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December 16 - 22, 2010 ■ Volume 36, Number 15

American Idol Star throws tantrum after snub at Nick’s

Worcester Police patrolmen’s Shop with a Cop program drives Worcester T’Leah McQuade Public School students with parents away on military duty to Classic Toy n case you’ve fallen out of flavor Shop. Put on the lights! +1 Father John Madden, pastor of St. John’s Church in Worcester, given the Worcester Human Rights Commission’s Eleanor T. Hawley Award for his human rights work. +2 Holy Cross men’s hoop team falls to 0-8 with Sunday loss to Fairfield. So what’s this mean for new coach Milan Brown if Sean Kearney was fired after just one season, supposedly because they lost too many games? -3 First couple of snow flurries powder Worcester. No hassles yet, but this is Mother Nature’s way of saying “prepare yourselves.” -1 Worcester PD gun buyback program has second weekend. In the past eight years over 1,800 guns have been collected. +3 Patriots make playoffs with snowy blow-out win against the Bears. Who needs that Moss guy, anyway? +1 City council holds Pharmasphere and Wyman-Gordon’s feet to the fire regarding unused and underused properties. Keep up the pressure. +2 Another shooting on Gates Street this year. Fortunately, no deaths. -4 This week: +1 Last week: +9 Year to date: +54



with “American Idol,” the seasonnine winner of the popular television singing competition was Lee DeWyze. DeWyze was portrayed to the American public as being shy, sweet, and humble. Kara Dioguardi, one of the judges, even went so far to say that DeWyze was “what the show was all about.” But if his recent visit to Worcester is any indication, fame may be going to DeWyze’s head. DeWyze performed on Sunday, December 5 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester for WXLO’s second-annual Acoustic Christmas Show. He was one of several performers that evening, so DeWyze’s set was relatively short and he apparently left Mechanics Hall still looking for that performance high. At about midnight, Nick’s Bar and Restaurant on Millbury Street received a phone call from a guest who had just left the establishment. She warned the staff that there was a group of people outside yelling at passing cars. Within minutes of this phone call, DeWyze and four other people, including his keyboardist Lincoln Cleary, walked into the bar. “It was without a doubt the group that I was warned about,” says Nick’s bartender George Salmons, though he admits that they seemed friendly and not intoxicated when they came in. Photographer Jim Collins of the Telegram and Gazette was inside




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Nick’s when DeWyze walked in. Collins recognized DeWyze from the performance at Mechanics Hall, where he had been the photographer for the event. He and DeWyze exchanged pleasantries while Cleary asked Salmons if they could jump on stage for a set. Due to Nick’s strict policy of only booked performers allowed on stage, Salmons rejected the idea. As the bartender explained the bar’s

entertainment policy, keyboardist Cleary seemed disappointed that an exception would not be made for “such a big star,” Salmons recalls with a chuckle. With the exception of photographer Jim Collins, no one present had heard of DeWyze. The performer that night, local musician and Nick’s staple Andy Cummings, says, “It was like he said Joe Blow; I had no idea who he was talking continued on page 7

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n this eroded economy, Worcester residents aren’t the only ones struggling with financial restraints. The city faces similar woes and in response is seeking new ways to gain revenue to help balance the books. Councilor-at-Large Konstantina Lukes thinks taxing nonprofit organizations, the same agencies that under current U.S. law are exempt from paying taxes because they provide a valuable service to community or relieve some burden that would otherwise fall on the shoulders of government, might be just the answer. “I want to review the whole law in Massachusetts regarding nonprofits and taxation. There are possibilities of taxation within the law of nonprofits. We always define nonprofits as colleges in this city, but there are plenty of


nonprofits that aren’t colleges [or] hospitals,� says Lukes, careful to certify that religious institutions, however, are off limits because of first amendment prohibitions. Worcester has already arranged PILOT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) agreements with certain nonprofits, finding a way to recoup some of the tax value of a property that would be paid if it belonged to a for-profit entity. Schools like the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Clark University already pay or have agreed to PILOT plans. Councilman Philip Palmieri, an avid proponent of the PILOT program, led Worcester’s push to recoup property-tax losses from local colleges. “We want to be able to accomplish what we set out to do. What we set out to do was first to be able to get all the major colleges on board for

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tax on nonprofits could be detrimental to their missions of helping people in need. “I would say it’s extremely troubling, particularly at this time. I know all the nonprofits that I’m involved with in Worcester—feeding the hungry, helping the homeless—are struggling right now just to help the enormous number of people who are struggling right now with the economy,� says Szymanski. “On top of that, fundraising is down because of the economy. So, this would be a devastating time to add to everybody’s budgets in this way.� Lukes says something needs to change because the city of Worcester’s budget is in a crisis and the council is running out of options. But, she says the council won’t act on anything that could potentially cut out the nonprofits. “Nobody is going to vote on anything that will have a detrimental effect on nonprofits. We realize they perform a lot of local functions that local government would normally have to perform,� says Lukes. “On the other hand, we are also in [a] crisis that I think requires mutual collaboration,� she asserts. “It definitely requires more interaction than we’ve had so far about designating financial responsibilities across the city.�



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PILOT, and we’re almost there,� says Palmieri, noting that the College of the Holy Cross is the only college still in talks with the city. Palmieri agrees with Lukes, and now has his sights set on making PILOT agreements with not only some of the local hospitals, but other, smaller nonprofits as well. “Could we be looking at other nonprofits throughout the city? Yes. I think a good report from the manager and a suggestion to us with the best approach makes sense to me,� says Palmieri. “We will have to identify a whole host of places. I know the med school and UMass and the hospital would object, because they certainly give monies already for a whole host of programs and all the things they do. Before we get to anything about the hospitals and the med school, I would like to see the manager finish with Holy Cross.� While Palmieri looks into PILOT programs, Lukes, a lawyer in the city of Worcester, thinks there could be another way to get revenue from the many nonprofits in the city. “A lot of those nonprofits I speak of don’t own property, so it requires looking at the law to see how else we can derive revenue,� says Lukes. “If we’re talking about sales tax, then it obviously goes to the state unless we can figure out a legislative way of recouping those sales taxes and directing them to Worcester.� Carla Szymanski, director of Rachel’s Table, a nonprofit dedicated to feeding the hungry, points out that any type of

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about.” Cleary strolled over to the house piano and began to play after being denied permission from the bartender. Cummings then asked Cleary if he had spoken with the bartender about playing. By way of explanation, Cleary shared that he had just finished performing at Mechanics Hall with “Lee DeWyze from American Idol.” Cummings asked, “American Idol the game show?” This inquiry started Cleary on a defensive-sounding rant about how “American Idol” is not a game show, and prompted one of the young women in DeWyze’s entourage to repeatedly state, “You’re not going to let the best singer in the country get up and sing some songs?” Shortly afterward, DeWyze joined in the conversation. When DeWyze asked if Cummings had a problem with “American Idol,” Cummings told him no, he just wasn’t a fan of the show. He did, however, offer DeWyze congratulations for winning. According to Cummings, Salmons and Collins, DeWyze responded with an angry tirade about how he was tired of not being treated as a valid musician just because he got his break from “American Idol.” According to Cummings, DeWyze then began loudly lecturing him about paying dues in clubs for the three years prior to his “American Idol” win. Cummings then explained how he had been playing local clubs for the past 15 years. What happened next was out of character for the DeWyze who American audiences have grown to love: “He [DeWyze] got in my face, I will never forget [what he said], ‘I’m a better musician than you!’” Cummings kept silent deciding not to respond to the taunt. “What do you say to that?” says Cummings. “I really thought he was going to punch me.” According to Cummings and Salmons, DeWyze seemed so enraged that both thought that the sudden confrontation would end with a physical altercation. With tensions high, Salmons intervened, and DeWyze and his entourage promptly left after paying their tab. Cummings says it was obvious that “he was angry that none of us were impressed; he was looking for star treatment, and he came to the wrong place.” Representatives from DeWyze’s record label RCA refused multiple opportunities to comment for this story.

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BRINGING OUT THE BIG GUNS: The battle between Rawlston and his union, the New England Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Local 911, versus the City and WPD has — like any three year saga would — turned sour. But egos were certainly bruised earlier this week when Jerry Flynn, the executive director of the NEPBA, released a scathing two page statement blasting the City and WPD for having “no respect for due process,” attacking the credibility of the WPD’s initial investigation of the Rawlston incident and threatening litigation.


This was it, we were told. This was the year, they said. The year that the Worcester city council would finally take a step to even out the dual tax rate – a 25 year old method of unevening the property taxes paid by homeowners and business owners in the city that nearly every councilor has railed against, yet still voted for. This year, a new idea has been suggested: since taxes were already raised (for the $20 million streets and sidewalk improvement initiative) even the lowest residential rate still results in higher property taxes than last year. With that in mind, some councilors are pushing for a tax rate that would share the new increase equally between homeowners and commercial property owners…Tangibly, what would this “tax fairness plan” mean for the average homeowner? The average property tax would go up $85 for the year from 2009, versus $40 if the lowest residential rate is voted in. Of course, the councilors still haven’t been provided the official numbers, so those are just estimates…How does that proposal sit among the eleven councilors? Word is it splits ‘em right in half, five in favor and five against, with one swing vote. The tax discussion and vote will take place Tuesday, December 21.

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news on Tuesday night didn’t come during the council meeting. At 6:15p.m. city councilors and City Manager Michael O’Brien met in an executive session to discuss what further action will be taken regarding WPD officer David Rawlston, whose been fighting his 2007 termination from the police force after a nighttime altercation with three teens outside his home while off duty and on injury leave. After a Suffolk Superior Court ruled earlier this month in favor of an arbitrator’s report reinstating Rawlston, word has gotten out that the City will fight that ruling in an appellate court. One source called the meeting “informational” (and left it at that), which makes it sound as if the decision was already made by the administration while the meeting was used to present its case for appeal to the councilors. O’Brien could not be reached for comment before press time, but an update will be posted on our news blog at blogs/daily-worcesteria.

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Business has put together the results of a survey of 107 local businesses in the hopes that it will help push the council to give commercial owners a break this year. So who did they ask? 64 percent of the businesses asked employ 1-20 people, 76 percent are in service or retail and 53 percent have been in Worcester for 21 or more years. What did they find? 82 percent said Worcester’s greatest strength was its location while – surprise surprise – 82 percent also said its greatest weakness was the dual tax rate. According the survey, 39% of those businesses polled said they are eyeing locations outside of Worcester.

GOODS FOR GUNS: The Worcester Police Department’s gun buyback program started last Saturday, and another round of exchanging firearms for Walmart gift cards continues at police HQ this Saturday. Gun buyback programs around the country always face questions about their effectiveness, namely whether or not the guns local law enforcement agencies collect would actually be weapons used in street crime. Worcester’s numbers, however, show that the program does the job. According to an essay written by UMass Medical School’s Dr. Michael Hirsh, a buyback pioneer in Pittsburgh and Worcester, since the program’s inception in 2001 over 1,860 guns have been collected. Of that number 60 percent were hand guns, and 40 percent were semiautomatics. That last figure includes 15 AK-47s. Not exactly your grandpappy’s old hunting rifle there. Got a tip? Call 749-3166 x243 or email it to If you like your news and political gossip 140 characters at a time then follow @JeremyShulkin on Twitter.

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It’s in the Bible. Look it up. Janice Harvey


y morning coffee spewed out my nostrils when I read about the recent flap arising over the word jackass. Seems some folks in Rockport, with ramrod ideas of decency, were outraged when a children’s book - one in which the protagonist happens to be a donkey – was found to contain the above italicized word. Three hundred and forty copies of “It’s a Book!” were donated to the Rockport and Gloucester schools. Lordy! Lordy! Imagine poisoning the minds of precious first-graders with such depravity! Lane Smith, the book’s author, is a full-fledged Bible belter, the grandson of a Baptist minister. Or so he says. Clearly he

was raised in a godless environment, hence his casual use of such trashy language, not to mention his obvious desire to warp the minds of Rockport young’uns. As seems to be the norm of late, the woman donating the aforementioned filth was bombarded by horrified citizens, who cyber-bullied her in words not fit for print. Can you spell I-RO-N-Y, boys and girls? I mention my own reaction to this silliness for one reason: I’m smack-dab in the middle of teaching one of the most revered classics of all time, a book described by Ernest Hemingway as… “the best book we’ve had. There was nothing before and there has been nothing as good since.” I’m talking about Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” the book Hemingway went on to say begat modern American literature. I guess the fact that Twain uses the word “nigger” no less than 200 times in his Great American Novel, which is a staple of required high-school reading lists nationwide, shouldn’t raise my eyebrows. Perhaps if we wait 100 years or so, “It’s a Book” will be labeled an important text when examined in an historical context. Maybe “It’s A Book” will be seen as a

snapshot of 21st-century society. All I know is this: every time I have to read the word “nigger” aloud, I shiver. As a teacher, I first experienced a visceral reaction to the “N” word while reading aloud passages of “To Kill a Mockingbird” a few years ago. “Mockingbird” has been called the greatest novel of the 20th century, for those of you unsure of its place in American literature, yet the reference to Atticus as a “nigger-lover” didn’t exactly roll off my tongue. That’s when black students in my class stopped me from reading altogether. “It doesn’t sound right coming out of you,” one boy told me. “You better let me read it.” This, of course, led to a discussion of why it’s not offensive for both black and white teens to call one another “niggah,” yet for a white woman to utter the word, even read it, is beyond insulting. Other than offering the vague, “That’s different,” the kids never quite pinpointed why it sounded so offensive coming from me, but they were right. It was cringe-worthy. I stumbled over the word once again while teaching Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” which I’ve now taught at least a half-dozen times in three different Worcester schools. I can read it when George calls Lennie a “dumb bastard,” and Slim’s dog a “bitch,” and I can even explain why Curley wears a glove filled with Vaseline to keep his wife happy in bed, but I can’t choke out passages where Crooks the stable hand is referred to as “the nigger.” Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not advocating for the removal from school libraries any and all books that contain the word “nigger.” I love teaching these books I’ve mentioned – they offer lessons and morals for children that far outweigh our personal hang-ups regarding words. The little story of a donkey who doesn’t recognize what a book is because it has no flashing lights, buttons or buzzers carries a simple yet smart message for today’s electronically weaned tots. That message shouldn’t be shouted down or snuffed out by the anxieties of close-minded adults. After all, only a jackass would advocate for censorship. Janice Harvey can be reached at

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Hometown Heroes

City Council throws homeowners a bone

I am proud to say that I know 2 of the Hometown Heroes very well, Cathy Walsh, and Bill Cavanagh. Not only are they generous to many organizations like the EcoTarium and Preservation Worcester that I am involved with but they are generously promoting Worcester and making it a better place to live. That’s something this town needs more of. Congratulations to all the Heroes.

I was appalled when I saw the mayor’s roster. It was skewed in the worst way possible - I thought we lived in a Democracy. One has to give Mayor O’Brien some credit for organizing the committee but unfortunately he stacked the deck against the homeowners. I didn’t vote for him last year and I surely will not next time. Or any of the councilors who were on the committee.

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Happiness and joy through-out the world.

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Waste not, want not

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I have to stop reading this [dining review] at work, now I’m starving!

Great story. About time people learn how much gets thrown away that can be used to help others. I’m a retail merchandiser, and it’s disgusting what I’ve seen being heaved into the dumpsters of the stores I service. Not just food, but perfectly good household items, furniture, clothes, etc. Just because a UPC went out of code, it’s out of season etc. Big retailers and grocery chains are selfish. They would rather take the credit loss instead of helping others who could use these items.

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The way Guy Glodis sees it, 2010 should have been Worcester’s year. Three local candidates, Glodis, Karyn Polito and Tim Murray, were running for statewide office, and all three looked liked solid bets. It seemed like 2010 would finally put the whole “Worcester is the political step-sister/second cousin/ bridesmaid-to-Boston” story to rest.

Polito sees 2010 from a different angle. For her, it was supposed to be the year of conservative ideas like limited government, fiscal restraint and family values. In January, Republican Scott Brown accomplished the unthinkable when he defeated Martha Coakley in a special election for the U.S. Senate seat

held for more than four decades by the Democratic Party’s “liberal lion” Ted Kennedy. The door was finally wide open to Massachusetts Republicans. For Tim Murray, 2010 seems to have been pretty much the same as other years. Wake up every day and work to improve schools, rebuild infrastructure and foster economic development in Massachusetts cities and towns, especially those beyond the 128 loop. And for Murray, it paid off. After a long and tight race of mixed signals from voters, Murray won a second term as lieutenant governor in Governor Deval Patrick’s administration. But for Glodis and Polito, two stars on Worcester’s political stage, 2010 didn’t live up to its political promise. Glodis, who is now finishing out the final weeks of his term as Worcester County Sheriff, was knocked out of the state auditor’s race by fellow Democrat Suzanne Bump in the primary. Polito, the state rep for Shrewsbury and precincts 1 and 4 in Westborough,

ran neck and neck with Democrat Steve Grossman up until the final days of the election. But when voters finally went to the polls, 55 percent chose Grossman over the 45 percent who cast ballots for Polito. Both Glodis and Polito say they have no regrets and they are proud of their campaigns. Their political careers have been interrupted, but they are both pleased with what they have accomplished so far. While neither one is dwelling on it, they do seem to both be sorting through 2010, trying to put it in perspective. One thing is for sure, they are both taking some time to figure out where to go from here.

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are turnout and field. Only 15 percent of the state’s registered voters made it to the polls, and as for the field, Glodis was running against Suzanne Bump, who he describes as a part of the backbone of the liberal Patrick administration. “I had both of those things working against me,” he says as he sips a cup of coffee in a booth at the Boulevard, an oldfashioned railcar-style diner where you can still order a tuna melt or American chop suey. The Boulevard is on Shrewsbury Street in East Worcester. Glodis’ Worcester. It’s friendly, urban and full of deep-blue collar neighborhoods. Not many people on Shrewsbury Street understand exactly why Glodis wanted to be the state auditor. “People really couldn’t understand why I wanted to run for sheriff either,” he says. “It’s pretty simple: I saw an underperforming, antiquated system, and I thought I could change it.” State auditor would have been Glodis’ fourth elected office. He served a term as a state rep, and a term as state senator before running for sheriff in 2004. “I am a huge believer in the idea that the worst thing you can do in a political office is become stagnant and complacent,” he says. “I am someone who wants and demands change and challenge.” Glodis’ friends and fans appreciate the fact that he hasn’t tried to make a lifetime career out of any one political office. His critics see his jumping from office to office as the mark of relentless political hack. And there’s really no in between when it comes to Guy Glodis. People either love him, or they think he’s the problem child of Massachusetts’ politics. Critics also focus on Glodis’ ties to unions – cops, pipefitters, laborers and utility workers, just to name a few. As a state rep and senator, those relationships didn’t raise any eyebrows. But as state auditor, the person in charge of tracking and ending wasteful state spending, the odds were good that Glodis would have waded into repeated conflicts between his job responsibilities and loyalties to his supporters. Those worries followed Glodis around the state, and he never managed to ease the concerns. In fact, he repeatedly admitted he was proud of his labor and union support. “I paid my way through UMass building roads and bridges and digging ditches,” he says. “Those experiences gave me an appreciation of what it means to earn a pay check and support a family.” Still, he acknowledges not everyone shares that appreciation of organized labor, especially at this point in time, and

on the 2010 campaign trail. “I saw a seismic change in attitude from when I first got elected,” he says. “The electorate has made teachers, firefighters, cops and laborers the scapegoats for all of society’s ills, and especially for the state of the economy,” he says. “People were angry, and they didn’t even know what they were angry at.”

THE DEMOCRATS’ REDHEADED STEPCHILD But that seismic change may also have been due to the shifting ground along the campaign trail. The auditor’s race took Glodis both east and west from Worcester, away from his home base where he is extremely popular. Richard Shea, a member of the Worcester Democratic City Committee, says Glodis has always had the support of the city. “He is a very able, very savvy person,” says Shea. “He has a wide following that he’s built over the years. He’s also very articulate. And there’s no pretense about him, what you see is what you get.” Susan Moynagh, also a member of the city committee, says when she considers supporting candidates, she weeds out the ones with limp handshakes. “Guy is not like that,” she says. “And he’s very good at whatever he does.” And while some saw a U.S. Justice dept. audit of dangerous conditions and structural problems at Worcester County Jail as a measure of Glodis’ effectiveness as sheriff, Moynagh was not among them. “I thought he did a great job as sheriff,” she says, adding that Glodis inherited a rundown facility and managed to fix most of the problems. “And he always had inmates out cleaning up the streets. You don’t often get that from a politician.” Closer to Boston, Glodis’ reception among Democrats was not quite as warm. “Let’s put it this way, I saw him around with all of his supporters, and I wasn’t impressed,” says Fred Brustman, a Newton resident active in Democratic Party politics. “I didn’t think he had the background for the auditor job, and I didn’t think he was an attractive candidate.” Glodis says his blue-collar roots may have been a problem for the party establishment. His support of the death penalty, his opposition to same-sex marriage, and his crusades against taxes probably didn’t help either. Shea says that as a conservative Democrat, Glodis would be a natural outsider on Beacon Hill. “And not only that, he was running against someone continued on page 14


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with Boston ties and identification. That’s a tough nut to crack,” he adds. Ipswich resident Al Boynton, who is active in state Democratic Party politics, decided to support Bump for one reason – she showed up. “Guy Glodis never came here,” says Boynton. “Everybody else did.” Duane Anderson, the chairman of the Beverly Democratic City Committee has a similar complaint. Anderson says he never saw Glodis on the North Shore, never even got a phone call, there was just no contact. “Then, in August, we were having a Democratic City Committee barbecue, and he just showed up,” says Anderson. “If we had known he was coming, we would have used that to hype the event.” Anderson doesn’t buy the outsider, too-blue-collar-for-Boston theory. “He struck me as being more of an insider guy; I saw him as a Western Massachusetts insider,” he says. “That’s the sad thing about Massachusetts, it’s really split, and whoever caters to the vested interest gets the most votes.” Tagging Glodis as an insider is mild compared to the criticism and scrutiny he faced during the campaign. The press was harsh, particularly the Boston press. “I never had problems before, and now I’m the red-haired stepchild of the party,” he says. “In some ways, I am relieved. It’s been a long and arduous road. I ran for higher office and it wasn’t meant to be. I am walking away with a lot of valuable life lessons, friends and connections.” Glodis says he doesn’t anticipate running again for any office. He’s been there and done that. “The best thing about politics is the people,” he says. “And the worst thing – the people.”

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him for his state senate seat, or maybe it’s because they’re cousins. But it’s probably because they are both independent-minded Worcester candidates up against what Polito calls a Boston-centric political structure. “Guy dealt with a party structure that made it difficult to let him have a fair shot,” she says. “He couldn’t overcome the party apparatus. He’s someone who, like myself, did it all himself.” Polito says she is proud of her campaign, and she has no regrets. There are, however, some lingering questions. Many Massachusetts Republicans figured Scott Brown’s victory, and the voter anger and frustration that delivered it, would usher in a Republican renaissance. “Scott Brown’s election signaled to me that it was possible a Republican could get elected. It factored into my decision to run,” says Polito. With so much GOP optimism suddenly flourishing in Massachusetts, it seemed logical that the state Republican Committee would reach out and help candidates seize the moment. But that didn’t happen. Not only did the state committee fail to show up with any money, resources or advice, they didn’t really seem interested, not even in a campaign for a constitutional office. Jesse Segovia, a member of Lexington’s Republican Town Committee, says that type of behavior isn’t uncommon when a party has been on the losing end for so long. There’s no real organization to react when there’s a win like Brown’s. The state committee seemed to put all its eggs in gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker’s basket. That decision was tough for candidates like Polito running against well known and seriously connected Democrats like Grossman. But Republicans who were in the campaign trenches were even more




THE BLUTE REPORT TALK RADIO HOST PETER BLUTE THINKS GUY GLODIS AND KARYN POLITO WILL DO JUST FINE AS THEY FIGURE WHERE THEY GO NEXT. And Blute, a former U.S. rep for Worcester and director of Massport, knows a little about what it means to lose hard-fought elections and high-ranking appointments, and still find the right career niche. “Both Glodis and Polito need to put the past behind them,” says Blute. “They need to maintain some visibility. They don’t want to lose the tremendous investment they’ve made. And as they re-emerge, periodically, it will be in a new role.” Massachusetts has a boat load of politicians who have endured tough defeats, weathered scandals and front-page flaying, and lived to see another day in public life and politics. Former Governor Michael Dukakis overcame a failed presidential bid that included highlights like his tank-ride photo op that went wrong and “Nightline” host Ted Koppel famously telling him, on the eve of the election, “I still don’t think you get it.” Dukakis went on to a teaching career but re-emerged more recently as an active supporter of Governor Deval Patrick. And he was one of the top picks to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat in the U.S. Senate in the interim before the special election. Former state Senate president Billy Bulger left Beacon Hill under a storm of suspicion that he helped his brother, crime boss Whitey Bulger, slip away from the FBI. But that didn’t stop Bulger from settling in as the president of UMass in 1996. Like Blute, former Speaker of the House Tom Finneran has found an afterlife in talk radio. In January, 2007, Finneran pleaded out to charges of obstruction of justice in a federal case involving congressional redistricting. A few days later, he scored the job as the morning drive-time host on WRKO. Blute says a political background is a great asset in talk radio and other types of media. “I can bring an insider’s perspective to the conversation,” he says. “I can bring forward information that most people don’t have.” Blute thinks Glodis has a future at Fox if that’s what he decides to pursue. He’s also a big fan of Polito and thinks she’d be great as a political commentator. “They’re both young, telegenic and articulate,” he says. But Blute stresses the most important thing for both of them is to stay active, and out in the public eye. “They should speak to the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce. I’ve spoken to them lots of times,” he says. And as he points out, both Glodis and Polito are leaving office with records of accomplishment and both are highly regarded in Worcester County. As for Worcester candidates getting a fair break in Massachusetts politics, Blute says it’s tough, but it’s getting better. “I can remember when Bulger once asked, “Worcester… that’s in New York, isn’t it?” he says with a laugh.

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election when the Boston Globe ran a story about low-number Red Sox license plates. In 2002, Polito filed a bill to allow the Red Sox to issue license plates through the registry. All surcharges for the plates were to be donated to the Jimmy Fund. Polito says the registry wouldn’t issue the plates unless there was an order for at least 1,500, so she signed up family members and friends for plates in order to get the program off the ground. But the story suggested ethics rules had been broken, and those are the types of suggestions that always stick. The story, which broke a week before the election was bad, but the political ad Grossman slapped together and aired a day later was worse. The spot claims that Polito grabbed license plates that were meant to be auctioned to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and doled them out to her family and friends. “It was a stake though my heart,” says Polito. Even the Globe felt compelled to run a story about the misrepresentations in the spot. Before the Grossman ad, Polito says the treasurer race was a dead heat. A few days later, she lost the election by 10 percentage points.

Polito doesn’t say with certainty that the ad scuttled her campaign, she can only guess. And she acknowledges she has never been the darling of her party and some of her ideas, like ending pensions for elected officials, have made her even more of a party outsider. “The proposal to eliminate pensions for politicians resonates with voters,” says Maureen Hurley, a Republican activist from Andover. “But it’s not really fair, and it’s a little insulting when it comes from a person who has enough money to be spared any worries about retirement.” At the moment, Polito has no thoughts of retirement. “I plan to continue holding the system accountable,” she says. “I will continue to play a role as a mother, taxpayer and business owner.” She’s grateful for the opportunity she had to serve on the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen and in the State House. “I grew stronger in those 10 years being true to my convictions,” she says. “Part of it is not being beholden to anyone.” But Polito also says a chapter in her life is over, and she’s ready to move on. “I knew I was ready to finish that part of my service,” she says. “I don’t feel a loss; I’m ready for a new book to start.”

LOOKING AHEAD Both Glodis and Polito want to put all they’ve learned serving in government and campaigning for office to good use. Glodis says he’s had a couple of job offers including one from FOX television, and he’s thinking about some type of media work. “I’ll probably be setting up a consulting firm, doing some PR and some lobbying,” he says. He’s also thinking about becoming a political adviser. “I could be going in a totally different arena,” he says. “The key is to be happy.” Polito is clearing her calendar to spend some time with her kids. You only have so many chances to make sure the toothfairy dust looks just right. She may have closed the book on serving in the state legislature, but she’s not walking away from politics, or from running for elected office. She plans to spend some time scoping out the next opportunity. She figures she’ll know it when she sees it. “Politics changes,” she says. “What was true two years ago isn’t true today.”


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“Older Artists – Newer Works” is the title of a show at the Aurora Gallery on Main Street, combining more than 70 years of experience between artists Frances Kornbluth and Erik SandbergDiment. Presented by ARTSWorcester, the show highlights abstract works from these two distinguished individuals as Kornbluth offers a visual feast in black and white, while Sandberg-Diment treats patrons with an explosion of energetic expressionism.

Kornbluth provides a glimpse into her tondi, or circular paintings, with 12 examples of her craft. Although she prefers to paint in color, failing eyesight has necessitated a different approach. “I really miss working with oils, but I’m 90 years old and I guess one must expect their eyes to fail at some point,” she says, lamenting the loss of her keen sight. “Now I have to use a magnifying glass to create my work and so I decided to use only black and white.” These tondi are varied collages, using a myriad of materials and mediums, as gesso, acrylic and graphite take center stage in her compositions. “Trio,” as the

title suggests, contains three raised boxes that appear to hover over a gray landscape, their uniform shape and color echoing ancient monoliths, menhirs that perhaps honor the wondrous mystery of nature. The only exception to her round paintings is “Germination,” a rectangular diptych that depicts the tug and tension between both sun and earth, as the two sections vie for the “seed” itself. Two pieces of found paper are placed in close proximity, the idea that the sun pulls the seed out of the earth while the ground itself wrests the roots into its Stygian realm. Timeless struggles are thus produced, as life itself forms, both visible and hidden. Here, the use of acrylic washes and traces of charcoal are evident, as a compelling yin-and-yang effect is achieved, allowing the viewer to witness nature’s eternal exchange.

diffused; images emerge, recede, and fade as lily pads, water and sky are in constant flux. Lashing rain and wind wreak havoc, as the turmoil of a summer storm threatens a mid-summer day’s calm. “On Learning about the Death of an Old Friend,” the artist poignantly depicts the utter sorrow after losing a soul close to one’s heart. A plethora of pigments pour from the canvas, as an explosion of emotions stream and whirl in a confused jumble, thoughts coursing in color after such tragedy. Amidst the flourishes of paint, two blots of darkness blight this spectrum, silhouettes reminiscent of Picasso’s drawing of “Don Quixote,” in reverse. Predominantly juxtaposed upon this vibrant canvas, these two Rorschach shapes echo the bond between two friends, their inky presence a reminder that even amongst the brilliance of life, the specter of death STEVEN KING

“I paint what I feel, what pours out from my subconscious. Quite often I paint a dream.” That is how Sandberg-Diment describes his particular creative process, an attempt to “…express the emotional underpinnings of a scene, act or dream. Although action painting is visible in his 11 works presented here, he states that his art leans more toward emotional expressionism, a technique that “…becomes a sort of colored, personal Rorschach blot.” This is most evident in canvases such as “The Pond during a Summer Storm,” where tremendous energy swirls in an amorphous dance, nature’s ephemera displayed and

and mourning looms large. Pausing before the 23 paintings, each canvas allows the viewer to observe the intuitive intent of these artists. “A minimum of perception makes order of the chaos that impacts and pervades life,” says Kornbluth, a sentiment that Sandberg-Diment would most surely concur. “Older Artists –Newer Works” at the Aurora Gallery, 660 Main Street, Worcester. Exhibit runs through January 21, 2011. Note: The gallery will be closed from December 24-January 3. For more info, call 508-7555142 or visit



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Some of us, after failing to impress at compulsory try-outs for chorus in high school, are relegated to a somnolent semester or two in a musicappreciation class.

But then, there are those who can sing. Quadrivium, the Burncoat High School Select Chorus, will be performing for the second year in a row with Kenny Rogers – yes, the Kenny Rogers – this time at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium at 8 p.m. on December 18. The chorus is chosen through auditions at the end of each school year and

currently consists of 29 sophomores, juniors and seniors. They are led by choral director and Burncoat graduate, Dave Twiss, a professional musician and music director who has taught in Worcester since 1997, first at Burncoat Middle School for two years and since then at the high school. Twiss also serves as the ensemble’s principal instrumental accompanist. The name Quadrivium—the Latin word for “crossroads, or four separate parts becoming one”—was chosen, according to Twiss, to symbolize “the four vocal parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass, all coming together to form one sound.” In the four years since their inception, Quadrivium has performed and competed on the national stage, garnering numerous awards and honors, including first place in the small chorus division at the 2008 Williamsburg Choral Festival in Williamsburg, Va., third place

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As for a life in music beyond Quadrivium, the plans of most students remain indeterminate, as might be expected from such a youthful group. “I still hope to sing in a college ensemble,” says Thomas McKenny-Lydick, one of the students. In the meantime, the travel, the camaraderie, the discipline and the time spent with one another have all provided tremendous opportunities for growth. “Being a part of Quadrivium has taught me to be more responsible,” says another student, Rebecca Friedline. “Practice makes perfect... or at least really close to it!” Connor Moynihan, one of the 14 of this year’s students who performed last year with Kenny Rogers, when asked what it was like to perform with him, responded, “He was like your grandfather. Very nice to us.” We know Grandpa’s been around. But these kids are going places. For Kenny Rogers tickets featuring Quadrivium, Saturday, December 18, 8 p.m., visit

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in a field of more than 500 at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Choral Festival in Washington, D.C., and an American Top Ten Chorus Award in 2009 by Heritage Festivals. They have performed the National Anthem on the floor of the U.S. Congress, to open sessions of both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate and in the Smithsonian Institution in the presence of the original “Old Glory” from Fort McHenry. In 2010, they performed with the Master Singers of Worcester, at the Hanover Theater and at the National Youth Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall. Says Twiss, “Whenever the kids perform in a festival, I am filled with pride.” The chorus will be appearing around the city and state throughout the school year, and in March of 2011, will be traveling to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the Disney Honors Invitational Choral Festival at Disney World. Disney’s most elite festival, this prestigious event promises to be an exciting experience for the students, an opportunity to see where they stand in relation to the nation’s finest youth ensembles. Raising the funds required for such a venture presents a challenge, however, and public contributions are welcome.

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Doug Wedge, drummer for Sanveen, says, “If people haven’t seen us yet this year, then they will be seeing a brand-new Sanveen.” If you want to test that theory, check them out on December 18 when the band plays The Lucky Dog’s second-annual Santapalooza Toys for Tots Benefit Show along with In Spades, Six to Midnight and Casanova Fix. Club owner Erick Godin says Sanveen’s among his favorite bands in this city, and has enjoyed watching Sanveen evolve from vocalist Steve Gaffney’s previous work with Woodgrain Theory.

Wedge gives the lineup: “You have me on drums and Neil Stivers on guitar. We’re the new guys! Mark Guerard (bass) and Steve Gaffney (vocals) are the original members. We started playing out at the end of August. We did a trial run at the Vernon Hotel and then played with Hey Now, Morris Fader at the Lucky Dog in September, which was a great show. We haven’t played out a heck of a lot because we have been quite busy writing new songs and want to work on building a set that has great flow and really holds people’s attention.” It will. Guitarist Neil Stivers tweeted something positive about Arcade Fire, and something less positive about Katy Perry, if that helps you anticipate what this band might sound like. Lucky Dog’s Godin describes their sound as “dark and mysterious: with thought-provoking lyrics and music…. Tool comes to mind when I hear a heavy Sanveen riff, but it’s NOT like that at all, it reminds me of more

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Featuring more than 80 local artists, ARTSWorcester’s “The Big Small Show” presents work that is diverse, but unified by its small proportions – the materials compound a myriad of media on canvas, collage, and board. Despite the size limitations (each piece is no bigger than 12” x 12”), the individual’s artistic vision is never dulled or compromised. “The Big Small Show,” the brain child of artist and ARTSWorcester board member Cindy Woehrle, “is an open member’s exhibition approached in the salon style… honoring the French tradition of salon hanging as well as salon gathering, bringing together the full spectrum of the ARTSWorcester membership,” Woehrle explains. The culminate effort reaps a thorough art show that is both refreshing and questioning. Each piece adds an original voice to the ripple of artistic prowess along one of the Aurora Gallery walls. There is a collective force among seemingly humble works. As a result, the art becomes accessible and intriguing. The artists are “branching out, and shaking it up.” Janice Seymour, director of ARTSWorcester, continues: “You really look into the piece, creating a sense of intimacy.”

The compilation of small-scale artwork invites and unites all tastes— where textures, subjects and moods are juxtaposed—and carries price tags in ranges for the discerning holiday shopper. First-time buyers of art and folks looking to support local artists may take home an artwork that isn’t daunting, and certainly is absorbing. The clever, transparent cubes of imagery in J-Me Johnston’s “Cube²” leaves one with a dystopian vantage into the future. While Dorothy Benedict’s primitive yet evocative cloth wall hanging, “Portal with Crows” beckons simpler times. Benedicts’ process is deeply connected to her resulting piece, as she hand-sheared and dyed the wool from her own sheep. She uses her felting and weaving “to send a message about the animals I love and the work that I love. ‘Portal with Crows’ was inspired by something I saw a crow doing in my barnyard,” Benedict explains. Overall, the underlying element of strength in numbers is tapped into by “The Big Small Show.” The parameters conceive new or ulterior artworks out of the diverse body of artists. A conversation (literal or figurative) emerges from each of the artworks, regarding the techniques, and materials that relate to each other – and to being a contemporary artist. This conversation brings the community together, a chief motive of ARTSWorcester. The Big Small Show is on exhibit through January 21 at ARTSWorcester’s Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St., Worcester. 508-755-5142. Note: The gallery will be closed from December 24 - January 3.

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The original Tron had Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, somehow digitized and thrown into a bizarre computer world by a guy that has been stealing his gaming ideas. He is immediately taken to an arena and made to fight in a Hai Lai battle

like a cross between The Dude and Obi Wan Kenobi, saying relax, it’s all cool man. The kid’s motivation is to get out of Dodge, so he goes on a wild goose chase that eventually involves an ambiguously gay barkeep named Zeus. The bad guys arrive but the kid escapes with the help of his father, and they all head to the distant porthole to blow this crazy joint. Tron is there fighting on the bad guy’s side, but then suddenly turns and becomes a good guy. Oh, and Bridges has magical powers that he uses when it’s convenient. Which makes more sense? In retrospect, though it was bit silly, there were some interesting ideas and metaphysical concepts about the human condition in the original. All the remake has to offer is bigger special effects. For instance: When one of the bad guys’ strange looking airborne vehicles touches down it shakes

with a flaming ball and then light-cycle races, etc. He escapes into the mainframe along with Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) who, like the other computer programs is modeled after his User (good guy Alan Bradley), who he naturally assumes is God. Tron’s motivation is to do as he’s been programmed, destroy the evil Master Control Program that has taken over the computer world and shut down the other programs. Bridges’ motivation is to help, and then escape. Eventually he gets back to the real world, stops the bad guy and takes over the company Now, here’s the plot of Tron: Legacy: Bridges has disappeared and his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund), a motorcycle riding Batman-like figure that goes about acrobatically exposing the creeps now running his father’s company gets digitized into the computer world. He is immediately taken to an arena and fights a game of deadly ultimate Frisbee and then, enthusiastically, a light-cycle race. He meets the evil leader CLU, who looks like his father but young. With help of hot babe Quorra (Olivia Wilde) he escapes, drives across barren land and finds his real father, old, grizzled and hanging out in some bungalow talking

the entire theater, like it weighs thousands of tons. They seem to have forgotten that they are in a computer, not freaking Thunderdome. In the original, everything was done in cheesy game graphics that were the norm at the time, but the result is that it actually felt more like a computer world than the futuristic disco that Disney has rendered here. The whole concept of programs created in the shape of their User and the religious implications has been abandoned. Some of the inhabitants act like robots, and others, like the Zeus character, just overact. Also, if this a computer world, why is it a city surrounded with a wasteland of stones and mountains that looks like Nevada? And then there’s the whole 3D thing, that, save for a Wizard of Oz transition moment is completely pointless. Worst of all are the CGI recreations of youthful versions of Bridges and Boxleitner. They are so vague, fuzzy and featureless that both characters tend to look, confusingly, exactly the same, and by that I mean they look terrible. As I recall, 1982 was a pretty crappy time for movies, but Tron: Legacy makes me long for the good old days.

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A dynasty of mixed feelings Zeke Williams

Every dynasty has its beginnings. The Roman Empire had its first pep rallies. Before the Mings were “dynasty worthy,” they were simply known as the Mings. Tom Brady’s first pass was just the start of the Patriots’ run of gridiron superiority. The re-opening of Holden’s Wong Dynasty included renovations and new features such as a comedy club to launch a new era in the restaurant’s history. With a spacious lounge and refocused sushi and fine Asian-cuisine approach, one question will answer if this eatery will become worthy of the dynasty title: How is the

dining experience? Lola and I – unofficial dynasty kick-off samplers – took a ride down Route 31 on a recent evening to see how far along they were. We walked into the greeting area to see the restaurant dressed up festively for the holiday season. We were promptly seated in the dining area, which sported dark wood tables and chairs set against simple beige walls with a few pieces of Chinese art filling out the blank spaces. The room, however, was very dimly lit – more so than can be called typical “mood” lighting. First up, we sampled one of Wong Dynasty’s special sushi roll creations – the Phoenix roll. A deliciously prepared shrimp tempura was blended with green tobiko and topped with pieces of vividred, spicy, king-crab meat, all eight pieces covered in a honey wasabi sauce. It was presented gorgeously and tasted delicious whether dipped in a wasabi-soy sauce or not. To reduce any chill we felt, Lola and I split the seafood special soup (meant for two). Large pieces of shrimp joined scallop pieces, crab, pea pods, baby corn and

straw mushrooms swam in a very light broth that tasted fresh, but had little discernable flavor and felt very plain. Entrée time rolled around and Lola was presented a spicy Szechuan chicken with peanuts. The chopped poultry was tender and had an authentic taste blended within the peanut-laden sauce with red and green peppers, but lacked any consistent heat to get the excitement level past “okay.” I opted for the moo shu beef served spicy Peking style with the traditional flour tortillas (called pancakes). The shredded beef was accompanied with crispy bean sprouts, snow peas, green peppers, and a few bamboo shoots. The Hoisin sauce served on the side was packed with flavors of soy, peanut and salt. The dish was served with the tortillas, sauce, and the rest separately, allowing me to construct my own Chinese-style burritos. A word to the wise: the sauce is strong, so be judicious with the amount you top each pancake with as it will

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Sweet Basil Jane’s Corner Grille 806 Pleasant St., Worcester 508-754-8884 An adorable indie-bistro style cafĂŠ for pizza, deli items and baked goods, Sweet Basil Jane’s Corner Grille offers original, unusual and fresh-made avors, alongside more familiar offerings that stand out with superior quality. Although more of a take-out venue, there are a few tables, and if you stay, the service is excellent. The price is on par for the quality offered, so you will pay a little more than your regular pizza or lunch take away, but the price is worth it. Coral Seafood 225 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-755-8331 Coral Seafood serves up a wide array of fresh, simply prepared seafood. The setting is stylish, with creative lighting and tasteful ďŹ sh motifs, but the atmosphere is informal and family-friendly. With daily specials complementing grilled, fried, baked, and sautĂŠed options, there’s something for every seafood lover. Given the high quality, the cost is very reasonable, and there’s a nicelypriced wine list as well. Thai Place 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road/371 Main Street, Sturbridge 508-347-2999 Great for eating in or take-out, the Thai Place is offers a delicious menu for a variety of diners: vegetarian, carnivore, or vegan. The

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Another Log on the Fire: Piedmont Village’s newest addition, the Firewood CafÊ, officially opened for business on December 4. Their brick-oven pizza and sandwiches will convince you to remove that newfangled gas or electric oven from your house or just stop eating at home all together. Barbeque items are also draw and another way to top off a pizza as in the pulled-pork or BBQ-chicken variety. Open every day of the week for lunch and dinner. Firewood CafÊ, 222 Chandler St., 508-762-4598.

Dinner to Go: Late night at the office and the family’s at home banging forks against the table, waiting for dinner? Stop by Dooci’s Deli for their Heat & Eat entries including lasagna, stuffed peppers, manicotti, shells, & meatballs or sausage with pasta. Let Worcester’s Italian grocery store take care of dinner! 294 Hamilton St., Worcester, 508-797-3354

Fireplace Feast: The Salem Cross Inn is hosting an 18th-century-style fireside feast full of warmth and coziness on Friday, December 17. You have to be cold to warm up, though, so start with a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride and follow it up with some warm mulled cider. The main course of prime rib will be roasted before your eyes in the fieldstone fireplace and chowder will bubble in an antique iron cauldron. Sides include butternut squash, spinach pie, roasted potatoes and homemade muffins and rolls. Tickets are limited and must be ordered in advance. Additional dates include Sunday, December 26, and a full list is available at Salem Cross Inn Restaurant and Tavern, 260 West Main St., West Brookfield, 508-867-2345.

Thanks for Tri-ing: We hear Tribeca on Shrewsbury Street has closed its doors for good. Keeping up with the stiff competition of fine dining on Restaurant Row is a tough job. Take a Hike: More bad news. There’s one less talking moose in Worcester. Well, Shrewsbury. Bugaboo Creek is now closed. You’ll have to look elsewhere for your Canadian mountain-themed dining experience from now on, but the restaurant is part of a chain, so hopefully you won’t have to look too far. BITES TIPSTER: If you’ve got a Worcester dining scene tip for us, we want to know! Send along to today.

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Bahnan’s is really more of a specialty grocery store and café than a bakery—but that’s no reason to not make a special trip just for what’s in the bakery cases. The biggest difference from most bakeries is how many savory options there are, particularly the “pies,” which are open-faced (think Mediterranean

flat-bread, sauceless pizza) or enclosed (like empanadas or meat pies) or pastries (like spanikopita). However, think of all those styles in a number of flavors from meat, meat and cheese, veggie, veggie and cheese, herbs and cheese, and more. Besides these goodies that make a fast, delicious, and cheap lunch (most items were between $1-3), there were desserts. Almond cookies tempted me, but they lost out to the entire rack of five different

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kinds of baklava (nuts layered in filo dough and drenched in syrup.) I ordered a dozen, which rang up as a little under a pound and a little under $10, which was great for 12 pieces of baklava! I also grabbed one of the meat pies and a “cheese boat,” which was a delicious block of caramelized feta surrounded by buttery, bread-like crust. The meat pie was heavenly, too, with perfectly flaky and tender crust. With just the two things, I was full for hours. The baklava was different than most I have had, but for the better. It was not sugary syrup, so it wasn’t too sweet. The pistachios gave it an earthier taste than walnuts, and there was a hint of cardamom and allspice that gave it a different, more exotic flavor. Whether you’re craving a quick and easy lunch or you need a sweet-tooth fix, definitely check out Bahnan’s.

price range is average for Thai food, meaning it’s a little more expensive than Chinese, but less expensive than your average sitdown family restaurant. The elegant but cozy décor, lightly scented with roses, also creates a good date atmosphere. Falzone’s Italian Restaurant & Lounge 306 Main St., Douglas 508-476-7220 Falzone’s Italian Restaurant and Lounge offers a romantic and tasty dining experience in the Blackstone Valley. Classic Northern and Southern Italian cuisine combined with excellent service makes this eatery a great night out in Douglas. The Whistle Stop Bar & Grille 85 Main Street, Oxford 508-987-3087 The Whistle Stop Bar & Grill on Rt. 12 in Oxford looks like your typical pub or bar, until you check out their diverse menu. With reasonably priced meals for everyone from carnivores to vegetarians - and even some vegan-friendly salads apps and lighter

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Korean comfort food. Try the chicken bulgogi or a squid stirfry for a spicier experience. All meals are served with a generous assortment of banchan, Korean side dishes delivering fresh and fermented vegetables in a wide array of tastes and textures. Beer and wine available.

Spencer Country Inn 500 Main St., Spencer 508-885-9036 Catering to a quiet and casual crowd who likes country-style cooking, the Spencer Country Inn offers solid quality food at a great price. Especially good are the desserts and appetizers. It’s important to call ahead, however, because their closing times vary depending on how busy they are. If you can make it while they’re open, you will be rewarded with a lovely meal in a beautiful setting at a great price.

Mia Mia/Chickshack 1916 Southbridge St., Auburn/Oxford 508-721-7776 Under one roof on the Auburn/Oxford line, you’ll ďŹ nd a pizzeria and sandwich shop that also features rotisserie chicken and baby back ribs. With a wide-ranging menu and fair prices, it’s a nice alternative to the fast food joints that line Route 20. If you’d like some beer or wine with your meal, be sure to sit in the Oxford side of the dining room, since there’s no Auburn liquor license.

Bistro Limoncello 290 West Main Street, Northborough, 508-393-5440 Bistro Limoncello is that “dateâ€? restaurant you go to when you want to have a special night out that’s not too formal. The prices are on the higher end, but you get what you pay for: top-notch food in generous portions‌ you’ll have a hard time ďŹ nding that anywhere else. The live music on Thursdays is classic American-Italian crooning—think Sinatra and friends. The owner takes the time to meet each table, and even fellow patrons are friendly.

Lakeside Bar & Grille 97 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury 508-425-3543 Lakeside Bar & Grille may be located in a strip mall, but it has the feel of a neighborhood pub. The menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers and entrees, with an emphasis on Italian-American cooking. That all may sound ordinary, but the avors are fresh, the kitchen really knows its stuff, and the prices are hard to beat. The Perfect Game Sports Grill & Lounge 64 Water St., Worcester 508-792-4263 New to the neighborhood, The Perfect Game puts their unique spin on the same old bar food and drink. With an exceptional beer selection, creative avors, and a sleek and fun atmosphere, this sports bar is headed in the right direction. Ceres Bistro, Beechwood Hotel 363 Plantation St. 508-754-2000 With an emphasis on quality seasonal ingredients, a creative menu, and a careful hand in the kitchen, Ceres Bistro offers a sophisticated dining experience in a beautifully-appointed space in the Beechwood Hotel. The menu combines aspects of French bistro, American steakhouse, and contemporary high-end dining; entrees are available in smaller sizes perfect for sharing or grazing. Try the unusual take on steak frites, or one of several creative seafood dishes. Classic cocktails, craft beers, and a thoughtfully composed wine list await you at the glowing bar. Smokestack Urban Barbecue 90 Harding St., Worcester 508-363-1111 Worcester travels down south with Smokestack Urban Barbecue, which boasts slow-cooked meats, a variety of “odds and endsâ€? dishes and warm atmosphere. The modern-meets-savor avors give diners a year-round haven for those craving authentic barbecue.

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CHRISTMAS BASH with Dirty Deeds (the premier AC/DC tribute band)

UGLY SWEATER CONTEST Cash prizes for the ugliest sweater

Kenwood Diner 97 Main St., Spencer 508-885-6596 A traditional Worcester diner, with classic dinner fare and especially good desserts, the Kenwood Diner provides a fun eating experience for anyone - from children to elderly. Breakfast is served all day, the dinners are solidly good, and leave room for dessert—your wallet won’t give you a guilt trip, because it’s entirely affordable. The Safari Cafe 215 Chandler St., Worcester 508-799-7989 The Safari Cafe is a warm and inviting neighborhood restaurant serving Kenyan cuisine at affordable prices. The lunch buffet is an excellent way to sample several dishes in one sitting, and don’t forget to try the spiced Hot Safari Tea and to ask for a cup of the warm grain beverage called “uji.â€? Flats Organic Pizzeria 75 Maywood St., Worcester 508-752-1701 Flats serves outstanding pizza, sandwiches, spreads and salads in a hip little storefront near Clark. Given Flats’s impressive commitment to sustainable practices, local producers and organic ingredients, you can feel good about indulging in their top-notch pesto, muffaletta on atbread, or a Memphis pizza featuring housesmoked pork, pickled jalapenos, caramelized onions, cheddar and bacon. Mmm, bacon. BYOB. Inka’s Restaurant 169 Millbury St., Worcester 508-762-9077 Inka’s is the only Peruvian restaurant in the region, and they nicely showcase the cuisine with their friendly staff. They also do well in offering options to the less daring and creating specials for the on-the-run lunch crowd. However, even if you’re not the most adventurous diner, it’s worth trying something new because everything is well prepared and avorful. Outside of the window or placard specials, the prices are a little high, but if you want a more unique food experience to share with friends, the quality, portions and experience are worth it.

Plaza Azteca 539 Lincoln St., Lincoln Plaza, Worcester 508-853-3536 Plaza Azteca located in Lincoln Plaza, serves traditional Mexican cuisine. Popular favorites including nachos, chicken enchiladas, and carne asada tacos can be found on the menu along with vegetarian and a long list of seafood dishes. Special entrees like the Plaza Del Mar being grilled tilapia, scallops and shrimp with Alfredo sauce, rice and mango sauce should not be missed. For those 21+, the restaurant has a bar serving margaritas, beer, spirits, and several different types of wine. Come with an appetite, the generous portions will be sure to have you leaving satisďŹ ed. Flip Flops 680 Main St., Holden 508-829-3008 ip Flip Flops is an escape to a tiny piece of paradise with an extensive drink menu; an eclectic selection of American, Italian and seafood favorites; and a friendly staff to ensure the evening serves up delicious fun. Prices are a little better than average for the food styles, but a good deal in regards to the quality of the food and overall experience. Bring friends and share to enjoy as much as possible! Pepe’s Trattoria 274 Franklin St., Worcester 508-755-1978 Pepe’s offers a variety of homemade Italian recipes in an intimate modern setting. A great late-night stop, the cozy bar and dining room area is integrated into one open room. Several pizza, stromboli, and panino dishes give Worcester yet another quality dining option.


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Worse Than Death, Underlying Truth, and Conflagration come together for a night of metal to raise needed funds for the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats. $10 advance/$12 door. 7-11 p.m. 261 Main St. 508-7979696.

glimpse of the magnificent display of gingerbread castles created specifically for the armory by local bakers during the Gingerbread Castle Competition. Cast your ballot for your favorite. Winner to be announced at 3 p.m. Current listing of participants: Darby’s Bakery, Sweet Pastry Shop & Dessert Bar, Sodexo, Worcester

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to perform a variety of fun carols and seasonal favorites in a special Christmas show. An interactive concert where anything is bound to happen in this celebration of the season in song and audience engagement. Colorful costumes, great songs, and a lot of fun is the staple of any Mark Shelton performance. All ages. 7-10 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury. 508-864-5658, millchurch. org.

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Wander the galleries of the Higgins Armory Museum this Saturday, December 18, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and catch a

Technical School/Culinary Arts Department, The Cake Lady, Dianne Rockwell, Fireside Catering, and SCVNGR. From 1–2 p.m., enjoy the sounds of the holiday season as the Master Singers of Worcester stroll the museum a cappella caroling in period dress. Plus the kids can decorate and enjoy their very own delicious gingerbread cookie. 100 Barber Ave., Worcester,

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The Radio City Music Hall-style Holiday Spectacular is a great way to get into the holiday spirit on Friday, December 17.

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friends, but things never work out well for her. When she runs away from home, she is visited by an angel named Clara, who shows her what life would be like if she never existed at all. December 17 at 7 p.m.; December 18 at 1 and 7 p.m.; and December 19 at 1 p.m. The event will also include crafts, face painting, games and door prizes. Donations to the Milford Food Pantry Bin are welcome. $5. 1-3 p.m., 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Milford Performing Arts Center, 150 Main St., Milford. 508-4731684,

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the Old Post Road present Joyeux Noël: A French Baroque Christmas on Saturday, December 18. Early music virtuosi Musicians of the Old Post Road continue their tradition of unusual holiday offerings with rare Christmas music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, with Roberta Anderson, soprano; Terence McKinney, hautecontre; Matthew Anderson, tenor; Aaron Engebreth, baritone; Suzanne Stumpf, traverse; Sarah Darling and Jesse Irons,violins; Marcia Cassidy, viola; Olav Chris Henriksen, theorbo; Daniel Ryan, cello; and Michael Bahmann, harpsichord. $25; $20 seniors/students; ages 7 to 17 free. 8-10 p.m. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St. 781466-6694,

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Worcester Youth Orchestra Concert & Messiah Sing on Sunday, December 19. Celebrate the music of the season at First Baptist Church of Worcester. Free-will offering accepted. 4-5:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave. 978-390-4941. high-energy entertainment featuring the award-winning Shepherd Hill Show Choirs, Chamber Singers and Women’s choir, along with some very talented soloists. Rumor has it that Santa himself will be paying a visit — an evening of fun for the whole family. $8/$5 students. 7-10 p.m. Shepherd Hill Regional High School, Auditorium, 68 DudleyOxford Road, Dudley. 508-943-6700,

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play collectively and individually in the Handbell Extravaganza on Friday, December 17. This unique musical event of the Christmas season is free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave. 508755-6143.

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Hold on to those fond Jerry Garcia memories on Thursday, December 16 at Tammany Hall with Don’t Let Go, a Jerry Garcia Band tribute. This will be a night full of psychedelic jamming that will remind anyone who has ever been called a dirty hippy that hey, you very well might be a dirty hippy, but that’s alright. Tie dye and Jerry Garcia go together, and, more surprisingly, so do kittens and metal at the Palladium Upstairs. Thy Will Be Done, Acaro, Hell Within,

Fate Worse Than Death, Underlying Truth and Conflagration are playing a show to benefit the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg. More odd pairings come with Ralph’s Christmas Punk Rock Show on Friday, December 17 with Slitstitch, Sadplant, The Clozipines and The Pity Whores. Notice the absence of “pop” before the word “punk;” this crew does not fool around. With most songs lasting little more than two minutes, hard, fast, classic punk is still alive and well in these Mass. and Conn. area bands. Also collectively from Mass. and Conn., Griffon, Tester, Fear The State and Hadrian’s Heroes hit up The Lucky Dog with their homegrown alt-rock. See their respective new takes on the tried and true genre. Hadrian’s Heroes even throws a cello into the mix. The yearly treat of A Christmas Carol at Hanover Theater begins tonight and continues December 18, 19, 22 and 23. Stay funky on Saturday, December 18 at The Raven with Arnold’s Electric Funk House, an amalgamation of What the Funk, Electric Barrelhouse, Arnold’s Carnival and more. The group likes to mix a little blues, rock and jam band grooves into their funk, but any way you cut it, you know there is some intense keyboard coming your way. Dusty Cobb returns to The Hotel Vernon tonight with his Millbury St. Band, and according to Mr. Cobb, “This is the best band I have ever played with and I absolutely adore the Shiproom! $1 drafts and no cover - how can you go wrong?” The Millbury St. band will be joined by special guests and will be playing their blend of cosmic-pyschedeli-folk while throwing in some covers for added flavor.



ARTSWorcester, ARTSWorcester Presents: “Older Artists, Newer Works” Paintings by Frances Kornbluth and Erik SandbergDiment, through Jan. 21. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Fre. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or EcoTarium, Be the Bear with Kenda Update through Dec. 31; A Christmas Journey, Sundays, Saturdays, through Dec. 19. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $12 adults; $8 for children ages 2-18, college students with IDs & senior citizens. Children under 2 & EcoTarium members free. Additional charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or Fitchburg Art Museum, Second National Monotype/ Monoprint juried exhibition, Through Jan. 2, 2011. 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 fre. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or 978-598-5005 or Post Road Art Center, Miniature Show 2010, through Dec. 30; Pottery and Ceramic Art Special, Through Dec. 18. Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, Marlborough. 508-485-2580 or Prints and Potter Gallery, American Craft Gallery, through Dec. 31. Hours: closed Sunday, 10-5:30 a.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10-7 a.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10-5:30 a.m. Friday, 10-5 a.m. Saturday. 142 Highland St. 508-752-2170 or Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, Balloons: More Than Hot Air, Sunday. Hours: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 21 Prichard St., Fitchburg. 978342-2809 or 978-297-4337 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; Holidays at WAM!, through Dec. 31; Place as Idea, through Feb. 13; Santa’s Helpers: Creative Kid Watch, Thursday; The Museum Shop Open 7 Days a week in December!, Through Dec. 26; Goya and the Bullfight, Dec. 18 - April 17; Santa’s Helpers: Creative Kid Watch, Saturday; Zip Tour: Christmas @ WAM, Saturday; Sunday Public Tour, Sundays, through May 22; Santa’s Helpers: Creative Kid Watch, Wednesday. 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

Good times with Jess It’s that time of year. Do you get the person you’re sleeping with a present? If so, what? How many dates do you go on with someone before you’re in gift territory? What if I’m just sleeping with him? I wish. What if I’m not really sleeping with him, not really with him, but want to get him a present anyway? I swear I’m not a stalker. Over the summer I went to Canada with my mom. I wanted to bring back something for this man I’m not with, but I didn’t want to go over the top. I settled on some moose spit lip balm. It was a huge success. Now I want to get him something for Christmas and I’m tempted to invest in the entire moose spit toiletry collection. In general, I’m a good gift giver. Nothing makes my mom happier than the gift of a slumber party. Friends have loved my handmade cards crafted with the skill of a second grader. And when all else fails, I can write a touching funny poem in under an hour. I’m now accepting poem requests for your loved ones. I charge by the word. But with gifts for boys, I have failed. One boyfriend spent Christmas with my family in Worcester. That was the first time my mom let us have a Christmas tree, never mind that it was the two-foot-high, officedecoration variety; I loved it. My mom bought my boyfriend Celtics tickets and I bought him tickets to Disney On Ice. I can hear you groan from here, but so much thought went into that gift and it was still a fail. I knew he liked figure skating and we had worked together in Disney World. Why wouldn’t that combination be amazing? He opens the tickets. He stares in confusion. I explain why they’re such a good present. He makes the polite noises and facial expressions that people make when they’ve opened something they’re

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for members, $10 adults, $8 seniors, free for youth 17 and under. Free for all Saturdays, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or Worcester Historical Museum, In Focus: 20th-Century Professional Photography, Through Jan. 15, 2011. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-753-8278 or WPI: George C. Gordon Library, A Well-Documented Life : The Theo Brown Diaries, Through June 15, 2011. 100 Institute Road.

music >Thursday 16 DJ Roberta. Dance to your favorite rock, classic rock, top 40 and country hits! 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Days End, 287 Main St., Oxford. Shrewsbury Women’s Choir. No cost. 3-4 p.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community, Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA, 65 Briarwood Circle. 508-8522670 or Mike Miller Swingtet featuring Vocalist Tish Adams. Mike Miller on piano, Dan Lederer on bass, and the extraordinary Tish Adams on vocals promise a truly uplifting evening of swingin’ holiday jazz. Free. 7-8:45 p.m. Rochambeau Library, Providence Community Library, 708 Hope St., Providence. 401-272-3780. Open Mic Night W/ Bill Mccarthy Free. 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. DJ Shocka. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main

wondering who they can regift it to. Then compare that to the genuine ecstatic jubilation upon getting Celtics tickets from my mom. The only thing worse was suffering side by side through the entire Disney On Ice production, cold and surrounded by small screaming children. I’ve been on the receiving end of it too. A guy I had just met, gave me lots of presents: perfume, make-up, the Italian flag. It was nice, but awkward when I had to ask him his last name again. And another newbie had presents for me from his mom. They weren’t Celtics tickets. Now here I am. What do I get this man I’m not with? And what is my mom getting him? I look to my wise bar manager for advice. He tells me the story of a painting his girlfriend did of him that popped out of a box. It was funny and good all at the same time. My art and craft skills are not up to that sort of challenge, refer to previous paragraph on homemade cards. Pop-up portraits are out. This man always takes me out for dinner, which is wonderful because I never cook, refer to cottage cheese eating habits in previous column. So maybe I could cook for him. No one believes that I can, but I singlehandedly made Thanksgiving dinner this year. Ok, so the microwave helped a little. I like the idea of feeding him, but it could easily slip from present to punishment. I’m leaning towards giving him a naughty Santa Clause outfit, but that may be inappropriate given the nonrelationship status of our relationship. Either that or I can dress up in a naughty elf outfit and order take-out. For advice on what to get me, email me at

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St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. 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. Rob Benton. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879. Tim Laroche. Country music artist, and ďŹ nalist on season 5 of Nashville Star - Tim LaRoche! Tim is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has traveled and released records internationally. Free. 8 p.m.-midnight Tino’s Pub, Upstairs in the Pub, 102 Front St., Winchendon. 760-880-1438 or Two Hour Mic Check with Ryan Staples. 8-10 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. Flock Of A-holes, w/ Squeezer (Weezer tribute)!. $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888. 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. Acoustic Thursdays. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Vegas Lounge, 5 Summer St., Lunenburg. 978-400-7524. Lisa Marie & All Shook Up!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Metal Thursday!!! Bands TBA!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Sean Ryan. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Victory Bar & Cigar, 56 Shrewsbury St. 508-756-4747. Ton of Blues open mic. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Partner’s Pub, 970 South St., Fitchburg. 978-345-5051. 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 17 Jazzed Up Trio At Lucianos Union Station. Live Jazz featuring Joe D’Angelo on bass, john Mursycki on Drums, Mauro DePasquale on Piano American Songbook classics made popular by the likes of Sinatra, Bennett, Chet Bakers, Duke Elington, Gershwin, Ray Charles, Mercer, and more. No cover. Luciano’s Cotton Club, 2 Washington Square. 508-755-6408. Neon Alley. 6-11 p.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster

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Serpentine electronics, tasteful vocal effects, scratchy guitar chords, and that rubbery bass line on “Foundations.” Wedge promises that if you come out to hear the band on the 18th, you should “expect to hear a bunch of brand-new material as well as some of the older Sanveen favorites. We have been really happy with the way the writing process has been coming along. These new songs are our strongest to date.” There will be a couple of special guests, too. SJC Custom Drums of Dudley has done a masterful job with the band’s new bass drum logo, which will make its premier at Santapalooza. Nice. The other guest? The jolly man, himself. Lucky Dog’s Godin says Santa will be there for anybody who wants a picture sitting on St. Nick’s lap! Godin explains that Santapalooza is an annual event for a great cause – Toys for Tots. In addition to a bunch of great bands, Godin promises “a ton of raffle items” as well as prizes for the “Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest.” Learn more at sanveenband. Bring an unwrapped toy to Santapalooza and make a child’s holiday and get in free – otherwise it’s a $10 donation.

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>Saturday 18 Concert: Shrewsbury High School Women’s Choir.

Listen to the captivating sound of the young women’s voices of the Shrewsbury High School Women’s Choir under the direction of Michael Lapomardo. Free with Museum admission. 2-3 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, Renaissance Court, 55 Salisbury St. 508799-4406. Concert: Worcester Children’s Choir. This spirited group of 12-16 year olds will be sure to delight you as they perform holiday standards under the direction of Jennifer Kane! Free with Museum admission. 3-4 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, Renaissance Court, 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406. The Sinatra Songbook Tribute Show!. Performances by Frank Racette, The Bobby Gadoury Trio, Trina Vargas, Dale LePage, Nicole Watson, Charles O’Connor III, and Clayton Willoughby! Two Shows per night 5pm and 9pm. Seating is Limited, Please call for Reservations. 508-753-4030. $10 Cover. 10 cover. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Arnold’s Electric Funk House Jam with members of What The Funk, Electric Barrelhouse, Arnold’s Carnival and more. $5. 6-11:30 p.m. Travel Destination Boomer Ballads with P.E James!!. Come and sing along to the acoustic songs you know from the 50s, 60s, and 70s!! Mix in a few Christmas songs and hot toddies to make your evening bright! FREE!!. 6-9 p.m. La Bussola near Holden, 1 Princeton St., Jefferson. 508-829-1914. Facing East Coffee House. Featuring the music of Heartsong Singers for Christ. A free will offering will be taken and refershments will be provided. FREE. 7-10 p.m. St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church, 16 Romanian Ave, Southbridge. 508765-5276 or Valencia @ The Palladium (upstairs). with Automatic Loveletter / Mercy Mercedes / The Mission In Motion 7-11 p.m. Palladium, The, 261 Main St. 508-797-9696. Bill McCarthy & His Guitar Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Junior’s Pizza Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. 508-459-5800. Christmas Concert. The musical ensembles of Wesley United Methodist Church will perform a diverse concert of christmas music. Come celebrate the season with the Wesley Choir, the Ghanaian Choir, the Wesley Ringers, and the youth choirs. Free and open to the public.. 7:30-9 p.m. Wesley United Methodist Church, Sanctuary, 114 Main St. 508-799-4191, ext. 107. Almost Heroes. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Red Onion - Otter River Hotel, 29 Main St., Baldwinville. 978-939-7373. DJs. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Black Sheep Tavern, 261 Leominster Road,

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Concert: Blackstone Valley Community Chorus. Holiday Pops and more will enliven the Renaissance Court and entertain all generations with a fun performance by the Blackstone Valley Community Chorus under the direction of Diane Pollard. Free with Museum admission. 2-3 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, Renaissance Court, 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406. Gloria! a Christmas Concert by the Greater Gardner Community Choir. The Greater Gardner Community Choir is performing a program featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria, and other seasonal pieces on Sunday December 19 at 4pm at the First Congregational Church, 28 Green Street, Gardner. Diane Cushing is directing over 70 singers accompanied by a string orchestra. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, and $5 for children and seniors. $10 suggested donation. 4-5 p.m. First Congregational Church of Gardner, 28 Green St., Gardner. 978-632-2142. Messiah Sing. Bring your score and sing along to Handel’s Messiah. Enjoy Sleigh Ride and other holiday favorites and take part in the holiday cookie fundraiser! Free will donation suggested $25/family or $15 individual. 4-6 p.m. First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave. 978-390-4941 or php/home.html. Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Featured artists weekly Donations. 5-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350.

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>Sunday 19 Dr.Gonzo’s Road Kill Orchestra Every Other Sunday Residency!. FREE Hotdogs!!! Free!!!. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or theRoadKillOrchestra. Dale Lepage and The Bobby Gadoury Trio 5pm, Andy Cummings!. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. 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 facebook. com/event.php?eid=137488222942478&ref=mf.

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>Monday 20 Chamber Choir of Southbridge High School. SHS Choir performs at Jacob Edwards Library. Refreshments will be served Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and come to Jacob Edwards Library for an evening of song, featuring local students. The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library are a

volunteer group that provides programs, entertainment and support for the library. free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jacob Edwards Library, 236 Main St., Southbridge. 508-764-5426. Southbridge High Choral Concert Directed by Becky Bussiere. The Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library present a holiday concert, featuring the Southbridge High School Choral Group. FREE. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jacob Edwards Library, Main Hall, 236 Main St., Southbridge. 508-764-5426. Drftin’ Sam Politz at 7pm; Karaoke 9pm to Close!. No Cover!. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030.

>Tuesday 21 Open Mic Night w /Bill McCarthy Open Mike!. Any slot marked as “open” usually is Email Bill McCarthy to reserve it! 7-11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. “Totally Tuesdays” Spinnin Rad Tunes in the Diner every Tuesday Night!. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Big Jon Short. Armed with a suitcase kick-drum, National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues. no cover. 8-11 p.m. Armsby Abbey, 144 North Main St. 508-795-1012 or armsbyabbey. com/2009/08/jon-short. 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 Bobby Gadoury’s American Songbook Sing-a-long!. No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Bass Embassy & Rebirth Tuesdays. Every Tuesday Bass Embassy & ReBirth bring you the best Dubstep ,Jungle and Drum & Bass music in Central Mass. Doors open at 10 PM. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Fusion, 109 Water St. 508-756-2100 or

University Unified Poetry Slam Events which take place monthly (during the school year). Informal workshops setting welcomes teen poets, emcees and writers from all styles & experience levels. Along with the poetry slam competitions, these workshops will help form a team of local teen poets to represent Worcester at the Annual Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival. Facilitated by Director Alex Charalambides free. 6-8 p.m. Vasa Hall, Worcester County Poetry Association Offices, 1 Ekman St. 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! Check the website for a link! 12/20/10 – CHRISTOPHER KAIN – one of the Boston Cantab Lounge’s best writers and all around New England Best Kept Secret, celebrating release of new book, “20th Century Limited” which consists of a poem for every year of the 20th Century. Smart, innovative word from one of Boston’s Best. $2 Suggested Donation. 9-11:30 p.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543 or

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Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape Friday Dec 17th Jim Colliton Tyler Boeh Karl Zahn. Sat Dec 18th Jim Colliton Tyler Boeh Karl Zahn. $20 per person except Special Events. 8 p.m.-noon Biagio’s Grille, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call 800401-2221 or visit Open Mike Comedy - Saturdays. Hosted by a variety of local comedians under the leadership of Andy Paquette. Worcester’s longest running open mic attracts regional talent and newcomers. 100’s of aspiring comedians have bared their wares in front of this supportive and simpathetic crowd. Well known as the breeding grounds for local talent it has produced many known and not to be known comedians. Fear not! Your Sense of Pride. 7-9 p.m. 3-G’s Sports Bar, The Music Room, 152 Millbury St. Call 508-754-3516. The Sexiest Show in Town Mondays. Come laugh with some of the best comics from the Worcester and New England area. Hosted by Shaun Connolly. Buy a pitcher, get a FREE pizza! Every 2nd and 4th Monday! FREE. 8-10 p.m. The Center Bar and Grille, 102 Green St. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Wong Dynasty - Every Thursday night. There’s a full bar and food menu in the showroom! 10. 8-10 p.m. Wong Dynasty, 176 Reservoir St., Holden. Call 508829-2188 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 See a Holiday Show for 1/2 Price with - See a holiday show at halfprice... plus get $10 off restaurants this holiday season! Visit the 7th Annual, the City of Boston’s central website for holiday arts and fun. Visit Bell, Book and Candle by John van Druten - Saturdays. December 11 - Saturday, December 18. Pasture Prime Players inaugural production. This enchanting romantic comedy tells the story of a coven of witches in 1950’s New York City. Adults $10, Students and Seniors $8. 7-9 p.m. Charlton Public Library, Dexter Hall, 40 Main St., Charlton. Call 508-248-5448. Wisecracks Comedy Club @ Wong Dynasty Saturdays in Wong Dynasty in Holden. $12. 8-10 p.m. Wong Dynasty, 176 Reservoir St., Holden. Call 508-829-2188 or visit Wisecracks Comedy Show - Fridays. Come see the areas best comedy! $12. 8-10 p.m. Halligan’s Sports Bar and More, 889 Southbridge St., Auburn. Call 508-832-6793 or visit

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dance >Friday 17 Latin Dance Lounge. Fri: Dec 17 - Open to the public, singles/couples. Dance to Latin, Swing & Hustle music. All-levels. Lev. $15pp. 7-11 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-9254537 or Salsa Classes (Int). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. Salsa dancing is characterized by a complicated rhythm, small steps, Cuban motion, and a compact hold. $50pp. 6-7 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or Saturday night dances. Live bands for ballroom dancing every saturday nigh 10/person Members are free. 8-11:30 p.m. Frohsinn Club, 25 North Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-3665820 or Dancenet.

>Sunday 19 Swingin Sunday’s / Black & White Band / Dance2Swing. 6:30pm Beginner Friendly Group Swing Dance Lesson 7:30pm Black & White All Dance2Swing DancesFeature a total mix of crossover swing Jitterbug Boogie Woogie East & West Coast Swing Lindy Hop, & Rock n Roll Singles and Couples welcome Come with or with-out a partner. $12.. 6:30-11 p.m. Leominster Elks Lodge 1237, 134 N. Main St., Leominster. 978-263-7220 or

>Wednesday 22 Tango Classes (Beg). Learn with other Singles & Couples for 6 weeks. The Tango originated in Buenos Aires and was stylized by the Gauchos in Argentina before making it to the United States. The Tango is known for flexing steps and posed pauses. $50pp. 8-9 p.m. American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, Maironis Park, 52 South Quinsigamond Ave., Shrewsbury. 508-925-4537 or .

classes/ workshops >Friday 17 Homeschool Programs at Wachusett Meadow-Bees and Beewax. Learn about the amazing life of a bee. How they communicate and how their communities are structured. Make a beeswax candle to keep or give as a gift. This program is free for adults. $8 Child Members, $12 Child Non-members. 1-3 p.m. Mass Audubon: Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Road, Princeton. 978-464-2712. Elegant Metal Ornaments. Come in from the cold and be inspired by the spirit of the season while creating your own original metal holiday ornaments with a few simple tools and techniques. Draw upon a wide range of inspirations from holiday themed poems and songs, to the wonders of winter, while learning to saw, and hammer sheet metal and wire to create light weight three dimensional ornaments of your own design. Embellish with crystals and beads if you like and they will be a beautiful highlight to any

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>Saturday 18 Whole Body Improvement Center Open House. free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Whole Body Improvement Center, 61A Milton St. 508-797-4325.

>Tuesday 21 Better Business Bureau presents: “Identity Theft”. No cost. 2-3 p.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community, 65 Briarwood Circle, Birches Auditorum, 65 Briarwood Circle. 508826-8009 or Identity Theft Presented by the Better Business Bureau. 2-3 p.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community, 65 Briarwood Circle Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle. 508-852-9009 or

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Spotlight Continued from previous page of solid granite countertop space. The kitchen runs adjacent to a cozy dining room, a living room complete with a working fireplace, a first-floor laundry area, a full bath, and a family room with a wood/coal stove, ceramic tile flooring, and open skylight. The layout of the bedrooms gives the future homeowner enough space to create a master bedroom on either the first or second floor. The first floor option has a full bath and Cathedral ceiling, while in the second floor master bedroom occupants can walk out onto a scenic balcony. Two more bedrooms are situated on the second floor, and the third story loft offers a multi-use space that can be created into a bedroom. One of the more impressive updates of the home can be seen from the second floor, where a craft room with interior balcony that overlooks the family room below. This balcony spills

outside through French doors as well for a peaceful view of the yard. An attached garage and enclosed patio allows for great storage and living space to coexist. An additional shed is built on site for additional storage. The entire house is wired for a generator. The Rowley Hill Road home has the best of both the rural and contemporary worlds in regards to location as well. The home is stationed between conservation land and extensive farmland; it is set far enough back off the road with privatized water and sewer. The property is not set so far back to keep it from being minutes from Worcester, Leominster and points beyond. “It has quick access to Route 190, Route 290, and 495,� said Savard. “You can get just about anywhere you need to from here.� The price has recently been reduced to $339,500, but homeowners beware – the “every so often� will not wait around forever.

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The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS (MAR) has reported the number of single-family homes put under agreement in November was unchanged compared to the same time last year. This marks the first time in six months that monthly pending sales have not gone down. However, condominiums put under agreement were down compared to last year. “It is a positive sign that pending sales in November were the same as last year and didn’t decrease,” said 2010 MAR President Kevin Sears. “It shows that there are buyers who are slowly getting

back into the market and taking advantage of the conditions to purchase a home. Hopefully the economy will continue to improve, the snow holds off and doesn’t become a deterrent and pending sales continue to increase in December as well.” The number of single-family homes put under agreement in November was essentially the same compared to the same time last year (3,387 homes in 2009 to 3,404 homes in 2010). On a month-tomonth basis, single-family homes put under agreement were down 6.3 percent from 3,631 homes in October.

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New Restaurant Opening in Worcester A zesty bowl of pasta, a distinctive Chianti, the spirited discussion of family around a table â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our guests donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to cross the Atlantic to experience the magic of Italy. In fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right here at our brand new restaurant in Worcester. Not only do we demand the best and freshest products cooked expertly, but we need talented people like you to help create an environment where food, family and fun come together to make something magical.

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ANTIQUES Wayside Antiques Christmas Sale From now til Dec 31, Save 15 to 50 % on Antiques, Americana, Collectibles, Furniture, Oriental Rugs, Glass inc. Depression & Carnival, Porcelaine inc. Limoge & Belleek, Hummels, Marbles, Art and much much more. Save over the big box stores on all your gifts. Located in W Boylston on rte 12 & 140 at the RR Underpass. Open daily 11-5 and Thurs til 8. Call 508-835-4690. ELECTRONICS â&#x20AC;&#x153;DISH NETWORK LOWEST PRICE $24.99/month Over 120 Channels FREE HD Channels Included! FREE Installation, FREE Equipment! FREE HBO & Showtime! 888229-8851 Offer only good to NEW Customers with Credit/ Debit Card.â&#x20AC;? \\ FREE HD FOR LIFE! Only on DISH Network! Lowest Price in America! $24.99/ mo for over 120 Channels. $500 Bonus! Call 1-800-727-0305*

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ACR METAL ROOFING/ SIDING DIST. Quality Products, Low Prices, Metal Roofing and Trims. Complete Garage & Barn Packages, Lumber, Trusses. Delivery available. Free literature. 1-800-325-1247, www.*

CHERRY BEDROOM SET Solid Wood, never used, brand new in factory boxes. English Dovetail. Original cost $4500. Sell for $795. Can deliver. Call Tom 617-3950373 // *\\

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Feedback from a recent ad that ran in the Central Mass ClassiďŹ eds for a Job Fair at WineNation, Inc., Shoppes at Blackstone Valley. Now Open!

June, The ad was perfect. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thank you enough. We had 120 applicants and the job fair was a complete success. Thanks again, JoAnn Wilcox Director of Store Support WineNation, Inc.

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On Friday, December 10, The 200 Foundation, Inc., a group of Metrowest business and community leaders, donated a truck load of food to Veterans Inc. in Worcester, MA. Veterans Inc. has several locations in the New England area; not only do they feed and house many veterans in need, but they also provide a food pantry for families serving 400-500 per week. The 200 Foundation, for the past several years, has given Veterans Inc. a grant. This is just one example of the 40 grants given this year by The 200 Foundation. With the continued support of many individuals and companies such as The Herb Chambers Companies, The 200 Foundation has been able to flourish and help many others in need. Shown in order Robert Abrams , President of The 200 Foundation, Daniel Bortolussi, The Herb Chambers Companies, Vincent Perrone Lt Colonel USAF(retired) President & CEO Veterans Inc, Denis Leary Executive Director Veterans Inc, Allison Alaimo Director of Finance & Development,Veterans Inc and Jennifer Allen Human Resources Mananger Veterans Inc. YARD SALES & FLEA MARKETS Inside Yard Sale 12/18 & 12/19 Sat. & Sun. 9AM-2PM. 315 Mirick Rd, Princeton Furniture, pool table, golf clubs, many holiday items, and much more.


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Bath/ Body Basket NewItems in small Silver basket. Great gift. $4.50 508-7541827 BEDROOM SET Palliser bedroom set: 9 pieces, maple/denim for $1500. Call 781-367-7904. Coffee table, wood-black IKEA brand; $35, 2ft x 4ft x 1.5ft high. 978-534-0244 Craftsman 10” Table Saw, belt drive, large table. Good condition. Asking $100. 508-832-4207. Grandfathers Clock Full height, walnut fin. Modern mechanism. Beautiful cond. $175.00 978-407-9558 Lane Cedar Chest Never used. Pink Rose designs. $250 or Best offer. 508-7571818.

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Stephen Poulin When did you join Cirque du Soleil? I Joined Cirque in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;87 just as I finished music school so it was my first gig. D




How many musicians make up the band for Dralion? We are


six. Drums, percussions, guitars, electric basses and keyboards. I also use computers to enlarge the orchestration so at times we sound like we are a lot more. We have a great chemistry together and each show is fun to play.

When this leg of Dralion touring is over, how many performances will you have played? A leg is usually composed of 80 shows. This one was around 50 since it was preceded by a 2 months of pre-production.


according to what is going on stage. It is also very stimulating.

not the composer of the show but I do have some input in the creative process, mostly adapting the score, making new arrangements when some changes occur in the show. This is a very interesting aspect of my work.

Tell us a big about your favorite parts of Dralion? This is a tough question

This is your return to Cirque after a short hiatus. Is there anything you have a greater appreciate of since your absence? Right after Dralion, I went

because each act has his own flavor. But I have to say the skipping act at the end of the show bring the wows every single show.

What are the most challenging parts of Cirque for you and your fellow musicians? Being away from the loved

on Alegria for 6 months. This is also a beautiful score it was fun to play something different. When I came back to Dralion, I realized how much I like this music and the show by itself. This music is just energy packed and my adrenaline level goes to the roof every show.

ones (some have kids) is sometimes hard. The good thing about this tour is that everybody goes home each 10 weeks. Each musician in the band has been on the road before so they all have traveling aptitudes. We get along very well so it makes everything easier. Dralion is like a big family.

What are some of the challenges of live music accompanying a live show? We

What should Worcester area patrons look forward to when Dralion comes to our town? A â&#x20AC;&#x153;happeningâ&#x20AC;? show because

have to be alert all the time because the score is not static; we adapt the structure of the music constantly

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