted. Full liquor license. Suney’s Pub and Family Restaurant 216 Chandler St. 508-753-9072 Suney’s Pub and Family Restaurant has enjoyed a popular reputation for about 20 years, for its Friday night fish fry and its Saturday night all-you-can-eat chicken, shells, fries and salad throw-down

(a la Wright’s Chicken Farm). Suney’s menu offers a mostly fried sampling of seafood, French fries, onion rings and mozzarella sticks; and burgers and subs; as well as soups and salads. Full liquor bar. Credit cards accepted. Kitchen: Thursday, 11-8; Friday, 11-9; and Saturday, 4-9. Mezcal Tequila Cantina 166 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-926-8308 The menu at Mezcal — Worcester’s newest upscale Mexican cantina — is similar to the basic Mexican restaurant, spruced up a bit. It offers a few novel and interesting items as well, like barbecue duck quesadillas, red snapper and tilapia, shrimp and scallops, fried plantains and pork. Mezcal is also a shrine to tequila — by far the best list in Worcester, and undoubtedly in Central Massachusetts. Mezcal offers at least 100 tequilas, ranging from the ordinary (Cuervo) to the extraordinary (Patron products — up to $60 per shot). The room is classy and dark, and devoid of most stereotypic kitsch. Moderate to expensive. Open 7 days. Free valet parking. Morocco Restaurant and Bar 172 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-9660 Morocco Restaurant and Bar brings traditional Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine and culture into the heart of Worcester’s Little Italy: Shrewsbury Street. Not only does it serve up perhaps the best Middle Eastern food in the city, Morocco features belly dancing and live entertainment and DJs on Weekends, too. Sample their Lebanese beers and wine. Moderately priced. Credit cards accepted. Full liquor bar. Tortilla Sam’s 107 Highland St. 508-756-sams If gritty and funky, BYOB Mexican is your thing, then Tortilla Sam’s is your place. Dead center on the bustling Highland Street Bohemian/ coed scene, Tortilla Sam’s serves the full complement of Mexican and southwestern favorites (burritos, nachos, quesadillas, chimichangas, enchiladas, fajitas, soups, salads, baby-back ribs, burgers, chicken sandwiches and fingers, wraps [chicken, tofu, etc.], and tacos, and fried catfish) for a reasonable fee. Credit cards accepted. Cheap to moderate. Street parking. BYOB. Hop Vine Café 12 Crane St., Southbridge 508-764-1100 The heart of any home, or mixed-use complex, is where the good

food is, and the Hop Vine Café provides such a heart at 12 Crane in the Flat Iron district of Southbridge. This gastropub offers an upscale ‘Celtic-inspired’ menu, often pairing dishes with suggested wines, in a relaxed setting. Savory appetizers are an interesting combination of the familiar pub chips and onion rings, and such unusual delicacies as miniature bridies and graavlox. Entrees from fish & chips, meat pies, steak, lamb, and Cornish game hen are in the $17-$28 range. Leave room for dessert.

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hanukkah fever

Catch Hanukkah Fever, a celebration of the Festival of Lights, at the Worcester JCC, with Mama Doni & The Mama Doni Band on Sunday, November 21 at 3 p.m. Doni Zasloff Thomas and her musicians, back at the JCC by popular demand, will light your fire when they perform tracks from their family CDs, including “Hanukkah Fever.” Who can resist “Latke Man,” “La Vida Dreidel,” “Dear Hanukkah Harry” and other oy so catchy titles?! New Jersey’s Mama Doni makes a zany musical chicken soup of reggae, rock, disco, Latin, klezmer, and other styles. Free, for all ages. Hanukkah refreshments will be served. Worcester Jewish Community Center, 633 Salisbury St., 508-756-7109.

Paradise City Arts Festival, November 19, 20 and 21, at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough. Whether you are spicing up your home for the holidays, amassing a collection, hunting for affordable gifts, or searching for a “wow” accessory for a New Year’s Eve ensemble, you’ll find it all at Paradise City. Check out the special exhibit: “crEATe: Food as Artistic Inspiration.” The annual coat check and gift-wrap station benefits the Marlborough

et tu, brute?

After 400 years, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar remains remarkably modern: nobody is safe from manipulation, greed and political spin. Victory consumes a possible leader, conspirators rally for overthrow, bonds are broken, lies abound, and nobody’s true motives are trusted. Worcester State University’s visual and performing arts department will present Julius Caesar on November 18, 19 through 21 at the Fuller Theater, located on the second floor of the Helen G. Shaughnessy Administration building, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street. $7 students/$10 seniors/$14. 508-929-8843,

city of art

From a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants, 175 master craft designers and fine artists were selected to participate in the



Public Schools Music Association, which supports music programs in the public schools. The Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West (Route 20W), Marlborough. $12 adults; $10 seniors; $8 students; $15 weekend pass; children 12 and under, free.

turd thursday

Stop by Dr. Gonzo’s on Thursday, November 18 for November’s “Turd Thursday” Songwriter’s Challenge and enjoy Wooville’s only monthly songwriter’s challenge. Every “Turd Thursday” (that’s the third Thursday for all of you academic types) there is a new challenge for you to work on your chops. This month’s challenge (thanks to the team of Jon and Tom), is to come up with a fresh Nordic epic saga (come

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reeking of herring for extra points...). Here’s a chance to have fun and be creative! 7:30-9 p.m. Dr. Gonzo’s All Natural Mega Spicy Comestible Emporium, 122 Main St. Visit


Have you ever wanted to spend the night in the Higgins Armory castle? Now is your chance! Join them for an OverKnight Adventure to learn all about chivalry, heraldry, and the history of the knight in shining armor during OverKnight on Friday, November 19. This exciting program is appropriate for children in grades 1 through 6. Program runs from 5:30 p.m. on Friday through 9 a.m. on Saturday. $45 per person (includes dinner and breakfast). Pre-registration required. To register, contact Rhonda Houle at 508-853-6015, ext. 20, or Higgins Armory Museum, 100 Barber Ave. 508853-6015,

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Worcester Chamber Music Society presents The French Connection on Saturday, November 20. Featuring Ravel Introduction and Allegro for Flute, Clarinet, Harp; String Trio Saint-Saens Fantasie for Vioin and Harp; Francaix String Trio Koechlin Quintet No. 2 for Flute, Harp; String Trio “Primavera II” Debussy String Quartet Featuring Tracy Kraus, flute; Krista Buckland Reisner, violin; Peter Sulski, violin; Mark Berger, viola; David Russell, cello and Franziska Huhn, harp. $25 adults/$20 seniors/$10/ under 17 free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St. 978-4562730.

not dead

Following their successful summer tour, former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, with their new band Furthur, continue their musical adventure in a nine-city fall tour with their ONLY New England stop at the DCU Center on November 19. Also featuring Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson $59.50, $49.50 & $39.50. 7:30-11:30 p.m. DCU Center Arena, 50 Foster St. 508-755-6800 or visit

smart streets

On Saturday, November 20, stop by Booklovers’ Gourmet for the Main St. Smarts book signing with Grace Ross. Grace Ross’s book tells us what we perhaps should’ve already known: the people who make up Main Street are smart enough to carry out their birthright: to be the deciders, to be the government by and for us. Main St. Smarts walks you through the underlying economics and ramp up to this crisis. Free. 2-4 p.m. Booklovers’ Gourmet, 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232.

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The Worcester Men of Song are celebrating 60 years of barbershop harmony with its annual performance at Mechanics Hall, Happy Days are Here Again on Saturday, November 20. With special guests, Our Town, the Men of Song Chorus will serve up a night to remember. $22. 7:309:30 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-0888 or

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music >Thursday 18 Crazy Dave and Farley! Downstairs Bar at Ralph’s. Twice a week, Every week. Don’t miss it! 4-8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Oni Buchanan: Le Piano Français. Oni Buchanan is a young American pianist whose concert programming is often interdisciplinary in nature, directly engaging the intimate connections between the arts, and frequently including adventurous contemporary works alongside established repertoire. 7:30-9 p.m. Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall, 92 Downing St. Open Mic Night W/ Bill McCarthy. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Junior’s Pizza Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-5800. Audio Wasabi - Hosted by Brian Chaffee. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Come enjoy the music of Alison Keslow Duo at Harvest Cafe. Alison Keslow is one of the most exciting and creative bassist/composers to come out of Boston in recent years. No cover, pass the hat for the performers. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-5670948. Johnny Mercer Birthday Celebration Show!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Open Mic Jam. All players and singers are welcome! FREE. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Mill Street Brews (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900. Pregame Thursdays. 8 p.m.-noon Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247. Rob Benton. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879. Flock Of Assholes, the ultimate 80’s tribute band with The Bakers Union (Ex-Chillum!) & Sean Mcgorty. $5 Throwback!. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or find them on facebook. 18+ College Thursdays. The Canal District’s BIGGEST 18+ College Dance Party Weekly Theme Parties with TONS of Prizes and Giveaways! DJ Nick & DJ U-KNO Blazin the BEST! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100 or find them on facebook. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 5 Summer St., Lunenburg. 978-400-7524. Metal Thursday! Coffin Birth, The Green Evening Requim, Sarcomancy, Naegleria Metal. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Sean Fullerton. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Ton of Blues open mic. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. Ariband. 9:30 p.m.-noon Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-9268877. Andy Cummings Live. $3. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hooligan’s, 29 Blossom St., Fitchburg. 508-272-5092. James Keyes. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

>Friday 19 Crazy Dave and Farley! Downstairs Bar at Ralph’s. Twice a week, Every week. Don’t miss it! 4-8 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Pre And Post Furthur Party @ The Raven Music Hall. Brothers Donovan and dReAmSwell, Arnold’s Carnival, Desert Rain Duo, and Special Guests 5 p.m.-1 a.m. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. Brian Chaffee. 6-10 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Brokencyde / Millionaires @ The Palladium (upstairs). Tickets $14 adv., $15 door. 6:30-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Driving Reign. DR’s founding members, Steve Cianci of Hartford, CT and Tina Cianci, originally from Montreal, Canada, have been

performing and recording in Christian Music for over 10 years. 7-10 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658 or Dinda Duo Organ Concert: Organ Music Duos & “Demonstrations”. Join the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists as we host Renea Waligora and Robin Dinda in a concert of duo pipe organ music, proceeds from which will benefit the Leupold Foundation, dedicated to the pipe organ and its music, and will fund research, educational events and publications. $10. 7:15-9 p.m. First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave. Bill Mccarthy & His Guitar @ Pepe’s! Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock!. Free!. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Pepe’s Brick Oven, 274 Franklin St. 508-755-1978 Two Symphonies Inspired by Nature. The Seven Hills Symphony presents two Symphonies for their Fall Concert on the campus of UMass Medical School. The Concert opens with Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6 and closes with the Grouse Creek Symphony by Gary Gackstatter. 7:30-9:30 p.m. University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center - University Campus: Aaron Lazare Medical Research Building, 364 Plantation St. 617824-0333 or Andy Cummings. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cornerstone’s Restaurant, 616 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-1991. Harvest Cafe presents Patti DeRosa, singer/ No cover, pass the hat for the performer. 8-10 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Music Worcester presents Dave Brubeck and his Quartet. $42, $39, students $20/$15 at door. WOO card at door, WICN & all other discounts, group rates - call in advance. 8-10:30 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-754-3231 or Ned Lucas Band. The Ned Lucas Band returns to Greendale’s on West Boylston St. Original high energy 3-pc blues/rock with a healthy dose of classic rock & blues. thenedlucasband. Free. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Push - Nightfly & Kenny Crisis. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Sean Ryan. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Barbers Crossing (North), 175 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8438. The Josh Williams Bluegrass Band. $15 advance, $20 day of show. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets.bullrunrestaurant. com. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Jesse Garcia Live. with Courtney Lavoie & Brendon Cunningham 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Belfont Hotel, 11 South Main St., Millbury. 508-917-8128. The Curtain Society, & Tangents (cd release party/1st show ever! ex-SEEMLESS) & more. Cuervo Silver promo tonight too! $8. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or . byo blues. $5 cover charge. 9 p.m.-noon Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. Carol O’Shaughnessy and Brian Patton!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Cold Train. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. DJ Pete the Polock. Classic rock to the Blues. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. 508754-3516. Friday Night Frenzy w/DJ Reckless. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247. Jah Spirit. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. 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. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

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SoundCHECK It was the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the town, every creature was returning, even the louse. What? Didn’t you know that Thanksgiving eve is one of the biggest nights for music and reunions in Worcester? Well, you wouldn’t want to be stuck home stuffing the tofurkey while all of your favorite local bands are ready to rock you into Thanksgiving now, would you? So take a look at what you’ll find out in the local clubs tonight, and forget the long winter’s nap – get out and celebrate! The Festival of Sight & Sound at the Hotel Vernon (1 Millbury St.) is more than just a night of good music, it also hosts a dose of art and poetry – everything you want in a night out, if you ask me. First off, you’ve got acoustic music with Dan Cloutier, Kim Jennings and the debut of The Farmers Union Players (vocals with Helen Beaumont, guitar and vocals James Keyes, Zack Silk on banjo, Laurie Levitre on fiddle, and Bob Mac of the Cobramatics on bass). The electric portion of the evening features Mack the Knife, The Numbskulls, The Roadkill Orchestra. And then you have artwork from Morgan Freeman, Scott Holloway, Eamon Gillen, Don Hartmann, and Brian Burris. Plus, The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show arrives with some kick-ass spoken word. $7, but bring a food donation for the Worcester Country Food Bank and score $2 off. 8:30 p.m. For the past 25 years, Wilbur and The Dukes have been playing the best in blues and R&B. At tonight’s show at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner (148 Grove St.) with guests Johnny Press and the Press Mess, plus Shakey and the Bluecats, you discover first-hand why Steven Going and gang are still going strong. 9 p.m. For that classic rockabilly sound with modern day cool, you simply must trek out to Barre and stop by Dreamers (815 Worcester Rd. Rte 122A Barre) to see Jason James & The Bay State Houserockers. Nobody plays the sounds of rock and roll’s early days like Jason James, and the Houserockers earn their stripes as the most bad ass back up band ever. Catch this dude before he’s more famous than Jerry Lee Lewis. 9 p.m. Twenty years ago, a little rock band called Probable Cause played Sir Morgan’s Cove, and now two decades later they present the 20th anniversary of its Thanksgiving eve bash at what we all now know as The Lucky Dog (89 Green St.) The party will include early admission, beer specials and an opening performance by acoustic guitar stringer Chad Clements. Come hear songs that Probable Cause hasn’t performed in more than 10, 15, or heck, maybe 20 years! $8. 7:30 p.m. All you Whalebone Farmhouse fans better get your asses to Vincent’s (49 Suffolk St.) tonight for their LAST SHOW ever. Come bid them so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight! Featuring for one last time: Keri Anderson on vocals, tambourine; Rocky Kramm on vocals, guitar; Jeff Burch on Upright Bass; Greg Wolodkin on harmonica and special guest Duncan Arsenault on drums/percussion. 10 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve with Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & The Roadkill Orchestra may be one of the rocking-est nights in the city. UBS is on fire with its hell-bent rock and roll, and Dr. Gonzo’s Roadkill Orchestra plays a jambalaya mix of blues, jazz, acid bluegrass and a touch of rockabilly. Catch them at Beatnik’s (433 Park Ave.) 7 p.m. According to their MySpace page, The Installers play “All the best blues/rock music and musicians that came before us.” You can find them the night before your tryptophan-induced coma at the Bull Run Restaurant (215 Great Rd., Shirley). 8 p.m. If you’re looking for a night with your classic and contemporary favorites, then check out the Greater Worcester’s hardest working musician Bill McCarthy, as he commands your attention at the Whistle Stop Bar & Grill (85 Main St., Oxford). Seriously, this dude is behind the mic almost every night of the week. Don’t believe me? Then check out his jammed itinerary yourself at BadClownProductions. 8 p.m. With a tag line like “What happens at the show, stays at the show,” how can you resist stepping out to see Never in Vegas at JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill (380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough) tonight? The band promises some high-energy rock and roll, so get ready to cut it loose with the homecoming queen tonight! 9 p.m. For a little mix of classic-rock influences, young and old, check out JC Young, The Evening and Hard No. 9 all at Tammany Hall (43 Pleasant St.) tonight, and bring a few old friends with you to reminisce as you make new memories. FiveHole is a five-piece, high-energy, top-40, pop/ modern rock cover band that aims to kick Thanksgiving into high gear at Beemer’s Pub (114 River St., Fitchburg) tonight. 9 p.m. A double header is set for Sahara Cafe & Restaurant (143 Highland St.) tonight with The Points North, featuring hushed minimalist New England-inspired folk songs (sounds deep) and ii nub who offer a downtempo ambient electronic feel (sounds funky). Starts at 10 p.m. Another home town hero who plays around the area nonstop is Andy Cummings. His musical CV features guitar, vocal, harmonica, ukulele, kazoo and percussion. You can find him at Nick’s Bar and Restaurant (124 Millbury St.) tonight playing both what he calls “the popular song” and original tunes, which blends the sunshine pop/British Invasion sounds of the 1960s with a “generation x, east-coast sensibility.” 9 p.m. If you’re looking for modern rock covers with a twist tonight, don’t miss Sin City, a female-fronted five-piece band that plays hits from the 80s to today, but with that sweet feminine touch. Find them at Classic’s Pub (285 Central St., Leominster) at 9 p.m.



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Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222 or Pete the Polak, DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, 152 Millbury St. 508-754-3516. Phantasia Fridays At Fusion. Fridays Fusion features the best sound and lights in Central Mass with the top DJ’s in the area spinning your favorite Dance, Hip Hop and top 40 tracks. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100. Route 66. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club KasBar, 234 Southwest Cutoff. 508-798-8385. That 80’S Band. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. The Snapdaddies. 9 p.m.-noon Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Scissormen & Ten Foot Polecats. $10. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gilrein’s, 802 Main St. 508-791-2583. Jason James & The Baystate Houserockers. 10 p.m.1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. The Great Whiskey Rebellion. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877.

>Saturday 20 Clark University Jazz Workshop and Combo. Clark University Jazz Workshop and Combo James Allard, director All information is subject to change. Please call the Visual & Performing Arts Events Office at 508-793-7356 or e-mail Clark University: Higgins University Center, The Grind, lower level, 950 Main St. Hip Hop Night w/Pete Polack AKA Syre Dedye & DJ Nemo. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-3656105. Boston Classical Guitar Society Performance Party. Like an open mike but for classical guitarists, and thanks to the tireless efforts of Oscar Azaret, the BCGS Performance Parties. 2-5 p.m. Union Music, Union Music Performance Space, 142 Southbridge St. 508-753-3702 or Epica. Scar Symmetry / Mutiny Within / Blackguard $20 adv. / $25 day VIP $50 (Includes Early Entry, Pre-Show M&G, & Poster) (Upstairs). 7 p.m.-midnight Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Jesse Fontaine in Concert with Guitarist Joe D’Angelo. Award winning Jazz Group/Musician Jesse Fontaine takes to the stage with his Quartet in a musical experience from the Great American Song Book and Beyond, including original compositions by the artist. $15. 7-9 p.m. Alternatives’ GB and

Lexi Singh Performance Center, 180-200, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. 508-473-7303 or Come Together Music Fest. Celebrate the magical music of the Beatles! Featuring guitar great Rick Derringer of hit single “Hang on Sloopy”; Billy J Kramer — Founder and lead singer of Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas; Gary Lewis’ Founder of Gary Lewis and the Playboys and son of comedian Jerry Lewis; Peter Tork of the Monkees and Shoe Suede Blues; Frank Stallone and All-Star Concert Beatles tribute bands Beatle Tracks, The Mockers and Niki Luparelli and the Gold Diggers. Loose Salute will feature the works of Michael Nesmith along with their much anticipated CD release party! Come Together to celebrate John Lennon’s 70th birthday & the greatest rock band of all time - The Beatles! 39. 7:3011:59 p.m. Sheraton Framingham Hotel, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham. 508-981-3447 or Wachusett Music Series Presents: Jimmy Lafave with special guests Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli. LaFave is nothing if not a red dirt romantic. Viewing the world from an open road and an open heart, with one eye on the girl and the other on the mythological lure of the highway. $15 in advance $18 day of show. 7:30-10 p.m. First Church of Christ Unitarian, 725 Main St., Lancaster. 978-365-2043 or Jon Lacouture. Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Brook’s Pub, Lincon st. Mike Livingston. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cornerstone’s Restaurant, 616

Central St., Leominster. 978-537-1991. Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters. 8-11 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311. The Alchemystics, Sophistafunk, Daisy’s Little Secret and The Family Business (1st). $8. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888. Tino & Cotton. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road, Sterling. 978-422-8484. Truth Ending Cycle - Court in Chaos - Intolerance. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Bill Mccarthy & His Guitar - Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock!. FREE. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Chuck’s Steakhouse, 10 Prospect St., Auburn. 508-832-2553. Jim Porcella and Pianist Jack Senier!. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Live Music in the Pub: Brennan Brothers. With a mixture of Irish, Folk, Rock, Soft Rock and Country, not to mention a touch of Reggae, Comedy and of course some original songs, The Brennan Bros. offer something to please everyone. No Cover. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fiddlers’ Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700 or Auntie Trainwreck. Come join Auntie Trainwreck for our regular monthly performance at Club Kasbar! 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Club KasBar,

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Blending elements of reggae, soul, dub and hip-hop, Northampton-based band, The Alchemystics, have provided listeners with pronounced sound teamed with positive messages since their formation.

The group formed back in 2004 when Demse Zullo (drums, percussion) and Garrett Sawyer (bass) decided they wanted to create their own reggae hip-hop group. Both Zullo and Sawyer, having known and played music with musician Ras Jahn (vocals) in previous musical settings, invited him to collaborate. Through several line-up changes, the band continued to evolve, capturing the talent of Force (vocals), Jay Metcalf (keyboards) and Ian (vocals, guitar). They have since created four fulllength albums and, having finished a series of successful summer festival performances, members of the group have now turned focus to create their fifth full-length album, set to be released in early 2011. Each member brings a unique element in regards to The Alchemystics sound. Collectively coming from a rich variety of lifestyles, the result is pure talent. Zullo explains, “We have so many different races and backgrounds, so many different kinds of musical training, I’d like to think of the band as diversity at work.” It is through this diversity in which each member is able to bring a unique element in regards to sound. Specifically, vocals from Ian and Jahn provide accomplished harmony, rich and sustainable in reggae roots. In a perfectly balanced contrast, Force brings an element of hip-hop, with lyrics and style that engages listeners with its concentrated intensity. Zullo, who has extensive training in various styles of drumming, holds the music tightly together, tracking every beat spot-on with skillful precision. Metcalf accompanies the sound 34 W O R C E S T E R M A G . C O M • N O V E M B E R 1 8 , 2 0 1 0

with life and bouts of high energy, completing the reggae sound with engaging chords and bright notes with the keyboard. Sawyer completes the body of sound, bass lines alongside his seasoned musicianship that helps his notes reach an almost underground depth. Sawyer, who has traveled extensively, has helped bring talent and influence from out of the country. Just recently, The Alchemystics were able to share the stage with Trinidad’s, “Calypso King,” Kurt Allen. Calypso music represents an Afro-Caribbean style of music, rooted in West African tradition, though also carrying a strong French influence. The band envisions positive change. Zullo adds, “… encouraging people to be accepting of one another. We want some positive political change… if you want to do something, sometimes you just got to go it. You can’t wait for someone to do it for you.” Zullo explains some of the band’s sources of inspiration, “It’s safe to say that our influences stem from a variety of sources and not just music alone. Our children and personal relationships inspire us. The state of the world around us inspires us to write about what we see happening and share our thoughts on the changes needed to move forward… we’re not getting rich from what we’re doing, but we know we’re spreading something positive.” The group has a new CD coming out early 2011. Check out and download the first three songs off the new album free of charge at music. The Alchemystics have provided awareness and inspiration to listeners for the last six years and it’s safe to say that this band will surely be moving the crowd once again. With an uplifting sound, packed with messages that speak to each of our lives, you won’t want to miss The Alchemystics on November 20 at the Lucky Dog.

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234 Southwest Cutoff. 508-798-8385. Brian Kendall & Dave Miller. 9 p.m.-noon Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277. Constellation Edzo Band. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. DJ T-Rich. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Girl Spot Saturdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Club Gallery, 150 Point St., Providence. 401-751-7166 or Not in Kansas. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Seductive Saturdays with DJ Hydro & DJ Savas- Top 40. No Cover Charge. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508756-2100. Sluggo. Band $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Spin Suite Saturdays with DJ Soup. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247. Sun Jones. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. the bone dogs. $5 cover charge. 9 p.m.-noon Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. The Obsession Band. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Belfont Hotel, 11 South Main St., Millbury. 508-917-8128. Tigerlily. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. 508-480-8222. Babe Pino. $10. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gilrein’s, 802 Main St. 508791-2583. Southern Breeze Skynyrd Tribute Band. Fans of Souther Rock music will not want to miss this show. This group is AWESOME $5 Cover. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. The Days End, 287 Main St., Oxford. Guns of Navarone. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. John Cate. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439.

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Patio. No Cover Charge. BE There! 7-10 p.m. Cafe’ Sorrento, 143 Central St., Milford. 508-478-7818 or danalewismusic. Live in Concert! Mike Stern Band featuring Dave Weckl, Tom Kennedy, Bob Malach. $35; $25. 7-9 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-0888 or Blind Guardian @ The Palladium. with Holy Grail / Seven Kingdom Tickets $23 adv., $26 door. 8-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Open Mic presented by JB Sound. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. Dr.Gonzo’s Road Kill Orchestra Every Other Sunday Residency!. Free Hot Dogs w/ Gonzo-condiments! and Lorianne’s exquisite drink menu! Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or theRoadKillOrchestra. Josh Briggs Live. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Funky Murphy’s Bar & Grill, 305 Shrewsbury St. 508-753-2995 or fiveonfriday. Live At Amsterdam Sunday’s. Musicians and poets welcome! 21+ Hookah and Bar! Free!. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Amsterdam Lounge, 27 Pleasant St. 508-615-1735 or find them on facebook. Sunday Night Lucky Dog Rumble. theRoadKill Orchestra lights up the LuckyDog. Remember folks: the weekend is not over until you say it is! 9-11:30 p.m. the Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St., Worcester. Widow Sunday, Hope Before the Fall, The Summoned, and Tight Rope. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Reggae Fusion Sundays with DJ Nick. Worcester’s


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>Sunday 21 versaemerge w/Anarbor/The Dangerous Summer/ Conditions/View From An Airplane @ The Palladium (upstairs). Tickets $8 adv., $10 door. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Ensemble Davuli CD Release Party. Ensemble Davuli CD Release Party, Sunday November 21 Doors Open - 2pm Showtime - 2:30pm til 4:00pm Event Ends - 5pm Come celebrate with us as we dance to the music of Ensemble Davuli’s debut release “The Wandering Drum”! Dancers include Dina and Troupe Shivani; Baseema, Sabrina, Phaedra, Illiana, OmBellyCo, Neylan, and many more. Admission is FREE - but we’d love it if you bought a CD. Free. 2-5 p.m. Dancing Gypsy, 117 Main St., Spencer. 508-8853639 or Clark University Concert Choir. Clark University’s Concert Choir presents Handel’s Messiah. Christine Noel, Conductor. Free and open to the public. 3-4:30 p.m. Clark University: Atwood Hall, 950 Main St. Worcester Chamber Music Society - “The French Connection”. $25 adults/$20 seniors/$10 Children under 17 free admission. 3-5 p.m. Village Congregational Church, 25 Church St., Whitinsville. 978-456-2730. Organ Dedication. All our welcome to the dedication of our new Rodger’s organ. Erik Johnson, Organist and Director of the First Congregational Church of Sutton will perform a glorious organ presentation and members of their choir will join us in raising voice and joyous praise along with the addition of instrumental accompaniment. Free. 4-5 p.m. First Congregational Church of Leicester, 1 Washburn Square, Leicester. 508-892-3274. Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Featured artists weekly Donations. 5-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Dale Lepage and the Bobby Gadoury Trio CD Release Party 5pm! Then Andy Cummings 9pm!. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Dana Lewis Live!. Dana Lewis Live! Playing the Greatest Hits of the 60’s to the 80’s. Great Italian Food, Full Bar, Lottery, Outdoor


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longest running REGGAE night hosted by DJ Nick and Guest DJ’s spinning Reggae, Hip Hop and Top 40 every Sunday. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100.

>Monday 22 Driftin’ Sam Politz at 7pm; Karaoke 9pm to Close!. No Cover!. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. 18+ College Night. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247.

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Open Mic Night w /Bill McCarthy Open Mike!.<P Email Bill at: 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Worcester Area Earth and Spirit Community Chorus rehearsals. Worcester Area’s Earth and Spirit Community Choir is open to singers of any ability or level of experience and welcomes anyone with the desire to sing and willingness to learn with others. $5 per rehearsal, $50 per 10-rehearsal session. 7-9 p.m. First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main St. 508-7550995 or “Totally Tuesdays” Rad tunes in the Diner played 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. 8-10 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-795-1012 or . Dan Kirouac with Dorette Weld. free. 8-10 p.m. Barking Dog Grill, 21 Friend St., Amesbury. 978-388-9537. Open Mic with Shane Hall. Open Mic hosted by Shane Hall. Never ceases to be interesting! 1 food or drink item purchase. 8-10 p.m. Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St. 508-479-8311. Scott Riccuiti, Michael Thibodeau & John Donovan. 8-11 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Terry Brennan. 8 p.m.-midnight Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879 or American Songbook Sing-a-long!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Tony Gahan. 9-11:30 p.m. Grey Hound Pub (An Cu Liath), 11 Kelley Square. 508-754-6100 or Clutch Grabwell. $10. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gilrein’s, 802 Main St. 508-791-2583. Embassy & Rebirth Tuesdays Bass. Every Tuesday Bass Embassy & ReBirth bring you the best Dubstep ,Jungle and Drum & Bass music in Central Mass. Doors open at 10 PM. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100 or

>Wednesday 24 Probable Cause presents the 20th anniversary of their Thanksgiving Eve bash! w/ guest Chad Clement. 7:30 open. Get here early!!! This show will sell out! $8. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888. Brown Bag Concert: April Hall Quintet. April’s voice is an instrument of astonishing beauty and versatility, capable of ranging from the subtlest nuance to the most powerful soul-drenched belting with equal ease and mastery. An award winning songwriter, April’s graceful looks and powerful presence captivate audiences everywhere. “Glorious” The Boston Globe. Produced by Mechanics Hall and WICN Public Radio-New England”s Jazz & Folk Station at 90.5 fm and streaming live at partnership with Bank of America. Concerts begin at noon and admission is free. Bring your own lunch or purchase one at the Hall, prepared by Eric’s LaPatisserie Café. Programs are subject to change without notice. Free. noon-1 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. 508-752-5608 or



theRoadKill Orchestra opening for Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse. this is round 1 of a music double header. theRoadKill Orchestra will be kicking off your Thanksgiving reunion party with a two hour set before turning over the stage to Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse! 7-9 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-9268877. Open Mic Night hosted by Sax Player Joe Ferreira. Open Mic hosted by Sax player Joe Ferreira Performances are held in dining room of restaurant with full bar. Dinner is served until 5-9pm. Reservations accepted. After Dark menu, desserts and cocktails until closing. 978-567-0948 No Cover, Pass the hat for the host. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Harvest Café, 40 Washington St., Hudson. 978-567-0948. Open Mic Night at Beatnik’s with Bill McCarthy. Free!. 7:30-11 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877 or MySpace. com/OpenMicWorld. Acoustic Rock with Johnny R. Free. 8 p.m.-noon Brook’s Pub, 251 Lincoln St., Lincon st. 508-612-8128. Night before Thanksgiving w/ Parker & Taylor. Join us at Halligan’s Sports Bar and More for a great night of LIVE entertainment Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. 508-832-6793. Open Mike Night. No Cover Charge. 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Firefly’s Framingham, 235 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham. 508-8203333 or Sam James. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879. Thanksgiving Eve Party with The Installers. 8-11:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311. Thanksgiving Eve With Bill Mccarthy & His Guitar Classic & Contemporary Acoustic Rock!. FREE. 8-11:30 p.m. Whistle Stop Bar & Grill, 85 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3087. Thanksgiving Eve with Go Gadget Go. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. The Installers Thanksgiving Eve Party. $15 advance; $20 day of show. 8-11:30 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, Sawtelle Room, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-425-4311 or tickets. 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. Open Mic Night The Raven Music HALL. Open Mic Night 258 Pleasant Street Worcester, MA 01609 Hosted By John Franklin Free. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Online 978-868-6340 or Hard Drive Classic Rock Maximized Rhythm & Blues. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Marine Corps League Lake Ave, lake ave, Shrewsbury. James Keyes and Guests. Yeah baby! 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Hotel Vernon - The Ship Room/Kelley Square Yacht Club, 1 Millbury St. 508-363-3507. Open Mic Night with Eric Burton. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. Starving Artist Open Mic- Hosted by Josh Briggs and Tony Yodice. Free. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 97-103 Water St. 508-792-0900. Thanksgiving Bash with Never in Vegas. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Thanksgiving Eve Acoustic Jam. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. Thanksgiving Eve Party with Five Hole. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Beemer’s Pub, 114 River St., Fitchburg. 978-343-3148. Thanksgiving Eve w/ Andy Cummings!. No Cover!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-7534030. Thanksgiving Eve with DJ Jonathan. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cigar Masters, 1 Exchange Place. 508-459-9035. Thanksgiving Eve with Laquerhead. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Breakaway Billiards, 104 Sterling St., Clinton. 978-365-6105. Thanksgiving Eve with On the Rocks. 9 p.m.-noon Celtic Tavern, 45 Belmont St., Northborough. 508-366-6277.

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Thanksgiving Eve with Sin City. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic’s Pub, 285 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-7750. The Last Call Band. Winner of the 2010 Worcester Music Awards for Best Rock Band 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Irish Times / Rehab, 244 Main St. 508-797-9599 or The Party is at Ralph’s! Thanksgiving Eve! w/ Wilbur and The Dukes!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. The Silverbacks. Band $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Way Back Wednesdays. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Square One Sports Bar & Grille, 139 Green St. 508-752-3471 or squareonesportsbar. com. The Points North (Hushed minimalist New England inspired folk songs) with ii nub (Downtempo ambient electronic). Special Thanksgiving Eve show! No cover. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181. Wasted Wednesdays with DJ Soup. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Bluri Bar & Lounge, 320 Main St. 508-926-8247.


Booklovers’ Gourmet, ”Textural”, mixed media works by Jean Marie Paradis, Through Nov. 30. 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 College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Margaret Lanzetta: Pet the Pretty Tiger, Works 1990 - 2010, through Dec. 15. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508-793-3356 or EcoTarium, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. $12 adults; $8 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members free. Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or Fitchburg Art Museum, Second National Monotype/ Monoprint juried exhibition, Through Jan. 2, 2011; Pee Wee Picasso (For ages 2--5 with adult), Saturdays, through Nov. 20; Make-and-Take Holiday Gifts for the Family, Sunday. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, noon-4 p.m. Tuesday Saturday. 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg. 978-345-4207 or Higgins Armory Museum, Exhibit: Beyond Belief: The Curious Collection of Professor Rufus Excalibur Bell, Through June 20, 2011; WOO Card good at Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31, 2011. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: General Admission: $10 for Adults, $7 for Children (age 4-16), Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. 508-853-6015 or Museum of Russian Icons, Treasures from Moscow: Icons from the Andrey Rublev Museum, through July 25. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, senior voluntary contribution, student and children free. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or Old Sturbridge Village, Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Children under 3 free. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or Post Road Art Center, Call to Artists: Miniature Show 2010, Saturdays Nov. 24; Cape Show 2010, through Nov. 23; Miniature Show 2010; call to artists, through Nov. 24. Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-485-2580 or Westboro Gallery, “Transformations”-Westboro Gallery Opening by Shari Fox, Through Feb. 7, 2011. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 8 West Main St., Westborough. 508-870-0110 or Worcester Art Museum, Edouard Manet’s The Dead Toreador, through March 31; Place as Idea, through Feb. 13; Portrait Photographs through Nov. 28; Wall at WAM: Charline von Heyl, Opening Reception for the Artist, Friday; Zip Tour: The Wall @ WAM by Charline von Heyl, Saturday; Sunday Public Tour, Sundays, through May 22. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $10 adults, $8 seniors, free for youth 17 and under. Free for all Saturdays, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or WPI: George C. Gordon Library, A Well-Documented Life : The Theo Brown Diaries, Through June 15, 2011. 100 Institute Road.

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

>Friday 19 Art & Lepers. Eve Rifkah reads from her two new books of poetry and Michael Milligan plays original compositions for guitar. 7-9 p.m. Assumption College: Emmanuel d’Alzon Library, 500 Salisbury St. 508-835-4143.

>Saturday 20 Unified Poetry Slam/Worcester Youth & Clark University Poetry Slam Series. Preliminary Poetry Slam Qualifying Competitions for 2011 Worcester Youth & Clark University Poetry Slam Teams. Short spoken word showcase and featured performance by Boston Based Performance Poetry Theater Troupe ARTiculation. Competition involves local teens & Clark University Students who are encouraged to perform their poetry then are awarded points by randomly selected audience members. Winners go on to compete for spot on respective teams at national tournaments next year. This is the third event of the season. Hosted by Youth Slam Director Alex Charalambides Free / Donations Accepted. 7-10 p.m. Clark University: Higgins University Center, The Bistro, 950 Main St.

>Sunday 21 The Poets’ Asylum. Join Worcester’s longest running poetry series every Sunday night for an open mic reading followed by a featured poet and/or poetry slam. This week we welcome Heidi Therrien. Heidi Therrien is a performance poet, singer, actor/ director and painter from Manchester, NH. 6-9 p.m. Nu-Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800.

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The Sexiest Show in Town - Mondays, Monday, July 26 Tuesday, May 24. Come laugh with some of the best comics from the Worcester and New England area. Hosted by Shaun Connolly. Buy a pitcher, get a FREE pizza! Every 2nd and 4th Monday! Free. 8-10 p.m. The Center Bar and Grille, 102 Green St. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Wong Dynasty Thursdays. $10. 8-10 p.m. Wong Dynasty, 176 Reservoir St., Holden. Call 508-829-2188 or visit Dick’s Beantown Comedy Escape at Biagio’s Grille. Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Clubs Showtimes: Fri 9pm -Sat 8pm Reservations Recommended at 800-401-2221. $20pp except Special Events Drinks and Appetizers available in the show room

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Full Dinner Available before Show in Restaurant $5off with College ID 2 for 1 Active Military or Veterans $4 off with Dinner Receipt and Reservations. Sat Nov 13th Dan Kelly and Chris Pennie. Sat Nov 20th Dick Doherty Josh Gondelman and Brian Beaudoin. 8-9:30 p.m. Biagio’s Grille, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call 800-4012221 or visit Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Jose Murphy’s Saturdays. $10. 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 2nd Floor, 97-103 Water St. Call 508-792-0900 or visit Frank Foley’s Comedy Safari Comedy Club - Saturdays. October 2 - Saturday, November 27. 8-9:45 p.m. Irish Times Main St. Worcester, 433 Main St. Worcester Mass. 774-452-1131. Punkplay - Thursday, November 11 - Saturday, November 20. punkplay by Gregory Moss Directed by Raymond Munro punkplay is punk. writing is punk. music is punk.  performance is punk. punkplay is a survey of the music. punkplay is a coming of age story. punkplay is a political act. punkplay starts each night at 8:15p.m. join us starting at 7:30pm for live and local music. 11-11 thru 11-13 11-14 3pm, No Bands 11-18 thru 11-20. departments/clarkarts. Find us on Facebook: clarkarts $5 free with college ID. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Clark University: Little Center, Michelson Theater, 950 Main St. 508-793-7356. Harvey, the play - November 17 - 19. no experience necessary. Bring photo or headshot 7:30-9:30 p.m. Southgate Retirement Community, in their theatre, 30 Julio Drive, Shrewsbury. Call 508-832-7150. WSU Theatre presents: “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” - Thursday, November 18 - Saturday, November 20. The power of Shakespeare’s most political play lies in its continued pertinence to modern events. With Julius Caesar, a charismatic and controversial leader, set to gain power, a group of politicians plot his assassination, and rival factions vie for control of Rome. Thurs- Sat @ 8pm; Sun @ 2pm. For information and reservations call 508929-8843. Students $7 / Seniors $10 / General Admission $14.. 8-10 p.m. Worcester State University, Fuller Theater; Administration Building, Second Floor, 486 Chandler St. Call 508-929-8843. The Doo-Wop Murders Murder Mystery Dinner Theater - Friday, November 19. Danny “Boom Boom” Divitro is still hosting a high school reunion and fundraiser, but now the plot has thickened a bit. The guilty parties from last year are no longer the guilty ones! We’ve got new crimes, new suspects, and a new solution to the crimes. $52. Salem Cross Inn, 260 W. Main St., West Brookfield. Call 508-867-2345 or visit Apple Tree Arts’ Night of Comedy - Friday, November 19. Enjoy a fun night of family entertainment at Apple Tree Arts annual “Night of Comedy” featuring elementary-aged children. The one-act play opens up with a scene of a mother reading a book to her daughter at bedtime. When the girl playfully jumps on her bed, she hurts the bed bugs living in her bed. The fun begins when the bugs let her know that she’s not alone. $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and children five years or older. Tickets will be available at the door.. 7-8:30 p.m. Grafton Elementary School, 105 Millbury St., Grafton. 508-839-4286. Wisecracks Comedy Show - Fridays. $12. 8-10 p.m. Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. Call 508-832-6793 or visit Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Halligan’s Sports Bar 3rd Friday of EVERY month. $12. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. Call 508-832-6793 or visit The Wizard of Oz - Friday, November 19 - Sunday, November 21. $12 adults, $10 seniors and children under 12. 7:30-9:30 p.m. North Brookfield Elementary School, Auditorium, 10 High School Dr, North Brookfield. Call 508-867-8326. Oliver Ashton American Legion Post 343 Comedy Night - Saturday, November 20. A night of fantastic comedy with American Comedy Award nominee Patty Ross. 8 p.m. Showtime (doors open at 7). Tickets $20, at the door or by calling (508) 8730336. $20. 8-10 p.m. American Legion: Northbridge Oliver Ashton Post 343, 198 Church Ave., Northbridge. Call 508-873-0336. Comedy at Firefly’s BBQ - Saturday, November 20. Boston legend Mike Donovan (“When Standup Stood Out,” “NESN Comedy All-Stars,” etc.) heads an all-star lineup that also features Tim

McIntire (Comedy Central, National Public Radio) and Sean Sullivan (Comedy Central). $15. 9:30-11:20 p.m. Firefly’s / Dante’s, 350 East Main St., Marlborough. Call 508-357-8883 or visit dantes. Comedy at the Strand - Saturday, November 20. American Comedy Award nominee Patty Ross - sometimes called “a female Jackie Gleason” - headlines along with Chris Zito and Graig Murphy. 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 9) Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door, available at Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 9:30-11 p.m. Strand Theatre Movie House & Grille, 58 High St., Clinton. Call 978-365-5500. WSU Theatre presents: “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” - Sunday, November 21. The power of Shakespeare’s most political play lies in its continued pertinence to modern events. With Julius Caesar, a charismatic and controversial leader, set to gain power, a group of politicians plot his assassination, and rival factions vie for control of Rome. Thurs- Sat @ 8pm; Sun @ 2pm. For information and reservations call 508-929-8843. Students $7 / Seniors $10 / General Admission $14. 2-4 p.m. Worcester State University, Fuller Theater (Administration Building, 2nd Floor), 486 Chandler St. Call 508-929-8843.

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fairs/ festivals >Friday 19 Fall Food Festival. Join us for authentic Armenian dinners including shish, losh and chicken kebab, or kheyma sandwiches. Stock up for the holidays on special Armenian baked goods including choreg, boorma, simit and khadayif. Also featuring lahmejune, yalanchi, manti, string cheese, kufta and bastegh. Everything homemade by our by our own church “ladies”. Free. 4-8 p.m. Armenian Apostolic Holy Trinity Church, 635 Grove St. 508-852-2414.

>Saturday 20 Annual Holiday Fair. Breakfast with Santa, Sweet Shop, New & Improved Game Room for Kids, Raffles, Silent Auctions, Class Baskets, Moon Walk, Holiday Crafts, Prizes, Prizes, Prizes and Much, Much more. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Bernard’s Elementary School, 254 Summer St., Fitchburg. 978-342-1948. Grafton’s Great Turkey Treasure Hunt. This annual event is a fun, family activity where each team’s entry fee is a free-will donation of canned goods for the Grafton Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Each team will receive an initial clue to start a treasure hunt through Grafton’s parks, public buildings, recreational facilities and historic sites. The first five teams to find all the clues and return to the final “secret” destination will receive prizes. 9-11 a.m. Grafton Common, Grafton Common, Grafton. 508-839-5335, ext. 156. Magic Hands of the Middle East - Middle Eastern Music and Dance. Edward J Hines will lead an interactive demonstration of music and dance from the Middle East. Authentic wind, string and percussion instruments commonly played in Turkish and Arabic folk and classical music will be demonstrated. He will also teach the audience easy folk dances for families and children---of all ages! 2-3:30 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655. Holiday Craft Fair. Sat & Sun: The craft fair will feature items from local crafters including items such as jewelry, holiday decorations, ornaments, quilted items, bird houses, gift baskets, candles and much more. Breakfast and lunch. Raffles. Sat is 9:00 4:00 PM Sun is 10:00 to 3:00 PM 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Christopher Parish, 16 Sturbridge Road / Route20, Brimfield. 413-245-7274 or

>Sunday 21 Jewelry, Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show. 35th Annual Show features 15 dealers, exhibits, hourly door prizes, demonstrations, raffle, snacks, and unique gifts. Directions: I-290, exit 22 (Main Street, Shrewsbury exit), toward Worcester, through light, up hill, armory and parking will be on the left at 701 Lincoln

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Auburn townhouse ready for you BY JOSH FARNSWORTH Lady Slipper Lane may be a quiet road, but its latest dwelling to come on the market sure to cause a buzz around Auburn and Central Mass. This condo townhouse – located at 5 Lady Slipper Lane, Unit 2 – has the interior comfort to appeal a bevy of potential buyers. Its location and access to major roadways (minutes from Route 290, Route 20, The Mass Pike) as well as nearby Worcester makes the home an ideal spot to nest. “It has great access to the highway,” said Realtor Mike Dagilis of Real Living Barbera Associates. “It also has such great access to the

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4 br 2 bath Classic new england colonial on over an acre of beautiful land. Storage barn/workshop stands near the house, kennel with electric power and partially fenced yard sits behind the home. There’s a miniature of the home in the center of circular driveway which is covered by trees and planted with lilacs and hosta. Large updated eat-in kitchen with solid surface counter tops and bay window overlooking private flat back yard. Full bath on first & second floor allows for flexible use of the bedrooms. Aberman Assoc Inc 978537-4971 x 23


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Lancaster $199,900

3 br 1 bath ranch. Spacious farmhouse style single story home. Originally used as a carraige house before being converted. Open concept living room and dining room. Attached barn has option for future expansion of the house or lots of additional space for the craftsperson/hobbiest. Well located for the commuter. Quick access to Rt. 2 or Rt. 495. Aberman Assoc Inc Gail Lent 978537-7971 x15

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3 br 2 bath colonial. Worc./West Boylston line. Located on side street with a fully fenced yard. Plenty of off street parking here. Beautifully maintained Condex features all large rooms fully updated so you can just move in. Formal dining room with French Doors to deck. Updated kitchen with siles stone granite counters and hardwood flooring. First floor laundry. King sized Master Bedroom with cathedral ceiling and walk in closet. Finished lower level offers third bedroom and full bath. One car garage under. Aberman Assoc Inc. Gail Lent978-537-4971 x 15

Leominster $234,900

Tri level home in Leominster’s West side features bright sunny living room with brick fireplace banked on each side with custom built shelving perfect to display family photos or a treasured collection. Kitchen with island separates dining area leading into a cozy sun room perfect for relaxing after a long day. Up a few steps to the next level leads to three bedrooms and full bath or down a few steps to finished area for a small office, laundry area and garage. Basement off laundry area. Aberman Assoc Inc. Sandra DeRienzo 978-537-4971 x 42


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Sterling $235,000

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Palmer $239,900

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Templeton $239,900

3 br 2.5 bath colo. What a great place to call HOME! Set 110 feet off the road for privacy, yet still convenient to the highway, this young 3 bedroom Colonial has been well cared for. Tastefully decorated with all neutral colors~a cozy woodstove to supplement the heat~eatin kitchen with breakfast bar/island~open foyer with oversized palladium window to bring in lots of sunshine....sliders off kitchen lead to a deck over looking a large, flat backyard with trees in the distance.... A real beauty!! Aberman Associates Inc Tracy Sladen 978-537-4971 x17

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Clinton $215,900

Meticulously updated 5 room, 2 large bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath “Radcliffe” townhome in Ridgefield Condos. Updated gourmet kitchen w/granite, stainless appliances, ceramic tile. Updated baths w/ceramic flrs & solid surface vanities.New windows and extra attic insulation. Two large bedrooms and full bath up with second floor laundry. Living room features wall to wall carpeting, bow window, and fireplace. One car attached garage. Inground pool, tennis courts, and walking/jogging trails. Aberman Assoc Inc Anna Mary Kraemer 978-537-4971 x 25


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Elevated acre on dead end street. Contemporary style feature 2 master suites each with it’s own full bath.. Upper level master added 2002. Lower level play room with wood stove. Private rear yard with huge deck. Floor plan lends it self to privacy for all ages. Aberman Assoc Inc Paula Savard 978-537-4971 x 14 www.paulasavard. com

Spotlight Continued from previous page a spacious dining room. The open design transitions smoothly into an even more spacious sunken living room. This space includes a beautiful French door that leads out to a private deck/balcony and back yard. Dagilis said the floor has great potential for

expansion as well in this section of the house. The unit contains a master bath as well as a half bath to give potential owners space to work with. Upstairs, a master bedroom features quality closet space. A second bedroom is situated on the second floor as well, along with a Laundromat available onsite. Most of the rooms that occupy this more than 1,300 square-foot home have wall-to-wall carpeting installed.

Buyers will also have access to a basement area perfect for storage. A pair of parking spaces, as well as ample off street parking room, is available. This home has been on the market for less than a month and is currently priced at $169,900, with the sellers currently highly motivated to sell. Home Owners Association dues are currently listed at $291 and include exterior and road maintenance, as well as landscaping and snow removal

for the winter. Dagilis said special financing options are also available with this particular unit. With all it has to offer, potential homeowners may find themselves out of luck if they wait too long for this slipper to drop.

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Did you go to school to be a graphic designer or did your artistic sensibilities lead you to this position? I have a BFA

in Art Media from Syracuse University and in my junior year I studied painting and art history in Florence, Italy. My career began in the for-profit sector doing contract work for ad firms in San Francisco, then I returned to the east coast and became a senior designer for MediaConcepts, a firm in Assonet. I’ve always loved art and history, and have really great memories of visiting WAM when I was young— leading me here.

How do you brand Worcester Art Museum while simultaneously representing the art that you’re working with? It can definitely be a challenge to merge the brand of the Museum with the voice of an artist—but I find that by working closely with the artists and curators that we are able to create a strong visual identity for exhibitions that represents both.

What’s your favorite piece of art at the museum currently? There are over 3,500

How long have you worked at WAM?

pieces to choose from! My favorites change…it depends on what projects pass through my office. I gravitate to the contemporary pieces but still love the more classical pieces. I find myself consistently drawn to an ancient

10 years

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from exhibition related materials (invitations, gallery guides, posters,


Two minutes with... encaustic piece titled Mummy Portrait of a Young Man (Roman, Egyptian, 150-199 AD, encaustic on wood, Museum purchase, 1924.11) there is debate on whether this is a young man or woman.

Future projects you’re working on? The biggest project that our department is undertaking is the re-design of our website. Graphic Design now encompasses more than the printed page.

What are your thoughts about the new Wall at WAM? I LOVE IT! Many people don’t realize how influential Charline von Heyl is in the contemporary art world — she’s an extraordinary artist. Our curator of Contemporary Art, Susan Stoops, continually brings first rate artists to the Museum. Each Wall at WAM is different. I find inspiration in them all.

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Favorite museum other than WAM? I’ve visited museums all over the country and in Europe and, honestly, WAM is my favorite.

Most influential artist in your life? There are several living artists I’m intrigued by—especially Marlene Dumas and Sophie Calle — but it is my friend (painter/performance artist) Linda Ford who inspires me, influencing how I think and live.

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Webster Branch Manager: Kelly MacGregor An elderly woman left her cane in the EUDQFKRIÂżFH:KHQ,QRWLFHGLWWKHUH I drove to Mrs. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house to bring the cane back to her.

Worcester â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Grafton Street Branch Manager: Nancy Hernandez When Mrs. James was placed in a nursing home, she wanted to add her son to her account. I went to visit them in the nursing home to do the paper work.

Worcester â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Main Street Branch Manager: Nikole Nolle On several occasions, I have helped Mrs. Thompson balance her checkbook and pay her bills when her home health aide was on vacation.

Westborough Branch Manager: Todd Goodrich A customer walked to the bank one Friday. Before she left the bank it began to rain heavily. I drove her back to work so that she would not get soaked.

Shrewsbury Branch Manager: Danielle Johnson 0UV(VWHYHVZDVKDYLQJGLIÂżFXOW\ZLWK the internet and on-line bill pay. I went to her house, entered all of her bills on-line and taught her how to use bill pay.


Marlborough â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Branch Manager Branch Manager: Kevin Yeung Mrs. Rogers just had a surgery and needed to make a deposit. I went to her home and picked up her deposit. Mrs. Rogers was thrilled!

Worcester â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 560 Park Avenue Branch Manager: Nurjan Wilkie New Business customers do not need to come in to the bank to open new accounts. I will go to their places of business to open any account they want.

Milford Branch Manager: Sean Coyle In Milford, we offer a hands-on, intimate level of service. We have created a family atmosphere that encourages relationship building within the community.

Worcester â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11 Park Avenue Branch Manager: Nedal Azzam

West Boylston Branch Manager: Tabatha Magnusson Before Mrs. Richmond goes away for the winter months to Florida, she and I will sit down to review her maturing CDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and set up her seasonal address so she can leave for a few months and not worry.

Branch Manager: Amanda Wilson When Mr. Madison suffered a stroke and was too ill to make it to the bank, I made a home visit and brought Commerce Bank to him.

Leominster Branch Manager: Jim Goodhue When it looked like members of Commerce Banks Royal 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club PLJKWPLVVWKHLUĂ&#x20AC;LJKW,SLFNHGWKHP up in Leominster and drove them to Logan Airport.

One of my customers who lives out of state had fraudulent transactions on his account. I helped him dispute and resolve these transactions through a series of e-mails and phone calls.

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NOVEMBER 18, 2010

Worcester Mag November 18, 2010  

Worcester Mag November 18, 2010

Worcester Mag November 18, 2010  

Worcester Mag November 18, 2010