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ow many of us give thought to being able to hurry down a sidewalk from one place to the next? Or hopping off a downtown bus and scurrying away to wherever we’re going? How often do we think about our ability to cross a street – with or without waiting for the signal to ash? If you are conďŹ ned to a wheelchair or are in some way disabled, scooting up and down a sidewalk on, say, Belmont Street for example, is no easy chore. And if you really pay attention the next time you’re walking down Front Street, maybe you’ll notice some of the rough patches and ruts. With a dedicated OfďŹ ce on Disability manned after more than a year of being vacant, and a Disability Commission charged with recommending ways to improve disability access in the city, Worcester has made strides in reaching out to the disabled community. But there is plenty of work still to do. That’s where folks like Scott Ricker, a ďŹ erce disability advocate, come in. His is a constant voice at city meetings. He has ďŹ led scores of complaints with the state. He is just one of many folks in Worcester championing the rights of the disabled. In this week’s cover story we see where the city makes the grade – and where it doesn’t – when it comes to meeting the many varied needs of its disabled population. -Walter Bird Jr., Senior Writer


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Changes could be in store for College Consortium exploring various models for the past few months that will offer their college and university members cost efficient services,” Bilotta says. “The board will meet in March to discuss the various models.” At the very least, there appear to be concerns among some of the member colleges and universities. That much came out of a dinner with presidents and executives last year. “We decided we ought to assess the Consortium and see if it serves its members in the most cost-efficient manner,” Calareso says. “We’re going through the process of having that conversation.” Some presidents, he says, are concerned about the level of services and the cost of providing them. One of the questions being asked, he says, is in light of the dues paid, do member schools get a good return? There is no set cost for membership; dues are based on student enrollment. “Some colleges,” says Calareso, “believe they get great value out of the Consortium as currently configured, others don’t.” Founded in 1968, the Consortium includes Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, the College of the Holy Cross, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), Nichols College, Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, University of


he Colleges of Worcester Consortium (CWC) undergoes an assessment every year and there is talk this time around that the 40-plus-year-old nonprofit organization could dissolve entirely. That appears unlikely, but there may well be several changes made to how the Consortium, which counts 12 area colleges and universities among its members, operates. Just what those changes might be is anybody’s guess at the moment. “Whether it will look exactly like it does now, I don’t know,” says CWC Board of Directors Chairman and Anna Maria College President Jack Calareso. “But to suggest we’re trying to break it up is wrong.” Calareso has been among those mentioned as considering the dissolution of the Consortium, a claim he adamantly denies. “No, not at all,” he says. “Anna Maria gains a significant benefit from the Consortium.” He stops short of saying there is no chance it will break up, but does not lend the notion much credence. “I doubt it,” Calareso says. “I don’t know what’s going to come out of the meeting, but that has not been proposed.” That meeting takes place in March, according to CWC CEO Mark Bilotta, who does not want to talk about whether the Consortium could come to an end after the meeting. A final plan is expected by the end of the college semester. “The presidents and campus CEOs have been

Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Worcester State University (WSU). Among the most notable benefits of membership, which is voluntary, is cross-registration. This allows students interested in a class or program not offered at their school to sign up at a participating school. Students at these schools can also take advantage of services such as City Ride (formerly Woo Bus), which shuttles students at participating campuses to select shopping, food and entertainment spots on Friday and Saturday nights. Students of participating schools can also use the WOO Card. Started in 2007, more than 6,000 cards have been distributed since. There are about 4,500 active college students using them, according to Cultural Development Officer Erin Williams, who notes that not all the cards have been registered because some students might forget about it. Initially conceived as a cultural program, the card can now be used at clubs, restaurants, businesses and events. Each time you use the card you acquire points, which can be used to earn free tickets to events, appetizers and overnight stays at hotels. “We’re looking at how to better promote the card and create a tracking system,” Williams says, pointing out that even though the card was imprinted

I shouldn’t be awarded this. It was just more like an instinct to save someone’s life. It was just like I knew what to do so I shouldn’t be awarded for something I knew what to do.” – Hailee Pitcher, a sophomore at Notre Dame Academy, as quoted in a local news article on receiving an award for saving the life of her 1-year-old cousin.

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A weekly quality of life check-in of Worcester

College of the Holy Cross alum Cornelius Prior Jr. donates $25 million to the school. It is the largest single donation in the college’s history. +5

A dance marathon at the College of the Holy Cross raises $28,355 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. +4

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Financial University in Moscow sign a Memorandum of Understanding to Enhance Cooperation (MUEC) that will allow for regular student and faculty collaborations. +2

+2 +1 -4 -2+1 +2-4 Controversial, longtime Uxbridge selectman Peter Baghdasarian bagged for illegally living in a house he built. -4


Clinton Hospital scores top spot in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. +1

It’s no match for Nemo, but snow flies in Worcester less than a week after blizzard – enough to mess up the roads and bring bitter cold winds with it. -2

City officials take to the Worcester Common Oval to show off their curling skills. Did we say show off? Umm … +1

Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Hirsh keeps up the fight with gun buyback programs. +2

Man shot in abdomen becomes city’s fourth shooting victim of 2013. -4

Total for this week:

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the Compass Project. The official release states that the Compass Project “entails the development of a legislative agenda to advocate for systems and policies that decrease the likelihood of youth and young adult homelessness in Worcester. Providers involved with this project are committed to creating an asset-focused system of care that is informed by Principles of Positive Youth Development and community collaboration.� The questions posed during the survey related to income, family trends, race, sexuality, and gender. The 2012 year’s survey concluded that, when compared to previous years, homeless youth experienced more residential instability and family conflict, had more precarious income situations, were more likely to have children and were more likely to

lark University Associate Professor Dr. Laurie Ross may be on sabbatical this semester, but she and others have worked tirelessly to get to the heart of the city’s youth homeless problem. Those efforts have received a substantial boost on the strength of a $450,000 grant from the Health Foundation of Central Mass, which ensures the continuation of The Compass Project and its work to prevent youth and young adult homelessness through a network of access points around the city. As part of that mission, the fourth annual Point-in-Time Survey, done in partnership between Clark University, The Compass Project and the Community Roundtable on Youth Homelessness, was conducted last year. The results were announced recently, at the same time the newest round of grant funding was announced. Among the findings were I would call the whole issue 12 youths or young adults identified a little shocking. Youth as living on the streets. The weekhomelessness has increased and long survey reached 753 city youths and adults between the ages of 13-25. so few people are able to Of them, 120, or 16 percent, were get help from the city identified as homeless. The survey and local organizations. found that 30 percent of respondents were able to receive help, 43 percent — Dr. Laurie Ross reported that they somewhat got what they needed, and 27 percent did not get what they needed. “I would call the whole issue a have had involvement with foster care and little shocking. Youth homelessness juvenile justice systems. In addition, with has increased and so few people are the rise in homelessness came an increase able to get help from the city and local among youths feeling like they faced more organizations,� says Ross, who teaches barriers accessing services. community development and planning. Clark University and The Compass “We tried to find out the extent of the Project have worked with several problem. Just in Worcester alone, 57 community networks including the percent of these homeless were in shelter Friendly House, Worcester Youth Center, and 31 percent were identified as ‘couchCommunity Health Link, YWCA, Youth surfers.’ We can’t look at this as a trend.� Ross says it is hard to compare the issue Connect, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, and most notably the Health Foundation year to year. “Numbers are numbers and of Central Mass and Maurie Bergeron they speak for themselves,� she says. at LUK Inc. “LUK,� says Ross, “has been The Compass Project aims to prevent great, they have been working with The youth and young adult homelessness Compass Project for two years. They by creating a network of “low-barrier� have a teen housing task force. We access points throughout the city. The applied for a synergy grant and LUK was initiative focuses on youths ranging from the lead agency; they are designed for the ages of 17-21 that may be at risk of homeless youth. At the end of March, we homelessness. This includes primarily will be referring people ASAP to LUK.� youths that are experiencing trouble In addition to Clark, the Point-of-Time at home, about to turn 18 and being Survey was done with volunteers from released from the care of Department Anna Maria College, Assumption College, of Children and Families, Department and Worcester State University. of Youth Services and youths who are It is safe to say that Ross, who has a unable to live at home. Currently homeless PhD in Public Policy, is passionate about youth are those identified as sleeping in her surrounding community and optimistic shelters, couch surfing or living on the about the future of the Point-in-Time street. Right now, there are currently 13 continued on page 6 active organizations collaborating with


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on the back of student IDs at Clark University, for example, many students may still be unaware of it. Asked about the Consortium and its future, Williams says, “We value working with our partners in the colleges and universities.” It is uncertain whether the bus and WOO Card would be among the programs slated to change, but Calareso says at least one aspect of the Consortium would not – the programs provided to the city’s middle and high school students. CollegeAccess, which reaches into southeastern and central Mass. as well as southern Worcester County, teaches students about education and training options and how to access them. It is supported by a state grant and runs in partnership with Seven Hills Behavioral Health. Collegiate Success Institute (CSI) Worcester is another program that serves five Worcester schools, offering career and college orientation focuses. “Those will

stay the same,” Calareso says. “Really, the parts we’re looking at are the programs and services that serve our member institutions.” Calls to many participating colleges were not returned, but Rushmie Nofsinger, a spokesperson for Tufts, says while the Grafton-based campus is not strategically placed for students to avail themselves of City Ride and the WOO Card, the school does benefit from the Consortium. “Basically, our membership in the Consortium is beneficial because it affords a meaningful opportunity to have collegial interactions with other higher ed institutions in the area,” Nofsinger says. “For example, the cross-sharing of information, business development opportunities and life science interests are extremely valuable.” Have a news tip or comment? Contact Walter Bird Jr. at 508-749-3166, ext. 243, or email




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survey collaboration between Clark University, The Compass Project and local community centers. Ross goes on to say, “We are trying to develop communitywide homelessness initiatives that focus on family conflict, economic instability, behaviors of the youth, substance abuse and teen programs. The results tell us that fighting with parents, along with abuse, neglect and teen pregnancy seem to be the biggest factors for youth homelessness. Sometimes youths in Worcester are not able to have a voice. We’re trying to change that.” In the first year of the survey, Ross and her group were able to convince the city to direct resources to the streets where homelessness was prominent. The data collected in the second year designed the model for a homelessness initiative plan of action and building a network. The next two years of the survey looked to evolve these plans of action into creating low-barrier access with trained staff, awareness efforts, and ways to make their resources readily available. Ross calls Worcester the “forefront of this.” She says, “this is the only city that has used the Point-in-Time Survey, Boston did something similar, but that’s because they followed us. We [Clark University, Worcester and The Compass Project] are alone in this. For this kind

of leadership and commitment, look at Worcester. Worcester has strong values and collaborative approaches to addressing issues of youths. There was a task group who were securing approaches and we needed numbers and figures to back it up. Our groups in Worcester took that initiative.” State Rep. Jim O’Day is proud to have such an active commission on the issue of homelessness prevention and resource management. O’Day sees the problem of homelessness spreading to outside of just urban areas. He believes that this survey will allow the commission to build trust with the homeless community. “Obviously, Dr. Ross and her students and all of the folks are doing great work trying to identify the cause of homeless youth,” says O’Day. “There is a strong presence of 14-24 year old folks that are struggling to establish a stable living environment, so we filed for the grant and established this commission. I’m real happy about it. The whole project is really going out with these folks, asking who they are and finding out if they are really able to get by. It is a shame that here in Worcester there is a considerable amount of people being homeless. I think my colleagues and I realize now that not only is this an urban problem, it spreads all over the commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

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Worcester’s own super-middleweight champ Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez is headed to Monaco, where he squares off against fellow unbeaten boxer Ezequiel “El Olimpico” Maderna. Rodriguez, 22-0 with 15 knockouts, is following in the path of Brockton legend “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, who in 1979 won both the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles in Monte Carlo. That is where Rodriguez will square off with Maderna, the 2008 Argentina Olympian with a record of 19-0 and 13 knockouts, on March 30. The two pugilists will fight as part of a fourman tournament that will pit the winner of the Rodriguez-Maderna fight against the winner of a light heavyweight bout, featuring undefeated Zsolt Erdei versus 12-1-1 Denis Grachev, in a July 13 match, also in Monaco. In a press release, Rodriguez, who is the No. 3-ranked fighter in the World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and WBC and No. 12 in the WBO, says, “Marvin Hagler has been in the back of my mind since I won The Nationals in 2005 and became the first Massachusetts fighter since him to do that. He was such a great fighter and fought in such a great era, including one against another of my all-time favorite fighters, Roberto Duran. To be mentioned, never mind compared to a fighter like him, who accomplished so much in boxing, makes me feel good about myself.”

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consensus is that, when the state finally adopts regulations around the new medical marijuana dispensaries, Worcester will get at least one. Not everyone is happy about that, but if last week’s first-in-the-state “listening session” hosted by the state Department of Public Health (DPH) at the Worcester Public Library was any indication, there are plenty of folks eager to get their hands on marijuana – for health reasons, of course. Several people talked about either suffering from a debilitating illness or living with someone who does, and how legal meds have been ineffective. Mary Jane, they say, has provided much relief. Worcester resident Raymond Leonard says, “I was involved in a serious accident when a truck fell on me. I smoke medical marijuana, it eases me, helps me sleep. Patients like me who need it should be able to have it.” At-Large Councilor Konnie Lukes is not convinced. Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Hirsh also is not sold on the medical benefits of pot, but the law – which voters approved in November – calls for 35 dispensaries around the state, with at least one in each county. It would stand to reason that Worcester would be that “at least one.” The DPH has until May 1 to come up with regulations to put the dispensaries into effect.

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Elmo probably won’t be walking through that door. Big Bird isn’t expected to, either. But Charlotte Cole will be. Cole, the senior vice president of global education at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street,” will deliver the keynote address at “The World is Yours” as part of Clark University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. The free event will be held Friday, Feb. 22, from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Traina Center for the Arts and Razzo Hall, 92 Downing St. Following a brief introduction, attendees will be able to attend two 30-minute workshops featuring local entrepreneurs and professionals. Three of the workshop presenters are from Worcester:Alex Dunn and Sam Shepler of Skyscope Creative, Ryan Leary of Running Start. Pre-registration is required and can be done by visiting . Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 508-421-3730.

THE BIG ‘O’ GETS ITS DUE: No, not the “O” we wrote about last week. We’re talking about the Worcester Common Oval, which opened to much fanfare in November, about three years after it was supposed to. It is no exaggeration to say the Oval has been a resounding success, even if Worcesteria has taken the occasional cheap shot at things like requiring a down payment for skate rental. The truth is the Oval drew large crowds, put smiles on the faces of many children and gave city officials an excuse to let their inner Olympian out by trying their hand at curling. It made First Night Worcester a little bit better and it gave our friends at a certain daily newspaper something to do at lunch. The 12,000-square-foot ice rink closes Sunday, Feb. 24 but before it does it got its very own Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The public was treated to a free skate – which, of course, wasn’t entirely free. You still had to rent skates and pony up the deposit if you didn’t bring your own pair. Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Seriously, though, way to go Worcester. The Oval was a great addition to downtown. Let the countdown begin to next season! FEBRUARY 21, 2013 • WORCESTERMAG.COM


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Online comments The Orgasm What a great way for a paper to celebrate Valentine’s Day differently than the usual format and a mature take on love and sex published on a day that only gets more juvenile each year. The fact that this article bothered some of these commenters just shows how much sex ed in America has failed over the past few decades. As for complaints about the article in workplaces or scaring off advertisers, I call BS. Any given cover or content of the Pulse carries more objectified and half naked woman than this issue did — where’s the outrage there? A little bit of misdirected anger... - OK C UP ID

Old schools can mean deep freeze for students Read the last sentence of paragraph 14 (4th from the bottom) again: “... the state will not approve roof and window replacement projects unless a building is deemed usable for at least 20 more years.” So how much longer is Doherty High deemed usable? - TFW Geez, I remember ice on the inside of windows in the armory building of the old North High on Salisbury St. back in the 60s. Paris On The Blackstone never changes... - RF L

Photo Gallery: Carnaval de Canal 2013 We had so much fun at the Carnaval de Canal Tuesday night.. instead of wearing a mask...we painted one was so much fun and we even danced at Lucky Dog to live music. - CH RI STINA A

Panhandling protest draws no police What a wonderful protest and they even called to make complaints against themselves in the midts of their protest there were 20 calls for service to the WPD......priorities being such a couple of peaceful protesters do not quite rank up there with 911 calls for help......the banning of panhandling was and is solely about public safety.... -Q

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Te$ting, te$ting…

Janice Harvey


CAS, NAEP, MEPA, ACCESS, MAPS… if these acronyms aren’t familiar to you, they should be. If your kids attend public schools, they’ll recognize them as just some of the tests that regularly take them out of the classroom and away from learning. Since the inception of that odious mess we call the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Act, kids have been filling in bubbles with No.2 pencils more often than they study. On the surface, the purpose of this plethora of testing is to keep track of students’ progress and target areas of learning that need bolstering. Testing will tell us everything we need to know! Data, data, data – the word is stuck on the lips of administrators like a stubborn cold sore. Kids are tested until their eyes roll back in their heads, after which educators analyze the results – the data – until their own eyes glaze over. Testing will reveal for educators the answer to every mystery, unlock every door of understanding – yes? No? Circle one. To gain a better understanding of why our children are drowning in assessments, I suggest picking up a copy of New York Times columnist Gail Collins’ best seller “As Texas Goes... .” Collins zeroes in on the impact the Lone Star state has had on every classroom since George W. Bush – the president who actually asked the question: “Is our children learning?” - made education his pet project. The origins of testing mania can be found in Texas, where once upon a time 23 percent of draft-age young men were considered too poorly educated to qualify for the military. Ranked one of the worst states in the US regarding education, Texas had to do something to avoid sporting the country’s biggest dunce cap. This need fit right into the hands of the good folks who wanted to turn readin’ and writin’ into a cash crop. With Bush ram-rodding the bill, NCLB was signed into law with great fanfare in January of 2002, and 11 years later, most educators hold their nose to it as if it were something to scrape off the bottom of a shoe. Testing is “the cornerstone of reform” or so said Dubya when he was running for president. Testing it would seem, is also the cornerstone of profit. There’s gold in them thar hills, ladies and gents – for-profit companies create and grade the tests, and when Johnny fails, the for-profits provide him with government-subsidized tutoring. Forprofits even have their grubby mitts on the GED programs. According to Collins, “Pearson, the London-based education giant, signed a five-year contract in 2010 to both create and administer the Texas tests.” One of the biggest advocates for teacher accountability and a big Bush hack deeply involved in the NCLB negotiations was a guy named Sandy Kress. Kress just happened to be a Pearson lobbyist. Connecting the dots makes it hard for one to believe that NCLB was created out a deep sense of concern for the future of

our children. MCAS tests come out of Dover, New Hampshire, but might well have been Texas gold if Massachusetts hadn’t beat NCLB to the punch by creating that test before 2002. “We’re teaching to the test.” This has become a familiar refrain among educators whose livelihoods are held hostage by data, the Sword of Damocles that punitively dangles over their heads. Meanwhile, kids are bleary-eyed and burnt out from it all. They practice writing descriptive paragraphs until they’re dizzy, becoming less enchanted by attending classes with each passing day. Lesson plans created by their teachers become wish lists as schedules are disrupted by testing; preparing for testing leaves little room for creative instruction. To put it plainly, too much testing takes the fun out of both learning and teaching. Too bad testing doesn’t paint a true picture of the child sitting in front of the teacher. Data certainly won’t show that the night before the test, Johnny was awake listening to the people upstairs getting busted for selling crack, or that little Suzie didn’t complete the open-response portion because she was removed from her home and placed in foster care two days earlier, and can’t really focus. There’s no small irony in the fact that educators are told to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students, even as a one-size–fits-all test like MCAS can determine the future of both teacher and child. Thanks, Texas! We’ll remember you for more than the Alamo, trust me.

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Worcester recovered nicely from Nemo’s winter fury earlier this month, but for the city’s disabled community the storm left behind barriers beyond those they already grapple with each and every day. Many sidewalks, framed on either side by mounds of snow, became skinny pathways clogged by upright pedestrians, forcing people like Steve Stolberg, who works downtown, to jerk his wheelchair to and fro as he made his way through bustling crowds rushing to get on and off the buses outside City Hall. Going for a snack at the 7-Eleven store across from his office at the Denholm Building? Forget about it. The access ramp specifically in place for Stolberg and others afflicted with a physical disability was blocked by snow.

That is but a snapshot in time, of course; winter is just one season out of four and the city’s streets, sidewalks, buildings and parks are not often imprisoned by snow – let alone visited by a monster blizzard. But disability access in Worcester, where an estimated 25 percent of residents either have a disability or have a family member who does, is a year-round cause for advocates. They know the codes and regulations that must be followed, they are unafraid to file complaints with regulatory agencies such as the state Architectural Access Board (AAB) and its rules under 521CMR, and they know the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) inside and out. They give officials credit for progress made in meeting the needs of the disabled, but have no intentions of turning down the heat when and wherever a problem arises. Make no mistake about it: so, too, is accessibility front and center on the minds of planners, developers and city officials as new construction – you may have heard of a thing called CitySquare – continues to boom downtown and spread into other neighborhoods. “I think they’re getting things better,” says Stolberg, an independent living skills trainer for the Center for Living & Working Inc. (CLW) and member of the city’s Commission on Disabilities. “I think we have to watch them and if they turn away from it, we have to stop them. Right now, they’re doing a pretty good job. If they



slow down we have to speed them up.” At least Stolberg, who was born with Spina Bifida and makes his way around mostly with a wheelchair, can count on having someone’s ear if the need arises. “When I came on board [the commission], the city manager [Mike O’Brien] came over to me and said, ‘If you think we’re doing something wrong, come and tell me,’” Stolberg recalls. “He said he had an open door. They’ve learned over time if they involve the commission before the mistakes get made, they don’t have to get


Joe Borbone, director of engineering for the city’s Department of Public Works & Parks (DPW&P), believes not only has the corner been turned, but that officials clearly have disability access

in the city up to ADA specs? Yes. Can we afford to? No.” The city is, however, undertaking an $8-million streetscape and sidewalk improvement plan – Stolberg calls sidewalks the “number one issue” for the disabled in Worcester – which will go a long way in addressing accessibility issues. It is also including the Disability Commission as it updates its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). When and


Worcester’s Human Rights and Disability Commisioner Jayna Turchek speaks on disablity access in the city.

sued.” Worcester, adds CLW Executive Director Tara O’Connor, “has got some work to do” when it comes to becoming “disability friendly,” but it has come a long way since the Union Station project of the 1990s, when disability advocates had to fight for total access to the trains rolling in and out of the refurbished station. Stolberg remembers the city being “very angry at disabled people” because they had to spend more money to make all the train station platforms accessible instead of just one. “I think,” says O’Connor, “that turned the corner.”

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at the forefront of their thinking when it comes to any new building, road and sidewalk projects. “I think we’re in pretty good shape,” Borbone, whose department oversees streets and sidewalks, says when asked whether he thinks the city is disability friendly. “Public Works is very cognizant of the needs of the handicap community. Like any other project, it’s funding-dependent. Would we like to bring everything

where it has been financially able, the city has made considerable improvements already. “Roadwork always includes [access] ramps at each corner. We think that’s a big help,” Borbone says. “We also do traffic signals in the city. We made changes over the years. Any new traffic signals have a countdown system. In the old days, you had a flashing man or hand. Now you have countdown peds (pedestrian signals), which tell you how much time you have to cross. That’s a big improvement for everybody. In addition, we also put audible peds (the bird-like chirp signals that emanate from many street signals around the city) for sightimpaired people.” Even the most fervent disability

advocates understand Worcester is an old city with, in some cases, centuries-old architecture and streets and sidewalks that have not been fixed for years. It is also no small suburb; as the second-largest city in New England, Worcester has any number of issues that need addressing on a daily basis. “I think on the whole, for the most part, for an older city I think accessibility is very good,” says Building Commissioner John Kelly. “You look at CitySquare. All new construction must meet building codes. Every new building being built today and in past years since, what, 1975 requires total access. Older buildings are grandfathered in if no work is performed, but if work is performed, that sets off a trigger.” A “trigger” requires compliance with disability codes and regulations. Scott Ricker stays on the lookout for those triggers when there is an ongoing construction project in the city. He is unafraid to dial up the volume when it comes to championing the rights of the disabled and, while city officials are not always in agreement with his interpretations of the laws, the upper Grafton Street resident, who lost most of his right arm in a motorcycle accident in 1988, has dedicated just about every moment since to making sure Worcester does not fall asleep at the wheel when it comes to meeting the needs of its disabled community.


“I would give [Worcester] a ‘C,’” Ricker says of what grade he would slap on the city as far as being disability friendly. “In comparison to western Mass., Worcester is pretty good. But certain buildings do not recognize the access code or enforce it like they should. Also, it falls through cracks when you have a nonprofit agency using city property and no one ensures they’re in compliance [with disability access requirements].”

Before moving to Worcester, Ricker resided in Western Mass. Between there and here, he claims to have filed more than 200 complaints with the AAB. He can be seen at City Council meetings, where he has raised many a concern, including hindrances to access at polling places on Election Day. He appears at meetings for the Commission on Disabilities. Ricker can easily rattle off areas in the city where he

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believes there is non-compliance with the ADA. A stretch of sidewalk on Shrewsbury Street where he says the ADA-required width of 48 inches for accessibility is not met; Schwartz Field on Brook Street, where he says neither accessible parking nor a smooth path of travel to the field is provided; Vernon Hill Park, where he says two “lumps” of concrete meant to provide access into the playground area far exceed the slope allowed under state building code; Sunderland Road and Grafton Street, where he says five truncated dome pads are missing at five crossing areas; a segment of sidewalk in the same area

A sidewalk on an off ramp near Kelley Square is patched. (Top before; bottom after) the state DOT acts faster than the City of Worcester, there is a significant problem indicating resistance and discrimination are deeply rooted within the city’s culture.”


he claims does not provide an accessible route on and off (the same for a portion of sidewalk under the railroad bridge leading to and from the old Big Y) – those are just for starters. According to Ricker, an island area across from the entrance to North High School does not yield an accessible route on and off; the concession stand and portable restroom at Lake Park, where the Worcester Cowboys play football, are not accessible to disabled individuals; and an accessible parking area near the DCU box office was moved and an agreed-upon parking space for disabled was not reinstalled. In addition, Ricker has petitioned to address the temporary access ramp used for elections at the 264 Lake Ave Community House. He has also petitioned the city to require that, whenever it holds an event or rents out property to a vendor, that accessible portable restrooms are provided. Ricker has cited the annual Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender festival held behind City Hall each year as an example. Ricker regularly directs concerns to the city’s Human Rights and Disabilities director, Jayna Turchek, who has received high marks from disability commissioners for her work on behalf of the disabled. Ricker points out one instance where he

reached out to Turchek about a pedestrian sidewalk that fell under the state’s purview. After she contacted the state Department of Transportation (DOT), a temporary fix was made within a week, according to Ricker. “Why doesn’t the City of Worcester take note of the appropriate timely action by the DOT, including acting accordingly and mitigating access … in the same manner?” Ricker asks rhetorically, saying the city instead shuffles complaints from one party to another. “The lack of transparency and stalling of mitigation in these areas, by sending the complaint(s) to the Board of Health or the Commission for Disabilities, or other committees that do not have any legal authority to enforce [state and federal regulations], seems to be a means of the city indicating a high level of resistance, and that things will be done our way and our way only, with clear disregard for [state building codes and federal requirements].” The city, says Ricker, “continues to create architectural access barriers at various locations, but fails to address those issues in a timely manner that truly allows individuals with disabilities to use and enjoy city programs and street access as the general public enjoys.” “In my opinion,” he continues, “when

Officials do not see it that way. In some instances, for example, it is a matter of not being able to keep up with changes in regulations and requirements. “We put ramps at the corners of every intersection many years ago,” says Borbone. “There are cases where ramps [were] installed to meet the ADA requirements of that day, but technically they’re not in compliance, anymore. At the top of a curve you could have a ramp that could serve for crossing a main road or sidewalk. They’ve change that because a sightimpaired person walking down that ramp would end up facing the center of an intersection. Now you need to have two handicap ramps at each corner.” An example of that would be the intersection of Water and Harrison streets. “Many handicap ramps in the city don’t meet the letter of the law because the specs have changed,” Borbone concedes. “From our perspective, every place that has a handicap ramp, it’s a good thing.” Borbone is familiar with Ricker’s complaints; in some cases, they’re already being addressed, in others a solution is continued on page 12



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not easily found. For example, a new polling spot is being sought to replace the Lake Ave Community House, but officials say the possibilities in that neighborhood are limited. At the DCU, Borbone points out that the disabled spots near the box office were eliminated because the multimillion-dollar renovation of that building will bring the building out closer to the curb. There is, he adds, a whole length of parking exclusively for the disabled across from the DCU on Foster Street. Spots immediately outside the main entrance are now short-term only, to allow for quick pick-up of tickets. However, acting on Ricker’s petition, officials voted to replace one of those spots with an accessible space with a ramp. “That will be done as part of the reconstruction of the DCU,” Borbone says. He acknowledges Ricker’s issues with the truncated dome pads at Sunderland Road and Grafton Street, but says the complaint that part of the sidewalk is inaccessible is unfounded. “I measured STEVEN KING



it myself,” Borbone says. And Turchek notes that the “sidewalk situation” on Shrewsbury Street will be addressed as part of the streetscape and sidewalk improvement project.


When it comes to issues with parks, Turchek says the Parks Department does its best to resolve them. The OSRP update should help in that regard, not to mention projects already in the works like improvements to Elm Park, which Mayor Joe Petty has championed. “The Parks Department is really committed to issues

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of access in the parks,” says Turchek. “It has been really forthcoming in the past few months and doing its best to listen to input provided by residents and make the changes when funding is available.” The new OSRP is expected by late May. As he has made the rounds throughout the city holding public hearings about the plan, Rob Antonelli Jr., assistant commissioner of Parks, Recreation & Cemeteries has met with various groups, including the Disability Commission, with whom he and Gene Bollinger, of the engineering firm Weston-Sampson, met last month. “One of the big aspects of plan is the ADA Access Self-Evaluation,” Bollinger says. “The state publishes a document that describes what the city must do to understand whether their parks, playgrounds and athletic facilities are supporting well the goals and guidelines

associated with ADA. Is access appropriate to various amenities? Are building amenities appropriate? It is a very comprehensive checklist. We will use that checklist as we complete our inventory. We’re drafting that checklist now and intend to forward that checklist to Commission on Disability for review and sanctioning before conducting individual surveys.” There are three parts to the selfevaluation: administrative requirements, program accessibility and employment practice policy. Administrative requirements include the designation of an ADA coordinator, which is already in place with Turchek; a grievance procedure, which also already exists in Worcester; and a campaign that alerts residents to the fact that the city does not discriminate in any way. Program accessibility includes an inventory and transition plan, “so we’re going to identify a lot of areas that probably need improvement from an ADA compliance perspective and that takes continued on page 14


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shape in a transition plan,â&#x20AC;? says Bollinger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We may identify six improvements that are really critical or the city may have improved another playground recently, so we may not identify anything. At end of the program, we will have identified all the needed improvements from an ADA perspective.â&#x20AC;? The employment practice policy will focus on resources available through groups like the Commission on Disabilities and agencies such as the state Office on Disability (MOD).


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with disabilities. Now we have a governor who has put tremendous emphasis on that.â&#x20AC;?

In addition to its own agency on disabilities, the state has a building code that specifies the need for architectural accessibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not every state has it spelled out as clearly as to have an architectural question reviewed by an internal board and we have that,â&#x20AC;? Berloff says. Add to that about 190 local commissions on disability, including Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which serve, as Berloff describes them, as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the voices of the disabled community.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I look hard at where we were and where we are weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made significant progress,â&#x20AC;? she continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good enough, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on it. I spoke with a representative from another state [recently]. They came to us for guidance because they were probably five years behind where we are. It takes time, unfortunately. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know why. I think it is a paradigm shift to understanding that disability rights are civil rights.â&#x20AC;?


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That shift is still slow in places and progress does not always move as swiftly as advocates would like. Like Ricker, Stolberg has a list of places in Worcester where disability access is less than optimal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all sidewalks. The sidewalk that passes by the bus stop across from City Hall is one of them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I literally have to ride a wheelie through

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is only on the left side of the building. So you pretty much have to walk in the middle of the street. The inside is great, they have railings and elevators, but the outside is a little dangerous. I noticed how hard it must be for people. You always have to ask: ‘Is this place going to be accessible for me?’ That’s why I love coming [to the Senior Center], because it is very accessible.”


Building Commisioner John Kelly (left) with Human Rights and Disability Commisioner Jayna Turchek (center) and Chair of the Commision on Disability Rachel Brown speak on disability access in the city.

there,” says Stolberg. There is a section on Front Street where he had a serious fall and injured his hip. His wheelchair ended up in the middle of the street, where a Good Samaritan retrieved it. On Lincoln Street, near the plaza and Benson Ave. was another trouble sidewalk, although Stolberg says that has been fixed. The sidewalk at the bottom of Grafton Street is also “very dangerous,” he says. Vernon Street is also no fun for someone in a wheelchair because it has ruts and, as Stolberg observes, it’s a big hill. And then there is Coney Island, where he once hit an uneven sidewalk and “ended up in the air.”

Of course, for everything there is usually an opposite and Stolberg sees some spots where access is pretty good. Unlike Ricker, he likes the situation at the DCU. The new Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) bus station “looks good driving by,” says Stolberg, although he has not pushed it yet in his wheelchair. As a wheelchair basketball player who plays games at the Boys & Girls Club, he says that facility is easily accessible.

The schools also pose challenges. “I think some of the problems we’ve had are schools,” Stolberg says. “A lot of the schools are older. I’ve had friends in the past who couldn’t get into a school and get their kids out, but a lot of that has changed. They still send disabled kids to certain schools. When I was a student I wanted to go to North and they wanted me to go to South High where all the other handicapped students went.” Disabled students are still shuttled to certain schools, according to Mark Berthiaume, communication and school support coordinator, because of access issues such as elevators.


As the city tackles accessibility, it must also take into account the elderly. It does well, but as in the other areas such as parks and schools, things are far from perfect. Just as they are a concern for Ricker and Stolberg, sidewalks are among the worries for seniors and their advocates. “The biggest problem is the shape of

the sidewalk, traffic lights, walking across the street, transportation,” says Amy Waters, director of Elder Affairs. “The RTA is a good service but it’s limited. The issue more is for people who want to maintain mobility. Worcester is not the easiest to drive in and I understand there are large financial constraints. Luckily the city is partnering with other organizations to make people remain mobile.” Assistant Elder Affairs Director Betsy Connell says as the city grows and more businesses set up shop, if they want to lure aged and disabled customers, proper access is a must. “Sidewalks should be well-maintained with good lighting,” she says. “Housing that is available close by to food, medical and shopping stores should be sustained. The city has already done a lot and the CitySquare project is going to be of use.” Judy O’Connor, a job coach for Worcester Public Schools, lists her biggest concerns as curbs, rough pavement and curb access. She also says, although the courthouse is inviting to the disabled inside, it isn’t so much on the outside. “The courthouse could be changed,” she says. “It’s easy to get in but the handicap parking, besides a couple in the front,

The elderly and baby boomers will play a big part in spreading awareness about disability access, according to Turchek. “There is an increasing number of people, baby boomers, coming into the age at which they look at the access in their communities based on their lifestyle,” she says. “It only makes sense that as senior populations become more aware, it becomes a higher priority. In the next five to 10 years I expect we’ll see a lot of amazing strides in terms of accessibility.” To make sure that happens, Turchek goes so far as to lay down the gauntlet. “I would request a call to the city,” she says. “If people are interested in looking at disability issues in the city, not just access, they should apply to become a member of the Commission on Disability. That’s one way for people to get involved. You can join the community Listserv and receive emails on upcoming meetings and training sessions. Get involved.” It is also important to understand that the wheels of progress often turn slowly, especially when it comes to remaining compliant with the often stringent rules and regulations tied to disability access. “Everyone I know seems to want to do everything they can to make things easier for our citizens,” says District 3 Councilor George Russell, who spoke up for Ricker about the Lake Park voting precinct. “This is the city of seven hills. Things are not going to always happen overnight.” Have a news tip or comment? Contact Walter Bird Jr. at 508-749-3166, ext. 243, or email




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On Saturday, March 2 the first trenches will be dug for a war of the beards, a sort of battleground, where beard-growing gentlemen and aficionados can come together in mutual, furry respect. That’s right Worcester, be prepared to enjoy the “Whiskered Wonderland” bearding competition at Ralph’s Diner. A congenial head nod to a well-bearded stranger is nothing new; in fact, very few can resist the might and respect of a well-grown and well-kept beard. “Bearding” as a stand-up, take-down, competition, while already well established in Europe, is just now beginning to take up national interest. Which, is fantastic for Worcester. Why? Walk across Kelley Square or down Highland street and you’ll be hard pressed not to find some fantastic facial hair. Walk into any bar in the city and you will be greeted by twitching mustaches and dangling beards, sweeping out over a sea of flannel. Brad Petrinec is no stranger to the might of a well-groomed beard. He competes in bearding competitions himself and has even won some of these with his immaculate facial hair. Petrinec originally hails from Detroit, Michigan and upon visiting his brother, in residency at UMass Medical, enjoyed himself so much that he decided he would stake his own claim in central Massachusetts. “I started off growing a handlebar mustache,” Petrinec recalls over coffee at NU Café on Chandler Street. “I worked in a restaurant and I couldn’t have a full beard. I’ve had sideburns since I was 15 and I just always liked facial hair.” He enjoyed the bearding events so much that he decided that it was time to set something up in Worcester. “I’m just trying to bring


the community together, do something good and have fun,” says Petrinec. “Mainly, just trying to throw a fun event.” Petrinec met with the Boston Beard Bureau and the wheels were in motion. “It’s fun to get on stage and have people cheer for you,” Petrinec says of the bearding events. “I found something where I can step on stage in front of people and have a great time.” Categories for the Whiskered Wonderland bearding competition include both freestyle and natural events: “freestyle” relishing the grandiose and even eccentric vision of the beardee and “natural” celebrating the mesmerizing glamour of an impressive (and natural) beard. There are categories representing full beards, partial beards and mustaches. Ladies, don’t worry, there is even a category for fake beards and mustaches. This will truly be a night of facial hair celebration to remember. There will be prizes for the winners of each category, as well as an awesome raffle with great prizes and some amazing surprises. Not enticed enough by the beards alone? Well, luckily, there are plenty of other great reasons to swing by the event. Worcester’s own (and often bearded) Sawmill band will be performing its brand of punk-influenced bluesyfolk music. Henry’s Rifle will also be performing its country-folk infusion by way of Albany, New York. Shaun Connolly will be playing host to the evening and if you have ever seen Shaun’s stand-up, you know his hilarious and oftconfrontational comedy style is one-of-a-kind. If all of that wasn’t enough to convince you that this will be the best beard-centric night of your entire life, keep in mind that this is all for a good cause. All proceeds are being donated to the Child Life Fund at the UMass Memorial Children’s Healthcare Center. “We bring fun into the medical center, as well as help children and families understand and cope with healthcare experiences,” says Rob Wing, director of the Child Life Department. “We rely on donors like Brad to help us provide our services. Without these types of events we would not be able to provide the services we provide to children.” So, head to Ralph’s, 148 Grove St. on March 2 for a chance to bow to the beard, enjoy some great bands and have an amazing time, all for charity. To quote the late J.R.R. Tolkien - “May your beard grow ever longer!”

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The Worcester Palladium will play home to one of the more highly anticipated hardcore tours in recent memory next Thursday, February 28. Combining two of the most prolific bands in modern hardcore, H20 and Terror, with two incredible up-and-comers, Backtrack and Code Orange Kids, the show will most certainly be one to remember. Both H2O and Terror have a long history in hardcore and punk and have etched an indelible name for themselves in the genre, both synonymous with hard work, dedication and road dog ethics. H2O released their first self-titled album in 1996 and quickly followed that up with “Thicker than Water” in 1997. The band has been releasing incredible albums and touring constantly ever since. Backtrack are from New York and have been hitting the road hard on their latest Reaper Records release, “Darker Half.” With this mindset, they have been rising to the top of the current hardcore scene and with good reason; the band rips. The night will open with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Code Orange Kids. The band recently released “Love is Love/Return to Dust” on Deathwish Inc. in November of 2012 and have also been touring diligently. Terror, who hail from Los Angeles, California and Richmond, Virginia, have spent their fair share of time in Worcester. Having played The Palladium themselves several times, the coast-to-coast separation is nearly non-existent. Terror has played New England Metal and Hardcore Fest, Reach the Sky’s final show, the Earth Crisis returns tour and recently played with Bane, Naysayer and Rotting out. So what keeps Terror in the hearts and minds of central Massachusetts hardcore fans? “We are a real band. No bullshit,” says Terror vocalist Scott Vogel. “We never changed too much. [We are] always playing from the heart and staying true to hardcore and what it means.” “When we started we just wanted to play. To anyone, anywhere,” says Vogel of the early creation days of the band. “So we did. And the tours kept coming. We haven’t let up much. Sometimes it gets to be so much or I want a break or I ask why am I still doing this, but for the most part I love it and Terror still is relevant and alive and well.” This couldn’t be more true for the band these days, as is evident by their rabid fan base. Having released their wildly profound EP “Lowest of the Low” 10 years ago, they haven’t slowed down, even for a moment. From that point on, the band has been consistently releasing monumental records. Most recently, Terror released “Keepers of the Faith,” a blistering fulllength that was true to form and quickly became a fan favorite and a sort of rallying cry in the hardcore scene. “I knew we made something special with KOTF,” recalls Vogel. “The songs. The lyrics. The art. The feeling. I’m glad people felt it and believed. We are blessed.” The band is currently offering pre-order packages for their follow-up full-length, “Live by the Code,” through Victory Records with the LP being handled by Reaper Records. The record was recorded at drummer Nick Jett’s home studio and produced by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory. With Victory behind this release, the album should get the push that it deserves, further solidifying the band as a totem in the hardcore community. Terror and H2O have overlapped many times over the years, including tours in Europe and South America. Next Thursday is a fantastic opportunity to catch two seminal bands together at a great venue right here in Worcester. While all of the bands on the tour package are distinct, this should be regarded as complimentary and not separatist. The hardcore scene is alive and well in 2013 and a tour packed with heavyweights like this is a true testament to exactly that. “Anyone that thinks hardcore is dead is lost,” says Vogel. “The

Terror performed most recently at The Palladium, upstairs, with Bane. Terror returns to The Palladium on Thursday, Feb. 28 with H2O.

scene and bands are strong. Violence is not happening much these days. Young bands are doing it right.” With that in mind, head to The Palladium, 261 Main Street on Thursday, February 28 and enjoy some of the best that hardcore, both new and old, has to offer. Doors at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $15. FEBRUARY 21, 2013 • WORCESTERMAG.COM


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among the fortunate. There is nothing quite like the vigil spent inside a hospice, or around the hospital bed set up in the living room, to leave you questioning, well, everything. The Michael Haneke film “Amour” brings us into the darkest days of Georges and Anne, a Paris couple in their 80s who have discovered the enduring marital bliss that is the hope and promise behind every “I do” uttered at a wedding ceremony. Their love is warm and genuine, and operates on the daily rhythms the two have honed across the decades. When a series of strokes fells Anne, life becomes disproportionately challenging. Like an Alzheimer’s patient who exhibits moments of lucidity, Anne experiences a gradual decline that lands her first in a wheelchair and then in bed, her body increasingly immobilized. Georges takes charge of her care with an unconditional devotion, but it’s difficult — he is old and seems to grow more infirm before our eyes. The strokes rob Anne not only of her physicality, but of her dignity as

she loses bladder function and the ability to eat and speak. Her voice deteriorates to the point where she can only moan a single word, “Hurt.” Haneke is unsparing with the details. It’s important for him to establish the routines that leave the caregiver exhausted and the cared-for frustrated — so he includes scenes of Georges feeding Anne, the oatmeal dribbling down her chin, and manipulating her weakened legs to try and restore some strength to them. Some of this is uncomfortable to watch, and surely anyone who has changed an adult diaper will understand Anne’s silent humiliation as a nurse matter-of-factly explains to Georges how to put one on his wife. The director presents scenes that walk a delicate line between supplying just the right amount of information and overstaying their welcome — between the impactful and the distractive. Clearly, Haneke’s goal is to depict the enduring bond between these two even as their physical selves decay, and I will grant that a slow pace is necessary to illustrate the fraying quality of their lives. That said, there were moments that made my eyes wet (unless you’re made of Kevlar, it’s unavoidable), and others that made my eyes wander down to my watch to check the time. Of course this is a truthful reaction in a real-life caretaker situation as well, where you are torn between giving one hundred percent focus to the sick individual in front of you, and letting your gaze stray to the window because you crave to know what’s happening beyond the glass. Academy Award nominee Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant truly are astonishing as Anne and Georges. These are brave, uncompromising performances, especially on the part of Riva, who bares all, in every sense. They are supported by some solid secondary performances, including Isabelle Huppert’s as the couple’s buttoned-down daughter, who obviously has a strained relationship with her mother and is beginning to perceive that she’s arrived too late to do anything about it. Alexandre Tharaud also offers a finely calibrated turn as Anne’s former piano student, now a famous concert pianist, who drops by the apartment to play a piece she taught him as a boy. At its most powerful, “Amour” offers a universal shock of recognition — most of us will experience the curses and blessings of getting old. How can you watch this film and not think, “One day I will be that husband; I will be that wife?”


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I can not count the number of times over the last several years that I have ended up at Wild Willy’s Burgers at 317 West Boylston Street in Worcester. With reasonable s prices and walk-in-walk-out convenience, Wild Willy’s skirts a “quick serve dining” line, but the quality of the burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups is more akin to a traditional sit-down restaurant. While the style of this joint is ambiguous, one thing is very clear: Wild Willy’s has some of the best burgers in the 508. Visiting on a Wednesday night, Nikolai

and I pulled into a mostly empty restaurant around 7 p.m. Since Wild Willy’s closes at 8 p.m. on weeknights we had missed the dinner-time rush and were able to place our orders immediately. While my favorite item on the menu is the Cheyenne Buffalo Chicken sandwich, I opted for a Showdown burger with cheddar cheese and a chipotle mayo, while Nikolai favored the Rocky, a burger served with red and green peppers, onions, and cheddar cheese. Wild Willy’s offers two grades of meat, with the typical angus patty for $7, Pineland Farms All-Natural Beef for $8, and bison meat for $9. While bison meat tends to be the most lean meat of the three, I do not find enough of a difference between the angus and all-natural beef to opt for the higher cost, though for those who are interested in avoiding additives, like growth hormones or animal antibiotics, the addition of Pineland Farms is welcome. After placing one’s order, diners seat themselves in the dining room, which is a large room with dozens of tables, as about 10 booths skirt the eastern and western walls and a smattering of tables

and booths crowd the interior. Wild Willy’s has recently broken away from a confusing card system for delivering orders and has replaced it with a more traditional buzzer, although when the restaurant is slow, employees still usually bring your orders out to the table. Both burgers arrived wrapped in foil after about 10 minutes. Similarly sized, each sandwich stood at about 3-and-a-half inches in height, topped with lettuce and tomato, and covered in cheese. Cooked to order, my medium-rare burger arrived with a pink center, although the chipotle mayo lacked the kick that I was hoping for. The toasted buns were a delight and held the sandwich together adequately, something that doesn’t always happen with Wild Willy’s messier sandwiches. I accompanied my sandwich with a giant,

delicious coffee frappe, while Nikolai washed his bison burger down with Wild Willy’s signature draught root beer, served in a frosted mug. Accompanied by a cup of hot, salty french fries, and a $0.25 dill pickle, we were pleased with the meal. While burgers are the focus at Wild Willy’s, their chili is one of the best around, and the oversized salads, served with chicken ($8) or steak ($10) are a nice change of pace. The decor at Wild Willy’s is cliché south-western, with saloon-style doors, an ornate wooden bar with old-fashioned wooden stools, and a wall-sized western scene adorning one of the walls. Service at the restaurant was quick, friendly, and convenient, as it took only about 10 minutes from when we placed our orders to when all of our food was sitting in front of us. Prices, of course, are reasonable as our bill barely topped $25. If there is a drawback, it is that the restaurant closes early at 8 p.m. on weeknights and 9 p.m. on weekends. Despite that, however, Wild Willy’s Burgers is always a good choice for great burgers at a reasonable price.


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More than 40 restaurants will participate in the fifth annual Worcester Restaurant Week that runs Feb. 25-March 8. For 12 days participating restaurants will be offering three-course meals prepared by local chefs for $23.13. Confirmed restaurants for the event include: 111 Chophouse, AJ Tomaiolo’s, Amici Trattoria, Bistro Limoncello, Bocado, Brew City, Canal Bar & Grill, The Castle, Ceres Bistro, Coral Seafood, El Basha, EVO Dining, Flying Rhino, Guiseppe’s Grille, Haiku, Il Forno, Joey’s Bar & Grill, Kai, La Scala, Le Mirage, Leo’s Ristorante, Loft 266, The Manor, Mezcal Cantina, The Mill, Nuovo, O’Connors, Park Grill, People’s Kitchen, Peppercorn’s, Picadilly Bar & Grill, Piccolo’s, Playa Del Carmen, Pomir Grill, Ritual, Rosalina’s Kitchen, The Sole Proprietor, Tatnuck Grille, Thai Island, Tweed’s Pub, VIA Italian Table, Via Alto 27, and Willy’s Steakhouse. For more information and a chance to win free gift certificates visit


Wormtown Brewery celebrates its three-year anniversary at Peppercorn’s Grille & Tavern with a special beer dinner “It’s All About The Love of Food and Beer” on Thursday, March 7. The five-course dinner features a few of Chef Marco’s favorite comfort foods that will be paired with featured Wormtown beers. The first course is twice baked buffalo chicken wings and crispy friend onion strings with the Petite Belma beer. The second course brings diners a pearl hot dog served with homemade baked beans, along with the Upstate Amber beer. The comfort continues with the third course of macaroni and cheese topped with Ritz crackers and truffle butter, served with the Hogshead Red, which is a merlot barrel aged


Amber Ale. The fourth course is meatloaf filled with pepperoni, provolone and capicola. Birthday Brew #3, a double rye IPA, will be the beer paired. The final course is a homemade chocolate chip cookie with ice cream, served with the breakfast stout Tennessee Tat’s. Tickets are $40 per person and includes food, beer, tax and tip. Only 40 tickets will be sold. Call to reserve a seat (or two) 508-752-7711.

ROAST BEEF DINNER The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1385 in Uxbridge hosts a fundraiser event First Holiday Night Roast Beef Dinner on Friday, March 1 from 6-8 p.m. $12 per person. VFW Post 1385, 13 Cross Rd., Uxbridge. For more information email holly@themeinabasket. net.

HOMEBREW COMPETITION The Gardner Deer Club hosts its fourth annual Homebrew Fest and Peoples’ Choice Competition on Saturday, March 9 from 1-4 p.m. Guests will be able to taste what is said to be some of the best homebrewed beer in the area and vote for their favorite. The event also includes music and food. $10 per person. Gardner Deer Club, 221 High Street, Gardner.

CIDER DINNER The Boynton hosts a Woodchuck Hard Cider dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Guests will be welcomed with a pint of Woodchuck Amber and a cheese plate with cheese, fresh fruit and preserves. The first course of the night is a duck confit salad with champagne vinaigrette, accompanied by the Woodchuck 802. The second course of the evening is an appetizer of bacon-wrapped dates with honey dijon horseradish sauce, paired with the Crisp cider. The first entree of the night is herbed swordfish and risotto,

PANCAKE BREAKFAST Heifer International at Overlook Farm in Rutland brings back its annual Pancakes at the Farm events every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday, March 2 through Sunday, March 10 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The meal includes pancakes with local maple syrup with a side of Overlook’s pork sausage. Following the breakfast, guests will be encouraged to tour the farm to view the sugaring operation and Heifer’s Global Village. Tickets are $12 per adult, $6 per child 3-10 years of age and free for those 2-years-old or younger. Reservations are required. Heifer International at Overlook Farm, 216 Wachusett St., Rutland. visit/overlook-farm. WORCESTERMAG.COM

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paired with the Private Reserve cider. The second entree is veal tenderloin with a demi glaze, gnocchi and mustard greens, paired with the Raspberry cider. The fifth and final course of the night is rhubarb & pear turnover with crème anglaise, paired with the Spring seasonal cider. Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person and include tax and gratuity. Purchase tickets at the front desk at the Boynton or online at The Boynton, 117 Highland St.

LEARN TO FERMENT Learn the basics of fermentation and its medicinal properties at a cooking class at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Saturday, March 9 from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Fermentation: Preparation and Health Benefits will provide a demonstration, tasting and recipe sharing for students to learn simple skills and preparation techniques for a variety of vegetable ferments including sauerkraut, kimchi, lactofermented pickles and relishes. $35 for


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’m a big fan of zinfandel wine. I’m not sure where or when this epiphany took place but suffice to say it is a wine you should try. With flavors that range from raspberry and blackberry to anise, pepper and spice this wine will tantalize the taste buds. Thought to be a descendant from a Croatian grape varietal, this wine excels especially in the cool coastal locations of California. Most zinfandels are deep red in color and pair well with pizza, burgers, and steak. I even recommend a zinfandel with red sauces. I must caution you though, some producer’s finish their zinfandels with alcohol levels that can mask the fruit and leave a hot or even burning sensation in the mouth. Try to buy zinfandels with alcohol levels between 12 percent to 14 percent, otherwise you may find the wine to be overpowering. Of course, as with any wine, it’s a matter of personal preference as to what you are comfortable with. Throughout California, regions such as the Mendocino County, Amador and Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley are producing marvelous zinfandels. Quite often these zinfandels are blended with other varietals such as petite Syrah for added complexity and depth. What you should know is that zinfandel is a unique varietal with an unmistakable flavor profile. The spicy nature and ample fruit of the wine has become its hallmark. In addition, many zinfandels are made from very old vines which often add additional texture and complexity to the wine. I must admit these wines do indeed have marvelous intensity and character. Producers to look for include Seghesio, Ridge, Rosenblum and Rancho Zabaco to name a few. Expect OF THE WEEK to pay between $15 and $40 for many of them. And Seghesio 2009 remember, there’s no shame in being zinful every Old Vine Zinfandel, now and then.

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FISH FRY Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saint Ann Parish hosts a fish fry fundraiser on Friday, March 1 from 4-7 p.m. Food offered will

nonmenbers, $30 for members. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston.

VEGFEST VegFest returns to Worcester this year on Sunday, April 14 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Worcester Regional Airport.

include fish (haddock) and chips for $10, baked haddock and baked potato or rice pilaf for $10, fish chowder for $3, and macaroni and cheese for $3. Tickets must be purchased in advance by emailing joan_dargenis@yahoo. com or at the parish office. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saint Ann Parish, 24 Mulberry St.

The festival, organized by VegWorcester, celebrates vegetarianism, animal-friendly, environmentally-friendly and healthy lifestyles. Vendors at the event include socially responsible businesses, inspirational speakers, performers and those providing free samples of vegan food and products. Those interested in being involved as a volunteer, vendor or sponsor can now find a schedule of volunteer work parties (the next is Tuesday, Feb. 26) or submit a sponsor/exhibitor application by visiting

Woo-rritos A wrap-up of Worcester’s burritos

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Bay State Bakery 96 Water St., Worcester 508-753-6000 Bay State Bakery in Worcester offers Middle Eastern cooking using quality fresh ingredients. Doubling as a deli and convenience store, this Water Street eatery features delicious meats, vegetables, and some of the best hummus the Western Hemisphere has to offer. You can’t go wrong with one of the kabob dishes, or the chicken or beef schwarma, served either as a flatbread sandwich or as a plate with rice, salad and yogurt dip.

and the concert at 8 p.m. Dinner will be followed by wine and dessert served as the Chamber performs Mozart’s Flute Quartet in C and Divertimento in E flat with Tracy Kraus, flute; Krista Buckland Resiner, violin; Peter Sulski, viola; and Joshua Gordon, cello. Tickets for both dinner and the concert are $49 per person and includes meal tax and gratuity. Tickets for just the concert are $20 per person. For tickets and more information visit or call 978-456-2730. Nuovo Restaurant, 92 Shrewsbury St.

CHILI COOKOFF Isador’s Organics Fruit and Deli hosts its annual Chili Cookoff on Sunday, March 3 from noon3 p.m. Restaurant chefs and individuals will come together to showcase their best chili recipes. Guests will be encouraged to sample the chili and vote for their favorites, which will determine the winners who will be awarded prizes at the end of the day. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds will go to the Hand Fruit Program, which brings fresh organic fruit to local schools. Tickets may be purchased at Commerce Bank and Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster, and at Isador’s Organics Fruit and Deli, 261 Main St., Oxford.


EVO 234 Chandler St., Worcester 508-459-4240 Attached to the Living Earth and Amethyst Point, EVO: “American Dining EVOlved” offers a fresh perspective on dining, with a menu that favors natural, organic, vegetarian, vegan and other specialty diets. Meat-eating dates can rest assured, though, for they have a reward in excellent Kobe beef burgers and other meat options. The value is decent, considering most of the food is organic or all natural, so even if you’re doing dessert, you can feel extra good about what you’re eating. Boynton Restaurant and Spirits 117 Highland St., Worcester 508-756-8458 Itís still a beautiful day in the neighborhood at this Highland Street classic. Despite modernizing, The Boynton still serves up homestyle favorites - steaks, burgers, chicken, pasta, a decent selection of shellfish, plus comfort foods - in a friendly, bustling atmosphere. Lots of plasma TVs in the bar offer drinking or dining with ample views of the Sox or Patriots.


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Via Italian Table 89 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-754-4842 To the venerable Sole Proprietor and its cross-town companion, The 111 Chop House, the Ahlquists have added Via Italian Table, a Tuscan-inspired Mediterranean restaurant. The renovation is substantial and sophisticated, and the rear terrace adds a new dimension to Worcester fair-weather dining: a gorgeous space to eat, drink, see, and be seen. Via runs the gamut of Mediterranean classics, like “Three Meatballs on No. 8 Spaghetti,” lasagna (Bolog-

Eighty Ates Bar & Grille 8 Airport Road, Dudley 508-949-8888 Wind your way through Webster and Dudley to Eighty Ates Bar & Grille, where trendy meets rural suburbia. Breeze past the tinted windows, and the décor is spare and slick, punctuated by vividly colored abstract paintings. Whether dressed up or dressed down, diners will find a creative and tasty spin on chicken, steaks, seafood and pasta, with fresh ingredients like feta and goat cheeses, sun-dried tomatoes, Portobello mushrooms and couscous. The same goes for desserts, like the homemade chocolate brownie sundae and raspberry white chocolate cheese brule. Open for lunch and dinner, all the prices end in “88 cents.” There’s even a kids’ menu. The bar sports flat-screens, a wine list with just enough variety and a fun martini menu. Chuck’s Steak House 10 Prospect St. (Rte. 20), Auburn 508-832-2553 Diners who look more than skin deep at Chuck’s will be rewarded with sumptuous, hand-carved steaks, a clean, varied soup-andsalad bar, seafood, and home-style sides. The building is dark, dated and funky, but the food and service are good. Moderate to expensive. Credit cards accepted. Off-street parking. Full liquor bar. J.P.’s Restaurant and Pub Westmeadow Plaza, Rte. 9, Westborough 508-366-0627 A classic bar and grille type, J.P.’s serves possibly the best lobster roll around, a gargantuan portion at a meager price. For everyone else, they offer the usual complement of home-style dinners, steaks, chops, ribs, fried and broiled seafood, etc. Cash only. Plaza parking. Colonial Restaurant & Pub 290 Thompson Road, Webster 508-943-4040 The menu at the Colonial features seasonal specials, pasta (primavera, parmesan, scampi and Alfredo), traditional entrées (including lamb and weiner schnitzel), a few surprises (haddock Nantucket), and plenty of seafood. Right off of I-395, it is located near scenic Webster Lake. You’ll find good food and pleasant service in the spacious dining room or in the pub.

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

Brew City Grill and Brew House 104 Shrewsbury St., Worcester 508-752-3862 Brew City’s menu covers all the brew-pub bases: steaks, ribs, fajitas, chicken, home-style favorites like meatloaf, pasta and seafood - with many recipes based on beers from Brew City’s selection. In other cases, such as on the specials, beer pairings are offered. The atmosphere is an engaging faux-urban décor of industrial street lamps, brick and tin, wavy lines and ramps, and brushed steel skylines; and sports memorabilia that lines the walls throughout the dining room and adjacent bar. Periodic live music. Credit cards accepted. Off-street parking in rear.

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

nese or three cheeses), shrimp scampi and salmon to spit-roasted chicken or pork loin chops to ragouts to gnocchi pie, pork shank osso buco, paella, and six varieties of grilled pizza. Free valet and off-street parking. Full liquor, beer and wine. Credit cards accepted.


The Worcester Chamber Music Society’s Café Series continues at Nuovo Restaurant on Thursday, March 14 with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

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

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Catch a live musical performance by the Aslan King Experience at Lucky Dog Music Hall on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. The band will be followed by Beaver McD vs. Captain Insidious and Flock of Assholes. Tickets $5. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St.

music >Thursday 21 Reality. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or Dana Lewis LIVE! Playing the Classic Hits of the 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sound track of your youthâ&#x20AC;?. Great Dinners, Home made desserts, Full Bar, Lottery & ME. No Cover. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208. Amanda Cote Project @ Independence Bar & Grille. Blues, Rock, Pop - A little something for everyonedriven by gutsy powerful vocals, sweet slinky guitar playing, and booming funkalicious bass lines. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss this. 7-10 p.m. Radisson Hotel & Suites Chelmsford, Independence Bar & Grille, 10 Independence Dr., Chelmsford. 978-895-5883. Ricky Duran. 7-10 p.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879. Night Train (Roots/Blues, LIVE MUSIC). No Cover. 7:15-9:45 p.m. The Mill at 185 West Boylston Street, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Dan Kirouac solo/acoustic. Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Black & White Grille & Pizzeria, 206 North Spencer Road, Spencer. 508-885-5018.

Musicians Dick Odgren on piano, Jeff Galindo on trombone, Bob Simonelli on bass, and Bob Gulotti on drums perform live at Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. Jeff Galindo has won awards and grants from the city and has been on the David Letterman Show. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this highly anticipated night of jazz music. Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar, 124 Millbury St.

Havana Night Live Latin Jazz. Live band playing/singing classic latin rhythms/ jazz/ samba and bossa novaGuest collaborations may be arranged. No cover. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Cantina Bar & Grill, United States, 385 Main St. 508-579-8949 or Open Mic Thursdays @ Park Grill with Bill Mccarthy. Visit for info and the latest sign-up schedules. Email Bill McCarthy to reserve a spot at 0penmcc@verizon. Free. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Park Grill and Spirits, 257 Park Ave.

Audio Wasabi with host Brian Chaffee. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Celtic Woman. For one night only, singing sensation CELTIC WOMAN, brings their latest show to Worcester. Under the distinct musical direction of Emmynominated music producer, David Downes, this spectacular musical experience features Celtic Woman performing classic Irish tunes, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Water Is Wide,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Grow the Rushes,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Parting Glass;â&#x20AC;? timeless pop anthems such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bridge Over Troubled Waterâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sailingâ&#x20AC;? and inspirational songs including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Never Walk Aloneâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ave Maria,â&#x20AC;? all with the signature Celtic Woman sound. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this opportunity to see CELTIC WOMAN as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen them before. Full price tickets are $45, $75 and $105 depending on seating location. $7 discount available on PL1 and $4 discount available on PL2 for groups of 10 or more.. 8-10 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469 or Franco & Sam. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Sqare, Leominster. 978-534-5900. SEAN FULLERTON: Acoustic Blues, Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll & Fingerstyle Guitar. Specializing in Acoustic Blues, Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll and Fingerstyle Guitar using 6 & 12 String guitars, a Dobro for slide guitar, various Harmonicas, stomp box guitar effects, live guitar looping and a vocal harmonizer, Sean performs in a wide variety of venues and for many weddings, parties, charitable and corporate events throughout New England. Dinner, Drinks, Music & Fun. 8-11 p.m. NOON HILL GRILL, 530 Main St., MedďŹ eld. 508-359-9155. Thursday Open Mic W/ Ed Sheridan. The Blue Plate proudly reinstates Open Mic for our 6th year; An unassuming and supportive environment to share your music and build great new relationships to further your playing and singing. Free! 8-11 p.m. Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. 508829-4566. Dana Lewis LIVE! Playing the Greatest Hits from the 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The soundtrack of your youthâ&#x20AC;? Free! 8:30-10:30 p.m. Grafton Inn, The, 25 Grafton Cmn, Grafton. 508-839-5931. Karaoke Thursdays! Hosted by DJ Fast Track. 18+ NO COVER. Come Rock the Mic Every Thursday Night at Karaoke! 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Club Remix, 105 Water St. 508756-2227. The 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tribute band The Flock Of A-Holes with Beaver McD vs Captain Insidious and Aslan King. $5. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508363-1888 or Cara Brindisi and the Feather Merchants. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Karaoke. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263.

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>Friday 22 Young Lex, A Bomb, Danny Phantom, Absolute Zero, Epinero, Nu Element, D Dot, Kick Back, MC Motion, B Money, Diaz, Syre DeadEye, DJ Slim, Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Luv, Maly Majors, TJ Bonez. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133 or events/476170275758712. Dana Lewis LIVE! Classic Radio Hits from the 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Soundtrack of your Youthâ&#x20AC;? Free! 5-8 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208. Live Music in the Pub - Open Mic. 6-10 p.m. Fiddlersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Green Pub & Restaurant, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Open Mic. Open to musicians, poets, comedians or anyone with a talent! Hosted by Patrick McCarthy. 6:30-9 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800 or Alphonso Valourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Electric Chair Band Live! 7 p.m.1:30 a.m. Tammeny Hall, 43 Pleasant St. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 7-10 p.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-7924263. Sound Judgment. Frank Tranes and Ron Anderson are the duo that make up the band, Sound Judgment. They display a very diverse array of music styles, all directed at worshiping the Lord and testifying to his unfailing love and grace. Free. 7-9:30 p.m. Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St. Millbury. 508-865-1517. Coyotes at Greendaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Back at Greendaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s after a long recess! Check for details on our Facebook Page. No Cover. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Greendaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. The Broadway Boys. Through their dynamic vocal prowess and redeďŹ ning arrangements, the Boys add elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Fold to showtunes and classic pop songs. Performing n groups of six, the Boys are able to explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers. The Broadway Boys have toured throughout the United States performing at sold-out venues across the country! Their debut album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lullaby of Broadwayâ&#x20AC;? debuted at #6 on iTunes last June. Full price tickets are $36, $43 and $52 depending on seating location. 10% discount available for members, groups of 10 or more, corporate partners, kids, students and WOO Card

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holders.. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. 877-571-7469 or Dan Kirouac and Sarah Gengel. Free. 8-11 p.m. South Side Grille and Margarita Factory, 242 West Broadway (route 2A), Gardner. 978-632-1057. Karaoke. Karaoke by Star Sound Entertainment 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Chooch’s Food & Spirits, 31 East Brookfield Road, North Brookfield. 508-867-2494. MCATS Band. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Scott Babineau. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Sober Open Stage at Everyday Miracles. Come on down and show us what you can do. A great way to give back to recovery or to break into the recovery community if newly sober. Light refreshments and soft drinks available. Suggested donation $2. 8-11 p.m. Everyday Miracles Peer Recovery Center, . 508-615-2512. The Invaders. Great Band $5. 8 p.m.-noon Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. TOM YATES GROUP - Music Of The Woodstock Generation. Guitarist Tom Yates is a New England Region winner of the Guitar Center’s national King of the Blues Competition. He had played with Ray Davies of the Kinks, Greg Hawkes of the Cars and Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers. The group’s repertoire will include songs by the Kinks, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Johnny Rivers, Buddy Holly - all the greatest music of the Woodstock Generation. Surf-rock, psych-rock, blues-rock, folk-rock, country-rock. Free. 8-11 p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-2373. Brian & Captain. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Sqare, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Chris Reddy Acoustic Loops from Hell. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. SEAN FULLERTON: Acoustic Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll & Fingerstyle Guitar. Sean’s live shows are fun, exciting, and audience participation is always encouraged! Dinner, Drinks, Music & Fun! 8:30-11:30 p.m. Cornerstone’s Restaurant, 616 Central St., Leominster. 978-537-1991 or Stone Crusher, Next To Nothing, Rough Ashlar. $7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-3631888 or 9-Teen. The Band 9-Teen makes its debut here at JJ’s! Give them a warm welcome and enjoy a great night of music! 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. Amanda Cote Project @ South Gardner Hotel. The music group Heartbeat, based in Jerusalem and working to transform conflict around the world, performs live at Clark University on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in the The Grind at the Higgins University Center. The ensemble of six Arab and Jewish artists, ages 17-21, will perform at Clark as part of its US tour, in which they will aim to create awareness of their work and the movement they are making. The performance is free and open to the general public. The Grind in the Higgins University Center at Clark University, 950 Main St.

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James Cotton, Junior Wells, Jimmy Reed, B.B King, and Doc Watson. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800 or Bobby Bazzo. 7-10 p.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263. Jesse Garcia Live. with Courtney Webber and Adam Desrosiers playing a wide variety of acoustic cover songs! Free. >Saturday 7-10 p.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. 23 Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards with Nicky Betts, Big Band. Come out and join us for some coffee and new songs. Euro, Jaime Terror, Starts around 7 pm. Children Welcome! No cover, but donations Graffitti Fresh, J are encouraged. Donations Encouraged. 7-10 p.m. Coffee Loft, Brown, Abnormal, 406 Lincoln St., Marlborough. 508-251-1431 or Party Animal, Elijah events/485570728168118. Williamson. The Raven, Cafe’ con Dios. Donation. 7:30-10 p.m. Faith Baptist 258 Pleasant St. 508-304Church, Main Auditorium, 22 Faith Ave, Auburn. 508-579-6722. 8133 or John Desorbo. Home Cooked Weekly Dinner Specials. events/202905819850706. Suggested Donation $2! Donation. 7:30-10 p.m. Faith Baptist Winter Family Fun Church, Cafe con Dios, 22 Faith Ave, Auburn. 508-832-5044. Show with Ben Jesse Garcia. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., Rudnick & Friends. West Boylston. Five-time Parents Choice Karaoke Dance Party With CJ/DJ @ Eller’s Singer/Songwriter Susan Levine performs at Coffeelands World Gifts Cafe on Award winning childrens Restaurant. Hey Everyone Come Down and Join CJ/DJ Thursday, Feb. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. Her music is a blend of folk, pop and country. music and family at Eller’s Restaurant Lounge for a Karaoke Dance Party. We She’s been described as having a “warm voice that can send chills down your spine.” entertainers Ben Rudnick will have a blast singing songs from yesterday and today Coffeelands World Gifts Cafe, 50 St., Clinton. & Friends amuse and and maybe some dancing too. No Cover! 8-11 p.m. Eller’s entertain. With 10 albums Restaurant, Lounge, 190 Main St., Cherry Valley. 508-868-7382 to their credit, Ben Rudnick or Barstool Blackout Tour presents FOAM. Barstool & Friends play the hippest Sandy Hook Elementary Benefit Concert. We are FOAM, the world’s biggest foam party - Experience all the family music to get everyone singing, dancing and happy! Also raising money to donate to the district, in order to provide lights, lasers, and sounds of the most outrageous EDM concert performing, Magician Tim Wilder to open the Winter Family extended trauma counseling and other needed services to the you’ve ever imagined, all the while buried in a sea of foam. Fun Show. Visti to check out Ben’s music. surviving 430 school children that were affected by this recent Event is held in the Exhibition Hall. Tickets: $102 (VIP, limited Proceeds to support school arts & music. $5. 2-3:30 p.m. West tragedy. We will be holding a benefit concert in hopes of raising quantity), $52; $37 (early-bird special, limited quantity) This Boylston Middle High School, Auditorium, 70 Crescent St., West enough funds to help make a difference. All proceeds go to is an 18+ event. All tickets subject to applicable handling, Boylston. 508-835-4475. a good cause. We will only be covering costs. Between each convenience and facility fees. Tickets are on sale now at the RESCHEDULED: Worcester Chamber Music set, they will read from a list containing the 26 names of those DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at Society: Winter Divertimento. Performing the music fatally wounded, as well as lead a moment of silence to honor 800-745-3000 and online at . Endtimes are of Johnston and Copland. WCMS musicians: Tracy Kraus, the fallen. Doors open at 8 p.m. for $7 to 21+ers. Singer/ approximate. All information subject to change. $102 (VIP, flute; Krista Buckland Reisner, violin; Rohan Gregory, violin; Songwriters: Danielle Lessard, Krista Baroni, Doug Kwartler, limited quantity), $52; $37 (early-bird special, limited quantity). Peter Sulski, viola; Joshua Gordon, cello; with guest Geoffrey Michael Andrioli, Scott Green, Mike Zaker and More TBA! $7. 8 9 p.m.-midnight DCU Center- Arena and Convention Center, 50 Burleson, piano. Free and open to the public. 3-4:30 p.m. Clark p.m.-1:30 a.m. Charlee Bravo’s, 9 Grove St., Putnam. facebook. Foster St. 508-755-6800 or University: Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall, 92 Downing com/events/126023487560780. Following Trails, Wash Brain Immediately, St. Trebek. No cover. 8-10 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/Wachusett Blackbutton, and Fever Charm! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. Princeton. 978-464-2300 or wachusett. Local artist Kathy Hebert hosts a drawing demonstration, “Negative Space, Invaders at the Krazy Horse. 9-1 p.m. The Krazy Horse com. Composition and Values,” on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 7:30-9 p.m. at Bar & Grill, 287 Main St. Worcester. 774-696-0886. Tribute To Icons Of 50’s and the Northborough Historical Building. Hebert is the author of “No Talent Required: Jubilee Gardens! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 60’s Rock And Pop by Janice D My journey from Paint by Numbers to Art Instructor” and will be instructing and 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. and the Workingman’s Band. revealing the importance of drawing through negative space, composition and NEW! “High Voltage Friday’s” High Energy An Homage to the pop icons of the values. Free and open to the public; donations welcomed. Refreshments will be Hardcore with DJ Chananagains! Every Friday 1950’s and 60’s featuring songs from served. The event is sponsored by the Northborough Art Guild. Northborough Night! 18+ $10, 21+ $5. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Club Remix, 105 Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Wanda Jackson, Historical Building, 50 Main St., Northborough. Water St. 508-756-2227. The Shirelles, Etta James and many Ric Porter & Sons of the Soil. North-Eastern highmore. Come warm up by the fireside. lonesome, country, roots-rock with legendary local front-man Janice D - vocals Tom Yates - guitar Ric Porter. $5 cover $5. 9 p.m.-midnight Blue Plate Lounge, Dana Lewis LIVE! Playing the Classic Hits of the 50’s to & vocals Rick Maida - bass Mike Avery - drums None. 8-11 661 Main St., Holden. 508-829-4566. the 80’s. “The sound track of your youth”. Great Dinners, Home p.m. Concord’s Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. The Swaggerin’ Growlers, Three’s Away. 9 p.m.-1:30 made desserts, Full Bar, Lottery & ME. No Cover. 5:30-8:30 978-369-2373. a.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. 508-926-8877. p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208. Andy Cummings. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 theRoadKill Orchestra Team Up With Wild Neptune’s Car Live in Concert. Join Contemporary Monument Sqare, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Mountain Strategy. Tammany Hall will be hosting a night Folk duo Neptune’s Car for a night of original music. The duo Cosmic Slim & His Intergalactic Plowboys. of Americana with theRoadKill Orchestra and Wild Mountain is touring nationally in support of their newest album “Letters Jug-bandy, rhythm-and-bluesy, country-rocky, jam-bandy Strategy! Great dance floor to get your groove on! 9 p.m.-1 from the Road.” 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Harvest Grille, 27 Main St., eclectic electric music expressly designed for toe-tapping a.m. Tammany Music Hall, 43 Pleasant St. 508-304-7685 or Sterling. 978-422-6020 or rug-cutting. From the Mississippi Sheiks to Buck Owens, tour1.html. Burrito Brothers to Nat King Cole, Slim’s roots run deep and Top 40 Dance Party. Come in and dance the night away The Rusty Mics perform the blues. The Rusty Mics wide, guaranteeing a good time to be had by all. $5 cover. with the hottest DJ in the MetroWest Area, DJ Norm! Free. 9 play in a “root” blues style that was familiar at SpeakEasy’s in 8:30 p.m.-midnight Blue Plate Lounge, 661 Main St., Holden. p.m.-2 a.m. Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St., Marlborough. the thirties honoring such great musicians as Howlin’ Wolf, Big 508-829-4566. 508-480-8222 or Mamma Thornton, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Walter Horton, Dick Odgren Trio featuring Jeff Galindo on Down Gypsy. $5. 9:30 p.m.-1:25 a.m. Jillian’s - Worcester,

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Upload your listings at Click the Night & Day toolbar, then choose Calendar to place your event listing in both our print and online weekly calendar. Trombone! 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Live Music. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Sasquatch & The Sickabillys with The Ten Foot Polecats, Heavy Petals and Answerman. $7. 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or Angry Johnny and the Killbillies, Great Whiskey Rebellion, Pruf, and Adela and Jude! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-753-9543. The Groove Street Band. The Groove STreet Band is back at JJ’s! Featuring an amazing horn section and more-this is a show not to be missed! 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. The Silverbacks. Great Band $5. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Virginia Rubino and Special Guests. The music of Virginia Rubino, with keyboard accompaniment and possible special guest appearances. Ms. Rubino was previously a diva of the music scene in both Worcester, where she played with “Where’s Virginia?” and “The Amazing Box Band”, and the Los Angeles area, where she performed and recorded with Bebe K’Roche. She sings in a variety of styles, from reggae to the classics. Relax in the oasis of the Sahara, with Virginia Rubino. No Cover. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sahara Cafe & Restaurant, 143 Highland St. 508-798-2181. Windfall Classic Rock Cover Band. Windfall is a classic rock cover band, originating from Worcester, MA. No Cover. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fireflies, 350 East Main St., Marlborough. 508-357-8883. Auntie Trainwreck. We’ll be playing our own special blend of Classic Rock, Blues, Alt Rock and Party Favorites that you will want to dance to all night long, plus, you can try to win a copy of our AT Demo CD, our brand new AT DVD, or buy a double sided AT T-Shirt while they last. We’d be honored if you’ll join us- let’s make it a night that The Krazy Horse won’t soon forget Trainwreck fans! $5 cover, 21+! $5. 9:30 p.m.1:30 a.m. The Krazy Horse Bar & Grill, 287 Main St. Worcester. 774-696-0886 or “Tantrum Saturdays” Dance Party Every Saturday Night with DJ Tony T. Watch for the surprise contest each week. 18+ only $10 21+ only $5. 10 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Club Remix, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227 or DJ Reckless. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263.

>Sunday 24 Revolution Sunday’s! Drag Show Extravaganza Hosted by Lady Sabrina and Bootz! Featuring The Remix Girls, Special Guests, and DJ Whiteboi Spinning Beats! 18+ $8 21+ $5. midnight-1:30 a.m. Club Remix, 105 Water St. 508-756-2227. Jazz Brunch with Chet Williamson. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Meat Raffle. That’s right come on down and win some MEAT! Steak, Chicken, Ham, etc. Stay for the Blues Jam with Jim Perry and guests afterward! Free except for raffles you want to buy. 2-5 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Gary Girouard. No cover. 4-6 p.m. Coppertop Lounge/ Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Road, Princeton. 978-464-2300 or Traditional Irish Seisiun. Authentic Irish Seisiun held the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month. Area regional musicians come from far & wide to “jam” in the age-old Irish version of a pick-up band. Fiddlers, in whistles, flutes, banjos, pipes, singers & more stop in to just enjoy making music. An old world tradition suitable for the entire family. Free (Worcester College

See enamel works on display at the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts during the opening reception for the exhibit “Honor Thy Teach: Judith Daner & Her Enameling Students” on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The works will be on display through March 16. Visit the gallery after the opening TuesdaySaturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd.

Students Earn WOO Points). 4-8 p.m. Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St. 508-792-3700. Open Mic Night with Dani Red and Friends. Sign up for the open mic is 4:30pm. There is a different feature every week! Come on down to enjoy good food, good music, and talented musicians! Free. 4:30-9 p.m. cafe neo bar and grille, 97 millbury St. 508-615-7311. All Saints Organists: Ron Stalford Memorial Concert. Revel in the ever-increasing talents of the organists of the All Saints community, on display in their second annual concert on the famed Rice Memorial Organ. Free. 5-6 p.m. All Saints Church, 10 Irving St. 508-752-3766. Big Jon Short - solo acoustic country blues. Free. 5-8 p.m. Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St. 508-752-9439. Dana Lewis LIVE! Playing the Classic Hits of the 50’s to the 80’s. “The sound track of your youth”. Great Dinners, Home made desserts, Full Bar, Lottery & ME. No Cover.5:30-8:30 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208. Blues Jam w/Jim Perry. Weekly Blues jam with special guests Donations. 6-10 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Open Mic Sundays at Perfect Game With Bill McCarthy. Book your half-hour set in advance at myspace. com/openmicworld. Email Bill McCarthy to a spot at Free. 6-10 p.m. Perfect Game Sports Grill and Lounge, 64 Water St. 508-792-4263 or MySpace. com/OpenMicWorld. The NEW 90’s PARTY BAND “How Bizarre” featuring members of The Flock, Squeezer, The Vig and Neon Alley. You LOVE the 90’s? It’s the latest decade-driven band to hit the Lucky Dog. Members of The Flock, Squeezer, Neon Alley and more bands all combine to bring songs by EMF, Dee-Lite, Chumbawumba, STP, Alannis Morissette, C+C Music Factory, Right Said Fred, The Cardigans, OMC, Nirvana, Len, The B-52’s and even Billy Ray Cyrus to LIFE! They’re doing a ton of tunes. All in costumes, VERY fun and silly! $5. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Lucky Dog Music Hall, 89 Green St. 508-363-1888 or

a.m. London Billiards / Club Oasis, 70 James St. 508-7997655. Blue Mondays - Live Blues. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., Gardner. 978-669-0122. Bop & Pop Jazz Organization. Classic Hammond Organ Quartet grooves every Monday night at the Dive. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight Dive Bar, 34 Green St. BopNPopJazzOrganization.

>Tuesday 26 Open Mic With Bill McCarthy. Open mic with Bill. Free. 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Dana Lewis LIVE! Playing the Classic Hits of the 50’s to the 80’s. “The sound track of your youth”. Great Dinners, Home made desserts, Full Bar, Lottery & ME. No Cover.5:30-8:30 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208. Open Mic Night. 8-11 p.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Sqare, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Denise Cascione & Joe D’Angelo “Dam Chick Singer”. No Cover. 9-2 p.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Jon Bonner. 9 p.m.-midnight Vincent’s Bar, 49 Suffolk St.

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>Wednesday 27 Open Mic hosted by Gabriel Navarre. The Raven, 258 Pleasant St. 508-304-8133. Open Jam w/Sean Ryan. Open Jam Free. 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Live Music with Matt Robert. Matt Robert’s solo Wednesday night shows present a loose, rambling trip through the songbook he’s developed over thirty years of performing. The Worcester-based guitarist plays a blend of rootsy originals and interpretations of ancient folk, blues, and jazz, as well as current roots and rock tunes. Incorporating a wide range of guitar styles, including open tunings and slide, as well as mandolin and harmonica, Matt ties a thread between all types of seemingly disparate musical genres all with a sound of his own. All donations to the Worcester County Food Bank. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St. 508-926-8800 or OPEN MIC w/ FEATURE ACT. This Open Mic has been running for a year now. A great sounding room for acoustic performance. SongWriter’s Night the first Wednesday of every month. Great food and friendly staff. Hosted by Brett Brumby, all mics and cables supplied, just bring your instrument and love of music! Free. 7:30-11 p.m. Route 56 Roadside Bar & Grill, 24 Leicester St., North Oxford. 508-987-8669 or Wednesday Night Open Mic/local Musicians’ Showcase w/ Bill Mccarthy @ Guiseppe’s. Visit for info and the latest sign-up schedules. Email Bill McCarthy to reserve a spot at

Calling all gardeners: former nursery owner Ellen Horning hosts the event “Gardening for Beginners” at the on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Shrewsbury Public Library at 7 p.m. Horning will instruct and advise on what, how and when to plant. Four guests of the event, chosen by a lottery, will receive a free onsite consultation from Horning. Register online for the event at Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., Shrewsbury.

>Monday 25 Dana Lewis LIVE! Playing the Classic Hits of the 50’s to the 80’s. “The sound track of your youth”. Great Dinners, Home made desserts, Full Bar, Lottery & ME. No Cover. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Webster House Restaurant, 1 Webster St. 508-757-7208. Driftin’ Sam Politz 7pm-9pm, then Big Game Karaoke 9pm-Close. No Cover. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Karaoke. Karaoke by Star Sound Entertainment 8 p.m.-1:30 FEBRUARY 21, 2013 • WORCESTERMAG.COM


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0penmcc@verizon. Free. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Guiseppe’s Grille, 35 Solomon Pond Road, Northborough. 508-393-4405. “Krazy Wednesday Jam Session”with The “Get On Up Band”. The music is hot motown/funk/swing/blues style. We offer a drum kit, bass rig and a full PA system for all

to use, so bring what you play and “ get on up” Free. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Krazy Horse Bar & Grill, 287 Main St. Worcester. 1-774-823-3131. Karaoke. Karaoke by Star Sound Entertainment 8 p.m.midnight Dark Horse Tavern, 12 Crane St., Southbridge. 508764-1100. Karaoke. 8-11 p.m. Rye & Thyme, 14 Monument Sqare, Leominster. 978-534-5900. Karaoke. 8-11 p.m. The Mill, 185 West Boylston St., West Boylston. Sam James. 8-11:30 p.m. Banner Pub, The, 112 Green St. 508-755-0879. Open Jam with Sean Ryan. Open Jam welcome to newcomers also Free. 8:30 p.m.-noon Greendale’s Pub, 404 W Boylston St. 508-853-1350. Wacky Wednesday Night Jam @ JJ’s Sport Bar. Open mic jam session, all are welcome. We offer a drum kit. bass rig and a full PA system for all to use. Guitar players please bring your own amp, great club, great food, great drinks and great music. Free. 8:30-12:30 p.m. JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough. 508-842-8420. AriBand! No Cover. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St. 508-753-4030. Big Game KARAOKE! Every Wednesday Downstairs! and Big Game Trivia every other Wednesday before Karaoke! Music, Singing, Games, Contests, Prizes, and More! Free! 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. 508-7539543.


ADC Performance Center (@ The Artist Development Complex), 18 Mill St., Southbridge. 508-764-6900 or Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton. 508-8493300 or ARTSWorcester, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free. 660 Main St. 508-755-5142 or Asa Waters Mansion, Admission: $3 for guided tour, $710 for tea. 123 Elm St., Millbury. 508-865-0855 or asawaters. org. Assumption College: Emmanuel d’Alzon Library,



a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m.-Midnight Wednesday, closed Thursday - Saturday. 50 Grove St., Fitchburg. 978-3451157 or Fitchburg State University: Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg. Framed in Tatnuck, Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 1099 Pleasant St. 508-770-1270 or Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. 978-456-3924 or Higgins Armory Museum, WOO Card good at Higgins Armory Museum, Through Dec. 31. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. th to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: The 18 annual group art show “Art is Alive” is General Admission: $12 for Adults, $10 for currently on display at Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster Seniors (age 60+), $8 for Children (age 4-16), and features artwork spanning painting, photography, Children 3 and under are Free. 100 Barber Ave. drawing and collage by 28 local artists. A meet-the508-853-6015 or artists reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Free Highland Artist Group, 113 Highland St. and open to the public. Booklovers’ Gourmet, 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232. Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors Photo Exhibit, Through Feb. 28. Hours: 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 414 Clark’s Cafe and Art On Rotation Gallery, Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 Massasoit Ave. 508-753-6087 or Museum of Russian Icons. Imaging the Invisible: p.m. Sunday - Saturday. Admission: Free for gallery. 310 High St., Clinton. 978-549-5822 or 978-365-7772 or Angels, Demons, Prayer and Wisdom, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Oct. 23 - April 27; Series of Art Gallery, Transnational Ikat: An Asian Textile on the “One Icon” exhibitions, Through Aug. 20; Take it To the Curator, Move, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Friday. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 11-3 a.m. Tuesday Saturdays, through March 1. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 11-3 a.m. Friday, 9-3 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 College St. 508a.m. Saturday. Admission: Adults $7, Seniors (59 and over) $5, 793-3356 or Students (with ID) & children (3-17) $2, Children under 3 Free, Danforth Museum of Art, Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Groups (any age) $. 203 Union St., Clinton. 978-598-5000 or closed Monday - Tuesday, Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 978-598-5000x17 or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 123 Union Ave., Old Sturbridge Village, Presidents Day Weekend, Framingham. 508-620-0050 or Saturday - Monday. Admission: $7 - $20 charged by age. Dark World Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 Children under 3 fre. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. p.m. Monday - Saturday. 179 Grafton St. 800-733-1830 or 508-347-3362 or DZian Gallery, Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, closed Park Hill Gallery, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 65 Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 387 Park Ave. 774-696Water St. 508-831-1106 or 0909. EcoTarium, Playing Together: Games, Sundays, Tuesdays, Post Road Art Center. Call to Artists: Open Show Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through March 31. 2013, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 21 - Feb. 28. Hours: closed Sunday, 9:30 Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $14 adults; $8 for children a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 1 Boston Post Road, ages 2-18, $10 college students with IDs & senior citizens. Marlborough. 508-485-2580 or Children under 2 & EcoTarium members Free. Additional Preservation Worcester, Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. charges apply for Tree Canopy Walkway, Explorer Express to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 10 Cedar St. 508Train, planetarium programs & other special programs. 222 754-8760 or Harrington Way. 508-929-2700 or Prints and Potter Gallery, American Contemporary Art Fisher Museum Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main St., & Craft Gallery, Mondays through Saturdays, through Dec. 31. Petersham. 978-724-3302 or Hours: closed Sunday, 10-5:30 a.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10-7 museum.html. a.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 10-5:30 a.m. Friday, 10-5 a.m. Fitchburg Art Museum, Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Saturday. 142 Highland St. 508-752-2170 or printsandpotter. closed Monday, Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. 25 Merriam com. Parkway, Fitchburg. 978-345-4207 or Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Fitchburg Historical Society, Hours: closed Sunday, 10 Humanities, the Arts Center. Hours: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7272 or Library. Booklovers’ Gourmet, ”Art is Alive” Group Exhibit, Through Feb. 28. Hours: closed Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 55 East Main St., Webster. 508-949-6232 or Clark University: University Gallery, Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, Noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, Noon-5 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. 950 Main St. 508-793-7349 or 508-793-7113 or

Worcester County Poetry Association hosts its 42nd annual Business Meeting and Election of Board of Directors and Officers event on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 2-5 p.m. in the Bancroft Room of the First Unitarian Church in Worcester. The event offers a potluck reception while a review of a years-worth of accomplishments will be celebrated. The board of directors will be open to hearing nominations from the floor as a way to extend an invitation to anyone, especially enthused young professionals, in the poetry community to join the board, attend monthly meetings and help forge the fifth decade of promoting the poetic and literary history and future of Worcester County. Closing the event’s business activities will be Simone Beaubien with a poetry performance. An election of the 2013 Slate of Officers will also take place. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St.

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closed Monday - Friday, 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 111 Main St., Southbridge. 508-346-3341or Quinsigamond Community College: Administration Building, 670 West Boylston St. Rollstone Studios, Hours: 11-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. Admission: Free. 633 Main St., Fitchburg. 978-348-2781 or Salisbury Mansion, Hours: closed Sunday - Wednesday, 1-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1-4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 40 Highland St. 508-753-8278 or SAORI Worcester Freestyle Weaving Studio, 18 Winslow St. 508-757-4646 or 508-757-0116 or Taproot Bookstore, Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 1200 West Boylston St. 508-853-5083 or TaprootBookstore. com. Tatnuck Bookseller & Cafe, Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 18 Lyman St., Westborough. 508-366-4959 or The Sprinkler Factory, Hours: noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed Saturday. 38 Harlow St. Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum, Hours: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 21 Prichard St., Fitchburg. 978-342-2809 or 978297-4337 or Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Guided Garden Tour, Sundays, through Dec. 30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. Admission: $10 Adults, $7 Seniors & $5 Youth, Free to Members & Children under . 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508869-6111 or Westboro Gallery, Westboro Gallery Art Opening, Through April 21. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. 8 West Main St., Westborough. 508-870-0110 or Worcester Art Museum, Georges Rouault, Through March 14; Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Through March 31; Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation, Through Feb. 3; Looking at the Stars: Prints by Imamura Yoshio, Through May 30; Winter/ Spring Adult Open House, Thursday; Zip Tour: Monet’s “Waterloo Bridge”, Saturday; Public Tour, Sundays, through April 28. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday - Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: Free for members, $14 adults, $12 seniors, Free for youth 17 and under. Free for all first Saturdays of each month, 10am-noon. 55 Salisbury St. 508-799-4406 or Worcester Center for Crafts, Honor Thy Teacher: Enameling Exhibition, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Feb. 21 - March 23. Hours: closed Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday. 25 Sagamore Road. 508-753-8183 or Worcester Historical Museum, Family Free Week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Feb. 23; In Their Shirtsleeves, Through Dec. 31; Stories They Tell, Through Dec. 31. Hours: closed Sunday - Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday - Saturday. 30 Elm St. 508-753-8278 or Worcester Public Library, Hours: 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. 3 Salem Square. 508-799-1655 or

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Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape The Worcester Storytellers host its monthly Open Mic night on Friday, Feb. 22 at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester from 7-8:30 p.m. Featured this month is author and poet Heather J. Macpherson. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and is the features editor for the fall 2013 issue of The Worcester Review. Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, 65 James St.

Showtimes: Fridays 9 p.m. and Saturdays 8 p.m.Fri & Sat Feb 22nd & 23rd Dan Kelly Jono Zalay and Friends. Make Reservations Early. $20 per person except special events. 8 p.m.-midnight Park Grill and Spirits, Comedy Room, 257 Park Ave. Call 800-401-2221 or visit Sunday Night Cinemageddon! 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. Call 508-753-9543 or find us on Facebook. Frank’s Comedy Safari. Saturdays. $20 cash at the door. 8-9:45 p.m. Viva Bene Italian Ristorante, 144 Commercial St. Call 800-715-2844 or visit StageTime Comedy Club. Saturdays, featuring Worcester’s premiere comics from New York, Boston and LA! Only $5. 18+. 8-10 p.m. Jose’ Murphy’s, 97-103 Water St. Call 508-792-0900 or visit Avenue Q. Friday, February 15 - Saturday, February 23. A Fundraiser to Benefit the Stratton Playhouse Rebuilding Fund By Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and Directed by Scott Hebert & Jennifer Leung. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named PRINCETON who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets KATE (the girl next door), ROD (the Republican), TREKKIE (the internet sexpert), LUCY THE SLUT (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help PRINCETON finally discover his purpose in life! Who is AVENUE Q appropriate for? Adults love AVENUE Q, but they seem a little, er, fuzzy on whether it’s appropriate for kids. We’ll try to clear that up. AVENUE Q is great for teenagers because it’s about real life. It may not be appropriate for young children because AVENUE Q addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn. $25. 8-10 p.m. Dukakis Performing Arts Center, Montachusett Regional HS, Fitchburg, MA, 1050 Westminster St., Fitchburg. Call 978-345-6066. February Vacation Week Musical Theatre. Monday, February 18 - Friday, February 22. Join us for a Tropical Paradise! for Grades 6, 7 and 8. Come in from the February chill and take a ride through the South Pacific and other exotic locales. We’ll be learning songs and lines and putting on a Friday show. Lots of opportunities for solo and ensemble work. Coached by singers/actresses Christina Pierro and Christina White, the week will be an intense and fun theater immersion experience. Advance registration required. Online registration available a $320. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Road, Shrewsbury. Call 508-791-8159 or visit current_site/shrewsbury.php. The Not So Late Show with Shaun Connolly & The Over Qualified Band - Thursday, February 21. 8-10 p.m. Beatnik’s, 433 Park Ave. Call 508-926-8877. Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb - Thursday, February 21

Worcester State Theatre Presents “boom” - Sunday, - Saturday, February 23. 8-10 p.m. Fuller Theater, Shaugnessy February 24. Worcester State Theatre will present Peter Sinn Building at Worcester State University, 486 Chanlder St. Call Nachtrieb’s delightful smart comedy, “boom,” from February 508-929-8843 or visit 21-24. In “boom,” a journalism student at a university answers Documents/TheatreProductions.aspx. an ad that promises “Sex to change the course of the world” Worcester State Theatre presents “boom” and finds herself in the underground lab of a grad student Thursday, February 21 - Saturday, February 23. Worcester who is predicting the end of the world. As a docent from the State Theatre will present Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s delightful future controls the scene, we see the fate of the human race smart comedy, “boom.” In “boom,” a journalism student at a played out between two offbeat characters. For reservations university answers an ad that promises “Sex to change the and information call 508-929-8843. 2-4 p.m. Worcester State course of the world” and finds herself in the underground lab of a grad student who is predicting the end of the world. As a docent from the future controls the scene, we see the fate of the human race played out between two offbeat characters. For reservations and information call 508-929-8843. 8-10 p.m. Worcester State University, Administration Building, Fuller Theater, A-262, 486 Chandler St. Call 508-929-8843. “The Snow Queen”. A musical - Friday, February 22 Saturday, February 23. Book and music are by Cheryl Kemeny, based on the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. This show is presented by permission of Crystal Theatre Publishing. Performances are scheduled for February 22-24 at the former Southbridge High School, 25 Cole Avenue, Southbridge. The Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7pm, there are matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. This production is appropriate for all ages, and is a terrific way to wind up school vacation week. Synopsis: The wicked Snow Queen casts her icy spell on the world, turns young Kay’s heart to ice and takes him away as her eternal prisoner to her Ice Palace at the Curling on the Common. Yup, that’s right, Worcester hosts the most popular very top of the world. Gerda, Kay’s Winter Olympics sport, Curling, on the Worcester Common Oval on Saturday, Feb. friend, must journey forever north 23. From 9-10 a.m. a curling match will be held and will be free and open to the and brave many dangers in her public. From 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Petersham Curling Club hosts a free hands-on attempt to save Kay and break demonstration. Pre-registration required by contacting Winter’s grip. Gerda never gives Worcester Common Oval, behind city hall. up. She leads us through terrifying ordeals as well as endless fun and nonsense. Along the way Gerda encounters talking ravens, the evil Cobweb Spider, a prince and University, Administration Building, Fuller Theater, A-262, 486 Chandler St. Call 508-929-8843. princess, a band of robbers and the wild robber-girl, greedy Auditions for “On Golden Pond” - Monday, February polar bears and the brave reindeer who carries Gerda across 25 and Tuesday, February 26. Mary Gahagan is the director the arctic wastes. This is a wonderful, fast-paced adventure and Suzanne Adams will produce this May production. The cast story that all ages will enjoy. $16 for adults, $13 for seniors consists of 3 men, 2 women and 1 teenaged boy. The adults and youth under age 18. Friday & Saturday 7 p.m., Saturday & can be varying ages. Auditions will include cold readings from Sunday 2 p.m. at the former Southbridge High School, 25 Cole the script. This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, Ave., Southbridge. Call 508-764-4531. who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond 9 to 5, the Musical - Friday, February 22 - Saturday, for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing February 23. 9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory, but still friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. This is the story as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do -- even in a all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich man’s world. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, romantic, 9 to 5: The Musical is about teaming up and taking middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off care of business..and may be the next best thing to a raise! to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The $20 for evenings; $15 for matinees; $10 for children ages 16 and under. 8-10:30 p.m. Mount Wachusett Community College: boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and Theatre, 444 Green St., Gardner. Call 978-630-9388 or visit thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness and slang in return. In the end, as Comedy Night with Michael Petit & Friends the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, Saturday, February 23. Hot Italian Buffet & Comedy Show deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are Featuring Michael Petit with David DiLorenzo and Rick Beretta. Enjoy our delicious Italian Buffet, while laughing the night away. brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years $30 per person includes dinner. 6-10 p.m. Blissful Meadows have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond Golf Club, The Chestnut Room, 801 Chockalog Road, Uxbridge. still awaits. Free to audition. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Gateway Players Call 508-278-6110 or visit Theatre Arts Barn, 111 Main St., Southbridge. Call 508-764Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb - Sunday, February 24. 4531. 2-4 p.m. Fuller Theater, Shaugnessy Building at Worcester State University, 486 Chanlder St. Call 508-929-8843 or visit TheatreProductions.aspx.

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the opportunity to plot their own course in this new class. The first and fourth class sessions within this six week period will be dedicated lessons complete with demonstrations and chalk talks. During the remaining classes, come in and keep on figuring things out. Working in teams the class will learn through experimentation and group critiques. An instructor will be on hand to provide technical assistance. Student Fee: $450. 6:30-9:30 p.m. New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St. 508753-8183 or Zumba with Lauren’s Zumba Network! Check out my YouTube channel for a sneak peak of the dances (youtube. com/user/LaurensZumbaNetwork) $10 to drop in, punch cards available. 6-7 p.m. Salsa Storm Dance Studio, United States, 9 Harrison St. 508-854-8489 or laurenszumbanetwork.wordpress. com/schedule.

>Friday 22 Water Color and Zentangle. Instructor: Suzanne Binney, Culhaven Studios. Looking for new directions to take your Zentangle skills? In this workshop, you will be preparing a lovely wet in wet background and then drawing beautiful mushrooms in which to apply Zentangle patterns. All materials are included. Non-members $45., Members $40. 2-5 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-8696111, ext. 124 Reiki Level 1 Certification. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. In this class you will be introduced to the history and principles of Reiki, learn how to prepare yourself prior to a session, techniques for self-treatment, hand placement for Reiki sessions, and how to do Reiki on children and adults. Reiki Level 1 Certification is given upon successful completion of class. (Cost includes manual) $150. 6-10 p.m. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St., Oxford. 508-987-3310 or Soul Centering ‘Restorer’ Yoga Workshop. Soul



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Centering Restorer with Julie Dhara Roberts. A gentle sweet way to be in the field of your body. Gentle and deep yoga poses clear patterns and open the flow of life in you. Nourish and unwind under the inward reflective energy of the new moon. Use your class pass or drop in for $16 6-7:15 p.m. Flowforms Yoga Center, 195 Lake Ave. 508-752-4700 or flowformsyoga. com/monthly-classes--workshops.html. Friday Night Fun with Glassblowing: Beer Steins. Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing in this fun one night course. In one evening you will learn about the history and process behind creating beautiful blown glass creations at the New Street Glass Studio. No experience necessary. All materials are included. Student Fee: $80. 6:30-9:30 p.m. New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St. 508-753-8183 or

anything from glass paperweights,flowers, and drinking glasses in the hot shop, to beads, pendants, ans small sculptures in the flameshop. All materials are included. Windows on Craft scholarships available for this class. Student Fee: $345 Materials Fee: $25. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. New Street Glass Studio, 35B New St. 508-753-8183 or Zumba with Lauren’s Zumba Network! Check out my YouTube channel for a sneak peak of the dances ( user/LaurensZumbaNetwork) 9-10 a.m. Salsa Storm Dance Studio, 9 Harrison St. 508-854-8489 or laurenszumbanetwork.

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The Fat City Band Swing Dance And Swing Dance LessonLesson. Singles and Couples always Welcome. All Dance2Swing events are always a mixture of singles & couples. Admission $14. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Leominster Elks Lodge 1237, 134 N. Main St., Leominster. 978-263-7220 or dance2swing. com.

Assumption College President’s Lecture Series: Evelyn Birge Vitz, Ph.D. Evelyn Birge Vitz, Ph.D., Professor of French at New York University as well as an Affiliated Professor of Comparative Literature, Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Religious Studies, will deliver a lecture titled “Catholic Writers: The Past Century - and Prospects for the Future” as part of Assumption College’s 2012-2013 President’s Lecture Series. RSVPs are encouraged due to limited space. Free and open to the public. 7-8:30 p.m. Assumption College: La Maison Francaise, Salon, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7223. Catholicism Series. “Catholicism” is the long-awaited evangelical work of Fr. Robert Barron, professor of systematic theology at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. In addition to rock solid scholarship and theology, the DVD series is filled with beautiful cinematography, which is used to illustrate the theological points in the series.This series is mandatory viewing for anyone with a serious interest in the Catholic Church historically and today. This will be one of the great evangelical works of modern times. This is a ten- part documentary series. Each week we will view a different episode. No charge. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saint Ann Parish, 24 Mulberry St. 508-752-2964.

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2nd Annual Winter Carnival. Celebrate winter at Tower Finding Your Civil War Ancestors. Explore military and Hill Botanic Garden’s Second Annual Winter Carnival! Create other Civil War era resources for genealogists online and in snow sculptures or build a snow fort. Learn about winter tree print. Register, or call Joy Hennig, Facilitator identification and animal tracks and signs while hiking the and Local History and Genealogy Librarian, at 508-799-1670. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Computer Lab, 3 Salem Square. 508-799Following a recent live broadcast at WGBH-Boston, the Trio Tremonti will >Saturday 23 1655. perform a concert at the College of the Holy Cross as part of its 2013 concert Family Yoga Workshop. Family Yoga with Jen & Sylvi. “Negative Space, Composition and series on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. $10 for 2 family members, $2 for additional person. For Values” drawing demonstration Holy Cross, Brooks Concert Hall, 1 College St. children of all ages and the grown-ups who love them. Play and by Kathy Hebert. Join local artist Kathy explore in this nurturing and uplifting class. Focused breathing, Hebert, author of”No Talent Required: playful asanas & creative meditation combine to bring the My Journey from Paint by Numbers to family together. Flowforms Yoga Center, 195 Lake Ave. 508Art Instructor”, and teacher for an instructive and revealing Garden’s beautiful woodland trails. After enjoying these outdoor 752-4700 or evening on the importance of drawing through negative adventures, visitors may come inside to warm up with hot html. space, composition and values. Refreshments served. Free. chocolate, create a winter craft, complete a scavenger hunt, Ayurveda - The Science of Life. Ayurveda is an ancient 7:30-9 p.m. Northborough Historical Building, 1 School St., and enjoy the lush beauty of our two conservatories. Families Hindu science of health and wellbeing. It is a sister science Northborough. will also enjoy several puppet shows, performed by Len Gerwick to Yoga and is literally translated as the “Science of Life.” Philosophy of Good Medicine. Philosophy of Good of Gerwick Puppets. Included with Regular Admission: $12 Ayurveda is the oldest system of healing that comes directly Medicine is for those looking to learn and understand native Adults, $9 Seniors (65+), $7 Youth (6-18), Free to Members & from the Vedic texts. This holistic system covers all aspects of philosophy. In this 4 week study program you will learn the set Children under 6. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, wellbeing including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. of concepts common to most Native societies. These teachings You will learn your specific dosha makeup (your Pakriti), explain in a simple way, the personal relationship between Man 11 French Drive, Boylston. 508-869-6111, ext. 124. some foods, yoga postures and pranayama techniques to and the rest of Creation. The weekly concepts in this course keep balanced through the day and seasons. No previous - Religion of Nature, Spiritual Relationship, the Circle, All our yoga experience or Ayurveda knowledge is required. $35. 1-3 Relations, Wheel of life, World of Spirits, Cherokee Medicine >Thursday 21 Wheel, and Cause & Effect - will open your eyes Muslim Scholar to Address Arab Spring from to a new way of looking at life. $100. 6:30-8 Woman’s Perspective. Dalia Mogahed, executive director p.m. Generations Healing Center, 250 Main St., The Irish music ensemble Celtic Woman kicks off its four-month of and senior analyst for the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, Oxford. 508-987-3310 or generations-gifts. concert tour in Worcester at The Hanover Theatre on Thursday, Feb. will give a lecture on “Women after the Arab Spring: Rights com/workshops.html#pgm. 21 at 8 p.m. Celtic Woman combines the sounds of Irish traditional music and Religion.” Mogahed will explore the Arab revolutions from with original compositions and contemporary pop standards. Tickets $45a woman’s perspective and outline the most important factors $75 and limited premium seating for $105. The Hanover Theatre, 2 >Wednesday 27 necessary to build gender just societies. Free and open to the Southbridge St. Yoga By Nature, Winter Session 2, public. 4:30-6 p.m. College of the Holy Cross: Smith Hall, Rehm Class 3. Come experience the practice of Yoga Library, 1 College St. 508-793-3869. in the gardens of Tower Hill! Yoga By Nature Glaucon’s Fate: Plato’s Republic and the Drama classes place emphasis on the integration of the Soul. The Philosophy department, through its p.m. Central Mass Yoga and Wellness, 45 Sterling St., West of breath and movement in a gentle to moderate flow. Each membership in the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Boylston. 508-835-1176 or class will be guided to fit individual student’s needs. Instructor: Philosophy (B.A.C.A.P.) presents “Glaucon’s Fate: Plato’s workshops#ayurveda1. Lynsey Smith, Fruition, Auburn MA. Non-members, $15., Republic and the Drama of the Soul,” featuring Professor Jacob Production Class. $50. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Worcester Members, $13. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Howland of the University of Tulsa and Professor David George Community Cable Access (WCCA TV - Channel 13), 415 Main Boylston. 508-869-6111, ext. 124 or of St. Anselm’s College. Free and open to the public. 7:30St. 508-755-1880. 8:30 p.m. Assumption College: Testa Science Center, Fuller Family Fun with Clay - Adult and Child Clay. One Auditorium, 500 Salisbury St. 508-767-7378. of our most popular classes brings families together in an Friday-Night Lecture Series - Management of atmosphere of creativity and fun. Adults and children learn >Friday 22 about pinch pots, coil pots, and using slips and glazes for color Ballroom Dance SAC Park Dance. It’s party time! Come Grassland and Shrubland Habitats for Declining while making wild and wonderful things together! The same practice your steps, catch up with old friends, meet new people Wildlife Species in Massachusetts. Our popular family members are requested to attend each class. Limited to and have fun dancing to contemporary ballroom music with our lecture series continues with wonderful presenters and a great variety of subjects. Small groups allow easy opportunities 12 students. Price is for two people, one adult and one child. professionally trained instructors, classmates and new friends. for questions and a chance to meet and talk with speakers Student Fee: $199 / Additional Family Member: $89 Materials The evening starts with an all level Swing lesson at 7:15 pm. after the program. Leader: John Scanlon, Forestry Project Fee: $30 (Required) / Add Fam Member Materials: $15. 10 General dancing from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Also enjoy a cash Leader, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. For a.m.-noon Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road. bar, social dance mixers and performances. 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>Tuesday 26 Art Matters Presents Women Artist Before The 20th Century, Part 1. Join us for a look at women who have made art through history, and hear their stories. Free. 2-3 p.m. Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle. 508852-9007. Main South’s Octagon House. In 1853, one of Worcester’s two “Octagon” houses was built on a large lot in the newly developing Main South neighborhood. Find out about the Octagon House fad, why houses were built with eight sides, and learn about the early family that lived in this house that is still tucked away on Norwood Street. This is the second of four in a series of illustrated talks that unveil fascinating facts about Worcester’s Main South, its historic buildings, neighborhoods, and historic personages. Open and Free to the public. 5:30-7 p.m. Preservation Worcester, 10 Cedar St. 508-754-8760 or Cascade The Novel. Author Maryanne O’Hara discusses her novel Cascade and “The Human Cost of Water”. Selected as a “People Pick” and “Best Bet” by Publisher’s Weekly, this novel of human drama and impending flood is set in the ficitional town of Cascade, Massachusetts. Maryanne will discuss the toll waterworks construction may take on a community. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Beaman Memorial Public Library, Stiles, 8 Newton St., West Boylston. 508-835-3711.

poetry >Sunday 24 42nd WCPA Annual Business Meeting/Election of Officers & Board of Directors. Join us for this year’s Annual meeting as we review our business, highlight our featured events in the past year and invite a special poet to join us in a feature reading at the close of the business portion of the day’s events. Free and open to the public/handicapped accessible. 2-5 p.m. First Unitarian Church, The Bancroft Room, 90 Main St. 508-479-7574 or

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35 LEGALS/PUBLIC NOTICES TOWN OF SUTTON ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS TO ALL INTERESTED INHABITANTS OF THE TOWN OF SUTTON In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Ch. 40A, §11, the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Sutton Town Hall, on March 7, 2013 at 7:30pm on the petition of Stephen G. Winchell. The petitioner requests a variance from III(B)(3)( Table III) of the town’s zoning bylaws related to lot coverage as well as a finding from MGL ch. 40A §6 in order to construct a detached garage .The property that is the subject of this petition is located at 21 Marsh Rd, Sutton MA on Assessors Map #8, Parcel #14. The property is located in the R-1 Zoning District. A copy of the petition may be inspected during normal office hours in the Town Clerk’s Office located in the Town Hall. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on this variance petition should appear at the time and place designated. Richard Deschenes Board of Appeals Clerk 2/14, 2/21/2013

TOWN OF MILLBURY A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 ElmStreet, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 At: 7:00 p.m. To act on a petition from: Mid State Repair, (Thomas and Peter Stratford) For a Variance in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: buy, sell and repair automobiles and equipment at 237 Riverlin St., Map 34821, Lot 102, Millbury, MA. All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 2/14, 2/21/2013

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Notice is hereby given by Boulevard Towing of 550 Franklin Street Worcester, MA, pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L c. 255, Section 39A, that they will sell the following vehicles on or after March 1, 2013 by private sale to satisfy their garage keeper’s lien for towing, storage, and notices of sale: 1. 2003 Toyota Corolla VIN# JTDBR32E930020342 2. 2001 Acura MDX VIN# 2HNYD18621H535988 3. 1995 Ford Mustang VIN# 1FALP42TXSF182402 4. 2001 Ford Taurus VIN# 1FAHP56SX1A242039 5. 1998 Nissan Pathfinder VIN# JN8AR05Y2WW221554 6. 2010 Toyota Camry VIN# 4T1BF3EK3AU039075 Signed, Pat Assad, owner Boulevard Towing 2/14. 2/21/ 2/28

8. 2006 GMC Envoy VIN# 1GKDT13S0621 28770 Signed, Pat Santa Maria, owner Pat’s Service Center 2/21, 2/28, 3/7 WM

TOWN OF MILLBURY A PUBLIC HEARING MILLBURY BOARD OF APPEALS In accordance with Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law and the Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Millbury, a public hearing will be held in the hearing room of the Municipal Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA on: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 At: 7:20 P.M. To act on a petition from: NERP Holding and Acquisitions Co., LLC, 352 Turnpike Rd., Southborough, MA For a sp. permit in the Millbury Zoning Ordinance relative to: construct a 19,000+- s.f. tractor supply co retail store with outdoor sales area(s). This work includes site grading modifications and alters the existing 100 yr. flood boundary and volume. The proposed improvements provide compensatory flood storage in excess of the existing conditions. All interested parties are invited to attend. Richard P. Valentino, Chairman Millbury Board of Appeals 2/14, 2/21/2013

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Millbury Planning Board In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Millbury Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8:00 p.m., at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA, on the application of James Perry, property located at 34 Elm Street, Millbury, MA, for a Multi-Family Special Permit to construct a two unit addition and expand the parking area, under Article 1, Section 14.11(a), and Site Plan Review under Article 1, Section 12.4, of the Millbury Zoning Bylaw.Anyone wishing to be heard on this application should appear at the time and place designated above. Richard Gosselin Chairman 2/21, 2/28/2013 MS

Millbury Planning Board In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Millbury Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., at the Municipal Office Building, 127 Elm Street, Millbury, MA, on the application of Alexander Ota, property located at 51 West Main Street, Millbury, MA, for a Multi-Family Special Permit to convert an existing single family dwelling into a two family dwelling, under Article 1, Section 14.11(a), and Site Plan Review under Article 1, Section 12.4, of the Millbury Zoning Bylaw. Anyone wishing to be heard on this application should appear at the time and place designated above. Richard Gosselin Chairman 2/21, 2/28/2013 MS

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Peter Grigg


A new exhibit entitled “Honor Thy Teacher” will open in the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts on Thursday Feb 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The show will display the work of Judith Daner and her enameling students, celebrating more than a decade of her tutelage. Peter Grigg is one such student appearing in the show. He’s been a student of Daner’s since he began attending the Center for Crafts almost 15 years ago and can attest to the quality of instruction offered there. Grigg combines the crafts of enameling and woodworking, and has even invented several tools specifically designed to help advance the art form. We had a chance to sit down with Grigg and talk about the state of the art, the craft center, and the show itself. Attend the opening reception for “Honor Thy Teacher” at the Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Rd. on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or visit the gallery during its normal operating hours Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For our readers who may not know, what exactly is enameling? It’s the process

What was the first thing you made with enamel? The first project I worked on,

of fusing glass onto metal. You see a lot of enameled panels on buildings and appliances, but you can also do it on a small scale to make jewelry and artwork. Enamel is very durable; you can leave it outside, and when it gets dirty you can just wash it with Windex. Basically you pour granules of ground glass onto the metal and then heat it in an electric oven. You can use different colored glass to make patterns, but since it’s a granular process, the colors won’t mix together like paint does.

I wanted to make a clock. Originally, clock faces were all enameled. So, I decided that if I wanted to make a classic clock, I’d have to have an enameled face, and from there I just kept going with it.

How big is your class? It’s a small class. Right now there’s six people I think. There’s a core group of people who have been doing it for a long time. But, we get newbies now and then.

Do you haze the newbies? [Laughs] No,

So enameling started as a practical technique and later became an art form?

we don’t.

Actually, no. It started in the Middle Ages as an art form and later became practical. Now it’s actually more common to see enameling as a tool than as an art form.

How much time do you spend a week working on projects? The class meets once a week for three hours, and then I spend a few more hours at home working on things.

How long have you been working with enamel? I started enameling at the

What keeps you coming back to the Craft Center? Number One: You learn stuff.

Worcester Center for Crafts about 10 or 15 years ago as a hobby. I’ve been a student of Judi’s for about the same time. I also do woodworking and metalworking.

Number Two: You make stuff. Number Three: It’s good for your mental health [laughs].



What kind of work do you do to support your craft? I’ve been retired for about four years now. But, for 35 years I was a professor at UMass Medical School.

You’ve invented several tools to help in the enameling process. What kind of tools have you made and why did you make them? The craft of enameling hasn’t advanced much since the middle ages. We still use little sifters or paintbrushes to lay the ground glass onto the metal, but it can be imprecise. I developed a way to silkscreen the granules onto the metal. I also made what’s basically a pen tube fitted with a cell phone vibrator, which allows you to sort of write or draw the granules on.

Have you heard from people who have used your techniques? Yes, I get emails pretty commonly. I’ve had five papers

published in an enameling magazine called Glass On Metal, and the information is online so anyone can find it.

The title of the show is “Honor Thy Teacher.” What does this title mean to you? The purpose of the show is to highlight Judi Daner and her work. She’s a very productive artist and has instructed here for a very long time. The show is meant to display the variety of things she’s made and the people she’s trained.

Have you ever sold any of your work? Yes, I’ve sold a few pieces. Usually people will see my work at a show, either here at the Craft Center or elsewhere. But I don’t do it for the money. It’s for my own enjoyment. -Corey Olivier

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