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Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams in “Ash vs Evil Dead.” Photo by Matt Klitscher/© 2016 Starz Entertainment, LLC Design by Kimberly Vasseur



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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ tour heading to Hanover Theatre RICHARD DUCKET T



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ailey Munoz hadn’t really had a lot of time to think about it. “Oh my gosh, it really hasn’t sunk in,” he said. He was talking on the telephone just over two weeks after winning season 16 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” and the engaging 19-year-old b-boy dancer from Las Vegas had been busy in the interim with appearances on shows in New York City, a photograph session, then heading to Los Angeles to rehearse for the national live tour which was getting up on its feet right away. Indeed, “So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019” has its second stop on a 40-city itinerary Oct. 13 at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Since the Sept. 16 finale of “SYTYCD” Munoz had been home “just a day,” he said. But he was far from complaining. “I’m so glad to be with my other family,” he said of touring with the other Top Ten “SYTYCD” finalists who will be part of “So You Think You Cab Dance Live! 2019.” “We’re all so close they’re like a family and to be on a new journey with them means the world to me.” The dancers on the tour are Munoz, Anna Linstruth, Benjamin Castro, Eddie Hoyt, Ezra Sosa, Gino Cosculluela, Madison Jordan, Mariah Russell, Sophie Pittman and Stephanie Sosa, plus “All-Stars” Cyrus Spencer (season 7 finalist) and Lauren Froderman (season 9 winner). Noting that Worcester is just the second show after an opening night Oct. 12 in Atlantic City, Munoz said, “I’ve never been to Massachusetts so I’m very excited … This whole journey has been a dream to me. The show is going to be phenomenal.” The show will feature season 16’s most popular routines, as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. “We all have a solo, so I’m glad I get to do b-boy just to remind people of who we are,” Munoz said. Munoz is the first b-boy dancer (a form of hip-hop with origins going back to break dancing) to win “SYTYCD.” In the Fox TV dance competition, dancers have to perform different styles of dance decided by the judges and work with choreographers on solo, duo and group routines. Munoz danced Broadway, jazz, ballroom, as well as his own b-boy, and impressed judges and the TV audience, who had the final say, from


the beginning. Munoz used his compact size (he is five feet tall) to be a marvel of energy (a “whirling dervish,” as he has been called) as well as executing all the right moves. He performed some memorable routines with Mariah Russell, who came in second. He has called Russell his “soul mate.” “After I won I was in a daze,” Munoz said. “I would always say that I could do it … I never knew that I could win in a million years.” Munoz said he started dancing when he was 9. “That’s about 10 years now. I guess that’s pretty young (but) not as young as some people on the show. I actually became a professional dancer at the age of 10. That’s what helped me with this show.” An early inspiration growing up was watching “So You Think You Can Dance,” he said. “D-Trix and Hawk ( from season 3) were my biggest heroes. It just seemed they could fly, and I wanted to fly just like them.” D-Trix was a guest judge on season 16. As for Munoz now being an inspiration to b-boy dancers

“So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019” such as himself, he said, “bgirls and b-boys (should) think if you set your mind to anything — not just b-boy or hip-hop but everyone — that you’re never too little to dream big.” His innate talent was recognized early and mentored by family, friends and professionals. Munoz had previously earned a spot on the semi-finals of “America’s Got Talent” as part of a duo called Future Funk. Professional polish was gained from touring with Bruno Mars and also performing with Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Megan Trainor as well as appearing in a Chris Brown music

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video. He became the youngest member of the Rock Steady Dance Crew in Las Vegas. He is well known for his “100 percent” work ethic. “When I get on stage I just leave my heart out there,” he said. Munoz is Filipino-American, as is “SYTYCD” season 15 winner Hannahlei Cabanilla, who was at The Hanover Theatre for last year’s live tour. The two have met up at dance conventions, Munoz said. “It’s crazy, we’re both Filipino. We talked about the show.” Asked if she had given him any advice, Munoz said, “To have fun. You want to remember what you enjoy. You have to remember this is what we love to do.” Looking ahead, he said there are plenty of possibilities, including choreographing “a lyrical b-boy type of stage (show).” Acting is also something he’d like to explore. However, “the biggest thing is to give back to the people who took the time to mentor me and look out for me.” Contact Richard Duckett at richard. Follow him on Twitter @TGRDuckett




The artists’ version of jamming

CopJuju’s collaborative artworks set for gallery show at The Bridge BILL SHANER


opJuju is sort of like a band, but they don’t make any music. They make paintings — lots of them, and all collaboratively — in a basement studio in a home they share on the east side. John Powers and Matt Cousens have been at work on the rolling, free-form art project since 2016, and in a few weeks they’ll put on their first gallery show at The Bridge, a Southbridge Street warehouse building recently seeing new love as

an art and community space. The show takes place on Friday, Oct. 18. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the event will also feature music from local band Dirty Laundry, sets from local DJs Denz and Meatsweat, and a soul food pop-up by R&R Jerk. The event is sponsored by Axe to Grind Barbershop. I met with CopJuju on a recent afternoon in their basement studio. An old TV blared one of the many iterations of the CopJuju logo as if it was burnt into the static screen. The room was filled with paintings and supplies stuffed from floor the

ceiling, bright and chaotic colors serving as a sharp contrast to the drab, gray feel of an unfinished basement. Couches were stuffed into the corner along with a projector, which the group uses for their art as well as entertainment. DVD copies of “Control” and “24 Hour Party People” sat on the coffee table, freshly watched. For Cousens and Powers, the painting process is closer to a musical jam session than it is the process of a traditional studio artist. Paintings evolve collaboratively throughout a given night and over

the course of weeks or even years. When one is done, the other hops in. The somewhat unusual process is reflected in the paintings themselves, which often feature multiple stacked layers. “We use the band analogy a lot because we sort of do look at these paintings like tracks,” said Cousens While the pair shy away from fitting their style into any formal school of art, the works are usually pop culture based. They’ll build on projected images of actors, musicians and other pop culture figures, then blend and distort until the im-

age is far removed from its original context. “I would say that nailing down where our influences come from is something we actively avoid,” said Powers. “To put it succinctly, we don’t want to know why we do it. We don’t want to know how it happens. Then it’s not magic anymore.” Both said they feel they get influence more from other artforms than they do artists. They let the movies they watch and music they listen to directly inform the work, giving the art a heavy pop bent, but also capturing a sense of nostalgia distinct

Matt Cousens, right, and John Powers in their basement art studio.



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Colette Aimée is the daughter of an actor and a ballerina. Throughout her upbringing Aimee had all kinds of art flowing in and out of her life in the small town of Kent, New York. Musicians, actors, dancers, poets, painters and aristocrats were many of the influences that Colette took in to create the artist that she is today. Aimee found herself going on to art school at SUNY New Paltz in New York, receiving her BFA in 2006. She now shows all over the country in gallery shows and events as well as at various music and arts festivals. She continues to surround herself with the same types of creative people which inspire her to paint the luminous colors of her surrealistic world. For several years now she has been working with the idea of the Harlequin, a magical being that can change itself and the world that surrounds it. These esoteric Harlequins are sexual, playful and sometimes devious in their thoughts of traveling beyond the boundaries of our world and their own to reach tremendously elastic points of views. Check out more of her work at or at the following events: Spencer Street Party in downtown Spencer: Aug. 24, Wormtown Festival: Sept. 13-15 in Greenfield.



Visual art is often portrayed as, and has the stereotype of being, a solitary act (though Cousens was quick to point out that all great artists had assistants they never talked about) and both Powers and Cousens started that way before coming together. Through the act of intentionally collaborating, the group’s process has grown complicated. Instead of working to produce three or four works a month, the pair produce work at a chaotic and predictable pace. Some pieces are produced in a night, others take years. “It gets messy, which is how we want it to be,” said Cousens. And it also requires some consensus. Where a traditional solo artist gets to decide fully when a piece is done, Cousens and Powers have to agree. “That part’s not even hard,” said Powers, and Cousens said they agree on when a painting is done “strangely, really well.” “It’s just like you’re full,” he said. “Like, I don’t want to eat this anymore.”

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to the millennial generation. “I try to run from nostalgia all the time and I always end up right back at nostalgia,” said Cousens. The name CopJuju operates on two levels. The first, and probably most important, is that it sounds cool. “It kind of is just one of those things where you say it out loud and it just sounds right,” said Powers. “But it also means something to me.” “Juju” is a word commonly used among Powers, Cousens and their friends, and “cop” is a slang term for acquiring, taking ownership or appropriating something. Together, Powers said, it comes together to form a double meaning. “At once it’s like a command to cop our juju but also as a collaborative effect, we are copping each other’s juju,” he said. Cousens jumped in with a third interpretation. “Yeah, and we’re also admitting to copping a lot. I mean the whole art world — art, music, film, everything — is just copping. Everyone is copping someone’s juju, so we’re kind of getting out ahead of it.”

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Halloween rations JOE FUSCO JR.

of candy in the cupboard, I was forced to give boxes of store-brand raisins for treats. For years after, y wife never buys kids avoided our house like lice enough candy for Haland I received sly death threats in loween. late October with Sidney Poitier The family gathers at analogies.) our house for sandwiches then By 8 p.m., Mom and I are runeveryone goes trick or treating except my 86-year-old mother and ning on fumes, tossing quarters into their sacks from my son’s me. silver collection, then Long-Island “She didn’t buy enough candy potatoes, finally just dispensing again,” I lament. sound advice from our porch like “Just give one piece per cos“Don’t be a fool, stay in school!” tume,” my mother replies. When the family returns, all the I feel like a gas attendant during houselights are off. Mom and I are the Carter administration, dishuddled in the back bedroom over tributing a Twizzler and Snickers a candle listening to FDR on the to the more mature participants, radio. but only one or the other to the “Is it over yet,” I ask my wife adorable, naive little ones who won’t vandalize our property over sheepishly. “Yes, you moron,” she gently my frugality. replies. By 7 p.m., I’m stuffing my I gather my manhood and hand into their pillowcases like a Eeyore to the kitchen where I rifle penny-pinchin’ Christian at Sunthe kid’s bags for Kit Kats and day Mass, so they won’t discover Nestles Crunch bars. my meager offerings. Happy freakin’ Halloween. (Let me digress: Years ago, when we first moved into the Joe Fusco Jr. is a poet and huhouse, on a dark rainy Halloween night, just returning from a cruise morist who lives in Worcester. of the Caribbean, not a stitch



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eternally dancing between worlds EVE RIFKA

she conducts the rose-tint sky a whorled evening in blues, grays, salmons, pinks overlaid with a black tatting of hemlock arms rise in thin hallelujahs an ecstasy of command the twigs of her unruly hair snap and crackle has she summoned this chill through bones and branches a shiver to exalt the night cut to black with hidden stars

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not a Worcester story, but ever since Charlie Baker did the vape ban, no one around here who did vape has stopped vaping. They just drive to New Hampshire now, or have a friend who drives to New Hampshire. I’ve heard maybe a dozen Worcester people recount tales of a similar pilgrimage. It’s not that far. Maybe 45 minutes to an hour from Worcester to get to the state line, depending on the time of day. Someone better check Baker’s campaign fund for a fat check from the Southern New Hampshire Association of Convenience Store Retailers. I know, I know. That’s not a real association, and I’m just goofing around. But come on, how could you not? This public health policy is based on Wine Mom hysteria and cable news companies eager to seize on it. It’s not a real problem and this ban isn’t accomplishing anything but hurting a few weed stores and mini-marts, and driving less resourceful vapers back to good old-fashioned American cigarettes. Stupid.

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ness reporters covering Central Mass., has left the building. It’s unclear whether her job will be filled, and if it is, it’s not likely to be filled by someone with same level of institutional knowledge. And so it goes, like the recent departure of all Telegram columnists, there’s nothing else to fill the void. I don’t know how to fix journalism but I know that every day it gets worse for us. I know a good portion of dear newspaper readers have very few good things to say about journalists, but when we’re gone you’ll miss us. I’m sure of that.

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time to criticize it. We don’t do this enough, in my opinion, and I’m not really sure why. What media beef hasn’t been good for business? Anyway, I really, really don’t like the way that MassLive covers urban issues, as I’ve made clear before. A recent article titled “Upscale apartments and restaurants have invigorated Worcester; But what will it take to fuel a real 18-hour downtown?” provides a lot of support material for my argument. First of all, can I get a fact check on “invigorated.” The investment of outside capital is not synonymous with the reinvigoration of a healthy, thriving urban center. In fact, the two are often at odds. To accept that premise as fact is to essentially reprint City Hall’s marketing material. City Hall has convinced a lot of New York hedge fund managers to take a risk on Worcester as Boston property values explode. That does not mean Main Street is a cool or fun place to be. It isn’t. The Beer Garden draws a crowd once a week but it’s at the expense of the Dive Bar, which is an actually good and homegrown spot. Armsby Abbey and deadhorse hill would both thrive in the middle of otherwise empty strip malls because they’re that good. Also homegrown. If the city could have just left it alone, these homegrown businesses would beget other homegrown businesses. That’s what was happening at Crompton Collective, but it’s unclear whether that experiment in Worcester being a real city will survive City Hall’s PawSox plan. Second, the article seems to posit that there was no one on Main Street before The Grid started luring young people with money. It’s just not true, and it reveals a lot about the framing of this piece, and many other MassLive pieces about Worcester urban issues: That for moneyed outsiders, Worcester is a cool place to move now, as it has been properly sterilized. I loathe this framing to my very core. It’s disrespectful to everything that makes Worcester actually cool. And, as always, nothing about how the project of injecting luxury housing into an urban core where there was none artificially inflates rents and displaced people. Nope, that doesn’t fit into Ed Augustus’s marketing pitch to developers, so best not print it.

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Factory of Terror returns Those blood-curdling screams you may have heard last weekend around Grafton Street are nothing to be alarmed about. They’re just one clue that the Factory of Terror has returned to Worcester for some gory good fun. The Factory at 201 Grafton St., is open Friday-Sunday through October, with a grand finale on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. For information on prices and times, visit Photos by Dylan Azari


GROOVY! Bruce Campbell finally shows up to Rock and Shock at DCU and Palladium CRAIG S. SEMON


ll right, you primitive screw-heads, listen up!

“Groovy” Bruce Campbell is coming to Rock and Shock this weekend (Saturday and Sunday only) at the DCU Center to bury Ashley “Ash” Williams, not to praise him. The chainsaw-wielding, “boomstick”-carrying, wisecracking, Deadite-slaying hero of the “Evil Dead” movies and Starz network’s original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” is no more, according to the 61-year-old Michigan . Last year’s finale of “Ash vs Evil Dead” marked the end of Ash and the “Evil Dead” universe, as far as Campbell is concerned, so much so that he added a “Requiem for Ash” chapter in the paperback version of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, “Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor,” in which he says, “Out of respect for my ability to properly portray a particular character, I’m retiring Ash, not retiring from acting. I’m retiring from a very technically demanding type of acting, not the craft itself.”



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In 1979, Campbell, his high school pal (and future A-list Hollywood director) Sam Raimi and fellow Michigander Rob Tapert scraped up $350,000 and went out into the woods to shoot the lowbudget film, “The Evil Dead,” which took them four years, on and off, to finish. Not only did it become an instant cult classic and one of the most successful independent films ever made, “The Evil Dead” spawned two sequels, 1987’s “Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn” and 1992’s “Army of Darkness.” And, when “Evil Dead” fans were clamoring for 20 years for a installment, Campbell, Raimi and Tapert gave them an “Evil Dead” remake (without Ash) instead. “Unmercifully, for years, it was ‘Evil Dead 4’! ‘Evil Dead 4’! ‘Evil Dead 4’! People wouldn’t shut up about it,” Campbell said during a recent phone interview. “We gave them a remake. Some people thought it was OK. Some people thought it was too serious. Some people were pissed there was no Ash. So, all the remake did is poked the zit. So, we went, OK, let’s give Ash his final hurrah.”


After decades of saying it’s never going to happen, Campbell suited up (with chainsaw as hand) as Ash — not in “Evil Dead 4” but for three unrated seasons of “Ash vs Evil Dead,” a series that ran from Oct. 31, 2015, to April 29, 2018, on Starz. “No studio is going to give you multi-millions of dollars to make an unrated movie,” Campbell said. “So, in this case, we thought, OK, let’s bring it back as a TV show. We can do a lot more material. So you get 15 fresh hours. If those were movies, it would have taken us 20 years to put out that much.” Filmed in Auckland, New Zealand, with the same creative team that worked on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Ash vs Evil Dead” was a step up in quality from the early, low-budget “Evil Dead” films. “These craftsmen were able to finally silence all the people who were like you and your low-budget effects,” Campbell said. “Our art direction, all of the design, the effects, the stage work, I put up against any show out there, perhaps with the exception of ‘Game of Thrones.’” In addition to the creative behind-the-scenes crew, Campbell praises his two, game-for-anything co-stars, Ray Santiago and Dana

DeLorenzo, who played Pablo and Kelly, respectively. “We got lucky,” Campbell said. “I don’t use that word much but we were very fortunate in that we got two actors at the right time. They were very game. They were very ready. They had some experience but not too much experience. And they left it all on the table. Ray and Dana, it was great to watch them do their stuff.” “Ash vs Evil Dead” also reunited “Xena: Warrior Princess” (Lucy Lawless) with Autolycus, the “King of Thieves” (Campbell). “We knew we wanted Lucy desperately. And I don’t know if we served Ruby (Lawless’ “Ash vs Evil Dead” character) as well as we should have. That’s my only regret,” Campbell said. “I never saw her have a bad day on set. She’s always polite, always professional, and she kept me in line. I mean, she really did. I get a little pissy on set. I look over at her and she’s like, ‘C’mon, same team, same team.’ I would use her in anything. She can do anything.” Campbell said his inner fanboy was very excited working opposite Lee Majors, aka “The Six Million Dollar Man,” who agreed to play Ash’s potty mouthed, womanizer


four, you know people would have said, ‘Hey, if we only had a season five.’ Then, you do a season five. They’d go, ‘If only we had another movie.’ So you have to accept the fact that ‘Evil Dead’ fans will never ever be satisfied and that’s OK and that’s why we love them.” In fact, Campbell said likes the way they ended the series. “You finally let the schmo have his day,” Campbell said. “Ash’s not just a guy in a crappy trailer home. He’s actually is a guy written up in an ancient book (the ‘Necronomicon’). So he goes off to battle evil in the future with a hot robot chick. What the hell wrong with that? It’s perfect.” If they had a season four of “Ash vs Evil Dead,” Campbell said he would have killed off Ash once and for all. “I’m sure Sam Raimi or Rob Tapert would have had a heart attack but Ash would have fulfilled his destiny,” Campbell said. “He would have battled evil in the past, present and future. That’s fulfilling his destiny. Hands the mantle to the new man or women, child or beast, dies heroically saving the day … So it’s a big sacrifice, total Luke Skywalker, Joseph Campbell. I’d go all the way.” Campbell is not only the most requested guest at the popular horror convention in its 15 years of existence, “Rock and Shock” organizers have been trying to get the Ash actor since day one. So why now? “Every year is different in this roadshow called Bruce Campbell,” the beloved B-movie actor and New York Times best-selling

author said. “It was due. And I’m selling a paperback version of ‘Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor.’” Campbell said he can’t wait to finally meet his “Rock and Shock” fans. “A lot of them are very shy people,” Campbell said of his fans. “They wait two hours in line. They come to the table and they can’t say anything. And I feel for them. So I torment them.” For those who dish out their hard-earned dough for a photoop, Campbell offers these friendly words of advice. “Bring props. Props are good. Bring ‘Evil Dead’ books, axes, chainsaws. Let’s spice up your photo. Wear something kooky. Dress up. Wear a shirt with a collar,” Campbell said. “If you’re going to get a photograph that’s’ going above the mantel, come on man, put some pride in it.”

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dad on “Ash vs Evil Dead.” “Lee got the joke and he loved the fact that he could play a guy that was so not Lee Majors,” Campbell said. “It couldn’t be any better than this, doing a scene with Lee Majors, talking about your bionic hand. And he goes, ‘It looks like some piece of (expletive) made in China.’ Those are the little golden moments that made the drudgery worthwhile. I still call him dad.” Campbell said his favorite “Ash vs Evil Dead” episode is “Delusion,” in which Ash wakes up from a nightmare only to find himself in an asylum with a demonic “Ashy Slashy” puppet. “Honestly, that (expletive) puppet is haunting me to the end of my dreams,” Campbell said. As for the sickest, most disgusting and depraved scene he filmed on the show, Campbell said it was when Ash’s head goes up a cadaver’s butt. “It wasn’t intended initially,” Campbell said. “Ash was just going to have a fight with a colon and then our trusted producer, Mr. Rob Tapert, said, ‘I know what you got to do. You got to go up butt.’” While fans are forever hopeful for another installment of the further misadventure of Ash and his faithful “boomstick,” Campbell said he had to put the kibosh on it because the role is too much physical wear and tear on the middleaged actor. “I would send a series of emails to the director about the upcoming episode warning them of my infirmary would get worse as the season went on,” Campbell said. “And, honestly, if we did a season




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Who: Conventions guests include Bruce Campbell (pictured, “The Evil Dead” trilogy and “Ash vs Evil Dead”), Ellen Sandweiss and Theresa Tilly (both “The Evil Dead”), Bill Moseley COURTESY OF MIKE DITZ (“3 from Hell”), Ray Wise, Sherilyn Fenn and Eric DaRe (all from “Twin Peaks”), Derek Mears (“Friday the 13th” ), Adam Green (“Holliston”), Kane Hodder (“Friday the 13th” parts 7-10), Adrienne King (“Friday the 13th” parts 1 and 2), plus many others. Concert guests include Eluveitie and Korpiklaani on Friday; Insane Clown Posse on Saturday; and Municipal Waste and Napalm Death on Sunday, plus many others each night. When and where: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at DCU Center convention hall, 50 Foster St., Worcester ( for convention); concerts run later than the convention at The Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester ( for concerts). How much: $20 per day for convention only, $50 for a three-day convention pass; $75 for three-day convention and concert pass; $30 for convention and concert Friday; $30 for convention and concert Saturday; and $25 for convention and concert Sunday. For more information, log on

Scoops, of Scoops and Mischief, on tour with Scary Talk Radio as they work a booth at the 2018 Rock and Shock at the DCU Center in Worcester. FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH BROOKS


Above, Ron Paige of Woburn dressed as a morgue coroner, a self-made costume, with a little friend; below, Alternative model GG Ashes in cosplay at the 2018 Rock and Shock at the DCU Center in Worcester. FILE PHOTOS/ELIZABETH BROOKS




Municipal Waste to thrash up Rock And Shock at the Palladium ROBERT DUGUAY



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appening for the 16th time this weekend, Rock and Shock will be taking over the DCU Center and The Palladium in Worcester to put on one of the most unique horror conventions on the planet. Special guests such as Bruce Campbell who played Ash Williams in the “Evil Dead” film franchise, Kane Hodder who played the iconic Jason Voorhees in “Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood,” “Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan,” “Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday” and “Jason X,” and Adrienne King who played Alice Hardy in the first two “Friday The 13th films” along with many others will be making an appearance. Horror comic book artist Derek Rook will also be showcasing his work. Each night there will be riffs and beats taking The Palladium’s stage, with the final evening having Richmond, Virginia, thrash metalheads Municipal Waste being joined by English grindcore pioneers Napalm Death, New York City hardcore punks Sick Of It All and California hardcore act Take Offense. I had a conversation with Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta about changes in membership, being a bunch of punks playing metal, differences between the band and another band he’s in and how classifications can be annoying.

Q: Since 2001, Municipal Waste has had a few different lineup changes, with you and Ryan Waste being the only original members. With Phil, Dave and Nick in the band, has anything majorly changed in how things are operated and managed since the beginning? Tony Foresta: Phil and Dave have always been in the band in some capacity. When Andy (Harris) and Brandon (Farrell) were in the band on bass and drums when we made our first album “Waste ‘Em All” that came out in 2003, we weren’t really the same band we are now. We were just a bunch of kids who were really out of control (laughs). It was very insane and we realized that we had to get our s**t together. We couldn’t get too wasted to play shows and act like a bunch of idiots, it’s not cool to do that when people want to see

your band. It’s been kind of a necessary thing for us to get Dave and Phil involved. They’ve been in Municipal Waste for over 16 years now and we’ve sort of been the same since the start so nothing has really changed. Having Nick being able to write solos and just having him rip it live is awesome and it’s also fun having him around. He’s a great guy.


Q: You also sing in the thrash metal act Iron Reagan, so between the two bands do you prepare yourself any different when it comes to writing lyrics or writing songs? Foresta: Yeah. With Iron Reagan, we plan out what we’re doing lyrically, while being in Municipal Waste is like being on a whole other planet as far as songwriting goes. It’s pretty Troma-esque. Q: For the past couple of years, Municipal Waste got notoriety for a T-shirt depicting Donald Trump shooting himself in the head with a pistol. Who drew up the art for it and whose idea was it to put it on a T-shirt? Foresta: The art was done by this kid in Australia. It was actually going to be an Iron Reagan shirt but the artwork looks kind of similar to other Municipal Waste shirts and we just happened to be playing a show that weekend in Los Angeles. We were kind of on hiatus at that point, we weren’t playing any shows really so we figured we’d make a shirt for the upcoming gig and we decided to make a Donald Trump shirt. That was when he was talking about the wall when he was campaigning for president and we didn’t take him seriously. I remember seeing the artwork in an email and looking at it laughing. We initially only made 50 shirts because we thought he wasn’t going to be around much longer while talking this dumb s**t. Here we are, a few years later still dealing with him. We’re still selling the shirts, so I guess that’s a good thing. I’d rather have someone else in office than sell a million shirts, to be honest. Q: Metal has a ridiculous amount of subgenres within it. Whether it’s death metal, thrash or whatever else, there’s always crossovers and different terms used to describe a certain

style. What are your feelings on this? Foresta: I feel that people can be too picky regarding metal, I don’t understand why but it’s always been like that. I’ve always grown up listening to dark s**t, we’re influenced by punk bands, hardcore bands and death metal bands. It’s an extreme form of music that we find fun and that’s all it is to me. It’s punks playing metal, that’s what we started as.

People work so hard on classifying every genre and I just want them to relax and just let others listen to the music. Q: It gets crazy with all of these classifications. Foresta: It’s only separating s**t and it makes it difficult for everyone in many ways.

Q: You guys have a new EP coming out called “The Last Rager” that’s coming out Oct. 11. Will there be a full-length to follow it up? Foresta: Hopefully for next year, I don’t want to curse it but we’re actually going to take a couple months off from everything after this tour to focus on Municipal Waste in the practice space and write a bunch of new s**t. That’s the plan.

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The Mysterious Case of @ipeelorangesverywell SARAH CONNELL SANDERS




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s the second largest city in New England, Worcester contains its fair share of mysteries. Our current obsession isn’t a cold case or a bank heist, but rather, a grand display of self control and humility — a prank so clever that only a sage or a maniac could have dreamed it up. I’m talking, of course, about @ipeelorangesverywell. The Instagram account @ipeelorangesverywell offers a passion for peeling so eager that it becomes unclear whether the posts evoke

satire or sheer citrus devotion. The answer is both. What began on June 17, 2019, as a simple photo of a navel orange has unraveled in a perfect spiral of inscrutable intrigue. Subsequent posts have revealed peels across the city, each one more precise and exquisite than the last. As @ipeelorangesverywell unearthed his expressly clever writer’s voice, he watched his followers climb. Soon, he began sprinkling arbitrary hashtags and trademark emojis throughout each caption like private jokes, revealing subtle layers of humor reserved for the internet

dwellers among us. The first post that caught my attention read: “Peeling an orange is like solving a very easy Rubik’s #cube, but like if that Rubik’s cube also spritzed you with essential oils, was jam packed with nutrients and grew out of the ground like #magic! Sure you have to wash that weird white residue off your hands, but I’m sure your hands could use another wash anyway. There’s #literally no downside!” I was captivated. Could our orange bandit really be as wide-eyed as he seemed? And where had he learned to peel oranges so very, very well? At 150 followers, he announced a live peel where he dismantled a Shasta Mandarin, referring to it as a “dirty little #gremlin” and likening its texture to the skin on a grandpa’s elbow. That’s when I began compiling clues such as: 1. Has work colleagues named Cathy and Todd 2. Favorite TV butlers include Geoffrey (“Fresh Prince”) and Niles (“The Nanny”) 3. Owns sneakers with orange lace grommets 4. Amateur magician 5. No arm tattoos 6. Wears wedding ring, sometimes He made direct contact on June 19 when I added a photo of a burrata pizza to my Instagram story. “Mama Mia!” messaged @ipeelorangesverywell. “Who are you?” I asked. “Who am I? Whao #are any of us really? I guess I’m just someone who has the #guts to follow his or her heart and do what they do best (on Instagram) ,” he replied. In the weeks that followed, live peel videos progressed and an @ ipeelorangesverywell scavenger hunt ensued across the city. My enchantment lived in the realization that the man behind the account was a living breathing human among us. Maybe even someone I knew personally. Who could this

phantom be? And, would figuring out his identity ruin the fun? When @ipeelorangesverywell showed up for a taping of the Seltzer Time podcast, my puzzlement only grew. Hosts Ricky Nelson and Travis Duda shared video footage of a man in an orange balaclava and sunglasses, face concealed. He spoke into a voice changer, but one thing could not be disguised — his earnestness was no joke; his affection for oranges was downright sacramental. At the opening show of last week’s Wootenany Festival, comedian Bryan O’Donnell and guest Che Anderson sat up onstage hypothesizing about the identity of @ipeelorangesverywell. Anderson pointed his finger at a suspect I had previously discounted: my husband. This conjecture was flawed for a number of reasons, but it didn’t stop me from interrogating my life partner all the way home. I had become so enthralled in the mystery that I was willing to question everything and everyone I knew. The truth is, exposing @ipeelorangesverywell will eviscerate his magic. No one could live up to the whimsical aura he manifests in my feed and on our streets. The thing I find most amazing of all is that in a culture of likes, shares, and egos, he doesn’t want any credit. And so I say to the Willy Wonka of clemmies — I wish you a long and anonymous journey; may all of your wildest fruit fantasies come true.



More evidence beer supports a healthy … economy MATTHEW TOTA


orcester officials were as excited for craft beer week last month as the breweries themselves, especially staff in the city’s Executive Office of Economic Development.

The nonprofit trade group noted last year's total was up 4% from 2017, when breweries generated $76.1 billion, and it represents a more than $46 billion increase from 2012. As job creators, breweries accounted for more than 550,000 total jobs last year, the BA found, includ-

beers three-tier distribution system —  producer, distributor, retailer — and looked at sales of products other than beer, such as food and merchandise. You can read more about how the BA compiled the data here (https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.


com/brewersassoc/wp content/uploads/2019/09/Brewers-AssociationEconomic-Impact-Study-Methodology.pdf). In Worcester, Dunn said, breweries bring in tourists, support local causes, invest in real estate and create jobs. He recognized Redemption Rock Brewing Co., a benefit corporation, for its donations to local nonprofits. Since opening in January, Redemption Rock has donated nearly $30,000. Wormtown Brewery has long supported the local business community, Dunn said, citing its partnerships with Table Talk Pies and the Worcester Red Sox. And Greater Good has been a lead sponsor for the city’s craft beer festival Brew Woo, which has brought in

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ing more than 150,000 positions alone just at breweries and taprooms. Breweries also paid employees more than $5 billion in wages and benefits through 2018. In Massachusetts, craft beer generated about $2 billion for the state's economy, according to the BA. Breweries generated about $397 per legal drinker, the data show. More than 16,000 people work in the craft beer industry in Massachusetts, the BA found. And the average wage for a brewery employee in the state was $51,584. The report, released last week, used government and market data, as well as information from two BA surveys: the Beer Industry Production survey and the Brewery Operations Benchmarking Survey. The BA calculated the economic impact of breweries by examining craft


Peter Dunn, the assistant chief development officer in the office's Business & Community Development Division, can easily cite reasons why the craft beer industry benefits the local economy, from driving tourism to creating jobs to donating to local nonprofits. "The breweries have enhanced the entertainment and leisure options in the city for residents, workers, and visitors," Dunn wrote in an email It’s clear breweries do more for a city or town than just tantalize palates. Indeed, last year, small and independent breweries contributed about $79.1 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the Brewers Association's 2018 Economic Impact Report ( economic-impact-data/).

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Patrons fill the Oval during the Mass Fermentational Beer Festival held on the Worcester Common in 2017.



Beer Garden Worcester Offers Broad Appeal Downtown 64 Franklin St., Worcester • (774) 530-9000 • SANDRA RAIN


’ll be the first to say that I was skeptical when I heard the Paris Cinema, an err — adult establishment of Worcester lore — would someday transform into a mega-venue. A year ago, there was only one Worcester beer garden I had any interest in visiting and it was located just .4 miles from the Grid’s new holding on Franklin Street. I found THE Beer Garden too plastic, too shiny, too polished. Until I didn’t. For one thing, the Beer Garden is approachable with the weekday workforce, especially those delicate individuals from the suburbs who get spooked walking to the parking garage after dark. The Beer Garden has shed literal light on the neighborhood, thereby increasing the hours of walkability and fostering an 18-hour city. There are also the residents to consider. The Beer Garden feels like a natural extension of amenities for the now fully occupied 145 Front Street Apartments. Most impor-

tant, are the college kids who turn out Thursday through Saturday in packs of 500 or more to fill the back pavilion, patio and indoor bar. The Beer Garden has managed to crack Worcester’s density code. Three distinct spaces offer different guest experiences. Outside, patrons occupy plastic Adirondack chairs around a fire pit and play lawn games like giant Jenga or beer pong with access to a broad service window. Dogs are welcome. Inside the long and narrow barroom, a few tables accommodate group dining by the front door. Out back in the pavilion is where you’ll find the party, led by an impressive roster of DJs including crowd favorites like Jon Strader and Joslyn Fox. The pavilion has its own bar and a digital display screen with more square footage than my apartment. All three spaces offer means to watch a sporting event. The Beer Garden’s greatest asset as a venue is its on-staff event planner who has quickly built a reputation for her

attention to detail, clear-sightedness, and improvisational savvy. The Beer Garden’s food isn’t the feature presentation, although they set out a nice spread for large parties, offering bar basics like wings, fried mac n’ cheese balls, and jumbo pretzels with mustard. Aside from Damian Mitchell’s brilliant “Paris of the 80’s” mural, the only allusion to the Paris Cinema of yesteryear is the Beer Garden’s lengthy sausage menu. The Woo Sox is an Italian with onions and peppers, The Big Dawg has sauerkraut and cheddar, and The Portland tops chicken sausage with carrot slaw and bleu cheese. Choose from a side of fries or onion rings, neither are particularly memorable. The beer at the Beer Garden holds its own most weeks, featuring a steady rotation from the likes of Maine Beer Company, Firestone Walker and Fiddlehead Brewing Company. The day I saw Firestone’s Pivo Pils on the draught list was the day I relaxed about all of the plastic

ivy decorations. Volume at a bar means making certain artistic sacrifices, just as long as it doesn’t impact the quality of the beer. I like going to the Beer Garden after work with a varied range of people. Colleagues, both older and younger, feel comfortable at 64 Franklin St. and who can blame them? The space is clean, bright and welcoming from 11 a.m. until midnight or later. I’ve also noticed a number of nonprofit events and receptions hosted by the Beer Garden, which is something I value a great deal from an outside developer mak-

ing a name in my hometown. On my last visit, dinner and two rounds of drinks for two cost $67. Explanation of Stars: Ratings are from zero to five. Zero is not recommended. One is poor. Two is fair. Three is satisfactory. Four is good. Five is excellent.

Food: HHH Ambience: HHHH Service: HHH Value: HHH



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Black & White Grille owners open Table Twelve in West Boylston



nna and Chris Snow, the married couple behind the Black & White Grille in Spencer, opened Table Twelve Kitchen & Bar in West Boylston in August after renovations to space formerly occupied by Keepers Pub. A second restaurant location always seemed doable, according to Anna Snow, who said the couple had looked to open another spot for a couple of years. “When the landlord of the West Boylston property contacted us, we were ready to commit to buying,” she said. Keepers Pub space had been empty for a while, and the Snows’ takeover and renovations are pretty

amazing. A new “pub lounge” seats 26 at bar and tables, with the main dining room having an additional 28 tables. Outdoor seating is seasonal. Nicholas Wachewski, head chef at Black & White for eight years, is currently at Table Twelve until things settle in, said Snow, who is known to work the line at both restaurants and create menus with the chef.

Anna Snow at Table Twelve Kitchen & Bar in West Boylston, the former Keepers Pub. She and her husband, Chris Snow, also own the Black & White Grille in Spencer. CHRISTINE PETERSON

Several other Black & White staff members, including Dianne Lincoln, also are at the West Boylston restaurant. Lincoln is lead bar manager there. “Experienced staff members know our core values and take pride in their craft,” said Snow, who regularly goes between the two restaurants. “We rely on them to help train new hires.” Table Twelve is a restaurant and bar with an “upscale feel,” offering guests amazing craft cocktails and top-notch food, said Snow. The menu here is composed of, well, a whole lot. There’s everything from “great beginnings, between the buns, from the pasta pot, under the sea, the main meal, sides, pan pizza” C O N T I N U E D O N N E XT PA G E



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and more. Several Black & White favorites have made their way to Table Twelve’s menu, including fried feta and surf & turf. There are meal options for kids, too. The scratch kitchen offers weekend specials such as prime rib, and keeps up with food trends, said Snow. Menu prices are considered competitive. Table Twelve, 175 West Boylston St., West Boylston ( is open from 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to closing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Telephone: (774) 261-8644; connect on Facebook. The business can accommodate small private parties, 25 to 30, for dining. The Snows have owned Black & White Grille since 2010. Anna Snow has “lived in a kitchen” most of her life and “loves to cook.” Her parents at one time owned Barre Pizza. Snow graduated from Assumption College in Worcester and worked in marketing and advertising before becoming a restaurateur. Chris Snow is a Spencer police officer. The couple have three children. The West Boylston community and neighboring businesses, such as the Manor, have welcomed Table Twelve to the neighborhood, said Snow. So have some of Black & White’s regular customers, among the first in line to check out the new digs. Table Twelve has found its niche!

A fun activity this Columbus Day



Octoberfest at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston will feature traditional German food and live music from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the club, 284 E. Temple St. The inclusive cost is $59 per person. For reservations, call (508) 8699900, ext. 114. Note: The Schwarze Schafe Trio will provide live music in German and English. Executive chef Paul Wilson’s Octoberfest menu: Hors d’oeuvres will include locally made Wicked Twisted Pretzel Dippers with smoked maple Dijon mustard; Konigsberger Klopse, veal meatballs with lemon cream sauce; Beet/Horseradish In-House Cured Salmon on rye crostini with dill sour cream. Dinner buffet: Gurkensalat (cucumber salad); Warm Potato Salad with Bacon; Spaetzel ParsleyGruyere Gratin; Sauerbraten with Ginger Snap-Gravy (sweet n’sour pot roast); Beer Glazed Bratwurst with Sauerkraut; Boneless Braised Chicken Thighs with Braised Red Cabbage; Baked Salmon Strintberg with Dijon mustard and honey glaze. Desserts will be Bavarian Apple Tart and German Black Forest Cake. Coffee and tea is included in the cost. Reserve early!

Tom Oliveri Jr. is that executive chef Marcos Ferreira of Oliveriowned Peppercorn’s Grille & Tavern in Worcester will oversee the kitchen. “Ferreira’s objective is to put systems in place that were sorely missed since opening as well as maintain the quality and consistency that Civic has become known for,” said Oliveri. “Assisting Chef Marcos will be none other than Chef Tomasso Garguilo to create, in my opinion, a ‘Dream Team’ in the Civic back of the house.” Chefs Eric Marvin and Ryan Worthington at Civic have been given additional responsibilities and will round out the Dream Team, according to Oliveri, When asked whether Civic’s concept would change, Oliveri said “Absolutely not.” Civic will continue to use as many local ingredients as possible, he said, only now with the Marco and Tomasso twist. Food that is a little more approachable, said Oliveri.

Tomasso Garguilo is no stranger to the back of the house, having previously worked for the Oliveri family, including at Peppercorn’s. His recent stint was executive chef at Arturo’s Ristorante in Westboro. He will be a chef with definite presence at Civic, said Oliveri.

Dacosta's 'taking little vacation'

Dacosta’s Pizza Bakery on Millbrook Street in Worcester posted on Facebook (Oct.3) that the business “is taking a little vacation,” stating that it was revamping the menu and changing up the décor a bit.” The message ended, “Look for a better version of your favorite pizza joint in 2 weeks. Stay tuned for details!” More than just a sprucing up? If you have a tidbit for the column, call (508) 868-5282. Send email to

Changes at Civic Kitchen

In last week’s column we noted that executive chef Rick Araujo had left Westboro’s Civic Kitchen & Drink for another position in the development of a new restaurant concept in Worcester. The update at Civic from owner started last week on a 76,000-squarefoot warehouse that will store cans and ingredients, as well as various other dry goods. A project official told me that about 60% of the warehouse will just hold cans, allowing the brewery to order larger, more economical batch runs of printed cans and have printed cans already on hand to package recurring smaller batch brews. The warehouse will free up space in the back of the brewery, where Tree House has found it harder and harder to store the number of cans it needs to meet the high demand. In that case, the new warehouse will benefit Tree House visitors. I remain disappointed, though, that it didn't turn out to be the drive-in cooler.



Lanier captioned the photo with a shushing face emoji, setting off a chorus of replies speculating what dozens of breweries and thousands the fifth best brewery in the world of beer lovers. was up to now. Just this year, Tree Dunn also pointed out that more House acquired a 100-acre farm in jobs from the craft beer industry will Connecticut and started roasting its be created with two other breweries own coffee. preparing to come to the city: WaThere were people who posited chusett Brewing Company anchoring that Tree House was building a drivethe Worcester Public Market and Bay in cooler or farm-to-table restauState Brewing Co. moving into the rant. A hopeful fan wondered if the Worcester Ice Center. brewery had plans for a distribution center. Another person joked that Tree House adding it should be a hotel, while one sugmore storage gested a "laser tag arena." In reality, Tree House's next big ast week, Tree House Brewing expansion will not be a public space, Co. co-founder Nate Lanier rather it is a warehouse to improve tweeted an aerial photo that its brewing and packaging operaappeared to show a massive tions. concrete foundation behind the According to the brewery's archibrewery. tect, Austin Design, construction C O N T I N U E D F R O M P A G E 19

Cyprian Keyes hosts Octoberfest dinner

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Taste of Shrewsbury Street Oct. 13

weekend is the fall edition of Taste of Shrewsbury Street scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Enjoy food, live music, entertainment and block parties along Worcester’s Restaurant Row. Buttons, $25 each, are available online at, or at participating venues. The button is your admission ticket to participating businesses and free food samplings. Note: Children under the age of 10 have free admission when accompanied by an adult. Participating restaurants: Brew City Grill & Brew House; Boulevard Diner; Café Reyes, C’Mondz Restaurant; Dark Rose Saloon; Flying Rhino & Watering Hole; Funky Murphys; Little Caesar’s Pizza; Leo’s Ristorante; Mexicali Mexican Grill; Meze Estiatorio; Miranda Bread; Nuovo; Parkway Diner and Pepe’s Italian Restaurant. Also, Piccolo’s Restaurant; Ralph’s Tavern; Redemption Rock Brewing Co.; Salgabom Snacks; simjang; Subway; Terra Brasilis Restaurant; Valentinos; Victory Bar & Cigar; Vintage Grille & Gourmet Pizza; Volturno; Wonder Bar; Wormtown Brewery. Sponsors include: Coors Light, Heineken, Harpoon, Pepsi, Corona Premier, Samuel Adams, Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co., Wachusett Brewing Co., Baystate Wine & Spirits, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Wisteria Landscaping, Cantiani Insurance Agency, Infinity Valet, Nash Icon 98.9, XLO 104.5, The Pike 100 FM, Discover Central MA and Pulse Magazine.



A thin line between art and starvation a twitchy cameraman in “Nightcrawler” left him gaunt and turned his already large eyes into cue balls struggling for release from their sockets. To look the part of a starving man in “Into the Wild,” Emile Hirsch lost 40 pounds from his small frame. In the most literal terms, he was slowly dying. The King of Calorie Counting, however, remains Christian Bale. For the 2004 film “The Machinist,” in which he plays an insomniac veering toward madness, Bale went from 173 pounds to 110. There’s no need to see the movie to appreciate the damage he did to himself. Just Google “Bale Machinist” and you’ll be rewarded with the gruesome images. It’s remarkable his organs didn’t shut down. Every actor who thins out for a role comes equipped with piece of folklore about how he accomplished it. Bale subsisted on an apple and a can of tuna per day to emaciate himself. Hemsworth was down to 500 daily calories (one day’s intake: a boiled egg, a couple of crackers, and a celery stick). Hanks craved French

fries during his fast. McConaughey recalled, “My body resembled a baby bird with its mouth open, crying, ‘Feed me, feed me.’ ” If these actors weren’t closely monitored by doctors, trainers, and dietitians, this kind of prolonged physical devastation would flirt with mental illness, as it does for so many struggling with body dysmorphia. You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned actresses among this group. That’s for a sad simple reason: Maximum thinness is their industry’s daily expectation for women — a continuum rather than an anomaly. Actresses do drop weight for specific roles — 20 pounds for Anne Hathaway as a streetwise prostitute in “Les Miserables,” 20 pounds each for Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis to play ballerinas in “Black Swan.” But their typical lot is summed up by Julia Roberts, playing a Hollywood starlet in “Notting Hill”: “I’ve been on a diet every day since I was 19, which basically means I’ve been hungry for a decade.” No actor could say that line with a straight face. Joaquin Phoenix was hungry once — but just once.

“Abominable” — Three friends try to reunite a young Yeti with his family in the Himalayas in this animated adventure. With the voices of Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson. Written and directed by Jill Culton. (1:32) PG-13.

“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” — The teen explorer from the animated series leads her friends on a jungle adventure in this liveaction tale. With Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Pena, Eva Longoria, Temuera Morrison. (1:42) PG.

Scafaria; based on a magazine article by Jessica Pressler. (1:50) R.

“Ad Astra” — Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut searching for his father in the outer realms of the solar system. With Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland. (2:02) PG-13.

“Downton Abbey” — The Crawleys and their staff prepare for a royal visit in this big-screen adaptation of the beloved British TV series. With Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Matthew Goode. (2:02) PG.




oston Globe critic Ty Burr penned my favorite description of Joaquin Phoenix’s bony body in “Joker,” likening the actor’s protruding ribcage to “a shipwreck.” How many other

actors would read those words and feel a pang — not of hunger, but of jealousy? Losing a dramatic amount of weight for a role (a reported 50 pounds for Phoenix) helps keep you relevant. It’s a self-imposed ordeal to prove your seriousness as a per-

former, and rewarded by Academy Award voters who profess a twisted love for physical deformation. Skinny wins. Skeletal rules. He’s starved and in charge! Phoenix isn’t typically a guy who shows his ribs. He tends toward burly. So does Chris Hemsworth. Until he was cast as the captain of a whaling crew left adrift in “The Heart of the Sea” — then he lost 33 pounds from his Thor-like frame. Actors who once competed to see who could pack on the most muscle (recall the heyday of Schwarzenegger and Stallone), now vie for the title of biggest loser. Tom Hanks dropped 55 pounds for “Cast Away,” Matthew McConaughey shed 50 for “The Dallas Buyers Club” and his co-star, and fellow Oscar winner, Jared Leto shaved off 30 to 40. How did we know Matt Damon was a committed actor? Not by his performance as a janitor-savant in “Good Will Hunting,” but by his corpselike pallor in “Courage Under Fire,” a role for which he bid farewell to 40 pounds. Jake Gyllenhaal’s 30-pound weight loss to play



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“Aladdin” — Live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 animated musical based on the timeless fantasy tale about a charming thief, a beautiful princess and a big blue genie. (2:08) PG. “Angel Has Fallen” — Gerard Butler’s Secret Service agent returns, this time framed for the attempted assassination of the president. With Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick. (2:00) R. “The Angry Birds Movie 2” — The irritable avians of the popular

Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman star in "Angel Has Fallen." LIONSGATE

game app return in this animated sequel. Voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Dove Cameron, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj. (1:36) PG.

“Cuck” — An angry loner finds his rage amplified in an alt-right online community. With Zachary Ray Sherman, Sally Kirkland, Timothy V. Murphy. Written by Rob Lambert, Joe Varkle. Directed by Lambert. (1:55) NR.

“Good Boys” — Bad decisions lead a trio of sixth-graders down a comical path of age-inappropriate misadventures. (1:32) R. “Hustlers” — Former strip club workers plan to take down a group of Wall Street players. With Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, Lizzo, Cardi B. Written and directed by Lorene

“It Chapter Two” — It’s 27 years later and the evil returns to Derry, Maine. James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor. Written by Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by Stephen King. Directed by Andy Muschietti. R. “Joker” — Joaquin Phoenix takes on the role of Gotham’s notorious mad clown in this standalone character study/origin story. With Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Shea Whigham. Written by Todd Phillips, Scott Silver; based on characters from DC Comics. Directed by Phillips. (2:02) R. “Judy” — Renée Zellweger portrays Judy Garland during the legendary entertainer’s run of sold-out stage shows in 1968 London. With Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus


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Sewell, Michael Gambon. Written by Tom Edge; based on a play by Peter Quilter. Directed by Rupert Goold. (1:58) NR. “The Lion King” — The young Simba has a series of adventures on the way to claiming his birthright in this computer-animated remake of the 1994 animated Disney musical. (1:58) PG.

“Spider-Man: Far from Home” — The young web slinger’s trip to Europe with his school friends is interrupted by Nick Fury and some elemental creatures. (2:08) PG-13. “Toy Story 4” — The gang goes on a road trip and reunites with Bo Peep in the fourth entry in DisneyPixar’s beloved computer-animated franchise. (1:40) G.

“Rocketman” — Mild-mannered English piano player Reginald Dwight transforms into rock superstar Elton John in this musical fantasy biopic starring Taron Egerton. (2:01) R.


“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” — Teens in a small town in the 1960s discover a book of terror tales that start to come "Toy Story 4" true. With Zoe Margaret Colletti, PIXAR Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint. PG-13.


“Rambo: Last Blood” — Sylvester Stallone’s venerable action hero embarks on a vengeful final mission. With Paz Vega. Written by Matthew Cirulnick, Stallone; story by Stallone; based on the character created by David Morrell. Directed by Adrian Grunberg. (1:40) R.

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“The Peanut Butter Falcon” — A young man with Down syndrome chases his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. With Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, Jake Roberts, Mick Foley. (1:33) PG-13.





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Thursday, Oct. 10 Free Gardening Classes: 10-10:30 a.m. Oct. 10, The Peoples Place, 73 City Hall Avenue, Gardner. Story Time — Terrific 2’s & 3’s: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 10, Boylston Public Library, 695 Main St., Boylston. PAWS to Read in October: Session 1: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Worcester Public Library Burncoat Branch, 526 Burncoat St., Worcester. For information: Harry Potter: Living Literature at Tatnuck Magnet Branch: 4-5 p.m. Oct. 10, Worcester Public Library Tatnuck Magnet Branch, 1083 Pleasant St., Worcester. For information: lsheldon@mywpl. org. Genealogy Group: 6-7:45 p.m. Oct. 10, Boylston Public Library, 695 Main St., Boylston. For information: (508) 869-2371, The Yo Daddy Doe Variety Show: hosted by Coffeehouse Craig, 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Strong Style Coffee, 13 Cushing St., Fitchburg. Despised Icon: 7 p.m. Oct. 10, the Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester. Night and Day — Worcester Jazz Singers’ Tribute to Cole Porter: Hosted by Dale LePage with Renee Legendre, John Solaperto, Lydia Fortune, Joan Cleary, Jennifer Antkowiak, Toni Ballard, Bobby Gadoury, Joe D’Angelo, Geoffrey Watson Oehling, Thomas Spears and the Worcester Academy Jazz Band, 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Lewis J. Warner Memorial Theater at Worcester Academy, 81 Providence St., Worcester. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Thursday night Cornhole at

Greater Good Brewery: 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Greater Good Imperial Brew Co., 55 Millbrook St., Worcester. Cost: Free. 1+1 Poetry Reading with Susan Roney-O’Brien and Robert Racicot: 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Nineteen Carter, 19 Carter St., Berlin. For information: (508) 797-4770, QFLIX Worcester 2019: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl St., Worcester. $10-$15 for indivual events ($7 students and seniors), $75 for all-access passes. ($35 for students, $50 mfor sentiors.)

American Songwriter has described Eilen (pronounced "eelen") Jewell as "one of America's most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices." Her latest album, "Gypsy," includes guitar-driven rockers, classic country, tender ballads, and a protest song. Jewell leads a tight quartet that has been touring for over a decade and winning fans worldwide. What: Eilen Jewell Band; opening Jordie Lane with Clare Reynolds When: 8 p.m. Oct. 11 (doors open for seating and dinner at 6 p.m.) Where: The Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley How much: $22. (978) 425-4314;

Friday, Oct. 11 3rd Annual Chris DiBello Foundation Golf Tournament: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 11, Juniper Hill Golf Course, 202 Brigham St., Northborough. 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 11, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Tsotsis Family Academy Center, Worcester. Cost: $50. For information: (508) 798-1900, Rock and Shock: 5 p.m. Oct. 11, DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. Cost: $20-$25. QFLIX Worcester 2019: 5:00 p.m. Oct. 11, Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl St., Worcester. $10-$15 for indivual events ($7 students and seniors), $75 for all-access passes. ($35 for students, $50 mfor sentiors.) Eluveitie with Korpiklaani: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11, the Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester. “Anthropocene — The Human Epoch”: screening, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Park View Room, 230 Park Ave, Worcester. Cost: $8.50-$10. Photography Book Discussion of “Embracing Light” by Scott

The Uke-ular Option It’s easy to get lost down the rabbit hole of Ukulele Russ’ music. The Alaskan one-manband brings some serious funk and Frank Zappa-level eccentricity to songs such as “Bear Safety Techniques,” “Put It Over There,” “Wafflehouse” and “Is a Frog’s Butt Watertight.” Headlining this year’s Uke-A-Palooza, Russ tops a bill that also includes Kristina Looney, Donald Prange, TJ Peavey, Linda Davis, Pete Mascitelli and Amazing Dick … a lineup that promises to be enormously fun. What: Uke-A-Palooza 2019 When: 7 p.m. Oct. 11 Where: WCUW, 910 Main St., Worcester How much: $10

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Erskine: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 11, Bedlam Book Cafe, 138 Green St., Worcester. For information: (508) 459-1400, bedlambookcafe@ Uke-A-Palooza 2019: ft. hosted by Amazing Dick, featuring Ukulele Russ And His One Man Frontier Band, Kristina Looney, Donald Prange, TJ Peavey, Linda Davis and Pete Mascitelli, 7 p.m. Oct. 11, WCUW, 910 Main St., Worcester. $10.

Saturday, Oct. 12 48th Annual Harvard Flea Market,: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12, The Bromfield School, 14 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard. Cost: $3. For information: (978) 4565085, info@harvardfleamarket. com. QFLIX Worcester 2019: 10:00 a.m.

Oct. 12, Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl St., Worcester. $10-$15 for indivual events ($7 students and seniors), $75 for all-access passes. ($35 for students, $50 mfor sentiors.) That’s Entertainment, Fitchburg’s 30th Anniversary: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 12, That’s Entertainment, 56 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg. For information: (508) 755-4207, Comic artist Joe St. Pierre signing. Rock and Shock: 11 a.m. Oct. 12, DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. Cost: $20-$25. Nutrition Classes: Stay Healthy with Carb Control: 1-2 p.m. Oct. 12, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St., Worcester. For information: (508) 799-1655, wplref@mywpl. org. Showcase Cinemas presents “Metropolitan Opera 2019-20 Season: Turandot”: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 12, Showcase Cinemas Worcester North, 135 Brooks St., Worcester. Cost: $29. Author Event with Marie LeClaire: 2-4 p.m. Oct. 12, Booklovers’ Gourmet, 55 East Main St., Webster. For information: (508) 949-6232, deb@ Outdoor Digital Photography: 2-4 p.m. Oct. 12, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St., Worcester. For information: (508) 799-1655, Irish Roots: Two Eileens Talk About Their Novels: 2:30-4 p.m. Oct. 12, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St., Worcester. For information: (508) 799-1655, wplref@mywpl.

A 'Walk' to Remember ln the summer of 1982 two nuclear arms negotiators, an American and a Soviet Russian, left their negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, for a walk in the countryside, during which they agreed on a breakthrough nuclear arms treaty proposal. The agreement, which was dubbed the "‘Walk in the Woods Proposal," was later rejected by both governments. More than five years later, however, the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty was finally agreed upon by both parties, and its subsequent ratification by both governments marked the official end of the Cold War. In fictionalizing the events for his play, "A Walk in the Woods," Lee Blessing encompasses politics, history, philosophy, ideology, the human condition, and the fate of the world in a way that will still resonate today. Calliope Productions stages the play with Ed Moynihan as John Honeyman (the American) and David Nestelbaum as Andrey Botvinnik (the Russian). Dave Ludt directs. What: "A Walk in the Woods" by Lee Blessing — presented by Calliope Productions When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 19, 25 and 26; 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 Where: Calliope Theatre, 150 Main St., Boylston How much: $20; $17 students and seniors. (508) 869-6887;


Once Upon A Time … The Drunk in a Toy Store Theatre Troop doesn’t do things by halfmeasures, as evidenced by its “The Tale of Tales” event. Some of the features of the show include a theatrical production of Giambattista Basile’s “Pentamerone,” art and book releases by Amber Tortorelli — “Drunk in a Toy Store” and “Ransacked, With Love” — and music by Joel Mongeon, Circus Trees and the New York punk duo Basic Bitches. That’s a lot of show, and it looks like a fabulous time.

Sunday, Oct. 13

What: QFLIX Worcester 2019 When: Oct. 10-13 Where: Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl St., Worcester How much: $10-$15 for individual events ($7 students and seniors), $75 for all-access passes. ($35 for students, $50 for seniors.)

Monday, Oct. 14

“The Office” Themed Trivia: 7-9 p.m. Oct. 14, Red Heat Tavern, 227 Turnpike Road, Westborough. Cost: Free. Dirty Gerund Poetry Series: hosted by Alex Charalambides, 9 p.m. Oct. 13, Ralph’s Rock Diner, 148 Grove St., Worcester.

Tuesday, Oct. 15 Story Time - Fantastic 4’s & 5’s: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 15, Boylston Public Library, 695 Main St., Boylston. For information: (508) 869-2371, “Phyllis Diller Believes in Me”: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Northborough Senior Center, 119 Bear Foot Road, Northborough. Cost: $10. For information: (508) 393-5035, kburke@northborough. Writer’s Group: led by Susan Roney O’Brien, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Oct. 15, Boylston Public Library, 695 Main

St., Boylston. For information: (508) 869-2371, efurse@cwmars. org. Science Fiction Book Club: discussing, “The Andromeda Strain,” by Michael Crichton, 7:158:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St., Worcester. Register online at or call (508) 799-1655x3. The Cobra Kings: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Greendale’s Pub, 404 W. Boylston St, Worcester.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 Story Time — Bouncing Babies: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 16, Boylston Public Library, 695 Main St., Boylston. For information: (508) 869-2371, Registration Required. Animal Matters Seminar — Potpourri of Veterinary Disaster Response: 12-1 p.m. Oct. 16, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, 200 Westboro Road, Worcester County.

A Gathering of Voices "Sing Praises! A Choral Festival" returns to All Saints Church in Worcester on Saturday and Sunday as world-renowned choral conductor Barry Rose leads three church choirs. The choirs of All Saints, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fairfield, Conn., and St. Paul's on the Green in Norwalk, Conn., will sing at Saturday Festival Evensong at 5 p.m. Oct. 12. At 10 a.m. Sunday Oct. 13 the youth choristers of the three massed choirs will sing at the Festival Choral Eucharist. The services are free and open to the public. All are welcome. Rose was the master of the choir at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he directed the music for the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981. Other royal occasions he participated in were the Queen's Silver Jubilee and the Queen Mother's 80th birthday. Rose has some stories to tell, and he will give a talk, "The Queen & I," at All Saints at 7 p.m. Oct. 11. What/ When/ Where/ How much: "The Queen & I," Barry Rose. 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 11. All Saints Church, 10 Irving St., Worcester. $20. For reservations, call (508) 752-3766 "Sing Praises! A Choral Festival." Saturday Festival Evensong, 5 p.m. Oct. 12. Festival Choral Eucharist, 10 a.m. Oct. 13. All Saints Church, 10 Irving St., Worcester. Free.

For information: (508) 839-7991,,. Speaker: Warren J. Hess, DVM, Disaster Coordinator, Assistant Director, Division of Animal and Public Health American Veterinary Medical Association. Weekly Playgroup: Week 3: 3:154:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Worcester Public Library Tatnuck Magnet Branch, 1083 Pleasant St., Worcester. For information: lsheldon@mywpl. org. Do you have a child between the ages of birth and 5-years-old? Are you looking to help them be “school ready”? Drop by for Worcester Family Partnership’s playgroup for crafts, songs, stories, and social play. Hydroponics Gardening Club — Week 1: 4-5 p.m. Oct. 16, Worcester Public Library Goddard Branch, 14 Richards St., Worcester. For information: lsheldon@ Harpist Shelley Otis: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Oct. 16, Boylston Public Library, 695 Main St., Boylston.


QFLIX Worcester 2019: 10:00 a.m. Oct. 13, Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl St., Worcester. $10-$15 for indivual

Stacy Lord and Laura Marotta, the co-founders of Creative Hub Worcester, will be awarded this year’s Harvey Milk Community Service Award at QFLIX Worcester 2019 at 7:30 p.m. on the festival’s opening night at Bull Mansion. With a lineup of nearly 30 films from around the world, QFLIX is an ambitious and unique LGBTQ+ film festival. The event will also include regional premieres, filmmaker talkback and CLUBq, an LGBTQ+ popup dance bar, in different venues throughout the city. For a complete schedule, visit


org. Local authors Eileen O’Finlan and Eileen Charbonneau discuss the genesis of their novels. Insane Clown Posse: 3 p.m. Oct. 12, the Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester. The Tale of Tales: 6 p.m. Oct. 12, starlite, 39 Hamilton St., Southbridge. “Twin Peaks” Night with Ray Wise: featuring music by Dan Burke and the Bang Bang Band 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St., Worcester. $20. Don White: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, The Vanilla Bean Café, 450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret, Conn. $15. Yoko Miwa Trio: 8 p.m. Oct. 12, Pavilion at the Beer Garden, 64 Franklin St., Worcester. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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What: “The Tale of Tales” When: 6 p.m. Oct. 12 Where: starlite, 39 Hamilton St., Southbridge

events ($7 students and seniors), $75 for all-access passes. ($35 for students, $50 mfor sentiors.) Rock and Shock Convention: 11 a.m. Oct. 13, DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. Cost: $20-$25. Think Outside Scavenger Hunt: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 13, Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North St., Norfolk. For information: (508) 507-1372, During the scavenger hunt, participants may purchase a $5 treasure map and complete the trail while marking off the checkpoints. All participants with completed boards will receive a prize. GWLT Hike Series: Sibley Farm: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 13, Sibley Farm trailhead parking, Spencer , Spencer. For information: (508) 795-3838, Fender Road (Featuring Gary Suter and Paul ‘Fender’ Lirange): 2-5 p.m. Oct. 13, 308 Lakeside, 308 East Main St., East Brookfield. For information: info@308lakeside. com. Municipal Waste and Napalm Death with Sick Of It All, Take Offense, Wisdom & War, Clock Out, The Excrementals (3) and Graviton: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester. $25. Taize Worcester— Sacred Music for Vespers hosts Two Brothers from Taize: 7 p.m. Oct. 13, Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St., Worcester. Free. Listen! A Poetry Reading: hosted by David Macpherson, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St., Worcester. “So You Think You Can Dance — Live”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Hanover Theatre, 554 Main St., Worcester. $39.50-$96.


THINGS TO DO For information: (508) 869-2371, Take Down The Wall Cafe 5th Anniversary Show: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 16, 454 Grove St, 454 Grove St., Worcester. For information: (508) 5795997, NAT@NATNEEDLE. COM. Take Down The Wall Café is a monthly (3rd Wednesdays) open mic that brings people with and without disabilities together as both performers and audience. 11th Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading featuring Patrick Donnelly: 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 16,

Final Masterpiece Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton. For information: (508) 797-4770, wcpaboard@ The Gregory Stockmal Reading was established in 2009 by the Worcester County Poetry Association in cooperation with Carol Stockmal. The purpose of the reading is to continue the efforts of Greg Stockmal to honor American poet Stanley Kunitz and his legacy in Worcester. Wacky Wednesday Jam: 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Greendale’s Pub, 404 W. Boylston St, Worcester.

The Metropolitan Opera reprises the late Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Puccini’s final masterpiece, "Turnadot." Set in medieval China, The Unknown Prince faces a life or death challenge to win the love of the seemingly cold Princess Turnadot. The Met: Live in HD broadcast Oct. 12 (encore presentation Oct. 16) with soprano Christine Goerke as the title princess will be seen worldwide. Presented by Fathom Events. What: "Turnadot" — The Met: Live in HD. Where/When/How much: Showcase Cinemas Worcester North 18. 12:55 p.m. Oct. 12. $29; $22 children Blackstone Valley 14: Cinema de Lux, Millbury. 12:55 p.m. Oct. 12; 1 p.m. Oct. 16. $29; $27 seniors; $22 children Regal Solomon Pond 15, Marlboro. 12:55 p.m. Oct 12; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. $27; $25 seniors; $21 children

Duncan Arsenault and friends: 9 p.m. Oct. 16, Vincent’s 49 Suffolk St., Worcester.

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Story Time — Terrific 2’s & 3’s: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 17, Boylston Public Library, 695 Main St., Boylston. For information: (508) 869-2371, Master Series Third Thursdays — With Child Otto Dix/Carmen Winant: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. Cost: $14-$18. For information: information@ Ute Tellini, former editor of the Woman’s Art Journal and author of

Happy together! The Worcester County Poetry Association’s 1 + 1 Poetry Reading is a pretty interesting concept: A “seasoned” writer is asked to give a reading, and they in turn invite a newer voice to perform with them. It’s a nice way to help develop fresh voices, and heaven knows there are plenty of veteran and developing voices around Greater Worcester. Poetry community stalwart Susan Roney-O'Brien will kick off the event, reading with Robert Racicot. What: 1+1 Poetry Reading When: 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 Where: Nineteen Carter, 19 Carter Street, Berlin How much: Free

“Images of Women During the Weimar Republic in Germany,” and Michelle Vangen, PhD, Art History Professor, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY, will discuss “Images of Women during the Weimar Republic, and Images of Maternity in Otto Dix.” Thursday Book Club: discussion of “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Boylston Public Library, 695 Main St., Boylston. For information: (508) 869-2371, efurse@cwmars. org. Thursday night Cornhole at Greater Good Brewery: 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Greater Good Imperial Brew Co., 55 Millbrook St., Worcester. Cost: Free.


Carol Burnett: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Hanover Theatre, 554 Main St., Worcester. $68-$250. Wicked Halloween featuring Rezz with, Peekaboo Blackgummy 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester. $51.


West Brookfield native and famous 19th-century abolitionist and suffragist Lucy Stone will take center stage at Sturbridge Town Hall Oct. 10. Actor and living historian Judith Kalaora, artistic director of History At Play, portrays Stone (1818-93) in a fiery presentation as she describes the tension of Antebellum Boston and the gender caste system. As a wife, Stone refused to take her husband’s name, becoming the first to do so in the nation, and leading to the moniker of “Lucy Stoner” to describe a woman who does just that. The performance will follow the annual meeting of of the Friend of the Joshua Hyde Public Library at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. What: "I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone" — History At Play When: 7 p.m. Oct. 10 Where: Veteran's Memorial Hall, Sturbridge Town Hall, Sturbridge How much: Free

$20; senior (65+) and children 12 and younger, $15. Barre Players Theater, 64 Common St., Barre. “The Haunting of Hill House”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, Nov. 1, 2; 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. Pasture Prime Players, The Charlton Arts & Activities Center, 4 Dresser Hill Road, Charlton. “Urinetown The Musical”: Presented by Bradley Playhouse. 7:30 P.m. Oct. 25, 26; 2 p.m. Oct. 27. The Bradley Playhouse, 30 Front St., Putnam, Conn. “The Play That Goes Wrong”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31; 8 p.m. Nov. 1, 2; 2 p.m. Nov. 2; 1 p.m. Nov. 3 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. $39$79. “Golda’s Balcony”: 8 p.m. Nov. 2,

A New Era What have we wrought? "Anthropocene: The Human Epoch" is a years-inthe-making documentary following the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group. The group argues that Earth has entered a new era, the Anthropocene Epoch, in which humans have changed the planet more than its combined natural processes. The New York Times called the documentary "potent and frequently terrifying."

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$16. “A Christmas Story: The Musical”: 8 p.m. Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 6, 7; 2 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8. Theatre at the Mount, Mount Wachusett Community College, 444, Green St., Gardner. $15-$22. “The Nutcracker”: 7 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30; 2 p.m. Nov. 30; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 1. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. $32$44. “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)”: 2 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7,8, 14, 15; 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13. $20; seniors and students, $18; youth 11 and younger, $10. Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main St., Sturbridge. “Annie”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 7, 13, 14; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 14, 15. $25, $20 for seniors and students. Calliope Productions, 150 Main St., Boylston. “The Drowsy Chaperone”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14; 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15. Worcester County Light Opera Company, Grandview

Playhouse, 21 Grandview Ave., Worcester. $25, $20 for seniors and students. “Miracle on 34th Street”: Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22. The Bradley Playhouse, 30 Front St., Putnam, Conn.


What: "Anthropocene: The Human Epoch" — Presented by cinema-worcester When: 7 p.m. Oct. 11 Where: Park View Room, 230 Park Ave., Worcester How much: $10; $8.50 students with ID and seniors 65+. cinemaworcester. com

7, 9; 4 p.m. Nov. 3, 10. Presented by 4th Wall Stage Company. Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesbury Drive, Worcester. $25; $22 for seniors; $10 for students. “American Buffalo”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16; 2 p.m. Nov. 17. Pilgrim Soul Productions, GB & Lexi Singh Performance Center at Alternatives’Whitin Mill, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. $20; $18 for seniors and under 18. (508) 296-0797, “Little Women, the Musical”: 8 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 22, 23; 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24. Vanilla Box Productions, Joseph P. Burke Center for Performing Arts, Holy Name CCHS, 144 Granite St., Worcester. $22, $20 fir seniors and children 12 and younger. “Matilda the Musical”: 7 p.m. Nov. 22, 29, 30; 2 p.m. Nov. 23, 24 and Dec. 1. The Gilbert Players, The Center at Eagle Hill, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick. $12-

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“Deathtrap”: Oct. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 30. The Bradley Playhouse, 30 Front St., Putnam, Conn. “Don’t Dress for Dinner”: 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 12; 2 p.m. Oct. 13. $22; $15 for ages 16 and younger. Theatre at the Mount, Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner. tam. “Spitfire Grill, The Musical”: 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19; 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 20. $20; seniors and students, $18; youth 11 and younger, $10. Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main St., Sturbridge. “A Walk in the Woods”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 19, 25, 26; 2 p.m. Oct. 20, 27. $20; $17 for seniors and students. Calliope Productions, 150 Main St., Boylston. “Once Upon a Mattress”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26; 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27. New Players Theatre Guild. 15 Rollstone St., Fitchburg. (978) 345-6570, “Wait Until Dark”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26; 2 p.m. Oct. 27.

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Meet Alex. This handsome gentleman

came to WARL as a stray. Alex is seeking a new family to call his own and somewhere he can retire and spend his golden years. Alex enjoys the company of other dogs, but we are unsure if he likes cats. Alex loves affection and will make a great couch buddy – after a good walk outside to get fresh air and explore. He is great in the car and makes a wonderful co-pilot. Alex will happily meet and greet everyone he sees with a wagging tail and "smile." If you would like more information on Alex or you would like to meet him, ask staff today.

Can’t adopt, but still want to help? Here are some of WARL’s regular needs: Pet Supplies: Dog and cat food (both canned and dry). Purina brand preferred. Please no grainfree; Non-clumping kitty litter; Bedding, comforters, blankets and towels (not pillows & sheets); Kuranda Beds; martingale collars.

against; For dogs: Kongs, Ruff Wear, Jolly Balls, Tuffies, tennis balls. Office Supplies: Copy paper (white and colors), postage stamps, pink and blue post-its, etc. Staples gift cards are always welcomed!

Pet Toys – For cats: furry mice and balls with bells, stuffed animals for orphaned kittens to snuggle

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LEGALS Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Docket No. WO19P0056GD Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608 CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN FOR INCAPACITATED PERSON PURSUANT TO G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 In the matter of: Fabiola Metayer Of: Worcester, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Department of Developmental Services of Worcester, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Fabiola Metayer is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Gayle R Greene of Fitchburg, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve Without Surety on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, and that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 10/22/2019. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Leilah A Keamy, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 27, 2019 Stephanie K. Fattman, Register of Probate 10/10/2019 WM

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Katie Benison Camell executive director of The Mary Beth Benison Foundation K JOE SANTA MARIA/KILL THE BALL MEDIA

atie Benison Camell established the Mary Beth Benison Foundation Inc. in 2016 as a way to honor her late sister’s dedication to helping others in need. According to Benison Camell, The Mary Beth Benison Foundation has provided over $84,000 in grants to 94 individuals since its inception. This year, Benison Camell is organizing the Worcester Monster Dash 5k at Lake Park on October 20 to benefit the foundation. An afterparty, hosted by Truly and Sam Adams Octoberfest, will take place at Tavern In the Square immediately following the race. Benison Camell encourages participants to post photos of the race and the afterparty using the hashtag #spreadthelove.

Is this the first year for your 5K? No, actually it’s the fourth year, but it’s the first time that I’m calling it a “Monster Dash.” For the last three years, it was just the MBB 5k down at Lake Park. We’ve had a pretty decent turnout, but this year I want 500 people to come. We decided to put a fun little twist on it and let people dress up if they choose to. It’s at Lake Park on Sunday, October 20th. There’s a kids dash on the track, which starts at 10:30 in the morning. The 5k begins at 11. This year, we are honoring two people from Central Mass who are living with ALS: Brian Shifrin and Kristina Golji. – Sarah Connell Sanders


in Gloucester to become a certified pastry chef. When she was laid off from her job, she said, “I’m gonna pursue my dream.” And she opened up CocoBeni Confections, How did you decide what to a cupcake shop in Northborough. focus on as a nonprofit? She would say, by far, ALS was She sounds like a very strong the worst because she was slowly woman. losing her ability to do everything. Yes, she had her own small She would fall and hit her head business and was doing well but

That’s incredible. How did you start raising funds in the very beginning? A bunch of Mary Beth’s friends who went to Saint Peter-Marian High School came together and put on a fundraiser for her benefit to help her pay some medical expenses that we thought she would incur and some home renovations that she was planning to have done. But, sadly, things progressed quickly — faster than we were anticipating. She ended up in hospice on the week of the fundraiser. They had the fundraiser on a Saturday and she passed away on Sunday. As a result, there was some money that remained from the fundraiser and it was about $7,000. I took that and put it into establishing a 501c3 nonprofit. That was the initial source of funding.


home. At the time, she worked for a software company. She just kind of tried to remain positive despite everything. In that way, she was always somebody that we looked up to. When she was laid off from her job in 2010, she had been there for over 20 years. She said, “You know what? I always loved baking.” After her breast cancer diagnosis, she took classes

How did your family react? We have a close family. There are seven kids in my family. We grew up in Worcester. My parents were always very loving. We always tried to be there for her and she was always there for us. She just would say over and over how grateful she was for the support system that she had in her family and friends. She would think about people who might be sick and by themselves or sick and not have all these people to come together and help them. She often wanted to try to find a way to help those people. Things progressed with her quickly. She passed away on May 3rd of 2015, less than a year after being diagnosed. So, in her honor, I just decided this was something that I wanted to do.

or fall on her shoulder. And that was in the beginning. Eventually, she was in a wheelchair, and having trouble with her arms and with eating. Seeing what she went through and what other ALS patients have to go through, I just wanted to start the foundation to find a way to help people.

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How did the Mary Beth Benison Foundation Inc. get started? Over a 15-year period, my sister Mary Beth Benison was diagnosed with a brain tumor and then breast cancer. The brain tumor came in 1999 and the breast cancer in 2004. For both of those illnesses, she underwent a major surgery. The brain tumor required a 17-hour surgery. She went to a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and had to come home and learn to walk and talk and eat again as a result. That was in October of ’99 and by February of the following year, she was back to work. Then, fast forward to 2004 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer; she underwent a lumpectomy and had radiation and chemotherapy. Through it all, she was able to work from

experiencing a few different medical things. She assumed it was neuropathy from having the chemotherapy, but long story short, she went to the doctors, had multiple tests and they found out that she had mesothelioma. In June of 2014 she went to Brigham and Women’s and she was going to have a surgery there. Right before she had the surgery, they said, “Oh, by the way, we think you have ALS.” So, in a short period she was diagnosed with two terminal illnesses.



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Groovy! Bruce Campbell finally shows up to Rock and Shock at DCU and Palladium

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Groovy! Bruce Campbell finally shows up to Rock and Shock at DCU and Palladium